Ironically, despite being 55 years old, Brad has the least on-track driving experience and it has shown at times this year. In the first race of the season, as Brad tried to learn what his car could do, he was lapped by every other car in the field, prompting a "Driving Miss Daisy" comparison.
Most running races happen on streets, but this is in such a beautiful setting that I think it adds to the uniqueness of the race." The event is used a fundraiser for Cloquet Rotary, with money distributed to help make lives better for the less fortunate. "Our Cloquet Rotary Club has donated over $500,000 dollars in the past 12 years," Nordvall said. "Things like the child literacy program, all-night grad parties, a program to make sure kids have warm clothing in the winter are just some of the many things Rotary has donated to." <
Whew! Can we come up for air yet?
The threat of thunderstorms didn't deter local runners on the Fourth of July who participated in the 8th Annual Sawdust 5K at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet.
"It's so great to have kids on the team that you never have to wonder about their grades," Carlton coach Ryan Schmidt said. "Jack and Leif are two of those guys. Both are in National Honor Society and they are shining examples of what student athletes should be."
Postseason accolades continue to stream in for local high school baseball players.
The high school baseball season just ended a week ago, but summer baseball is wasting no time in getting underway as local Legion, Junior Legion and VFW teams all have hit the diamonds in an effort to get more playing time and to work on skill level while getting more repetitions than they would in the spring.
"It was fun to watch our pitchers work the way they did to get the job done," Olin said. "Our entire team was focused the entire day." For their part, the Bulldogs suffered a 12-0 regular-season loss to the Panthers just a couple of weeks ago before rebounding to beat South Ridge in the playoffs, putting the Panthers in the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
Monday's game featured a pitchers' duel between Baker and Hermantown senior Jayden Isensee. While Baker was tossing a shutout, Isensee was nearly his equal by allowing only two runs on just seven hits. "Jon threw well for us Monday," Cloquet coach Rick Norrgard said. "He also drove in the only two runs with a single in the third inning with two outs on a 3-1 count."
In the end, it was the Eskomos who managed to sneak one run across and earn a 1-0 victory, sending the Hilltoppers into the losers bracket. "Wow! All I can say is 'Wow!'" Esko coach Ben Haugen exclaimed after the game. "What a game and what a performance by both pitchers."