Aiden had the benefit of learning from some older kids for a couple of years, and this year, he's able to use that to become a good and strategic racer." Not only was Ripp impressive for the Lumberjacks, but Cloquet placed all five of its point scorers in the top nine.
> "Chisago is a great team and they played really well," said Lumberjack coach Dustin Randall. "The game obviously could have gone either way by the time we got to the shootout." <
"This team is made up of a great group of women," said head coach Laura Sylvester. "It's a joy to be around each and every one of them."
That is a huge confidence builder for our team." Not only did the Bulldogs win the match, but they did so on the road against a Hermantown team that is 11-6 and has played a tough schedule.
p>"We were pretty happy about the Grand Rapids game," Lenarz said. "Turnovers have been an issue for this year and it kept the game closer in the first half than it needed to be, but I am sure Rapids would say the same thing. Overall we responded to some adversity and made some adjustments at halftime that were effective."
> "On paper we obviously have had more losses over the past six games," said Esko coach Nicki Peterson. "Overall we've slowly been making progress and we continue to improve."
Entering Friday night's game against undefeated McGregor, the Cards were ranked No. 1 in the state. They lived up to that billing by throttling the Mercs 55-8.
"We had a great meet considering we are unable to use the starting blocks," said CEC coach Kayla Cotner. "The new starting blocks are illegal and hang too far over the pool, so the girls have been diving from the side of the pool or starting in the water, which is difficult."
On Friday night the Wrenshall Wrens saw the best football can offer, and the Carlton Bulldogs saw the complete opposite as Wrenshall rolled to a 64-0 victory.
Cloquet rolled up 537 yards of total offense and used the one-two punch of a strong running game and an equally strong passing game to pick up the win in front of a packed house. "I thought things went very well from our standpoint," said Cloquet coach Tom Lenarz. "We executed very well considering it was the first game of the year.