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Sports & Recreation

The Sports & Recreation section covers athletics for the Mercuries of McGregor High School and the Cardinals of Cromwell High School, along with other area sporting and recreation events. Christi Williams provides bowling league happenings throughout the winter season. The Greater Savanna Area Youth Baseball League is covered in the summer.

 

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ball fake: Floodwood post player Damien Autio was able to get three Cromwell defenders off their feet with a great ball fake. Damien was fouled on the play and went to the fee throw line.
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Rivalries in high school basketball date back to the 1930s and a couple of local teams—Floodwood and Cromwell— met up early in the season.

The Floodwood Polar Bears demonstrated why they will be the team to beat this year in Section 7A. They used a strong inside and outside game to defeat the Cromwell Cardinals at home 62-50.

Cromwell coach Bill Pocernich felt his guys played hard. “We missed too many shots and turned it over too much to win,” the coach shared. “However, although disappointed with the loss, I’m not discouraged. Floodwood is a very good team. We have some areas to improve in, and I’m confident we will.”

The McGregor Mercuries had a very competitive week. They came up just a little short in their contests with the Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartans (71-70) and the Isle Huskies (64-60). Later in the week, the Mercuries defeated the Greenway Raiders, 46-32, and lost to Wrenshall, 55-38.

The Nashwauk game was especially disappointing. According to McGregor head coach Josh Wahlin, Cole Gelhar hit an amazing 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to take a 1-point lead. “Nashwauk then sprinted down the floor and barreled into the ...

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Snapshots: Mercury freshman Shelby Kelley drives in for two of her seven points in a 44-29 victory over the Silver Bay Mariners.
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Floodwood sweeps South Ridge in Culver

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One that got away

Cardinals return to state!

Wrens, Cardinals in FINAL

Mercuries close on high note

Panthers are Polar League Champions!

Panthers are Polar League Champs!

Mercuries, Cardinals, Polar Bears and Panthers all pick up wins this past week

This week all four area girls teams picked up victories. The McGregor Mercuries defeated Nashwauk-Keewatin (43-39) and the Silver Bay Mariners (44-29). The Floodwood Polar Bears picked up their first win, defeating Wrenshall (77-43), after losing to Bigfork (69-50) and Barnum (63-36) to start the season.

Leading the Mercuries in scoring was JoJo Orbeck with 12 points. Amy Gelhar added 10.

The Polar Bears had a tremendous game from behind the arc against Wrenshall – especially by Marissa Johnson who hit five three pointers and scored 23 points. Alyssa White added three 3-pointers and 13 points. Megan Aho poured in 20 and hit the other “three.”

McGregor will take their 2-0 record to Wrenshall on Thursday, December 11. Floodwood will travel for a conference clash with Cromwell on the same day.

The Cromwell Cardinals opened their season with a pair of wins. They defeated Cherry on Monday (76-49) and later defeated Carlton (76-30). Sharing ...

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Catch inside: Floodwood senior Damien Autio makes this catch inside before making a strong move and scoring two points.
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Boys Basketball Preview

Sports Congratulations Pages

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Cardinals return to state!

Wrens, Cardinals in FINAL

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Panthers are Polar League Champions!

Panthers are Polar League Champs!

Panthers secure win #4

Floodwood sweeps South Ridge in Culver

CULVER, Minn.— It was a fun start to the season for the Floodwood Polar Bear boys basketball program. After the junior high team won in double overtime, freshman Bryce Tahja launched a 23-foot shot at the buzzer that hit nothing but net for a game-winner in the junior varsity game.

The varsity contest was not all that close. The Floodwood Polar Bears took advantage of several Panther turnovers and walked away with a season-opening 75-43 win.

Four players scored in double figures. Riley Bernsdorf scored 22, Willow Christenson added 17, Kyle Tamminen pitched in 12, and Tanner Heggedahl had 10.

South Ridge struggled with Floodwood’s defensive pressure and never got in the rhythm on the offensive end. Spencer Stroschein knocked down a few threes and scored 17 points for the Panthers. Jake Carlson was also in double figures with 11 points.

Floodwood followed up the local rivalry game with a nonconference game versus the Bigfork Huskies on ...

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