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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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SECTION 5A (BROWN PINS): The Cromwell Cardinals and McGregor Mercuries have been reassigned to Section 5A. They will now compete with teams as far away as Wilmar
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Cardinals, Mercuries back in Section 5

For the second time in the past eight years, the Cromwell Cardinals and the McGregor Mercuries will compete in Section 5A for a chance at a Minnesota State boys and girls basketball tournament berth. Section 5 will be a bit more challenging when it comes to travel, not to mention some scheduling issues.

The last time the two teams were placed in Section 5 was the 2007-08 season.

Cromwell Cardinal head girls coach Jeff Gronner had mixed emotions when he heard the news. “I like how Section 7 runs their tourney and I am familiar with almost all the teams,” said the coach. “Section 5 is a HUGE section area-wise which is the major downfall of the section.”

This reporter broke out the old car map with the grid to see where a few of these teams are actually located. Honestly, I was clueless as to where they were. It turns out that Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg (F-20)—three towns just 10 miles west of Wilmar—are a mere 200 miles away from Cromwell. Travel time is just three hours and 40 minutes.

That is an hour longer trip than they are already taking to Grand Marais.

Laporte, the northern most ...

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Team effort: Cromwell senior Rachel Hutar goes up for two of her 13 points, while Olivia Cahoon seals off a couple of defenders. Nine players scored in the 73-70 overtime victory over the Cherry Tigers.
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Records, memories and a Polar League title

After cruising to the semifinal with wins over the Carlton Bulldogs and Cook County Vikings in the Section 7A Tournament, the Cromwell Cardinals ran into a pesky Cherry Tigers team and the state-ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers. The Cardinals squeeked out an incredibly exciting, 73-70 overtime win over the Tigers, before meeting their match with the Rangers in the final, 59-42.

Coach Gronner commented on how well his team fought after finding themselves down 29-13 at the half. “Our girls played a great second half,” said Gronner. We only turned the ball over four times in the half and really put some pressure on them on the defensive end.”

Cromwell actually cut the lead to six points, 39-33, with 9:11 to play, but Mya Buffetta drained two 3-pointers and senior Lissy McCulloch added another and stretched the lead back out.

“I am very proud of the fact that we did not give up, being down 16 at halftime, and we came out and competed to the end,” added Coach Gronner.

Despite the disappointing loss, the Cardinals earned a 2nd place finish in Section 7A, a Polar League conference title and a record 26 wins.

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Loose ball scramble: Fond du Lac guard Jordan Diver came up with this loose ball near midcourt during the Section 7A Championship game at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Tanner Heggedahl is the player under Jordan.
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Second time is not a charm

The last time a Floodwood Polar Bears boys basketball team was in a Minnesota Regional or Sectional Championship game was 1978. The Polar Bears took on the Orr Braves. That year Tod Autio, Damien Autio’s grandfather was sitting on the bench with five fouls.

Floodwood had the lead and the ball under their own basket with five seconds remaining in the game. Tod still recalls the ending. “We threw the ball out to almost half court. Christianson stole the ball and went all the way down and made a layup to win the game.”

Floodwood head coach Chris Tommila was in 4th grade and was of course at that game. “It was basically my first year of organized basketball,” recalls Coach Tommila. “I remember the snowy ride to the DECC. I remember what seemed to be a dimly lit arena and the last play seems as vivid as yesterday. It was a tough loss and we were the better team.”

Coach Tommila and Tod, who has a grandson (Damien Autio), were both hoping for a better result 37 years later.


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