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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 fields not ready: Warm temperatures have put a big dent in the snow this past week, however, the ball fields aren't quite ready.
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Sports Editor

While the high school baseball and softball student athletes wait patiently for a chance to play their first organized game of the season, coaches and athletic directors in the Polar League sat down to brainstorm new schedule changes for a shortened season. With the slow arrival of spring, no games will be played until the later part of April.

At a recent athletic directors meeting the discussion was to split the Polar League into a Big and Small division for this year (same as basketball and volleyball for next year). Floodwood athletic director Adam Johnson shared that this is a workable solution to get all the contests in with the short spring.

“This means that we have to make getting those games within our divisions a priority,” said Johnson, who is also the head baseball coach at Floodwood. “We will have a small school and a large school champion.”

The breakdown will now be: SMALL SCHOOL BASEBALL: Floodwood, Carlton, Silver Bay, Wrenshall and McGregor. Cromwell does not...

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Triple at state: Riley Bernsdorf knocks a triple versus Blackduck at the Minnesota State Baseball Tournament in Chaska, Minnesota.
Recent Features

Softball teams will be inexperienced

Panthers officially in the ... Polar League

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Tussle and tangle...

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South Ridge #2, Floodwood #3

Esko swarms and traps Mercuries

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Polar Bears return with pedigree
Sports Editor

The Floodwood Polar Bears had been knocking on the door of a state tournament for years – especially in baseball. This past year was an exciting one for Floodwood fans when they made history by winning the Section 7A Baseball Championship and advance to state.

The Polar Bears were very competitive at state, losing to the #2 seed New York Mills 6-5 in game one. They then proceeded to defeat Blackduck 8-2 before falling to tournament #1 seed Wabasha-Kellogg, 2-0, in the consolation championship.

Floodwood continues to have high expectations in 2014. Polar Bear head coach Adam Johnson shared that his team is going to have to replace a lot of pitching from last year. “Overall, we are going to be somewhat inexperienced in the pitching department,” said Coach Johnson. “Kyle Tamminen, Willow Christenson, and Ricky Baker are going to have to step up and lead us on the mound this year.”

Defensively, the Polar Bears will have some guys trying some new positions. “We...

For the rest of this story, scores, schedules and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

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Home safely: Cromwell Cardinal Olivia Warpula slides into home safely during a game versus the South Ridge Panthers.
Recent Features

Panthers officially in the ... Polar League

Season ends for .. Mercuries & Cardinals

Tussle and tangle...

'Bears end Cardinal season

South Ridge #2, Floodwood #3

Esko swarms and traps Mercuries

Hawkinson closes in on school record

Seeing double!

Cardinals enjoy victories over Bulldogs for Homecoming

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Softball teams will be inexperienced

The McGregor Mercuries, Cromwell Cardinals and Floodwood Polar Bears high school girls softball teams will all begin the season with plenty of inexperience in 2014.

Floodwood did not field a team last year, but are ready to return to the diamond this spring.
The Polar Bears will be coached by Sarah Lindstrom. Coach Lindstrom shared that she has 14 girls out for softball in grades 7-12. “The girls have been working very hard so far,” noted the coach. “We are really challenging ourselves to improve, since we didn’t have a team last year due to low numbers.”

Pitching has been the area of emphasis. All girls out for softball are practicing the skill.

Returning players include Haylie Aho – Senior, Sydney Lough – Senior, Amanda Baker – Junior, Megan Aho – Sophomore, Honna Hendrickson – Sophomore, and Mary Rhode – Sophomore.
The rest of the girls are playing for the first time. “We will have...

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