Louie St. George
- Member for
- 4 years 9 months
When North Woods reached the 2017 Class A boys basketball state title game, the unlikeliness of the Grizzlies' run captivated a region, but even the most optimistic resident of Cook would have been hard-pressed to seriously predict victory in the final.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL / LARGE-SCHOOL SEASON PREVIEW COMING WEDNESDAY A look at the Northland's small-school boys basketball teams Mike Devney wasn't even halfway through his five-week vacation in Thailand this past summer before realizing that he wasn't ready to embrace basketball retirement. Sightseeing and laying on the beach were nice, but the hoops lifer already missed the gym.
MAPLE — As soon as Reagan Ruffi emerged from his surgery-induced fog on Sept. 22 — the result of a cutback gone bad the night before — and was told he had a shot at returning to the field for Northwestern's Oct. 5 homecoming game vs. Ladysmith, that's what he was determined to do.
PREP FOOTBALL Following a season-ending loss to Cloquet in the Section 7AAAA playoffs on Oct. 27, an emotional Frank Huie stood before his Duluth Denfeld football team. Huie's postgame address that afternoon at Bromberg Field, which came after the Hunters had concluded their most successful campaign since 2009, hinted at a change in the offing. "He told us that it might be time for old gray beard to hang it up," said senior Dominic Klaas, a fullback and linebacker for the Hunters.
Caitlin Schneeweis was standing next to the water fountain in the Duluth Denfeld gym lobby on Monday afternoon as members of the girls basketball team took a break from practice to rehydrate. Time was, Schneeweis was a shoo-in to be one of those basketball players. Her father, Jason, starred in the sport at Minnesota Duluth and she grew up immersed in it. At the behest of her mother, Catherine, Schneeweis gave volleyball a try while in middle school. At the time, it was merely a way to stay in shape.
Ryder Donovan won't be playing his college hockey at North Dakota, after all. The Duluth East senior, who verbally committed to the Fighting Hawks in July 2017, told the coaching staff last Wednesday that he'd had a change of heart and would be reopening his recruitment. Donovan said it was a tough decision. "It was nothing against them — they've been nothing but good to me," he said Monday night by phone. "It's just not the right fit."
7 players to watch BLAKE BIONDI Hermantown Junior forward The Minnesota Duluth commit put together a dazzling offseason after leading the Hawks in goals as a sophomore RYDER DONOVAN Duluth East Senior forward North Dakota commit totaled 48 assists as a junior, and now turns his attention to being more selfish with the puck DARIAN GOTZ Hermantown Senior defenseman
CLOQUET — Fans are prone to fretting over their favorite team consistently playing for a different coach.
Ryder Donovan was wearing a goofy aviator hat festooned with a Minnesota Twins logo, its furry ear flaps touching his shoulders, before the Duluth East hockey team held its second practice of the season Nov. 13 at Heritage Center. Donovan had his sweats tucked into his socks and grinned throughout a 10-minute interview as his teammates filed into the locker room, laughing as they passed. This was one of the things that lured Donovan back to high school hockey — one more chance to enjoy the camaraderie of longtime buddies as they chase a state championship.
MINNEAPOLIS — Mountain Iron-Buhl came into its Nine-Man state tournament semifinal this morning averaging 38.5 points per game behind the running of seniors Joe Buffetta and Jericho Peterson. The Rangers, though, hadn’t seen a defense quite like the one Mountain Lake Area brought to U.S. Bank Stadium. So stifling were the Wolverines while ending the Northland’s high school football season via a 42-8 victory that they held Buffetta, who had rushed for 1,648 yards, to minus-8 in the first half. On nine carries.