Louie St. George
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DULUTH—When he left the Navy in 2007 after four years and three deployments, Nate Miller returned to his hometown of St. Cloud, Minn. Gathering intelligence, fortifying communities against the threat of attack and working as a survival specialist in Iraq and Afghanistan had taken its toll. Re-entry into civilian life was no picnic, either.
Entering the fourth week of the high school football season, Northwestern’s Reagan Ruffi had rushed for a solid, if not spectacular, 184 yards.
DULUTH — Runners will do just about anything to get across the finish line. Tim Cernohous took that determination to the extreme Saturday morning. Effectively dead for a brief period of time after collapsing on Canal Park Drive, the 33-year-old Duluthian revived, recovered and completed his seventh consecutive Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.
HERMANTOWN, Minn. — Earlier this month, before departing on a two-week vacation to Florida, Bruce Plante said he was leaning toward stepping down as Hermantown's boys hockey coach. Plante, though, had to make sure he was all-in on retirement. "It's a really big decision for me," he said then. "It's tough. Once you do it, you're out. You don't get to get the team back. You never get to go back. You have to be ready. I knew when I was ready (to retire from) baseball and I knew when I was ready to retire from teaching, but I'm still a little iffy."
ST. PAUL — Thanks to a Gavin Hain hat trick and one more Zach Stejskal treat, the Halloween Machine is back on top. Hain scored three goals for the second time this postseason, fellow junior Stejskal shone brightly once more between the pipes, and the Thunderhawks are boys hockey state champions for the first time since 1980.
PAUL — There’s something about Hermantown hockey players making snow angels on the Xcel Energy Center ice. Saturday afternoon, it was Dylan Samberg’s turn to go gliding, arms flapping, gloves and helmets whistling through the air above him. The Hawks senior defenseman had just ended a heart-stopping affair vs. Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake to cap an unforgettable Class A boys hockey tournament the same way last year’s finished — with Hermantown on top.
Ask any member of the Superior Spartan football team to explain the squad's blistering start, and you're bound to hear one of about three well-versed responses centering on team chemistry, hard work and a productive offseason. There's another reason that, while similarly bland, helps to shed light on the resurgent Spartans' undefeated sprint through the regular season's first month: They were tired of losing. "We can be great," senior defensive lineman Will Stream said before practice Tuesday.
A week ago the Duluth Huskies were in danger of missing the Northwoods League playoffs for the sixth consecutive season after a disheartening come-from-ahead loss in Mankato. Look at 'em now. In front of the fifth-largest home crowd in team history, the Huskies romped past the Eau Claire Express 7-2 Friday night at Wade Stadium for their fifth straight win.
When 2-year-old Finn High was struck in the chest by an errant baseball in May 2012, his father, Jamie High, braced himself for the inevitable avalanche of tears. Instead, Finn collapsed to the ground, not breathing and with no sign of a pulse. Paramedics transported him first to Cambridge (Minn.) Medical Center, then to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Donnie Hissa isn't whining when he says he's had a hectic summer playing baseball for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League. Fresh off his junior season at Notre Dame, the former Northwestern High School standout headed for Mequon, Wis., where he's immersed in a relentless 70-game campaign for the second-year Chinooks.