Prep report: 'Determined' Greyhounds down Superior

Duluth East's passing wasn't perfect against the Spartans, but they were able to "do something with every pass," according to coach Susan Schmidt.
Superior’s Emily Barker (2) reaches to tip the ball over Duluth East’s Ayla Oltmanns (1) in the second game of the Dig Pink match in Superior on Tuesday evening, Oct. 5, 2021. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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Duluth East junior Ayla Oltmanns had 13 kills and 12 digs to lead the Greyhounds to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) win at Superior Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Duluth East came out “determined” according to coach Susan Schmidt, with the team jumping on Superior and never really allowing the Spartans back into the match.

Schmidt said the team has had a number of close sets they lost by a point or two recently and they wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again against the Spartans.

That passing improved for the Greyhounds against Superior, according to Schmidt, but that wasn’t the key to the win.

“Our ability to do something with every pass was what I think was key tonight,” Schmidt said. “They were determined to put the ball down, no matter if the pass was perfect or not. I think that was the big difference here.”


In addition to Oltmanns' play, Ola Okoro had 29 set assists and three aces and Ashlyn Ring had nine kills.

Destiny Hering had eight kills and 11 digs to lead the Spartans.

Sheets, Giants capture IRC title

Mesabi East junior Adriana Sheets won the 50 and 100 freestyles in leading the Giants to the Iron Range Conference title at Two Harbors.

Sheets was also part of Mesabi East’s winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays as the Giants swept the three relay events. They finished with 562 points.

Rock Ridge, which got victories from Cally Anderson (1-meter diving) and Dani Logan (500 freestyle), was second with 536 points while Two Harbors was third with 337.

Lumberjacks advance with 7AA victory

Marina Dostal defeated Emily Hill 6-4 and 6-2 to lead Cloquet-Esko-Carlton to a 6-1 victory over Grand Rapids as the Lumberjacks were victorious in the round of 16 in the Section 7AA team playoffs.

Grand Rapids’ lone victory came via the No. 1 doubles team of Courtney Brandt and Taryn Hamling.

Tuesday’s Results
Cross Country
Phillips Pre-Sectional Invitational
1. Solon Springs/Northwood, 39; 2. Phillips, 40; 3. Chequamegon, 68; 4. Unity, 93; 5. Frederic/Luck, 146; Shell Lake, 150.
1. Phillips, 38; 2. Washburn, 55; 3. Chequamegon, 66; 4. Solon Springs/Northwood, 71.
Ely Invitational
1. Rock Ridge, 47; 2. Proctor, 62; 3. Esko, 63; 4. North Shore, 135; 5. South Ridge, 138 (won tie-breaker); 6. Ely, 138; 7. Moose Lake-Willow River/Barnum, 154; 8. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 204; 9. Mesabi East, 256; 10. International Falls, 290; 11. Chisholm, 327.
1. Proctor, 41; 2. North Shore, 62; 3. Rock Ridge, 83; 4. Moose Lake-Willow River/Barnum, 145; 5. International Falls, 151; 6. Ely, 163; 7. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 170; 8. Esko, 171; 9. Mesabi East, 201.
Boys Soccer
Duluth Marshall 2, Chisago 0
Grand Rapids 3, Hibbing 0
Girls Soccer
Duluth Denfeld 2, Esko 1
Duluth Marshall 2, Hibbing 0
Proctor 5, Cambridge-Isanti 2
Girls Swimming
Duluth Triple Dual Meet
Proctor-Hermantown 92, Hibbing 78
Proctor-Hermantown 116, Duluth Denfeld 51
Hibbing 102, Duluth Denfeld 65
Iron Range Conference Championships
1. Mesabi East, 562; 2. Rock Ridge, 536; 3. Two Harbors, 337; 4. International Falls, 327; 5. Northeast Range, 260; 6. Chisholm, 207.
Girls Tennis
Section 7AA Team Playoffs
Round of 16
Pequot Lakes 7, Hermantown 0
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 6, Grand Rapids 1
Barnum 3, McGregor 0
Chisholm 3, International Falls 1
Cloquet 3, Hibbing 0
Duluth East 3, Superior 0
Ely 3, Lakeview Christian Academy 2
Esko 3, Carlton 0
Floodwood 3, Two Harbors 0
Greenway 3, Duluth Marshall 0
Hermantown 3, Grand Rapids 2
Moose Lake-Willow River 3, Cromwell-Wright 2
Proctor 3, Aitkin 0
South Ridge 3, Wrenshall 0


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