Louie St. George
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NASHWAUK, Minn. — Cruising along undefeated at the Hibbing Invitational in early January, Coon Rapids' Isaiah Thompson wasn't thinking about improving to 5-0 as he prepared to wrestle Alex Milstead at 160 pounds. Thompson instead was hatching a plan to lose. He executed it flawlessly. Minutes later, Milstead — a Nashwauk-Keewatin sophomore with Down syndrome — had himself a second-round pin and a raucous celebration. Uninhibited, and with the crowd howling its approval, Milstead danced. He flexed his muscles. He beamed his infectious smile.
DULUTH, Minn.—Mike MacDonald's arms helped him become a bench-pressing icon, which made the sight of his pencil-thin wrists so jarring. Balancing, say, 600 pounds aloft, they had to look comically inadequate. "You see my wrists? Mike's were a half-inch bigger than mine," Deborah Stephens, 64, said of her late brother last week.
DULUTH, Minn.—On Dec. 21, Duluth East and Duluth Marshall collided in a highly anticipated boys hockey game at Duluth Heritage Sports Center, where nary a seat was empty. Much of the amped-up crowd stood throughout, from puck drop until the Greyhounds' Logan Anderson capped a wild night by scoring in overtime and leaping into the glass.
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.
ESKO, Minn. — Christian Laettner knows the question will be asked this weekend at Esko, where he's overseeing a three-day basketball clinic. It always is. Will one of college basketball's all-time greats try to recreate The Shot, a moment in sports history as iconic as Kirk Gibson's fist pump, Dwight Clark's catch or Michael Jordan's shoulder shrug? "Once they see how old I am, they won't ask me that," Laettner, 48, joked by phone recently from his home in Jacksonville, Florida. "I don't even think I can dunk anymore.
DULUTH — Just before he arrived back in the United States last week from the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia, Ben Blankenship's grandmother passed away. "She was having a little bit of trouble, and I was really hoping to get home before it happened," Blankenship said. Barbara Feyereisen died Aug. 30. She was 84.
HIBBING, Minn. — Not long after the NFL draft concluded in April, way-too-early forecasting kicked off for 2018. Among the names that keep popping up as a potential early round sleeper is that of Deion Harris, the 2014 Hibbing graduate who is approaching his senior season at the University of North Dakota. On April 29, the Sporting News compiled a list of the top 18 prospects for the 2018 draft. And there was Harris, the ex-Bluejacket, checking in at No. 18. Here is what the publication had to say about the playmaking cornerback:
MOOSE LAKE, Minn.—Deion Harris won't be the only northeast Minnesotan making key contributions to the North Dakota football team this fall. In fact, former Moose Lake-Willow River star Jake Disterhaupt was voted one of two defensive captains for the Fighting Hawks. The senior linebacker will lead a club that should open the fall campaign ranked in Football Championship Subdivision top 10.
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.
DULUTH — Compared to last year, when 369 people visited the Grandma's Marathon medical tent, Saturday was a relative breeze — minus the breeze. Dr. Ben Nelson, Grandma's medical director, said the number Saturday was 281. Nelson, then, was able to kick up his feet and relax, right? Not quite. "It didn't feel like that," he said. "The medical crew stayed busy enough. They weren't bored." Heat-related illness was the main reason for attention.