Louie St. George
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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.
DULUTH — Proper hydration often is cited as a key to any successful long-distance race. It may have cost Geoffrey Bundi a chance to win Grandma's Marathon on a humid Saturday morning. Running side-by-side with two-time defending men's champ Elisha Barno, Bundi followed his fellow Kenyan into a water station just before Lemon Drop Hill, about 22 miles in. Searching frantically, Bundi couldn't find his designated bottle, which contained a sports drink. So he hurried across London Road, to a regular station, and snagged a standard water. Race over.
DULUTH — The Edmund Fitzgerald Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center was full Friday afternoon as Kara Goucher took a leisurely stroll down memory lane, hitting the highlights — plus the lows — of her fairytale running career that gets a restart at this morning's Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Those in the standing- and sitting-room-only crowd no doubt were thinking something along the lines of: Forget conservative — go for the win.
DULUTH — Michael Rieker knows the question is coming. Whenever the 41-year-old tries to explain — or, maybe, rationalize — that he travels the country helping strangers reach their running goals, the next query is about as inevitable as pre-race Porta Potty visits. "Why?" they ask Rieker. The Peoria, Ill., resident is a member of the CLIF Pace Team, where his dominant concern is leading a pack of runners across the finish line in a predetermined time. Rieker will be in Duluth this weekend for his "fifth or sixth" Grandma's Marathon.
Grandma's Marathon is going to need a new banner to commemorate the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon men's course record-holder — none other than American superstar Meb Keflezighi, one of the most recognizable faces in distance running. Keflezighi finished the 2013 Bjorklund, which doubled as the USA Half Marathon Championships, in 1 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds, good for second place behind Mo Trafeh, who covered 13.1 miles in 1:01:17. But Trafeh in 2014 was caught with a banned substance — he said it was EPO — by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and promptly retired.