Around Cook County
Three mushers, including two from the North Shore, finished the Grand Portage to Hungry Jack leg of the Gichigami Sled Dog Race in under four hours on Sunday.
This is the first year for the Gichigami and it is being run in three legs. The mushers left the Mineral Center trailhead in a staggered start after 9 AM, Sunday headed for Hungry Jack and the Gunflint Trail.
Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors covered the 51 miles in 3:55 . Right behind him in finishing times were Frank Moe of Hovland and Ryan Redington of Wasilla, AK in 3:56. The fastest teams were running about 13 miles per hour over a trail that was less than ideal.
Keith Aili of Ray finished the first leg in 4:06 followed by Bruce Langmaid of Kearny, ON, Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm and Erin Redington of Wasilla, AK who ran the course in 4:08.
Ryan Anderson of Ray and Will Kornmuller of Willow, AK finished the Grand Portage to Hungry Jack leg in 4:11 followed by Michael Bestgen of St. Cloud and Vern Schroeder of Warba in 4:13. Ariane Jasmin of Clam Gulch, AK finished in 4:14.
Coming in at 4:20 and 4:21 respectively were Tofte's Rita Wehseler and Clam Gulch, AK's James Wheeler while Kevin Malkowski of Outing finished in 4:24.
Rounding out the finishers were Amanda Vogel of Ray in 4:31, Blake Freking of Finland in 4:39 and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors in 4:54.
Bill Wehseler of Tofte was scratched from the race.
The mushers, volunteers and race fans were scheduled for an outdoor barbecue at Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail Sunday night.
The 59-mile second leg of the race starts Monday morning at 9 o'clock after breakfast at Windigo Lodge. The mushers and teams will travel from Windigo Lodge to Devil Track Landing for the longest of the three-stages. A spaghetti feed will celebrate the end of the second leg at American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais.
The boys and girls hockey teams on the North Shore have been successful in their most-recent two games.
On Saturday night, the Silver Bay Area girls defeated Lake of the Woods, 7-0. The win followed up a Mariner victory over LOTW on Friday night, 6-0.
In boys hockey, North Shore defeated Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin 2-0 Saturday after stopping Ely-Northeast Range 11-0 on Thursday.
The wins brought the Mariners to 6 and 12 for the season, including a record of 5-5 in the last 10 matches. The boys are 8-4 for the season. Silver Bay Area and North Shore each feature skaters from Cook and Lake counties.
Brooke McMillen led the Mariners on Saturday night with a hat trick as her team took the seven-goal victory. The other goals came from Hannah Johnson, who scored twice, with one goal each hit notched by Katelyn DeRosier and Kristina Thums. In the goal, Sara Carman had six saves compared to 70 saves by LOTW’s Emily Ney.
On Friday night, Cora Carter and Anna Carman had two goals each to lead the Mariners to the 6-0 win. McMillan and Rebecca Dilley scored one each for the win. In the net, Cassie Swanson had 10 saves for SBA while Ney made for LOTW.
SBA hosts Proctor-Hermantown on Tuesday night, January 8 before traveling to Moose Lake Area for a game Friday night, January 11. North Shore hosts Eveleth-Gilbert on Thursday night and International Falls on Saturday.
Tomorrow, January 6, Minnesota’s newest stage-style sled dog race, the Gichigami Express begins in Grand Portage! The three-day race travels from Grand Portage, along the Gunflint Trail to Grand Marais and back to Grand Portage on January 6-8, 2013. The community is happy to welcome a field of 20 mushing teams to compete in the inaugural race.
U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken today joined U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin in a friendly wager on Saturday's NFL playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. The Wisconsin senators wagered a case of Wisconsin craft beer against a case of local Minnesota beer from the Minnesota senators.
“It’s not often we have the chance to beat Green Bay two weekends in a row,” Klobuchar said. “There will be no better way to wash down the sweet taste of victory than with an ice cold Wisconsin beer from my friends across the border.”
Colin Everson scored 23 points to lead the Cook County Vikings to a 65-55 home victory over the Cromwell Cardinals Friday night in Grand Marais.
The Viking girls won their second game in a row by stopping the Cardinals 51-39 led by 14 points from Lily Gruber-Schulz.
In other North Shore high school basketball play, Silver Bay dropped a pair of games to Moose Lake-Willow River.
The Viking boys took a 36-28 lead at the half and outscored the Cardinals 29-26 in the second for the win.
In addition to Everson’s 23, Justin Goldstein had 15 while Kale Boomer had 11. Rounding out the Vikings’ scoring were Lars Scannell with eight and Jonny Jacobsen with four while Rory Bakke and Peter Warren added two each.
Austin Pfisthner had 17 for Cromwell.
The Vikings are 6-2 for the season and play Friday night, January 11 at Silver Bay in a game that will be broadcast on WTIP.
The Viking girls upped their record to 5-6 with their win over the Cardinals.
Cook County held a 30 to 20 halftime lead before holding off Cromwell 21-19 in the second to take the 11-point win.
Gruber-Schulz’s 14 led the Vikes followed by Breana Peterson’s 12 and eight from Teresa Morrin. Other Vikings on the scoreboard were Kaitlynn Linnell with seven, Jamie Sjogren with six and Leah Utities with four.
Christina Stenson led Cromwell with 13.
The now 5-6 Vikings travel to Mesabi East for a game Thursday night, January 10. On Friday, they join the boys at Silver Bay and their game will be broadcast on WTIP.
The Silver Bay Mariner girls lost a 67-38 road game at Moose Lake-Willow River.
The Rebels took a first-half lead of 35-32 before taking the second half 32-19 for the win.
Alicia Nopola scored 26 to lead the Mariners. Tara Dow added 10 and Kayla Maleski scored two. Nopola also had a three-point basket.