Bayside chatter: April 4
for the Lake County News-Chronicle
The word is that there probably won’t be a home baseball or softball game in Silver Bay until April 21 at the earliest unless things change drastically weather-wise. I’ll take a preview look at the softball team this week and the baseball team next week.
The softball team lost three starters to graduation last season in second baseman Jackie Larson, shortstop Rebecca Dilley and first baseman Kaelyn Lenski. Phoenix Lillis, Emma Bemlott and Cora Carter return as the pitchers with Bemlott or Lillis playing third when not pitching, and Carter at second. Sydney Topp will be at first and Brooke McMillen at short. Aliie Kloster returns to do the catching. The outfield will have Kayla Klofstad, Erika Ernest and Everly Bauck. Ashley Peterson and Tori Stevens will be the main backup.Although still young, as Lillis is the only senior on the team, this group could develop into a dark horse in the Polar League and section 7A with some experience and development.
I look for Carlton, Esko, Moose Lake and South Ridge to be the pre-season favorites in the Polar League. South Ridge joins the Polar League in baseball and softball this spring. Carlton returns ace Grace Macor to the mound, Esko has a senior laden team,
Moose Lake returns a veteran team with young pitching and South Ridge returns everybody but a catcher. In section 7A, four- time champion Cherry has to be the favorite until dethroned. The top challengers will be Littlefork-Big Falls, South Ridge, Carlton and Deer River.
Anna Carman was named to the 13 player Northland Sports Online All -area girls’ hockey team. Luke Small received honorable mention to the boys’ team.
Eben Fischer had 11 points for the Light Jerseys team that defeated the Dark Jerseys team 124-111 in the Polar League All-star basketball game held at Two Harbors.
Brooke McMillen of the Mariners was named to the High Performance select 16 section 7 team which plays against the other 7 sections in the annual state festival later this month.
While the Minnesota addressed its lack of pitching this off-season, it did not do enough to address its lack of offense. It will give up three or four spots in its batting order every time around and it likely will not see much improvement over the past few seasons.
Boston College claimed its 24th trip, Minnesota its 21st,North Dakota its 20th and Union its second to the NCAA Frozen Four last weekend.
Some team awards were announced last Sunday at the annual high school hockey banquet in Lake County held at Superior Shores. For the North Shore Storm, Quaid Cavallin was named most improved player, Chad Smuk best defensive player, Mills Johnson and Luke Small, most determined and hardest working players and Zach Duresky was named the MVP as voted by the players and coaches. For the girls, Anna Carman and Brooke McMillen were the best offensive players, Madison Roy was the best defensive player, April Velcheff, the most improved player, Felicia Seeber was the rookie of the year and Sara Carman was the MVP as voted by the players.