Bayside Chatter: Nov. 8
Last season, the girls' high school hockey cooperative of Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Cook County was a very young team. This season they will be even younger. Since they have only 15 skaters and one goalie, they will play only a varsity schedule. They have one senior, four juniors, three sophomores, four freshmen and three eighth graders. They lost six to graduation, one to injury, one to early college and others elected not to play.
Anna Carman, the lone senior on the team, led the team in scoring last season with 18 goals and 10 assists. Freshman Brooke McMillen had five goals and six assists. Eighth grader Cora Carter had four goals and six points and junior Tori Stevens had two goals and six points. Establishing some consistent offense will probably be the first of three major challenges for this team.
Its second challenge will be to find some defenders beyond sophomores Madison Roy and Sarah Fjeran. Freshmen Hannah Johnson and Macey Jones got in a little time back on the blue line last season.
The third challenge is goaltending since sophomore Sara Carman is the only person in this position.
Bruce Carman is in his first season as the head coach of this team, with a first year assistant in Biz Huss. Dusty McMillen and Brad Johnson are going to help out as volunteer coaches.
Last season the team finished with a record of 7-18-1. If they can improve on that, I would have to say they'll have an outstanding season. A lot of youngsters are going to have to step up into major roles sooner than usual and some of them will have to really step up their games if the team is to be successful.
The North Shore Storm will begin its second season of play on Monday when the boys take to the ice with their coaches. Boys basketball also begins on Monday, with the girls starting on Nov. 18.
The ol' pigskin
Eden Prairie in 6A, Hutchinson in 4A, and Mahnomen in A return to defend their state titles in football. Caledonia, the three- time defending champion in AA saw its 36- game winning streak come to an end in the section final against Chatfield. Seventeen teams entered state play undefeated. Ely and Floodwood in nine-man, Moose Lake in AA, Proctor in AAA and Cloquet in 4A are area teams in state play.
In volleyball, Marshall in AA, is the only returning state champion. Carlton from 7A and Grand Rapids from 7AAA are the area representatives in the state tournament.