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The strain Kara Goucher has been under recently showed up during a post-race news conference this morning after the former Duluth resident finished the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. The tears that flowed from Goucher’s eyes weren’t because her time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 15 seconds was 8½ minutes behind her course record set in 2012 nor because it was slower than the 75-minute expectation she had set.
The world’s best women’s wheelchair marathon racer finally met her match. Tatyana McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist who became the first competitor — able-bodied or otherwise — to sweep the Boston, Chicago, London and New York marathons in the same year, won’t be at the Grandma’s Marathon start line today.
Mary Lahti and four of her five children ran the John Galo Memorial 5K last July in Duluth. Her oldest child, 15-year-old Will Schlotec, was the lone holdout. "He said, 'Mom, I want the first race I run to be a full marathon, so I'm going to sit this one out,' " Mary recalled. Instead, Will penciled in the 2018 Grandma's Marathon as his running debut. Sadly, that won't happen after Will died tragically last August after jumping into Amity Creek at a spot known as "the Deeps."
MINNEAPOLIS — In a sport brimming with wealth and snobbery, David "Demetri" Bush is the tennis anti-hero. Molded more out of the likes of Happy Gilmore, Rocky Balboa or Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy, the Duluth Denfeld senior doesn't abide by the typical traditions of the sport. Instead, he's the guy who wears black socks to gym class. In fact, Bush wore those black socks Friday as he knocked off the top two seeded players in the Class A high school state tournament at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center to become the Hunters' first boys singles state champion.
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — Esko softball coach Jeff Emanuel expressed concern about his team’s hitting prior to the Eskomos’ third consecutive state tournament appearance.
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — Though his No. 3 hitter Megan Erickson has been struggling to hit the ball lately, Randolph softball coach Dennis Trom wasn’t about to pinch hit for her or have her attempt to bunt to get on base when the freshman catcher came up to bat with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a Class A quarterfinal against Carlton.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — The Vegas Golden Knights have made history in their first season in the NHL, reaching the Stanley Cup Final as an expansion team. The Duluth Wolfpack, a lesser-known, relative newcomer to the world of prep lacrosse, were hoping to produce a similar shock result Wednesday in the Section 7 final against Centennial. In just their third varsity season, the Wolfpack had gone from a 4-11 debut in 2016 to 6-9 a year ago and a remarkable section-best 14-1 this season.
NO. 5 ESKO (22-4) VS. NO. 4 PIPESTONE AREA (22-2) What : Class AA quarterfinal When: 9 a.m., Thursday Where: Caswell Park, North Mankato, Minn.