Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29.
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WILLMAR — The New Year Bonspiel was Friday through Sunday at the Willmar Civic Center. It was Glacial Ridge Curling's 12th annual event.
WILLMAR—Mya Monson bagged a pair of goals and Bailey Olson logged a three-point night to power Willmar past Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Saturday night to the tune of a 4-0 scoreline. Monson got things going after a scoreless first period with her 11th goal of the season, beating L/DC goaltender Avery Stilwell after receiving a pass from Olson. Olson also assisted on Monson's team-leading 12th goal of the season late in the third period to put the game at 4-0.
If you've ever spent any time at a gymnastics meet at Willmar High School, you've probably seen assistant coach Nick Clasemann. If you haven't seen him, you've definitely heard him. Clasemann is the assistant coach for the second-ranked Cardinal gymnastics team by name but he's the team's spirit animal in all actuality. He's the taller of Willmar's male coaches and assuredly the loudest person in the gymnastics room full of cheering fans and supportive teammates. And the Cardinals like it that way.
Erica Schramm can do things most people in the world can't do. The Willmar Cardinal gymnast has flipped more times than a tossed coin and has spent countless hours in the gymnastics room, developing a familiarity with every inch of the padded space. That's what made Schramm's accident last January so surprising. It was a move she had done hundreds of times. Maybe thousands. Schramm was a junior at the time, in the midst of a stellar season for the Cardinals, racking up all-around victories and team wins at nearly every meet up to that point.
Brandon Adelman talks about playing college basketball the way most parents talk about their children going to school. It's definitive and without hesitation. It's always been the next logical step, like a son or daughter taking over the family business. The only question was where. And even that question, Adelman said, wasn't too hard to answer.
MINNEAPOLIS — Steve Solem's final game as BOLD's head football coach didn't end exactly as he hoped. But it was darn close. The Warriors' season ended in heartbreaking fashion, losing 22-21 to Mahnomen/Waubun in Prep Bowl XXXVII Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium. It's the third time since 1992 the Warriors lost by one point in the Prep Bowl and fourth Prep Bowl loss in a row.
Steve Solem sure has an eye for talent. In his first year coaching football, before BOLD was even BOLD, he took up the whistle for the Bird Island-Lake Lillian-Danube Blitz. Solem coached a tight end and linebacker named Shane Weis. Weis, a junior in Solem's first year as head coach in 1986, had nice hands but had a propensity for finishing just short of the end zone.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jalen Suggs and the SMB Wolfpack dazzled fans Friday night in the Class AAAA Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, ending the Willmar Cardinals' magical season with a final score of 44-18. SMB is a combined team of players from St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy and Blake Academy formed four years ago. The Cardinals finish the season 11-2 and state runners-up for just the second time in school history and first time since 1973.
BOLD head coach Steve Solem is one win away from riding off into the sunset like few legends have before him. That last win won't come easy, though. Mahnomen/Waubun stands in the way of the perfect cap to Solem's career and the Warriors' strong season. The Thunderbirds will try to play spoiler in the Class A state championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. So often the Prep Bowl isn't necessarily the matchup of the top two teams and yet that's exactly what happened this year in Class A.
DELANO—Delano/Rockford shut out Willmar 6-0 Tuesday evening thanks to a lopsided shot differential. The home team outshot the Cardinals 42-13 and scored three second period goals while Delano/Rockford netminder Grace Glasrud blanked the Cardinals. Glasrud earned an assist with her team's sixth goal, a power play effort by Anna Keranen. Chloe Kuechle scored the game's first wo goals and Meghan Staunton finished with a pair of goals and two assists. Keranen tallied two assists and her third period goal.