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’August 16, 2021 . Members of the St. John Woodchuck football team hustle through some early-season drills. WOodchucks . (Continued from Page 9) year,” Davis said. “We had‘a good offseas to step up and ready to play.” Davis said an early concern he has is depth. He explained his team has tal- ent at several key spots, but has yet to determine if that talent is only one or two players deep. “Depth is always a concern and we’re always trying to develop subs and backups that can come in and play when needed,” Davis said. “We think we week. ready to contribute at the varsity level. ‘ “We’re trying to prepare everyone and let them know they could get asked to play at any moment,” De- Coteau said. “We’ve had some in- stances in the past where we’ve had to turn to guys and they weren’t as ready as they could have been and we want to change that this year.” Senior Ethan Morin and freshman Jeremy Laducer will be the team’s quarterbacks. Chad Parisien, Dante Davis and Jacob Thifoe will carry the ball while Boston Davis, Jason Davis Dragons (Continued‘from Page 9) and Rylie Delonais will run the re- ceiving routes. DeCoteau added Chad Parisien could be used as a re- ceiver and is poised to have a break- out year. “He’s the type of player that we ' can put anywhere and he can find a way to help us. He has big upside this year and we want him involved as much as possible.” i - The Dragons will compete in Re- gion 3 this year, alOng'with North Prairie, St.» John, Bottineau and Towner¥Granville-Upham. The top three teams in the region will qualify on and these younger kids are ready have afew guys that will be able to come in and give others a few breaks when they need it.” . St. J ohn will open the season on the road against Nelson County in Lakota. The Woodchucks will play in Region 3 along with North Prairie, Bottineau, Dunseith and Towner—Granville-Upham. “It will be fun to play all the Turtle Mountain teams and, along with Bot— tineau and Towner, it should make for a fun season,” Davis said. Dunseith'Dragon players go through offense versus defense drillsduring a practice session last for the postseason. Others teams on the Dragons schedule include North Star, Nelson County, Benson County and Four Winds. The Dragons will open the season this Friday on the road with a game r against the Bearcats in Cando. “We had a lot of unknowns last 'year with COVID and everything else so We’re excited to get this year; going and see, where we are at,” De- Coteau'said. “We had a nice team camp and we have some athleticism so we’ll see how it goes.” Rolla SChOOI forms yet another ‘i co-op, conductssurvey onicolors The Rolla School Board approved a one-sport coop-. erative with North Star School at last week’s meeting previous year. The board voted 5-0 to allow the Cando—based school r to send one student overto participate in wrestling. Rolla and St. John combined several years ago to form the Northern Lights wresting squad. Princpal and athletic director Randy Loing said St: John officials had no issue with the idea and it'will not lead to any extra costs for either school. The Cando stu- dent, who is a junior in high school, will provide his own transportation. Loing said the ND. High School Activities Associa- tion is waiving a late fee for registering the cooperative it because North Star did not sponsor the sport during‘the Also relating to sports, Loing inforrned‘the board of a school; colors survey taken by students'and parents. The electronic poll gave options for new colors for the Rolla- Rolette (North Prairie COugars)all~sports cooperative that will begin in 2022-2023. " ; ’ ‘ ‘ j ‘ Among students 47 percent were in favor of the navy‘ V blue and white color scheme while 37 percent approved of a black and silver combination. Adults were more inclined to stay loyal to navy blue and white with 53 percent approving of those colors. Just 31 percent wanted to convert to silver and black. i; MOTOR Cb. www.MunroMotorCo.c SChedUIe M‘a‘ln— ‘A'v'e'. EEST'3"RolIé' 017753124 ‘ Monday ‘ August 16 Support your home team! Volleyball Volleyball Begins Volleyball Begins Volleyball Begins I was advised many years ago to never tempt fate, especially when base- ball is involved. Late last month my family and I took a trip to Wisconsin Dells_.,-We drove through Minneapolis and as luck ' would have it, the Minnesota Twins were playing a home game at noon. the day We were Coming home. Although the Twins are terrible, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. '- We didn’t expect a 'win but 'my goodness is this year’s Twins team awful. In the bottom of the fourth the Twins managed to fall behind 10-0. . It was 90 plus degrees and we were hot, tired and depressed. None more so than Jack, my 11-year. old baseball fa? natic. Miraculously, the home team roared back with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Included in the outburst was a grand slam. Just like that, we were rid- ing high. The good feelings didn’t last long, however, as the Tigers added three more runs to take a 13—6 lead. The Twins did nothing offensively the next three innings. After the sev- enth, Jack andI were outvoted 3—2 and we decided to head for home. I knew better than to leave a game early. I hoped the last two innings would be quiet and uneventful but I knew it was wishful thinking. Jack was upset with the decision but like a trooper, he hopped in the back of . the van and opted to listen on the radio. We climbed into our ride just as the Twins were getting ready to bat in the bottom of the’eighth. What happened next Was one of the most wrenching 20 minutes I’ve lived in a really, really long time. The leadoff batter hit a homerun. Jack was mified but it was only one run and the score was still 13-7. Then the next batter hit a home run and now we were all starting to wonder if we made a really big mistake. The next batter didn’t hit one over '/ THE GOLF COURSE r \‘s'n-iau HUMAN oPPONEN-rs, " as l 90‘ DOESN‘T >- MEAN you CAN‘T . LEARN seem THEM: THE IDBV To DO THrn- IS TO BE RLERT AND oesenwwr There’s a priceto * TA I pay for leaving early k x.‘_.\, I" the fence but he did get on base. Miguel Sano followed with not just a homerun, - but a 473-foot homerun. It’s the longeSt one hit at Target Field this year. That made the score 13-10 and no Jack was really hot. ' ' A double followed the homer and then, improbably, the Twins hit another homerun, making the score 13-12. It was the first time in around 25 years the Twins hit four homeruns in a single in— Ping- ' ‘ It was also about this time the radio announcer said he felt sorry for anyone who was at the game and decided to leave early. Jack was beside himself and at that rare moment in time, he had his brother and sister, along with his mom, in the palm of his little hand. If Jack ever wanted anything in his life, this was the time to make that request. . The game moved into the ninth where the Tigers added four more runs to take a comfortable 17-12 lead. Of course the leadoff batter for the Twins in the ninth got on base, and that was followed by a two-run home run, making the score 17-14. Thankfully, that turned out to be the final score. I’m not exactly sure how we would have handled it had they come back to win. It was a lesson for all of us. Jack de- clared that if he ever has kids and brings them to a game, they’ll never leave early. 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