Last Friday's 20-12 loss to Eveleth-Gilbert was a hard way to celebrate homecoming for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers.
It hurt more Saturday morning when the Rangers saw what happened to their top seed in the Section 6-2A standings.
It's rare for a sophomore to start at quarterback for the Verndale Pirates.
Even more rare is that sophomore already has a year of starting experience.
But Dillon Card is a rare athlete. The sophomore stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds.
People in the prep volleyball world know Abby Palmer.
And, after Palmer pounds a jump serve over the net for an ace, those that don't know her soon learn.
Palmer's jump serve has taken hours of practice to pull off in a game.
Travis Richards would have none of it.
When asked how he was able to gain 210 yards on 22 carries and score five touchdowns and a two-point conversion during the Pillager Huskies' 37-14 win over Bagley Sept.
Mikayla Wing was confident.
And why shouldn't she have been?
The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior was the defending Mid-State Conference champion at No. 1 singles. She had already beaten everyone in her bracket. Plus, her game has seen improvement.
There was increased energy at the Brainerd High School gym Tuesday.
Fan appreciation night helped as loads of Brainerd students were in attendance, but that wasn't it.
No, the added bounce in Brainerd's step was generated because of the opponent.