Northland high school basketball fans flocked to the Superior High School gym Monday night and when they got their there were joined by several Division one college scouts as well to watch Esko vs. Superior.  Two state ranked teams in girl’s basketball.

Esko’s Savanna Trapp needed three blocks to become the all-time leader in blocked shots and finished with four.  She now has 646 for her career.  She added another 16 points to go along with those blocks.

But Superior was the team that put the “W” on their record.  Spartans won 65-63 in double overtime.

But the real winners were those fans that turned out for the game at the gym last night.

A tight game that went back and fourth all the way to the end.

The Eskomos fell to 18 – 2 on the season at Superior.  Claudia Turner led all scorers with 19 points while reaching 1,000 career points for the Eskomos, she also collected 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Savanna Trapp was the only other Eskomo in double figures with 16 points, while also blocking 4 shots and setting the Minnesota Girls Basketball all-time career record for blocked shots.

Esko senior guard Kallyn Knutson sent the game into overtime at the end of the regulation hitting a 3 pointer at the buzzer, but it wasn’t enough.  Superior had 3 girls reach double figures with Jessica Lindstrom leading the way with 18 points.

While she would have liked the win, Trapp was glad to get the record, it’s something she has worked for her entire career.  Trapp said, “Blocked shots have always been a huge part of my game ever since my 8th grade and to have the Minnesota state record is pretty awesome.”  At half-time she had just one block to go along with three fouls.  The fouls kept her on the bench for a big part of the game in the first-half.

Head Coach Scott Antonutti said, “I think girls on both sides battled and I’m sure it was a fun game to be a spectator at but those games can be nerve wracking for coaches.  Yeah it was a good game and good game for girl’s basketball with two good teams like that.”

Trapp still wanted the win.  “Yeah we gave it everything we got and I was really proud of the effort the girls put out.”

The record gets broken every time she blocks another shot from now until the end of the year.  It goes without saying; she already holds the Esko record for blocked shots as well.  Her sister Molly Trapp is just a sophomore but also played well for Esko.  She is listed at 6’4 and had six points.

Congrats to Savanna!

Congrat’s to everyone with the ALS Blackwoods Blizzard Snowmobile Ride.

They raised a record $810,000 for ALS efforts in the Northland.  A record amount.  Now in its 14th year of the year, more than 5.1 million dollars has been raised over the years making it the largest snowmobile fundraising event in the world.

182 riders took part, going in the Lake Vermillion and Two Harbors areas in sub-zero temps.

The Minnesota Twins were a big part of the event.  Manager Ron Gardenhire was again taking part.  He was joined by former Twins greats Tim Laudner, Kent Hrbek and Terry Steinbach the Twins bench coach.

Both Steinbach and Hrbek have lost their Dad’s to ALS.




Portland 100

Timberwolves 98



Wild   1

Phoenix   2


Super Bowl 47

And by now everyone knows that Baltimore won  Super Bowl 47 at the Superdome on Sunday over the Niners 34-31 on Sunday.

But the strange part was the lights going out at the game.

Here’s what NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell has to say about the power outage, “Obviously on the power outage, it was an unfortunate incident but we're looking into it to try and get the facts.  There were no safety issues at any point in time.  The dome personnel did an outstanding job.  I salute our fans, and our personnel, our teams.  I think everyone stayed calm and worked through the issues.  Obviously you all know it was about 34 minutes, but there were no injuries to my knowledge, maybe one minor injury on an escalator that stopped during the blackout.”

Baltimore has a daytime parade for the Ravens today.  I’m sure the power won’t go out.  But if it does, they don’t care, you don’t need light to see the Lombardi trophy.  It shines pretty good.

Keep Smile’n Northland.

I will.

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