HIBBING — Two Hibbing U15 soccer teams – which play in the Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association – were in action Wednesday evening at Vic Power Fields in Hibbing.
The two Hibbing teams battled hard but fell to their respective opponents. The Hibbing girls team picked up its first loss of the season in losing to an older and more physical team in Duluth Denfeld by a 3-1 score.
The Hibbing boys U15 team – still searching for its initial win of the season – played hard against a bigger and stronger Hermantown team and lost 2-0.
Hibbing U15 Boys
Toby Reckmeyer – who coaches the Hibbing U15 boys team along with Marci Splinter – said Hibbing entered the game looking for improvement defensively, and he said he saw that today from his squad in the 2-0 loss to Hermantown.
“We kept the score low but we just couldn’t generate any goals,” said Reckmeyer. “Hermantown is an older, larger, stronger team and we’re a somewhat younger team with a lot of players 12 and 13 years old. Their team was bigger and faster.”
Being a young team, the coaches said they are looking for improvement every game and they have seen it so far.
“I would say that every game has been pretty close. We lost the first game by one, the second one we lost by one to (Grand) Rapids and now we lost today 2-0,” Reckmeyer explained. “There have been improvements; the defense improved today and this is the lowest scoring game we have had against the best team we have played. We just didn’t score the goals.”
Quentin McClellan and Drew Forer played in goal for Hibbing.
With the loss, Hibbing falls to 0-3 for the season.
“We want to keep on improving the defense and we will work on rotations a little bit defensively and see if we can’t move people around and score a few goals next game,” Reckmeyer said. “The kids are playing well generally and the wins will come.”
Reckmeyer said it is important for young soccer players to play summer soccer in order to be ready for the high school season.
“It gets them in shape and they get to work on their skill sets whether it is dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, all the things the JV and varsity team need,” Reckmeyer said. “It’s important for all that and just generally their health is important as well.”
Hibbing U15 Girls
The Hibbing U15 girls soccer team entered play on Wednesday with a perfect 3-0 record but a tough Duluth Denfeld team handed the local team its first loss by a 3-1 margin.
Ryan Trenberth, coach of the Hibbing team, said Duluth Denfeld was a tough team today with a number of good athletes on the team.
“They have a number of good girls out there that play the ball well and they pass very well,” Trenberth said. “They had one girl that was physical that got the ball behind us a couple of times and burned our defense. Our D cheated up a little bit and they got behind it.”
Trenberth said Hibbing’s defense was key in its first three wins of the season but that Denfeld just had too much for his young squad on Wednesday.
“They had a couple girls on that one side that could push the ball up and they just tended to burn us on it,” said Trenberth. “But I think my team played a good, clean game. They didn’t get into scrappy little corner fights and they hustled all the way to the end of the game. I am proud of them.”
Trenberth said in his position as coach that he tries to get all his players as much playing time as possible.
“I want to get them on the field,” said Trenberth. “I also have the head coach for the girls (Bluejacket head girls soccer coach Brittany Lindstrom) coming and helping me
so we are instituting her program right now to move it up into the high school program with these girls.
“It is extremely important that they play in the summer because they learn to play with each other. They are going to obviously play with different girls on JV but if they learn to play together as a team now it is just going to help the head coach in the future if these girls know how to play with each other.”
Emma Burkes scored the lone Hibbing goal on Wednesday while Aelle played in the nets.
With the loss, Hibbing is 3-1 for the season.
“I want to get to the playoffs and hopefully have a good record, and then get to the Final Four weekend,” Trenberth said. “I want all my girls on that championship weekend playing.”
SUPERIOR — The Hibbing VFW baseball team opened the 2019 season with a 9-5 to Superior Wednesday.
Dragon started on the mound for Hibbing, tossing three innings of three-hit ball. He walked four. Zack Sacco-LaMusga hurled one inning of relief, walking one. Warner tossed .1 innings, giving up two hits and walking four, and Fink pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two hits, and striking out two.
Latvala started for Superior. He hurled two innings, giving up four hits, striking out two and walking three. Samarziya tossed two innings, giving up one hit, striking out three and walking two. Warner tossed two innings, walking two and striking out one, and Piggett tossed one inning, striking out two.
At the plate, Jude Sundquist had three hits, including a double; and getting one hit each were Kivela and Ashton Balaski. Sundquist had four RBI, and Kivela one.
Hibbing will take part in the Grand Rapids Tournament. The first game will be at 11 a.m., Saturday in Cohasset.