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Howie: Anderson challenging Hunters to get to the ‘next level’

Hunters boys soccer coach Scott Anderson. Duluth Public Schools

Duluth Denfeld boys soccer coach Scott Anderson on the Hunters’ 7-1 home victory against Ashland on Tuesday night: “Overall, we played a good game, but at times lacked the intensity that it would take to get us to that ‘next level.’ Superior and Hermantown are up next. Both of these games will be tough matches where we’ll need to up the level and quality of our play. A couple of bright spots against Ashland: Sophomore Keegan Chastey had three goals and three assists. Also, sophomore Xavier Decker scored his career first varsity goal. Maison Oliver scored his personal best fifth goal in a season, while Jon Faynik scored his 11th and 12th goals of the year.”

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I’ll be 65 on November 10, and I’m reflecting on a 40-plus year, all-local sportswriting career that hopefully will never end. So, here begins a trip along Memory Lane:

Favorite Teammate — The late Terry Egerdahl of Proctor High. An All-American Bulldogs halfback, ‘Eggs’ was equally talented as a college baseball centerfielder. He hit for a high average, had sneaky-quick speed and was the classiest person I’ve ever met, on and off the field. He is missed.

Funniest Athlete — Warren “Bun” Carlson of Cloquet-Scanlon. The former Jacks and Saints goaltender could have enjoyed a successful career as a stand-up comedian, to be sure.

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Saints’ UMAC Players of the Week:

. Quinten McGregor, Football Defensive Player of the Week. Recorded a career-high 15 tackles and an interception in Saturday’s season opener at Mayville State.

. Teddy Gildersleeve, Football Special Teams Player of the Week. Returning an 83-yard kickoff for a touchdown against Mayville State.

. Kylie Slavin, Women’s Golf Player of the Week for the second week in a row. Co-medalist in last Thursday’s UMAC Preview Tournament.

. Aria Plewa, Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second straight week. Finished fifth overall at Thursday’s Dan Conway Classic — the only NCAA D3 finisher in the top 10.

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Leading the pack in local college and high school sports marathon television coverage is KBJR 6 and CBS 3, with sports directors David Coy and Kelly Hinseth and their staffs off to strong starts. Fox 21 is second-best and WDIO 10/13 a distant third early in the 2018-19 season. Local coverage should increase with Bulldogs men’s and women’s hockey starting soon.

Hardest-working local television sports personalities:

1. Kelly Hinseth, CBS 3
2. David Coy, KBJR 6
3. Sam Ali, Fox 21