Every Hermantown fall sports team has enjoyed a strong start to its 2023 season.
The powerful Hawks football team is 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the rugged Northeast Red conference. Hermantown blitzed Grand Rapids 31-14 last Friday night at beautiful Centricity Stadium, as elite junior quarterback Alex Schott connected with Peyton Menzel on a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another. The Hawks will visit Rock Ridge (1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hermantown will visit Duluth East (1-3) on Oct. 6, before playing host to Esko (4-0) and Duluth Denfeld (4-0) to conclude regular season play. A guess is the Hawks will defeat Rock Ridge, Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld and lose to Esko, to finish the regular season 6-2.
Meanwhile, Hermantown's boys soccer team will carry a two-game winning streak into next Monday's 8 p.m. match against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in Esko. The Hawks edged host Grand Rapids 1-0 last Thursday and crushed North Branch 6-1 Saturday at Centricity Stadium. Hermantown (6-5) wraps up regular season play with Lake Superior Conference matches at Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld Oct. 4-5.
The Hawks girls soccer team (2-4-5) visits Duluth Marshall (6-2-3) at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Hermantown blanked Two Harbors 4-0 Tuesday at Centricity Stadium, on the strength of three goals by eighth-grade phenom Taylee Manion.
Hermantown will finish the regular season with five consecutive road matches, against Duluth Marshall, Esko-Cloquet-Carlton, Proctor and Duluth East.
Hermantown's volleyball team is 7-1 heading into a non-conference heavyweight match at Pine City (8-2) at 7 p.m. Monday. The Hawks' only loss was at Superior, 3-2, last Tuesday. Hermantown has only four regular season matches remaining, including home matches against Rock Ridge (Tuesday) and Cloquet (Oct. 17) and at Grand Rapids (Oct. 3).
The quickly-improving Hawks girls tennis team will host Duluth Denfeld on Tuesday and Superior Thursday, wrapping up the regular season, and begins sectional play Oct. 2 at a local to be determined.