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Hermantown's Freeman named 2024 Prep Baseball Preseason Player of the Year

The individual awards keep piling up for Hermantown ultra-elite athlete River Freeman.

Freeman, a junior pitcher-catcher, today was named 2024 Prep Baseball Preseason Player of the Year.

The two-year starter, who led the Hawks to a 17-6 record and Section 7AAA runner-up finish a year ago, is widely recognized as a rising college and professional prospect.

Freeman, a 5-10, 179-pounder, also starred for the Encompass Expos traveling team last summer.

River Freeman. Howie /

Other local prospects to watch this spring:

Proctor junior RHP Nick Terhaar

Duluth Marshall junior C Max Berrisford

Duluth Marshall senior SS/RHP Carter Boos

Duluth Marshall LHP Owen Marsolek

Duluth East senior INF Bjorn Lind

Esko junior CF Sam Haugen

Proctor junior P/SS Tanner Ross

Esko senior P Finn Furcht

Esko senior P Dylan Marciulionis

Hermantown freshman P/OF Ethan McCubbin

Esko junior 2B Connor Pearce

Duluth Marshall sophomore OF Charlie Hayden

Duluth Denfeld senior OF Caleb Kilroy

Cloquet freshman LHP/IB/OF Bo Harriman

Duluth Denfeld freshman P/OF Vinny Udd

Cloquet freshman SS/RHP Jackson Peterson

Duluth Marshall freshman RHP/INF Aiden Marsolek

Duluth Denfeld junior IF/P Nolan Harju

Duluth East senior P Dylan Cole

2023 Lake Superior Conference Standings

1.   Hermantown (17-6) – 9-1

2.   Grand Rapids (17-12) – 6-3

3.   Duluth Marshall (17-6) – 5-1

4.   Hibbing (6-12) – 4-5

5.   Cloquet (11-14) – 3-7

6.   Duluth Denfeld (9-14) – 3-7

7.   Proctor (14-10) – 1-7