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Winter Sports Updates
Mirage Young, Have Experienced Coaches
By Amy Lemenager
It’s that time of year again— frigid winds, cold toes, warm hugs and, most importantly hockey season. Whether it is pre-schoolers learning to skate behind a chair or a retiree who still keeps active by reffing, the love of this sport starts early and never goes away. That’s why the girls who play on the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage high school hockey team get so excited around the end of October.
Minnesota High School hockey is known as the strongest high school sport in the country—more popular than Texas football or Indiana basketball. Hockey is king in the land of 10,000 lakes, and it is almost a rite of passage to play; either for fun with your friends on the local pond or if it is for your high school.
That’s why it is no surprise that Minnesota also has the strongest girl’s hockey participation in the world. Since 1998 Proctor and Hermantown has had a girl’s high school hockey program. It started with a group of girl’s from several schools, including Marshall, Hermantown and Proctor. Over the last 16 years the team has a couple things that remain consistent: A reputation of success and consistent coaching.
Since the first time the Mirage has hit the ice, the Head Coach has been Proctor teacher Glen Gilderman. Coach Gilderman’s experience has helped the Mirage reach the State tournament twice, with last year’s team winning the Class A consolation championship.
Despite this success, this year’s young Mirage team is taking nothing for granted. Their work ethic and understanding of how difficult it is to reach the tournament has the team very focused and hungry. This can be seen in their current record of 8-2, only losing two close games to two of the best teams in the State, including last year’s champion, Blake.
Time will tell if a veteran coach and a young team can build on last year’s success. If they continue to work hard and strive at getting better, it could be a very good year for the Mirage.