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Year in Review

By Staff | Dec 31, 2020

In spite of the pandemic, local sports teams still came up with some major accomplishments in 2020


With the spring sports season totally cancelled and a shortened summer season, opportunities for those accomplishments were limited.

However, there are still plenty of note for 2020.

ELC football qualifies for state playoffs

While all teams took part in the football playoffs this season under the new format, only teams that made it to the third round were considered state qualifiers.

Estherville Lincoln Central put together its most successful season since its playoff runs in 2006 and 2007. The Midgets were one play short of putting together a perfect regular season record. A double overtime loss to Spirit Lake was the lone blemish, as ELC finished the regular season 5-1.

ELC dominated Okoboji in the first round of the playoffs (42-7), and then took control early in a 36-30 victory over Algona.

ELC then faced a tough Central Lyon/George-Little Rock squad in the official state playoff game. The Lions were too much and went on to win 28-6.

Parker Duitsman qualifies for state

Parker Duitsman entered his first season of high school season with high expectations. The freshman finished in the Top 10 of almost every meet. He then qualified for state where he finished 50th–the fourth highest among freshman state qualifiers in Class 2A

ELC wins share of Lakes title

Despite missing two weeks under quarantine, the ELC Softball Team shared the Lakes Conference title with Spirit Lake this season. The Midgets finished with a 10-4 record, their first winning record since 2016.

GT/RA’s Treyton Cacek places second at state

A year after winning the Class 1A 170-pound finals, Treyton Cacek worked his way back to the finals, this time at 182 pounds in 2020. The senior was unable to repeat as state champion due to facing the one wrestler who had defeated him in the past two years–top ranked Thomas Even of Don Bosco Gilbertville. Cacek went undefeated as a junior and finished his senior season with a respectable 49-2 record. Teammate Spencer Roth finished seventh at 160 pounds.

Lofstrom sets NU records

Chloe Lofstrom set several school basketball records that those following her will be hard-pressed to beat. Lofstrom averaged 20 points per game in her senior season while leading North Union to a 15-8 record. The Warriors’ season ended with a loss to fifth-ranked Osage.

Lofstrom holds the school record for points in a game (36), season (456), and career (1,554. She also holds the school record for rebounds in a game (22), season (259), and career (860).

She also holds the record for field goals made in a game (16) and season (172), field goal percentage in a career (58.4 percent), number of free throws made in a season (107) and career (276) free throw percentage for a career (65 percent), and double-doubles in a season (14) and career (38).

Lofstrom took her talents to Morningside College for the 2020-21 season, helping the Mustangs to a

9-2 start.

Zavion McMurran qualifies for state

It’s tough for freshman to qualify for the state wrestling tournament, especially starting at 195 pounds. ELC’s Zavion McMurran accomplished that feat and ended his first high school season with a 1-2 record at state and 38-9 overall.

Nick Schiltz 89th at State

North Union’s Nick Schiltz became just the Warriors’ second state cross country qualifier in school history. He posted several Top 10 finishes during the regular season before wrapping up the year with an 89th place finish in Class 1A at the state meet in Fort Dodge.