Team Traditions: Denfeld trophy rooted in West Duluth labor history

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In athletics a number of teams have their own game-day traditions. Some are decades old, while others were inspired by decades of hard work. That’s the case for the Duluth Denfeld football team.

"Our school is in West Duluth and West Duluth has a rich history with the trades," Denfeld head coach Erik Lofald said.

Founded in 1908, Diamond Calk Horseshoe Company became one of the largest employers in Duluth. While ceasing operation in 1983, its legacy lives on through the Hunter’s Diamond Tool turnover wrench trophy.

"We’ve got the chain link and the Diamond Tool wrench that we found on eBay," explained Lofald.

"Every time we get a sack, fumble, and have turned the ball over where we were on defense we get it on offense, you’d run to the sideline, wear the chain for a little bit, run back on the field play," described senior tackle Hudson Steger.

Implemented last season, the maroon and gold wrench was kept by Steger as he continuously racked up the most turnovers each week.

"It’s great," Steger said. "Love to see it, love to keep it as much as I can."

Lofald added that it’s a great way to link the pride local laborers held in their jobs with the pride Hunters have in the game.

"Just something fun for the kids to do, something to celebrate, but it also ties to who we are and what we believe in. Hard work, blue collar, kind of gritty.

Denfeld (0-1) is back in action Friday hosting Cloquet for their home opener. Kickoff is set for 6pm.