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Denfeld's Perrault to Cherish Tournament Runs in All 3 Sports

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: May 24, 2020 11:11 PM

Last June, the Duluth Denfeld baseball team rallied in game two of the Section 7AAA championship game to beat out Grand Rapids for the title.

They made history as the program's first team to clinch a state tournament berth since 1954. Caleb Perrault, now a senior at Denfeld, said it's one of his favortie memories of high school.

"It was the most fun I've ever had playing baseball, for sure. That group of guys is really close and it was just fun to be a part of," said Duluth Denfeld senior Caleb Perrault.

After a close state quarterfinal match against Monticello, the Hunters finished 16-11 overall with a consolation semifinal appearance.

Perrault commented that it's the journey and not the final result of that experience that will stick with him.

"It's fun to win but it's also fun when you're having fun, too. I think Coach Cal, the coach we had before, made it fun and easy," Perrault said. "Not many people can say that they ended their career at state."

While Perrault wouldn't get a crack at defending the Hunter's section title, or play under new head coach and 2019 state AA champion Joe Wicklund, he would skate through a stellar 2019-2020 hockey season. Contributing 13 points last year, he helped Denfeld finish in the section championship game with a 21-6-1 overall record. 

"I didn't realize how many people were there until like the third. Our goalie Shawn, we did our little handshake and I kind of looked up at the stands and it was filled. I was like wow," Perrault said. Denfeld fell 6-0 to Hermantown in that Section 7A title match.

Perrault said he has seen Denfeld's winning tradition on the ice grow since his sophomore year.
"Each year it got better and better, and [head coach Dale] Jago and the other assistant coaches just kept getting us closer and making us work out stuff, and we just kept getting better. Each year we've won five more games and we went one more step to state."

Off the ice and the diamond the senior has managed to squeeze in some mountain biking, a stint with the choir and one on the pitch, playing soccer this past fall. 

"Me and another buddy decided to go try out and we made the team, so that was pretty fun, and we made it to the section final," said Perrault.

The soon to be Denfeld grad, bound for business management at Mankato State, noted his biggest athletic takeaway will be the friendships and memories.


Alicia Tipcke

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