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Student Managers Help Teams Shine from Behind the Scenes

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: May 25, 2020 11:10 PM

Hermantown junior Alexis Wiese has her hands full during the school year, serving as a student manager for the Hawks' girls soccer, boys hockey, and track and field teams.

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"For each team I take stats and help set up drills for other sports, take down whatever the coach needs. I run errands, help out. For the hockey team I make cookies for each away game just to help build relationships and make the players happy," said Alexis Wiese.

Last year the state runner up Hermantown boys hockey team scored 139 goals from 18 skaters. That stat was made possible in part by the Wiese, the Hawk's team manager.

"If there's a bunch of goals back-to-back it's hard to get all the assists, and if you miss it it's hard to hear the announcer when everyone is cheering," said Wiese.

It was a love for sports that led the daughter of UMD football head coach Curt Wiese to the position. She said it's both stressful and rewarding. A sentiment echoed by Hermantown football managers Alli Fairbanks and Therese Gannucci.

"There was one time we forgot to bring the footballs to the game," recalled Alli Fairbanks, a junior at Hermantown. "We actually left them somewhere they weren't supposed to be and we were scrambling to find them. The boys were yelling at us because we didn't have the footballs and it was game day. It was kind of just a wreck but we eventually found them and got them out there."

"So far football managing has been one of my favorite high school experiences just because of how rewarding it is," said Hermantown junior Therese Gannucci.

Down the hill in Duluth, Blake Eaton enjoyed a different but equally exciting 2019 fall season. Sitting in his wheelchair, the sophomore keeps track of shots, saves and substitutions for the Denfeld boys soccer team. 

"It's fun. It's good to be a part of the team and feel like you have a roll, and help in their success," said Denfeld sophomore Blake Eaton on managing Hunter boys soccer.

"It's just hanging out with the team and getting to know all of them. I mean, just a small part of it is doing the stats, it's not just doing work. It's more fun and play than work," said Eaton.

"It's just so fun to be a part of the team and to see people notice that there is other people behind the scenes that help out," added Wiese.

The Hawks and Hunter recommend team managing to anyone, as long as they can expect the unexpected.

"You do have to be ready to chase geese off the fields before practice," laughed Gannucci.

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