Articles written by Greg Oakes

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 By Greg Oakes    Sports    October 14, 2022

Lumberjacks poised for intense stretch run

One year removed from making it to the Section 7AAA finals, the Cloquet volleyball machine continued to crank out wins and headed into the last two weeks of the season with an impressive 18-5 record.... Full story


Cloquet, Esko out of gate quickly in volleyball

The volleyball season is in full swing as teams have all played four or five opponents. This is the time of year when trends start to develop and coaches are able to start solidifying their lineups.... Full story

 By Greg Oakes    Sports    August 26, 2022

Previews: Area volleyball offers wide mix of talented programs

Another exciting high school volleyball season is about to begin as the calendar turns to September. Lots of optimism fills the gyms throughout Carlton County as fresh faces try to replace the graduat... Full story

 By Greg Oakes    Sports    November 12, 2021

Grand Rapids blocks Cloquet's state bid

Cloquet volleyball had a busy week in pursuit of its first ever trip to the state tournament. The final week began with a semifinal victory over Hermantown last Wednesday, Nov. 3. The Lumberjacks beat... Full story

 By Greg Oakes    Sports    October 1, 2021

Lumberjacks hit cruise control

In front of a raucous crowd of competing student sections, the host Cloquet volleyball team defeated Esko on Tuesday, 3-0. The Lumberjacks, now 12-4 and ranked 11th in AAA, defeated the Eskomos by... Full story

 By Greg Oakes    People    January 8, 2021

Cloquet grad takes giant leaps into tech

Have you ever had a conversation with someone so intelligent that 10 minutes into the exchange, you start to feel inferior? That maybe you should have accomplished more in your lifetime? That is how... Full story


Living with Covid takes its toll

Covid-19 couldn't happen to us. We were careful. We wore masks. We avoided crowds. We washed our hands incessantly. We carried hand sanitizer everywhere we went. We are homebodies. We only visited... Full story

 By Greg Oakes    Sports    October 23, 2020

Sports cards have dual values

My favorite baseball idol died recently. Joe Morgan was a Hall of Fame second baseman for my hometown Cincinnati Reds. During the 1970s, Morgan won Most Valuable Player awards in 1975 and 1976. The... Full story

 By Greg Oakes    Sports    October 9, 2020

Volleyball teams set for limited run

Ready, set, stop! That has been the confusing world of volleyball programs throughout the Northland. In mid-March, just as the club season was about to begin, the schools were shut down due to the... Full story


Brothers from Africa light up soccer field

A remarkable goal by freshman Elijah Aultman last Thursday pretty much cemented the soccer player's standing on a new team in a country he's called home for less than a year. Elijah and his brother,...


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