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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 2, 2023 

Freshman wonder wins title

Lumberjacks tennis player Ethan Lavan has had a strong season. Last Thursday, he capped off the regular season by laying claim to the Section 7A individual championship ... as a freshman. Lavan is... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 2, 2023 

Lumberjacks' section loss is extra painful

After notching a first-round win in the Section 7AAA softball playoffs, the Lumberjacks were knocked out of the playoffs Saturday with back-to-back losses at home. No. 5 seed Cloquet opened with an im... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 2, 2023 

Revival rally isn't enough for Eskomos

The Section 7AA softball tournament opened May 23 with Esko pulling out a convincing 12-1 victory over Two Harbors. That was the first of many games for Esko over the next week as they tried to get a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 2, 2023 

Rebels defeat Raptors

Moose Lake/Willow River returns to section final When the Section 7A softball tournament opened play Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Sports Complex, there were only two unbeaten teams remaining: the Rebel... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 26, 2023

Raptors win conference crown

Entering play last week, the Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors had their sights set on three big games against Cromwell-Wright, South Ridge and Silver Bay. If the Raptors were able to win those three games... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 26, 2023

Double the fun as 'Jacks sweep track titles

The Cloquet boys and girls track teams both captured top honors in the Lake Superior Conference track meet last week. The Lumberjacks boys team scored 177 points to outdistance runner-up Superior by 4... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 26, 2023

Carlton County track stars shine at conference meet

The Esko boys and the Two Harbors girls are this year's Polar League Conference champions after last Wednesday's conference meet in McGregor. Esko won the boys event with a total of 168 points. Moose... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 19, 2023

Baseball: Lumberjacks celebrate a fresh field

Senior Night at Ed Mettner Field in Cloquet on Thursday, May 11 was special in more ways than one. The Lumberjacks honored 13 seniors between the varsity and junior varsity games, and fans got a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 19, 2023

Baseball: Undefeated Esko rolls over Rebels

A big first two innings helped propel the Esko baseball team to another impressive win on Monday night as the Eskomos downed Moose Lake/Willow River, 14-2, in Esko. The win was the 14th of the season... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 12, 2023

Young pitcher saves day for Cards

An eighth-grade pitcher for the Cromwell-Wright baseball team stepped up in a big way on Friday, May 5 in helping to lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors. Drew Nyberg... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 12, 2023

Focus is fun at quirky Cloquet relays

The Cloquet relays are hosted by the Cloquet track team every spring as a midseason way to break up a busy but short season. Last Friday, May 5, the event was held again with Cloquet hosting teams... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 12, 2023

Up-and-down 'Jacks knock out Bombers

After going 1-2 last weekend at a tournament in Becker, the Cloquet softball team returned to local play Monday with a 14-0 win at home against Barnum. Barnum was the home team, but had to play in... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 5, 2023

CEC prep lacrosse team blanks St. Paul, 12-0

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys high school club lacrosse team opened its season at home in Esko Saturday with an impressive 12-0 win over St. Paul Two Rivers. "It was a really good showing for our... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 5, 2023

Raptors, Esko softball battle to the bitter end

Local softball rivals kept it interesting on a rainy afternoon Saturday. After trailing Carlton/Wrenshall 7-2 through three innings, Esko scratched and clawed its way back to take an 8-7 win. Esko... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 28, 2023

Esko players find football beyond Friday night lights

Junior Koi Perich is latest Eskomo to commit Avid area football fans by now have probably heard that Esko junior star running back and defensive back Koi Perich has committed to play for the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 28, 2023

Lumberjacks still courting for a win

While wins have been hard to come by in the early part of the season, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team is suddenly gaining tons of experience after having several earlier matches postponed... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Opinion    April 21, 2023

Trying to keep up with the walking lady

Ahh, springtime. The time of year when the snow melts, the mud puddles get deep and the winter snowbanks recede to allow the piles of doggy doo to rear their ugly faces. But not all is bad, because...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 21, 2023

Cloquet scores early, often in Duluth

With 13 seniors on the roster, the Cloquet baseball team is aiming to take another step up the ladder this season. The Lumberjacks play in a difficult section and they hope their overall depth will co... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 21, 2023

Cleared to play, 'Jacks blank Milaca

For two weeks prior to their home opener against Milaca, the Cloquet girls softball team did double duty to prepare for the game. The Lumberjacks not only spent time in the gym practicing, but they... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 14, 2023

Talent needs to cover inexperience in Esko

Following a 17-7 season last year, the Esko softball team will need to overcome the loss of five starters, including two pitchers, if they are to contend for a section title. Coach Jeff "Huff"... Full story


Tiny Cromwell gets some national love

Midway through the second quarter of the NCAA Division II women's basketball championship game, the announcers on the CBS Sports Network national broadcast mentioned Cromwell. That's because they... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 7, 2023

For 'Jacks, experience where it counts

The Cloquet Lumberjacks softball team is looking to take another step this spring. The 'Jacks finished with a 13-7 record, but for the second straight year were beaten in the Saturday round of the pla... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 31, 2023

Spring sports face first battle: clearing the snow

A quick check on local field and track conditions shows that the spring sports season may take a bit longer than usual. Despite valiant efforts by local businesses, parents, coaches and athletes,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 31, 2023

Esko uses trip to gel as a team

Last season ended abruptly for the Esko baseball team. The Eskomos had an incredible regular season, but were stunned with back-to-back losses at the hands of Marshall and Proctor in the Section 7AA... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 24, 2023

Nevis picks off Barnum again for section title

For the second season in a row, Barnum ended its season in the Section 5A championship game at the hands of the Nevis Tigers on Friday, March 17. The Tigers got off to a fast start and were able to... Full story


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