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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 16, 2019 

Change is afoot for fall seasons

The fall high school sports season kicked off Monday with nearly every fall team hitting the gym, court, pool or field to start practices and get ready for the season. Student athletes have been...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 16, 2019 

Wilderness hire new head coach; Boitz remains GM

For the third time in three years, the Minnesota Wilderness junior hockey team has made a coaching change. On Friday, the Wilderness announced that Jon Vaillancourt will take over for Dave Boitz, who...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 9, 2019

Rod's Ramblings: Sights, sounds and smells mark fall sports

A week ago Tuesday morning I woke up to head to my job at WKLK Radio. I walked outside and the air — at 46 degrees — had a crispness about it that I haven’t felt since last fall. It felt...

 

Carlton Daze is ready, set, run!

It was run, run, run during the annual Carlton Daze celebration. The weekend kicked off with children's races and the 27th annual 5K race Friday night, followed the next morning by the Minnesota...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 2, 2019

Cloquet VFW falls in second round of playoffs

The Cloquet VFW baseball team entered Sunday's playoffs with a regular season record of 6-14. Despite playing a number of younger players, the team pulled off an impressive extra-inning win on Sunday...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 26, 2019

Esko's USG team takes third in tournament

It's been a busy few weeks for the Esko U-16 girls softball team. Sponsored by USG, Esko played nine games in two days last weekend to capture third place in the Minnesota Softball Fastpitch Champions...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 19, 2019

Esko teams head into stretch run

It’s been a busy summer so far for the Esko Legion baseball program. As of Tuesday, the Esko senior Legion team sported a 6-4 record while the junior Legion team is 7-3. With playoffs right around...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 19, 2019

Braun Park buzzes with tournament play

Braun Park was the hub of softball in northern Minnesota over this past weekend with the USSSA Northern State Softball Championships. The complex will continue to be a mecca for ball when a massive...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 12, 2019

Kuhlman keeps making championship runs

Esko grad reflects on Stanley Cup Former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey standout Karson Kuhlman has had a storybook run since leaving Esko High School to pursue a career in hockey. The star forward...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 12, 2019

Sawdust runners dodge the raindrops

Despite threatening weather on Wednesday night, the Fourth of July weather conditions were nearly perfect Thursday morning for the annual running of the Sawdust 5K road race in Cloquet. Runners began...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 5, 2019

Weather or not, tourney goes on

Not even bad weather could stop the 20th Ashley Abrahamson Memorial Softball tournament last weekend in Cloquet at Braun Park. A total of 19 teams converged on the complex at Hilltop and, despite an...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 28, 2019

Rodd's Ramblings: Goodbye to event honoring Ashley

On April 14, 2000, a vehicle carrying Tom and Marcia Braun and their family, and children who were friends of the family rolled over in Illinois as the group was headed for Florida for a vacation....

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 21, 2019

Rodd's ramblings: Coaching is about a lot more than winning

The last few weeks have been more than a bit of a whirlwind. As an assistant coach with the Cloquet softball team, I had a chance to be part of something special with the team picking up a Section 7AA...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 14, 2019

Boys golf team takes third at state

With nine holes to play at the Minnesota State Class AA Boys Golf Tournament, the Cloquet-Esko Lumberjacks trailed Hill Murray by four strokes for third place Wednesday afternoon. Led by senior...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 14, 2019

Panthers baseball on the prowl to State

Don't look now, but South Ridge is fast becoming a top local school during the spring sports season. After the softball team made the state tournament for the first time in school history a week ago,...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 14, 2019

Tomhave faces stiff competition at State tennis

Despite a spring in which it appeared winter snows and early season rain would never let up, the Cloquet Lumberjack boys tennis team had a solid showing and one particular player, Peter Tomhave, had...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 7, 2019

Lumberjacks ousted from section playoffs

The Cloquet Lumberjacks baseball team bowed out of the Section 7AAA tournament on Saturday with a 4-2 loss to the Chisago Lakes Wildcats in a game played in Cloquet. Prior to the loss the Lumberjacks...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 31, 2019

Section 7A softball playoffs: South Ridge rolls through playoffs

Look out now, but there will be a new Section 7A champion in girls softball this season. In a day of upsets, the South Ridge Panthers - under first year coach Roger Plachta - put the Carlton Bulldogs...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 31, 2019

Esko making another run in Section 7AA

Esko is marching toward a possible fourth consecutive Section 7AA softball title after a 4-3 win over Proctor in the winner’s bracket final Tuesday in Grand Rapids. Miranda Kelley shut down the...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 24, 2019

Lumberjacks rally to defeat Eskomos

A late rally by Cloquet helped propel the Lumberjack baseball team to a 7-5 win over next-door neighbor Esko at Ed Mettner field in Cloquet Tuesday evening. The 'Jacks trailed 4-2 entering the bottom...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 24, 2019

Season ends for Lumberjacks boys tennis team

The Cloquet boys tennis team opened the Section 7A boys tennis tournament by thumping Duluth Marshall 7-0 on Friday and then being bounced out of the playoffs 4-3 on Saturday by Virginia. "Getting...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 24, 2019

Lumberjacks dominate Lake Conference meet

The Cloquet boys and girls track teams ran away with the Lake Superior Conference titles May 14, in Superior. The Lumberjacks boys took first place with 192.50 points with Denfeld finishing a distant...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 17, 2019

'Jacks win conference title

The Lumberjacks boys team continued its march toward tennis domination Tuesday, and captured the Lake Superior Conference championship as a result. The Lumberjacks shut out Hermantown 7-0 at...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 17, 2019

Lumberjacks peaking for playoffs

The Cloquet boys baseball team made the two-hour trip to Princeton Friday night and promptly handed the Tigers a 5-3 loss as the ‘Jacks picked up their fifth win on the season. “The boys have been...

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 10, 2019

Wrens, Bulldogs battle for Polar League small-school championship

The Carlton varsity boys baseball team secured the championship of the Polar League small-school division by picking up a 7-5 win over Wrenshall at Chub Lake Park Tuesday afternoon. It was a tough...

 

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