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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 23, 2021 

Baseball season runs its course

Local baseball teams are winding down the regular season and getting ready for district tournament play. On Monday night the Esko and Cloquet Legion teams met at Ed Mettner Field in Cloquet. Both... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 16, 2021

Softball teams fill Cloquet parks again

Braun Park was bustling again this past weekend as 30 girls fast-pitch teams converged on the sparkling complex in Cloquet's Hilltop neighborhood for the USSSA Northern State tournament. "It was just... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 9, 2021

3-on-3 tournament heats up on the Fourth

Cloquet's Pinehurst Park was a sea of sweaty ballplayers Monday afternoon, with a turnout of more than 20 teams for the annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament. With two halfcourt games happening... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 9, 2021

Footrace fun on the Fourth

"It's awesome to be back!" Those were the words uttered by Sawdust 5K race director Jeff Leno over the weekend as the fan-favorite race made its return after a 1-year hiatus due to Covid-19. "It was a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 9, 2021

Baker heads to Junior Championship next week

Just last month, Sam Baker was leading his Cloquet High School boys golf team to a state title, with the team winning the Class AA title and Baker taking first individually. Now the recent CHS graduat... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 2, 2021

Esko grad signs pro deal

Nick Emanuel graduated from Esko High School in 2016. Five years later he concluded a stellar career at North Dakota State University, and just a couple of weeks ago he signed a professional baseball... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 2, 2021

Rodd's Ramblings: Some things remain the same

Well, it’s been a little over a year since my walking articles hit this column. Little did I know that the back-to-back columns would be a foreshadowing of a health problem a couple of weeks later....

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 25, 2021

Barnum takes swing at tourney

Very quietly, the Barnum golf program is putting the town on the map. The little town sitting between Cloquet and Moose Lake has produced boys and girls basketball championships and has been at the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 25, 2021

Glints of glory at state meet

Last week's Minnesota State Class A boys and girls track meet yielded a few surprises in the weight events for both boys and girls, two of those by area athletes. In the boys discus event, Esko's... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 25, 2021

Cloquet runners medal

The Cloquet boys and girls track teams were dominant throughout the regular track season, winning by a large margin at many track meets this spring. But when the Section 7AA meet was held, only two... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 18, 2021

South Ridge's magical run ends in extra-inning loss

The South Ridge baseball team continued its magical season last Thursday with an impressive 14-0 Section 7A championship over the North Woods Grizzlies. The victory gave the Panthers a shot in the sta... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 18, 2021

Rebels, Panthers, Eskomos race to state appearances

In Thursday's boys Section 7A meet, Moose Lake/Willow River had four first-place finishes, but that was not enough to overcome the depth of the teams which finished in first and second. The Rebels... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 18, 2021

Esko scratches out section win, plenty of state bids

It was a wild scene at Cloquet High School on Thursday as Cloquet hosted the Section 7A boys and girls track meet. Champions and team winners were crowned in a myriad of events. Winning the Section... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 18, 2021

Barnum can't get past section final

Very quietly, the Barnum softball team put together a solid year. That year was rewarded with a run to the Section 7A title game last week, where they fell to Cherry 14-0. “It was a great season and I am so proud of the girls,” said Barnum coach... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 11, 2021

Softball playoffs: Cloquet bows out

Kerry Rodd [email protected] After opening the Section 7AAA girls softball playoffs with an impressive win over Grand Rapids last Wednesday, Cloquet fell on tough times Saturday. The Lumberjacks... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 11, 2021

Softball playoffs: Esko, ML/WR clipped

When the Section 7AA tournament continued Tuesday, Moose Lake/Willow River and Greenway were the two lone unbeaten squads. Esko, Eveleth-Gilbert, Proctor and Rush City were also remaining, but those f... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 11, 2021

Softball playoffs: Barnum reaches championship

When the day began Tuesday in the Section 7A girls softball tournament, only Barnum and Cherry remained as undefeated squads. The same two teams will be back to do battle for the section title on Frid... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 11, 2021

Baseball roundup: South Ridge surges toward another state berth

Don’t look now, but the South Ridge Panthers are on the verge of another state tournament after dispatching Silver Bay 7-3 on Tuesday in a nine-inning game in the Section 7A playoffs. “The win... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 4, 2021

It's a laugher, then a squeaker for Esko in playoffs

It's a big week for high school baseball teams this week as the sectional baseball tournaments kicked off with state tournament berths at stake. With presstime on Wednesday evening, we both preview... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 4, 2021

Teams make postseason statements

The sectional softball playoffs kicked off this week and will continue through the weekend with local teams hoping to secure a spot in the Minnesota State High School League softball tournament.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

Esko bombs Barnum in hit parade

Once the Esko offense got going Friday, they made things look easy. The Eskomos rode shutout pitching from Amber Carlblom and a strong offensive output to a 13-0 win over the Bombers. The Eskomos... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

Esko discus thrower breaks his own record

Esko's Gage Stankiewicz is entering rarified air in Minnesota High School discus throwing ranks. Earlier this season, he set an Esko school record. Last week, he shattered his own school record by... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

Panthers blank Wrens

The South Ridge girls softball team picked up another important section win Tuesday night when they downed the Wrenshall Wrens 13-0. "Their pitcher (Kent) throws hard and she is just a good pitcher,"... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

Cardinals continue to see improvement

Despite going 0-3 over their last three games, the Cromwell-Wright softball team has been impressive this year with a 7-7 record as of Monday. It's been years since they've seen that kind of success....

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

For Lumberjacks, court lessons learned

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks boys tennis team ended its team season last week with a 6-1 section road loss to the Aitkin Gobblers. While the young team's season is over, there is still section... Full story


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