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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 8, 2023 

Cards start with a bang, outshoot Bombers

When Barnum and Cromwell-Wright boys basketball teams tipped off Tuesday, the crowd was large and raucous as fans anticipated an intense matchup of two perennial Polar League powers. But the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 8, 2023 

Lumberjacks get a split in first matches

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team opened the season with a home triangular match against Proctor/Hermantown and Superior. The Lumberjacks took a 39-33 win over Proctor/Hermantown, but fell,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 1, 2023

'Jacks undefeated in Class A

Kerry Rodd [email protected] For the first time in school history, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team hit the ice playing in Class A this week, after years of opting up to play in Class... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Lumberjacks aim high in Class A

Last year, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boy's hockey team finished with an impressive 16-9-1 record, but fell well short of the state hockey tournament. This season, the Lumberjacks come in with a roster... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Rebels put 5-win season in the rearview

After a 5-19 season last year, the Moose Lake Area Rebels boys hockey team is looking to turn those numbers around this season as they feel they have a squad capable of double-digit victories. “We... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Pieces coming together for young Lumberjacks team

With a lineup replete with youngsters, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team is busy trying to figure out roles and combinations as they gear up for the winter season. "We are still pretty young...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 10, 2023

Esko gets section title three-peat

In a rematch of last season's Section 7AAA title game, Esko downed Pequot Lakes 34-14 Thursday, Nov. 2, to gain the state tournament for the third season in a row at the University of Minnesota... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 10, 2023

Thunderhawks stymie 'Jacks again in 7AAA final

The dream season for the Cloquet volleyball team came to an end Thursday night in Hermantown when the Lumberjacks fell 3-0 to Grand Rapids in the Section 7AAA title game for the third season in a row.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 3, 2023

'Jacks roll to Rapids rematch

As the top seed in the Section 7AAA volleyball tournament, the Cloquet Lumberjacks received a first-round bye. On Monday night, the 'Jacks stepped on their home court to play a semifinal match... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 3, 2023

Cards rocked by Lions

After dispatching Bertha-Hewitt in the first round of the Section 5 nine-man football playoffs, the Cromwell-Wright Cardinals ran into a buzzsaw in the Ogilvie Lions. Ogilvie, the No. 2 seed in the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 3, 2023

Esko rolls to semifinals

Section 7AA volleyball action tipped off Oct. 25 with three Carlton County teams in action. All three of our local teams played in the south side of the bracket with only one of those teams - Esko - a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 3, 2023

Panthers continue winning ways over Cards

South Ridge and Cromwell-Wright girls volleyball met for the third time this season on Friday, and the Panthers emerged victorious for the third time, knocking the Cardinals out of the playoffs....

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 27, 2023

Cardinals advance, Raptors ousted

Section 5 nine-man football playoff action started with a bang Tuesday night as Carlton County featured two of its teams in action. Cromwell-Wright came in as the No. 3 seed and opened at home... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 27, 2023

Bombers, Rebels move toward rematch after playoff openers

Two local teams entered the Section 7AA football playoffs as the top two seeds Tuesday night. Barnum entered the tournament with an undefeated record and as the top seed, while next-door-neighbor... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 20, 2023

5 straight to State and just as sweet

The atmosphere at Members Cooperative Credit Union Stadium on Tuesday was nothing short of electric. The first game of any type to be played on the new turf field featured the Lumberjacks taking on... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 20, 2023

Cardinals depth overmatches FDL's grit

Thursday's varsity girls volleyball game between Cromwell-Wright and Fond du Lac featured one team with a host of veterans versus a young squad looking to improve each night they hit the court. While... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 13, 2023

'Jacks volleyball faces tests before playoffs

To say the Cloquet volleyball team has been on a tear would be putting things mildly. The Lumberjacks are 22-2 on the season. They won 15 straight matches in September and, after a narrow loss to... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 13, 2023

Denfeld spoils 'Jacks homecoming

A slow start for the Cloquet football team proved costly against Denfeld in Proctor Friday, during Cloquet's homecoming-away-from-home game. Denfeld raced out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead and by halft... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 13, 2023

Lumberjacks fight to the finish in section

The team portion of the season ended for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis team last week when the Lumberjacks fell to Cambridge in the opening round of the Section 7AA tennis tournament. CEC...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 6, 2023

'Jacks hungry for a big playoff push

After many years of dominating the Section 7AA girls soccer tournament, the Cloquet/Carlton Lumberjacks are once again one of the teams to beat. "I really think we're on the cusp of some good... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 6, 2023

Streak has CEC boys soccer team poised for deep run

After opening the season by losing two of their first three games, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys' soccer team has reeled off 12 straight wins and is the prohibitive favorite in the looming Section 7AA... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 6, 2023

Lumberjacks set improvement pace

While the fall football and soccer seasons are starting to reach the end of their regular seasons, boys and girls in cross country still have about a month of running ahead of them. That time will be... Full story


Esko keeps rolling, scoring at will

Esko played what most folks predicted would be the football team's most competitive game of the regular season against Pequot Lakes Friday night. They crushed the Patriots at home. Esko won 60-0 and... Full story


Lumberjacks get even at 2-2

After opening the season with two straight losses, the Cloquet football team picked up their second win in a row Friday with a 38-12 win over Rock Ridge. The home game was played at Proctor's... Full story


Raptors continue to learn despite routs

When Cromwell-Wright and Carlton/Wrenshall took the field on Friday night, both teams knew the Cardinals were the heavy favorite. The Raptors are trying to meld a program together, while the Cards... Full story


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