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  • Lumberjacks hold on in OT

    Kerry Rodd|Feb 2, 2024

    A little over two weeks ago, the Cloquet boys basketball team throttled Duluth Marshall by 22 points in a home win. On Monday night, the 'Jacks managed to sneak away with a 77-66 overtime road win over the Hilltoppers despite an off night on offense. "We were lucky to get a win," said Cloquet coach Steve Battaglia. "We shot poorly, we were undisciplined on offense, and on defense we didn't do a good job of swarming to the basketball." Swarming to the ball was needed Monday because Duluth... Full story

  • Defense wins the night for Esko

    Kerry Rodd|Feb 2, 2024

    A stifling defense helped the Esko girls basketball team to slowly pull away with a 59-48 road win over Cromwell-Wright Monday night in Cromwell. "Esko is long and athletic, and we did not pass the ball well against their zone, which created way too many turnovers," said Cards coach Jeff Gronner. While Gronner's squad struggled to hold onto the ball, Esko was reaping the rewards of their defense. "Our defense was very good and disruptive tonight," said Esko coach Sue Northey after the game.... Full story

  • Hot Rebels slow Raptors' roll

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 26, 2024

    Things could not have gone any better for the Moose Lake/Willow River boys basketball team in their matchup against Carlton/Wrenshall Friday night. The Rebels shooting was beyond hot as they opened up a massive halftime lead on their way to an 84-40 win in Willow River. "We had a big start to the game and shot the lights out," said Rebels coach Paul Dewey. "I was a little surprised, because we hadn't been shooting that well and then we came out in that first half and lit it up." The Rebels... Full story

  • Ogichidaa are finding their way

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 26, 2024

    At first look, one might expect the Fond du Lac boys basketball team to be long in experience. A deeper look shows that the Ogichidaa have a number of older players, but most don't have a lot of experience playing high school ball. "We do have five seniors, but really only a couple of them have time on the floor at this level," said coach Cameron Thompson. "We have a lot of players that are stepping into new roles this season." The Ogichidaa record is 3-9, but the numbers don't tell the whole... Full story

  • Lumberjacks stem a losing slide

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 26, 2024

    After starting the season with eight straight wins, the Cloquet girls basketball team was flying high, then on Dec. 27 things changed. That was the first day of the Wood City Classic basketball tournament. The 'Jacks fell, 48-41, and that started a seven-game swoon that left the team reeling. "I thought the final game we played prior to our tournament against St. Francis that something was not right," said Cloquet coach Heather Young. "Even though we won that game you could see we were not... Full story

  • Girls hockey: 'Jacks end skid with a win streak

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 19, 2024

    When the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team lined up on Thursday against Duluth, the team was in serious need of a win. The Lumberjacks had lost five straight games since Dec. 19. CEC responded with an impressive second period and stunned the Northern Stars, 4-3. The winning kept going into this week, with wins over Northern Tier and Hibbing/Chisholm. "We needed that win," said CEC coach Kennedy Houge. "We had a string of games that we could have won. With a young team, they need to be... Full story

  • Wrestling: 'Jacks hang tough in home triangular

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 19, 2024

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team hosted its final home meet of the season Friday as the senior wrestlers, managers and their parents were honored on the mat between matches. "It was a fun night of wrestling and a great way to honor the seniors and their parents," said CEC coach Al Denman. CEC opened the triangular by losing a tough 42-34 decision to Ogilvie, having to forfeit four matches. "Had we had a full roster there is no doubt in my mind we would have won," Denman said. Freshman Aid... Full story

  • Hungry Raptors get best of FDL

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 12, 2024

    Kerry Rodd [email protected] When Carlton/Wrenshall and Fond du Lac Ojibwe girls basketball met on the court Jan. 4 in a game featuring two young teams hungry for a win. In the end, the depth of the combined Raptors overcame the big three of FDL for a 67-53 win in Carlton. Playing in their first season as a combined basketball team, Carlton/Wrenshall has been guided this season by Emma Grover, a former star player for the Wrenshall Wrens. "It has been pretty seamless putting the team... Full story

  • Rebels boys hockey still trying to find a groove

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 12, 2024

    The Moose Lake Area boys hockey team dropped a tough 3-1 decision at home Jan. 5 against Mora/Milaca, putting their record at 3-9 on the season. "They really took it to us in the first two periods," said Rebels coach Chris Gamst. According to Gamst, one of the biggest issues the Rebels have faced all year has been the lack of scoring, something he is hoping to rectify in the second half of the season. Currently the top line for the Rebels consists of Jaxsyn Schmidt, Dawson Fjosne and Joey... Full story

  • Rebels girls get on a 7-1 hot streak

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 12, 2024

    After a 0-4 start, the Moose Lake Area girls hockey team has gone on a roll and won seven of their last eight games to improve to 10-7 overall. That streak includes impressive wins over Duluth and a pair of wins over perennial Class A power Hibbing-Chisholm. “We have seven new girls that came up from 12U this year, so I think they needed to adjust to the faster pace of the high school league,” said Rebels head coach Reilly Fawcett. “We had a tough time scoring in the first couple of games... Full story

  • 'Jacks enjoy home court, hardware

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    The Wood City Classic boys basketball tournament featured two top local teams. Cromwell-Wright came into the tournament undefeated as one of the area's top Class A teams, while Cloquet entered with a 3-4 record after opening with one of the toughest schedules in the area in Class AAA. Tournament play began as the Cardinals took the floor against the larger Cloquet school. In the end, the Lumberjacks pulled away to an 80-56 win on Dec. 27. The 'Jacks went on to win their second game as well in... Full story

  • Cards march to Wood City title

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    The Wood City Classic girls basketball tournament was good to one local team last week and not so good to another. Cromwell-Wright came in and gathered a pair of wins to take top honors in the tournament, while the previously undefeated Lumberjacks were shocked in back-to-back games and went winless in their own tournament. The Cardinals opened play with an impressive 71-62 win over Section 7AAA power Rock Ridge as five players hit double digits in scoring. Jill Anderson scored 12 points while K... Full story

  • Esko girls take title in home tourney

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    The Esko girls basketball team parlayed solid defensive performances into a championship at the 43rd annual Coaches Classic in Esko last week. In the opening game of the two-day tournament Dec. 26, Esko had to deal with a distinct height disadvantage to beat Foley, 65-41. "They have a legit 6-foot-3 player that we had to deal with in the paint," said Esko coach Sue Northey. "We shot poorly to start the game, but got better in the second half. Our defense kept us in the game in that first half."... Full story

  • Esko boys dominate the competition

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    It was status quo for the Esko boys basketball team this past week as Esko took the championship in the Esko Coaches Classic with lopsided wins over Hinckley-Finlayson and Duluth Marshall. "Overall, it was a good and fun tournament," said Esko coach Derek Anderson. "The Sports Alliance does a really good job of putting on a good tournament for all the teams." Esko's run to the championship started with an opening round 93-39 blowout of Hinckley- Finlayson. "We actually came out a little flat in... Full story

  • Raptors' opening win streak snapped

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 22, 2023

    The Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors had some momentum going into the inaugural boys basketball season for the paired schools, reeling off four straight victories in wins over Cook County, East Central, Mille Lacs and Hinckley-Finlayson. The team finally met its match Monday, losing to Cook's North Woods Grizzlies, 81-66. The loss to the Section 7A powerhouse marred what had been a perfect start for the Raptors. "The guys have really come together and are excited about the progress they are making,"... Full story

  • Esko settles down, drubs Cloquet

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 15, 2023

    The start of last week's basketball game between Esko and Cloquet was not what Esko coach Derek Anderson anticipated. "We came out and got three fouls and had five or six turnovers right away," said Anderson. "We were sloppy and we had to call a timeout. We like to play fast, but we needed to slow things down and get under control." Following the timeout, Esko came back with a vengeance and sprinted to an 18-point halftime lead. They ended the game with an impressive 75-61 road win over the... Full story

  • Lumberjacks hold off pesky Cardinals

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 15, 2023

    Anticipation was high in the Cromwell High School gymnasium Tuesday when Cloquet and Cromwell-Wright girls basketball teams met on the hardwood. The Lumberjacks came into the game with a 4-0 record, while the Cardinals were 5-1. Something had to give. "It is always just a great atmosphere when we go to Cromwell," said Cloquet coach Heather Young. "The fans are loud and they are right on top of you, which makes for fun basketball." Cloquet had to withstand a furious second-half comeback by the Ca... Full story

  • Cards start with a bang, outshoot Bombers

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 8, 2023

    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 Cardinals rode a quick flurry of points in both halves to gain a 64-58 victory at home. "I liked how we came out and played fast against them early," said Cards coach Bill Pocernich. "Dylan Nyberg got hot for us and we just kind of took off." Early in the first half, Cromwell-Wright rode the outside... Full story

  • Lumberjacks get a split in first matches

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 8, 2023

    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, 42-34, to the Spartans. Against Proctor/Hermantown - a team they lost to last year - the 'Jacks got forfeit wins by Henry Scheopflin at 107 pounds, Alex Comer at 114 and Carter Horvat at 189. Aiden Theisen was victorious at 121 by winning in a pin over Jack London. At 145, Brendon Malloy took a 13-11... Full story

  • 'Jacks undefeated in Class A

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 1, 2023

    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 AA. The Lumberjacks didn't disappoint local fans Tuesday, as they skated away with a tough 4-3 victory over Hibbing/Chisholm in the season opener at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. The Lumberjacks struggled in the early part of the first period against the Bluejackets. At the 9-minute, 9-second mark... Full story

  • Lumberjacks aim high in Class A

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 24, 2023

    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 loaded with talent. On top of that, for the first time in school history, the 'Jacks will be playing in Class A instead of playing up into Class AA. "We have high expectations," said head coach Shea Walters. "We know Section 7A has always gone through Hermantown, and we know that they are going to... Full story

  • Rebels put 5-win season in the rearview

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 24, 2023

    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 are expecting to be over .500 with our record this season,” said second-year coach Chris Gamst. While the Rebels graduated their top two scorers from last season, Gavin Mlaskoch and Everett Gamst, they feel they have some strong players this year that will help to pick up the scoring slack. “Th... Full story

  • Pieces coming together for young Lumberjacks team

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 24, 2023

    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 with regards to varsity playing experience," said head coach Kennedy Houge. "We only have four or five girls who had extensive varsity experience returning from last year's team." Thus Houge and her coaching staff are in the process of trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle that will hopefully come...

  • Esko gets section title three-peat

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 10, 2023

    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 Duluth's Malosky Stadium. "We knew that the game would be much closer than the game we played against them in the regular season," said Esko coach Scott Arntson, referring to Esko's 60-0 mauling of the Patriots in late September. That was Pequot Lakes only loss of the season ... until the section final... Full story

  • Thunderhawks stymie 'Jacks again in 7AAA final

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 10, 2023

    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. The Thunderhawks raced out to a big lead in the first game and that seemed to set the 'Jacks on their heels. By the time Cloquet responded, the writing was on the wall - they would be one set down. The Thunderhawks captured the first game 25-16. "When we beat them in the regular season, they did no... Full story

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