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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 7, 2023

Weather is just fine for big Sawdust field

A year ago lightning, thunderstorms and horrific weather wreaked havoc on the Sawdust 5K in Cloquet, causing first-year race directors Julie and Sam Jacobson all kinds of problems. This time around,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 30, 2023

Cloquet pulls off another huge tournament

The third annual Cloquet Wood City Classic girls softball tournament was on a rainy weekend last week at Braun Park in Cloquet. There were 34 teams participating in three age divisions and, as usual,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    News    June 23, 2023

Arena ice suffers a mortal coil problem

When Justin Harriman went to check on the hockey arena over Memorial Day weekend, he knew immediately something wasn't quite right. "I went in and checked on things and found an issue with the ice...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 16, 2023

County track stars make waves at state

More than 40 local athletes participated in the Minnesota Boys and Girls State Track meet last weekend at St. Michael-Albertville. A number of those athletes had top showings and made it to the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 16, 2023

Esko cruises to state title game

The Esko baseball team is on the verge of a state championship after two wins in the Minnesota Class AA Baseball Tournament in St. Cloud. Esko was set to meet Perham at 1 p.m. Friday at CHS Field in... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 16, 2023

South Ridge fights way to consolation title

It took three games against Cherry in the section tournament, but the South Ridge Panthers got the wins when it counted, and entered the Minnesota State Class A baseball tournament as the top seed... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

Esko boys takes meet; county athletes shine

Esko is the Section 7A boys track champion this year after beating runner-up Crosby-Ironton by 10 points. Two Harbors took the girls title with International Falls taking second and also qualifying... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

Rebels run the section, return to State

As the defending Section 7A champions, the Moose Lake/Willow River girls softball team had a target on its back the entire season. The Rebels handled the pressure of the compacted season and last... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

'Jacks rebound but can't clear Rapids

After a first-round loss to Grand Rapids last week in the Section 7AAA boys baseball tournament, the Lumberjacks responded by pounding out wins last week over Hibbing and Duluth Denfeld. On Tuesday,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 9, 2023

South Ridge title defense hangs on championship sweep

Over the last four years the Section 7A baseball tournament has run through South Ridge. The road this season got a whole lot tougher on Tuesday when the Panthers lost their first game of the day,... Full story

 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


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