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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 3, 2020

College stars slowly cope after lost seasons

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant college athletes have seen their seasons end early or simply not start. A number of Cloquet grads are home now instead of competing at their chosen university. St. Clou... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 3, 2020

Rodd's Ramblings: Sating the sports fix is a giant task

Safer at home, uncertain times, flattening the curve, social distancing ... are all terms that have become commonplace since the coronavirus hit the United States. And that is just the tip of the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 27, 2020 

Schools await spring sports fate

For now, high school sports and other activities in Minnesota are in a holding pattern. The Minnesota State High School League first shut down all spring sports March 13 through today and now will... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 27, 2020 

Rodd's Ramblings: Sports ADs keep on in odd times

Sports fans come in all types. They all have at least one thing in common and that is their love for sports. How are sports fans coping with the lack of sports during the COVID-19 pandemic? The Pine... Full story


For Cards, it's win and you're out

The Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team started off fast at last week's Minnesota girls state basketball tournament, but then they hit a wall - one not of their own making. After winning a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 20, 2020

Esko's state bid ends after playoffs nixed

It took extra time, but Esko knocked off the Hilltoppers 67-64 Wednesday, March 11 to advance to the Section 7AA title game. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Eskomos did not get the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 20, 2020

Fond du Lac falls in semis after late-season surge

After losing by 34 points to Nashwauk-Keewatin just three weeks ago, things looked bleak for the Fond du Lac boys basketball team when they took on the Spartans in the Section 7A boys basketball... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 20, 2020

Rodd's Ramblings: Winter sports are done; next season is in limbo

Normally, March and April mean the spring sports seasons are here and high schools are buzzing with activity. All that activity came to a screeching halt the past week when schools were closed after...


Minnesota State basketball tournaments canceled

The Minnesota State High School League has now canceled both the boys and girls state basketball tournaments, because of ongoing coronavirus concerns. The notice went out at 10:57 a.m. Friday, March... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 13, 2020

Cardinals cruise to State

A year ago the Cromwell- Wright girls basketball team sat on the doorstep of the Minnesota State Basketball Tournament. In their path was the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers, a team that the Cardinals had... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 13, 2020

Esko clamps down, reaches semifinals

Payton Wefel and James LeGarde led the scoring barrage and the rest of the Esko boys basketball team played shutdown defense in Saturday’s 68-47 win over Pequot Lakes in the Section 7AA... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 13, 2020

Lumberjacks can't hold off hot Hibbing shooters

The Cloquet boys basketball season skidded to a stop last Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Section 7AAA tournament. The Lumberjacks hung tough in the first half against Hibbing, but eventually... Full story


The ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Section 5A Cromwell-Wright-64 Swanville-52 Cromwell-Wright-51 Hinckley-Finlayson-65 The season ended Saturday for the Cromwell-Wright boys basketball team following a 65-51 loss at the hands of Hinckley-Finlayson in Section 5A play in Braham. The... Full story


Cloquet grad shines in college track meet

The 2020 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship earlier this month was highlighted by four new meet records and a competitive finish that saw the University of... Full story


MSHSL announces no activities or athletic practices from March 18-March 27

Here is the latest a press release from the Minnesota State High School League: Consistent with Emergency Executive Order 20-02 issued on March 15, 2020, by Governor Walz the Minnesota State High School League has updated information on activity...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 6, 2020

UPDATED Girls basketball playoffs: Cardinals storm through section

Notice has been served to area basketball fans by the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team. The Cardinals were bound for the Section 7A championship game Thursday after convincing wins over Chisholm... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 6, 2020

Girls basketball playoffs: Esko speeds past Rebels, fall to Hilltoppers

Entering Saturday's Section 7AA quarterfinal game, Esko and Moose Lake/Willow River had identical 16-10 records. Following the game, the No. 1 seeded Eskomos came away with a convincing 80-31 win and... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 6, 2020

The ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 20 Boys Basketball Cloquet-82 / Crosby-Ironton-68 Five different Lumberjacks scored in double digits to overcome the Rangers. Leading Cloquet was Adam Schneider with 19 points, both... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 6, 2020

Cloquet finds groove before section playoffs

All season long, the Cloquet boys basketball team has struggled to close out games that were close at halftime. But not on Friday night, when the team closed out the regular season with a 52-48 win... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 6, 2020

Wilderness best Chippewa

The Minnesota Wilderness swept the Chippewa Steel last weekend in two tightly contested games at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Both games went into overtime. On Friday night, forward Lewis Crosby (of... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 28, 2020

'Jacks take wild state ride

The thrilling ride by the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team finally came to a close Saturday in a 6-0 loss to Breck in the championship game of the Minnesota State Class A Girls Hockey...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 28, 2020

Rodd's Ramblings: In a word: Teammates

This past week the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team provided the Pine Knot News area with an abundance of emotional moments, from winning a section championship for the first time in 11 years... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 20 Boys Basketball Cherry-86 Wrenshall-72 Randy Wimmer poured in 26 points and Hunter Holmes added 20 for the Wrens, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Tigers nine-point halftime le... Full story


Cromwell-Wright, Esko lead the pack into playoffs

The Cardinals girls basketball team is poised to make a deep run into the 2020 girls section playoffs as action begins this week. Cromwell-Wright has been one of the top teams in Class A over the... Full story


Injury-plagued wrestlers make the best of a trying season

The Cloquet-Esko- Carlton wrestling team wrapped up its season at the individual section tournament Feb. 22 in Mora. CEC had four place-winners but were unable to place a wrestler in the top two to... Full story


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