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  • Hockey Day coming to Cloquet

    Jana Peterson|Jun 21, 2024

    From discussions about making a pitch for Hockey Day Minnesota, a less complicated, more locally driven idea was born: Hockey Day Cloquet. It’s an idea that has legs now that the Cloquet City Council gave the city’s blessing to use Veterans Park for the first-time event, set for Jan. 7-17, 2025. Nate Knutsen, who spearheaded fundraising efforts for the high school’s new outdoor athletic facilities and the baseball updates at Mettner Field, presented the idea to the council at Tuesday’s meeting... Full story

  • Esko rebounds, takes third at State

    Howie Hanson|Jun 21, 2024

    Top-seeded Esko got off to a strong start in its quest for back-to-back Class AA baseball state championships with a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Montevideo on June 13 at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. A 4-0 semifinal loss to Foley the next day, also at Dick Putz, foiled Esko’s state title aspirations. But Esko responded immediately afterwards with a workmanlike 4-1 win over Le Sueur-Henderson in the third-place game. Esko jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning in the quarterfinal against M... Full story

  • Backs to the wall ... then back to State

    Howie Hanson|Jun 14, 2024

    A mostly failed Section 7AA championship surprise Gatorade shower, courtesy of his giddy players, sent legendary Esko baseball skipper Ben Haugen ducking for cover during an onfield post-game interview. The coach, who is quick enough to dodge drops during the rain storms that peppered section play last week, was equally adept at explaining how his team won a second-straight 7AA title by clipping Duluth Marshall 10-3 and 4-2 last Thursday night at Wade Stadium in Duluth. It was a stunning... Full story

  • Weather and missed putts hurt Cloquet at State

    Steve Korby|Jun 14, 2024

    Steve Korby [email protected] The Cloquet High School boys golf team competed in the Class AA Minnesota State Golf Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lumberjacks finished seventh in the eight-team field. Cloquet had won the section tournament on six straight occasions and has placed higher at state, including a championship in 2021, but this year the top teams from around Minnesota played better over two days in a rain-shortened event. The tournament was held, again, at the Ridges At Sa... Full story

  • Future bright for 'Jacks after State

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 14, 2024

    The Cloquet Lumberjacks top boys finisher at last weekend's Class AA Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls track and field state meet was Andrew Shepherd, who was ninth in the 800-meter run. The state meet ran last Thursday through Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville High School. Shepherd was also part of the 4x800 relay team which finished 13th, along with Calvin Snesrud, Emmett Prosen and Evan Rothamel. "Shepherd is going to be awfully fun to watch in his next two seasons," said... Full story

  • Top-10 finishes galore in Class A

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 14, 2024

    Kerry Rodd [email protected] Carlton County was well-represented last weekend at the Class A Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls track and field state meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School. While there was no state champion from the area this season, a number of athletes made the finals and medaled for being in the top 10 places. Barnum's Annaka Bogenholm had the best state meet of all area athletes by finishing third in the discus in Class A and seventh in the shot... Full story

  • Cloquet's Lavan splits matches at State

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 14, 2024

    Cloquet-Esko-Carlton tennis player Ethan Lavan continues to make an impression on the statewide tennis scene. After capturing the Section 7A boys tennis title for a second straight season, Lavan played in the Minnesota state tennis tournament at Read-Sweatt Family Tennis Center last week. "Ethan is just one of those players who don't care how people look at him," said CEC coach Derek Johnson. Lavan came out in impressive fashion and won his first-round match easily before bowing out in the... Full story

  • Rebels' road ends in consolation final

    Dwight Cadwell|Jun 14, 2024

    Dwight Cadwell [email protected] Making their third trip to the Minnesota State High School League state girls softball tournament last week, the Rebels were hoping to make a run at the state title after being close the previous two years. Those hopes were dashed in the state quarterfinals by Russell-Tyler- Ruthton. In their first-ever state tournament appearance, the Knights shut down the Rebels in a 10-0 10-run victory last Wednesday night in Mankato. RTR scored four runs in the bottom... Full story

  • Errors cost Esko in section play

    Jun 7, 2024

    A huge five-run inning by Duluth Marshall Wednesday, June 5, saw the Hilltoppers topple defending state champion Esko 9-0 in the semifinal round of the double-elimination tournament at Wade Stadium in Duluth. But the season wasn't over yet. Esko needed to crawl back via the Section 7AA elimination bracket later on Wednesday, defeating Proctor to get another shot at the Hilltoppers. They would have to beat Marshall twice Thursday to advance once again to the state tournament next week in St.... Full story

  • Cloquet boys drive to State six-peat

    Steve Korby|Jun 7, 2024

    Not surprisingly, the Cloquet High School boys golf team has repeated as Section 7AA champions, with medalist Lance Sayler leading the way. The team will now play in the Minnesota state high school golf championship at the Ridges at Sand Creek golf course in Jordan, Minnesota, June 11-12. It is the sixth time the Cloquet team has won the section crown since 2018. As has been the mantra all season, the Lumberjacks relied on a balanced team approach to winning the section. Cloquet's varsity... Full story

  • 10 'Jacks head to state meet

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 7, 2024

    The Section 7AA boys and girls track meet concluded on Saturday at Members Cooperative Athletic Complex in Cloquet. Chisago Lakes was a double winner, capturing top honors in both the boys and girls division. The Lumberjacks finished fourth in the girls meet while the boys from Cloquet took sixth in the 11-team field. "Both the boys and girls teams this year are the youngest teams we've had in quite a while," said 'Jacks head coach Tim Prosen. "This is such a nice group of kids. All of them are... Full story

  • Esko boys, girls rule Section 7A meet

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 7, 2024

    Section 7A is one of the largest sections in the state for track, with 22 teams with boys and girls competing to qualify individually for the week's state track meet. A plethora of Carlton County talent was headed south to St. Michael Thursday through Saturday after the May 30 section meet at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Esko won top honors in both the boys and girls divisions with the Esko girls narrowly squeaking by Two Harbors by a point and the Esko boys with an easy victory over the... Full story

  • Rebels punch another ticket to state

    Dwight Cadwell|Jun 7, 2024

    Team makes third straight appearance Dwight Cadwell [email protected] The third time may be the charm for the Moose Lake/Willow River girls softball team as the team captured its third straight section 7A title and advanced to the state girls softball tournament in Mankato this week, June 5-7. The Rebels season was different from the past two seasons. "We may have flown under the radar some as we played a tough schedule and had more losses than people were accustomed to," head coach Kelly... Full story

  • Historic season ends for able Lumberjacks

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 7, 2024

    A spectacular first season came to a close for the Cloquet- Esko-Carlton boys lacrosse team Thursday as the No. 4 seed Lumberjacks fell 16-8 to the No. 5 seed Centennial Cougars at Members Cooperative Credit Union Stadium in Cloquet. "They are a big, physical team and they took advantage of some matchups that were in their favor," said CEC coach Luke Mehelich. The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair and ended in a 4-4 stalemate. After giving up the first goal just three minutes into the... Full story

  • Esko baseball fights its way back to State

    Jun 7, 2024

    They did it the hard way, but the Esko baseball team is the 2024 Section 7AA champion again. The defending state champs fell to Marshall Wednesday 9-0 but climbed back into the championship game and won a trip back to State. They had to beat Marshall two games in a row Thursday to do it, but Esko came through when it mattered most, winning 10-3 and 4-2. Read all about it in next week's Pine Knot News.... Full story

  • Esko teams lead the way in subsection

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    Esko teams dominated the Section 7A south subsection meet last Thursday in Crosby-Ironton as 12 boys teams and 11 girls teams hit the track with hopes of moving athletes on to the Section 7A finals Thursday in Duluth. Esko won the boys title with 135 points while Barnum and Crosby-Ironton tied for second with 92 points. Moose Lake/Willow River was fourth and Carlton/Wrenshall placed fifth. The Esko girls had 141 points and took top honors. Crosby-Ironton and Two Harbors tied for second with 97... Full story

  • Lumberjacks get dramatic playoff win

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    Playing in the school's first-ever playoff game, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys lacrosse team eked out a narrow 7-5 home win over Duluth Marshall at Members Cooperative Credit Union Stadium Tuesday night. "I told the guys they nearly gave me a heart attack," said head coach Luke Mehelich. "It was a tough game, but we battled through and found a way at the end." The win put CEC into second-round action set for 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Centennial, which took a 17-2 win over Grand... Full story

  • Lavan returns to state matches

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    For the second straight year, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team has a player going to State and for the second year in a row sophomore Ethan Lavan is that player. Lavan captured the Section 7A singles title in amazing fashion. In all, the Lumberjacks sent six players to play in last week's individual section championships. "Ethan was incredible and just went out and took care of business," said CEC head coach Derek Johnson. "He won 48 games and lost just two in winning his four matches... Full story

  • Wilderness sign Cloquet junior

    May 31, 2024

    Four new defensemen have been inked for the Minnesota Wilderness for next season. The Wilderness announced this week that Karson Young of Cloquet, Owen Smith of Maple Grove, Charles Antrilli of Oaklyn, New Jersey, and Talan Del Signore from the Esmark Stars program in Pennsylvania have signed tenders for the 2024-25 season. Both Young and Smith come to the Wilderness after playing last weekend with the club’s 18-and-under team at the Prospects Challenge in Blaine. The team won the championship, finishing unbeaten with a 5-0 record. Both p...

  • Stellar pitching ends 'Jacks season

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    After opening the Section 7AAA softball playoffs last Wednesday with a win, the Lumberjacks faced stiff competition Thursday and fell in back-to-back losses at home in the double elimination portion of the tournament. Cloquet, the No. 4 seed, opened at home with No. 5 seed Grand Rapids and parlayed a seven-run fourth inning into a 7-4 come-from-behind victory. "We broke things open in the fourth, which was kickstarted with a double by Brooke Proulx," said Cloquet coach Tyler Korby. "Being down... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    May 31, 2024

    Wednesday, May 22 Softball Section 7AAA Cloquet 7 Grand Rapids 4 Baseball Barnum 12 South Ridge 9 Esko 10 Cloquet 0 Crosby-Ironton 6 ML/WR 3 Thursday, May 23 Baseball ML/WR 23 Cook County 8 ML/WR 12 Silver Bay 8 Cherry 8 Barnum 1 South Ridge 7 Hinckley-Finlayson 0 Cromwell-Wright 5 MIB 4 Grand Rapids 8 Esko 0 Softball Section 7AAA Rock Ridge 2 Cloquet 0 Hibbing 4 Cloquet 1 Section 7AA GNK 4 Esko 2 Esko 8 Aitkin 3 Rush City 6 Barnum 5 Barnum 5 Hinckley-Finlayson 2 Section 7A Cherry 4 Carlton/Wrenshall 3 Carlton/Wrenshall 3 Cromwell-Wright 2... Full story

  • Rebels stand alone in sections

    Dwight Cadwell|May 31, 2024

    Moose Lake/Willow River is the only local team left as the Section 7 girls softball tournaments are winding down to state tournament time. After beating Cherry in a semifinal Tuesday, the Rebels advanced to the Section 7A championship for the third consecutive season. ML/WR opened the section tournament May 23 in Grand Rapids with an 8-0 victory over North Woods following a bye in the opening round of the playoffs. After the win over the Grizzlies, the Rebels topped Ely, 5-1. ML/WR had defeated... Full story

  • Area teams stay alive in early playoff rounds

    Dwight Cadwell|May 31, 2024

    The Section 7 boys baseball playoffs got into full swing Tuesday. Lots of local eyes were focused on defending Class AA state champion Esko as they opened 7AA play with victories over Two Harbors and Greenway-Nashwauk/Keewatin (GNK), scoring 25 runs in two shutout victories. Esko rolled through the regular season, dropping only two contests: one to section rival Duluth Marshall and the other to Grand Rapids. Jackson Peterson stuck out six batters in the 12-0 win over the Agates. Jamis Halverson... Full story

  • In softball playoffs, weather is an opponent

    Dwight Cadwell|May 24, 2024

    With rain looming Tuesday, proactive school officials rescheduled Section 7 softball action for Monday afternoon to keep things set for semifinal action on Thursday. Several local teams had byes in the opening round of action in both sections 7A and 7AA. In Class AA, Moose Lake/Willow River, South Ridge and Proctor had byes as the top teams in their respective sections, while Esko, Carlton/Wrenshall, Cromwell-Wright, and Barnum all opened victoriously on Monday afternoon. Section playoffs contin... Full story

  • Cloquet golf teams aim for section titles

    Kerry Rodd|May 24, 2024

    First-year Lumberjacks head coach Andrew Miller aims to build a solid girls golf program, much like the Cloquet boys, a perennial frontrunner for the Section 7 championship. This year Miller has been able to double the number of athletes on the team. His group was rewarded on Monday with a third-place finish in the Lumberjack Invite held at the Cloquet Country Club. "The girls played well under some tougher conditions," said Miller. "It was raining as they warmed up, but then the rain stopped,... Full story

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