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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023 

Bombers snatch wild win over C-W

A 3-point shot with just over 4 seconds remaining and stout defensive play were enough to give Barnum a wild 55-52 win over Cromwell-Wright in the Section 5A quarterfinals in Hinckley-Finlayson... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023 

Esko steamrolls to championship

The Eskomos are the lone local team remaining in the Section 7AA boys basketball tournament after Saturday's quarterfinal round of play. Esko picked up an impressive and easy win over Aitkin, while Mo... Full story


Wilderness roll through Alaska unscathed

For the first time in franchise history last weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness finished an Alaska road swing undefeated, with 6-2 and 4-2 wins over the Anchorage Wolverines on March 10 and 11. Sawyer Scholl led the way, scoring four goals and adding...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023 

Hermantown ousts Lumberjacks in semi

After picking up an impressive quarterfinal win over Grand Rapids last Wednesday, Cloquet hit the road again March 10 to play Section 7AAA top seed Hermantown. When the dust cleared, the Lumberjacks... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023 

Last-second heroics mark Section 7A playoffs

All four local Section 7A boys basketball teams have been eliminated from the playoffs after play last week, but they kept fans on the edge of their seats to the end. Fond du Lac hung in there the... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    March 17, 2023 

Grand Rapids rolls over Cloquet for three-peat

One wouldn't be able to tell by seeing the Cloquet senior's red, teary eyes afterward, but Macie Majerle saved her best basketball game for last. Entering last week scoring just 5 points per contest,... Full story

 By Jake Kachinske    Sports    March 17, 2023 

Cards clipped in Section 7A final

For the second straight year and third time in the last five seasons, Mountain Iron-Buhl ended the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team's hopes of advancing to the Minnesota Class A State... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    March 17, 2023 

Barnum can't get past BBE in Section 5A final

Rayna Klejeski knew she and her Barnum girls basketball teammates had the potential to be successful this winter. But even the Bombers senior superstar was a bit wide-eyed with their results. A... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

'Jacks overwhelm Hawks

A quick start helped propel the Lumberjacks girls basketball team past Hermantown 71-46 in the Section 7AAA semifinals Friday. "It was nice to see our girls start out strong," said Cloquet coach... Full story


Cloquet squeaks out playoff W with defense

Winners of four straight games, the Cloquet boys basketball team is headed to the Section 7AAA semifinals against Hermantown, after a 40-35 road win over Grand Rapids on Wednesday. The Lumberjacks... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

South Ridge can't break Mt. Iron-Buhl

South Ridge rolled through its first two opponents in the Section 7A girls basketball playoffs, until Tuesday. That’s when the Panthers ran into No. 1 ranked Mt. Iron-Buhl in the semifinals. MIB had not lost to a Class A team all season, and the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

Esko, Rebels end season in quarterfinals

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Esko girls basketball team dropped an 11-point decision to Duluth Marshall. On Saturday, the Eskomos played the Hilltoppers again, this time in the quarterfinal round... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    March 10, 2023

Barnum rolls to 5A championship

After taking off her sophomore season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Barnum's Allison Marine made the decision to return to the basketball court the following year because of her teammates. And those... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 10, 2023

Cromwell-Wright claws back against Ely

A furious second-half comeback Tuesday helped send Cromwell-Wright into the Section 7A championship game against Mt. Iron-Buhl Friday in Hibbing. Cromwell-Wright and Ely entered the Section 7A semifinal with nearly identical records. The Cardinals... Full story


Wilderness move into 2nd

Beginning a two-week swing through Alaska, the Minnesota Wilderness swept the Kenai River Brown Bears last weekend by twin scores of 4-1. With the wins, Minnesota climbed into second place in its division and kept pace with the red-hot Wisconsin... Full story


Cloquet underclassmen sets table for future

Cloquet-Esko wrestler Aiden Theisen competed in two matches at the state wrestling meet in St. Paul last weekend at Xcel Energy Center. He was pinned in both matches, competing for a total of 3 minutes, 46 seconds in the losses. The state tournament... Full story


Korpela reaches 1,000 points

Carlton junior Luuke Korpela reached the 1,000-point career mark on Thursday night as the Bulldogs downed Cook County 88-58 at home in front of a raucous crowd. Korpela was named to the Polar League... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 3, 2023

Cloquet boys basketball are comeback kings

After stumbling on Feb. 21 in a road loss to Duluth Denfeld, the Cloquet boys basketball team bounced back with impressive back-to-back home wins over Grand Rapids and Providence Academy Friday and... Full story


Girls playoffs seedings, locations are set

The girls high school section basketball tournaments opened Monday across Minnesota. In Section 7A the first-round games featured Wrenshall at Littlefork-Big Falls, while Fond du Lac was scheduled to play at Nashwauk-Keewatin. Nashwauk-Keewatin was... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 3, 2023

Ogichidaa outpace Wrens for big win

The boys high school basketball season is coming to a close, and as the season winds down every game is important from a seeding and momentum standpoint. Tuesday night Wrenshall hosted the Fond du... Full story

 By Brady Slater    Sports    March 3, 2023

Young, old skiers shine at the Birkie

For Adrian Watt and Benjamin Bauer, last weekend's American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin, offered a tale of two trajectories. The 75-year-old Watt, of Esko, skied his 46th Birkie, on his way to... Full story


Minnesota ends skid; on to Alaska

The Minnesota Wilderness ended a five-game losing streak on Saturday, getting a pair of goals from Sawyer Scholl to beat the Springfield Jr. Blues 4-1 at Cloquet’s Northwoods Credit Union Arena. The win gave the Wilderness a split in the weekend se...


Theisen makes it to state

The Cloquet-Esko wrestling program got a lift from one of its youngest members last week. Eighth-grader Aiden Theisen finished second in the Section 7AA 113-pound weight class, advancing to this... Full story


College signing ceremonies

Left: Cloquet senior and three-sport athlete Reese Sheldon made it official during a signing ceremony at Cloquet High School Friday, Feb. 24. Sheldon will play Division I college football for North... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 24, 2023

'Sad' end, Lumberjacks upset in playoffs

The Lumberjacks boys hockey team had more shots but fewer goals Tuesday as they fell to Coon Rapids, 6-3, in the quarterfinal round of the Section 7AA boys hockey playoffs. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, the... Full story


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