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 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 23, 2021 

Baseball season runs its course

Local baseball teams are winding down the regular season and getting ready for district tournament play. On Monday night the Esko and Cloquet Legion teams met at Ed Mettner Field in Cloquet. Both... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 23, 2021 

Gayle Grant's secrets to a long and happy golfing life

It was a beautiful warm July summer day at the Rugged Spruce Golf Club in Mahtowa. About 25 golfers had played in the Friday morning golf scramble. After nine holes, most linksmen were grabbing for... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 23, 2021 

In the heart of softball season

Cody Anderson of the Houle'igans Alborn Tavern team is ready to hit the ball hard during a slowpitch softball game July 13 at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. Eight teams play in the bar league softball... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 16, 2021

The king outduels the kid

After three glorious days of perfect golfing weather, Hermantown's Taylor Sundbom emerged as the champion of the 90th annual Cloquet Invitational golf tournament, shooting a total three-under par. It... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 16, 2021

Softball teams fill Cloquet parks again

Braun Park was bustling again this past weekend as 30 girls fast-pitch teams converged on the sparkling complex in Cloquet's Hilltop neighborhood for the USSSA Northern State tournament. "It was just... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 16, 2021

Bringing it home

The Gitchi Gummi U19 boys soccer team won its division at the USA Cup Weekend July 9-11 in Blaine. There were five boys from Carlton County on the Gitch team, which defeated the Cloquet U19 boys team... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 9, 2021

3-on-3 tournament heats up on the Fourth

Cloquet's Pinehurst Park was a sea of sweaty ballplayers Monday afternoon, with a turnout of more than 20 teams for the annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament. With two halfcourt games happening... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 9, 2021

Footrace fun on the Fourth

"It's awesome to be back!" Those were the words uttered by Sawdust 5K race director Jeff Leno over the weekend as the fan-favorite race made its return after a 1-year hiatus due to Covid-19. "It was a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 9, 2021

Baker heads to Junior Championship next week

Just last month, Sam Baker was leading his Cloquet High School boys golf team to a state title, with the team winning the Class AA title and Baker taking first individually. Now the recent CHS graduat... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 9, 2021

CCC Invitational starts Friday

After working around some pandemic restrictions last summer, the 90th annual Cloquet Invitational is being held at Cloquet Country Club, this Friday through Sunday (July 9-11), as normal. In all, 175... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 2, 2021

Esko grad signs pro deal

Nick Emanuel graduated from Esko High School in 2016. Five years later he concluded a stellar career at North Dakota State University, and just a couple of weeks ago he signed a professional baseball... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 2, 2021

Rodd's Ramblings: Some things remain the same

Well, it’s been a little over a year since my walking articles hit this column. Little did I know that the back-to-back columns would be a foreshadowing of a health problem a couple of weeks later....

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 2, 2021

Of course it went in, he called this hole-in-one

Cloquet's Kim Meisner hit a hole-in-one at the Rugged Spruce golf course in Mahtowa on June 9. Meisner used a six-iron on the 134-yard No. 6. "I called it," Meisner said, adding that it's something... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 2, 2021

County runners shine at Grandma's races

After a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon returned to Canal Park in Duluth on June 19. While many things changed, some things remained the same. Cloquet and Carlton County had a number of... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 2, 2021

Basketball tourney returns for the Fourth

The second Pinehurst Park 3 on 3 basketball tournament starts at noon July Fourth and is free to all participants. There’s no charge to play in the double-elimination tournament, and spectators are... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 2, 2021

Last chance at 5K

Start your July Fourth on the right foot, by running in the 10th annual Sawdust 5K: Kill the Hills race at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. The race begins at 8 a.m. on July 4, winding its way through the...

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 2, 2021

Local soccer players participate in Midwest Presidents Cup

Three area soccer players are part of a Duluth premier-level soccer team that made it all the way to the Midwest Presidents Cup in Ohio last month. From left, Carson Essler, Ryan Tomsche and Spencer... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    July 2, 2021

Polar League All Stars: Softball

The Polar League All Star softball players faced off in Esko June 21. Team Dark Blue and Team Light Blue played to a 4-4 tie. Players named to the teams included Eliza DeCaigny, Elizabeth Hey and... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    July 2, 2021

Polar League All Stars: Baseball

The Polar League All Star baseball players faced off in Esko June 21. Team Weber took down Team Wallin 9-2. Players named to the teams included Noah Furcht, Tyler Koskela and Cale Haugen of Esko;... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 25, 2021

Cloquet boys still basking

There were police car sirens and flashing lights, celebratory posters, gratified parents, grandparents, friends, school officials plus local television and newspaper reporters at the Cloquet Country... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 25, 2021

Barnum takes swing at tourney

Very quietly, the Barnum golf program is putting the town on the map. The little town sitting between Cloquet and Moose Lake has produced boys and girls basketball championships and has been at the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 25, 2021

Glints of glory at state meet

Last week's Minnesota State Class A boys and girls track meet yielded a few surprises in the weight events for both boys and girls, two of those by area athletes. In the boys discus event, Esko's... Full story

 By Lydia Stone    Sports    June 25, 2021

Finding silver linings after crushing injury

Ilei Benson was sprinting down a soccer field this spring, headed toward the goal. Then she felt a painful pop. Her knee hyperextended. It buckled beneath her. "Then I'm on the ground," Benson said.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 25, 2021

Cloquet runners medal

The Cloquet boys and girls track teams were dominant throughout the regular track season, winning by a large margin at many track meets this spring. But when the Section 7AA meet was held, only two... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 18, 2021

State Champs

In what will go down in state golf history as one of the most memorable, dramatic individual finishes in high school play, Sam Baker won the Class AA State Boys Golf Championship Wednesday. Add to all... Full story


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