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 By Dwight Cadwell    Sports    December 1, 2023 

Cloquet wins 'Paddle' game with Esko

The Cloquet and Esko girls basketball teams battled for the first time Tuesday with more than just bragging rights on the line. The Lumberjacks prevailed to win the first "Battle for the Paddle."... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 1, 2023 

'Jacks undefeated in Class A

Kerry Rodd [email protected] For the first time in school history, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team hit the ice playing in Class A this week, after years of opting up to play in Class... Full story


Wilderness split, remain in first

Two goals scored in the final moments of regulation sent the Minnesota Wilderness to a 5-4 victory over the Janesville Jets Saturday in Wisconsin, capping a successful 2-1 week which kept the team atop the league standings. With goaltender Loris... Full story


Join the Cloquet Ski Club

Prospective cross country skiers and ski jumpers ages 3-18 are invited to join the Cloquet Ski Club, which is based out of the Pine Valley park in Cloquet. Ski jumpers practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while cross country skiers meet every... Full story


Register for ski lessons

Kids ages 5-14 can sign up for cross country ski lessons at the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. Lessons run on Sundays Jan. 7-Feb. 11. Lessons for grades K-3 are 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. for grades 4-8. Cost: $30 for the first child, $20 for... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Lumberjacks aim high in Class A

Last year, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boy's hockey team finished with an impressive 16-9-1 record, but fell well short of the state hockey tournament. This season, the Lumberjacks come in with a roster... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Rebels put 5-win season in the rearview

After a 5-19 season last year, the Moose Lake Area Rebels boys hockey team is looking to turn those numbers around this season as they feel they have a squad capable of double-digit victories. “We... Full story


Wilderness stay on top

Victories in hockey sometimes can be Rembrandt-like pieces of artwork. Other times, they can remind you of a pig sty. Saturday night's game in Cloquet between the Minnesota Wilderness and Wisconsin... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 24, 2023

Pieces coming together for young Lumberjacks team

With a lineup replete with youngsters, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team is busy trying to figure out roles and combinations as they gear up for the winter season. "We are still pretty young...


Esko coach reflects on sting of state loss

Two days after his previously unbeaten football team was eliminated by Annandale, 14-7, at a state quarterfinal game in Brainerd, Esko head coach Scott Arntson remained puzzled. "It just seemed like... Full story


Rebels outgunned at State

The Moose Lake/Willow River boys football team entered last week's Class AA quarterfinals confident after a section victory over Barnum and how well the defense had played all season long, but Eden... Full story


Lumberjacks diver is State-bound

Toward the middle of a long swim season, Lumberjacks diving coach Nannette "Newt" Snyder had a talk with her divers. "'Where do you want to be, in the middle of the pack? Or do you want to be... Full story


Young Lumberjacks edge Rebels

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team evened its season record at 1-1 Tuesday night with a 1-0 victory over the Moose Lake Area Rebels at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake. Lumberjacks junior defende... Full story


Wilderness ends skid

An Ashton Dahms goal and solid goaltending from Adam Prokop were the key ingredients for the Minnesota Wilderness in a 1-0 victory Saturday night. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, and split the weekend series following a 5-4 loss Friday... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 10, 2023

Esko gets section title three-peat

In a rematch of last season's Section 7AAA title game, Esko downed Pequot Lakes 34-14 Thursday, Nov. 2, to gain the state tournament for the third season in a row at the University of Minnesota... Full story


Rebels bypass Bombers, head to state

All season long, the Moose Lake/Willow River defense has played like a unit possessed by protecting the endzone. The Rebels entered the playoffs allowing an average of a little over 8 points per game... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 10, 2023

Thunderhawks stymie 'Jacks again in 7AAA final

The dream season for the Cloquet volleyball team came to an end Thursday night in Hermantown when the Lumberjacks fell 3-0 to Grand Rapids in the Section 7AAA title game for the third season in a row.... Full story


Esko can't get by star-laden Rush City

For the third consecutive season, Rush City ended the Esko girls volleyball season in the 7AA playoffs. Last year, a late comeback by Esko in the section final forced a deciding fifth set for the Tige... Full story


State runners give it their all

Thousands of cross country fans descended upon University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 4 for the annual Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls cross country... Full story


Athletes receive state, local accolades

There are a bevy of post-season awards going out to fall sports athletes. Here is a roundup of what we’ve earned so far. If you know of any other accolades, let us know by email at [email protected] Cloquet/Carlton girls soccer Lauren Hughes... Full story


Wilderness streak ends

The St. Cloud Norsemen swept the Wilderness last weekend in Cloquet, snapping a 10-game winning streak for the home team. St. Cloud scored early and offered the Wilderness only limited chances Friday in a 4-0 victory. The loss snapped Minnesota’s... Full story


Esko beaten in state quarterfinal

Esko's football season is over after a 14-7 loss to Annandale Saturday in Brainerd. The two teams came into the quarterfinal game of the state tournament with vaunted offenses. In the end, it came... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 3, 2023

'Jacks roll to Rapids rematch

As the top seed in the Section 7AAA volleyball tournament, the Cloquet Lumberjacks received a first-round bye. On Monday night, the 'Jacks stepped on their home court to play a semifinal match... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Football Saturday, Oct. 28 Nine-man semifinals Ogilvie 44, Cromwell-Wright 14 7AA semifinals Barnum 41, Aitkin 0 Moose Lake/WR 28, Mesabi East 14 7AAA semifinals Esko 56, Pierz 8 Pequot Lakes 21, Two Harbors 15 Thursday 7AAA championship game Esko... Full story


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