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Thursday, Jan. 2

Boys Basketball


Two Harbors-66

Ben Soderstrom with 32 points, Matthew Santkuyl with 21 points and Ryan Gray with 13 points led the Bulldogs to the win over the Agates. Justin Swanson added four points. Adam Hey had three points and rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs was Austin Parker with two points. Trent Gomez had a big night for the Agates with 27 points.

Girls Basketball


Two Harbors-53

The Bombers held a slim one-point lead at halftime and were able to fend off the Agates on Thursday night. MaKenzee Schleret and Allison Marine led the Bombers with 22 and 15 points, respectively. Anessa Davis chipped in with nine points and both Rayna Klejeski and Madison Warnygora had four points.



The Polar Bears had four players in double-digit scoring and were led by Kennedi Johnson’s 19-point night. The Polar Bears jumped out to a 33-23 halftime lead and never looked back in taking the win. Alaina Bennett led Carlton with 14 points and Abby Mickle added 10 points. Also scoring for Carlton were Sam Matarelli with six, Elizabeth Hey and Brynne Mickle each had four and Kaylee Anderson finished the night with three points.



The Rails led by 26 points at halftime as nine different players got on the scoreboard for the Rails, led by the 15 points of Sam Pogatchnik. Cloquet was led by Maddie Young and Alexa Snesrud, each with eight points. Kate Owens finished with four points for the ’Jacks while both Justice Paro and Gracie Meagher added two points each.

Esko-72 Moose

Lake-Willow River-50

Jayden Karppinen and Kristy DeMuth each had 21 points to lead the Eskomos to the win. Sarah Wagemaker also had a big night with 16 points for Esko, while Brenna Stark added seven. Aila Gabel scored three and Ava Korby and Kaitlyn Adkins each scored two points.

Thursday, Jan. 2

Girls Hockey


Champlin Park/

Coon Rapids-2

After falling behind 2-1 after one period the ’Jacks responded by shutting out Champlin Park/Coon Rapids the rest of the way. Taylor Nelson had the lone CEC goal of the first period in a shorthanded situation with Kiana Bender assisting. Bender scored the only goal of the second period assisted by Dea DeLeon. In the third period, it was Bender from Nelson and Frankie Halvorsob and finally Tenley Stewart scoring from Emmie Ellena and Nelson on the power play. Araya Kiminski made 22 saves in goal for the ’Jacks.

Friday, Jan. 3

Boys Basketball


Silver Bay-43

Micah Pocernich led the Cards with a 27-point performance and in doing so, also set the school record for points in a career with 1,506. Gage Zoeller added 15 points, Ethan Shelton scored 13 and Taye Anderson recorded 11 points while Michael Zoeller rounded out the Cardinal scoring with two.

South Ridge-68

Cook County-50

The Panthers went ahead by 19 points at halftime and were never threatened by the Vikings. The 15 points of Ben Wood led the Panthers, but he had plenty of help as Mason Line recorded 13 points and Jaxson Bennett also was in double-digit scoring with 12 points. Nick Larson added eight points, Noah Sertich and Tristan Johnson each scored seven and Austin Josephson finished with six points.


Two Harbors-37

The Bombers eased out to a 40-14 halftime lead and easily handled the Agates behind the 22 points of Blaze Hurst. Ty Asperheim also had a big night with 14 points. Joe Peterson added 11, Garrett Coughlin had 10, while both Max Moors and Reed Kornovich had five points. Jake Hultgren and Parker Schleret each had two points and Evan Gustafson finished with a point.



The Wrens were unable to hang on to their one-point halftime lead as they fell to the Mercs. Austin Larva led the Wrens in scoring with 18 points, both Randy Wimmer and Tim Swenson finished with 10 points each. Hunter Holmes added nine, Mason Perry scored five and it was a four-point night for Zeke Rousseau.

Girls Basketball


Silver Bay-18

One of the state’s top-ranked teams, the Cromwell-Wright Cardinals, led 45-7 at halftime as they continue to easily handle local teams. Taya Hakamaki led all scorers with 22 points, Shaily Hakamaki and Katherine Libbon followed with 12 and 10 points respectively for the Cardinals. Natalee Hakamaki scored nine points, Emmalee Hoover had six. Josie Jokinen scored three points, while Jordan Jokinen and Brandi Collman each had two and Amber Collman added one point.

Cook County-60

South Ridge-59

The Panthers led by five points at halftime but could not hang on as the Vikings relied on a 27-point night of Abbie Crawford to get the win. Adelia Olesiak led the Panthers with 17 points and Raina Schneider finished with 11 points for South Ridge. Paris Fierkelepp added nine for South Ridge, while Phylesha Preston scored eight and Leanna Olson had seven. Svea Snickers scored three and Lexi Bergum and Alana Young each had two.

Boys Hockey


Moose Lake Area-2

Girls Hockey


Mora/Pine City-6

Moose Lake Area-2

The Blue Jackets scored five times in the third period and came from behind to beat the Rebels, who held a 2-1 lead going into the final stanza.


Aberdeen Wings-4

Minnesota Wilderness-2

Saturday, Jan. 4

Boys Basketball

Duluth East-65


Girls Hockey



Lauren Maslowski made 15 saves in goal and Taylor Nelson had the hat trick as the No. 3 ranked ’Jacks rolled to a win on Saturday afternoon in Cloquet. Kiana Bender added the other goal for the Lumberjacks, who also got a pair of assists from Emmie Ellena and Tenley Stewart.


Aberdeen Wings-2

Minnesota Wilderness-1

Monday, Jan. 6

Boys Basketball



Joe Peterson had a 17-point night for the Bombers while Ty Asperheim added 12 and Blaze Hurst had 11, but it was not enough to overcome Manni Kutegbe and Hunter Nissau who had 23 and 21 points respectively for the Gobblers. Garrett Coughlin, Reed Kornovich and Jake Hultgren all scored four points each for Barnum.

South Ridge-91


Girls Basketball



Christina Genita led the ’Jacks with 16 points while both Kate Owens and Alexa Snesrud scored 12 points in helping Cloquet to the win. Maddie Young recorded10 points for the Lumberjacks, Justice Paro finished with nine points and Gracie Meagher added six. Caley Kruse scored five and Katie Turner had four points. MaKenzee Schleret led Barnum with 10 points, while Anessa Davis finished with seven points. Allison Marine scored six, both Madison Warnygora and Rayna Klejeski finished with four points, Olivia Bogenholm added two points and Gracie Nelson added a point.



The No. 2-ranked Cardinals raced out to a 57-17 halftime lead against the Bulldogs and parlayed a 30-point effort from Taya Hakamaki and a 21-point effort from Shaily Hakamaki into a victory. Emmalee Hoover added 12 for Cromwell-Wright, and Natalee Hakamaki chipped in with 10 points. Also scoring for the Cards were; Andrea Pocernich with six, Jordan Jokinen with four and Amber Collman, Brandi Collman and Lacie Zoeller all recorded two points. Abby Mickle led Carlton in scoring with 11 points. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Brynne Mickle with four, Alaina Bennett and Kaylee Asleson each with three, Bella Anderson with two points and Elizabeth Hey with one point.



In an odd game without one double-digit scorer, the Rails led at halftime 21-10 and came away with a 19-point win. Jayden Karppinen, Mallory Sunnarborg and Kristy DeMuth all scored six points to lead the Eskomos while Sarah Wagemaker finished with four and Ingrid Hexum added three points.

South Ridge-57

Hill City/Northland-35

Adelia Olesiak led the Panthers with 17 points and was joined in double-digit scoring by Paris Fierkelepp with 13, Svea Snickers with 11 and Raina Schneider with 10 points. Also scoring were Alana Young and Phylesha Preston with three points each.

Moose Lake/

Willow River-75


Maci Kukuk and Natalie Mikrot finished with 25 and 20 points respectively to lead the Rebels to the win. Ella Rhodes added 12 for the Rebels. Also scoring for the Rebels were Alivia Mallory with nine points and Monica Mikrot with three. Emily Bohnsack, Kelli Granquist and Sarah Christy each recorded two points.



The Polar Bears held a 31-6 halftime lead and were never threatened by the Wrens. Kennedi Johnson led the Polar Bears with 19 points. Hailey Tauzel scored six points to lead the Wrens. Ashley Hart added four points for Wrenshall, Samantha Nyberg had two points and Hannah Lattu finished with a point.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Boys Basketball



Markus Pokornowski and Adam Schneider scored 39 and 33 points, respectively, as they combined for 72 of the Lumberjacks 88 points in the win over the Oredockers. Dylan Heehn added five for Cloquet, while both Alec Turnbull and Jack Sorenson chipped in with four points and Tyler Issendorf recorded three points.

Cromwell-Wright 65


Micah Pocernich added to his Cardinals all-time-points-leader total by pouring in 33 points in the win over Carlton. Ethan Shelton finished with 13 points for Cromwell-Wright. Matt Santkuyl and Justin Swanson led the Bulldogs with 12 and 11 points, respectively. For the Cards, Gage Zoeller finished with nine points, Taye Anderson added five, Garrett Zoeller scored three and Ben Hansen had two. Carlton got eight points from Trevor Ojibway, five from Caide Northrup, three each from Ryan Gray and Spencer Rousseau and two points from Austin Parker.

Grand Rapids-66


John Sutherland led the Thunderhawks to the victory with 35 points. Esko was led in the scoring column by Eli Blue and James LeGarde, who both scored 11 points, Riley Fischer added seven, Payton Wefel six and Preston Lowe chipped in with three points while Braden Gabel and Chad Hart each had two.

Fond du Lac-95


The Ogichidaag and the Rangers were tied at halftime, but FDL Ojibwe pulled away to the 14-point win as Conner Barney led all scorers with 41 points. Jalen Paulson hit for 20 points and Jordan Brown netted 19 points for FDL. Also scoring for FDL were Ken Fox with seven and Simon Laprarie with four. Brady Barney and Dannin Savage each finished with two points.

Moose Lake/

Willow River 61


The Rebels got big scoring nights from Mason Olson and Brady Watrin who scored 21 and 19 points respectively to lead ML/WR to the victory over the Gobblers. The Rebels also got eight points from Phillip Sheetz, three points each from Ben Dewey and Michael Olson, two points apiece from Logan Overdahl, Sam Dewey and Landon Kurhajetz and a single point from Carter Johnson.


South Ridge-53

The Golden Bears took a 15-point lead in the first half and maintained that over the second half. Austin Josephson led the Panthers with 12 points while both Mason Lane and Jaxson Bennett each added 12 points. Kayden Palmi recorded seven for South Ridge, Ben Wood had four, Nick Larson scored three and Noah Sertich had two points.



Girls Basketball

Moose Lake/

Willow River-77


The Rebels turned a 46-31 halftime deficit into a 10-point win by outscoring the Golden Bears by 25 points in the second half. Natalie Mikrot led all scorers with 22 points, followed by Maci Kukuk with 14. Alivia Mallory had 11 points while Ella Rhoades scored 10.

Girls Hockey



Tenley Stewart, Kiana Bender and Taylor Nelson each scored in the first period to get the Lumberjacks going on the offensive side of things in

Superior Tuesday night. CEC added goals by Bender, Ashlyn Schneberger and Keelee Grashorn in the second period to push their lead to 6-0 while Nelson added the lone third-period tally to end the scoring.