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The ticker: A quick look at area teams in action


January 17, 2020

Thursday, Jan. 9

Boys Basketball



The Lumberjacks were within a point at halftime, but the Hawks were able to pull away for the win. Markus Pokornowski led the ’Jacks with 24 points. Adam Schneider finished with 16 and Dylan Heehn added 12 points. Also scoring for Cloquet were Tyler Issendorf and Alec Turnbull with four points each and Kade Clemens with two.

Moose Lake/

Willow River-84

Silver Bay-41

After dropping a tough game to Esko last week, the Rebels bounced back with an impressive win over the Mariners behind the 21 points of Brady Watrin, 13 points of Phillip Sheetz and 12 points from Landon Kurhajetz.



Girls Basketball

South Ridge-57

Carlton-54 (OT)

Adella Olesiak led South Ridge with 17 points, but the Panthers’ balance was key in their overtime win. Other South Ridge scorers were Paris Fierkelepp with 14 points, Svea Snickers with 10, Phylesha Preston nine and Alana Young seven. Kaylee Asleson led the Bulldogs with 17 points, Elisabeth Hey added 11 and Alaina Bennett finished with 10. Brynn Mickle scored seven, Abby Mickle added five, Bella Anderson had three and Sam Matarlli scored one.


Fond du Lac-38

The Ogichidaa could not slow down Tresa Baumgard who poured in 28 points to lead the Blue Streaks to the win. Allison Cooley led FDL with 17 points, Tannia Misquadace had nine while Talayah Martineau scored seven and Solai Mohr added four points for the Ogichidaa.



Maddie Young had a big day for Cloquet with 17 points, but that was not enough to overcome the Hawks Elly Schmitz, who finished with 21 points. For Cloquet, it was nine points for Katie Turner, Justice Paro with six, Cristina Genita with five and Alexa Snesrud with four. Kate Owens scored three and Caley Kruse two.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Girls Basketball



Hibbing jumped out to a seven-point halftime lead and then held on for the win as Esko charged back in the second half led by the 11 points of Alia Gabel. Also scoring for Esko were Brenna Stark with nine, Sarah Wagemaker with eight, and Kristy DeMuth with seven. Jayden Karppinen and Avery Kuklinski each added three points. Ava Korby and Rachel Antonutti finished with two each.



Allison Marine had a fantastic night for the Bombers, leading all scorers with 28 points as the Bombers took a 39-18 halftime lead. Barnum also got double-digit scoring from Rayna Klejeski and Anessa Davis, who finished with 12 and 11 points respectively. Makenzee Schleret added nine, while both Gracie Nelson and Madison Warnygora had five points. Kendra Jurek finished with three and Jacinda Wright added two.


Two Harbors 28

Taya Hakamai was unstoppable as she scored 32 points to lead the Cardinals to the win. Shaily Hakamaki added 18 points for Cromwell-Wright, Andrea Pocernich finished with nine, Natalee Hakamaki added seven. Emmalee Hoover scored five, while Brandi Collman, Jordan Jokinen and Lacie Zoeller each had two points.

Moose Lake-Willow River-84

Silver Bay-40

Boys Hockey

Duluth Marshall-3

Moose Lake Area-2

The Rebels zipped out to a 2-0 first period lead only to have the Hilltoppers come from behind to take the win in Moose Lake. Jordan Fjosne and Henry Ribich scored for the Rebels in the first period. Marshall tied the game in the second and then won the game on a goal just 1:33 into the final period. Henry Dammer made 59 saves for the Rebels in the loss.

Friday, Jan. 10

Boys Basketball



The Bombers turned up the defensive heat in shutting the Mercs offense down as Barnum built a 22-10 halftime lead. Joe Peterson led the way with 19 points and Blaze Hurst finished with 11 points for the Bombers. Max Moors, Ty Asperheim and Garrett Coughlin each added five points for Barnum. Also scoring were Jacob Hultgren with three, two for Sean Nyblom and Reed Kornovich, plus one point for Cooper Nelson and Evan Gustafson.


Two Harbors-47

Micah Pocernich continued his torrid scoring streak by pouring in 26 points, but he was not alone in leading his team to the win. Gage Zoeller recorded an 18 point night and Taye Anderson added a 12 points. Noah Foster scored five points and Nathan Eliason had two.

South Ridge-66


The Panthers jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead and were able to maintain that edge. Mason Laine and Ben Wood led South Ridge with 19 and 14 points, respectively. Kayden Palmi added eigh, while Jaxson Bennett, Aaron Bennett and Austin Josephson each finished with six points, Tristan Johnson recorded four and it was Zach Kubat with a point for South Ridge. Matt Santkuyl led Carlton with 13 points, Trevor Ojibway had 12 and Ryan Gray 10. Austin Parker finished with seven, Caide Northrup scored five. Spencer Rousseau scored three and Kristen Herman made two points.

Girls Hockey

Moose Lake Area-6

Rochester John Marshall-2

After falling behind 2-0 midway through the second period, the Rebels responded with goals from Jamie Benzie, Savannah Gamst and Raechel Painovich to go ahead 3-2 entering the final period. Benzie added two more goals in the third and Gamst also tallied for the Rebels who received a 21-save effort from goalie Jo Wekseth.



Minnesota Wilderness-1

Saturday, Jan. 11

Girls Basketball


Mound Westonka-45

Jayden Karppinen poured in 20 points, Kristy DeMuth added 16 as Esko defeated Westonka. Rachel Antonutti helped out with

eight points. Sarah Wagemaker scored seven and Mallory Sunnarborg finished with 2 points for Esko which led 41-25 at halftime.


Minnesota Wilderness-4

Minot Minotauros-3

Monday, Jan. 13

Boys Basketball



The Lumberjacks cruised to a 40-19 lead at halftime and took the neighborhood win over the Bombers led by Adam Schneider with 24 points, Markus Pokornowski with 17 and Dylan Heehn with 13. Blaze Hurst led the Bombers with 17 points. Also scoring for Cloquet were Damian Diver, Tyler Issendorf and Alec Turnbull with four points each, Kade Clemens, Jack Sorenson and Orville Councillor with three each and Caleb Christianson with two. Ty Asperheim and Evan Gustafson each scored six for Barnum, and Garrett Coughlin had five. William Richardson, Joe Peterson and Jacob Hultgren each had three.

Girls Basketball

East Central-55

South Ridge-22

The Eagles allowed only 13 points in the first half and nine points in the second against the Panthers. Scoring for South Ridge were Adelia Olesiak with 12 points, Svea Snickers with five, Mercedes Lawrence with two and one each for Rylee Young, Paris Fierkelepp and Alana Young.



The Cardinals wasted little time in racing to a huge lead as they led 52-19 at halftime. Cromwell-Wright had five players in double figure scoring with Taya Hakamaki tossing in 30 points, while Shaily Hakamaki finished with 18, Natalee Hakamaki 11, and both Emmalee Hoover and Andrea Pocernich with 10 points. Brandi Collman added seven, Lacie Zoeller finished with four and Josie Jokinen, Ellie Anderson, Amber Collman and Jordan Jokineneach each scored two.

Boys Hockey

Pine City-12

Moose Lake Area-0

The Rebels were outshot 40-9 by the Dragons. Henry Dammer made 28 saves for Moose Lake Area.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Boys Basketball

South Ridge-64


The Panthers broke open a tight game after halftime to nail down the win over the Bluestreaks. Ben Wood, Tristan Johnson and Kayden Palmi scored 15, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Mason Lane added eight and Nick Larson six. Aaron Bennett scored five, Jaxson Bennett four, Slayton Stroschein two and one point for Austin Josephson.

Moose Lake/Willow River-72

Duluth Marshall-64

The Rebels overcame an eight-point halftime deficit and rallied for the win as Brady Watrin scored 26 points and Phillip Sheetz added 17 to lead them to the win. Also in double figure scoring was Ben Dewey with 12 points. Rounding out scoring for ML-WR were Mason Olson with eight, Carter Johnson and Landon Kurhajetz with four each, and Duane Broughton with one.



Gage Zoeller lit it up for 31 points to lead the Cardinals to an easy win over the Mercs, aided by Taye Anderson with 13 and Micah Pocernich with 10. Rounding out the scoring for the Cards were Garrett Zoeller with seven, Zevvus Smith and Liam Shoenberg with five each, Ethan Shelton with four, Nathan Eliason and Noah Foster with three. Michael Zoeller added one.

North Woods-90

Fond du Lac-77

The Ogichidaa were on their game offensively, but they were unable to slow down the Grizzlies on the defensive end of the floor. Leading FDL in scoring was Jordan Brown with 27 points, Ken Fox with 15, Jalen Paulson with 13 and Conner Barney with 1. Rolo Defoe added seven and Simon Laprairie finished with four.

Pequot Lakes-70


The Bombers struggled to get out of the gates in the first half and trailed 42-20 at the break. They got the offense going in the second half, but the damage was already done. Only Blaze Hurst, with 11 points, was in double figure scoring for the Bombers. Also scoring for Barnum were Joe Peterson and Willie Richardson with nine, Jake Hultgren eight, Reed Kornovich with five and four for Garrett Coughlin.

Girls Basketball



The ’Jacks led by two points at halftime, but the Bluejackets had a stronger second half and took the win. Maddie Young led Cloquet with 15 points while Kate Owens and Justice Paro both finished with 11. Cristina Genita added seven while Alexa Snesrud and Caley Kruse each had two.

Duluth Marshall-89

Moose Lake/Willow River-37

The Rebels struggled to keep up with the high flying Hilltoppers who led by 21 at half. Leading ML/WR were Natalie Mikrot and Alivia Mallory with six points each and Ella Rhoades and Maci Kukuk with five. Carmen Hoffman scored four, Emily Bohnsack and Skyla Thompson three each and Monica Mikrot and Grace Stephenson had two each.

Boys Hockey

Grand Rapids-4


The Lumberjacks fell on the road at IRA Civic Arena. Christian Galatz scored the first goal just 26 seconds into the game with assists to Aaron Moore and Logan Dushkin, but the Thunderhawks responded with a pair of goals before the first period ended. The second period played out the same way with Galatz scoring on a power play at 4:22 with Brayden Tyman assisting before the Thunderhawks bounced back to score twice before the second period ended. Owen Carlson finished with 30 saves for CEC.

Girls Hockey

Moose Lake Area-6


Gracie Hartl and Raechel Painovich scored for the Rebels in the first period to give them a 2-1 lead after one period of play. Julia Jusczak and Savannah Gamst scored goals in the second period and in the third period it was Jorja Jusczak and Jamie Benzie rounding out the scoring for the Rebels who put 41 shots on the Spartans goal.


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