The ticker: A quick look at area teams in action


January 31, 2020

Thursday, Jan. 23

Boys Basketball

East Central-53

South Ridge-50

South Ridge held an eight-point halftime lead but couldn’t hang on as the Eagles flew back in the second half to take the win by outscoring the Panthers 32-21 in the second stanza. Leading the Panthers in scoring were Ben Wood with 13 points, Mason Lane with 12 and Austin Josephson with 10. Also scoring were Jaxson Bennett with seven, Kayden Palmi four and two each for Tristan Johnson and Nick Larson.

Moose Lake/

Willow River-69


The Rebels got off to a 42-31 lead at halftime and then held on as the Lumberjacks second half comeback fell just short. Mason Olson led the Rebels with 26 points, Brady Watrin added eight and it was six each for Ben Dewey, Duane Broughton, Michael Olson and Landin Kurhajets. Both Sam Dewey and Phillip Sheetz scored five points each while Carter Johnson had one. The ‘Jacks were led by the 16 points of Adam Schneider, 15 points from Alec Turnbull, 11 points by Dylan Heehn and Markus Pokornowski scored 10. Also scoring for Cloquet: Tyler Issendorf and Jack Sorenson with five points each and Nate Blatchford’s three points.

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Girls Basketball


Esko 48

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Duluth Marshall-83


Giana Kneepens and Grace Kirk combined for 68 of the Hilltoppers points with Kneepens pouring in 44. Maddie Young led the ’Jacks with 18 points and Kate Owens added 10 points. Also scoring for Cloquet were Gracie Meagher and Cristina Genita with eight points each, Justice Paro with six, Caley Kruse with five, Kiley Issendorf with four and Alexa Snesrud with two.



Hill City/Northland-55


Thursday, Jan. 23

Boys Hockey



Cole Ketola scored with no time left on the clock in the first period and the ’Jacks added two more in the second as they held on to beat the Spartans in a penalty-filled game. Kyle Siiter, Hunter Finnila and Logan Dushkin all scored for the Lumberjacks, who got a 26 save performance from Jacob Walsh in the nets. CEC threw 52 shots on the Spartan goal.

Girls Hockey


Grand Rapids/Greenway-1

After suffering their first loss in 18 games earlier in the week, the Lumberjacks bounced back to down the Lightning. Lily Hanson scored a pair of goals in the win. Taylor Nelson, Dana Jones and Dea DeLeon also scored for CEC. Araya Kiminski made 14 saves to get the road win in the nets.

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Moose Lake Area-2

Henry Sibley-1

The Rebels trailed 1-0 entering the third period, but rallied with goals from Jamie Benzie and Lexi Bonneville as they overtook the Riveters behind the 25-save effort of Jo Wekseth in the nets. Bonneville’s game-winning goal came on the power play with 1:19 left in regulation to secure the win.

Friday, Jan. 24

Boys Basketball

Moose Lake/

Willow River-88


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Silver Bay-67

South Ridge-57

The Panthers struggled to stop the Mariner duo of Mason Ollman and Riley Tiboni, who finished with 32 and 17 points respectively. Silver Bay led by two at halftime and parlayed that lead into a 10-point win over the Panthers, who were led by the 18 points of Mason Lane. Kayden Palmi added 11 points for South Ridge. Ben Wood scored 10, Jaxson Bennett eight, Austin Josephson six points and both Noah Sertich and Nick Larson added two.


St. Cloud Cathedral-45

Payton Wefel, James LeGarde and Eli Blue were all in double-digit scoring for the Eskomos. Wefel led Esko with 25 points, LeGarde chipped in 19 and Blue added 10. Also scoring for Esko were Riley Fischer with nine, Connor Lahti with three and two points each for Jonah Randa and Chad Hart.



The Lumberjacks fell behind by seven at halftime and couldn’t muster enough of a rally to mount a comeback in the loss to the Spartans. Leading Cloquet on the scoreboard was Adam Schneider with 20 points and Alex Turnbull with 14 for Cloquet. Also scoring for Cloquet were Dylan Heehn with 10 points, Tyler Issendorf with seven, Jack Sorenson with four points and Markus Pokornowski with two.



Cook County-82


Girls Basketball

Moose Lake/

Willow River-65

East Central 53

The Rebels trailed 28-27 at halftime and then bounced back to take the win over the Eagles as both Natalie Mikrot and Maci Kukuk finished with 21 points. Ella Rhoades added 10 for the Rebels. Emily Bohnsack scored four, Carmen Hoffman added three while Skyla Thompson, Alivia Mallory and Monica Mikrot finished with two each.

South Ridge-68

Silver Bay-19

The Panthers staked themselves to a 49-8 halftime lead as they eased to an easy victory over the Mariners behind the 26-point effort of Adelia Olesiak and 13 points from Paris Fierkelepp. Both Svea Snickers and Alana Young added nine points for the Panthers, Phylesha Preston scored five, Raina Schneider added four and Lexi Bergum one.

Cook County-72


Boys Hockey

Chisago Lakes Area-9

Moose Lake Area-3

The Wildcats scored four goals in the first period and four more in the third to take the win over the Rebels. Jack Egen, Jordan Fjosne and Henry Ribich scored the goals for the Rebels. Goaltender Henry Dammer made 54 saves on 63 shots by the Wildcats.



Aaron Moore, Christian Galatz and Logan Dushkin each scored two goals while Kyle Siiter added the final goal of the game. Owen Carlson made 26 saves in the nets to lead the Lumberjacks to the home win.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Boys Basketball

Red Lake-91

Fond du Lac-75

Jordan Brown lit it up for the Ogichidaa by scoring 41 points, but it was not enough to overcome the depth of Red Lake and their star player Delwyn Holtsen, who hit for 43 points. Joining Brown in the scoring column for FDL were Ken Fox with 10 points, while Conner Barney, Jalen Paulson and Rolo Defoe scored eight each.

Girls Hockey

Moose Lake Area-6

International Falls-2

Junior Hockey

Janesville Jets 4

Minnesota Wilderness-3 OT

Nick Nardella scored the game winner just 1:39 into overtime at Northwoods Credit Union Arena Saturday. Bram Scheerer, Kimball Johnson and Garrett Worth all scored for the Wilderness in the loss.

Sunday, Jan. 26

Junior Hockey

Janesville Jets-5

Minnesota Wilderness-3

After Tyler Watkins scored the first goal of the game for the Wilderness, the Jets reeled off the next four goals on their way to the victory in Proctor in front of a packed house. Aaron Meyers and Bram Scheerer scored in the third period for the Wilderness, but they were trailing 5-1 and were unable to make up the difference.

Monday, Jan. 27

Boys Basketball



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South Ridge-80


Noah Sertich hit for 20 points, while Ben Wood and Austin Josephson both scored 13 points for the Panthers. Jaxson Bennett was also in double digits with 10. Also scoring for the Panthers were Mason Lane with eight, Aaron Bennett with five, Nick Larson had three and Tristan Johnson, Zach Kubat, Zach Morse and Kayden Palmi scored two each.

Duluth Marshall-97


A 55-point second half helped the Hilltoppers run away to the win against the Wrens. Hunter Holmes led the Wrens with 13 points, Austin Larva scored 12 and Isaiah Johnson finished with 11.

Girls Basketball




Fond du Lac-35

Tannia Misquadace poured in 22 points to lead FDL. Talayah Martineau finished with six points, Solai Mohr scored five and Allison Cooley added two.


Mesabi East-68

In a matchup of two of the top teams in northern Minnesota, the Cardinals prevailed as Taya Hakamaki hit for 34 and Shaily Hakamaki finished with 22 points. Andrea Pocernich, Emmalee Hoover and Natalee Hakamaki each scored six points in the win.

Moose Lake/

Willow River-74

Silver Bay-22

Natalie Mikrot and Maci Kukuk finished with 20 and 14 points respectively in leading the Rebels to the win. Monica Mikrot was also in double digits with 12 points. Ella Rhoades and Skyla Thompson both finished with seven, Alivia Mallory added six. Kelli Grandquist scored four points and both Carmer Hoffman and Emily Bohnsack had two.



Sarah Wagemaker and Kristy DeMuth led the Eskomos with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Jayden Karppinen finished with 10 points, Ava Korby had eight, Alia Gabel added five and Rachel Antonutti had three.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Boys Basketball



The Rangers sprinted out to a 58-22 lead and were never threatened by the Wrens. Leading Wrenshall in scoring was Hunter Holmes with 13 points. Randy Zimmer had eight points, Austin Larva five, Peyton Johnson three and Alex Brownie, Zeke Rousseau, Kaden Olesen, Joey Mills and Jacob Murray scored two each. Corey Despot scored one.

Girls Basketball



Proctor went ahead 42-26 by halftime as 13 different players scored for the state-ranked Rails. Cloquet was led by freshman Alexa Snesrud’s 18-point effort and the 13 points of Maddie Young. Justice Paro finished with seven for Cloquet, Kiley Issendorf had five and both Katie Turner and Caley Kruse recorded two. Addison Thompson scored one.

Moose Lake/

Willow River-87


The Rebels staked themselves to a seven-point halftime edge and then held on for the win over the Gobblers as Natalie Mikrot had a big night with 28 points. Both Maci Kukuk and Alivia Mallory recorded 18 points. Ella Rhoades was also in double digits with 12 points, Monica Mikrot added eight, Skyla Thompson scored two and Emily Bohnsack had one.


South Ridge-41

After falling behind by 20 points at halftime, the Panthers were unable to muster a rally and fell to the Golden Bears. Leading the Panthers were Adelia Olesiak with nine and Paris Fierkelepp with eight. Alana Young, Mercedes Lawrence and Raina Schneider each had four points, while Svea Snicker, Lexi Bergum, Lauren Olson and Leanna Olson all had two points.

Boys Hockey


Forest Lake-1

In a huge seeding game for the Section 7AA tournament, the Lumberjacks gave up a goal just 12 seconds in and then erupted for eight straight goals to win. After trailing late into the second period, CEC got back-to-back goals from Logan Duskin and Brayden Tyman in the last two minutes of the period to take a lead 2-1 after the second stanza. In the third period, the Lumberjacks got a pair of goals from Travis Berg, and goals from Kaden Crane, Sam Baker, Christian Galatz and Jaxton Ochis to win in running time.

Sauk Rapids-9

Moose Lake Area-3

Despite 49 saves from goalie Henry Dammer, the Rebels still fell short in the loss at home to the Storm. Adam Olson scored twice and Henry Ribich scored the other goal for the Rebels.

Girls Hockey


North Shore-1

The Lumberjacks erupted for four first-period goals to set the tone early against the Storm. Kiana Bender scored the first two goals of the game followed by Ashtyn Schneberger and Taylor Nelson in the first period. Nelson added two more goals in the second period to become the all-time scoring leader in CEC history. Dana Jones and Lily Hanson both scored in the third period to give the ’Jacks the win in running time. Senior Lauren Maslowski made four saves to get the win.


Moose Lake Area-1

Jo Wekseth finished with 27 saves for the Rebels, but the Blue Jackets managed a goal in the first period, two more in the second and another in the third to take the win over the Rebels. Raechel Painovich scored the only goal of the game for the Rebels.


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