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The ticker: A quick look at area teams in action


February 21, 2020

Thursday, Feb. 13

Boys Basketball



Despite 30 points from Peyton Wefel and 23 points from Riley Fischer, the Eskomos fell short against the Hawks, who got 35 points from Peter Soumis and 22 from Kaden Kucza. Also scoring for Esko were Elie Blue with 12, and Braden Gabec and Cade Berger with two each.

Girls Basketball



The Hawks doubled up on the Eskomos in the first half by racing to a 30-15 lead and never looked back. Leading Esko was Kristy DeMuth with 22 points and Brenna Stark with 11. Also scoring for the Eskomos was Jayden Karppinen (3), Aila Gabel (2) and Avery Kuklinksi (1).


Moose Lake/

Willow River-50

The Bombers slipped out to an 11-point halftime lead and then hung on for the win. Makenzee Schleret led all scorers with 22 points, Grace Nelson added 12 and Allison Marine chipped in 10. Leading ML/WR were Natalie Mikrot and Ella Rhoades with 15 and 12 points.

South Ridge-50

Two Harbors-39

Both Adelia Olesiak and Svea Snickers had 14 points as the Panthers took a four-point halftime lead and pulled away in the second half. Also scoring for the Panthers were Alana Young (9), Lexi Bergum (7), Raina Schneider (4) and Rylee Young (2).



The Cards rolled to a 53-18 halftime lead as Shaily Hakamaki and Taya Hakamaki scored 26 and 25 points respectively. Andrea Pocernich added 12. Also scoring for the for the Cards were Sascha Korpela (5), Lacie Zoeller (4), Natalee Hakamaki (3), and two each for Katherin Libbon, Josie Jokinen, Brandi Collman, Amber Collman and Jordan Jokinen. Abby Mickle led the Bulldogs with nine points. Also scoring for Carlton were Alaina Bennett and Bella Anderson (3), Elizabeth Hey (2).

Friday, Feb. 14

Boys Basketball



The Cards eased out to a 42-19 halftime lead which was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome in the second half. C-W was led by the 33-point effort of Micah Pocernich, plus 17 points from Gage Zoeller and Ethan Shelton with 10. Also scoring for the Cards were Taya Anderson (9) and Michael Zoeller (1). Ben Soderstrom was the only Bulldog in double-digit scoring with 13 points while Spencer Rousseau, Ryan Gray and Justin Swanson each scored seven. Also scoring for Carlton were Austin Parker (5), Matt Santkuyl (4), Adam Hey (3) and Aaron Schilla (2).

Moose Lake-Willow River-89


Mason Olson had a huge night for the Rebels with 42 points, Brady Watrin finished with 15 and Michael Olson scored 11 points for ML-WR. Also scoring for the Rebels were Ben Dewey and Sam Dewey (3), Logan Orvedahl, Duane Broughton and Landin Kurhajetz (2) and Carter Johnson (1). Blaze Hurst led the scoring for Barnum with 20 points and Joe Peterson added 12. Also scoring for the Bombers were Reed Kornovich (6), Willie Richardson (5), Matthew Berry (4), Jake Hultgren (3) and Max Moors (2).


Cook County-39



Girls Basketball



Bemidji led 33-16 at halftime and cruised to the win over the Lumberjacks. Alexa Snesrud and Katie Owens were both in double digits for Cloquet with 13 and 11 points respectively. Also scoring for the ’Jacks were Maddie Young (7), Cristina Genita (4), Bethani Haus and Winnie Benjamin-Hall (2) and Gracie Meagher (1).


Cook County-28

The Eskomos rebounded from their loss to Hermantown with a resounding win over the Vikings behind Kristy DeMuth’s 18 points, along with 13 by Sarah Wagemaker and 10 from Aila Gabel. Also scoring for Esko were Avery Kuklinski (5), Jayden Karppinen and Emily Rengo (3) plus two each for Mallory Sunnarborg, Ava Korby and Kaitlyn Adams.




South Ridge-45

Boys Hockey

Moose Lake Area-8


Leading 4-3 entering the third period, the Rebels outscored Bagley/Fosston 4-3 in the final stanza to secure the win. Jordan Fjosne had three goals and two assists and Adam Olson also had three goals and three assists to lead the Rebels. Henry Ribich and Gavin Mlaskovich also scored for the Rebels. Henry Dammer finished with 27 saves in the nets.

Junior Hockey


Minnesota Wilderness-0

Saturday, Feb. 15

Boys Basketball

Fond du Lac-70

Minneapolis Roosevelt-69

Jordan Brown poured in 37 points and Conner Barney hit for 28 points to lead the Ogichidaa to the victory. Ken Fox added three and Simon Laprarie two to round out the FDL scoring.

International Falls-65

South Ridge-60

The Panthers led by five at halftime, but were unable to hang on for the win as the Broncos got a 26-point effort from Jett Tomczak. Austin Josephson led the Panthers with 23 points. Also scoring for South Ridge were Ben Wood (11), Kayden Palmi (10), Mason Lane and Jaxson Bennett (6) and Nick Larson (4).

Girls Basketball

Bloomington Jefferson-80


Alexa Snesrud led the Lumberjacks with 30 points, but the Jaguars had too much firepower as they led by six at halftime in a 10-point win over Cloquet. Also scoring for Cloquet were Maddie Young (11), Justice Paro (9), Kate Owens (8), Gracie Meagher and Katie Turner (5) and Cristina Genita (2).

Junior Hockey

Aberdeen Wings-4

Minnesota Wilderness-1

Monday, Feb. 17

Boys Basketball


Hill City-61

Girls Basketball



Tuesday, Feb. 18

Boys Basketball

Duluh Marshall-84

Cloquet-80 (OT)

Despite 35 points from Adam Schneider, the Lumberjacks fell to the Hilltoppers in overtime. Also scoring for Cloquet were Tyler Issendorf and Dylan Heehn with 11 points each, Alec Turnbull (8), Nathan Blatchford (7), Jack Sorenson (6) and Kade Clemens (2).

Moose Lake/Willow River-79


Brady Watrin led the Rebels with 22 points, Mason Olson added 14 and Michael Olson chipped in 13 points. Also scoring for the Rebels were Landin Kurhajetz (9), Carter Johnson (6), Logan Orvedahl (5), Duane Broughton and Phillip Sheetz (3) plus Ben Dewey and Alex Watrin (2).


South Ridge-63

The Eskomos were able to slip away from the pesky Panthers in the second half of a game that was tied at 39-39 at halftime. Payton Wefel led Esko with a 32-point effort. Also scoring for the Eskomos were James LeGarde (12), Braden Gabel (6), Jonah Randle (5), Preston Lowe (4), Cade Berger (3) and Nick Swanson and Jerry Andler (2). Leading the Panthers were Austin Josephson with 15 points, Mason Lane with 11 and Jaxson Bennett with 10 points. Also scoring for South Ridge were Ben Wood and Kamden Palmi (9), Aaron Bennett (6) and Nick Larson (3).

Girls Basketball



In a matchup of two of the top Class A teams in northern Minnesota, the Cardinals prevailed behind a 27-point effort from Taya Hakamaki. Also scoring for the Cards were Shaily Hakamaki and Emmalee Hoover with 10 points each, Andrea Pocernich (9), Natalie Hakamaki (7) and Sascha Korpela (3).

Moose Lake/Willow River-75




The Wrens trailed 49-9 at the half and struggled on both ends of the floor against the Blue Streaks. Samantha Nyberg led Wrenshall with seven points. Also scoring for the Wrens were Alexis Perry (3), Ashley Hart and Janae Sjodin (2) and Taylor Bryce (1).

Boys Hockey

Elk River/Zimmerman-5

CEC-4 (OT)


Moose Lake Area-1

The Tigers struck for seven first-period goals and five in the second as they eliminated the Rebels from the Section 5A tournament. The Rebels’ only goal was scored by Jordan Fjosne, assisted by Henry Dammer and Paxton Vogel. Dammer finished with 49 saves on 64 shots on goal by the Tigers.


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