My run-ins with Kevin McHale


February 10, 2023

Steve Korby still has a blurry Polaroid, proof that he met NBA hall of famer Kevin McHale, right, and Timberwolves coach Jerry Sichting, left, during a visit to Cloquet in 1995. The former Hibbing and Boston Celtics star conducted a basketball camp for area kids and competed in a golf scramble at the Cloquet Country Club.

Cloquet and Hibbing, both in northern Minnesota, have had spirited sports encounters over the years, with the Lumberjacks and Bluejackets enjoying memorable and classic confrontations in football, boys hockey, soccer and basketball. The communities are similarly sized, with mostly blue collar residents and energized fans.

When I was a 1971 Cloquet High School senior, the football team played the Bluejackets in what was dubbed the Super Bowl. It pitted Cloquet - the seasonlong Duluth/Zenith/Big Ten Conference champ - against the Iron Range Conference champion. Cloquet won the hard-fought battle...

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