Athletes receive state, local accolades


November 10, 2023

There are a bevy of post-season awards going out to fall sports athletes. Here is a roundup of what we’ve earned so far. If you know of any other accolades, let us know by email at [email protected]

Cloquet/Carlton girls soccer

Lauren Hughes and Kiley Issendorf were named to the first team all conference in the Lake Superior Conference. Natalia Hernandez, Madi Fredrickson, and Addison Sandman were named to the second team

Issendorf was on the all state all tournament first team and Hughes on the second team for Class AA.

CEC boys soccer

Elijah Aultman was one of five Mr. Soccer finalists, awarded by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Aultman made the state all tournament first team and Braden Herman was on the state second team. Both were named all-conference, along with Anders Gunelson and Walker Marquardt. Noah Hansen was an all-conference honorable mention for the Lake Superior Conference.

Esko girls soccer

Esko senior Gwen Lilly was one of five Ms. Soccer finalists. Lilly also was awarded the 2023 Fair Play scholarship by the Lake Superior Soccer Referees Association. The scholarship goes to an outstanding area player who demonstrates on-field leadership and fair play.

Esko sophomore Britta Koski was named to the all state all tournament first team for Class A.

Cloquet volleyball

Cloquet senior volleyball hitter Ava Carlson was one of five finalists for the Ms. Baden Award, given annually in Minnesota to the top senior player in the state based on the entirety of her career. The Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association gave the award at the state tournament banquet on Tuesday to Stella Swenson of Wayzata, a setter. She and her twin sister, Olivia, an outside hitter, are committed to play at the University of Minnesota.

“This recognition for Ava is a testament to the hard work she has put in during her years on the varsity team,” said Cloquet coach Heidi Anderson. “It is a reflection of the success our team has had during her time in the program. She has been an inspiration to girls in our community and a leader on and off the court.”

In 123 matches played on varsity in five seasons, Carlson had 1,203 kills, 73 assists, 79 blocks, 140 service aces, and 703 digs.

She is a perennial all-state player and all-conference player in the Lake Superior Conference. She is also an academic all-state awardee.

Carlson was joined on the first team in the conference by senior Quinn Danielson. Senior Carly Johnson was named to the all-conference second team.


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