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Aidan Ripp soars off the 40-meter jump in Cloquet last year. This winter there hasn’t been enough snow yet to jump off the 40-meter jump at Pine Valley. Photo contributed by Stu Waters
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Moose Lake Rebel Libbie Ring turns and makes a quick pass as Kaylee McMillen guards her in the beginning minutes of the game against Cloquet Tuesday night. Jamie Lund/

Kaylee McMillen isn’t the biggest girls’ basketball player on the court. In fact, more times than not, the 5-foot-2 Cloquet senior guard is often the smallest. Yet, it was ...

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton's Derek Bloom goes to a knee to block a shot attempt by Elk River's Reggie Lutz during Saturday's 7AA Semifinal at Amsoil Arena. Dave Harwig/

Over the last six weeks of the high school hockey season, fans watching the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys team saw a rapidly-improving team capable of hanging with the top teams in the ...

Fond du Lac Ojibwe’s Jordan Diver shoots over Lakeview Christian's Alec Johnson during Thursday night's basketball game in Cotton. Dave Harwig/

As the boys basketball playoffs begin across the state this week, the Section 7A trophy may end up going to the team that can put up points the fastest.

The Lake Superior Conference recently selected the following athletes to the Girls Hockey All-Conference Team for the 2014-15 school year. The athletes are listed by name, grade and school ...

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton teammates Anja Maijala (left) and Erika Fox prepare to hug after finishing the 5K traditional race at the State Nordic Ski Meet Thursday. Maijala placed sixth; Fox 14th. Steve Kuchera /

Cloquet’s Anja Maijala said her sixth place finish at last Thursday’s State Nordic Ski Meet was the “race of my life.” But the sophomore skier could only smile when seeing ...

Barnum's Cheyanne Johnson shoots a layup in front of South Ridge's Meredith Cherne during Thursday's Polar League basketball game. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal

Cheyanne Johnson, the only senior on the Barnum girls basketball roster, said she got a gift bag with posters, photos and memories from her teammates last week on Senior Night.

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team set what is believed to be a school record in Tuesday night’s 9-4 rout of St. Michael-Albertville in the Section 7AA quarterfinals.

John Edwin Bemis III, 39, faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and two counts of aiding and abetting first-degree assault in a case involving Bemis’ ...

Speaking of history, Cloquet-Esko made some of their own last week, placing as runner-up in the six-team conference tournament, welcoming visitors Aitkin, Pine City-Hinckley-Finlayson, Rush City-Braham, Ogilvie and Mille Lacs. ...

NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld drops the ceremonial puck before Friday’s game between the Minnesota Wilderness and Minot Minotauros at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Northwoods Credit Union Arena got a special visitor on Friday night — just in time to see the Minnesota Wilderness become just the second team in the 24-team North American ...

Last Wednesday was national signing day, as high school senior athletes all across the country made their collegiate decisions final by putting their pen to the paper. And Cloquet was ...

 Cloquet’s Anja Maijala starts out strong in the first leg of last Thursday’s Section 7 Nordic ski meet, eventually taking second place for the girls. Photos by Jana Peterson/

Coach Glen Sorenson hopes to watch Maijala and Carlton sophomore Erika Fox today, Thursday, Feb. 12, during the state Nordic meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, as the two teenagers ...

Moose Lake Area senior Cheyanne Wilson skates past Eveleth-Gilbert's Katie Scherf during Thursday night's Section 7A playoff game. The Rebels shut out the Golden Bears 6-0. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal

The Moose Lake Area girls hockey team fell 4-0 in the Section 7A semifinals on Tuesday night to top-seed Proctor-Hermantown.

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team's bid for home ice in the upcoming Section 7AA playoffs took a hit Thursday night in a 3-0 road loss to St.Michael-Albertville.

Late in the second half of Monday night’s game between the two county rivals at Cloquet High School, Aaron Olson of Esko turns the corner and slips past Cloquet defender Jeremy Bushey. Matthew Moses/

For the second straight year, Esko earned a victory over Cloquet, hurdling a two-point halftime deficit for a 66-51 win before a body-to-body packed gym in Cloquet Monday, helped by ...

Cloquet-Esko freshman Dilan Lauer turns Rush City-Braham junior Jesse Anderson onto his back for a pin during Tuesday night's wrestling meet in Esko.  The Lumberjacks defeated the Knights 43-33. Dave Harwig/

It took less than two periods for Dilan Lauer to pin Rush City-Braham junior Jesse Anderson and lead the Lumberjacks to a come-from-behind 43-33 victory over the Tigers Tuesday in ...

One thing is for certain: in both boys and girls hockey, Section 7 will have some wide-open tournaments in the coming weeks.

Freshman Winter Mayorga gains control of the ball in Monday’s game against the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers. Mayorga attends Cloquet High School but plays for the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Ogichidaa. Jamie Lund/

CLOQUET—Jasmin Budreau said she’s interested in going into law enforcement when she gets older, but for now, the Cloquet sophomore will simply keep enforcing the paint as a forward ...

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton goalie Eric Newman keeps his eye on a deflected shot during Monday's game against Duluth East. Steve Kuchera/

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton sophomore Eric Newman brought up thoughts of “Seinfeld” during Monday night’s 1-1 boys hockey deadlock with Duluth East at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. The goaltender made 31 saves in ...

Barnum’s Dacotah Haley shoots over Carlton defenders Eric Soderstrom (22) and Cade Pierson (3) for two points during Friday night’s matchup between the Bombers and the Bulldogs. Haley scored 14 points in the game. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

Last Friday the Bombers blew by the Bulldogs (6-13) in running time, taking a 57-25 halftime lead and never looking back in their 46-point win.

Expectations are growing for Corey Millen’s first-place Minnesota Wilderness.

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls Nordic ski team grabbed first place in the Lake Superior Conference meet Friday.

Cloquet's Anna Fossen puts up a shot over Molly Trapp of Esko as Esko’s Ashley Bergerson (25) and Bailey Mudek look on in Monday’s 52-48 Esko win. Matthew Moses/

Cloquet and Esko played football against one another in August, but it was Monday’s foul-filled girls basketball game that looked like a football encore.

Barnum (17-0) breezed its way by East Central 86-25 Monday, as the host Bombers, ranked No. 2 in Class AA, continued their unblemished season.

Cloquet (11-7) couldn't keep ...

Bruce Ahlgren thrived in Cloquet as a student and an athlete and went on to be a player in both local and statewide politics, without really leaving his hometown.

C-E lost to Milaca 71-4, but rebounded to beat Virginia 36-15 and narrowly fell to Northwestern 42-33 as part of a day of growth for the program.

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Two Moose Lake Area varsity hockey players — sophomores Jessica Bird and Bryceton Butkiewicz — are listed in the Top 5 leaders for goals, assists and points in the ...

Not only is Kassidy Steen the squad’s biggest athlete, but she’s been the biggest asset in helping save the season for Cloquet (8-7), a team which started 0-5 until Steen’s ...

As Cassie Wimmer walked out of the Wrenshall girls basketball team’s locker room carrying her duffle bag and a towel, the senior guard was seemingly worn out after the Wrens’ ...

A 3-3 tie — frustrating though it was — against Andover on Tuesday night in Cloquet at least snapped a four-game losing streak, but Coach Dave Esse says time is ...

Cloquet sophomore Brandon Hill controls the ball as Eric Prachar of the visiting Rebels tries to defend during the first half of Monday’s game. Matthew Moses/

During the Lumberjacks’ 22-4 run in the middle of the opening half, Brandon Hill heaved in four triples — including three in a row as the crowded bleachers went wild ...