After 19 years, the Ashley Abrahamson softball tournament is a Northland tradition.
A breakout season for the Cloquet-Esko boys' golf team concluded with a fourth-place team finish at last week's Minnesota Class AA state golf tournament.
After losing in the first round of the bracket to second seed and eventual third-place winner Drew Elofson of St. Peter, Tomhave rebounded in consolation play. He defeated Jim Erickson of Luverne 7-5, 6-4 to move on to the second round of consolation and also get to the second day — another first for a CEC program player.
p>"The organization is in good shape," Boitz said. "We know what we want to do and we know what our players want to do while they're here." Boitz, who has served as the team's general manager since it moved to Cloquet, became head coach after Tim Madsen left to take over the St. Scholastica men's team.
Here it is: Kendra Kelley. The do-everything junior won the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump at last week's section meet in Grand Rapids to head off to this weekend's state meet in style. In a driving rainstorm, Kelley paced the field in the 100 in 12.53 seconds, defeating Cambridge freshman Kaylee Clement — and freshman sister Katelyn — to take the top prize.
After defeating North Branch, the second-ranked team in Minnesota, earlier in the tournament, the Vikings came back to defeat the Lumberjacks twice Friday, June 1, at Braun Park to earn a section championship and a trip to state. Scores were 12-5 and 11-1. "It was heartbreaking," coach Ron Tondryk said, "but we got beat by a good team twice. I think we surprised a few people when we beat them (North Branch) earlier, but we played a team that had something to prove."
The Carlton Bulldogs are the defending Section 7A champions – and will get the opportunity to defend their section championship from the winner's bracket Thursday, May 31, in Cohasset.
Cloquet softball coach Ron Tondryk channeled his inner Alfred E. Neuman after the first inning of the Section 7AAA semifinal Tuesday, May 29.
In a spring season where weather has played such a dominant role, it was fitting in a way that Moose Lake-Willow River and Esko's Section 7AA semifinal matchup should be halted by rain.
The Bombers move on to the Thursday, May 23, second round at Braun Park in Cloquet, where they will face the subsection's top seed, Cherry (14-6), at noon, with a four-game winning streak.