Great snow conditions greeted skiers at the Minnesota State High School Nordic ski meet Thursday, Feb. 15, at Giants Ridge. Two Cloquet-Esko-Carlton skiers, Aidan Ripp and Tyler Northey, participated, with Ripp finishing in 15th place and being named All-State in the process.
"Our girls team is rebuilding this year after losing Erika Fox and Anya Maijala to graduation last year," explained Sorenson. "Both were perennial state powers. Franny Slater has taken over as our leader both on and off the snow. She skied the pursuit race of her life in the section meet and just missed qualifying for state. She would have qualified in the other seven sections in Minnesota." Sorenson is wrapping up his final season as head coach for CEC, but he sees a bright future for the Lumberjacks.
In the first game the Rebels were able to take a three-point win in Barnum, but this time the Bombers got revenge by taking the two-point victory in the Rebel's home gym. Free throw shooting turned out to be a big factor in the game as the Bombers went 8-for-12 from the line and the Rebels were just 1-for-9 from the charity stripe.
"Joaquim and I are U.S. Air Force brats and the children of two enlisted military parents," said Carlton coach Jes-wa Harris, the younger of the two brothers. "We were born in New York and moved to Arizona and then to California until our parents were separated by duty assignments." Eventually, Jes-wa moved to New Mexico, while Joaquim stayed in California. Jes-wa then moved to Turkey with his father and ended up in the middle of the Gulf War.
> "The game was fast paced and then they started pressing in the last part of the game," Panther head coach Joaquim Harris said. "We missed a lot of free throws and some easy layups." Fond du Lac's pressure defense started to pay off in the second half and as a result the Ogichida created 17 turnovers in the game which helped them on the offensive side of the floor.
"I am very happy with how the team is progressing," CEC coach Al Denman said. "Overall, this team is very competitive for their age. I feel they are ahead of the game in their development, which will be seen in the next two years as they start to dominate."
The 'Jacks got a chance Saturday, Jan. 6, to find out where they are competitively with some of the best teams in the area when they participated in the Superior Spartan Wrestling Classic.
"Both teams wanted to pick up full court defensively and play uptempo offensively," Cards coach Bill Pocernich said. "Both teams committed a lot of fouls, which disrupted the flow and the preferred lineups for both teams, but overall, it was a fun game." Wrenshall coach Jon Bartczak said the Cromwell gymnasium is "always a tough place to play."
"The game flow was up and down, but there were more turnovers than I would like for our team," Cloquet coach Heather Young said. "It is OK to take chances, but some of the chances we took were careless. We did do a pretty good job of holding Hermantown in check, I felt, defensively, and we were able to capitalize at times on their turnovers."
"We were playing good basketball in the first half, with not too many turnovers," FDL coach Earl Otis said. "We played good defense in the first half as well."