Louie St. George
- Member for
- 4 years 6 months
Growing up, Markus Pokornowski did his best to hang with older brothers Tim and Evan, both of whom were terrific athletes at Cloquet, especially on the football field. Tim Pokornowski, who dazzled at quarterback before moving full-time to safety once he arrived at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was the Duluth News Tribune's All-Area Player of the Year in 2017 after leading the Lumberjacks to a runner-up showing at the Class AAAA state tournament, while Evan Pokornowski made the All-Area team as a linebacker in 2016.
Kevin Smalley, who on July 18 stepped down as Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach after one season, has rescinded his resignation and hopes to remain with the Lumberjacks. The Cloquet school board will hold a special meeting Monday morning “to consider Mr. Smalley’s status” as coach, according to Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary.
Entering the Section 7AA baseball final against Esko on Thursday at Wade Stadium, Duluth Marshall had scored three runs over its previous three games.
Such is life at one of the Northland's smallest schools. If the Kelley brothers had to bide their time on the diamond in exchange for one more body on the gridiron, well, why not? In 2015, a year removed from going 8-3 and reaching the Section 5 Nine-Man final, the Wrens were unable to field a varsity team. Not enough players.
Smalley, a 1980 Denfeld graduate who went on to play at Minnesota Duluth, has coached the Hunters since 2004. "It's something new for me," Smalley, 55, said.
His opponent was supposed to be the clock. It turned out to be cancer. Brain cancer, in fact. Stage 4. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon was shoved to the backburner by glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Hagerl received the diagnosis Oct. 26, one day before his 39th birthday. Two weeks earlier, he had completed the Wild Duluth 50K. "And then 48 hours later I was getting a brain biopsy," the Cloquet resident said by phone Thursday.
> She was part of Cloquet's first girls basketball team in 1975-76 and morphed into a high-scoring whiz who twice was chosen All-State. Hunter led the Lumberjacks to the state tournament as a junior and, the following winter, averaged 27 points per game and was named one of five Ms. Basketball finalists. In an era of short shorts, high socks, collared jerseys — and no 3-point line — Hunter was ahead of her time while starring for Dave Burgett's Lumberjacks.
The sixth annual border battle is Tuesday, March 25, at Romano Gymnasium on the Minnesota Duluth campus. Hosted by the Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association, the high school all-star series...
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach Dave Esse was as surprised as anyone to learn his team had been selected to participate in the 2014 rendition of Hockey Day Minnesota. Esse found out Wednesday when the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North unveiled the schedule for the Jan. 18 "State of Hockey" celebration. The Lumberjacks will meet Rochester Lourdes in a 10:15 a.m. game from Elk River's historic Handke Pit, an outdoor bowl-shaped venue. "Any kid wants to be on TV," Esse said. "It should be fun.
At first glance, the Minnesota Wilderness' midsummer meet-and-greet Wednesday night appeared ill-conceived. The Wilderness, after all, became a well-known hockey commodity after last spring's surprising sprint to Canada's Royal Bank Cup. But the rebranded and retooled Wilderness share little in common with last year's outfit. An offseason of change has yielded new owners, a new coach, a new Minnesota Wild-inspired logo and, perhaps most important, a prestigious new league. Chris Trapp and Joe Dusek bought the team from previous owner Scott Thielen.