In Section 7AAA, Esko is still playing, as the No. 5 Eskomos shut out fourth-seeded Virginia 25-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 23. They advance to a 1 p.m. semifinal with top-rated Two Harbors (6-2) on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Duluth's Public Schools Stadium. <
> "Anytime we get a chance to play Barnum, it's always exciting," said Rebels coach Dave Louzek, now in his 20th season on the sideline, with a gaudy career record of 182-46. "A lot of our kids in Barnum know those guys in Moose," added Mike Klyve, in his fourth year with the Bombers. "There's a lot of pride on the line. No one wants to get beat."
"I told them to dress warmer," said Johnson, now in his fifth season guiding the Panthers. "We got a ways to go yet." That's fair to say, as top-seeded South Ridge rumbles into this week's Section 5 9-Man postseason with a perfect record and on a collision course with fellow unbeaten Cromwell-Wright.
For the final time in her prep career earlier this week, Cheyanne Carlson played a match of volleyball in the Wrenshall gym. But it's the moments the senior made in the tiny venue that will last forever. Carlson jolted down 11 kills and rifled off 10 ace serves while on her home floor one last time Monday, Oct. 22, as the Wrens whizzed by Northland 25-15, 25-9, 25-10 in a Section 7A first-round contest at Wrenshall.
\The last time the Duluth Marshall girls soccer team took to Bromberg Field, they left having been shutout 2-0 by fast-paced Cloquet-Carlton.
When watching Taya Hakamaki on the court, field, or just everyday life, it doesn't take long to notice that the Cromwell-Wright junior loves to compete.
In 16 games, the Lumberjacks have 15 wins — including 11 in a row — while they have obliterated their opponents 65-6 and posted a gaudy 10 shutouts. And while top-seeded Cloquet-Carlton enters the 17-team Section 7A playoffs nothing but winners for past 35 days, Dustin Randall posed an even more frightening challenge to their upcoming postseason foes.
"We're hoping and praying we stay healthy," said Jeff Gronner of his lowest turnout with the Cardinals in his 21st season, 15th as head coach. "We don't have a lot of depth." What they do have, however, are kids who can score.
The Mustangs' standout is just as busy on the football field each fall, as evident Friday, Sept. 28, when Smith rushed for 329 yards and four touchdowns to lead fifth-ranked Mora by Moose Lake-Willow River 51-30 in a game where he never slowed down.
> Still, it wasn't enough to scrap around with Carlton, who has won their past 15 matches in a row and 35 of 36 sets — including the Pierz and Mora Invitational titles. "They just don't make mistakes," said Hermantown coach Sue Wasbotten, in her 21st season — 13th at the helm. "We just couldn't get over them making their plays," she continued. "And if you get them to take their foot off the gas, you got to take advantage."