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. But on a night where the Bombers beat Polar League visitor South Ridge 51-43, Johnson deflected the praise from herself, saying her gift-giving teammates mean the most.
Sarah Severson has skied in many high school events over her six-year Cloquet-Esko-Carlton alpine ski team career, but the Esko senior saved her best run for last.
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 her Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Nordic ski coach, Glen Sorenson, who, after prostate cancer surgery, is winning the real race of his life.
Dressed in bright, colorful shirts, leis and even a few in sunglasses Tuesday night, the Cloquet student section was in Hawaiian theme for the Lumberjacks’ girls-then-boys basketball doubleheader against rival Duluth East.
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 as busy as any school in the process.
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. In their highest-ever finish, the Lumberjacks totaled 187 points, only behind Class A Aitkin’s 276, as a state hopeful.
MOOSE LAKE—To get a high school basketball game to pause and honor a player for a career milestone is rare. To get it to stop and praise someone twice is nearly unthinkable.
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 Trapp’s efficiency around the basket.
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 took second and fourth last week while their Cloquet-Esko-Carlton coach continued to battle back from prostate cancer surgery.
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 Esko before a supportive and mostly standing crowd.