Hurt by early foul trouble, Cromwell-Wright coach Jeff Gronner said their deficit got to near 20 in the opening half. The Cardinals trailed 44-35 by the break, only to get to within a couple of possessions later on, before fading away.
“Getting that jug is the best feeling ever,” an overjoyed Groth said before and after plenty of photos with friends, family and teammates holding the 36-year-old keepsake. Groth said school was difficult last week, admitting, “I couldn’t even concentrate in any of my classes,” as the hallways were buzzing about both contests each day.
“The first question the parents asked in my first meeting was ‘Are you going to win the jug game?’” Harris chuckled. “Everybody let me know right away what was important.
A former Cloquet basketball player myself, I decided to lace up my black Nike high-tops and play a couple games of lightning with the six. Needless to say, I didn’t win either.
On the hardwood, Carlton County gets really impressive. Four programs won their respective holiday events, from bigger schools to small-school girls and boys. Milestones were achieved, awards given and titles brought home.
One can commend Barnum senior Mason Agurkis for trying to win the opening tip-off against boys basketball’s towering Adam Trapp last week against arch-rival Esko. After all, the 6-foot-2 Agurkis...
FDL, which led 53-21 at halftime Tuesday, has now won three straight. It’s a day-by-day process, Otis said, but the Ogichidaag aren’t giving up their Section 7A trophy freely.
“[Coach Wright] is doing an awesome job and all of us are just really enjoying the season,” Bode said. “Wins are nice, but I just enjoy playing. You’ve got to have fun, otherwise there’s no point. And we’re working hard and having fun.”
Speaking of past teams, the 1955 Esko boys team members were honored before Tuesday’s championship game. In a single-class system back then and without the 3-point line, the Eskomos were the first-ever Carlton County school to qualify for state.
“We like coming up here,” said Howell, “and we always love playing in front of that hometown crowd.”