MINNEAPOLIS - After Esko eased by Annandale on its way to the school's first-ever Class AA state boys basketball title in 2014, one might have thought tonight's rematch two years later would&nb
“It’s been fun,” said Hunter Fetters, one of three senior captains now moving on. “I’m definitely going to miss it.”
DULUTH—When asked of his senior point guard Jaxson Turner, Esko boys basketball coach Mike Devney was quick to note his standout playmaker is “not a rah-rah guy.” A person might think otherwise after watching Turner’s energetic fist pumps several times throughout last Saturday night’s 65-54 Section 7AA quarterfinal victory over Pequot Lakes at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth — a contest in which the three-time defending champion Eskomos got all they could handle.
“They’re the favorite,” Gronner said. “And we’re going to have to beat some good teams along the way to get [to them].”
“I think it’s tougher than it’s been the last two years,” Antonutti admitted. “We’ll have our work cut out for us.”
Cloquet, meanwhile, winners of their final pair of regular-season games, was keyed by senior Jordan Diver and sophomore Riley Johnson's game-best 17 points each, as the slippery Diver did his work from all creative angles and Johnson established the low block.
“Other people can call us the favorite, but I’m not going to,” said Devney. “Whoever wins will have four tough games in a row. Hopefully it’s us, but you can give the nod to any.”
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“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Shulstad. “Any of these teams have a shot and I’d like to think we do, too.”
In a basketball doubleheader, the Lumberjacks girls and boys team split against East Tuesday, Feb. 16 . GIRLS: Cloquet edges East DULUTH—Jeff Ojanen is the coach of the Cloquet girls basketball team, but along with the added stress the sport can bestow, he is also days away from becoming a father. He and his wife, Nikki, are almost a week overdue to deliver their first baby girl, who could arrive at any second, making it safe to say their nerves are running high.