“We have some tourney experience, streaky shooters and we play solid defense,” said Antonutti earlier this week. “I’ve always thought we could play with anyone. Hit some shots, play some defense, have some luck and we are in the mix. Our kids will be ready to play.”
"They've been what you'd ask seniors to be. They've showed leadership and dedication to this program and care about this school and all these guys," Harris said. "They're all remarkable young men. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys." Elsewhere in 7A, eighth-seeded South Ridge (7-18) closed their season with a 65-63 loss to Hill City in Culver Monday, despite a 53-point combined effort between Nick Carlson and Christian Houle.
CLOQUET—It was the last day of February on Tuesday, but Allie Wojtysiak and the Cloquet girls basketball team began March Madness a little early. Yes, this is the time of year on the hardwood where brackets become busted, emotions run wild and buzzer-beaters aren't uncommon. That was the scene Tuesday when Wojtysiak banked in a shot underneath the basket with 4 seconds remaining to lead the Lumberjacks to a 63-61 victory over Princeton in an incredible Section 7AAA quarterfinal in Cloquet.
Pine Journal sports writer Tyler Korby shares his thoughts on the local games to watch each week.
Barnum notched its biggest W of the winter last Friday, when the Bombers beat Moose Lake-Willow River 47-38, repaying the rival Rebels for a loss earlier in the season. The following Tuesday with his Barnum boys basketball team's 68-56 victory over Cromwell-Wright Tuesday night, longtime coach Rich Newman won his 400th career game on Valentine's Day.
Tyler Korby outlines his top three choices for sports fans each week.
CLOQUET—Not long after she emerged from the bottom of a dog-pile of joyful teammates following her game-winning goal Sunday, Haley Adkins admitted she usually likes to shoot the puck to the top left of the net. "But this time I went top right," she said. It turned out to be the right spot at the right time, as Adkins' netter earned the Cloquet girls U-12 youth hockey team their Heartbreaker Tournament title trophy with a wild 4-3 win over Hibbing-Chisholm in double-overtime.
Sports writer Tyler Korby outlines his suggestions for the top sporting events of the coming week for Carlton County teams.
CLOQUET—While waxing his skis inside the Pine Valley chalet prior to Monday afternoon's Nordic ski practice as the snow fell outside, coach Glen Sorenson recalled having about a baker's dozen worth of skiers out for his Cloquet-Esko-Carlton program when he began. Four winters later, Sorenson saw his Lumberjacks land almost that many on the All-Conference team. In fact, CEC counted 10 skiers with such honors, as they crowded the podium at last Friday afternoon's Lake Superior Conference meet at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth.
Pine Journal sports writer Tyler Korby writes about the top three upcoming games or sporting events.