DULUTH—For the past two years in boys basketball, Hermantown’s Kole Zuidmulder has watched Cloquet celebrate after the Lumberjacks ended the Hawks’ seasons. The do-it-all senior forward found sweet revenge, as Zuidmulder scored a game-best 21 points en route to carrying the Hawks to a convincing 81-47 win over Cloquet in a Section 7AAA semifinal Tuesday night before a crowded Duluth Denfeld High School gym.
Cloquet (17-9) enters the postseason as the defending Section 7AAA champion, knowing what it takes to win a title. If that weren’t enough, the Lumberjacks are arguably the hottest team within the field, winning their final four games and averaging more than 75 points per night.
As the boys basketball playoffs begin across the state this week, the Section 7A trophy may end up going to the team that can put up points the fastest.
Kaylee McMillen isn’t the biggest girls’ basketball player on the court. In fact, more times than not, the 5-foot-2 Cloquet senior guard is often the smallest. Yet, it was as small a play as a steal — and the ensuing layup — that proved to be the biggest spark in the Lumberjacks’ 51-40 comeback win at Moose Lake Tuesday.
To win his Section 7AA individual wrestling semifinal match against Chisago Lakes Area’s Aaron Sistrunk last Friday in Virginia, Cloquet’s Conner Denman went to the lower-left ankle for a decisive takedown.
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.
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.