After helping a fallen competitor to the finish line, Esko's Kailee Kiminski was disqualified from the Class A state meet, but she's now a favorite of the media and public alike for her wonderful show of sportsmanship. Kiminski will dine with the governor of Minnesota at a future date.
Cloquet pulled off a 24-21 victory over the Hawks last Friday night at a chilly Public Schools Stadium in Duluth. The sixth-ranked and unbeaten Lumberjacks (10-0), making their second straight and sixth overall state appearance, will face No. 7 DeLaSalle (9-1) in a Class AAAA state quarterfinal at 7 p.m Friday in Lindstrom, Minn. Read about the section championship and a preview of Friday's state game.
The Cardinals clipped Carlton County competitor Wrenshall 40-20 in the Section 5 9-Man football final last Friday at Esko Stadium. Now No. 10 Cromwell-Wright (10-1) will play Kittson County Central (8-2) in a 9-Man state quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Bemidji State University. Read about the section final and a preview of Friday's state game. FIND MORE PHOTOS ON THE PINE JOURNAL FACEBOOK PAGE
DULUTH—Having scored 344 points entering Thursday's Section 7AA football final, Crosby-Ironton was a respectable contender to challenge mighty Moose Lake-Willow River. Or maybe not. No different than usual, the Rebels...
Defeating Eveleth-Gilbert 44-21 in last Saturday’s Section 7AA semifinal, the Moose Lake-Willow River football team tallied their 49th consecutive victory on their home field.
Junior Jaxson Turner tore off for four first-half touchdowns — including three in the second quarter — easing the host Eskomos to a lead they would never lose in a 35-12 win over the Hilltoppers at a sunny, yet gusty, Esko Stadium.
Kailee Kiminski’s patented kick came in when she needed it most, as the seasoned speedster secured her spot atop the podium by winning — and defending — her Section 7A girls cross country meet title when completing the 4-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 10.3 seconds last Thursday afternoon on a gray day in the mid-40s at Cloquet.
Saturday’s roster will include another Olesiak as Brad’s daughter, Mikayla, helps lead South Ridge into the small school’s first-ever Section 7A volleyball final when they collide with Carlton at 4 p.m. at Duluth Denfeld High School.
The Wrens will look to their defense to lead them to their small school’s second-ever state tournament appearance if they can upset storied Cromwell-Wright in the Section 5 9-Man final at 8 p.m. Halloween night in Esko.
If Tyler Hakamaki's Cromwell-Wright team tops Wrenshall (8-2) in the Section 5 9-Man final on Halloween at 8 p.m. in Esko, it will be his first state trip and best treat in following his father, 25 years later.