A pair of point-piling underclassmen are two of the best in the state, regardless of gender, class and location. They have the ability to light the lamp frequently, while both also find their teammates and keep their squads as a first priority.
Ashley Anderson scored a game-high 20 points and the Bulldogs beat the neighboring Wrens 61-46 to not only snap a previous 11-game losing streak — including a 41-34 setback to Wrenshall 18 days before — but also retain the historic jug.
Sarah Severson’s combined classic and freestyle time of 1 minute 7.18 seconds was the fastest that evening as the Esko senior skied her way to the LSC individual title.
Cloquet and Esko played football against one another in August, but it was Monday’s foul-filled girls basketball game that looked like a football encore.
As Cassie Wimmer walked out of the Wrenshall girls basketball team’s locker room carrying her duffle bag and a towel, the senior guard was seemingly worn out after the Wrens’ 66-29 loss to South Ridge Tuesday.
During the Lumberjacks’ 22-4 run in the middle of the opening half, Brandon Hill heaved in four triples — including three in a row as the crowded bleachers went wild — while he counted Cloquet’s final score of the first frame to finish a 13-2 spurt for a 43-28 halftime lead.
Not only is Kassidy Steen the squad’s biggest athlete, but she’s been the biggest asset in helping save the season for Cloquet (8-7), a team which started 0-5 until Steen’s scoring binge.
Shortly after Barnum’s 69-48 victory over Hibbing in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Classic, Bluejacket boys basketball Coach Joel McDonald made his way up the University of Minnesota-Duluth bleachers to give Bomber Brandon Newman the Hibbing game ball they used.
Finishing the game in the neighboring ‘Barn’ arena, the Lumberjacks lost 6-0 to the Huskies, but unlike their building, CEC isn’t ready to turn out the lights on their struggling season.
In one of the rarest scenes in high school boys basketball, Wrenshall’s Aaron Adkins accidentally scored a basket for Carlton in last week’s rivalry game, but luckily for the senior forward, his shot was worth two points instead of three.