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Area high school athletes sign college letters

CLOQUET--Last Wednesday was national signing day, as high school senior athletes all across the country made their collegiate decisions final by putting their pen to the paper.

CLOQUET-Last Wednesday was national signing day, as high school senior athletes all across the country made their collegiate decisions final by putting their pen to the paper.

And Cloquet was as busy as any school in the process.

Nick Niemi, Aidan Yellin and Alex Oakes all signed national letters of intent, as the senior trio is trekking out west.

Niemi, a 6-foot-1 lineman, tight end and kicker, will play football for Division II Bemidji State University. Yellin, also a member of Cloquet’s back-to-back state football teams, is a 6-foot-6 two-way lineman, who signed with the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Oakes, a six-year varsity volleyball player with over 2,000 career set assists, inked with the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

There were other commits around Carlton County, as well, including Moose Lake’s Adri Jusczak, a lefty basketball scorer headed to Southwest Minnesota State, while Esko’s 6-foot-5 Molly Trapp is volleyball bound to South Dakota State.

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Cloquet Athletic Director Tom Lenarz said all were worthy.

“They’re great kids,” he said. “They’re great in the community, they get good grades and they work real hard.”

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