Boys soccer preview: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks return 16 players from the 2019 squad, but have high expectations in 2020.
Head coach: Dave Bergan
Assistant coaches: Lenny Conklin, John Sundquist, Ryan Fredrickson
Returning starters: "We have 12 returning seniors and four returning juniors on our squad this year," coach Dave Bergan said. "Logan Dushkin, Drake Schramm and Spencer Rosseau are our captains this year."
New faces to watch: "We had two open spots from our section roster last year and added Jordan Aultman and his brother Elijah Aultman to the squad," Bergan said.
Team strengths: "We are a deep team, and I am confident in every one of the athletes' abilities to be able to do the job this year," Bergan said. "They are focused and ready to achieve greatness."
Biggest challenge: "I'm not sure about the biggest challenge we will have," Bergan said. "The team will focus and prepare one day at a time, and we will hopefully be ready for each game. Every team we face brings a new challenge and with that, we will prepare the best we can for success and greatness on the field."
Coach's assessment: "We feel fortunate to be having a season this year," Bergan said. "There are high expectations that have been set by the team, and the athletes are on the field working hard to make sure they achieve those expectations during practice. I am excited to be a part of such a great crew of athletes. They are nothing short of amazing young men who are ready to battle day in and day out to reach their goals."