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Football preview: Cloquet Lumberjacks

The talented 'Jacks need to stay healthy to remain competitive in Section 7AAAA; team debuts Aug. 30 at home against Two Harbors.

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Cloquet players practice blocking drills during training camp Thursday, Aug. 15. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal

Head coach: Tom Lenarz

Assistant coaches: Jamie Fast, Taylor Kolb, Paul Riess, Jeff Ojanen, Ryan Lindstrom, Kyle Wordelman, Lance Horvat

Returning starters: Markus Pokornowski, FB and LB; Mason Erickson, C; Dane Kiehn, DE; Trey Harkins, FS; Derek Rengo, LB.

New faces to watch: Eric Elwood, OL; Dow Jones, OL; Luke Sandy, LB; Cal Pertler, CB.

Team strengths: "We will be very athletic in the backfield," Lenarz said. "Markus Pokornowski is one of the best running backs in the area and rushed for over 1,000 yards last season."

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Biggest challenge: "Schools our size need to stay healthy to have success," Lenarz said. "While our core is talented we are not as deep as some of the schools we play in our section."

Coach's assessment: "We feel like we are going to be very competitive in both our district and our section," Lenarz said. "While we don’t have a large number of returning starters, the kids coming back all have various amounts of varsity experience."

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Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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