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When Dave Esse was in charge of the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team, he often would sneak over to watch his daughter, Courtney Olin, lead the Lumberjacks girls team during practice. Esse never thought he would be helping coach the girls, but after resigning following the 2017 season, that's exactly what he's been doing this season for the Lumberjacks. "After I resigned a couple years ago, I thought, 'I'm done; I don't need this anymore,' " Esse recalled. "But it's pretty hard to say 'no' to your daughter."
Taya Hakamaki tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in the first game last season, a 75-64 loss at Northland power Mountain Iron-Buhl.
ESKO — Cromwell-Wright football players gathered by the southeast goal post and began singing John Denver's "Country Roads," including the lyrics, "Take me home, to the place I belong."
CLOQUET – The Lumberjacks were only one play into the second half of the Section 7AAAA football semifinals Saturday, Oct. 27, when coach Tom Lenarz bellowed the words none of his players wanted to hear.
Cloquet was only one play into the second half of the Section 7AAAA football semifinals on Saturday when coach Tom Lenarz bellowed the words none of the Lumberjacks wanted to hear.
ST. PAUL – Moose Lake-Willow River junior Danny Lilya talked over the winter with his good buddy, Aidan Szcyzrbak, about their plans for the spring.
ST. PAUL – Conditions were wet for the Minnesota state track and field meet Saturday at Hamline University, but it didn't seem to matter for Cloquet junior sprinter Kendra Kelley.
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton senior defenseman Carley Esse seemed destined to play hockey, though people who know her family might be surprised her father didn't urge her into the sport. "I grew up playing basketball in (Duluth's) Central Hillside," said Dave Esse, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton's boys hockey coach.
Braham senior Rebekah Dahlman gave a young fan a big hug after the girls basketball Section 7AA final, and then gave her brother, Jonah, an even bigger hug before cutting the nets at Romano Gym. It is a scene that had been repeated the previous four years at Minnesota Duluth, and it was repeated a fifth time on Thursday as Dahlman scored 31 points to lead the Bombers to a 58-53 victory over Esko before more than 2,000 spectators. Braham is now 15-0 in section playoff games at UMD. "Duluth has been great," said Dahlman, who scored 22 of her points in the second half. "We're perfect.
Legendary Esko football coach Bob Peterson was drawing up plays for his grandson, Marc, from the time Marc was born until Bob's death two years ago. Bob would have been proud on Thursday. Marc Peterson guided the Eskomos to a thrilling 28-26 victory over Proctor in the Section 7AAA championship game with a flawless performance before about 1,000 spectators at Malosky Stadium. Peterson finished 15-for-15 passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns, and he added a rushing touchdown -- the game winner -- for good measure. The Eskomos (8-2) advance to their first state tournament since 2005, wh