With a host of young and inexperienced varsity players, the 'Jacks wound up the regular season with one win and entered the sectional playoffs Tuesday, Oct. 2, with optimism. "We just told the girls you can't be intimidated," Johnson said. "You have to go out and compete and you never know what will happen."
p>The game Friday, Sept. 21, was more of the same as the two teams battled in Esko, with the Rebels pulling out a hard-fought 22-14 win. "Esko and ML-WR games are traditionally a tough-fought contest," Esko coach Scott Arntson said. "The game ended up just as I thought it would and it came down to a play or two being the difference."
p>"We knew that Cloquet had a lot of players with a lot of experience and that it would be a tough match," Esko coach Desi DeLeon said. "Cloquet plays a lot of seniors and we are younger, so we really tried to have the girls work on staying focused and being mentally tough."
Cloquet left little doubt the 'Jacks are still a step or two ahead of the Blue Jackets after a 40-0 thrashing at Rol Bromberg Field.
The Lumberjacks hammered Forest Lake and Tartan by a combined 15-0 margin, while the Eskomos pounded North Branch and Mesabi East by a combined score of 11-0. In other words, something had to give in a game played with wet field conditions.
The Lumberjacks nearly ran the table during the regular season as they finished with a 15-1 regular-season record and eventually fell to North Branch 2-1 in the section championship game.
Last year, a number of local squads had great runs into the playoffs. This year, it appears as if the stage is set for another great season of high school football.
Loaded with talent, the 'Jacks knew from the start last season they would be good. Despite graduating a boatload of seniors from last year's squad, the Lumberjacks return another strong senior class and may surprise football fans this season.
Carlton County Fair organizers dipped into their bag of tricks and found something that was a hit among fair goers: mutton busting. What is it? It's a short race where young kids ride a sheep in a chute to see who can ride the longest or who can ride all the way to the finish line. Think of it as a rodeo for tots.
The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis team started practice Monday, Aug. 13, but will have only one week before they begin a busy schedule that includes three matches in one day.