The Bulldogs came out on top in three straight games by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-14. Carlton (2-0) is likely to have another big season before it, while Cloquet (2-1) is learning its rotation in the early going. "Honestly, I don't think we played all that well," Carlton coach Barb Soukkala said. "They (Cloquet) blocked us a few times, made some passes, but we were able to come out on top."
"There are times when running is fun and times when it's work," Bushey said. "It's making yourself get out there and work when you don't want to that makes you improve." Tuesday's practice, which involved team members running hill drills in the rain, was a case in point. "We've got a team of great kids," Bushey said. "Just great kids. They want to work hard and today was not a good day to work." <
That isn't as big an issue in girls cross-country as it might be on the boys team. Last year, there were no seniors in the state's top 10 Class A girls and only two juniors, with three seventh-graders and an eighth-grader finishing in the top 11. That said, Esko has a road ahead if they want to reach their goals. "We're rebuilding," Hallsten said.
Cloquet volleyball coach Heidi Anderson has a problem most coaches would love to have as her team's preseason begins. She has seven seniors, all with varsity experience. That might make preparation for what's sure to be a tough 2018 campaign just a bit easier. "The kids are familiar with each other," Anderson said. "You want to play fast at this level and some teams try to play too fast. We do have the basic serving and passing to allow us to play fast and these girls have played together before."
It's not "The Legend of Bagger Vance." In a way, it's better.
The Cloquet School Board's special meeting Monday, Aug. 6, to officially accept Kevin Smalley's resignation has introduced us once again to one of the less attractive sides of high school sports. Call it "puck politics."
Starting pitcher Gavin Rasmussen had allowed only one run through six innings in the championship game against Brainerd — but then reached his pitch count and had to be removed from the game by rule.
Now, with the departure of coach Kevin Smalley, the 2018-19 Lumberjacks will have their third head coach in the last three seasons — an unheard of turnover in one of the state's most storied programs.
Bruce Baker's team is 9-4 heading into the Wednesday, July 25, regular-season finale at Wade Stadium against the West Duluth Cubs. After that, the playoffs in Grand Rapids loom large.
After 19 years, the Ashley Abrahamson softball tournament is a Northland tradition.