Cloquet-Esko-Carlton's girls hockey program is a cooperative – and nowhere is that more apparent than in what might be the team's top line this season.
If legendary television producer Norman Lear had created a series about the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls' swim team, he could have called it "All in the Swamily."
Having a full team certainly helped Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in the Lake Superior Conference meet Thursday, Oct. 25.
Finishing a season with a record of 16-12 isn't bad, but for Esko volleyball coach Desiree DeLeon, the journey was as much fun as the winning season.
How good has the Carlton volleyball team been this season?
> "We knew he would make a splash when we brought him up here," Thunder coach Davin DePoe said. "His athleticism and his confidence are very good. He's met every expectation we could have had of him. "You can ask him to do anything," DePoe added. "He's a shutdown corner, a lights-out slot receiver, you can put him on the perimeter and let him run, you can put him in the backfield. You don't know where he's going and you have to account for him.
A funny thing happened to the Cloquet football team on its way to the state tournament.
On Oct. 4, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team traveled to Proctor and handled the Rails 4-1. One week later, the same teams met on the same field in the first round of the section playoffs.
"Actually, I'm surprised it (the cooperative) didn't happen last year," Holter said. "We would ride-share with Carlton to meets when we couldn't get a bus and the kids got along great." Holter, who had coached Wrenshall for the previous three seasons, saw the numbers in his program rise from seven at Wrenshall to 25 in the combined team, including 10 runners in grades 7-9.
The season is underway for the Minnesota Wilderness, and while the team works the bugs out of its system, they are learning just how tough their division will be this winter. The Wilderness are 2-3-1 after the four-game NAHL Showcase to start the season and two losses at home last weekend against Aberdeen. The Friday, Sept. 28, game ended in a 4-3 shootout loss, while the Saturday, Sept. 28, game was a 5-4 setback, meaning the team got one point out of four on the weekend.