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Prep Report: Greyhounds top CEC

Esko's Karppinen scores 23 in win over Mesabi East

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton goalie Jacob Walsh (33) deflects a breakaway shot by Duluth East’s Noah Teng (34)
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton goalie Jacob Walsh (33) deflects a breakaway shot by Duluth East’s Noah Teng (34) in the second period of the game at the Duluth Heritage Center on Monday evening, Jan. 24, 2022.
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DULUTH — Goaltender Zander Ziemski steered aside 19 shots for Duluth East in a 4-1 win over Section 7 foe Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Monday at Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Center.

The section win for the Greyhounds was their first of the season, with their record now sitting at 1-4-1 against the field, and 3-11-1 overall.

“We needed it for our QRF (computer ranking) at this point because section seeding wise we’re down at the bottom,” Duluth East coach Steve Pitoscia said. “Nobody wants to play play-in games and go right to Andover or Grand Rapids right out of the chute, so that’s really the big thing.”

Wyatt Peterson opened the scoring for East in the first period with a tally on the man advantage. Grant Winkler, Makoto Sudoh and Cole Christian added the second, third and fourth markers in the win for the Hounds.

The Lumberjacks scored their lone goal of the game on the power play in the second frame as Patrick Dunaiski tipped in a shot by Karson Young from the point.

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CEC struggled to generate any additional offense in the matchup, which was a source of disappointment for coach Shea Walters.

“We had a good game plan, (but) we just did not execute at all,” Walters said. “It was tough for us to get to the net. We needed to challenge the goalie. We needed to get inside, and for whatever reason, we just weren’t getting to the net tonight for grade A opportunities.”

The loss drops the ‘Jacks to 5-12-1 overall and 1-4 in section play.

Girls basketball

Esko 55, Mesabi East 41

Jayden Karppinen scored 23 points to lead Esko to a 55-41 home win over Mesabi East.

The Eskomos allowed just 17 first half points to cruise to the win.

Kora Forsline scored 23 for Mesabi East.

South Ridge 61, Greenway 43

It was their closest game since opening night, but South Ridge wasn't severely bothered on the way to 14-0.

Adella Olesiak scored 21 points as the Panthers continued their run as the last unbeaten team in Section 7A.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Cloquet 89, Grand Rapids 56

Conner Barney racked up 31 points and Caleb Hansen 27 as the Lumberjacks rolled to a Lake Superior Conference victory at home.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Northwestern 91, Hayward 53
Cloquet 89, Grand Rapids 56
South Ridge 70, Greenway 62
Two Harbors 66, Mesabi East 38

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Grand Rapids 69, Duluth East 53
South Ridge 61, Greenway 43
Hermantown 86, Duluth Denfeld 32
East Central 48, Wrenshall 36
Esko 55, Mesabi East 41
Barnum 82, Carlton 16

BOYS HOCKEY
Duluth East 4, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 1
Mora/Milaca 8, North Shore 1
Duluth Marshall 3, Hibbing/Chisholm 0

GIRLS HOCKEY
Proctor/Hermantown 6, Moose Lake Area 3
Superior 4, North Shore 0

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