Cloquet-Esko-Carlton's Jordan Aultmann scored in the 55th minute to give the Lumberjacks a 3-2 win over Duluth Denfeld.
The Hunters upset CEC in the Section 7A semifinal last season. The Lumberjacks came into that game undefeated, but Denfeld ended their bid for a berth at the state tournament.
CEC took the lead twice in the first half, only to have Denfeld's Gus Haugen and Matt Eklund answer each time.
After Aultmann's score, however, the Hunters were unable to find a third equalizer.
Proctor 1, Legacy Christian 0
Proctor completed a Cinderella run through the Section 7A bracket, winning the final on Tuesday in Esko as the sixth seed of nine teams.
Their third one-goal victory of the tournament brings their record to 10-7-2 going into next week's state tournament.
Solon Springs 3, Winter 1
The Eagles got off to a blazing start and carried to a berth in the second round of WIAA Division 4 volleyball regionals, knocking off Winter 25-8, 22-25, 26-24, 25-17 at home on Tuesday.
Madelyn Swanson, Bailey Monson and Jori Gehl posted 14, 10 and eight kills respectively and Kyra Latvala set the Eagles with 26 assists.
No. 6 Solon Springs travels to No. 3 South Shore for a second-round match on Thursday.
Bloomer 3, Northwestern 0
Bloomer dismissed the 13th-seeded Tigers from the WIAA Division 3 regionals in a 25-14, 25-19, 25-14 sweep. Kayla Paulsen had nine kills to lead the offense, while Brynn Hessell and Abby Wennersten posted nine digs apiece. Brinley Tonn posted 16 assists.
Northwestern finishes the season 4-22.
1. Mesabi East 625, 2. Rock Ridge 570, 3. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 545
Cloquet 3, Hermantown 1
Greenway 3, Esko 0
Proctor 3, Duluth Denfeld 0
South Ridge 3, Cromwell-Wright 1