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Prep report: Esko's Kiminski does double duty

Esko junior Kailee Kiminski had quite a day Thursday. The dual-sport standout started by competing in Superior's late-afternoon Nemadji Cross Country Invitational, in which she won the 4,000-meter individual race while leading Esko to a second-pl...

Esko junior Kailee Kiminski had quite a day Thursday.

The dual-sport standout started by competing in Superior's late-afternoon Nemadji Cross Country Invitational, in which she won the 4,000-meter individual race while leading Esko to a second-place team finish. Kiminski, with a time of 16 minutes, 21.2 seconds, edged Cloquet's Anja Maijala by less than 2 seconds to win the 4,000. Maijala had a time of 16:22.8.

Duluth East won the team title, while host Superior was third.

After the cross country meet, Kiminski made her way to Hermantown's Cory Veech Memorial Field, where the midfielder scored the Eskomos' lone goal in a 4-1 soccer defeat to the Hawks.

r On the boys side of the Nemadji invite, Cloquet's Dylan Marvel completed the 5,000-meter race in 16:54.3, about 11 seconds ahead of Duluth East's Keaton Long (17:05.1).

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Cloquet finished first in the team standings, followed by East in second and Northwestern in third.

BOYS SOCCER

Ashland 4, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 0

Logan Tamke scored two more goals as the Oredockers improved to 10-1 with a home victory over the Lumberjacks (5-3).

Zach Whiting and Ethan Perry also scored for Ashland, which held a narrow 1-0 lead at halftime before a second-half outburst.

Duluth Marshall 3, Proctor 1

Luke Pavelich and Jack Dodd scored a minute apart in the first half to help the Hilltoppers (5-5) get back on track with a win over the visiting Rails (3-3).

Pavelich scored in the game's 26th minute to tie it 1-1, and Dodd followed suit in the 27th. Dodd's second goal of the game iced it for Marshall, which suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Duluth East on Tuesday.

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Joshua Ernst gave Proctor a short-lived lead with a goal six minutes in.

GIRLS SOCCER

Proctor 3, Duluth Marshall 1

The girls game between these two schools was oddly similar to the boys game.

Like the Proctor boys, who scored first before losing 3-1, the Marshall girls did the same when Mattea Pavelich put the Hilltoppers (4-4) on the board in the second minute. But the Rails took control after that, scoring three unanswered goals to win at home.

Lexie DeWall, Reilly Fawcett and Hannah Dahlgren all scored for Proctor (3-4), which won its second straight following a four-game losing streak.

Duluth Denfeld 5, Hibbing-Chisholm 2

Emily Fleissner scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lift the Hunters (4-2) to their third straight win.

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Host Hibbing-Chisholm (3-4) got goals from Jenny Casey and Mattea Pogorels.

VOLLEYBALL

Grand Rapids 3, Duluth East 0

Bekah Morris had nine kills and four ace serves, Sidney Mattson had 23 set assists and five kills, and the visiting Thunderhawks ran their season-opening win streak to 10 matches with Thursday's 25-11, 25-18, 25-16 victory.

Alayna Baker led the Greyhounds (0-9) with 16 set assists, and Kaylea Atkinson added chipped in five kills.

Superior 3, Duluth Denfeld 0

The Spartans rode Jessica Lindstrom's 10 kills and 11 blocks past the Hunters 25-20, 25-11, 25-15 for their sixth straight win.

Nicole Sorenson produced 17 set assists for Superior (6-3), while Lexi Hill had seven kills for host Denfeld (1-7), which is winless since a season-opening win over Virginia.

Carlton 3, South Ridge 2

The Bulldogs, playing at home, dropped the first two games before rallying in the next three en route to an 18-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-10 triumph.

Grace Macor led undefeated Carlton (4-0) with 14 kills and seven blocks.

Justice Janke paced the Panthers (3-2) with 15 kills, 15 digs and three ace serves.

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