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Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls advance to state for first time in 11 years

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A jam-packed house at St. Luke's Sports & Event's Center.

PROCTOR, Minn. -- The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team won 3-2 over Proctor-Hermantown in the MSHSL section 7A final to advance to the state tournament.

It's the Lumberjacks first trip to the state tournament since 2009. Kiana Bender, Dana Jones, and Taylor Nelson all had goals for CEC.'

"It's unbelievable. We worked our buts off since the beginning of the season, we switched things up, we fought through adversity. We just put everything out there tonight," said Nelson.

After the game, CEC head coach Courtney Olin was complimentary of the effort from the rival Mirage.

"We knew Proctor/Hermantown was a very skilled team with a lot of depth, so in order to come away with this win tonight, we knew we were going to have to execute and play a pretty near perfect game. and really hone in on positioning, and doing the little things, and I think we did that tonight, and we're fortunate enough to come away with a win," said Olin.

"You know I'm just so proud of everyone, it's obviously an honor to be able to make it to the state tournament. These girls are so deserving, the have worked hard, and we've been pretty close the last few years with some tough losses, so I'm just very proud of everyone today."

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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