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School Send Off for State Hockey: Good Luck Lumberjacks!

Updated: February 18, 2020 06:23 PM

A strong send off for the CEC Lumberjacks, as they prepare to take the ice at the X. The girls visited five schools on Tuesday, as their classmates sent them off to the state tournament. 

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Kiana Bender, a team captain and senior, said, "It's been amazing. The support from the community is awesome. When so many people are cheering you on, it makes it so much better."

There was a short pep assembly at the high school. After that, the girls jumped on the bus for the final stop, Washington Elementary. There was plenty of purple pride around.

"I've never been part of a co-op. Being able to go to all the schools, and see the kids look up to you, it's pretty amazing," shared Taylor Nelson, another senior captain.

The girls clinched the 7A championship last week against Proctor-Hermantown. Their head coach, Courtney Olin, said it was a competitive game, and good way get ready for the next step.

It's been 11 years since CEC girls were at the state tourney.

"I think all the girls, when they were little kids, were able to see us be succesful at the state tournament. They've all had dreams to be there. I'm just so proud of them, to see how they've competed and risen to the occasion when asked. They are super excited, and hopefully we can go down and fare well," Olin added.

Officers with Cloquet Police helped escort the bus out of town.

There is an opening banquet on Tuesday evening.

The Jacks will play at 1pm Wednesday against Hutchinson. Alicia Tipcke will be covering the game for WDIO sports.


                           

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