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Esko will launch a six-game boys basketball homestand Tuesday night against neighborhood rival Cloquet, as the traditional Polar League champions begin arguably the toughest stretch in their regular season schedule.

Esko (14-6) won’t be the favorite in at least three of its final six home games, but will be against the Lumberjacks, and in Thursday night’s nonconference game against Bemidji (10-11) and Friday against Barnum (13-6).

However, Esko will compete in an underdog role at home against Crosby-Ironton (16-2) on Feb. 20 and Superior (16-4) Feb. 24.

Esko wraps up regular-season play Feb. 29 at heavy favorite Annandale (16-3).

 Esko Notebook

The Esko girls basketball team (15-7) will host Hermantown (6-16) on Thursday at 5:45 p.m., in the opener of a girls-boys basketball home doubleheader. Esko is led by Hannah Swanson, Cairin Berger and Kyra Johnson. The Esko boys will face nonconference Bemidji at 7:15 p.m.

Esko High Sports Calendar


Girls Basketball – host Hermantown, 5:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball – host Bemidji (10-11), 7:15 p.m.


Boys Basketball – host Barnum (13-6), 7:15 p.m.