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Carlton County Breakthrough

Carlton County Breakthrough

No team from Carlton County (and only two from Duluth) had reached the State High School Basketball Tournament prior to Esko’s 1955 Region 7 championship. This joyous moment was preserved by a Duluth News-Tribune photographer when Esko defeated Duluth Central for the District 26 championship at UMD. After winning the region title at Hibbing, Esko lost its state opener at Williams Arena, but won the next two. Schools were not yet divided into enrollment-based divisions, so Esko’s consolation championship was the equivalent of fifth place out of 484 state teams. Seated in front, from left, are the starters: Jerry Anderson, Don Terwey, Harry Bergstedt, Ron Korby and Ernie Bylkas. In back, from left, are Roger Pykkonen, Dave Mattinen, Ed Pantsar, Art Manisto, Dan Bergstedt, Davis Helberg and Sherman Johnson, and at right is coach Coopen Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Rockne Johnson)

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