Author: Claudia Chakamian

Hawks, Rails Set For 69th Annual “Battle for the Hammer”

This year's game will be Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Egerdahl Field in Proctor.

PROCTOR, Minn. – While it’s the last week of the regular season, it’s the biggest game week of the year for Proctor and Hermantown football players and and their fans as it’s “Battle for the Hammer” week. “It’s a huge thing for both communities. It’s a great rivalry game. To me, it’s a showcase of Northland football. There’s a lot…

Northern Star: Emily (Torve) Balts

For this week's segment, we feature the setter of the UMD volleyball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’ve been to a UMD volleyball game over the past few years, you probably heard Emily Torve’s name blast through the speakers. But this year, she’s got a new name, as she married former football standout Jason Balts over the summer. “We just met through athletes in action, which is a bible study on campus for…

St. Scholastica Men’s Soccer Gets Double Overtime Win Against Hamline

Saints freshman Franco Garcia scored the game-winner in double overtime.

DULUTH, Minn. – It took over 100 minutes for someone to score between the St. Scholastica and Hamline men’s soccer teams, but in the end, the Saints freshman Franco Garcia scored his second career goal five minutes into double overtime to give the Saints the 1-0 win. The Saints outshot the Pipers, 13-9, but only four shots were on goal….

UMD Men’s Hockey Picks Up First Win of 2019 Season

Justin Richards and Nick Swaney both scored their first goals of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team had a big bounce-back on Saturday, topping UMass-Lowell 2-1 to pick up its first win of the 2019 season. Justin Richards and Nick Swaney both scored their first goals of the season, with Richards scoring short-handed. The penalty kill was huge for the Bulldogs on Saturday night, killing of a River Hawks…

UMD Women’s Hockey Sweeps First WCHA Series

Gabbie Hughes has now scored a goal in each of the Bulldogs' first four games this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 9 UMD women’s hockey team continues its strong start to the season, getting the 4-1 win over Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday to sweep their first WCHA series. Gabbie Hughes, Anna Klein, Ashton Bell and Monique Aanenson all scored for the Bulldogs, while Maddie Rooney made 12 saves. Sydney Brodt recorded two assists, giving her seven…

UMD Volleyball Gets Back on Track With Sweep over Dragons

Abby Thor led the way with 13 kills, while Meredith Sutton finished with 10 for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – After receiving their first NSIC loss of the season on Friday, the No. 4 UMD volleyball team had a big bounce-back on Saturday, sweeping MSU-Moorhead 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-18). Abby Thor finished with 13 kills, while Meredith Sutton had 10. Emily Balts finished the day with 46 assists. The Bulldogs will be back in action on the…

Hilltoppers Boys Soccer Defeats Thunderhawks, Advances to Section Semifinals

Blake Bachand and Griff Pichetti both scored in Duluth Marshall's win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Blake Bachand and Griff Pichetti both scored for Duluth Marshall as the third seeded Hilltoppers defeated sixth seed Grand Rapids 2-1 in the Section 7A quarterfinals. Griffin Otto scored for the Thunderhawks. Other action from the section quarterfinals on Saturday. BOYS SECTION 7A SOCCER PLAYOFFS Hermantown 2, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 0 Chisago Lakes 1, Duluth Denfeld 5  Princeton 0,…

St. Scholastica Football Gets Big Road Win

The Saints relied on the run game to pick up the road win over Northwestern (Minn.)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team got a much-needed bounce-back win on Saturday, getting the 26-16 road win over Northwestern (Minn.). The Saints relied in the run game, rushing for 145 total yards. Denfeld alum Dominic Klaas rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown, and became the team’s first 100-yard rusher this season, while Mitchell Adrian also…

UMD Football Uses Big Second Half to Defeat Wayne State

The Bulldogs had another slow offensive start but got the job done in the fourth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 23 UMD football team battled through snowy conditions on Saturday, but pulled away late to get back on track and get the 21-7 win over Wayne State. The Bulldogs had another slow start, not getting on the board until the second quarter and was tied with the Wildcat at 7 at the half. John Larson…

UMD Volleyball Handed First NSIC Loss in Top-10 Battle

The Bulldogs quickly took the first two sets, but the Wolves battled back to win the match in five sets.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 4 UMD volleyball team quickly took the first two sets from No. 8 Northern State, but the Wolves battled back, to winthe fifth set 15-11 and win the match 3-2, to hand the Bulldogs their first NSIC loss of the season. Up 2-0 in the match, the Bulldogs rallied to tie the set up at…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores 10/11/19

Here's all the action from Friday night including big wins for Cloquet, Hermantown, Two Harbors and Carlton/Wrenshall

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL  Proctor 8, Cloquet 42  Hibbing 8, Hermantown 59  Duluth East 0, Grand Rapids 40 Duluth Denfeld 14, North Branch 59  Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 40, Virginia 0 International Falls 8, Eveleth-Gilbert 14  Mesabi East 0, Two Harbors 25  Moose Lake-Willow River 22, Crosby-Ironton 26 Esko 41, Aitkin 14 MN NINE-PLAYER FOOTBALL  Ogilvie 32, Carlton/Wrenshall 34 WI HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL …

Bulldogs Women’s Soccer Falls to Wildcats in Overtime

Sophia Grenz made four saves in the loss.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s soccer team once again battled through regulation to force overtime, but the Bulldogs could not get the job done as Wayne State got the 1-0 win. Abby Sutton scored five minutes into overtime to give Wayne State the win. Sophia Grenz finished with four saves for the Bulldogs. Logan Nash led the way with…

Denfeld Boys Hockey Hosts Annual Skate with the Hunters

The event brought dozens of young hockey players to the Heritage Center to skate with the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team was back on the ice on Sunday but not for a practice or a game. The team held their annual Denfeld Skate With the Hunters and hosted dozens of kids for an afternoon of skating. The team organized games, skills and drills for the young hockey players and had some open…

Mavericks Hand Bulldogs Football First Loss in Top-15 Matchup

Armani Carmickle caught the only touchdown pass for UMD in Saturday's loss.

MANKATO, Minn. – The No. 12 Minnesota Duluth football team had another slow offensive start on Saturday, but could never really get anything going, as No. 3 Minnesota-State Mankato got the 52-7 win to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season. This was the Bulldogs’ first NSIC loss since Sept. 16, 2017, when the Mavericks defeated them, a…

Knights Hand Saints Football First Loss of Season

Eric Soderberg broke the single-season program record with 22 tackles.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team was unable to get much going against the reigning UMAC champs, as Martin Luther got the 27-6 win to hand the Saints their first loss of the season. The Saints got on the board in the second quarter, when Zach Edwards connected to Mitchell Adrian for the 24-yard touchdown pass. The extra…

No. 1 Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Falls in Exhibition

Justin Richards, Dylan Samberg and Nick Swaney all scored for No. 1 UMD.

DULUTH, Minn. – Justin Richards, Dylan Samberg and Nick Swaney all scored in UMD’s first game since the national championship, but the University of Alberta got the 5-3 win over the No. 1 Bulldogs in Saturday’s exhibition. Each goaltender played a period in the tune-up. Hunter Shepard made nine saves, Ben Patt made five saves and Ryan Fanti made nine…

No. 10 Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Shuts Out No. 3 Golden Knights to Split Series

Gabbie Hughes and Sydney Brodt both scored for No. 10 Minnesota Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 10 UMD women’s hockey team had a big bounce back win on Saturday, upsetting No. 3 Clarkson 2-0 to get its first win of the season and split the series. Gabbie Hughes and Sydney Brodt both scored in the win, and also scored both goals for the Bulldogs in Friday’s loss. Maddie Rooney posted her…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores 10/4/19

Here's all the action from Friday night including big wins for Esko, Proctor, Duluth East, Cloquet, Superior and Northwestern.

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Grand Rapids 18, Cloquet 42  Duluth East 21, Hermantown 3 Proctor 14, Duluth Denfeld 0 Pine City 13, Esko 22  Two Harbors 7, International Falls 20  Eveleth-Gilbert 0, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 42 Virginia 0, Mesabi East 42 MN NINE-PLAYER FOOTBALL Cherry 0, South Ridge 28 Ogilvie 8, Cromwell-Wright 16 Onamia 0, Cartlon/Wrenshsall 44  WI HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Menomonie…

Hunters Boys Soccer Defeats Spartans in Conference Match

Keegan Chastey scored two goals for Duluth Denfeld, including the game-winner off a penalty kick.

DULUTH, Minn. – Keegan Chastey scored off a penalty kick late in the second half to seal Duluth Denfeld’s 3-2 win over Superior on Tuesday night. Chastey scored the second goal of the night as well, while Joe Eklund scored the first. Jakob Kidd scored both goals for the Spartans. Demetri Regas made nine saves for Denfeld. The Hunters (8-5-1)…

Hawks Girls Soccer Blanks Rails

Hermantown girls got the win in the first game of the doubleheader, while the boys game will be made up later this week.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Hermantown girls soccer team fought through the fog on Monday to get the 2-0 win over Hermantown in the first game of the doubleheader. The boys game got a little messy. Hermantown jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half. Lightning started to strike, so they had to call the…

Northern Star: Alex Hanson

For this week's segment, we feature a Superior boys soccer captain who has big goals for his senior season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior midfielder Alex Hanson never really thought about playing high school soccer. “I started in about sixth grade. My parents got me in it. I played a lot in latchkey and stuff, and everybody said I was pretty good. I’m not super outgoing so they kind of forced me into it,” Hanson said. But since then, Hanson…

Yellowjackets Soccer Sweeps Northland College to Open UMAC Play

Blake Perry and James Bruce both netted hat tricks for the UWS men while Annah Schussman scored both goals for the UWS women.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It was a big day for the UWS soccer teams as they swept Northland College on Sunday. The Yellowjacket men dominated from start to finish, getting the 12-1 win. For the women, it would require double overtime, but the Yellowjackets would eventually come out on time. For the men, eight different Yellowjackets scored. Blake Perry and James…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Tie With Whitecaps in Exhibition

Ryleigh Houston and Anna Klein scored for UMD.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team opened the 2019 season with a 2-2 draw against the NWHL Isobel Cup champions Isobel Cup, the Minnesota Whitecaps, in an exhibition. The game was scoreless until Ryleigh Houston scored in the second period. Anna Klein scored the other goal for the Bulldogs. Maddy Rooney, Emma Soderberg, and Hanna Markel each spent…

Yellowjackets Volleyball Sweeps Knights

UWS picked up its second UMAC win of the season with the 3-0 win over Martin Luther.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UWS volleyball had a big showing on Saturday, sweeping Martin Luther 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-22), to pick up its second UMAC win of the season. Brylee Colligan led all players with 13 kills, while Cami Sletta finished with 11. Gina Baertsch finished the night with 17 kills. The Yellowjackets finished off the day with a 3-1…

Prep Soccer: Hawks Boys, Lumberjacks Girls Win Doubleheader

Hermantown boys defeated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in the first game, while Cloquet/Carlton topped Hermantown in the second game.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Bromberg Field was home to a soccer doubleheader on Saturday, as the Hermantown boys defeated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 2-1 while the Cloquet/Carlton girls topped Hermantown 2-0. Seth Johnson scored both goals for the Hermantown boys, while Drake Schramm scored for the Lumberjacks. Categories: High School, Sports

Bulldogs Football Use Big Second Half to Claim Top Spot in NSIC North

After getting shutout in the first quarter, UMD scored 42 unanswered points to get the win.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The UMD football scored 42 unanswered points to defeat Bemidji State 42-7, to stay undefeated and claim the top spot in the NSIC North Division. The Bulldogs were shutout in the first quarter, but turned it up from there. John Larson finished the day with 12 completions for 198 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Armani Carmickle…

Saints Football Rallies to Stay Undefeated

St. Scholastica scored 13 points in the fourth, including a touchdown with nine seconds left, to complete the comeback and get the win.

FULTON, Mo. – The St. Scholastica football team once again used a dramatic comeback to get the 28-27 win on Saturday over Westminster to improve to 4-0. The Saints trailed for most of the game, but put up 13 points in the fourth quarter and held the Blue Jays scoreless. With nine seconds remaining, Zach Edwards threw a 5-yard touchdown…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores 9/27/19

Here's all the action from Friday night including big wins for Duluth East, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, Proctor and Superior

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Duluth Denfeld 6, Duluth East 42 Esko 20, Moose Lake-Willow River 18 Hermantown 14, Grand Rapids 21 Cloquet 26, North Branch 12 International Falls 38, Mesabi East 20 Virginia 24, Eveleth-Gilbert 27  Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 30, Two Harbors 7 Hibbing 14, Proctor 41 MN NINE-PLAYER FOOTBALL Cromwell-Wright 15, Onamia 12 Bigfork 14, Mountain Iron-Buhl 52 WI HIGH SCHOOL…

Prep Volleyball: Raiders Stay Undefeated, Rails Sweep Spartans

Greenway improves to 13-0 on the season while Proctor got the road sweep over Superior.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Greenway volleyball team continued its strong start to the season, getting the road win over Duluth East 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-18, 25-10). The Raiders improve to 13-0 and will play Edina on Saturday. In other volleyball action, Proctor swept Superior 3-0. The Spartans will be back in action on Saturday against Mesabi East. Categories: High School,…

Prep Soccer: Lumberjacks Girls, Hawks Boys Win LSC Regular Season Titles

Cloquet-Carlton girls and Hermantown boys both took home Lake Superior Conference titles on Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team mounted a huge comeback, scoring three goals within six minutes in the second half to top Duluth Marshall 4-3 for the Lake Superior Conference title. Kiana Bender scored two goals, while Katie Turner and Olivia Jameson scored the other two. For the Hilltoppers, Gianna Kneepkens, Emilia McGiffert and Tori Thorson each scored….

Northern Star: Caden and Jaxon Edwards

For this week's segment, we feature two Duluth East football players who have been building a strong connection on and off the field since birth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East senior quarterback Caden Edwards has become the leader the Greyhounds need. “Caden’s an extremely gifted athlete and at quarterback he has all the tools, he’s big, he’s got a big arm,” Duluth East head coach Joe Hietala said. Through the first three weeks of the season, Edwards has completed 19 passes for 291 yards and…

Bulldogs Soccer Falls to Beavers

Emily Hinz scored her fourth goal in as many games.

DULUTH, Minn. – After coming off a big win on Friday, the UMD soccer team couldn’t get much going offensively, as Bemidji State got the 2-1 win. Emily Hinz scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs, her fourth goal in as many games. The Bulldogs had just three shots on goal during the game. UMD (3-2) will be back in…

Yellowjackets Women’s Soccer Shut Out Against Cobblers

Morgan Philliber made 11 saves for the Yellowjackets.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Both UWS soccer teams struggled against Concordia (Minn.) on Sunday. The men finished in a 1-1 draw, while the women struggled to get anything going, as the Cobblers won 3-0. Morgan Philliber made 11 saves in the loss for the Yellowjackets. The women will hit the road on Monday and take on UW-River Falls. Categories: College, Sports

Saints Women Defeat Auggies; Saints Men Fall to Green Knights

Morgan Friday and Janelle Rouillard scored for the CSS women while Charly Anzures Catalan netted the lone goal for the men.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a doubleheader of soccer action at Saints field on Sunday, as the CSS women got the 2-1 win over Augsburg while the CSS men fell 3-1 to St. Norbert. The women were shutout in the first half and trailed 1-0, but Morgan Friday and Janelle Rouillard scored in the second half to secure the win….

Bulldogs Football Wins “Battle for the Bone” to Stay Undefeated

The No. 13 UMD football team overcame a slow offensive start to top St. Cloud State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 13 UMD football team overcame a slow offensive start to top St. Cloud State 20-14 in the “Battle for the Bone”. Saturday’s game was also military appreciation night, and there was a special pregame ceremony with military members. The Bulldogs stay undefeated and improve to 3-0. The Bulldogs will hit the road next Saturday, Sept….

Saints Football Hangs on For First “Home” Win

Zach Edwards completed 19 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns in St. Scholstica's win in their first game at Public Schools Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team jumped out to an early lead and was able to hang on late to defeat Crown 35-32 on Saturday in their homecoming game and first game at Public Schools Stadium this season. Zach Edwards completed 19 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns. Eddie Lee and Mitchell Adrian caught two touchdowns each,…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Opens 2019 Practices

The UMD women's hockey team is ranked 10th in the USCHO preseason poll.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team officially opened practices on Saturday to get the 2019 season started. The Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the USCHO preseason poll and are an older, more experienced team this year. The Bulldogs will have a deeper core of defenders, plus are bringing back almost all of their goal scorers from last season…

Saints Volleyball Wins Home Opener

Jessica Remer finished with 16 kills while Katie Brostrom had 23 assists in St. Scholastica's win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica volleyball team returned home on Saturday for homecoming and their home opener, and took care of business, defeating St. Catherine 3-1 (26-24, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20). Jessica Remer led the way for the Saints with 16 kills, while Katie Brostrom tallied 23 assists. The Saints (8-2) will be back in action next Saturday, Sept. 28,…

Bulldogs Sweep Warriors for Eighth Straight Win

No. 4 UMD has now swept eight straight matches.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 4 UMD volleyball team continued their strong start to the season, sweeping Winona State 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19) to sweep eight straight matches. Hanna Meyer led the way with 15 kills, while Abby Thor had 11 and Emily Balts finished with 39 assists. The Bulldogs (9-1) will hit the road on Friday, Sept. 27, to…

Yellowjackets Men’s Soccer Settles for Draw Against Green Knights

Blake Perry scored the lone goal for UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UWS men’s soccer team had a tough battle on Saturday, settling for a 1-1 draw against St. Norbert. Blake Perry scored the lone goal for the Yellowjackets, putting it in the net off a Mason Tynsky throw in. Dalton VonKaenel finished with five saves. The Yellowjackets will be back in action on Sunday against Concordia. Categories:…

Bulldogs Soccer Shuts Out Golden Eagles in NSIC Opener

Four different players all scored in Minnesota Duluth's win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s soccer team battled the fog and came out on top on Friday, topping Minnesota Crookston 4-0 to win the NSIC opener. Mikayla Iaquinto, Emily Hinz, Haley Ford and Tiana Degrande all scored in the win, while Hinz also tallied an assist. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m. as…

Bulldogs Volleyball Moves Up Two Spots in AVCA Poll

The UMD volleyball team is now ranked No. 4 after a sweep at the St. Cloud State invitational over the weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team continues to move up the national ranks, as it was announced on Monday that the Bulldogs are up to No. 4 in the latest poll from the America Volleyball Coaches Association. UMD, who is coming off a weekend sweep at the St. Cloud State invitational, also received one first place vote. The Bulldogs…

Fond du Lac Tribal and COmmunity College Football Falls to Itasca

The only scoring from the Thunder came late in the fourth quarter.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Itasca Community College scored early and often to top Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College 39-6 on Saturday night at Egerdahl Field. The only scoring from the Thunder came with less than nine minutes left, as Mason Klinger connected with Justice Bice for the 12-yard touchdown pass. Categories: College, Sports

Prep Boys Soccer: Rails, Hunters Win on Lake Superior Conference Day

Proctor, Duluth Denfeld, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Superior all got the wins.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The NBC Spartan Sports Complex was host to the Lake Superior Conference boys soccer games on Saturday. Proctor scored four goals in the first half to top Mesabi East 6-0. Demetri Regas saved a PK late in the second half, then Keegan Chastey scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, as well as the first goal, as Duluth…

CSS Football Wins Big Over Presentation

St. Scholastica got off to a quick start and led the entire time to get its second win of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Zach Edwards marched his Saints down the field on the opening drive, which ended in an 18 yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Adrian, to give the Saints an early lead, and they would continue to build that throughout the game, as St. Scholastica topped Presentation 41-13 in a battle of the Saints. CSS held Presentation scoreless for…

Newcomers Win 24th Annual NorthShore Inline Marathon

Ewen Fernandez was the men's elite winner, while Julie Brandt-Glass was the official women's elite winner.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over 2,000 athletes from all over the world flooded Duluth this weekend for the 24th annual NorthShore Inline Marathon. Ewen Fernandez, a 30-year old from France, won the men’s elite race with a time of 1:03:58. This was Fernandez’s first time participating in this race, and he broke away from the group in the last eight miles…

Prep Volleyball: Bulldogs Storm Back to Top Eskomos, Rails Sweep Blue Devils

Carlton defeated Esko 3-1 while Proctor swept Virginia 3-0.

CARLTON, Minn. – It was a packed house in Carlton on Tuesday night as the 8th ranked Bulldogs topped rival Esko 3-1. The Eskomos took the first set 25-21, but the Bulldogs fought back to win the next three sets, 25-19, 25-14, 26-24. Abby Mickle and Alaina Bennett both had 10 kills while Taylor Nelson had nine kills. Brynne Mickle…

Bulldogs Volleyball Continues Hot Start, Sweeps Greyhounds

Abby Mickle led the way with nine kills while her sister Brynne had 25 assists.

CARLTON, Minn. – The Carlton volleyball, who is ranked eighth in class A, continued its strong start to the season, sweeping Duluth East on Monday 3-0. Abby Mickle finished with nine kills, Taylor Nelson finished with eight and Alaina Bennett had six kills. Brynne Mickle led the way with 25 assists. Carlton will host Esko on Tuesday night. Categories: High…

Shepard, Wolff Named Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Captains for 2019-20

Nick Wolff was an alternate captain last season, while Hunter Shepard was once again the backbone for the UMD men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – According to UMD Athletics, goalkeeper Hunter Shepard and defenseman Nick Wolff have been named captains for the UMD men’s hockey team for this upcoming season. Wolff was an alternate captain last season, while Shepard was once again the backbone for the Bulldogs as they won back-to-back national championships. Wolff had five goals with 13 assists last year,…