Author: Claudia Chakamian

Northern Star: Reagan Ruffi and Brody Payton

For this week's segment, we feature two Northwestern alums and rookies on the UMD football team who are excited to go through this experience together.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is officially one week into the 2019 season. “I am pumped to be here. I’ve been wishing away my summer to be here and I’m pretty excited,” freshman running back Reagan Ruffi said. Fall practice allows the whole team to come together and is crucial for the freshmen and newcomers to learn the…

Saints Women’s Soccer Ready for Fresh Start with 2019 Season

The St. Scholastica women's soccer team lost a few key players last season, but are bringing in a recruiting class of over 20 players to hopefully fill those holes.

DULUTH, Minn. -The St. Scholastica soccer team opened fall practice on Saturday and are having two practices a day to start the 2019 season. The Saints lost six seniors last year but are bringing in a recruiting class of over 20 players this season, so these early days of practice consists of a lot of the basics, bonding and getting…

Rails’ Marunich Commits to Southwest Minnesota State Women’s Basketball

Katelyn Marunich helped lead Proctor to the state tournament last season for the first time since 2002.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor girls basketball center Katelyn Marunich announced on Twitter over the weekend that she has verbally committed to Southwest Minnesota State. On a team that did not feature a senior on the roster, Marunich started most games for the Rails last season, and was one of the top scorers during the regular season. The rising senior also…

Yellowjackets Women’s Soccer Looking to Carry Momentum Into 2019 Season

The UWS women's soccer team will open the regular season in Texas taking on Austin College on Aug. 30.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UWS women’s soccer team finished last season on an impressive run in the UMAC Tournament. Now, as the Yellowjackets held their first day of practice on Saturday, they are hoping to build on that success and are ready to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke. “We’re no longer the underdogs. People know who we are now…

Saints Football Practice Underway with New Head Coach Mike Heffernan

St. Scholastica will open the 2019 season on September 7 against Mayville State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team ended 2018 with a 6–4 record under an interim head coach. In December, then-Athletic Director Brian Jamros promoted offensive coordinator Mike Heffernan to head coach. “I’m not sure if it’s hit me yet that I’m actually the head coach, it doesn’t feel that way, but I’m sure there’s plenty more to come,”…

Hermantown Football Aims to Repeat 2018 Success

The Hawks won the Section 7AAAA title last season for the first time since 2015.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The defending Section 7AAAA champs are back on the football field, kicking off the first official week of the 2019 season. “We’re very excited to get back at it this year. There’s nothing like high school football in the fall,” Hermantown head coach Mike Zagelmeyer said. The Hawks are coming off their first section title since 2015,…

Meet the Huskies: Max Guzman

For the last Meet the Huskies of the segment, we feature infielder/catcher Max Guzman.

DULUTH, Minn. – Max Guzman came to Duluth a month into the Northwoods League season, looking forward to getting this opportunity. “I got a call from Marcus telling me to come play summer ball. I thought it was a good opportunity, better than staying home, and could come out here, get some live at–bats and just getting ready for the…

Florida Native Alex Williamson Wins 94th Annual Men’s Northland Invite

Alex Williamson has been competing in the Northland Invite since 2012, but captured his first title on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Florida native Alex Williamson went two up after the 17th hole, giving him the win over Hermantown native Taylor Sundbom, for the 94th Annual Men’s Northland Invite title. Williamson, who now lives in Texas, has been competing in the invite since 2012 and captured his first title on Sunday. “My grandpa actually has a cabin up in…

Amy Schintz Defeats Daughter for 71st Annual Ladies Arrowhead Championship

Amy Schintz defeated her daughter, Maddy, on the final hole to capture her eighth Arrowhead Championship.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 71st annual Ladies Arrowhead Championship wrapped up on Saturday’s at the Championship match put a mother up against her daughter: seven-time champ Amy Schintz against her daughter, Minnesota State-Mankato golfer Maddy Schintz, at Ridgeview Country Club. The two were tied going into the 18th hole, but Amy was one stroke better than her daughter to clinch…

Huskies Win Regular Season Home Finale

Although Duluth won, Eau Claire also won on Friday night, officially eliminating the Huskies from playoff contention.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies ended the regular season home slate on a high note, defeating Waterloo 4-3 in their final home game of the regular season. Keaton Carattini was outstanding, throwing six innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, on four hits and struck out 10. Joey Zwak drove in two runs with a single in the seventh inning. Although…

Trans Superior International Yacht Race Commences in Canal Park

Arctos, a boat and crew from Michigan, finished first in the 26th annual race.

DULUTH, Minn. – Boaters from all over ended up in Duluth on Monday as the 26th annual Biennial Trans Superior International Yacht Race ended in Canal Park. The race is the world’s longest freshwater sailboat race and happens every other year. The course is 326 nautical miles, beginning in Whitefish Bay in Michigan and ending right here in Duluth. Arctos,…

Meet the Huskies: Joey Zwak

For this week's segment, we feature a new addition to the Huskies, who grew up and has played his entire baseball career in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – As a Duluth native and Duluth East grad, joining the huskies was a surreal moment for infielder Joey Zwak. “It’s always in the back of your mind, when you come here as a little kid, when you’re 5 or 6 years old, you watch a game with your parents, have a hot dog. It’s like, oh, maybe…

Golfers Raise Money for Military Familes in World’s Largest Golf Outing

Enger Park Golf Course hosted the golf scramble on Sunday, with all funds going to the Fisher House Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn. – Golfers of all ages and skills hit the links Sunday morning at Enger Park Golf Course for a fun, competitive 18 hole scramble all for a good cause. The World’s Largest Golf Outing is the single largest charitable golf event that’s held at over 100 golf courses around the country. The main event takes place on Monday,…

Northwoods League Penalizes Huskies, Removes Five Wins for Roster Violation

The Huskies dropped from first to third place in the Great Plains East division for the second half.

DULUTH, Minn. -The Northwoods League announced on Saturday morning that the Duluth Huskies violated a roster rule, which has changed their second half record and the Great Plains East Division Standings. The Huskies had their last five wins removed, but the wins will not change to loses. All other statistics will be the same, except for wins loses and saves…

Annual Art Von Memorial Tournament Brings 47 Youth Baseball Teams to Duluth

The tournament is in honor of Duluth native Art Von, who brought youth baseball to the area decades ago.

DULUTH, Minn. – Baseball players and fans from across the state came to the Northland as one of Minnesota’s oldest youth baseball tournaments returned to Duluth this weekend for the 25th annual Art Von Memorial Tournament. The tournament started on Friday and wraps up on Sunday, and features 47 teams playing in five different divisions ages 10 through 14. The…

Huskies Sweep Express, Stay in Control of Playoff Hopes

Nico Lima scored four runs while Collin Hopkins drove in four in Duluth's win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies used another big night at the plate to sweep a pivotal series against the Eau Claire Express, who won the Great Plains East first half division, winning Friday’s game 12-7. Nico Lima went 4-for-5 with four runs scored while Collin Hopkins went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs. Ricky Reynoso was strong on the mound,…

Huskies Pick Up Big Win Over Express

Duluth's win extends its lead to a game and a half for the second half division title.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies extended their lead in the Great Plains East division on Thursday, defeating the Eau Claire Express 9-1, taking a one and a half game lead over La Crosse for the second half title. The Huskies used a five run third inning to seal the win over the Express. Noah Marcelo hit a bases clearing…

Superior Native Amy Flessert to Compete in Swimming World Championships

Amy Flessert will compete in five events during the FINA World Masters Championships later this month.

DULUTH, Minn. – Superior native Amy Flessert will be competing later this month in the FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. This is Flessert’s third time competing at worlds, when she traveled to Montreal in 2014 and Budapest, Hungary in 2017 and she’s known since then that she wanted another chance at worlds. “I grew up in a…

Vikings Training Camp in Full Swing

Minnesota's first preseason game is August 9 in New Orleans.

EAGAN, Minn. – After a disappointing 8–7–1 record, the Minnesota Vikings are more than ready to close the book on last year. But now, the pads are on, the intensity is up and the Vikings are full steam ahead for the 2019 season. After putting on the pads for the first time during training camp on Sunday, the Vikings were …

Hermantown Native Sundbom Wins 93rd Annual Arrowhead Championship

Sunday's win gives Taylor Sundbom his third Arrowhead title.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the 93rd annual Arrowhead Classic was held at Ridgeview Country Club. The field started with 127 participants and by Sunday morning they were down to just four, then the championship set up two local guys against each other. Duluth’s Matt Mellin and Hermantown’s Taylor Sundbom battled each other but in the end, Sundbom defeated the defending…

Wolfpack Hosts Second Annual Lax at the Lake

The tournament served as a way to give teams extra practice before the offseason and as a fundraiser for the Duluth lacrosse team.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend was the 2nd annual Lax at the Lake tournament, hosted by the Duluth Wolfpack. This year’s tournament featured five teams from across Minnesota.  Saturday was round robin play, giving each team the chance to play four games. The teams were then seeded and played bracket format on Sunday to determine the winner. The tournament served…

Twin Ports Miracle League Gives Every Child a Chance to Play Baseball

The Miracle League season continues through next Saturday, August 3rd.

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether it’s tee ball, little league, high school or professional, people all over have a passion for baseball, and now the  Twin Ports Miracle League is helping fuel that passion. But this isn’t an ordinary league. “It’s for the kids with any type of disability, they’re able to come out here and play baseball that they might…

RivALZ Twin Ports Preparing for Year Two

RivALZ Twin Ports 2019 Blondes vs. Brunettes game is August 24th at Public Schools Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – RivALZ started in 2005, where a group of women came together to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and train for a flag football game in Washington D.C. The movement has since spread to 40 cities and is currently in its second year right here in the Twin Ports. “It is a volunteer led initiative basically, so…

Lumberjacks Boys Hockey Tops Hilltoppers in Summer Classic Opening Round

Dakota Oman scored both goals for Duluth Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn. – The High School Summer Classic kicked off on Friday afternoon at Mars Lakeview Arena, but the hosts Hilltoppers were unable to start the tournament with a win, as Bemidji got the 4-2 win in the opening round. Dakota Oman scored both goals for the Hilltoppers. Duluth Marshall will play Saturday afternoon in the consolation round, and the…

Duluth Native Matt Mellin Eyeing Back-to-Back Invite Wins

Mellin won the Arrowhead and Northland Invites last year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth native Matt Mellin won both the Arrowhead and Northland Invites last year, becoming the first golfer in four years to accomplish that feat in the same year. But this time around, the former Greyhound is expecting a deep field of talented Northland golfers. “Everyone that’s playing in the tournament is who I play with most of…

Meet the Huskies: Alex Tappen

For this week's segment, we introduce you to the Huskies' outfielder/third baseman from the University of Virginia.

DULUTH, Minn. – Outfielder Alex Tappen just wrapped up his sophomore season at the University of Virginia, a team that’s become a premiere program in Division I over the past two decades. “They’re a great baseball program and everything the coaches have done there is incredible and that was probably one of the main draws. And also the academic side…

Bulldogs Men’s Basketball Heads to Costa Rica Ahead of 2019 Season

The UMD men's basketball team will play three games in Costa Rica next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team is back in Romano Gym this week, getting an early start to the season and some practices in before the team goes to play three games in Costa Rica next week. The NCAA allows college basketball programs to go on an international trip every four years, but it is still less common…

Huskies Sweep Border Cats, Pick Up Seventh Straight Win

Danny Zimmerman and Alex Tappen both hit home runs in Duluth's 11-4 win over Thunder Bay.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies pounded out 15 hits Friday night to top Thunder Bay 11-4 to sweep the two-game set and pick up their seventh straight win. Both Alex Tappen and Danny Zimmerman hit home runs in the win, while Tappen was 3-for-5 at the plate. Kyle Jacobsen went 2-for 4 and drove in a run while Preston Hartsell…

Huskies Surging Back in Second Half of Season

Duluth is currently tied atop the Great Plains East Division for the second half.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an interesting season for the Duluth Huskies to say the least. After making it to game three of the Summer Collegiate World Series last year, the Huskies were unable to carry that into this season, finishing the first half 10 games under .500 and last in the Great Plains East. But a lot has changed…

Lakeview Tops Hermantown in Legion Baseball

Joe Vos struck out 12 over six innings of work in the team's win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lakeview Legion Post 342 used strong pitching and a big sixth inning to top Hermantown 6-5. Joe Vos struck out 12 over six innings and gave up five runs, none earned, on just two hits. Kyle Doup came in and pitched two shutout innings in relief to get the win. Tyler Wapola went 1-for-3 at the plate…

Meet the Huskies: Xavier Bussey

For this week's segment, we feature the Huskies's outfielder from Pensacola State College.

DULUTH, Minn. -Xavier Bussey is a long way from home, coming to Duluth from Pensacola State College and is originally a North Carolina native. “The landscape is a lot different. There’s like a mountain over here in the backview so it’s a really beautiful place. I heard it’s a lot colder in the May time,” Bussey said. Bussey transferred from…

Huskies Sweep Loggers, Win Fifth Straight

Both Nic Kent and Preston Hartsell went 4-for-4 on the day and drove in three total runs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies got off to another fast start on Sunday afternoon, scoring one in the first then took the lead in the third to get the 6-3 win over the Loggers to sweep the weekend series. Cole Milam had another strong start, giving up just one run on six hits over six innings of work while striking…

Huskies Shut Out Loggers for Fourth Straight Win

Starting pitcher Schuyler Hill struck out four and gave up three hits over six innings in the shutout win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting pitcher Schuyler Hill struck out four over six innings as three Huskies pitchers combined for the shutout as Duluth got the 6-0 win over La Crosse for its fourth straight win. The pitching staff gave up just five hits and finished with eight strikeouts. Nic Kent went 2-for-4 and scored two runs while Kyle Jacobsen went…

Duluth Rowing Club Hosts 61st Annual Regatta

The Duluth Rowing Club finished fourth out of the eight team field.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over 400 rowers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canda traveled to Duluth for the 61st annual Duluth International Regatta. The regatta featured 29 events, which was the largest regatta in Duluth’s recent history. The Duluth Rowing Club had nearly 100 rowers participating in different events, with some competing in their first race while some are seasoned veterans….

C.J. Ham Hosts First Annual Youth Football Camp in Duluth

Over 270 kids came to the camp at Lincoln Park Middle School.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids in the Northland had a special treat Saturday afternoon, getting the chance to learn some football skills and play some games with a pro football player. Duluth Denfeld alum and current Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Ham returned to Duluth this weekend to host the first annual C.J. Ham football camp. UMD soccer and football players as…

BlueGreens Get Big Win in Regular Season Finale; Fail to Make Playoffs

Duluth FC finishes the 2019 season 8-2.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC ended the regular season on a high note, getting the 11-0 win over La Crosse Aris FC at home. The BlueGreens needed the win to keep their playoff chances alive, but Med City FC defeated Minneapolis City FC 1-0 to clinch the final playoff spot and end Duluth FC’s season on Friday night. Lucas Jacobs…

Local Hockey Players Learn From the Pros at Twin Ports Pro Development Camp

The camp, owned by Superior natives Mike Sislo and Brett Olson, runs through Thursday at the Superior Ice Arena.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Local hockey players are getting the chance to strengthen their skills and grow as players this summer. And with the Twin Ports Pro Development that it’s all led by coaches who started their playing careers right here in the Northland. The 5th annual Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is this week, bringing five pro hockey players back…

USWNT Inspires Northland Youth Girls Soccer

Local soccer players are feeling inspired and motivated after watching the U.S. Women's National Team win back-to-back Women's World Cup titles.

DULUTH, Minn. – Soccer is on the rise here in the United States and a huge reason for that is the U.S. Women’s National Team and their back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles. “I was screaming at the TV a lot. I really wanted them to win and then I started crying because I wanted them to win, and then they…

BlueGreens Fall at Home; Minneapolis City SC Wins NPSL North Division Title

Lucas Jacobs and Aidan Hill scored the two goals for Duluth FC.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the second to last week of the regular season and with a playoff spot on the line, Duluth FC was unable to do enough offensively, as Minneapolis City SC got the 4-2 win to clinch the NPSL North Division Title. Lucas Jacobs and Aidan Hill scored the two goals for Duluth FC, both coming in the…

Meet the Huskies: Danny Zimmerman

For this week's segment, we feature a Duluth infielder who's using his experience cheering on his team in Omaha as motivation for this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – After not playing for the Michigan Wolverines last season, Danny Zimmerman is looking forward to more playing time and more at-bats with the huskies this summer. “For me, it was all about playing in all of these games, playing every day, and just getting a lot of at bats and a lot of defensive reps and getting…

Huskies End Homestand With Win Over Express

Cole Milam pitched six shutout innings, giving up six hits while striking out three in the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies ended their seven-game homestand in a big way, getting the 6-2 win over the Eau Claire Express in game three of the four-game series. Duluth went 4-3 during those seven games. The Huskies got off to an early lead, as Alex Tappen scored on an error to put the Huskies up 1-0 in the first…

Former Pro Athletes Return to Superior for Nemadji Celebrity Golf Scramble

The event brought in former Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals to the Nemadji Golf Course.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tons of celebrities swapped the football out for golf clubs for the day, all for a good cause at the Nemadji Golf Course in Superior. Former football players from the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals, as well as some other former athletes gathered for the Nemadji Celebrity Golf Scramble. Athletes included former…

Huskies Rally Late, Can’t Hang on Against Express

Duluth scored seven runs in the seventh to take the lead but was unable to hang on for the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies were being no-hit through five innings, but the hits came later. The Huskies scored seven runs in the seventh inning to take a 7-6 lead. The Express would battle back, score four in the top of the ninth to get the 10-7 win. Xavier Bussey went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored….

Community Gathers for Second Annual Will Starks Day Basketball Tournament

The event raises money for the Starks Academy basketball camp later this month.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East basketball coach Will Starks passed away in 2015, and shortly after, former Duluth mayor Don Ness declared July Will Starks day. His passion for youth basketball continued on Tuesday with the second annual Will Starks day tournament. The 4 on 4 tournament is organized by his son Dyami, who hopes to honor and continue…

Huskies Open Seven Game Homestand With Loss to Rox

Duluth struck first but couldn't do enough to get the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies opened a seven game homestand on Monday night with a loss, falling to St. Cloud Rox 8-3. The Huskeis got on the board first, as Collin Hopkins scored on a Nic Kent groundout in the third to give them the lead. But the Rox would get things going in the next few innings, scoring…

Coaches Corner: Twin Ports Development Camp

For this week's Coaches Corner, we spoke with instructors from the Twin Ports Development Camp ahead of this year's camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sat down with some of the instructors from the Twin Ports Development Camp. Head instructor and co-owner Brett Olson, and instructors Andy Welinski and Brenden Kotyk discusses what the camp is and why they love doing it. Camp is July 8-11 in Superior. If you are interested in learning more or…

Minnesota Whitecaps NWHL Win Inspires Northland Youth Hockey Players

Former Northland hockey stars Sadie Lundquist and Emma Stauber brought the Isobel Cup back home, showing young girls that this career is possible.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Women’s hockey is growing around the country, especially here in Minnesota. And now, for many young hockey players, having a career as a professional hockey player feels more real. The Minnesota Whitecaps made history just a few months ago, winning the National Women’s Hockey League’s Isobel Cup in their first year in the league. “All I remember…

Huskies Wrap Up Homestand With Loss to Border Cats

Ramon Enriquez drove in the only run of the game for Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – After getting the bats going on Thursday night, the Huskies were unable to do the same on Friday, falling to Thunder Bay 8-1 to split the two-game set. Ramon Enriquez drove in the only run of the game for Duluth, a bases loaded, RBI fielders’ choice in the first inning. The Huskies split the four-game homestand. Duluth…

Duluth Native Emma Stauber Brings Isobel Cup to Proctor

The former UMD women's hockey captain won the Isobel Cup with the Minnesota Whitecaps back in March.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, the NWHL Isobel Cup made its first trip to the Northland, as former CEC Lumberjack Sadie Lundquist brought the cup to Cloquet. Thursday night, the cup made its way back to the Northland, this time to Proctor. Duluth native and former UMD women’s hockey captain Emma Stauber brought the Isobel Cup to the St. Luke’s…