Author: Claudia Chakamian

Huskies Blown Out by Larks

Stephen Baughan hit two home runs for the Bismarck.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies were unable to get the two-game sweep on Tuesday night, as the Bismarck Larks dominated the Huskies pitchers, getting the 21-0 win. Stephen Baughan hit two home runs for the Larks. The Huskies will now host the Thunder Bay Border Cats for two games, starting Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Lightning Girls Hockey Invited to Hockey Day Minnesota 2020

Grand Rapids/Greenway will play Blake School on January 16 to help kick off Hockey Day Minnesota festivities.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Hockey Day Minnesota 2020 schedule and location were released on Wednesday morning, and one Northland team will be participating. The Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning girls hockey team will help kick off the event in one of the two outdoor girls game on Jan. 16.  The Lightning will play Blake School at 8 p.m. The three day event…

Bulldogs Football Hosts Second Week of High School Camp

This week's camp includes some local high schools, including Duluth East, Hermantown, Two Harbors, Northwestern, Superior and Ashland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team held its second second week of high school camps, giving the Bulldogs the chance to teach and interact with kids who are in their shoes now. This week’s camp is for any 11-man high school teams who want to learn from and train with the Bulldogs. The camp is full contact, works on…

Huskies Hang On For Win Against Larks

Xavier Bussey hit his first home run of the Northwoods League season.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a much needed Northwoods League off day, the Duluth Huskies got back on track, getting the 7-6 win over Bismarck on Tuesday night. Xavier Bussey hit his first home run for Duluth while Ramon Enriquez drove in two runs. The Huskies and Larks will play again on Wednesday at Wade Stadium. First pitch is set for…

Former Northland Hockey Players Return for Heritage Summer Hockey Classic

Duluth native Rob Bordson and Hermantown native Adam Krause served as team captains.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Heritage Center was the place to be on Monday night as the annual Heritage Summer Hockey Classic took place. The game featured former and current professional and semi-professional hockey players from the Northland including former UMD player Rob Bordson and current UMD assistant coach Adam Krause, who served as team captains, as well as St. Scholastica…

Meet the Huskies: Nic Kent

For this week's segment, we feature the starting shortstop from the University of Virginia.

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Virginia shortstop Nic Kent just wrapped up a successful first year with the Cavaliers and is now following in the footsteps of the rest of his team. “Our coach sends pretty much all of the freshman position players after their first year,” Kent said. And Kent is picking up right where he left off in…

Kongin, Rojas Finish as First-Time Winners in Grandma’s Full Marathon

The 43rd annual Grandma's Marathon saw first-time winners in Boniface Kongin and Nell Rojas.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 43rd annual Grandma’s Marathon saw new winners in the full marathon race. Kenya’s Boniface Kongin took home the men’s division title in his first Grandma’s Marathon. He was a bit of an underdog, but led for most of the race, and despite major cramping and having to stop a few times, Kongin finished with a time…

Scaroni, Pike Set Records in Grandma’s Wheelchair Division

Both Susannah Scaroni and Aaron Pike repeated as winners and set new event records during Saturday's race.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Grandma’s Marathon wheelchair race saw record shattering performances and repeat winners, as Susannah Scaroni won the women’s title while Aaron Pike won the men’s title. Illinois native Scaroni won her second straight title, setting a new event record by over five minutes and setting the new Paralympic World Record with a time of 1:30:42. This is…

Mkungo Wins Back-to-Back; Jermann Wins Her First Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Kenyan Panuel Mkungo won his second straight men's title while Minnesota native Katy Jermann won the women's title.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 29th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon featured a familiar winner for the men’s division, as Kenyan Panuel Mkungo won his second straight title with a time of 1:02:37, beating his time last year by 13 seconds. The women’s division saw a new winner, as Burnsville, Minnesota native Katy Jermann took home the women’s championship with a…

Legendary Runners Host Second Annual Grandma’s Talk Show

One of the special guests was Paralympic athlete Tatyana McFadden.

DULUTH, Minn. -Legendary runners Dick Beardsley and Carrie Tollefson hosted the second annual Grandma’s talk show and welcomed special guests on stage, hosting a question and answer and doing prize giveaways with the audience. One of the guests was Tatyana McFadden, who came in first at the 2019 World Championships in the wheelchair event. She talked about her experience with…

Scherber, Tollefson Finish First in William A. Irvin 5K

Friday's race gave Carrie Tollefson her third straight William A. Irvin 5K win.

DULUTH, Minn. -A record 2,410 runners participated in the 26th annual William A Irvin 5K on Friday afternoon. The male winner was Matthew Scherber from St. Paul, with a time of 15:24, who participated in the weekend with his track club. This was Scherber’s first time competing in the 5K but he did run the half marathon last year. “I…

Community Welcomes State Champ Hilltoppers Home

Family members and friends gathered at Duluth Marshall to celebrate the state champs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall baseball team arrived back to Duluth around 8 p.m. Thursday night with family, friends and classmates welcoming them home. This is the first baseball state championship for the city of Duluth since 1950, so it’s been a long time coming, and the Hilltoppers noticed and appreciated the support they got from the community this…

Hilltoppers Baseball Rallies to Defeat Redhawks, Claim Class AA Championship

Duluth Marshall scored three in the top of the seventh to defeat Minnehaha Academy and win the state championship.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – After falling in the class AA state championship game last year, the Duluth Marshall baseball team finally reached the top, as the No. 1 seed Hilltoppers defeated No. 2 seed Minnehaha Academy 4-2 to claim the 2019 class AA state title. The Redhawks, who handed the Hilltoppers their only loss of the season back in April, took…

Meet The Huskies: Troy Newell

For the first Meet The Huskies of the summer, we feature one of the returning pitchers from last year's squad.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies are coming off of a huge season last summer, playing in game three of the Summer Collegiate World Series. Part of the reason for that success was pitcher Troy Newel, who’s back for another year with the Huskies. “Tyger asked me earlier last year if I wanted to come back and I said yeah, if…

Former Blue Devils/Bulldogs Standout Matt Niskanen Traded to Philadelphia

The Virginia native won the Stanley Cup with Washington last season.

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Virginia native and former UMD star defenseman Matt Niskanen was traded on Friday afternoon. The Washington Capitals traded Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Radko Gudas. Niskanen just wrapped up his fifth year with the Caps where he won the Stanley Cup with them last year. He had two years remaining on his contract, carrying a $5.75…

Huskies Drop Third Straight in Loss to Bucks

Duluth scored two runs in the top of the first but Waterloo took the lead in the next half inning and the Huskies were unable to catch up.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies once again couldn’t hang on to their early lead, falling to the Waterloo Bucks 7-3. The Huskies got on the board right away, scoring two in the bottom of the first, but that lead would go away the next half inning. The Bucks scored four in the top of the second and never looked…

Top-Seed Hilltoppers Prepare For Third Straight Trip to State

Duluth Marshall will play Glencoe-Silver Lake on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Dick Putz Field.

DULUTH, Minn. – Going to the state tournament has become the norm for the Duluth Marshall baseball team recently as they are getting ready to make their third straight trip. The Hilltoppers are the number one seed in class AA after suffering just one loss, and dominating opponents during section playoffs. While the hits seem to always come and the…

Huskies Swept by Loggers at Home

Duluth would rally late but ultimately fell short to La Crosse.

DULUTH, Minn. – La Crosse scored five runs in the top of the second to jump out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Duluth 8-5 to sweep the series. James Free went 2-for-3 in his Huskies debut, scoring two runs while Milan Walla drove in two runs. The Huskies will look to snap their two-game losing skid…

Hunters Baseball Team Prepare For Historic Trip to State

Duluth Denfeld will play Monticello in the first round on Thursday morning.

DULUTH, Minn. – After beating Grand Rapids for the 7AAA title, Duluth Denfeld is preparing for its first trip to state in 65 years and are just enjoying every part of the journey. “Just getting pulled over by just random people saying how much it means to them and the community and it’s something that as a head coach, you don’t…

Superior Hosts Third Annual Great Lakes Border Battle Tournament

The tournament brought around 2500 softball players and fans to Superior throughout the weekend.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Softball players, fans and families packed Superior this weekend for the third annual Great Lakes Border Battle tournament. The tournament was put on by the Twin Ports Rampage youth softball organization and hosted 40 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and even a team from Canada for the weekend long tournament. The teams were from three different levels, 12U,…

Huskies Can’t Hang On, Fall to Loggers

Duluth gave up eight runs in the top of the eighth in the loss.

DULUTH, Minn. – The La Crosse Loggers scored eight unanswered runs in the top of the eighth to top the Duluth Huskies 10-8 on a rainy Sunday at Wade. The Huskies went up 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to hang on to that lead. Jake McDonald was credited with the loss, getting just one out…

Former Wilderness Assistant Coach Vichorek Named Hilltoppers Head Boys Hockey Coach

Mark Vichorek spent last season as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wilderness.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall confirmed that Mark Vichorek has been named their new head boys hockey coach. The Moose Lake native spent last year as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wilderness and previously spent time in the tier three level. Vichorek was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982 and signed with the Hartford Whalers after college, where…

Hilltoppers, Hunters Learn State Tournament Seeding

Duluth Marshall is the top seed in class AA while Duluth Denfeld is unseeded in class AAA.

DULUTH, Minn. – The high school baseball state seedings and brackets were released on Saturday morning for class AA, AAA and AAAA. In class AA, Duluth Marshall is the No. 1 seed and will play Glencoe-Silver Lake on Thursday, 6/13, at 10 a.m. at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. In class AAA, Duluth Denfeld is unseeded and will play…

Huskies Top Stingers to Split Weekend Series

Dane Morrow threw seven scoreless innings to get the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies snapped their two-game losing skid on Saturday, getting the 3-2 win over Willmar to split the two-game series. Matt Hogan went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Dane Morrow got the win, throwing seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. The Huskies will be back at Wade Stadium on Sunday against La Crosse. First pitch…

Hilltopper’s Pedersen Reflects on Getting Drafted

The Missouri commit was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 38th round of the MLB draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this week, Duluth Marshall standout pitcher Ben Pedersen saw his dream come true, as he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 38th round of the MLB draft. After Pedersen and the Hilltoppers won the section 7AA title on Thursday night, Pedersen talked about how amazing it was to see his name called. “It was…

UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin Signs Contract Extension

Sandelin's extension will keep him with UMD through the 2024-25 season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin agreed to a four-year contract extension, UMD Athletics announced on Friday morning. Sandelin, who completed his 19th season as the bench boss with the program’s second straight national championship, is now signed with the Bulldogs through the 2024-25 season. Sandelin has led the Bulldogs to three titles and is the winningest…

Hilltoppers Baseball Tops Eskomos for Third Straight Section Title

For the second year in a row, Duluth Marshall defeated Esko to advance to the state tournament.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall baseball team continued its dominating run through the section playoffs, topping Esko 9-0 to win the Section 7AA Championship and advance to state for the third straight year. Brett Benson threw a five-hitter complete game, needing just 78 pitches to complete the shutout. Tyler Johnson went 4-for-4 with three RBI. “I think for this…

Eskomos Softball Prepares For Fourth Straight State Appearance

Esko will play top seed Norwood-Young America on Thursday.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko softball team will be making its fourth straight trip to the class AA state tournament later this week. For the upperclassmen who have made it to state each year, they hope to use their experience to make a deep run this week. “We know what to expect, we’ve had experience going down there, we know how…

Northern Star: Ben Pedersen

For this week's segment, we feature the ace on the Duluth Marshall baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – When you think of athletes in northern Minnesota, you think of all of the great hockey players and the kids who learned how to skate before they can walk. But baseball is growing in the Northland, and part of the reason for that is Hilltoppers senior pitcher Ben Pedersen. “I grew up wanting to play hockey. I…

Northern Star: Gabby Blomdahl

For this week's segment, we feature a Hermantown softball player who uses her coaches and hometown as inspiration for her future.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Anyone from Hermantown can tell you how much the town means to them. “Hermantown, oh boy, it means a lot. It’s where you’ve grown up, it’s the tight community, it’s welcoming, it’s where you have all your friends. It’s definitely going to be hard to leave the small town feel of knowing everybody and having everyone know…

Local Boxers Remember Robert “Bing Bang” Prytz

Prytz coached at Jungle Boy Boxing Gym and was nicknamed "Grandpa Bing Bang".

DULUTH, Minn. – Robert “Bing Bang” Prytz passed away on May 12 at the age of 89 years old. Prytz was a former boxing champion of Duluth and coached at Jungle Boy Boxing Gym. Prytz was known for teaching the fundamentals of the jab, which is where he got his nickname “Bing Bang” from. “He was a bit of a something,…

Twin Ports Norsemen Fall in Home Opener

The Norsemen suffered their second loss of the season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Twin Ports Norsemen suffered its second loss of the season, falling to the Minnesota Lakes Area Snowmen 26-0. The Norsemen will look for their first win of the season on June 8 against the Tri-City Northstars. Categories: Sports

Stealth Pick Up Home Win Against Bobcats

Hermantown/Proctor defeated St. Paul on Saturday 13-8.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Hermantown/Proctor boys lacrosse team improved to .500 on Saturday with a 13-8 win over St. Paul. The Stealth will host Grand Rapids for its final home game of the season on Monday, then close out the regular season at Duluth on Wednesday. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Softball: Hawks, Lumberjacks, Rails Win to Close Out Regular Season

Hermantown and Cloquet got big wins while Proctor swept its doubleheader against Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the last week of the regular season for high school softball, Hermantown used a seven-run fourth inning to top Esko 11-1 in five innings. Alana Mayry and Kendra Winberg both hit three run homers during the inning to seal the win. Over at Proctor, Erin Hawk homered in the third inning of the second game as…

Prep Softball: Hilltoppers, Spartans Win Big; Greyhounds Fall at Home

Mady Stariha threw a perfect game, her third no-hitter of the season, as Superior defeated Duluth Denfeld 10-0.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mady Stariha threw a perfect game, her second of the year and third no-hitter, while striking out eight as Superior defeated Duluth Denfeld 10-0 in five innings. The Spartans scored four in the second and five in the third to get the win. Ruby Moore went 2-for-2 with two runs scored Autumn Siers, Stariha, McKenzie Lehto and…

Prep Softball: Rails Walk Off Against Panthers; Hawks Hang on Against Blue Devils

Proctor defeated South Ridge 3-2 in extras while Hermantown hung on for the 3-2 win over Virginia.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep softball action, Proctor and South Ridge were scoreless until the eighth inning. The Panthers scored two in the top of the eighth, but the Rails responded. Erin Hawk hit a game-tying 2 RBI double, then Payton Rodberg scored the game-winner on a wild pitch to give Proctor the 3-2 win. Proctor got a big win…

Hawks Baseball Hangs On Against Golden Bears

Hermantown jumped out to an early lead and then was able to hang on late for the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hermantown baseball team scored early and often to take a 5-0 lead after three. Eveleth-Gilbert rallied to make things close, but the Hawks would hang on in the end to get the 7-6 win over the Golden Bears. Hermantown will hit the road and play at Princeton on Tuesday while Eveleth-Gilbert will play at Littlefork-Big Falls…

Bulldogs’ Kohlwey Defends NSIC Outdoor Titles on Graduation Day

Danielle Kohlwey took home first in both the 100-meter hurdle and 200-meter run.

DULUTH, Minn. – Malosky Stadium hosted the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, making it the first time UMD has hosted a league track event since 2007. Senior hurdler Danielle Kohlwey walked during UMD’s commencement ceremony Saturday morning, then ran over to compete in three events. Kohlwey said the events of the whole day was an unbelievable experience….

Hibbing United FC Wins First Ever Game

Hibbing United FC hosted Hayward United SC in its first ever game and got the close win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hibbing United FC played in its first ever game on Saturday afternoon and defeated Hayward United SC 4-3. Categories: Sports

Bluegreens Score Two Late, Draw With Twinstars

Damiá Viader scored the first goal for Duluth FC.

DULUTH, Minn. – Down 1-0 at the half, Duluth FC scored two goals late against Minnesota Twinstars FC to end in a 2-2 draw. Damiá Viader scored the first goal for the Bluegreens, then the Twinstars scored an own-goal during extra time. Duluth FC hits the road next Saturday to play Dakota Fusion FC. Categories: Sports

Yellowjackets Baseball Season Ends in UMAC Championship to Vikings

Braedn Barr hit a solo home run in his final collegiate game.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Wisconsin-Superior baseball team’s impressive run in the UMAC Tournament came to an end on Saturday, as Bethany Lutheran got the 7-2 win to win its second straight UMAC Championship. The Yellowjackets needed to win the first game for a chance to win it all, but they could not muster up enough offense to get the win….

Coaches Corner: Duluth Marshall Baseball

For this week's Coaches Corner, we spoke with the Duluth Marshall baseball team who's having another dominate season.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s segment, we sit down with Duluth Marshall baseball head coach Joe Wicklund, shortstop Peter Hansen and second baseman Maddux Baggs, discussing their strong start to the season, winning for of their last five games in five innings, and their confidence level going into the playoffs. The Hilltoppers will play at Breck on Saturday and…

Hunters Softball Outlasts Greyhounds

Duluth Denfeld hung on to defeat Duluth East in dramatic fashion.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their second meeting of the season, it was another offensive onslaught as Duluth Denfeld hung on for the 10-9 win. The Hunters beat the Greyhounds 15-13 earlier in the season. The Greyhounds will host Bemidji on Tuesday while the Hunters will play a doubleheader at Chisago Lakes on Monday, playing St. Francis in the first game…

Prep Softball: Hawks Hang on Against Rails; Hunters Win Big Against Hilltoppers

Proctor rallied late but Hermantown was able to hang on while Duluth Denfeld defeated Duluth Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a battle of Duluth, Denfeld struck early to get the 12-5 win over Marshall. In other softball action, Hermantown jumped out to an early lead over Proctor and had a 5-0 lead going into the sixth. Proctor would score three runs, then Payton Rodberg hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to…

Saints’ Patten Earns 300 Wins With Men’s Tennis Program

Patten is in his 23rd season with St. Scholastica and is leading the men to their first ever NCAA Tournament berth.

DULUTH, Minn. – As both St. Scholastica tennis teams won the UMAC Tournament Championship over the weekend, while the win gave the men their first ever NCAA Tournament berth, it also gave head coach Wells Pattten his 300th win coaching the men’s program. Patten is in his 23rd season with the Saints and has led the men to 23 UMAC regular…

Greyhounds Walk Off Against Hawks

Duluth East got the 14-13 home win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nick Allen hit a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh to get the Duluth East baseball team the 14-13 win over Hermantown Monday afternoon. Drew Grindahl led the Greyhounds with four RBI. Reece Fish knocked in five runs for the Hawks. The Greyhounds (7-2) will play at Forest Lake on Friday while the Hawks (3-4) will…

Bulldogs Softball Makes Second Straight NCAA Tournament Appearance

UMD is the No. 8 seed in the central region and will play No. 1 Seed University of Central Oklahoma in the first round.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team is officially in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs were knocked out of the NSIC Tournament on Friday and earned an at–large bid, they learned Monday morning during the selection show. The Bulldogs are the No. 8 seed in the central region and will play No.1 seed University of Central Oklahoma in the first…