Author: Claudia Chakamian

Northern Star: Mady Stariha

For this week's segment, we feature a Superior softball player who's taking her talents across the bridge for college.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior softball is off to another strong season and a key reason for that is senior pitcher Mady Stariha. “She’s definitely one of the leaders and they all look up to her,” Superior head coach Mike Sather said. Stariha is 11–1 on the season, has allowed just 10 earned runs and has struck out 109 batters, which…

BlueGreens Shut Out Thunder in Season Opener

Ronaldo Fortune and Caryle Junior scored the two goals for Duluth FC.

DULUTH, Minn. – Soccer is officially back in the Northland as the reigning Midwest Region champions Duluth FC held its season opener at Duluth East on Sunday. The BlueGreens picked up right where they left off last year, getting the 2-0 win over Sioux Falls Thunder FC. Ronaldo Fortune and Caryle Junior scored the two goals for Duluth FC. The…

Bulldogs Sweep Beavers to End Regular Season

UMD ends the season 16-33, 12-24 in NSIC play.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team ended the regular season in a big way, sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader 12-2 and 4-3. The Bulldogs took three of four from the Beavers in the weekend series. In game one, the Bulldogs scored early and often to get in front and seal the win. McCale Peterson went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI while Eric…

Prep Baseball: Hilltoppers Dominate Irish in Class AA State Title Game Rematch

Duluth Marshall got its revenge against Maple Lake in a big way.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Class AA state title game rematch, Duluth Marshall got its revenge against Maple Lake, dominate the Irish to get the 11-1 win in five innings. Ben Pedersen threw a complete game, allowing just one earned run (in the first inning) while striking out nine and also hit a bases clearing triple in the bottom of…

Saints Tennis Dominates Eagles, Wins UMAC Championships

Both St. Scholastica tennis teams got 8-1 wins over Northwestern to win the UMAC Tournament Championships.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMAC tennis championships featured familiar faces as both St. Scholastica and Northwestern tennis teams faced each other, but the Saints dominated as bot the men and women won the UMAC tournament title with 8-1 wins. For the Saints women, this is their third straight UMAC tournament title and 20th overall. Katelyn Rice won her singles match…

Coaches Corner: Duluth FC

For this week's segment, we sit down with Duluth FC before they open their season on Sunday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s coaches corner, we talk with Duluth FC. We sit down with head coach Joel Person and forward Joe Watt and talk about the excitement of getting this season started and what kind of players make up this year’s roster. Duluth FC opens its season at home against Sioux Falls Thunder FC on Sunday at…

Prep Softball: Spartans Dominate Doubleheader Against Huskies; Greyhounds Pick Up First Win

Superior shut out Eau Claire North in the first game while Duluth East picked up its first win of the season against Eveleth-Gilbert.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior softball team returned home to their winning ways, sweeping a doubleheader against Eau Claire North 10-0 (5 innings) and 11-5 (6 innings). The first game was all Superior, as Mady Stariha pitched five shutout innings while only giving up one hit while striking out five. Chesie McLaughlin went 2-for-2 with a home run in the…

Lumberjacks Baseball Snap Saints’ Win Streak to Split Doubleheader

Northland College edged out St. Scholastica 15-10 in the first game while St. Scholastica got the big 16-0 shutout win in the second game.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica baseball team was having a perfect run in UMAC play this season, until Northland College came in for the first game on Tuesday’s doubleheader and got the 15-10 win to snap the Saints’ 16-game win streak. In the first game, the Lumberjacks struck early but blew it open in the third, scoring five runs…

Spartans Baseball Cruise Past Hunters

Superior scored five runs in the fourth to seal the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior baseball team bounced back from its first loss of the season in a big way, topping Duluth Denfeld 9-1 at Wade Stadium. The game was scoreless until the third, when the Spartans scored twice on a bunt. The Hunters answered in the bottom half of the inning to make it 2-1 Spartans. But Superior blew…

UMD Defensemen Dylan Samberg to Return For Junior Season

The Hermantown scored seven goals and recorded 12 assists during his sophomore season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD defenseman Dylan Samberg has informed the Winnipeg Jets that he will not be joining the team next season and will return to UMD for his junior year. The Hermantown native has won four consecutive championships, two state titles with the Hawks and two national titles with Bulldogs. The 20 year old scored seven goals and recorded…

Bulldogs Lacrosse Wins Conference Championship

UMD earned the No. 1 seed in the MCLA national championship.

CROWN POINT, Ind. – The UMD lacrosse team defeated rival St. Thomas 8–5 Sunday afternoon to win the 2019 Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference Championship. The Bulldogs went into the tournament as the top seed and earned a first round bye. They defeated North Dakota State 16–10 in Saturday’s semifinals to advance to Sunday’s championship. The win gives the Bulldogs, who have…

Bren’s Walkoff Home Run Gives Bulldogs Sweep of Cougars on Senior Night

UMD set the single-season program record for NSIC wins with 22 after sweeping Sioux Falls on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – In UMD’s final games of the regular season, the Bulldogs set the single-season program record for NSIC wins as they got the 8-6 and 10-5 wins to sweep Sioux Falls. The Bulldogs finished with 22 NSIC wins. In the first game, the Bulldogs trailed 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Koehnen drove in a run…

Northern Star: Aaron Weber

For this week's segment, we feature the captain on the St. Scholastica baseball team who's just grateful to be playing at the next level.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Scholastica baseball junior outfielder Aaron Weber is having a monster season, leading the Saints with a .400 batting average and has been a consistent glove in right field. “On the field he’s been our most consistent offensive player. We moved him to the outfield last year as well, and he’s adapted really well out there and…

Hunters Baseball Shuts Out Tigers, Snaps Losing Skid

Matt Rukavina allowed just two hits in the complete game shutout.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team dominated Princeton, getting the 12-0 win to snap its four game losing streak. Matt Rukavina allowed just two hits in the five inning complete game, striking out six. Payton Budisalovich drove in three while both Joe Udd and Corey Graves drove in one each. The Hunter (2-4) will host Superior on Monday. Categories:…

Yellowjackets Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Rams

Cory Albertson hit a grand slam in the first game to help seal the win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior baseball team used big afternoons at the plate to sweep North Central 8-6, 7-5 on Saturday. In the first game, the Yellowjackets scored three in the first and one in the second to jump out to an early lead. In the fourth with bases loaded, Cory Albertson hit a grand slam to make it 8-1….

Thomas Hits Walk-Off to Give Bulldogs Softball Split With Mustangs

Jordyn Thomas hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give UMD a series split.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their first games at Junction Avenue Field in 732 days, the UMD softball team split their doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State, dropping the first game 3-1, while coming back to win the second game 3-2 in extras. In the first game, Sam Pedersen allowed three runs on seven hits during the seven innings while striking out…

Spartans Softball Tops Eskomos For Third Straight Win

Chesie McLaughlin hit a solo home run in the fifth while Mady Stariha struck out seven.

ESKO, Minn. – Superior’s Chesie McLaughlin hit a solo home run in the fifth inning as Superior topped Esko 4-1. Mady Stariha had another stellar outing, giving up one run on five hits while striking out seven. Superior (6-1) will host Eau Claire North on Tuesday while Esko (4-4) will play at Moose Lake-Willow River on Tuesday. Categories: High School,…

Prep Softball: Bulldogs, Hawks Win Big

Carlton dominated Ely while Hermantown shut out Cloquet to pick up wins.

DULUTH, Minn. – The defending section 7A champs Carlton topped Ely 11-1 on Friday night to stay undefeated on the season. The Bulldogs (5-0) will play at Proctor on Saturday morning. In other softball action, Hermantown shut out Cloquet to get the 6-0 win. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Baseball: Hilltoppers, Rails, Lumberjacks Pick Up Home Wins

Duluth Marshall, Proctor and Cloquet all were victorious at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mora scored three in the top of the first but Duluth Marshall scored five in the bottom half of the frame to take the lead and never look back, as the Hilltoppers got the 8-4 win. Brett Benson got the win after going six innings while allowing just two runs. The Hilltoppers improve to 5-1 and will…

UMD’s Mikey Anderson Signs Entry-Level Contract With Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another Bulldog is leaving early and taking his talents to the NHL. Sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson signed a three–year entry level contract to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday afternoon. The Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2017 NHL draft. During his sophomore year, Anderson finished with six goals and 21 assists. He…

Rails Baseball Dominates Blue Devils

Ben Harnell hit a solo home run while Mason Flick picked up the win.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor baseball team scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, all coming from bases-loaded walks and wild pitches, to top Virginia 15-2. Ben Harnell hit a solo home run while Mason Flick got the win. Proctor will host Ashland on Thursday. Categories: High School, Sports

Boys High School Volleyball Debuts in Proctor

Floodwood, Cloquet, Hibbing/Chisholm, Grand Rapids and two Proctor-Hermantown co-ops played in Monday's match.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Boys high school volleyball made its debut in Proctor on Monday as Northern Conference held its latest tournament featuring two Proctor-Hermantown co–ops, Floodwood, Cloquet, Hibbing/Chisholm and Grand Rapids. Although it’s not a varsity sport yet, the teams are excited to start a new athletic program in the Northland. “It’s crazy because even a year ago, I wouldn’t have…

Northern Star: Gabby Gidley

For this week's segment, we feature the senior catcher on the Wisconsin-Superior softball team who's thankful she made the choice to play in her hometown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior catcher Gabby Gidley has been a key part in turning the Yellowjackets season around, leading the team to a perfect 8-0 home record in front of her hometown. “I have people that I don’t even know personally on a personal level come up and talk to me about my successes or they’ll say ‘Oh I’ve watched you…

Duluth FC Looking For Host Families

Duluth FC opens its season on May 5.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC opens its 2019 season in just a few weeks, but some players are still looking for a place to live for the summer. Duluth FC pairs players with host families for the 10 weeks during the season. Although the families do not know the players, the organizers try to pair them the best way possible…

Wolfpack Girls Pick Up Third Straight Win

Duluth is undefeated to start the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth girls lacrosse team continued its strong start to the season, defeating Brainerd 19-9 at home on Saturday afternoon. This is the Wolfpack’s third win of the season. They hit the road Friday at play at Moorhead. Categories: High School, Sports

Hilltoppers Baseball Falls Late to Redhawks for First Loss of Season

Minnehaha Academy handed Duluth Marshall its first loss of the season.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The top two boys baseball teams in class AA met at Northwestern University on Saturday, and in the end, the second-ranked Minnehaha Academy walked it off against top-ranked Duluth Marshall, 5-4 the final. Ben Pedersen struck out 10 in 5 and two-thirds innings. Brock Brumley hit the RBI single for the walkoff. Duluth Marshall (2-1) will play…

College Baseball: Bulldogs, Saints Sweep Doubleheaders

Minnesota Duluth scored 18 total runs in its doubleheader sweep while St. Scholastica scored 20 runs to sweep Minnesota Morris.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball team continued to pour it on against the University of Mary as the Bulldogs got the 12-5 and 6-4 wins on Saturday to sweep the four-game weekend series. In the first game, the Bulldogs used a four-run second inning to take the lead and never looked back. Henry George and Reid Rubio each…

Yellowjackets Softball Sweeps Cardinals, Stays Perfect in UMAC Play

Wisconsin-Superior has now won 12 straight games.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior softball team continued to dominate on Saturday, defeating North Central 9-1 (6 innings) and 14-2 (5 innings) to sweep the doubleheader and pick up its 12th straight win. Bailey Armstrong finished the day 7-for-8. In the first game, the Cardinals struck first, but then the Yellowjackets scored nine unanswered to pick up the win. Alayna…

Low-Scoring Affair For UMD Spring Game

Cameron Hausman put up the only points in the game, nailing both of his field goal attempts.

DULUTH, Minn. – Defense was the name of the game in UMD’s 45th annual spring game as Team Maroon topped Team White 6-0. Cameron Hausman was the only one to put points on the board as he nailed both of his field goal attempts for Team Maroon. Braden Matteen had the only interception of the day. “That’s just what defense…

Spartans Baseball Scores Four Unanswered to Top Hurricanes

Superior stays perfect on the season and improves to 4-0.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior baseball team scored four unanswered runs in the fifth inning to top Hayward 4-2 on Thursday night. Gunnar Hansen, Blake Arnovich and Joe Barker each recorded a hit and scored a run in the win. The Spartans improve to 4-0 and will play at Cloquet on Tuesday. Categories: High School, Sports

Sandelin Named 2020 U.S. National Junior Team Head Coach

This will be Sandelin's fourth stint with the juniors team, including serving as the head coach back in 2005.

DULUTH, Minn. – Just three days after leading the UMD men’s hockey team to back-to-back national championships, head coach Scott Sandelin was named the head coach of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team. The team will compete in the IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic at the end of December, where the U.S. won silver at last year….

UMD’s Riley Tufte Signs With Dallas Stars

Tufte was drafted by Dallas in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first player on the two-time defending national champions has signed to an NHL team. Junior left wing Riley Tufte signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars, the club confirmed on Wednesday. Tufte was drafted by the Stars in the first round (25th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Tufte finished out his junior year…

Bulldogs Celebrate Third National Championship in Program History

We talked with the Bulldogs on the ice after their historic win on Saturday night.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The UMD men’s hockey team held off UMass on Saturday night 3-0 to capture its third national championship in program history, and became the first team in more than a decade to win back-to-back titles. Saturday was the third straight national championship game appearance for the Bulldogs, where they fell to Denver in the title game two…

Back-To-Back: Bulldogs Knock Off Minutemen, Win 2018-2019 National Championship

UMD wins its third ever national championship.

Buffalo, N.Y. – The UMD men’s hockey team knocked off UMass 3-0 on Saturday to win back-to-back national championships, its third in program history. Parker Mackay, in his final game as a Bulldog, scored in the first, Mikey Anderson scored in the second and Jackson Cates finished things off in the third. The Bulldogs become the first team to win…

Bulldogs to Face Minutemen in National Championship

UMD and UMass will hit the ice at 7 p.m. at the KeyBank Center in the national championship.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – All eyes will be on the KeyBank Center on Saturday night as UMD takes on UMass in the national championship. This will be a battle of the rookies against the veterans. UMD is playing in its third straight title game while this will be the first time ever for UMass. The Bulldogs feel their experience will help…

Bulldogs Looking to Mackay, Exell During Frozen Four Run

The senior captain and alternate captain have been huge for UMD during the NCAA Tournament.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Bulldogs are using their experience to their advantage this week as they are playing in their third straight national championship game. The experience from their seniors, especially captain Parker Mackay and alternate captain Billy Exell, is helping their successful postseason run. Everyone remembers what last year’s captain Karson Kuhlman was able to do during the postseason, and now,…

Cates Brothers Enjoying Frozen Four Experience Together

Noah and Jackson Cates are spending their first season on the Bulldogs playing for a national championship.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – These Bulldogs have said how close this group is and how special it is to go through this experience together. But this year has been extra special for a pair of freshmen. Brothers Jackson and Noah Cates are in their first season with the Bulldogs and enjoy being able to share this journey. The Cates brothers played…

Bulldogs’ Richards Carrying Successful Sophomore Season Into National Championship

Justin Richards scored the first and final goals in UMD's win over Providence in the national semifinal.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – After two goals were overturned in the first period on Thursday night, sophomore Justin Richards officially got the scoring going for the Bulldogs in the second period, scoring both the first and the last goals of the night in the 4-1 win. He also dominated in the face-off circle, leading the team with 16 wins. Richards has come a long…

Exell Scores Game-Winner to Send Bulldogs Back to National Championship Game

Billy Exell's third period goal sent the defending champs back to the title game.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Billy Exell scored midway through the third period to send the defending national champ Bulldogs back to the title game for the third straight season. Two Bulldogs goals were waved off in the first period, one by Exell and one by Cole Koepke. UMD finally got on the board in the first from Justin Richards. Providence would…

Bulldogs to Face Friars in Frozen Four Semifinal

This will be the fourth NCAA Tournament meeting between UMD and Providence College, the most recent coming in 2016.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The defending national champ Bulldogs come to the KeyBank Center with a target on their back. They’re the highest remaining seed left in the Frozen Four and know there’s a lot on the line when they take on Providence on Thursday. It’s been three years since these two teams last met and the tables have completely turned…

Bulldogs Freshmen Ready For New Territory at Frozen Four

While this is their first time playing in the national semifinal, the UMD freshmen feel prepared for the new experience.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The UMD men’s hockey team is busy preparing for its program record third straight Frozen Four. While being in this position before is huge for helping the Bulldogs, head coach Scott Sandelin isn’t worried about his rookies. “A lot of these guys have played in good junior programs or high school programs and they’ve been fortunate to…

Prep Baseball: Spartans, Rebels Pick Up Wins to Open Seasons

Superior defeated Grand Rapids while Moose Lake took down Proctor in their season openers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior baseball team used an 11-run second inning to top Grand Rapids in the season opener, 15-1 in five innings. Gunnar Hansen had three hits and drove in two runs in the win. Over in Proctor, Moose Lake plated four in the fourth to defeat the Rebels 9-2. Categories: High School, Sports

Bulldogs Baseball Swept by Golden Bears in Home Opener

The two teams will meet again Monday morning for another doubleheader.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball team couldn’t get enough done in either game of the doubleheader as Concordia-St. Paul swept the Sunday doubleheader 4-2, 10-8 in the Bulldogs home opener. Sean Flaherty gave up a three-run homer in the seventh inning which sealed the win for the Golden Bears in game one. In the second game, the Bulldogs…

College Softball: Saints, Yellowjackets Sweep Home Opener Doubleheaders

The St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior softball teams picked up doubleheader sweeps to open UMAC play.

DULUTH, Minn. – The cold weather might have pushed back the home openers, but that didn’t stop the St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior softball teams from both picking up wins in their home and conference openers. St. Scholastica swept Martin Luther after picking up the wins, 6-4 and 7-2. This was the first time the Saints have ever played a game…

Northern Star: Jordyn Thomas

For this week's segment, we feature a Minnesota Duluth softball player who always knew she'd be a Bulldog.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jordyn Thomas always knew she’d be a Bulldog. “Just being 15 minutes away from Hermantown, UMD has just been home and it’s always been that way so it feels right to be here,” Thomas said. The Hermantown native grew up playing basketball and softball for the Hawks and has always had deep ties to the Bulldogs. “With…

Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Defeats Bobcats, Advance to Third Straight Frozen Four

The UMD men's hockey team will play Providence in the Frozen Four semifinal on April 11.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The defending national champions are headed back to the Frozen Four for the third straight year as the Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team got the 3-1 win over Quinnipiac to win the Midwest Regional. Peter Krieger, Kobe Roth and Parker Mackay (empty-net) all scored in the Bulldogs’ win. UMD will play Providence in the national semifinal on Thursday,…

Mackay Scores Game-Winner to Send Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament Regional Final

Parker Mackay tied the game and scored the game-winner for UMD.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Parker Mackay would tie things up with 3:01 remaining in regulation, then scored the game-winner midway through overtime to give UMD the win 2-1 over Bowling Green and send the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Final. The Bulldogs were shut out through the first two periods, but Mackay was credited for the goal that bounced…

Harlem Globetrotters Bring Fun to AMSOIL Arena

The Globetrotters returned to Duluth Thursday night for their Fan Powered World Tour.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Harlem Globetrotters were in town Thursday as part of their Fan Powered World Tour. The Globetrotters hosted their Magic Pass event before playing in their game against Washington. While they’re proud of the performance they do on the court, they’re also proud of the work they do off the court in the community. “We go to…