Author: Claudia Chakamian

Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Learns NCAA Tournament Fate

UMD will play Bowling Green on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Allentown, PA. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Bulldogs are the second overall seed and number 1 seed in the Midwest Regional, they learned during Sunday’s selection show. UMD will play Bowling Green on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Allentown, PA. This is the Bulldog’s fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and they’re looking to make it back to the Frozen Four for the third straight…

Northern Star: Brynne and Elise Hauer

For this week's segment, we feature sisters on the St. Scholastica women's tennis team.

DULUTH, Minn. – A bond between sisters can’t be broken, and that’s exactly what St. Scholastica women’s tennis teammates Brynne and Elise Hauer have. The sisters are playing in their first and only season together with the Saints and are enjoying every moment. “It’s definitely a different bond being a sister, especially when you also wear that teammate hat and…

Bulldogs Football Kicks Off Spring Practice

UMD will hold spring practice over the next month, and play in the spring game on April 19.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team kicked off spring practice on Friday. The Bulldogs will spend the next month out on Malosky Field getting in the reps and drills they’ve been waiting months to do. “You spend all winter, all the time in the weight room getting ready for this and you kind of get away from football too…

Shepard, Richards, Perunovich Earn NCHC Annual Awards

Hunter Shepard picked up two awards while Scott Perunovich and Justin Richards each won one.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team took home four awards on Thursday night at the annual NCHC Awards Celebration. Junior Hunter Shepard was selected as the Goaltender of the Year, plus he also received the NCHC Three-Star Player of the Game Award. Shepard had the best goals against average and most shutouts in the conference during NCHC action….

Cardinals Basketball Falls to Cougars in Class A Quarterfinals

No. 2 Ada-Borup handed Cromwell-Wright its first Class A loss of the season.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Unseeded Cromwell-Wright kept pace with No. 2 Ada-Borup in the first half, but the Cougars heated up in the second, getting the 49-39 win in the Class A Quarterfinals. Jaden Gronner and Cameron Cahoon led the Cardinals with 10 points each. Cromwell-Wright moves to the consolation bracket and will play on Friday at 7 a.m. at Concordia…

Eskomos Boys Fall in Class AA Quarterfinals

Esko and Minneapolis North were tied at the half, but the Polars clamped down in the second half to get the win.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Esko boys basketball team battled the whole way, but wasn’t able to come out on top down the stretch, as No. 2 Minneapolis North Community got the 61-53 win in the Class AA quarterfinal. Payton Wefel led the Eskomos with 16 points while Camden Berger had 12 points. The Eskomos will play Redwood Valley on Thursday…

Eskomos Boys Basketball Unseeded in Class AA Tournament

Esko is making its sixth trip to state in the past seven years.

ESKO, Minn. –  After winning their sixth Section 7AA title in the past seven seasons, the Eskomos head to state unseeded. They will play two seed Minneapolis North Community on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Williams Arena. The Eskomos lost in the first round last year but went on to win the consolation championship, but they’re hoping to flip the script…

Northern Star: Parker Mackay

For this week's segment, we talk with the captain of the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – After winning their second ever national championship, the UMD men’s hockey team needed a trusty captain this year. That’s when they looked to their assistant Parker Mackay and decided to give him the “C”. “It was special honestly. I was excited for the challenge but a little nervous maybe just with the high expectations that this group had…

Prep Boys Basketball: Grizzlies, Cardinals Learn Seeding For Class A Tournament

North Woods is the three seed and Cromwell-Wright is unseeded in Class A.

DULUTH, Minn. – After winning their third straight Section 7A title on Friday night, the North Woods boys basketball team drew the number three seed for the Class A State tournament. The Grizzlies have lost in the state title game the past two seasons. North Woods will play Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Williams Arena….

Bulldogs Hockey Sweeps Mavericks, Advance to NCHC Frozen Faceoff

Four different players scored as Minnesota Duluth advances to its fourth straight NCHC Frozen Faceoff.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals to top Omaha 4-1 to sweep the quarterfinal round and advance to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The Mavericks struck first but then it was all Bulldogs. Jackson Cates, Kobe Roth, Cole Koepke and Peter Krieger all scored in the win while Hunter Shepard made 18 saves. The Bulldogs advance…

Saints’ Anderson, Thomeczek Named ACHA/CCM All-Americans

Sophomore Rachel Anderson was named First Team All-American while junior Lexi Thomeczek was named Second Team All-American.

DULUTH, Minn. – The ACHA announced earlier this week that St. Scholastica women’s hockey sophomore Rachel Anderson and junior Lexi Thomeczek were named West Region CCM All-Americans. Anderson was named to the First Team and is the first Saints to receive First Team honors since 2014–2015. The reigning NCHA Player of the Year set a program record for points and assists…

Swaney Scores Game-Winner as Bulldogs Take Game One From Mavericks

Riley Tufte and Nick Swaney scored for UMD in the first game of the NCHC playoffs.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the opening round of the NCHC playoffs, Omaha scored with less than a minute remaining to send game one into overtime. Nick Swaney would score in overtime to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 win. Riley Tufte scored the first goal of the night. The Bulldogs and the Mavericks will meet up again on Saturday at 7:07…

Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Fall to Dragons in First Round of NCAA Tournament

UMD finishes the season 23-7.

HAYES, Kan. – In the fourth meeting of the season, the Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team couldn’t come back late as MSU-Moorhead got the 63-54 win in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Brooke Olson led the Bulldogs with 22 points. UMD ends the season 23-7. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Rangers, Rails, Bluejackets Learn State Tournament Seeds

The high school girls basketball state tournament begins on Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Three Northland girls basketball teams won their section and are getting ready for state this week. In Class A, Mountain Iron-Buhl dominated Cromwell-Wright to win its ninth straight section 7A title. The rangers are unseeded and will play two seed Goodhue High School at Maturi Pavilion. The Rangers lost to the Wildcats back in January. In Class AA, Proctor…

Northern Star: Danielle Kohlwey

For this week's segment, we sit down with a UMD track senior who recently made program history at the NCAA Tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – Third time’s the charm for senior Danielle Kohlwey.  In her third straight trip to the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championship, she finally came out on top. Kohlwey captured the 60-meter hurdle title on Saturday with a time of 8.24 seconds. But going into the weekend, Kohlwey just wanted to enjoy the moment. “With this being my…

Prep Boys Basketball: Grizzlies, Vikings Advance in Section 7A Playoffs

North Woods will play Deer River while Cook County will battle Lakeview Christian Academy in the Section Semifinals.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Section 7A Quarterfinals on Saturday, No. 1 and defending section champs North Woods dominated Mountain Iron-Buhl 86-53. The Grizzlies will play No. 4 Deer River, who defeated Chisholm 65-57, in the semifinals on Wednesday at 5:45 at Romano Gym. In the lower half of the bracket, No. 7 Cook County hung on to take down…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Falls to Gophers in WCHA Tournament; Men Drop Regular Season Finale to Huskies

No. 1 Minnesota defeated the UMD women in the WCHA Final Face-Off Semifinal, while St. Cloud State topped the UMD men in the final game of the regular season.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Gabbie Hughes would score the first goal of the game, but No. 1 Minnesota would score four unanswered as the Gophers got the 4-1 win over the UMD women’s hockey team in the WCHA Final Face-Off Semifinal. Maddie Rooney finished the game with 40 saves. The Bulldogs finish the season 15-16-4. For the UMD men, they couldn’t…

Tigers Basketball Wins Sectional Final; Advance to WIAA Division 3 State Tournament

The Northwestern boys basketball team defeated Wisconsin Dells in overtime to win the Division 3 Sectional 1 final.

MARSHFIELD, Wis. – The Northwestern boys basketball team battled down the stretch and forced overtime, eventually picking up the 75-68 win over Wisconsin Dells to win the Division 3 Sectional 1 final and advance to State for the fourth time, first since 2010. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Basketball: Tigers, Bluejackets Advance to Section 7AAA Finals

Princeton dominated Cloquet while Hibbing took down Duluth Denfeld in the section semifinals.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Section 7AAA Semifinals on Friday night, No. 1 Princeton dominated No. 4 Cloquet 88-70 while No. 2 Hibbing defeated No. 6 Duluth Denfeld 68-57. Princeton and Hibbing will play each other on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Duluth East High School for the section title and a trip to state. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School,…

Raiders Knock Off Top Seed Zephyrs, Advance to Class A State Finals

Ben Troumbly scored the game-winner 23 seconds into overtime.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ben Troumbly scored with 1:46 remaining to tie things up, then scored 23 seconds into overtime as Greenway defeated No. 1 Mahtomedi 3-2 to advance to the Class A Finals. Donte Lawson scored in the second period to break the scoreless tie. The Raiders will play St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday at noon for the Class…

Prep Girls Basketball: Cardinals, Rangers to Meet in Section 7A Final

Both Cromwell-Wright and Mountain Iron-Buhl picked up wins on Tuesday to advance to the section finals on Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn. – After Tuesday’s section semifinal games, only two teams remain in Section 7A: Cromwell-Wright and Mountain Iron-Buhl. The Cardinals cruised past Deer River 62-42 while the Rangers hung on to get the 52-48 win over Cherry. Cromwell-Wright and Mountain Iron-Buhl split the series during the regular season, as the Cardinals’ only loss on the season was to the…

Former Hunters’ Star C.J. Ham Re-Signs With Vikings

The Vikings signed fullback C.J. Ham to a one-year, $645,000 deal.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings reportedly signed former Duluth Denfeld fullback C.J. Ham to a one–year, $645,000 deal. Ham is entering his third season in the league and has spent the past two years as Minnesota’s regular fullback. Last season, Ham recorded six carries for eight yards and caught 11 passes for 85 yards. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Prep Boys Basketball: Panthers, Bulldogs, Wrens Win Section 7A Play-In Games

South Ridge, Carlton and Cromwell-Wright all picked up wins in the Section 7A play-in games.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the section 7A boys basketball play-in games, South Ridge, Carlton and Cromwell-Wright all dominated their way to wins. Carlton defeated Cherry 85-41 and will face three seed Lakeview Christian Academy on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wrenshall got the 102-52 win over Littlefork-Big Falls are is moving on to the next round. The Wrens will play two…

Saints Women’s Hockey Falls in Slaats Cup Final

Alexia Klaas scored both goals in the loss.

ADRIAN, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s hockey team was able to quickly respond both times Adrian scored in regulation, but Adrian would finally top the Saints in double overtime, 3-2, in the NCHA Slaats Cup Final. Alexia Klaas scored both goals for the Saints, one in the second and one in the third. St. Scholastica will learn its NCAA…

Northern Star: Jacob Herter

For this week's segment, we feature a local hockey player who's taking the next step at the junior level.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Jacob Herter has always called the Northland home. “This whole Twin Ports area, the hockey is so amazing. The completion around here is unbelievable,” Herter said. Herter spent three years playing with Hermantown and is now just down the road playing in the NAHL with the Minnesota Wilderness. “I always kind of wanted to play for the…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Advance to WCHA Final Face-Off; Bulldogs Men Sweep Redhawks

Both UMD hockey teams picked up weekend sweeps.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team got out to a quick start and hung on to defeat Bemidji State 4-3 and are moving on the WCHA Final Face-Off. Ryleigh Houston, Anna Klein, Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser all scored in Saturday’s win. The Bulldogs will travel to Minneapolis next weekend and take on No. 1 Minnesota in the…

Northern Star: Josie Buckley

For this week's segment, we feature a senior on the UMD women's basketball team who's just thankful that she's able to play.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team is having one of their best seasons in program history. But for the seniors on the team, especially forward Josie Buckley, they’re not ready to think about the season winding down. “I just haven’t really been thinking about it much. We’ve been having such a great season and it’s been fun,…

Mirage Head Coach Gilderman Leaving Program

Glen Gilderman has been with Proctor/Hermantown since the program started 21 years ago.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After Proctor/Hermantown defeated Mound Westonka Area 5-3 to claim third place in Class A, head coach Glen Gilderman told his team that he would be stepping down. Gilderman, who has been the only head coach the Mirage have ever had since the program started 21 years ago, led the team to their highest ever state tournament finish…

Saints Women’s Hockey Sweeps Falcons, Advance to Slaats Cup Semifinals

Rachel Anderson scored twice while Taylor Murray and Kayla Kasel each scored once in the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals to get the 4-1 win over Concordia Wisconsin and sweep the series to move on to the NCHA Slaats Cup semifinals. Rachel Anderson scored twice while Taylor Murray and Kayla Kasel each scored once in the Saints win. The Saints (20-6-1) will play Lake Forest on Friday…

Yellowjackets Women’s Basketball Fall in UMAC Title Game

Wisconsin-Superior suffered its first ever home UMAC loss, as the Yellowjackets fell in a heartbreaker in the title game.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team fell in a heartbreaker, as Bethany Lutheran got the 55-54 win in the UMAC title game. Hannah Norlin led the team with 14 points in her final game as Yellowjacket. Eva Reinersten finished with 13 points. This was the first ever home UMAC loss for UWS, as Bethany Lutheran stopped the Yellowjackets…

Bulldogs Basketball Sweep Eagles in Home Doubleheader

UMD men's and women's Hoops sweep Minnesota Crookston Saturday night

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota-Duluth women’s basketball team picked up their eighth straight victory on home court following their 77-49 win over Minnesota Crookston. Sammy Kozlowski lead the way for the Bulldogs with 22 points, while Sarah Grow pitched in with 12. On the men’s side, it would be a lot closer as the Bulldogs pulled out a 76-67 win….

Prep Basketball: Spartans Girls Advance in Playoffs; Bluejackets Girls, Lumberjacks Boys Pick Up Road Wins

The Superior girls got a close win in the first round of the WIAA playoffs, while the Hibbing girls and Duluth Marshall boys got big road wins.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior girls basketball team hung on to defeat Eau Claire North 42-41 in the first round WIAA playoffs. The Spartans advance to the next round and will play #1 seed Kimberly on Friday. In other basketball action, the Hibbing girls defeated Hermantown 64-46 while the Cloquet boys got the road win over Duluth Marshall 98-60. Categories:…

Northwestern Dancer Ranked Top Ten in State

Freshman Lyvia Carlson was placed in the top ten after their state competition earlier this month.

POPLAR, Wis. – Northwestern freshman Lyvia Carlson has been dancing for the past six years and has found her passion within the music. “I love that you can just express who you are and how you’re feeling and there’s really no judgement in anything,” Carlson said. She’s come a long way during these short years. In her first year on…

AMSOIL Arena to Host 2020 Ice Breakers Tournament

The tournament will be held Oct. 9 and 10, 2020.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth announced on Friday that AMSOIL Arena will host the 2020 Ice Breaker Tournament. AMSOIL Arena hosted the 2017 Ice Breaker Tournament, where the opening round drew the fourth largest crowd in AMSOIL history. The Ice Breaker Tournament usually features four teams, each from a different conference. The 24th annual tournament will feature…

Northern Star: Darian Gotz

For this week's segment, we feature the captain of the Hermantown hockey team.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. -With talent up and down the lines, the Hermantown boys hockey team is once again one of the top powerhouses in the state. But with so much talent, a trusty captain is needed, and that’s what they have in senior Darian Gotz. “He’s our leader, hands down. And it’s not because he’s the rah-rah guy in the locker room….

Prep Basketball: Rails, Lumberjacks Girls, Greyhounds, Agates Boys All Win

A good night for home teams in prep basketball on Friday night

DULUTH, MINN. – In prep girls basketball action, Kendra Kelley would pick up her 1,000 career point as Cloquet knocked off Ashland 63-31. In other prep girls action, Proctor continued to stay hot as they beat Hermantown 60-49. In boys action Duluth East picked up a 60-47 home court win over St. Francis. Giovani Saldivar scored 18 points for the…

Saints Women’s Hockey Tops Yellowjackets in Bridge Battle

Giorgia Battisti and Amber Tilander both scored as St. Scholastica swept this year's Bridge Battle.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In the second round of the Bridge Battle between the St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior women’s hockey teams, the same outcome occurred as the Saints got the 2-1 road win. Giorgia Battisti and Amber Tilander both scored for the Saints while Kaleigh Martinson got the Yellowjackets on the board. CSS (16-6-1) will finish at the regular season at…

Prep Boys Hockey: Greyhounds, Hunters, Hawks Win Big at Home

Duluth East, Duluth Denfeld and Hermantown all kicked off the last week of the regular season on high notes.

DULUTH, Minn. – On the first day of the last week of the regular season for boys high school hockey, Duluth East, Duluth Denfeld and Hermantown all got home wins. For the Greyhounds, Jacob Jeannette, Jonathan Jones and Ryder Donovan each scored twice while Brendan Baker, Jack FitzGerald, Nolan Aleff and Jack Fellman each tallied one as they took down…

Bulldogs Alum Balts Joins Football Coaching Staff

Former UMD wide receiver Jason Balts will now serve as running backs coach.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Minnesota Duluth wide receiver Jason Balts is joining the Bulldogs coaching staff. Balts will serve as the running backs coach under new offensive coordinator Chase Vogler. Balts was a star for the Bulldogs before getting injured during week four of his senior season. During his junior year, Balts set career-highs in pass receptions, touchdown catches and…

Greyhounds Basketball Honors Former Star Rick Rickert

Duluth East retired Rickert's #44 in a pregame ceremony on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East boys basketball team honored former Greyhounds standout Rick Rickert and officially retired his jersey #44 before their game against Blaine on Saturday. Rickert, who now lives in Idaho with his family, said getting to come back to Duluth East for this moment was a day he’ll never forget. “You know, a lot of them are…

Northern Star: Sam Risley

For this week's segment, we feature a Northwestern boys basketball player who is leading the Tigers to success.

MAPLE, Wis. – After going 12–12 last year, the Northwestern boys basketball team has been dominate this year. The Tigers are currently undefeated in conference play and ranked in the top 10 in division three within the state. “We’re about 10, 11 guys deep that I can play at any single time in any single game and that’s a luxury…

Prep Girls Hockey: Mirage, Hilltoppers Advance to Section Finals

Proctor/Hermantown and Duluth Marshall will face each other in the 7A Section Finals on Wednesday night.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The top seeds came out victorious on Saturday as No. 1 Proctor/Hermantown defeated No. 4 Hibbing/Chisholm 3-0 while No. 2 Duluth Marshall defeated No. 3 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 1-0 in the Section 7A semi-finals. For the Mirage, Michaela Phinney, Dehli Heikes and Megan Madill all scored in the win as Ryan Gray made 21 saves. For the Hilltoppers, Lily…

Greyhounds Basketball Falls to Bengals

Noah Paulson led Duluth East with 12 points.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East boys basketball team couldn’t gain enough momentum early as Blaine got the 71-58 win on Saturday. Noah Paulson led the Greyhounds with 12 points. Duluth East star Rick Rickert was honored before the game and the Greyhounds retired his number in a special ceremony. The Greyhounds (14-7) will play St. Francis on Friday. Categories:…

Yellowjackets Women Claim Share of UMAC Title; CSS, UWS Men Fall at Home

The Wisconsin-Superior women held off Bethany Lutheran to claim the No. 1 seed in the UMAC playoffs.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior and Bethany Lutheran women’s basketball teams entered Saturday’s game tied atop the conference, but the Yellowjackets held off the Vikings 74-61 to claim a share of the UMAC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the UMAC playoffs. Hannah Norlin dominated, scoring 29 points in her final home regular season home game of…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Falls to Huskies, Split Weekend Series

Naomi Rogge and Anneke Linser scored in Minnesota Duluth's loss.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team fell into an early hole and couldn’t climb out fast enough as St. Cloud State got the 3-2 win to split the series with the Bulldogs. Naomi Rogge and Anneke Linser both scored for the Bulldogs. UMD will host No. 2 Wisconsin next weekend. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Tops Huskies

Four different players scored in Minnesota Duluth's win over St. Cloud State.

DULUTH, MINN.- The Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team would strike twice in the opening period in rout to a 4-2 win over visiting St. Cloud State on Friday night in a WCHA Conference game. Lizi Norton, Sydney Brodt, McKenzie Hewett, and Ryleigh Houston all scored goals for UMD while Maddie Rooney would make 21 saves for the victory. The two…

Coaches Corner: Proctor Girls Basketball

For this week's segment, we sat down with Proctor girls basketball coach Matt Solberg.

DULUTH, MINN.- For this week’s segment, we sat down with Proctors girl’s basketball head coach Matt Solberg about about the game earlier this week, coaching such a young team, the competition ahead for the team come playoffs, and the importance of last years deep playoff run and how it can generate to another one this year. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday…

Prep Basketball: Tigers Boys Stay Undefeated in Conference Play; Thunderhawks, Eskomos Girls Pick Up Wins

The Northwestern boys basketball team stayed undefeated in conference play and claimed the Heart O'North Conference Championship.

DULUTH, Minn. – Brody Payton scored 21 points and Andrew Klobucher scored 15 as the Northwestern boys basketball team defeated Bloomer 58-53 to stay undefeated in conference play and win the Heart O’North Conference championship. In girls action, Grand Rapids defeated Hermantown 87-72 while Esko dominated South Ridge 73-32. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports