Author: Claudia Chakamian

Prep Hockey: Greyhounds Shut Out Lumberjacks; Rails, Northern Stars Fall at Home

Jack FitzGerald and Logan Anderson both scored in Duluth East's shutout win over CEC.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the game against two of the best teams in Section 7AA, No. 14 Duluth East once again came out on top against No. 18 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, 2-0. Jack FitzGerald and Logan Anderson both scored for the Greyhounds. In other boys hockey action, North Shore topped Proctor 4-2. For the girls, Grand Rapids/Greenway defeated Duluth 5-1 in the…

Bulldogs’ Hughes Named WCHA Rookie of the Month

Gabbie Hughes currently leads UMD with 29 points.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD women’s hockey freshman forward Gabbie Hughes was named WCHA Rookie of the Month for January, the league announced on Monday. Hughes led both the NCAA and WCHA rookies during the month in points with 12 scoring six goals and six assists over eight games. Hughes currently leads the team with 29 points on 15 goals and 14…

Saints Hockey Sweeps Lions

Both St. Scholastica hockey teams got wins over Finlandia on Saturday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Both St. Scholastica hockey teams were successful on Saturday night as both teams got the win over Finlandia. For the women, another slow start but the Saints scored twice in the third to get the 4-0 win. Paige Forsman, Kennedy Houge, Taylor Murray and Alexia Klaas all scored in the win while Lori Huseby made 12 saves…

Bulldogs Basketball Sweeps Peacocks

Both UMD basketball teams picked up wins over Upper Iowa on Saturday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD basketball teams swept the doubleheader at Romano Gym on Saturday night against Upper Iowa. For the women, Sammy Kozlowski led all scorers with 17 points as the Bulldogs got the 68-53 win for their fourth straight win. Sarah Grow also had a strong night with 14 points. The Bulldogs (14-5) hit the road next weekend…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Top Second-Ranked Gophers in Overtime

Naomi Rogge scored the game-winner in overtime.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their third overtime game of the season, the UMD women’s hockey team finally came out on top against No. 2 Minnesota, 3-2 at Ridder Arena on Saturday night. Kylie Hanley and Gabbie Hughes both scored in regulation while Naomi Rogge scored the game-winner in overtime. The Bulldogs and Gophers will play each other again on Sunday…

Saints Women’s Hockey Dominates Lions; Men Fall in Close One to Green Knights

The St. Scholastica hockey programs combined for 11 goals on the night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica hockey teams were both back home tonight as the women got the 6-1 win over Finlandia while the men fell to St. Norbert 6-5. For the women, Taylor Thompson scored twice while Courtney Bloemke, Rachel Anderson, Alexia Klaas and Kayla Kasel each scored once. St. Scholastica and Finlandia will face each other again on…

Coaches Corner: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Boys Hockey

For this week's segment, we sit down with Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach Shea Walters.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sit down with first-year head coach of the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team Shea Walters, discussing the team’s current hot streak, wrapping up his first year as head coach and carrying their current momentum into the section playoffs. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Spartans Dance Team Advances to 12th Straight State Tournament

Superior will compete in two different categories on Saturday night in La Crosse.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior dance team is headed back to state this weekend, and they’re doing something not many other programs have done. This week’s competition will be the Spartans 12th straight trip to state. “12 years, like, I don’t know how many teams go to State 12 consecutive and it’s really exciting,” Superior assistant coach Brooke Keeler said. “We…

Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Heads to Colorado College This Weekend

The UMD men's hockey team will play a two-game series against Colorado College, a team they swept in November.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team will hit the road for a two game series at Colorado College this weekend. The Bulldogs swept the Tigers back in November when UMD hosted Colorado College to open NCHC play, but the Bulldogs know to expect a different battle this time around. “They’re good on the big rink,…

Northern Star: Jayden Ruberg

For this week's segment, we talk with one Two Harbors basketball player who's joining his family members by leaving a legacy within the program.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Jayden Ruberg comes from a basketball family. His dad, aunt and older sister all played for Two Harbors and each left legacies within the program. “They were pretty much the reason I started playing basketball. They’re my role models. I wanted to play like them, be like them, that’s my motivation,” Ruberg said. Ruberg’s sister holds…

Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Sweeps Mavericks; Women Fall to Bobcats

With the win, the UMD men have now swept back-to-back series.

DULUTH, Minn. – It would take a while for the offense to get going, but the UMD men’s hockey team once again found its momentum in the second period as the Bulldogs got the 3-1 win over Omaha and sweep the series. Dylan Samberg, Koby Bender and Parker Mackay all scored for the Bulldogs, while Bender’s was his first collegiate…

Bulldogs Basketball Sweep Doubleheader Against Wolves

Both UMD squads got close wins over Northern State on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Both the Minnesota Duluth men and women picked up wins at Romano Gym on Saturday against Northern State. For the women, Sammy Kozlowski led the way with 16 points as the Bulldogs got the 57-41 win. This was the first time UMD has defeated Northern State in 14 attempts. The win also pushed the Bulldogs to 7-0…

Yellowjackets Women’s Basketball Wins Sixth Straight

Five Wisconsin-Superior players scored in double figures in the win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team returned home on Saturday and dominated Martin Luther, 89-30, to pick up its sixth straight win. The Yellowjackets scored the first 12 points and held the Knights to single-digit points in three quarters. Five players scored in double figures for UWS: Hannah Norlin led with 18, while Eva Reinertsen and Lindsey Jalivay…

Bulldogs Women Top Bobcats; Men Dominate Mavericks

Nick Swaney netted the first UMD hat trick since 2016 while Kylie Hanley scored her first collegiate goal.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the first ever meeting between the UMD women and Quinnipiac, the Bulldogs scored three unanswered to get the win, 3-1. Lizi Norton, Ashton Bell and Kylie Hanley (her first career goal) all scored for the Bulldogs. Maddie Rooney made 23 saves in the win. The Bulldogs and Bobcats will meet again on Saturday at 3:07 p.m….

Bulldogs Basketball Split Doubleheader Against Dragons

The UMD women handed MSU Moorhead its first NSIC loss of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team took down No. 24 MSU Moorhead 69-53 to hand the Dragons their first NSIC loss of the season and snap their 14-game win streak. Sammy Kozlowski led all scorers with 20 points while Sarah Grow had 12 and Emma Boehm had 10. For the men, they couldn’t climb out of their…

Hawks Boys Basketball Avenge Early Season Loss to Greyhounds

After a close loss earlier this month, the Hermantown boys basketball team got the close win over Duluth East Friday night.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After suffering a close loss at Duluth East earlier this month, the Hermantown boys basketball team got revenge on Friday night, getting the 80-74 win. The Hermantown girls were also successful in the doubleheader, defeating Duluth East 70-46. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Basketball: Rails Boys, Lumberjacks Girls Pick Up Wins

The Proctor boys picked up its fourth straight win while the Cloquet girls picked up a big road win over Duluth Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Proctor boys basketball team picked up its fourth straight win on Thursday night as the Rails took down Two Harbors 74-57. The Agates’ Jayden Ruberg led all scorers with 36 points while the Rails’ Dylan Hom led the team with 18 points. In girls basketball action, Cloquet traveled to Duluth Marshall and picked up the road…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Staying Home for Nonconference Series

UMD will host Quinnipiac for the first time in program history.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hoceky team is staying at home this weekend for a nonconference series against Quinnipiac. This is the first ever meeting between the two teams and although the Bulldogs are unfamiliar with the east coast Bobcats, they’re ready for the challenge and to build off their current momentum. “Everyone should be scared when they come to…

Lumberjacks’ Kelley Signs NLI for NDSU

The three-sport athlete at Cloquet signed to run track at North Dakota State.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet’s Kendra Kelley signed her National Letter of Intent Thursday morning to run DI track at North Dakota State University. While Kelley is a three–sport athlete, running track and playing both soccer and basketball for the Lumberjacks, she said the choice of which sport to play was always easy. “I think I always knew that track was…

Oredockers Boys Basketball Coach Blaschke Suspended

Robert Blaschke has been suspended indefinitely as the district looks into allegations of misconduct.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Ashland High School boys basketball coach Robert Blaschke has been suspended indefinitely as the district looks into allegations of misconduct. A letter from athletic director Pam Huston regarding the announcement was sent out to parents yesterday. There are no specific details about what the allegations are and according to the superintendent’s office, Blaschke will remain on leave…

Duluth Native Huffman Wins Second Pro Match

Danny Huffman got the first round TKO at the Grand Casino this past Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. Duluth native and professional boxer Danny Huffman had a great showing this past Friday at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Huffman got the first round TKO over Lucas Kennedy of Topeka, Kansas, pushing his pro record to 2–0. According to Jungle Boy Boxing’s Facebook page, Huffman plans to have a few more fights this year, including another one hopefully…

Northern Star: Caitlin Breen and Victoria Thorson

For this week's segment, we feature two Duluth Marshall girls hockey players whose chemistry on the ice goes far beyond the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – After birth, Caitlin Breen and Victoria Thorson were both in the same orphanage in Bogota, Colombia, but never met each other. Breen was adopted at two months old and her family moved throughout the US while Thorson was adopted at three months old and came straight to Duluth. When Breen’s family made the move to Duluth and…

Hilltoppers Girls Hockey Falls to Wildcats

Victoria Thorson scored the lone goal for Duluth Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls hockey team struggled to get much offense going until the third period, falling to Dodge County 2-1 on Saturday. Victoria Thorson scored the lone goal for the Hilltoppers to tie things up in the third, but the Wildcats responded late in the period to get the win. Duluth Marshall goalie Charlesa Prior made…

Hilltoppers Basketball Split Doubleheader with Timberwolves

Duluth Marshall girls dominated Ely on Saturday to pick up its fifth straight win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall basketball teams held a cancer awareness night on Saturday and recognized long-time boys hockey coach Brendan Flaherty, who is in remission from throat cancer, during their games against Ely. For the Hilltopper girls, they dominated Ely, picking up the 83-59 win. The Hilltoppers (12-2) will host Superior on Tuesday. For the Hilltopper boys, they…

Bulldogs Women, Men Sweep Weekend Series

The Minnesota Duluth women dominated Ohio State while the men shut out Miami (OH) for the fourth consecutive time.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team capped off its first home series of 2019 on a high note, getting the 6-3 win over Ohio State and sweeping the No. 5 Buckeyes. The Bulldogs got off to another quick start and pulled away in the third to get the win. Naomi Rogge and Sydney Brodt each scored twice…

Coaches Corner: Duluth East Hockey

For this week's segment, we sat down with Duluth East hockey coach Mike Randolph.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sit down with Duluth East hockey head coach Mike Randolph. Coach Randolph spoke about the team’s confidence and making it back to the Class A state championship. The Greyhounds are 10-4-2 on the season and will play Moorhead on Saturday. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Raiders Hockey Prepares for Hockey Day Minnesota

Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin will be making the trip to Lake Bemidji to battle Bemidji High School.

COLERAINE, Minn. – After making it to the section finals last season, the Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin boys hockey team is off to a rough start. Despite a 6–12 record, the Raiders have been battling some of the top teams in the state early in the year. “I think they’re resilient. I mean I definitely think that our team’s resilient and we have had…

Phinney Scores Twice, Mirage Top Lightning

Michaela Phinney scored twice in Proctor/Hermantown's win.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Michaela Phinney scored twice as Proctor/Hermantown topped Grand Rapids/Greenway 4-2 in the battle between two of the top girls hockey teams. The Mirage (13-7-2) will play at Hibbing/Chisholm on Thursday while the Lightning (13-7) will host Andover on Friday. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks, Lumberjacks Get Shutout Wins

Hermantown defeated Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin in the Section 7A title game rematch while Cloquet-Esko-Carlton shut out Grand Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the section 7A title game rematch, the No. 1 Hermantown boys hockey team once again came out on top, shutting out No. 12 Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 4-0. Joey Pierce, Sam High, Justin Thomas and Blake Biondi all scored in the Hawks’ win. Hermantown (11-3-1) will host St. Cloud on Saturday while Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin will head to Lake Bemidji to…

Northern Star: Quinn Fischer

For this week's segment, we sit down with Esko native and current St. Scholastica freshman.

DULUTH, Minn. – Quinn Fischer has been playing basketball his whole life and is now finding success early at the collegiate level thanks to his St. Scholastica teammates. “It’s definitely different, going from high school to college, but with all of the upperclassmen showing us what it takes and them opening up a lot of things for me, offensively, defensively,…

Prep Girls Basketball: Eskomos, Bulldogs Win at Home

Esko picked up its ninth straight win while Carlton won the Little Brown Jug.

CARLTON, Minn. – The Esko girls basketball team dominated International Falls at home on Monday night, 60-23, for its ninth straight win. The Carlton girls basketball team also picked up a win at home, defeating Wrenshall 57-42 in the Little Brown Jug Game. Categories: High School, Sports

Bulldogs Basketball Sweeps Beavers in Double Header

The Minnesota Duluth women dominated its way to a win while the men edged out Minot State.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a good day to be a Bulldog as both Minnesota Duluth basketball teams picked up home wins over Minot State. For the women, they dominated the Beavers, getting the 79-51 win. Emma Boehm scored 15 points while Payton Kahl and Sarah Grow each scored 10. The Bulldogs (9-4) will play at Minnesota State Mankato on…

Grizzles Basketball Falls in Lake Superior Classic

North Woods suffered just its second loss of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Woods boys basketball team made the trip to Duluth East for the Lake Superior Classic but struggled to keep up as Bold got the 77-57 win for its second loss of the season. The Grizzlies (9-2) will be back home next Friday when they host Eveleth-Gilbert. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks, Greyhounds Each Skate to Ties; Hilltoppers Fall at Home

The No. 1 team in Class A Hermantown and No. 1 team in Class AA Minnetonka skated to a 3-3 tie while Duluth East tied Eden Prairie in a top-10 battle.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown Hockey Arena had the battle of No. 1 in Class A against the No. 1 in Class AA as Hermantown and Minnetonka faced off but they both proved how good they are as the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Down 3-0 in the second, the Hawks scored three unanswered to force overtime. Blake Biondi scored…

Huskies Score Four Unanswered to Top Bulldogs, Split Series

Riley Tufte and Justin Richards both scored for Minnesota Duluth in the loss.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team got off to a hot start on Saturday, jumping out to a 2-0 lead early in the first. But St. Cloud State would score two late in the period to tie things up, but the Huskies would score one in the second and one more in the third to get the…

Coaches Corner: Esko Boys Basketball

For this week's segment, we sat down with Esko first-year head coach Derek Anderson.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sit down with Esko first-year head coach Derek Anderson about the transition to being head coach and how the Eskomos seem to be heating up at the right time. The Eskomos (7-4) will be in action again on Saturday at Columbia Heights. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Girls Basketball: Hawks, Hunters Power Through to Victories

Hermantown won on the road while Duluth Denfeld won at home for its second win of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a doubleheader at Duluth East, the Hermantown girls got the win over the Greyhounds 61-46. The Hawks (6-8) will host Cloquet on Thursday while the Greyhounds (3-9) will play at Superior on Thursday. In other action, the Duluth Denfeld girls basketball defend home court as Nashwauk-Keewatin 51-43 to pick up their second win of the season….

Jones Scores Game-Winner, Greyhounds Top Hunters in Overtime

The game was scoreless until the second period.

DULUTH, Minn. – The highly anticipated matchup between crosstown rivals Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld lived up to the hype, but Duluth East’s Jonathan Jones scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Greyhounds the 2-1 win. The game was scoreless after the first, and the Hunters would be the ones to break through in the second. Jacob Eskola scored,…

Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Scores Four in Third to Defeat Mavericks

Gabbie Hughes scored twice to help complete the comeback.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Down 3-1 in the third, the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals to beat Minnesota State-Mankato 5-3 and claim third place at the Minnesota Cup. Gabbie Hughes got the Bulldogs on the board in the second. She would score again in the third, along with McKenzie Hewett, Kailee Skinner and Anna Klein to complete the…

Northern Star: Taylor Nelson and Kiana Bender

The duo has led Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in scoring for the past three seasons.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Taylor Nelson and Kiana Bender have been key contributors to the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team this season, and their connection goes beyond being linemates. “We met when we were in boys hockey in like squirts or whatever. We were the only two girls on the team so we kind of just had to be friends and we’ve…

Bulldog Men’s Hockey Fall to USA U-18 Team; Gophers Take Down UMD Women in Overtime

The UMD women fell to rival Minnesota while the men fell to the USA U-18 team in an exhibition.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team returned to AMSOIL Arena Saturday night for an exhibition against the USA U-18 team but the Bulldogs struggled to get much going offensively as the U-18 team wins 4-2. Tanner Laderoute and Justin Richards both scored for the Bulldogs. UMD (11-6-2) will return to conference play and host St. Cloud State next…

Prep Basketball: Rails Hold On Against Hunters

Proctor defeated Duluth Denfeld on Lake Superior Conference Day in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In Lake Superior Conference Day, Proctor boys basketball picked up its third straight win as the Rails held on to defeat Duluth Denfeld 57-54. The Rails (6-5) will be back in action on Tuesday against Mesabi East while Duluth Denfeld (4-6) will host Chisago Lakes next Saturday. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Hockey: Rails Boys, Hilltoppers Girls Win at Home; Greyhounds Fall to Top Ranked Skippers

Proctor boys defeated Moose Lake Area 4-2 while Duluth Marshall girls shut out International Falls.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the highly anticipated section AA state championship rematch, Duluth East faced the same struggles as undefeated Minnetonka got the 5-2 win, the same score they won the title with back in March. Jonathan Jones and Ricky Lyle Jr. both scored for the Greyhounds but it wouldn’t be enough to come out on top. In other boys…

LumberJacks Men’s Hockey Defeats Saints, Sweeps Weekend Series

Northland scored three unanswered goals in the third to get the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The second game between Northland College and St. Scholastica men’s hockey teams was a back-and-fourth battle, but in the end the LumberJacks came out on top with the 4-2 win. Kalib Ford, Daniel Chartrand, Joshua Racek and Lucas DeBenedet all scored for the LumberJacks on Saturday while Michael Talbot and Dustin Cordeiro scored for the Saints. Northland picked up the…

Prep Basketball: Rails Sweep, Giants Girls Pick Up Road Win

Both Proctor basketball squads picked up wins while Mesabi East girls defeated Duluth Marshall on the road.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Proctor basketball teams had a successful night, as the girls defeated Cloquet 62-51 while the boys hung on for the close win over Hibbing, 66-63. In the girls game, Cloquet’s Allie Wojtysiak led all scorers with 29 points while Proctor’s Sam Pogatchnik led the Rails with 22 points. For the boys, Jake Pioro led the Rails…

Prep Hockey: Spartans, Hunters Boys; Lumberjacks Girls Victorious

Superior and Duluth Denfeld won on the road while Cloquet-Esko-Carlton defended home ice.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior boys hockey team started 2019 on a high note as they got the road win over Duluth Marshall 5-2. Cayden Laurvick netted a hat trick while Gunnar Hansen and Spencer Gudowski each tallied one for the Spartans. Carter Sullivan and Xavier McNulty each scored for the Hilltoppers. In other boys action, Duluth Denfeld also picked up the…

Saints Hockey Teams Return Home This Weekend

The St. Scholastica women will be at home Friday against Saint Anselm while the men will be home Saturday against Northland College.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica hockey teams will be back in action this weekend with both teams playing a home game. For the women, it’s been a while since they’ve been in action, when they defeated Wisconsin-Superior on Dec. 11. The women are 8–3–1 on the season and have two tough tests ahead of them this weekend, but they…

Yellowjackets Basketball Returns Home Wednesday to Conference Play

Wisconsin-Superior opens the new year hosting Crown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s basketball team is back at home Wednesday night hosting Crown, who’s currently first in UMAC play. The Yellowjackets are coming off of two tough road losses, including a close one to conference foe Martin Luther. Crown has one of the best players in the conference on their team, Tim Wendel, who was named to the…

Saints Hockey Tops Yellowjackets in Bridge Battle Round Two

Kyle Star scored twice while Cole Golka added one as St. Scholastica sweeps the Bridge Battle.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior and St. Scholastica men’s hockey teams met for the second time this season on Sunday in the consolation game of the Superior Showdown, but much like the first time, the Saints came out on top with the 3-2 win. The game started off slow, but all the action poured on in the second. Kyle Star…