Author: Claudia Chakamian

Bulldogs Basketball Sweeps Huskies in Double Header

The women's team battled back from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit while the men kept it close but ultimately came out on top.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s basketball teams were in action Sunday afternoon and both came away with wins over NSIC opponent St. Cloud State. The UMD women’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to get the 59-54 win over the Huskies. Brooke Olson finished with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds while…

Yellowjackets Women’s Basketball Wins in Overtime, Saints Fall in Superior Shootout

Hannah Norlin scored a career-high 32 points in Wisconsin-Superior's win while Kaylee Kennedy scored a career-high 27 in St. Scholastica's loss.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team battled against UW-Stout to get the 86-80 win in overtime to sweep the Superior Shootout and hand the Blue Devils their first loss of the season. Hannah Norlin scored a career-high 32 points and tied the game with just 13 seconds left to force overtime. Eva Reinertsen scored 25 points while Ellie…

Women’s College Basketball: Yellowjackets Victorious, Saints Fall in Superior Shootout Opener

Wisconsin-Superior has now won eight straight.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In the inaugural Superior Shootout, the Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team defeated Concordia College 72-64 while St. Scholastica was unable to rally, as UW-Stout got the 78-68 win. Hannah Norlin led the way for the Yellowjackets with 21 points, while Eva Reinertsen had 14 and Kaly Kostrova scored 10 to push the Yellowjackets to their eighth straight winW….

Prep Hockey: Hawks Fall in Hilltopper Holiday Classic Championship

Ethan Lund and Brady Baker scored but Hermantown was unable to become five-time champs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hermantown boys hockey team was back in the Hilltopper Holiday Classic Championship game for the fifth straight year but the Hawks were unable to become five-time champs, as Rosemount wins it 3-2. Ethan Lund and Brady Baker both scored for the Hawks. Hermantown (7-3) will be back in action on Jan. 4 at St. Cloud Cathedral….

Yellowjackets Men’s Hockey Fall in Superior Showdown Opener

Alec MacKenzie, Levi Cudmore and Daniel Litchke all scored for the Yellowjackets

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In the second annual Superior Showdown, the Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team was unable to come away with a win, as Trinity gets the 5-3 win on Saturday night. Alec MacKenzie, Levi Cudmore and Daniel Litchke all scored for the Yellowjackets. UWS will now play rival St. Scholastica on Sunday at 4 p.m. Categories: College, Sports

Prep Hockey: Hawks, Hunters Win Opening Rounds of Holiday Tournaments

In prep hockey action on Thursday, Duluth Denfeld defeated Irondale while Hermantown defeated Blake.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld boys hockey picked up an overtime win against Irondale on Thursday night in the opening round of the Heritage Hockey Classic. Griffin Lehet scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime. Logan Jasper also scored for the Hunters. Duluth Denfeld will play Mankato West on Firday at 7 p.m. in the next round. And across…

Prep Basketball: Lumberjacks Sweep Wood City Classic Opening Day

Cloquet girls dominated St. Croix Prep while the boys beat Cromwell-Wright in a close one.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Both Cloquet teams were in action on Thursday in the opening round of the Wood City Classic and both teams came away with wins. The Cloquet girls team beat St. Croix Prep 70-25 while the Cloquet boys beat Cromwell-Wright 62-60. For the Lumberjacks girls, Allie Wojtysiak led the way with 20 points, while Kendra Kelley had 18….

Local Athlete Returns From CrossFit Championships in Dubai

Brendan Willis, a coach and athlete at IST CrossFit in Duluth, spent a week in Dubai competing in multiple CrossFit events.

DULUTH, Minn. – Brendan Willis is a coach, trainer and athlete at IST CrossFit in Duluth who recently traveled to Dubai for the CrossFit Championships. He competed in multiple events including an eight kilometer dessert run and some weightlifting exercises. Willis said they had two to three events during the four day competition and while it was exhausting, Willis said he loves…

Northern Star: Ryan Gray

The Proctor/Hermantown goalie has been a key part of the program for the past six years.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Ryan Gray has given Proctor/Hermantown a sense of security in net for the past six years, as she’s climbed from a middle school player on junior varsity to the senior starting goalie. “So she started out, I think in seventh grade, as a JV goalie and played for a few years there and then slowly moved her…

Trio of Bulldogs Make U.S. National Junior Team

UMD sophomore defenseman Dylan Samberg, freshman forward Noah Cates and sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson made the final roster.

DULUTH, Minn. –  After three days of training camp in Everett, Washington, Minnesota Duluth’s Dylan Samberg, Mikey Anderson and Noah Cates made the U.S. National Junior Team final roster. The trio will represent the U.S. at the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Juniors Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia Dec. 26 – Jan. 5. The U.S. will open…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks Win on 70th Anniversary Celebration; Rails Fall at Home

Hermantown took down Totino-Grace while Proctor lost at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 2 Hermantown boys hockey team celebrated 70 years on Saturday, inviting alumni on the ice during a special ceremony during the first intermission in their game against Totino-Grace. The Hawks celebrated in style, getting the 4-1 win. Blake Biondi, Justin Thomas, Elliott Peterson and Ethan Lund all scored for the Hawks. Hermantown (5-2) will be…

Prep Girls Hockey: Mirage, Bluejackets Win Big

Five different players scored twice in Proctor/Hermantown's win, while Hibbing/Chisholm shut out Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Michaela Phinney, Dehli Heikes, Aurora Opsahl, Alyssa Watkins and Sydeney Skorich all scored twice as Proctor/Hermantown dominated International Falls, 13-1 in Hermantown on Thursday night. Braelyn Sathers, Kaitlyn Fawcett and Bailey Stokke all also scored for the Mirage while Ryan Gray made four saves. In other high school girls hockey action, Hibbing/Chisholm picked up a big road win,…

Greyhounds, Hilltoppers Prepare for Hockey Rivalry Game

Duluth East and Duluth Marshall will meet up on Thursday night for the fourth straight year.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s the game that local high school hockey fans look forward to ever since the rivalry was renewed in 2015. Since then, Duluth East and Duluth Marshall have met every year, and the stakes are always high. “Oh we just know that this place is going to be packed. All the kids up at school, they hate them….

Prep Basketball: Lumberjacks Boys/Girls Win; Bluejackets Girls Win Seventh Straight

Both Cloquet squads picked up close wins while the Hibbing girls got a road win over Superior.

DULUTH, Minn. – In high school girls basketball action, Cloquet battled back from being down double-digits at the half to get the home win over Hermantown, 57-54. The Lumberjacks (4-2) will host North Branch on Thursday while the Hawks (2-7) will host Duluth Denfeld on Friday. Also in action, the Hibbing girls basketball team took down Superior on the road,…

Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Host Camp for RBA Players

This is the seventh year the Rookie Basketball Association partnered with the UMD women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team took a break from normal practice on Monday night to host a camp for local kids in the Rookie Basketball Association. The program has 280 kids playing for their 34 teams, and all of them were invited to Monday’s camp to work with the Bulldogs. The kids went through different…

Northern Star: Mac Reykdal

For this week's segment, we sit down with one Wisconsin-Superior basketball player who aims to make a difference on and off the court.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mac Reykdal is having a breakout year on the court this season; he scored a career–high 27 points in the Yellowjackets loss on Saturday at Minnesota Morris. But Reykdal’s work off the court is standing out more. “Really takes a lot of pride in what he does, both on the court and off the court. It’s something he’s…

Prep Boys Basketball: Hilltoppers, Hawks Win at Home; Hunters Drop Third Straight

Duluth Marshall and Hermantown win big at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hermantown boys basketball team continued to roll as the Hawks defeated Fridley 102-81. Hermantown (4-0) will play at Cloquet on Tuesday. In other basketball action on Saturday, Duluth Marshall took down North Lakes Academy 84-38 while Duluth Denfeld fell to Bloomington Jefferson by a final score of 82-47. Duluth Marshall (1-1) will play at Two Harbors…

Bulldog Women Defeat Mavericks, Bulldog Men Lose in Shootout

Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser each scored for Minnesota Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the final UMD hockey game at AMSOIL Arena for 2018, the women held on to defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 2-1. Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser each scored for the Bulldogs, while Linser got the assist on Hughes’ goal. Emma Soderberg made 19 saves in her first career start at home. The Bulldogs (6-7-2) will play in the…

Saints Men’s Hockey Wins Sixth Straight

Cole Golka scored twice in the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – No. 15 St. Scholastica men’s hockey team continued to roll as it defeated Saint John’s 4-1 on Saturday night. Nolan Ross and Kyle Star each scored while Cole Golka scored twice. Nick Trenciansky made 30 saves in the win. The Saints push their unbeaten streak to nine and will be back in action on Dec. 15 hosting…

Prep Basketball: Eskomos, Bulldogs, Greyhounds, Spartans All Notch Home Wins

Esko, Carlton, Duluth East and Superior all picked up big wins at home on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Isiah Henrickson and Noah Winesett combine to score 35 points as the Duluth East boys basketball team defeated Fridley 80-67. In other boys action, Carlton knocked off Wrenshall 52-50 and Esko topped rivals Cloquet 59-45. In girls action, Superior defeated Esko 49-30. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Duluth Northern Stars

The Northern Stars picked up their first win of the season last week at Hopkins/Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s segment, we sit down with Duluth Northern Stars head coach Jamie Plesha and goalie Sarah Spencer. The Northern Stars will be back in action on Saturday as they host Princeton at 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Yellowjackets Women’s Hockey Dominate Lions

Kaleigh Martinson scored twice while Catherine Johnson made 17 saves in the shutout.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It would take a bit for the offense to get rolling, but in the second period, the Wisconsin-Superior women’s hockey team heated up to get the 7-0 win over Finlandia. Kaleigh Martinson scored twice while C.C. Hayes, Amber Heidenreich, Lauren Niska, Molly Shelton and Rachel Garland all scored. Catherine Johnson made 17 saves. UWS and Finlandia will…

Prep Basketball: Greyhounds, Lumberjacks Split Double Header; Spartans Girls Win Home Opener

Duluth East boys and Superior girls won their home openers.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a double header at Duluth East, the Cloquet girls basketball team defeated Duluth East 66-50, while the Greyhounds boys got the win over the Lumberjacks 77-64. The Superior girls basketball team was also in action Tuesday night, as the Spartans defeated Hermantown 48-37 in their home opener. Niya Wilson led all scorers with 19 points for…

Prep Girls Basketball: Rangers Top Eskomos, Hilltoppers Stay Undefeated

Duluth Marshall continued its undefeated season with a road win over Carlton.

DULUTH, Minn. – Crosby-Ironton and Duluth Marshall girls basketball got road wins Monday night as the Rangers defeated Esko and the Hilltoppers defeated Carlton. Duluth Marshall continued its dominating season, taking down the Bulldogs 95-58 to stay undefeated. The Hilltoppers (4-0) will head to Virginia on Thursday while Carlton (1-2) will play at Wrenshall on Thursday. Esko kept things close…

Northern Star: Alexia Klaas

For this week's segment, we talk to the St. Scholastica women's hockey senior captain who said her family on and off the ice has made her the player she is.

DULUTH, Minn. – After transferring from Minnesota Duluth after her freshman year, Alexia Klaas has been a key part of the St. Scholastica women’s hockey program for the past three years. The senior is currently tied for the most goals on the team and is second with 12 points, and has helped lead the Saints to a 7-3-1 record. But…

Former Vikings Player Jared Allen Tries Curling

Team Allen faced Team Shuster on the first day but the Olympians came out on top 11-3.

EVELETH, Minn. – Former Minnesota Viking defensive end and five–time pro bowler Jared Allen switched out a football for a curling stone this past weekend. Allen, who played for the Vikings from 2008 to 2013, decided months ago that he wanted to give curling a try. Allen formed his team with a few other professional athletes, including St. Louis Rams quarterback…

IceHawks Men’s Basketball Dominate, Women Fall in Home Openers

The Lake Superior men dominated the home opener the entire game, winning 87-36.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior College basketball programs held their first ever home openers on Saturday, with both teams taking on Gogebic. The IceHawks men came out on top with the 87-36 win while the women fell by a final score of 79-60. Lake Superior men (2-1) will take on Ridgewater Community College on Friday, Dec. 7 at Ordean…

Lumberjacks Basketball Rolls Past Vikings

Cloquet heated up in the second half to get the win in its home opener.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet boys basketball came back from being down four at the half to take down North Branch 50-41 in its home opener. The Lumbjacks trailed 28-24 at the half but a big second half helped give them the win. Cloquet (2-0) will play at Duluth East on Tuesday night. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Hockey: Spartans, Hawks Get Home Opener Wins

Superior took down the No. 1 team in the state and defending champs while Hermantown shut out Lakeville South.

DULUTH, Minn. – On this home openers, the No. 8 Superior boys hockey team got a huge win on Saturday, taking down No. 1 and defending champs Hudson, while Hermantown took down Lakeville South. Cayden Laurvick, Trevor Dalbec and Kobe Hansen all scored for the Spartans in their 3-1 win. The Spartans (2-0-1) will be back in action on Tuesday hosting Chippewa…

Bulldogs Hockey Falls to Fighting Hawks, Split Weekend Series

Tanner Laderoute scored the only goal for Minnesota Duluth in the loss.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team jumped out to an early lead in the first period and that would be the difference as the Fighting Hawks got the 2-1 win over Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night to split the series. Tanner Laderoute scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs while Hunter Shepard made 28 saves….

Saints Women Blast Green Knights; Saints Men Upset Fourth-Ranked Adrian

Both St. Scholastica teams picked up big wins at home on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a big night for the St. Scholastica hockey teams, as the women dominated St. Norbert while the men upset No. 4 Adrian. The St. Scholastica women dominated St. Norbert, jumping out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. Greta Nundahl, Alexia Klaas, Courtney Bloemke, Sam Gorecki, Rachel Anderson and Paige Forsman…

Yellowjackets Hockey Ends in Tie Against Blue Devils

Pavel Mikhasenok scored the only goal for the Yellowjackets.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team opened WIAC play Friday night against UW-Stout, but the Yellowjackets were unable to pick up the win, as the game ended in a 1-1 tie. The Blue Devils got on the board late in the first period and that would be the only goal of the game until the third….

Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Dominates Mariners in Season Opener

Duluth Marshall jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the season opener, the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team dominated Silver Bay 112-12 to get the win. The Hilltoppers jumped out early, scoring the first three baskets, and would never look back. The Hilltoppers will now hit the road and play at Deer River on Thursday Nov. 29. Categories: High School, Sports

Mirage Girls Hockey Takes Down Hilltoppers in Overtime

Proctor/Hermantown scored twice in the third period to force overtime.

DULUTH, Minn. – It would take until the second period for offense to get going, but Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey would go on to defeat Duluth Marshall, 4-3 in overtime. The game was scoreless after one and the Hilltoppers would lead 2-1 after two, but the Mirage heated up in the third to force overtime. Ashlee Siegle, Maren Friday and Emily…

Hunters Hockey Blank Storm, Continue Undefeated Season

Jacob Eskola and Zach DeCaro each scored twice in the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a big weekend on the road, the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team held its home opener Tuesday night and the momentum carried over, as the Hunters took down North Shore 4-0. Both Jacob Eskola and Zach DeCaro scored two goals in the win while Shawn Easty recorded his first shutout of the season. Duluth Denfeld starts…

Yellowjackets Women’s Basketball Ready for Home Opener

After a six game road trip, Wisconsin-Superior will host Saint Benedict Wednesday at 5 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team is finally back at home Wednesday night. The Yellowjacekts opened the season on a six game road trip, including two exhibitions on the road, and they’re ready to finally put on their white jerseys and be in front of their home crowd. “It’s just a whole different environment. It’s nice…

Hilltoppers Hockey Use Flaherty’s Cancer Battle as Motivation

The team said coach Flaherty has been at some of the practices while he finished cancer treatments.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sometimes, teams have a motivating factor for their season, and that hits home for the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team. The Hilltoppers suffered a tough loss to Mounds View on Saturday to open their season, but there was an even bigger win for the team. Earlier in the week, the Hilltoppers found out that long–time hockey coach…

Saints Basketball Picks Up First Win of Season

St. Scholastica took down Concordia in its home opener.

DULUTH, Minn. – Home is where the heart is for the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team as the Saints picked up their first win of the season in their home opener, taking down Concordia (Minn.) 72-56. The Saints started off slow but kept things close against the Cobbers early. Quinn Fischer made a three-pointer as time was winding down in…

AMSOIL Championship Snocross Wraps Up

Lincoln Lemieux took home first in the men's pro final on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The AMSOIL Championship Snocross wrapped up on Sunday after a full weekend of competition at Spirit Mountain. Sunday consisted of the finals for multiple categories, including the men’s pro final. Lincoln Lemieux took home the title, beating Kody Kamm by seven seconds, while Elias Ishoel finished third. View the full results on their website.  Categories: Sports

Heavy on Wrestling Brings Wrestling Fans to Clyde Iron Works

This was the third year this promotion has been held at Clyde Iron Works

DULUTH, Minn. – For the third straight year, professional wrestling invaded the Clyde Iron Works as Heavy on Wrestling held its Black Sunday promotion on Sunday. Fans waited outside then piled into the arena for the show, ready to watch some of their favorite wrestlers on the six–match card. While the fans were excited to see all of the action, the…

Northern Star: Makayla Suominen

The senior swimmer signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Makayla Suominen has been a standout on the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton high school swim team for six years, swimming in five state meets, earning eight medals, countless top–five finishes, and even a state title her sophomore year. “Coming in, I knew it was my senior year and taking all of the other years into account and I was pretty…

Heavy On Wrestling Returns to Duluth on Sunday

Heavy on Wrestling's Black Sunday will be Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Works.

DULUTH, Minn. – Professional wrestling will be back in Duluth on Sunday for the Heavy on Wrestling Black Sunday promotion. The show will have a six match card including appearances from Tommy Dreamer, Ken Anderson and Jazz. “Well I’ve been doing this for over 20 years so to me this is just another day in the park for me. And just…

Northern Stars Drop Fourth Straight at Home

Captain Cassie McClure scored the lone goal for Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Once again, the Duluth girl’s hockey team struggled to get much offense going as the Blake School dominated from start to finish, getting the 9-1 win. Cassie McClure scored the lone goal for the Northern Stars during the second period. Duluth (0-5) will hit the road and play Hopkins/Park on Friday Nov. 30. Categories: High School, Sports

Big Third Period Lifts Mustangs Over Hilltoppers in Season Opener

Duluth Marshall had a 3-2 lead at the end of the second period, but Mound View scored four straight to get the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a back-and-forth battle in the first two periods, but a big third period from Mound View gave them the 6-4 win over Duluth Marshall in the boys hockey season opener. The Hilltoppers led 1-0 at the end of the first thanks to a goal by Xavier McNulty. They then led 3-2 at the end of…

Yellowjackets Men’s Hockey Wins Big Over Lumberjacks

Six different Wisconsin-Superior players scored in the win .

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team scored early and often to get the 6-3 win over Northland College on Saturday night. The Yellowjackets led the entire game and scored two goals in each period. Troy York, Will Blake, Chad Lopez, Jordan Martin, Andrew Durham and Artur Terchiyev all scored in the win while A.J. Smith made 22 saves….

Christmas City Express Now Open

The story performance and train ride runs through Dec. 22.

DULUTH, Minn. – Families can now get a taste of the holiday season as the annual Christmas City Express story and train ride opened Friday. Families who go will hear the “Christmas City Express” story, get to visit with Santa and ride a holiday themed train down the Bentleyville. “There’s some about the nostalgia of trains and the holidays and Christmas…

Shoppers Head to Miller Hill Mall for Black Friday Deals

Miller Hill Mall extended their hours and opened at 6 a.m. for Black Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Shoppers all over the country stayed up late and waited in long lines to get the deals of the season because today is Black Friday. Thousands of happy shoppers roamed through the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth Friday looking for gifts for the holidays or just trying to snag some deals. “There’s so many different stores that have such…

Big Second Half Gives Bulldogs Basketball Win in Non-Conference Finale

Minnesota Duluth erased an early 12-point deficit to come out on top.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point deficit in the first half to top Michigan Tech 61-56 on Sunday to round out non-conference play. The Bulldogs scored 39 points in the second half, shooting 40 percent from the field to come out with the win. Brandon Myer led all scorers with 27 points while he…

Prep Girls Hockey: Hilltoppers Come Out on Top, Mirage Suffer First Loss of Season

Duluth Marshall gets its first win of the season

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall girls hockey got its first win of the season in a 3-0 shutout over St. Francis/North Branch, while Proctor-Hermantown fell to defending state champion, Breck, on Saturday. Caitlin Breen, Bella Kartch and Olivia Boettcher scored for the Hilltoppers. They’ll be back in action next Friday at St. Cloud. Meanwhile, Proctor/Hermantown suffered its first loss of…