Author: Claudia Chakamian

UMD Women’s Hockey Talks NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee Supporting Tournament Bracket Expansion

The final step is approval from the DI Council. That is set to be discussed on Dec. 15. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that the DI Competition Oversight Committee supported the expanded bracket format of 11 teams for 2022. In the proposal, the top five seeds would receive first round byes, the top four seeds would host and there would be an extra day of rest between the first round and quarterfinals. This is something…

UMD Goaltender Zach Stejskal Reveals Testicular Cancer Diagnosis

Stejskal said he noticed something was not quite right in October and went to the doctor. After the diagnosis, he had surgery and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. The Cohasset native added he is feeling pretty good and he does plan to play hockey this season. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been over a month since we last saw goaltender Zach Stejskal take the ice for the UMD men’s hockey team. And on Tuesday afternoon, Stejskal opened up about his health and where he’s been. In this month’s “UMD Bulldogs Bark and the Bite”, Stejskal revealed in a sit down interview with Athletic Director Josh Berlo that…

Superior Boys Hockey Shuts Out Menomonie to Open Season

Andrew Rude scored twice while Robert Powell, Carter Pettit, Lucas Williams, Mason Stenberg and Kell Piggott each scored once for the Spartans. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior boys hockey team showed no signs of rust as they opened the season with a 7-0 win over Menomonie. Andrew Rude scored twice while Robert Powell, Carter Pettit, Lucas Williams, Mason Stenberg and Kell Piggott each scored once for the Spartans. Superior will be back in action on Friday at Notre Dame. Categories: High School,…

Superior Boys Basketball Wins Season Opener

The Spartans got the win in Kory Deadrick's debut as head coach.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In Kory Deadrick’s debut as Superior boys basketball head coach, the Spartans got the 71-61 win over Chippewa Falls. The Spartans will be back in action next Tuesday hosting Hudson. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD Women’s Basketball Drops Home Opener; Men Defeat St. Cloud State to Open NSIC Play

Austin Andrews led the way with 32 points as the UMD men stay undefeated while Brooke Olson led the women with 22 points.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team returned to Romano Gym for the first time this season to host rivals St. Cloud State to open NSIC play. In a rematch of last season’s conference championship game, the Huskies came out on top this time, getting the 60-54 road win. Brooke Olson was the only Bulldog in double-digit scoring,…

UW-Superior Women’s Basketball Drops Nonconference Game to Saint Benedict

Brianna O'Donnell and Allie Zimmer each finished with 10 points.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior women’s basketball team rallied in the third quarter but couldn’t hang on, as Saint Benedict got the 61-54 win. Brianna O’Donnell and Allie Zimmer each finished with 10 points while Kaija Davies finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. UWS falls to 1-4 on the season and will host Simpson next Tuesday. Tipoff is set…

Local Talent Looking to Lead St. Scholastica Men’s Basketball in First MIAC Season

The Saints have 10 Northland players on the roster this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The season of change continues for St. Scholastica athletics and now men’s basketball is beginning MIAC competition. But the Saints say they welcome the new competition. The Saints concluded their time in the UMAC this past spring in their third straight conference championship game. Now, they say they’re excited for a new level of competition and are…

Duluth East Boys Basketball Eager to Continue Winning Culture as Practices Begin

The Greyhounds will open the 2021 season Dec. 7 at Cloquet. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Boys basketball practices across the state got started on Monday and Duluth East is coming off of their first trip to state sine 2012. Now, they’re looking to run it back. It may come with some growing pains as the Greyhounds graduated a large senior class last season, and many of those players are now playing at…

St. Scholastica Dance Team Preparing for Return Trip to Nationals

The Saints are headed to Nationals in Orlando, Florida for just the second time ever. Competition is set for Jan. 14-16 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

DULUTH, Minn. – After not getting to have a season last year due to the pandemic, the St. Scholastica dance team has returned to the dance floor and is now preparing to make a splash on the national stage. The Saints are headed to Nationals in Orlando, Florida for just the second time ever. The team is made up of…

John Shuster Leads Team Shuster to Win at USA Curling Olympic Trials

This will be John Shuster's fifth straight Olympics. He'll be joined by his gold medal winning teammates Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner, plus Duluth native Chris Plys. 

OMAHA, Neb. – Four years ago, John Shuster and his team began to take the curling world by storm. Team Shuster fought back in the trials to be named to Team USA. Then, they fought through the Olympics on their way to winning the Olympic gold medal. Now, they’ve done it again. After dropping the first game of the USA…

Grand Rapids Senior Addie Albrecht Wins Class A Diving State Championship

This state championship caps off a senior season to remember for Albrecht, after she broke the Grand Rapids and section 7A diving records.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – This weekend, the high school swimming and diving season wrapped up at the Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. And it was a weekend to remember for one Grand Rapids diver and he entire family. Senior diver Addie Albrecht won the class A state diving championship on Saturday, and is the first Grand Rapids…

Northern Star: Rachel Anderson

For this week's segment, we feature the new program leader in career assists for the St. Scholastica women's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Following a year of craziness and an offseason full of change, fifth-year forward Rachel Anderson decided to return to the St. Scholastica women’s hockey team for her love of her team and the sport. “DIII, you do it for the love of the game. We are so close, we’ve been so close for so long. When freshmen…

Esko Football’s Season Ends in Class AAA Semifinals

The Eskomos finish the season with an 11-1 overall record. 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Esko football team gave it all they could against top-ranked Dassel-Cokato, but a touchdown with less than 90 seconds left gave the Chargers the 21-14 win in the Class AAA state semifinals. Carter Zezulka finished with three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Nolan Witt rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown. Esko finishes…

UW-Superior Men’s Hockey Shuts Out No. 10 Stevens Point

Levi Cudmore, David Kaplan and Zach Bannister all scored for the Yellowjackets while Myles Hektor finished with 27 saves for his second shutout of the season. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In a rematch of last season’s WIAC Championship, the UW-Superior men’s hockey team once again came out on top, getting the 3-0 win over No. 10 UW-Stevens Point on Saturday night. Levi Cudmore, David Kaplan and Zach Bannister all scored for the Yellowjackets while Myles Hektor finished with 27 saves for his second shutout of the season….

UMD Men’s Hockey Drops Weekend Finale to North Dakota

Blake Biondi scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs while Ryan Fanti finished with 21 saves. 

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team got on the board first but North Dakota scored two unanswered to get the 2-1 win and split the weekend series. Blake Biondi scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs while Ryan Fanti finished with 21 saves. UMD falls to 8-3-1 on the season and will be back home next…

UMD Women’s Hockey Caps Off Road Sweep of Bemidji State

McKenzie Hewett, Mannon McMahon, Naomi Rogge and Taylor Anderson all scored.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team continued its strong weekend after a three-week break, getting the 4-1 win over Bemidji State to complete the weekend sweep. The Bulldogs didn’t have the offensive showing they did on Friday night, but still had four different goal-scorers in Saturday’s win. McKenzie Hewett, Mannon McMahon, Naomi Rogge and Taylor Anderson all scored…

UMD Football Falls to Angelo State in First Round of NCAA Tournament

The Bulldogs finish the season with a 9-3 overall record. 

SAN ANGELO, Texas – The Minnesota Duluth football team fell behind early and couldn’t catch back up, as Angelo State got the 48-14 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Rams took the opening kickoff 100 yards to the endzone which set the tone for the rest of the game. UMD didn’t get on the board until…

Rock Ridge Begins New Era of Boys Hockey on the Iron Range

The Wolverines will drop the puck on their inaugural season on Tuesday, Nov. 30 on the road against Greenway. 

VIRGINIA, Minn. – For the past year, multiple Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia athletic teams have been merging into Rock Ridge. And now, a new era of boys hockey on the Iron Range has officially begun, as the Rock Ridge Wolverines are wrapping up their first ever week of practice. “There’s so much rich hockey history with Eveleth and Virginia and to…

MIB Girls Basketball Look to Continue Winning Tradition

The Rangers will open the season against St. Croix Lutheran next Friday afternoon as part of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off in the Twin Cities.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – The Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball team is wrapping up their first week of practices. The Rangers did not graduate a single player from the team that made it to the state semifinals last season, so the entire roster will be back this upcoming season. And that experience is what keeps them motivated as they look to…

First Day of Practice Underway for Hermantown Boys Hockey

The Hawks are set to open the 2021 season on the road next Friday night against section foes Greenway. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Monday was the first official day of high school boys hockey practices across the state, and Hermantown opened things up with tryouts. The Hawks had a larger than usual group show up as they look to replace seven seniors they graduated last season. But with a mix of experienced varsity players and a young group looking to…

Northern Star: Jacob Shields

For this week's segment, we feature a grad transfer on the UMD men's basketball team hoping to make a lasting impact on and off the court.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s basketball graduate transfer Jacob Shields just loves everything about basketball. “This might be weird to people who don’t play basketball, but I just love the sound of the ball. Like coming down the court, I love the sound of the ball. I love the smell of the ball to be honest. And that might be…

UMD Football Headed Back to NCAA Tournament For First Time Since 2018

The Bulldogs will face Angelo State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in San Angelo, Texas.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, the UMD football team ended the regular season with a win and clinched a share of the NSIC Championship. That almost guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament. And on Sunday, the Bulldogs officially found out they’re postseason bound. UMD is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018. They’ll head…

Soderberg, Sweden Qualify for 2022 Winter Olympics

Goaltender Emma Soderberg joins junior forward Kassy Betinol as current Bulldogs to make Olympic Rosters.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Women’s Hockey Olympic Qualifiers wrapped up this weekend, which saw multiple current and former Bulldogs in action. Sweden clinched a spot, which will send former Bulldogs Michelle Lowenhielm, Linne Hedin and current goaltender Emma Soderberg to the Olympics. Soderberg joins junior forward Kassy Betinol as current Bulldogs to make Olympic Rosters. Former UMD forward Katerine Mrazova…

St. Scholastica Runners Calvin Boone, Maj-Lis Helmer Qualify for NCAA Championships

This is the first time CSS is sending multiple individuals to the NCAA Cross Country Championship. The race is set for this Saturday in Louisville, KY. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Two St. Scholastica runners have qualified as individuals for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Calvin Boone and Duluth’s Maj-Lis Helmer will both be making their first appearances. Boone finished 16th overall in the men’s qualifier with a program record time of 25 minutes, while Helmer finished 12th overall with a time of 22:32. This is the first…

UMD Men’s Hockey Ties Colorado College, Earns Extra NCHC Point in Shootout

Ryan Fanti finished with 26 saves for his third straight shutout. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team battled with Colorado College all night but struggled to find the back of the net, as Saturday’s game officially ended in a 0-0 tie. Noah Cates scored the lone goal in the shutout to give UMD the 1-0 win and extra NCHC point. Ryan Fanti finished with 26 saves for his third…

Esko Football Defeats New London-Spicer to Advance to Class AAA Semifinals

A touchdown pass from Ty Christensen to Carter Zezulka with 16 seconds left sent the undefeated Eskomos to the state semifinals.

BRAINERD, Minn. – A touchdown pass from Ty Christensen to Carter Zezulka with 16 seconds left gave the Esko football team the 28-21 win over New London-Spicer in the Class AAA quarterfinals. The Eskomos forced five interceptions, including a pick six from Zezulka. Esko improves to 11-0 on the season and will face Dassel-Cokato in the Class AAA semifinal on…

UMD Men’s Basketball Wraps Up American Family Insurance Classic With Win Over East Central

Drew Blair led the way with 29 points while Austin Andrews finished with a double double as the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, getting the 92-84 win over East Central to round out the American Family Insurance Classic. Austin Andrews finished with a double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Drew Blair led the Bulldogs with 29 points. Jack Middleton added 22 points….

UMD Football Tops Northern State to Earn Share of NSIC Championship

Armani Carmickle finished with 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also broke D.J. Winfield's UMD single-season receiving record of 1,201 yards. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team used a big second half to get the 49-35 win over Northern State on Saturday to earn a share of the NSIC Title. Garrett Olson came in and completed 11 of 16 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown. Armani Carmickle finished with 184 receiving yards and…

UW-Superior Men’s Soccer Edged by Washington in NCAA Tournament First Round

The Yellowjackets finish the 2021 season with a 16-7-0 overall record. 

CHICAGO, Ill. – A goal with under 20 minutes to go proved to be the difference as Washington got the 1-0 win over the UW-Superior men’s soccer team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Payton Anderson made seven saves for the Yellowjackets. UWS finishes the 2021 season with a 16-7-0 overall record. Categories: College, Sports

Prep Girls Hockey: Duluth Wins Big in Season Opener, Rock Ridge Drops First Ever Game

The Northern Stars opened their season in a big way while the Wolverines dropped their season opener.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team lit up the scoreboard, including scoring five goals in the first four minutes and seven total in the first period as they got the 14-1 win over Princeton to open the 2021 season. The Northern Stars will be back home on Saturday hosting Roseville. Puck drop is set for 2:00…

UW-Superior Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener to UW-Stout

Kaelyn Christian led the Yellowjackets with 14 points. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior women’s basketball team struggled to get much going offensively, as UW-Stout got the 76-44 win to open the 2021 season. Kaelyn Christian led the Yellowjackets with 14 points. UWS will head to Eau Claire this weekend for the UW-Eau Claire Tip-Off Tournament this weekend. The Yellowjackets will face hots UW-Eau Claire on Friday at 8:00…

Northern Star: Addy Ranta

For this week's segment, we feature a Superior cheerleader who has the chance to represent the Northland on the national stage as a member of the National Cheerleading Association All-American Team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cheerleading wasn’t the first choice for Superior senior cheerleader Addy Ranta. “I didn’t make the volleyball team so it all started because I didn’t make that and I said well I guess I can try cheer,” Ranta said. Ranta, who also has a background in dance, has now been cheering since the winter season her freshman season…

UMD Women’s Cross Country Finishes Second at NCAA Central Regions to Earn Trip to NCAA Championships

This will be the Bulldogs' first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2017 and 10th overall.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s cross country team finished second at the NCAA Central Regions on Saturday to earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA DII Championships. This is the Bulldogs’ first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2017 and 10th overall. The second place finish is their highest regional finish since 2016. UMD was led by First-Team NSIC…

Northland Volleyball Teams Learn State Pairings

Grand Rapids received the No. 5 seed in class AAA while South Ridge and Greenway are unseeded in their receptive brackets.

DULUTH, Minn. –  The volleyball state tournament begins next week at the Xcel Energy Center and three Northland teams are still in the hunt for state titles. Here’s a look at those teams’ quarterfinal matchups: CLASS A: South Ridge vs. No. 1 Mayer Lutheran. Thursday, 11/11 @ 5 p.m. CLASS AA: Greenway vs. No. 3 Sauk Centre. Thursday, 11/11 @…

Football State Quarterfinal Matchups Announced

Mountain Iron-Buhl, Deer River, Moose Lake/Willow River, Esko and Grand Rapids all learned their first round state opponents.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five Northland teams will begin their 2021 state tournaments next week as quarterfinals begin on Thursday. Here’s a look at the first round matchups for the Northland teams still in the hunt for state titles: NINE-MAN: Mountain Iron-Buhl vs. Fertile-Beltrami. Thursday, 11/11 @ 6 p.m. in Grand Rapids CLASS A: Deer River vs. New York Mills. Friday,…

UW-Superior Women’s Soccer Wins First Ever UMAC Tournament Title

Annah Schussman scored twice while Proctor alum Ava Giswold scored once to send the Yellowjackets to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The program’s all-time leading goal-scorer Annah Schussman found the back of the net twice to lift the UW-Superior women’s soccer team the 3-2 win over Northwestern to claim their first ever UMAC tournament championship. Proctor alum Ava Giswold also scored in the win for the Yellowjackets while Jenna Lang finished with five saves. UW-Superior enters the NCAA…

UW-Superior Men’s Soccer Tops Bethany Lutheran in Overtime for Fifth Straight UMAC Tournament Title

Josh Bellamy scored the game-winner just 10 seconds into overtime to send the Yellowjackets back to the NCAA Tournament.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Josh Bellamy scored just 10 seconds into overtime to give the UW-Superior men’s soccer team the 2-1 win over Bethany Lutheran in the UMAC championship game. Blake Doyea also scored as the Yellowjackets won their fifth straight UMAC tournament title. Alex Paredes got the start in net and made six saves, but was issued a red card…

Prep Volleyball: Grand Rapids, Greenway, South Ridge Earn Section Championships

The Thunderhawks are headed back to state for the first time since 2016. This will be the Raiders first trip since 2019, while this will be the first ever trip to the state tournament for the Panthers.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Grand Rapids volleyball team made quick work out of Cloquet, getting the sweep (25-12, 25-19, 25-21) to win the section 7AAA championship. Kamryn Klinefelter led the way with 13 kills as the Thunderhawks earn their first trip to state since 2016. In section 7AA, Proctor won the first set but Greenway battled back to win the…

UMD Men’s Hockey Shuts Out Western Michigan to Earn Weekend Split

Ryan Fanti finished with 35 saves to earn his first career shutout while Tanner Laderoute scored twice.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Ryan Fanti recorded his first career shutout as the No. 4 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team got the 3-0 win over No. 10 Western Michigan to earn a weekend split. Tanner Laderoute scored twice while Ben Almquist scored once. Fanti finished with 35 saves. UMD improves to 6-2 on the season and will host Colorado College next…

UMD Football Upsets Augustana at Home

The Bulldogs defense came up huge with four interceptions, two of which were returned for six. Armani Carmickle finished with 78 receiving yards, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards on the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team got off to a fast start and never looked back, getting the 41-15 win over No. 17 Augustana. The Bulldogs defense came up huge, picking up four interceptions, two of which were returned for six. Armani Carmickle finished with 78 receiving yards, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards on the season. Garrett Olson completed 11…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores for 11/5/21

Grand Rapids, Mountain Iron-Buhl and Deer River all won section titles on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jack Cleveland ran in the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes left to give Grand Rapids the 14-12 win over North Branch to claim the section 7AAAA championship. Here are other scores from around the Northland. SECTION 5 9-MAN: South Ridge 0, Ogilvie 42 SECTION 7 9-MAN: Cherry 20, Mountain Iron-Buhl 66  SECTION 7A: Barnum 8,…

Proctor/Hermantown Girls Hockey Holds First Practice of Season

The defending state champions Mirage will open the 2021-22 season next Friday night at East Grand Forks.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In year one of the Emma Stauber era at Proctor Hermantown, she led the Mirage to the section title game. In year two, a perfect undefeated record and the program’s first ever state championship. So on the first day of practice in year, Stauber and the Mirage are ready to prove they’re back for more. “The mentality…

Northern Star: Caitlin Schneeweis and Ashley Larson

For this week's segment, we feature two hitters who are cousins playing their first season together on the St. Scholastica volleyball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Family is the most important thing for St. Scholastica volleyball players Ashley Larson and Caitlin Schneeweis. “We call ourselves a big commune. We’re just one big family. Everyone’s invited, even if they come into the family,” Larson, a right side for the Saints, said. The cousins have been playing volleyball together since the sixth grade and went…

UWS Men, Women Earn No. 1 Seeds for UMAC Soccer Tournaments

The UWS women will host Minnesota Morris in the semifinals on Wednesday at 4:00, while the men will host Northwestern at 6:30.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For the first time, both the men’s and women’s UMAC soccer tournaments run through Superior, as both UWS teams earned the top spots. On the women’s side, the Yellowjackets earned their first ever regular season championship after going unbeaten in conference play. They’ll host Minnesota Morris in the semifinals on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The UWS men…

Persinger/Plys Win 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling

The pair advances to the Olympic Qualification Event in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in December

EVELETH, Minn. – The team of Vicky Persinger and Duluth’s Chris Plys won the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling, which wrapped up at Curl Mesabi in Eveleth on Sunday. The pair won 7-6 over Jamie Sinclair and Rich Ruohonen. They advance to the Olympic Qualification Event in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in December, where a top-two finished will…

Cloquet’s Dana Jones Commits to Winona State Softball

Jones led the Lumberjacks with a .436 batting average with 10 runs batted in.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet’s Dana Jones has committed to playing softball in the NSIC at Winona State. This past season, Jones led the Lumberjacks with a .436 average and .475 OBP. She recorded 24 hits, including two home runs, with 10 RBI. The outfielder was part of Cloquet’s state tournament team that took home third in 2019. Jones also plays…

Prep Football: Moose Lake/Willow River, Esko, Grand Rapids Advance to Section Finals

The Rebels, Eskomos and Thunderhawks will all be playing for section championships next week.

WILLOW RIVER, Minn. – The Moose Lake/Willow River football team continued their undefeated season on Saturday afternoon, getting the 63-26 win over International Falls in the section 7AA semifinals. The Rebels will now face Mesabi East in the section 7AA championship on Thursday, Nov. 4 in Esko with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m. In section 7AAA, Esko also continued their…

UW-Superior Men’s Hockey Shuts Out Rivals St. Scholastica in Season Opener

Artur Terchiyev scored twice while David Kaplan, MacGregor Sinclair, Chad Lopez and Coltyn Bates each scored once. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UW-Superior men’s hockey team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, scoring three goals in the first four minutes to open the season with a 7-0 win over bridge rivals St. Scholastica. Artur Terchiyev scored twice while David Kaplan, MacGregor Sinclair, Chad Lopez and Coltyn Bates each scored once. Myles Hektor made 26…

UW-Superior Men Win Fourth UMAC Cross Country Title

The UW-Superior women finished in fourth place.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s cross country team used home course advantage on Saturday to win its fourth UMAC cross country championship in the last six years with 36 points. Tyler Finger led the way for the Yellowjackets, finishing second with a time of 27:02. Derrick Moe came in third while Michael Butterfield finished fifth to all earn All-UMAC…