Author: Sam Ali

Coaches Corner: Andy Fenske

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the Hermantown boys basketball team.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Hermantown boys basketball coach Andy Fenske as the Hawks are currently riding a nine-game win streak. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Simonet Scores 1,000th Point as UMD Women’s Basketball Top Augustana, Bulldog Men Fall to Vikings

Both teams will be back in action Saturday against Wayne State.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Fifth-year guard Ann Simonet scored her 1,000th career point as the UMD women’s basketball team held on to beat Augustana 64-41 Friday night at the Sanford Pentagon. As for the men, they dropped their second straight game of the season as the Bulldogs fell to the Vikings 89-80. Both teams will be back in action Saturday…

UMD Men’s Hockey Rolls Past Omaha for Road Win

The Bulldogs are unbeaten against the Mavericks in their last 11 meetings as they'll look for the sweep Saturday night.

OMAHA, Neb. – The UMD men’s hockey team would get goals from five different players as they top Omaha 5-1 Friday night at Baxter Arena. The Bulldogs are unbeaten against the Mavericks in their last 11 meetings as they’ll look for the sweep Saturday night. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Hanley’s Game-Winner, Chobak’s Shutout Gives UMD Women’s Hockey Road Win Over Ohio State

Sophomore goaltender Jojo Chobak made her first career start in net and finished with 27 saves in the shutout win.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior captain Kylie Hanley would score the lone goal with 32 seconds left in the game as the UMD women’s hockey pull off the upset win on the road against Ohio State 1-0 Friday night. Sophomore goaltender Jojo Chobak made her first career start in net and finished with 27 saves in the shutout win. Categories: College,…

Team Peterson Motivated to Bring Home Gold in Women’s Curling at 2022 Olympics

Team USA will begin their quest for gold on February 9th.

EVELETH, Minn. – We are just a few weeks away from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. And while a lot of attention will be directed at Team USA’s men’s curling team, the women have their eyes on bring home gold as well. Team Peterson is led by skipper and St. Paul native Tabitha Peterson, with her sister Tara on…

Prep Boys Hockey: Big Wins for Hermantown, Proctor, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton

It was a good night of hockey action for the Hawks, Rails and Lumberjacks.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – George Peterson finished with a hat trick as the Hermantown boys hockey team blanked Superior 8-0 Thursday night at the Hermantown Ice Arena. In other prep boys hockey action, it was Proctor over Northern Edge 7-2 as the Rails have won ten straight. And Cloquet-Esko-Carlton picked up a road win over Duluth Marshall 4-2. Categories: High School,…

Prep Basketball: MIB Girls, Duluth East Girls/Boys All Earn Road Wins

Home court advantage was not a concern for the Rangers and Greyhounds.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Jordan Zubich led the way with 24 points as the Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball got the road win over Cloquet 82-48 Thursday night. In other prep girls basketball action, it was Duluth East over Duluth Marshall 49-42 and in prep boys basketball, Duluth East uses a 23-1 run to end the game as they topped Duluth Denfeld…

Suffocating Defense Key for UMD Women’s Basketball Team During Four-Game Win Streak

The Bulldogs are on a four-game win streak and in that stretch that are allowing just under 46 points per game while holding their opponents to just 29% shooting from the field.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team is currently tied with St. Cloud State for the best record in the NSIC. The Bulldogs are 11th in team scoring so how are they 10-2? It’s all about defense. UMD is on a four-game win streak and in that stretch that are allowing just under 46 points per game while holding…

UMD Women’s Hockey Aiming for Fast Start Against Ohio State

The last time these two teams met was back in early December when they split their series at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will be on the road this weekend as they’ll take on #2 ranked Ohio State. The last time these two teams met was back in early December when they split their series at Amsoil Arena. And the Bulldogs know what needs to be done if they want to extend their four-game win…

UMD Men’s Hockey Returns to Baxter Arena for First Time Since NCHC Pod

Puck drop in Omaha is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the UMD men’s hockey team, they’ll be back on the road this upcoming weekend taking on Omaha. It’s the first time the Bulldogs have been inside Baxter Arena since the NCHC Pod in 2020. But don’t sleep on the Mavericks as they come into this one ranked 16th in the country. “You look at their goaltender….

St. Scholastica Men’s Basketball Drop Home Match-Up to Augsburg

Nick Carlson led the way with 13 points as the Saints will look for better results at Saint John's on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – A strong second half would be the difference as Augsburg defeated the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team 84-63 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. Nick Carlson led the way with 13 points as the Saints will look for better results at Saint John’s on Saturday. Categories: College, Sports

UMD’s Emma Soderberg to Join Team Sweden at 2022 Winter Olympics

Soderberg is enjoying another stellar season where she sits second in the WCHA in wins, shutouts and saves percentage.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their seven-year tenure at UMD, Maura Crowell and Laura Bellamy have coached 10 players that went on to compete in the Olympics, including six of them making their Olympic debuts. And one of those players is current goaltender Emma Soderberg. The Bulldogs goalie has been selected to join the Swedish women’s hockey team. Soderberg is enjoying…

UMD Men’s Basketball Talks Bouncing Back After First Loss of the Season

The Bulldogs will look to bounce back as they travel to 23rd-ranked Augustana on Friday and Wayne State on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, the UMD men’s basketball team learned that all good things must come to an end. The Bulldogs dropped Saturday’s road game to Upper Iowa for their first loss of the season. The loss drops UMD to sixth and ninth in the latest polls and leaves them with a lot to learn for the rest…

Prep Boys Basketball: Esko Picks Up Road Win; Duluth Marshall, Proctor Victorious at Home

A good night on the hardwood for the Eskomos, Hilltoppers and Rails.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Esko boys basketball team improved to 11-2 on the season as they defeated Duluth Denfeld 81-54 Tuesday night. In other prep boys basketball action, it was Duluth Marshall over Barnum 64-52 and Proctor would knock down their free throws late as they hang on to beat Two Harbors 73-67. Categories: High School, Sports

Superior Girls Basketball Loses Nail-Biter at Home to Rice Lake

The loss snaps an eight-game win streak for the Spartans, who will host Hibbing Thursday night.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Junior Emma Raye led all scorers with 24 points, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Superior girls basketball team drops a nail-biter to Rice Lake 73-69 Tuesday night. The loss snaps an eight-game win streak for the Spartans, who will host Hibbing Thursday night. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Marshall’s Amanda Boulier Talks Multi-Million Dollar Investment into Premier Hockey Federation

The move is the largest one-time investment in women's professional hockey.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – The Premier Hockey Federation announced Tuesday that their Board of Governors will be investing $25 million in direct payments to its players over the next three years. The move is the largest one-time investment in women’s professional hockey, doubling each team’s salary cap for the upcoming season and includes full healthcare benefits and maternity leave…

Duluth Marshall Boys Hockey to Honor Brendan Flaherty During Game Against CEC

The unveiling will take place between the first and second period during Thursday night's game at Mars Lakeview Arena between Duluth Marshall and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team will hold a special ceremony to honor their late head coach Brendan Flaherty, who passed away last summer after a three-year battle with throat cancer. Back in September, Flaherty was posthumously inducted into the Duluth Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame. And now, a piece of artwork will be unveiled…

Hibbing’s Ayden McDonald, Deer River’s Ty Morrison Named to Mr. Basketball Watch List

The top ten will be announced on February 14th and the winner will be revealed after the state tournament.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The watch list for this year’s award was released this week and Hibbing’s Ayden McDonald and Deer River’s Ty Morrison are on the list. McDonald, whose grandfather Bob is the namesake of the award, is averaging over 30 points and 10 assists per game for the Bluejackets. Morrison leads the Warriors in nearly every statistical category, including…

UMD Hosts Second Annual MLK Day Basketball Camp

The Bulldogs partnered with the UMD Black Men Serving Excellence student-athlete group to deliver messages to the campers about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – When kids have a day off from school, they can do one of two things: sit at home and do nothing or get up and stay active. And Monday, the UMD men’s basketball team gave kids the option to do the latter. The Bulldogs hosted their second annual MLK Day Basketball Camp at Romano Gym. The camp…

Duluth Marshall Boys Hockey Snaps Losing Skid with Win Over North Shore

Sam Aamodt, Tucker D'Allaird, Brendan Friday, Jonas Martinelli and Garrett Olek all scored for the Hilltoppers, who will host Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Thursday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall boys hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak as they defeated North Shore 5-1 Monday afternoon at Mars Lakeview Arena. Sam Aamodt, Tucker D’Allaird, Brendan Friday, Jonas Martinelli and Garrett Olek all scored for the Hilltoppers, who will host Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Thursday night. Categories: High School, Sports

Former UMD Captain Karson Kuhlman Claimed By Seattle Kraken

This past weekend, the Esko native was waived by the Boston Bruins after spending the first five seasons of his pro career with the organization.

SEATTLE, Wash. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain Karson Kuhlman has been claimed off waivers by the Seattle Kraken. This past weekend, the Esko native was waived by the Boston Bruins after spending the first five seasons of his pro career with the organization. This season, Kuhlman has one goal and an assist in 19 games. He will join fellow…

Coaches Corner: Heather Young

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the Cloquet girls basketball team.

CLOQUET, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Cloquet girls basketball coach Heather Young as the Lumberjacks are one of the most improved teams in the entire Northland. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

UW-Superior Women’s Basketball Shakes Off Slow Start in Victory Over Crown

Makenna Guden led the way with 16 points as the Yellowjackets will look for back-to-back wins when they host Minnesota Morris on Saturday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Junior Mady Sanders finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds as the UW-Superior women’s basketball team knocked off Crown 81-72 Friday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Makenna Guden led the way with 16 points as the Yellowjackets will look for back-to-back wins when they host Minnesota Morris on Saturday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UMD Women’s Hockey Light Up the Scoreboard in Win Over Bemidji State

Anna Klein, Naomi Rogge and Katie Davis each scored two goals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Anna Klein, Naomi Rogge and Katie Davis each scored two goals as the UMD women’s hockey team defeated Bemidji State 8-2 Friday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. 10 different Bulldogs would get on the scoresheet as they’ll look for the sweep on Saturday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Strong Third Period Pushes UMD Men’s Hockey Past Miami

Blake Biondi, Casey Gilling, Koby Bender and Quinn Olson all scored for the Bulldogs, who will aim to sweep the RedHawks Saturday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team scored three goals in the third period as they got the win over Miami University 4-1 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Blake Biondi, Casey Gilling, Koby Bender and Quinn Olson all scored for the Bulldogs, who will aim to sweep the RedHawks Saturday night. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of…

Duluth Marshall’s Jasper Timm Commits to UW-Stout Men’s Basketball Team

The senior is leading the way this season for the Hilltoppers, averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth Marshall’s Jasper Timm committed to joining the UW-Stout men’s basketball team. The senior is leading the way this season for the Hilltoppers, averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game. Last week, Timm scored his 1,000th career point for Duluth Marshall, becoming just the 15th player in program history to hit that…

Homecoming Weekend for Former Northland Prep Hockey Players on Bemidji State Women’s Hockey Team

Coleraine's Claire Vekich, Carlton's Taylor Nelson and Hermantown's Alyssa Watkins return to a rink that they are very familiar with.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the Bemidji State women’s hockey team will be in town to take on UMD. And the series will be extra special for three former Northland hockey stars. Coleraine’s Claire Vekich, Carlton’s Taylor Nelson and Hermantown’s Alyssa Watkins return to a rink that they are very familiar with. “It’s crazy. Time flies. I just think about…

Prep Basketball: Esko Boys, Cloquet Girls, Hermantown Boys Come Out on Top

It was a good night on the hardwood for the Eskomos, Lumberjacks and Hawks.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Koi Perich led the way with 26 points as the Esko boys basketball team picked up the road win over Superior 88-77 Thursday night. In other prep basketball action, it was the Cloquet girls getting the win over Hermantown 57-49 and the Hawks boys knocking over the Lumberjacks 96-80. Categories: High School, Sports

Four-Goal Second Period Powers Grand Rapids Boys Hockey Past Duluth Denfeld

Joey DelGreco and Hayden DeMars each scored two goals as the Thunderhawks picked up their seventh straight win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Grand Rapids boys hockey team scored four goals in the second period as they defeated Duluth Denfeld 8-1 Thursday night at the Heritage Center. Joey DelGreco and Hayden DeMars each scored two goals as the Thunderhawks picked up their seventh straight win. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD’s Ashton Bell Talks Suiting Up for Team Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics

The Deloraine, Manitoba native is now the fifth Bulldog alum that will take part in the Olympics.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Team Canada announced their women’s hockey roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The team released a special video with youth hockey players saying the name of each Olympian which included a familiar name. UMD’s Ashton Bell will be making her Olympic debut in Beijing in just a few weeks. The Deloraine, Manitoba native is now…

Team Shuster Looks Back at 2018 Olympic Gold Medal Win

The team says looking back at what they did in 2018 will always bring a smile to their faces.

EVELETH, Minn. – We are less than a month away from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Northland’s own Team Shuster will be back in action to defend their Olympics gold medals that turned them into overnight celebrities when they came back home. The team says looking back at what they did in 2018 will always bring a smile…

UMD Women’s Hockey Team Returns From COVID Break to Host Bemidji State

The last time these teams met was back in mid-November when the Bulldogs outscored the Beavers 13-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team is back at practice this week after an unplanned break due to COVID. Nothing new for the Bulldogs though as they dealt with starts and stop all of last season. Assistant captain Gabbie Hughes says the team’s mindset is just focusing on their next series. “Coach has talked about it a little…

UMD Men’s Hockey Looking to Solve Scoring Woes After COVID Break

The Bulldogs are in quite the rut recently, dropping five of their last six games.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team returned to practice this week after COVID issues knocked out their series against St. Cloud State. And with several injuries and other issues keeping guys in and out of the lineup, it was quite the first half of the season for head coach Scott Sandelin’s crew. “So many people went through what…

Duluth Native, UMD Women’s Hockey Assistant Coach Laura Bellamy Receives Top Honor from AHCA

The award recognizes the career body of work of a women's assistant hockey coach.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD’s Laura Bellamy received the 2022 Women’s Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association. The Duluth Denfeld alum and former Duluth Northern Stars goalie is in her seventh season at UMD. Head coach Maura Crowell says she’s an unsung hero within the program. “I think she’s one of the best in…

Prep Hockey: Grand Rapids Boys, CEC Girls Earn Road Wins; Duluth Girls Hang On for Home Victory

It was a great night on the ice for the Thunderhawks, Lumberjacks and Northern Stars.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Garrett Drotts would score four goals on the night as the Grand Rapids boys hockey team got a big road shutout over Superior 7-0 Tuesday night at Wessman Arena. In prep girls hockey action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton shook off a slow start to get the road win over Superior 4-1 and the Duluth Northern Stars got two goals from…

Prep Basketball: Superior Girls, Boys Get Wins Over Duluth Marshall

Both Spartans basketball teams were victorious over the Hilltoppers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior girls basketball team improved to 13-1 on the season as they defeated Duluth Marshall 88-62 Tuesday night. In the boys game, the Spartans used a strong second half to get the win over the Hilltoppers 92-69, behind 36 points from Robert Olson. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD’s Bell, Larocque Named to Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

This will be Bell's Olympic debut while Larocque has been to the Games two times before.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, the Canadian women’s hockey team announced their roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics and it has a pair of familiar names. UMD defenseman Ashton Bell and former All-American Bulldog Jocelyne Larocque are heading to Beijing in a few weeks. Last season, Bell’s overtime goal in the NCAA quarterfinals sent UMD to the Frozen Four for the…

Prep Girls Basketball: Cromwell-Wright, Esko Start Week with Wins

The Cardinals and Eskomos each earned their eighth wins of the season.

CROMWELL, Minn – The Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team rolled past McGregor 81-17 Monday, extending the Cardinals win streak to four straight games. In other prep girls basketball action, Jayden Karppinen led the way with 17 points as Esko knocked off Proctor 52-43. Categories: High School, Sports

Two Harbors Boys Basketball Looking to Build Off Successful First Half of Season

The Agates will look for their third straight win Tuesday night when they take on Virginia.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Two Harbors boys basketball team is off to a solid start to their season. The Agates are 6-2 and looking to carry that momentum into the second half of the season. But it won’t be easy as they’ll battle some teams that they might end up facing in the loaded Section 7AA playoffs. “Esko really…

UMD’s Drew Blair Eclipses 1,000-Point Milestone

Blair jumped right into the Bulldog program starting 30 games his freshman season, which he says helped in his early development. And it's carried over into this year as UMD's leading scorer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Confidence is a big thing for athletes, even more so for basketball players. And no one has more confidence in his game that UMD’s Drew Blair. This past weekend, the junior guard scored his 1,000th career point for the Bulldogs in a win over Concordia-St. Paul. Blair jumped right into the Bulldog program starting 30 games his…

Coaches Corner: Emma Stauber

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey coach Emma Stauber as the Mirage continue their state title defense. Among the topics discussed are Stauber’s life as a head coach and a professional hockey player, as well as how her team’s success has impacted their local youth program. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy,…

Superior’s Kaylee Baker Signs NLI to Join Lincoln University Softball, Golf Teams

Baker says she loved the historic campus of the school and the move allows her to keep playing her two favorite sports.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Friday afternoon, Superior’s Kaylee Baker signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Lincoln University softball and golf teams. Baker says she loved the historic campus of the school and the move allows her to keep playing her two favorite sports. “Well softball has been always my #1 sport. And I also picked up golf because…

Strong Defense Powers UMD Women’s Basketball to Win Over Minnesota State Mankato

The Bulldogs held the Mavericks to just four points in the first quarter and 10 in the third as they will host Concordia-St. Paul Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior Brooke Olson led the team with 20 points as the UMD women’s basketball team defeated Minnesota State Mankato 61-52 Friday night at Romano Gym. The Bulldogs held the Mavericks to just four points in the first quarter and 10 in the third as they will host Concordia-St. Paul Saturday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University…

Duluth Denfeld Boys Hockey Rolls Past North Shore

The Hunters improve to 11-3 as they will host Grand Rapids next Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Connor McClure scored four goals on the night as the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team blanked North Shore 10-0 Friday night at the Heritage Center. The Hunters improve to 11-3 as they will host Grand Rapids next Thursday. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

South Shore’s Koy Nelson Lighting Up Scoreboards for the Cardinals

This past Monday, Nelson put on a historic performance scoring a school-record 52 points in a win against Bayfield, including a school-record 12 three-pointers.

PORT WING, Wis. – If you had 10 guesses to come up with this season’s leading scorer in Wisconsin prep boys basketball, you’d probably think it was someone in Madison, Milwaukee or green bay. Even if you got 20 guesses, you would never think it was someone from port wing. And that guy is South Shore’s Koy Nelson. The senior…

Minnesota Wilderness Tender Hermantown’s Beau Janzig

He joins former teammate Aaron Pionk, who also skates for the Wilderness.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hermantown’s Beau Janzig has been tendered by the Minnesota Wilderness. The senior has six points in nine games this season while anchoring the Hawks’ defense. He joins former teammate Aaron Pionk, who also skates for the Wilderness. Last season, the pair helped the Hawks win their 11th section title in the past 12 seasons. Categories: College, High…

Prep Boys Basketball: Road Wins for Superior, Grand Rapids; Duluth Marshall’s Jasper Timm Scores 1,000th Point in Victory

Thursday night meant big wins for the Spartans, Thunderhawks and Hilltoppers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Evan Bennett led the way with 21 points as the Superior boys basketball team got the road win over Duluth East 58-50. In other prep boys basketball action, Grand Rapids defeated Duluth Denfeld 73-55 and Duluth Marshall knocked off Proctor 81-74 as Jasper Timm scored his 1,000th career point. Categories: High School, Sports