Author: Sam Ali

Duluth East Hockey Team Shrugs Off “Rebuilding” Expectations

The Greyhounds will look to stay unbeaten as they host Superior on Thursday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the era of COVID-19, prep teams across the country have to be ready to make changes on the fly if players are out and schedules have to be adjusted. But at this time last year, the Duluth East boys hockey team was hit with a bug few teams have ever seen in recent memory with nearly…

Freshmen Standing Out for UMD Men’s Basketball Team

Four of the top five players in minutes played are freshmen, who have helped the team get off to a 2-1 start to the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team has been a pleasant surprise this season. Four of the top five players in minutes played are freshmen, who have helped the team get off to a 2-1 start to the season. One of the keys has been the fact that those players are already used to winning as they come from…

UMD Men’s Hockey Return To Practice After Quarantine

It was their first pause of the season, which gave them a chance to hit the reset button following a less than ideal series against St. Cloud State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team are back from quarantine after a COVID-19 situation postponed their series last week. It was their first pause of the season, which gave them a chance to hit the reset button following a less than ideal series against St. Cloud State. “We were really hungry to play that Miami series and that…

UMD’s Brooke Olson Continues Dominant Play Thanks to Advice From Her Mom

Olson's mother Darla played college basketball at Michigan Tech.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last season, UMD’s Brooke Olson dominated on the hardwood, earning NSIC Player of the Year honors. And after the pandemic cut her sophomore season short, not allowing her to showcase her talents during the NCAA tournament, the Rice Lake native made sure to carry over that play into this year. Olson is currently tops in the NSIC…

Prep Hockey: Duluth, Marshall Girls, CEC, Proctor Boys Earn First Wins of the Season

Home ice advantage was the name of the game on Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep girls hockey action, the Duluth Northern Stars got the season-opening win 10-7 over Superior, while Duluth Marshall blanked Moose Lake 7-0. In prep boys hockey action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton picked up their first win of the season 3-0 over Virginia/MIB, and Proctor got hat tricks from Conner Pavlowich and Brett Bartlam as they won their home opener…

UMD Men’s Hockey Series Against Western Michigan Moved to Saturday-Sunday

Puck drop on the first night is set for just after 6 p.m., while Sunday's game will start at 4:07p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the UMD men’s hockey team will be back at home as they host Western Michigan University. Usually their series begins on Friday night, but this one will have a slight delay. The Bulldogs-Broncos series will be moved to Saturday and Sunday at Amsoil Arena. Puck drop on the first night is set for just after…

Strong Senior Class Returning for Proctor/Hermantown Girls Hockey Team

The Mirage will be back in action next Tuesday when they take on Pine City.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Last season, Duluth native Emma Stauber jumped into the Northland hockey coaching scene to become the bench boss for her former team, the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage. And for a first year head coach, she did a pretty good job. The team finished the season with a 19-9 record, falling just one goal short in the Section 7A championship…

Superior Native Mike Carlson Enjoying Great Start to Spanish Pro Basketball Season

In his debut game, the Duluth Marshall alum hit the game winning three-pointer to give his team their first victory of the season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior native Mike Carlson has had a superb start to his season in the ACB League, widely considered the best basketball league outside of the NBA. In his debut game, the Duluth Marshall alum hit the game winning three-pointer to give his team their first victory of the season. “I’ve done that in my backyard a couple…

Cromwell-Wright Girls Basketball Top Wrenshall in Home Opener

The Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season as they will travel to Silver Bay on Friday night.

CROMWELL, Minn. – In their first home game of the season, the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team defeated Wrenshall 79-18 Monday night. The Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season as they will travel to Silver Bay on Friday night. Categories: High School, Sports

Mont Du Lac Hosts High School Alpine Skiing Meet

Duluth East, Duluth Marshall and Duluth Denfeld took part, along with CEC and Hermantown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Monday, the Mont Du Lac Resort hosted a high school alpine skiing meet. Duluth East, Duluth Marshall and Duluth Denfeld took part, along with CEC and Hermantown. The top time overall went to Duluth East’s Mia Arnold, who had a combined time for her two runs of just under one minute and ten seconds. Denfeld’s Margaret Duncan…

Blair Leads UMD Men’s Basketball Past U-Mary

Freshman Joshua Brown chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Austin Andrews also finished with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore Drew Blair scored 20 points as the UMD men’s basketball team returned to action in a big way, dominating U-Mary 72-50 Friday night at Romano Gym. Freshman Joshua Brown chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Austin Andrews also finished with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. UMD improves to 2-0 and…

Prep Basketball: Marshall Girls/Boys Winners on Opening Night; Superior Girls Hold Off Proctor

It was a good night for the Hilltoppers as their boys and girls basketball teams were victorious on opening night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior forward Gianna Kneepkens led the way with 38 points as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team defeated Duluth Denfeld 84-39 on the opening night of the Minnesota prep basketball season. Selah Reinertsen and Lexi Lowinski each scored 12 points for the Hunters. In other prep basketball action, the Superior girls held on for the home win…

Prep Boys Hockey: Denfeld/East, Proctor/Marshall Skate to Ties; Hermantown Tops Superior

Two games on the docket end in ties, while Hermantown opens their season with a road win.

DULUTH, Minn. – On the opening night of the prep boys hockey season, Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East skated to a 4-4 tie Friday night at the Heritage Center. In other action, Duluth Marshall and Proctor also ended in a tie as they each scored twice, while Hermantown got an 8-1 road win to start their season in Superior. Joey…

Back to Work This Weekend for UMD Men’s Basketball Team

The Bulldogs will host the University of Mary beginning Friday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – When sports schedules get changed in the Northland, it’s usually because of the weather. But now, we’ve got a new enemy in COVID-19, which has left a lot of teams Having to start and stop their seasons, including the UMD men’s basketball team. But the Bulldogs will be back in action this weekend in their first game…

UMD Women’s Hockey Return to Play After Long Layoff

Puck drop for Friday night's game is set for just after 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will be making their return to action this weekend at Amsoil Arena. But for them, it’s been a long wait, well over a month to be exact. The team has been back to practicing since last week and they prefer to find the silver linings of their current situation. “I think it’s…

UMD Women’s Basketball Trying to Stay Positive Amidst Latest Schedule Change

Next up for UMD is a series on the road against Minnesota State Moorhead next weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team will not be in action this weekend as they announced earlier this week that their series against the University of Mary has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols. The Bulldogs were already shorthanded in their home sweep over Minot State last weekend. But now, the team is split up due to quarantine…

Superior’s Jason Kalin Reaches 300th Career Coaching Win Milestone

Kalin has been with the Spartans for the past 20 years, leading the team to its three most recent state championships in 2003, 2005 and 2015.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday night, the Superior boys hockey team picked up their first win of the season, an overtime thriller over Wausau West. And that victory gave head coach Jason Kalin his 300th career coaching win. Kalin has been with the Spartans for the past 20 years, leading the team to its three most recent state championships in 2003,…

UMD Men’s Hockey Series Against Miami Postponed

The series is now re-scheduled for January 29th and 30th in Oxford.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team announced Wednesday that their upcoming road series at Miami (OH) has been postponed. According to a press release, the decision was made due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of players within the program. The series is now re-scheduled for January 29th and 30th in Oxford….

Duluth Denfeld Boys Hockey Set To Open Season Against Rivals Duluth East

Puck drop for Thursday night's game at the Duluth Heritage Center is set for 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – We are just two days away from the start of the winter season for Minnesota prep sports. And one team that’s got high expectations is the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team. The Hunters are coming off a very successful campaign last year, making it all the way to the section title game for the first time since…

Superior Boys Basketball Outlast Northwestern in OT Thriller

Seniors Kaden Kimmes and Lars Olson combined to score 46 points in the Spartans win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior Kaden Kimmes would hit the go-ahead basket in the final seconds and finish with 24 points as the Superior boys basketball topped Northwestern 80-79 in overtime Monday night. Lars Olson chipped in with 22 points for the Spartans, who picked up their first win of the season. CJ Thompson led the Tigers with 29 points, while…

UMD Women’s Basketball Cancel Upcoming Road Series Against U-Mary

Per NSIC scheduling guidelines for this season, this weekend's series between the Bulldogs and the Marauders will not be rescheduled.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team announced Monday that their road series versus the University of Mary has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. According to a press release, due to previous exposure and testing protocols within the UMD women’s basketball program, the Bulldogs will not travel to Mary. Per NSIC scheduling guidelines for this season, this weekend’s…

Coaches Corner: Northland Coaches Talk Start of Winter Practices

For this week's segment, we hear from local head coaches on the start of winter sports practices.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, Northland head coaches talk about the start of the winter sports season. We hear from Hermantown hockey coach Patrick Andrews, CEC girls hockey coach Courtney Olin, Proctor girls basketball coach Matt Solberg and Duluth East boys basketball coach Rhett McDonald. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

UMD Men’s Hockey Drop Home Opener to St. Cloud State

Luke Mylymok and Blake Biondi each scored their first career goals while senior Nick Swaney capped off a three-goal second period

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time in ten months, the UMD men’s hockey team played a game on their home ice at Amsoil Arena. But St. Cloud State spoiled the party as the Huskies held on for a 4-3 win Friday night. Luke Mylymok and Blake Biondi each scored their first career goals while senior Nick Swaney capped off…

Ashland Boys Basketball Spoil Opening Night for Superior

Kevon Powell led the Oredockers with 20 points while John Bochler and Alec Lindberg combined for 33.

SUPERIOR, Wis. РThe Ashland boys basketball team picked up the road win Friday night over Superior 74-71 in overtime. Kevon Powell led the Oredockers with 20 points while John Bochler and Alec Lindberg combined for 33 in the winning effort. On the Spartans side, Kaden Kimmes led all scorers with 27 points. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Grand Rapids’ Jack Peart To Rejoin Thunderhawks Hockey Team

Peart and the Thunderhawks will open their season next Thursday against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Now that the Minnesota prep hockey season is set to begin next week, junior hockey players who are still in high school have to decide whether to stay or go back. Grand Rapids defenseman Jack Peart played in eleven games with the Fargo Force and he has decided to return to the Thunderhawks. But he says…

UMD Men’s Hockey To Host St. Cloud State in Home Opener

Puck drop for Friday night's game is set for 7:30 p.m. and it will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team will be back in action this weekend and for the second straight week, the Bulldogs will take on St. Cloud state. Head coach Scott Sandelin says the only difference this week will be playing on a much smaller sheet of ice. “Sometimes when you catch those teams that are playing on the…

Northwestern Boys Basketball Earn Home Win Over Chetek-Weyerhaueser

Five players finished with double-digits as the Tigers picked up the win at home.

MAPLE, Wis. – Monte Mayberry led the way with 20 points as the Northwestern boys basketball team knocked off Chetek-Weyerhaueser 87-40 Thursday night. Aiden Kroeplin finished with 11 points while John Grohn, Bennett Nelson and Jase Nelson all chipped in with 10 points as well. The Tigers improve to 6-2 as they’ll host Barron on Saturday night. Categories: High School,…

UMD Volleyball Ranked 6th in First National Poll of the Season

UMD finished the 2019 season also ranked sixth in the poll.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team come in at #6 in the first national poll of the season from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. UMD finished the 2019 season also ranked sixth in the poll. Last year, the Bulldogs were ranked in the Top 25 Coaches’ poll for the entirety of the season, finishing with a 25-7 record overall….

Minnesota Wilderness Announce January Home Schedule

The team has yet to play a home game at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness announced Thursday their home schedule for the month of January. Their first home game will be January 17th against the Austin Bruins. The Wilderness will also be at home on the 23rd against the Bruins, the 24th against the Kenai River Brown Bears, the 30th again against Austin and the 31st against the Minnesota…

Duluth Denfeld’s Keegan Chastey Named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team

The forward wrapped up his career with the Hunters recording 66 goals and 67 assists, which are both team records,

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Keegan Chastey has been named to the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Fall Boys High School All-Great Lakes Region Team. The forward wrapped up his career with the Hunters recording 66 goals and 67 assists, which are both team records, and scored a goal in the section championship game this past season. Chastey was also a…

Northland High School Basketball Teams Talk About Difficulties With Mask Requirements

Coaches now have to think about how to deal with these issues, including how to maximize the time players have in dead ball situations.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the dialing back of restrictions from governor Tim Walz, the hope was that the same would be done for some restrictions on sports, specifically mask wearing. But that won’t be changing anytime soon. This week as teams begin official practices, we asked local basketball players for their reaction to that requirement. “It’s really hard at first….

UMD Women’s Basketball Head Into Home Opener Shorthanded Due to Quarantine Guidelines

The Bulldogs will host Minot State Friday night in their home opener at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team are coming off of a cancelled game on Sunday, but thanks to contact tracing, they’ll have enough players to compete this upcoming weekend in their home opener. Head coach Mandy Pearson did admit that the situation this past weekend did feel a lot like last March, when the NCAA tournament was cancelled…

UMD Men’s Basketball Team Talk Impressive Season Opener Despite Sunday’s Cancellation

The Bulldogs will not be in action this weekend as their series against Minot State was cancelled.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the majority of the UMD men’s basketball team will be in quarantine after being exposed to players from Winona State during their season opener this past weekend against the Warriors. The Bulldogs spoke Wednesday to get a sense of what it was like leading up to Sunday’s cancellation. “We just got done with shoot-around and…

Duluth East Boys Basketball Looking to Live Up to High Expectations

The Greyhounds will travel to Grand Rapids next Thursday for their season opener.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East boys basketball team is coming into this season with high expectations. The Greyhounds are always in contention for the section, but have struggled to get over the hump. This season though, they feel a different vibe of determination, especially among the seniors. “Coach is still pretty intense. We’re getting after it. He’s pretty like…

Big Shoes to Fill for This Year’s Proctor Girls Basketball Team

The Rails will open their season next Thursday at Superior.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Minnesota high school basketball teams kicked off the first week of official practices, including the Proctor girls. The Rails will have some big shoes to fill as they will look to replace arguably their most successful senior class in program history. And while this year’s squad isn’t experienced on the varsity level, many of them were part…

Superior Boys Hockey Drop Season Opener to Eau Claire North

Senior forward Ethan Welch scored the lone goal for the Spartans.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior forward Ethan Welch would score the first goal within the first minute of the game, but Eau Claire North would cruise the rest of the way as they top the Spartans 7-1 Tuesday night at Wessman Arena. The Spartans will look for better results Thursday night as they travel to Amery. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Denfeld’s Owen Wilcox Commits to LSC Men’s Soccer

Wilcox is another in a long line of former Gitchi Gummi soccer players who are moving on to the collegiate level.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Owen Wilcox has committed to joining the Lake Superior College men’s soccer team. The midfielder finished with 14 total points in two years on the Hunters varsity squad. But head coach Scott Anderson says Wilcox was often the second or third assist on many goals and was a big part of Denfeld’s section championship win…

Northland High School Hockey Teams Begin First Official Practices

After weeks of delays and postponements, high school hockey practices began for teams all across the Northland.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The wait is over as the practices are officially underway for Northland hockey teams, including the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls. “I was super excited. I’ve been thinking about it. We’ve got a countdown on our Instagram page. We’ve been counting down for about two weeks now. Super excited to get back into it,” said senior Lauren Sertich. “I think…

UMD Men’s Basketball Series vs. Minot State Cancelled

Per the NSIC's scheduling guidelines for this season, the games will not be made up.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some tough news for the UMD men’s basketball team as the NSIC announced Monday that the Bulldogs series this upcoming weekend at Minot State has been cancelled. This comes after UMD’s second game against Winona State this past weekend was cancelled after positive tests came up on the Warrior’s roster. Per the NSIC’s scheduling guidelines for this…

Coaches Corner: Justin Wieck

For this week's segment, we catch up with the head coach of the UMD men's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with UMD men’s basketball head coach Justin Wieck as the Bulldogs get their season started. Among the topics discussed are what the roster will look like this upcoming season and how the team will handle playing games during a pandemic. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD Men’s Hockey Get Set for Second Half of the Season

The Bulldogs will open things up on the road against St. Cloud State, a team the Bulldogs did not get to face in the pod.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the new year comes the return of the UMD men’s hockey team. The Bulldogs are back to practicing at Amsoil Arena after spending the majority of the month in the NCHC pod in Omaha. The team says they are excited to return to a familiar place where they can get back to their old routines. “We…

UMD Women’s Hockey Series vs. Minnesota Postponed

The Bulldogs will now have to wait until January 15th for their next series at home against Ohio State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team announced on Thursday that their upcoming series against the University of Minnesota has been postponed. The Bulldogs were set to open the second half of their season this Monday and Tuesday down at Ridder Arena against the Golden Gophers, but they will be unable to meet the minimum number of players required…

UMD Basketball Teams Ready to Return to Action

The men will open things up at home Saturday against Winona State, while the women will face the Warriors on the road.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a delayed start to their season, the UMD basketball teams will be back in action beginning this weekend. For the women, it will be their first time playing since the pandemic cancelled the NCAA tournament before they even got to play their first round game. “We do have some unfinished business because of the whole way…

Hibbing’s Parker Maki Commits to Bemidji State Men’s Basketball

Last season as a junior, Maki averaged over 10 points and six rebounds per game, helping the Bluejackets finish with a 20-8 record.

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing’s Parker Maki announced on Twitter this week that he has committed to joining the Bemidji State men’s basketball team. Last season as a junior, Maki averaged over 10 points and six rebounds per game, helping the Bluejackets finish with a 20-8 record. He also plays on the Playmakers North AAU basketball team. Categories: College, High School,…

Former UMD Hockey Player Bob Bell Turns Hockey Sticks Into Walking Canes

If you would like to donate any or if you know someone who needs a walking cane, contact the Duluth Heritage Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – The old saying goes: if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Former UMD men’s hockey player Bob Bell loves hockey, just as much as he loves making things. So he decided to combine his two passions to help out others in the community. Many people who know Bell would consider…

Half-Capacity Limit Reached for 2021 Grandma’s Marathon Races

The focus turns to the possibility of adding more in-person spots if local and state restrictions on mass gatherings are loosened up.

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in October, registration was open for Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K. The half-marathon filled up in just over 13 hours. And now the other two are full as well. Organizers announced Tuesday that all three races have reached the half-capacity limit for in-person registration. The full and half-marathons were…

Superior Boys Basketball Have Some Catching Up To Do With Delayed Start to Season

The Spartans will open their season January 8th at home against Ashland.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last week, the Superior boys basketball team returned to the court for official tryouts. Now, the final cuts are done and the Spartans officially begin practice. Superior will have some catching up to do as several teams in Wisconsin already have a few games under their belt. But that won’t be an issue for the Spartans as…

MDH Releases Updated Guidance for High School Sports

All basketball and hockey players will be required to wear masks during practices and games.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health released updated guidelines for winter high school sports, which will allow games to begin on January 14th. That would be ten days after practices would set to start. A big change comes in the fact that basketball and hockey players will be required to wear masks during practices and games….

Minnesota Wilderness to Resume Practices on January 4th

This means their games scheduled for this weekend, as well as next week will be postponed.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness announced Monday that they will be resuming practices on January 4th. This means their games scheduled for this weekend, as well as next week will be postponed. The press release also says that thanks to the NAHL’s extension of the regular season, it will give the Wilderness ample time to re-schedule those games. No…

UMD Men’s Hockey Announces Changes to Upcoming Schedule

The Bulldogs' games this upcoming weekend against St. Cloud State will no longer be a home-and-home series as both games will now take place at the Herb Brooks Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday, the NCHC announced changes that are being made to the second-half schedule, which impacts the UMD men’s hockey team. The Bulldogs’ games this upcoming weekend against St. Cloud State will no longer be a home-and-home series as both games will now take place at the Herb Brooks Arena. It will also be a Saturday-Sunday series rather…