Author: Sam Ali

Registration Still Open for Sixth Annual Twin Ports Pro Development Camp

The camp will take place from July 26th to the 29th at the Superior Ice Arena.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The time for summer hockey camps is right around the corner. And registration is still open for one of the best in the Northland. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is back for its sixth year of providing elite level instruction and training for local boys and girls youth hockey players. A lot of the same faces…

Duluth East Boys Golf Battle the Elements to Get to State Tournament

The Class AAA boys golf tournament will take place June 15th and 16th at the Bunker Hills Golf Club in Minneapolis.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, the Duluth East boys golf team went down to the Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley with one mission: win the section championship and make some history along the way. And after a stellar two days, their mission was accomplished. After leading the way on Day One, the Greyhounds shot a 309 on Day Two…

Greenway Softball Wins First Section Title Since 1994

The Raiders capped off their first undefeated season in school history as they'll head to the state tournament with a perfect 25-0 record.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Greenway softball team used a strong start to stay ahead of Proctor and hold on for the 7-4 win in the Section 7AA championship game Thursday afternoon at Braun Park. The Raiders are heading to the state tournament for the first time since 1994 as they cap off their first undefeated season in program history. Categories:…

South Ridge Baseball, Cherry Softball Advance to Class A State Tournament

The Panthers and Tigers both won their section championship games in five innings.

AURORA, Minn. – In the Section 7A baseball championship game, South Ridge needed just five innings to knock off North Woods 14-0 to win their third straight section title. And in the Section 7A softball title game, it was Cherry all over Barnum 14-0 in five innings as the Tigers clinch a trip to the Class A state tournament. Categories:…

Eveleth-Gilbert Baseball Falls to Aitkin in Section 7AA Championship

The Golden Bears end their season with a 21-6 record.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Eveleth-Gilbert baseball team rolled past Aitkin 13-0 in five innings to force a winner-take-all championship game for the Section 7AA title. But it would be the Gobblers getting the win over the Golden Bears 14-2 to win their first section championship since 2014. The Golden Bears end their season with a 21-6 record. Categories: High School,…

Katie Stark to Join UMD Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

After her playing career ended, Stark spent this past season on the coaching staff for the UWS women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hayward native Katie Stark was a major part of the resurgence of the UMD women’s basketball team. And she had so much fun with the Bulldogs that she has decided to come back to help out her former head coach. Mandy Pearson announced this week that Stark will be joining her coaching staff for next season. Stark…

Proctor Softball Look to Avenge Regular-Season Loss to Greenway in Section Championship

First pitch between the Rails and Raiders at Braun Park is set for 3 p.m.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor softball team took the scenic route to the section title game. After falling to Moose Lake-Willow River in the winner’s bracket, the Rails rattle off three wins Wednesday to come out of the loser’s bracket and punch their ticket to Wednesday’s section championship game. “Yesterday was really exhausting. It was a lot of work to…

Duluth Huskies Snap Skid Against La Crosse

The Huskies improve to 3-7 as they travel to St. Cloud Thursday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jesse Pierce led the way with three RBI as the Duluth Huskies held off a late rally to defeat La Crosse 11-7 Wednesday night at Wade Stadium. The Huskies improve to 3-7 as they travel to St. Cloud Thursday night. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Frank Pufall Resigns as Head Coach of UWS Baseball Team

Pufall just wrapped up his fifth season with UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior announced Wednesday that Frank Pufall has resigned as head coach of the Yellowjackets baseball team. Pufall just wrapped up his fifth season with UWS. Two years ago, he led the ‘Jackets to the UMAC championship game. According to a press release, the search for a new baseball coach will begin immediately. Categories: College, Sports

Grand Rapids Baseball Blanks Chisago Lakes to Win Section 7AAA Championship

Behind a complete game one-hitter from sophomore pitcher Kyle Henke, the Grand Rapids baseball team blanked Chisago Lakes 6-0 to win the Section 7AAA championship.

DULUTH, Minn. – Behind a complete game one-hitter from sophomore pitcher Kyle Henke, the Grand Rapids baseball team blanked Chisago Lakes 6-0 to win the Section 7AAA championship Wednesday afternoon at Wade Stadium. Senior Kodi Miller finished with two RBIs to help the Thunderhawks capture their first section title since 2018. Categories: High School, Sports

Youth Guides Hermantown Girls Golf to State Tournament

The Class AA state golf tournament is set for June 15th and 16th at the "Ridges at Sand Creek" in Jordan, MN.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Despite not having a single senior on their roster, the Hermantown girls golf team put together a strong second half of the season to capture their first section title since 2012. Now, they’re hoping their youth continues to carry them into the state tournament. The Hawks have four freshman on their team, including Izy Fairchild, who finished…

Duluth Huskies Fall at Home to La Crosse

Mike Boeve led the way with three hits as the Huskies fall to 2-7 on the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies scored three runs in the first inning, but were shutout the rest of the way as La Crosse picked up the road win 6-3 Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. Mike Boeve led the way with three hits as the Huskies fall to 2-7 on the season. They’ll look for better results Wednesday afternoon when…

Grand Rapids Baseball Gets Set to Face Chisago Lakes in Section Title Game

Grand Rapids is looking for their first section title since 2018 when they defeated Chisago Lakes in the finals.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Our first prep baseball section title game will take place Wednesday morning as Grand Rapids will face Chisago Lakes. The Thunderhawks knocked off the top-seeded Wildcats this past weekend so to beat them again, they will stick with what worked in that game. “We swung the bats very well. I think we had 17 hits and…

Proctor Baseball Falls to Aitkin in Section Semi-Finals

The Gobblers will face Eveleth-Gilbert, who defeated the Rails in the loser's bracket.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – An early hole was too deep to dig out of as the Proctor baseball team lost their first game of the Section 7AA tournament 13-0 to Aitkin. The Gobblers will face Eveleth-Gilbert, who defeated the Rails in the loser’s bracket. First pitch Thursday at Wade Stadium is set for 5 p.m.   Categories: High School, Sports

Greenway Softball Tops Moose Lake-Willow River to Advance to Section 7AA Title Game

The Raiders advance to the Section 7AA championship game where they will face Proctor.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Abby Gustason in the third inning as the Greenway softball team defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 10-1 Tuesday afternoon at Braun Park. The Raiders advance to the Section 7AA championship game where they will face Proctor. That game will take place Thursday at 3 p.m. at Braun Park. Categories: High School, Sports

Virginia’s Nick Peters Signs NLI for Mesabi Range Baseball

Peters will be the fourth Blue Devil to join the Norseman next season.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Virginia’s Nick Peters has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Mesabi Range College baseball team. This will be the fourth Blue Devil to join the Norseman as Peters’ teammates Daniel Moore, Cole Schaefer and Landin McCarty will all be staying close to home. The quartet helped Virginia go 17-7 this past season, winning two…

UMD Football Adds Two Members to Coaching Staff

KeyShawn Carter will be the new running backs coach, while Monay Swafford joins the Bulldogs to coach the cornerbacks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team has added two new members to their coaching staff. KeyShawn Carter will be the new running backs coach, while Monay Swafford joins the Bulldogs to coach the cornerbacks. Carpenter is originally from Chicago and played running back at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Swafford played corner for three years at Concordia Moorhead, then transferred…

Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens Honored by Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Kneepkens will have her jersey displayed at the facility in Knoxville, TN.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens was named an honoree for the 2020-2021 Ring of Honor at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Kneepkens will have her jersey displayed at the facility in Knoxville, TN. The former Hilltopper finished her high school career fourth on the state’s all time scoring list. She will be playing Division I…

Superior Baseball Holds Off Rice Lake at Home

Ethan Raye knocked in the game-tying and game-winning runs in the fourth inning

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A four-run fourth inning would be the difference as the Superior baseball team got the comeback win over Rice Lake 4-3 Monday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. Ethan Raye knocked in the game-tying and game-winning runs in the fourth inning that helped the Spartans stay ahead for good as they improve to 15-4 on the…

Duluth Huskies to Lift Mask Mandates, Attendance Restrictions

The team will no longer require fans to wear masks at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies have officially wrapped up their first week of the season. And even with the restrictions at Wade Stadium, the fan experience has been mostly positive so far. But Monday, the team made a big announcement about a return to normalcy for the rest of the season. Beginning Tuesday, the Huskies will no longer require…

Mike Randolph Speaks Publicly Following Resignation

The former Greyhounds hockey coach blamed "parental pressure" and lack of "administrative support" for his decision to leave.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, Mike Randolph spoke publicly for the first time since resigning as head coach of the Duluth East boys hockey team. He read from a prepare statement and did not take questions from the media. The lobby at the Heritage Center was packed with supporters as Randolph explained that the press conference was the best way for…

UMD Researcher Looking Into Why Head Coaches Are Leaving Their Positions

The Mike Randolph situation has prompted more conversations about the role parents play in youth sports.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Mike Randolph situation has prompted more conversations about the role parents play in youth sports. Sean Bedard-Parker, a local soccer official who works in the education department at UMD, is currently researching organizational leadership in sports while trying to answer the question “why do people who are involved in the game decide to leave it?” “I…

Coaches Corner: Duluth Huskies

For this week's segment, we hear from members of the Duluth Huskies.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from members of the Duluth Huskies baseball team, including team manager Marcus Pointer, outfielders Kyle Westfall and Kimo Fukofuka and pitcher Ben Pedersen. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Northwoods League, Sports

UMD Releases 2021 Fall Schedules for Football, Volleyball, Women’s Soccer

All three teams will begin their seasons on the road on September 2nd.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD released their 2021 schedule for the upcoming fall sports season. The football team will open things up on the road September 2nd against Upper Iowa. Their home opener at Malosky Stadium will be September 11th against Minnesota State Mankato. The UMD volleyball team will also return to action September 2nd at the Michigan Tech…

Rock Ridge Boys Tennis Win Section Championship in First Co-Op Season

The Wolverines defeated Aitkin last week to capture the Section 7A championship in their first year as a program.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Rivalries are one of the most important aspects of sports. It forces the teams involved to be better each time they meet or else you’ll be on the receiving end of some lengthy trash talk. But what happens when a pair of rivals now have to team up and play together? Well that’s exactly what happened with…

Pavlowich Comes Through In Extras as Proctor Baseball Walks Off on Duluth Marshall

The Rails will take on Aitkin in the Section 7AA semi-finals Tuesday at Egerdahl Field.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the bottom of the ninth inning, senior Conner Pavlowich delivered the game-winning RBI that gave the Proctor baseball team a 3-2 win over Duluth Marshall Thursday afternoon at Bulldog Park. Nick Terhaar would score the winning run as the Rails will take on Aitkin in the Section 7AA semi-finals Tuesday at Egerdahl Field. Categories: High School,…

Duluth Boys Lacrosse Top Champlin Park, Advance to Section Semi-Finals

Caleb Keenan, Tyler Smith and Colby Larson each scored three goals for the Wolfpack.

DULUTH, Minn. – Caleb Keenan, Tyler Smith and Colby Larson each scored three goals as the Duluth boys lacrosse team defeated Champlin Park 13-8 Thursday night at Public Schools Stadium. Gaven Slattery, Dane Calloway, Sam Mertz and Lars Berg also scored for the Wolfpack, who move on to face Blaine in the section semi-finals. That game will take place Monday…

Prep Softball: Barnum, Cherry Advance to Section 7A Semi-Finals

The Bombers and Tigers will face off in the section semi-finals Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In the quarterfinals of the Section 7A softball tournament, Barnum defeated Silver Bay 8-6 and Cherry topped South Ridge 7-2 at Braun Park in Cloquet. The Bombers and Tigers will face off in the section semi-finals Tuesday in Grand Rapids. Categories: High School, Sports

Former Greyhounds Talk Sudden Resignation of Duluth East Boys Hockey Coach Mike Randolph

The 2018 Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Famer will be holding a press conference on Friday to address the situation.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota prep hockey world is still buzzing after Tuesday’s shocking announcement that Mike Randolph is resigning as head coach of the Duluth East boys hockey team. We caught up with some of his former players who reflected on their time with one of the most successful coaches in the history of Minnesota high school hockey. “Even…

Prep Softball: Cloquet Blanks Grand Rapids, Hermantown Walks Off on Hibbing

The Lumberjacks and Hawks started their playoff runs with home wins.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Senior Amanda Paul finished with 10 strikeouts as the Cloquet softball team shutout Grand Rapids 7-0 Wednesday afternoon at Braun Park in the first round of the Section 7AAA playoffs. Elsewhere in the bracket, Hermantown picked up the walk-off win over Hibbing 5-4. The Section 7AAA playoffs continue on Saturday with all games being played at Braun…

UWS Men’s Soccer Receive First-Ever National Ranking

The Yellowjackets came in at #3 after finishing their season 11-1.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s soccer team earned a national ranking from the United Soccer Coaches poll for the first time in program history. The Yellowjackets came in at #3 after finishing their season 11-1. UWS claimed its fourth straight UMAC championship last month and went undefeated in conference play. The ‘Jackets have dropped only four conference games since…

UMD, Maura Crowell Agree to Four-Year Contract Extension

This comes after UMD clinched their first Frozen Four appearance since 2010.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD and women’s hockey head coach Maura Crowell agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep her behind the Bulldog bench through 2026. This comes after UMD clinched their first Frozen Four appearance since 2010. In her six seasons with the Bulldogs, Crowell has led UMD to two NCAA tournament berths and recorded her…

Mike Randolph Resigns as Head Coach of Duluth East Boys Hockey Team

His 658 career coaching victories rank third all-time in state history.

DULUTH, Minn. – For over three decades, Mike Randolph has been a staple of the Duluth East boys hockey team. But Tuesday, we learned some shocking news that is sure to impact not only prep hockey in the Northland, but in the entire state as well. FOX 21 has confirmed that Mike Randolph is resigning as head coach of the…

Former Duluth Marshall Standout Ben Pedersen Solid in Debut for Duluth Huskies

The former Hilltopper finished with five strikeouts, allowing just two hits and no walks in four innings of work.

DULUTH, Minn. – Coming back to your hometown can be a very nerve-racking situation. But that wasn’t the case for Duluth native Ben Pedersen, who returned home Monday night to take the mound on Opening Day for the Duluth Huskies. “It felt great. I’ve been pitching on this field for a while so it takes the whole nerves thing out…

Duluth Huskies Top Waterloo for First Win of the Season

Outfielder Kimo Fukofuka homered in the second inning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Outfielder Kimo Fukofuka homered in the second inning as the Duluth Huskies avenged their loss on Opening Day with a win on Tuesday night 10-6 at Wade Stadium. The Huskies will look to keep rolling with a two-game series in Bismarck starting Wednesday night. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Prep Baseball: Section Playoff Wins for South Ridge, Silver Bay, Cherry, Duluth Marshall

South Ridge, Silver Bay and Cherry advanced to the winner's bracket with their Tuesday afternoon victories.

ESKO, Minn. – On the first day of the Section 7A baseball playoffs, South Ridge, Silver Bay and Cherry advanced to the winner’s bracket with their Tuesday afternoon victories. The Panthers defeated Carlton 11-1 in five innings, the Mariners outlasted Cook County 17-10 and the Tigers topped Chisholm 6-2. And in Section 7AA, Duluth Marshall got the upset win over…

Prep Softball: MIB, North Woods Win Section Openers

Mountain Iron-Buhl defeated Nashwauk-Keewatin 7-1 and North Woods upset Chisholm 15-7.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – In the opening round of the Section 7A softball playoffs, Mountain Iron-Buhl defeated Nashwauk-Keewatin 7-1 and North Woods upset Chisholm 15-7. For full results, click here. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD’s Maura Crowell Part of Group Proposing Expansion of NCAA Women’s Hockey Tournament

The group is looking to make some big changes, which includes expanding the field from eight teams to ten.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey coaching staff is part of a group of coaches across the nation who want to shake up the NCAA women’s hockey tournament. In a story first reported by Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune, the group is looking to make some big changes, which includes expanding the field from eight teams to…

Proctor Native Jake Malec Named Summit League Tournament MVP

Malec isn't the only Northland player on the team, which includes Esko's Nick Emanuel, as well as Duluth East's Caden and Jaxon Edwards.

FARGO, N.D. – This past weekend, Proctor native Jake Malec was named Summit League Tournament MVP for the North Dakota State baseball team. The former Rail led the Bison with seven hits and four RBI, en route to defeating top seed Oral Roberts in the championship game. Malec isn’t the only Northland player on the team, which includes Esko’s Nick…

Duluth Huskies Fall to Waterloo on Opening Day

Duluth native Ben Pedersen threw four strong innings, striking out five batters and allowing just two hits.

DULUTH, Minn. – A five-run fifth inning would be the difference as the Waterloo Bucks spoil Opening Night for the Duluth Huskies with a 5-0 win Monday night at Wade Stadium. On a positive note, Duluth native Ben Pedersen threw four strong innings, striking out five batters and allowing just two hits. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Former Clarkson Star Elizabeth Giguere Talks Joining UMD Women’s Hockey Team

Giguere is already familiar with the Bulldogs' roster, having played them during her sophomore and junior years.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a stellar four years at Clarkson University, Elizabeth Giguere has decided to take her talents to UMD as a graduate transfer. The Quebec City native admitted that the decision to leave the golden knights was very difficult. “I just had to think about myself and what would make me a better player and just start fresh,…

Phillip Homere Named New Head Coach of Duluth Denfeld Boys Basketball Team

He takes over for Mike Devney, who retired after this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, Phillip Homere was officially named the new head coach of the Duluth Denfeld boys basketball team. The former UMD standout has been an assistant coach at Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College, Lake Superior College, as well as at Duluth East. When the announcement was made, several members of the Northland basketball community voiced their…

Minnesota Legion Baseball Expecting All-Time High in Participation This Summer

The Minnesota American Legion Baseball Committee says over 370 teams across the state will be playing this summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the prep baseball season wrapping up, that means Legion baseball is right around the corner. According to the Minnesota American Legion Baseball Committee, participation has reached an all-time high in 2021 with over 370 teams across the state. And that comes as no surprise to local coaches, who dream about the day Legion baseball is as…

Sioux Falls Stampede Select Hermantown’s Aaron Pionk in USHL Phase II Draft

The dynamic forward wrapped up a stellar career with the Hawks, recording 15 goals and 25 assists in 20 games this past season as a senior.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This week, Hermantown’s Aaron Pionk was drafted by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 13th round of the USHL Phase II draft. The dynamic forward wrapped up a stellar career with the Hawks, recording 15 goals and 25 assists in 20 games this past season as a senior, helping Hermantown win their 11th section title in…

Chicago White Sox Purchase Contract of Hermantown Native Kevin Folman

The former Duluth Husky spent the past three years with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association of Professional Baseball.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former Duluth Huskies pitcher and Hermantown native Kevin Folman has signed with the Chicago White Sox. This is the second time the White Sox have purchased Folman’s contract, who has spent the past three years with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association of Professional Baseball. Folman played at three levels of the White Sox…

Superior’s Rob Scott Named New Head Football Coach at Eau Claire Memorial

He'll take over a program that finished 2-5 during the alternate fall season in 2020.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week, Superior’s Rob Scott was named the new head football coach at Eau Claire Memorial. Scott was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for the Spartans, and also ran their youth football program for the past 12 years. The Wausau native graduated from Mesabi Range Community College, as well as UW-Superior. He’ll take over a…

Duluth East Boys Tennis Win Fifth Straight Section Championship

The Greyhounds get set for the Class AA state tournament, which begins June 8th in Prior Lake.

DULUTH, Minn. – After dropping their regular season meeting against section rival Elk River, the Duluth East boys tennis team dominated the Elks 6-1 Thursday afternoon to win their fifth consecutive Section 7AA championship. The Greyhounds get set for the Class AA state tournament, which begins June 8th in Prior Lake. Here are the full results: SINGLES: No. 1 –…

Duluth FC Academy Holds Off Hayward FC For First Ever Win

Finn Huffington and Brandon Wright scored for the Bluegreens.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their first ever match, the Duluth FC Academy team held on for the 2-1 win over Hayward FC Thursday night at Lincoln Park High School. Finn Huffington and Brandon Wright scored for the Bluegreens, while Cole Gewerth got on the board for the Wolfpack. Categories: College, Sports

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Excited for Another Trip to Nationals

Reindl will take part in the 800-meter run for the second time in her career and fifth overall when combining the indoor track and field season.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, UMD’s Haleigh Reindl will yet again represent the Bulldogs at the 2021 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships. Reindl will take part in the 800-meter run for the second time in her career and fifth overall when combining the indoor track and field season. She credits a lot of her success to head…

Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens Named Gatorade Player of the Year

Kneepkens finished her high school career as the fourth all-time leading scorer in state history.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens is adding another award to her mantle. Thursday, the future Utah Ute was named the 2021 Gatorade Minnesota Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Kneepkens wrapped up her career with the Hilltoppers, scoring a state-record 67 points in her final career game, which allowed her to finish fourth on the all-time scoring list….