Author: Sam Ali

Prep Boys Hockey: Thursday Night Wins for Hunters, Lumberjacks, Golden Bears, Spartans

Duluth Denfeld, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Superior would get wins at home, while Eveleth-Gilbert are victorious on the road.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cooper McClure would score twice in the second period as the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team knocked off Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 4-1 Thursday night at the Duluth Heritage Center. In other prep boys hockey action, Christian Galatz netted a hat-trick, including the overtime game-winner, as Cloquet-Esko-Carlton defeated Duluth East 5-4, Eveleth-Gilbert picked up a road rivalry win over Virginia/MIB…

UMD Men’s Basketball Team Take Seven-Game Win Streak on the Road

The Bulldogs will take on Sioux Falls on Friday night and then against Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The cold temperatures as of late have definitely impacted the vast majority of the Upper Midwest. One place the temps haven’t been able to cool down is the UMD men’s basketball team. The Bulldogs are currently riding a seven-game win streak, including a perfect 5-0 at Romano Gym. That’s good for first place in the NSIC North…

UWS Basketball Teams Get First Sweep Over CSS in Five Years

It was a good night to be a Yellowjacket for the UWS men's and women's basketball teams.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Freshman Mason Ackley poured in a career-high 21 points as the Wisconsin-Superior men’s basketball team knocked off rivals St. Scholastica 72-58 Wednesday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series for the Yellowjackets, who stay undefeated in UMAC play. And in the women’s game, Eva Reinertsen and Marissa Ruiz…

Prep Girls Basketball: Hilltoppers, Bluejackets, Rails Continue Winning Ways

It was a good night of basketball for Duluth Marshall, Hibbing and Proctor.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls basketball team stayed undefeated as they got the home win over Two Harbors 86-22 Tuesday night. In other prep action, Proctor won a low-scoring affair over Superior 39-29 and Hibbing gets the road win over Duluth East 55-47. Categories: High School, Sports

Hawks Boys Hockey Blast Hilltoppers at Home

Hermantown had seven different goal-scorers in their win over Duluth Marshall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Blake Biondi would net a hat trick while Aydyn Dowd chipped in with two goals of his own as the Hermantown boys hockey team knocked off Duluth Marshall at home 10-0 Tuesday night. Zach Kilen, Joey Pierce, Ethan Lund, Gavin Blomdahl and Cayden Sunde also scored for the Hawks, who improve to 3-1-1 on the season. They…

CSS Quarterback Zach Edwards Earns MVP Honors at FCS Bowl

Next up for Edwards is a trip next month to New Jersey to train for pro days in March.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Scholastica’s Zach Edwards is back from taking part in the 2019 FCS Bowl and Edwards brought some hardware back with him. The St. Paul native was stellar in the All Star Game and was named MVP. Edwards says one of the best parts of the entire experience was spending time with players from all across the…

UMD’s Berg, Balts Earn All-American Honors from AVCA

The Bulldogs have had a player named to the First Team in eight of the last nine seasons.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD volleyball’s Kate Berg and Emily Balts were both named to the AVCA All-American Team. Berg earned First-Team honors while Balts landed on the Third Team. As a program, UMD has had a player named to the First Team in eight of the last nine seasons. Berg was among the best in the country in kills per…

Rebels Stay Unbeaten with Win Over Rails

Moose Lake-Willow River picks up the road win over Proctor.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Moose Lake-Willow River boys basketball team got the road win over Proctor 75-61 Monday night. The Rebels improve to 3-0 on the season as they will take on Barnum on Friday. The Rails will continue to search for their first win of the season Thursday night against South Ridge. Categories: High School, Sports

Hilltopper Girls Hockey Pick Up Third Straight Win Over Spartans

Duluth Marshall pushed their win streak to three games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Emily Etter and Laramie Prell scored their first career varsity goals as the Duluth Marshall girls hockey team defeated Superior 6-1 Monday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. The Hilltoppers push their win streak to three game as they get set for a Friday night match-up against Proctor/Hermantown. Categories: High School, Sports

Christmas Shopping Tradition Continues for Denfeld Boys Hockey Team

The players will be wrapping the gifts this week and make their special deliveries right before Christmas Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team are off to a great start to their season with a 3–1 record. And Monday night, they got their holidays off to a great start as well. For the eighth year in a row, the Hunters sponsored two families and the team did some Christmas shopping for them. The money is…

Coaches Corner: UMD Women’s Basketball

For this week's segment, we catch up with the Bulldogs women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with the UMD women’s basketball team. Our guests include head coach Mandy Pearson and juniors Payton Kahl and Ann Simonet. The Bulldogs are off to a great start to the NSIC schedule, including an undefeated record at Romano Gym. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota…

Prep Basketball: Big Wins for Hawks Girls, Eskomo Girls/Boys, Greyhound Boys

Opening Week continued for boys basketball as Esko and Duluth East picked up wins on Friday night.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In prep girls basketball action, Hermantown got the home win over Chisago Lakes 67-37 and Esko stayed unbeaten as they topped Superior 61-40 Friday night. And in prep boys action, it was Esko getting the road win over rivals Cloquet 89-54 and Duluth East opened their season with a win at home over Bloomington Jefferson 64-49, Categories:…

UMD Women’s Hockey Lose Heartbreaker to Top-Ranked Wisconsin

A late goal from the Badgers would seal the deal for Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wisc. – After Anna Klein’s second goal of the night with less than three minutes to go tied the game at three, Alexis Mauermann would score with just over a minute to go to give top-ranked Wisconsin the win over UMD 4-3 Friday night at LaBahn Arena. McKenzie Hewett also scored for the Bulldogs as they will look to…

Prep Basketball: Hilltopper Girls, Hawks Boys Win Season Openers

The Duluth Marshall girls won at home, while the Hermantown boys won on the road.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gianna Kneepkens and Grace Kirk combined to score 54 points as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team opened their season with a win over Duluth Denfeld 88-35 Thursday night. And in boys action, the Hermantown boys get the Opening Night road win over rivals Proctor 70-52. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Hockey: Lumberjack Boys, Spartan Boys, Hilltopper Girls Winners at Home

Home ice advantage was the name of the game on Thursday night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Christian Galatz would score twice as the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team used a big first period to get past Duluth Denfeld 5-4 Thursday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Aaron Moore, Cole Ketola and Logan Dushkin also scored for the Lumberjacks. Cole Olson, Dylan Jouppi, Griffin Lehet and Connor McClure were the goal-scorers for the Hunters….

Duluth Native, Vikings Fullback CJ Ham to Wear Custom Cleats in Honor of His Mother

The cleats that will feature a portrait of his mother Tina, who is currently fighting pancreatic cancer.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Duluth native and Minnesota Vikings fullback CJ Ham will be wearing some special footwear during this weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions. Ham will be wearing custom cleats that will feature a portrait of his mother Tina, who is currently fighting pancreatic cancer. It’s for the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” program. Ham surprised his mom with…

UMD Volleyball Open NCAA Tournament with Win over Central Missouri

The Bulldogs will face Concordia-St. Paul in the regional semi-finals on Friday.

KEARNEY, Neb. – Abby Thor and Meredith Sutton combined for 34 kills as the UMD volleyball team got the win over Central Missouri 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA central region tournament. Emily Balts chipped in with 58 assists as the Bulldogs now get set to take on Concordia-St. Paul Friday in the regional semi-finals at 5 p.m….

UMD Women’s Hockey Wrap Up 2019 with Road Trip to Top-Ranked Wisconsin

Puck drop for Friday's game is set for just after 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will put a bow on 2019 with a road match-up against top-ranked Wisconsin. The Bulldogs will be looking for their first road win over the Badgers in almost nine years, going 0–15–2 in that time frame inside the always raucous LaBahn Arena in Madison. “They like playing there, obviously. They play in…

GNK’s Dylan DeChampeau Commits to UMD Football Team

The Titans standout helped GNK rack up a total of 15 wins tn the past two seasons.

COLERAINE, Minn. – Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin’s Dylan DeChampeau recently announced his commitment to the UMD football team. The Titans standout helped GNK rack up a total of 15 wins tn the past two seasons, including a runner-up finish in the section title game in 2018. Categories: College, High School, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD Volleyball’s Emily Balts, Kate Berg Earn All-Region Honors

Balts was also named to the All-Region Second Team by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD volleyball duo Emily Balts and Kate Berg have been named to the AVCA Division II Central All-Region team. Balts ranks among the best setters in the entire country, averaging 12 assists per game. Berg was on the receiving end for most of those assists, averaging just under five kills per set. Balts was also named to…

No Excuses for UMD Men’s Hockey Team After Getting Swept at Home

The Bulldogs will head to Omaha this weekend for their final series before winter break.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, the UMD men’s hockey team were swept at home by a non-conference opponent for the first time since October of 2005. The team spoke Wednesday and no one offered any excuses, but instead looked to wipe the slate clean for this upcoming weekend’s road trip. “You want it to sting, but at the same…

St. Cloud Tech Sweeps Lake Superior College Basketball Teams

The Cyclones would get the best of the IceHawks on Wednesday night.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In the women’s game between Lake Superior College and St. Cloud Tech and Community College, the IceHawks would rally in the second half but eventually fall short to the Cyclones 76-72 Wednesday night at Mertz Mortorelli Gym. And in the men’s game, it was all Cyclones as they topped the IceHawks 94-50. Categories: College, Sports

CSS Basketball Split Doubleheader with North Central

The men would get the win at home, while the women would fall short in their match-up.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jarod Wilken finished with his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds as the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team opened their UMAC schedule with a win over North Central 87-63 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. Collin Anderson led all scorers with 22 points while Nick Carlson chipped in with 16 points. In…

Prep Boys Basketball: Oredockers, Raiders Spoil Opening Nights with Road Wins

The Ashland and Greenway boys basketball teams made the long road trips worth it on Tuesday night.

MAPLE, Wis. – It went down to the wire in the final moments, but Ashland would spoil opening night for Northwestern as the Oredockers topped the Tigers 91-82. The win was the first for new head coach Lisa Kirau. And in Duluth, it was Greenway making the long trip to Marshall and getting the win over the Hilltoppers 87-69. Categories:…

St. Scholastica QB Zach Edwards Invited to FCS Bowl in Florida

The Saint Paul native just wrapped up a stellar career for the Saints.

DULUTH, Minn. – With most of the Northland still buried in snow, how nice would it be to head down to Florida right now? Well that’s going to be the case for a St. Scholastica football player. CSS quarterback Zach Edwards will be taking part in the sixth annual FCS Bowl this weekend down in Daytona Beach, FL. The Saint…

UMD Basketball Teams Sweep St. Cloud State in NSIC Open

After getting their match-up postponed twice, the Bulldogs basketball teams each picked up a win over the Huskies.

DULUTH, Minn. – After getting their match-up postponed twice, the UMD basketball teams each picked up a win over St. Cloud State Monday afternoon at Romano Gym. In the women’s game, Brooke Olson led the way with 20 points as the Bulldogs topped the Huskies 71-59. Katie Stark chipped in with 15 points while Ann Simonet helped the cause with…

UMD Men’s Hockey Tumbles Outside Top 10 in National Poll

The Bulldogs have not been ranked this low since January 15th, 2018.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team took a huge tumble in the latest national polls. The Bulldogs dropped to #14 after getting swept at home by top ranked Minnesota State-Mankato. UMD hasn’t been ranked this low since January 15th, 2018. Bulldogs will be on the road this upcoming weekend as they take on Omaha. Categories: College, Sports, University…

Rails Girls Basketball Win Home Opener Over Jaguars

The Proctor girls basketball team knocked off Bloomington Jefferson at home.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In their home opener, the Proctor girls basketball team got the win over Bloomington Jefferson 73-47 Friday night at Proctor High School. Liz Frase led the way with 18 points for the Rails, while Sam Pogatchnik and Sam Parendo combined for 29 points to help the Rails improve to 2-0. Proctor will be back in action Thursday…

Coaches Corner: Tim Madsen

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the CSS men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with St. Scholastica men’s hockey head coach Tim Madsen. The former Wilderness coach is in his second year and the Saints are off to another solid start. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Mankato Overpowers UMD Men’s Hockey at Home

The Mavericks would prove to be too much for the Bulldogs on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kobe Roth would score late in the third period, but it wouldn’t be enough as Minnesota State-Mankato defeated the UMD men’s hockey team 4-1 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. The Mavericks scored three goals in the second period which would be the difference in this one. The Bulldogs will look to split the series on Saturday night….

Third Period Comeback Pushes Wilderness Past Bruins

A three-goal third period would be the difference for the Minnesota Wilderness.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Nate Horn would score twice in the third period as the Minnesota Wilderness rallied late to top the Austin Bruins 4-2 Wednesday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Jacob Herter and Garrett Worth also scored for the Wilderness, who will travel to Austin for a rematch on Friday. Categories: College, Sports

Another Tournament Awaits UMD Women’s Hockey Team

The Bulldogs will take part in the Nutmeg Classic in Camden, CT.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s team will be back on the road this upcoming weekend. And it will be another east coast tournament for the Bulldogs as they will take part in the Nutmeg Classic in Camden, CT. And even with the inclement weather, the team is very excited to maybe bring home another trophy after winning the IceBreaker…

UMD Men’s Hockey Team to Welcome Top-Ranked MSU-Mankato This Weekend

Puck drop Friday night at Amsoil Arena is set for just after 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Thanksgiving holiday, the UMD men’s hockey team might be mostly thankful that they don’t have to travel this weekend as they’ll be at home for another marquee match-up. The Bulldogs will renew their in–state rivalry with Minnesota State-Mankato. This time though, the Mavericks come into the match-up as the #1 ranked team in the country, winners…

Prep Hockey: Hawks Boys, Toppers Boys, Jacks Girls, Toppers Girls All Winners Before the Holidays

Several teams across the Northland held their final games before the Thanksgiving holiday.

HERAMNTOWN, Minn. – A three-goal third period would be the difference as the Hermantown boys hockey team win their season opener at home against Eveleth-Gilbert 5-2 Tuesday night at the Hermantown Ice Arena. In other boys action, Duluth Marshall picked up their first win of the season as they defeated Proctor 4-2. And on the girls side, it was Cloquet-Esko-Carlton…

NSIC Schedule to Begin for UMD Women’s Basketball Team

The Bulldogs take on the Huskies Saturday at Romano Gym. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team did not get off to the best start for their non-conference schedule, dropping their first three games to some really tough competition. But since then, the Bulldogs have turned it around. UMD has rattled off three straight wins to wrap up their non-conference schedule with a .500 record. And this weekend, they…

UMD Volleyball To Open NCAA Tournament Against Central Missouri

The central region will feature seven of the top nine teams in the country.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team finished their season with a 24–6 record, falling in the NSIC tournament semi–finals to eventual champs Concordia-St. Paul. But the Bulldogs never dropped lower than #7 all season in the national polls, so there was little drama during Monday night’s NCAA selection show announcement. The Bulldogs earned the #2 seed in the central…

Mirage Stay Ahead Early for Win over Hurricanes

The Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team got a big win at home against Hayward.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Six different players scored for the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team as they got the home win over Hayward 8-1 Monday night at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. Michaela Phinney and Megan Madill scored twice for the Mirage, while Nya Sieger, Hannah Graves, Ella Anick and Hannah Kauppinen also lit the lamp for Proctor/Hermantown, who snapped…

Duluth East’s Edwards Twins Commit to NDSU Baseball

They also play on the Greyhounds football team, where QB Caden throws touchdowns to wide receiver Jaxon.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East twin brothers Caden and Jaxon Edwards both announced Monday on Twitter that they have committed to playing college baseball at North Dakota State University. The pair helped the Greyhounds make it all the way to the section championship game last season. Caden swung a great stick with a .283 batting average to go with 14…

Koepke Nets Game-Winner as UMD Men’s Hockey Tops Colorado College

The Hermantown native would score with less than 20 seconds to go for the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – A three-goal three period would be the difference as the UMD men’s hockey team completed the comeback win over Colorado College 4-3 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Jackson Cates, Kobe Roth and Tanner Laderoute scored for the Bulldogs. Then with less than 20 seconds left, Cole Koepke would net the game-winner to seal the comeback win. UMD…

Five-Goal First Period Pushes UWS Women’s Hockey Past Northland College

The Yellowjackets would score early and often in their home win over the LumberJills.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Kaleigh Martinson, Jenna Curtis and Amanda Sergent each scored twice as the UWS women’s hockey team blasted Northland College 10-2 Friday afternoon at Wessman Arena. Cassie McClure, Hannah Magnusson, Kaylee Wood and C.C. Hayes also scored for the Yellowjackets, who improved to 3-1-1 on the season. They’ll be back at home Saturday to take on UW-Stevens Point….

Coaches Corner: UWS Women’s Basketball

For this week's segment, we catch up with the UWS women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with the Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team, including head coach Zach Otto-Fisher and senior forward Eva Reinertsen. The Yellowjackets talked about not being picked to finish first in the UMAC preseason coaches poll, as well as how the younger players are handling the pressure of playing at a traditionally successful basketball…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hunters, Rails Pick Up First Wins; Hilltoppers Fall in Opener

Duluth Denfeld and Proctor each had a good start to their respective seasons.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cooper McClure finished with a hat trick as the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team won their season opener at home over Minnehaha 7-1 Friday night at the Duluth Heritage Center. In other boys hockey action, Cody Urie would finish with 31 saves as Proctor blanked Wadena-Deer Creek 3-0. And Duluth Marshall fell at home to Benilde-St. Margaret’s…

Extra Motivated Hawks Ready for Start of New Season

Hermantown says they are ready to move on from their loss in last season's section finals.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Minnesota high school boys hockey season is underway. One team that has to wait a little bit longer to hit the ice is Hermantown. Last season, the Hawks fell in the section final game to Greenway and the team is ready to move on from that loss and are hungry to get back to their winning…

UMD Volleyball Advances to NSIC Semi-Finals with Win over Vikings

The Bulldogs advance to the semi-finals to face Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Meredith Sutton and Hanna Meyer would combine for 30 kills as the UMD volleyball team knocked off Augustana 3-1 in the NSIC tournament quarterfinals. Emily Balts finished with 48 set assists to help the Bulldogs advance to the semi-finals to face Concordia-St. Paul. That match will take place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Sanford Pentagon…

UMD Women’s Hockey Tie With Minnesota; Elmes Scores in Double OT for Extra WCHA Point

Anna Klein and Sydney Brodt also scored for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie against top-ranked Minnesota Wednesday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. Senior co-captain Jalyn Elmes would score in the 3-on-3 double overtime period to give the Bulldogs the extra WCHA point. Anna Klein and Sydney Brodt also scored for the Bulldogs, while Maddie Rooney finished with 32 saves on the…

Duluth Marshall’s Emilia McGiffert Invited to Team USA Soccer Camp

The junior midfielder was the only player selected from Minnesota and will play for the Midwest region team in Boca Raton, FL.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall girls soccer’s Emilia McGiffert will be taking part in a special camp this upcoming week for the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Team. The junior midfielder was the only player selected from Minnesota and will play for the Midwest region team in Boca Raton, FL. “Personally I’d like to focus on being confident and not…

Breen Scores Twice as Hilltopper Girls Defeat Bluejackets

Maren Friday also scored for Duluth Marshall in the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Caitlin Breen would light the lamp twice as the Duluth Marshall girls hockey team held on to beat Hibbing/Chisholm 3-2 Thursday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Maren Friday also scored for the Hilltoppers, who improve to 2-2 on the season. Categories: High School, Sports

Lumberjacks Boys Hockey Open Season With Win Over Rails

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys got the shutout win at home over Proctor.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Aaron Moore and Brayden Tyman each scored twice as the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team blanked Proctor 6-0 Thursday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Christian Galatz also scored for the Lumberjacks who picked up the win in their season opener. The Rails will look for better results Friday night as they hold their home opener against…

UMD Men’s Hockey Begin Homestand with Colorado College

Puck drop Friday night at Amsoil Arena is set for just after 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a surprising road split against unranked Miami (OH), the UMD men’s hockey team will return this weekend to the friendly confines of Amsoil Arena. The ninth-ranked Bulldogs will take on Colorado College, a team they outscored 15–5 in four games last season. But going into this week, the Tigers are tied for third place with UMD…

CSS Football’s Edwards, Adrian, Soderberg Earn All-UMAC First Team Honors

All three ended the 2019 season with their names in the record books.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The UMAC announced their end of season awards Thursday and three St. Scholastica football players earned First Team honors: quarterback Zach Edwards, wide receiver Mitchell Adrian and linebacker Eric Soderberg. It’s Edwards’ third straight First Team selection as he wraps up a stellar career as the Saints’ all-time leader in completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and…