Author: Sam Ali

Hermantown/Proctor Dance Team Ready for First-Ever Trip to State Tournament

The team took third place in the section meet, allowing them to advance to the state tournament.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown/Proctor dance team are taking their jazz routine to the state tournament Thursday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The program is only in its eighth year of existence as a varsity sport and the team is excited to have the spotlight on their hard work during a time when hockey is all the buzz in…

Prep Girls Basketball: Cardinals Run Past Bombers, Spartans Get Road Win Over Hunters

The Cromwell-Wright girls basketball got a big win at home over Barnum, while Superior got a road win over Duluth Denfeld.

CROMWELL, Minn. – The Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team had no trouble at home with Barnum as they got the win over the Bombers 83-28 Wednesday night. The Cardinals improve to 18-1 as they will host Carlton Thursday night. In other girls action, Superior picked up a road win over Duluth Denfeld 68-25. Categories: High School, Sports

Hawks, Lumberjacks Boys Hockey Play to 2-2 Tie

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team got a tie with Hermantown on Senior Night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – At the Northwoods Credit Union Arena, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Hermantown boys hockey teams played to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night. Gavin Rasmussen scored both goals for the Lumberjacks, while Darian Gotz and Ben Siljendahl scored for the Hawks, who will close out their season Thursday night at home against Grand Rapids. Categories: High School, Sports

Mirage Win Second Straight Section 7A Championship

Proctor/Hermantown defeated Duluth Marshall 3-1 Wednesday night.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A three-goal second period would be the difference as the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team defeated Duluth Marshall 3-1 in the Section 7A championship game Wednesday night at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia. Alyssa Watkins, Braelyn Sathers and Ella Anick each scored for the Mirage, who capture their second straight section title. Victoria Thorson scored the lone…

Former Bulldogs Captain, Esko Native Karson Kuhlman Recalled by Bruins

The 2018 Frozen Four MVP is moving up from the AHL in Providence to the NHL in Boston.

BOSTON, Mass. – Esko native Karson Kuhlman was one of the biggest reasons the UMD men’s hockey team won their second ever national championship back in April of last year. Days after that win, the 2018 Frozen Four MVP was signed by the Boston Bruins and has spent time in their developmental system. But Wednesday, he got the call of…

Sullivan, Hilltoppers Knock Off Fighting Saints

The Duluth Marshall boys hockey team got the home win over St. Francis 4-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – Carter Sullivan found the back of the net twice as the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team got the win over St. Francis 4-1 Tuesday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Danny Klatt and Dakota Oman also scored for the Hilltoppers. Alex Busick finished the night with 30 saves for Duluth Marshall. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Basketball: Rails Girls Defeat Toppers, Eskomo Boys Hold Off Rails

The Proctor girls basketball team hit some clutch free throws to hang on and beat Duluth Marshall 80-71.

DULUTH, Minn. – In what may have been the championship for the Lake Superior Conference regular season championship, Proctor got the win over Duluth Marshall 80-71 Tuesday night. And in boys action, Peyton Wueffel and Trevor Spindler each scored 16 points as Esko got the home win over Proctor 71-47. Categories: High School, Sports

Mirage, Hilltoppers Set to Clash in Section 7A Championship

The Proctor/Hermantown and Duluth Marshall girls hockey teams will meet in Virginia on Wednesday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday night, the championship for Section 7A girls hockey will be decided in Virginia as Proctor/Hermantown faces off against Duluth Marshall. For the Mirage, who are the defending section champions, one of the big questions going into this season was how the younger players would mesh with the girls who made it to the state semi–finals last…

Prep Basketball: Lumberjack, Eskomo Girls Get Senior Night Wins; Hilltopper Boys Get Comeback Victory

The Cloquet girls, Esko girls and Duluth Marshall boys were all winners at home on Monday night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Allie Wojtysiak finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Cloquet girls basketball team got the Senior Night win over Duluth East 46-42 Monday night. In other girls action, Esko had no trouble with Eveleth-Gilbert as they top the Golden Bears 67-33. And in boys action, Duluth Marshall and Cook County went into overtime as the…

Yellowjacket Men’s Hockey Ends Regular Season With Victory

UWS ends the season with a victory over UW Eau Claire

  SUPERIOR, WI.- After clinching the #3 seed in the WIAC Thursday night, the UWS men’s hockey team finished off their 2018-2019 campaign on a high note with a 2-1 victory of UW-Eau Claire at home on Friday night. Goals by Chad Lopez and Troy York were the difference makers while Oscar Svensson would make 35 saves for the victory….

Prep Girls Hockey: Mirage, Hilltoppers, Lumberjacks Move on in Section Playoffs

The top seeds all moved on in the first round of the Section 7A playoffs.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In the first round of the Section 7A girls hockey playoffs, top-seeded Proctor-Hermantown defeated Moose Lake Area 5-0 Friday night at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. The Mirage will face Hibbing/Chisholm in the section semi-finals as the Bluejackets defeated North Shore 3-2. Duluth Marshall got four goals from Maren Friday as they top International Falls…

Former Bulldogs National Championship QB Chase Vogler Talks New Gig with UMD Football

Vogler was named UMD's new offensive coordinator earlier this week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this week, the UMD football team announced that a former Bulldog would be returning to campus to become the new offensive coordinator. That former player was none other than Chase Vogler. Vogler was the starting quarterback for the 2010 Bulldogs team that won the program’s second-ever national championship. He has spent the past five seasons at…

Tigers Basketball Soaring into Final Month of Regular Season

The Tigers are undefeated in conference play, similar to what they did in football this past season.

MAPLE, Wisc. – The Northwestern boys basketball team continue to dominate the Heart O’ North conference. The Tigers are undefeated in conference play, similar to what they did in football this past season. So do they believe some of that momentum has been carried over from the gridiron to the court? “A little bit. I mean, we play physical. In…

Wolfpack’s Smyth, Holak Sign with Montana Lacrosse

The pair will be taking their talents west to join the University of Montana.

DULUTH, Minn. – Will Smyth and James Holak from the Duluth Wolfpack boys lacrosse team are taking their talents west to play for the University of Montana. Holak led the Wolfpack in assists this past season with 24 while scoring 13 goals. Smyth was the Wolfpack’s Grinder of the Year this past season. The pair helped Duluth get to the…

Greyhounds’ Provinzino Signs NLI for Southwest Minnesota State

The explosive wide receiver is taking his talents to the Mustangs football program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East wide receiver Anthony Provinzino has signed his National Letter of Intent to play college football at Southwest Minnesota State. Provinzino said he’s excited that he’s staying relatively close so that his family can come watch him play for the Mustangs. He added that he’s had a lot of fun playing football for the Greyhounds. “I’ve…

Denfeld’s Erik Nelson Signs NLI for UMD Football

The Hunters' big man will be blocking for the Bulldogs this fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Erik Nelson signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday afternoon to join the UMD football program. Nelson, an offensive lineman, is excited for this next step and to be a Bulldog. “When I started the recruiting process, my end goal was UMD because I thought that was a good place where I would fit and…

Prep Boys Basketball: Greyhounds, Rails, Eskomos Notch Home Wins

It was a good night at home for the Duluth East, Proctor and Esko boys basketball teams.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five players scored in double figures as the Duluth East boys basketball team got the home win over Superior 79-68. Isiah Hendrickson led the Greyhounds with 16 points. Mason Ackley led all scorers with 23 points for the Spartans. In Proctor, it was the Rails getting 26 points from Quincy Clark in a tough home win over…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks Blank Spartans, Hunters Top Golden Bears

Hermantown keeps on rolling as they blast Superior on the road 6-0.

SUPERIOR, Minn. – Five different Hawks light the lamp as Hermantown gets the road win over Superior 6-0 Tuesday night at Wessman Arena. Justin Thomas, Aaron Pionk, Brady Baker, Joey Pierce and Matt Erickson scored for the Hawks, who have yet to lose a game in 2019. Cole Manahan had 14 saves. And in other boys action, it was Duluth…

Red-Hot Saints Heating Up at Just the Right Time

The St. Scholastica men's basketball team are curently on a four-game win streak.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s basketball team are red-hot since the start of the new year. The Saints have won four in a row as they continue to climb the UMAC standings. And with just a few games left in the regular season, CSS is peaking at just the right time. “We went a long time where we…

UMD’s Hunter Shepard Named HCA National Goaltender of the Month

The Cohasset native went 5-1 in the month of January.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD junior goalie Hunter Shepard was named National DI men’s goaltender of the month by the Hockey Commissioners’ Association. During the month of January, Shepard went 5–1 with a .944 saves percentage and a 1.34 goals against average, which ranks third in the nation. He also posted back-to-back shutouts and held opponents scoreless in 13 periods of…

Prep Girls Basketball: Cardinals Pull Away Late from Rails, Thunderhawks Get Past Eskomos

Cromwell-Wright and Grand Rapids each got road wins on Monday night.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In a battle of two of the best girls basketball teams in the Northland, Cromwell-Wright got the road win over Proctor 66-46 Monday night at the Rails Gym. The Cardinals improve to 16-1 on the season as they host Barnum on Thursday. And in other girls action, it was Grand Rapids getting a win at Esko 58-49….

Girls High School Hockey Playoff Brackets Released

Section playoffs begin this Thursday in Minnesota.

SECTION 7A BRACKETS (All games scheduled for Thursday, February 7th at 7 p.m. High seed hosts) #1 Proctor/Hermantown vs. #8 Moose Lake Area #4 Hibbing/Chisholm vs. #5 North Shore #2 Duluth Marshall vs. #7 International Falls #3 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton vs. #6 Eveleth-Gilbert SECTION 7AA BRACKETS #4 Grand Rapids/Greenway vs. #5 Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City 2/7 at 6 p.m. #3 Elk River/Zimmerman vs. #6…

Northern Star: Pavel Mikhasenok and Artur Terchiyev

For this week's Northern Star, we highlight the relationship between two players from countries who are currently at war with each other.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – This month marks five years since turmoil began between Russia and Ukraine. Two players on the UWS men’s hockey team know all about it: Russian Pavel Mikhasenok and Ukrainian Artur Terchiyev. “We’ve know each other for five years because we went to school together back at Everest Academy. And we room together also so we never talk…

Bulldogs Basketball Split Doubleheader Against Warriors

The UMD women's basketball knocked off Winona State Friday night at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team shot 60% from the field as they blow by Winona State 80-59 Friday night at Romano Gym. Emma Boehm led the Bulldogs with 18 points as they win their third straight. On the men’s side, the Bulldogs couldn’t shake a slow start as they fall to the Warriors 65-53. Senior Sean Burns…

Prep Basketball: ‘Toppers Girls, Rails Girls, ‘Jackets Boys, Eskomo Boys All Victorious on Friday Night

Road teams prevail in girls basketball while the boys teams defended their home courts.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Gianna Kneepkens would hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team defeated Hermantown 66-64 Friday night. In other girls action, it was Proctor over Duluth Denfeld 72-33. And in boys action, Cloquet got the home win over Proctor 58-53 and Esko had no trouble with Barnum 71-51. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy,…

Svensson Puts On a Show as ‘Jackets Men Tie Falcons

The Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team battled to a 1-1 tie against UW-River Falls.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Sophomore goalie Oscar Svensson finished with 32 saves as the Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team battled to a 1-1 tie against UW-River Falls Friday night at Wessman Arena. Will Blake scored the lone goal for the Yellowjackets, who will take on the Falcons on the road Saturday to wrap up the series. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Hilltoppers Girls Hockey Knock Off Storm on Senior Night

Olivia Boettcher got her 100th career point in the win at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior Olivia Boettcher scored her 100th career point as Duluth Marshall topped North Shore 4-0 Thursday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Caitlin Breen scored twice for the Hilltoppers and Emilia McGiffert also lit the lamp for Duluth Marshall who improve to 15-8 on the season. Categories: High School, Sports

‘Jackets Women, Saints Men Sweep Bridge Battle Series

The UWS women and CSS men each swept their Bridge Battle series.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team won their 13th straight game over St. Scholastica 84-57 Thursday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. And in the men’s game, Brandon Newman led all scorers with 21 points as the Saints topped the Yellowjackets 86-52. Categories: College, Sports

Saints Women’s Tennis Get Set to Open Season vs. UMD

The St. Scholastica women's tennis team will open their season this weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. The St. Scholastica women’s tennis team will be back in action this weekend and they won’t be going too far to kick off their season. The Saints will play in an exhibition meet against UMD. CSS was picked to finish first in the UMAC following their first ever berth in the NCAA tournament in 2018. This scrimmage allows…

Black Woods Blizzard Tour Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The event raises money for ALS research for the MN/ND/SD chapters.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Wednesday night, snowmobilers from across the Northland get ready to hit the trails for a great cause. And it all began at the Black Woods Grill and Bar in Proctor to kickoff the 20th annual Black Woods Blizzard Tour which raises funds for ALS research. The three–day ride begins Thursday morning as participants depart for Lake Vermilion…

Jackets’ Men’s Basketball Heating Up at the Right Time

The UWS men's basketball team have four of their past five games.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The UWS men’s basketball team have been on a roll lately, winning four of their last five games including a double overtime thriller this past weekend against Martin Luther. The team credits experience over the course of the season as a reason for their recent success. “We’re just building chemistry more and more every day. It’s been…

Prep Basketball: Jacks Boys Squeak By Eskomos; Toppers Boys & Girls Victorious

Monday night saw big wins for the Cloquet boys and Esko girls.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In boys basketball action, Cloquet got the win over rivals Esko 63-61 Monday at Cloquet Middle School. In other boys action, it was Duluth Marshall getting a road win over Wrenshall 84-54. And in girls action, the Hilltopper girls got the home win over East Central 79-56 and the Eskomo girls improve to 7-1 in the new…

Coaches Corner: Proctor/Hermantown Girls Hockey

This week's segment we talked with the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team as they wrap up their regular season this weekend. Head coach Glen Gilderman and senior Samantha Lewis were in studio to talk about the section playoffs and what they need to do to head back to the state tournament. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night…

Former CEC Star Sadie Lundquist Honored with Banner at NCU Arena

Lundquist is the first female athlete from Cloquet to play professional hockey.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Last night, Minnesota Whitecaps forward and former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey star Sadie Lundquist was honored with her own banner in the rafters of the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Lundquist says coming back home lets her reflect on memories of her time in the Northland and all the success she had with the Lumberjacks. “I was able to play…

Sports Garden Hosts Annual Twins Caravan

The event is one of the longest running team caravans in all of professional sports.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, the Sports Garden was the place to be for Major League Baseball fans across the Northland. The Twins Caravan made its annual stop to Duluth. The event allows fans to meet and greet their favorite Twins players. The event is one of the longest running team caravans in all of professional sports. “It’s something that kick…

Prep Hockey: Lightning Girls, Topper Girls, Hawks Boys, ‘Jacks Boys Winners on Thursday Night

A big night for high school hockey saw road wins for Grand Rapids/Greenway girls and Hermantown boys.

CLOQUET, Minn. – On a night when Cloquet native Sadie Lundquist was honored with a banner in the rafters of the Northwoods Credit Union, the Grand Rapids/Greenway girls hockey team got road shutout win over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 4-0 on Thursday night. In other girls action, Emily Lemker got her 1000th career point as Duluth Marshall knocked off the Duluth Northern Stars…

IceHawks Basketball Teams Sweep Vermilion College

Both Lake Superior College basketball teams were victorious on Wednesday.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Esko native Ryan Pantsar finished with 19 points as the Lake Superior College men’s basketball team got the win over Vermilion College 84-64 Wednesday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Paul LaGrande chipped in with 19 points while shooting a perfect 8 for 8 from the field. In the women’s game, the Lady IceHawks got the win…

Saints Basketball Splits Doubleheader Against Rams

The women fall to the Rams while the men get the win over North Central.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior Michala Walther scored her 1000th career point, but North Central would pull away late as they get the road win over the St. Scholastica women’s basketball team 76-59 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. Alison Huber chipped in with 12 points and 8 assists in the losing effort. On the men’s side, Brandon Newman dropped 26…

Prep Boys Hockey: Greyhounds, Rails Snap Winless Streaks

The Duluth East and Proctor boys hockey teams each snap their winless streaks on Tuesday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jack Fitzgerald puts up a hat trick at home as the Duluth East boys hockey team snapped a three-game winless streak as they topped Forest Lake 8-3 Tuesday night at the Heritage Center. In other boys hockey action, Reece Ward and Ben Harnell each scored three times as Proctor got the home win over Ely 9-4 at…

Prep Girls Hockey: Mirage Take Down Lumberjacks, Northern Stars Light Up Spartans

Proctor/Hermantown wrapped up their home schedule with a win over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In their final home game of the season, the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team knocked off Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 5-1 Tuesday night at the Hermantown Ice Arena. Ashley Hanson, Dehli Heikes, Alyssa Watkins, Aurora Opsahl and Michaela Phinney all scored for the Mirage, who will wrap up their season Saturday at Mound Westonka. Dana Jones was the lone goal scorer…

Prep Basketball: Kirk’s Triple-Double Pushes ‘Topper Girls, Soumis’s Buzzer-Beater Wins It for Hawks Boys

The Duluth Marshall girls got their seventh straight win on Tuesday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – In girls basketball action, Grace Kirk finished with a triple double as Duluth Marshall got the win at home against Superior Tuesday night. Gianna Kneepkens led all scorers with 35 points as the Hilltoppers extended their win streak to seven games. In boys basketball action, Peter Soumis hit a buzzer-beating three to give Hermantown the win over…

Cardinals Knock Off Rangers in Section 7A Showdown

The Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team got a big win at home Monday night.

CROMWELL, Minn. – In a battle between two of the best girls basketball teams of Section 7A, Cromwell-Wright got the best of Mountain Iron-Buhl 78-58 Monday night at Cromwell Middle School. The Cardinals avenged their loss back on December 28th as they improve to 12-1. Next up for Cromwell-Wright is a home game against Esko on Thursday. The Rangers suffered…

Prep Basketball: Lumberjack Girls, Spartan Boys Pick Up Friday Night Wins

The Cloquet girls got the win at home while the Superior boys were victorious on the road.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Allie Wotjziak led all scorers with 25 points as the Cloquet girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak, getting the win at home against Crosby-Ironton 53-41 Friday night. And in boys action, Xavier Patterson’s 18 points was enough to push Superior past Duluth Denfeld 79-62. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Bulldog Women Use Strong First Period to Upset No. 5 Ohio State

Naomi Rogge scored twice as the UMD women's hockey team upset No. 5 Ohio State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period as they hung on to upset No. 5 Ohio State 5-2 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Naomi Rogge scored twice for the Bulldogs, who also got goals from Sydney Brodt, Anna Klein and Gabbie Hughes. Maddie Rooney finished with 39 saves. Categories:…

Wilderness Fall to Blizzard in High-Scoring Affair

A three-goal second period wasn't enough to push Minnesota past Brookings.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness battled back from a two-goal deficit, but it wouldn’t be enough as Brookings got the overtime win 5-4 Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Oula Kuure, Luke Dow, Isaac Kobienia and Jack Johnson all scored for the Wilderness, who will take on the Blizzard Saturday night. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Yellowjacket Women Fall at Home to Blugolds

The UWS women's hockey team lost at home to UW-Eau Claire 4-1.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Kaleigh Martinson scored the lone goal for the UWS women’s hockey team as they fell to UW-Eau Claire 4-1 Friday night at Wessman Arena. The Yellowjackets fall to 7-12-1 on the season as they will travel to Eau Claire Saturday to cap off the home-and-home series. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Huskies’ Tyger Pederson Steps Down as Field Manager

Pederson has accepted a position with the Palm Beach Cardinals.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies announced Friday afternoon that head coach Tyger Pederson has stepped down after one year as the team’s field manager. Pederson, who led the Huskies to the Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series, has accepted a position with the Palm Beach Cardinals to be their new hitting coach. Pitching coach Marcus Pointer will be taking…

Prep Basketball: Topper Girls, Bronco Girls, Rails Boys Secure Road Wins

The Duluth Marshall girls, International Falls girls and Proctor boys each got wins on the road Thursday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep basketball action, the Duluth Marshall girls got the road win over their arch-rivals Duluth East 65-48 Thursday night at the Duluth East High School gym. In other basketball action, the International Falls girls basketball team knocked off Duluth Denfeld 63-33 and the Proctor boys picked up a road win over Duluth Marshall 85-57. Categories: High…

Prep Hockey: Lumberjacks, Hilltoppers Score A Lot; Northern Stars Play to Scoreless Tie

In a high-scoring affair at the Heritage Center, the CEC boys topped Duluth Denfeld 8-5.

DULUTH, Minn. – After being down 2-0 at the end of the first period, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team scored six goals in the second period as they get the 8-5 win over Duluth Denfeld Thursday night at the Heritage Center. In other boys hockey action, Carter Sullivan finished with two goals and three assists as Duluth Marshall knocked off…

Bulldog Women’s Hockey Excited for Rematch Against Buckeyes

Ohio State swept Minnesota Duluth back in November in Columbus.

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in November, the UMD women’s hockey team were in Columbus taking on then-seventh ranked Ohio State. The Bulldogs scored the first goal in both games, but struggled the rest of the way offensively as the Buckeyes swept UMD. This weekend, fifth-ranked OSU will come in to Amsoil Arena as the Bulldogs look to flip the script…