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Esko’s Selena Shady Commits to Wayne State College

The former Eskomo is transferring from North Iowa Area Community College.

ESKO, Minn. – Former Eskomos basketball standout Selena Shady announced on her Twitter account this week that she has committed to playing Division 2 basketball at Wayne State College in Nebraska. She is transferring from North Iowa Area Community College where she played 30 games this past season as a freshman. Shady was a multi–sport athlete at Esko from 2014…

Bulldogs Host Youth Camp at Malosky Stadium

The future of UMD football learned about the game at Griggs Field.

DULUTH, Minn. – The dream of becoming a future UMD football player was alive for many Northland kids on Tuesday at Malosky Stadium for the annual Bulldogs youth football camp. The camp features no pads or helmets so it allows the kids to focus on learning the game and the fundamentals of each position. And it helps to get to…

PGA Junior Championship Continues for Local Golfers

The latest stop on the tour was the Nemadji Golf Course in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The PGA Junior League Championship continued its season on Tuesday at the Nemadji Golf Course in Superior. 80 of the brightest golfers from ages 9 to 13 competed as teams which lessens the pressure of trying to get the best score. “It’s not like ‘Hey I’m going to meet you at 9 o’clock in the morning to…

Matt Niskanen To Bring Stanley Cup Home This Weekend

Organizers are expecting a big crowd Sunday at the Miners Memorial Building.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Iron Range native and Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen will be bringing the Stanley Cup to the Miners Memorial Building this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Due to time constraints, organizers will allow only one photo per group and no autographs, with the overall goal of allowing as many people as possible to get a…

Huskies Ranked Ninth in National Poll

Duluth currently has the top record in the Northwoods League.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies are getting some well deserved praise for their play this season. CollegiateSummerBaseball.com ranks the Huskies #9 in the country. Duluth is currently the top team in the Northwoods League at 32–16. The huskies are coming off a home sweep of the Bismarck Larks. The boys will be back in action Tuesday night for the start…

Bluegreens Thank Fans for Growing Support

Duluth FC say they owe a lot of their success to the fans who show up to the games.

DULUTH, Minn. – What a weekend it was for Duluth FC as the Bluegreens captured their first playoff win in club history. During their penalty shootout when Alberto Ciroi made a save, he immediately looked at the crowd. Same thing with Kyle Farrar when he made the game–winning goal. It’s clear that the players share a special bond with their…

Hilltoppers Fall, Golden Bears Victorious at Blackwoods Open

East Ridge defeated Duluth Marshall and Eveleth-Gilbert knocked off Tartan in the opening round.

DULUTH, Minn. – All eyes were on Mars Lakeview Arena Friday night for the opening night of the Blackwoods Open hockey tournament, which featured eight teams competing throughout the weekend. In game one, Duluth Marshall fell to East Ridge 6-1. In the second game, it was Eveleth-Gilbert over Tartan 9-5.

Shepard Dazzles During Wild Camp Scrimmage

The UMD junior goalie put on a show during the Wild's development camp.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – While some college kids are spending their summer on a beach somewhere, UMD junior goalie Hunter Shepard is already getting prepared for next season. The Bulldogs netminder is down at the Xcel Energy Center this week taking part in developmental camp with the Minnesota Wild. A team scrimmage was held yesterday and Shepard was one of…

Huskies’ Parker Hanson Continues to Defy the Odds

Hanson was born with a unique disability, but he doesn't let that stop him from chasing his dreams.

DULUTH, Minn. – What separates the good athletes from the great ones is how they handle the challenges that come their way. For Huskies pitcher Parker Hanson, the adversity he has faced his whole life playing the game he loves goes beyond trying to strikeout the guy in the batters box. Hanson throw a 90 mile-an-hour fast ball and has…

Learning About Teamwork from the Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings returned to Duluth for their 10th annual Vikings Skills Camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, young Vikings fans from across the Northland made their way to Malosky Stadium for the 10th annual Vikings summer skills camp. The camp is designed to teach kids about the importance of teamwork. Former Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson has been coming to Duluth for the past three years and he says the camp has been…

Huskies Lose Second Straight Game to Loggers

La Crosse silenced the Duluth bats early on to get the 8-3 win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Things didn’t go well for the Duluth Huskies Wednesday night against the La Crosse Loggers. The Huskies didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning and couldn’t dig out of their hole as they fell 8-3. Justin Mitchell scored two of Duluth’s three runs. Michael McCann led the team with three hits. The Huskies will be back…

UMD’s Löwenhielm Signs with Connecticut Whale

The former Bulldog was also a memeber of the Swedish women's national hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm has signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League. The 23-year-old just wrapped up her career at UMD playing in 144 games, scoring ten goals and recording 32 assists. As a 19-year-old, she played on the Swedish women’s national hockey team at the 2014 Olympics. Löwenhielm also represented Sweden…

28 Teams Take Part in Enger Park Ladies Invitational Tournament

The tourney is organized to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over 100 women came to the enger park golf course Tuesday morning for a special Ladies Invitational Tournament. The event is hosted by the Ladies Early Risers Golf League as they look to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Duluth. This is the fifth year of the event which raises nearly $3,000…

UMD Men Host Summer Basketball Camp

This is the second camp the Bulldogs have hosted this summer, with one more coming in August.

DULUTH, Minn. – During the summer, UMD’s campus is usually pretty empty. But this week, that’s not the case as several sports camps are taking place, including one at the Ward Wells Fieldhouse for the men’s basketball team. Over 80 kids are signed up for UMD’s second camp of the summer. The campers will learn about the fundamentals which includes…

Former CSS Softball Star Hudack Named New Head Coach at Northland College

The Ashland native was the UMAC Player of the Year for the Saints in 2014.

ASHLAND, Wisc. – Northland College Athletics and Athletic Director Kim Falkenhagen has named Tiffany Hudack the new head softball coach for the Lumberjills. Hudack is an Ashland native and was most recently the assistant softball coach at St. Scholastica from 2015 to 2016. Hudack played collegiately for the Saints where she put together a .348 career batting average, with 443…

Huskies Open Homestand with Win over Rox

Duluth knocked off St. Cloud 6-2 Monday night at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a four-game road trip, the Duluth Huskies were back at home Monday night at Wade Stadium. They hosted St. Cloud in the second game of a home-and-home series. The Huskies would knock off the Rox 6-2. Michael McCann led the team with three hits. Auggie Isaacson and Nicholas Sogard each scored twice for the Huskies, who…

Jolene Anderson to be Inducted into Badgers’ Hall of Fame

The Superior native in the all-time leading scorer at the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wisc. – Superior native and former South Shore basketball star Jolene Anderson will be inducted in to the University of Wisconsin’s Hall of Fame. The prolific guard, who was born in Superior, but went to school in Port Wing, is the second all–time leading scorer in Wisconsin state history, just below fellow South Shore alum Megan Gustafson who passed…

Yellowjackets Host Fundamental Basketball Skills Camp

The camp is designed to sharpen the skills that sometimes are forgotten.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s basketball team opened their Fundamental Skills Camp at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym Monday morning. The camp is open to athletes from third grade to 12th grade, which gives these “ballers” a chance to work on important skills at a young age. “We’ve got a real good relationship with the local high school…

Former Greyhound Rick Rickert Retires From Professional Basketball

The Duluth native was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball back in 2001.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth basketball star Rick Rickert has retired from professional basketball. The 2001 Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner graduated from Duluth East with a lot of hype behind him. He played college basketball at the University of Minnesota, where he became the first ever Gopher to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. Although he was…

Esko’s Kaldahl Commits to University of St. Thomas

The Eskomos flame-thrower is taking his talents to the Twin Cities.

ESKO, Minn. – Eskomos pitcher Brody Kaldahl announced on his twitter account that he has committed to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. The pitcher/shortstop was stellar for Esko in his senior year, earning Class AA All-State honors, along with teammate Tyler Peterson. He was also invited to play in the Minnesota All–Star Series. Kaldahl was the winning…

UWS Ropes Course Offers Unique Summer Fun

The course will be holding a Community Day on July 26th.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – If you’re looking for something fun and different to do this summer, why not head over to the campus of Wisconsin-Superior to try out their ropes course. “The course got rebuilt in 2012. At first, it was just a one-level course, just that top level. We decided to bring it down and do two different levels. We…

Honkers Take Another One from Huskies

Duluth loses their second straight home game to Rochester 8-3.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies were looking to bounce back from their tough loss on Monday night. But a 6-0 hole after three innings was too deep to climb out of as Rochester knocked off Duluth 8-3 on Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. Nick Sogard knocked in two of the Huskies’ three runs on the night. Due to the loss,…

John Mariucci Honored with Metal Statue

The city of Eveleth unveiled the statue at a ceremony at Big Stick Plaza.

EVELETH, Minn. – The late John Mariucci has a lot of things named after him in the state of Minnesota. A hockey rink in the cities a high school coach’s award. And on Tuesday, he got a statue in his hometown. A special ceremony was held at the Big Stick Plaza in downtown Eveleth to unveil the over six–foot–tall statue….

Huskies Fall at Home to the Honkers

Rochester comes back from 3-0 deficit to defeat Duluth at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies hosted Rochester Monday night in the first of a two-game home series to wrap up the first half of the season. The Huskies opened the game with a 3-0 lead in the second inning. But the Honkers would battle back, as they hang on to steal the win 5-4. The two teams will be…

Rebecca Neuger Named UMD Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach

The Minnesota native will join the Bulldogs staff this upcoming season.

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota Duluth head women’s basketball coach Mandy Pearson announced Monday that Rebecca Neuger will take over as the Bulldogs’ new assistant coach. She replaces Jenna Freudenberg, who recently signed on with the University of South Dakota’s coaching staff after three seasons with the Bulldogs. “I am very excited for Becca to join our program,” said…

UMD’s Shepard Invited to Wild Development Camp

The junior netminder is taking part in his second NHL camp this offseason.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – NHL development camps continue this month and UMD’s Hunter Shepard has received his second invite as the junior netminder will take part in the Minnesota Wild’s development camp. The camp will take place from July 10th to the 15th with free and open to the public scrimmages on the 12th and 15th. Shepard just wrapped up…

Greenway Boys To Take Part in Hockey Day Minnesota 2019

The Raiders will face Bemidji on January 19th, 2019.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This past weekend, the schedule was announced for the 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota. And a team from the Northland has been invited to the party. The Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin boys hockey team will take on Bemidji on Saturday January 19th, 2019. The game will be outdoors on Lake Bemidji at 4:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcasted…

Coaches Corner: Heavy on Wrestling’s Dave Sabick

The founder of Heavy on Wrestling stop by our studios to talk about FortuneBaynia.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with Heavy on Wrestling founder/owner Dave Sabick about next month’s big event: FortuneBaynia, which takes place July 29th at Fortune Bay Casino in Tower, MN. Sabick talks about the star-studded card, as well as what it takes to put on such a big event. For information on FortuneBaynia and how…

Duluth FC’s Joel Person Gives World Cup Predictions

We met with the Bluegreens coach to get his predictions on the knockout round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC head coach Joel Person is one of the most knowledgeable minds in the Northland when it comes to soccer. In honor of the start of the knockout round of the World Cup, we asked him to break down each match-up and give his prediction. Also, Person told us who he thinks is the favorite left…

Bulldogs Host Volleyball Team Camp

The UMD volleyball team welcomed high school teams from across the Northland for their final summer camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, the UMD volleyball team kicked off the third of their 2018 summer camps with a team camp at the Ward Wells Field House. The camp includes instruction and training for local teams that want to compete at the varsity level. It’s also a learning opportunity for the coaches as well. “I’m trying to give them…

Huskies Rain Down Runs on Thunder Bay 17-4

Duluth scored 14 runs in the first inning, en route to beating Thunder Bay 17-4.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a fan of runs, Wade Stadium was the place to be Thursday night as the Duluth Huskies defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 17-4. The Huskies scored the game’s first seven runs before even registering their first out. At the end of the first inning, Duluth put up 14 runs on the Border Cats. Justin…

Former Bulldog Zoe Hickel Signs With Calgary Inferno

The former UMD women's hockey captain will be re-united with former coach Shannon Miller.

CALGARY, Alberta – Former UMD women’s hockey player Zoe Hickel has signed with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The 25-year-old will join her former UMD coach Shannon Miller who was named head coach earlier this week. Hickel just wrapped up her rookie year with the Kunlun Red Star, leading the CWHL in assists. Hickel played at…

Duluth FC Hosts Goalie Camp

The Bluegreens were at Stebner Park teaching the fundamentals of goalkeeping.

DULUTH, Minn. – The World Cup fever is in full force, especially in the Northland. And Duluth FC took advantage of that by hosting their first ever goalie camp Thursday at Stebner Park. The campers were split into three groups working on skills like diving for saves and anticipating shots. Alberto Ciroi is one of the instructors and he says…

Daryl Illikainen Retires After 21 Seasons as HHS Football Coach

He will take a teaching position in Orono after spending two decades as the head football coach at Hermantown.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Daryl Illikainen has resigned as head coach of the Hermantown football team. The 52–year–old informed his team Wednesday during the final day of the UMD Team Camp at Malosky Stadium. Illikainen accepted a teaching position in Orono which he says allows him to be closer to his two kids. “As we kept talking about it, our daughter…

“Nisky Day” Set for Stanley Cup Celebration

Iron Range native Matt Niskanen will host a Stanley Cup celebration with the local community.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Three weeks after winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, former Virginia-MIB hockey star Matt Niskanen has announced that he will be bringing the Stanley Cup to the Iron Range on Sunday, July 22nd. There are no details at this time about the specific plans or times for that day, but organizers are expecting the celebration…

Duluth FC Completes the Comeback for Fifth Straight Win

The Bluegreens battle back from down 2-0 to defeat the Minnesota TwinStars 3-2.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC gets the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute from Gonnie Ben-Tal as the Bluegreens comeback to beat the Minnesota TwinStars 3-2 Wednesday night at Public Schools Stadium. The win is the fifth in a row for the Bluegreens, who also got goals from Kyle Farrar and Tom Corcoran. Duluth FC now has two games left…

Huskies Sweep Doubleheader From Stingers

Duluth extended their win streak with two wins at home against Willmar.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies hosted a doubleheader at Wade Stadium against the Willmar Stingers. They would take the first game 7-4. Justin Mitchell and Trevor Esquerra each had two RBIs for the Huskies. In game two, it was a much smaller margin of victory as Duluth wins 11-2. Tony Monroy led the Huskies with four hits in the…

Tryout Camp in Full Swing for Wilderness

Hockey players from around the world made their way to Cloquet for a chance to make the Wilderness roster.

CLOQUET, Minn. – This week, the Minnesota Wilderness kicked off their Tryout Camp at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. 120 players from around the world Were split up into six teams and from there, they try to impress the coaching staff to earn a spot on the roster. “Each team plays four games. After the fourth game, we’ll cut it down…

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp Returns to Superior

Several professional hockey players bring insight and wisdom to Northland youth hockey players.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The third installment of the Twin Ports Development Camp began this week as 40 kids showed up to the Superior Ice Arena. The camp will be going on throughout the entire week and looks to strengthen the skills that most of the kids already have. “A lot of us are professional or college players and we’re still…

Wild Hire UMD Hall of Famer Tom Kurvers as Asst. GM

The former Hobey Baker Award winner spent the past ten seasons with Tampa Bay.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild have announced that UMD Hall of Famer Tom Kurvers will become their new assistant general manager. The Bloomington, MN native has spent the past 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the assistant GM and senior advisor to the GM. He also spent time in Phoenix as director of player personnel. In…

Huskies Drop Third Straight Game

The Duluth Huskies fell to Eau Claire 8-4 on Wade Stadium on Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies had a rough weekend, losing back-to-back games to Willmar. With their eyes on snapping the skid, they hosted Eau Claire Monday night at Wade Stadium. The Express jumped out to a 3-0 after one inning. The Huskies would get one on the board in the bottom of the first, thanks to an RBI single…

Pionk, LeBlanc Captain “Heritage Summer Classic” Teams

The Heritage Summer Classic took place Monday night at the Duluth Heritage Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some of the best professional and semi–pro hockey players gathered at the Heritage Center for the annual Heritage Summer Classic. This year, Duluth native Drew LeBlanc and Hermantown native Neal Pionk were named team captains, but their fathers would coach on opposite teams. All the proceeds from the game go to the Ray Peterson Legacy Fund, which…

Tampa Bay Drafts Hermantown Native Cole Koepke

The UMD commit was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

DALLAS, Texas – Hermantown native and UMD commit Cole Koepke will be taking his talents to Tampa Bay as the Lightning selected the forward in the sixth round of the NHL Draft. Koepke currently plays in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers, finishing this past season fifth in the league in goals with 28. Koepke was a senior captain…

UMD’s Scott Perunovich Drafted by St. Louis Blues

The Hibbing native was taken in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

DALLAS, Texas – Hibbing native and current UMD defenseman Scott Perunovich has been drafted to the St. Louis Blues. The NCHC and National Rookie of the Year was taken in the second round with the 45th overall pick. Perunovich is coming off a memorable freshman year for UMD, leading the team in points, en route to the school’s second ever…

Coaches Corner: Duluth FC Previews World Cup

The Bluegreens gave us an unofficial preview of the 2018 World Cup.

DULUTH, Minn. – On this special edition of Coaches Corner, Duluth FC provided us with some insight into who they think will perform well in this year’s World Cup. The countries represented include England, Germany, Brazil and Columbia.

Bulldogs Host First Football Camp of the Summer

The UMD football team hosted their first "Skills Camp" at Malosky Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – High school football players from Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin gathered at Malosky Stadium to take part in a skills camp. It was a chance for the players to show off to the coaches who are looking to scout some prospective college athletes. “The majority of our recruiting classes come through these camps at one point, whether…

Huskies Walk-Off in Extras vs. Moondogs

Duluth's Sam Baier got the walk-off hit in the tenth to give the Huskies the 3-2 win.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a dog fight at Wade Stadium on Monday night as the Huskies hosted the Mankato Moondogs. Duluth continued their success in the first inning with an RBI single from Nick Sogard. Mankato would score two in the third inning to take the lead. But Sam Baier would score on a sac fly in the eighth…

A Cup for the Iron Range

The local Virginia-MIB hockey community talks about the impact Matt Niskanen's Stanley Cup win will have on youth hockey.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – “I’d be a liar if I said I predicted Matt when he was 8 years old to be a 15–year NHL player,” Keith Hendrickson said. Keith Hendrickson was the head coach of the Virginia–MIB boys hockey team from 1986 to 2011, including the four years where Matt Niskanen donned the blue and white. And he remembers writing…

Coaches Corner: Grandma’s Marathon PR Director Mandi Peterson

Peterson stopped by to talk about preparations for the big event.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sat down with Mandi Peterson who is in charge of marketing and public relations for Grandma’s Marathon. Among the topics discussed are the days leading up to the big race, as well as how the community has made Grandma’s the biggest sporting event of the year.

Duluth Marshall Blasts Esko, Wins 7AA Championship

The Hilltoppers piled up the runs on the Eskomos as they win it 23-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the 7AA section finals, Duluth Marshall defeated Esko 4-1 in the early game to set up a winner-take-all at Wade Stadium. And in the second game, the Hilltoppers score as many runs in one game as they did the entire section tourney and they beat the Eskomos 23-1. Duluth Marshall is going back to the state…