Author: Sam Ali

Yellowjackets Baseball Earn First UMAC Sweep Over Lumberjacks

The Wisconsin-Superior baseball team scored early and often against Northland College.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior baseball team combined to score 31 runs as they swept Northland College Wednesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. In game one, the Yellowjackets picked up the 14-6 win over the Lumberjacks, despite being out-hit 12-10. Cory Albertson, Travis Miller and Bryce Flanagan each finished with two RBI. In game two, UWS needed just…

Fourre Powers Saints Softball Past LumberJills

The sophomore has hit six home runs in the past two days.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore infielder Josie Fourre homered three times to power the St. Scholastica softball team to a sweep over Northland College Wednesday afternoon at Kenwood Field. In game one, the Saints would get the 12-1 win in five innings. Fourre would hit two home runs to give her four in four consecutive at-bats dating back to Tuesday. That…

Panthers Baseball Shutout Tigers in Section Battle

The South Ridge baseball team scored early and often against Cherry.

DULUTH, Minn. – The defending Section 7A champions are off to a good start to the season as the South Ridge baseball team got a shutout win over Cherry 11-0 in five innings Wednesday afternoon at Wade Stadium. The Panthers also knocked off North Woods 13-2 in six innings as they improve to 4-1 on the season. Categories: High School,…

UMD’s Hunter Shepard Will Return for Senior Season

The NCHC Goalie of the Year was among the best in the entire country this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey fans have been waiting on pins and needles for the past two weeks, hoping to find out which players will be sticking around next season. Wednesday they found out one of their key pieces will be returning. Goalie Hunter Shepard has confirmed that he is coming back for his senior year next season. The…

Duluth Native Emma Stauber Named New Head Coach of Mirage Hockey Team

The former Mirage star and UMD defenseman spent this past season helping the Minnesota Whitecaps win the NWHL's Isobel Cup.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth native Emma Stauber has been named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former Mirage star and UMD defenseman spent this past season helping the Minnesota Whitecaps win the NWHL’s Isobel Cup in their inaugural season. She also spent time playing pro hockey in Sweden. The 26-year-old takes over for Glen Gilderman…

Proctor’s Todd Clark Steps Down as Rails Basketball Coach

Clark graduated from Proctor High School in 1988.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In an announcement made at Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Rails boys basketball head coach Todd Clark has resigned. Clark has been coaching at his alma mater for the past seven seasons with a handful of section tournament runner-up finishes. In addition to head coaching, Clark has been involved with Proctor athletics for over 20 years. Rails…

Wolfpack Blank Thunderhawks in Home Opener

In their first home game of the season, Duluth had no trouble with Grand Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a dominant showing in the home opener as the Duluth boys lacrosse team blanked Grand Rapids 12-0 Tuesday night at Ordean Stadium. The Wolfpack will be back in action Friday night at home against Minneapolis Washburn. Categories: High School, Sports

Spartans Softball Hold Off Hawks’ Late Rally

The Superior softball team would get the win at home against Hermantown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In a battle of two of the top softball teams in the Northland, Superior would hold on for the win against Hermantown 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. Mady Stariha allowed just five hits while striking out 10 in the win. Mackenzie Lehto, Ruby Moore and Madison Sislo each had multiple hits for the…

Prep Baseball: Hilltoppers, Hawks Pick Up Wins

The Duluth Marshall and Hermantown baseball teams were victorious on Tuesday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Carter Sullivan pitched six shutout, allowing just two hits on the night as the Duluth Marshall baseball team blanked Duluth Denfeld 9-0 Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. In other baseball action, Hermantown faced off against Hibbing at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. And it was the Hawks taking down the Bluejackets 4-1. Categories: High School, Sports

Saints Softball Sweep LumberJills on Senior Day

The long ball was the key for the St. Scholastica softball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica softball team hit seven home runs as they swept Northland College Tuesday afternoon at Saints Field. In game one, three solo home runs from Olvia Howe, Kayla Christopherson and Josie Fourre gave the Saints a 10-2 win. Maggie Schley, the lone senior on the team, picked up the win in her final home start….

UMD’s Parker Mackay Signs With Texas Stars

Mackay will begin his journey in the pros in the American Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – He was the UMD men’s hockey team captain as they won their second straight national title. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Midwest Regional and the Frozen Four. And now Parker Mackay is taking his talents to the pros. According to a source close to the team, Mackay will be signing with the Texas…

Early Deficit Too Big for Wolfpack Girls Lacrosse

The Duluth girls lacrosse team suffered their first loss of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth girls lacrosse team fell into a 9-0 hole early in the first half and couldn’t sustain the comeback as they fall to Forest Lake 17-3 Monday night at Ordean Stadium. Hannah Martin and Shay Callaway were among the scorers for the Wolfpack.   Categories: High School, Sports

Strong Sixth Inning Pushes Tigers Softball Past Greyhounds

The Northwestern softball team picked up the road win over Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northwestern softball team used a strong start and a strong finish to take down Duluth East 19-6 Monday afternoon at Ordean Field. The Tigers would score six runs in the first two innings and then 10 runs in the top of the sixth. The Greyhounds would rally in the bottom of the inning, scoring five runs,…

Sandelin on NHL: “I’m Not Looking For Any Opportunity”

Scott Sandelin is not concerned about any of his players who decide to leave for the NHL.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team is still basking in the glory of winning their second straight national championship. But there’s been a lot of questions in the past week about who’s coming and going. But head coach Scott Sandelin isn’t concerned about the process. “When you end the year, there’s obviously always the opportunity for guys to…

Bulldogs Baseball Light Up Marauders at Wade Stadium

The runs would not stop coming for the UMD baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team put on a show as they scored a season-high 22 runs in their series opener against U-Mary Friday afternoon at Wade Stadium. In game one, the Bulldogs would get 27 hits and score in every inning except the first as they won 22-3. Drew Stewart led the way with 5 RBI. In game…

Coaches Corner: UWS Softball

We spoke with the UWS softball team on this week's segment.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talked with the UWS softball team. We were joined by interim head coach Nick Bursik and sophomore infielder Alayna Tulip. Among the topics discussed include the Yellowjackets 10-0 start to the UMAC season and how they plan to get prepared for the upcoming UMAC playoff tournament. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday…

Wolfpack Girls Lacrosse Knock Off Stealth

The Duluth girls lacrosse team used a strong second half to get past Hermantown/Proctor.

DULUTH, Minn. – In an early season rivalry battle, the Duluth girls lacrosse team defeated Hermantown/Proctor 9-5 Thursday night at Public Schools Stadium. Jorja Schooler led the Wolfpack with five goals, while Elle Hughes, Daphne Berg, Sarah Spencer and Annika Jarvela also scored for Duluth. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Softball: Spartans, Hunters Score in Bunches at Home

The Superior and Duluth Denfeld softball teams abused their scoreboards Thursday afternoon.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior softball team made quick work of Eau Claire as they won in five innings 10-0 Thursday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. UMD commit Mady Stariha earned the shutout win on the mound for the Spartans, throwing a no-hitter while striking out 10 batters. Superior would fall 5-4 in the second game of the…

Duluth Marshall’s Maren Friday Commits to Union College

The sophomore standout led the Hilltoppers with 30 points this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall girls hockey standout Maren Friday has committed to playing college hockey at Union College. The Hilltoppers standout just wrapped up her sophomore year with 10 goals and 20 assists, helping Duluth Marshall advance to the Section 7A title game. Union college is based in Schenectady, New York while playing in the ECAC hockey conference. Categories:…

Former Hilltopper Lane Krenzen Commits to Denver

Krenzen has spent the past three seasons in the NAHL with the Austin Bruins.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Marshall star Lane Krenzen announced Thursday on his Twitter account that he has committed to playing college hockey at the University of Denver. The 21-year-old has spent the past three seasons with the Austin Bruins in the NAHL, wrapping up his last season with nine goals and 19 assists. Back in 2016 in his final…

Bulldogs Get Set for Maroon-White Spring Football Game

Although admission is free, the team is asking fans to bring a food or clothing item to donate to Champ's Cupboard.

DULUTH, Minn. – Football in the spring is always a pleasant surprise. And after 12 practices, the UMD football are ready to put on a show for their fans. The 45th annual Maroon-White Spring Game will take place Friday at Malosky Stadium. The entire Bulldogs team will be split into two teams as they compete for bragging rights for the…

Former Thunderhawks Basketball Star Alex Illikainen Transfers from Wisconsin to UMD

Illikainen is Grand Rapids' all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team announced Wednesday that Grand Rapids native Alex Illikainen will join the Bulldogs roster for the 2019-2020 season. Illikainen will be a graduate transfer after spending three seasons at the University of Wisconsin. During his three years there, he helped the Badgers to 64 wins and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. During…

Bulldogs Softball Get Walk-Off Win Over Beavers

Taylor Koehnen gets the walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lauren Oberle knocked in a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extras and Taylor Koehnen would hit the walk-off three-run home run in the eighth as the UMD softball team swept Bemidji State Tuesday afternoon at Malosky Stadium. In game one, Koehnen’s walk-off home run gave the Bulldogs the…

Bulldogs Celebrate National Championship With Fans

The UMD men's hockey team held their championship celebration ceremony at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday night if you were in the mood to party, you would’ve been at Romano Gym for the 2019 UMD men’s hockey championship celebration. Fans from all across the Northland packed the stands to show their support and gratitude for the Bulldogs. The support in the Twin Ports goes without saying. But a large contingent made the…

Yellowjackets Softball Sweep Knights to Stay Undefeated in UMAC Play

UWS scored a combined 22 runs in both games.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UWS softball team poured in 22 combined runs as they blasted Martin Luther Monday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. In game one, the Yellowjackets only needed five innings to pick up a 10-0 win as Ashley Taipale blanked the Knights. In game two, Taipale and Tiffany Kirk would each hit two-run home runs in…

Brendan Flaherty Resigns As Hilltoppers’ Hockey Head Coach

He spent 20-plus seasons as head coach of the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Brendan Flaherty has resigned as head coach of the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team. In his resignation letter, Flaherty said he had hoped to be ready to coach the team by November, but he could not guarantee the pace of his recovery from throat cancer. Bill Owens coached the Hilltoppers this past season on an interim basis….

Bulldogs Softball Split Doubleheader Against Mavericks

The Bulldogs took game one 4-0 and lost game two 5-4.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team would rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it would fall short as they split their doubleheader against Minnesota State-Mankato Monday at Saints Field. The Bulldogs blanked the Mavericks 4-0 in the first game, behind a stellar performance by freshman pitcher Sam Pederson. Kalynn Tilton led UMD with two hits and…

Coaches Corner: Jungle Boy Boxing

We talk with Zach Walters and Danny Huffman in this week's segment.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with Zach Walters and Danny Huffman of Jungle Boy Boxing as they get set for Huffman’s third professional fight April 13th at the Armory in Minneapolis. Among the topics discussed are Huffman’s development through two fights, as well as what his success has brought to boxing’s popularity in the Northland….

Bulldogs Softball Stay Undefeated at Malosky Stadium

The UMD softball team held on for two close wins Minot State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team got their third straight conference sweep as they knocked off Minot State Friday afternoon at Malosky Stadium. In game one, Emma Frost hit her first home run of the season while freshman pitcher Sam Pederson went the distance, pitching seven innings while allowing just three hits. In game two, the Beavers out-hit the…

Saints Baseball Open Home Schedule with Blowout Wins

The CSS baseball team got big wins against Martin Luther.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was “de ja vu” for the St. Scholastica baseball team as they got two 11-1 wins over Martin Luther Friday night at Wade Stadium. In game one, Lane Girtz led the Saints with three RBI. And in game two, Conor Wollenzien finished with three runs scored and three hits. Next up for CSS is a road…

Spartans Open Softball Season With Road Win Over Rails

Superior opens their season with a road win over Proctor.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In the season opener for high school softball, Superior held on for the 4-2 over Proctor Thursday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. Kaleigh Miller led the Spartans as she knocked in two runs on an inside-the-park-home run. Categories: High School, Sports

Bulldogs Talk Sandelin’s Legacy at UMD

The Bulldogs are getting set for the Frozen Four and they feel their coach is well deserving of that top honor.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD head coach Scott Sandelin was named a finalist for the Penrose Award given to the top head coach in DI men’s hockey. The Bulldogs are getting set for the Frozen Four and they feel their coach is well deserving of that top honor. “Just the atmosphere that he creates around here is just so great, i…

Yellowjackets Baseball Split Doubleheader with Lions

The Wisconsin-Superior baseball team scored a lot of runs in their home opener.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In their home opener at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex, the Wisconsin-Superior baseball team split the doubleheader against Finlandia. In game one, the Yellowjackets got on the board early and often as they won 10-0. Jordan Berrios led UWS with three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. In game two, the Lions would get their…

Yellowjackets Shock Saints, Sweep Softball Doubleheader

The UWS softball team took both games from CSS in the Border Battle.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the first round of the Bridge Battle, the Wisconsin Superior softball team swept St. Scholastica Wednesday afternoon at Saints Field. In the first game, Ashley Taipale threw a no-hitter as the Yellowjackets blanked the Saints 2-0. The Duluth native also had an RBI in the game. In Game 2, UWS would come back from the a…

CSS Football Opens Spring Practice With New Coaching Staff

The Saints football team held their first spring practice Tuesday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – In spite of the unpredictable weather conditions, the St. Scholastica football team opened spring practices at Saints Field. It’s a special time for Mike Heffernan as he holds his first official practice as head coach of the team. For the first few days Heffernan says he wants to start working on communication between himself and a relatively…

Study Shows Former Bulldog Andrew Carroll Suffered From CTE

The tests were done at the Boston University CTE Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Just over a year ago, the UMD hockey community lost a former team captain as Andrew Carroll died by suicide. His family donated his brain to the Boston University CTE Center and are now finding out the results of the study. According to a family blog post on the website “Jack’s Basket”, the Carroll family has learned…

Familiar Faces Running Offense, Defense for UMD Football Team

Chase Vogler and Trey Dill are the new offensive and defensive coordinators for the UMD football team.

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to college athletics, change is inevitable. After a very successful season, the Bulldogs went through some big changes with their offensive and defensive coordinators. But the changes weren’t as drastic as you think. This past off-season, UMD head coach Curt Wiese announced that Chase Vogler and Trey Dill will be the Bulldogs’ new offensive…

UMD’s Hunter Shepard Named Top-5 Finalist for Mike Richter Award

The junior goaltender has been the cornerstone of the Bulldogs' run to the NCAA tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD junior goalie Hunter Shepard was named one of the top five finalists for the 2019 Mike Richter Award, given to the best goaltender in Division I men’s hockey. The 2018-19 NCHC Goaltender of the Year currently ranks sixth nationally in goals against average (1.87), tied for second in wins (25) and third in shutouts (6). Shepard…

Former UMD Wide Receiver Jason Balts Transitioning Well To Coaching Staff

The former Bulldog standout is now serving as the running backs coach.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD wide receiver Jason Balts is officially making the transition from player to coach. He will serve as the running backs coach this season. Balts was a three–year starter and two-time captain for the Bulldogs and his familiarity with the team is helping him make the transition in his first year coaching. “It’s a different dynamic…

Quick Start Will Be Key for Bulldogs Hockey

The UMD men's hockey team are looking to jump out early against Bowling Green.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team captured the NCHC championship this past weekend, but it wasn’t without a bit of tension including a first period that was less than ideal for the Bulldogs. Now the focus going into this week will be getting off to a good start, something the Bulldogs did really well last season and early…

Minnesota Girls, Wisconsin Boys Pick Up Wins at DAYBA Border Battle

Romano Gym was home to the 11th annual DAYBA Border Battle Game.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the 11th annual DAYBA Border Battle, the Minnesota girls and Wisconsin boys split the doubleheader at Romano Gym. The Minnesota girls got the win 95-56. Pequot Lakes’ Olivia Lane was named the Mike Gerber Border Battle MVP. In the boys game, Wisconsin ran away with the win 132-84. The game MVP award went to Superior’s Mason…

Bulldogs Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Home Opener Against Huskies

The UMD softball team opened NSIC play at home with a pair of wins.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their first conference action of the season, the UMD softball team got the sweep over St. Cloud State Tuesday afternoon at Malosky Stadium. In game one, Hermantown native Jordyn Thomas would knock in the lone run of the game in the first inning as the Bulldogs shutout the Huskies 1-0. North Branch freshman Sam Pederson threw…

UMD’s Brandon Myer Named to NABC All-District Team

The Superior native led the Bulldogs in five major statistical categories.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD junior forward Brandon Myer was named to the All–District Second Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Superior native is coming off a stellar season, earning a spot on the All-NSIC First Team after averaging 21.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists, all career highs. Myer led the Bulldogs in all three stats, as…

Swaney’s Double OT Goal Wins NCHC Title for Bulldogs

The UMD men's hockey team won a marathon game against St. Cloud State.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2019 National Collegiate Hockey Conference championship is coming back to Duluth as the UMD men’s hockey outlasted St. Cloud State 3-2 in double overtime to win their second NCHC tournament championship Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Nick Swaney scored the game-winner for the Bulldogs, who capture their second conference title in the past…

North Woods Boys Fall in Class A Championship Game

The Hornets were just too much for the Grizzlies as they win it 67-42.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The North Woods boys basketball team couldn’t dig out of an early hole as they fall to Henning 67-42 Saturday morning in the Class A state championship game at the Target Center. It was the Cougars’ first ever state title in any MSHSL sport. For the Grizzlies, it was their third straight loss in the championship game….

Coaches Corner: Hermantown Softball

For this week's segment, we talk with new Hermantown softball coach Michelle Sweeney.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Michelle Sweeney who was named the new head coach of the Hermantown softball team. She takes over for Tom Bang who retired last spring after starting the program 41 years ago. Sweeney talked about taking over for Bang and her plans for the Hawks program. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy,…

Goggleye Sends Grizzlies to Third Straight Class A Title Game

The North Woods boys basketball game got the upset win over Ada-Borup.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior guard Cade Goggleye would hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to push the North Woods boys basketball team past Ada-Borup 57-55 Thursday afternoon at the Target Center. Goggleye finished with 18 points and six assists. Junior forward Trevor Morrison nailed down his second straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. North Woods will…

North Woods Boys Basketball Advance to Class A Semi-Finals

The Grizzlies defeated Westbrook-Walnut Grove 56-39 at Williams Arena.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Junior Trevor Morrison led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the North Woods boys basketball team knocked off Westbrook-Walnut Grove 56-39 in the Class A quarterfinals on Thursday night at Williams Arena. TJ Chiabotti chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and five steals. Cade Goggleye added 10 points, five assists and four rebounds….

Experience Will Be Key for UMD Men’s Hockey Team

The Bulldogs will battle Denver in the Frozen Faceoff semi-finals.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team are getting set for their fourth straight trip to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The Bulldogs are looking for better results this season as they fell in the semi–finals in 2018. But the experience will be key as UMD mentally prepares for the NCAA tournament next week. “It’s a great feeling and just…

Former Greyhound Philip Beaulieu Named WCHA Defenseman of the Year

Along with this award, Beaulieu was also named team captain for the NMU Wildcats next season.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Former Duluth East standout Philip Beaulieu has been named the WCHA’s Defenseman of the Year. The junior finished with a league-best 22 assists and 28 league points for Northern Michigan University. Beaulieu played for the Greyhounds from 2010 to 2014, helping Duluth East reach the state tourney in each year. In his senior year, he was named…