Author: Sam Ali

Coaches Corner: Matt Solberg

For this week's segment, we're talking about the umpire shortage in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with Matt Solberg who is a local high school official for basketball and baseball. Among the topics discussed are the shortage of officials, specifically for the spring sports, as well as the issues umpires have with fans and what needs to be done to prevent games getting cancelled when there…

Junior’s First-Half Hat Trick Helps Duluth FC Blank Dakota Fusion

The Brazilian striker scored three times in the first half for the Bluegreens.

DULUTH, Minn. – Carlyle Junior scored a hat trick in the first half as Duluth FC had no trouble with the Dakota Fusion 7-0 Friday night at Ordean Stadium. The Brazilian striker finished with four goals on the night while Brooks Rice, Dana Kowachek and James Westfield also got on the score sheet.   Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports,…

Maccoux’s Walk-Off Hit Sends Hilltoppers to Class AA Title Game

Duluth Marshall will face #2 seed Minnehaha Thursday at 1 p.m. at Target Field in the Class AA state title game.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, senior Cole Maccoux sent a base hit up the middle to score Peter Hansen as the Duluth Marshall baseball completed their comeback to defeat Paynesville 3-2 in eight innings Friday afternoon at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Hilltoppers were down 2-0 going…

Local Hockey Pros Hosting Fourth-Annual Development Camp

The camp is primarily for squirts, peewee and bantams which gives the players a taste of what the pros go through.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Registration is still open for the fourth annual Twin Ports Pro Development Camp in Superior. The camp is primarily for squirts, peewee and bantams which gives the players a taste of what the pros go through during NHL Training and Development Camps. “We know that at some point on certain levels once they begin developing and it…

Huskies Blanked at Home To End Homestand

The struggles continued for the Duluth Huskies against Waterloo.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies could only muster four hits on the night as they fall to Waterloo 8-0 Thursday night at Wade Stadium. The Huskies extend their losing streak to six games, ending their seven-game homestand with just one win. They’ll look to turn things around beginning tomorrow night as they take on St. Cloud in a three-game…

Cloquet Native Sadie Lundquist to Bring Isobel Cup to NCU Arena

The event will take place Tuesday, June 18th at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet from 11 a.m. to noon.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet native and Minnesota Whitecaps forward Sadie Lundquist is coming home next week with some extra hardware. Lundquist is bringing the Isobel Cup for fans to see. The event will take place Tuesday, June 18th at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet from 11 a.m. to noon. Fans will have a chance to take a picture…

Huskies Drop Doubleheader at Home to Bucks

The Waterloo bats were just too much for Duluth at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies had no answers for Waterloo as they drop both games of the doubleheader on Wednesday at Wade Stadium. In the first game, the Bucks would have no trouble as they win 13-4. James Free led the Huskies with three hits. And in the second game, Ramon Enriquez would homer in the fourth, but it…

1950 State Champs Help Send-Off Hunters Baseball Team

Jerry Sabick and Jim Hill were part of the Denfeld team who won the state title back in 1950.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team had a special send-off Wednesday before they left for the Class AAA state tournament. Family and friends wished them luck and they were also joined by two members of the 1950 Hunters baseball team that won the state title. First pitch for Thursday’s game between Denfeld and Monticello is set for 10…

A Return to the State Tourney for the Panthers Baseball Team

South Ridge will play #2 seed New York Mills on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in the Class A quarterfinals.

CULVER, Minn. – Last year, the South Ridge baseball team made history, finally winning the Section 7A title and making it to state for the first time in program history. Now, they’re looking forward to going back. The Panthers dominated Ely in the second game of the 7A championship to earn back to back trips to state. After finally making…

Former Greyhound Ashton Altmann Commits to St. Olaf

The 21-year-old scored four goals and recorded 10 assists in 54 games this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East standout Ashton Altmann has committed to playing college hockey at St. Olaf. Altmann has spent the past three seasons in NAHL with the Bismark Bobcats and the Minnesota Wilderness, serving as the assistant captain this past season. The 21-year-old scored four goals and recorded 10 assists in 54 games this past season. In 145…

Former Bulldog Löwenhielm to Continue Pro Career in Sweden

The 24-year-old center will join her former teammates Sidney Morin and Jessica Healey.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm will be continuing her pro career in her home country. Löwenhielm has signed with HV71 of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. The center, who played on the Swedish national team, spent this past season in the NWHL with the Connecticut Whale, notching six points in 16 games. It will also be a…

Coaches Corner: Emma Stauber

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth native Emma Stauber, who was recently named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former UMD women’s hockey captain talked about her new position, as well as her memories of the NWHL championship game as the Minnesota Whitecaps captured the Isobel Cup in their…

Lumberjacks Softball Team Return Home After Third-Place Finish

Cloquet appeared in their first state tournament since 2012.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet softball team returned home Friday from the Class AAA state tournament, and they brought back some hardware. The Lumberjacks finished in third place with a win over Becker. And a large crowd of supporters waited outside Cloquet High School to congratulate them on a job well done. “Usually we don’t get much support for softball,…

Panthers Baseball Team Win Back-to-Back Section Titles

South Ridge blanked Ely 9-0 in the elimination game.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Section 7A baseball championship, Ely would hang on for the 9-8 win over South Ridge to force a winner-take-all game. And in that game, the Panthers would flip the script as they blanked the Timberwolves 9-0 to win their second straight section title. South Ridge pitcher Mason Lane allowed two hits and struck out nine…

Hunters Baseball Team Win First Section Title in 65 Years

Duluth Denfeld was able to hold off Grand Rapids in the Section 7AAA title game.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Section 7AAA championship game, Grand Rapids would ride some stellar pitching to a 5-0 win over Duluth Denfeld to force a winner-take-all game. And in that game, the hits would come early and often as the Hunters knocked off the Thunderhawks 10-3 to win their first section title since 1954. Duluth Denfeld will now wait…

Timberwolves Baseball Blank Bulldogs to Advance to Section Title Game

Ely got the win over Carlton Wednesday night at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tyler Housey would score twice as the Ely baseball team knocked off Carlton 3-0 Wednesday night in the Section 7A semi-finals at Wade Stadium. Trevor Mattson pitched a complete game shutout with nine strikeouts to help the Timberwolves reach the section finals for the sixth time in the past nine years. Ely will face South Ridge in…

Duluth Marshall’s Ben Pedersen Drafted by Baltimore Orioles

The senior pitcher was taken in the 38th round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall pitcher Ben Pedersen heard his name called Wednesday in the 2019 MLB Draft. The senior flamethrower was selected in the 38th round by the Baltimore Orioles. The Missouri commit is wrapping up his career with the Hilltoppers as one of the best baseball prospects in the history of the Northland. Pedersen and the Hilltoppers will…

A Historic Trip to State for the Lumberjacks Softball Team

It's been seven years since the Cloquet softball team has played in the Class AAA state tourney.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet softball team are heading back to the Class AAA state tournament for the first time since 2012. It wasn’t an easy trip for the Lumberjacks as they were no–hit by Chisago Lakes to force an elimination game in the section finals. But then they showed off their signature resiliency, which has been a key to…

Panthers Softball Excited for First Ever Trip to State Tournament

The South Ridge softball team will take on top-seeded New York Mills.

CULVER, Minn. – The South Ridge softball team are heading to their first-ever state tournament later this week. The Panthers did not allow a single run in the section tournament and while all eyes were on the performance of pitcher Malania Madill, their defense was stellar as well. “We were in the gym a lot in the beginning of the…

Huskies Shake Off Slow Start for Walk-Off Win in Extras

Duluth would score the game-winning run off a wild pitch in the 11th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dexter Swims would score on a wild pitch in the 11th inning as the Duluth Huskies came back to defeat St. Cloud 7-6 Monday afternoon at Wade Stadium. The Huskies shrugged off a slow start as they didn’t crack to scoreboard until the sixth inning. They would get two runs in the bottom of the ninth to…

MSHSL Votes Against Adding Shot Clock for High School Basketball

Minnesota will continue to be one of 42 states that do not use a shot clock for high school basketball.

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors voted on several items Monday, including the addition of a shot lock for high school basketball. And the board voted against it 13–5. Reports suggest that some of the issues with adding a shot clock are financial and logistical challenges. But according to David La Vaque of…

Coaches Corner: Duluth Huskies’ Marcus Pointer

For this week's segment, we hear from Duluth Huskies manager Marcus Pointer.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with first-year field manager of the Duluth Huskies, Marcus Pointer. He served as the pitching coach last season with Tyger Pederson as the Huskies made it all the way to the Northwoods League Collegiate World Series. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Opening Day Finally Arrives for Gondlik Law Speedway

Organizers say the weather wasn't ideal, but they are happy to finally get the racing season started.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After weeks of postponements due to weather, “Opening Day” finally took place Friday at the Gondlik Law Speedway in Superior. Organizers say the weather wasn’t ideal, but they are happy to finally get the racing season started. “Every week we were really excited for the races. Then we’d get the message that it was cancelled. We would…

ALS Walleye Fishing Tournament Celebrates 24th Year

Over 200 anglers will battle for a first-place prize of $2,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 24th annual Kolar Toyota Walleye Fishing Tournament kicked off Friday night with a special welcome dinner at the UMD Fieldhouse. Over 200 anglers will hit the waters bright and early Saturday morning at Island Lake where they’ll be battling for a first-place prize of $2,000, which is donated by the ALS Association. The event has raised…

Former Thunderhawk Heaven Hamling Transfers to NDSU

Hamling is the all-time leading scorer at Grand Rapids High School.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Former Grand Rapids basketball star Heaven Hamling announced Friday morning on her Twitter account that she is transferring from Stephen F. Austin to North Dakota State. Hamling played in 32 games her freshman year averaging 5.5 points and just over 16 minutes per game. In her time with the Thunderhawks, she became the all-time leading scorer…

Wolfpack Lacrosse Knock Off Stealth To Advance to Section Semis

The Duluth boys lacrosse team move on to the section semi-finals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior Jayden Erie scored five goals on the night as the Duluth boys lacrosse team defeated the Stealth 9-6 Thursday night at Ordean Stadium. Brennen Larson, James Holak, Reilly Johnson and Will Smyth also scored for the Wolfpack, who will face Blaine Monday night in the Section 7A semi-finals. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Native Emma Stauber to Bring Isobel Cup to the Northland

The event will take place June 27th at the St. Luke's Sports and Event Center in Proctor.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Whitecaps defenseman and Duluth native Emma Stauber will be bringing the Isobel Cup to the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center on Thursday, June 27th. The former UMD women’s hockey captain was part of the Whitecaps team that won the NWHL championship in their first year of existence. Last month, Stauber accepted the head coaching position…

Duluth FC Draw at Home with Med City FC

Brooks Rice would score the equalizer late in the second half.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a scoreless first half at Ordean Stadium, both Duluth FC and Med City FC would find the back of the net as the game would end in a 1-1 draw. Alan Wismayer scored for the Mayhem, while Brooks Rice scored the equalizer in the 68th minute as the Bluegreens stay undefeated on the season with a…

Greyhounds Baseball Open Sectionals With Home Win

Duluth East held on for the 6-5 win over Coon Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the opening round of the section 7AAAA playoffs, the Duluth East baseball team held on for the 6-5 win over Coon Rapids Wednesday afternoon. Tyler Wapola led the Greyhounds with three hits and two RBI. Caden Edwards pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits while striking out six. Categories: High School, Sports

Former Eskomos Star Kory Deadrick Named New Rails Boys Basketball Coach

Deadrick will take over for Todd Clark who retired after this past season.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Last month, Proctor boys basketball coach Todd Clark retired after being involved with Rails athletics for over 20 years. Those are some big shoes to fill and Tuesday night, the Rails found their guy. Former Esko star Kory Deadrick was named the new head coach of the Proctor boys basketball team. Deadrick is the Eskomos all-time leading…

Prep Lacrosse: Stealth Boys Move On, Wolfpack Girls Bow Out

In the first round of the high school lacrosse playoffs, Hermantown/Proctor picked up the win at home.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In the first round of the high school lacrosse playoffs, the Hermantown/Proctor boys picked up the win at home over Spring Lake Park 13-7 Tuesday night at the Hawks Field. The Stealth move on to face Duluth Thursday night at Ordean Stadium. And in girls action, the Duluth lacrosse team battled back to send their game against…

Prep Baseball: Hunters, Hilltoppers, Panthers Advance to Section Quarterfinals

The high school baseball playoffs began on Tuesday in section 7A, 7AA and 7AAA.

DULUTH, Minn. – In section 7A baseball action, South Ridge would blank Cherry 9-0 Tuesday afternoon at Wade Stadium. The Panthers move on to the quarterfinals as they will face Cherry Thursday afternoon. In section 7AA, the top seed in the tourney Duluth Marshall went on a scoring spree as they topped Moose Lake-Willow River 19-1 at Egerdahl Field. At…

Former Bulldog Sidney Morin Heading Back to Sweden

Morin signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Sidney Morin is heading back to Sweden to continue her pro career. This week, she signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League. She recorded 38 points in 32 games last season. Morin was part of the U.S. National Women’s hockey team that won…

Corey Kemp Resigns as St. Scholastica Baseball Coach

Kemp has been with the Saints program for over 20 years as a player, assistant and head coach.

DULUTH, Minn. – Longtime St. Scholastica baseball coach Corey Kemp has resigned. Kemp has been part of the Saints baseball program for over 20 years as a player, assistant coach and head coach, leading CSS to 10 consecutive UMAC regular season titles and eight straight NCAA appearances from 2010 to 2017. In six of his ten years with CSS, he…

Prep Baseball: Hawks, Bulldogs Win Section Playoff Openers

The section playoffs began Tuesday afternoon for 7A and 7AAA baseball.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In the first round of the section 7AAA baseball tournament, Hermantown would score six runs in the third inning as they defeated Cloquet 11-4 Tuesday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. In section 7A, Carlton would hang on for a tight win over Cook County 4-3 at the NBC Sports Complex. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Huskies Hold First Practice at Wade Stadium

The Huskies will open the season on the road at Thunder Bay.

DULUTH, Minn. – The red, white and blue were spread all across the Northland on Monday, but it was an extra special day at Wade Stadium as the Duluth Huskies held their first practice for the 2019 season. The Huskies held an open practice to the public who got their first chance to see the defending Northwoods League North Division…

North Woods’ Cade Goggleye Commits to University of Jamestown

The sharpshooter held the Grizzlies finish runner-up in three straight Class A state tournaments.

COOK, Minn. – Former North woods sharpshooter Cade Goggleye announced this past weekend that he has committed to playing college basketball at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Goggleye scored over 2,100 points in four seasons with the Grizzlies, helping North Woods take runner-up in the last three Class A state tournaments. The University of Jamestown is part of…

Coaches Corner: Duluth Wolfpack Lacrosse

For this week's segment, we hear from the Duluth boys lacrosse team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with the Duluth boys lacrosse team, including head coach Scott Wishart, senior Will Smyth and junior Jayden Erie. The Wolfpack are wrapping up their regular season this week as they look to make it back to the section final. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Hilltoppers’ Grace Kirk Commits to Brown University

The Duluth Marshall standout will be taking her talents to the East Coast when she starts college.

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the NCAA, the percentage of girls basketball players who go from high school to college is 3.9%. The average acceptance rate to an Ivy League school sits in the single digits as well. If you can do one of those things, it’s pretty impressive. But to pull off both, it takes a special kind of…

Saints’ Ryan Steger Ready for First Trip to Nationals

The sophomore qualified for the 800-meter run.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Scholastica’s Ryan Steger is heading to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this week. The sophomore qualified for the 800-meter run, which for him was quite the surprise. As a sophomore, this is Steger’s first trip to nationals and he says despite his lack of experience, he’s going into it with a…

Prep Lacrosse: Wolfpack Boys, Stealth Girls Earn Home Wins

The Duluth boys lacrosse team picked up their ninth win of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their final home game of the regular season, the Duluth boys lacrosse team shutout Hermantown/Proctor in the second half as they won 10-7 Wednesday night at Ordean Stadium. The Wolfpack will close their season Friday at Champlin Park. And in girls lacrosse action, Hermantown/Proctor needed overtime to get the home win over Duluth 10-11 at Egerdahl…

Kohlwey, Reindl Set to Compete at NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships

The preliminaries will take place Friday night on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior hurdler Danielle Kohlwey and freshman runner Haleigh Reindl will be taking part in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this week. Kohlwey will compete in the 100-meter hurdles, while Reindl qualified for the 800-meter run. Both also made the trip for the indoor championships back in March, and for Reindl it’s just another chance…

Husband-Wife Duo Named New IceHawks Soccer Coaches

Anthony and Caitlyn Wood will take over for Jeff Lightfoot, who retired after leading both programs to the playoffs last year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College announced Wednesday that Anthony and Caitlyn Wood have been named the new men’s and women’s head soccer coaches for the upcoming season. The husband and wife duo will take over for Jeff Lightfoot, who retired after leading both programs to the playoffs last year. Both have been coaching at Proctor High School and have…

Prep Softball: Rails, Hilltoppers, Bulldogs Open Playoffs With Wins

The high school softball playoffs began Tuesday afternoon across the Northland.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In the opening round of the Section 7AA playoffs, Proctor would score eight runs in the opening inning as they knocked off Mesabi East 13-0 in five innings Tuesday afternoon at Rails Field. Elsewhere in the section, Greenway would score four runs in the fifth to pull within one run. But Duluth Marshall would clamp down in…

Lumberjacks Baseball Close Season With Win Against Eskomos

Cloquet gets the win at home over rivals Esko.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet baseball team used a big sixth inning to take the lead, then held on late to get the 7-5 win over rival Esko. Esko led 2-0 into the fifth, before Cloquet scored two to tie things up. Esko retook the lead in the next half inning, but the Lumberjacks responded in the bottom half of…

Former Wilderness Goalie Ryan Fanti Commits to UMD Men’s Hockey

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native has spent the past two seasons with the Wilderness.

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a well-known pipeline between the Minnesota Wilderness and the UMD men’s hockey team. And Tuesday, another player is making the quick trip down I–35 to join the two-time defending champs. Former Wilderness goalie Ryan Fanti announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to playing his college career with the Bulldogs. The Thunder Bay,…

Quick Start is Enough for Stealth Boys Lacrosse

Hermantown/Proctor jumped out to an early lead to win its second straight.

ESKO, Minn. – The Hermantown/Proctor lacrosse team jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and while Grand Rapids rallied back, the Stealth were able to hang on for the 10-9 win. The win gives the Stealth their second straight and will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday at Duluth. Grand Rapids will end the regular season on Thursday at…

Rails Baseball Win Nine-Inning Thriller Against Hawks

The Proctor baseball team got the win at home against Hermantown.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In a game that needed nine innings, the Proctor baseball team hung on for the win over Hermantown 9-8 Monday night at Egerdahl Field. The win earned the Rails a split with the Hawks as Hermantown won the first game 7-4. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Native CJ Ham Announces Summer Youth Camp

The camp will be the first for Ham and will take place at Lincoln Park Middle School.

DULUTH, Minn. – CJ Ham has had quite the road to the NFL. After starring at Denfeld High School, Ham took his talents to Augustana and signed with the Vikings in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. And now he’s coming home to help local kids achieve their dreams as well. Ham announced on his Twitter account that he will…

Coaches Corner: Esko Softball

For this week's segment, we catch up with the Eskomos.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with the Esko softball team, including head coach Jeff Emanuel, sophomore pitcher Miranda Kelley and junior outfielder Dea DeLeone. The Eskomos have wrapped up their regular season and are looking to capture their fourth section title in a row. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports