Author: Sam Ali

CSS Basketball Teams Split Doubleheader Against Finlandia

The men's team got the blowout win while the women lose a nail-biter.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five Saints score in double-figures as the St. Scholastica men’s basketball got the non-conference win over Finlandia 96-69 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. Collin Anderson led the way with 18 points, becoming the seventh player in program history to score 1,300 career points. Cade Goggleye chipped in with 13 points while Quinn Fischer scored 12 points…

Local Boxing Trio Heading to Minneapolis for Star-Studded Card

The action starts at 7 p.m. and will be headlined by former world champion and Minnesota native Caleb Truax.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, three local boxers from the Jungle Boy Boxing Gym will be on the card for “Fight Night 2020”. Danny Huffman, Jesse Walters and Amy Lemanager will each have fights at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which will be a much bigger venue than what they have competed in before. “My fight at Grandma’s was super cool,…

Denfeld’s Stephanie Ferguson Signs NLI to Join Bemidji State Softball

The Hunters catcher will join the Beavers as a utility player.

DULUTH, Minn. – Denfeld’s Stephanie Ferguson signed her National Letter on Intent Wednesday to join the Bemidji State softball team. The Hunters catcher, who also plays on the local year-round softball team the Twin Ports Rampage, will join the Beavers as a utility player and is excited to not be too far from home when she starts her collegiate athletic…

UMD Women’s Hockey Team Talks Rooney’s New Record

In the team's sweep over Bemidji State, Rooney became the all-time leader in saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, UMD’s Maddie Rooney continued to solidify her spot as one of the best goalies in program history as she became the all-time leader in saves. The Bulldogs spoke Wednesday about how special it was to break that record given all the great netminders that came before her. “It’s a really talented group. So for…

Prep Hockey: Mirage Snap Lumberjacks’ Win Streak; Hawks, Thunderhawks Boys Earn Big Wins

The Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team snapped CEC's 17-game win streak.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Hannah Kauppinen would score two quick goals in the first period as the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team defeated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 6-1 Tuesday night at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. Nya Seger, Michaela Phinney, Hailey Winklesky and Alyssa Watkins also scored for the Mirage, who snapped the Lumberjacks’ 17-game win streak. Kiana Bender scored the lone goal…

Proctor Girls Basketball to Meet Duluth Marshall in Section Final Rematch

The Rails are currently riding a ten-game win streak following their win over Mesabi East on Friday night.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Tuesday night, the Rails girls basketball team will host Duluth Marshall in their first meeting since last season’s section final that saw Proctor come out on top. Not a lot has changed since then, but both teams come into this game with just one loss on their record. “We do our homework. We have a couple films…

ProspectsNation.Com Ranks Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens Among Top 75 Recruits in the Nation

Kneepkens comes in at #65 as a junior with the Hilltoppers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens was recently named one of the top 75 recruits in the entire county for the 2021 Class by ProspectsNation.com. Kneepkens comes in at #65 as a junior with the Hilltoppers. She’s currently averaging 31 points per game along with 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists, pushing Marshall to an 11-1 record so far this…

UMD Men’s Hockey Falls On the Road to St. Cloud State

The Huskies would hang on to their one-goal throughout the third period.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Kobe Roth would score in the first period to tie the game at one. But St. Cloud State would keep a one-goal lead through the third period to get the win 2-1 Friday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The loss snaps the Bulldogs’ six-game unbeaten streak and is the fifth straight loss in…

Rails Girls Basketball Top Rebels; Pogatchnik Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer

Senior guard Sam Pogatchnik became the all-time leading scorer at Proctor early in the first half.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Sam Pogatchnik led all scorers with 18 points on her way to becoming the Rails all-time leading scorer, male or female, as the Proctor girls basketball team defeated Mesabi East 56-41 Friday night. Liz Frase chipped in with 16 points while Sam Parendo scored 14 to help the Rails improve to 15-1. Next up for Proctor is…

Coaches Corner: Rich McKenna

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from UWS men’s hockey coach Rich McKenna. His Yellowjackets currently sit on top of the WIAC with a 12-2-1 record and this week, UWS showed up in the national rankings for the first time since 2012. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Saints Struggle at Home in Loss to Spartans

St. Scholastica out-shot Aurora, but only one of them could find the back of the net.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s hockey team would get a shorthanded goal in the second period from Mike Nolan, but that would be all they could muster as they fall to Aurora 5-1 Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. The Saints drop their fifth game in a row as they fall to 5-11-1 on the season. They’ll look…

Rooney Makes History as UMD Women’s Hockey Blank Bemidji State

Senior goalie Maddie Rooney became the all-time program leader in saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior netminder Maddie Rooney finished with 30 saves to give her 2,999 for her career, a new program record at UMD, as the Bulldogs blanked Bemidji State 4-0 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Ashton Bell, Anna Klein, Taylor Anderson and Gabbie Hughes all scored for UMD who improve to 10-8-3 on the season and draw within three…

UMD Men’s Hockey Set to Battle Rivals St. Cloud State

Puck drop for Friday's game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center is set for 7:37 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The last time the UMD men’s hockey team faced St. Cloud State was in the NCHC Frozen Face-off Championship game. The Bulldogs won a thriller in overtime, en route to winning their second straight national title. But so far this season, the teams have gone in opposite directions. We know all about the Bulldogs as they come…

UMD’s Shepard, Perunovich Named to First Fan Vote for Hobey Baker Award

The first round of voting ends on March 9th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Voting for the Hobey Baker Award is now live and two UMD Bulldogs will be vying for your vote: senior goalie Hunter Shepard and junior defenseman Scott Perunovich. Shepard is on the doorstep of history as he is now four starts away from breaking the NCAA record for consecutive starts for a goalie. Perunovich is tied for…

Marshall’s Grace Kirk Nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game

Kirk is one of seven players from the state of Minnesota who were nominated.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Grace Kirk has been nominated to take part in the McDonald’s All-American game. The senior point guard is currently averaging just over 20 points per game to go along with six rebounds, eight assists and five steals, helping the Hilltoppers to an 11-1 record so far this season. Kirk is one of seven players from…

IceHawks Men’s Basketball Use Strong First Half to Take Down Thunder

A big halftime lead would be the key as the LSC men's basketball team defeated Fond du Lac.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jarves Hunt led all scorers with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Lake Superior College men’s basketball team got the win over Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College 90-69 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. Duluth native Brandon Barbee chipped in with 14 points and 5 rebounds while fellow Duluthian Jacob Easty scored…

UMD Women’s Hockey Meet Up with Beavers for Second Time in Two Weeks

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

DULUTH, Minn. – With just six weeks left in the regular season, the UMD women’s hockey team have their eyes on trying to secure home ice advantage. The Bulldogs are currently six points behind fourth place and who is sitting there? Their opponent this weekend: Bemidji State. UMD will host the Beavers for the second time in the past two…

Kneepkens’s 39 Points Pushes Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Past Rebels

The Duluth Marshall girls basketball team picked up their fourth straight win at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior guard Gianna Kneepkens dropped 39 points as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 88-37 Tuesday night. Senior Grace Kirk chipped in with 21 points and Dasia Starks finished with 13. The Hilltoppers improve to 12-1 on the season as they will face Ely on Saturday. Categories: High School, Sports

New Year, Same Goals for Local Boxer Ryan Watson

Watson will take on Raymond Ochieng from West Palm Beach, FL, who has 53 fights under his belt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ryan Watson isn’t big on new year’s resolutions. But he wouldn’t mind if his 2020 is anything like his 2019. Watson had three fights last year and finished with two wins and a draw. And that was after stepping away from the ring for a few years. Watson says he was still able to keep his power,…

Grand Rapids/Greenway Girls Set for Hockey Day Minnesota

Puck drop for the game is set for 8 p.m. at the Parade Stadium in Minneapolis.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – This past summer, the Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning were selected to participate in the 14th annual Hockey Day Minnesota where they will be playing a non-conference game out in the elements. The Lightning are the second Iron Range team to participate in Hockey Day Minnesota in the past two years. Last year, the Greenway boys hockey team…

Spartans Boys Basketball Pick Up Road Win over Eskomos

The Superior boys basketball team pulled away late to get the road win over Esko.

ESKO, Minn. – Joey Barker led the way with 15 points as the Superior boys basketball knocked off Esko 57-50 Monday night at Esko High School. The Eskomos’ James LaGarde led all scorers with 20 points. Categories: High School, Sports

Bushbaum’s OT Goal Gives Rails Boys Hockey Win Over Bluejackets

The Proctor boys hockey picked up a big home win over Hibbing/Chisholm.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Connor Bushbaum would score the game-winner in overtime as the Proctor boys hockey team knocked off Hibbing/Chisholm 2-1 Monday night at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. Mitchell Ziemba would score in the opening minute for the Bluejackets, but the Rails would answer back minutes later with a Ben Harnell goal. It would stay that way…

UWS Men’s Hockey Crack National Polls for First Time Since 2012

The Yellowjackets have already surpassed their win total from last season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team have finally cracked the national ranks for the first time since 2012. The Yellowjackets come in at #11 after picking up a pair of home wins this past weekend against Saint John’s and Concordia (Minn.). UWS is currently ranked first in the WIAC with a 5-2 record and 12-2-1 overall, already surpassing…

Superior’s Brady Herbst Commits to UMD Football

The senior wide receiver led the Spartans with 24 catches and nearly 500 yards receiving

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior football standout Brady Herbst has committed to joining the UMD football team. This past season, the senior wide receiver led the Spartans with 24 catches and nearly 500 yards receiving, and chipped in with five touchdowns as well, helping Superior advance all the way to the state semi-finals. Categories: College, High School, Sports

Former Greyhound Ricky Lyle Commits to Army West Point Men’s Hockey

During his senior season, Lyle was third on the team with 25 points and was tied for most goals with 12.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East co-captain Ricky Lyle announced on Twitter Sunday that he has committed to Army West Point men’s hockey. During his senior season, Lyle was third on the team with 25 points and was tied for most goals with 12. Lyle also dominated the section playoffs with a team-leading eight goals, including two in the section…

UMD Men’s Hockey Start 2020 with Win Over Broncos

The Bulldogs pick up their fifth straight win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nick Swaney would score twice as the UMD men’s hockey team opened the new year with a home win over Western Michigan 6-3 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Quinn Olson, Tanner Laderoute, Noah Cates and Kobe Roth also scored for the Bulldogs as they push their win streak to five straight. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports,…

Coaches Corner: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Girls Hockey

For this week's segment, we chatted with the red-hot Lumberjacks girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team, including head coach Courtney Olin and senior forwards Taylor Nelson and Kiana Bender. The Lumberjacks have won 14 straight games and look to return to the state tournament for the first time since 2009. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Fast Start Pushes UWS Men’s Hockey Past Saint John’s

The Yellowjackets would score four goals in the first period against the Johnnies.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A four-goal first period would be the difference as the Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team defeated Saint John’s 6-2 Friday night at Wessman Arena. The Yellowjackets had six different goal-scorers, including Troy York, Will Blake, Liam Blais, Bruno Burtzitis, Jordan Martin and Conor MacLean. Oscar Svensson was solid in net with 24 saves for UWS, who improve to…

CSS Women’s Hockey Settle for Tie with Pointers

Two goals wouldn't be enough to get the win for the Saints.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s hockey team would rally from a two-goal deficit after the first period, but couldn’t get one more in overtime as they settled for a 2-2 tie against Wisconsin-Stevens Point Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Courtney Bloemke and Abby Pohlkamp each would score for the Saints, as they record their first tie of…

Prep Basketball: Spartans Split Doubleheader with Greyhounds; Hawks Sweep Lumberjacks at Home

We had two doubleheaders Thursday night at Duluth East and Hermantown.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East and Superior would split their doubleheader as the Spartans girls won 57-56 in overtime and the Greyhound boys were victorious 75-61 Thursday night. In the second doubleheader, Hermantown would sweep Cloquet as the girls won 62-46 and the Hawks boys topped the Lumberjacks 72-62. Categories: High School, Sports

Bender’s Hat Trick Gives Lumberjacks Girls Hockey 14th Straight Win

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team got the home win over Duluth Marshall Thursday night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Senior captain Kiana Bender would finish with a natural hat trick as the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team blanked Duluth Marshall 3-0 Thursday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. The win was the Lumberjacks’ 14th straight as they improve to 14-2 on the season. They’ll take on Cambridge-Isanti on Saturday. The Hilltoppers fall to 8-7-1 as they…

UMD Men’s Hockey Open 2020 at Home Against Western Michigan

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

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team will look to keep the good times rolling as they open the new year at home this weekend. The Bulldogs went 11-6-1 in the first half of the season, ending 2019 with four straight wins. UMD is currently in second place in the NCHC as they get set for conference games from…

Lisa Karau Becomes Latest Female to Coach WI Boys Basketball

The Mosinee native spent the past two years as the head coach of the Tomahawk girls basketball team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last season, Ashland High School let go of boys basketball coach Robert Blaschke in the middle of the season following allegations of misconduct. The Oredockers went on to hire Lisa Karau as the new head coach. And so far this season, her team is proving a lot of people wrong. The Mosinee native spent the past two…

UMD’s Scott Sandelin Returns from World Juniors

Team USA went 3-1 in the preliminary round before falling to Finland in the first round of the playoffs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Welcome back to UMD men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin who was in the Czech Republic coaching Team USA at the World Junior Championships. The Americans went 3-1 in the preliminary round before falling to Finland in the first round of the playoffs. Sandelin spoke Wednesday about his team’s performance. “Obviously disappointing at the end. I thought overall,…

Minnesota State Title Bout Awaits “Haitian Temptation” Al Sands

Sands will take on Phil Williams for the Minnesota State Cruiserweight title that Williams won from Sands back in 2015.

DULUTH, Minn. – The “Haitian Temptation” Al Sands is getting ready to jump back in the ring next week at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. The Duluth native is currently training at Aerial Athletics and he says this is the best he’s felt in the past two years. “We’ve had phenomenal sparring partners, phenomenal training. My coach Mike has really…

UMD’s Maura Crowell Starts New Year with Two Championship Wins

Crowell saw both Team USA and her UMD hockey team take home championships in the past week.

DULUTH, Minn. – What a start to the year it has been for UMD women’s head coach Maura Crowell. It all began last Thursday when she led Team USA to a 2-1 overtime win over Canada in the gold medal game of the U18 World Women’s Championships in Slovakia. Crowell spoke Wednesday morning For the first time since that big…

Prep Girls Basketball: Rails Extend Win Streak; Hunters Snap Losing Streak

The Proctor girls basketball team picked up a win on the road while Duluth Denfeld was victorious at home.

ESKO, Minn. – The Proctor girls basketball team extended their win streak to six straight as they defeated Esko 44-25 Monday night. The Rails improve to 11-1 on the season as they travel to Cherry Friday night. In other prep girls action, Elizabeth Emmel and Selah Reinertsen combined to scored 25 points as Duluth Denfeld got the home win over…

Greyhounds Boys Hockey Top Hunters in High-Scoring Affair

A four-goal second period would be the difference for Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – Zarley Ziemski scored twice for Duluth East as they get the rivalry win over Duluth Denfeld 5-4 Monday night at the Duluth Heritage Center. The Greyhounds also got goals from Cole Christian, Charlie Erickson and Ryan Cummings. Scoring for the Hunters was Connor McClure, Kaden Postal, Cole Olson and Griffin Lehet. Categories: High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Rhett McDonald

For this week's segment, we hear from the head coach of the Duluth East boys basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth East boys basketball coach Rhett McDonald about his team’s great start to the season. McDonald also talked about the rivalry that has developed between the Greyhounds and his father’s team Cambridge-Isanti. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks Tie With Crusaders, Hunters Pick Up Home Win

Kade Shea would score the go-ahead goal for the Hunters as they topped Bloomington Kennedy.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown boys hockey team scored four goals in the opening period, but St. Cloud Cathedral would battle back to score three in the final frame as the game finished in a 5-5 tie Friday night at the Hermantown Ice Arena. UMD commit Blake Biondi scored twice for the Hawks, while Beau Janzig, Aydyn Dowd and Zach…

Cardinals Girls Basketball Roll Past Mariners at Home

Cromwell-Wright picked up a big win at home over Silver Bay on Friday night.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Taya Hakamaki finished with a game-high 22 points as the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team knocked off Silver Bay 67-18 Friday night. Shaily Hakamaki chipped in with 12 points for the Cardinals, who get their ninth win in a row to improve to 9-1 on the season. Cromwell-Wright will be back in action Thursday as they host Two…

Duluth East’s Macy Hermanson Commits to CSS Women’s Basketball

The senior is coming off a season-high 18 points against Rocori.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East’s Macy Hermanson announced Thursday on Twitter that she has committed to joining the St. Scholastica women’s basketball team. Hermanson is currently averaging just under 12 points per game and is coming off a season-high 18 points against Rocori. She is one of only three seniors on the Greyhounds girls basketball team. Categories: College, High School,…

UMD Women’s Hockey Set to Host 2020 Minnesota Cup

Along with the Bulldogs will be MSU Mankato, St. Cloud State and Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – Four of the five Division I women’s hockey teams in the state will make their way to Amsoil Arena this weekend for the second annual Minnesota Cup tournament. This year’s installment will feature the hosts UMD, as well as Minnesota State Mankato, St. Cloud State and Bemidji State, all teams that the Bulldogs have faced in the…

Prep Girls Basketball: Home Wins Thursday Night for Eskomos, Rails

The Esko and Proctor girls basketball teams started the new year with home wins.

ESKO, Minn. – A strong second half would push the Esko girls basketball team past Moose Lake-Willow River 72-50 Thursday night, while Proctor got the best of Cloquet 76-24. The Eskomos and Rails will meet up Monday night in Esko for the first time this season. Categories: High School, Sports

CEC Boys Hockey Fall at Home to Wildcats

A two-goal second period for Eagan would be the difference on Thursday night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Kyle Siiter and Jake Huhta would find the back of the net, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team fell at home to Eagan 3-2 Thursday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. A two-goal second period would be the difference for the Wildcats as they pick up the road win over the…

Cloquet Native Dylan Lauer Talks Shutdown of St. Cloud State Football Program

Lauer was one of over 80 student-athletes impacted by the folding of the football team.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Three weeks ago, St. Cloud State sent shockwaves through the Division II college sports world as they folded multiple sports programs due to budget cuts and compliance with a Title IX ruling back in August. Among those cut was the Huskies football team, a decision that impacted over 80 student athletes, including Cloquet native Dylan Lauer. “Some…

Northern Star: Grace Kirk

For this week's Northern Star, we hear from the captain of the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in March, the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team had their season end at the hands of Proctor in the Section 7AA title game. Nearly nine months later, that loss is still stuck in the minds of the Hilltoppers, even more so with senior guard Grace Kirk. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had…

Prep Boys Basketball: Friday Night Wins for Eskomos, Blue Devils, Hilltoppers

Esko and Duluth Marshall earn wins at home, while Virginia hangs on for the road win over Proctor.

ESKO, Minn. – James LaGarde and Payton Wefel combined to score 31 points as the Esko boys basketball team knocked off Two Harbors 76-35 Friday night. In other boys action, Virginia picked up a close road win over Proctor 68-65 and Duluth Marshall ran past Lakeview Christian Academy 92-35. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Greg Polkowski

For this week's segment, we catch up with the head coach of the UWS men's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UWS men’s basketball coach Greg Polkowski about his team’s hot start to the season. The Yellowjackets are 6-4 on the season, including a perfect 4-0 in the UMAC. They’ll be back in action next weekend for the Nicolet National Bank Holiday tournament in De Pere, WI. Categories: Coaches Corner,…

Hilltoppers Girls Hockey Fall to Red Knights at Home

Duluth Marshall could not get on the board against the Red Knights.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls hockey team had no answers for Benilde-St. Margaret’s as the Red Knights blanked the Hilltoppers 4-0 Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Mary Zavoral scored twice, while Lily Mortenson and Sophie Melsness also scored for the Red Knights. The Hilltoppers fall to 5-5 on the season as they will host Minneapolis on Saturday….