Author: Sam Ali

MCAC Football Coaches React to Fall Sports Cancellation

Seven Northland colleges were impacted by the MCAC's decision to cancel the fall sports season.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Northland is still buzzing after the Minnesota College Athletic Conference cancelled their fall sports season. The news was tough to hear for local head football coaches who had the unenviable task of breaking the news to their players that their season was over before it even began. “It was difficult. We had heard whispers as a…

StayMelo Charity Basketball Game to Raise Funds for “Play for Jay”

The fun starts at 4 p.m. and organizers are asking those who plan to attend to be prepared for social distancing guidelines.

DULUTH, Minn. – The StayMelo Charity All-Star game is set to take place this Saturday at the Hillside basketball courts in Duluth. The event, which is in its second year, looks to raise funds for a local cause. And this year, they’ll lend a helping hand to the family of Jay Nick, a local youth basketball player who was diagnosed…

Scott Perunovich to be Honored by Hobey Baker Committee Next Month

The ceremony will take place August 6th at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, MN.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hobey Baker Award committee announced Wednesday that former UMD Bulldog and 2020 Hobey Baker Award winner Scott Perunovich will be honored at a banquet/golf outing next month. The ceremony will take place August 6th at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, MN. The event was scheduled to take place back in April, but the coronavirus…

Lake Superior College’s Daniel Fanning Talks Fall Sports Cancellation

The IceHawks will lose both men's and women's soccer, as well as cycling.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the first domino fell for the status of fall sports as the Minnesota College Athletic Conference announced that they would be cancelling their fall season. This impacts seven Northland colleges, including Lake Superior College. Athletic director Daniel Fanning gave his thoughts on the announcement. “It’s a tough decision. We really do feel bad for the…

Superior Trailblazers Pool League Hosts All-Star Pool Match

The league has about 200 players, but this action features the top eight in a four-on-four showdown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Trailblazers Pool League hosted their first-ever all-star match Tuesday night at the Top Hat Tavern in Superior. The league has about 200 players, but this action features the top eight in a four-on-four showdown. The event was originally scheduled for back in April, but was postponed a few times due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We…

UMD Hockey Great Caroline Ouellette Named Interim Head Coach at Concordia University

She is stepping in for her wife Julie Chu, who will be on maternity leave after the birth of their second child back in May.

MONTREAL, Canada – Former UMD women’s hockey legend Caroline Ouellette has been named interim head coach of the Concordia University women’s hockey team, which is located in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is stepping in for her wife Julie Chu, who will be on maternity leave after the birth of their second child back in May. Ouellette has…

Enger Park Golf Course Hosts 4th Annual Junior Golf School

The camp is set up where golfers learn different skills like putting, chipping and driving, as well as golf etiquette while out on the course.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Enger Park Golf Course is hosting its fourth annual junior golf school. The camp is set up where golfers learn different skills like putting, chipping and driving, as well as golf etiquette while out on the course. But mostly, it’s about just having fun. “I like the challenge because I think it’s hard to try to…

UMD Releases Updated Schedules for Fall Sports

The football team was scheduled to close the season against Northern State, but that game has been dropped.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD Athletics have released updated sports schedules for the fall. For the football team, the schedule has been reduced from 11 games to 10, per NCAA regulations, which means the season will start one week earlier. The Bulldogs will open their season at home against MSU-Mankato on September 12th. The season opener against Upper Iowa will now…

Hermantown VFW, Legion Baseball Teams Shutdown for “Precautionary Measures”

No players or coaches have tested positive for COVID-19.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – According to Hermantown athletic director Beth Clark, the Hawks VFW and Legion baseball teams will be shutdown for the rest of the week for “precautionary measures”. Clark added that no players or coaches have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Hermantown’s Legion baseball team will not participate in the Midsummer Classic tournament this weekend up in…

Vintage Sport Camps Aim to Get Kids Away from Technology

The camp looks to promote healthy and active lifestlyes for boys and girls ages six through 12.

DULUTH, Minn. – No phones. No TV. No tablets. No gaming. Those are the rules for the annual Vintage Sport Camps, which began this week at the Duluth Heritage Center. The camp looks to promote healthy and active lifestlyes for boys and girls ages six through 12. Campers have a chance to learn new sports and improve social skills. This…

Nemadji Golf Course Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19

The clubhouse and grill will be closed and check-in will take place through the window of the golf shop.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Nemadji Golf Course announced this weekend that they are adjusting their operations due to a positive case of COVID-19 by one of their staffers. The clubhouse and grill will be closed and check-in will take place through the window of the golf shop. Food orders are to be called in and beverage carts will be out…

Minnesota College Athletic Conference Cancels 2020 Fall Sports Season

Team and group activities will not take place, even for winter and spring sports teams.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota College Athletic Conference announced Monday that they are cancelling their 2020 fall sports season. This includes football, volleyball and soccer, but does not apply to low-risk sports such as clay target shooting and golf. Team and group activities will also not take place, even for winter and spring sports teams. The conference has 24 teams…

Coaches Corner: Seamus Gregory

For this week's segment, we chat with the full-time athletic director at Northland College.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Seamus Gregory, who was recently named the full-time athletic director at Northland College. Gregory also serves as the head coach of the men’s hockey. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Registration Open for Duluth Little League’s Practice Season

It will be a six-week practice season as the league won't be able to host any games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Little League has announced that registration is open for kids ages four to 12. It will be a six-week practice season though as they won’t be able to host any games. League president Dan Fraser says it’s the best they can do given the current circumstances. “Practices are probably the most important thing. Kids definitely love…

In-Person Option Available for Park Point 5-Miler

They will be offering three different three-hour blocks throughout the day that will each include 10 waves of up to 25 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – This year’s Park Point 5-Miler race will still have an in-person option on Thursday, July 16th. They will be offering three different three-hour blocks throughout the day that will each include 10 waves of up to 25 people. You can also run it virtually between July 13th and the day of the race, but you have to…

Ella Olson Takes Over for Ray Kosey as Superior’s New Athletic Director

Ella Olson will be taking over for longtime Spartans A.D. Ray Kosey, who announced his retirement back in the spring.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week marks the official start to the high school academic year. And that means it’s the first week on the job for Superior High School’s new athletic director. Ella Olson will be taking over for longtime Spartans A.D. Ray Kosey, who announced his retirement back in the spring. Olson is a teacher at Bryant Elementary in…

Halvor Lines Speedway Cancels All Races Through July

The situation will be re-evaluated later this month and they are hoping for a better outlook at that time.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Halvor Lines Speedway has announced that they are cancelling all scheduled events through the month of July. According to their Facebook page, they say after an analysis of all the initial opening costs and the additional costs associated with COVID-19, they can’t afford the financial risk at this time. The post goes on to say that the…

UMD Set to Partially Re-Open Athletic Facilities for Voluntary Workouts

The guidelines and protocols call for all student-athletes to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus.

DULUTH, Minn. – For those who are hoping for the return of sports this upcoming fall, we got a small glimmer of hope, courtesy of UMD. The university announced Thursday its initial plans for a phased approach to bringing student-athletes back to campus. Beginning Monday July 6th, around 100 student-athletes will return to campus for voluntary workouts. Only select facilities…

“Alternative Baseball Organization” Looking to Expand to the Northland

The organization, which is based in Georgia, is in nearly 40 cities across the country thanks to the efforts of 24-year-old Taylor Duncan, who also has autism.

DALLAS, Ga. – The Alternative Baseball Organization provides an authentic baseball experience for teens and adults with autism and other special needs. The program was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but when they start back up in the spring of 2021, they want to bring their game right here to the Northland. The organization, which is based in…

Seamus Gregory Named Full-Time Athletic Director at Northland College

Gregory has been interim A.D. for a year and a half while also serving as the head coach of the Lumberjacks men's hockey team.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Northland College has removed the interim label off of Seamus Gregory’s title and named him the full time athletic director. Gregory has been interim A.D. for a year and a half while also serving as the head coach of the Lumberjacks men’s hockey team. “My family’s excited. I got the three little girls here in town so…

WIAA, University of Wisconsin Study Shows Depression, Anxiety Up Among Student-Athletes Due to Shutdowns

Of the more than 3,000 participants, 65% reported anxiety symptoms, with 25% of those being moderate or severe.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The effects of the pandemic are still being felt throughout high school sports. Right now, the question of whether or not we’ll have sports in the fall is weighing heavily on school administrators, coaches and of course, the student-athletes. But how is the uncertainty impacting the mental health of those players? A recent study tried to…

Melissa Fracker Excited for New Era of UWS Softball

Fracker is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last week, UW-Superior announced that Melissa Fracker would become the new head coach of the Yellowjackets softball team. She’s originally from Connecticut and didn’t know much about Superior. But when she got the job, she was pumped to join the UWS family. “I was beyond excited for a different opportunity. I’ve realized just being at home that…

“Way of the Warriors” Film Opens Casting Call for Northland Hockey Players

Ideally, they want players with some acting experience in a high school play or musical, but it is not a requirement.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday Night Lights. Hoosiers. Remember The Titans. What do these three movies have in common? They chronicled the life of high school athletes and what sports mean to small communities. An upcoming movie wants to do the same thing, but this time, it’s about high school hockey in the Northland. According to their website, “Way of the…

Coaches Corner: Maura Crowell

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UMD women’s hockey head coach Maura Crowell about how the pandemic has impacted communication with her team, as well as recruits. Also, Crowell spoke about the PWHPA and what it means to see three of her former players join the organization. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Professional…

UMD Softball Recruits Meet for First Time at National Tournament

This week, five future Bulldogs joined the Minnesota A's fast pitch softball team for a national tournament in Florida.

VIERA, Fla. – Recruiting has been a challenge for college coaches across the country. In person visits have been replaced with Zoom meetings. And even after recruits commit, it may be a while before they even get to meet each other. But that wasn’t the case for a group of future UMD softball players. This week, five future Bulldogs joined…

MN Junior PGA Tour Returns to Enger Park Golf Course

The event was open to players from all over the state of Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin with a total of 59 golfers hitting the links.

DULUTH, Minn. – A few months ago, no one thought we’d have any kind of sports activities going on this summer. But with restrictions being lifted in the past few weeks, things are opening up just in time for some junior golf action. The Minnesota Junior PGA Tour made its way back to the Enger Park Golf Course, which also…

WIAA Makes Changes to Boys Hockey, Basketball Seeding, Girls Wrestling

The WIAA is making the two-division format permanent going forward.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association approved some changes to boys high school hockey. The WIAA is making the two-division format permanent going forward. Also, regular season overtimes will start with an eight-minute sudden victory period. If the game is still tied after that, five minutes of 3-on-3 will be played. If there is still no winner,…

Hermantown, Esko VFW Baseball Teams Meet Up for First Game of the Summer

High-risk umpires will also have the option of calling the game behind the pitcher instead of behind the catcher.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Baseball made its triumphant return to the Northland less than a week after the Minnesota Department of Health allowed outdoor youth sports to take place. It was great news for local VFW baseball teams as Esko and Hermantown met up in the first game of the summer. Before the game, both head coaches talked about what the…

Former UMD Goaltender Hunter Shepard Signs Pro Deal

Shepard has signed with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

HERSHEY, Penn. – Former UMD goaltender Hunter Shepard announced on his Twitter page that he has signed his first professional contract with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The Cohasset native helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships as a sophomore and junior, the latter earning the Grand Rapids alum the NCAA Tournament MVP award….

Duluth Huskies Officially Cancel 2020 Season

The team says that there are too many unanswerable questions in many areas critical to their 2020 season being successful

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday, the Duluth Huskies confirmed what many fans had feared since the pandemic began: their 2020 season has officially been cancelled. In a statement, the team says that there are too many unanswerable questions in many areas critical to their 2020 season being successful, including health issues and safety for fans, coaches, host families and staff. The…

After Months of Waiting, Jungle Boy Boxing Gym Re-Opens

Among the big changes for the gym is the constant wiping down of contact surfaces, as well as splitting up boxers into the three age groups.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Jungle Boy Boxing Gym re-opened this week after months of waiting for restrictions to be lifted. Among the big changes for the gym is the constant wiping down of contact surfaces, as well as splitting up boxers into the three age groups. “So everybody gets a little bit of play in the gym. That’s a big…

Duluth Huskies Requesting Extension on Northwoods League Deadline

The Huskies are looking to buy some time in case restrictions on mass gatherings are lifted soon and Wade Stadium could be opened for games after July 1st.

DULUTH, Minn. – As of right now, there are four pods in the northwoods league who will be playing or are already playing their 2020 schedule. The Duluth Huskies are not one of the those teams, but they are still trying to salvage the summer season. According to a source within the organization, the team has requested an extension on…

Northwestern Alum, Poplar Native Tom Burke to be Inducted into University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame

The defensive end was dominant in his senior campaign, leading the nation in sacks with 22, which also broke the single-season Big Ten record.

MADISON, Wis. – Poplar native Tom Burke will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame. The defensive end was dominant in his senior campaign, leading the nation in sacks with 22, which also broke the single-season Big Ten record. Burke would go on to earn Consensus All-American honors and be named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the…

UMD’s Bell, Betinol Invited to Canadian Women’s Hockey Summer Camp

The camp will be done online weekly until players return to school in the fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Ashton Bell And Kassy Betinol are two of 50 players who have been invited to the BFL Canada National Women’s Development Team summer camp. The camp will be done online weekly until players return to school in the fall. Bell, who is next season’s team captain, led all WCHA defenders with 11 goals and 21 assists….

UWS Tabs Melissa Fracker as New Softball Head Coach

Fracker comes to UWS after serving as an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University since 2013.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Melissa Fracker has been named the new head coach of the UWS softball team. She will take over for Nick Bursik, who served as interim head coach for the past two seasons. Fracker comes to UWS after serving as an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University since 2013. She played four years at WCSU And is…

Anthony Wood Named New Proctor Athletic Director

Wood will also serve as the director of sports facilities.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Big changes are coming For Proctor High School, specifically for their athletic department. The school board has named Anthony Wood the new Rails athletic director. Wood will also serve as the director of sports facilities. Wood takes over for Dan Stauber who will remain with the district, but in a different position, according to superintendent John Engelking….

Cloquet Native Westin Michaud Creates Northland Hockey Development Academy

NHDA will also be hosting a special goalie camp this summer with a special guest: former UMD standout Hunter Shepard.

CLOQUET, Minn. – We’ve got another hockey school in town: the Northland Hockey Development Academy, brought to you by former CEC standout and North Dakota forward Westin Michaud. The Cloquet native knows they are several camps all across the Northland. But he feels his group of instructors bring a unique combination of on-ice instruction and off-ice advising. “There’s different programs…

Former Duluth East Standout Garrett Worth Talks Joining LIU Men’s Hockey Program

The program was established just two months ago so Worth will be part of the program's first-ever recruiting class.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, former Duluth East standout Garrett Worth announced that he has committed to joining the Long Island University men’s hockey team. The program was established just two months ago so Worth will be part of the program’s first-ever recruiting class. “It’s really cool. I’m really excited. You’re kind of part of history with them just joining…

Coaches Corner: Nick Bursik

For this week's segment, we hear from the athletic director at UW-Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with UW-Superior athletic director and head softball coach Nick Bursik. Among the topics discussed were the UMAC’s intent to return to action this upcoming fall season, as well as what other options will be available if fans aren’t allowed to attend. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Ashland’s Zoe Pearce Commits to UWS Women’s Soccer Team

Last year as a junior, she helped the Oredockers advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2015.

ASHLAND, Wis. – This week, Ashland’s Zoe Pearce signed her National Letter of Intent for the UWS women’s soccer team. Pearce spent four years on the varsity squad as a midfielder and defender, as well as some time as a goalie. Last year as a junior, she helped the Oredockers advance to the state tournament for the first time since…

Former Greyhound Garrett Worth Commits to LIU Men’s Hockey

As a Greyhound, Worth recorded 128 points in 94 games, helping Duluth East finish runner-up in the Class AA tournament in his senior year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East hockey star Garrett Worth announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to joining the newly formed men’s hockey program at Long Island University in Brookville, New York. Worth had previously committed to Arizona State. Since graduating from East back in 2018, Worth bounced around the junior hockey scene, including some time with…

MDH to Allow Scrimmages and Games for Summer Youth Sports

The state has issued new guidelines, which include the return of scrimmages and games with outdoor allowed to begin on June 24th and indoor sports are set for July 1st.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – For the past few weeks, organized youth activities have been limited to just practices as teams await more details from the Minnesota Department of Health. And Friday, the MDH provided the best news for the teams since the pandemic began nearly three months ago. The state has issued new guidelines, which include the return of scrimmages and…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Still Going On Virtually for Runners, Fans

So far, almost 3,000 people have submitted their times and many more are expected to do the same this weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend was supposed to be Grandma’s Marathon, but due to the pandemic, those plans were cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t be part of the event. Runners can still take part in a virtual version of the race. So far, almost 3,000 people have submitted their times and many more are expected to do…

Former Bulldog Ryleigh Houston to Join Brodt, Rooney in PWHPA

After transferring from North Dakota following her freshman year, Houston played the past three seasons with the Bulldogs, recording 49 points in 105 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD forward Ryleigh Houston has signed on with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. After transferring from North Dakota following her freshman year, Houston played the past three seasons with the Bulldogs, recording 49 points in 105 games. Houston will join former teammates Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney, who also signed with the PWHPA, a non-profit…

Kelly Rider Steps Down as Northland College Women’s Hockey Coach

Rider has been with the LumberJills since the program's inception back in 2015.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Kelly Rider has stepped down as head coach of the Northland College women’s hockey team. Rider has been with the LumberJills since the program’s inception back in 2015. Northland College just wrapped up their inaugural season in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Confernece, finishing 6-18-2, but did not pick up a win within the WIAC. According to a…

WIAA Sets Guidelines for High School Summer Activities

Sports will be classified into four groups based on risk to establish what degree of contact will be allowed.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced that the summer coaches contact period will begin on July 1st. The WIAA added that individual schools, as well as local health officials, will ultimately determine when and how that contact will be made. All summer activities will be voluntary for student-athletes and preventative measures, like face coverings and social…

Legendary UMD Football Coach Jim Malosky Named to 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

In his 40 years on the sidelines, the Bulldogs had 33 winning seasons and Malosky was named Conference Coach of the Year 13 times.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD football head coach Jim Malosky has been named to the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. Malosky led the program from 1958 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in Division II history. In his 40 years on the sidelines, the Bulldogs had 33 winning seasons and Malosky was named Conference Coach of the…

Rainy River Community College Suspends Women’s Hockey Program

The school cited several issues including the recent resignation of head coach Erin Negurski-Hall.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Rainy River Community College has suspended their women’s hockey program for the foreseeable future. In a statement, the school cited several issues including the recent resignation of head coach Erin Negurski-Hall, as well as low numbers and budget concerns. The program was established back in 2005 and had enjoyed a lot of success in the past…

UW-Superior’s Nick Bursick Talks UMAC’s Return to Play

As of now, the NCAA will allow Division III teams to begin practices on August 10th or the first day of school, whichever is earlier.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earlier this week, the UMAC announced their intent to move forward and prepare to play games this upcoming fall season. And although this doesn’t guarantee that games will happen, UWS athletic director Nick Bursik says the Yellowjackets are glad to get some sense of clarity about what will happen in the fall. “We’re still hopeful. We’re still…

Registration Open for Duluth East Youth Football, Cheerleading Program

Both programs are open to kids from 3rd grade to 8th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration is open for the Duluth East Youth Tackle Football program. Kids from 3rd to 8th grade can sign up to learn the fundamentals of football, as well as other life lessons on the gridiron. “Eleven players on each side of the ball and it’s a big team sport. It starts from the line to the quarterback…