Author: Sam Ali

Eskomos Volleyball Sweep Panthers in Season Finale

The win gave the Esko volleyball team the Polar League Big School championship.

CULVER, Minn. – In their final match of the season, the Esko volleyball team earned a road sweep over South Ridge 3-0 on Monday night. The win gave the Eskomos the Polar League Big School championship as they finished the season with a 20-6 record. The Panthers fall to 12-10 as they will wrap up their season at North Woods….

CSS Women’s Hockey Team Hold First Practice of the Season

The Saints will open their season on November 1st at home against Gustavus Adolphus.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s hockey team held their first practice of the season Monday afternoon. The Saints are coming off one of their best seasons ever, appearing in their first NCHA championship game in school history. And this year, CSS is hungrier than ever to make an even deeper run. “Obviously it’s been a long summer after…

UMD Men Down, Women Up in Latest USCHO.com Hockey Polls

Both teams will be on the road this upcoming weekend as the men will travel to Wisconsin while the women will take on Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – Both UMD hockey teams have been among the best teams in the country. But in this week’s USCHO.com polls, they are going in opposite directions. Let’s start with the men who bounced back on Saturday following their shocking loss on opening night to UMass-Lowell. The Bulldogs split with the River Hawks, but took a hit in the…

Coaches Corner: Derek Parendo

For this week's segment, we hear from the head coach of the Proctor football team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Proctor head football coach Derek Parendo after the Rails won back to back games. Parendo also talked about the unusual section his team plays in, as well as what it will take to get Proctor back to the state tournament. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

UMD Women’s Hockey Tops Mavericks Behind Brodt’s OT Winner

The team captain scored twice for the UMD women's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Team captain Sydney Brodt scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime as the UMD women’s hockey team knocked off Minnesota State-Mankato 3-2 Friday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. Gabbie Hughes would score in the third period to send the game into overtime. Maddie Rooney was solid between the pipes, finishing with 14 saves on the night. The Bulldogs…

UMD Men’s Hockey Unveil Championship Banner, But Fall Short in Season Opener

The Bulldogs unveiled their championship banner, but couldn't send their fans home happy with a win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team would rally late against UMass-Lowell, but the comeback would fall short as the River Hawks stun the Bulldogs 3-2 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Scott Perunovich and Noah Cates each scored in the third period for the Bulldogs. Hunter Shepard finished with 14 saves on the night as UMD will look to…

Prep Soccer: Hilltoppers Boys/Girls, Hawks Boys, Lumberjacks Girls Open Section Playoffs With Wins

The section playoffs continued Thursday for boys and girls 7A and 7AA.

BOYS SECTION 7A SOCCER PLAYOFFS Lakes International 0 Hermantown 9 Legacy Christian Academy 1 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 3 Proctor 2 Chisago Lakes 3 North Branch 1 Duluth Denfeld 2 Zimmerman 0 Duluth Marshall 4 Spectrum 0 Grand Rapids 4 Hibbing/Chisholm 0 St. Francis 7 BOYS SECTION 7AA SOCCER PLAYOFFS Duluth East 0 Centennial 4 GIRLS SECTION 7A SOCCER PLAYOFFS Grand Rapids 1…

UMD Football Set To Host Wayne State for Homecoming Game

Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 1 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team will be back at home this weekend looking to bounce back from their tough loss against Mankato. Some added motivation could be that it’s homecoming weekend as they welcome Wayne State College to Malosky Stadium. “It’s a good time because a lot of people come back for the game. I have a lot…

Wilderness Rally In The Third, Earn Shootout Win Over Bruins

The third period was a big one for Minnesota as they came back to get the win over Austin.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness rallied to score two goals in the third period to force overtime as they eventually got the shootout win over Austin 3-2 Thursday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Nate Horn and Kimball Johnson each scored in the third to tie things up. And in the shootout, Zach Michaelis would score in the…

Panthers Football Team Get Road Win Over Mariners

The South Ridge defense would step up in a big way to help get the win.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – The South Ridge football team jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and they would hang on for the road win over Silver Bay 25-6 Thursday night. Connor Bushbaum and Nick Larson would score for the Panthers early on while Mason Ollman was lone touchdown scorer for the Mariners. South Ridge improves to 6-1 on the…

Another Championship Banner Going Up for UMD Men’s Hockey Team

The Bulldogs men's hockey talked about what it means to raise another banner at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday night, Amsoil Arena is the place to be as the UMD men’s hockey team will unveil their championship banner from last season. Earlier this week, we spoke with the Bulldogs about what it means to enjoy that moment once again. “You get chills seeing the highlight video from last year. And when they unveil it, there’s…

UMD Volleyball Team Returns to Romano Gym This Weekend

The Bulldogs have won 12 straight as they currently boast a 13–1 record, including an undefeated record within the NSIC.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team have been on absolute tear so far this season. The Bulldogs have won 12 straight as they currently boast a 13–1 record, including an undefeated record within the NSIC. And finally, the Bulldogs return home this weekend for the first time in three weeks and for just the second weekend series of the…

Saints Men’s Hockey Set to Play Exhibition Against Thunder Bay North Stars

That game will take place Sunday October 27th at 3 p.m. at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontatrio.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s hockey team announced a big exhibition game later this month. The Saints will take on the defending Bill Salonen Cup champions from the Superior International Junior Hockey League, the Thunder Bay North Stars. That game will take place Sunday October 27th at 3 p.m. at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontatrio….

UMD Women’s Hockey to Open WCHA Play Against MSU-Mankato

Puck drop for Friday's game at Amsoil Arena is set for 3 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will be back at home at this weekend and already, people are buzzing about the Bulldogs. UMD split their season opening series last week with third-ranked Clarkson, continuing the tradition of playing one of the toughest schedules in the entire country. And for the Bulldogs, they wouldn’t want to have it any…

Yellowjackets Soccer Teams Sweep Rams at Home

The Wisconsin-Superior men's and women's soccer teams were victorious at home against North Central.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Blake Perry scored twice as the Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team knocked off North Central 6-0 Wednesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. Eric Watson, Danny Kearns, Miguel Ocampo and Sam Waylee Jr. also found the back of the net for Yellowjackets, who improve to 8-3-2 on the season. In the women’s game, UWS defeated North Central…

Prep Volleyball: Rails Win LSC Title; Eskomos, Greyhounds Earn Sweeps at Home

Proctor picked up a road win, while Esko and Duluth East were winners on their home courts.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Proctor volleyball team defeated Cloquet 3-0 Tuesday night to capture their first Lake Superior Conference title since 1995. Other scores include Esko getting the home sweep on Senior Night over McGregor 3-0 and Duluth East knocking off rivals Duluth Denfeld 3-0. Categories: High School, Sports

Saints Volleyball Capture Third Straight Win With Sweep Over Rams

The St. Scholastica volleyball team made quick work of North Central on Tuesday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Brooke Schermann and Haley Rohwer each finished with nine kills as the St. Scholastica volleyball team swept North Central 3-0 Tuesday night at the Reif Gym. Jessica Remer chipped in with 24 assists to help the Saints pick up their third straight win and improve 11-4 on the season. CSS will be back on the road this…

Greyhounds Boys Soccer Advance to Section Semi-finals

Duluth East got the home win over Blaine on Tuesday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bailey Frantz would score twice in the second half as the Duluth East boys soccer team knocked off Blaine 3-0 Tuesday night at Ordean Stadium in the Section 7A quarterfinals. David Wallerstein also score for the Greyhounds, who move on to Thursday’s semi-final game against the winner of Centennial and Coon Rapids. And in girls soccer action,…

UMD Football Team Looking to Move On From Blowout Loss at Mankato

Next up for the Bulldogs is a home battle against Wayne State College for their homecoming game.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been almost two years since the UMD football team lost an NSIC regular season game. But this loss is one the team wants to forget about immediately. The Bulldogs are back at work this week after allowing 52 points to Minnesota State-Mankato, the most allowed by either team in their all-time series. When talking about Saturday’s…

Spartans Football Team Clinch First Playoff Berth in Three Years

Superior can clinch the Big Rivers Conference title with wins over River Falls and Rice Lake.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This past Friday night, the NBC Spartan Sports Complex was the place to be for one of the biggest wins in recent memory for the Superior football team. And according to them, don’t call it an upset. The Spartans knocked off conference giant Menomonie for just third time ever in school history. Superior is now tied for…

Junior Justin Richards Named Assistant Team Captain for UMD Men’s Hockey Team

Richards is coming off a breakout year last season which saw make a 21-point improvement from his freshman year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Before the season started, the UMD men’s hockey team announced that Hunter Shepard and Nick Wolff would wear the “C” on their jerseys this upcoming season. And this past weekend, we found out who would be wearing the “A”. Junior forward Justin Richards will serve as assistant team captain this upcoming season. The Columbus, Ohio native is…

Prep Soccer: Spartans Win Home Finale; Hawks Sweep Hunters in Doubleheader

The Superior boys, Hermantown boys and Hermantown girls pick up wins on Monday night.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Jakob Kidd and Ethan Defoe each scored four goals as the Superior boys soccer team blanked Mesabi East 9-0 Monday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. In other action, the Hermantown boys got two goals from Hunter Tanski as they rolled past Duluth Denfeld 6-1 to capture the 2019 Lake Superior Conference championship. And the Hawks…

“Haitian Temptation” Al Sands Set to Fight Next Month in Norway

Sands will take on IBO International Cruiserweight champion Kai Robin Havnaa.

DULUTH, Minn. – Al Sands has his next fight lined up and once again, he’s going overseas. According to Team Sauerland Boxing, the “Haitian Temptation” is going to Oslo, Norway on November 16th. He will take on IBO International Cruiserweight champion Kai Robin Havnaa, who is top male boxer in Norway. Sands is coming off his first fight in the…

Northern Star: Amy “Hard Hands” Lemenager

For this week's segment, we talk with a local boxer who is making her pro debut next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Amy “Hard Hands” Lemenager has always been a fighter. “My grandparents are always like, “OK so when are you going to be done fighting?” and I’ll always be like, “Just one more.” And of course after the one more, there’s always another. I just can’t stop,” said Lemenager. Growing up, Lemenager was a two–sport athlete. In high…

Coaches Corner: Tom Lenarz

For this week's segment, we talked with the head coach of the Cloquet football team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Cloquet head football coach Tom Lenarz, who talked about another great start to the season for the Lumberjacks. Lenarz also stressed how his players shouldn’t look ahead to the section playoffs. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Prep Volleyball: Rails Top Hawks in Five-Set Thriller, Hilltoppers Sweep Hunters

Both Proctor and Duluth Marshall got wins on their respective home courts.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In a match between two of the Lake Superior Conference’s undefeated teams, the Proctor volleyball team outlasted Hermantown 3-2 Thursday night at the Rails Gym. Other scores include Duluth Marshall getting the home sweep over Duluth Denfeld 3-0 while Ashland blanked Cloquet 3-0. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Soccer: Lumberjack Boys Win in OT, Hilltopper Girls Blank Rails

The Duluth Marshall girls and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys picked up wins on Thursday.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Otto Cockburn’s goal in the opening moments of extra time would be the difference as the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team end their season with a home win over Proctor 1-0 Thursday night at Bromberg Field. And in girls soccer action, Gianna Kneepkens finished with a hat trick as Duluth Marshall knocked off Proctor 7-0. The Hilltoppers will…

UMD Men’s Hockey Welcome University of Alberta for Exhibition Game

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

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team will take the ice this weekend for the first time since winning back-to-back national titles. The Bulldogs will open their season with an exhibition against the University of Alberta, one of the best teams north of the border. “It kind of shows what the guys have and where guys need to step…

Slow Starts Not a Concern as UMD Football Team Get Set for Clash Against #3 MSU-Mankato

The Mavericks are the last team to defeat the Bulldogs in conference play back in 2017.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish. That will be the mantra this weekend for the UMD football team. After averaging over 20 points in the first half of the first two games of the season, the Bulldogs have scored 17 points combined in the last two weeks. Head coach Curt Wiese says slow…

Ron Tondryk Steps Down as Cloquet Softball Head Coach

Tondryk has led the program for the past decade and was involved with Cloquet athletics for 30 years.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Ron Tondryk announced Wednesday he is stepping down as head coach of the Cloquet softball team. Tondryk has led the program for the past decade and was involved with Cloquet athletics for 30 years. The ‘Jacks are coming off their first appearance in the Class AAA state tourney since 2012, and they came back home with a…

UMD Women’s Hockey to Open Season Against Third-Ranked Clarkson

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

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team are getting set to open their season this weekend at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs are coming off a mixed bag of results from their exhibition against the Minnesota Whitecaps. The team says there was a lot they liked from that game and a few things they need to clean up before the…

Greyhounds Sweep Hawks in Soccer Doubleheader

The Duluth East soccer teams each picked up a win at home over Hermantown.

DULUTH, Minn. – Molly Henderson scored a hat trick in the second half, including the game-winning goal with 36 seconds to go as the Duluth East girls soccer team earned the comeback win over Hermantown 3-2 Wednesday night at Ordean Stadium. In the boys game, the Greyhounds took care of business as they blanked the Hawks 4-0. Categories: High School,…

Tavemark Scores Lone Goal as Yellowjackets Men’s Soccer Blank Saints

This year's Border Battle bragging rights go to the Wisconsin-Superior men's soccer team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior Pontus Tavemark scored in the 59th minute off a corner kick as the Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team shut out St. Scholastica 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at Saints Field. The Yellowjackets outshot the Saints 17-6, allowing just one shot on goal. UWS improves to 6-2-2 on the season while CSS falls to 2-10. Categories: College, Sports

Kolin Dean Steps Down as UWS Tennis Coach

Dean was named UMAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year in 2018.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UWS men’s and women’s tennis coach Kolin Dean has announced that he is resigning. Dean has been with the men’s and women’s programs since their inception in 2017, but is stepping away to pursue opportunities outside of coaching. In his first season with the Yellowjackets, he led both teams to third place finishes in the UMAC and…

Prep Volleyball: Hunters Swept at Home, Spartans Top Greyhounds in Five Sets

Princeton would get the road sweep over Duluth Denfeld while Superior went the distance with Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a match that went the distance, the Superior volleyball team got the win over Duluth East 3-2 Tuesday night at the Greyhounds gym. The Spartans took the first set and the Greyhounds responded by taking the second and third sets. But Superior would fight back to take the fourth and deciding set to win the match…

CSS Football’s Eric Soderberg Shines on Defense and Special Teams

The Grand Rapids native was named UMAC Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team are coming off a big comeback win that keeps them undefeated so far this season. A big key to that win was the performance of former Grand Rapids standout Eric Soderberg. The Cohasset native not only dominated from his linebacker position to earn UMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. But he…

Saints Volleyball Win Five-Set Thriller to Upset Eagles

The St. Scholastica volleyball team knocked off the defending UMAC champions.

DULUTH, Minn. – Brooke Schermann finished with 15 kills as the St. Scholastica volleyball team came back from down 2-0 to top Northwestern 3-2 Tuesday night at the Reif Gym. Jessica Remer chipped in with 9 kills, while Madissen Burns and Haley Rohwer also finished with eight kills each as they picked up their first conference win. Categories: College, Sports

Saints, Yellowjackets Set for UMAC Men’s Soccer Rematch

The match is set to start at 3:30 p.m at Saints Field.

DULUTH, Minn. – There are lots of rivalries in the Northland and one of the more underrated ones is in men’s soccer between St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior. And Wednesday, the teams will meet for the first time since last year’s UMAC title game. Both teams are undefeated in conference play. But throw out the records when it comes to this…

UMD Volleyball Climb to #3 in AVCA Poll

Meredith Sutton was named Offensive Player of the Week and Emily Balts was named Setter of the Week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two UMD volleyball players were honored with NSIC Players of the Week awards. Meredith Sutton was named Offensive Player of the Week and Emily Balts was named Setter of the Week. Balts currently leads the NSIC with 12.53 assists per set. The pair helped the Bulldogs move up a spot to #3 in the AVCA Week 4…

Bulldogs Volleyball Get Road Sweep over Hawks

The Carlton volleyball team improved to 21-2 on the season.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Brynne Mickle finished with 39 set assists and Taylor Nelson chipped with 19 kills as the Carlton volleyball team knocked off Hermantown on the road 3-0 Monday night. Abby Mickle and Alaina Bennett combined for 21 kills to help the Bulldogs improve to 21-2 on the season. The Hawks were paced by Alana Mayry who finished with…

MIB Football Standout Dillon Drake Commits to Bemidji State

Drake has been a key part to the Rangers' 4–1 start to this season.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Mountain Iron-Buhl football standout Dillon Drake announced this weekend that he has committed to playing college football at Bemidji State University. Drake has been a key part to the Rangers’ 4–1 start to this season. He was also a big reason why MIB played in their first state semi–final game last season since 1972. Drake and…

Grandma’s Marathon Registration Opens Tuesday

Entries for the full marathon are taken on a first come, first serve basis until the races reaches 9,000 participants.

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration opens Tuesday for the 44th annual Grandmas’s Marathon weekend. That includes Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K, which will all take place the weekend of June 19, 2020. Entries for the full marathon are taken on a first come, first serve basis until the races reaches 9,000 participants. Same…

UMD Football Moves Up in Latest AFCA Poll

The Bulldogs are up to #12 after a big win at Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – For one half of football, UMD fans were wondering if Saturday was going to be the day the Bulldogs would suffer their first loss. But just like Eminem in “Lose Yourself”, they snapped back to reality in the second half and get the win over Bemidji State. That allowed UMD to move up one spot to #12…

Coaches Corner: Mike Heffernan

For this week's segment, we talk to the first year head coach at St. Scholastica.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with St. Scholastica head football coach Mike Heffernan. Among the topics discussed are the Saints’ 3-0 start in Heffernan’s first year with the team, as well as a preview of their game this weekend against Westminster. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UMD Women’s Hockey Team Excited for Exhibition Game Against Whitecaps

This is the fourth straight year that UMD will open with the Whitecaps at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hockey has returned to Amsoil Arena, specifically for the UMD women’s hockey team. The Bulldogs will open their season Saturday with an exhibition against the defending NWHL champions, the Minnesota Whitecaps. This is the fourth straight year that UMD will open with the Whitecaps at Amsoil Arena, which gives the Bulldogs a great chance to iron out…

Former CEC Standout Mason Langenbrunner Commits to Harvard

Langenbrunner transferred to Eden Prarie for this upcoming season.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey standout Mason Langenbrunner announced on Twitter Thursday that he has committed to joining the Harvard men’s hockey team. Langenbrunner, who transferred to Eden Prarie for this upcoming season, finished with 18 points as sophomore last season for the Lumberjacks. The defenseman was also a 10th round pick by the Sioux City Musketeers in…

Phil Peliska Named New Head Coach for Panthers Boys Basketball Team

Peliska has spent the past 20 years at Virginia High School.

CULVER, Minn. – South Ridge High School announced this week that Phil Peliska will take over for the boys basketball team. Peliska has spent the past 20 years at Virginia High School, as well as two years as an assistant for the Mesabi women’s basketball team. He also played one year under legendary basketball coach Rich Odell. The Panthers will…

Bulldogs, Beavers to Meet in NSIC Football Unbeatens Showdown

The UMD football team travels to Bemidji State this weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a tough “Battle for the Bone” against St. Cloud State, things don’t get easier for the UMD football team as the Bulldogs get set to take on longtime rivals Bemidji State in a battle of two teams who are 3–0 in the NSIC North division. “They’ve had a lot of great players. We’ve had a lot…

UMD Tennis Team Practices at Glensheen’s Clay Court

The courts are one of only two natural clay courts still intact in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. The UMD women’s tennis team had a special opportunity Wednesday to wrap up their fall practices with an old school feel. The Bulldogs practiced at the seldom-used clay tennis courts at Glensheen, one of the oldest in the country. It is the first time that UMD practiced on the courts, which have a lot of historical significance being…

Greyhounds Boys Soccer Blank Hilltoppers

Two goals would be enough for Duluth East to get the win over Duluth Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a meeting of crosstown rivals, the Duluth East soccer team got the road win over Duluth Marshall 2-0 Wednesday afternoon at Marshall High School. Duncan Zentz and David Wallerstein scored for the Greyhounds, who improve to 8-5 on the season. The Hilltoppers fall to 6-7. Categories: High School, Sports