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Huskies Sign GM Culver to Three-Year Extension

The team is coming off their most successful season to date.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies announced Thursday that general manager Greg Culver has been signed to a three–year extension. Culver took over as GM at the end of the 2015 season. The team just wrapped up its most successful year in club history, advancing all the way to the Northwoods League championship game, culminating its most wins in team…

Hawks’ Darian Gotz Commits to UMD Hockey

The Hermantown hockey standout won't be going too far to play college hockey.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown hockey defenseman Darian Gotz announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota Duluth. The senior was a main part of the Hawks’ ninth straight trip to the state tournament this past season. Gotz played well at the Xcel Energy Center, earning a spot on the Class A All-Tournament team,…

Bulldogs Welcome Beavers in Battle of Unbeatens

Both teams come into the game ranked among the best in the country in offensive scoring.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is now 3–0 on the season heading into their upcoming game against Bemidji state, who is also currently undefeated. Head coach Curt Wiese anticipates that both sides will be pushed to their limits this Saturday and that the game will be a true testament to just how good this Bulldog team is. “Facing…

UMD Volleyball Return to Romano Gym

After months of renovations, the gym is now ready for practices and Friday night's home opener.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team have made their return to the newly renovated Romano Gym for a couple practices in the past week. Head coach Jim Boos says getting back has been a long time coming. “It’s awesome to be back here and back into our routine. It allows the student-athletes to walk here from class versus having…

Prep Volleyball: Rails, Blue Devils, Spartans Earn Road Wins

Proctor, Virginia and Superior volleyball all get wins on the road.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep volleyball action, Proctor got the road sweep over Duluth East 3-0. Rails improve to 6-4 on the season as they get set to take on Ashland on Thursday. The Greyhounds are still looking for their first win of the season and they’ll try to get it Saturday against Anoka. In other action, Virginia traveled to…

Yellowjackets Volleyball Sweep Triangular Meet

Wisconsin-Superior got wins over Northland College and St. Scholastica.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica volleyball team held their home opener on Tuesday, hosting Northland College and Wisconsin-Superior in a triangular meet at the Reif Gym. In the first match, the Saints made quick work of the Lumberjills, getting the sweep 3-0. The Yellowjackets would also do the same in their match against Northland. In the final match of…

Prep Soccer: Lumberjack Girls and Boys Win on the Road

The Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team and CEC boys team were victorious away from home.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In girls prep soccer action, Cloquet-Carlton defeated Hermantown 3-1. Kendra Kelley scored twice for the Lumberjacks, who improve to 9-1 on the season. Next up for them is a date with Proctor on Thursday. On the boys side, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton got a goal in the first half and held on for the win 1-0 over Superior. The Lumberjacks…

Rooney Named WCHA Preseason Player of the Year, Bulldogs Picked to Finish Fourth

The junior goaltender is back with UMD after winning a gold medal with Team USA.

DULUTH, Minn. – The WCHA announced Tuesday that Minnesota Duluth goalie Maddie Rooney has been named the conference Preseason Player of the Year. The junior spent last season backstopping Team USA to a gold medal win in the Winter Olympics. Before that magical run, Rooney posted a 1.65 goals against average as a sophomore, en route to earning the 2017…

Small Dip in the Polls for UMD Volleyball

The Bulldogs fall to #9 in the latest polls.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team took a dip three spots to #9 in the latest AVCA poll. The Bulldogs started the week with a loss the St. Cloud State, but rebounded with sweeps over Minot state and the University of Mary. UMD will play their first game in the newly renovated Romano Gym on Friday when they host…

QB Edwards Highlights Five Saints Earning UMAC POTW Honors

Edwards broke several personal records Saturday against Crown.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, five St. Scholastica student athletes were named UMAC Players of the Week, including Saints quarterback Zach Edwards. Edwards was named  UMAC Football Offensive Player of the Week after breaking several of his own records in the team’s win over Crown on Saturday. Edwards threw for a career-high 371 yards and matched a career-best four touchdown…

UMD Football Climbs to #11 in AFCA Poll

The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start to the season, winning all three games in dominating fashion.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team keeps climbing the national ranks as they come in at #11 in this week’s American Football Coaches Association poll. This is following another stellar performance by the Bulldogs as they topped St. Cloud State in the “Battle for the Bone” last Thursday. Up next for UMD is their biggest test yet as they…

UMD Women’s Hockey Open Season Ninth in USCHO Poll

The Bulldogs will be one of the best teams coming into this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will begin their season ranked 9th in the country. That’s according to the poll from This puts the Bulldogs back in the national ranks for the first time since October of last season. This season’s squad will feature the return of Olympic gold medalist Maddie Rooney in goal, as well as…

Coaches Corner: Fond Du Lac Thunder Football

We talk with the Thunder ahead of their home opener on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with the Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College football team. We spoke with head coach David DePoe, defensive coordinator Robert Smith, cornerback Cedric King and linebacker Dante Jones. The Thunder will have their season opener Saturday at Duluth East High School. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Bulldogs Top Huskies in “Battle for the Bone”

UMD puts up over 300 yards of offense as they beat St. Cloud State 41-17.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Sophomore quarterback John Larson threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns, leading Minnesota Duluth to a road win over St. Cloud State 41-17 Thursday night at Husky Stadium. Senior wide receivers Nate Ricci and Jason Balts each finished with a receiving touchdown, while Wade Sullivan chipped in with two touchdowns on the ground. The Bulldogs improve…

Regular Season Around the Corner for Wilderness

The Minnesota Wilderness will open their season next week.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The countdown is on for the Minnesota Wilderness who will open their season next week during the NAHL showcase. The team is coming off another successful season, finishing third in the Central Division. After a summer of ironing out personell decisions, the Wilderness are ready to hit the ice for the games that matter. “I think overall…

Thunder Coming into Home Opener with 2-0 Record

The Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College is looking to go 3-0 this Saturday at home.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College football team are off to a great start to their season. The Thunder are 2–0 following a big comeback win this past weekend against Northland Community and Technical College. And that victory has the team believing they can do more this season. “It’s a great start to get off…

Mixed Martial Arts Returns to the Twin Ports

Wessman Arena is the place to be this Saturday for some local MMA action.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The popularity of mixed martial arts, or MMA as it’s better known, has exploded in the past 15 years. And that excitement is coming to Superior this weekend. Inner Strength MMA Promotions is hosting the “Throwdown in Souptown” this Saturday at Wessman Arena. The event will feature over 20 fights and a handful of Northland fighters. Although…

Bulldogs Ready for “Battle for the Bone” with Huskies

This will be the second year that the UMD-St. Cloud State rivalry will have the traveling trophy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Traveling trophies are a nice addition to any college football rivalry. Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud have dubbed their rivalry game the “Battle for the Bone”. The Bulldogs–Huskies rivalry dates all the way back to 1933. But last season, a traveling trophy was introduced to spice things up. UMD won the first “Battle for the Bone” last…

Saints Women’s Soccer Ready for UMAC Play

St. Scholastica will be searching for their first win and first goal of the season this week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s soccer team are still searching for their first win of the season after struggling in non–conference play. But issues were expected and the Saints have their to–do list as the conference schedule is right around the corner. “There’s a lot of young players in the lineup and they’re still trying to figure out…

Yellowjackets Win Fourth Straight in 4-1 Victory Over Auggies

Four different UW-Superior players scored in the win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  Four different Yellowjackets would score as UW-Superior picked up its fourth straight win, beating Augsburg 4-1 on Tuesday night. The game would be quiet until the 28th minute as Felix Blick sends on in for his first goal of the season. Blake Perry would also score to give UWS a 2-0 lead at the half. James Bruce…

Prep Boys Soccer: Lumberjacks Blank Bluejackets at Home

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton scored four goals in the second half to propel them over Hibbing-Chisholm.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In boys high school soccer action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton gets a goal in the first half from Otto Cockburn as they defeat Hibbing/Chisholm 5-0 Tuesday night at Bromberg Field. The Lumberjacks even their record at 3-3 as they get set to take on Duluth East on Thursday. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Girls Soccer: Hilltoppers Top Rival Hunters

Duluth Marshall was one better at home against rivals Duluth Denfeld.

DULUTH, Minn. – Samantha Mark and Victoria Thorson found the back of the net for Duluth Marshall as the Hilltoppers hung on to beat Duluth Denfeld 2-1 at home Tuesday night. Duluth Marshall improves to 5-2 on the season as they will take on North Branch on Saturday. Duluth Denfeld falls to 2-1-4. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Girls Soccer: Szendrey’s Hat Trick Pushes Agates Past Rails

Two Harbors blanks Proctor 4-0 at home.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – In high school girls soccer, Sami Szendrey recorded a hat trick in the first half as Two Harbors defeated Proctor at home 4-0. Morgan Beardsley scored the other for the Agates as Tricia Osbakken gets the shutout in net. Two Harbors improves to 6-1-1 on the season as they get set to host Cloquet this Thursday….

Northern Star: Wryott Gerson

For this week's segment we speak to Denfeld wide receiver Wryott Gerson

DULUTH, Minn.- Denfeld football recorded only one win last year. But in game one of the 2018 season they matched that record and a main part of that was senior wide receiver Wryott Gerson who believes that this is the year of the Hunters. “We kind of got that in our mind set that we can do good this year….

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores for 9/7/18

Duluth East, Cloquet and Two Harbors got big road wins on Friday night.

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Duluth East 35 Proctor 6 Cloquet 34 Duluth Denfeld 12 Two Harbors 19 Eskomos 12 Hermantown 16 North Branch 6 Grand Rapids 8 Hibbing 13 Mesabi East 36 Hinckley-Finlayson 0 Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 34 Pine City 12 Barnum 28 Rush City 12 MN 9-MAN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Mountain Iron-Buhl 18 Northwoods 0 Cromwell-Wright 62 Bigfork 8 South Ridge…

Prep Boys Soccer: Hunters, Greyhounds Light Up Scoreboard, Thunderhawks Tie With Hilltoppers

The goals came in bunches for Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep boys soccer action, Jon Faynik finished with a hat trick as Duluth Denfeld knocked off Hibbing/Chisholm 5-1. Maison Oliver and Gavin Love also scored for the Hunters, who improve to 3-1 on the season. Next match for Denfeld is Saturday against Princeton. Duluth East was also in action and they won 4-2. Seth Hoffman scored…

Prep Volleyball: Hunters Earn Home Sweep Over Oredockers

Duluth Denfeld put on a show for the home crowd in their 3-0 win over Ashland.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep volleyball action, Duluth Denfeld knocked off Ashland 3-0 Thursday night. The Hunters improve to 3-1 on the season. Next up for the Hunters is a weekend showdown with White Bear Lake on Saturday. In other action, Esko topped Two Harbors 3-0, Cloquet defeated Eveleth/Gilbert 3-0 and Superior got the win over Duluth Marshall 3-0. Categories:…

Bulldogs Football Looking for 17th Consecutive Win Over Dragons

UMD football opens its season at home on Saturday against Minnesota State-Moorhead.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team will be in action this weekend at Malosky Stadium as they host Minnesota State-Moorhead. The Bulldogs have beat the Dragons 16 consecutive times. But this year’s showdown could be UMD’s most challenging to date. “Moorhead is a well-coached football team. They play extremely hard defensively. Offensively, they are a multiple . They do…

Saints Football Team Ready For Season Opener

St. Scholastica will be on the road this weekend to open their season against Mayville State.

DULUTH, Minn. – Football fever is in full swing in the Northland and the last team that will be getting their season started is the College of St. Scholastica. The Saints will be on the road to start the season as they take on Mayville State in the first meeting ever between the two teams. The Comets are 0–2 on…

Yellowjackets Men’s Soccer Blank Royals for First Win of 2018

The UWS men's soccer team defeated Bethel 3-0.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team find the back of the net three times as they defeated Bethel University 3-0 Wednesday night at the NBC Spartans Sports Complex. James Bruce, Blake Hanson and Mason Tynsky would score the first three goals of the season for the Yellowjackets. Dalton VanKaenel finished with six saves in net. Next up for…

Yellowjackets Volleyball Win Home Opener Against Lions

The UWS volleyball team knocked off Finlandia 3-1.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Brylee Colligan, Cami Sletta and Taylor Rowe each finished with nine kills as the Wisconsin-Superior volleyball team were victorious in their home opener over Finlandia 3-1. The Lions won the first set 25-23. But the Yellowjackets would pick up steam and take the next three to win the match. Next up for UWS is the Stinger Classic…

UMD Volleyball Excited for Home Opener at Amsoil Arena

The Bulldogs will host Bemidji State at 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team is getting set for their home opener Thursday night, but it’s with a twist. The Bulldogs will host Bemidji State at Amsoil Arena. A temporary change of scenery is being welcomed with excitement by the entire Bulldogs squad. “It should be really high-energy and really fun. Hopefully we get a big crowd. But…

#GOTW Preview: Greyhounds Eyeing First Win of 2018 Vs. Rails

Duluth East will travel to Proctor in our FOX 21 Game of the Week.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s FOX 21 Game of the Week will take us to Proctor as the Rails look to go 2–0 on the season as they host Duluth East. And the Greyhounds are looking to get a bad taste of Week One out of their mouths. Duluth East fell to Big Lake last Thursday 27–6. And as the…

Bulldogs Find Things to Work On From Blowout Win

Coach Wiese says there were still some things he wants to fix from the team's 49-3 win in Week One.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is back at work following a dominating win in Week One against Minot State. And although it looked like the Bulldogs could do no wrong, head coach Curt Wiese says there was still a lot that was left to be desired. “Turning over the football is something we’re going to concentrate on this…

Former Bulldog Katie McGovern Signs with Whitecaps

The 23-year-old spent this past season at Arizona State as an assistant coach.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Former Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey player Katie McGovern has signed with the Minnesota Whitecaps of the National Women’s Hockey League. She spent this past season at Arizona State University as an assistant coach. The 23–year–old forward was a standout player in her time in Duluth, recording 17 goals and 17 assists in 37 games. She joins…

Seconds Out Promotions to Bring Pro Boxing Back to Duluth

A special press conference was held today at the DECC for the announcement.

DULUTH, Minn. – Pro boxing will be making its return to Duluth on September 29th at the DECC. It will be the first time in 13 years that a card featuring all professional bouts will take place in Duluth. Seconds Out Promotions and Jungle Boy Boxing held a special press conference Tuesday at the DECC to talk more about this…

IceHawks Top Saints in Exhibition Men’s Soccer

Lake Superior College got the home win over St. Scholastica 5-3.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Leonardo Almeida scored twice as Lake Superior College hangs on to beat St. Scholastica 5-3 in men’s soccer at Egerdahl Field. Felipe Baracho also added a goal for the IceHawks, who picked up the exhibition win. Next up for LSC is a road matchup this Saturday against Riverland Community College. Categories: College, Sports

Prep Volleyball: Hawks Stay Undefeated With Road Win Over Greyhounds

Hermantown traveled to Duluth East and came away with the 3-1 win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown got the road win over Duluth East in high school volleyball 3-1 Tuesday night. The Greyhounds took the first set 25-22. But the Hawks got hot and took the final three sets to win the match. Hermantown stays undefeated as they will take on Grand Rapids on Thursday. Duluth East falls to 0-2 as they try…

Duluth Native CJ Ham Makes Vikings Final Roster

The Denfeld graduate will be on the Vikings main roster for the second straight season.

EAGAN, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings announced this weekend their final 53-man roster and former Duluth Denfeld standout CJ Ham will be suiting up this season for the purple and gold. Last season was Ham’s first full season with the team, and his versatility was enough to convince head coach Mike Zimmer and his staff to keep the Duluth native…

UMD Football Jumps into AFCA D2 Poll

The Bulldogs went from unranked to #24.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team has gone from unranked to #24 in the latest poll from the American Football Coaches Association. The Bulldogs are coming off a 49–3 road beatdown of Minot State where UMD racked up over 300 yards of offensive in the first half alone. Up next for UMD is their home opener at Malosky Stadium…

UMD Volleyball Falls in Latest AVCA Poll

The Bulldogs fall five spots to #6.

DULUTH, Minn. – After losing two matches Friday night at the Wildcat Open in Marquette, the UMD volleyball team, who was ranked number one, has fallen to #6 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll which was released on Monday. UMD did receive one first-place vote from the AVCA. The Bulldogs would eventually rebound and get back to back…

McDonald Commits to St. Cloud State Basketball

Hibbing's Abbey McDonald has announced her commitment to college ball.

HIBBING, Minn.- Hibbing’s Abbey Mcdonald has announced on twitter that she has committed to playing college basketball at St.Cloud State University come fall 2019. Just last season Mcdonald became Hibbing’s new girls’ basketball all time leading scorer with a total of 1,665 career points for the Bluejackets. The point guard also plays for the Minneosta Suns club team. With the Suns…

Coaches Corner: CSS Men’s Soccer

This week's Coaches Corner featured the St. Scholastica men's soccer team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with members of the St. Scholastica men’s soccer team, including head coach Barry Chastey, as well as senior captains Kyle Hewitt and Luke Buckton. Among the topics discussed is the team’s trip to England and their preseason action across the pond. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Lumberjacks Blast Eskomos in Season Opener

The game was called late in the second quarter due to weather.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In a rain-shortened game, Cloquet defeated Esko 33-12 in the high school football season opener at Eskomos Stadium. The game was called with nine seconds left in the second quarter. Cloquet finished with 389 rushing yards off just 15 carries. Marcus Pokornowski and Andre Peters each scored two TDs. Next up for the Lumberjacks is a road…

Zagelmayer Gets First Head Coaching Win as Hawks top Rebels

David Cornelius scores twice as Hermantown opens their season with a 27-13.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hawks head coach Mike Zagelmayer gets his first win as a head coach as Hermantown defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 27-13 Thursday night. David Cornelius finished with two rushing touchdowns and Tate Olson threw two TD passes, both to wide receiver Elliot Peterson. Next up for the Hawks is a road match-up against North Branch next Friday. Categories:…

Bulldogs Blast Beavers in Season Opener

UMD puts up nearly 600 yards of offense against Minot State.

MINOT, SD – The UMD football team piled up over 300 yards in the first half alone, en route to beating Minot State 49-3 Thursday night at Herb Parker Stadium. Wade Sullivan finished with 96 yards rushing and one touchdown. Alex Lasinski found the endzone twice for UMD, who will host Minnesota State-Moorhead next Saturday in their home opener at…

Senior Leadership Key for UMD Women’s Soccer Team

The Bulldogs want to build off of their success last season after a 10-win campaign.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s soccer team head into this season with a lot of momentum from their success in 2017. All thanks to a senior class that had to go through some growing pains early on in their collegiate careers. “They understand that it means something in terms of how their games can change and how they can…

Faynik Scores Lone Goal as Hunters Blank Hilltoppers

It was a low-scoring affair as Duluth Denfeld topped Duluth Marshall 1-0.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jon Faynik scored with less than 13 minutes to go in the first half, and that proved to be the difference as Duluth Denfeld defeated rivals Duluth Marshall 1-0 Wednesday night at Public Schools Stadium. Hunters goalie Eric Gibson finished with six saves in the shutout, which helped Denfeld improve to 2-1. Next up for the Hunters…

Matt Niskanen To Perform Coin Toss at MIB-Floodwood Game

The Iron Range native will be at the season opener of his alma mater.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Iron Range native and Stanley Cup champion Matt Niskanen will do the coin flip this Friday for Mountain Iron–Buhl’s football season opener against Floodwood. Niskanen played quarterback and linebacker for the Rangers. It will be his first trip back to the Iron Range in just over a month when he brought the Stanley Cup to the…