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Northern Star: Mac Reykdal

For this week's segment, we sit down with one Wisconsin-Superior basketball player who aims to make a difference on and off the court.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mac Reykdal is having a breakout year on the court this season; he scored a career–high 27 points in the Yellowjackets loss on Saturday at Minnesota Morris. But Reykdal’s work off the court is standing out more. “Really takes a lot of pride in what he does, both on the court and off the court. It’s something he’s…

Northern Star: Alexia Klaas

For this week's segment, we talk to the St. Scholastica women's hockey senior captain who said her family on and off the ice has made her the player she is.

DULUTH, Minn. – After transferring from Minnesota Duluth after her freshman year, Alexia Klaas has been a key part of the St. Scholastica women’s hockey program for the past three years. The senior is currently tied for the most goals on the team and is second with 12 points, and has helped lead the Saints to a 7-3-1 record. But…

Northern Star: Makayla Suominen

The senior swimmer signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Makayla Suominen has been a standout on the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton high school swim team for six years, swimming in five state meets, earning eight medals, countless top–five finishes, and even a state title her sophomore year. “Coming in, I knew it was my senior year and taking all of the other years into account and I was pretty…

Northern Star: Duluth East Cheerleading

For this week's segment, we take a look at the Duluth East Cheer team, who is going to nationals for the first time in program history.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East Cheer team has spent most of the year on the sidelines of Friday night lights, cheering on the Greyhounds each week. But over the past month, they’ve been putting in the work for competition season. “We do a lot more performances for our school and then we work on competitions so they only had about…

Northern Star: Brynne Mickle

This week's segment we talk to Carlton volleyball player and her twin sister.

CARLTON, Minn.- After losing in the section finals last season the Carlton Bulldogs have redeemed themselves and are headed to state for the first time since 2014. A big reason for that is setter Brynne Mickle. “After we lost last year it just hung over our heads the whole season and we used it as fuel to motivate ourselves because we…

Northern Star: Markus Pokornowski

The junior running back helped lead the Lumberjacks to the Section 7AAAA Championship.

CLOQUET, Minn. – If you’ve attended a Cloquet football game at all this season, you’ve definitely heard the name Markus Pokornowski blare over the stadium speakers. His success on the field goes beyond natural athleticism. “Obviously he’s a good athlete but he’s really coach-able. He’s worked hard to get better at things when he doesn’t have the football. He’s a…

Northern Star: Hannah Norlin

In this week's segment, we talk to a senior forward on the Wisconsin-Superior basketball team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Hannah Norlin is a UWS senior playing the game that has taught her invaluable life lessons. “Basketball has been a huge role because of all the time spent. It is something that really helps with your work ethic. You are constantly working and trying new things, learning new skills and not giving up,” Norlin said. Her work…

Northern Star: Reagan Ruffi

For this week's segment we catch up with senior running back from Northwestern high school.

MAPLE, Wis.- The last time the Northwestern Tigers went 9–0 was back in 2010 and if you ask anyone for a reason behind their success they’ll give you one name: Reagan Ruffi. “Teams that have a record similar to ours, they’ve got some exceptional players and that’s what Reagan is. He is an exceptional player. But he leads not only on…

Northern Star: Caitlin Schneeweis

The Denfeld outside hitter is taking her talents to the University of Mary.

DULUTH, Minn.-  If you’ve set foot inside the Duluth Denfeld gymnasium in the past four years, you’ve probably witnessed Caitlin Schneeweis absolutely killing it on the volleyball court. But she admits it hasn’t always been this way. “I always played basketball so my mom wanted me to do something in the off-season to get ready for basketball. I just decided…

Northern Star: William Francis

The forward has just broken the all time scoring record for Duluth East soccer.

DULUTH, Minn.- William Francis entered his senior season at Duluth East with hopes of break the school record as leading goalscorer for the Greyhounds and just last week he made that happen. “I kind of had it in the back of my mind before the season started. Every game I just tried to make an appearance in the game, tried…

Northern Star: Maddie Rooney

The redshirt junior is back after her time with team USA.

DULUTH, Minn.-Maddie Rooney is rejoining the Bulldogs after taking time off to backstop Team USA to victory in the 2018 winter Olympics. The redshirt junior’s game has reached new heights and she’s ready to make it known. “Over the past year I’ve definitely matured a ton as a player. All the experiences I’ve had, my game has developed so much…

Northern Star: Kendra Kelley

This week's segment features senior forward on the Cloquet-Carlton girl's soccer team.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Kendra Kelley has been a key member of the Cloquet–Carlton girls soccer team long before she even began high school. “I’ve been playing at this varsity level since seventh grade. I’ve just grown so much as a person, as an athlete. I’m really close with these girls and with my coach as well. It’s a great family and…

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….

Northern Star: Aaron Olson

Former Esko football player is now entering his senior season at St. Scholastica

DULUTH, Minn.- Former Esko football wide receiver is entering his senior season at St. Scholastica. “I love St. Scholastica. I’m super glad I came here. It’s a small school, kind of a small team, private team. We should win the conference every year. They’re a winning team so that’s why I pretty much came here and I wanted to win,”…

Northern Star: Joe Yernatich

The offensive lineman looks back on his years as a Bulldog.

DULUTH, Minn.- Joe Yernatich is entering his 12th and final season of his football career. “It feels weird. I’ve been playing football since fourth grade. This is the last time i’ll strap it up, last fall i’ll be able to play so it’s weird,” said Yernatich. Since the age of 14 the Duluth native had envisioned himself as a UMD…

Northern Star: Tim Pokornowski

Former Cloquet three sport all star turned UMD Football defenseman.

DULUTH, Minn.- For as long as he can remember, Tim Pokornowski has been a three sport athlete. But when it came down to his future there was one game that he knew he needed to continue playing. “It was a dream of mine ever since I was a kid to play college football somewhere and it just feels great to…

Northern Star: Duluth Marshall Baseball Pitcher Ben Pederson

The force of nature junior dominate on the mound, at the plate, and in the dugout.

DULUTH, Minn.- Ben Pedersen is a junior pitcher for Duluth Marshall baseball. Standing at 6 foot 5 and weighing in at 235, there’s no question that this guy is a force to be reckoned with in every aspect of the game. “Ben is probably the most important player in our program in terms of his athletic ability on the mound…

Northern Star: Esko softball pitcher Emilee Wilson

The Eskomos senior has her team poised for a deep run in the sectional tournament

ESKO, Minn.- From the mound, to the plate, to the dugout, Emilee Wilson is performing at her highest level. The Esko senior takes on every task with the people she cares about in mind. “Just giving my team the best chance to win and just working ahead and just kind of playing my level of softball. And it usually has good…

From A Spartan to a Bearcat

Superior softball pitcher, Mady Stariha, verbally commits to Binghampton University's Division I program

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Mady Stariha is a junior member of the Superior softball team serving as the star pitcher for the Spartans, dominating the mound any chance she gets. But getting to this point didn’t come easy. Before this season, Stariha had barely seen any playing time. “The first two years were an adjusting period coming in as a freshman and having…

Steven Neutzling Leads St Scholastica to UMAC Tournament

The senior captain reached his 200th career hit just a few weeks ago

DULUTH — Steven Neutzling is a four year member and captain of the St Scholastica baseball team. Since high school Neutzling has been known for his tremendous performance at the plate. Which is why it came as no surprise when he achieved his 200th career hit just a few weeks ago. “It was kind of a little bit of a relief I…

Duluth Wolfpack Dedicate Season to Fallen Teammate

The Duluth lacrosse team are honoring Will Schlotec, who died last summer.

DULUTH — “I remember getting the call late that evening. I’m hearing about it. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t believe it had happened,” head coach Scott Wishart recalls. “We were all just kind of shocked because he was almost untouchable to us. He was just that kind of guy,” Kale Mosiniak said. “It was definitely super hard to really wrap…

The Twin Ports Gymnastics Trio

Three gymnasts from Superior recently captured top honors at a regional competition.

SUPERIOR — Jack Johnson, Haydn Suske–Funk and Isaak Hopp. These three are coming off a great performance last week in the men’s gymnastics regional competition down in Des Moines, Iowa. The event features the best athletes from several states. But it was Jack, Haydn and Isaak who took first place, thanks to their work that began at a very young…

Rooney’s Road to Gold

The UMD goalie talks about how she went from Bulldogs goalie to Olympic darling.

DULUTH — “I just knew I was going to go into it working hard. Put my head down and work hard. I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I was seen as the third goalie there in the beginning and I knew I was going to get a shot and to just capitalize on my opportunity and it kind…

Former UMD Hockey Captain Leaves Lasting Impact

Bulldogs Honor Andrew Carroll

DULUTH, Minn- The middle of January 2018 comes with heavy hearts for the UMD hockey community. “He always had the biggest smile on his face, I’d say. He was just an awesome guy, he was positive, he would do anything you wanted him to do, he never had anything bad to say about anyone.” Kind words used by UMD Sophomore…

KOZLOWSKI HELPING UMD REACH NEW HEIGHTS

BULLDOGS' JUNIOR LEADS WITH PLAY

DULUTH, Minn- It was a season that started with some uncertainty. Being the only non–senior starter returning from last season, UMD point Guard Sammy Kozlowski knew leading this year’s team would fall on her shoulders. Which required adjusting her game, to help facilitate those around her, and the chance has paid off, UMD is 7 and 2 heading into their winter…

Norsemen’s Wenzel Playing With Purpose

Mesabi Range Freshman Driven by Second Chance

VIRGINIA, Minn- The 2017 football season marks the Mesabi Range Norsemen’s first winning record since 2010, and at the heart of the program’s turnaround is former Denfeld Hunter and Proctor Rail Terrance Wenzel. This past May, Wenzel’s life was forever altered. He was involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, taking the life of his friend, 19–year–old, Axton…

Marshall Hockey is a Family Affair with the Staubers

Levi and Willy Stauber are both seniors this year at Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn.- Levi and Willy Stauber couldn’t be more different but a couple things they have in common are their name and their work ethic. “I remember like it was yesterday when they first started in ninth grade with us and we could tell right away these Staubers were hockey players. You know what you’re going to get when you…

Shuster Eyes Fourth Winter Olympics

Chisholm Native Hopes To Represent U.S.A.

Whether it’s the World Curling Championships, or the Winter Olympics its nothing new for John Shuster. The Chisholm native has now his sights set on yet another milestone, a 4th winter Olympic games, with a team that’s been training together for years. But Shuster didn’t start with the Olympics in mind, it started as a hobby that grew into a…

Matteen, Eskomos Freezing Out Competition

Esko Senior Making Major Impact

ESKO, Minn- Ground and pound offenses are typical for many northland high school football teams. However, for the Eskomos of Esko, it’s all about the big air. Which is just fine for senior wide-receiver Branden Matteen. After a setback in 2016, Esko looks back to from this season, boasting an undefeated conference record and just a single loss all year. That’s…

UMD Continues Homegrown Captains Trend with Kuhlman

Karson Kuhlman is the fourth UMD captain in a row to be from the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn- For the past four years, UMD’s captains have been home grown right here in the Northland and this season there will be no change to that as Esko native Karson Kuhlman takes over. “He’s had votes for three years, certainly a very deserving leader for us and the guys have a lot of respect for him,” said Head…

Johnson Helping Cardinals Fly to State

Cromwell-Wright Sets Sights On U.S. Bank Stadium

CROMWELL, Minn- If speed kills you might call Cromwell–Wright’s Nic Johnson an assassin. Originally from St.Cloud, Nic showed promise from a young age, and had a breakout season as a high school junior, becoming one of the Cardinals deadliest offensive receiving weapons. In 2016 along with standout QB Zion Smith, Nic helped lead last year’s Cardinals through the gates of U.S….

Kelley Brothers Helping Wrens Soar

Wrenshall Boasts Impressive Dynamic Duo

WRENSHALL, Minn- High school football teams are often described as a band of brothers, and for Wrenshall brothers Jared and Tyler Kelley the saying rings a little truer. Playing together since they were young, the two have always dreamed of showcasing their talents on the varsity gridiron. However, in 2015 when the wrens had to forfeit their varsity season it seemed…

Yernatich Continues Duluth’s Big Dog Tradition

Former Greyhound Representing On UMD O-Line

DULUTH, Minn- Former Greyhound and Duluth native Joe Yernatich has always dreamed of playing UMD football. “Growing up a couple of blocks from campus I’ve always wanted to be a Bulldog, I told myself when I was little that’s who I want to be, that who I want to play for, so its been a dream come true.” Playing his…

Saints Get a Hole-in-One with Sheff

Arica Sheff went to CSS for the nursing program and now leads their golf team.

DULUTH- Arica Sheff chose CSS because of their nursing program, at the time they didn’t have a golf team. On Sunday she led the team at the Georgianni Blugold Invitational with an 85. Categories: College, Northern Star, Sports

April Larson, Running The Table

Minnesota Standout Making A Name For Herself

DULUTH, Minn- The City of Duluth found itself in the corner pocket this June, with the 2nd Annual Eight Ball Classic at the Break Room. The local event is attended by some of the best pool players in the world, including, Minnesota native and rising star on the national scene, 17–year–old April Larson. The familiar image of a pool room…

Rails’ Senior Duo Has Sights Set On State

Aase & Morin Have High Hopes For Final Season

PROCTOR, Minn- Proctor’s John Aase has been making plays on the diamond for years. Last season, along with senior catcher Jake Malec, the rails southpaw helped lead the team to a perfect section record and an appearance in the state tourney he won’t soon forget. Aase remembers, “Just one pitch I wish I could take back, it wasn’t even a…

Tailyn Bennett On Target

Superior's Straight Shooter Takes Aim at National Competition

SUPERIOR, Wis- Competitive archery is a sport the requires patience and precision, with an outcome determined by just a few inches. However, it’s exactly this unique and meticulous approach that drives Tailyn Bennett. Superior High School Senior Tailyn Bennett remembers, “When I was little I had a little bow, and I thought it was really interesting, I used to shoot…

Twin Ports Gymnastics Sends Four to the Regional Meet

This week's Northern Star features four athletes that are all breaking new ground.

SUPERIOR, WIS- Twin Ports Gymnastics sent four girls to the regional meet over the weekend. Taylor Thursby, Brooklyn Gould, Reese Deyo and Andrea Silverio all competed. This is the first year that level six and seven athletes were able to qualify. “It’s a big opportunity, not many girls like me get to do it,” said Thursby. The girls spend anywhere…

The Dow Of Luke

Dow, Wilderness Continue Thier Run at The Robertson

In hockey, strength, speed, and size are all essential. Just don’t try telling that to Wilderness forward Luke Dow. Former Duluth East Greyhound and Current Minnesota Wilderness Forward Luke Dow says, “Especially when you’re a smaller guy like me you got to learn how to avoid contact I guess, and try to play your game through the physicality and the…