Northern Star

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…

Pehrson Finds Perfect Fit on UWS’ Mound

This week's Northern Star is former Thunderhawk Megan Pehrson, a freshman at UWS.

From Superior, up to Grand Rapids. Megan Pehrson knows playing softball in the Northland can be a challenge but UWS was a perfect fit for the former Thunderhawk. “I’m really close with my family. I have loved Duluth my entire life it was easy to come here,” said UWS Freshman Pehrson. Going to college was easy but playing college softball?…

Solo Senior Helps Grizzlies Shatter Ceiling

North Woods Captain Set On State

George Bibeau didn’t really get into basketball until he was already a sophomore in high school. North Woods Senior Captain George Bibeau remembers, “It was just kind of a game I used to play once in a while with my friends.” Since his first competitive season, he’s been dedicated to the hardwood. Bibeau says, “Then you come out the following…

Meet Esko’s Senior Core Of Four

Eskomos' Long Running Success Starts With Seniors

The defining aspect of any high school team is its senior leadership, and out at Esko High School that responsibility falls with four young athletes. “Ben Fisher, forward.” “Stone DeLeon, guard.” “Bryce Bottila, shooting guard.” “Isaak Blue, forward.” These four Eskomos have been playing together for years. Bottila says, “Yeah, I’ve been playing with them since kindergarten, we’ve been to…

Samberg Makes Dreams Come True Through Hermantown Hockey

Dylan Samberg won his second state championship with the Hawks Saturday.

Dylan Samberg grew up wanting to be a Hermantown Hawk. “He’s our captain, he’s our best player, he’s a great skilled guy, good kid tough kid,” said Hermantown Head Coach Bruce Plante. Samberg ended his career at Hermantown Saturday at the State Championship, where he scored the winning goal. Now, Samberg is on to conquer another one of his other…

LaPorte Leads the Spartans On and Off the Ice

Braden LaPorte is this week's Northern Star

SUPERIOR, WIS.- Superior Senior Braden LaPorte is everything you could want in a Captain. “He’s a nice young man, he’s always polite, saying please and thank you, opening doors. He leads my team in that regard. Always makes sure when we walk into a building hats are off,” said Head Coach Jason Kalin. A four-year starter LaPorte was an obvious…

Josh Emerson Continuing Elite Tradition

LCA Sophomore Cracks 1000 Point Milestone

DULUTH, Minn- The Lakeview Christian Academy boy’s basketball team has had no shortage of 1000 point scorers, and his past Friday they added one more to the club. “Josh Emerson, sophomore, shooting guard.” Josh has been a varsity contributor since 7th grade and has always had a deep appreciation for basketball. Now in just his sophomore year he’s already reached…

Hoff Doesn’t Miss a Beat in Return

Callie Hoff was out for 11 games and has since been leading the Mirage's offense.

Callie Hoff’s senior season has been full of high and lows. The lowest point coming before the season even started. “It was our preseason scrimmages in forest lake… about half way through almost, I was taking a face off and the girl put her stick in between my skates and kind of flipped me and as I fell I tore…

The Greyhounds Fab Five

Duluth East Seniors Transform Final Season

This boy’s basketball season at Duluth East started off like any other, with high hopes and high expectations. However, sweet dreams soon turned sour as the start of the Greyhounds season took a bad bounce with the team winning just 1 of their first 7 games. Greyhounds Senior Forward Malique Goulet comments, “It was a little discouraging at first, not…

Lott Getting Comfortable on the Ice

This week's Northern Star is Duluth East Junior Gabi Lott

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East Junior Gabi Lott has been skating for over a decade. “When I was about four -years-old my parents signed me up for the learn to skate program and my dad kind of had in his head that I would do hockey,” said Lott. But just playing a sport wasn’t enough for Lott, she wanted to…

Ranger Trio Leading MIB

Northern Star: MIB Gunning For State Title

Often in High School athletics, teams are lead by a single stand out athlete. However, up at Mountain Iron-Buhl they’ve got 3. Head Coach Jeff Buffetta says, “Their leadership and qualities are invaluable to our program. Just seeing those guys come up. They together won pace setter championships back in 5th and 6th and 7th grade, and they sort of…

Lanigan Curling for Gold

Duluth native Lexi Lanigan is competing at Nationals for a chance at worlds.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lexi Lanigan couldn’t always throw far when curling but she stuck with it. “Even in high school I would miss my sweetheart dance, or I would miss my soccer banquet, or a soccer game and it was hard to tell people that I was missing for curling,” said Lanigan. The Duluth native now attends University of Minnesota…

Playing With a Purpose

Superior Senior Inspiring Skaters

When Emma Peterson takes the ice she’s all business. Superior Senior Defender Emma Peterson comments, “I listen to music and stuff, just focus. I kind of go through my head what I have to do during the game, picture different situations on the ice.” Her Head Coach Kayla Chilstrom adds, “She’s one of those players where, wherever she’s needed she’ll…

Lemke Back In Action

Two Harbors Senior Makes Stellar Return To Court

Two Harbors senior forward Ayla Lemke has a bright future. Lemke explains, “Basketball is just a thing for my family. I don’t know how else to say it.” Teammate and co-captain Brianna McGrath says, “She brings a lot to the team, she’s always positive no matter what is going on.” She committed to play basketball at Concordia St.Paul earlier this…

Stafne’s Sacrifice Pays Off

Brionna Stafne had to sit out of varsity sports for one year to join the Mirage.

For Brionna Stafne hockey was always a family affair but after Brionna’s sophomore year, Cory Stafne’s contract with the northern stars wasn’t renewed. “I’m super close with my parents so it would have been uncomfortable to go back into a setting that didn’t like support him,” said Brionna. “It made sense to open enroll at Hermantown rather than continue at…

Virginia’s Youso Student of The Game

Blue Devils Jr. Plays with both Intensity and Intelligence

Ethan Youso was born to be a basketball player. Youso comments, “Well I’ve been playing basketball as long as I can remember.” Making his 1st varsity appearance as an 8th grader he developed a strong passion early on. Head Coach Rich Odell says, “It may sound kind of corny, but you can see it in his eyes. He’s never been…