Northern Star

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…

Hibbing’s Perunovich is Able to Focus with Early Commitment

Junior Verbally Committed to Play for UMD in Early 2015

Getting an offer to play hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth was a dream come true for Scott Perunovich.”I’ve wanted to play there since I was a little kid,” Perunovich said of UMD.  “My uncle Doug Torrel played at UMD.  A good friend Davey Johnson also played there.”

Denfeld’s Reinertsen Deals with Change of Scenery

Senior Forward Played at Lakeview Christian Until This Season

As a junior, Eva Reinertsen scored her 1,000th career point for Lakeview Christian Academy, the first Lion girl to reach that milestone.  However, a lack of players forced Lakeview to suspend its program this year, leaving Eva without a team mere weeks before the start of her senior season.

East’s Baker Always There for an Assist

Senior Setter Recently Dished 1,000th Career Assist

While hitters get the glory, setters often go overlooked on the volleyball court.Duluth East volleyball coach Danna Anderson says her setter, Alayna Baker, is a prime example.”She doesn’t get a whole lot of credit for the amount of work that she puts in on the court,” Anderson said. “It’s a pretty thankless position.”

Two Harbors’ Mayfield Re-Writing Record Books

Senior Swimmer Already Holds Two School Records, Has Sights Set on More

Swimming wasn’t the first sport Allie Mayfield tried, however once she was in the pool, it didn’t take Allie long to realize she’d found her sport.”I kinda tried really every sport before i got to swimming,” she said. “Swimming was different from every other sport I tried. I really love being an individual while still being on a team. I like testing my ability.”