Saints Relying on Strong Mix of Vets & Rookies

14-7 Start to Season

The St. Scholastica baseball team is preparing for it’s first two game conference home series of the season this weekend, when it welcome’s Crown University to town.The Saints are off to another great start to the their season thanks in part to strong veteran leadership and a dash of some really good young players.”Good mix of veterans and young guys willing to put in the effort every day, but there is definitely room to improve,” said junior Austin Colvard.”We have guys, juniors and seniors, who necessarily aren’t playing big roles on the field but provide great leadership when we are inside for our practice sessions. It’s a pretty good crew that we have from our rookies all the way to our veteran leaders,” said Saints coach Corey Kemp. 

Wilderness Confident Going into Playoffs

Play Coulee Region in First Round

Playoff hockey fever is running wild around the Northland. The Minnesota Wilderness dropping the puck in round one of the NAHL playoffs tomorrow night.It’s been a long, successful year for the Wilderness who earned home ice in the opening round of the playoffs and are quite confident going in to tomorrow night.”It’s been a long season for these guys, 60 games so I think everybody’s excited for the 2nd season of playoffs to be coming. There’s been some energy in the locker room, on the ice and hopefully it carries over to tomorrow night,” said Wilderness coach Corey Millen.”Our confidence is high. We know we have the skill to make it all the way. We feel pretty good. We’ve beat them 7 times, lost to them once, but we had a pretty good weekend against them last, 2 weekends ago so I think we’re pretty strong in that regard,” said Darian Romanko 

Smith Resigns as Huskies G.M.

G.M. Had Run the Duluth Huskies Since the Franchise's Inception

It’s hard to think of the Duluth Huskies and not think of Craig Smith, the team’s General Manager since the franchise started in 2003.However, Smith turned in his resignation over the weekend, effective immediately.

LCA’s Broman a Mr. Basketball Finalist

Lakeview Christian Star is Only Finalist from Outside the Metro Area

Minnesota’s Class A State Basketball Tournament starts Thursday, without Lakeview christian Academy.The Lions were eliminated by 7A champion Fond du Lac Ojibwe in the section semis.However, there’s good news for Lakeview star senior Bjorn Broman, who’s one of five finalists for the Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball award.

UMD Suspended From LGBT Friendly Designation

Campus Pride Strips UMD's Title

It was several weeks ago that the contracts of head women’s hockey coach, Shannon Miller and her coaching staff would not be renewed after this season ends.  Miller and her staff all happen to be gay or bisexual.  Now, a National Group is pulling UMD from consideration this year to be named an LGBT friendly school.

Gustafson Talks About Breaking Wisconsin Scoring Record

South Shore Senior Broke South Shore Alum Jolene Anderson's Record

South Shore’s Megan Gustafson went in to the Cardinals’ game against Chequamegon Monday needing just 10 points to tie Joelene Anderson’s school record of 2,881 career points.By the way, Anderson’s mark was also the Wisconsin state girls’ scoring record.Gustafson finished with 46 points as she blew past Anderson in to the state record book.The new record stands at 2,917 and counting.Gustafson watched Anderson as a kid and looked up to her.The new record holder says it was an honor to pass someone she respects so much.”She’s a great player, I knew her really well,” Gustafson said of Anderson.”I’m just really thankful for my teammates, they’ve looked out for me,” Gustafson continued. “They always help me to do my best, and I try to help them as well.”And what about South Shore producing the top two scorers in Wisconsin history?”It’s such a small school,” Gustafson said. “(There are) only 50 kids in the entire school, 9th through 12th. I’m really excited to be a part of this, but I’m sad it’s coming to an end, but I’m really excited for the future.”The Cardinals visit Solon Springs Thursday and Mellen on February 24th.

South Shore’s Gustafson Breaks Wisconsin Scoring Record

Senior Scored 46 Against Chequamegon to Pass Former South Shore Star Jolene Anderson

South Shore’s Megan Gustafson leads Wisconsin in scoring this season as she did in each of the last two seasons as well. Now, she leads the all-time scoring list as well.Gustafson assed South Shore alumnae Jolene Anderson Monday with her 2,882nd point in the 1st half against Chequamegon.Gustafson finished with 46 points in an 81–45 Cardinals win, giving her 2,917 in her career with two regular season games plus playoffs left this season.Gustafson, who also leads Wisconsin in rebounds, pulled down 18 boards and dished out six assists.Gustafson is South Shore’s first Division I recruit since Anderson, having recently signed with the University of Iowa.

UMD Men and Women Drop in Polls

Bulldog Men Ranked 7th, Women Ranked 9th

Valentine’s Day was nothing but heartbreak for the bulldogs.Scott Sandelin called his team’s performance Saturday against St. Cloud State one of the worst he’d seen this season.Fortunately, UMD was going to be 4th in the NCHC no matter what happened Saturday. However, because of the loss, UMD is four points back of a three–way tie for 1st, instead of just one.The Bulldogs lead Denver by two points for fourth, and home ice advantage in the 1st round of the NCHC playoffs.The loss also dropped UMD one spot to 7th in this week’s USCHO Division I poll.North Dakota moved back in to the top spot, with Omaha 5th, Miami 6th, and Denver 9th.Meanwhile, the UMD women watched Minnesota celebrate another WCHA regular season title after the Gophers blanked the Bulldogs Saturday.The loss left UMD with only one shootout win against Minnesota in 13 meetings since the 2012-13 season.The Bulldogs can finish this season anywhere from 3rd-6th in the WCHA.UMD starts the final week of the regular season one point in front of 5th place Bemidji State for 4th, and two points clear of this week’s opponent Ohio State.The Bulldogs also dropped three spots to 9th in the USCHO poll.The Gophers are still 2nd, Wisconsin 4th, North Dakota tied for 7th, and Ohio State received votes.