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Esko’s Payton Wefel Commits to CSS Men’s Basketball

He won't be the only Eskomo on the team as he will join former Esko standout Quinn Fischer

ESKO, Minn. – Eskomos boys basketball forward Payton Wefel has signed with the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team. He won’t be the only Eskomo on the team as he will join former Esko standout Quinn Fischer, who is in his second year with the Saints. Wefel leads the Eskomos with over 22 points per game, which has been key to…

Proctor’s Liz Frase Commits to Concordia-Moorhead Women’s Basketball

The senior is currently second on the team in scoring with 11 points per game and is tops in rebounding.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Rails girls basketball forward Liz Frase announced on Twitter that she has committed to join the Concordia-Moorhead women’s basketball team. The senior is currently second on the team in scoring with 11 points per game and is tops in rebounding with just over ten. She was a key part of the Rails’ section title win last season…

Great Outdoors: Outdoor Hockey

DULUTH, Minn. – If you didn’t know, hockey in the state of Minnesota is kind of a big deal. We’re true Minnesotan’s so this is what we do. And tournaments, like the Squirt Jamboree at the Duluth Heights Recreation Center rink are a great way to introduce youngsters to the game for the future. “Where they can go on to…

UMD Men’s Basketball Team React to Death of Kobe, Gianna Bryant

The Bulldogs were shocked to hear the news on Sunday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past Sunday, the world of basketball was forever changed as NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with nine others including his 13-year-old daughter, died in a helicopter crash in Southern California. The news definitely hit home for the UMD men’s basketball team as they spoke about their reactions. “First, it was just disbelief. Somebody like that, you…

Prep Boys Basketball: Eskomos, Hilltoppers, Rails Win at Home

Esko, Duluth Marshall and Proctor all picked up big wins at home on Monday night.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko boys basketball team used a big second half comeback to top rival Cloquet 63-59. Payton Wefel led the way for the Eskomos with a game-high 24 points while Adam Schneider finished with 20 points for the Lumberjacks. In other prep boys action, Duluth Marshall won big over Wrenshall 98-51 and Proctor got the 62-51 win…

Northern Star: Hunter Shepard

For this week's Northern Star, we hear from the senior goalie and co-captain of the UMD men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – To say that UMD’s Hunter Shepard is a very competitive person would be an understatement. “That’s probably what I’ve made my career off of to this point. I think guys want to play in front of a guy that battles back there and the most important thing is winning. It’s not personal stats or shut-outs. Winning games…

Wilderness Give Up Four Goals in the Second in Loss to Jets

The Wilderness wore special purple jerseys on Sunday as part of their cancer awareness weekend, with proceeds going to cancer patients receiving treatment in Duluth.

PROCTOR, Minn. – St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center was home to the Minnesota Wilderness on Sunday afternoon as part of their cancer awareness weekend. St. Luke’s sponsored the game with $2 tickets and the Wilderness players wore purple jerseys that were auctioned off with proceeds going to cancer patients receiving treatment right here in Duluth. But the Wilderness gave…

Former Hermantown Volleyball Standout Sierra Bolen Transfers to Southern Miss

Bolen recorded over 500 kills during her years at Hermantown and led the Hawks to two state tournament appearances.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Former Hermantown volleyball standout Sierra Bolen is transferring this season to join the program at Southern Mississippi. Bolen spent the past two years at the University of Illinois at Chicago but did not make an appearance her freshman year. Last season, the middle blocker played in just one match, recording two kills. Bolen recorded over 500 kills…

Remembering Grand Rapids Squirt Hockey Player Marshall Bader

Thousands filled the IRA Civic Center wearing their jerseys to remember a little boy who was crazy about hockey.

DULUTH, Minn. – On January 19, 2020, Marshall Bader, a nine-year-old from Boy River, Minnesota, died in a farming accident. He was a student in the Grand Rapids school system and an avid hockey player. The Friday after Marshall’s passing, his team played their first game since his tragedy. Thousands filled the IRA Civic Center wearing their jerseys to remember…

Hunter Shepard Breaks NCAA Starts Record; UMD Men’s Hockey Falls to North Dakota in Series Finale

Hunter Shepard made 20 saves in his 105th consecutive start, breaking the NCAA record for most consecutive starts by a goalie.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hunter Shepard made his 105th consecutive start on Saturday night, breaking the NCAA record for most consecutive starts by a goalie. But the No. 11 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team was unable to get the job done, as No. 2 North Dakota got the 3-2 win to split the weekend series. Shepard made 20 saves in his…

Yellowjackets Basketball Sweeps Storm in Doubleheader

After suffering midweek losses on the road, both UWS basketball teams bounced back on Saturday with wins over Crown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Both UWS basketball teams bounced back from tough mid-week losses with wins over Crown on Saturday. In the men’s game, the Yellowjackets jumped out to a 39-27 lead at the half. The Storm started to battle back in the second half and made things close late, but the Yellowjackets were able to hang on for the 80-74…

Hunters Boys Hockey Fall to Warriors in Top-10 Battle

Simon Davidson scored the lone goal for Duluth Denfeld while Jacob Snyder finished with 37 saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a battle between two top-10 teams in class A, Warroad scored two in the second to get the 3-1 road win over Duluth Denfeld. Simon Davidson scored the lone goal for the Hunters in the third period, while Jacob Snyder finished with 37 saves. Duluth Denfeld (14-4-1) will hit the road on Tuesday to take on…

Yellowjackets Women’s Hockey Score Late, Hold On to Knock Off Seventh-Ranked Falcons

Kaleigh Martinson scored with just over seven minutes remaining to give Wisconsin-Superior the win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Kaleigh Martinson scored with just over seven minutes remaining as the Wisconsin-Superior women’s hockey team held on late to get the 2-1 win over No. 7 UW-River Falls. McKenzie Whalen made a season-high 35 saves in the win, while Ashley Schintz scored the other goal for the Yellowjackets. UWS (10-5-1, 3-4-0 WIAC) will be back home this…

UMD Women’s Hockey Tops St. Cloud State in Series Finale

Five different players scored for the Bulldogs in the road win.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 9 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team scored four straight goals to get the 5-2 win over St. Cloud State in the series finale. Taylor Anderson, Lizi Norton, Ashton Bell, Anna Klein and Kailee Skinner all scored for the Bulldogs. Maggie Flaherty, Gabbie Hughes and Sydney Brodt each recorded two assists. Maddie Rooney made seven…

UMD Men’s Hockey Uses Big Second Period to Top North Dakota

Kobe Roth netted two goals while Cole Koepke, Quinn Olson, Nick Swaney, Tanner Laderoute and Noah Cates each scored once.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a slow start, the No. 11 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team scored three goals in both the second and third periods to get a big 7-4 win over No. 2 North Dakota in the series opener. UMD scored five unanswered goals between the second and third periods, including three goals in the final nine minutes of…

Coaches Corner: Beth Clark

For this week's segment, we sit down with the head coach of the Hermantown girls basketball team.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sat down with Hermantown girls basektball head coach Beth Clark. Her Hawks are currently 15-2 and suffered just their second loss of the season on Friday night against Duluth East. Hermantown is also a perfect 6-0 in section 7AAA play. Hermantown will be back in action on Tuesday hosting section foe…

UMD Women’s Basketball Fall Short Against Moorhead; Men Hang On for Win Over Dragons

In the men's game, Brandon Myer poured in 26 points as the Bulldogs dropped the Dragons 77-70.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Ann Simonet led the way with 13 points, but it wouldn’t be enough as the UMD women’s basketball team take a tough road loss against Minnesota State-Moorhead 56-51 Friday night. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 11-2 in the NSIC. They’ll look to bounce back Saturday against Northern State. And in the men’s game, Brandon Myer poured…

Mirage Pick Up Sixth Straight Win With Shutout Over Wildcats

Nya Sieger scored twice in the first period to give Proctor/Hermantown the win.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor/Hermantown Mirage continued their winning ways on Friday night with the 6-0 shutout over Dodge County on senior night to pick up their sixth straight win. Nya Sieger scored two goals in the first period for the Mirage, while Abby Pajari completed the shutout. Proctor/Hermantown (15-8) will host Totino-Grace in Hermantown on Saturday with puck drop…

Rock Ridge Wolverines Introduced to the Iron Range

The wolverine mascot is a devil bear which is a combination of the Blue Devils and Golden Bears the current mascots for Virginia/MIB and Eveleth-Gilbert.

EVELETH, Minn. – The Hippodrome was packed on Thursday evening with 3,000 fans all excited for rivals Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl to take on Eveleth-Gilbert. It was not the typical game as fans were also there from both schools to see the unveiling of the new school name, colors, and mascot when the two schools come together. They will be the Rock…

Prep Basketball: Greyhounds, Hawks Split Doubleheader

The Duluth East girls shocked Hermantown while the Hermantown boys held on late for the win over Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – Macy Hermanson finished with 23 points as the Duluth East girls basketball team picked up a huge 63-54 win over Hermantown at home. Emma Horyza finished with 13 points while Ashlynne Guenther chipped in with 11 points for the Greyhounds. Duluth East wins its third in a row while handing Hermantown just its second loss of the…

UMD Women’s Hockey Skates to 2-2 Draw With St. Cloud State; Hughes Gives Bulldogs Extra WCHA Point

Gabbie Hughes scored her second goal of the night during 3-on-3 overtime to give the Bulldogs the extra WCHA point.

ST. CLOUD STATE, Minn. – The No. 9 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to five with a 2-2 tie against St. Cloud State, but the Bulldogs picked up the extra WCHA point in 3-on-3 overtime via Gabbie Hughes’ second goal of the night. Sydney Brodt scored the other goal for the Bulldogs, and all regulation goals…

Second Annual Twin Ports MinnWisconi Cup Brings Together Best Local Pool Players

The tournament pits the best players from The Break Room against their rivals across the bridge at The Top Hat Tavern in Superior.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2nd annual MinnWisconi Cup kicked off Friday night at The Break Room in Duluth. The tournament pits the best players from The Break Room against their rivals across the bridge at The Top Hat Tavern in Superior. And although it gets very competitive, organizers say events like these are a good way to grow the sport’s…

UMD Softball Picked to Finish Fourth in NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll

UMD will bring back all but two full-time starters, including All-NSIC second teamer shortstop Lauren Oberle.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NSIC released their preseason coaches poll this week. UMD comes in at #4 following a season where the Bulldogs posted their most conference wins in program history. Defending national champs Augustana take the top spot on the list. UMD will bring back all but two full-time starters, including All-NSIC second teamer shortstop Lauren Oberle, who was…

Northwestern’s Bryson Mazur Commits to MSU-Moorhead Football

Mazur was a big reason that the Tigers won 11 games in each of the last two seasons

MAPLE, Wis. – Northwestern’s Bryson Mazur announced on Twitter Wednesday that he has committed to joining the Minnesota State-Moorhead football team. Mazur did it all for the Tigers, rushing for over 500 yards along with over 300 yards receiving, finding the endzone nine times. He’s been a big reason that Northwestern won 11 games in each of the last two…

Prep Boys Hockey: Golden Bears, Lumberjacks Pick Up Wins at Home

The Eveleth-Gilbert and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey teams were victorious at home on Thursday night.

EVELETH, Minn. – The Eveleth-Gilbert boys hockey team scored four unanswered goals as they topped Virginia/MIB 4-1 Thursday night at the Eveleth Hippodrome. In addition to the game, both school districts announced the new of their new high school: Rock Ridge and the school mascot will be the Wolverines. In other prep hockey action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton gets the home win over…

UMD Men’s Hockey Ready to Move On From St. Cloud State, Get Ready for North Dakota

Special puck drop for Friday night's game at Amsoil Arena is set for 7:36 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – After this past weekend’s road sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State, UMD men’s hockey fans have every right to be a little worried about their Bulldogs. But that doesn’t mean their Bulldogs are the least bit worried about how they played against the Huskies. St. Cloud State was able to keep UMD off the board…

CSS Basketball Teams Split Doubleheader Against Finlandia

The men's team got the blowout win while the women lose a nail-biter.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five Saints score in double-figures as the St. Scholastica men’s basketball got the non-conference win over Finlandia 96-69 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. Collin Anderson led the way with 18 points, becoming the seventh player in program history to score 1,300 career points. Cade Goggleye chipped in with 13 points while Quinn Fischer scored 12 points…

Local Boxing Trio Heading to Minneapolis for Star-Studded Card

The action starts at 7 p.m. and will be headlined by former world champion and Minnesota native Caleb Truax.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, three local boxers from the Jungle Boy Boxing Gym will be on the card for “Fight Night 2020”. Danny Huffman, Jesse Walters and Amy Lemanager will each have fights at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which will be a much bigger venue than what they have competed in before. “My fight at Grandma’s was super cool,…

Denfeld’s Stephanie Ferguson Signs NLI to Join Bemidji State Softball

The Hunters catcher will join the Beavers as a utility player.

DULUTH, Minn. – Denfeld’s Stephanie Ferguson signed her National Letter on Intent Wednesday to join the Bemidji State softball team. The Hunters catcher, who also plays on the local year-round softball team the Twin Ports Rampage, will join the Beavers as a utility player and is excited to not be too far from home when she starts her collegiate athletic…

UMD Women’s Hockey Team Talks Rooney’s New Record

In the team's sweep over Bemidji State, Rooney became the all-time leader in saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, UMD’s Maddie Rooney continued to solidify her spot as one of the best goalies in program history as she became the all-time leader in saves. The Bulldogs spoke Wednesday about how special it was to break that record given all the great netminders that came before her. “It’s a really talented group. So for…

Prep Hockey: Mirage Snap Lumberjacks’ Win Streak; Hawks, Thunderhawks Boys Earn Big Wins

The Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team snapped CEC's 17-game win streak.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Hannah Kauppinen would score two quick goals in the first period as the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team defeated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 6-1 Tuesday night at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. Nya Seger, Michaela Phinney, Hailey Winklesky and Alyssa Watkins also scored for the Mirage, who snapped the Lumberjacks’ 17-game win streak. Kiana Bender scored the lone goal…

Adventure Zone Hosts Annual Twins Winter Caravan

This is the 60th year of the Twins Winter Caravan, making it one of the longest running offseason team caravans in professional sports.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 60th annual Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan returned to Duluth on Tuesday night and made a stop at Adventure Zone in Canal Park to visit and interact with fans. The stop is part of Leg 1 of the caravan and brought players Luis Arraex, Lewis Thorpe and Trevor Larnach, as well as broadcasters Dick Bremer and Jack…

Prep Girls Basketball: Rails Defeat Hilltoppers in Section Final Rematch; Hawks Edge Cardinals

Proctor got the win over Duluth Marshall in the section 7AA finals rematch while Hermantown edged out Cromwell-Wright in the final second.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In a highly-anticipated section 7AA finals rematch between Proctor and Duluth Marshall, the defending section champion Rails got the job done with the 71-61 win. Proctor hands Duluth Marshall its second loss of the season while the Rails win their 11th straight. In other prep girls action, Hermantown scored with just a second left to defeat Cromwell-Wright…

Proctor Girls Basketball to Meet Duluth Marshall in Section Final Rematch

The Rails are currently riding a ten-game win streak following their win over Mesabi East on Friday night.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Tuesday night, the Rails girls basketball team will host Duluth Marshall in their first meeting since last season’s section final that saw Proctor come out on top. Not a lot has changed since then, but both teams come into this game with just one loss on their record. “We do our homework. We have a couple films…

Greyhounds Girls Basketball Wins Big on the Road Against Lumberjacks

Four players scored in double-digits for Duluth East.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Duluth East girls basketball team picked up their second win in a row with a 73-40 road win over Cloquet. Ashlynne Guenther led the way with 20 points, while Macey DeRosier finished with 15 points, Shay Callaway chipped in with 13 points and Macy Hermanson had 12 points. Duluth East (5-9) will host Hermantown on Friday…

ProspectsNation.Com Ranks Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens Among Top 75 Recruits in the Nation

Kneepkens comes in at #65 as a junior with the Hilltoppers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens was recently named one of the top 75 recruits in the entire county for the 2021 Class by ProspectsNation.com. Kneepkens comes in at #65 as a junior with the Hilltoppers. She’s currently averaging 31 points per game along with 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists, pushing Marshall to an 11-1 record so far this…

Northern Star: Taya and Shaily Hakamaki

For this week's segment, meet cousins on the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team who are hoping to make history in their final season.

CROMWELL, Minn. – When you go to a Cromwell-Wright girls basketball game, you’re bound to hear the name Hakamaki blasting through the gym. But seniors Taya and Shaily are just two of many Hakamakis who have worn the red and white colors. “Long line of Hakamakis have gone through. I’m kind of the baby, we’re getting there. We have one…

Yellowjackets Basketball Sweeps Cougars; Men Stay Perfect in UMAC Play

Both UWS basketball teams got big wins over Minnesota Morris to extend their win streaks.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s basketball team continued its winning ways on Sunday with the 89-63 win over Minnesota Morris. Mac Reykdal led all scorers with 22 points while Vid Milenkovic finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Mason Ackley chipped in with 14 points and Allen Anderson rounded out Yellowjackets in double figures with 13 points. The Yellowjackets…

25th Annual St. Luke’s Icebreaker Girls Hockey Tournament Returns to Duluth

The tournament featured 68 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada who compete at six different levels U10 through U15.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, hundreds of youth girls hockey players and their families filled the Norhtland for the 25th annual St. Luke’s Icebreaker youth girls hockey tournament. The tournament featured 68 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and even Canada across six different levels. The tournament is one of the largest girls hockey tournaments in Minnesota, with a total of 132…

International Athletes Tear Down Red Bull Ice Cross Hill

Riders speed down the hill at 40-50 mph.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Hundreds of athletes from around the world gathered at Mont Du Lac Ski Resort for the 6th Annual Red Bull Ice Cross World Championship. “Maybe we’re a little crazy,” said Alex Mercier, a rider from Quebec. Blink and you’ll miss the riders tearing down the hill. “These guys reach some pretty incredible speeds,” Operations Manager Mike O’Hara said,…

UMD Women’s Hockey Capitalizes on Power Plays to Sweep Bemidji State

Kylie Hanley, Ryleigh Houston and Ashton Bell all scored on the power play for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – After getting swept on the road back in October, the No. 10 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team got revenge this weekend as the Bulldogs scored three power play goals on Saturday to get the 4-2 win and sweep the series. The Beavers got on the board first, on a power play, just over a minute into the…

Bulldogs Basketball Sweeps Golden Bears at Home

Both UMD squads used big second halves to get wins over Concordia-St. Paul to sweep the doubleheader.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team is still perfect at Romano Gym this season with a 74-55 win over Concordia-St. Paul. The Bulldogs outscored the Golden Bears 19-9 in the second quarter and pulled away in the second half, never letting the lead drop below 15 points. Sarah Grow led all scorers with 17 points while Brooke…

Bethany Lutheran Basketball Sweeps St. Scholastica in Doubleheader

The Vikings dominated the second halves in both games to sweep the Saints.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a battle between two teams fighting for the top spot in the UMAC standings, the St. Scholastica men kept things close with Bethany Lutheran in the first half but struggled in the second as Bethany Lutheran got the 91-75 win. The Saints shot 50 percent from the field in the first half but just 26.83 percent…

Saints Men’s Hockey Can’t Hold On Late in Loss to Spartans

Michael Talbot, Bradley Golant and Jon Hansen scored for St. Scholastica while Jack Branby made 26 saves in his first collegiate start.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s hockey team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but gave up four goals in the third as Aurora got the 5-3 win on Saturday to sweep the weekend series. Michael Talbot, Bradley Golant and Jon Hansen scored for the Saints, while Jack Branby made his first collegiate start and made 26 saves. …

UMD Men’s Hockey Struggles Offensively as St. Cloud State Sweeps Series

The Bulldogs scored just one goal on the weekend, when Kobe Roth scored on the power play in the first period of Friday's game.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 8 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team continued to struggle offensively on the weekend, as St. Cloud State pulled off the upset for the second night in a row to get the 2-0 win on Saturday and sweep the series. The game was scoreless until late in the third period, when Nick Poehling scored with…

UMD Men’s Hockey Falls On the Road to St. Cloud State

The Huskies would hang on to their one-goal throughout the third period.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Kobe Roth would score in the first period to tie the game at one. But St. Cloud State would keep a one-goal lead through the third period to get the win 2-1 Friday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The loss snaps the Bulldogs’ six-game unbeaten streak and is the fifth straight loss in…

Rails Girls Basketball Top Rebels; Pogatchnik Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer

Senior guard Sam Pogatchnik became the all-time leading scorer at Proctor early in the first half.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Sam Pogatchnik led all scorers with 18 points on her way to becoming the Rails all-time leading scorer, male or female, as the Proctor girls basketball team defeated Mesabi East 56-41 Friday night. Liz Frase chipped in with 16 points while Sam Parendo scored 14 to help the Rails improve to 15-1. Next up for Proctor is…

Coaches Corner: Rich McKenna

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the UWS men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from UWS men’s hockey coach Rich McKenna. His Yellowjackets currently sit on top of the WIAC with a 12-2-1 record and this week, UWS showed up in the national rankings for the first time since 2012. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Saints Struggle at Home in Loss to Spartans

St. Scholastica out-shot Aurora, but only one of them could find the back of the net.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s hockey team would get a shorthanded goal in the second period from Mike Nolan, but that would be all they could muster as they fall to Aurora 5-1 Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. The Saints drop their fifth game in a row as they fall to 5-11-1 on the season. They’ll look…

Rooney Makes History as UMD Women’s Hockey Blank Bemidji State

Senior goalie Maddie Rooney became the all-time program leader in saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior netminder Maddie Rooney finished with 30 saves to give her 2,999 for her career, a new program record at UMD, as the Bulldogs blanked Bemidji State 4-0 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Ashton Bell, Anna Klein, Taylor Anderson and Gabbie Hughes all scored for UMD who improve to 10-8-3 on the season and draw within three…