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Fresh Off Bye Week, UMD Women’s Hockey Ready for Buckeyes

Puck drop on Friday against Ohio State is set for just after 5 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team are off to their best start in almost a decade. The Bulldogs are coming off a much needed bye week, which is a good time to recharge and heal up in the early part of the season. “We had a good break over the weekend. It was nice for us to just…

Mirage Excited to Give New Head Coach Emma Stauber First Career Win

The Mirage will be back in action on Friday on the road against South St. Paul.

PROCTOR, Minn. – After a rough showing in their season opener against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, the Proctor-Hermantown girls hockey team bounced back in a big way this past weekend, picking up the win against Hopkins Park, the first win ever for their new head coach Emma Stauber. The team says they were very excited to help the former Mirage star get that…

Gronski’s Clutch Play Leads Spartans to State Semi-Finals

Superior will face Brookfield East Friday night at 7 p.m. in Merrill, WI.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior football team are in uncharted waters this week. The Spartans will be taking part in the Division 2 state semi–finals for the first time since 1990, which was also the last time they won a state title. One big reason for this run is the clutch play of their senior quarterback. Jarrett Gronski has led…

Eric Watson Named UMAC Player of the Year; Olson, Mooney Earn Second Straight Top Honors

This is the second straight season Olson and Mooney have received their honors for Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The UMAC announced their men’s soccer postseason awards and three Yellowjackets have been honored. Senior Eric Watson was named Offensive Player of the Year, A.J. Olson earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and Joe Mooney was named Coach of the Year. This is the second straight season Olson and Mooney have received their honors, while…

Northland Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Local studen-athletes got to officially sign on the dotted line for their colleges.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday was National Signing Day for high school student-athletes across the Northland who officially got to sign with their colleges. Esko’s Dea DeLeon isn’t going too far as she signed her NLI to join the UMD softball team. Cromwell’s Taya Hakamaki will also be going to UMD as she will join the women’s basketball team. Also playing…

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GREAT OUTDOORS: Ironwood Slammed with Over A Foot of Lake Effect Snow

IRONWOOD, Mich. — In this weeks Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us to the snowbelt that’s just finishing digging out of their recent lake effect winter storm. Plows and loaders filled the streets of Ironwood on Tuesday, clearing over 14 inches of snowfall that dropped in just 24 hours. Arctic air with temperatures in the single digits…

Quick Start Pushes UWS Men’s Basketball Past Concordia

The Yellowjackets used a big first-half to get the win over the Gobblers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s basketball team led by 15 points at the half and they staved off a late rally to get the win over Concordia (MN) 75-69 Tuesday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Senior guard Mac Reykdal led the Yellowjackets with 21 points. Vid Milenkovic also chipped in with 20 points and seven rebounds and Allen…

Bluejackets Hand Northern Stars First Loss of the Season

Cambridge-Isanti scored three goals in the second period to pull away for the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – A three-goal second period would prove to be the difference as Cambridge-Isanti defeated the Duluth girls hockey team 5-1 Tuesday night at the Duluth Heritage Center. Annika Lindgren scored the lone goal for the Northern Stars, while Sarah Spencer finished with 22 saves on the night. Duluth will be back at home this Friday night as they…

Morgan Friday Earns Second Straight UMAC Player of the Year Award; Saints’ Sweep Top Honors

Hunter Zamzow was named Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year, while Dave Reyelts was named Coach of the Year.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the second straight year, St. Scholastica’s Morgan Friday has been named UMAC Player of the Year, the Saints’ first back-to-back honoree in 15 years. The Duluth native led all players with 19 goals and 43 points in UMAC play and was also tops in all of Division III with 29 total goals, which is the…

A First-Round Date with Central on Tap for UWS Men’s Soccer in NCAA Tournament

The Yellowjackets will face 14th-ranked Central Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Luther College.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team learned their NCAA fate Monday afternoon. The Yellowjackets will face 14th-ranked Central Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Luther College. As is with most first round match-ups, the Yellowjackets have never faced the Dutch before. “To be down in Iowa, I don’t know what it means. But I think we’re…

Auggies Spoil Opening Night for UWS Women’s Basketball Team

The Yellowjackets were down early and couldn't dig out of that hole at home.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Eva Reinertsen led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team fall to Augsburg 81-55 Monday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Emily Carpenter chipped in with nine points, seven assists and four steals as the Yellowjackets will be back in action this weekend as they…

CSS Women’s Soccer Draw Pomona-Pitzer in First Round of NCAA Tourney

The Saints will take on the Sagehens on Saturday at 2 p.m. on the campus of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s Selection Monday for NCAA Division III women’s soccer. 64 teams heard their name called which means their season will continue. One of those teams was St. Scholastica. The Saints found out they will face Pomona-Pitzer in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m. CSS landed in the region that will be…

Saints’ Dana Moore Named UMAC Coach of the Year; Freshman Draper Takes Home Two Awards

Freshman Alicia Draper was named UMAC Rookie of Defensive Player of the Year.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – St. Scholastica’s Dana Moore was named UMAC volleyball Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career and the first since 2003. Moore guided the Saints to a share of the UMAC regular season title, as well as getting her 400th career win earlier this season. Freshman Alicia Draper was named Rookie of the…

Northern Star: Cade Goggleye

For this week's segment, meet a former North Woods basketball star who made a late decision to stay close to home.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a third straight Class A state championship game appearance, former North Woods guard Cade Goggleye committed to the University of Jamestown. But just a few months later, Goggleye had a change of heart. “So Jamestown starts a little earlier, it starts a week earlier than St. Scholastica does. So I was there for a week, and…

St. Scholastica Women’s Hockey Falls at Home to Augsburg

Taylor Murray and Sam Gorecki both scored in the second period for the Saints.

DULUTH, Minn. – It took a while for the St. Scholastica offense to get going, and once it did it wasn’t enough, as Augsburg got the 3-2 win on Sunday to sweep the two-game series. The Saints had just two shots on goal during the first period and trailed 1-0. The Auggies would then take a 3-0 lead, before Taylor…

Prep Football: Spartans Rally Late to Advance to WIAA Semifinals; Eskomos Fall in Class AAA Quarterfinals

Down 12 with just three minutes left, Superior pulled off the comeback to take the lead with just 30 seconds left to advance in the state tournament.

SCHOFIELD, Wis. – Down 20-8 in the second half, Superior scored 12 unanswered points to top Kaukauna 22-20 to advance to the WIAA semifinals. Jarrett Gronski ran in a touchdown with just 30 seconds left to tie the game up at 20. Then, Caden Stone ran in the 2-point conversion to give Superior the lead and eventually the win. Superior…

Friday’s Hat Trick Gives Saints Women’s Soccer UMAC Tournament Championship

Morgan Friday's hat trick led St. Scholastica to its 10th UMAC Tournament title in the past 13 seasons and 14th overall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Morgan Friday netted a hat trick to win UMAC Tournament MVP as the St. Scholastica women’s soccer team cruised past Northwestern 4-1 to win its 10th tournament title in the past 13 seasons and 14th overall. Janelle Rouillard scored the other goal for the Saints, coming off of a corner kick just two minutes in. Friday added…

Yellowjackets Men’s Soccer Tops Saints to Win Third Straight UMAC Title

Miguel Ocampo scored two goals to give UWS its third straight UMAC Tournament title.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior and St. Scholastica men’s soccer teams met for the fifth straight year in the UMAC Championship game, and for the third year in a row, the Yellowjackets walked away with the conference title with a 4-2 win. Blake Perry scored for the Yellowjackets while Malcolm Lumsden scored for the Saints to make it 1-1 at…

UMD Volleyball Sweeps MSU-Mankato in Regular Season Home Finale

Abby Thor had 13 kills while Hanna Meyer had eight and Emily Balts had 42 assists on their senior day.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 5 Minnesota Duluth volleyball team ended its home schedule on a high note, sweeping Minnesota State-Mankato 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-11). Abby Thor led the way with 13 kills, while Hanna Meyer had eight kills and Emily Balts had 42 assists on their senior day. The Bulldogs (23-3) will finish the regular season on the road…

UMD Men’s Hockey Defeats Top-Ranked Denver

Five different players scored in the Bulldogs win, including freshman forward Luke Loheit scoring his first collegiate goal.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five different players found the back of the net for the UMD men’s hockey team as the No. 7 Bulldogs took down No. 1 Denver 5-2 on Saturday. Luke Loheit scored his first collegiate goal while Jackson Cates, Koby Bender, Noah Cates and Cole Koepke each scored in the win. Hunter Shepard made 29 saves. After ending…

D3 College Hockey: Yellowjacket Men Win Season Opener; Saints Men Fall at Home

Seven different players found the back of the net for UWS in the win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Seven different players found the back of the net to give Wisconsin-Superior the 7-0 win in their season opener. Ty Proffitt, Andrew Durham, Chad Lopez, Artur Terchiyev, Will Blake, Colyton Bates and Troy MacTavish all scored in the win. The Yellowjackets will be back in action on Saturday hosting St. Olaf. Puck drop is set for 7:05…

UMD Volleyball Wins Top 10 Match-Up Against Concordia-St. Paul

Kate Berg had 17 kills while Emily Balts recorded 37 assists to give the Bulldogs the home win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 5 Minnesota Duluth volleyball team continued to roll, taking down No. 6 Concordia-St. Paul 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-16, 25-23) in a top 10 match-up. Kate Berg led the way with 17 kills for the Bulldogs, while Meredith Sutton added 11. Emily Balts had 37 assists. The Bulldogs (22-3, 15-2 NSIC) will finish out their home…

Prep Football: Rangers Advance to State Semi-Finals; Rebels, Tigers Fall in Quarterfinals

The Mountain Iron-Buhl is heading back to the state semi-finals for the second straight year.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was the Dillon Drake Show at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth as the Bemidji State commit ran all over South Ridge to help Mountain Iron-Buhl get the win 42-6 in the nine-player quarterfinals. The Rangers now move on to face Hancock in the state semi-finals Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium. In other football action, Moose Lake-Willow…

Coaches Corner: UMD Men’s Basketball

For this week's segment, we hear from the UMD men's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from the UMD men’s basketball team, including head coach Justin Wieck and senior guard Trevor Entwisle. The Bulldogs had a solid showing in their exhibition game against Wisconsin-Superior and will open their season with a tournament down in Oklahoma. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota…

Northern Stars Girls Hockey Rallies, Wins Season Opener in Overtime

Emma Fellman scored the game-winner in overtime for the Northern Stars.

DULUTH, Minn. – Down 2-0 in the second period, the Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team rallied to force overtime, then scored the game-winner late in overtime to win their season opener 3-2. Quinn Clark and Ava Patrones scored in regulation, with Emma Fellman scoring the game-winner in overtime. The Northern Stars will be back in action on Tuesday at…

UMD Men’s Hockey Settle for Tie with Denver

The Bulldogs erased an early two-goal deficit to send the game to overtime.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a match-up of top-ranked teams, Denver would hang on for the shootout win over the UMD men’s hockey team Friday night at Amsoil Arena. The Pioneers would jump out to a two-goal lead before Cole Koepke would score late in the first. Kobe Roth would add another in the third, and then with 30 seconds left…

Fifth Straight Meeting in the UMAC Men’s Soccer Title Game for Saints, Yellowjackets

The UMAC championship game will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For the fifth straight year, the St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer teams will meet in the UMAC championship game. And if you ask their two head coaches, they wouldn’t want to have it any other way. After a slow start to the season, the Saints men’s soccer team have found their grove as they knocked off…

UMD Women’s Soccer Fall in Season Finale

The Bulldogs would fail to score a goal in their final game of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – A two-goal deficit at the half would be too much to overcome as the UMD women’s soccer team fell to St. Cloud State 3-0 Friday afternoon at Malosky Stadium. The Bulldogs’ season comes to an end as they finish with a 6-10-2 overall record. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Put A Rose Between Your Teeth and Learn to Tango!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Superior Ballroom Dance Studio Lessons

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott take dance lessons at Superior Ballroom Dance Studio. Learning step by step the skills to do the tango. Adding style to the basic moves and creating muscle memory, you can dance your way into fitness and mental health. Click here for more information on how…

Lumberjacks Girls Hockey Upset Mirage on Opening Night

A strong first period was the different as CEC opens their season with a win.

CLOQUET, Minn. – On opening night of the girls high school hockey season, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton shocked the defending section champs Proctor-Hermantown 4-2 Thursday night at the Northwoods Credit Union. Dana Jones, Taylor Nelson, Dea DeLeon and Bella Harriman each scored in the first period for the Lumberjacks. The Mirage would rally in the next two periods with goals from Megan…

UMD Men’s Hockey to Open Conference Play Against Top-Ranked Denver

Puck drop for Friday night's game is set for just after 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team are back from their early-season bye week. It was a great time for the team to heal up and head coach Scott Sandelin says it was important to go into the break after their sweep over Minnesota. “It’s always a little scary coming off a bye week playing a good team that…

Greenway Volleyball Falls to Top Seed Minneota in State Quarterfinals

The Raiders move on to play in the consolation bracket on Friday.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Top seed and defending state champions Minneota swept Greenway 3-0 Wednesday afternoon in the Class A state quarterfinals at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Junior Claire Vekich led the Raiders with 26 kills, while Lexi Hammer chipped in with 33 set assists. Greenway moves on to the consolation bracket Friday afternoon where they will…

South Ridge Football Set to Battle MIB in State Quarterfinals

Kick–off for Friday's game between the Panthers and the Rangers is set for 7 p.m.

CULVER, Minn. – With the high school football state tournament just days away, it means most teams will be traveling to their quarterfinal destinations. One team that won’t be going too far is South Ridge. The Panthers are back in the tourney for the first time since 2012 after years of getting so close. But this year’s squad is certainly…

Wilderness Top Blizzard for Fourth Straight Win

Minnesota knocked off St. Cloud at home on Wednesday night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – A two-goal first period would be the difference as the Minnesota Wilderness topped St. Cloud 3-2 Wednesday night at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Jacob Herter, Bram Scheerer and Ryan Nelson found the back of the net for the Wilderness while Jonathan Mor finished with 15 saves to help Minnesota pick up their fourth straight win. Categories: College,…

CSS Women, CSS Men, UWS Men Advance to UMAC Soccer Finals

Both UMAC championship games will take place on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The finals are set for the UMAC soccer finals and it will feature three teams from the Nortland. In the women’s bracket, St. Scholastica blanked Martin Luther 2-0 with both goals coming off the foot of Morgan Friday. Northwestern topped Wisconsin-Superior 2-0 in the other semi-final. The Saints will host the Eagles Saturday at Saints Field at…

Wade Chiodo Named New Head Coach of Grand Rapids Boys Hockey Team

The Thunderhawks will open their season November 23rd against Benilde-St. Margaret's.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Two weeks ago, the Northland hockey community was shocked by the news of John Marinucci’s resignation as head coach of the Grand Rapids boys hockey team. But the athletic department moved quickly and already have found their guy for the upcoming season. According to a press release from Grand Rapids High School, Wade Chiodo has been…

“Back to Basics” Help UMD Football Get Back on Track

The Bulldogs rushing for well over 400 yards behind stellar performances from running backs Wade Sullivan and Cazz Martin.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team took their anger out on Minnesota-Crookston on Saturday in a 63-point shutout win in their final game of the season at Malosky Stadium. The Bulldogs rushing for well over 400 yards behind stellar performances from running backs Wade Sullivan and Cazz Martin. “It felt really good seeing the holes the o–line produced and…

Esko Football Preparing for First State Appearance Since 2014

Esko will play Annandale in the Class AAA quarterfinals on Saturday at Brainerd High School. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m.

ESKO, Minn. – Last season, the Esko football team won just three games and had trouble closing games out. “That’s been something that we’ve been focused on. Coach Perich has done a good job of talking about that and we talk about it in practice and it just comes up a lot. We want to make sure that we’re finishing…

Berg, Balts Lead Bulldogs Volleyball Team Past Beavers

The UMD volleyball team hosted a rare Tuesday night game at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kate Berg led the way with 18 kills while Abby Thor chipped in with 16 of her own as the UMD volleyball team knocked off Bemidji State 3-1 Tuesday night at Romano Gym. Emily Balts also contributed to the cause with 51 assists to help the Bulldogs improve to 21-3 on the season and 14-2 within the…

UMD Basketball Sweeps UWS in Exhibition Doubleheader

The teams met up on Monday night at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their final exhibition game before the regular season, the UMD women’s basketball team defeated Wisconsin-Superior 82-45 while the men had a similar result, getting the win 77-65 Monday night at Romano Gym. The Bulldog women will open their season Friday against Fort Hays State while the Yellowjackets will face UW-Stout on Friday as well. For the…

UWS Volleyball Sweep Vikings, Move On to UMAC Semi-Finals

The Yellowjackets knocked off the Vikings 3-0 on Monday night

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cami Sletta and Hannah Goggleye combined for 27 kills as the Wisconsin-Superior volleyball team swept Bethany Lutheran 3-0 Monday night in the UMAC quarterfinals at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Gina Baertsch also chipped in with 20 assists to help the Yellowjackets, who now move on to the UMAC semi-finals Wednesday to take on defending conference champs Northwestern….

Spartans Football Team React to Upset Win in WIAA Playoffs

The Spartans move on to face Kaukauna on Saturday at 2 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – You stack them up and they’ll knock them down. That’s been the mantra of the Superior football team as they knocked off top-seed Pulaski on Friday to keep their run alive in the WIAA playoffs. We spoke with the team Monday about what’s been fueling their magical run. “When we were practicing all week, we had the…

Wilderness Forward Nick Portz Commits to North Dakota

So far this season, Portz has six goals and five assists in seven games.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness forward Nick Portz tweeted over the weekend that he has committed to playing college hockey at North Dakota. The St. Cloud native is in his second year of junior hockey, spending most of his time with the Wilderness while making a brief stint with the Tri-City Storm in the USHL. So far this season,…

Northern Star: Alex Illikainen

For this week's segment, meet a UMD men's basketball transfer who feels right at home already.

DULUTH, Minn. – In high school, UMD men’s basketball forward Alex Illikainen knew that he wanted to go to a big school. “I was definitely looking at going division one and my options up there,” Illikainen said. After spending three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, a Division I basketball program, the Grand Rapids native decided to come back home…

UMD Soccer Scores Late to Get Home Win Over Minot State

Sarah Stange scored the lone goal in the second half to give the Bulldogs the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Freshman midfielder Sarah Stange would score 12 minutes into the second half to give the UMD women’s soccer team the 1-0 win over Minot State on Sunday. The Bulldogs outshot the Beavers 21-9 (13-7 on goal) while Sophia Grenz made seven saves in the shutout win. UMD (6-9-2, 4-8-2 NSIC) will finish out the regular season at…

Prep Football: Panthers, Rangers, Warriors, Rebels, Eskomos Learn State Opponents

South Ridge and Mountain Iron-Buhl will play each other in the first round of the class nine-person state tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – With section finals in the books, local football teams are now turning their attention to the state tournament, as the brackets were released over the weekend. Here are the matchups for Northland teams. CLASS NINE-PERSON QUARTERFINALS South Ridge vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl: Friday, Nov. 8 @ 7:00 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth CLASS A QUARTERFINALS BOLD…

Prep Volleyball: Raiders Unseeded in Class A; Vikings Prepare for Repeat in Class AA

Greenway is unseeded in Class A while North Branch is the No. 3 seed in Class AA.

DULUTH, Minn. – After taking down the defending section 7A champions, the Greenway volleyball team is unseeded for the Class A state tournament. The Raiders will take on the defending Class A champions and No. 1 seed Minneota on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center – Court 2. For North Branch, the defending Class AA…

GNK’s Geno Uhrbom Repeats as Class A Cross Country Champion

The junior runner won his third straight section 7A title last week.

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin junoir Geno Uhrbom repeated as Class A cross country champion on Saturday, finishing the course in a personal best 15 minutes, 27.57 seconds. During sections the other week, Uhrbom also set a personal best on his way to becoming the three time Section 7A champ. Uhrbom will now prepare for regions next week, hoping for a…

St. Scholastica Football Picks Up Big Home Win

Eddie Lee, Mithcell Adrian and Reese Jansen each finished with over 100 yards, the first time in program history three receivers collected 100 yards or more.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team returned home for the first time in a month and got the job done, getting the 61-8 win over Iowa Wesleyan. Zach Edwards was rolling early, completing his first 19 passes of the game, and finished with 34 completions for 421 yards and four touchdowns, as well as running in a touchdown….

UMD Football Snaps Losing Skid With Blowout Win Over Minnesota Crookston

The Bulldogs relied heavily on the run game to pick up the big win on senior day.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team had a much-needed performance on Saturday, dominating Minnesota Crookston 63-0 to snap a two-game losing skid. The Bulldogs relied heavily on the run game, racking up 303 yards on the group in just the first half, and finishing the day with 445 yards. Wade Sullivan rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown while…