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24 Spartans Recognized for College Commitments

Many of the commits have decided to stay close to home, while others are headed out of state.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Around seven percent of high school athletes move on to play in college. Superior high school has produced many talented student-athletes over the years, including the class of 2022. Wednesday night 24 Spartans were recognized for their decision to continue their athletic careers at the college level. The athletes took time during the event to thank all…

Barnum’s Anessa Davis Signs NLI for Central Lakes Women’s Basketball

Davis recorded 459 points in her career as a Bomber.

BARNUM, Minn. – Barnum’s Anessa Davis has put pen to paper to continue her basketball career at a high level. Davis appeared in 86 games in her career with the Bombers, Recording a total of 459 points, while leading her team on the defensive end of the court. Davis says, “It’s really exciting, it’s very nerve wracking, going from just…

Scott Antonutti Resigns as Esko Girls Basketball Coach

Coach Antonutti expressed that this decision came because wanted to enjoy watching his own kids play. 

  ESKO, Minn. –  After 14 seasons on the hardwood, Esko girls basketball coach Scott Antonutti has decided it is time to let go. Antonutti announced this month that he is stepping down as head coach of the program. In his time with the Eskomos Antonutti has led the team to three state tournament appearances and recorded over 300 coaching…

SolFed Farm Receives Certified Naturally Grown Recognition

SolFed Farm is the only farm in Minnesota to receive this distinction. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Farming started as more of a passion project for SolFed Farm owner Liz Strohmayer. “We started with a few raised beds which quickly turned into a lot. It was ideally, it was supposed to be our way of being more self sustainable, and living a more self sustainable lifestyle,” Strohmayer said. But then Strohmayer decided to share…

South Ridge’s Bennett Brothers Sign NLIs for Minnesota Crookston Baseball

The Bennetts will be joining former teammate Connor Bushbaum, who currently plays outfield for the Golden Eagles.

CULVER, Minn. – South Ridge twin brothers Aaron and Jaxson Bennett have both signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Minnesota Crookston baseball team. The Bennetts have been a key part of the Panthers’ dominance on the diamond with three straight section titles. “Well my friend Connor went there and so we decided to check that out. He…

Superior Softball Wins Playoff Opener Over Wausau East

The Spartans move on to face New Richmond in the regional finals Thursday afternoon.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Emma Raye’s solo home run was part of a four-run third inning as the Superior softball team defeated Wausau East 6-0 Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the WIAA playoffs. The Spartans move on to face New Richmond in the regional finals Thursday afternoon. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD’s Isabelle Brezinka Set to Make First Appearance at Nationals

In her final year at UMD, Brezinka will make her first appearance at nationals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bright and early Tuesday morning, UMD’s Isabelle Brezinka ran around the track at Malosky Stadium one last time before she hit the road to head to the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. The fifth-year senior, who is going to nationals for the first time in her career, qualified for the 800-meter run thanks to her performance…

Tanner Laderoute Named UMD Men’s Hockey Team Captain; Luke Loheit, Quinn Olson to Serve as Assistants

Laderoute served as an assistant captain last season and was named a finalist for the NCHC's Defensive Forward of the Year award.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey forward Tanner Laderoute has been named team captain for the upcoming season. The fifth-year senior served as an assistant captain last season and was named a finalist for the NCHC’s Defensive Forward of the Year award. Senior forwards Quinn Olson and Luke Loheit will serve as assistant captains. Last season, Olson tallied career-highs in…

Jamie Kenyon-Plesha Steps Down as Head Coach of the Duluth Northern Stars Girls Hockey Team

Following the official announcement, Kenyon-Plesha would tweet that part of her decision was because of "lack of outside support" and "constant pushback from parents".

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the cold hard truths about today’s era of high school athletics is that more and more head coaches are leaving their positions due to factors outside of the sport they are in. And that was the case Monday in the Duluth school district. The district announced that Jamie Kenyon-Plesha is stepping down as head coach…

Duluth Denfeld Softball Tops Duluth East to Sweep Season Series

The Hunters and Greyhounds wrap up their respective seasons and now get ready for the section playoffs which begin Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld softball team picked up a road win over rivals Duluth East 7-4 Monday afternoon at Ordean Field. The Hunters and Greyhounds wrap up their respective seasons and now get ready for the section playoffs which begin Wednesday. Categories: High School, Sports

Proctor Baseball Wins Nail-Biter at Home Against Hermantown

Tanner Olson would hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Tanner Olson would hit a two-run home run in the first inning as the Proctor baseball team held on to defeated Hermantown 3-2 Monday night at Egerdahl Field. The Rails will be back in action Tuesday with a road trip against Crosby-Ironton. Categories: High School, Sports

Beth Clark Stepping Down as Hermantown Athletic Director

Clark confirmed with FOX 21 that she will remain the head coach for the girls basketball team on a year-to-year basis.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown High School athletic director Beth Clark will be stepping down from her position at the end of the school year. Clark has been the A.D. for the Hawks for over 16 years. She confirmed with FOX 21 that she will remain the head coach for the girls basketball team on a year-to-year basis. The school board…

Hayward Wolfpack FC Uses Big Second Half to Defeat OPOPO United FC

Former Saint Malcolm Lumsden scored five goals for the Wolfpack, all in the second half. 

HAYWARD, Wis. – Eight second half goals gave Hayward Wolfpack FC the 9-2 win against Grand Rapids-based OPOPO United FC, who used to go by the name Hibbing United FC, in a friendly on Sunday afternoon. Former Saint Malcolm Lumsden scored five goals for the Wolfpack, all in the second half. Hayward will be back in action on Thursday at…

Northern Star: Haley Zembo

Zembo has two no-hitters, with four double-digit strikeout games and has sat down a total of 93 batters.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – NBC Sports Complex is home for Superior’s Haley Zembo, who has proven to be a dominant force in the circle this season. The junior pitcher found her love for the game at a young age and knew early on that her position would be with the ball in her hands. “The first year I actually started playing…

Duluth Denfeld Baseball Defeats Rivals Duluth East

This is the Hunters' first win over the Greyhounds since 2015.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team scored four runs in the fourth to start the rally and went on to get the 12-4 win over crosstown rivals Duluth East. This is the Hunters’ first win over the Greyhounds since 2015. Denfeld will be back in action Wednesday at Cloquet while East will host Anoka on Wednesday. Categories: High…

Hermantown Softball Wins Big in Regular Season Finale

The Hawks put up 24 total runs to sweep Bemidji in their regular season finale.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown softball team dominated offensively on Saturday, getting the 12-5 and 12-3 wins over Bemidji to end the regular season. The Hawks improve to to 15-2 and now get ready for section playoffs which begin next week. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Boys Lacrosse Falls at Home to Woodbury

Tyler Smith finished with four goals for the Wolfpack. 

DULUTH, Minn. – A big second quarter by Woodbury helped the Royals get the 14-9 road win over the Duluth boys lacrosse team on Saturday. Tyler Smith finished with four goals for the Wolfpack. Duluth is scheduled to be back in action Tuesday at Irondale. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Softball: Vitek Leads Hermantown in the Circle, Virginia Blows Past Duluth Denfeld

The Hawks were victorious at home, while the Blue Devils get road win.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Hermantown softball team won a nail-biter, 5-4 against Chisago Lakes Friday afternoon at Rose Road Field.  Avery Farrell had the game winning knock, while Natalie Vitek took care of business in the circle, fanning 17 batters. In other prep softball action, Virginia traveled to Swanson Fields and the Blue Devils win it 12-2 over Duluth Denfeld. Categories:…

Prep Baseball: Esko Blasts Mora, Hermantown Walks Off on Chisago Lakes

The Eskomos powered past the Mustangs and the Hawks won a thriller over the Wildcats.

ESKO, Minn. – Cale Haugen would hit a home run in the sixth inning as the Esko baseball team knocked off Mora 15-7 Friday afternoon at the Esko Athletic Complex. In other prep baseball action, Chase Carlson would knock in Wylee Arro for the game-winning run as Hermantown earns the walk-off win over Chisago Lakes 8-7 at Mettner Field Categories:…

St. Scholastica Baseball’s Jake Schelonka Signs with Duluth Huskies

The Huskies will open their season Monday, May 30th in Mankato.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies announced Friday that they have signed St. Scholastica pitcher and infielder Jake Schelonka. The Sartell native was with the team last year in the final few weeks of the season and he says that experience was a big reason why he wanted to come back to play at Wade Stadium. “I’ve never played with…

Minnesota Vikings to Host Summer Youth Camp in Two Harbors

Registration is open now, but it will be capped at a total of 250 campers from ages six to 14.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings will be hosting a special camp this summer at Two Harbors High School. It will take place July 19th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is open now, but it will be capped at a total of 250 campers from ages six to 14. For more information, click here. Categories: High School,…

Rock Ridge Boys Tennis Win Second Straight Section 7A Championship

The Wolverines now get set for the state tournament which will begin June 7th.

HIBBING, Minn. – The Rock Ridge boys tennis team defeated Hermantown 6-1 to capture the program’s second straight Section 7A title in its second year of existence. The Wolverines now get set for the state tournament, which will begin June 7th at the Baseline Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Categories: High School, Sports

Registration Open for Starks Academy Timberwolves/Lynx Summer Camp

All the campers will receive complementary tickets to a Timberwolves game next season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration is officially open for the third annual Starks Academy Timberwolves/Lynx Summer Camp. The event will take place at the College of St. Scholastica and is open for grades third through eighth. And all the campers will receive complementary tickets to a Timberwolves game next season. “It’s been a great partnership these last three years. We’ve had…

Six Duluth East Greyhounds Sign National Letters of Intent

Six Greyhounds in total put pen to paper on their college commitments, with each one having their own reason for their respective decision.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday afternoon, a handful of Duluth East student-athletes signed their national letters of intent. Six Greyhounds in total put pen to paper on their college commitments, with each one having their own reason for their respective decision. “I think my family’s pretty pumped. My mom’s a ski coach. My dad skied in college as well. My parents…

Blake Perry Scores Twice as Duluth FC Earns Home Shutout Win to Stay Undefeated

The Bluegreens improve to 3-0 on the season as they will face St. Croix Legends in a friendly match on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – UW-Superior men’s soccer star Blake Perry would record his second multi-goal game of the season as Duluth FC shutout the Minnesota Twin Stars 5-0 Wednesday night at Public Schools Stadium. The Bluegreens improve to 3-0 on the season as they will face St. Croix Legends in a friendly match on Sunday. Categories: College, Sports

Prep Softball: Superior Blanks Proctor Behind Zembo’s No-Hitter, Esko Tops Cloquet in Lightning-Shortened Game

It was a good day on the diamond for the Spartans and the Eskomos.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Junior pitcher Haley Zembo finished with 16 strikeouts and her second no-hitter of the season as the Superior softball team defeated Proctor 5-0 Wednesday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. In other prep softball action, Esko would get the win over Cloquet 9-5 in a lightning-shortened game at Braun Park. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Girls Lacrosse Shakes Off Slow Start For Road Win Over Hermantown/Proctor

The Wolfpack will be back in action Friday night when they travel to Moorhead.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After falling into an early hole, the Duluth girls lacrosse team bounced back to get the road win over Hermantown/Proctor 12-10 Tuesday night at Centricity Stadium. The Wolfpack will be back in action Friday night when they travel to Moorhead. Categories: High School, Sports

Denfeld Baseball Picks Up Win on Senior Night

The Hunters will look to keep rolling when they hit the road Wednesday afternoon against Grand Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak as they defeated Proctor 5-1 Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. The Hunters will look to keep rolling when they hit the road Wednesday afternoon against Grand Rapids. Categories: High School, Sports

Local Speedways Planning to Final Open for Season This Weekend

Halvor Lines Speedway plans to open for the season this Sunday with doors opening at 4:00 p.m. 

PROCTOR, Minn. – Rain and frost are less than ideal conditions for dirt tracks. “You’ve also got to think about frost in the track. Because if there’s frost in there, that will wreck cars which is very expensive, it’s hard to get parts these days,” president of the Halvor Lines Speedway Duane Caywood said. Local race tracks including Halvor Lines…

UMD to Host Live Panel to Celebrate Anniversary of Title IX

Among those scheduled to speak are former Bulldogs goaltender Maddie Rooney and senior associate athletic director Karen Stromme.

DULUTH, Minn. – Next week, UMD will be hosting a special live guest panel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The event will take place Tuesday, May 24th at 3 p.m. at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the UMD campus. It will be free of charge and livestreamed for those who can’t attend in person. Among those…

Former UMD Football Star, Duluth Native Noah Pauley Selected for Coaching Fellowship with Green Bay Packers

The former Duluth Central High School star will join the Packers for the next two months to focus on wide receivers, a position he currently coaches at North Dakota State in Fargo.

DULUTH, Minn. – As part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the Green Bay Packers have announced that 12 coaches will be joining their staff and one of them is a Duluth native. Former Duluth Central High School star Noah Pauley will join the Packers for the next two months to focus on wide receivers, a position he…

UMD’s Naomi Rogge Serving as Assistant Coach with Duluth Girls Lacrosse Team

Rogge was a three-time state champion for her high school lacrosse team at Eden Prairie before she decided to skate for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Naomi Rogge is known for many things. She’s one of the top scorers on the women’s hockey team. She’s a multi-time scholar athlete in the WCHA. And now, she’s a varsity lacrosse coach in Duluth. This season, Rogge has been an assistant coach for the Wolfpack girls lacrosse team. She was a three-time state champion for…

Prep Baseball: Hermantown Wins Home Opener, South Ridge Tops Cloquet

It was a good day on the diamond for the Hawks and the Panthers.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In its first game at Fichtner Field, the Hermantown baseball team used an eight-run third inning to knock off Hibbing 14-4 Monday afternoon. In other prep baseball action, Aaron Bennett limited Cloquet to just two hits in six innings while striking out nine as South Ridge defeated the Lumberjacks 4-1. Categories: High School, Sports

Moose Lake/Willow River Softball Earns Road Win Over Duluth East

The Rebels will be back on the road Tuesday when they travel to Crosby-Ironton.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Moose Lake-Willow River softball team scored early and often, getting the road win over Duluth East 14-1 in six innings Monday afternoon at Ordean Field. The Rebels will be back on the road Tuesday when they travel to Crosby-Ironton. Categories: High School, Sports

Zam Plante Named Nominee for All-USA Today HSSA Hockey Player of the Year

The winner along with three finalists will be announced July 31.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – It’s been two months since the Hermantown boys hockey team won their fourth state title, but that hasn’t stopped star Zam Plante from continuing to bring home honors. After putting up a team leading 24 goals his junior season, Plante is being recognized as one of the best in the country. Plante has been named to the…

UMD Volleyball Announces 2022 Schedule

The Bulldogs will open at the St. Cloud State/Concordia-St. Paul tournament August 26 and 27.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team has released their 2022 schedule as the season is just three months away. The Bulldogs will open at the St. Cloud State/Concordia-St. Paul tournament August 26 and 27. They will then head to Indy the following weekend for four games at the University of Indianapolis tournament. UMD will open NSIC play on Sept….

Northern Star: Kade Gonsorowski

Gonsorowski is the only senior on the Esko baseball team this season.

ESKO, Minn.- Going into his final season at Esko. Kade Gonsorowski is playing for a reason that’s bigger than baseball. “I grew up playing with my best buds and throughout the years I played with Jackson Pfister, we grew up playing baseball together and he always had dreams to play at the next level,” says Gonsorowski, “I feel like, I…

Duluth FC Gets Shutout Win in Home Opener

Felipe Oliveira and Sam Thornton scored as the BlueGreens picked up a huge win over conference rivals Minneapolis City SC.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC used one goal in each half to get the 2-0 win over conference rivals Minneapolis City SC in their home opener. Felipe Oliveira and Sam Thornton scored as the BlueGreens got a big conference win that could pay dividends later in the season. Duluth improves to 2-0 on the season and will host the Minnesota…

UW-Superior Baseball Falls in UMAC Tournament Championship Game

UWS ends the season with a 19-21 overall record. 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The UW-Superior baseball team entered Saturday’s UMAC Tournament Championship series in the drivers seat and needing just one win, but Crown did what it needed to do, getting 13-5 and 7-2 wins to take home the UMAC Tournament title. The No. 4 seed Yellowjackets defeated the No. 2 seed Polars on Friday but the Polars bounced back…

UMD Baseball’s Season Comes to an End in NSIC Tournament Semifinals

UMD ends their season with a 25-25 overall record. 

BRANDON, S.D. – The UMD baseball team’s Cinderella run came to an end on Saturday in the NSIC Tournament semifinals as Augustana got the 11-1 win to eliminate the Bulldogs. Earlier in the day, UMD got the 6-4 win over Minot State thanks to Tosten Mann hitting three home runs. The Bulldogs were picked to finish 13 in the NSIC…

Prep Lacrosse: Duluth Boys, Girls Fall at Home

Both Duluth lacrosse teams suffered tough losses at home on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth boys lacrosse team struggled offensively on Saturday as Mahtomedi got the 7-0 road win. The Wolfpack fall to 6-3 and will play at White Bear Lake on Monday. Meanwhile, the Duluth girls battled back-and-forth on Saturday but dropped a heartbreaker, as Brainerd got the 9-8 win. The Wolfpack fall to 5-3 and will host crosstown…

Coaches Corner: Ben Haugen

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the Esko baseball team.

ESKO, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Esko baseball coach Ben Haugen, who earned his 250th career head coaching victory earlier this week. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Hughes, Bell, Hanley Named Captains for UMD Women’s Hockey

DULUTH, Minn. — The UMD women’s hockey team revealed its team captains for the upcoming season. Defenseman Ashton Bell and centers Gabbie Hughes and Kylie Hanley will be sporting the “C” for the Bulldogs. It will be the second time Bell and Hanley have served as captains while Hughes was an alternate captain last season. The trio are part of…