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Strong Senior Class Returning for Proctor/Hermantown Girls Hockey Team

The Mirage will be back in action next Tuesday when they take on Pine City.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Last season, Duluth native Emma Stauber jumped into the Northland hockey coaching scene to become the bench boss for her former team, the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage. And for a first year head coach, she did a pretty good job. The team finished the season with a 19-9 record, falling just one goal short in the Section 7A championship…

Superior Native Mike Carlson Enjoying Great Start to Spanish Pro Basketball Season

In his debut game, the Duluth Marshall alum hit the game winning three-pointer to give his team their first victory of the season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior native Mike Carlson has had a superb start to his season in the ACB League, widely considered the best basketball league outside of the NBA. In his debut game, the Duluth Marshall alum hit the game winning three-pointer to give his team their first victory of the season. “I’ve done that in my backyard a couple…

Cromwell-Wright Girls Basketball Top Wrenshall in Home Opener

The Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season as they will travel to Silver Bay on Friday night.

CROMWELL, Minn. – In their first home game of the season, the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team defeated Wrenshall 79-18 Monday night. The Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season as they will travel to Silver Bay on Friday night. Categories: High School, Sports

Mont Du Lac Hosts High School Alpine Skiing Meet

Duluth East, Duluth Marshall and Duluth Denfeld took part, along with CEC and Hermantown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Monday, the Mont Du Lac Resort hosted a high school alpine skiing meet. Duluth East, Duluth Marshall and Duluth Denfeld took part, along with CEC and Hermantown. The top time overall went to Duluth East’s Mia Arnold, who had a combined time for her two runs of just under one minute and ten seconds. Denfeld’s Margaret Duncan…

Wilderness Pick Up Shootout Win During Long-Awaited Home Opener

Gavin Rasmussen, Mitchell Allard and Josh Bohlin all scored for the Wilderness as they finally got to hold their home opener nearly three months later.

CLOQUET, Minn. – After a nearly three month wait, the Minnesota Wilderness finally held their home opener on Sunday night, getting a 4-3 shootout win over the Austin Bruins. The Wilderness put up three goals in the first period, then Austin battled back to force overtime. Cloquet native Gavin Rasmussen, Mitchell Allard and Josh Bohlin all scored for the Wilderness…

Soderberg Records Career-High Saves as Bulldogs, Buckeyes Split Series

Junior netminder Emma Soderberg made 34 saves on Friday, recording her third shutout of the season, then made a career-high 44 saves on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team returned home this weekend, playing in their first games in over a month and split their series against Ohio State. It was a stellar weekend for junior netminder Emma Soderberg. The reigning WCHA goaltender¬† of the month made 34 saves on Friday, recording her third shutout in seven games, then made 44…

Saints Ski Teams Return to Action With Gitchi Gami Games

John Schwinghamer posted two top-10 finishes on the weekend for the Saints.

CABLE, Wis. – The St. Scholsatica ski teams became the first Saints athletic programs to return to competition since March this weekend, as both teams competed at the Gitchi Gami Games at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable, Wisconsin. Junior John Schwinghamer was the top finisher for the Saints on both Saturday and Sunday, finishing in a career-best seventh place among…

Prep Basketball: Lumberjacks, Thunderhawks Boys, Hilltoppers, Rails Girls Pick Up Wins

The Cloquet and Grand Rapids boys both got road wins while the Duluth Marshall and Proctor girls won at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gianna Kneepkens scored 51 points as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team won their home opener 73-58 over Grand Rapids. Seventh grader Ava Meierotto finished with 10 points while Laila Monroe finished with four points and 14 rebounds. Jessika Lofstrom finished with 18 points while Taryn Hamling had 17 points for the Thunderhawks. In other prep girls…

Grand Rapids Boys Hockey Gets Road Shutout Over Moorhead

Hayden DeMars, Justin Kerr and Wade Brouse all scored for the Thunderhawks as they improve to 2-0 on the season.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Grand Rapids boys hockey team started out slow offensively on Saturday but picked things up in the third, getting the 3-0 road win over Moorhead. Hayden DeMars, Justin Kerr and Wade Brouse all scored for the Thunderhawks as they improve to 2-0 on the season. Grand Rapids is scheduled to host Duluth Marshall on Tuesday. Categories:…

UMD Women’s Hockey Struggles Offensively in Loss, Split Weekend Series With Ohio State

Emma Soderberg recorded a career-high 44 saves in net and 74 total saves during the weekend split.

DULUTH, Minn. – Netminder Emma Soderberg recorded a career-high 44 saves in net, but a lucky bounce went Ohio State’s way as the No. 3 Buckeyes got the 1-0 win over the sixth-ranked UMD women’s hockey team to split the weekend series. The Bulldogs put 32 shots up but just couldn’t find the back of the net on Saturday. Soderberg…

UMD Men’s Basketball Handed First Loss of Season, Split Weekend Series With University of Mary

Joshua Brown led the Bulldogs with 19 points while Austin Andrews finished with 17 points and Mason Steffen recorded a career-high 11 points.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team battled back in the second half but it wasn’t enough, as the University of Mary got the 80-70 win to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season and split the series. Joshua Brown led the Bulldogs with 19 points while Austin Andrews finished with 17 points. Mason Steffen recorded a…

Soderberg Shines In Net as UMD Women’s Hockey Blanks Ohio State

Anna Klein and Taylor Anderson each scored for the Bulldogs, who won their 10th straight home game against the Buckeyes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior netminder Emma Soderberg finished with 34 saves and picked up her third shutout of the season as the UMD women’s hockey team defeated Ohio State 2-0 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Anna Klein and Taylor Anderson each scored for the Bulldogs, who won their 10th straight home game against the Buckeyes. UMD will aim for the…

Blair Leads UMD Men’s Basketball Past U-Mary

Freshman Joshua Brown chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Austin Andrews also finished with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore Drew Blair scored 20 points as the UMD men’s basketball team returned to action in a big way, dominating U-Mary 72-50 Friday night at Romano Gym. Freshman Joshua Brown chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Austin Andrews also finished with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. UMD improves to 2-0 and…

Prep Basketball: Marshall Girls/Boys Winners on Opening Night; Superior Girls Hold Off Proctor

It was a good night for the Hilltoppers as their boys and girls basketball teams were victorious on opening night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior forward Gianna Kneepkens led the way with 38 points as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team defeated Duluth Denfeld 84-39 on the opening night of the Minnesota prep basketball season. Selah Reinertsen and Lexi Lowinski each scored 12 points for the Hunters. In other prep basketball action, the Superior girls held on for the home win…

Prep Boys Hockey: Denfeld/East, Proctor/Marshall Skate to Ties; Hermantown Tops Superior

Two games on the docket end in ties, while Hermantown opens their season with a road win.

DULUTH, Minn. – On the opening night of the prep boys hockey season, Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East skated to a 4-4 tie Friday night at the Heritage Center. In other action, Duluth Marshall and Proctor also ended in a tie as they each scored twice, while Hermantown got an 8-1 road win to start their season in Superior. Joey…

Back to Work This Weekend for UMD Men’s Basketball Team

The Bulldogs will host the University of Mary beginning Friday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – When sports schedules get changed in the Northland, it’s usually because of the weather. But now, we’ve got a new enemy in COVID-19, which has left a lot of teams Having to start and stop their seasons, including the UMD men’s basketball team. But the Bulldogs will be back in action this weekend in their first game…

UMD Women’s Hockey Return to Play After Long Layoff

Puck drop for Friday night's game is set for just after 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will be making their return to action this weekend at Amsoil Arena. But for them, it’s been a long wait, well over a month to be exact. The team has been back to practicing since last week and they prefer to find the silver linings of their current situation. “I think it’s…

UMD Women’s Basketball Trying to Stay Positive Amidst Latest Schedule Change

Next up for UMD is a series on the road against Minnesota State Moorhead next weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team will not be in action this weekend as they announced earlier this week that their series against the University of Mary has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols. The Bulldogs were already shorthanded in their home sweep over Minot State last weekend. But now, the team is split up due to quarantine…

Superior’s Jason Kalin Reaches 300th Career Coaching Win Milestone

Kalin has been with the Spartans for the past 20 years, leading the team to its three most recent state championships in 2003, 2005 and 2015.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday night, the Superior boys hockey team picked up their first win of the season, an overtime thriller over Wausau West. And that victory gave head coach Jason Kalin his 300th career coaching win. Kalin has been with the Spartans for the past 20 years, leading the team to its three most recent state championships in 2003,…

UMD Men’s Hockey Series Against Miami Postponed

The series is now re-scheduled for January 29th and 30th in Oxford.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team announced Wednesday that their upcoming road series at Miami (OH) has been postponed. According to a press release, the decision was made due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of players within the program. The series is now re-scheduled for January 29th and 30th in Oxford….

Duluth Denfeld Boys Hockey Set To Open Season Against Rivals Duluth East

Puck drop for Thursday night's game at the Duluth Heritage Center is set for 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – We are just two days away from the start of the winter season for Minnesota prep sports. And one team that’s got high expectations is the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team. The Hunters are coming off a very successful campaign last year, making it all the way to the section title game for the first time since…

Families Enjoy Warmer Winter on Proctor Sledding Hill

During winter, the Proctor Golf Course becomes a popular spot for families to go sledding down.

PROCTOR, Minn. – There’s nothing quite like hopping on a sled and going down a big hill. “It’s great, it’s just what the doctor ordered,” Sandra Benney and her family said. Many families have decided to hit the Proctor sledding hill to enjoy some time outside. “With the kids distance learning, we call this gym class, physical education. We come…

Superior Boys Basketball Outlast Northwestern in OT Thriller

Seniors Kaden Kimmes and Lars Olson combined to score 46 points in the Spartans win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior Kaden Kimmes would hit the go-ahead basket in the final seconds and finish with 24 points as the Superior boys basketball topped Northwestern 80-79 in overtime Monday night. Lars Olson chipped in with 22 points for the Spartans, who picked up their first win of the season. CJ Thompson led the Tigers with 29 points, while…

UMD Women’s Basketball Cancel Upcoming Road Series Against U-Mary

Per NSIC scheduling guidelines for this season, this weekend's series between the Bulldogs and the Marauders will not be rescheduled.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team announced Monday that their road series versus the University of Mary has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. According to a press release, due to previous exposure and testing protocols within the UMD women’s basketball program, the Bulldogs will not travel to Mary. Per NSIC scheduling guidelines for this season, this weekend’s…

MDH-Approved Hockey Masks Now Available at Northland Sports Supply Stores

The approve masks have three velcro straps which attach to the hockey helmet cages, making the masks easier to breath in and they stay put while playing.

DULUTH, Minn. – As masks are required for winter sports, there are some special masks available for hockey players to wear. Minnesota Hockey and the Minnesota Department of Health, with the Hockey Equipment Certification Council, have approved CCM Game On and Bauer Return to Play masks, which are both available for purchase at Play It Again Sports in Duluth. Both…

Biondi, Stejskal Have Strong Home Debuts at AMSOIL Arena

Hermantown native Blake Biondi scored his first collegiate goal on Friday night while Cohasset native Zach Stejskal made 20 saves while allowing one goal on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – This was not the home opening weekend that the UMD men’s hockey team was hoping for by getting swept by St. Cloud State. But it was a weekend to remember for the new guys. Two rookies scored their first career goals while one had a stellar home debut in net. Forwards Luke Mylymok and Blake Biondi both…

Wilderness Release Updated 2021 Schedule

The Wilderness are scheduled to resume their season on the road on Friday then finally hold their home opener on Sunday, Jan. 17. The Wilderness will wrap up the regular season at home on May 15.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness have announced their full schedule for the remainder of the 2021 season, planning to return to action this upcoming weekend. The Wilderness have played in just three games this season and returned to practice this past Monday. The Wilderness will return to game action on Friday and will finally hold their home opener next…

UMD Women’s Basketball Sweeps Minot State to Stay Undefeated

Brooke Olson led all scorers with 27 points while Sarah Grow finished with 16 points and Ann Simonet scored 14 as the Bulldogs improve to 3-0 on the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Brooke Olson led all scorers with 27 points as the UMD women’s basketball team got the 72-57 win over Minot State on Saturday to sweep the weekend series. The Bulldogs were once again only playing with nine players due to COVID-19 quarantine protocols. Sarah Grow finished with 16 points while Ann Simonet finished with 14 points. UMD…

St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey Tops UMD in Overtime

Cohasset native Zach Stejskal made his second career start in net, first at home, and finished with 20 saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – It would require overtime to see any scoring, but Nick Perbix scored the lone goal to give No. 6 St. Cloud State the 1-0 win over No. 5 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday to sweep the weekend series. Cohasset native Zach Stejskal made his second start in net, first at home, and finished with 20 saves. This wraps…

Northwestern Boys Basketball Rolls Past Barron

Harrison Nelson led the Tigers with 15 points as they improve to 7-2 on the season.

MAPLE, Wis. – The Northwestern boys basketball continued to dominate, getting the 81-59 win over Barron on Saturday for its third straight win. Harrison Nelson led the Tigers with 15 points while Cole Lahti scored 14 points and John Grohn finished with 13. The Tigers improve to 7-2 on the season and is scheduled to host Superior on Monday. Categories:…

Superior Boys Hockey Falls to Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls scored late in the third period to hand Superior its second loss of the season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior boys hockey team fell just short at home on Saturday, as Chippewa Falls got the 4-3 win. The Spartans fall to 1-2 on the season. Superior is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday at Wausau West. Categories: High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Northland Coaches Talk Start of Winter Practices

For this week's segment, we hear from local head coaches on the start of winter sports practices.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, Northland head coaches talk about the start of the winter sports season. We hear from Hermantown hockey coach Patrick Andrews, CEC girls hockey coach Courtney Olin, Proctor girls basketball coach Matt Solberg and Duluth East boys basketball coach Rhett McDonald. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

UMD Men’s Hockey Drop Home Opener to St. Cloud State

Luke Mylymok and Blake Biondi each scored their first career goals while senior Nick Swaney capped off a three-goal second period

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time in ten months, the UMD men’s hockey team played a game on their home ice at Amsoil Arena. But St. Cloud State spoiled the party as the Huskies held on for a 4-3 win Friday night. Luke Mylymok and Blake Biondi each scored their first career goals while senior Nick Swaney capped off…

Ashland Boys Basketball Spoil Opening Night for Superior

Kevon Powell led the Oredockers with 20 points while John Bochler and Alec Lindberg combined for 33.

SUPERIOR, Wis. РThe Ashland boys basketball team picked up the road win Friday night over Superior 74-71 in overtime. Kevon Powell led the Oredockers with 20 points while John Bochler and Alec Lindberg combined for 33 in the winning effort. On the Spartans side, Kaden Kimmes led all scorers with 27 points. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

UMD Women’s Basketball Rolls Past Minot State in Home Opener

Brooke Olson finished with 22 points while Taytum Rhoades scored a career-high 19 points as they led a short-handed Bulldogs squad to a home-opening win.

DULUTH, Minn. – After getting their second game of the season canceled last weekend, the UMD women’s basketball team picked up right where they left off on opening night, getting the 83-65 win over Minot State in their season opener. The Bulldogs were short on players on Friday night, with just nine players available due to quarantine protocols after a…

Grand Rapids’ Jack Peart To Rejoin Thunderhawks Hockey Team

Peart and the Thunderhawks will open their season next Thursday against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Now that the Minnesota prep hockey season is set to begin next week, junior hockey players who are still in high school have to decide whether to stay or go back. Grand Rapids defenseman Jack Peart played in eleven games with the Fargo Force and he has decided to return to the Thunderhawks. But he says…

UMD Men’s Hockey To Host St. Cloud State in Home Opener

Puck drop for Friday night's game is set for 7:30 p.m. and it will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team will be back in action this weekend and for the second straight week, the Bulldogs will take on St. Cloud state. Head coach Scott Sandelin says the only difference this week will be playing on a much smaller sheet of ice. “Sometimes when you catch those teams that are playing on the…

Northwestern Boys Basketball Earn Home Win Over Chetek-Weyerhaueser

Five players finished with double-digits as the Tigers picked up the win at home.

MAPLE, Wis. – Monte Mayberry led the way with 20 points as the Northwestern boys basketball team knocked off Chetek-Weyerhaueser 87-40 Thursday night. Aiden Kroeplin finished with 11 points while John Grohn, Bennett Nelson and Jase Nelson all chipped in with 10 points as well. The Tigers improve to 6-2 as they’ll host Barron on Saturday night. Categories: High School,…

UMD Volleyball Ranked 6th in First National Poll of the Season

UMD finished the 2019 season also ranked sixth in the poll.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team come in at #6 in the first national poll of the season from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. UMD finished the 2019 season also ranked sixth in the poll. Last year, the Bulldogs were ranked in the Top 25 Coaches’ poll for the entirety of the season, finishing with a 25-7 record overall….

Minnesota Wilderness Announce January Home Schedule

The team has yet to play a home game at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness announced Thursday their home schedule for the month of January. Their first home game will be January 17th against the Austin Bruins. The Wilderness will also be at home on the 23rd against the Bruins, the 24th against the Kenai River Brown Bears, the 30th again against Austin and the 31st against the Minnesota…

Duluth Denfeld’s Keegan Chastey Named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team

The forward wrapped up his career with the Hunters recording 66 goals and 67 assists, which are both team records,

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Keegan Chastey has been named to the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Fall Boys High School All-Great Lakes Region Team. The forward wrapped up his career with the Hunters recording 66 goals and 67 assists, which are both team records, and scored a goal in the section championship game this past season. Chastey was also a…

Northland High School Basketball Teams Talk About Difficulties With Mask Requirements

Coaches now have to think about how to deal with these issues, including how to maximize the time players have in dead ball situations.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the dialing back of restrictions from governor Tim Walz, the hope was that the same would be done for some restrictions on sports, specifically mask wearing. But that won’t be changing anytime soon. This week as teams begin official practices, we asked local basketball players for their reaction to that requirement. “It’s really hard at first….

UMD Women’s Basketball Head Into Home Opener Shorthanded Due to Quarantine Guidelines

The Bulldogs will host Minot State Friday night in their home opener at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team are coming off of a cancelled game on Sunday, but thanks to contact tracing, they’ll have enough players to compete this upcoming weekend in their home opener. Head coach Mandy Pearson did admit that the situation this past weekend did feel a lot like last March, when the NCAA tournament was cancelled…

UMD Men’s Basketball Team Talk Impressive Season Opener Despite Sunday’s Cancellation

The Bulldogs will not be in action this weekend as their series against Minot State was cancelled.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the majority of the UMD men’s basketball team will be in quarantine after being exposed to players from Winona State during their season opener this past weekend against the Warriors. The Bulldogs spoke Wednesday to get a sense of what it was like leading up to Sunday’s cancellation. “We just got done with shoot-around and…

Duluth East Boys Basketball Looking to Live Up to High Expectations

The Greyhounds will travel to Grand Rapids next Thursday for their season opener.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East boys basketball team is coming into this season with high expectations. The Greyhounds are always in contention for the section, but have struggled to get over the hump. This season though, they feel a different vibe of determination, especially among the seniors. “Coach is still pretty intense. We’re getting after it. He’s pretty like…

Big Shoes to Fill for This Year’s Proctor Girls Basketball Team

The Rails will open their season next Thursday at Superior.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Minnesota high school basketball teams kicked off the first week of official practices, including the Proctor girls. The Rails will have some big shoes to fill as they will look to replace arguably their most successful senior class in program history. And while this year’s squad isn’t experienced on the varsity level, many of them were part…

Prep Girls Basketball: Spartans Win Season Opener, Plasch Leads Tigers over Hurricanes

Superior got a narrow win over South Shore in their season opener while Tieryn Plasch scored 22 points in Northwestern's home win over Hayward.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After a long wait, the Superior girls basketball team returned to the court on Tuesday in a big way, hanging on to beat South Shore 60-59. The Spartans are scheduled to return to action on Saturday at Eau Claire North. In other prep basketball action, the Northwestern girls rebounded from a tough loss last week in a…

Superior Boys Hockey Drop Season Opener to Eau Claire North

Senior forward Ethan Welch scored the lone goal for the Spartans.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior forward Ethan Welch would score the first goal within the first minute of the game, but Eau Claire North would cruise the rest of the way as they top the Spartans 7-1 Tuesday night at Wessman Arena. The Spartans will look for better results Thursday night as they travel to Amery. Categories: High School, Sports

Visitors Enjoy Snow-Covered Hartley Nature Center

The Harley Nature Center has many different trails so visitors can go skiing, biking, hiking and more.

DULUTH, Minn. – After Duluth received over eight inches of snow the other week, Northlanders are out taking advantage of the conditions at the Hartley Nature Center. “Winter’s my favorite season so just always enjoyed the peaceful desolation of winter and being up here there’s so many outdoor things to do even in the winter, it’s a lot of fun,”…

Duluth Denfeld’s Owen Wilcox Commits to LSC Men’s Soccer

Wilcox is another in a long line of former Gitchi Gummi soccer players who are moving on to the collegiate level.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Owen Wilcox has committed to joining the Lake Superior College men’s soccer team. The midfielder finished with 14 total points in two years on the Hunters varsity squad. But head coach Scott Anderson says Wilcox was often the second or third assist on many goals and was a big part of Denfeld’s section championship win…