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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Wins Big; Men Suffer First Home Loss of the Season

The UMD women improve to a perfect 8-0 at Romano Gym this season while the men suffer a close loss to the Mavericks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team improved to a perfect 8-0 at Romano Gym on the season with a 69-58 win over Minnesota State Mankato. Brooke Olson led all scorers with 28 points and chipped in with six rebounds. Maesyn Thiesen finished with 12 points while Sarah Grow had 10 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs shot…

UMD Men’s Hockey Set to Battle Rivals St. Cloud State

Puck drop for Friday's game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center is set for 7:37 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The last time the UMD men’s hockey team faced St. Cloud State was in the NCHC Frozen Face-off Championship game. The Bulldogs won a thriller in overtime, en route to winning their second straight national title. But so far this season, the teams have gone in opposite directions. We know all about the Bulldogs as they come…

UMD’s Shepard, Perunovich Named to First Fan Vote for Hobey Baker Award

The first round of voting ends on March 9th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Voting for the Hobey Baker Award is now live and two UMD Bulldogs will be vying for your vote: senior goalie Hunter Shepard and junior defenseman Scott Perunovich. Shepard is on the doorstep of history as he is now four starts away from breaking the NCAA record for consecutive starts for a goalie. Perunovich is tied for…

Marshall’s Grace Kirk Nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game

Kirk is one of seven players from the state of Minnesota who were nominated.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Grace Kirk has been nominated to take part in the McDonald’s All-American game. The senior point guard is currently averaging just over 20 points per game to go along with six rebounds, eight assists and five steals, helping the Hilltoppers to an 11-1 record so far this season. Kirk is one of seven players from…

IceHawks Men’s Basketball Use Strong First Half to Take Down Thunder

A big halftime lead would be the key as the LSC men's basketball team defeated Fond du Lac.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jarves Hunt led all scorers with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Lake Superior College men’s basketball team got the win over Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College 90-69 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. Duluth native Brandon Barbee chipped in with 14 points and 5 rebounds while fellow Duluthian Jacob Easty scored…

UMD Women’s Hockey Meet Up with Beavers for Second Time in Two Weeks

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

DULUTH, Minn. – With just six weeks left in the regular season, the UMD women’s hockey team have their eyes on trying to secure home ice advantage. The Bulldogs are currently six points behind fourth place and who is sitting there? Their opponent this weekend: Bemidji State. UMD will host the Beavers for the second time in the past two…

UWS Men’s Hockey Crack National Polls for First Time Since 2012

The Yellowjackets have already surpassed their win total from last season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team have finally cracked the national ranks for the first time since 2012. The Yellowjackets come in at #11 after picking up a pair of home wins this past weekend against Saint John’s and Concordia (Minn.). UWS is currently ranked first in the WIAC with a 5-2 record and 12-2-1 overall, already surpassing…

Superior’s Brady Herbst Commits to UMD Football

The senior wide receiver led the Spartans with 24 catches and nearly 500 yards receiving

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior football standout Brady Herbst has committed to joining the UMD football team. This past season, the senior wide receiver led the Spartans with 24 catches and nearly 500 yards receiving, and chipped in with five touchdowns as well, helping Superior advance all the way to the state semi-finals. Categories: College, High School, Sports

Former Greyhound Ricky Lyle Commits to Army West Point Men’s Hockey

During his senior season, Lyle was third on the team with 25 points and was tied for most goals with 12.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East co-captain Ricky Lyle announced on Twitter Sunday that he has committed to Army West Point men’s hockey. During his senior season, Lyle was third on the team with 25 points and was tied for most goals with 12. Lyle also dominated the section playoffs with a team-leading eight goals, including two in the section…

UMD Men’s Hockey Skates to 3-3 Tie With Western Michigan; Broncos Get Extra NCHC Point in Shootout

Justin Richards, Tanner Laderoute and Scott Perunovich all scored for the Bulldogs. 

DULUTH, Minn. – No. 9 UMD men’s hockey extended its unbeaten streak to six with a 3-3 tie with Western Michigan, but the Broncos would get the extra NCHC point in a shootout win. Justin Richards, Tanner Laderoute and Scott Perunovich all scored for the Bulldogs. UMD (12-6-2) will hit the road next weekend to take on St. Cloud State….

Saints Women’s Hockey Shuts Out Pointers for First Win of 2020

Lexi Thomeczek finished with 40 saves in her 15th career shutout while Taylor Thompson scored the lone goal.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lexi Thomeczek finished with 40 saves as the St. Scholastica women’s hockey team got the 1-0 win over UW-Stevens Point in the series finale on Saturday. Taylor Thompson scored the lone goal of the evening during the first period. This is Thomeczek’s 15th career shutout and second in the past three starts. The Saints (5-6-1) will return…

UMD Men’s Hockey Start 2020 with Win Over Broncos

The Bulldogs pick up their fifth straight win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nick Swaney would score twice as the UMD men’s hockey team opened the new year with a home win over Western Michigan 6-3 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Quinn Olson, Tanner Laderoute, Noah Cates and Kobe Roth also scored for the Bulldogs as they push their win streak to five straight. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports,…

Fast Start Pushes UWS Men’s Hockey Past Saint John’s

The Yellowjackets would score four goals in the first period against the Johnnies.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A four-goal first period would be the difference as the Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team defeated Saint John’s 6-2 Friday night at Wessman Arena. The Yellowjackets had six different goal-scorers, including Troy York, Will Blake, Liam Blais, Bruno Burtzitis, Jordan Martin and Conor MacLean. Oscar Svensson was solid in net with 24 saves for UWS, who improve to…

CSS Women’s Hockey Settle for Tie with Pointers

Two goals wouldn't be enough to get the win for the Saints.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s hockey team would rally from a two-goal deficit after the first period, but couldn’t get one more in overtime as they settled for a 2-2 tie against Wisconsin-Stevens Point Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Courtney Bloemke and Abby Pohlkamp each would score for the Saints, as they record their first tie of…

UMD Men’s Hockey Open 2020 at Home Against Western Michigan

Puck drop Friday night is set for just after 7 p.m. at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team will look to keep the good times rolling as they open the new year at home this weekend. The Bulldogs went 11-6-1 in the first half of the season, ending 2019 with four straight wins. UMD is currently in second place in the NCHC as they get set for conference games from…

UMD’s Scott Sandelin Returns from World Juniors

Team USA went 3-1 in the preliminary round before falling to Finland in the first round of the playoffs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Welcome back to UMD men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin who was in the Czech Republic coaching Team USA at the World Junior Championships. The Americans went 3-1 in the preliminary round before falling to Finland in the first round of the playoffs. Sandelin spoke Wednesday about his team’s performance. “Obviously disappointing at the end. I thought overall,…

UMD’s Maura Crowell Starts New Year with Two Championship Wins

Crowell saw both Team USA and her UMD hockey team take home championships in the past week.

DULUTH, Minn. – What a start to the year it has been for UMD women’s head coach Maura Crowell. It all began last Thursday when she led Team USA to a 2-1 overtime win over Canada in the gold medal game of the U18 World Women’s Championships in Slovakia. Crowell spoke Wednesday morning For the first time since that big…

UMD Women’s Hockey Shuts Out Bemidji State to Win Minnesota Cup

Ashton Bell and Gabbie Hughes were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Hughes being named the Most Outstanding Player.

DULUTH, Minn. – No overtime was needed in the Minnesota Cup Championship game as Maddie Rooney made 38 saves to give the No. 10 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team the 2-0 win over Bemidji State to win the second annual Minnesota Cup. Ashton Bell and Ryleigh Houston scored the two goals for the Bulldogs. Bell and Gabbie Hughes were named…

Northern Star: Brooke Olson

For this week's segment, meet one of the young leaders on the UMD women's basketball team who has helped lead the Bulldogs to an undefeated NSIC record.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team is coming off of its 11th overall NCAA Tournament appearance is picking up right where they left off. But after graduating two big pieces last year, the Bulldogs have very young leadership this season. “We’ve got to keep getting better. We have young point guards and we’re still fairly youthful, which is…

Bulldogs Basketball Sweeps Golden Eagles to Stay Undefeated at Home

The UMD women pick up its 11th straight win and stay perfect in NSIC play while the men used a big first half to stay perfect at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – Both UMD basketball teams picked up wins over Minnesota Crookston on Saturday as both squads stay undefeated at Romano Gym this season. The women’s game came down to the wire but UMD was able to hang on for the 68-67 win to pick up its 11th straight win and stay perfect in NSIC play. Brooke Olson led…

UMD Women’s Hockey Advances to Minnesota Cup Final

Gabbie Hughes finished with two goals on the night, including the one during 3-on-3 overtime to send the Bulldogs to the Minnesota Cup Final.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gabbie Hughes scored her second goal of the night during 3-on-3 overtime to send the No. 10 UMD women’s hockey team to the Minnesota Cup Final. UMD’s first round game against Minnesota State-Mankato officially goes down as a 2-2 tie, but the Bulldogs are headed to the cup final with the win in 3-on-3 overtime. Hughes finished…

UMD Men’s Hockey Holds Outdoor Practice at Glen Avon Rink

After a light practice, the Bulldogs invited young fans onto the ice with them to practice and skate around.

DULUTH, Minn. – After sweeeping Merrimack College to end 2019 on Sunday and Monday, the No. 10 UMD men’s hockey team is off this weekend. So on Saturday morning, the Bulldogs had a bit of a different, more relaxed practice, and hit the outdoor rinks at Glen Avon. After a light practice, the Bulldogs invited the kids watching onto the…