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Saints Athletic Trainers Navigate COVID-19 Challenges

The St. Scholastica athletic training program was recognized during March for National Athletic Trainers Awareness month.

DULUTH, Minn. – March was National Athletic Trainer Awareness month, shinning a light on how they help student athletes across the country. The St. Scholastica program worked all month-long to showcase what they do, how they’re available for student-athletes, and how they’re daily routines changed once the coronavirus hit. “We have taken for granted so long that sports are always…

Coaches Corner: Curt Wiese

For this week's segment, we hear from the head coach of the UMD men's football team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we catch up with UMD head football coach Curt Wiese as he announced that spring practices have been cancelled. Among the topics discussed are the team’s plans moving forward as they get ready for the fall and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted recruiting. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports,…

The Road to the Pros Begins for UMD’s Brandon Myer

The Superior native figures he'll have to start his career somewhere overseas.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a stellar career at UMD, Brandon Myer now has his eyes on playing professionally. But with everyone in quarantine, it’s making things a little tougher for the Superior native. “The most negative way its impacted me specifically would be the gyms that aren’t open anymore. I guess I hoop out in the driveway. But that’s not…

UMD Athletics Letting Go of Longtime SID Bob Nygaard

Nygaard is the longest serving member of the UMD athletic staff at 37 years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Longtime UMD sports information director Bob Nygaard has been let go from his position. Nygaard is the longest serving member of the UMD athletic staff at 37 years with the Bulldogs where he was in charge of media and public relations. In 2015, he was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame…

Tim Madsen Steps Down as CSS Men’s Hockey Head Coach

Madsen spent the past two seasons as the Saints' bench boss, guiding them to a 20-30-2 record.

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica announced today that Tim Madsen has stepped down as head coach of the nen’s hockey team. Madsen spent the past two seasons as the Saints’ bench boss, guiding them to a 20-30-2 record, including a top-ten national ranking in his first year and a Harris Cup Playoffs appearance this past season. In…

UMD’s Justin Richards Signs with New York Rangers

Since 2007, Richards is the 21st Bulldog to leave UMD early to go pro.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – In his freshman year, Justin Richards scored a grand total of zero goals. Two years later, he’s become a two-time NCHC Defensive Forward of the Year and now, his career will continue in the pros. Richards has signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. He says the team reached out to him last…

UMD’s Scott Perunovich Named Hobey Hat Trick Finalist

The Hibbing native is the ninth Bulldog ever to be named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD defenseman Scott Perunovich was named a Hobey Hat Trick Finalist, along with North Dakota’s Jordan Kawaguchi and Maine’s Jeremy Swayman. The Hibbing native is the ninth Bulldog ever to be named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and the first since Jack Connolly back in 2012. Perunovich, who signed a pro deal last week with…

Spring Practice Cancelled for UMD Football Team

The Bulldogs were scheduled to begin spring practices last week.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s spring time and for any other year, that would mean the start of spring football practice for the UMD Bulldogs. But as we’ve learned for the past few weeks, this isn’t any other year. According to head coach Curt Wiese, spring football camp has been cancelled, which includes the annual Red and Maroon Game. Coach Wiese…

Longtime Runner, UMD Alum Reacts to Grandma’s Marathon Cancellation

Joanna Olson was already training for the Big Sur Marathon in California before that was cancelled as well.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another major event is taken down by the coronavirus pandemic as Grandma’s Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in 43 years. Longtime runner and Glencoe, Minnesota native Joanna Olson spoke about her initial reaction to the news. “Well I was bummed, of course, training for it. Bummed for not only the runners, the volunteers, the…

UMD’s Scott Sandelin Named Finalist for Penrose Award

Sandelin is a finalist for the fourth straight year and sixth overall in his career.

TROY, Mich. – UMD’s Scott Sandelin is once again a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award, which is given to the top coach in Division I men’s hockey. Sandelin is a finalist for the fourth straight year and sixth overall in his career. He won the award back in 2004 and was a runner-up in 2011. The Hibbing native has…

Noah Cates, Nick Swaney to Return for 2020-2021 UMD Men’s Hockey Season

Cates is a Philadelphia Flyers draft pick while Swaney was drafted by the Minnesota Wild.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the last 12 days, the UMD men’s hockey team lost their top defensive duo in Nick Wolff and Scott Perunovich as both signed deals in the pros. But not everyone is leaving as a pair of dynamic forwards will look to run it back next season. UMD Athletics have confirmed that Noah Cates and Nick Swaney…

Yellowjackets’ Kaleigh Martinson Earns All-American Honors

The senior captain becomes the 14th All-American in program history.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin-Superior forward Kaleigh Martinson has been named to the CCM/AHCA Women’s Division III West All-America First Team. The senior captain becomes the 14th All-American in program history. Martinson led the conference in goals with 26 and was second in points with 36. She was also tied for the lead in short-handed goals in all of Division III….

Former Hawk Connor Bich Transferring to St. Scholastica

Bich will be transferring after one year at Dakota Wesleyan University.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Former Hermantown basketball standout Connor Bich announced on twitter Thursday night that he will be joining the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team. He’ll be transferring over from Dakota Wesleyan University. In his junior year, Bich helped the Hawks capture the Section 7AAA championship. He followed that with a senior campaign which saw him average nearly 22 points…

UMD’s Scott Perunovich Signs Pro Deal with St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Hibbing native.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It has been quite the week for UMD’s Scott Perunovich. He took home three awards from the NCHC, including Player of the Year. And Friday, he’s made a decision regarding his future hockey career. The St. Louis Blues announced that they have agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Hibbing native. The 21-year-old was drafted…

UMD’s Scott Perunovich Earns NCHC Player of the Year Award

Perunovich became the ninth Bulldog to be named conference Player of the Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. – UMD junior defenseman Scott Perunovich has been nothing short of spectacular in his time with the Bulldogs. The two-time All-American is one of the best two-way players in the country and Thursday, he added another award to his mantle. Perunovich was named Player of the Year by the NCHC. It is the third major conference award…

UMD’s Richards Named NCHC Top Defensive Forward, Shepard Semi-Finalist for Richter Award

The assistant team captain is the first player to win the award twice, leading the conference with 307 face-off wins.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Justin Richards won his second straight Defensive Forward Award from the NCHC Wednesday afternoon. The assistant team captain is the first player to win the award twice, leading the conference with 307 face-off wins. Richards was also the only player to score two short-handed goals in conference play and helped the Bulldogs’ penalty kill finish second…

Dreams of Playing Pro Continue for Saints’ Zach Edwards

Edwards went to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater two weeks ago for a Pro Day workout that featured scouts from the Green Bay Packers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in December, St. Scholastica quarterback Zach Edwards received an invite to the FCS Bowl in Florida and played well enough to earn MVP honors. Since then, the St. Paul native has continued to bolster his resume for a shot to play professional football. After training out in New Jersey with former teammate Aaron Olson, Edwards went…

UMD’s Brandon Myer Earns NABC All-American Honors

Myer led the Bulldogs to their best season in over 20 years while being named NSIC Player of the Year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMD’s Brandon Myer earned All-American status from the National Association of Basketball Coaches Tuesday afternoon. The Superior native is the eighth player in program history to earn the distinction and the first since Jason Schneeweis in 2003. Myer led the Bulldogs to their best season in over 20 years while being named NSIC Player of the…

UMD’s Perunovich, Shepard Earn Top Honors from NCHC

This is the second end-of-the-season award for Scott Perunovich.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team earned two awards from the NCHC as junior Scott Perunovich was named Offensive Defenseman of the Year and senior Hunter Shepard earned Goaltender of the Year honors for the second straight season. Perunovich became the first defenseman in league history to lead in scoring in conference games. The Hibbing native is…

UMD’s Brooke Olson Named WBCA All-American

The sophomore is just the fifth Bulldog in program history to earn All-American status since 1988.

ATLANTA, Ga. – Monday, UMD forward Brooke Olson was named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The sophomore is just the fifth Bulldog in program history to earn All-American status since 1988. The distinction is given to ten players in all of Division II. Olson had a stellar second season with UMD, taking home NSIC Player of the…

Saints’ AD Franco Bari Talks Spring Sports Cancellation

St. Scholastica became the latest school to shut down their spring sports season, in accordance to a ruling from the UMAC.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this week, St. Scholastica became the latest school to shut down their spring sports season, in accordance to a ruling from the UMAC. Athletic director Franco Bari talked about how he reacted when the NCAA cancelled all athletic activities. “As soon as I heard that announcement, my heart absolutely broke for our student-athletes, epecially our spring…

UWS Officially Cancels Spring Sports Season

The athletic department will now have five months to prepare for the fall sports season in hopes that it starts on time.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week, the University of Wisconsin-Superior had to make the tough decision and cancel their entire spring sports season. Athletic Director Nick Bursik spoke about making the announcement to the Yellowjackets community. “It’s been tough to navigate. We certainly know these decisions impact a lot of student-athletes and a lot of opportunities, some of which may never…

College Freshman Season Ends for Former Marshall Pitcher Ben Pedersen

Pedersen says he will look into regaining his year of eligibility thanks to a provision announced by the NCAA.

DULUTH, Minn. – Three weeks ago, Missouri freshman pitcher and Duluth native Ben Pedersen extended his scoreless innings streak to 5.1 with a clean three outs in relief. What the former Duluth Marshall star didn’t know was that would be his final inning of work for his freshman year due to the corona virus pandemic. “Our team was on a…

UMD’s Nick Wolff Signs with Boston Bruins

He'll join former UMD captain and Esko native Karson Kuhlman.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the season came to an end for the UMD men’s hockey team, we’ll start to hear about players who will continue their hockey careers in the pros. And Wednesday, we got our first signing. Senior defenseman and team co-captain Nick Wolff has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins. In 33 games this season,…

IST Gym Transitioning to “Virtual Training” of Athletes

The gym is transitioning to virtual training through social media, videos and online engagement.

DULUTH, Minn. – Beginning Wednesday, gyms across the state will be forced to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Impact Sports Training Gym in Duluth gave their student-athletes one last chance to get some in-person work before the shut down goes into effect. The gym welcomes high school and college athletes from across the Northland as they were…

UMD’s Hunter Shepard Talks About Sudden End to Bulldogs’ Season

Shepard and the Bulldogs had their season come to an end due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, the UMD men’s hockey team was holding their Thursday morning practice, getting set to host Miami of Ohio in the first round of the NCHC playoffs. But shortly after, head coach Scott Sandelin announced to the team that the NCHC had cancelled the entire tournament, including the following week’s Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul. “It’s…

NSIC Suspends All Athletic Activities, Cancels Spring Championships

This ruling ends the seasons for the UMD softball, baseball, women's tennis and men's and women's track and field teams.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously over the weekend to suspend all athletic activities. They also voted to cancel the spring conference competition and championships due to growing coronavirus concerns. The NSIC also said in a statement that there is still a suspension of all countable athletically related activities and the conference will…

UMAC Cancels Entire Spring Sports Season

The conference deliberated on the decision over the weekend and decided

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference announced Monday afternoon that due to the cornavirus pandemic, they have cancelled all remaining regular season games for the 2020 spring sports season. This includes baseball, softball and men’s and women’s tennis for the College of St. Scholastica, the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Northland College. The cancellation includes all postseason tournaments…

Wilderness Forward Bram Scheerer Commits to Union College

Scheerer has registered 14 goals for 34 points so far this season, which ranks third on the team.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Minnesota Wilderness forward Bram Scheerer announced on Twitter that he has committed to Union College. Scheerer will be joining Wilderness teammate Tyler Watkins, who committed to Union last week. Scheerer is currently third on the Wilderness with 14 goals for 34 points this season. Scheerer is in his first season with the Wilderness after spending some time…

Former Bluejacket Jarrett Lee Commits to UMD Men’s Hockey

Lee has spent the past two seasons at Northern Michigan University.

HIBBING, Minn. – Former Hibbing/Chisholm hockey player Jarrett Lee announced on Twitter over the weekend that he has committed to the UMD men’s hockey team. Lee was previously at Northern Michigan University before leaving earlier this season, and has since played 19 games with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. During those 19 games, Lee tallied eight goals and…

Coaches Corner: Sean Morgan

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of Duluth FC.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with the new head coach of Duluth FC Sean Morgan. Morgan is a former Bluegreen and CSS men’s soccer standout. He spoke about his excitement to lead the new era of Duluth FC soccer, as well as the new “Duluth FC Academy” that was established this year. Categories: Coaches Corner,…

UMD Women’s Basketball Discusses NCAA Tournament Cancellation, End of Season

The Bulldogs were set to take on Fort Hayes State in the region quarterfinals on Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team was supposed to start the NCAA DII basketball tournament Friday afternoon, but after a morning practice on Thursday, the NCAA announced that all winter and spring tournament across all divisions were canceled, ending the Bulldogs season and sending them home. The Bulldogs, who were wrapping up one of the most successful regular…

NCAA Cancels Remaining Winter/Spring Championship Games

This includes the Frozen Faceoff, which was scheduled to take place next month in Detroit.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – NCAA president Mark Emmert has announced that all remaining winter and spring championship games, including the men’s and women’s Final Four basketball tournament as well as the men’s and women’s Frozen Four, have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. This effectively ends the season for the UMD men’s hockey team as they will not have an…

NCHC cancels postseason tournament, including Frozen Faceoff

This includes this weekend's quarterfinal games and next week's Frozen Faceoff.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced Thursday afternoon that they have cancelled their postseason tournament, including next week’s Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul. This comes just one day after the league announced that the tournament will be played with no fan attendance. NCHC Frozen Faceoff ticket refunds are available at point of purchase. Online orders will…

UMD Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal Series Versus Miami to be Closed to the Public Amid COVID-19 Concerns

All NCHC quarterfinal series taking place this weekend will be closed to the public.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NCHC has announced that all four quarterfinal series taking place this weekend, including the UMD¬† men’s hockey game against Miami (OH) at AMSOIL Arena, will be closed to the public. Only student-athletes, coaches, event and team staff, credentialed media and student-athlete family members will be permitted to attend. This comes on the wake of the…

Duluth Wolfpack’s Jorja Schooler Commits to Missouri Western State Lacrosse

The senior has spent the past two seasons as captain of the Duluth Wolfpack girls lacrosse team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East’s Jorja Schooler signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday to join the Missouri Western State University women’s lacrosse team. The senior has spent the past two seasons as captain of the Duluth Wolfpack girls lacrosse team and is now taking her talents to Saint Joseph, Missouri. “I got to know some of the girls and…

Former Greyhound Will Fisher Commits to CSS Men’s Hockey

The defenseman was with the Greyhounds from 2015 to 2018, recording 15 points in 24 games in his senior year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East standout Will Fisher has committed to joining the St. Scholastica men’s hockey team. Fisher is currently with the Boston Junior Rangers of the EHL and spent some time in the NAHL with the Bismarck Bobcats. The defenseman was with the Greyhounds from 2015 to 2018, recording 15 points in 24 games in his senior…

Perunovich, Shepard, Koepke, Cates Named to All-NCHC First Team

Perunovich becomes the first player in the history of the NCHC to be named to the First Team three straight years

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Four UMD men’s hockey players have landed on the All-NCHC First Team: forwards Noah Cates and Cole Koepke, defenseman Scott Perunovich and goaltender Hunter Shepard. For Perunovich, he becomes the first player in the history of the NCHC to be named to the First Team three straight years and just the second ever at UMD, joining…

UMD Women’s Basketball Set for Another NCAA Run

The second-seeded Bulldogs will face the seventh-seeded Tigers Friday on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another year, another trip to the NCAA tournament for the UMD women’s basketball team. Thanks to a record-breaking season, the Bulldogs are in great shape to improve on their performance from last season. “It was the first time in however many years and it was all excitement. And this year, I think we know we can make…

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Returns to Nationals in 800-Meter Run

Reindl comes into the race with the seventh-fastest time among the 19-runner field.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Haleigh Reindl will represent the Bulldogs at the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field championships. This will be her second straight trip to nationals after making it last year as a freshman in the 800-meter run. Reindl says that experience was very important for getting in the right mindset this time around. “It does…

Yellowjackets’ CJ Pillath Heading Back to Nationals

Last season, Pillath finish ninth in weight throw, just missing out on All-American status.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin-Superior’s CJ Pillath is heading to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships for the second straight year. The senior will compete in the shot put and weight throw. Pillath enters the meet with the fifth best mark in weight throw and 19th in shot put. The top eight competitors at the meet will earn…

Yellowjackets Hockey Alum Andrew Durham Signs With ECHL Norfolk Admirals

Durham finished his senior year at UWS with 10 goals and 10 assists.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Former Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey forward Andrew Durham has signed a contract to finish the 2019-20 season with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. Durham finished his senior year with 10 goals and 10 assists and recorded 52 points over his three year Yellowjacket carer. Durham is the third Yellowjacket to play in the ECHL and first since…

Wilderness Forward Tyler Watkins Commits to Union College

The Hermantown native currently sits second on the Wilderness with 42 points.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hermantown alum and current Minnesota Wilderness forward Tyler Watkins announced his commitment to Union College. Watkins is in his second full season with the Wilderness and currently sits second on the team with 42 points. Watkins also recently competed in the NAHL Top Prospects Showcase and recorded two goals. Watkins was a two time state champion at…

UMD Women’s Hockey Falls to Wisconsin in WCHA Final Face-Off Semifinals

The Bulldogs end the year 18-12-6.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 8 and 4-seed Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team battled with No. 2 and 1-seed Wisconsin but was unable to do enough offensively, as the Badgers got the 4-1 win in the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals. Sydney Brodt scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs to tie the game at 1 midway through the first. The…

UMD Men’s Hockey Sweeps Huskies, Earn No. 2 Seed for NCHC Playoffs

Justin Richards and Koby Bender each scored twice while Dylan Samberg finished with four assists.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 5 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team took care of business on Saturday night, getting the 6-1 win over St. Cloud State to sweep the series. North Dakota defeated Omaha, making the Bulldogs runner-ups in the conference standings for the third time in four years in giving them the No. 2 seed for the NCHC playoffs….

St. Scholastica Women’s Hockey’s Season Ends in NCHA Slaats Cup Championship

The Saints end the season 15-10-4 (9-4-3 NCHA).

ADRIAN, Mich. – For the second year in a row, the St. Scholastica women’s hockey team battled Adrian in the NCHA Slaats Cup championship game, but once again, Adrian was too much and got the 4-0 win on Saturday to end the Saints’ season. The Saints outshot the Bulldogs 28-22 in the game but were unable to find the back…

Coaches Corner: Glen Drexler

For this week's segment, we hear from the head coach of the UWS track and field team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with Wisconsin-Superior track and field head coach Glen Drexler after his men’s team captured their fourth straight UMAC championship. Next up for the Yellowjackets is the final qualifying event for nationals: the Pointer Qualifiers. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UMD Men’s Hockey Take Down St. Cloud State at Home

A three-goal third period would be the difference as the Bulldogs knocked off the Huskies at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cole Koepke would score twice in the third period as the UMD men’s hockey team knocked off St. Cloud State 4-1 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Quinn Olson and Kobe Bender also scored for the Bulldogs, while Hunter Shepard finished with 22 saves on the night. UMD will look to sweep the season finale Saturday night with…

UMD Women’s Hockey to Meet Wisconsin in Final Faceoff Semi-Finals

Puck drop for Saturday's game at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis is set for 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team have made it to the Final Faceoff of the WCHA playoffs. But they’ll have a tall task in the semi-finals as the Bulldogs will take on Wisconsin, a team they were able to tie with just two weeks ago. “We understand now it’s playoff hockey and it’s a different scenario. This is…

CSS Women’s Hockey Advance to NCHA Slaats Cup Championship Game

The Saints got a shutout win over Lake Forest in the semi-finals.

ADRIAN, Mich. – Rachel Anderson and Greta Nundahl score in the second period and Lexi Thomeczek finished with a 45-save shutout as the St. Scholastica women’s hockey team blanked Lake Forest 2-0 Friday afternoon in the NCHA Slaats Cup Semi-finals. The Saints move on to the championship game Saturday to face Adrian. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. central…