College

Meet the Huskies: Alex Tappen

For this week's segment, we introduce you to the Huskies' outfielder/third baseman from the University of Virginia.

DULUTH, Minn. – Outfielder Alex Tappen just wrapped up his sophomore season at the University of Virginia, a team that’s become a premiere program in Division I over the past two decades. “They’re a great baseball program and everything the coaches have done there is incredible and that was probably one of the main draws. And also the academic side…

Bulldogs Men’s Basketball Heads to Costa Rica Ahead of 2019 Season

The UMD men's basketball team will play three games in Costa Rica next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team is back in Romano Gym this week, getting an early start to the season and some practices in before the team goes to play three games in Costa Rica next week. The NCAA allows college basketball programs to go on an international trip every four years, but it is still less common…

Huskies Sweep Border Cats, Pick Up Seventh Straight Win

Danny Zimmerman and Alex Tappen both hit home runs in Duluth's 11-4 win over Thunder Bay.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies pounded out 15 hits Friday night to top Thunder Bay 11-4 to sweep the two-game set and pick up their seventh straight win. Both Alex Tappen and Danny Zimmerman hit home runs in the win, while Tappen was 3-for-5 at the plate. Kyle Jacobsen went 2-for 4 and drove in a run while Preston Hartsell…

Duluth Native Rob Bordson to Continue Pro Career in Sweden

The former UMD standout is signing with Vasterviks IK.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD men’s hockey star Rob Bordson is heading overseas to continue his pro career. The Duluth native is signing with Vasterviks IK in Sweden. Bordson was supposed to play in Austria last season, but a knee injury prevented that. The 31-year-old has also played in Germany following his time at UMD. He’ll see some familiar faces…

Huskies Blast Border Cats for Sixth Straight Win

Duluth scored six runs in the second and stayed ahead the rest of the way.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lance Ford drove in three runs as the Duluth Huskies got the big win over Thunder Bay 13-5 Thursday night at Wade Stadium. Nine different players scored for the Huskies, who picked up their sixth win in a row. They’ll look to sweep the Border Cats on Friday night. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Campers Shoot Some Hoops with Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Team

The camp focuses on the basics like dribbling and ball-handling, which are crucial to learn, especially for this age group.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the sounds of balls dribbling and sneakers squeaking returned to Romano Gym as several campers attended the annual Bulldogs Youth Camp, hosted by the UMD women’s basketball team. The four–day camp is designed for athletes from 3rd to 8th grade. It focuses on the basics like dribbling and ball-handling, which are crucial to learn, especially…

Florida Panthers Sign Former Greyhound/Bulldog Dominic Toninato

Toninato has played in 39 NHL games and scored his first NHL goal back in February.

SUNRISE, Calif. – The Florida Panthers announced Tuesday they have signed former Duluth East and UMD men’s hockey captain Dominic Toninato to a one-year, two-way contract. Toninato was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2012, but has spent most of his career in the Colorado Avalanche organization. Toninato has played in 39 NHL games and scored his…

Huskies Surging Back in Second Half of Season

Duluth is currently tied atop the Great Plains East Division for the second half.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an interesting season for the Duluth Huskies to say the least. After making it to game three of the Summer Collegiate World Series last year, the Huskies were unable to carry that into this season, finishing the first half 10 games under .500 and last in the Great Plains East. But a lot has changed…

Huskies’ Morrow, Kent Talk All-Star Nods

The Northwoods League All-Star Game will take place at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies will be on break for the next few days as the 25th annual Northwoods League All-Star Game takes place night. And while some players will enjoy some much needed time off two Huskies will be participating in the festivities. Infielder Nic Kent and starting pitcher Dane Morrow were both selected as 2019 Northwoods League…

Bulldogs Football Team Ranked 10th in First Preseason Poll

UMD will have 13 returning starters from last year's team that went undefeated tn the regular season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is already making noise in the preseason. The Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the College Football America Yearbook Division II preseason poll. Minnesota State-Mankato was the only other team from the NSIC on the list as the Mavericks were ranked fifth. The Bulldogs will have 13 returning starters from last year’s team that…

Whitecaps, Bulldogs to Meet in Exhibition Game

The defending Isobel Cup champs will meet the Bulldogs Saturday, September 28th at 4 p.m at Amsoil Arena.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Whitecaps announced Monday that they will head back to Duluth to play a preseason game against the UMD women’s hockey team. The defending Isobel Cup champs will meet the Bulldogs Saturday, September 28th at 4 p.m at Amsoil Arena. The Whitecaps played UMD in an exhibition before they started their inaugural season last year,…

Thunderhawks’ Jack Peart Named to U17 Men’s Select Team

Peart led all Thunderhawks defenseman with 21 points and eight goals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Team USA announced over the weekend the rosters for the Under-17 men’s select team and one Northland hockey player will be representing the United States. Grand Rapids defenseman Jack Peart made the roster after a week of development camp and games in Amherst, New York. The team will play in the Five Nations tournament in Germany August…

Former Huskies Manager Tyger Pedersen Makes Visit to Duluth

It's the first time Pedersen returned since leading the Huskies to the Collegiate World Series.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the temperatures rise so has the play of the Duluth Huskies. This past weekend, they swept La Crosse with former team manager Tyger Pedersen in attendance at Wade Stadium. Pedersen, who is now director of baseball operations for the Huskies, currently works in the minor league system for the St. Louis Cardinals. Pedersen says walking into…

Meet the Huskies: Xavier Bussey

For this week's segment, we feature the Huskies's outfielder from Pensacola State College.

DULUTH, Minn. -Xavier Bussey is a long way from home, coming to Duluth from Pensacola State College and is originally a North Carolina native. “The landscape is a lot different. There’s like a mountain over here in the backview so it’s a really beautiful place. I heard it’s a lot colder in the May time,” Bussey said. Bussey transferred from…

Huskies Sweep Loggers, Win Fifth Straight

Both Nic Kent and Preston Hartsell went 4-for-4 on the day and drove in three total runs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies got off to another fast start on Sunday afternoon, scoring one in the first then took the lead in the third to get the 6-3 win over the Loggers to sweep the weekend series. Cole Milam had another strong start, giving up just one run on six hits over six innings of work while striking…

Huskies Shut Out Loggers for Fourth Straight Win

Starting pitcher Schuyler Hill struck out four and gave up three hits over six innings in the shutout win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting pitcher Schuyler Hill struck out four over six innings as three Huskies pitchers combined for the shutout as Duluth got the 6-0 win over La Crosse for its fourth straight win. The pitching staff gave up just five hits and finished with eight strikeouts. Nic Kent went 2-for-4 and scored two runs while Kyle Jacobsen went…

Future Bulldogs Brave the Heat for UMD Youth Football Camp

The basis of this camp was to teach kids from grades 3rd through 8th the importance of fundamentals in football.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 90 degree temps would not deter campers from showing up to Malosky Stadium for UMD’s annual youth football camp. The basis of this camp was to teach kids from grades 3rd through 8th the importance of fundamentals in football. Organizers say the hope is to cultivate the next group of UMD football fans, and maybe some…

Local Hockey Players Learn From the Pros at Twin Ports Pro Development Camp

The camp, owned by Superior natives Mike Sislo and Brett Olson, runs through Thursday at the Superior Ice Arena.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Local hockey players are getting the chance to strengthen their skills and grow as players this summer. And with the Twin Ports Pro Development that it’s all led by coaches who started their playing careers right here in the Northland. The 5th annual Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is this week, bringing five pro hockey players back…

USWNT Inspires Northland Youth Girls Soccer

Local soccer players are feeling inspired and motivated after watching the U.S. Women's National Team win back-to-back Women's World Cup titles.

DULUTH, Minn. – Soccer is on the rise here in the United States and a huge reason for that is the U.S. Women’s National Team and their back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles. “I was screaming at the TV a lot. I really wanted them to win and then I started crying because I wanted them to win, and then they…

Saints Softball Team Host Pitching Clinic

It's been a few years since the team held a summer camp, but enough people reached out and convinced the Saints to bring it back.

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is here and that means the Northland will have many summer sports camps going on, like the pitching clinic hosted by the St. Scholastica softball team. It’s been a few years since the team held a summer camp. But enough people reached out and convinced the Saints to bring it back. The clinic is broken up…

Meet the Huskies: Danny Zimmerman

For this week's segment, we feature a Duluth infielder who's using his experience cheering on his team in Omaha as motivation for this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – After not playing for the Michigan Wolverines last season, Danny Zimmerman is looking forward to more playing time and more at-bats with the huskies this summer. “For me, it was all about playing in all of these games, playing every day, and just getting a lot of at bats and a lot of defensive reps and getting…

Huskies End Homestand With Win Over Express

Cole Milam pitched six shutout innings, giving up six hits while striking out three in the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies ended their seven-game homestand in a big way, getting the 6-2 win over the Eau Claire Express in game three of the four-game series. Duluth went 4-3 during those seven games. The Huskies got off to an early lead, as Alex Tappen scored on an error to put the Huskies up 1-0 in the first…

Huskies Rally Late, Can’t Hang on Against Express

Duluth scored seven runs in the seventh to take the lead but was unable to hang on for the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies were being no-hit through five innings, but the hits came later. The Huskies scored seven runs in the seventh inning to take a 7-6 lead. The Express would battle back, score four in the top of the ninth to get the 10-7 win. Xavier Bussey went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored….

Over 350 Runners Take Part in Sawdust 5K

The Sawdust 5K kicked off the Fourth of July festivities in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – 358 runners took part in the 9th annual Sawdust 5K at Pinehurst Park. The event kicked off the Fourth of July festivities for the city of Cloquet. The first person to cross the finish line was Moose Lake native Ethan Olson at 17 minutes and 55 seconds. The 19-year-old just finished his first year running for the…

Huskies Open Seven Game Homestand With Loss to Rox

Duluth struck first but couldn't do enough to get the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies opened a seven game homestand on Monday night with a loss, falling to St. Cloud Rox 8-3. The Huskeis got on the board first, as Collin Hopkins scored on a Nic Kent groundout in the third to give them the lead. But the Rox would get things going in the next few innings, scoring…

Huskies Wrap Up Homestand With Loss to Border Cats

Ramon Enriquez drove in the only run of the game for Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – After getting the bats going on Thursday night, the Huskies were unable to do the same on Friday, falling to Thunder Bay 8-1 to split the two-game set. Ramon Enriquez drove in the only run of the game for Duluth, a bases loaded, RBI fielders’ choice in the first inning. The Huskies split the four-game homestand. Duluth…

Huskies Take Game One Against the Border Cats

Wade Meckler went 4-for-5 on the night 2 RBI and one run scored in Duluth's win.

DULUTH, Minn. – After an ugly loss the night before, the Duluth Huskies responded in a nice way, getting the 8-4 win over Thunder Bay on Thursday night. Wade Meckler went 4-for-5 on the night 2 RBI and one run scored while Lance Ford also drove in two runs in the win. Duluth and Thunder Bay will play again on…

Huskies Blown Out by Larks

Stephen Baughan hit two home runs for the Bismarck.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies were unable to get the two-game sweep on Tuesday night, as the Bismarck Larks dominated the Huskies pitchers, getting the 21-0 win. Stephen Baughan hit two home runs for the Larks. The Huskies will now host the Thunder Bay Border Cats for two games, starting Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Bulldogs Football Hosts Second Week of High School Camp

This week's camp includes some local high schools, including Duluth East, Hermantown, Two Harbors, Northwestern, Superior and Ashland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team held its second second week of high school camps, giving the Bulldogs the chance to teach and interact with kids who are in their shoes now. This week’s camp is for any 11-man high school teams who want to learn from and train with the Bulldogs. The camp is full contact, works on…

Huskies Hang On For Win Against Larks

Xavier Bussey hit his first home run of the Northwoods League season.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a much needed Northwoods League off day, the Duluth Huskies got back on track, getting the 7-6 win over Bismarck on Tuesday night. Xavier Bussey hit his first home run for Duluth while Ramon Enriquez drove in two runs. The Huskies and Larks will play again on Wednesday at Wade Stadium. First pitch is set for…

Former Northland Hockey Players Return for Heritage Summer Hockey Classic

Duluth native Rob Bordson and Hermantown native Adam Krause served as team captains.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Heritage Center was the place to be on Monday night as the annual Heritage Summer Hockey Classic took place. The game featured former and current professional and semi-professional hockey players from the Northland including former UMD player Rob Bordson and current UMD assistant coach Adam Krause, who served as team captains, as well as St. Scholastica…

Meet the Huskies: Nic Kent

For this week's segment, we feature the starting shortstop from the University of Virginia.

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Virginia shortstop Nic Kent just wrapped up a successful first year with the Cavaliers and is now following in the footsteps of the rest of his team. “Our coach sends pretty much all of the freshman position players after their first year,” Kent said. And Kent is picking up right where he left off in…

Former Greyhound Ryder Donovan Drafted by Golden Knights

The former Duluth East standout was taken in the fourth round.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the 110th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Vegas Golden Knights selected former Duluth East forward Ryder Donovan. The future Wisconsin Badger was taken in the fourth round, becoming just the 25th Duluth native ever to be picked in an NHL draft and the first since Dominic Toninato and Judd Peterson back in 2012. Donovan…

Huskies’ Bats Silenced At Home Against Larks

The Duluth Huskies could only get two hits at home against Bismarck.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was another rough night for the Duluth Huskies as they are blanked at home by Bismarck 5-0 Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. The Huskies could only muster two hits on the Larks as they lost their eighth straight game at home. They’ll be back at Wade Stadium for a rematch against Bismarck Wednesday night. Categories: College,…

Rangers Trade Hermantown Native Neal Pionk to Jets

Neal Pionk is moving from New York to Winnipeg.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Former UMD Bulldog and Hermantown native Neal Pionk is moving north of the border. The New York Rangers announced Monday they have traded Pionk to the Winnipeg Jets. The 23-year-old was part of a package to help the Rangers acquire defenseman Jacob Trouba. In his first full season in the NHL, Pionk scored six goals…

Meet The Huskies: Troy Newell

For the first Meet The Huskies of the summer, we feature one of the returning pitchers from last year's squad.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies are coming off of a huge season last summer, playing in game three of the Summer Collegiate World Series. Part of the reason for that success was pitcher Troy Newel, who’s back for another year with the Huskies. “Tyger asked me earlier last year if I wanted to come back and I said yeah, if…

Huskies Drop Third Straight in Loss to Bucks

Duluth scored two runs in the top of the first but Waterloo took the lead in the next half inning and the Huskies were unable to catch up.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies once again couldn’t hang on to their early lead, falling to the Waterloo Bucks 7-3. The Huskies got on the board right away, scoring two in the bottom of the first, but that lead would go away the next half inning. The Bucks scored four in the top of the second and never looked…

Former Greyhound Ashton Altmann Commits to St. Olaf

The 21-year-old scored four goals and recorded 10 assists in 54 games this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East standout Ashton Altmann has committed to playing college hockey at St. Olaf. Altmann has spent the past three seasons in NAHL with the Bismark Bobcats and the Minnesota Wilderness, serving as the assistant captain this past season. The 21-year-old scored four goals and recorded 10 assists in 54 games this past season. In 145…

Huskies Swept by Loggers at Home

Duluth would rally late but ultimately fell short to La Crosse.

DULUTH, Minn. – La Crosse scored five runs in the top of the second to jump out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Duluth 8-5 to sweep the series. James Free went 2-for-3 in his Huskies debut, scoring two runs while Milan Walla drove in two runs. The Huskies will look to snap their two-game losing skid…

Former Bulldog Löwenhielm to Continue Pro Career in Sweden

The 24-year-old center will join her former teammates Sidney Morin and Jessica Healey.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm will be continuing her pro career in her home country. Löwenhielm has signed with HV71 of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. The center, who played on the Swedish national team, spent this past season in the NWHL with the Connecticut Whale, notching six points in 16 games. It will also be a…

Huskies Can’t Hang On, Fall to Loggers

Duluth gave up eight runs in the top of the eighth in the loss.

DULUTH, Minn. – The La Crosse Loggers scored eight unanswered runs in the top of the eighth to top the Duluth Huskies 10-8 on a rainy Sunday at Wade. The Huskies went up 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to hang on to that lead. Jake McDonald was credited with the loss, getting just one out…

Huskies Top Stingers to Split Weekend Series

Dane Morrow threw seven scoreless innings to get the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies snapped their two-game losing skid on Saturday, getting the 3-2 win over Willmar to split the two-game series. Matt Hogan went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Dane Morrow got the win, throwing seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. The Huskies will be back at Wade Stadium on Sunday against La Crosse. First pitch…

Coaches Corner: Emma Stauber

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth native Emma Stauber, who was recently named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former UMD women’s hockey captain talked about her new position, as well as her memories of the NWHL championship game as the Minnesota Whitecaps captured the Isobel Cup in their…

UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin Signs Contract Extension

Sandelin's extension will keep him with UMD through the 2024-25 season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin agreed to a four-year contract extension, UMD Athletics announced on Friday morning. Sandelin, who completed his 19th season as the bench boss with the program’s second straight national championship, is now signed with the Bulldogs through the 2024-25 season. Sandelin has led the Bulldogs to three titles and is the winningest…

Huskies Shake Off Slow Start for Walk-Off Win in Extras

Duluth would score the game-winning run off a wild pitch in the 11th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dexter Swims would score on a wild pitch in the 11th inning as the Duluth Huskies came back to defeat St. Cloud 7-6 Monday afternoon at Wade Stadium. The Huskies shrugged off a slow start as they didn’t crack to scoreboard until the sixth inning. They would get two runs in the bottom of the ninth to…

Scott Sandelin Reportedly Speaking to NHL Team

This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ever since winning the national championship a month and a half ago, UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin has said repeatedly that he is staying in Duluth, but that he would listen to any offers from the NHL. This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin. According to Pierre Lebrun of…

Coaches Corner: Duluth Huskies’ Marcus Pointer

For this week's segment, we hear from Duluth Huskies manager Marcus Pointer.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with first-year field manager of the Duluth Huskies, Marcus Pointer. He served as the pitching coach last season with Tyger Pederson as the Huskies made it all the way to the Northwoods League Collegiate World Series. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports