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24 Spartans Recognized for College Commitments

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

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

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

Davis recorded 459 points in her career as a Bomber.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six Duluth East Greyhounds Sign National Letters of Intent

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

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

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

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

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

UMD to Host Live Panel to Celebrate Anniversary of Title IX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMD Volleyball Announces 2022 Schedule

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

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

UW-Superior Baseball Falls in UMAC Tournament Championship Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UW-Superior Baseball Pulls Off Another Upset to Advance to UMAC Championship Game

The Yellowjackets move on to face Northwestern in the UMAC championship game on Saturday.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – For the second straight day, the UW-Superior baseball team pulled off an upset win as they defeated Crown 9-3 Friday afternoon at Reynolds Park. The Yellowjackets move on to face Northwestern in the UMAC championship game on Saturday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Northwestern’s Monte Mayberry Commits to Cardinal Stritch Men’s Basketball Team

This past season, Mayberry led the Tigers in scoring at just under 20 points per game.

MAPLE, Wis. – This week, Northwestern’s Monte Mayberry signed his National Letter of Intent to join the men’s basketball team at Cardinal Stritch University. This past season, Mayberry led the Tigers in scoring at just under 20 points per game. He was also selected to take part in the 2022 WBCA All Star Game next month in Wisconsin Dells. “When…

Excitement Building for Duluth FC Home Opener at Public Schools Stadium

Duluth FC will take on Minneapolis City Saturday night at 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, Duluth FC head coach Sean Morgan said he wants his team to come out firing in their season opener. And not only did they do that, but it was as big of a statement as the squad could ever make. The Bluegreens would blowout Joy Athletic 6-0 behind two goals from UWS star Blake Perry….

UWS Baseball Eyeing Deep Run in UMAC Tournament

UWS will open up against top-seeded Northwestern with the first pitch coming at 7 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s playoff time in the world of college baseball. The UMAC tournament is set to begin Thursday down in St. Paul and UW-Superior is hoping to make the rest of the bracket feel the sting. The Yellowjackets battled to the very end of the regular season to clinch their sixth straight trip to the postseason. And they’ve…

Seven Seniors Set to Return Next Season for UMD Women’s Hockey Team

The group has been part of the first back-to-back Frozen Four appearances for the program in over a decade.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team announced Wednesday that seven seniors will be returning next season. The group includes Gabbie Hughes, Naomi Rogge, Ashton Bell, Kylie Hanley, Taylor Anderson, Anneke Linser and Maggie Flaherty. This comes as last month, goaltender Emma Soderberg announced that she would be returning for her fifth year with the Bulldogs. The group has…

UW-Superior Tennis’ Callaway, Janes, Schaffner Take Home Top UMAC Honors

Duluth East alum Maya Callaway wins the award for the second straight season after going undefeated as the Yellowjackets' #1 singles player.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior junior Maya Callaway has been named UMAC women’s tennis Player of the Year. The Duluth East alum wins the award for the second straight season after going undefeated as the Yellowjackets’ #1 singles player. On the men’s side, Michael Janes took home top honors from the UMAC, the first-ever in program history. Head coach CeeJay Schaffner…

Zach Otto-Fisher Steps Down as Head Coach of UW-Superior Women’s Basketball Team

He was named UMAC Coach of the Year twice during his tenure with the Yellowjackets.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Zach Otto-Fisher announced Wednesday that he is stepping down as head coach of the UW-Superior women’s basketball team. Otto-Fisher spent five seasons at UWS, guiding the program to two UMAC regular season titles and one tournament championship. He was also named UMAC Coach of the Year twice. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately. Categories:…

UMD Baseball Team Shatters Pre-Season Expectations with First NSIC Tournament Berth Since 2017

UMD will open up against Minnesota State Mankato. First pitch on Wednesday is set for 6:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NSIC pre-season polls had the UMD baseball team ranked 13th out of 14 going into the 2022 season. Those expectations are a distant memory as the Bulldogs would end up finishing sixth in the conference. We wrote that on the whiteboard in the locker room, kind of like a motivation kind of thing because we knew…

UW-Superior Softball’s Kaela, Tayler Kraemer Earn Top UMAC Honors

Kaela Kraemer was named Conference Player of the Year, while Tayler Kraemer earned the Pitcher of the Year award.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A pair of UW-Superior softball sisters took home top honors from the UMAC. Kaela Kraemer was named Conference Player of the Year, while Tayler Kraemer earned the Pitcher of the Year award. Kaela wrapped up her junior season leading the NCAA in stolen bases with 71. Tayler went 20-7 this past season with an ERA just over…

Former UMD Women’s Hockey Captain Jess Healy Signs with PHF’s Buffalo Beauts

Healy spent the past three seasons in Sweden's SDHL, serving as an alternate and team captain of her team.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Former UMD women’s hockey captain Jess Healy has signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Beauts of the PHF. Healy spent the past three seasons in Sweden’s SDHL, serving as an alternate and team captain of her team. In 105 regular season games, she tallied 21 goals and 58 assists. Internationally, Healy played for Team Canada in…

UMD’s Heikkinen Steps Down as O-Line Coach

Heikkinen was a Bulldog from 2008 to 2012.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD football offensive line coach Garth Heikkinen is stepping down from his role to pursue opportunities outside of football. Heikkinen played for the Bulldogs for 2008 to 2012, starting in a program-record 54 consecutive games. In his senior campaign he was named the Gene Upshaw division two lineman of the year and by the end of his college…

UWS Men’s Track and Field Take UMAC Title

This is the first title for the Yellowjackets since 2019.

  MORRIS, Minn.- The Yellowjackets ran away with their fifth title in program history, after winning six events in the final day of the championship meet. UWS will returns to action Friday, May 13 in the Eagle Open at UW-La Crosse. Categories: College, Sports

UWS Baseball Clinches UMAC Playoff Spot in Season Finale

The Yellowjackets finish conference play with a 13-8 record.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Yellowjackets hosted Minnesota Morris for a double-header today that would determine which team would move on to the UMAC conference tournament. After dropping Game One 12-0, UWS bats came alive in Game Two winning 8-2 filling the final spot in the tournament. The Yellowjackets will take on the No. 1 seeded Northwestern on Thursday. Categories: College, Sports

UWS Men’s Tennis Battles Back to Win UMAC Championship

This is the UWS Men's Tennis teams first UMAC Championship Title.

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.– The UWS Men’s Tennis team won it’s first conference championship today at Baseline Tennis Center. The Yellowjackets came back from a 3-1 deficit against Northwestern. Jace Gilbertson and Jacob Zacharias, won their final two matches to bring home the title, ultimately beating Northwestern 5-4. With the win, the UWS Men’s Tennis team gets an automatic berth to…

UWS Softball Falls to Bethany Lutheran in UMAC Championship

Yellowjackets were just one game shy of the school single season record.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- After winning the UMAC regular season out right for the first time in program history, the UWS softball team was granted the No. 1 seed going into the conference tournament. The Yellowjackets fell early in this weekends tournament, losing game one to Minnesota Morris. The team would rebound with two wins against Northwestern and Minnesota Morris to…

Season Ends at NSIC Tournament for UMD Softball Team

UMD finishes the year with an overall record of 39-16.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The UMD softball team defeated Southwest Minnesota State 1-0 to avoid elimination from the NSIC tournament. But a loss to Minnesota State Mankato in the following game 3-2 ended the season for the Bulldogs. UMD finishes the year with an overall record of 39-16. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UW-Superior Softball Earns Back-to-Back Wins to Advance to UMAC Championship Game

The Yellowjackets advance to the UMAC championship game to face Bethany Lutheran as they will need two wins over the Vikings to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After dropping its UMAC tournament opener, the UW-Superior softball team defeated Northwestern 3-1 and Minnesota Morris 9-1 Friday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The Yellowjackets advance to the UMAC championship game to face Bethany Lutheran as they will need two wins over the Vikings to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament. First pitch in…

Mesabi East’s Kora Forsline Signs NLI for St. Cloud State Women’s Basketball

Forsline wrapped up her high school career scoring over 1,000 points and becoming the program's all-time leader in rebounds.

AURORA, Minn. – Mesabi East’s Kora Forsline has signed her National Letter of Intent to join the St. Cloud State women’s basketball team. Forsline wrapped up her high school career scoring over 1,000 points and becoming the program’s all-time leader in rebounds. Forsline played five sports in high school, but basketball was always her favorite, especially within her family. “My…

Minnesota Wilderness Forward Niko Rexine Named Midwest Division Rookie of the Year

Rexine also earned All-Rookie First Team honors after leading his team in assists with 44 and points with 61.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Minnesota Wilderness forward Niko Rexine has been named NAHL Midwest Division Rookie of the Year. He also earned All-Rookie First Team honors after leading his team in assists with 44 and points with 61. This week, Rexine was taken in the third round of the USHL Phase II Draft by the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He is also committed…

UW-Superior Softball Drops UMAC Playoff Opener to Minnesota Morris

The Yellowjackets move on to face Northwestern Friday morning to try and dig out of the bottom of the bracket.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Minnesota Morris scored two runs in the fifth inning as they held on to beat UW-Superior 2-0 in the opener of the UMAC softball tournament Thursday afternoon. The Yellowjackets move on to face Northwestern Friday morning to try and dig out of the bottom of the bracket. Categories: College, Sports

Former UMD Men’s Hockey Captain, Esko Native Karson Kuhlman Named to U.S. Men’s National Team

The IIHF world championships will begin next Friday in Finland.

COLRADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain Karson Kuhlman has been named to the U.S. men’s national roster that will compete at the IIHF men’s world championships. The Esko native has split time this season in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and the Seattle Kraken. This past weekend, Kuhlman played in his 100th career NHL game. The…

Resiliency Continues to Show During Playoff Run for Minnesota Wilderness

The Wilderness will head back to Alaska to now face the Anchorage Wolverines, a team they took two of three from during the regular season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Back in December, the Minnesota Wilderness dropped nine games in a row. And just when they were written off by the rest of the league, they rallied in the second half of the season to clinch a playoff spot. Last week, the Wilderness lost the first two games of their series against division champs Fairbanks. And when…

Fun and Games for Kids at UMD BMSE’s Sports Camp

The BMSE group says it hopes to make the camp a regular event moving forward.

DULUTH, Minn. – Public Schools Stadium was the place to be Wednesday for kids to get outside and enjoy the weather with their favorite UMD Bulldogs. The Black Men Serving Excellence group hosted a special sports camp at Denfeld High School. The event was free to the public and featured several activities including football, soccer and tug of war. Organizers…

Hibbing’s Bella Scaia Signs NLI for St. Catherine Volleyball, Softball

Scaia was a four-year varsity player on the Bluejackets volleyball team, appearing in every set of every match in the past three years.

HIBBING, Minn. – Wednesday morning, Hibbing’s Bella Scaia signed her National Letter of Intent to join the volleyball and softball teams at St. Catherine University. Scaia says she plans to major in nursing, which will keep her extra busy while playing two sports at the college level. “I’m very excited, but it’s definitely going to be a challenge. A little…

Cloquet’s Ryan Tomsche Commits to UWS Men’s Soccer Team

Tomsche captained the Lumberjacks to their second-ever section title and first since 2011.

CLOQUET, Minn. – This week, Cloquet’s Ryan Tomsche put pen to paper on his commitment to join the UW-Superior men’s soccer team. This past fall, the center midfielder anchored CEC’s first line of defense for a squad that had a goals against average against under one. Tomsche also captained the Lumberjacks to their second-ever section title and first since 2011….

Hermantown’s Aaron Pionk Selected in First Round of USHL Phase II Draft

Pionk currently skates for the Minnesota Wilderness and is fourth on the team among defenseman in points.

CHICAGO, Ill. – The USHL held its Phase II Draft Wednesday afternoon. And with the fourth overall pick, Waterloo selected Hermantown native Aaron Pionk. Other selections include a pair of Grand Rapids teammates as Hunter Bischoff went in the fourth roun to Youngstown and Ren Morque was a ninth-round selection for Sioux City. Also, Eveleth native Will Troutwine was taken…

UWS Men’s Tennis Captures First Outright UMAC Regular Season Title in Program History

The Yellowjackets will open the UMAC tournament taking on fourth-seeded Minnesota Morris in the semi-finals on Friday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s tennis team made some major history this past weekend. The Yellowjackets wrapped up their regular season schedule going undefeated in the UMAC and winning their first outright conference title in program history. And the team hopes to keep the good times rolling in the UMAC tournament this weekend. “You know, it was right from…

UMD Baseball Sweeps Southwest Minnesota State in Home Finale

The Bulldogs will close out their regular season with a three-game road series against Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team would score seven runs in third inning to get the win over Southwest Minnesota State 10-7 Tuesday afternoon at Wade Stadium. And in Game 2, the Bulldogs knocked off the Mustangs 8-6 to sweep the doubleheader. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD BMSE Student Group to Host Free Sports Camp at Public Schools Stadium

The camp is open to boys and girls ages K through 8th grade and there is no need to register in advance.

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the year, UMD hosts several camps, whether it’s with the women’s basketball team or the football team. And later this week, the Bulldogs will host another one with a special goal. A free sports camp will take place this Wednesday at Denfeld High School’s Public Schools Stadium. The event is hosted by the UMD Black Men…

Duluth FC Footballers Put Pen to Paper on Signing Day

The Bluegreens will open their season this Saturday on the road against Joy Athletic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday afternoon, Duluth FC held a special signing day at St. Luke’s to welcome the players for this upcoming season. The roster is filled with players from all over the world, including a handful of footballers from last year’s squad. When asked for reasons why they decided to come back, their love for the fanbase was near…

St. Scholastica Baseball Celebrates Senior Day with Sweep Over St. Olaf

The Saints will be back in action Tuesday afternoon with a road doubleheader against Gustavus Adolphus.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Senior Day, the St. Scholastica baseball team earned a home sweep over St. Olaf 3-0 in Game 1 and 4-3 in Game 2 Monday afternoon at Wade Stadium. The Saints will be back in action Tuesday afternoon with a road doubleheader against Gustavus Adolphus. Categories: College, Sports

Former Duluth East Hockey Standout Ryder Donovan Transfers from Wisconsin to Vermont

Donovan spent the past three seasons with the Badgers, totaling 12 points in 88 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East hockey star Ryder Donovan is transferring from Wisconsin to Vermont. The forward confirmed the move on his Twitter account. Donovan spent the past three seasons with the Badgers, totaling 12 points in 88 games. The 21-year-old will have two more years of eligibility with the Catamounts with the extra year due to the pandemic….

Northern Star: Jordyn Thomas

Thomas is a 5th year senior, a captain and VP of the Green Bandana Project.

DULUTH, Minn.– Jordyn Thomas is a superstar on the softball field, holding the all-time home run record at UMD. But, when Covid struck in 2020, ending her season along with athletes across the country, Thomas was granted a fifth year of eligibility. “I kind of just made the decision that you only get so many years of playing the sport…