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UMD’s Brooke Olson Named NSIC North Division Player of the Year

The Rice Lake native led the conference in scoring and recorded her 1,000th career point last weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team received some great news Wednesday as junior forward Brooke Olson was named NSIC North Division Player of the Year. The Rice Lake native led the conference in scoring and recorded her 1,000th career point last weekend. She was also named to the All-Conference First Team. “She went out this summer and she…

UMD Women’s Basketball Prepare to Open NSIC Tournament Run

UMD will face Sioux Falls in Thursday's first round match-up. Tip-off is set for 10 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Win or go home. That’s the mentality moving forward for the UMD women’s basketball team as they get set to open the NSIC tournament Thursday morning at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The Bulldogs are coming off a series where they suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of St. Cloud State, the…

UMD’s Drew Blair Earns All-Conference Honors, Austin Andrews Named Top Freshman

This is Blair's second straight season earning all-conference recognition, while Andrews averaged over 13 points and seven rebounds for UMD.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday, UMD men’s basketball sophomore guard Drew Blair was selected to the all-conference Second Team, while Austin Andrews took home NSIC North Freshman of the Year honors. Head coach Justin Wieck says although the season came to an end this past weekend, he is excited for the future of his program. “This team’s going to be together…

Grand Rapids’ John Bonner Commits to St. Scholastica Football

He joins teammate Caden Hofstad who committed to CSS last month.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Tuesday afternoon, Grand Rapids standout John Bonner announced on Twitter that he has committed to joining the St. Scholastica football team. Bonner finished his career with the Thunderhawks recording eight rushing touchdowns and four receiving TDs. He helped Grand Rapids finish the regular season undefeated. He joins teammate Caden Hofstad who committed to CSS last month….

Longtime Hermantown Coach Tom Bang Joins CSS Softball Team

Bang spent over 40 years with the Hawks, before stepping down in 2018.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica softball team kicked off their season last week with a pair of sweeps against Crown and Northland College. The Saints have also started this season with a bang, literally. Former Hermantown softball coach Tom Bang has joined the Saints coaching staff for the 2021 season. Bang spent over 40 years with the Hawks, before…

Kevin Moore, CSS Men’s Hockey Finally Clicking After Slow Start to Season

This past weekend, CSS put up 17 goals in two games as they swept Finlandia and showed off their offensive firepower.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Kevin Moore era for the CSS men’s hockey team is well underway. And after a rocky start to the season, the Saints have turned things around, winning three straight and four of their last five. “I think it’s been a really big process for the team learning my style, learning just things about me. But overall…

NCHC Announces Changes to UMD Men’s Hockey Series vs. St. Cloud State

The two games will now be split for this weekend and next weekend.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NCHC announced Monday a slight adjustment for this weekend’s series between the UMD men’s hockey team and St. Cloud State. The two games will now be split for this weekend and next weekend. The Bulldogs will host the Huskies on Saturday with puck drop set for 7 p.m. And then UMD will travel to St….

Last-Second Goal Gives UMD Women’s Hockey Weekend Sweep of Minnesota State

Gabbie Hughes scored twice, including the game-winner with three seconds left, while Taylor Anderson and Kasundra Betinol each scored once .

DULUTH, Minn. – Gabbie Hughes scored her second goal of the night with just three seconds remaining to give the No. 7 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team the 4-3 win over Minnesota State to sweep the weekend series. Taylor Anderson and Kasundra Betinol also scored in the Bulldogs back-and-fourth battle against the Mavericks. Emma Soderberg finished with 28 saves. This…

UMD Women’s Hockey Scores Two Goals Late to Top Minnesota State

Gabbie Hughes and McKenzie Hewett scored the two goals in the Bulldogs comeback in their first game in 21 days.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 7 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team scored twice in the third period to get the 2-1 win over Minnesota State Mankato in the Bulldogs first game in 21 days. Gabbie Hughes and McKenzie Hewett scored the two goals in the Bulldogs comeback. Emma Soderberg finished with 21 saves. UMD (9-4) and Minnesota State will wrap…

UMD Women’s Basketball Wins NSIC North Division Title; Men End Season With Road Loss

The UMD women will be the No. 1 seed in the north division for the NSIC tournament which starts on Feb. 25 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team rebounded from their first loss of the season in big way, using a big second half comeback to get the 69-60 win over St. Cloud State on Saturday to win their second straight NSIC North Division title. UMD trailed eight at the half but shot nearly 56 percent from the field in…

Strong First Period Pushes Minnesota Wilderness Past Austin

Jake Herter, Ethan Wolthers, Mikol Sartor and Gavin Rasmussen all scored for the Wilderness.

CLOQUET, Minn. – A three-goal first period would be the difference as the Minnesota Wilderness got the home win over the Austin Bruins 4-2 Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Jake Herter, Ethan Wolthers, Mikol Sartor and Gavin Rasmussen all scored for the Wilderness, who will look for the sweep Saturday night in Austin. Categories: College, Friday Night…

St. Scholastica Men’s Hockey Light Up The Scoreboard in Home Win Over Finlandia

Zack DeBoom and Jordan Fralich each scored twice while eight other Saints also scored, including freshman brothers Filimon and Arkhip Ledenkov.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hibbing native Zack DeBoom led the way with two goals as the St. Scholastica men’s hockey team defeated Finlandia 12-4 Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Jordan Fralich also finished with two goals while eight other Saints also scored, including freshman brothers Filimon and Arkhip Ledenkov. CSS improves to 3-5 on the season as they travel to…

UMD Women’s Basketball Drops First Game of Season; UMD Men Get Road Win

The Bulldog women suffered their first loss at home since Dec. 2018 while the men got a big road win over the Huskies to keep their postseason dreams alive.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a rematch of last season’s NSIC championship game, the St. Cloud State women’s basketball team once again proved to be too much, getting the 60-49 win over UMD to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season. This is also the Bulldogs first loss at Romano Gym since Dec. of 2018. Brooke Olson led the…

D3 Basketball: UW-Superior Women, St. Scholastica Men Victorious at Home

Home court advantage was the difference for the UWS women and CSS men.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the annual Bridge Battle rivalry game, the UW-Superior women’s basketball team got the win over St. Scholastica 57-48 Thursday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Kaelyn Christian led the Yellowjackets with 15 points, while Bryton Kukowski chipped in with 10 points of her own. The Saints were led by Lizzie Altendorf who finished with 15 points….

Colorado College Stuns UMD Men’s Hockey With Third Period Comeback

Senior forward Nick Swaney scored the lone goal for UMD, who dropped their third straight game.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team led 1-0 going into the third period. But Colorado College would score twice in the final frame to stun the Bulldogs 2-1 Thursday night at Amsoil Arena. Senior forward Nick Swaney scored the lone goal for UMD, who dropped their third straight game. They’ll wrap up the regular season next week against…

Playoff Berth On The Line This Weekend for UMD Men’s Basketball Team

The Bulldogs are currently in 5th place in the NSIC North Division standings.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team will wrap up their regular season this weekend with a road trip against St. Cloud State. The Bulldogs are currently in 5th place in the NSIC North Division standings and with just four teams moving on to the conference tournament, the team says it will be sink or swim against the Huskies…

UMD Women’s Hockey Trying Not To Look Too Far Ahead With Playoffs Around the Corner

Puck drop for this weekend's games vs. MSU-Mankato on Saturday and Sunday at Amsoil Arena is set for 3:07 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will be back in action this weekend after last week’s postponed series with Minnesota State Mankato. The Bulldogs are currently tied for second place in the WCHA with four games left to go, including a big showdown next week against top ranked Wisconsin. And while the ultimate goal for UMD is to…

UMD Men’s Hockey Moving On From Weekend Sweep, Focusing on Colorado College

Puck drop from Amsoil Arena is set for 6:07 p.m. at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team are coming off a weekend where they were swept on the road by Western Michigan and were only able to get one goal on the Broncos. But UMD has been in this spot before and have always had the ability to flip the switch and bounce back when their backs are against…

UWS Women’s Hockey Fall at Home to UW-River Falls, Men Drop Road Game to UW-Stevens Point

It was a tough night for the Yellowjackets hockey teams.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Junior forward Tessa Jorde scored the lone goal for the UW-Superior women’s hockey team as they fell to UW-River Falls 4-1 Wednesday night at Wessman Arena. As for the men, they were on the road against UW-Stevens Point and it was the Pointers getting the best of the Yellowjackets 5-3. Levi Cudmore, Lawson McDonald and Chad Lopez…

UMD Women’s Basketball to Wrap Up Regular Season Against Rivals St. Cloud State

Tip-off for Friday night's game at Romano Gym is set for 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team are coming off an impressive sweep over Bemidji State this past weekend. The Bulldogs are still undefeated, led by one of the top defenses in the NSIC. But head coach Mandy Pearson says she still believes her team can play better with playoffs around the corner. “I still don’t think we’ve put…

CSS Men’s Basketball Now Set to Face Northland College After UWS Postponement

The Saints announced that their game against the Yellowjackets has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday night, the UW-Superior and St. Scholastica basketball teams will meet up for their annual Bridge Battle rivalry games. The women’s game will take place in Superior, while the men’s game won’t take place at all. The Saints men’s basketball team announced Wednesday that their game against the Yellowjackets has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. CSS…

UMD-Mankato Women’s Hockey Series Pushed Back One Day

The start time for both games will be 3:07 p.m. at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team announced Tuesday that their series this weekend against Minnesota State Mankato has been moved to Saturday and Sunday, instead of Friday and Saturday. The start time for both games will be 3:07 p.m. Also, the University of Wisconsin announced the official game times for their series next week against the UMD women’s…

CSS Women, UWS Men’s Basketball Fall at Home

Kaylee Kennedy led the Saints with 21 points while Eli Vogel and Jackson Mittelstadt led the Yellowjackets with 13 points each.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s basketball team kept it close but Minnesota Morris used a big third quarter to get the 75-59 road win in a nonconference matchup. Kaylee Kennedy led the Saints with 21 points while Eve Turner chipped in with 17 points off the bench. CSS falls to 0-3 on the season and now prepares for…

UMD Women’s Basketball Rolls Past Bemidji State, Sweeps Weekend Series

Ann Simonet and Sarah Grow led the way with 17 points each while Brooke Olson finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball improved to a perfect 9-0 on the season with a 73-62 win over Bemidji State to sweep the weekend series. Ann Simonet and Sarah Grow led the way with 17 points each while Brooke Olson finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and Maesyn Thiesen chipped in with 14 points. UMD finished the…

UMD Men’s Hockey Swept by Western Michigan

Cole Koepke scored the lone goal of the weekend for the Bulldogs as they fall to third place in the NCHC standings.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 4 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team continued to struggle on Saturday, as Western Michigan got the 4-1 win to sweep the weekend series. Cole Koepke scored the lone goal of the weekend for the Bulldogs, late in the third period, while Zach Stejskal made 17 saves in the start. Western Michigan scored twice within a…

CSS Football to Skip Spring Season to Focus On Fall Season

The team will take part in spring practices and will have to option to wear pads to prepare for the 2021 fall season

DULUTH, Minn. – Some tough news for St. Scholastica as they announced Friday that the team will not take part in the upcoming UMAC spring season. The Saints were scheduled to take part in a five-game schedule beginning in early April and ending in early May. Head coach Mike Heffernan says the decision came from many conversations with the administration…

UMD Women’s Basketball Take Down Bemidji State to Stay Undefeated

Sophomore Madelyn Granica chipped in with 10 points for the Bulldogs, who remain undefeated on the season and extend their home win streak to 27 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Reigning NSIC North Division Player of the Week Brooke Olson led all scorers with 22 points as the UMD women’s basketball team knocked off Bemidji State 68-58 Friday night at Romano Gym. Sophomore Madelyn Granica chipped in with 10 points for the Bulldogs, who remain undefeated on the season and extend their home win streak to 27…

UMD Men’s Hockey Shut Out by Western Michigan

The loss snapped a six-game win streak for the Bulldogs, who fall to 12-6-2 on the season.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – It was not a good night for the UMD men’s hockey team as they get shutout on the road by Western Michigan 4-0 Friday night at Lawson Arena. The loss snapped a six-game win streak for the Bulldogs, who fall to 12-6-2 on the season. Sophomore goalie Ryan Fanti finished with 19 saves. UMD will look to…

Former Duluth East Baseball Standout Drew Grindahl Commits to North Dakota State

Grindahl spent last year at Iowa Western Community College, but the season was cancelled due to the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East baseball standout Drew Grindahl announced this week that he has committed to joining the North Dakota State baseball team. Grindahl spent last year at Iowa Western Community College, but the season was cancelled due to the pandemic. He will play there this spring and join the Bison in the fall. And he won’t be…

UMD Women’s Basketball Finding Ways to Stay Motivated

UMD will be on the road this weekend with a tough match-up against Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team is the only remaining undefeated team in the NSIC. The Bulldogs also popped up in the national rankings, too. So how does the team stay grounded and continue to play with a chip on their shoulder? Junior Brooke Olson says it’s all about not setting expectations for themselves. “We’re not getting over…

UMD Women’s Hockey Disappointed with Latest Postponed Series

As of now, UMD is set to host Mankato next week. But the status of that series is up in the air.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this week, the UMD women’s hockey team found out that for the third time this season, they will not be in action after a seven-day pause at Minnesota State Mankato postponed the Bulldogs’ series against the Mavericks. Head coach Maura Crowell says some of her players might have already heard about the news on social media….

Proctor’s Emerson Roseen Signs NLI to Join LSC Women’s Soccer

Roseen is a two-time all-conference selection for the Rails and played in the 2020 Northland girls soccer All-Star game.

PROCTOR, Minn. – This week, Proctor’s Emerson Roseen has signed her National Letter of Intent to join the women’s soccer team at Lake Superior College. Roseen is a two-time all-conference selection for the Rails and played in the 2020 Northland girls soccer All-Star game. She is also a long time member of the Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club and hopes to…

UWS Women’s Hockey Top Northland College in WIAC Opener

Amanda Sergent and Jenna Curtis each finished with two goals

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Amanda Sergent and Jenna Curtis each finished with two goals as the UW-Superior women’s hockey team opened conference play with a home win over Northland College 7-1 Wednesday night at Wessman Arena. Tessa Jorde, Amber Heidenreich and Hannah Magnusson also scored for the Yellowjackets. Karadyn Kiviaho scored the lone goal for the LumberJills. Both teams will be…

The Breakout Arrives for UMD Men’s Basketball Freshman Charlie Katona

Thanks to a great weekend, Katona earned NSIC North Division Player of the Week honors.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team are coming off a much-needed sweep over Minnesota Crookston. The Bulldogs were led by freshman Charlie Katona, who broke out in a big way, earning NSIC North Division Player of the Week honors. “Couldn’t have done it without my team though. They were the ones feeding the ball. When you get open,…

UMD’s Scott Sandelin Talks Modified Format for NCHC Tournament

Sandelin says he's intrigued by the single-elimination format, which will begin in the opening round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Heading into this weekend, the UMD men’s hockey team are currently on top of the NCHC standings. And in just a few weeks, the Final Faceoff tournament will begin. Besides the fact that it will take place at the home of the University of North Dakota, Bulldogs head coach Scott Sandelin says he’s intrigued by the single-elimination…

St. Scholastica Softball Picked to Finish First in UMAC Preseason Poll

Several teams will begin indoor action in just over a week as conference games are slated to start the week of March 29th.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday, the UMAC released their preseason coaches poll for softball. St. Scholastica was picked to finish at the top with six first-place votes. UW-Superior comes in at #3 as they will welcome in first-year head coach Melissa Fracker. Northland College was picked to finish 8th. Several teams will begin indoor action in just over a week…

South Ridge’s Connor Bushbaum, Tyler Anderson Sign NLIs

Anderson and Bushbaum were members of a South Ridge football team that won its first section title in program history back in 2019.

CULVER, Minn. – Wednesday, a pair of National Letter of Intent signings at South Ridge High School. Tyler Anderson signed his NLI to join the St. Scholastica football team, while Connor Bushbaum is officially taking his talents to the Minnesota Crookston baseball team. And each Panther had their own reason for their respective path. “Last year, I dislocated my shoulder….

Proctor’s Conner Pavlowich Commits to CSS Baseball, Alex McPhee to Join Concordia Moorhead Wrestling

A pair of Rails put pen to paper this week for their college commitments.

PROCTOR, Minn. – As the national signing period continues, Proctor’s Conner Pavlowich signed on to join the CSS baseball team. The senior also plays on the Rails hockey team, where he recorded a hat trick earlier this season. Also, Alex McPhee signed his National Letter of Intent for the wrestling team at Concordia Moorhead. This past season, he broke a…

UMD Women’s Hockey Series at Mankato Postponed

This marks the third series that has been cancelled or postponed for the Bulldogs, who are coming off a bye week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will not be traveling to Mankato this weekend for their series against the Mavericks. The games have been postponed due to a seven-day pause for all team activities at Minnesota State Mankato due to COVID-19 protocols. This marks the third series that has been cancelled or postponed for the Bulldogs, who are…

St. Scholastica Announces Several Changes for Hockey/Basketball Schedules

The men's hockey team was able to add a non-conference game Wednesday night at Saint John's.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, the College of St. Scholastica announced that they are postponing all games this week due to COVID-19 protocols. That includes the men’s hockey game Tuesday night at Saint Mary’s, the women’s hockey game Wednesday at Hamline and Friday against Lawrence, the men’s and women’s basketball games against Northland College on Wednesday, as well as the women’s…

UWS Men’s Basketball Home Game Against Finlandia Postponed

UWS is scheduled to host North Central on Saturday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s basketball team announced Tuesday that their home game Wednesday against Finlandia has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. According to a press release, the game has not yet been rescheduled. Six games into their season, the Yellowjackets have only been able to play one game, a road loss this past weekend against Bethany Lutheran….

NCHC Announces Changes to Final Faceoff Tournament

The tournament will now take place at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND and will be single elimination from start to finish.

COLORADO COLLEGE, Colo. – The NCHC announced Monday some big changes to the Final Faceoff tournament. For the 2021 season, it will now take place at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND and will be single elimination from start to finish. The Final Faceoff semi-finals and championship game had taken place at the Xcel Energy Center in St….

Soderberg Named to Women’s Hockey Goalie of the Year Award Watch List

Through 12 games, Soderberg ranks second in the nation with a .963 saves percentage and a 0.94 goals against average

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD women’s hockey goaltender Emma Soderberg has been named to the 2020-21 Women’s Hockey Goalie of the Year Award “Watch List.” This will be the first year that the award will be presented, recognizing the top female goalie in NCAA Division I. The award will join the National Rookie of the Year award and Patty Kazmaier Award,…

NCAA Division II Plans to Hold Winter Championships

The announcement comes just days after the NCAA Division III announced they will not be holding winter championships.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Division II Management Council and Presidents Council announced on Friday that they affirmed plans to host all seven winter championships. The council adjusted regional alignments for men’s and women’s basketball, and also moved the women’s basketball championship to Columbus, Ohio. Leading up the NCAA championships, the NSIC will hold winter championships as well. The conference indoor…

UMD Men’s Hockey Defeats Miami to Sweep Season Series

Cole Koepke finished the weekend with four goals while Kobe Roth scored three times during the two-game series. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Cole Koepke would score the game-winner as the No. 5 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team got the 3-1 win over Miami (OH) to sweep the weekend series. The Bulldogs also sweep the six-game regular season series over the RedHawks. Nick Swaney and Kobe Roth (empty-net) also scored for the Bulldogs, while Zach Stejskal made 30 saves. Koepke…

UMD Men’s Basketball Sweeps Minnesota Crookson in Regular Season Home Finale

Charlie Katona led the Bulldogs with 22 points while Joshua Brown chipped in with 19 points and Austin Andrews had 15 points and seven rebounds.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team continued to dominate on Saturday, getting the 84-45 win over Minnesota Crookston to sweep the weekend series. Charlie Katona led the Bulldogs with 22 points while Joshua Brown chipped in with 19 points and Austin Andrews had 15 points and seven rebounds. UMD finished the night shooting just under 59 percent from…

UWS, CSS Women’s Basketball Fall at Home

Local rookies played well for their respective teams on Saturday, as Hermantown's Bryton Kukowski led the Yellowjackets with 10 points while Proctor's Liz Frase led the Saints with 10 points.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In a rematch of last season’s UMAC title game in women’s basketball, Bethany Lutheran once again came out on top,  getting the 79-60 road win over Wisconsin-Superior. Hermantown’s Bryton Kukowski led the Yellowjackets with 10 points in her first collegiate start while Miranda Broberg chipped in with nine points and Ellie Leadstrom had eight points. The Yellowjackets…

Coaches Corner: Curt Wiese

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, UMD head football coach Curt Wiese recaps National Signing Day for the Bulldogs program. UMD signed 27 players this past week, including Mesabi East running back Gavin Skelton. Wiese also announced that the Bulldogs will not be playing regular season games this spring. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University…

Koepke Nets Hat Trick, UMD Men’s Hockey Dominates Offensively in Win Over Miami

Kobe Roth finished with two goals while Jackson Cates recorded five assists, which is just one point short of tying the school record.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cole Koepke would net a hat trick as the No. 5 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team got the 8-1 win over Miami on Friday night to open the weekend series. Kobe Roth finished with two goals, while Blake Biondi, Koby Bender and Nick Swaney each scored once. Jackson Cates recorded five assists, which is just one point…

Northwestern’s Titus Graden Signs NLI to Join Upper Iowa Football

Graden wrapped up his career at Northwestern picking up Heart O' North all-conference honors as one of the best players on the Tigers defense.

MAPLE, Wis. – Northwestern’s Titus Graden signed his National Letter of Intent Friday to play football at Upper Iowa. Graden said playing at a high level for the Tigers makes him feel prepared for the college level and he already feels at home within the Peacocks program. “They’re really, really good at talking to you and making sure that you’re…