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UMAC Postpones Golf, Cross Country Seasons; No Fall Sports This Year for UWS, CSS

Last month, the UMAC announced the postponement of high-risk sports to the spring but would allow low-risk sports to compete in conference only schedules. Now, no fall sports will take place.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, the UMAC announced the postponement of high-risk sports such as football, volleyball and soccer and moved those seasons to the spring, but allowed low-risk sports such as golf and cross country to compete in conference only schedules. But on Monday, the conference announced that no sports will be happening this fall. The cross country and…

UWS Athletics Hires Recipient of NCAA Ethnic Minorities and Women in Sports Grant

UWS was one of the schools selected to receive the grant from the NCAA, which funds a two-year internship enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in athletics.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the years, more women have been emerging in the sports world in roles like broadcasting and media, marketing, training and even coaching. Now, through a grant with the NCAA, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping give more women the opportunity to work in sports. UWS was one of the schools selected to receive an Ethnic Minorities…

Inaugural Week of Giving Challenge Begins for CSS Athletics

Now through Saturday, people can donate to support any of their 22 different varsity programs or to the general athletic department.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday marks the first day of the inaugural College of St. Scholastica Athletics Week of Giving challenge. Now through Saturday Aug. 29, people can donate to support any of their 22 different varsity programs or to the general athletic department. The donations will provide student-athletes with different resources they need like trips, apparel and equipment. The CSS…

NCAA Approves Blanket Eligibility Waiver for Fall Sports Athletes

Even athletes who compete this fall will be eligible for an extra year under the new rule.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA has approved a blanket waiver that will grant an extra year of eligibility to all fall sports athletes. Even athletes who compete this fall will be eligible for an extra year under the new rule. The extension of eligibility for fall athletes follows a similar measure approved by the NCAA earlier this year with spring…

UMD Head Coaches Talk NSIC’s Cancellation of Fall Sports

The NSIC says they will continue to explore opportunities to play fall sports in the spring.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD is still buzzing after last week’s announcement from the NSIC that all fall sports would be cancelled. We spoke head football coach Curt Wiese and women’s soccer coach Greg Cane for the first time since that announcement as they expressed disappointment but understanding in the conference’s decision. “Well given that we had gone through a few…

Former Bulldog Alex Illikainen Signs Pro Deal in Spain

The Grand Rapids native signed with CD Carbajosa in Spain, which competes in the LEB Silver League.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been quite the journey for Grand Rapids native Alex Illikainen. After his Thunderhawk career came to an end, Illikainen signed to go Division I at the University of Wisconsin. After a few seasons with the Badgers, Illikainen decided to come back home to play for the Bulldogs. Now, he’s taking the next step. Illikainen has signed…

UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo Talks NSIC Cancellation of 2020 Sports Competitions

For this week's segment, we chat with UMD athletic director Josh Berlo.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talked with UMD athletic director Josh Berlo following the NSIC decision to cancel all fall and winter sports through the end of the calendar year. Berlo also spoke about the impact the announcement has on the UMD men’s and women’s hockey teams. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University…

Hayward United SC One of Three Teams Forced to Quarantine Due to Positive COVID-19 Tests

The Wolfpack's game against Bateaux FC has been postponed to August 30th.

HAYWARD, Wis. – The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League has announced that three teams, including Hayward United, will be suspended until a 14-day quarantine is met following positive tests for COVID-19. As far as scheduling, the Wolfpack’s game against Bateaux FC has been postponed to August 30th. The team confirmed that three of their players had positive tests and they’ve been…

Former UMD Bulldog, Grand Rapids Alum Avery Peterson Re-Signs with Atlanta Gladiators

This past season, the Grand Rapids alum set career highs across the board, including games played, goals and assists.

DULUTH, GA. – Former UMD hockey standout Avery Peterson has re-signed with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. This past season, the Grand Rapids alum set career highs across the board, including games played, goals and assists. Peterson transferred to UMD from Nebraska-Omaha, helping the Bulldogs win the 2018 national championship during his senior campaign. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports, University…

Former Bulldog Jade Miller Signs With ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays

Miller is the sixth UMD men's hockey player this off-season to sign a pro deal.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former UMD men’s hockey player Jade Miller has signed his first pro deal with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. The forward appeared in all 34 games in his COVID-shortened senior campaign, finishing with two goals and seven assists, including a career-high +9 rating. He wrapped up his career at +28, never ending a season…

Grand Rapids Native Morgan Illikainen Named Interim Head Coach of Dartmouth Women’s Hockey Team

Illikainen has spent the past three seasons as an assistant for Big Green, following four seasons as a player.

HANOVER, N.H. – Former Grand Rapids-Greenway hockey star Morgan Illikainen has been named interim head coach for the Dartmouth women’s hockey team. She takes over for former UMD assistant Laura Schuler who stepped down this week. Illikainen has spent the past three seasons as an assistant for Big Green, following four seasons as a player. She is the older sister…

NSIC Cancels All Fall and Winter Competition Through End of Calendar Year

For UMD, this impacts football, volleyball, women's soccer and cross country, as well as the start of winter sports like men's and women's basketball and indoor track and field.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors announced Thursday that all fall and winter sports have been cancelled through the end of the calendar year. In a statement, the conference says that health and safety concerns prevailed in the league’s decision, adding that current recommendations for testing, exposure and quarantine made it difficult conduct a successful…

Duluth Huskies to Host Second Annual Golf Scramble

The event will take place next Saturday at the Poplar Golf Course.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies will be hosting their second annual golf scramble next weekend at the Poplar Golf Course. Last year’s event raised money for the Poplar volunteer fire department. But this year, the golf course is lending a helping hand to the Huskies by donating all profits to the team after the cancellation of their 2020 season….

UW-Superior’s Reinertsen, CSS’s Thomeczek Advance to Conference Nominations for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

The selection committee will now choose the top ten from each division, which will be announced next month.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Tuesday, the conference representatives have been announced for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The UMAC has nominated former UWS basketball standout Eva Reinertsen. The Duluth native says she was surprised again to make it this far in the nomination process and is proud to still be up for the award. “I just think that this…

UMD Pausing Workouts, NSIC’s Fall Decision Coming Later This Week

The University of Minnesota put a pause on athletic departments in their system that can't test yet as it is a requirement to be able to train.

UPDATED 6:05 P.M., Mon August 10, 2020: UMD athletic director Josh Berlo released a statement on the pause for athletic activties: “In light of last week’s NCAA decision to cancel Division II Fall Championships, revised guidance from the NCAA Sports Science Institute and the recent NSIC decision to delay the start of the Fall sports season, Bulldog Athletics is pausing…

UMD Football Hosting Another Round of Skills Camps

The next round of camps will take place on August 17 and August 18 and are open to any high school players.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team added two more skills camps to their summer schedule for Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18 at Malosky Stadium. The football camps are the only UMD camps to take place in-person this summer. The Bulldogs started camps on July 6 and have already held six camps this summer. They are for any…

Hobey Baker Winner Scott Perunovich Talks Signing On with St. Louis Blues

Instead of burning this season in the uncertainty of the NHL bubble, Perunovich decided to begin his contract next season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD hockey star Scott Perunovich was officially awarded his Hobey Baker trophy Thursday night. Next up for the Hibbing native is preparing for the NHL. Last month, Perunovich signed a two-year deal with the St. Louis Blues. But instead of burning this season in the uncertainty of the NHL bubble, Perunovich decided to begin his contract…

Hibbing Native Scott Perunovich Honored at Hobey Baker Award Ceremony

Before Perunovich heads off to the NHL, the former UMD standout was honored at a special golf outing and banquet to celebrate his 2020 Hobey Baker Award win.

LAKE ELMO, Minn. – Thursday was a reason to celebrate for former UMD defenseman Scott Perunovich as he finally received his 2020 Hobey Baker Award trophy. “It’s definitely exciting that the day is finally here,” Perunovich said. The former UMD men’s hockey star was the guest of honor at a special golf outing and banquet to honor his 2020 Hobey…

NCHA Pushes Back Conference Action to 2021

Both the CSS men's and women's hockey teams will not start conference play until at least January 1.

DULUTH, Minn. – We are continuing to find out more and more about the status of local sports happening for the rest of this year. On Wednesday, DIII canceled all fall championships and on Thursday, we’re learning a winter sports update. The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) announced that it will be moving the start of conference play back to…

NCAA D2, D3 Fall Championships Cancelled

The NCAA also released guidelines to protect student-athletes during the pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Big news from the NCAA as there will be no fall championships in Divisions II and III. The NCAA Board of Governors directed each division to determined their status by August 21st. But DII and DIII were quick to decide that fall championships were not going to happen. No word yet on the status of conference championships….

Long Layoff Coming for UWS Men’s Soccer Team

The UMAC announcement means the Yellowjackets will have a long layoff until they get a chance to defend their UMAC championship.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last week, the UMAC became one of the last Division III conferences to announce the postponement of the fall sports season, sending high-risk sports into the spring season. UWS men’s soccer head coach Joe Mooney spoke Monday about his reaction to that announcement. “I think it was fairly inevitable. Who are we going to play if every…

Northland College AD Seamus Gregory’s Daughter Fighting Cancer

Northland College Athletic Director and men's hockey head coach Seamus Gregory announced that his oldest daughter Clare, who is just five years old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Northland College Athletic Director and men’s hockey head coach Seamus Gregory announced that his oldest daughter Clare, who is just five years old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Fellow athletic programs, especially local hockey teams like UWS and CSS, flooded Twitter with their support. There is a GoFundMe for the Gregory family that has raised over…

“Interesting Summer” for UMD’s Gabbie Hughes

Hughes admits that she and most of her teammates are in the dark in terms of what's going to happen next.

DULUTH, Minn. – This offseason has been a wild one for the UMD women’s hockey team. Forward Gabbie Hughes has been spending this week with the Twin Ports Pro Developement Camp. We caught up with her to ask what she’s been up to this summer and she says the work has been picking up since she’s been back in town….

UMD’s Jim Boos Talks Adapting to Changes in NSIC Schedule

As of now, the Bulldogs will open their season at home against Minnesota State-Mankato on October 2nd.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this week, the NSIC adjusted their fall sports schedule for the second time, which includes a decrease in matches for volleyball teams from 20 to 15. And with the start date of practices pushed to after Labor Day, UMD head coach Jim Boos says his team’s yearly routine will definitely be different. “Usually having a couple…

D3 Athletic Directors React to UMAC’s Decision on Fall Sports

The UMAC has decided to move high risk sports like football, volleyball and soccer to the spring.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Upper Midwest Athletic Association has been one of the last Division III conferences to announce their plans for the upcoming fall sports season. And the UMAC has decided to move high risk sports like football, volleyball and soccer to the spring. We spoke with the three local UMAC athletic directors: UW-Superior’s Nick Bursik, St. Scholastica’s Franco…

UMAC Moves Football, Volleyball, Soccer to Spring Season

Non-conference competition in the fall for those high-risk sports will be left up to the schools.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the past few weeks, several Division III conferences announced their plans for the upcoming fall sports season, with many deciding against hosting competition. The UMAC is the latest domino to fall. The conference announced Thursday that high-risk sports, including football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer, will be moved to the spring. The statement also…

Former UMD Captain Zoe Hickel to Join Ohio State Coaching Staff

After her time with the Bulldogs, which saw her captain the team for two years, Hickel played professionally in the United States, Canada and Sweden.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former UMD women’s hockey standout Zoe Hickel will be seeing her alma mater very soon. Hickel has joined the coaching staff for fellow WCHA foe Ohio State University. After her time with the Bulldogs, which saw her captain the team for two years, Hickel played professionally in the United States, Canada and Sweden. She also played in…

Twin Ports PDC Kicks Off at Superior Ice Arena

The camp concepts are still the same, with a few tweaks to stay in line with social distancing guidelines.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Just a few months ago, we had no clue if any kind of sports would be going on this summer, much less camps. But this week, one of the most popular hockey camps in the Northland is back on the ice. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp returned for its fifth year in Superior. Campers were able…

NAHL Announces Delayed Start to 2020-2021 Season

The league says action will start October 9th and the schedule will be released on September 1st.

DALLAS, Tex. – The National American Hockey League announced Monday that the upcoming season will begin nearly one month later. The league says action will start October 9th and the schedule will be released on September 1st. NAHL commissioner and president Mark Frankenfeld says between now and the schedule release, they will be communicating with other leagues to develop the…

NSIC Announces Delayed Start to Fall Sports Season

Schedules have been reduced as football will have an eight-game schedule while volleyball will play 15 matches and soccer will have 11.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The NSIC announced Monday that they will be delaying the start of the fall sport season. For football and men’s and women’s cross country, practices will begin Wednesday, September 2nd, with the first games scheduled for Saturday, September 26th. For volleyball and soccer, practices will start Tuesday, September 8th and matches will begin on Friday, October 2nd….

Former Duluth East Captain Charlie Erickson Excited to Join Minnesota Wilderness

Erickson was one of 12 players drafted by the Minnesota Wilderness.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this week, the NAHL Entry Draft took place and the Minnesota Wilderness stayed local as they selected Duluth East forward Charlie Erickson. The former Greyhounds captain talked about the moment he found out he was staying close to home to play junior hockey. “I found out from my dad. I had been watching the draft all…

UMD Football Team Hosts High School Team Camp

12 teams from across the Northland, and some from outside the local area, were split up on different fields to maintain social distancing guidelines.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, the UMD football team hosted their annual High School Team Camp. 12 teams from across the Northland, and some from outside the local area, were split up on different fields to maintain social distancing guidelines. Coaches say this camp has been something their teams have been waiting for all summer. “I’m really glad we got to…

Former Duluth East Standout Phil Beaulieu Signs Two-Way Deal with Iowa Wild/Allen Americans

Beaulieu was a three-time All-Conference honoree and the 2019 WCHA Defenseman of the Year.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Duluth East hockey standout Phil Beaulieu has signed a two-way deal with the Iowa Wild of the AHL and the Allen Americans of the ECHL. The defenseman wrapped up his college career at Northern Michigan University recording 121 points in 158 games, finishing third all-time among Wildcat blueliners. Beaulieu was a three-time All-Conference honoree and…

Wilderness Take East’s Erickson, GR’s Clafton Goes to Danbury in NAHL Entry Draft

Both team captains are heading to the NAHL.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Tuesday, the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft took place virtually. The Minnesota Wilderness stayed local, taking former Duluth East captain Charlie Erickson in the eighth round. The forward tallied 25 points in his final season with the Greyhounds. And he wasn’t the only local pick as the Danbury Junior Hat Tricks selected Grand Rapids goalie Carter Clafton in…

Northland College Men’s Lacrosse to Join Midwest Lacrosse Conference

The LumberJacks will join Beloit, Cornell, North Central, Northwestern and Monmouth for the 2021 season.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Since the program’s inception in 2017, the Northland College men’s lacrosse team has competed as Division III independent program. A few years later and the LumberJacks will now be competing in an official DIII conference. Athletic director Seamus Gregory announced Tuesday that Northland College will be joining the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. The move opens the schedule a…

UMD Not Planning to Release COVID-19 Testing Results of Student-Athletes

UMD says they can't release the results of their COVID-19 testing due to the private nature of the data.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, universities across the country partially opened their campuses for the return of student athletes. One of the conditions for these voluntary workouts would be that athletes needed to be tested for COVID-19. Over two dozen schools, including the University of Minnesota, have been releasing the results of those tests, while places like UMD do not…

Coaches Corner: Josh Berlo

For this week's segment, we hear from UMD's director of athletics.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UMD athletic director Josh Berlo. Among the topics discussed includes the latest regarding the status of the fall sports season, as well as the partial re-opening of campus for voluntary workouts. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

It’s Tournament Time for Playmakers North AAU Boys Basketball Team

Last weekend, the team competed in their first tournament in Wisconsin Dells, winning all three games by a wide margin.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Playmakers North AAU boys basketball team are back in action. Last weekend, the team competed in their first tournament in Wisconsin Dells, winning all three games by a wide margin. The players admit though the experience was different than what their used to. “It was weird when we weren’t playing. But when we were playing, it…

Former CSS Goalie Lexi Thomeczek Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Thomeczek wrapped up her career at CSS as the all-time leader in five major categories, including wins, saves and shutouts.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, former St. Scholastica goalie Lexi Thomeczek has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The St. Louis native says she is honored to be one of 220 nominees in all of Division III that are being recognized for their accomplishments in women’s sports. “Some people sometimes look down upon it and don’t…

UMAC Provides Update on Fall Sports, Includes Schedule Adjustments

The league says they still intend on playing sports this fall with a few tweaks to the schedule.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thursday, the UMAC released an update On the status of fall sports. The league says they still intend on playing sports this fall with a few tweaks to the schedule. Men’s and women’s soccer will have eight league games, as well as two additional games, which won’t count in the UMAC standings. Same for volleyball As…

CSS Ski Team Starts Fundraiser for Duluth Chapter of NAACP

The team says they were motivated to help out, despite coming from a sport that has little to no diversity.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been nearly two months since the death of George Floyd sparked protests across the world, including right here in the Northland. One local team was moved so much by the protests that they want to give back to the cause. The St. Scholastica ski team started a fundraiser to benefit the Duluth branch of the NAACP….

Former UWS Basketball Standout, Duluth Native Eva Reinertsen Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

She was a three-time All-Conference selection in her time with the Yellowjackets while recording a 4.0 GPA in social work.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each year, the NCAA recognized female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership. 220 nominees came from Division III including a Duluth native. Former UWS basketball standout Eva Reinertsen is a UMAC nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. She was a three-time All-Conference selection in her time with the Yellowjackets…

UMD Men’s Hockey Postpones 2020 Ice Breaker Tournament

The tentative dates are now October 15th and 16th of 2021.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sports schedules have been turned upside down thanks to the pandemic. This week, the UMD men’s hockey team will put out an updated version of their upcoming schedule and we already know one big change that is coming. The 2020 Ice Breaker Tournament, which was scheduled for October 9th and 10th, will be postponed to next season….

Derek Plante Returns to UMD Men’s Hockey Team as Assistant Coach

Plante was inducted into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and finished his career with the Bulldogs tied for second place on the all-time scoring list.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday, the UMD men’s hockey team announced they are bringing back Hall of Famer Derek Plante for another stint as an assistant coach. The Cloquet native was on the coaching staff when they won their first national championship in 2011 and he says he’s excited to once again work alongside head coach Scott Sandelin. “Obviously he’s a…

Scott Perunovich Signs Two-Year, Entry-Level Deal with St. Louis Blues

The 21-year-old won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award after leading the NCHC in scoring.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It looks like Scott Perunovich’s pro debut will be on hold for at least another year. The Hibbing native has agreed to a two-year, entry-level deal with the St. Louis Blues and will be eligible to join the team next season. The 21-year-old won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award after leading the NCHC in scoring. Due…

Coaches Corner: Kevin Moore

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the CSS men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chatted with the new head coach of the St. Scholastica men’s hockey team Kevin Moore. Moore spent the past two seasons in the NCHA as an assistant at Adrian College. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Jason Carter Named New Head Coach of Northland College Women’s Hockey Team

Carter will join the LumberJills after spending three seasons as an assistant at St. Mary's college.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Northland College has hired Jason Carter to lead their women’s hockey program. Carter will join the LumberJills after spending three seasons as an assistant at St. Mary’s college. He takes over for Kelly Rider, who stepped down last month. Carter is a 2013 graduate of St. Thomas and began his coaching career while still in college as…

St. Scholastica Tabs Kevin Moore As New Head Coach of Men’s Hockey Team

Moore spent the past two seasons in the NCHA as an assistant at Adrian College.

DULUTH, Minn. – Three months ago, Tim Madsen resigned as head coach of the St. Scholastica men’s hockey team. The Saints began a nationwide search for their next bench boss and found their man who has some ties to the east coast. CSS announced Thursday that Kevin Moore is the new head coach of the men’s hockey team. Moore spent…

MCAC Football Coaches React to Fall Sports Cancellation

Seven Northland colleges were impacted by the MCAC's decision to cancel the fall sports season.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Northland is still buzzing after the Minnesota College Athletic Conference cancelled their fall sports season. The news was tough to hear for local head football coaches who had the unenviable task of breaking the news to their players that their season was over before it even began. “It was difficult. We had heard whispers as a…

Scott Perunovich to be Honored by Hobey Baker Committee Next Month

The ceremony will take place August 6th at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, MN.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hobey Baker Award committee announced Wednesday that former UMD Bulldog and 2020 Hobey Baker Award winner Scott Perunovich will be honored at a banquet/golf outing next month. The ceremony will take place August 6th at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, MN. The event was scheduled to take place back in April, but the coronavirus…