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Huskies Rally Falls Short in Loss to Bismarck Larks

Xavier Carter went 3-for-5 with an RBI while Blayne Robinson drove in two runs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies lead in the third inning didn’t last long, then they couldn’t complete the rally late, as Bismarck left with the 10-6 win to split the weekend series. Xavier Carter went 3-for-5 with an RBI while Blayne Robinson drove in two runs. Will McEntire got the start on the mound and gave up three runs (one…

Huskies Earn First Walk-Off Win of Season

Kimo Fukofuka came in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and delivered, squeezing a single seven feet down the first base line to score Ambren Voitik and give the Huskies the 5-4 win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kimo Fukofuka came in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and delivered, squeezing a single seven feet down the first base line to score Ambren Voitik and give the Huskies their first walk-off win of the season, 5-4 over Bismarck. Former Duluth Marshall standout Ben Pedersen got the start…

Duluth Huskies Drop Home Series to Waterloo

Mike Boeve led the Huskies with two RBI as the Huskies will look for better results this weekend when they host Bismarck.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Waterloo Bucks would score nine runs in the final two innings as they get the road win over the Duluth Huskies 11-5 Friday night at Wade Stadium. Mike Boeve led the way with two RBI as the Huskies will look for better results this weekend when they host Bismarck.   Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Northwoods…

Late Rally Falls Short for Duluth Huskies

Michael Brooks and Kimo Fukofuka each finished with two RBI as the Huskies return home Friday night to host the Bucks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies would score five runs in the ninth inning. But their late rally would fall short as Waterloo held on for the win 8-5 Thursday night at Wade Stadium. Michael Brooks and Kimo Fukofuka each finished with two RBI as the Huskies return home Friday night to host the Bucks. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

“H” Returns to Scoreboard at Wade Stadium

Wednesday morning, workers showed up to Wade Stadium to finally put the "H" back on the scoreboard.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month during a Duluth Denfeld baseball practice, high winds blew off the “h” on the scoreboard at Wade Stadium. Duluth Huskies general manager Greg Culver was relieved to find out that no one was hurt. “So I came back to the ballpark to find the H propped up in the breezeway, notified the city on what…

Playoff Race Tightens Up for Duluth FC

After starting their season 2-2, the Bluegreens have won three straight, conceding just two goals in that time frame.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth FC soccer team has reached the midway point of the season and they have been in quite the groove recently. After starting their season 2-2, the Bluegreens have won three straight, conceding just two goals in that time frame. And the playoff race in the North conference has tightened up with the team tied with…

UMD Assistant Coach Ashleigh Brykaliuk Leaving Women’s Hockey Team to Pursue Teaching

This past season, she became just the fourth UMD player to both play and coach in an NCAA quarterfinal game.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ashleigh Brykaliuk will be stepping down as the assistant coach on the UMD women’s hockey team. The former Bulldog captain joined the coaching staff in the spring of 2018 after playing professionally in China. This past season, she became just the fourth UMD player to both play and coach in an NCAA quarterfinal game. Brykaliuk will pursue…

Franco Bari Steps Down as St. Scholastica Athletic Director

Bari plans to return to his alma mater St. Lawrence University in New York.

DULUTH, Minn. – Franco Bari has announced that he is stepping down as the athletic director at St. Scholastica. He was hired back in August of 2019 and guided the athletic department through the pandemic that shutdown almost all of the sports for that school year. Bari also oversaw the program switching conference affiliations for the first time since the…

Former UMD Hockey Coach Mike Sertich Reacts to Passing of Tom Kurvers

The Saint Paul native was UMD's first-ever Hobey Baker Award winner back in 1984, when he led the Bulldogs to the national championship game.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the hockey world is in mourning for a player who exemplified what it meant to be a Bulldog, on and off the ice. Former UMD hockey legend Tom Kurvers passed away Monday morning after a two-and-a-half year battle with lung cancer. The Saint Paul native was UMD’s first-ever Hobey Baker Award winner back in 1984,…

UMD Women’s Basketball Host First Youth Camp of the Summer

This week's Day Camp is for third through eighth graders, helping kids work on basic skills and fundamentals.

DULUTH, Minn. – After not being able to hold camps at all last summer, the UMD women’s basketball team returned to the fieldhouse for their annual summer camps where local kids can learn from their favorite Bulldog players. This week’s Day Camp is for third through eighth graders, helping kids work on basic skills and fundamentals while also playing games…

Former Bulldog JT Brown Retires from Pro Hockey to Join Seattle Kraken TV Broadcast Team

Brown played seven years in the NHL with stops in Tampa Bay, Anaheim and right here in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Former UMD hockey standout JT Brown announced on Twitter Monday that he is retiring from professional hockey. He will be joining the NHL’s newest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, as a TV analyst. Brown played seven years in the NHL with stops in Tampa Bay, Anaheim and right here in Minnesota. He played last season in…

Former UMD Hockey Legend Tom Kurvers Passes Away at the Age of 58

In 1984, Kurvers became the first Bulldog in program history to win the Hobey Baker award.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey alum Tom Kurvers passed away Monday morning at the age of 58 after a two-and-a-half year battle with lung cancer. “The UMD men’s hockey program and all of Bulldog Country send our thoughts and prayers to the Kurvers family,” said UMD men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin. “Tom will hold a special place in…

Virginia’s Mason Carlson Commits to Mayville State Men’s Basketball

Carlson led the Blue Devils in nearly every statistical category, including points, rebounds and three pointers made.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – This week, Virginia’s Mason Carlson has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Mayville State men’s basketball team. Carlson led the team in nearly every statistical category, including points, rebounds and three pointers made. He also scored his 1000th career point during a game against Duluth Denfeld. Categories: College, High School, Sports

Former Bulldog Danielle Beattie (Kohlwey) to Run in U.S. Olympic Team Qualifiers

Kohlwey will run in the 100 meter hurdles Saturday in Eugene, OR.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD track star Danielle Beattie, formerly Kohlwey, will be taking part in the U.S. Olympic Team trials this weekend. Kohlwey will run in the 100 meter hurdles Saturday in Eugene, OR. She currently holds the UMD record in the 100 and 200 meter dash, as well as the 100 meter hurdles, which she also holds the…

Duluth FC Wins Nail-Biter at Home Against Med City FC

Gabriel Campora would score the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gabriel Campora would score the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute as Duluth FC defeated Med City FC 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at Public Schools Stadium. James Westfield also scored for the Bluegreens, who will travel to Med City for a rematch this weekend. Categories: College, Sports

Huskies Top Mud Puppies at Wade Stadium

Seven players finished with at least one hit to help Duluth get the home win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ambren Voitik’s bases-clearing triple in the third inning powered the Duluth Huskies past the Minnesota Mud Puppies 7-3 Monday night at Wade Stadium. These two teams will be back at it again tomorrow night. First pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Katie Stark to Join UMD Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

After her playing career ended, Stark spent this past season on the coaching staff for the UWS women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hayward native Katie Stark was a major part of the resurgence of the UMD women’s basketball team. And she had so much fun with the Bulldogs that she has decided to come back to help out her former head coach. Mandy Pearson announced this week that Stark will be joining her coaching staff for next season. Stark…

Duluth Huskies Snap Skid Against La Crosse

The Huskies improve to 3-7 as they travel to St. Cloud Thursday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jesse Pierce led the way with three RBI as the Duluth Huskies held off a late rally to defeat La Crosse 11-7 Wednesday night at Wade Stadium. The Huskies improve to 3-7 as they travel to St. Cloud Thursday night. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Frank Pufall Resigns as Head Coach of UWS Baseball Team

Pufall just wrapped up his fifth season with UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior announced Wednesday that Frank Pufall has resigned as head coach of the Yellowjackets baseball team. Pufall just wrapped up his fifth season with UWS. Two years ago, he led the ‘Jackets to the UMAC championship game. According to a press release, the search for a new baseball coach will begin immediately. Categories: College, Sports

Duluth Huskies Fall at Home to La Crosse

Mike Boeve led the way with three hits as the Huskies fall to 2-7 on the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies scored three runs in the first inning, but were shutout the rest of the way as La Crosse picked up the road win 6-3 Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. Mike Boeve led the way with three hits as the Huskies fall to 2-7 on the season. They’ll look for better results Wednesday afternoon when…

Virginia’s Nick Peters Signs NLI for Mesabi Range Baseball

Peters will be the fourth Blue Devil to join the Norseman next season.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Virginia’s Nick Peters has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Mesabi Range College baseball team. This will be the fourth Blue Devil to join the Norseman as Peters’ teammates Daniel Moore, Cole Schaefer and Landin McCarty will all be staying close to home. The quartet helped Virginia go 17-7 this past season, winning two…

UMD Football Adds Two Members to Coaching Staff

KeyShawn Carter will be the new running backs coach, while Monay Swafford joins the Bulldogs to coach the cornerbacks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team has added two new members to their coaching staff. KeyShawn Carter will be the new running backs coach, while Monay Swafford joins the Bulldogs to coach the cornerbacks. Carpenter is originally from Chicago and played running back at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Swafford played corner for three years at Concordia Moorhead, then transferred…

Duluth Huskies to Lift Mask Mandates, Attendance Restrictions

The team will no longer require fans to wear masks at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies have officially wrapped up their first week of the season. And even with the restrictions at Wade Stadium, the fan experience has been mostly positive so far. But Monday, the team made a big announcement about a return to normalcy for the rest of the season. Beginning Tuesday, the Huskies will no longer require…

Huskies Edge Eau Claire for Second Win of Season

Former Duluth Marshall star pitcher Ben Pedersen got his second start of the season and allowed two runs while striking out five and walking two batters over six innings of work as the Huskies snap a four-game losing skid.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies got back in the win column on Sunday with a 4-3 win over Eau Claire to snap a four-game losing skid. Former Duluth Marshall star pitcher Ben Pedersen got his second start of the season and allowed two runs while striking out five and walking two batters over six innings of work. At the…

4th Annual Last Runner Standing Returns to In-Person Event at Spirit Mountain

Normally, the event takes two days to crown a winner but because of the record heat on Saturday, the last runner, Mark Emmons, finished early Sunday morning after completing 16 races.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year, the Last Runner Standing event was moved to a virtual race due to the pandemic. Now it was held in-person again at the Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet this weekend but there were still some challenges. The Last Runner Standing race, which this year had closet to 70 runners, has people run 4.2 miles every…

Huskies Swept by St. Cloud Rox

The Huskies have now lost four straight.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies returned home on Saturday but their offensive struggles continued, as St. Cloud got the 6-2 win to extend the Huskies losing streak to four games. Mike Boeve had two hits and an RBI while Zac White and Ryan McDonald each had two hits and scored once. The Huskies fall to 1-5 on the season…

UMD Researcher Looking Into Why Head Coaches Are Leaving Their Positions

The Mike Randolph situation has prompted more conversations about the role parents play in youth sports.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Mike Randolph situation has prompted more conversations about the role parents play in youth sports. Sean Bedard-Parker, a local soccer official who works in the education department at UMD, is currently researching organizational leadership in sports while trying to answer the question “why do people who are involved in the game decide to leave it?” “I…

Coaches Corner: Duluth Huskies

For this week's segment, we hear from members of the Duluth Huskies.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from members of the Duluth Huskies baseball team, including team manager Marcus Pointer, outfielders Kyle Westfall and Kimo Fukofuka and pitcher Ben Pedersen. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Northwoods League, Sports

UMD Releases 2021 Fall Schedules for Football, Volleyball, Women’s Soccer

All three teams will begin their seasons on the road on September 2nd.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD released their 2021 schedule for the upcoming fall sports season. The football team will open things up on the road September 2nd against Upper Iowa. Their home opener at Malosky Stadium will be September 11th against Minnesota State Mankato. The UMD volleyball team will also return to action September 2nd at the Michigan Tech…

UWS Men’s Soccer Receive First-Ever National Ranking

The Yellowjackets came in at #3 after finishing their season 11-1.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s soccer team earned a national ranking from the United Soccer Coaches poll for the first time in program history. The Yellowjackets came in at #3 after finishing their season 11-1. UWS claimed its fourth straight UMAC championship last month and went undefeated in conference play. The ‘Jackets have dropped only four conference games since…

UMD, Maura Crowell Agree to Four-Year Contract Extension

This comes after UMD clinched their first Frozen Four appearance since 2010.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD and women’s hockey head coach Maura Crowell agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep her behind the Bulldog bench through 2026. This comes after UMD clinched their first Frozen Four appearance since 2010. In her six seasons with the Bulldogs, Crowell has led UMD to two NCAA tournament berths and recorded her…

Former Duluth Marshall Standout Ben Pedersen Solid in Debut for Duluth Huskies

The former Hilltopper finished with five strikeouts, allowing just two hits and no walks in four innings of work.

DULUTH, Minn. – Coming back to your hometown can be a very nerve-racking situation. But that wasn’t the case for Duluth native Ben Pedersen, who returned home Monday night to take the mound on Opening Day for the Duluth Huskies. “It felt great. I’ve been pitching on this field for a while so it takes the whole nerves thing out…

Duluth Huskies Top Waterloo for First Win of the Season

Outfielder Kimo Fukofuka homered in the second inning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Outfielder Kimo Fukofuka homered in the second inning as the Duluth Huskies avenged their loss on Opening Day with a win on Tuesday night 10-6 at Wade Stadium. The Huskies will look to keep rolling with a two-game series in Bismarck starting Wednesday night. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

UMD’s Maura Crowell Part of Group Proposing Expansion of NCAA Women’s Hockey Tournament

The group is looking to make some big changes, which includes expanding the field from eight teams to ten.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey coaching staff is part of a group of coaches across the nation who want to shake up the NCAA women’s hockey tournament. In a story first reported by Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune, the group is looking to make some big changes, which includes expanding the field from eight teams to…

Proctor Native Jake Malec Named Summit League Tournament MVP

Malec isn't the only Northland player on the team, which includes Esko's Nick Emanuel, as well as Duluth East's Caden and Jaxon Edwards.

FARGO, N.D. – This past weekend, Proctor native Jake Malec was named Summit League Tournament MVP for the North Dakota State baseball team. The former Rail led the Bison with seven hits and four RBI, en route to defeating top seed Oral Roberts in the championship game. Malec isn’t the only Northland player on the team, which includes Esko’s Nick…

Duluth Huskies Fall to Waterloo on Opening Day

Duluth native Ben Pedersen threw four strong innings, striking out five batters and allowing just two hits.

DULUTH, Minn. – A five-run fifth inning would be the difference as the Waterloo Bucks spoil Opening Night for the Duluth Huskies with a 5-0 win Monday night at Wade Stadium. On a positive note, Duluth native Ben Pedersen threw four strong innings, striking out five batters and allowing just two hits. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Huskies Ready for Long-Awaited Return to Diamond

The Huskies will open the season on Monday against Waterloo. First pitch at Wade Stadium is set for 6:35 p.m. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Last season, the Duluth Huskies had to cancel their season due to the pandemic and it was a quiet summer. But now, we’re less than 24 hours away from summer ball finally returning to Duluth and the players and staff are ready to play ball. “Super excited, definitely nervous, definitely haven’t played in front of more than…

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Earns First Outdoor All-American Status With Seventh Place Finish in 800-Meter Run Final

Reindl set a new PR with a time of 2:08.77, after she broke her old one Friday night in the preliminaries.

ALLENDALE, Mich. – UMD’s Haleigh Reindl finished seventh on Saturday in the 800-meter run final at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Reindl set a new PR with a time of 2:08.77, after she broke her old one Friday night in the preliminaries, and it’s now her fastest 800-meter time she’s recorded during her collegiate career. Reindl also earns…

Former Clarkson Star Elizabeth Giguere Talks Joining UMD Women’s Hockey Team

Giguere is already familiar with the Bulldogs' roster, having played them during her sophomore and junior years.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a stellar four years at Clarkson University, Elizabeth Giguere has decided to take her talents to UMD as a graduate transfer. The Quebec City native admitted that the decision to leave the golden knights was very difficult. “I just had to think about myself and what would make me a better player and just start fresh,…

Coaches Corner: Josh Berlo

For this week's segment, we catch up with the UMD Athletic Director after he signed a contract extension to stay in Bulldog Country through June 2026.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo after he signed a contract extension to stay in Bulldog Country through June 2026. Berlo talked about the success of the department this academic year and how he’s looking forward to getting crowds back at games following the pandemic. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday…

Sioux Falls Stampede Select Hermantown’s Aaron Pionk in USHL Phase II Draft

The dynamic forward wrapped up a stellar career with the Hawks, recording 15 goals and 25 assists in 20 games this past season as a senior.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This week, Hermantown’s Aaron Pionk was drafted by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 13th round of the USHL Phase II draft. The dynamic forward wrapped up a stellar career with the Hawks, recording 15 goals and 25 assists in 20 games this past season as a senior, helping Hermantown win their 11th section title in…

Duluth FC Academy Holds Off Hayward FC For First Ever Win

Finn Huffington and Brandon Wright scored for the Bluegreens.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their first ever match, the Duluth FC Academy team held on for the 2-1 win over Hayward FC Thursday night at Lincoln Park High School. Finn Huffington and Brandon Wright scored for the Bluegreens, while Cole Gewerth got on the board for the Wolfpack. Categories: College, Sports

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Excited for Another Trip to Nationals

Reindl will take part in the 800-meter run for the second time in her career and fifth overall when combining the indoor track and field season.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, UMD’s Haleigh Reindl will yet again represent the Bulldogs at the 2021 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships. Reindl will take part in the 800-meter run for the second time in her career and fifth overall when combining the indoor track and field season. She credits a lot of her success to head…

Duluth East’s Crystal Kaczmarczyk to Run at Grinnell College

The senior helped her teams advance to state in Nordic Skiing, as well as cross country.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth East’s Crystal Kaczmarczyk signed her National Letter of Intent to run at Grinnell College in Iowa. The senior helped her teams advance to state in Nordic Skiing, as well as cross country. And so far this spring, her track times rank among the best in the Northland. She was also the captain of both…

Duluth FC Academy Begins Inaugural Season

Thursday night, they will play their first-ever game against Hayward FC. The match will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park Middle School.

DULUTH, Minn. – Since 2015, Duluth FC has entertained soccer fans in the Northland and their popularity only increases with each passing year. And for those who have dreams of suiting up for the Bluegreens, a feeder system has been created to help. This year will see the debut of the Duluth FC Academy team, which is made up mostly…

Former UMD Captain Parker Mackay Joins Former AJHL Team’s Coaching Staff

Mackay helped the Saints win two AJHL championships before coming to Duluth to lead UMD to back-to-back national titles.

IRMA, Alberta – Former UMD men’s hockey captain and two-time national champion Parker Mackay has joined the coaching staff of the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Mackay helped the Saints win two AJHL championships before coming to Duluth to lead UMD to back-to-back national titles. He turned pro after college, signing with the Texas Stars of…

2020 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner Elizabeth Giguere to Join UMD Women’s Hockey as Graduate Transfer

The 2020 Patty Kazmaier Award winner is Clarkson's all-time leading scorer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanks to the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic, the UMD women’s hockey team will be bringing back the vast majority of their roster that made it all the way to the Frozen Four this past season. And as if that wasn’t good news enough, the Bulldogs announced Wednesday that they will…

Bismarck Sweeps Minnesota Wilderness in First Round of NAHL Playoffs

Zach Michaelis, Will Traeger, Mikol Sarter and Donte Lawson scored for the Wilderness.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In Game 3 of the NAHL playoffs, Bismarck held on to beat the Minnesota Wilderness 5-4 to sweep the series in three games. Zach Michaelis, Will Traeger, Mikol Sarter and Donte Lawson scored for the Wilderness, who wrap up their 2021 season with a 25-27-1-3 overall record. Categories: College, Sports