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UWS, CSS Each Win First Game of UMAC Baseball Tournament

UWS won their single-elimination game 4-1 against Crown. No. 2 seed CSS beat no. 3 seed  Bethany Lutheran 3-2.

  ST. PAUL, Minn.– UW-Superior and St. Scholastica each won their first round matchups in the 2021 UMAC Baseball Tournament. UWS won their single-elimination game 4-1 against Crown. They will take on no. 1 seed Northwestern Friday at 1 p.m. No. 2 seed CSS beat no. 3 seed  Bethany Lutheran 3-2. The Saints will play the winner of UWS/Northwestern Friday….

UMD, Athletic Director Josh Berlo Agree to 3 Year Extension

Berlo's new contract will keep the Bulldog AD in Duluth until 2026.

DULUTH, Minn.– The University of Minnesota-Duluth announced this afternoon that Athletic Director Josh Berlo will be staying in Bulldog Country after signing a three-year contract extension Thursday. Berlo’s new contract will keep the Bulldog AD in Duluth until 2026. He first came to UMD in 2013 from Notre Dame and was named the NCAA Division II under Armour Athletic Director…

St. Scholastica Softball Sweeps UMAC Awards

Olivia Howe was named both Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, Grace Hadlich was named Rookie of the Year and Rilee Dawson took home Coach of the Year honors. 

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After winning their 21st UMAC regular season title, the St. Scholastica softball team swept the UMAC postseason awards for the first time since 2016. Olivia Howe was named both Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, Grace Hadlich was named Rookie of the Year and Rilee Dawson took home Coach of the Year honors….

UWS Softball Headed to Iowa, Earns No. 6 Seed for NCAA Regional Tournament

The Yellowjackets will play top seed St. Olaf in the first game of the regional. First pitch on Friday is set for 10:00 a.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior softball team put together an incredible run in the UMAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed, defeating all of the teams at least once and then winning three games on Saturday to capture their second UMAC Tournament title. Now, they’re headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Yellowjackets are headed to Waverly, Iowa for the NCAA…

Laura Harmon Talks Challenges, Excitement of Leading Both UMD Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track Programs

Harmon will now oversee 86 athletes across both cross country and track and field programs. She's also now just one of two women to be leading men's programs in the NSIC.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, UMD Athletics named Laura Harmon as the head coach of the men’s cross country and track and field programs. And that’s a pretty big deal for multiple reasons. Harmon has spent the past three years as the head coach of the women’s programs at UMD and now she will lead both the men and women….

UWS, Bethany Lutheran Softball Suspended in Eighth Due to Darkness; St. Scholastica Eliminated from UMAC Tournament

UWS and Bethany Lutheran will resume play on Saturday at 10 a.m., starting at the top of the eighth inning. The winner will advance to face Northwestern in the UMAC championship game. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Wisconsin-Superior softball team dropped their first game of the UMAC Tournament on Saturday, as Northwestern got the 2-1 win in nine innings to advance to the UMAC Tournament championship game. In the first game, Jessica Jacobson reached on a fielding error, allowing Tiffany Kirk to score for the only Yellowjackets run. UWS was sent to the…

UMD Softball Eliminated from NSIC Tournament

UMD ends the season with a 32-15 record and 21-9 NSIC mark. 

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team had a rough day offensively on Friday, losing twice to get eliminated from the NSIC Tournament. Top seeded Augustana got the 5-3 win in the first game, then No. 3 seed Winona State took the same game 2-1 to end UMD’s season. In the first game, the Bulldogs led the defending national…

UWS Softball Battles Back to Defeat St. Scholastica in Extras in First Round of UMAC Tournament

Jessica Jacobson went 4-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth then hit the game-winning RBI double in the eighth

DULUTH, Minn. – Jessica Jacobson went 4-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth then hit the game-winning RBI double in the eighth as the Wisconsin-Superior softball team knocked off top seeded St. Scholsatica 5-4 in extras for their second win of the UMAC Tournament. Olivia Bancroft-Hart went 3-for-4 scoring two times while Jacobson drove in three runs. Tayler…

Laura Harmon Named UMD Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

Harmon has been leading the women's programs for the past three seasons and has spent the past few months being the head coach for the men.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD Athletics announced on Thursday that Laura Harmon has been named the head coach of both men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams. Harmon has been leading the women’s programs for the past three seasons and has also spent the past few months being the interim head coach for the men. Harmon is now…

Sidney Zavoral’s Walk Off RBI Sends UMD Softball to Next Round of NSIC Tournament

Sam Pederson pitched a 13-inning complete game, allowing just six hits while striking out seven. 

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It would require extra innings, but Sidney Zavoral’s RBI single in the bottom of the 13th gave the UMD softball team the 1-0 walkoff win over Concordia-St. Paul to advance to the next round of the NSIC Tournament. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs, then Zavoral’s single sent Jessica Bren home to score the lone…

St. Scholastica Softball Refreshed Heading Into UMAC Tournament

The UMAC tournament gets started on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Kenwood Fields. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMAC softball tournament begins on Thursday and St. Scholastica is ready to make another deep run. The Saints captured their 21st regular season title and will host the action this week. CSS leads the UMAC in most batting and pitching categories and are second in fielding percentages. The Saints did drop their final two regular season…

Morgan Friday, Trio of Yellowjackets Take Home Top UMAC Women’s Awards

Morgan Friday was named Offensive Player of the Year, Morgan Philliber was named Defensive Player of the Year, Lindrey Schendel took home Rookie of the Year and Allison DeGroot was named Coach of the Year. 

ST. PAUL, Minn. – St. Scholastica’s Morgan Friday was once again named the UMAC Offensive Player of the Year. Friday led the conference with 27 goals and also recorded eight assists. She led all of DIII in points per game and goals per game. This is Friday’s third Offensive Player of the Year honor and fourth major UMAC award. A…

Wisconsin-Superior’s Wilson, Eriksen Earn Top UMAC Men’s Soccer Honors

Defender Scott Wilson was named Defensive Player of the Year while Phillip Eriksen was named Rookie of the Year.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After winning their fourth straight UMAC Tournament title, two UWS men’s soccer players earned top UMAC honors. Defender Scott Wilson was named Defensive Player of the Year while Phillip Eriksen was named Rookie of the Year. Wilson led the Yellowjacket defenders that allowed just five goals during UMAC play, with all of them coming against Bethany…

UMD Softball Team Riding Hot Streak Into NSIC Tournament

UMD and Concordia-St. Paul will face off Thursday in Rochester in the first round. First pitch is set for noon. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been a bit of a roller coaster of a season for the UMD softball team. But after a bit of a bumpy start, this Bulldogs squad mixed with veterans and 11 freshmen have found its groove and are playing their best softball heading into the conference tournament. And that’s big for the Bulldogs who will face…

Bell to Centralize With Canadian National Team in Calgary

Bell will play with Team Canada during the 2021-22 season in a lead up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD defenseman Ashton Bell will centralize in Calgary with the Canadian National Women’s Team for the 2021-22 season. This means Bell will play with Team Canada during the season in a lead up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The UMD captain is coming off of an All-American season, tallying 14 points. Bell said she…

St. Thomas Snaps St. Scholastica Baseball’s Win Streak

Bryce Huffman had the only multi-hit game for the Saints, while Jake Schelonka drove in two runs. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Thomas baseball team came into Duluth and snapped St. Scholastica’s eight-game winning streak, getting the 5-2 and 1-0 wins to sweep the nonconference doubleheader. In the first game, the Saints struck first, scoring two runs in the first inning, but couldn’t get much going after. Bryce Huffman had the only multi-hit game for the Saints,…

St. Scholastica Track and Field Reflects on Last UMAC Meet

The Saints outdoor programs combined for 17 UMAC titles.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica outdoor track and field teams closed out their time in the UMAC in a big way, with the men winning the championship and the women finishing as runner-ups. But after 17 combined conference titles, it’s bittersweet for the Saints knowing they’ve raced their last UMAC race. “This was my 17th year, not all as…

St. Scholastica’s Steger, Bouchie Take Home Top UMAC Honors

Steger becomes the second-straight Saint to be named Track Athlete of the Meet at the UMAC Championship, while Todd Bouchie was named Coach of the Year.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After winning the 2021 UMAC Outdoor Track and Field Men’s Championship, two members of the Saints took home major awards. Ryan Steger was named Track Athlete of the Meet at the UMAC Championship after finishing as the meet’s second-highest individual scorer. Steger won the 400-meter and 800-meter, while also being part of the winning 4×400 and…

Wisconsin-Superior’s LeAnn Torgerson Takes Home Top UMAC Honor

Torgerson was the top scorer of the UMAC Championship, winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash, and also came in third in long jump.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wisconsin-Superior senior LeAnn Torgerson was named the Female Track Athlete of the Meet for the 2021 UMAC Outdoor Championships. Torgerson was the top scorer of the meet, winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash, and also came in third in long jump. The Two Harbors native is the first female from UWS to be…

St. Scholastica Men’s Tennis Learns Location, Opponent for NCAA Tournament

The Saints will open the NCAA Tournament later this week in Chicago against Illinois Tech.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, the St. Scholastica men’s tennis team capped off an incredible run in the UMAC, defeating UWS 4-3 to capture their 19th and final UMAC Tournament Championship. Now, the Saints learned where they’re headed for the NCAA Tournament. The Saints are making a return trip to Chicago after playing there in the NCAA Tournament in 2019….

Wisconsin-Superior’s Maya Callaway named UMAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year

Callaway is the first UWS athlete to be named UMAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After a stellar spring season, Wisconsin-Superior’s Maya Callaway was named UMAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. Callaway went 9-4 at the No. 1 singles spot, while posting a 5-0 UMAC record. Callaway played with a few different partners at the No. 1 doubles spot, but posted a 9-5 overall record and 5-1 UMAC mark. Callaway is…

St. Scholastica’s Schneider, Patten Take Home UMAC Tennis Awards

Schneider was named the UMAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year while Wells Patten took home his 18th UMAC Men's Coach of the Year honor.

DULUTH, Minn. – After taking home the 2021 UMAC Men’s Tennis Tournament Championship on Friday, senior Elliot Schneider was named UMAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year while Wells Patten was named Coach of the Year. The Duluth native went 12-0 at No. 1 singles this season, going 4-0 in UMAC play. At No. 1 doubles with Jack Kearney, they…

UMD Softball Ends Regular Season With Doubleheader Sweep of MSU-Moorhead

The Bulldogs finish the year with a 21-9 NSIC record and will now prepare for the NSIC Tournament. UMD will open the tournament on Thursday against Concordia-St. Paul.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team’s bat stayed hot on Sunday, as the Bulldogs got the 8-0 and 7-1 wins over MSU-Moorhead to sweep the doubleheader. In the first game, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the fifth to end the game early. Hermantown’s Jordyn Thomas hit a solo home run and finished with 2 RBI. In the…

Esko’s Riley Fischer Commits to St. Scholastica Men’s Basketball

Fischer will join his older brother Quinn on the Saints next season.

ESKO, Minn. – Esko’s Riley Fischer announced on his Twitter this weekend that he is following the family footsteps and has committed to the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team. He will join his older brother Quinn next season on the Saints, who just wrapped up his junior year. Former Esko standout Peyton Wefel is also a member of the Saints….

St. Scholastica Women’s Soccer Tops Rivals UWS to Win UMAC Tournament Title

Morgan Friday recorded a hat trick as the Saints won their 15th and final UMAC Tournament Championship.

DULUTH, Minn. – Morgan Friday finished with a hat trick as the St. Scholastica women’s soccer team shut out rivals Wisconsin-Superior 4-0 to win its 15th and final UMAC Tournament Championship. Friday was named UMAC Tournament MVP after finishing with eight goals in two games. Kaiya Quam scored the other goal for the Saints. Morgan Philliber finished with seven saves…

UWS Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Bethany Lutheran for Fourth Straight UMAC Tournament Title

Blake Perry scored twice and was named UMAC Tournament MVP. The Yellowjackets finish the season 11-1 with an 8-0 UMAC record.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team scored three in the first half to get the 5-0 win over Bethany Lutheran to clinch their fourth straight UMAC Tournament title. It was a much different game from the last meeting between the two teams, where UWS got the 6-5 overtime win. This time, Ulrik Lager made six saves to shut…

St. Scholastica Men Capture UMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship

On the women's side, Wisconsin-Superior's LeAnn Torgerson won two events Saturday to finish as the top-scorer.

MORRIS, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s track and field team used a big second day to capture the UMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship for the first time since 2015. The Saints finished with 219 points while Wisconsin-Superior finished in second with 144 points. The Saints won 12 event titles and swept the relay titles for the first time…

UMD Softball Sweeps Northern State on Mandy Matula Day

The doubleheader was this year's Domestic Violence Awareness Game, which UMD holds each year in honor of former player Mandy Matula who lost her life as a result of domestic violence in May 2013.

DULUTH, Minn. – A walkoff in the first game then a big third inning in the second game give the UMD softball team the 2-1 and 6-1 wins over Northern State to sweep the doubleheader. Taylor Koehnen hit a home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Bulldogs the win. Jessica Bren also hit a home…

Wilderness Fall at Home to Aberdeen

Will Traeger scored the lone goal on the night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Will Traeger scored the lone goal on the night as the Minnesota Wilderness dropped a home contest to Aberdeen 7-1 Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena.   Categories: College, Sports

St. Scholastica Men’s Tennis Tops Bridge Rivals UWS to Win UMAC Tournament Championship

This is the 19th UMAC Tournament title for the Saints in program history.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their final UMAC Tournament, the St. Scholastica men’s tennis team once again came out on top, defeating bridge rivals Wisconsin-Superior 5-4 to claim their 19th UMAC Tournament title in program history. The Saints are back-to-back champions after winning it in 2019 and having last season’s tournament canceled due to the pandemic. In doubles, Elliot Schneider and…

Proctor/Hermantown’s McKenzie Gunderson Commits to Hamline Women’s Hockey

The senior defender helped the Mirage capture their first ever state title in the Class A tournament.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Friday afternoon, Proctor/Hermantown’s McKenzie Gunderson announced on Twitter that she has committed to joining the Hamline women’s hockey team. The senior defender helped the Mirage capture their first ever state title in the Class A tournament. This past season, she finished with two goals and six assists in 21 games. Categories: College, High School, Sports

UWS Men’s Soccer to Host Bethany Lutheran in UMAC Title Game

The UMAC men's soccer championship game will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After a decade of UMAC men’s soccer dominated by St. Scholastica, UW-Superior has now taken the torch as the team to beat every year, including in the modified 2021 season. The Yellowjackets ran the table in the regular season with a perfect 8-0 conference record. Only one team has been able to score on them and that’s…

St. Scholastica, UW-Superior Women’s Soccer Teams to Meet in UMAC Title Game

The UMAC championship game will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. at Saints Field in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the UMAC women’s soccer championship game will be a Bridge Battle as St. Scholastica and UW-Superior will go head-to-head as the top two seeds in the conference battle it out one more time on the pitch. For the top seed St. Scholastica women’s soccer team, this season has been one of utter domination. The Saints…

Northlanders Power UWS Men’s Golf Team to Nationals

The Yellowjackets golf team features three golfers from Duluth and two from Eveleth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UW-Superior men’s golf team is wrapping up their final week of practice before they head out to nationals. In just their sixth year as a program, the Yellowjackets have captured three straight UMAC championships, led by a group of Northland golfers. “Ryan and I have been going to school since elementary school when we grew up….

UWS Men’s Soccer Advance to UMAC Championship Game

The Yellowjackets move on to the conference championship game Saturday where they will host Bethany Lutheran

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s soccer team got goals from Archie Gjerdrum and Blake Perry as they blanked Northland College 2-0 Wednesday night in the UMAC semi-finals. The Yellowjackets move on to the conference championship game Saturday where they will host Bethany Lutheran, who defeated St. Scholastica in the other semi-final match. Categories: College, Sports

Hibbing’s Haley Hawkinson Signs NLI for UMD Women’s Basketball Team

This past season, Hawkinson became just the seventh player in program history to score 1,000 career points at Hibbing.

HIBBING, Minn. – This week, Hibbing’s Haley Hawkinson signed her National Letter of Intent to join the UMD women’s basketball team. Hawkinson says she’s glad she waited for the right opportunity and now, she has a chance to play college basketball right in her own backyard. “It was kind of big for me, but it was really big for my…

UWS, CSS Women’s Soccer Teams Advance to UMAC Title Game

The Saints will host the Yellowjackets on Saturday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wednesday, the UW-Superior and St. Scholastica women’s soccer teams punched their tickets to this Saturday’s UMAC title game. The Yellowjackets got goals from Niya Wilson and Annah Schussman as they defeated Minnesota Morris 2-1 to advance to their second-ever conference title game. The Saints got all their scoring from Morgan Friday as they beat Northwestern 5-1 as…

St. Scholastica Baseball’s Matt Tautges Hits First Cycle for Saints in 21 Years

Even more remarkable, the home run was the first of his college career.

DULUTH, Minn. – Baseball is filled with some very rare feats. A triple play, an immaculate inning, and of course there’s hitting for the cycle, when a batter records a single, double, triple and a home run in the same game. Tuesday, St. Scholastica’s Matt Tautges decided to make some history for his team in a doubleheader at North Central….

UMD Baseball Stun Minnesota Crookston in Doubleheader Sweep

The bats would get hot and stay hot for the UMD baseball team as the Bulldogs swept Minnesota Crookston.

DULUTH, Minn. – The bats would get hot and stay hot for the UMD baseball team as the Bulldogs swept Minnesota Crookston Wednesday afternoon at Bulldog Park. In Game 1, Henry George led off the game with a solo home run as UMD topped Crookston 9-8 in nine innings. And in Game 2, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early…

Northland College Baseball Splits Doubleheader with UW-Superior

It was a big day for NC's Adrian Bethel, who homered in each game for the Lumberjacks.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After falling 14-4 in eight innings in Game 1, the Northland College baseball team bounced back to win Game 2 over UW-Superior 9-5 Tuesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. It was a big day for NC’s Adrian Bethel, who homered in each game for the Lumberjacks. Categories: College, Sports

Yellowjackets’ Scott Wilson, Eric Watson Sign with Duluth FC

A pair of Yellowjackets will suit up for the Bluegreens this upcoming season.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth FC continued to add local talent to their roster for this upcoming season. The Bluegreens have officially signed current UWS defender Scott Wilson and former UWS standout Eric Watson. Wilson has captained the Yellowjackets this season to another UMAC title. Watson graduated from UWS last year and is the program’s all time leader in…

Former Bulldog, Thunderhawk Hunter Shepard Dazzles in AHL Debut

Shepard finished with 28 saves in a shutout win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

HERSHEY, Pa. – It has been quite a journey in the pros so far for former UMD goalie Hunter Shepard. After an abrupt end to his college career last year, the Cohasset native signed a pro deal with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. And after starting his career in the ECHL with the South Carolina…

CSS Softball Drop Non-Conference Doubleheader Against Gustavus Adolphus

In Game 2, Olivia Howe's home run in the first inning would be CSS's only run of the game as they lost 6-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their final games of the regular season, the St. Scholastica softball team were swept at home by Gustavus Adolphus Monday afternoon at Kenwood Field. In Game 1, the Saints rallied twice before falling short in nine innings 5-4. And in Game 2, Olivia Howe’s home run in the first inning would be CSS’s only run of…

Duluth FC Sign Denfeld, CSS Standout Keegan Chastey

The Denfeld alum wrapped up his high school career as the Hunters' all-time leader in goals and assists.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday, Duluth FC announced that they have signed Duluth native Keegan Chastey for this upcoming season. The Denfeld alum wrapped up his high school career as the Hunters’ all-time leader in goals and assists. He is currently playing at St. Scholastica under his father, head coach Barry Chastey. And he is tied for first on the team…

Esko’s Brenna Stark Commits to Jamestown Volleyball

Stark was a three-year starter on the varsity squad with 1,025 career set assists.

ESKO, Minn. – Monday, Esko’s Brenna Stark has signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the University of Jamestown. Stark was a three-year starter on the varsity squad with 1,025 career set assists. She was also a standout player on the Eskomos basketball team. Categories: College, High School, Sports

Hibbing’s Parker Maki Signs NLI for Bemidji State Men’s Basketball

The big man averaged nearly 13 points and 8 rebounds per game this past season

HIBBING, Minn. – Monday, Hibbing’s Parker Maki signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Bemidji State men’s basketball team. Maki committed to the Beavers back in December. The big man averaged nearly 13 points and 8 rebounds per game this past season, helping the Bluejackets advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1989. Categories: College,…

Proctor/Hermantown’s Vivi Helquist Commits to Curry College

Helquist appeared in 18 games this past season, helping the Mirage captured their first state title in program history.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Proctor/Hermantown’s Vivi Helquist has committed to joining the Curry college women’s hockey team. The school is located in Milton, MA. Helquist appeared in 18 games this past season, helping the Mirage captured their first state title in program history. The senior netminder finished the year with 86 saves and a .935 save percentage. Categories: College, High School,…

UWS Baseball Pitcher, Catcher Rely on Previous Experience, Trust at Next Level

Bryce Flanagan and Josh Hukriede began playing together in 2012 in Brainerd. Now, the two are taking their connection to grow and find success at UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The relationship between the pitcher and catcher, also known as the battery in baseball, is one of the most important ones on the field. For two members of the UWS baseball team, that on-field connection built over the years has become a lifelong friendship. Growing up in Brainerd, Minnesota, it was only a matter of time before…

UMD Baseball Powers Past Minot State in Series Finale

This was the first win for the Bulldogs at their true home field at Bulldog Park since May 4, 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball bats were hot on Sunday, scoring 10 runs off of 13 hits to get the 10-5 win over Minot State in the final game of the three-game series. Tosten Mann went 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 RBI while Anders Brown went 2-for-4 with three runs scored while McCale Peterson went 2-for-4 with…