College

Coaches Corner: Seamus Gregory

For this week's segment, we chat with the full-time athletic director at Northland College.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Seamus Gregory, who was recently named the full-time athletic director at Northland College. Gregory also serves as the head coach of the men’s hockey. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UMD Set to Partially Re-Open Athletic Facilities for Voluntary Workouts

The guidelines and protocols call for all student-athletes to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus.

DULUTH, Minn. – For those who are hoping for the return of sports this upcoming fall, we got a small glimmer of hope, courtesy of UMD. The university announced Thursday its initial plans for a phased approach to bringing student-athletes back to campus. Beginning Monday July 6th, around 100 student-athletes will return to campus for voluntary workouts. Only select facilities…

Seamus Gregory Named Full-Time Athletic Director at Northland College

Gregory has been interim A.D. for a year and a half while also serving as the head coach of the Lumberjacks men's hockey team.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Northland College has removed the interim label off of Seamus Gregory’s title and named him the full time athletic director. Gregory has been interim A.D. for a year and a half while also serving as the head coach of the Lumberjacks men’s hockey team. “My family’s excited. I got the three little girls here in town so…

Melissa Fracker Excited for New Era of UWS Softball

Fracker is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last week, UW-Superior announced that Melissa Fracker would become the new head coach of the Yellowjackets softball team. She’s originally from Connecticut and didn’t know much about Superior. But when she got the job, she was pumped to join the UWS family. “I was beyond excited for a different opportunity. I’ve realized just being at home that…

Coaches Corner: Maura Crowell

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the UMD women's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UMD women’s hockey head coach Maura Crowell about how the pandemic has impacted communication with her team, as well as recruits. Also, Crowell spoke about the PWHPA and what it means to see three of her former players join the organization. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Professional…

UMD Softball Recruits Meet for First Time at National Tournament

This week, five future Bulldogs joined the Minnesota A's fast pitch softball team for a national tournament in Florida.

VIERA, Fla. – Recruiting has been a challenge for college coaches across the country. In person visits have been replaced with Zoom meetings. And even after recruits commit, it may be a while before they even get to meet each other. But that wasn’t the case for a group of future UMD softball players. This week, five future Bulldogs joined…

Former UMD Goaltender Hunter Shepard Signs Pro Deal

Shepard has signed with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

HERSHEY, Penn. – Former UMD goaltender Hunter Shepard announced on his Twitter page that he has signed his first professional contract with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The Cohasset native helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships as a sophomore and junior, the latter earning the Grand Rapids alum the NCAA Tournament MVP award….

Duluth Huskies Requesting Extension on Northwoods League Deadline

The Huskies are looking to buy some time in case restrictions on mass gatherings are lifted soon and Wade Stadium could be opened for games after July 1st.

DULUTH, Minn. – As of right now, there are four pods in the northwoods league who will be playing or are already playing their 2020 schedule. The Duluth Huskies are not one of the those teams, but they are still trying to salvage the summer season. According to a source within the organization, the team has requested an extension on…

Northwestern Alum, Poplar Native Tom Burke to be Inducted into University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame

The defensive end was dominant in his senior campaign, leading the nation in sacks with 22, which also broke the single-season Big Ten record.

MADISON, Wis. – Poplar native Tom Burke will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame. The defensive end was dominant in his senior campaign, leading the nation in sacks with 22, which also broke the single-season Big Ten record. Burke would go on to earn Consensus All-American honors and be named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the…

UMD’s Bell, Betinol Invited to Canadian Women’s Hockey Summer Camp

The camp will be done online weekly until players return to school in the fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Ashton Bell And Kassy Betinol are two of 50 players who have been invited to the BFL Canada National Women’s Development Team summer camp. The camp will be done online weekly until players return to school in the fall. Bell, who is next season’s team captain, led all WCHA defenders with 11 goals and 21 assists….

UWS Tabs Melissa Fracker as New Softball Head Coach

Fracker comes to UWS after serving as an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University since 2013.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Melissa Fracker has been named the new head coach of the UWS softball team. She will take over for Nick Bursik, who served as interim head coach for the past two seasons. Fracker comes to UWS after serving as an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University since 2013. She played four years at WCSU And is…

Former Duluth East Standout Garrett Worth Talks Joining LIU Men’s Hockey Program

The program was established just two months ago so Worth will be part of the program's first-ever recruiting class.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, former Duluth East standout Garrett Worth announced that he has committed to joining the Long Island University men’s hockey team. The program was established just two months ago so Worth will be part of the program’s first-ever recruiting class. “It’s really cool. I’m really excited. You’re kind of part of history with them just joining…

UWS Cross Country Runner Completes Virtual Grandma’s Marathon From Hometown

UWS senior Kate Schwerman was one of hundreds who completed their virtual marathon on Saturday.

JACKSON, Wis. – This weekend normally would have been packed with runners and tourists for the 44th annual Grandma’s Marathon. And while the race was canceled, runners have the chance to complete their virtual race, with hundreds deciding to do the race on Saturday, some in Duluth or other parts of the country. UWS runner Kate Schwerman missed her cross…

MSHSL Holding Free Online Officiating Forum

The online forum will take place on June 23 and those interested can ask questions about what it takes to be a referee, umpire or judge.

DULUTH, Minn. – The MSHSL is hosting an online officiating recruitment forum on Tuesday June 23 from 6-8:00 p.m. The purpose is to help fix the referee shortage happening not only here in the Northland but also around the country. Those interested will hear from top officials and have the chance to ask questions about what it takes to be…

Coaches Corner: Nick Bursik

For this week's segment, we hear from the athletic director at UW-Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with UW-Superior athletic director and head softball coach Nick Bursik. Among the topics discussed were the UMAC’s intent to return to action this upcoming fall season, as well as what other options will be available if fans aren’t allowed to attend. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Ashland’s Zoe Pearce Commits to UWS Women’s Soccer Team

Last year as a junior, she helped the Oredockers advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2015.

ASHLAND, Wis. – This week, Ashland’s Zoe Pearce signed her National Letter of Intent for the UWS women’s soccer team. Pearce spent four years on the varsity squad as a midfielder and defender, as well as some time as a goalie. Last year as a junior, she helped the Oredockers advance to the state tournament for the first time since…

Former Greyhound Garrett Worth Commits to LIU Men’s Hockey

As a Greyhound, Worth recorded 128 points in 94 games, helping Duluth East finish runner-up in the Class AA tournament in his senior year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East hockey star Garrett Worth announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to joining the newly formed men’s hockey program at Long Island University in Brookville, New York. Worth had previously committed to Arizona State. Since graduating from East back in 2018, Worth bounced around the junior hockey scene, including some time with…

Former Bulldog Ryleigh Houston to Join Brodt, Rooney in PWHPA

After transferring from North Dakota following her freshman year, Houston played the past three seasons with the Bulldogs, recording 49 points in 105 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD forward Ryleigh Houston has signed on with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. After transferring from North Dakota following her freshman year, Houston played the past three seasons with the Bulldogs, recording 49 points in 105 games. Houston will join former teammates Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney, who also signed with the PWHPA, a non-profit…

Kelly Rider Steps Down as Northland College Women’s Hockey Coach

Rider has been with the LumberJills since the program's inception back in 2015.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Kelly Rider has stepped down as head coach of the Northland College women’s hockey team. Rider has been with the LumberJills since the program’s inception back in 2015. Northland College just wrapped up their inaugural season in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Confernece, finishing 6-18-2, but did not pick up a win within the WIAC. According to a…

Legendary UMD Football Coach Jim Malosky Named to 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

In his 40 years on the sidelines, the Bulldogs had 33 winning seasons and Malosky was named Conference Coach of the Year 13 times.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD football head coach Jim Malosky has been named to the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. Malosky led the program from 1958 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in Division II history. In his 40 years on the sidelines, the Bulldogs had 33 winning seasons and Malosky was named Conference Coach of the…

Rainy River Community College Suspends Women’s Hockey Program

The school cited several issues including the recent resignation of head coach Erin Negurski-Hall.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Rainy River Community College has suspended their women’s hockey program for the foreseeable future. In a statement, the school cited several issues including the recent resignation of head coach Erin Negurski-Hall, as well as low numbers and budget concerns. The program was established back in 2005 and had enjoyed a lot of success in the past…

UW-Superior’s Nick Bursick Talks UMAC’s Return to Play

As of now, the NCAA will allow Division III teams to begin practices on August 10th or the first day of school, whichever is earlier.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earlier this week, the UMAC announced their intent to move forward and prepare to play games this upcoming fall season. And although this doesn’t guarantee that games will happen, UWS athletic director Nick Bursik says the Yellowjackets are glad to get some sense of clarity about what will happen in the fall. “We’re still hopeful. We’re still…

Former UMD Women’s Hockey Captain Jalyn Elmes Signs Pro Deal in Sweden

Elmes will see some familiar names in the SDHL as Lara Stalder and Katerina Mrazova also play there.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Jalyn Elmes will begin her pro career overseas in Sweden. The former captain signed a one-year deal with Brynas IF of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. Elmes will see some familiar names in the SDHL as Lara Stalder and Katerina Mrazova also play there. The Manitoba native finished her career ranked 10th in program…

Former UMD Star, Superior Native Brandon Myer Signs Pro Deal in Finland

Myer says he'll head out to Finland later this summer to get ready for the season which begins in the fall.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After wrapping a stellar career at UMD, Superior native Brandon Myer has signed a one-year deal with Lahti Basketball, a pro team from Finland. “Everybody that’s played in this league has loved their experience. I know it is their top league, the top tier in Finland. But it’s also a good stepping stone to if I want…

UMD Men’s Hockey Postpones Season-Opener Exhibition vs. Guelph

This comes after all college sports in Canada were cancelled through the end of the year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team has been forced to postpone their season-opener against the University of Guelph. This comes after all college sports in Canada were cancelled through the end of the year. The Bulldogs were set to host the Ontario-based school on October 5th. But now, the team plans to play the game later in the…

UMAC Announces Intention to Play Sports in the Fall

The conference says planning efforts are underway with the intention to play sports this upcoming fall season adding that they are "cautiously optimistic".

ST. PAUL, Minn. – When the summer starts, the fall sports season is officially on the clock. And now more than ever, everyone wants to know will we have sports in the fall? The UMAC provided a few details on that questions for fans of UW-Superior, St. Scholastica and Northland College. In a press release, the conference says planning efforts…

Former Bulldog Maddie Rooney Set to Join Centennial Girls Hockey Coaching Staff

The Olympic gold medalist says she learned a lot from the Bulldogs coaching staff, including how to keep a great relationship with players off the ice.

CIRCLE PINES, Minn. – It’s been a busy offseason for former UMD goalie Maddie Rooney. She’s taking part in a few youth hockey camps and she signed a deal with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. And now, she’s adding a new position on her resumé: assistant high school hockey coach. Rooney will be joining the coaching staff for the…

UMD’s John Larson Ready to Get Back on the Field

After a junior year plagued by injury, Larson is back to feeling 100% healthy.

DULUTH, Minn. – If all goes well, we’re less than three months away from the college football season. And one player who comes into the year with extra motivation is UMD quarterback John Larson. Last season, Larson was stellar on the field, but it was another year where injuries plagued the dual threat QB. Larson injured his shoulder midway through…

New Wave of Superior HS Athletes Heading to UWS

They say they are excited to stay close to home and continue to strengthen the Superior-to-UWS-athletics pipeline.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There’s a long list of current and former UWS student-athletes who didn’t travel far from their high schools to become Yellowjackets. In fact, some are from just down the road at Superior High School, including this year’s talented recruiting class. On the hardwood, Joey Barker is taking his talents to the Yellowjackets men’s basketball team, a program…

UMD Men’s Basketball Team Sending Essential Supplies to St. Paul Families

The team will be taking their donations down there this weekend to help out families in St. Paul.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team spent all of Friday gathering essential supplies from the Northland community for the “Athletes Helping Families” benefit, organized by Concordia-St. Paul. The team will be taking their donations down there this weekend to help out families in St. Paul. “We’re all in this together. I think that’s been made pretty clear over…

“Scott Perunovich Day” Established in City of Hibbing

Perunovich was a standout defenseman in high school for the Hibbing/Chisholm boys hockey team.

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing City Council recently declared August 18th to be named “Scott Perunovich Day”. The former UMD star is coming off a historic junior year, becoming the sixth Bulldog in program history to win the Hobey Baker Award. The defenseman signed a two-year deal with the St. Louis Blues after leading UMD to back-to-back national titles in…

CSS Men’s Basketball Bringing In Four Northland Natives

The Saints already have six local basketball players on the team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s basketball team announced their 2020 recruiting class. Among the local names was Duluth East’s Noah Winesett. The former Greyhounds sharpshooter says he got some advice from another former Hound on the Saints team: Isiah Hendrickson. “I was texting him. We were just talking about what the program had, what school was like, how…

UWS Athletics Raises over $40,000 During “Day of Giving” Telethon

In total, the 'Jackets were able to hit their goal of $40,000 that will go to several needs for the student athletes.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior held their first ever “Yellowjackets Athletics Telethon” for their annual “Superior Day of Giving”. In total, the ‘Jackets were able to hit their goal of $40,000 that will go to several needs for the student athletes. “We’re hoping that support continues to come in. It’s funded a lot of initiatives. The funds that we’ve been able…

Grant Clafton Talks Moving On From Greenway Boys Hockey Team

After five seasons with the Raiders, Clafton says he felt like now was the time to step back and let someone else take over.

COLERAINE, Minn. – This past weekend, we learned that Grant Clafton has stepped down As head coach of the Greenway boys hockey team. After five seasons with the Raiders, Clafton says he felt like now was the time to step back and let someone else take over. “There’s other things at stake, especially which is obviously the kids and the…

Former Hilltopper Willy Stauber Commits to UW-Eau Claire Men’s Hockey

The 6'2" defenseman spent the past two seasons and some change with the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Marshall standout Willy Stauber has committed to playing college hockey at UW-Eau Claire. The 6’2″ defenseman spent the past two seasons and some change with the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL. In 105 games, Stauber finished with seven goals and 27 assists. Categories: College, High School, Sports

5K For The Frontlines Makes Way to Northland

5K For The Frontlines is a virtual fitness challenge raising money and awareness for those working on the frontlines fighting COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the coronavirus continues to impact people and communities across the country, people are still doing what they can to help. And now, a national movement has made its way to the Northland. 5K For The Frontlines is a virtual fitness challenge raising money and awareness for those working on the frontlines fighting COVID-19. Participants run, walk…

UWS Athletics to Hold Day of Giving Telethon on Tuesday

UWS athletics will hold a telethon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday to raise money for the athletic program.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Tuesday, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is having its Superior Day of Giving and this year, they’re having their first ever Yellowjacket Athletics Telethon. The money raised will go to different things for each team. Some of the needs are team apparel, training equipment, team retreats, meals and more. The telethon will be streamed on IFan Sports…

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Named Women’s Indoor Track All-American

The sophomore was set to compete in her second NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships before they were canceled due to COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD runner Haleigh Reindl has been named a Women’s Indoor Track All-American by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is Reindl’s first All-American honor. Reindl had a strong sophomore season with the Bulldogs and was set to make her second appearance at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships before they…

Wilderness Forward Nathan Adrian Commits to St. Scholastica Men’s Hockey

Adrian tallied six goals and seven assists in his first season with the Wilderness.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Minnesota Wilderness forward Nathan Adrian announced on Twitter that he has committed to the College of St. Scholastica men’s hockey team. In his first season with the Wilderness, Adrian tallied six goals with seven assists. The Roseau native also played two games with the Bismarck Bobcats after finishing a stellar career at Roseau High School, scoring 37…

Former Marshall Baseball Standout Carter Sullivan Commits to Ave Maria University

This past year, Sullivan played on the Minnesota post-grad team, a new program that allows players to maintain full college eligibility.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Marshall baseball standout Carter Sullivan announced on his Twitter page that he’s going to Ave Maria University in Florida to play his college ball. The campus is about one hour southwest of Fort Myers, which Sullivan says will give him a much-needed change of scenery. “It’s a beautiful campus. Just a really good environment there….

CSS Football’s Mike Heffernan Excited for MIAC Move

The Saints will be in the Northwoods Green division along with Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus, Saint John's and St. Olaf.

DULUTH, Minn. – Next year, the St. Scholastica football team are taking their talents to the MIAC, a conference that the Saints haven’t had any success against in the past. But head coach Mike Heffernan is still excited for the challenge ahead. “They have a lot of good coaches, a lot of good players, a lot of really good recruiting…

WPASL to Begin 2020 Season in Late June

Fans will be allowed to attend games, but each venue will have its own rules on social distancing.

HAYWARD, Wis. – The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League will begin their season on June 28th. Newcomers Ashland Armada FC and Duluth FC Academy will not be able to participate this year, which leaves six teams including Hayward United SC. “They have a good team coming. They finished fourth in the league last year. They do really well for a…

MIAC Commish Dan McKane Talks St. Scholastica Addition

The Saints have been on the MIAC's radar for more than 20 years as they became their first new member since 1985.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – This week, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference welcomed St. Scholastica to their 13-team membership. According to commissioner Dan McKane, the Saints have been on the MIAC’s radar for more than 20 years as they became their first new member since 1985. “Adding St. Scholastica has been very welcomed by our entire membership. I think they saw there’s…

UW-Superior’s Greg Polkowski Re-Creates Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Driveway

He added that the project allowed his family to spend more time together with the sport they love the most.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior men’s basketball coach Greg Polkowski and his family spent Memorial Day weekend turning their driveway into a replica of the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. He added that the project allowed his family to spend more time together with the sport they love the most. “Now that the weather is getting nicer outside, we proved the basketball hoop…

St. Scholastica Set to Join Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

CSS will be joining the MIAC starting in the 2021-2022 season, becoming the 13th full time member of the conference.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday, St. Scholastica announced that they would be leaving the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference after 25 years. And in a corresponding move, the Saints are marching in to the MIAC. CSS will be joining the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Conference starting in the 2021-2022 season, becoming the 13th full time member of the conference. Athletic director Franco Bari…

Wilderness Defenseman Ryan Nelson Commits to Iowa State Men’s Hockey

The Esko native spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Wilderness appearing in over 100 games

ESKO, Minn. – Former CEC standout Ryan Nelson committed to playing college hockey For the Iowa State men’s hockey team. The Esko native spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Wilderness appearing in over 100 games and served as team captain this past season, finishing with five goals and 17 assists in 50 games as a defenseman. Categories: College,…

UMD Men’s Basketball Continues Virtual Summer Skills Camps

There are five different camps available for any players grades K-12. Those videos will be available starting June 1.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a successful virtual skills camp last month, the UMD men’s basketball team decided to make all of their June camps virtual as well. Over 250 players participated in the first two camps, so the Bulldogs added three more series, ranging from ball handling to practicing with a hoop and more. The UMD coaching staff hopes these…

Saints Athletics Director Franco Bari Hopeful Fall Sports Will Resume

The College of St. Scholastica announced that campus would reopen for the fall semester, and the Saints hope they'll be able to get back to practicing and playing.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, the College of St. Scholastica announced that its Duluth campus would be reopening for the fall semester. And that’s giving athletes and sports fans a little bit of home for fall sports for the Saints. Spring sports were canceled in the middle of March when the UMAC canceled the remainder of the seasons and upcoming…

Northwoods League Unveils Plan to Start Regular Season

When at least four teams within a close proximity receive clearance, they would play only against each other to minimize travel accommodations.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Northwoods League has created a plan to start their regular season. The league has set up three dates for teams to start playing if local restrictions are lifted and they are allowed to host games. When at least four teams within a close proximity receive clearance, they would play only against each other to minimize travel…

Dan Dubois Named New Head Coach of Northland College Women’s Soccer Team

Dubois joins NC after a 13-year stint as the men's soccer head coach at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Northland College has announced that Dan Dubois will be the new head coach of the Lumberjills women’s soccer team. Dubois joins NC after a 13-year stint as the men’s soccer head coach at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. He leaves their program as the all-time leader in both wins and win percentage. Dubois played collegiately at Southern…