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UMD to See Reduction in Games Across All Division II Sports Next Season

In a survey of over 400 DII administrators, roughly 85% of them were in support of reducing games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, UMD announced next season’s schedules for several sports, including football and volleyball. But now, plans have changed with a recent announcement from the NCAA. The Division II Presidents Council has adjusted the minimum and maximum games for all sports in the 2020-2021 season. In a statement, the council says the results were partly based on…

UW-Superior’s CJ Pillath Earns All-American Honors

Pillath qualified for the NCAA championships for both events, but they were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior’s CJ Pillath has earned indoor All-American honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in both weight throw and shot put. Pillath qualified for the NCAA championships for both events, but they were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The honors are the first of Pillath’s career and the sixth and seventh…

UMD Women’s Hockey Team Host First-Ever Virtual Camp

Those who sign up before Friday will be sent access to all videos to that point. But if you sign up later, you'll get a bundle of ten sessions at once.

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s two types of people during a pandemic: those who focus on the negatives and those who will make the best out of a tough situation. The UMD women’s hockey team fits in the latter category. The Bulldogs coaching staff is holding a Virtual Skills Camp, the first of its kind for the program. The camp includes…

Former UMD Captain Sidney Morin Signs Contract Extension with SDHL

Morin tallied 49 points in her first season with the HV-71.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD women’s hockey defenseman Sidney Morin signed a one-year contract extension with the HV-71 of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL). Morin tallied 49 points in her first season with the HV-71 and her third season in the league. The HV-71 is the top team in the league. Morin served as team captain her final season…

Former Greyhound Ricky Lyle Jr. Ready for New Challenges at Army West Point

Lyle will represent his school as a student-athlete but will also have the chance to represent the country as a future member of the military.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a year of junior hockey with the Madison Capitols, former Duluth East standout Ricky Lyle Jr. committed to Army West Point. “When you’re there and trying to see yourself in the spot, it kind of had that Harry Potter feel so I was kind of in awe and I knew in my head that this is…

Coaches Corner: Jon Vaillancourt

For this week's segment, we catch up with the head coach of the Minnesota Wilderness.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Minnesota Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt following the team’s performance in the 2020 NAHL Supplemental Draft earlier this week. Vaillancourt also talked about the Wilderness is navigating through the pandemic and staying in contact with their current players. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

E-Sports Gaining Popularity at UW-Superior

E-Sports is perfect for a pandemic as gamers can face-off against fellow classmates and stay connected while in quarantine.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior has 25 intramural sports. One of those is e-sports, better known as video gaming. Most people will say it’s not a sport, but the Yellowjackets beg to differ. The E-Sports gaming leagues began last year at UWS and have picked up some steam along with the national popularity of gaming, so much so…

Hermantown’s Matt Joki Commits to Tusculum Men’s Soccer

The midfielder was a four-year letterwinner for Hermantown, finishing his high school career with 16 goals and 18 assists.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hawks boys soccer standout Matt Joki has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Tusculum men’s soccer team down in Greenville, Tennessee. The midfielder was a four-year letterwinner for Hermantown, finishing his high school career with 16 goals and 18 assists. Joki was also first-team All Conference and second-team All State, leading the Hawks to…

Bailey Friday to Continue Family Tradition for St. Scholastica Soccer Team

Friday says growing up with two goal-scorers as her older siblings has definitely shaped her into the player she is today.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the CSS women’s soccer team released their recruiting class for next season, which included Duluth native Bailey Friday. The goalkeeper says she initially wanted to break off from the family tradition and go to college somewhere on the East coast. But she soon realized that CSS was the perfect place to be. “It’s very stressful…

Minnesota Wilderness Make The Best of Virtual Draft Process

The Wilderness added defenseman Evan Bushy and forwards Carter Primo Self and Mitchell Joss.

CLOQUET, Minn. – This week, the NAHL Supplemental Draft took place and the Minnesota Wilderness came away with three players and a new sense of what the future holds in terms of putting together a team virtually. The team had nine people involved in the draft process, including head coach Jon Vallaincourt and general manager Dave Boitz. None of them…

Superior’s Noah Benson Commits to UWS Men’s Soccer Team

Benson says he's very excited to join one of the top men's soccer programs, led by head coach Joe Mooney.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – When high school athletes decide to continue their athletic careers in college, some have to move to another city, another state or sometimes another country. For superior’s Noah Benson, he’s just going down the road. This past weekend, Benson signed his National Letter of Intent to join the UWS men’s soccer team. The center back put pen…

Wilderness Take Three in NAHL Supplemental Draft; Local Selections Include Greenway’s Troumbly, East’s Paine

The Bismarck Bobcats selected Greenway's Ben Troumbly with the 21st pick and Corpus Christi took former Duluth East defenseman Hunter Paine at #38.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The NAHL Supplemental Draft took place Tuesday and the Minnesota Wilderness had three selections. With the 14th pick, the wilderness selected Evan Bushy of Thief River Falls. At #74, they took forward Carter Primo Self, who played last season for the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL. Two picks later, the Wilderness selected Mitchell Joss, who posted…

Duluth Rowing Club Cancels 2020 Regatta

The event brings hundreds of rowers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Rowing Club announced on their Facebook page that the 2020 Duluth Regatta has been cancelled. This year’s edition would have been the 62nd, which takes place at Park Point. The event brings hundreds of rowers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada. The Rowing Club also says their facilities will remain closed until further notice and…

UMD Athletics Announces Ticket Policy for 2020-21 Sports Year

Purchasers will have the option to either receive a refund for the cancelled game(s) or have a credit toward a future ticket purchase.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday, the UMD Athletics department released info on their ticketing policy for the upcoming athletic year. In a press release, the school says if for any reason any portion of the home schedules do not take place, ticket holders who purchased tickets directly through the UMD Athletics ticket office will have the option to either receive a…

Saints Golfer Hannah Johnson Ready to Start Nursing Career

The Two Harbors native and nursing student would normally be preparing for the NCAA Championships during this time, but is instead watching from the outside how medical workers battle the coronavirus pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Normally during this time of the year, St. Scholastica junior golfer Hannah Johnson would be preparing for the NCAA Championships. “When coach told us that we weren’t going to nationals, it was pretty heartbreaking for all of us. I saw the work that all of the girls put in and how hard all of us worked to…

Coaches Corner: Joe Mooney

For this week's segment, we virtually chat with the head coach of the UWS men's soccer team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UWS men’s soccer coach Joe Mooney who has started his own podcast, the Next Level Podcast. Mooney also talked about his thoughts on the end of the season for Duluth FC, as well as how his team is getting ready for a possible fall season. Categories: Coaches Corner, College,…

Northland Sports Page Radio Show Talks Coronavirus Impact

The trio of Brian Prudhomme, Dave Cook and Topher Davis have transitioned to YouTube, churning out shows every Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – When the coronavirus impacted players and teams across the area, the Northland Sports Page radio show was also hit hard as they were taken off the air. But the trio of Brian Prudhomme, Dave Cook and Topher Davis have transitioned to YouTube, churning out shows every Saturday. Here’s how you can listen: The Northland Fan YouTube page…

Ashton Bell Named Team Captain for 2020-21 UMD Women’s Hockey Team

Anna Klein and McKenzie Revering were named assistant captains and Bell thinks the trio each bring something different to the table.

DULUTH, Minn. – Before this past season, UMD’s Ashton Bell decided to transition to defense and it paid off big as the junior led all WCHA blue-liners in points with 32. Now going into her senior year, Bell will make another transition, this time into a leadership role. Bell has been named captain of next season’s UMD women’s hockey team….

Pro Career in Limbo for Former UWS Soccer Star Eric Watson

Watson was set to make his debut when the league he was playing in cancelled their entire season.

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – After graduating from UWS back in December and wrapping up his career as the program’s all-time leading scorer, Eric Watson went across the pond to begin his quest to play professional soccer. Unfortunately, his journey hit a major bump in the road with the coronavirus pandemic. Back in March, Watson was in England after signing with…

Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens Talks Commitment to Utah

Kneepkens wrapped up her junior year averaging over 31 points per game and is already the all-time leading scorer for the Hilltoppers.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens sorted through 17 Division I college basketball offers and decided to take her talents next year to the University of Utah. Kneepkens wrapped up her junior year averaging over 31 points per game and is already the all-time leading scorer for the Hilltoppers. Kneepkens says the major selling point was…

Noah Cates Talks Being Named Captain of UMD Men’s Hockey Team

He says he's got great resources to reach out to, including assistant coach Adam Krause.

DULUTH, Minn. – “Oh Captain, My Captain.” Those will be the words that follow every goal Noah Cates scores next season as he will wear the “C” on his jersey. This past Friday, the Stillwater native was named captain of the Bulldogs for next season. He says he’s got great resources to reach out to, including assistant coach Adam Krause…

USA Hockey Cancels Level 5 Coaches Symposium at the DECC

The event is designed to help coaches attain their Level 5 coaching certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey.

DULUTH, Minn. – USA Hockey announced that the Level 5 Coaching Symposium, which was set to take place at the DECC in August has been cancelled. The event has been rescheduled for August 19th through the 22nd next year. According to a press release, participants who have already registered will have the option to either transfer their registration fee to…

Jeremy Snow Named New Head Coach of Northland College Baseball Team

Snow spent four years as the head coach of the Lourdes University baseball, becoming the winningest coach in program history.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Northland College announced that Jeremy Snow has been named the new head coach of the Lumberjacks baseball team. Snow graduated from Northland back in 2010 and spent the past season as an assistant coach at the University of Northwestern-Ohio. Before that, he spent four years as the head coach of the Lourdes University baseball team, taking over…

Duluth East’s Edwards Twins Look Back at Lost Season, Look Ahead to NDSU

The brothers were hoping to avenge their 1-0 loss in last year's section title game.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been a week since the MSHSL made the decision to cancel the high school spring sports season. And it still stings, especially for the Duluth East baseball team. The Greyhounds were set to bring back a very strong team, which included future North Dakota State pitchers Caden and Jaxon Edwards. The pair were hoping to avenge…

Noah Cates Named Team Captain for 2020-21 Season

Seniors Louie Roehl and Nick Swaney, along with junior Cole Koepke will serve as assistant captains.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hunter Shepard. Nick Wolff. Parker Mackay. Karson Kuhlman. These are just some of the players who have worn the ‘C’ for the UMD men’s hockey team. And this upcoming season, you can add junior forward Noah Cates to that list. The Stillwater native was named team captain for the 2020-21 season. This past season, Cates finished tied…

Northwestern’s Titus Graden Receives Invite to Hawaii Tiki Bowl

The event allows participants to receive instruction from college coaches and take part in a high-level All Star game.

MAPLE, Wis. – Northwestern’s Titus Graden has been invited to the Hawaii Tiki Bowl later this year. The event allows participants to receive instruction from college coaches and take part in a high-level All Star game. “I am very excited to do this because I want to represent my school and all of the surrounding area of Northwestern. I’m very…

Jason Herter Steps Down as Associate Head Coach of UMD Men’s Hockey Team

In his time at UMD, he has been a part of two national championships, five NCAA tournament appearances and two NCHC Frozen Faceoff championships.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the UMD men’s hockey team, this time of the year brings news of departures from the team. We’ve already seen three players leave early, along with the four seniors who graduated. And now, the Bulldogs are losing a key member of their coaching staff. Associate head coach Jason Herter is leaving the program after nine years…

UMD Women’s Soccer Team Ranked First in Community Service Hours

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Bulldogs racked up a total of 1,249 hours.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s soccer team Has been ranked first In all of Division II in community service hours, according to the Helper Helper app. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Bulldogs racked up a total of 1,249 hours. Head coach Greg Cane says that’s because the team allows each player to focus on causes that they are…

UW-Superior’s Joe Mooney Launches “Next Level Podcast”

The "Next Level Podcast" is available right now on Apple iTunes and Spotify.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While everyone is trying to find ways to pass the time, UWS men’s soccer coach Joe Mooney has found his thing too. Mooney has launched a podcast called “Next Level Podcast” along with UWS students Holden Law and Bryan Lemmer. The format is interview style with local sports figures including coaches and former players. Mooney says he’s…

Former UMD Hockey Stars to Take Part in Antone Elite Hockey Academy Camp

Former Bulldogs Karson Kuhlman, Scott Perunovich and Nick Wolff will be sharing their knowledge of the game.

DULUTH, Minn. – A star-studded virtual youth hockey camp will be taking place next month. The Antone Elite Hockey Academy is holding a special “Hockey Camp at Home” beginning May 18th. The camp will be done through Zoom and it will focus on stick-handling, off-ice workouts, recovery tips and info on nutrition as well. Plus, several former UMD hockey stars…

NAHL Announces Rescheduled Combine Dates

Blaine, MN will host their combine from July 10th to the 12th.

ADDISON, Tex. – The North American Hockey League has announced the rescheduled dates for their 2020 Combines. Junior Players (2000-2004 birthyears) July 1-2, 2020 – Attleboro, Massachusetts (One of two junior combines for junior-aged players, 2000-2004) July 2-3, 2020 – Rochester, Michigan (One two junior combines for junior-aged players, 2000-2004) 16U and 14U Players (2004-2007 birthyears) July 10-12, 2020 –…

Former Duluth East Hockey Forward Porter Haney Commits to Gustavus Adolphus

He recorded 16 goals and 31 assists in 37 games this past season with the Rochester Grizzlies.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East forward Porter Haney announced on Twitter that he has committed to joining the Gustavus Adolphus men’s hockey team. Haney spent the past two seasons playing for the Rochester Grizzlies of the NA3HL before appearing in one game with the Minnesota Wilderness. He recorded 16 goals and 31 assists in 37 games this past season….

After Spring Cancellations, DeLeon, Bender Shift Focus to UMD Softball

DeLeon and Bender were linemates on the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team that finished runner-up in the state tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the high school spring sports season officially over, some players now look ahead to playing at the college level. That includes Esko’s Dea DeLeon and Cloquet’s Kiana Bender, who are both taking their talents to UMD. “The team is super, super nice. Everyone and the coaching staff. I love the coaching staff. I think next fall…

Humboldt Crash Survivor Graysen Cameron Commits to Nortland College Men’s Hockey

Two years ago, the 20-year-old suffered a broken back in the 2018 Broncos bus crash that claimed 16 lives and injured 13 others.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Sunday, Humboldt Broncos team captain Graysen Cameron announced he has committed to joining the Northland College men’s hockey team. Two years ago, the 20-year-old suffered a broken back in the 2018 Broncos bus crash that claimed 16 lives and injured 13 others. This past season, Cameron finished with five goals and eight assists in 46 games, helping…

UWS Athletics Discuss Importance of Taking Care of Mental Health During Pandemic

The Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being works with student-athletes year-round, but with the coronavirus pandemic, their work becomes even more important. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Now more than ever, taking care of both your physical and mental health is extremely important, something the staff at Wisconsin-Superior is trying to emphasize to their student-athletes. “It shows that we care about our student athletes, their mental well being. We really do care,” Interim Director for Health, Counseling and Well-Being Randy Barker said. In 2018,…

Coaches Corner: Jen Walter

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with UMD softball head coach Jen Walter as she spoke about the sudden cancellation of the college softball season. She also spoke about how she’s keeping busy while in quarantine and what Mandy Matula Day means to the Bulldogs program. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of…

South Ridge’s Kayden Palmi Commits to Northland College Men’s Basketball Team

Palmi helped the Panthers double their win total this past season.

CULVER, Minn. – South Ridge big man Kayden Palmi put pen to paper Friday morning as he signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Northland College men’s basketball team. Palmi helped the Panthers double their win total this past season. The Lumberjacks play in the UMAC so we’ll be seeing Palmi a lot when Northland College visits St….

UMD’s Josh Berlo Talks Possibility of No Fans at Games, Shortened Hockey Season

Berlo says that the athletic department hopes to know in the next month what the fall season will look like.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the coronavirus pandemic officially wiping out whatever was left of spring sports and several summer events being effected, the conversation now becomes will we have sports to watch in the fall, specifically at UMD. The football team has already started preparing for their upcoming season, but across the nation, teams are thinking about the possibility of…

UMD’s Jen Walter Staying Sharp in Quarantine

Walter has been using her free time on social media, jumping on Zoom meetings for coaching camps.

DULUTH, Minn. – While everyone is trying to find different ways to pass the time during self-isolation, UMD softball coach Jen Walter is staying sharp on her knowledge of the game. Walter has been using her free time on social media, jumping on Zoom meetings for coaching camps. She says she could spend hours asking questions and learning from her…

Cromwell’s Micah Pocernich Commits to Northwestern Men’s Basketball Team

In his final year with the Cardinals, Pocernich became the all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,942 points.

CROMWELL, Wis. – Cromwell-Wright’s Micah Pocernich announced on Twitter Wednesday that he has committed to joining the Northwestern men’s basketball team. In his final year with the Cardinals, Pocernich became the all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,942 points. The Eagles are one of the most successful programs in the UMAC, winning eight of the past ten postseason tournaments….

Three-Time National Champion, Superior Native Ross Kennelly Speaks to Spartans Football Team

"You control what you can control and part of that is your attitude," Kennelly said.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior football team are starting to prepare for their upcoming season with Zoom meetings. The Spartans recently had a special guest speaker: North Dakota State long snapper and three-time national champion Ross Kennelly, who is a former Superior football player. “It was also me letting those guys know that I’m in the same boat as they…

UMD Cheer Teams Hold Virtual Tryouts

The football/competition cheer team will announce their rosters on Monday, while the hockey cheer team will start tryouts this upcoming week.

DULUTH, Minn. – This time of year was supposed to be tryout season for the UMD hockey and football cheerleading teams. But this year, both teams have now had to go virtual. “Bree and myself and a couple others from the team that will be taking leadership positions, they performed and videoed from the front and the back and we…

Coaches Corner: Greg Culver

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth Huskies general manager Greg Culver who talked about the latest news involving the cancellation of Opening Day games by the Northwoods League. Culver also discussed the difficulties of getting ready for the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

“Saints By The Second” A Recruiting Success for CSS Football Team

This gives former players a chance to stay involved with the program, even when everyone is in quarantine.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team has found lots of success with their recent “Saints By The Second” recruiting tool. Current and former players post videos on Twitter talking about their experience with the team that gives recruits an inside look into the program. “It’s just a way to verify whatever I’m telling them, whatever coaches are telling…

Biondi, Gotz Become Latest Hawks to Join UMD Men’s Hockey Team

The pair will join Cole Koepke and Jesse Jacques as the Bulldogs will feature four former Hermantown players on their squad.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Former Hermantown hockey stars Blake Biondi and Darian Gotz have been sitting on their verbal college commitments for a few years now. But this week, they each signed their National Letter of Intent to officially join the UMD men’s hockey team. “It’s obviously feels great. It’s been my dream since I was 3 years old. Once I…

Tamara Moore Talks History-Making Hire with Norsemen Men’s Basketball Team

As the former Minnesota Lynx guard becomes the first female to lead a men's college basketball program, she wants to make sure she won't be the last.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – This past weekend, Mesabi Range College made history as they hired Tamara Moore to be the new head coach of their men’s basketball team. As a player, she’s a former winner of the Miss Minnesota Basketball Award, a former University of Wisconsin women’s basketball star and spent six seasons in the WNBA. She’s also experienced on the…

Cloquet Native Westin Michaud Signs with AHL’s Manitoba Moose

The Moose are the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets who are home to Hermantown natives Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Universtiy of North Dakota forward Westin Michaud has signed with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. The Cloquet native was tied for the team lead in goals with 16 and added 12 assists to help the Fighting Hawks capture the Penrose Cup as the top team in the NCHC. Michaud spent the first three years of his…

Perunovich Receives High Praise from UMD’s Former Hobey Baker Winners

Both Bill Watson and Jack Connolly say that the fact that Perunovich is a local player makes this honor that much more special to the program.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, UMD’s Scott Perunovich became the sixth Bulldog ever to win the Hobey Baker Award. We spoke with two of the other five winners, Bill Watson and Jack Connolly, who say that the Hibbing native has left a strong legacy at UMD. “There is nothing that he hasn’t accomplished as an individual player. But more…

Former Coaches Not Surprised by Perunovich’s Hobey Baker Win

Scott Sandelin and Todd Versich had high praise for a player that each of them got to coach.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is still buzzing after the announcement that UMD defenseman and Hibbing native Scott Perunovich was named the 2020 Hobey Baker Award winner. We spoke with Bulldogs head coach Scott Sandelin to get his reaction to the big news. “I think the people that have seen him play know what kind of player he is. He…

Former WNBA Player Tamara Moore Named New Head Coach of Mesabi Range Men’s Basketball Team

Moore returns to her homestate where she was named Miss Minnesota Basketball in 1998.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Saturday, Mesabi Range College announced that former Minnesota Lynx guard Tamara Moore has been named the new head coach of the men’s basketball team, becoming the first female ever hired to run a men’s basketball program. Moore was named Miss Minnesota Basketball back in 1998, helping Minneapolis North High School go undefeated and win a state championship….