Friday Night Frenzy

Coaches Corner: Kevin Moore

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

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

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

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…

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

“Haitian Temptation” Al Sands Talks George Floyd Protests, Racial Inequality in the Northland

Sands also gave examples from his personal experiences of racial profiling in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – On this week’s edition of Friday Night Frenzy, professional boxer Al Sands spoke to FOX 21 about several topics including the George Floyd protests and how the movement has spread across the country. Sands also gives examples from his personal experiences of racial profiling in the Northland. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports, Sports

Coaches Corner: “The Last Dance” Reaction

For this week's segment, we get local reaction to "The Last Dance" documentary.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Northland basketball coaches on their thoughts on the “Last Dance” ESPN documentary. Our guests include Andy Fenske, Tamara Moore, Dyami Starks, CJ Osuchukwu, Derek Anderson and Joel McDonald. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports, Sports

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…

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…

Coaches Corner: Amanda Boulier

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with Amanda Boulier who was named the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall girls hockey team. She currently plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the NWHL and spent time coaching as an assistant at Yale. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

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…

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…

Northland Softball Coaches React to Canceled Season

The three Northland softball teams who made it to state last season discuss what it's like to not defend their section titles.

ESKO, Minn. – On Thursday, the MSHSL announced the cancellation of the spring sports season. And while the announcement is a tough pill to swallow for every team across the Northland, it’s even tougher for the three local softball teams who played in the state tournament last season. “I think they’re mature enough to understand. But do they like it?…

Coaches Corner: Proctor Rails

For this week's segment, we hear from the Rails and how they got involved with the Be the Light MN movement.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with Proctor athletic director Dan Stauber and senior Ben Harnell. The pair spoke about the state of high school sports in the Northland, as well as how they got involved with the “Be the Light MN” social media movement. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Hermantown Native, Winnipeg Defenseman Neal Pionk Talks Quarantine Life

Pionk added that he knows it's going to be a while until he goes back to Winnipeg so in the meantime, he's staying in game shape.

DULUTH, Minn. – Four weeks ago, the NHL announced it would be suspending play immediately due to the coronavirus pandemic. That left many players, including Winnipeg defenseman and Hermantown native Neal Pionk, scrambling for answers in a situation that no one was prepared for. “It was a time of the unknown. Usually in a world where you know things, you’re…

Coaches Corner: Curt Wiese

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we catch up with UMD head football coach Curt Wiese as he announced that spring practices have been cancelled. Among the topics discussed are the team’s plans moving forward as they get ready for the fall and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted recruiting. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports,…

The Road to the Pros Begins for UMD’s Brandon Myer

The Superior native figures he'll have to start his career somewhere overseas.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a stellar career at UMD, Brandon Myer now has his eyes on playing professionally. But with everyone in quarantine, it’s making things a little tougher for the Superior native. “The most negative way its impacted me specifically would be the gyms that aren’t open anymore. I guess I hoop out in the driveway. But that’s not…

Coaches Corner: Nick Garramone

For this week's segment, we catch up with the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with Nick Garramone who was recently named the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall baseball team. From 2006 to 2013, Garramone was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He takes over for Joe Wicklund who stepped down to take the head coaching position at…

Self-Isolation Isn’t Slowing Down Salo’s Showcase

With everyone stuck at home, Luke Salo has found a way to train his athletes from afar.

SAGINAW, Minn. – Luke Salo is one of the top basketball trainers in the Northland. “I had knee surgery, ACL surgery, miniscus surgery. I had shoulder surgery. I kind of had to find ways to keep the game in my life, other than just playing all the time,” Salo said. He currently trains nearly 50 local players for his program:…

Coaches Corner: Jasen Wise

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Jasen Wise who was named the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team. Wise has over 20 years of college coaching experience, with his latest stop coming at Concordia University in Wisconsin. He is a graduate of International Falls High School and after spending two years…

Cardinals’ Shaily Hakamaki Still Preparing for Potential Spring Sports Season

After her basketball season came to an abrupt end during the state tournament, senior Shaily Hakamaki is hoping the track season doesn't get canceled.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Like most teams across the country, the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team saw its season come to an abrupt end last week during the state tournament. But now, with the spring sports season still a possibility, senior Shaily Hakamaki is hoping for a happier ending to her high school career. “We came back to the hotel and got…

Former Spartan Jessica Lindstrom Returns Home After Belgium Pro Basketball League Cancels Season

Last month, the corona virus made its way into the country, forcing Lindstrom to start planning a way to get back home.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last summer, former Superior basketball star Jessica Lindstrom continued her pro career as she signed with a team in Belgium. But last month, the corona virus made its way into the country, forcing Lindstrom to start planning a way to get back home. “It was really prominent when Italy got really bad because they’re so close to…

Coaches Corner: Sean Morgan

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of Duluth FC.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with the new head coach of Duluth FC Sean Morgan. Morgan is a former Bluegreen and CSS men’s soccer standout. He spoke about his excitement to lead the new era of Duluth FC soccer, as well as the new “Duluth FC Academy” that was established this year. Categories: Coaches Corner,…

Eskomos Boys, Hilltoppers Girls React to State Basketball Tournament Cancellations

Esko was set to play in the section 7AA final while Duluth Marshall was set to play in the Class AA semifinals on Friday night.

ESKO, Minn. – The MSHSL announced on Friday morning that the remainder of the girls basketball state tournament and the boys basketball section playoffs and upcoming state tournament would be canceled, effective immediately. The Duluth Marshall girls were one of two Northland teams left in the state basketball tournament. The Hilltoppers won their quarterfinal game on Wednesday to win their…

UMD Women’s Basketball Discusses NCAA Tournament Cancellation, End of Season

The Bulldogs were set to take on Fort Hayes State in the region quarterfinals on Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team was supposed to start the NCAA DII basketball tournament Friday afternoon, but after a morning practice on Thursday, the NCAA announced that all winter and spring tournament across all divisions were canceled, ending the Bulldogs season and sending them home. The Bulldogs, who were wrapping up one of the most successful regular…

Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Defeats Patriots to Win Section 7AA Title

Grace Kirk finished with 33 points while Gianna Kneepkens finished with 24 as Duluth Marshall is headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2000.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grace Kirk finished with 33 points as she led the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team past Pequot Lakes 79-63 to win the section 7AA title. Gianna Kneepkens finished with 24 points as the Hilltoppers are headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2000. Duluth Marshall now awaits the class AA seeding which is set…

Coaches Corner: Glen Drexler

For this week's segment, we hear from the head coach of the UWS track and field team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with Wisconsin-Superior track and field head coach Glen Drexler after his men’s team captured their fourth straight UMAC championship. Next up for the Yellowjackets is the final qualifying event for nationals: the Pointer Qualifiers. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UMD Men’s Hockey Take Down St. Cloud State at Home

A three-goal third period would be the difference as the Bulldogs knocked off the Huskies at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cole Koepke would score twice in the third period as the UMD men’s hockey team knocked off St. Cloud State 4-1 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Quinn Olson and Kobe Bender also scored for the Bulldogs, while Hunter Shepard finished with 22 saves on the night. UMD will look to sweep the season finale Saturday night with…

Prep Boys Basketball: Tigers, Hawks Advance to Section 7AAA Title Game

Princeton knocked off Grand Rapids while Hermantown held off Hibbing in the semi-finals.

DULUTH, Minn. – The top seeds would prevail as Princeton defeated Grand Rapids 77-66 and Hermantown held off Hibbing 66-58 Friday night in the Section 7AAA semi-finals. The Tigers and Hawks will now faceoff in the section championship game Thursday night at Duluth East High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Tigers Girls Basketball Advance to Section Semi-Finals

Northwestern will host Bloomer in the section semi-finals on Saturday.

MAPLE, Wis. – The Northwestern girls basketball team continued to dominate on Friday night, getting the 67-39 win over Saint Croix Central in the second round of the playoffs. The Tigers, who won the Heart O’North Conference for the first time in 21 years, will return to action on Saturday hosting Bloomer in the section semi-finals. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy,…

UMD Women’s Hockey Needs Overtime to Dispatch Bemidji State

The Bulldogs opened the playoffs with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Maggie Flaherty would score her first goal of the season in overtime as the UMD women’s hockey team got the win over Bemidji State 2-1 in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Gabbie Hughes would score the other goal for the Bulldogs while Maddie Rooney finished with 19 saves on the night. UMD will look for…

Prep Boys Basketball: Eskomos, Greyhounds, Lumberjacks End Regular Season with Wins

Esko and Duluth East would pick up wins at home, while Cloquet got the road win over Proctor.

ESKO, Minn. – In the final night of the regular season for boys basketball, Esko defeated Virginia 84-65. The Eskomos got 33 points from James LaGarde, while the Blue Devils’ Jayden Bernard led all scorers with 36 points. In other action, Duluth East got the rivalry home win over Duluth Denfeld 98-64 and Cloquet got the road win over Proctor…

Coaches Corner: Proctor Girls Basketball

For this week's segment, we hear from the Proctor girls basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with the Proctor girls basketball team, including head coach Matt Solberg and seniors Liz Frase and Morgan Nylund. The Rails are getting set to defend their section crown beginning this weekend. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Basketball: Rails Girls Dominate in Season Finale; Eskomos Boys Fall at Home; Bluejackets Boys Top Hawks

The Proctor girls ended the regular season with a win while Perham and Hibbing boys got close road wins.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor girls basketball team ended the regular season on a high note, dominating Two Harbors 73-21 in the final game of season. The Rails end the regular season 23-3 and will now prepare to defend their section 7AA title when playoffs start next week. In boys action, Esko lost a nailbitter at home, as Perham got…

Second-Ranked Wisconsin Too Much for UMD Women’s Hockey

Senior Ryleigh Houston scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs on senior night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 9 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after one, but No. 2 Wisconsin would storm back in the next two periods to get the 4-1 win. Senior Ryleigh Houston scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs on senior night. Senior Maddie Rooney finished with 28 saves. UMD (16-10-5, 11-8-4…

Coaches Corner: Derek Anderson

For this week's segment, we catch up with the head coach of the Esko boys basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Esko boys basketball head coach Derek Anderson. The Eskomos are ready for the postseason as they get set to defend their section title. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Yellowjackets Men’s Hockey Tops LumberJacks in WIAC Playoffs First Round

UWS and Northland College will play Saturday night in game two for a chance to advance to the WIAC semi-finals.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey team used a big first period to get the 6-3 win over Northland College in game one of the WIAC Championship first round. Levi Cudmore, Conor MacLean, Lawson McDonald, Liam Blais, Ty Proffitt and Chad Lopez all scored for the Yellowjackets while Kalib Ford scored twice and Kurt Sonne scored once for the…

Three Third Period Goals Lift Western Michigan Men’s Hockey Past UMD

The Broncos scored three goals over a span of 1:49 during the third period to pull of the upset.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 4 Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team was unable to hold on to a 3-2 lead, giving up three unanswered goals over 1:49 of the third period as No. 19 Western Michigan got the 5-3 win. Scott Perunovich, Cole Koepke and Justin Richards all scored to give the Bulldogs a one-goal lead after two periods of…

Coaches Corner: UMD Women’s Hockey

For this week's segment, we catch up with the UMD women's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from the UMD women’s hockey team, including head coach Maura Crowell, team co-captain Sydney Brodt and forward Anna Klein. The Bulldogs have surged in the second half of the season, thanks to three straight wins against top-5 ranked opponents. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

CSS Women’s Hockey Blanked at Home by Aurora

The Saints would struggle in their second-to-last home game of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s hockey team would fall at home Friday night to Aurora 2-0 at Mars Lakeview Arena, despite out-shooting the Spartans 25-21. The Saints fall to 7-4-2 in conference play as they look to bounce back in their home finale on Saturday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Picks Up 20th Win of Season; Men Fall to Northern State as Myer Becomes Second All-Time Scorer

The UMD women have won 20 games for the second straight season, while the UMD men fell to Northern State in a battle between the two top teams in the NSIC North Division.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team led the entire way on Friday, getting the 65-54 win over Northern State to pick up its 20th win of the season, marking the second year in a row the Bulldogs have recorded at least 20 wins. The win also keeps the Bulldogs undefeated at Romano Gym this season, improving to…

Prep Basketball: Rails Girls Hold Off Hawks, Spartans Boys, Girls Win at Home

The Proctor girls avenged an early season loss to Hermantown while both Superior squads got home wins.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – It was a back-and-fourth battle between two of the top girls basketball teams in the Northland, but in the end, Proctor got the 64-61 road win over Hermantown, avenging an early season loss to the Hawks. Liz Frase and Sam Parendo led the way with 17 points each, while Sam Pogatchnik chipped in with 16 points for…

UMD Women’s Hockey Win High-Scoring Affair over Mankato

The Bulldogs picked up their fourth straight win as they take down the Mavericks on the road.

MANKATO, Minn. – Five different goal-scorers get on the score sheet at the UMD women’s hockey team held on to beat MSU-Mankato 5-4 Friday night. Gabbie Hughes, Sydney Brodt, Ryleigh Houston, McKenzie Hewitt and Kylie Hanley all scored for the Bulldogs who picked up their fourth win in a row. They’ll have eyes on a sweep Saturday afternoon. Categories: College,…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks Get Senior Night Win, Blue Devils Victorious On The Road

Hermantown gets the win at home while Virginia/MIB picked up the road win.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Five different goal-scorers for the Hermantown boys hockey team as they get the Senior Night win over Superior 5-2 Friday night. Blake Biondi, Cayden Sunde, Zach Kilen, Joey Pierce and Cole Antcliff scored for the Hawks, while the Spartans got goals from Alex Hanson and Drew Scharte. In other boys action, Virginia/MIB got the road win over…

UMD Basketball Sweeps Augustana to Open Homestand

Brooke Olson finished with 17 points for the women while Brandon Myer led all scorers with 26 points in the men's game.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team picked up its fourth straight win in the 64-56 win over Augustana to stay perfect at Romano Gym this season. Brooke Olson finished with a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Sarah Grow had 14 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs shot just over 40 percent from the field….

Coaches Corner: CJ Osuchukwu

For this week's segment, we catch up with the head coach of the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talked with Duluth Marshall girls basketball coach CJ Osuchukwu. Among the topics discussed were the team’s need to find a consistent scorer behind Grace Kirk and Gianna Kneepkens, as well as the prospect of facing Proctor down the road in the section playoffs. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School,…

UMD Men’s Hockey Knock Off Omaha for Third Straight Win

The Bulldogs scored in each period to get the win at home over the Mavericks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kobe Roth, Quinn Olson and Noah Cates each scored a goal as the UMD men’s hockey team pushed their win streak to three straight with a victory over Omaha 3-1 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Hunter Shepard finished with 24 saves as the Bulldogs will look for the sweep over the Mavericks Saturday night. Categories: College, Friday…

UMD Basketball Teams Split Doubleheader with Winona State

The women got the win over the Warriors while the men were stifled on the road.

WINONA, Minn. – Brooke Olson led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds as the UMD women’s basketball team defeated Winona State 72-59 Friday night. Katie Stark chipped in with 15 points off five three-pointers and Payton Kahl scored 14 of her own to push the Bulldogs record to 13-2 in the NSIC. The men had a tougher time…

Prep Boys Basketball: Rebels, Hunters, Tigers, Spartans Victorious on Friday Night Frenzy

Big wins Friday night for Moose Lake-Willow River, Duluth Denfeld, Northwestern and Superior.

CULVER, Minn. – Brady Watrin led the way with 32 points as the Moose Lake-Willow River boys basketball team picked up a road win over South Ridge 90-63 to improve to 15-3 on the season. In other prep boys action, Duluth Denfeld snapped a six-game skid with a win over Virginia 98-86, Northwestern won their third straight over Ladysmith 60-39…