Friday Night Frenzy

UMD Basketball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Bemidji State to Stay Undefeated at Home

The Bulldogs women stay perfect in NSIC play while the men snap a two-game losing skid.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team stayed perfect in NSIC play on Friday with a 62-41 win over Bemidji State to win its 10th straight. Brooke Olson led all scorers with 15 points and six rebounds while Sarah Grow chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds and seven blocks. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field…

Cardinals Girls Basketball Roll Past Mariners at Home

Cromwell-Wright picked up a big win at home over Silver Bay on Friday night.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Taya Hakamaki finished with a game-high 22 points as the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team knocked off Silver Bay 67-18 Friday night. Shaily Hakamaki chipped in with 12 points for the Cardinals, who get their ninth win in a row to improve to 9-1 on the season. Cromwell-Wright will be back in action Thursday as they host Two…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hunters, Hawks Win Holiday Classic Games, Hilltoppers Fall at Home

Griffin Lehet lifted Duluth Denfeld past Roseville in the second round of the Heritage Holiday Inn Classic, while Hermantown domianted Fort Frances in the second day of the Hilltopper Holiday Classic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Griffin Lehet finished with a hat trick as the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team got the 6-2 win over Roseville in the second round of the Heritage Holiday Inn Classic. The Hunters will take on Owatonna in the championship game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. In the Hilltopper Holiday Classic at Mars Lakeview Arena, Hermantown dominated Fort…

Prep Girls Basketball: Lumberjacks, Hawks Fall in Holiday Classics

Hermantown suffered its first loss of the season, while Cloquet lost at home in the first day of the Wood City Classic.

ESKO, Minn. – The Hermantown girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, as St. Anthony Village got the 62-58 win in the second round of the Esko Coaches Classic. The Hawks (8-1) will play hosts Esko in the third place game on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. In the first day of the Wood City Classic in Cloquet,…

Coaches Corner: Stephanie Erickson

For this week's Coaches Corner, we sat down with Duluth Marshall girls hockey head coach Stephanie Erickson.

DULUTH, Minn. -For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sat down with Duluth Marshall girls hockey head coach Stephaine Erickson to talk about the start of the season and what it will take to get the Hilltoppers back to the section 7A title game. Duluth Marshall will be back in action on Saturday against Warroad and will be back home on…

Proctor Basketball’s Sam Parendo Commits to Wisconsin-Superior

Parendo will head across the bridge to play at the collegiate level next season.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor girls basketball senior guard Sam Parendo has decided to stay close to home for college and committed to playing college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Parendo holds the record for all-time assists at Proctor and has been a key part of the team’s offense, where she helped lead the Rails to the state tournament last…

Superior’s Jarrett Gronski Commits to Bemidji State University

The Big Rivers Conference Offensive Player of the Year led the Spartans to the state semifinals for the first time since 1990.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior quarterback Jarrett Gronski announced on Twitter on Thursday that he has committed to play college football at Bemidji State University. Gronski pulled off multiple impressive comebacks while leading the Spartans to the state semifinals this past season. In 13 games, Gronski completed 42 passes for 753 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 57.9 passing yards per game….

Prep Boys Basketball: Friday Night Wins for Eskomos, Blue Devils, Hilltoppers

Esko and Duluth Marshall earn wins at home, while Virginia hangs on for the road win over Proctor.

ESKO, Minn. – James LaGarde and Payton Wefel combined to score 31 points as the Esko boys basketball team knocked off Two Harbors 76-35 Friday night. In other boys action, Virginia picked up a close road win over Proctor 68-65 and Duluth Marshall ran past Lakeview Christian Academy 92-35. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Greg Polkowski

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UWS men’s basketball coach Greg Polkowski about his team’s hot start to the season. The Yellowjackets are 6-4 on the season, including a perfect 4-0 in the UMAC. They’ll be back in action next weekend for the Nicolet National Bank Holiday tournament in De Pere, WI. Categories: Coaches Corner,…

Hilltoppers Girls Hockey Fall to Red Knights at Home

Duluth Marshall could not get on the board against the Red Knights.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls hockey team had no answers for Benilde-St. Margaret’s as the Red Knights blanked the Hilltoppers 4-0 Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Mary Zavoral scored twice, while Lily Mortenson and Sophie Melsness also scored for the Red Knights. The Hilltoppers fall to 5-5 on the season as they will host Minneapolis on Saturday….

Prep Basketball: Greyhounds Sweep Eskomos; Hawks Boys Stay Undefeated

The Duluth East boys and girls, as well as the Hermantown boys picked up home wins on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ashlynne Guenther and Macy Hermanson finished with 12 points each as the Duluth East girls basketball team held on for the home win over Esko 39-36 Friday night. In prep boys action, the Greyhounds knocked off the Eskomos 84-76 and Hermantown stays undefeated with a win over Duluth Denfeld 86-76. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Yellowjackets Women’s Hockey Hangs On For Win Against Wildcats

Molly Shelton, Tessa Jorde and C.C. Hayes scored for UWS in its final home game of 2019.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior women’s hockey team scored two in the third and held on late to get the 3-2 win over St. Catherine in the first part of the home-and-home series and the final home game for Yellowjackets in 2019. Molly Shelton, Tessa Jorde and C.C. Hayes scored for the Yellowjackets in the win while McKenzie Whalen made…

Coaches Corner: Dale Jago

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with Duluth Denfeld boys head hockey coach Dale Jago following his team’s big win over Greenway on Thursday night. Jago also talked about the development of the McClure twins, as well as what can be expected from a very competitive section. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Mirage Blank Hilltoppers in Section Final Rematch

The Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team picked up the home win over Duluth Marshall.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Michaela Phinney would light the lamp twice as the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team got the shutout win over Duluth Marshall 5-0 Friday night at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. Macy Sieger, Kaydee High and Braelyn Sathers also scored for the Mirage, while sophomore Abby Pajari recorded a shutout between the pipes. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy,…

Big Third Period Lifts UMD Men’s Hockey Over Omaha

Both Noah Cates and Cole Koepke each scored twice for the Bulldogs in the win.

OMAHA, Neb. – Six total goals were scored in the third period as the No. 14 UMD men’s hockey got the 6-3 win over No. 18 Omaha in the series opener on Friday night. Noah Cates and Cole Koepke each scored twice, while Nick Swaney and Louie Roehl each netted a goal. Hunter Shepard finished with 21 saves. The Bulldogs…

Coaches Corner: UMD Women’s Basketball

For this week's segment, we catch up with the Bulldogs women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with the UMD women’s basketball team. Our guests include head coach Mandy Pearson and juniors Payton Kahl and Ann Simonet. The Bulldogs are off to a great start to the NSIC schedule, including an undefeated record at Romano Gym. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota…

Prep Basketball: Big Wins for Hawks Girls, Eskomo Girls/Boys, Greyhound Boys

Opening Week continued for boys basketball as Esko and Duluth East picked up wins on Friday night.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In prep girls basketball action, Hermantown got the home win over Chisago Lakes 67-37 and Esko stayed unbeaten as they topped Superior 61-40 Friday night. And in prep boys action, it was Esko getting the road win over rivals Cloquet 89-54 and Duluth East opened their season with a win at home over Bloomington Jefferson 64-49, Categories:…

UMD Volleyball Team’s Season Ends in NCAA Regional Semi-Final

The Bulldogs finish the 2019 season 25-7.

KEARNEY, Neb. – Just like in the NSIC Tournament semi-finals, the No. 2-seed UMD volleyball team was unable to get the job done, as No. 3-seed Concordia-St. Paul got the 3-0 win (25-22, 25-21, 25-17) in the NCAA DII Regional semi-final to end the Bulldogs’ season. Abby Thor led the Bulldogs with 12 kills, while Kate Berg tallied 11 and…

UMD Basketball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Minot State

Both the Bulldogs men's and women's basketball teams improve to 2-0 in NSIC play.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the UMD women’s basketball team started off slow but got things rolling in the second half to get the 60-48 win over Minot State for their fifth straight win to improve to 5-3 (2-0 NSIC). Maesyn Thiesen led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Sarah Grow finished with 11. Brooke…

UMD Women’s Hockey Lose Heartbreaker to Top-Ranked Wisconsin

A late goal from the Badgers would seal the deal for Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wisc. – After Anna Klein’s second goal of the night with less than three minutes to go tied the game at three, Alexis Mauermann would score with just over a minute to go to give top-ranked Wisconsin the win over UMD 4-3 Friday night at LaBahn Arena. McKenzie Hewett also scored for the Bulldogs as they will look to…

Rails Girls Basketball Win Home Opener Over Jaguars

The Proctor girls basketball team knocked off Bloomington Jefferson at home.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In their home opener, the Proctor girls basketball team got the win over Bloomington Jefferson 73-47 Friday night at Proctor High School. Liz Frase led the way with 18 points for the Rails, while Sam Pogatchnik and Sam Parendo combined for 29 points to help the Rails improve to 2-0. Proctor will be back in action Thursday…

Coaches Corner: Tim Madsen

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with St. Scholastica men’s hockey head coach Tim Madsen. The former Wilderness coach is in his second year and the Saints are off to another solid start. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks, Rails, Thunderhawks Pick Up Home Wins

Grand Rapids picked up its second win of the season over a top-10 team, while Hermantown and Proctor also got wins on Friday night.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown boys hockey team scored two goals in the final three minutes to get the 4-3 win over Wayzata. Matt Erickson, Joey Pierce, Ethan Lund and Aydyn Dowd all scored for the Hawks in the win, with Dowd’s goal coming just 30 seconds after Lund scored. In other action, Proctor got the 5-3 win over North…

Mankato Overpowers UMD Men’s Hockey at Home

The Mavericks would prove to be too much for the Bulldogs on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kobe Roth would score late in the third period, but it wouldn’t be enough as Minnesota State-Mankato defeated the UMD men’s hockey team 4-1 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. The Mavericks scored three goals in the second period which would be the difference in this one. The Bulldogs will look to split the series on Saturday night….

Koepke Nets Game-Winner as UMD Men’s Hockey Tops Colorado College

The Hermantown native would score with less than 20 seconds to go for the win.

DULUTH, Minn. – A three-goal three period would be the difference as the UMD men’s hockey team completed the comeback win over Colorado College 4-3 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. Jackson Cates, Kobe Roth and Tanner Laderoute scored for the Bulldogs. Then with less than 20 seconds left, Cole Koepke would net the game-winner to seal the comeback win. UMD…

Coaches Corner: UWS Women’s Basketball

For this week's segment, we catch up with the UWS women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with the Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team, including head coach Zach Otto-Fisher and senior forward Eva Reinertsen. The Yellowjackets talked about not being picked to finish first in the UMAC preseason coaches poll, as well as how the younger players are handling the pressure of playing at a traditionally successful basketball…

D3 Men’s Hockey: Saints Win Big, Yellowjackets Fall in Overtime

Carson Rose netted a hat trick in the third period alone and finished with four goals at St. Scholastica got the home win over Trine.

DULUTH, Minn. – Carson Rose finished with four goals, including a hat trick in the third period alone, as the St. Scholastica men’s hockey team picked up the 5-3 home win over Trine. Michael Talbot scored the other goal for the Saints, scoring the first goal of the game. Zane Steeves finished with 23 saves. St. Scholastica (2-4-1) and Trine…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hunters, Rails Pick Up First Wins; Hilltoppers Fall in Opener

Duluth Denfeld and Proctor each had a good start to their respective seasons.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cooper McClure finished with a hat trick as the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team won their season opener at home over Minnehaha 7-1 Friday night at the Duluth Heritage Center. In other boys hockey action, Cody Urie would finish with 31 saves as Proctor blanked Wadena-Deer Creek 3-0. And Duluth Marshall fell at home to Benilde-St. Margaret’s…

Wilderness Fall at Home to Minotauros

Minnesota fell into a deep hole early and couldn't rally back.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness were down 3-0 after the first period and couldn’t battle back as they fall to Minot 5-3 Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Chikara Hanzawa, Aaron Myers and Nate Horn each scored for the Wilderness while Kaleb Johnson finished with 25 saves on the night. Minnesota and Minot will face-off again Saturday…

UMD Men’s Basketball Pulls Away Late to Top Northern Michigan

Alex Illikainen led all scorers with 24 points while Drew Blair had 14 and Brandon Myer finished with 13 points.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tied 31 at the half, the UMD men’s basketball team used a big second half to get the 84-62 win over Northern Michigan on day one of the American Family Insurance Classic. Alex Illikainen led all scorers with 24 points while Drew Blair had 14 points. Brandon Myer tallied 13 points and led the Bulldogs with eight…

Prep Girls Hockey: Northern Stars, Hilltoppers Fall at Home

Jenna Horvat scored her first varsity goal and netted a hat trick on the night for Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jenna Horvat scored her first varsity goal and also netted a hat trick, but it wouldn’t be enough as Rochester Lourdes got the 8-5 win over the Duluth Northern Stars. Kaelin Cochran and Emma Fellman scored the two other goals for the Northern Stars. Duluth (1-2) will be back in action on Saturday at home against Roseville….

Coaches Corner: Duluth Northern Stars

For this week's Coaches Corner, we sit down with Duluth Northern Stars head coach Jamie Plesha and senior captain Jorja Schooler

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sit down with the Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team, including head coach Jamie Plesha and senior captain Jorja Schooler. The Northern Stars had a big third period rally to force overtime and eventually get the win in their season opener. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Playoff Run Ends at State Semi-Finals for Superior Football Team

Jarrett Gronski scored the lone touchdown in the second quarter for the Spartans.

MERRILL, Wis. – The Superior football team would keep pace for most of the first half. But Brookfield East would pull away in the second half as they win it 34-8 Friday night in Division 2 state semi-finals. Senior quarterback Jarrett Gronski scored from 11 yards out in the second quarter for the lone touchdown on the night for Superior,…

D3 College Hockey: Yellowjacket Men Win Season Opener; Saints Men Fall at Home

Seven different players found the back of the net for UWS in the win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Seven different players found the back of the net to give Wisconsin-Superior the 7-0 win in their season opener. Ty Proffitt, Andrew Durham, Chad Lopez, Artur Terchiyev, Will Blake, Colyton Bates and Troy MacTavish all scored in the win. The Yellowjackets will be back in action on Saturday hosting St. Olaf. Puck drop is set for 7:05…

UMD Volleyball Wins Top 10 Match-Up Against Concordia-St. Paul

Kate Berg had 17 kills while Emily Balts recorded 37 assists to give the Bulldogs the home win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 5 Minnesota Duluth volleyball team continued to roll, taking down No. 6 Concordia-St. Paul 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-16, 25-23) in a top 10 match-up. Kate Berg led the way with 17 kills for the Bulldogs, while Meredith Sutton added 11. Emily Balts had 37 assists. The Bulldogs (22-3, 15-2 NSIC) will finish out their home…

Prep Football: Rangers Advance to State Semi-Finals; Rebels, Tigers Fall in Quarterfinals

The Mountain Iron-Buhl is heading back to the state semi-finals for the second straight year.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was the Dillon Drake Show at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth as the Bemidji State commit ran all over South Ridge to help Mountain Iron-Buhl get the win 42-6 in the nine-player quarterfinals. The Rangers now move on to face Hancock in the state semi-finals Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium. In other football action, Moose Lake-Willow…

Coaches Corner: UMD Men’s Basketball

For this week's segment, we hear from the UMD men's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from the UMD men’s basketball team, including head coach Justin Wieck and senior guard Trevor Entwisle. The Bulldogs had a solid showing in their exhibition game against Wisconsin-Superior and will open their season with a tournament down in Oklahoma. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota…

Northern Stars Girls Hockey Rallies, Wins Season Opener in Overtime

Emma Fellman scored the game-winner in overtime for the Northern Stars.

DULUTH, Minn. – Down 2-0 in the second period, the Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team rallied to force overtime, then scored the game-winner late in overtime to win their season opener 3-2. Quinn Clark and Ava Patrones scored in regulation, with Emma Fellman scoring the game-winner in overtime. The Northern Stars will be back in action on Tuesday at…

UMD Men’s Hockey Settle for Tie with Denver

The Bulldogs erased an early two-goal deficit to send the game to overtime.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a match-up of top-ranked teams, Denver would hang on for the shootout win over the UMD men’s hockey team Friday night at Amsoil Arena. The Pioneers would jump out to a two-goal lead before Cole Koepke would score late in the first. Kobe Roth would add another in the third, and then with 30 seconds left…

Coaches Corner: Dave Reyelts

For this week's segment, we talk with the head coach of the CSS women's soccer team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with St. Scholastica women’s soccer head coach Dave Reyelts. His Saints went undefeated in conference play without conceding a single goal. CSS will be the #1 seed heading into the UMAC playoffs, which begin next week. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

WI Prep Football: Tigers Roll Past Saints, Spartans Upset Red Raiders

Northwestern and Superior are moving on in the WIAA playoffs.

MAPLE, Wis. – Collin Trautt would score twice in the early going as the Northwestern football team blow by St. Croix Falls 42-7 in Level II of the WIAA playoffs. The Tigers move on to face #2 seed Stratford next week in Maple. Down in Pulaski, the Superior football would complete the upset with a comeback win over the top-seeded…

Gusties Spoil Opening Night for CSS Women’s Hockey

Rachel Anderson scored the lone goal for the Saints, while Lexi Thomeczek made 33 saves.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gustavus Adolphus scored two goals in the second period and held off a late rally to spoil St. Scholastica’s season opener 2-1, handing the Saints their first season-opening loss in program history. Rachel Anderson scored with just three minutes left for the Saints, while Lexi Thomeczek made 33 saves. The Saints will be at home on Saturday…

MN Prep Football: Warriors Win Section 7A Title, Hawks Fall in 7AAAA Finals

Deer River wins their second straight section title.

ESKO, Minn. – In the Section 7A championship game, it would be Deer River rolling past Braham 36-0 to win their second straight section title. And down in North Branch, the Hermantown football team would rally late, but in the end, Chisago Lakes would hold on for the win 28-16 to win the championship for Section 7AAAA. Categories: Friday Night…

Panthers Football Clinch Second State Tournament Appearance in School History

South Ridge wins the section 5 nine-player title, its first section title since 2012.

ESKO, Minn. – No. 1 seed South Ridge scored early and often to knock off 2-seed McGregor 57-20 to win the section 5 nine-player title and advance to state for just the second time in school history. Connor Bushbaum ran in four touchdowns, all in the first quarter, while Nick Larson ran in three. The Panthers will play Mountain Iron-Buhl…

Coaches Corner: Jon Vaillancort

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with Jon Vaillancourt, the new head coach of the Minnesota Wilderness. The former NA3HL coach was named associate head coach back in May and by the end of summer, he was named head coach. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Prep Football: Tigers, Spartans Advance in WIAA Playoffs

Northwestern shut out Nekoosa while Superior held off Marshfield for its first playoff win since 2014.

MAPLE, Wis. – The undefeated and top-seeded Northwestern football team continued to dominate, defeating Nekoosa 41-0 in the first round of the division five playoffs. The Tigers will face Saint Croix Falls in the next round. In division two, fourth seeded Superior ended on top of a back-and-fourth battle, defeating Marshfield 44-37 for its first playoff win since 2014. The…

Prep Volleyball: Bulldogs, Rails, Hawks, Eskomos Advance to Section Semi-finals

The Elite Eight was whittled down to the final four in section 7A and 7AA.

CARLTON, Minn. – The Carlton volleyball team rolled at home as they swept South Ridge 3-0 Friday night. The Bulldogs will face Floodwood, who defeated Cromwell-Wright 3-2. On the bottom of the Section 7A bracket, Ely topped Cherry 3-1 and Greenway swept Chisholm 3-0. The Raiders will face the Timberwolves Wednesday in Hibbing. And in Section 7AA, Proctor, Hermantown, Esko…

UMD Volleyball Cruises Past Sioux Falls

Emily Balts finished with 37 assists, giving her 5,003 total assists in her career.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 5 UMD volleyball team returned home for the first time in two weeks on Friday and picked up a big conference win, sweeping Sioux Falls 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-15). Emily Balts finished with 37 assists, giving her 5,003 total assists in her career. Meredith Sutton finished with 16 kills, while Kate Berg collected 15. Abby…

Coaches Corner: UWS Men’s Soccer

For this week's segment, we hear from the top ranked team in the UMAC.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from the Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team, including head coach Joe Mooney, as well as team captains Eric Watson and Danny Kearns. Watson recently scored his 38th career goal, which breaks the Yellowjackets’ all-time record held by assistant coach Jon Bucklew. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UMD Men’s Hockey No Match for Wisconsin

The Bulldogs had trouble all night with the high-powered Badgers offense.

MADISON, Wis. – Third-ranked Minnesota Duluth had a great start to their game against 17th-ranked Wisconsin. But the Badgers would keep lighting the lamp as they top the Bulldogs 6-2 Friday night at the Kohl Center. Jackson Cates and Nick Swaney scored for UMD, who will look to split their series Saturday night in Madison. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy,…