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Prep Hockey: Duluth, Marshall Girls, CEC, Proctor Boys Earn First Wins of the Season

Home ice advantage was the name of the game on Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep girls hockey action, the Duluth Northern Stars got the season-opening win 10-7 over Superior, while Duluth Marshall blanked Moose Lake 7-0. In prep boys hockey action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton picked up their first win of the season 3-0 over Virginia/MIB, and Proctor got hat tricks from Conner Pavlowich and Brett Bartlam as they won their home opener…

Prep Basketball: Greyhounds Boys, Hilltoppers, Hunters Girls Win at Home

The Duluth East boys and Duluth Marshall girls stay undefeated on the early seasons, while the Duluth Denfeld girls picked up their first win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East boys basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season after getting the 80-38 win over Cloquet in their home opener. Mattie Thompson led the way with 28 points while Zaa Buffalo and Noah Paulson each finished with 12 points. Alec Turnbull led the Lumberjacks with 13 points. In prep girls action, Duluth Marshall and…

Strong Senior Class Returning for Proctor/Hermantown Girls Hockey Team

The Mirage will be back in action next Tuesday when they take on Pine City.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Last season, Duluth native Emma Stauber jumped into the Northland hockey coaching scene to become the bench boss for her former team, the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage. And for a first year head coach, she did a pretty good job. The team finished the season with a 19-9 record, falling just one goal short in the Section 7A championship…

Cromwell-Wright Girls Basketball Top Wrenshall in Home Opener

The Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season as they will travel to Silver Bay on Friday night.

CROMWELL, Minn. – In their first home game of the season, the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team defeated Wrenshall 79-18 Monday night. The Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season as they will travel to Silver Bay on Friday night. Categories: High School, Sports

Mont Du Lac Hosts High School Alpine Skiing Meet

Duluth East, Duluth Marshall and Duluth Denfeld took part, along with CEC and Hermantown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Monday, the Mont Du Lac Resort hosted a high school alpine skiing meet. Duluth East, Duluth Marshall and Duluth Denfeld took part, along with CEC and Hermantown. The top time overall went to Duluth East’s Mia Arnold, who had a combined time for her two runs of just under one minute and ten seconds. Denfeld’s Margaret Duncan…

Prep Basketball: Lumberjacks, Thunderhawks Boys, Hilltoppers, Rails Girls Pick Up Wins

The Cloquet and Grand Rapids boys both got road wins while the Duluth Marshall and Proctor girls won at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gianna Kneepkens scored 51 points as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team won their home opener 73-58 over Grand Rapids. Seventh grader Ava Meierotto finished with 10 points while Laila Monroe finished with four points and 14 rebounds. Jessika Lofstrom finished with 18 points while Taryn Hamling had 17 points for the Thunderhawks. In other prep girls…

Grand Rapids Boys Hockey Gets Road Shutout Over Moorhead

Hayden DeMars, Justin Kerr and Wade Brouse all scored for the Thunderhawks as they improve to 2-0 on the season.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Grand Rapids boys hockey team started out slow offensively on Saturday but picked things up in the third, getting the 3-0 road win over Moorhead. Hayden DeMars, Justin Kerr and Wade Brouse all scored for the Thunderhawks as they improve to 2-0 on the season. Grand Rapids is scheduled to host Duluth Marshall on Tuesday. Categories:…

Prep Basketball: Marshall Girls/Boys Winners on Opening Night; Superior Girls Hold Off Proctor

It was a good night for the Hilltoppers as their boys and girls basketball teams were victorious on opening night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior forward Gianna Kneepkens led the way with 38 points as the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team defeated Duluth Denfeld 84-39 on the opening night of the Minnesota prep basketball season. Selah Reinertsen and Lexi Lowinski each scored 12 points for the Hunters. In other prep basketball action, the Superior girls held on for the home win…

Prep Boys Hockey: Denfeld/East, Proctor/Marshall Skate to Ties; Hermantown Tops Superior

Two games on the docket end in ties, while Hermantown opens their season with a road win.

DULUTH, Minn. – On the opening night of the prep boys hockey season, Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East skated to a 4-4 tie Friday night at the Heritage Center. In other action, Duluth Marshall and Proctor also ended in a tie as they each scored twice, while Hermantown got an 8-1 road win to start their season in Superior. Joey…

Superior’s Jason Kalin Reaches 300th Career Coaching Win Milestone

Kalin has been with the Spartans for the past 20 years, leading the team to its three most recent state championships in 2003, 2005 and 2015.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday night, the Superior boys hockey team picked up their first win of the season, an overtime thriller over Wausau West. And that victory gave head coach Jason Kalin his 300th career coaching win. Kalin has been with the Spartans for the past 20 years, leading the team to its three most recent state championships in 2003,…

Duluth Denfeld Boys Hockey Set To Open Season Against Rivals Duluth East

Puck drop for Thursday night's game at the Duluth Heritage Center is set for 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – We are just two days away from the start of the winter season for Minnesota prep sports. And one team that’s got high expectations is the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team. The Hunters are coming off a very successful campaign last year, making it all the way to the section title game for the first time since…

Superior Boys Basketball Outlast Northwestern in OT Thriller

Seniors Kaden Kimmes and Lars Olson combined to score 46 points in the Spartans win.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior Kaden Kimmes would hit the go-ahead basket in the final seconds and finish with 24 points as the Superior boys basketball topped Northwestern 80-79 in overtime Monday night. Lars Olson chipped in with 22 points for the Spartans, who picked up their first win of the season. CJ Thompson led the Tigers with 29 points, while…

MDH-Approved Hockey Masks Now Available at Northland Sports Supply Stores

The approve masks have three velcro straps which attach to the hockey helmet cages, making the masks easier to breath in and they stay put while playing.

DULUTH, Minn. – As masks are required for winter sports, there are some special masks available for hockey players to wear. Minnesota Hockey and the Minnesota Department of Health, with the Hockey Equipment Certification Council, have approved CCM Game On and Bauer Return to Play masks, which are both available for purchase at Play It Again Sports in Duluth. Both…

Northwestern Boys Basketball Rolls Past Barron

Harrison Nelson led the Tigers with 15 points as they improve to 7-2 on the season.

MAPLE, Wis. – The Northwestern boys basketball continued to dominate, getting the 81-59 win over Barron on Saturday for its third straight win. Harrison Nelson led the Tigers with 15 points while Cole Lahti scored 14 points and John Grohn finished with 13. The Tigers improve to 7-2 on the season and is scheduled to host Superior on Monday. Categories:…

Superior Boys Hockey Falls to Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls scored late in the third period to hand Superior its second loss of the season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior boys hockey team fell just short at home on Saturday, as Chippewa Falls got the 4-3 win. The Spartans fall to 1-2 on the season. Superior is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday at Wausau West. Categories: High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Northland Coaches Talk Start of Winter Practices

For this week's segment, we hear from local head coaches on the start of winter sports practices.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, Northland head coaches talk about the start of the winter sports season. We hear from Hermantown hockey coach Patrick Andrews, CEC girls hockey coach Courtney Olin, Proctor girls basketball coach Matt Solberg and Duluth East boys basketball coach Rhett McDonald. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Ashland Boys Basketball Spoil Opening Night for Superior

Kevon Powell led the Oredockers with 20 points while John Bochler and Alec Lindberg combined for 33.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Ashland boys basketball team picked up the road win Friday night over Superior 74-71 in overtime. Kevon Powell led the Oredockers with 20 points while John Bochler and Alec Lindberg combined for 33 in the winning effort. On the Spartans side, Kaden Kimmes led all scorers with 27 points. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Grand Rapids’ Jack Peart To Rejoin Thunderhawks Hockey Team

Peart and the Thunderhawks will open their season next Thursday against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Now that the Minnesota prep hockey season is set to begin next week, junior hockey players who are still in high school have to decide whether to stay or go back. Grand Rapids defenseman Jack Peart played in eleven games with the Fargo Force and he has decided to return to the Thunderhawks. But he says…

Northwestern Boys Basketball Earn Home Win Over Chetek-Weyerhaueser

Five players finished with double-digits as the Tigers picked up the win at home.

MAPLE, Wis. – Monte Mayberry led the way with 20 points as the Northwestern boys basketball team knocked off Chetek-Weyerhaueser 87-40 Thursday night. Aiden Kroeplin finished with 11 points while John Grohn, Bennett Nelson and Jase Nelson all chipped in with 10 points as well. The Tigers improve to 6-2 as they’ll host Barron on Saturday night. Categories: High School,…

Duluth Denfeld’s Keegan Chastey Named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team

The forward wrapped up his career with the Hunters recording 66 goals and 67 assists, which are both team records,

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Keegan Chastey has been named to the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Fall Boys High School All-Great Lakes Region Team. The forward wrapped up his career with the Hunters recording 66 goals and 67 assists, which are both team records, and scored a goal in the section championship game this past season. Chastey was also a…

Northland High School Basketball Teams Talk About Difficulties With Mask Requirements

Coaches now have to think about how to deal with these issues, including how to maximize the time players have in dead ball situations.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the dialing back of restrictions from governor Tim Walz, the hope was that the same would be done for some restrictions on sports, specifically mask wearing. But that won’t be changing anytime soon. This week as teams begin official practices, we asked local basketball players for their reaction to that requirement. “It’s really hard at first….

Duluth East Boys Basketball Looking to Live Up to High Expectations

The Greyhounds will travel to Grand Rapids next Thursday for their season opener.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East boys basketball team is coming into this season with high expectations. The Greyhounds are always in contention for the section, but have struggled to get over the hump. This season though, they feel a different vibe of determination, especially among the seniors. “Coach is still pretty intense. We’re getting after it. He’s pretty like…

Big Shoes to Fill for This Year’s Proctor Girls Basketball Team

The Rails will open their season next Thursday at Superior.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Minnesota high school basketball teams kicked off the first week of official practices, including the Proctor girls. The Rails will have some big shoes to fill as they will look to replace arguably their most successful senior class in program history. And while this year’s squad isn’t experienced on the varsity level, many of them were part…

Prep Girls Basketball: Spartans Win Season Opener, Plasch Leads Tigers over Hurricanes

Superior got a narrow win over South Shore in their season opener while Tieryn Plasch scored 22 points in Northwestern's home win over Hayward.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After a long wait, the Superior girls basketball team returned to the court on Tuesday in a big way, hanging on to beat South Shore 60-59. The Spartans are scheduled to return to action on Saturday at Eau Claire North. In other prep basketball action, the Northwestern girls rebounded from a tough loss last week in a…

Superior Boys Hockey Drop Season Opener to Eau Claire North

Senior forward Ethan Welch scored the lone goal for the Spartans.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior forward Ethan Welch would score the first goal within the first minute of the game, but Eau Claire North would cruise the rest of the way as they top the Spartans 7-1 Tuesday night at Wessman Arena. The Spartans will look for better results Thursday night as they travel to Amery. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Denfeld’s Owen Wilcox Commits to LSC Men’s Soccer

Wilcox is another in a long line of former Gitchi Gummi soccer players who are moving on to the collegiate level.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Owen Wilcox has committed to joining the Lake Superior College men’s soccer team. The midfielder finished with 14 total points in two years on the Hunters varsity squad. But head coach Scott Anderson says Wilcox was often the second or third assist on many goals and was a big part of Denfeld’s section championship win…

Northland High School Hockey Teams Begin First Official Practices

After weeks of delays and postponements, high school hockey practices began for teams all across the Northland.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The wait is over as the practices are officially underway for Northland hockey teams, including the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls. “I was super excited. I’ve been thinking about it. We’ve got a countdown on our Instagram page. We’ve been counting down for about two weeks now. Super excited to get back into it,” said senior Lauren Sertich. “I think…

Hibbing’s Parker Maki Commits to Bemidji State Men’s Basketball

Last season as a junior, Maki averaged over 10 points and six rebounds per game, helping the Bluejackets finish with a 20-8 record.

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing’s Parker Maki announced on Twitter this week that he has committed to joining the Bemidji State men’s basketball team. Last season as a junior, Maki averaged over 10 points and six rebounds per game, helping the Bluejackets finish with a 20-8 record. He also plays on the Playmakers North AAU basketball team. Categories: College, High School,…

Superior Boys Basketball Have Some Catching Up To Do With Delayed Start to Season

The Spartans will open their season January 8th at home against Ashland.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last week, the Superior boys basketball team returned to the court for official tryouts. Now, the final cuts are done and the Spartans officially begin practice. Superior will have some catching up to do as several teams in Wisconsin already have a few games under their belt. But that won’t be an issue for the Spartans as…

MDH Releases Updated Guidance for High School Sports

All basketball and hockey players will be required to wear masks during practices and games.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health released updated guidelines for winter high school sports, which will allow games to begin on January 14th. That would be ten days after practices would set to start. A big change comes in the fact that basketball and hockey players will be required to wear masks during practices and games….

No Time to Waste as Superior Boys Hockey Team Begins Practices

The Spartans will open their season January 5th at home against Hayward.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Good things come to those who wait. A good thing across the bridge is the high school hockey season. The Superior boys hockey team began official practices this week and not a moment too soon. The Spartans have had a delayed start to their season and with the holiday break upon us, the team will need to…

Superior Girls Basketball Team Hold First Official Practices

Superior will open their season January 5th at home against South Shore.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last week, the Superior school district announced the return of high school athletics, which was the first time some of the players have heard some good news in a long time. And this week, the girls basketball team were back to work to get ready for the upcoming season. “Oh I was so excited. I’m just so…

Chisholm High School Adding Special Floor Decal for Bob McDonald Court

Organizers say since the court's dedication back in 2017, it was always the plan to have the decal painted on the court.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – This week, Chisholm High School made some alterations to their gym. The Bob McDonald banner was taken down and now the legendary coach, who passed away two months ago, will have his name etched onto the floor itself. Organizers say since the court’s dedication back in 2017, it was always the plan to have the decal painted…

Pandemic Doesn’t Slow Down Ski Jumpers at Pine Valley Park

The club has been holding jumps since before Thanksgiving.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The pandemic has done a great job of ruining a lot of things, especially in sports. But one place that has been able to weather the storm has been the ski jumpers at Pine Valley Park in Cloquet. But they’ve had to make some adjustments, too, like limiting groups to just two families at a time and…

Northwestern Girls Basketball Hope to Carry Win Streak into 2021

Monday night, Northwestern pushed their win streak to six straight as they defeated Bloomer 59-42.

MAPLE, Wis. – High school sports in the Northland are slowly but surely make their return. But some teams have already been in action including the Northwestern girls basketball team. And so far, so good for the Tigers. After dropping their season opener, Northwestern has won five straight. The Tigers brought back seven players from last year’s team that won…

Proctor’s Ava Giswold Commits to UWS Soccer

Giswold will join Cloquet's Brenna Mattson and Hermantown's Halle Carlson as local players to join the Yellowjackets next season. 

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor’s Ava Giswold announced on her Twitter this weekend that she will be headed across the bridge and play college soccer at UWS. The senior scored three goals and recorded four assists during the COVID-shortened season. Gislwold has also played club soccer with Gitchi Gummi. She also plays on the Proctor basketball team and was part of…

Northwestern Girls Basketball Tops Hayward for Fifth Straight Win

The Tigers used a big second half to knock off conference foe Hayward for their fifth straight win.

HAYWARD, Wis. – The Northwestern girls basketball team went on the road and picked a big Heart O’North Conference win on Saturday, defeating Hayward for their fifth straight win. The Tigers (5-1) are scheduled to play at Bloomer on Monday while Hayward (3-2) is scheduled to return to action on Dec. 29 hosting Rice Lake. Categories: High School, Sports

Proctor’s AV Production Class Releases “Mask Up to Show Up” Video

The video tries to convince people to continue to abide by local and state COVID guidelines throughout the upcoming holiday season.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Friday, The AV Production class at Proctor High School released a special video with a powerful message: Mask Up to Show Up. That’s the message from the 45 second video, which includes a scenario where the in-person graduation ceremony was cancelled as well. Head instructor Ted Kiefat says he hopes the video convinces people to continue to…

Longtime Superior Coach Bill Gedde Awarded 40-Year Wrestling Jacket

Gedde is currently the head coach of the UMD club wrestling team, as well as an MMA wrestling instructor for Jungle Gym in Duluth.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week, longtime wrestling coach Bill Gedde was presented with his 40-year coaching jacket by the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association. Gedde is a 1970 graduate of Superior High School and wrestled collegiately at UWS. He would coach the Spartans for 38 years and was the head assistant coach for the Yellowjackets from 1987 to 1991. “It’s always…

Northwestern Girls Basketball Pick Up Fourth Straight Win

Sophomore guard Tieryn Plasch finished with 25 points as the Northwestern girls basketball team knocked off Cumberland.

MAPLE, Wis. – Sophomore guard Tieryn Plasch finished with 25 points, the third straight game she’s hit that mark, as the Northwestern girls basketball team knocked off Cumberland 70-43 Friday night. Brynn Erickson chipped with 17 points while Allison Luoma also scored 11 for the Tigers, who picked up their fourth win in a row. Next up for Northwestern is…

Denfeld’s Joe Udd Commits to St. Scholastica Baseball Team

The senior plays at first base as well as pitcher, armed with a three-pitch arsenal including a fastball, curveball and change-up.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Denfeld’s Joe Udd has committed to joining the St. Scholastica baseball team. The senior plays at first base as well as pitcher, armed with a three-pitch arsenal including a fastball, curveball and change-up. Back in 2019, Udd helped the Hunters win their first section title since 1954. “I’ve been thinking about it probably for about…

Trio of Starks Elite Players Sign National Letters of Intent

Merlea Mrozik, Hannah Hannuksela and Lexiss Trygg each officially made plans to play basketball at the college level.

DULUTH, Minn. – Starks Academy has been a staple in the Northland youth basketball community for several years. And this past summer, they created a girls AAU basketball team, which is designed to help players get more exposure in front of college scouts. So how did it go? Three players on that team have already made plans to play at…

Virginia’s Schaefer, Moore Commit to Mesabi Range Baseball

Moore is a third baseman and pitcher while Schaefer plays in the outfield.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A pair of Virginia baseball players are staying close to home when they play their college ball. Daniel Moore and Cole Schaefer signed their National Letters on Intent this week to join the Mesabi Range College baseball team. Moore is a third baseman and pitcher while Schaefer plays in the outfield. Both also played on the Virginia…

Youth, High School Sports Pause to Continue Through January 4th

Practices for high school sports will be allowed to begin on January 4th.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This upcoming Friday, the hope was that the pause on high school sports would be over and some semblance of normalcy would return for the local coaches and athletes. But that won’t be the case with Wednesday’s announcement from governor Tim Walz. The pause will continue through the end of the year and practices will be…

Greenway’s Claire Vekich Named Finalist for MN Miss Volleyball

Vekich would end her volleyball career with nearly 1,900 kills.

COLERAINE, Minn. – Greenway’s Claire Vekich has been named a finalist for the Minnesota Miss Volleyball award. The senior wrapped up a stellar career with the Raiders, finishing the regular season 12-0 before the high school sports pause prematurely ended the season. As a junior, she also helped Greenway capture the Section 7A championship. Vekich would end her volleyball career…

Official Practices Begin Next Week for Superior HS Athletics

Winter sports practices are scheduled to begin December 21st and the first day for competitions will be January 5th.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – High school sports are underway in Wisconsin, except for a few of schools who are still waiting to get the OK from their districts. Tuesday, Superior announced that they will be going back to hybrid learning next month. And that means sports are back. Official practices for their winter sports, including boys and girls hockey and boys…

Northwestern Boys Basketball Team Talk Playing Games While Wearing Masks

The WIAA is requiring all basketball teams to wear masks during games, whether they are on the court or on the bench.

MAPLE, Wis. – The prep basketball season is underway in Wisconsin. The Northwestern boys are off to a 2-1 start. But every time the Tigers are on the court, not only do they have to battle their opponents, but they also have to battle the masks that they are required to wear due to WIAA regulations. “Yeah it gets pretty…

Northwestern Boys Basketball Picks Up Road Over St. Croix Falls

John Grohn led the way for the Tigers with 19 points while Monte Mayberry chipped in with 17 points and Bennett Nelson finished with 11.

ST. CROIX, Wis. – The Northwestern boys basketball team scored early and often, defeating St. Croix Falls 82-62 on the road for their second straight win. John Grohn led the way for the Tigers with 19 points while Monte Mayberry chipped in with 17 points and Bennett Nelson finished with 11. Northwestern (2-1) is scheduled to play at Ladysmith on…

Coaches Corner: Jamie Plesha

For this week's segment, we catch up with the head coach of the Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from the head coach of the Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team Jamie Plesha about how her team is dealing with the pause on youth sports. She also talked about what her seniors have learned from being in quarantine. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Plasch’s 26 Points Help Northwestern Girls Basketball Get Past Ladysmith for Second Straight Win

Gracie Altman also chipped in with 11 points for the Tigers, who improve to 2-1 on the season.

MAPLE, Wis. – Sophomore guard Tieryn Plasch finished with 26 points as the Northwestern girls basketball team knocked off Ladysmith 61-45 Friday night. Gracie Altman also chipped in with 11 points for the Tigers, who improve to 2-1 on the season. Northwestern will be back at home Tuesday to host St. Croix Falls. Categories: High School, Sports