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Coaches Corner: Dyami Starks

For this week's segment, we hear from the owner of Starks Academy.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with former Duluth East basketball standout Dyami Starks who currently owns the popular basketball camp Starks Academy. The camp will be in full swing starting on July 29th and this year, they will partner with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx. To sign up, click here. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday…

Campers Shoot Some Hoops with Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Team

The camp focuses on the basics like dribbling and ball-handling, which are crucial to learn, especially for this age group.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the sounds of balls dribbling and sneakers squeaking returned to Romano Gym as several campers attended the annual Bulldogs Youth Camp, hosted by the UMD women’s basketball team. The four–day camp is designed for athletes from 3rd to 8th grade. It focuses on the basics like dribbling and ball-handling, which are crucial to learn, especially…

Legion Baseball: Cubs’ Bats Too Much for Lakeview

West Duluth abused to scoreboard to get a road win over Lakeview.

DULUTH, Minn. – The West Duluth legion baseball team scored four runs in the first and seventh innings as they topped Lakeview 10-5 Wednesday night at Ordean Field. Tyler Johnson led the Cubs with three RBI, along with three hits. Lakeview’s Jaxson Edwards finished with five strikeouts on the mound. Categories: High School, Sports

Lakeview Tops Hermantown in Legion Baseball

Joe Vos struck out 12 over six innings of work in the team's win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lakeview Legion Post 342 used strong pitching and a big sixth inning to top Hermantown 6-5. Joe Vos struck out 12 over six innings and gave up five runs, none earned, on just two hits. Kyle Doup came in and pitched two shutout innings in relief to get the win. Tyler Wapola went 1-for-3 at the plate…

Thunderhawks’ Jack Peart Named to U17 Men’s Select Team

Peart led all Thunderhawks defenseman with 21 points and eight goals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Team USA announced over the weekend the rosters for the Under-17 men’s select team and one Northland hockey player will be representing the United States. Grand Rapids defenseman Jack Peart made the roster after a week of development camp and games in Amherst, New York. The team will play in the Five Nations tournament in Germany August…

C.J. Ham Hosts First Annual Youth Football Camp in Duluth

Over 270 kids came to the camp at Lincoln Park Middle School.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids in the Northland had a special treat Saturday afternoon, getting the chance to learn some football skills and play some games with a pro football player. Duluth Denfeld alum and current Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Ham returned to Duluth this weekend to host the first annual C.J. Ham football camp. UMD soccer and football players as…

Coaches Corner: CJ Ham

For this week's segment, we're talking with the Denfeld alum and current Vikings fullback.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth native and current Minnesota Vikings full back CJ Ham. The Denfeld alum is holding his first ever youth football camp in his hometown. He also spoke about the excitement going into this upcoming season for the Vikings. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Future Bulldogs Brave the Heat for UMD Youth Football Camp

The basis of this camp was to teach kids from grades 3rd through 8th the importance of fundamentals in football.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 90 degree temps would not deter campers from showing up to Malosky Stadium for UMD’s annual youth football camp. The basis of this camp was to teach kids from grades 3rd through 8th the importance of fundamentals in football. Organizers say the hope is to cultivate the next group of UMD football fans, and maybe some…

Saints Softball Team Host Pitching Clinic

It's been a few years since the team held a summer camp, but enough people reached out and convinced the Saints to bring it back.

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is here and that means the Northland will have many summer sports camps going on, like the pitching clinic hosted by the St. Scholastica softball team. It’s been a few years since the team held a summer camp. But enough people reached out and convinced the Saints to bring it back. The clinic is broken up…

Over 350 Runners Take Part in Sawdust 5K

The Sawdust 5K kicked off the Fourth of July festivities in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – 358 runners took part in the 9th annual Sawdust 5K at Pinehurst Park. The event kicked off the Fourth of July festivities for the city of Cloquet. The first person to cross the finish line was Moose Lake native Ethan Olson at 17 minutes and 55 seconds. The 19-year-old just finished his first year running for the…

Community Gathers for Second Annual Will Starks Day Basketball Tournament

The event raises money for the Starks Academy basketball camp later this month.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East basketball coach Will Starks passed away in 2015, and shortly after, former Duluth mayor Don Ness declared July Will Starks day. His passion for youth basketball continued on Tuesday with the second annual Will Starks day tournament. The 4 on 4 tournament is organized by his son Dyami, who hopes to honor and continue…

Rich Windt Named New Greyhounds Girls Basketball Coach

Windt is a UWS graduate, playing two years of college baseball and serving as the assistant coach for the women's basketball team for one year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East athletic director Shawn Roed announced Tuesday that Rich Windt has been named the new head coach of the girls basketball team. Windt brings to the Greyhounds 17 years of experience, including the past four years leading the Northwestern girls team to 66 wins in that time span. Windt is a UWS graduate, playing two years…

Lightning Girls Hockey Invited to Hockey Day Minnesota 2020

Grand Rapids/Greenway will play Blake School on January 16 to help kick off Hockey Day Minnesota festivities.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Hockey Day Minnesota 2020 schedule and location were released on Wednesday morning, and one Northland team will be participating. The Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning girls hockey team will help kick off the event in one of the two outdoor girls game on Jan. 16.  The Lightning will play Blake School at 8 p.m. The three day event…

Bulldogs Football Hosts Second Week of High School Camp

This week's camp includes some local high schools, including Duluth East, Hermantown, Two Harbors, Northwestern, Superior and Ashland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team held its second second week of high school camps, giving the Bulldogs the chance to teach and interact with kids who are in their shoes now. This week’s camp is for any 11-man high school teams who want to learn from and train with the Bulldogs. The camp is full contact, works on…

Former Greyhound Ryder Donovan Drafted by Golden Knights

The former Duluth East standout was taken in the fourth round.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the 110th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Vegas Golden Knights selected former Duluth East forward Ryder Donovan. The future Wisconsin Badger was taken in the fourth round, becoming just the 25th Duluth native ever to be picked in an NHL draft and the first since Dominic Toninato and Judd Peterson back in 2012. Donovan…

Community Welcomes State Champ Hilltoppers Home

Family members and friends gathered at Duluth Marshall to celebrate the state champs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall baseball team arrived back to Duluth around 8 p.m. Thursday night with family, friends and classmates welcoming them home. This is the first baseball state championship for the city of Duluth since 1950, so it’s been a long time coming, and the Hilltoppers noticed and appreciated the support they got from the community this…

Hilltoppers Baseball Rallies to Defeat Redhawks, Claim Class AA Championship

Duluth Marshall scored three in the top of the seventh to defeat Minnehaha Academy and win the state championship.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – After falling in the class AA state championship game last year, the Duluth Marshall baseball team finally reached the top, as the No. 1 seed Hilltoppers defeated No. 2 seed Minnehaha Academy 4-2 to claim the 2019 class AA state title. The Redhawks, who handed the Hilltoppers their only loss of the season back in April, took…

Hilltoppers Baseball Team Eyeing First-Ever State Title

Duluth Marshall will face Minnehaha in the Class AA state title game at Target Field.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth was, is and will always be a hockey town. But Thursday, Marshall High School has the chance to do something that hasn’t been done in a very long time: turn Duluth into a baseball town. Throughout their state tournament run, the Duluth Marshall baseball team has proved that they are not a top–heavy roster. “Everybody knows…

Coaches Corner: Matt Solberg

For this week's segment, we're talking about the umpire shortage in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with Matt Solberg who is a local high school official for basketball and baseball. Among the topics discussed are the shortage of officials, specifically for the spring sports, as well as the issues umpires have with fans and what needs to be done to prevent games getting cancelled when there…

Maccoux’s Walk-Off Hit Sends Hilltoppers to Class AA Title Game

Duluth Marshall will face #2 seed Minnehaha Thursday at 1 p.m. at Target Field in the Class AA state title game.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, senior Cole Maccoux sent a base hit up the middle to score Peter Hansen as the Duluth Marshall baseball completed their comeback to defeat Paynesville 3-2 in eight innings Friday afternoon at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Hilltoppers were down 2-0 going…

1950 State Champs Help Send-Off Hunters Baseball Team

Jerry Sabick and Jim Hill were part of the Denfeld team who won the state title back in 1950.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team had a special send-off Wednesday before they left for the Class AAA state tournament. Family and friends wished them luck and they were also joined by two members of the 1950 Hunters baseball team that won the state title. First pitch for Thursday’s game between Denfeld and Monticello is set for 10…

A Return to the State Tourney for the Panthers Baseball Team

South Ridge will play #2 seed New York Mills on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in the Class A quarterfinals.

CULVER, Minn. – Last year, the South Ridge baseball team made history, finally winning the Section 7A title and making it to state for the first time in program history. Now, they’re looking forward to going back. The Panthers dominated Ely in the second game of the 7A championship to earn back to back trips to state. After finally making…

Top-Seed Hilltoppers Prepare For Third Straight Trip to State

Duluth Marshall will play Glencoe-Silver Lake on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Dick Putz Field.

DULUTH, Minn. – Going to the state tournament has become the norm for the Duluth Marshall baseball team recently as they are getting ready to make their third straight trip. The Hilltoppers are the number one seed in class AA after suffering just one loss, and dominating opponents during section playoffs. While the hits seem to always come and the…

Hunters Baseball Team Prepare For Historic Trip to State

Duluth Denfeld will play Monticello in the first round on Thursday morning.

DULUTH, Minn. – After beating Grand Rapids for the 7AAA title, Duluth Denfeld is preparing for its first trip to state in 65 years and are just enjoying every part of the journey. “Just getting pulled over by just random people saying how much it means to them and the community and it’s something that as a head coach, you don’t…

Superior Hosts Third Annual Great Lakes Border Battle Tournament

The tournament brought around 2500 softball players and fans to Superior throughout the weekend.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Softball players, fans and families packed Superior this weekend for the third annual Great Lakes Border Battle tournament. The tournament was put on by the Twin Ports Rampage youth softball organization and hosted 40 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and even a team from Canada for the weekend long tournament. The teams were from three different levels, 12U,…

Former Wilderness Assistant Coach Vichorek Named Hilltoppers Head Boys Hockey Coach

Mark Vichorek spent last season as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wilderness.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall confirmed that Mark Vichorek has been named their new head boys hockey coach. The Moose Lake native spent last year as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wilderness and previously spent time in the tier three level. Vichorek was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982 and signed with the Hartford Whalers after college, where…

Hilltoppers, Hunters Learn State Tournament Seeding

Duluth Marshall is the top seed in class AA while Duluth Denfeld is unseeded in class AAA.

DULUTH, Minn. – The high school baseball state seedings and brackets were released on Saturday morning for class AA, AAA and AAAA. In class AA, Duluth Marshall is the No. 1 seed and will play Glencoe-Silver Lake on Thursday, 6/13, at 10 a.m. at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. In class AAA, Duluth Denfeld is unseeded and will play…

Hilltopper’s Pedersen Reflects on Getting Drafted

The Missouri commit was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 38th round of the MLB draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this week, Duluth Marshall standout pitcher Ben Pedersen saw his dream come true, as he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 38th round of the MLB draft. After Pedersen and the Hilltoppers won the section 7AA title on Thursday night, Pedersen talked about how amazing it was to see his name called. “It was…

Coaches Corner: Emma Stauber

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth native Emma Stauber, who was recently named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former UMD women’s hockey captain talked about her new position, as well as her memories of the NWHL championship game as the Minnesota Whitecaps captured the Isobel Cup in their…

Lumberjacks Softball Team Return Home After Third-Place Finish

Cloquet appeared in their first state tournament since 2012.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet softball team returned home Friday from the Class AAA state tournament, and they brought back some hardware. The Lumberjacks finished in third place with a win over Becker. And a large crowd of supporters waited outside Cloquet High School to congratulate them on a job well done. “Usually we don’t get much support for softball,…

Panthers Baseball Team Win Back-to-Back Section Titles

South Ridge blanked Ely 9-0 in the elimination game.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Section 7A baseball championship, Ely would hang on for the 9-8 win over South Ridge to force a winner-take-all game. And in that game, the Panthers would flip the script as they blanked the Timberwolves 9-0 to win their second straight section title. South Ridge pitcher Mason Lane allowed two hits and struck out nine…

Hilltoppers Baseball Tops Eskomos for Third Straight Section Title

For the second year in a row, Duluth Marshall defeated Esko to advance to the state tournament.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall baseball team continued its dominating run through the section playoffs, topping Esko 9-0 to win the Section 7AA Championship and advance to state for the third straight year. Brett Benson threw a five-hitter complete game, needing just 78 pitches to complete the shutout. Tyler Johnson went 4-for-4 with three RBI. “I think for this…

Hunters Baseball Team Win First Section Title in 65 Years

Duluth Denfeld was able to hold off Grand Rapids in the Section 7AAA title game.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Section 7AAA championship game, Grand Rapids would ride some stellar pitching to a 5-0 win over Duluth Denfeld to force a winner-take-all game. And in that game, the hits would come early and often as the Hunters knocked off the Thunderhawks 10-3 to win their first section title since 1954. Duluth Denfeld will now wait…

Timberwolves Baseball Blank Bulldogs to Advance to Section Title Game

Ely got the win over Carlton Wednesday night at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tyler Housey would score twice as the Ely baseball team knocked off Carlton 3-0 Wednesday night in the Section 7A semi-finals at Wade Stadium. Trevor Mattson pitched a complete game shutout with nine strikeouts to help the Timberwolves reach the section finals for the sixth time in the past nine years. Ely will face South Ridge in…

Duluth Marshall’s Ben Pedersen Drafted by Baltimore Orioles

The senior pitcher was taken in the 38th round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall pitcher Ben Pedersen heard his name called Wednesday in the 2019 MLB Draft. The senior flamethrower was selected in the 38th round by the Baltimore Orioles. The Missouri commit is wrapping up his career with the Hilltoppers as one of the best baseball prospects in the history of the Northland. Pedersen and the Hilltoppers will…

A Historic Trip to State for the Lumberjacks Softball Team

It's been seven years since the Cloquet softball team has played in the Class AAA state tourney.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet softball team are heading back to the Class AAA state tournament for the first time since 2012. It wasn’t an easy trip for the Lumberjacks as they were no–hit by Chisago Lakes to force an elimination game in the section finals. But then they showed off their signature resiliency, which has been a key to…

Panthers Softball Excited for First Ever Trip to State Tournament

The South Ridge softball team will take on top-seeded New York Mills.

CULVER, Minn. – The South Ridge softball team are heading to their first-ever state tournament later this week. The Panthers did not allow a single run in the section tournament and while all eyes were on the performance of pitcher Malania Madill, their defense was stellar as well. “We were in the gym a lot in the beginning of the…

Eskomos Softball Prepares For Fourth Straight State Appearance

Esko will play top seed Norwood-Young America on Thursday.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko softball team will be making its fourth straight trip to the class AA state tournament later this week. For the upperclassmen who have made it to state each year, they hope to use their experience to make a deep run this week. “We know what to expect, we’ve had experience going down there, we know how…

MSHSL Votes Against Adding Shot Clock for High School Basketball

Minnesota will continue to be one of 42 states that do not use a shot clock for high school basketball.

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors voted on several items Monday, including the addition of a shot lock for high school basketball. And the board voted against it 13–5. Reports suggest that some of the issues with adding a shot clock are financial and logistical challenges. But according to David La Vaque of…

Minnesota High School Softball Tournament Schedule Announced

Three teams from the Northland will be traveling to Mankato for the tournament.

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota high school softball tournament schedule was announced on Saturday. In Class AAA #4 Cloquet will be taking on #5 Benilde St. Margaret on Thursday, June 6th, at 11 A.M.. Class AA will feature Esko who will play #1 Norwood-Young America on Thursday at 9 A.M.. Finally, Class A will feature the South Ridge Panthers taking…

Eskomos Softball Team Win Fourth Straight Section Title

Esko got their runs early and often against Proctor.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Sophomore pitcher Miranda Kelley held Proctor to just one run and chipped in with a two-RBI single as Esko knocked off the Rails 8-1 in the Section 7AA championship game at Braun Park in Cloquet. The Eskomos win their fourth straight section title as they advance to the state tournament. Categories: High School, Sports

Alana Young’s Walk-Off Single Sends Panthers Softball To State Tourney

The game was scoreless for six and a half innings before South Ridge was able to break through.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In bottom of the seventh inning, Alana Young singled to left field, bringing in Natalie Smith to score the lone run of the game as the South Ridge softball team gets the walk-off win over Cherry 1-0 Thursday afternoon at Braun Park in Cloquet. Panthers pitcher Malania Madill finished the 7A playoffs with 33 scoreless innings as…

Wolfpack Lacrosse Knock Off Stealth To Advance to Section Semis

The Duluth boys lacrosse team move on to the section semi-finals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior Jayden Erie scored five goals on the night as the Duluth boys lacrosse team defeated the Stealth 9-6 Thursday night at Ordean Stadium. Brennen Larson, James Holak, Reilly Johnson and Will Smyth also scored for the Wolfpack, who will face Blaine Monday night in the Section 7A semi-finals. Categories: High School, Sports

Greyhounds Baseball Open Sectionals With Home Win

Duluth East held on for the 6-5 win over Coon Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the opening round of the section 7AAAA playoffs, the Duluth East baseball team held on for the 6-5 win over Coon Rapids Wednesday afternoon. Tyler Wapola led the Greyhounds with three hits and two RBI. Caden Edwards pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits while striking out six. Categories: High School, Sports

Former Eskomos Star Kory Deadrick Named New Rails Boys Basketball Coach

Deadrick will take over for Todd Clark who retired after this past season.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Last month, Proctor boys basketball coach Todd Clark retired after being involved with Rails athletics for over 20 years. Those are some big shoes to fill and Tuesday night, the Rails found their guy. Former Esko star Kory Deadrick was named the new head coach of the Proctor boys basketball team. Deadrick is the Eskomos all-time leading…

Prep Lacrosse: Stealth Boys Move On, Wolfpack Girls Bow Out

In the first round of the high school lacrosse playoffs, Hermantown/Proctor picked up the win at home.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In the first round of the high school lacrosse playoffs, the Hermantown/Proctor boys picked up the win at home over Spring Lake Park 13-7 Tuesday night at the Hawks Field. The Stealth move on to face Duluth Thursday night at Ordean Stadium. And in girls action, the Duluth lacrosse team battled back to send their game against…

Prep Baseball: Hunters, Hilltoppers, Panthers Advance to Section Quarterfinals

The high school baseball playoffs began on Tuesday in section 7A, 7AA and 7AAA.

DULUTH, Minn. – In section 7A baseball action, South Ridge would blank Cherry 9-0 Tuesday afternoon at Wade Stadium. The Panthers move on to the quarterfinals as they will face Cherry Thursday afternoon. In section 7AA, the top seed in the tourney Duluth Marshall went on a scoring spree as they topped Moose Lake-Willow River 19-1 at Egerdahl Field. At…

Prep Baseball: Hawks, Bulldogs Win Section Playoff Openers

The section playoffs began Tuesday afternoon for 7A and 7AAA baseball.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In the first round of the section 7AAA baseball tournament, Hermantown would score six runs in the third inning as they defeated Cloquet 11-4 Tuesday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. In section 7A, Carlton would hang on for a tight win over Cook County 4-3 at the NBC Sports Complex. Categories: High School, Sports

North Woods’ Cade Goggleye Commits to University of Jamestown

The sharpshooter held the Grizzlies finish runner-up in three straight Class A state tournaments.

COOK, Minn. – Former North woods sharpshooter Cade Goggleye announced this past weekend that he has committed to playing college basketball at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Goggleye scored over 2,100 points in four seasons with the Grizzlies, helping North Woods take runner-up in the last three Class A state tournaments. The University of Jamestown is part of…

Northern Star: Ben Pedersen

For this week's segment, we feature the ace on the Duluth Marshall baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – When you think of athletes in northern Minnesota, you think of all of the great hockey players and the kids who learned how to skate before they can walk. But baseball is growing in the Northland, and part of the reason for that is Hilltoppers senior pitcher Ben Pedersen. “I grew up wanting to play hockey. I…