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Grand Rapids Star Jack Peart Stays Close to Home After Being Drafted by Minnesota Wild

The former Thunderhawk heard his name called by the hometown Minnesota Wild in the second round with pick no. 54.

ST. Paul, Minn.– The NHL draft wrapped up this weekend and it was a special day for Grand Rapids native and 2021 Mr. Hockey winner Jack Peart. The former Thunderhawk heard his name called by the hometown Minnesota Wild in the second round with pick no. 54. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play for the Minnesota Wild…

Grand Rapids Native Jack Peart Taken by Hometown Minnesota Wild in Second Round of NHL Draft

Grand Rapids alumni and 2021 Mr. Hockey winner Jack Peart has been selected by the Minnesota Wild with the second round of the NHL Draft.

ST. PAUL, Minn.– Grand Rapids alumni and 2021 Mr. Hockey winner Jack Peart has been selected by the Minnesota Wild with the second round of the NHL Draft at pick no. 54. The defenseman scored 11 goals and recorded 24 assists in his senior campaign helping the Thunderhawks make it to the section title game. Along with winning the USHL…

Former Duluth East Boy’s Hockey Coach Mike Randolph Takes Assistant Coaching Job at St. Thomas Academy

Former Duluth East Head Coach Mike Randolph will be back on the sidelines again but this time as an assistant coach for the St. Thomas Academy Cadets for the upcoming season.

DULUTH, Minn.– Former Duluth East Head Coach Mike Randolph will be back on the sidelines again but this time as an assistant coach for the St. Thomas Academy Cadets for the upcoming season. The former Greyhounds Boys Hockey coach recorded 658 career coaching victories ranking third all-time in state history in his 32 seasons as head coach. He was inducted…

Spartans Girl’s Hockey Team Hosts Hockey Jamboree

Superior was joined by Hayward, North Shore, and Moose Lake High Schools at the Superior Ice Arena Friday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.– The Superior Girl’s Hockey team hosted a hockey jamboree Friday. Superior was joined by Hayward, North Shore, and Moose Lake High Schools at the Superior Ice Arena Friday. Games started at 9 a.m. and are continuing into Friday night. Spartans Head Coach Doug Trentor says that after practicing as a team all week, summer activities like this are…

Esko’s Miranda Kelley Commits to St. Scholastica Softball

At the plate, Kelley hit .381 this season for the Eskomos with 10 RBI while striking out 47 batters with a 3.97 ERA in the circle.

ESKO, Minn. – Former Esko softball pitcher and utility player Miranda Kelley has committed to joining the St. Scholastica softball team this upcoming season. At the plate, Kelley hit .381 with a .480 on-base percentage. She tallied 16 base hits with 10 RBI while scoring 11 times. In the circle, Kelley went 2-3 over 47 2/3 innings pitched. She gave…

Lakeview Summer Classic Hockey Tournament Set to Return to Mars Lakeview Arena Next Weekend

Duluth Marshall will open the tournament on Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. against Hutchinson, while Hermantown will open things up against Benilde-St. Margaret's on Saturday, July 24 at 10:45 a.m. All games will take place at Mars Lakeview Arena. 

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s nothing quite like hockey in the summer, especially in the Northland. And next weekend, teams from all over the state will be at Mars Lakeview Arena as the annual Lakeview Summer Classic returns. “It’s like Christmas in July,” Duluth Marshall senior goaltender Sam Anderson said. “This kind of signals the start of next season,” Duluth Marshall…

Duluth Denfeld’s Kade Shea Selected by Anchorage Wolverines in 2021 NAHL Entry Draft

The former Hunters captain finished his senior campaign this past season leading the team in goals and tied for the lead in total points.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth Denfeld hockey alum Kade Shea was selected by the Anchorage Wolverines in the 2021 NAHL Entry Draft. Shea says when the pick happened, he received multiple texts from family and friends, as well as his coaches who helped him tremendously through the draft preparation process. “They made phone calls trying to advocate for us….

Silver Bay’s Ero Wallin Commits to St. Cloud State Baseball

Wallin was a finalist for the 2021 Mr. Baseball award, given to the best senior player in the state of Minnesota.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – This week, Silver Bay’s Ero Wallin has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the St. Cloud State baseball team. Wallin was a beast at the plate for the Mariners in his senior year, leading the state in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, home runs and RBI. “Ever since I was a kid,…

Superior’s Raye, Zembo Earn All-State Honors from WFSCA

Raye was named to the First Team, while Zembo earned Second Team recognition.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s Emma Raye and Haley Zembo have earned all-state honors from the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association. Raye was named to the First Team, while Zembo earned Second Team recognition. As a sophomore, Raye finished with a batting average over .550 to go along with seven home runs and 35 RBI. Zembo, who is also a sophomore,…

Duluth Denfeld’s Mary Johnson Commits to Elmhurst Women’s Soccer

Johnson has been the starting varsity goalie for the Hunters for her junior and senior campaigns.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth Denfeld’s Mary Johnson has committed to joining the Elmhurst University women’s soccer team. Johnson has been the starting varsity goalie for the Hunters for her junior and senior campaigns. And she was busy too, seeing over 50 shots in each season. Johnson is also a member of the Gitchi Gummi soccer club in Duluth….

UMD Football Hosts Final Session of Summer Team Camps

The UMD staff hopes that the camp allows teams to get a little ahead on their fall camp work before their seasons begin next month.

DULUTH, Minn. – The final session of UMD football team camps wrapped up Wednesday at Malosky Stadium. 20 teams were on campus for this session as they received training from the Bulldogs’ coaching staff and got to scrimmage against one another as well. “Just really cool to play on this field and just get an opportunity to get a chance…

West Duluth Cubs Hold Off Grand Rapids for Third Straight Win

Dane Dzuck hit a solo home run for the Cubs while Joe Udd escaped a bases loaded jam in the seventh to get the save. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The West Duluth Cubs scored two in the bottom of the sixth then held on in the seventh to get the 3-1 win over Grand Rapids for their third straight win. Dane Dzuck hit a solo home run for the Cubs while Joe Udd escaped a bases loaded jam in the seventh to get the save. West…

Enger Park Golf Course Hosts Fifth Annual Junior Golf School

The students learn everything from swinging mechanics and bunker play, to proper etiquette on the course.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, the Enger Park Golf Course hosted their fifth annual junior golf school. The students, ages five to 15, learn everything from swinging mechanics and bunker play, to proper etiquette on the course. Most of the attendees are beginners in the sport. The camp originated out in Washington state with Duluth Golf general manager Mike Bender. So…

Steve Pitoscia Named New Head Coach of Duluth East Boys Hockey Team

Pitoscia brings over 30 years of experience as a player, coach and volunteer.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time in over 30 years, the Duluth East boys hockey team was in search of a new head coach. And after an exhaustive interview process, they have found their man. Former Greyhound Steve Pitoscia has been named the new head coach of the Duluth East boys hockey team. Pitoscia brings over 30 years of…

West Duluth Cubs Top Proctor in Legion Baseball

Dane Dzuck struck out three batters over four scoreless innings of relief for the Cubs. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The West Duluth Cubs scored three runs in the third inning on their way to getting the 7-3 win over Proctor in Legion Baseball on Monday night at Wade Stadium. Dane Dzuck struck out three batters over four scoreless innings of relief for the Cubs. West Duluth will be back in action on Tuesday hosting Grand Rapids….

Gitchi Gummi Soccer Team Wins USA Cup in Blaine

This is the first championship for the group in one of the biggest soccer tournaments in the entire country.

BLAINE, Minn. – This past weekend, the Gitchi Gummi boys 2002 team captured the USA Cup. They would defeat the Elgin All-Stars 3-1 in the championship game after falling to them in group play. Jake Kidd led the way with six goals in the tournament, while Misaki Hirata had four and Dawson Kriske finished with three. This is the first…

Four Northland Girls Hockey Players Taking Part in USA Hockey Girls 15 Player Development Camp

Duluth Marshall's Katrina Thorson and Proctor/Hermantown's Izy Fairchild, Morgan LaValley and Hannah Graves are all taking part in the camp that is for the country's top girls players born in 2006

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Four Northland girls hockey players are participating in the USA Hockey Girls 15 Player Development Camp this week. Duluth Marshall’s Katrina Thorson and Proctor/Hermantown’s Izy Fairchild, Morgan LaValley and Hannah Graves are all taking part. The camp is for the country’s top girls players born in 2006 who participated in the tryout process. During the camp,…

Hermantown’s Zam Plante Talks Joining Team USA for Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Last week, Plante was named to the roster for the United States U-18 Select Team that will compete at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup next month.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Coaches always say that players should always focus more on the name in front of their jersey than the name on the back. Hermantown’s Zam Plante has done a great job representing the Hawks. But next month, the name in front of the jersey will be in red, white and blue. Last week, Plante was named to…

Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club Still Going Strong After 30 Years of Success

The club has seen a recent explosion of talent with 40 teams and over 600 players, as well as their youth program that feeds into those competitive teams.

DULUTH, Minn. – Since 1991, the Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club has been the premier organization when it comes to youth players who want to step up their game. And they’ve got a track record that is second to none. The club has seen a recent explosion of talent with 40 teams and over 600 players, as well as their youth…

Grand Rapids’ Kodi Miller Commits to Itasca CC Baseball Team

This past season, Miller finished with a batting average over .350 with two home runs and 26 RBI.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – This week, Grand Rapids standout Kodi Miller has committed to joining the Itasca Community College baseball team. Miller was the varsity catcher for the Thunderhawks for the past four years, including his senior campaign where he helped Grand Rapids advance to the state championship game for the first time in over 30 years. This past season,…

St. Scholastica Softball Team Hosts Pitching Clinic

Tuesday's clinic was the first of four that will take place this month.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica softball team hosted their second-ever camp, specifically for pitching. Tuesday’s clinic was the first of four that will take place this month. And thanks to some overwhelming support, the Saints even added a couple extra sessions to accommodate as many campers as possible. “I don’t know if it’s parents wanting to get kids out…

Proctor Softball’s Maddy Walsh Finishes Sophomore Year with Trifecta of Honors

Walsh thanked her teammates and coaches, saying that their help directly impacted her success on the mound.

PROCTOR, Minn. – This past spring, the Proctor softball team had a season to remember. The Rails went 19-1 in the regular season and made it all the way to the section title game. One of the biggest reasons for their success was the play of pitcher Maddy Walsh. The sophomore would go on to receive First Team honors from…

Virginia’s Jack Toman Commits to St. Scholastica Football

This past season, Toman helped the Blue Devils finish 4-4, including winning three of their last four games of the regular season.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – This past weekend, Virginia quarterback Jack Toman signed his National Letter of Intent to join the St. Scholastica football team. This past season, Toman helped the Blue Devils finish 4-4, including winning three of their last four games of the regular season, and picking up a playoff win over Proctor. Virginia would ultimately fall to Aitkin in…

South Ridge’s Weber, Grand Rapids’ Kinnunen Earn Section Coach of the Year Honors

South Ridge's Aaron Weber took home section 7A coach of the year, while Grand Rapids' Bill Kinnunen was named section 7AAA coach of the year. 

CULVER, Minn. – Two local baseball coaches have taken home section coach of the year honors by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association (MSHSBCA) after leading their respective teams to the state tournament. South Ridge’s Aaron Weber took home section 7A coach of the year, while Grand Rapids’ Bill Kinnunen was named section 7AAA coach of the year….

Duluth East’s Aiden Olson Continues Family Tradition by Playing for Duluth FC Academy

Aiden Olson's dad Tony was a founding member of Duluth FC back in 2015. Now six years later, Aiden is part of the first-ever Duluth FC Academy team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, soccer was always the passion for defender Aiden Olson. “It’s the only thing I can remember doing since I was five years old, it’s the only thing I’ve ever really done. Like he said, I’ve played basketball, didn’t really enjoy it, I played baseball, wasn’t really my thing. If you asked me…

Cloquet’s Sam Baker Earns Spot at U.S. Junior Amateur Championships

The U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championships is set for July 19-24 at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, NC.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The stellar 2021 for Cloquet golfer Sam Baker continues. Two weeks after guiding the Lumberjacks to the team state championship and winning the individual title, Baker will now get to represent himself on the national stage. Baker has earned a spot in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship after finishing fifth at one of the qualifiers on Wednesday…

Coaches Corner: Phill Homere

For this week's segment, we talk with the new head coach of the Duluth Denfeld boys basketball team as he holds his first ever youth basketball skills camp

DULUTH, Minn.- For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with the new head coach of the Duluth Denfeld boys basketball team Phill Homere as he holds his first ever youth basketball skills camp. He’ll be holding another session starting July 19. If interested, contact Phill or the team directly. Categories: Coaches Corner, High School, Sports

Cloquet-Carlton’s Katie Turner Commits to Northern Michigan Women’s Soccer

Last season, Turner was second on the Lumberjacks with 10 goals, including one game-winner, while adding seven assists

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer standout Katie Turner announced on Twitter that she has committed to Northern Michigan University. Last season, Turner was second on the Lumberjacks with 10 goals, including one game-winner, while adding seven assists, as Cloquet-Carlton dropped just one game on their way to winning the section 7A title. In her sophomore season, Turner’s 16 goals…

Duluth East Boys Hockey Team Cleans Up Vandalized Woodland Rink

The Duluth East Boy’s Hockey team offered to help restore the graffiti on the player boxes and glass for the upper and lower rinks.

DULUTH, Minn.– The Woodland area hockey rinks in Duluth were vandalized in May. Thursday afternoon, cleanup efforts were underway from local athletes. The Duluth East Boy’s Hockey team offered to help restore the graffiti on the player boxes and glass for the upper and lower rinks. Clean up efforts included scrubbing and washing off the graffiti along with repainting the…

Hermantown’s Zam Plante Named to 2021 U.S. U-18 Men’s Select Team

Plante will compete with Team USA at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup August 2-7 in Czech Republic and Slovakia

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In his first season on varsity, forward Zam Plante had a breakout season for the Hermantown boys hockey team, leading the team in both goals and points. And now, he’s getting the chance to represent the Hawks on the national stage. Plante will represent Team USA as one of 23 players picked for the 2021 U.S. U-18…

Duluth Denfeld Basketball Hosts New Youth Skills Camp

New Denfeld boys basketball coach Phill Homere decided to hold the camp to get to know the players in the program while also helping kids work on their skills. He'll hold another session starting July 19.

DULUTH, Minn. – New Duluth Denfeld boys basketball coach Phill Homere has hit the ground running with his new program and this week, he is hosting a new youth basketball camp for local players. The camp is for boys and girls in grades 4th through 12th. Homere said the camp is a good way for him to get to know…

Proctor Senior Legion Tops Cook County

Kennan Reyelts went 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI while AJ Reyelts had 2 RBI.

PROCTOR, Minn. – A three-run third inning proved to be the difference as the Proctor Senior Legion baseball team got the 4-3 win over Cook County. Kennan Reyelts finished with a complete game, allowing two earned runs on eight hits. At the plate, he went 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI, while AJ Reyelts had 2 RBI. The Class A player…

Grand Rapids Football’s Andy Thomsen Commits to North Dakota State

In his junior season, Thomsen, who will play defensive end for the Bison, had 59 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles, helping the Thunderhawks to a 6-1 record. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Grand Rapids football player Andy Thomsen has committed to North Dakota State. The Thunderhawks quarterback and linebacker spent the past few weekends at their camps and will play defensive end for the Bison. In his junior season, Thomsen had 59 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles, helping the Thunderhawks to a 6-1 record. North Dakota…

Northern Ice 18U Softball Wins Rising Stars Tournament

The Northern Ice 18U team is made up of players from Proctor, Grand Rapids, Esko, South Ridge, Greenway and International Falls. 

MANKATO, Minn. – The Northern Ice 18U softball team won the Rising Stars tournament this weekend in Mankato. The team beat the Rochester Gamblers 3-2 in the tournament championship. The Northern Ice 18U team is made up of players from Proctor, Grand Rapids, Esko, South Ridge, Greenway and International Falls. Categories: High School, Sports

Ely’s Ben Johnson To Be Named First-Ever Head Coach of Rock Ridge Boys Hockey Team

Johnson has spent the past six seasons with the Timberwolves, including being named Section 7A Coach of the Year in 2017.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – FOX 21 has confirmed that Ely’s Ben Johnson will be named the first-ever head coach of the Rock Ridge boys hockey team. The final decision is still pending approval from the school board and was first reported by Youth Hockey Hub. Johnson has spent the past six seasons with the Timberwolves, including being named Section 7A Coach…

Grand Rapids Well-Represented at Minnesota High School Football All-Star Game

The game was initially cancelled due to COVID, but thanks to some "feisty moms", they were able to get the game back on.

SAINT JOSEPH, Minn. – The Minnesota Football All-Star Game is set to take place Saturday at St. John’s Clemens Stadium. Two Grand Rapids players will be in action: Noah Schmoll and Dane Kennedy, while head coach Greg Spahn will serve as the North Team’s offensive coordinator. But this game almost didn’t happen. It was initially cancelled due to COVID, but…

Ashland Girls Soccer Fall in WIAA State Semi-Finals

Abbi Moreland scored the lone goal for the Oredockers off a penalty kick late in the first half.

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The Ashland girls soccer team kept the score close, but top seed Plymouth would hang on for the 2-1 win in the WIAA Division 3 state semi-finals. Abbi Moreland scored the lone goal for the Oredockers off a penalty kick late in the first half. Ashland ends their season with an overall record of 19-2. Categories: High…

Longtime Duluth Marshall Hockey Coach Brendan Flaherty Passes Away

The Duluth Cathedral alum stepped down in 2019 to focus his time on battling throat cancer.

DULUTH, Minn. – According to a family spokesperson, former Duluth Marshall boys hockey coach Brendan Flaherty passed away Friday morning after a three-year battle with throat cancer. A Duluth Cathedral alum, Flaherty led the Hilltoppers for 21 seasons, making it to the state tournament seven times, including three straight runner-up finishes in the Class A tournament from 2006 to 2008….

Solon Springs/Northwood’s Calin Lisson Wins WIAA State Title in 400 Meter Dash

In his first year on the track team, Solon Springs/Northwood senior Calin Lisson became a state champion.

LA CROSSE, Wis. – In his first year on the track team, Solon Springs/Northwood senior Calin Lisson became a state champion. Thursday, he came in first place in the 400 meter dash at the WIAA Division 3 meet. The winning time was 50.24 Seconds. The program is only three years old and lost their season last year due to COVID…

MN PGA Junior Tour Stops by Enger Park Golf Course

The tour will continue through mid-August, including a stop in Superior Friday at the Nemadji Golf Course.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, the Enger Park Golf Course was the place to be to see the best young players in the state. The PGA Minnesota Junior Golf Series made its annual stop in Duluth for the ‘Sota Series. Youth golfers from all over the state will be took part in the event, which is where most high schoolers play…

Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator Todd Downing Hosts Football Camp

Downing is entering his 21st season coaching in the NFL.

FINLAYSON, Minn. – Former Vikings assistant coach and current Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing held his annual football camp down at East Central High School. Campers of all ages were in small groups to ensure that each kid gets the maximum instruction possible from some of the top high school, college and semi-pro coaches in the Northland. Downing is entering…

Ashland Girls Soccer Embracing Underdog Role Heading Into Second Straight State Tournament

The state semifinal between Ashland and Plymouth is set for this Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. 

ASHLAND, Wis. – After missing out on last season, the Ashland girls soccer team was extra motivated to make this year count. It paid off, as they’re headed back to their second straight state tournament and overall seventh appearance in program history. “We felt like we could compete for a state title so when we knew we were going to…

Northwood/Solon Springs Softball Fall to Phillips in Section Semi-Finals, Northwestern Advances to Section Title Game

The Fusion wrap up their season with an overall record of 18-3.

MINONG, Wis. – After going into the sixth inning tied at four, the Northwood/Solon Springs softball team would give up two runs and fall to Phillips 6-4 in the Division 4 section semi-finals Monday night at Bradley K. Schrock Field. The Fusion wrap up their season with an overall record of 18-3. In Division 3, it was Northwestern over Bloomer…

Duluth Denfeld’s Blake Eaton Wins Two More State Titles

Eaton won state titles on Saturday in the 100-meter and 200-meter wheelchair dash to bring his total to four Class AA state titles.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Blake Eaton took home two more state titles on Saturday in the 100-meter and 200-meter wheelchair dash to bring his total to four Class AA state titles. Eaton competes in a small field than most other runners do but said he still tries to push himself to get better which he did in the section…

Rock Ridge’s Cameron Stocke Wins State Title in 1600 Meter Run

Stocke missed beating the state record by less than a second, and also finished in second place in the 800-meter run.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Rock Ridge sophomore Cameron Stocke can now call himself a state champion, as he won the 1600 meter run in 4:12.94, missing the state record by less than a second. He also took second place in the 800-meter run. He also brings Rock Ridge their first state championship since consolidating. Stocke beat out GNK standout and previous…

Hibbing’s Julia Gherardi Claims Class AA Pole Vault Title

Gherardi becomes the Bluejackets' first state champion since 1996.

HIBBING, Minn. – After dominating the section all season long, Hibbing’s Julia Gherardi took home the Class AA pole vault state championship this weekend. Gherardi has also competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump but this year decided to really focus on the pole vault. Well it paid off, as Gherardi went in as the No. 1…

Proctor’s Courtney Werner Sets New 400-Meter Dash School Record in Final Meet

Werner ran the 400-meter dash in 58.24 seconds this weekend, which gave her a third place finish at state and the new Proctor school record.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor’s Courtney Werner took third place in the 400-meter dash at the state meet this weekend. Werner has competed at state before and had previously placed 12th both times in the 400. Werner set a new PR in that event a few weeks ago, then ran it in 58.24 at state which broke Proctor’s school record set…

Gitchi Gummi U17 Falls in President’s Cup Midwest Regional Semifinals

This is the furthest any Duluth youth soccer team has advanced at a premier level stage in the history of Duluth soccer. 

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Gitchi Gumi U17 boys soccer premier team had a strong showing at the President’s Cup Midwest Regional that came to an end on Sunday with a 2-1 loss in the semifinals to Kansas. The team won the MN Presidents Cup Tournament on May 9 to advance to the Midwest Regional Tournament, where they went 3-1, picking…