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Grand Rapids Names Practice Field After Legendary Coach Tom Drazenovich

Drazenovich coached and taught at Grand Rapids from 1971 to 2001 and was also very involved in several athletic programs, including football, track and basketball.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Monday night, the Grand Rapids School Board approved that the Thunderhawks practice football field be named after legendary coach Tom Drazenovich. He coached and taught at Grand Rapids from 1971 to 2001. He was also very involved in several athletic programs, including football, track and basketball. Drazenovich, who is originally from Naskwauk, was also credited for…

Prep Football: Cloquet, Two Harbors Advance to Section Semi-Finals

The Lumberjacks and Agates moved one step closer to their respective section championship games.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In the Section 7AAAA quarterfinals, Cloquet knocked off Duluth Denfeld 34-12 at Bromberg Field for Tom Lenarz’s 100th head coach victory. The Lumberjacks move on to face top-seeded North Branch on Saturday. And in Section 7AAA, it was Two Harbors all over Hibbing 46-14 at Egerdahl Field. The Agates will face Aitkin in the section semi-finals on…

CEC Boys Soccer Fall in Double OT to Mahtomedi in Class AA Quarterfinals

Jordan Aultman scored the lone goal for the Lumberjacks.

IRONDALE, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team pushed two-seeded Mahtomedi to double overtime, but Lucas Yee Yick would score the game-winner for the Zephyrs as they topped the Lumberjacks 2-1 Tuesday night in the Class AA quarterfinals. Jordan Aultman scored the lone goal for CEC, who finished the season with a 12-5-2 overall record. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Denfeld’s Joe Eklund Named Finalist for Mr. Soccer Award

The senior striker finished this past season with 17 goals and four assists.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, Duluth Denfeld’s Joe Eklund was named a finalist for the 2021 Class AA Mr. Soccer award. The senior striker finished this past season with 17 goals and four assists. And although he didn’t win the award, he says it was an honor to be nominated. This is the second straight season that Denfeld has…

Superior’s Tayler McMeekin Continues Stellar Freshman Year with Trip to Cross Country State Tournament

After winning the Lake Superior Conference title two weeks ago, the freshman qualified for the state tournament by finishing sixth in sectionals.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – What a season it has been for Superior’s Tayler McMeekin. After winning the Lake Superior Conference title two weeks ago, the freshman qualified for the state tournament by finishing sixth in sectionals. McMeekin has been a quick study too, as she began running last year during the start of the COVID pandemic for what was only supposed…

Duluth East Boys Soccer Reminded of 2018 Greyhounds’ Loss in State Title Game

Duluth East will face unseeded Moorhead Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. in Irondale.

DULUTH, Minn. – Of the five Northland soccer teams that are heading down to the state tournament, the Duluth East boys got by far the best draw of the bunch as they’ll go into the Class AAA bracket as the #2 seed. They’ll also take with them the memories of their last trip to the state tournament that ended in…

Superior’s Ross Rivord Commits to UMD Football

This past season, Rivord led the Spartans defense with 34 total tackles.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week, Superior’s Ross Rivord announced on Twitter that he has committed to joining the UMD football team. This past season, Rivord led the Spartans defense with 34 total tackles. On the offensive side of the ball, he added 168 yards and four touchdowns. Categories: College, High School, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Northern Star: TJ Chiabotti

For this week's segment, we feature a North Woods running back who recently became the 19th player in Minnesota High School football history to rush for over 5,000 career years.

COOK, Minn. – North Woods running back TJ Chiabotti has always loved the game of football. “I like running it and hitting people,” Chiabotti said. And he’s been making his mark on the North Woods football team long before this record breaking season. “He’s been the guy for a very, very long time for us. Starting almost in sixth grade…

Northland Soccer Teams Learn Seedings, Opponents for State Tournament

The Proctor, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Duluth East boys, and Proctor and Cloquet-Carlton girls learned their first round state matchups, with action getting started on Oct. 26.

DULUTH, Minn. – State brackets have been released for prep soccer and five Northland teams will be vying for state titles with the action starting on Tuesday. In Class A, the Proctor boys are unseeded and will face No. 1 seed Southwest Christian on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Edina. On the girls side, Proctor is also unseeded…

Superior Boys Soccer’s Season Comes to an End in Regional Final

The Spartans end their season with a 15-7-1 overall record. 

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – After the Superior boys soccer team won their first ever WIAA playoff game at home on Tuesday, they were unable to keep the good times rolling on Saturday, as Eau Claire Memorial got the 2-0 win. Eau Claire Memorial used two first half goals to claim the regional title. Superior ends their season with a 15-7-1…

Northwestern Football Cruises Past Mauston to Open WIAA Playoffs

Austin Schlies scored four times while passing 1,000 yards on the season to lead the Tigers to a Level 1 playoff win.

MAPLE, Wis. – Austin Schlies scored four times while passing 1,000 yards on the season as the Northwestern football team got the 47-14 win over Mauston at home on Friday night to open the WIAA Division 4 playoffs. The Tigers will host West Salem next Friday night in Level 2. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Scott Arntson

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the Esko football team.

ESKO, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Esko head football coach Scott Arntson as the Eskomos finished their regular season undefeated and prepare for the section playoffs next week. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Duluth East Volleyball Sweeps Duluth Marshall on Senior Night

Ashlyn Ring led the way with 15 kills as the Greyhounds will close out the regular season Friday at the Moorhead Pumpkin Classic Tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East volleyball team got the home sweep over Duluth Marshall 3-0 Thursday night. Ashlyn Ring led the way with 15 kills as the Greyhounds will close out the regular season Friday at the Moorhead Pumpkin Classic Tournament. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Football: Season Finale Wins for Esko, Hermantown; Cloquet Falls to North Branch

In the final night of the regular season, the Eskomos and Hawks were winners at home.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko football team finished their season undefeated as they blanked Duluth East 55-0 Wednesday night at Eskomos Stadium. In other prep football action, Hermantown rolled past Rock Ridge 55-0 and North Branch got the road win over Cloquet 49-12. Categories: High School, Sports

Proctor Boys Soccer Tops Duluth Marshall to Win Section 7A Championship

Goalie Colin Aho finished with a clean sheet as the Rails win their first section title since 2010.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Senior captain Zach Schnabel led the way with two goals and Vincent Horngren scored the other as the Proctor boys soccer team defeated Duluth Marshall 3-0 to capture the Section 7A championship. Goalie Colin Aho finished with a clean sheet as the Rails win their first section title since 2010. Categories: High School, Sports

Kidd’s Hat Trick Helps Superior Boys Soccer Win First-Ever Home Playoff Game

The Spartans move on to face Eau Claire Memorial in the regional finals.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior Jakob Kidd continued his scoring barrage with a first half hat trick as the Superior boys soccer team defeated Chippewa Falls 5-1 Tuesday night in the WIAA regional semi-finals. The Spartans move on to face Eau Claire Memorial in the regional finals. That game will take place Saturday in Eau Claire. Categories: High School, Sports

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Boys Soccer Takes Down Duluth Denfeld to Win Section 7AA Title

Jordan Aultman scored twice, including the game-winner, while Elijah Aultman scored once as the Lumberjacks punch their ticket to the state tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a back-and-forth battle early, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team used a second half goal to defeat Duluth Denfeld 3-2 to win the section 7AA championship. This avenges the Lumberjacks’ loss last season, where the Hunters pulled off the upset in the first round. Jordan Aultman scored twice, including the game-winner, while Elijah Aultman scored once. Gus…

Duluth East Boys Soccer Blank Centennial to Win Section 7AAA Championship

It's the Greyhounds first section title since 2018 and avenged back-to-back playoff losses against the Cougars.

DULUTH, Minn. – David Wallerstein scored twice and Kai Hoffman added a penalty kick goal to help Duluth East knock off Centennial 3-0 in the Section 7AAA championship game. It’s the Greyhounds first section title since 2018 and avenged back-to-back playoff losses against the Cougars. Categories: High School, Sports

Proctor Girls Soccer Win First Section Title Since 1998

Sophomore Kelsey Tangen scored the lone goal of the night for the Rails.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Sophomore Kelsey Tangen scored the lone goal of the night in the second half as the Proctor girls soccer team held on to beat Legacy Christian Academy 1-0 to win the Section 7A championship. The Rails punch their ticket to the state tournament for the first time since 1998. Categories: High School, Sports

Cloquet-Carlton Girls Soccer Claims Third Straight Section Title

Alexa Snesrud, Olivia Macaulay and Olivia Jameson all scored as the Lumberjacks take home the section 7AA title.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team used two goals in the second half to get the 3-0 win over North Branch to capture the section 7AA title. Alexa Snesrud, Olivia Macaulay and Olivia Jameson all scored for the Lumberjacks as they take home their third straight section title. Cloquet-Carlton now prepares for the Class AA state tournament, which…

Proctor, Duluth Marshall to Meet in Section 7A Boys Soccer Championship

The action begins at 7 p.m. at Egerdahl Field in Proctor.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Wednesday night, the Proctor and Duluth Marshall boys soccer teams will meet up for the third time this season, but this time, a trip to the state tournament is on the line. After a slow start to the season, the rails have been on a roll, winning four of their last five matches, including a 4-0 shutout…

Communication is Key in Section Championship Game for Proctor Girls Soccer

The Rails will face Legacy Christian Academy Tuesday at 7 o'clock in Esko.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Tuesday, the final step to the state tournament begins for several Northland soccer teams as we’ve got section title games taking place. One team that’s looking to keep the good times rolling is the Proctor girls. “We told them from the start that communication is key and the louder the team is, the better they’re going to…

Cloquet Volleyball Sweeps Duluth Denfeld on Senior Night

The Lumberjacks will close out their season tomorrow night at Hermantown while the Hunters will host Proctor in their season finale.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet volleyball team picked up their 18th win of the season as they swept Duluth Denfeld 3-0 Monday night on their Senior Night. The Lumberjacks will close out their season tomorrow night at Hermantown while the Hunters will host Proctor in their season finale. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Denfeld, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Boys Soccer Set to Face Off in Section 7AA Championship

This is a rematch of last season's first-round section playoff game, where the Hunters stunned the Lumberjacks. Kickoff on Tuesday is set for 8:00 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last season, the Duluth Denfeld boys soccer team stunned Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, knocking out the top seed in the first round of the section playoffs on their way to winning the section title. Now a year later, we get that rematch, this time in the section title game. This year, the Hunters are the top seed and the Lumberjacks…

Esko Girls Soccer Season Ends in Section Semifinals

The game was scoreless after overtime and would go to PKs, where Legacy Christian won 3-2 to pull of the upset and advance to the section 7A title game. They'll face Proctor on Tuesday.

ESKO, Minn. – The top-seeded Esko girls soccer team had plenty of chances but couldn’t find the back of the net in regulation as Legacy Christian forced overtime. The game would stay scoreless and go to PKs where Legacy Christian then pulled off the upset in PKs 3-2 to advance to the section 7A title game. The Eskomos outshot the…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Score for 10/15/21

Here's all of the action from Friday night, including wins for Northwestern and Duluth East.

MAPLE, Wis – The Northwestern football team defeated Cumberland 56-30 Friday night to win the Heart O’ North Conference regular season title. Here are other scores from around the Northland: MINNESOTA PREP FOOTBALL — WEEK SEVEN Duluth East 58, Duluth Denfeld 0 Pine City 36, Cloquet 8 Hermantown 42, North Branch 50 Rock Ridge 0, Grand Rapids 42  Two Harbors…

Ryan Hendry Named New Superior Baseball Head Coach

Hendry worked under Don Dembroski, who retired back in August, for the last 15 seasons.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Ryan Hendry has been named the new head coach of the Superior baseball team. He takes over for Don Dembroski, who retired back in August after over two decades with the program. Hendry worked under Dembroski for the last 15 seasons, as well as four years as a player. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Football: MIB Tops Cook County, Cherry Blanks South Ridge

The Rangers picked up a win on their home field, while the Tigers were victorious on the road.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – In their first home game in six weeks, the Mountain Iron-Buhl football team defeated Cook County 52-8 Thursday night. In other nine-man football action, it was Cherry staying undefeated with a road shutout win over South Ridge 52-0. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Soccer: Marshall, Denfeld, East Advance in Section Playoffs; Superior Wins Regular Season Finale

Thursday night was full of wins for the Hilltoppers, Hunters, Greyhounds and Spartans.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday night, the section playoffs continued for Minnesota prep boys soccer. In Section 7A, Duluth Marshall defeated Lakes International Language Academy 7-1. The Hilltoppers will face Spectrum in the section semi-finals. In Section 7AA, Duluth Denfeld knocked Hermantown 4-1 as they Hunters move on to face Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in the section title game. In Section 7AAA, it was…

One-On-One: Now-Resigned Proctor Football Coach Calls District ‘Toxic’ Amid Investigation into Players

Parendo has been the target of backlash on social media for the investigation into criminal activity by his former players.

PROCTOR, Minn. – “I resigned because of the toxic environment at Proctor,” former football coach Derek Parendo said. Parendo says the school was no longer a safe place for him to be after misconduct allegations against some of his football players became public. He told FOX 21’s Sam Ali about a specific incident that happened outside of the school that…

Prep Girls Soccer: Duluth East, Duluth Denfeld Moving On in Section Playoffs

The Greyhounds and Hunters opened their playoff runs with wins.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mae Nephew scored the go-ahead goal in the second half as the Duluth East girls soccer team defeated Coon Rapids 2-1 in the Section 7AAA quarterfinals at Ordean Stadium. The Greyhounds move on to face top seed Centennial in the section semi-finals on Thursday. In Section 7AA, Duluth Denfeld knocked off Hermantown 2-1. The Hunters will face…

Prep Boys Soccer: Hermantown, Duluth East Open Section Playoffs with Home Wins

The Hawks and Greyhounds move on in their section playoff brackets.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In the opening round of the Section 7AA boys soccer playoffs, Hermantown defeated Hibbing 4-0 at Centricity Stadium. The Hawks will face top seed Duluth Denfeld in the section semi-finals on Thursday. In Section 7AAA, Duluth East rolled past Cambridge-Isanti 11-0 at Ordean Stadium. Categories: High School, Sports

Makeshift Referee Crew Saves Grand Rapids-Duluth East Football Game

Assistant coaches from both teams, and even a radio color commentator, donned the stripes to make sure the Thunderhawks-Greyhounds game was played.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was quite the scene Friday night at Ordean Stadium as the Duluth East football team hosted Grand Rapids. The game was slated for a 6 p.m. kick-off, nut once that time rolled around, there were no officials for the game due to an oversight by the assigner. So both programs got together and started making some…

Hermantown Volleyball Picks Up Home Win Over Carlton

The Hawks bounced back from just their third loss of the season in a big way on Monday night with a win over Carlton.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown volleyball team bounced back from just their third loss of the season in a big way, getting the 3-1 win (25-10  25-9  17-25  25-16) over Carlton on Monday night at home. Darian Sams led the Hawks with 29 set assists while Bailee Hess led the way with 19 kills. Hermantown will wrap up the regular…

Moose Lake-Willow River Football’s Dave Louzek Earns 200th Coaching Victory

Dave Louzek is one of only 60 coaches ever in Minnesota prep football history to hit that milestone.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – This past Friday night, the Moose Lake-Willow River football team defeated Braham to improve to 5-0 on the season. It was also a special win for their head coach. Dave Louzek earned his 200th career coaching win, one of only 60 coaches ever in Minnesota prep football history to hit that milestone. Louzek is in 27th…

Derek Parendo Resigns as Head Coach of Proctor Football Team

The resignation, which includes his teaching position at Proctor High School, will officially go into effect at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Last week, Derek Parendo submitted his letter of resignation as head coach of the Proctor football team. And Monday night, the Proctor School Board accepted that resignation at their monthly meeting. Parendo has spent nearly 30 years as a coach, including the last 14 as head coach of the Rails football team. He was named Section Coach…

Northern Star: The Turnbull Triplets

For this week's Northern Star, meet a trio of Cloquet football players who have literally been together since they were in the womb.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’ve been to a Cloquet football, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name “Turnbull”. If you listen to the starting lineups, you’ll hear it called three times for Reese, Alec and Will. “They’ve been certainly the base of any team that they’ve been on, in the youth level, and then in the middle school, and…

Coaches Corner: Tom Lenarz

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the Cloquet football team.

CLOQUET, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Cloquet head football coach Tom Lenarz as the Lumberjacks get set for the final few weeks of the regular season. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores from 10/8/21

Here's all of the action from Friday night, including road wins for Grand Rapids, Esko and Cloquet.

DULUTH, Min. – In prep football action, Grand Rapids scored 37 straight points in the second half to get the 56-28 win over Duluth East. Here’s all the other scores from Friday night: MINNESOTA PREP FOOTBALL — WEEK SIX Braham 0, Moose Lake-Willow River 49 Esko 46, Hibbing 0 Cloquet 27, Rock Ridge 6 Pine City 8, Two Harbors 12 …

Prep Boys Soccer: Duluth East, Hermantown End Regular Season on High Note

It was a great end to the regular season for the Greyhounds and the Hawks.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their final game of the regular season, the Duluth East boys soccer team defeated Superior 8-2 Thursday night at Ordean Stadium. Hermantown also got a win in their season finale as they topped Duluth Denfeld 2-0, behind goals from Ely Young and Dylan Onofreychuck. Categories: High School, Sports

Cloquet Football Looks to Keep Rolling as Regular Season Winds Down

The Lumberjacks will be back in action Friday night in Eveleth as they take on Rock Ridge.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet football team is coming off a big win over Hermantown last week. The defense came up big for the Lumberjacks, holding the Hawks to just a single touchdown and less than 100 yards on the ground. Head coach Tom Lenarz says he wants his squad to keep it rolling. “For us it was really big…

Superior’s Jakob Kidd Becomes 13th Player in WIAA History to Score 100 Goals

Kidd won't be going too far when he's scoring goals in college as he has already committed to joining the UW-Superior men's soccer team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday night, Superior’s Jakob Kidd scored his 100th career goal for the Spartans. Kidd becomes the 13th player in Wisconsin prep boys soccer history to hit the century mark. He says being able to share the moment with his teammates on the field and his family and friends in the stands made it that much more special….

Superior Boys Soccer Pick Up Senior Night Win as Kidd Scores 100th Career Goal

Senior Jakob Kidd would score his 100th career goal as the Superior boys soccer team defeated Mesabi East 11-1

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior Jakob Kidd would score his 100th career goal as the Superior boys soccer team defeated Mesabi East 11-1 Tuesday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. Ethan DeFoe led the way with four goals, while goalie Tanner Swanson played in the field and scored his first career goal for the Spartans. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Soccer: Proctor Girls, Cloquet-Carlton Girls, Superior Boys Winners Start Week with Wins

It was a good night of soccer action for the Rails, the Lumberjacks and the Spartans.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In prep girls soccer action, Proctor wins a nail-biter on the road over Hermantown 3-2 and Cloquet-Carlton gets the Senior Night win over Two Harbors 8-1. In boys soccer action, it was Superior over Hayward 8-1, behind two goals from Jakob Kidd. Categories: High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Mike Zagelmeyer

For this week's Coaches Corner, we speak to Hermantown head football coach Mike Zagelmeyer at the midway point of the Hawks season.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — For this week’s Coaches Corner, we speak to Hermantown head football coach Mike Zagelmeyer at the midway point of the Hawks season. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores from 10/1/21

Here's all the action from Friday night, including wins for Esko, Cloquet and Duluth East

ESKO, Minn. – In prep football action, Esko stayed undefeated as they got the home shutout over Two Harbors 24-0 Friday at Eskomos Stadium. Here’s all the other scores from Friday night: MINNESOTA PREP FOOTBALL – WEEK FIVE Cloquet 14, Hermantown 7 Rock Ridge 14, Duluth East 46 Grand Rapids 20, North Branch 21 Mora 20, Hibbing 14 Hinckley-Finlayson 32,…