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Prep Boys Soccer: Rails, Hunters Win on Lake Superior Conference Day

Proctor, Duluth Denfeld, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Superior all got the wins.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The NBC Spartan Sports Complex was host to the Lake Superior Conference boys soccer games on Saturday. Proctor scored four goals in the first half to top Mesabi East 6-0. Demetri Regas saved a PK late in the second half, then Keegan Chastey scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, as well as the first goal, as Duluth…

Coaches Corner: Anthony and Caitlyn Wood

For this week's segment, we hear from the husband and wife duo at Lake Superior College.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Anthony and Caitlyn Wood who are the new head coaches for the Lake Superior College men’s and women’s soccer teams. Among the topics discussed are how the husband and wife ended up at the same job, as well as what the local soccer scene is like in the Northland….

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights and Scores 9/13/19

Here are all the highlights and scores from an exciting night of high school football.

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Proctor 9, Duluth East 28 North Branch 12, Hermantown 28 Duluth Denfeld 8, Cloquet 35 Two Harbors 38, Esko 34 International Falls 0, Moose Lake-Willow River 32 Crosby-Ironton 10, Eveleth-Gilbert 38 Pine City 24, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 16 MN NINE-PERSON FOOTBALL Cromwell-Wright 6, Carlton/Wrenshall 21 South Ridge 32, Ely 6 WI HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Cumberland 6, Northwestern 37…

Prep Volleyball: Thursday Night Wins for Thunderhawks, Spartans, Rails, Hawks, Eskomos

It was a busy night of high school volleyball action throughout the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – In high school volleyball action, Grand Rapids got the road win over Duluth East 3-0 and Superior made the trip over the bridge worth it as they topped Duluth Denfeld 3-1. Other volleyball results include straight set sweeps at home for Carlton, Proctor, Hermantown and Esko. Categories: High School, Sports

#GOTW Preview: Battle of Unbeaten Teams as Northwestern Hosts Cumberland

Kickoff for Friday's game in Maple is set for 7 p.m.

MAPLE, Wis. – For this week’s FOX 21 Sports Game of the Week, we’ll feature a team that is making a lot of noise across the bridge. The Northwestern football team are once again ranked in the top ten of Division 4 in the state of Wisconsin. Their great start to the season is thanks in part to their stellar…

Rails Boys Soccer Blank Agates at Home

The Proctor boys soccer team scored early and often against Two Harbors.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor boys soccer team had no trouble with Two Harbors as they knocked off Two Harbors 9-0 Tuesday night at Egerdahl Field. Among the goal-scorers for the Rails were Henry Ringdahl, Ben Harnell and Reese Ward as Proctor improves to 5-3 on the season. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Volleyball: Bulldogs Storm Back to Top Eskomos, Rails Sweep Blue Devils

Carlton defeated Esko 3-1 while Proctor swept Virginia 3-0.

CARLTON, Minn. – It was a packed house in Carlton on Tuesday night as the 8th ranked Bulldogs topped rival Esko 3-1. The Eskomos took the first set 25-21, but the Bulldogs fought back to win the next three sets, 25-19, 25-14, 26-24. Abby Mickle and Alaina Bennett both had 10 kills while Taylor Nelson had nine kills. Brynne Mickle…

Bulldogs Volleyball Continues Hot Start, Sweeps Greyhounds

Abby Mickle led the way with nine kills while her sister Brynne had 25 assists.

CARLTON, Minn. – The Carlton volleyball, who is ranked eighth in class A, continued its strong start to the season, sweeping Duluth East on Monday 3-0. Abby Mickle finished with nine kills, Taylor Nelson finished with eight and Alaina Bennett had six kills. Brynne Mickle led the way with 25 assists. Carlton will host Esko on Tuesday night. Categories: High…

Prep Soccer: Lumberjacks Girls, Hilltoppers Boys, Girls Pick Up Wins

Cloquet-Carlton and Duluth Marshall girls picked up wins on Saturday during Lake Superior Conference Day at Egerdahl Field.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall boys soccer team continued its strong start to the season, knocking off Robbinsdale Cooper 3-0 at home on Saturday. Griff Pichetti scored twice in the win. The Hilltoppers will host Mesabi East Area on Tuesday. In girls action, Egerdahl Field hosted Lake Superior Conference Day. Duluth Marshall defeated Proctor 4-1, Cloquet-Carlton defeated Proctor 1-0…

Friday Night Frenzy Highlights And Scores 9/6/19

Here's all the action from Friday night including big wins for Hermantown, Grand Rapids and Superior.

MN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES: HERMANTOWN 27, CLOQUET 12 GRAND RAPIDS 65, DULUTH DENFLED 0 DULUTH EAST 55, HIBBING 6 PINE CITY 17, TWO HARBORS 20 PROCTOR 9, NORTH BRANCH 29 ESKO 48, VIRGINIA 8 MN NINE-PERSON FOOTBALL SCORES: MOUNTAIN IRON-BUHL 48, CHERRY 20 SOUTH RIDGE 36, CROMWELL-WRIGHT 0 WI HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES: NORTHWESTERN 42, LADYSMITH 0 SUPERIOR 49,…

Coaches Corner: Rob Scott

For this week's segment, we hear from longtime Superior assistant football coach Rob Scott.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Superior football defensive coordinator and longtime assistant coach Rob Scott. Scott spoke about the Spartans’ perfect start to the season, as well as what the team is expecting from the rest of the season. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Volleyball: Spartans, Oredockers Pick Up Road Wins

Superior and Ashland went on the road and got the win in their respective Duluth match-ups.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a pair of Wisconsin vs. Duluth volleyball match-ups, Superior got the win over Duluth Marshall 3-1 and Ashland knocked off Duluth Denfeld 3-1. The Hilltoppers fell 2-0 to the Spartans and managed to win the third set. But Superior clamped down to take the fourth and deciding set for the win. Categories: High School, Sports

Spartans Boys Soccer Get Home Win Over Rails

Superior stays undefeated with a win over Proctor.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Jakob Kidd and Ethan DeFoe each scored twice as the Superior boys soccer team picked up a home win over Proctor Thursday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The Spartans improved to 3-0 on the season as the Rails fall to 4-3. Categories: High School, Sports

Rails, Hunters Girls Soccer Settle for Draw

It was a low-scoring affair for girls soccer at Egerdahl Field.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Two total goals were scored in a match between the Proctor and Duluth Denfeld girls soccer teams. However, each team scored one as the game ended in a 1-1 draw Wednesday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. Senior Alivia Radig scored for the Hunters, while sophomore Maisy Rohweder scored for the Rails. Categories: High School, Sports

#GOTW Preview: Cloquet, Hermantown Renew Section 7AAAA Rivalry Friday Night

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Hermantown.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Last year’s section 7AAAA finals featured Cloquet and Hermantown going at it and has added another layer to this growing rivalry. “I know they have a bitter taste in their mouths from last year and they just want back at us so we’re just ready to play them again this year,” Hermantown linebacker/running back Cade Montgomery said….

Prep Volleyball: Bulldogs Sweep ‘Jacks, Eskomos Post Fifth-Set Comeback Against Blue Devils

The Carlton volleyball team remained undefeated, while Esko needed five sets to top Virginia.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Carlton volleyball team continue their dominance of the Northland as they swept Cloquet 3-0 Tuesday night at Cloquet Middle School. And in other action, Esko was down 13-7 in the fifth and final set against Virginia. Then Brenna Starks scored eight straight serving points to complete the comeback and win the match 3-2. Categories: High School,…

Prep Soccer: Hilltoppers Boys Blank Lumberjacks, Hawks Girls Win Close One Against Hunters

The weather conditions were less than ideal for high school soccer in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – Griff Pichetti scored twice as the Duluth Marshall boys soccer team blanked Cloquet-Esko-Carlton at home 3-0 Tuesday afternoon. Brendan Pfahl also scored for the Hilltoppers, who picked up their second win of the season. And in girls action, Hermantown held on for the win at home over Duluth Denfeld 3-2. Categories: High School, Sports

Popularity Soaring for Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Mountain Biking Team

The team started in 2017 with just 12 members, and now there's 36 to start this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton mountain biking team gathered at the Buffalo House Tuesday afternoon for practice before their upcoming race next weekend. The team started in 2017 with just 12 members, and now there’s 36 to start this season. The riders and coaches have been working to tell more people about the team and love seeing the growth of…

Former North Woods Star Cade Goggleye Commits to St. Scholastica Basketball

Goggleye had originially committed to the University of Jamestown back in late May.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former North Woods standout Cade Goggleye has decided he will join the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team, according to the CSS athletic department. Goggleye had originally committed to the University of Jamestown back in late May, but now he will be much closer to home. Goggleye scored over 2100 points in his four years with the Grizzlies,…

Saints Men’s Soccer Drops Home Opener to Johnnies

Malcolm Lumsden scored St. Scholastica's only goal, scoring on a penalty kick in the second half.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica men’s soccer team returned to Saints Field for the first time in the 2019 season on Sunday, but they were unable to leave on a high note, as Saint John’s got the 3-1 win. With the Saints down 1-0 at the half, Nolan Friday drew a penalty kick in the 60th minute, and Malcolm…

Thunderhawks’ John Sutherland Commits to Bulldogs Basketball

Sutherland averaged 27.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in his junior season at Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.  – Grand Rapids basketball senior John Sutherland announced on Twitter over the weekend that he has committed to playing college basketball at UMD. Sutherland averaged 27.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as he led Grand Rapids to nine wins during his junior season. Sutherland follows in the footsteps of current Bulldog and Thunderhawks alum Alex Illikainen,…

Hilltoppers Girls Soccer Gives Up Two Late Goals in Loss to Stars

Gianna Kneepkens scored the lone goal for Duluth Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gianna Kneepkens scored the lone goal for Duluth Marshall as the Academy of Holy Angels scored two late goals to top the Hilltoppers 2-1. Kneepkens’s goal came late in the first half and was the first goal of the game, giving the Hilltoppers the 1-0 lead at the half. The Stars scored one early in the second…

Prep Football: Eskomos, Lumberjacks, Spartans, Tigers, Raptors Victorious on Friday Night

It was a busy night of football in the first full week for Minnesota and Wisconsin.

ESKO, Minn. – In a section battle filled with turnovers, Esko held on to defeat Proctor 13-7 Friday night at Egerdahl Field. In other action, Cloquet used a late fourth quarter surge to knock off Two Harbors 30-15. Here are some other scores from across the Northland: Merrill 0 Superior 36 Hayward 0 Northwestern 49 South Ridge 6 Carlton-Wrenshall 7…

Nelson Picks Up First Head Coaching Win as Hilltoppers Defeat Lumberjacks

The Duluth Marshall volleyball team picked up their first win of the season against Cloquet.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a match that went the distance, the Duluth Marshall volleyball team defeated Cloquet 3-2 Thursday night at Marshall High School. The Hilltoppers led 2-0 early on, but the Lumberjacks battled to force the deciding fifth set where Marshall would win it as Libby Nelson picks up her first head coaching win. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Soccer: Hawks Sweep Doubleheader Against Rails

The Hermantown boys and girls soccer teams came away with wins against Proctor.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In boys soccer action, Hermantown doubled up Proctor 4-2 Thursday afternoon at Corey Veech Memorial Field. Hunter Tanski, David Rutka, Evan Bjorlin and Matthew Joki all scored for the Hawks, while Nolan Mehle scored both goals for the Rails. And in girls action, Hermantown would blank Proctor 3-0. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Football: Hunters, Greyhounds Fall in Home Openers

Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East both lost their home openers to start the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – In Erik Lofald’s head coaching debut, Duluth Denfeld was dominated from start to finish as they fall to Aitkin 56-0 Thursday night at Egerdahl Field. And on the other side of town, Duluth East fell to Cambridge-Isanti 42-28 at Ordean Stadium. Quarterback Caden Edwards scored on all four touchdowns for the Greyhounds. Categories: High School, Sports

Hilltoppers Boys Soccer Team Win Wild Match Against Hunters

Duluth Marshall would score four goals in the first half to get the win over Duluth Denfeld.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a match that featured lots of excitement in the first half, the Duluth Marshall boys soccer team defeated Duluth Denfeld 5-2 Wednesday night at Marshall High School. The Hilltoppers would score four goals in the first half, including two from senior captain Peyton Marshak who also had two assists. Griff Pichetti and Brenden Pfahl also scored…

Cherry Football Returning to Varsity After Four-Year Hiatus

The Tigers have been without a varsity squad since 2015, but have been recruiting over the years to get enough players to again field a team.

CHERRY, Minn. – As the Cherry High School football team prepares for week one of the Minnesota High School football season, this week of practices means a little more for the team. “The kids are excited, there’s a little nervous but everyone’s fired up. This has been four years in the making and for our seniors who had their eighth…

#GOTW Preview: Proctor, Esko Looking for Winning Start to 2019

Kick-off for Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. at Egerdahl Field in Proctor.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Week One will feature a match–up with a lot of intrigue as Proctor hosts Esko in a battle of contrasting styles. “It’s going to be the same thing you’ve seen from Proctor-Esko over the last seven or eight years. It’s going to be our idea of running hard and keeping the ball on the ground, and they’re…

Prep Volleyball: Bulldogs, Greyhounds, Eskomos, Raiders Open Season with Wins

The opening week of high school volleyball was filled with action.

CARLTON, Minn. – Taylor Nelson finished with 16 kills as the Carlton volleyball team opened their season with a win at home against Deer River 3-0 Tuesday night. In other volleyball action, Duluth East got the road sweep over Cloquet 3-0, Esko knocked off Hermantown at home 3-1 and Greenway rolled past Duluth Denfeld 3-0. Categories: High School, Sports

Spartans Boys Soccer Get Shutout Win in Season Opener

Superior scored three goals in the second half to get the win over Menominie.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – In a game with thunder delays, small bouts of hail and strong wind gusts, the Superior boys soccer team opened their season with a win at home 4-0 over Menominie Tuesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. Jacob Kidd scored twice for the Spartans while Alex Hanson and Noah Benson also found the back of the…

UMD Sophomore Libby Nelson Leading Hilltoppers Volleyball Team

Nelson recently graduated from Duluth East and is currently attending UMD.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than likely, you probably had a job when you were in college. Working at the bookstore or delivering sandwiches for Jimmy Johns. How about coaching the local high school volleyball team? That’s the case for UMD sophomore Libby Nelson who was just recently named the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall volleyball team. In the…

Esko’s Dea DeLeon Commits to UMD Softball Team

The senior outfielder was a big part of the Eskomos extending their Section 7AA winning streak to four this past spring.

ESKO, Minn. – Eskomos softball standout Dea DeLeon announced Monday morning on Twitter that she has committed to joining the UMD softball team. The senior outfielder was a big part of the Eskomos extending their Section 7AA winning streak to four this past spring. DeLeon batted well over .500 as a junior with eight doubles, four triples and 13 steals….

Northern Star: Markus Pokornowski

For this week's segment, we feature a running back on the Cloquet football team who's using his injury as motivation for his senior season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Last season, the Cloquet football team lost in the section 7AAAA final for the first time in three years. “It’s a team game and our team just didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” senior running back Markus Pokornowski said of that loss. But the Lumberjacks were missing a big piece in that game, as Pokornowski…

Prep Soccer: Cloquet Boys Win Home Opener, Denfeld Girls Fall

The Lumberjacks boys soccer team needed one goal to top Columbia Heights.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Henry Slater’s rebound goal in the first half was the difference as Cloquet hangs on for the home win over Columbia Heights 1-0 Friday afternoon at Bromberg Field. And in girls action, Duluth Denfeld fell in their home opener to Visitation 6-0. Categories: High School, Sports

Coaches Corner: Tom Nelson

For this week's segment, we chat with Two Harbors head coach Tom Nelson.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we were joined by Two Harbors head coach Tom Nelson to preview the upcoming season. The Agates are coming off a historic season which saw them advance to the state tournament for the first time in over 40 years. They’ll open their season next week at Cloquet. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night…

Numbers An Issue for Cardinals Football Team

Cromwell-Wright is struggling with numbers once again this season.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Last season, the Cromwell-Wright football team made it all the way to the state title game last season. And that was with their smallest roster in school history. This season will be more of the same as the Cardinals have 13 players after two weeks of practice. The team hopes that they can stay healthy to finish…

Redemption on the Mind of Panthers Football Team

South Ridge is looking for revenge after their loss in the section finals.

CULVER, Minn. – South Ridge is looking to avenge their loss in last year’s section final game to Cromwell-Wright, which was their only loss on the season. Big shoes to fill for the Panthers seniors, but they think they’ve got what it takes to finally send their school to the state tourney. Panthers will be on the road next week…

Prep Football: Tigers, Spartans Win Season Openers

Both Northwestern and Superior were on the road to the start the season.

SPOONER, Wisc. – Turnovers worked in favor of the Northwestern football team as they opened their season with a road win over Spooner 28-14 on Friday night. Brennan Werner scored in the first quarter for the Tigers, giving them a lead they would not relinquish. Northwestern will hold their home opener next week against Hayward. And at Somerset, Superior opened…

Hawks Volleyball Sweep Hilltoppers in Season Opener

Haley Wambach led all players with 14 kills on the night as Hermantown swept Duluth Marshall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Haley Wambach led the way with 14 kills as the Hermantown volleyball team swept Duluth Marshall, 25-9, 25-22, 25-11, to open the 2019 season. Zoe Johnson led the way with eight kills for the Hilltoppers. Hermantown will play its first road game of the season as the Hawks travel to Esko on Tuesday, while Duluth Marshall will…

Kneepkens Scores Twice as Hilltoppers Girls Soccer Win Season Opener

The Duluth Marshall girls soccer team defeated Two Harbors at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gianna Kneepkens scored two goals as the Duluth Marshall girls soccer team blanked Two Harbors 4-0 Thursday afternoon at Marshall High School. Baamlak Haugen and Maren Friday also scored for the Hilltoppers, who opened their season with a win. Categories: High School, Sports

Season-Opening Change for Tigers Football Team

Instead of opening the season against Ashland like they have for years, they'll start off playing at Spooner.

MAPLE, Wisc. – Wisconsin high school football gets started this Friday night as Northwestern will look to continue their success from last season. The Tigers are switching things up though. Instead of opening the season against Ashland like they have for years, they’ll start off with a Heart O’ North conference opponent, playing at Spooner. Head coach Jovin Kroll says…

Cromwell-Wright’s Shaily Hakamaki Commits to UMD

Shaily's cousin Taya, also a guard on Cromwell-Wright, committed to UMD back in April.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Cromwell-Wright senior guard Shaily Hakamaki announced on Twitter Wednesday that she has verbally commited to the UMD women’s basketball team. Shaily’s cousin Taya, also a guard on Cromwell-Wright, committed to UMD back in April. Shaily averaged more than 20 points a game as she and Taya helped lead the Cardinals to a runner-up finish in Section 7A…

Eskomos Football Looking for Improvements in 2019 Season

Esko will open the regular season on August 30th at Proctor.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko football team is coming off of a down season, finishing with a 3–7 record and struggling against conference teams. While the season was disappointing for many players, they saw some positives and are ready to make this is a better season. “We didn’t have the season that we wanted so for sure that taste is…

Rails’ Pogatchnik Verbally Commits to Bemidji State University Women’s Basketball

Pogatchnik was one of Proctor's leading scorers last season as she led the team to state for the first time since 2002.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor girls basketball guard Sam Pogatchnik announced on twitter Monday that she has committed to Bemidji State University. Pogatchnik was one of the standouts on Proctor last season, scoring 21 points in the section final that helped lead the Rails to the state tournament for the first time since 2002. Pogatchnik is the second Rail to commit…

Northern Star: Reagan Ruffi and Brody Payton

For this week's segment, we feature two Northwestern alums and rookies on the UMD football team who are excited to go through this experience together.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is officially one week into the 2019 season. “I am pumped to be here. I’ve been wishing away my summer to be here and I’m pretty excited,” freshman running back Reagan Ruffi said. Fall practice allows the whole team to come together and is crucial for the freshmen and newcomers to learn the…

Rails’ Marunich Commits to Southwest Minnesota State Women’s Basketball

Katelyn Marunich helped lead Proctor to the state tournament last season for the first time since 2002.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor girls basketball center Katelyn Marunich announced on Twitter over the weekend that she has verbally committed to Southwest Minnesota State. On a team that did not feature a senior on the roster, Marunich started most games for the Rails last season, and was one of the top scorers during the regular season. The rising senior also…

Coaches Corner: Erik Lofald

For this week's segment, we're chatting with the new head coach of the Duluth Denfeld football team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Erik Lofald who is the new head coach of the Duluth Denfeld football team. Lofald takes over for longtime Hunters head coach Frank Huie, who retired after nearly four decades with the program. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Lots of Talent to Replace for Lumberjacks Football Team

The Lumberjacks will open their season August 30th at home against Two Harbors.

CLOQUET, Minn. – We are already through one week of fall practices which means we are that much closer to the regular season. And we continue with our high school football previews with a team who came inches away from a trip to the state tourney: Cloquet. The Lumberjacks finished their regular season with just one loss, but fell to…

Greyhounds’ Anderson, Jeanette Leaving School for USHL

Charlie Erickson will be the only forward on the team with any varsity experience.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland has always been a hockey factory, always churning out great high school players. But sometimes, the best of the best have to decide between staying in school or playing junior hockey. And Duluth East got a double wammy announcement on Thursday. Greyhounds standouts Logan Anderson and Jacob Jeanette have decided to leave school for the…