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24 Spartans Recognized for College Commitments

Many of the commits have decided to stay close to home, while others are headed out of state.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Around seven percent of high school athletes move on to play in college. Superior high school has produced many talented student-athletes over the years, including the class of 2022. Wednesday night 24 Spartans were recognized for their decision to continue their athletic careers at the college level. The athletes took time during the event to thank all…

Barnum’s Anessa Davis Signs NLI for Central Lakes Women’s Basketball

Davis recorded 459 points in her career as a Bomber.

BARNUM, Minn. – Barnum’s Anessa Davis has put pen to paper to continue her basketball career at a high level. Davis appeared in 86 games in her career with the Bombers, Recording a total of 459 points, while leading her team on the defensive end of the court. Davis says, “It’s really exciting, it’s very nerve wracking, going from just…

Scott Antonutti Resigns as Esko Girls Basketball Coach

Coach Antonutti expressed that this decision came because wanted to enjoy watching his own kids play. 

  ESKO, Minn. –  After 14 seasons on the hardwood, Esko girls basketball coach Scott Antonutti has decided it is time to let go. Antonutti announced this month that he is stepping down as head coach of the program. In his time with the Eskomos Antonutti has led the team to three state tournament appearances and recorded over 300 coaching…

South Ridge’s Bennett Brothers Sign NLIs for Minnesota Crookston Baseball

The Bennetts will be joining former teammate Connor Bushbaum, who currently plays outfield for the Golden Eagles.

CULVER, Minn. – South Ridge twin brothers Aaron and Jaxson Bennett have both signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Minnesota Crookston baseball team. The Bennetts have been a key part of the Panthers’ dominance on the diamond with three straight section titles. “Well my friend Connor went there and so we decided to check that out. He…

Superior Softball Wins Playoff Opener Over Wausau East

The Spartans move on to face New Richmond in the regional finals Thursday afternoon.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Emma Raye’s solo home run was part of a four-run third inning as the Superior softball team defeated Wausau East 6-0 Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the WIAA playoffs. The Spartans move on to face New Richmond in the regional finals Thursday afternoon. Categories: High School, Sports

Jamie Kenyon-Plesha Steps Down as Head Coach of the Duluth Northern Stars Girls Hockey Team

Following the official announcement, Kenyon-Plesha would tweet that part of her decision was because of "lack of outside support" and "constant pushback from parents".

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the cold hard truths about today’s era of high school athletics is that more and more head coaches are leaving their positions due to factors outside of the sport they are in. And that was the case Monday in the Duluth school district. The district announced that Jamie Kenyon-Plesha is stepping down as head coach…

Duluth Denfeld Softball Tops Duluth East to Sweep Season Series

The Hunters and Greyhounds wrap up their respective seasons and now get ready for the section playoffs which begin Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld softball team picked up a road win over rivals Duluth East 7-4 Monday afternoon at Ordean Field. The Hunters and Greyhounds wrap up their respective seasons and now get ready for the section playoffs which begin Wednesday. Categories: High School, Sports

Proctor Baseball Wins Nail-Biter at Home Against Hermantown

Tanner Olson would hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Tanner Olson would hit a two-run home run in the first inning as the Proctor baseball team held on to defeated Hermantown 3-2 Monday night at Egerdahl Field. The Rails will be back in action Tuesday with a road trip against Crosby-Ironton. Categories: High School, Sports

Beth Clark Stepping Down as Hermantown Athletic Director

Clark confirmed with FOX 21 that she will remain the head coach for the girls basketball team on a year-to-year basis.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown High School athletic director Beth Clark will be stepping down from her position at the end of the school year. Clark has been the A.D. for the Hawks for over 16 years. She confirmed with FOX 21 that she will remain the head coach for the girls basketball team on a year-to-year basis. The school board…

Northern Star: Haley Zembo

Zembo has two no-hitters, with four double-digit strikeout games and has sat down a total of 93 batters.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – NBC Sports Complex is home for Superior’s Haley Zembo, who has proven to be a dominant force in the circle this season. The junior pitcher found her love for the game at a young age and knew early on that her position would be with the ball in her hands. “The first year I actually started playing…

Duluth Denfeld Baseball Defeats Rivals Duluth East

This is the Hunters' first win over the Greyhounds since 2015.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team scored four runs in the fourth to start the rally and went on to get the 12-4 win over crosstown rivals Duluth East. This is the Hunters’ first win over the Greyhounds since 2015. Denfeld will be back in action Wednesday at Cloquet while East will host Anoka on Wednesday. Categories: High…

Hermantown Softball Wins Big in Regular Season Finale

The Hawks put up 24 total runs to sweep Bemidji in their regular season finale.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown softball team dominated offensively on Saturday, getting the 12-5 and 12-3 wins over Bemidji to end the regular season. The Hawks improve to to 15-2 and now get ready for section playoffs which begin next week. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Boys Lacrosse Falls at Home to Woodbury

Tyler Smith finished with four goals for the Wolfpack. 

DULUTH, Minn. – A big second quarter by Woodbury helped the Royals get the 14-9 road win over the Duluth boys lacrosse team on Saturday. Tyler Smith finished with four goals for the Wolfpack. Duluth is scheduled to be back in action Tuesday at Irondale. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Softball: Vitek Leads Hermantown in the Circle, Virginia Blows Past Duluth Denfeld

The Hawks were victorious at home, while the Blue Devils get road win.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Hermantown softball team won a nail-biter, 5-4 against Chisago Lakes Friday afternoon at Rose Road Field.  Avery Farrell had the game winning knock, while Natalie Vitek took care of business in the circle, fanning 17 batters. In other prep softball action, Virginia traveled to Swanson Fields and the Blue Devils win it 12-2 over Duluth Denfeld. Categories:…

Prep Baseball: Esko Blasts Mora, Hermantown Walks Off on Chisago Lakes

The Eskomos powered past the Mustangs and the Hawks won a thriller over the Wildcats.

ESKO, Minn. – Cale Haugen would hit a home run in the sixth inning as the Esko baseball team knocked off Mora 15-7 Friday afternoon at the Esko Athletic Complex. In other prep baseball action, Chase Carlson would knock in Wylee Arro for the game-winning run as Hermantown earns the walk-off win over Chisago Lakes 8-7 at Mettner Field Categories:…

Minnesota Vikings to Host Summer Youth Camp in Two Harbors

Registration is open now, but it will be capped at a total of 250 campers from ages six to 14.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings will be hosting a special camp this summer at Two Harbors High School. It will take place July 19th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is open now, but it will be capped at a total of 250 campers from ages six to 14. For more information, click here. Categories: High School,…

Rock Ridge Boys Tennis Win Second Straight Section 7A Championship

The Wolverines now get set for the state tournament which will begin June 7th.

HIBBING, Minn. – The Rock Ridge boys tennis team defeated Hermantown 6-1 to capture the program’s second straight Section 7A title in its second year of existence. The Wolverines now get set for the state tournament, which will begin June 7th at the Baseline Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Categories: High School, Sports

Six Duluth East Greyhounds Sign National Letters of Intent

Six Greyhounds in total put pen to paper on their college commitments, with each one having their own reason for their respective decision.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday afternoon, a handful of Duluth East student-athletes signed their national letters of intent. Six Greyhounds in total put pen to paper on their college commitments, with each one having their own reason for their respective decision. “I think my family’s pretty pumped. My mom’s a ski coach. My dad skied in college as well. My parents…

Prep Softball: Superior Blanks Proctor Behind Zembo’s No-Hitter, Esko Tops Cloquet in Lightning-Shortened Game

It was a good day on the diamond for the Spartans and the Eskomos.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Junior pitcher Haley Zembo finished with 16 strikeouts and her second no-hitter of the season as the Superior softball team defeated Proctor 5-0 Wednesday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. In other prep softball action, Esko would get the win over Cloquet 9-5 in a lightning-shortened game at Braun Park. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Girls Lacrosse Shakes Off Slow Start For Road Win Over Hermantown/Proctor

The Wolfpack will be back in action Friday night when they travel to Moorhead.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After falling into an early hole, the Duluth girls lacrosse team bounced back to get the road win over Hermantown/Proctor 12-10 Tuesday night at Centricity Stadium. The Wolfpack will be back in action Friday night when they travel to Moorhead. Categories: High School, Sports

Denfeld Baseball Picks Up Win on Senior Night

The Hunters will look to keep rolling when they hit the road Wednesday afternoon against Grand Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak as they defeated Proctor 5-1 Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. The Hunters will look to keep rolling when they hit the road Wednesday afternoon against Grand Rapids. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD’s Naomi Rogge Serving as Assistant Coach with Duluth Girls Lacrosse Team

Rogge was a three-time state champion for her high school lacrosse team at Eden Prairie before she decided to skate for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Naomi Rogge is known for many things. She’s one of the top scorers on the women’s hockey team. She’s a multi-time scholar athlete in the WCHA. And now, she’s a varsity lacrosse coach in Duluth. This season, Rogge has been an assistant coach for the Wolfpack girls lacrosse team. She was a three-time state champion for…

Prep Baseball: Hermantown Wins Home Opener, South Ridge Tops Cloquet

It was a good day on the diamond for the Hawks and the Panthers.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In its first game at Fichtner Field, the Hermantown baseball team used an eight-run third inning to knock off Hibbing 14-4 Monday afternoon. In other prep baseball action, Aaron Bennett limited Cloquet to just two hits in six innings while striking out nine as South Ridge defeated the Lumberjacks 4-1. Categories: High School, Sports

Moose Lake/Willow River Softball Earns Road Win Over Duluth East

The Rebels will be back on the road Tuesday when they travel to Crosby-Ironton.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Moose Lake-Willow River softball team scored early and often, getting the road win over Duluth East 14-1 in six innings Monday afternoon at Ordean Field. The Rebels will be back on the road Tuesday when they travel to Crosby-Ironton. Categories: High School, Sports

Zam Plante Named Nominee for All-USA Today HSSA Hockey Player of the Year

The winner along with three finalists will be announced July 31.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – It’s been two months since the Hermantown boys hockey team won their fourth state title, but that hasn’t stopped star Zam Plante from continuing to bring home honors. After putting up a team leading 24 goals his junior season, Plante is being recognized as one of the best in the country. Plante has been named to the…

Northern Star: Kade Gonsorowski

Gonsorowski is the only senior on the Esko baseball team this season.

ESKO, Minn.- Going into his final season at Esko. Kade Gonsorowski is playing for a reason that’s bigger than baseball. “I grew up playing with my best buds and throughout the years I played with Jackson Pfister, we grew up playing baseball together and he always had dreams to play at the next level,” says Gonsorowski, “I feel like, I…

Prep Lacrosse: Duluth Boys, Girls Fall at Home

Both Duluth lacrosse teams suffered tough losses at home on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth boys lacrosse team struggled offensively on Saturday as Mahtomedi got the 7-0 road win. The Wolfpack fall to 6-3 and will play at White Bear Lake on Monday. Meanwhile, the Duluth girls battled back-and-forth on Saturday but dropped a heartbreaker, as Brainerd got the 9-8 win. The Wolfpack fall to 5-3 and will host crosstown…

Coaches Corner: Ben Haugen

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

ESKO, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Esko baseball coach Ben Haugen, who earned his 250th career head coaching victory earlier this week. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Northwestern’s Monte Mayberry Commits to Cardinal Stritch Men’s Basketball Team

This past season, Mayberry led the Tigers in scoring at just under 20 points per game.

MAPLE, Wis. – This week, Northwestern’s Monte Mayberry signed his National Letter of Intent to join the men’s basketball team at Cardinal Stritch University. This past season, Mayberry led the Tigers in scoring at just under 20 points per game. He was also selected to take part in the 2022 WBCA All Star Game next month in Wisconsin Dells. “When…

Grand Rapids Hosts Special Ceremony for Tom Drazenovich Field

The idea has been several years in the making as the community was looking for the best way to honor "Mr. D" as a coach and an educator.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Friday, Grand Rapids High School hosted a special ceremony to officially name its practice field after Thunderhawks coaching legend Tom Drazenovich. The idea has been several years in the making as the community was looking for the best way to honor “Mr. D” as a coach and an educator. “His impact here really transcends sports. And…

Smith Powers Duluth Boys Lacrosse to Road Win Over Hermantown/Proctor

The Wolfpack will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they host Mahtomedi.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Tyler Smith would score six goals to help the Duluth boys lacrosse team knock off Hermantown/Proctor 14-6 Thursday night at Centricity Stadium. The Wolfpack will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they host Mahtomedi. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Marshall Baseball Team Wins Nail-Biter Against Rock Ridge

Freshman pitcher Owen Marsolek allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters in six innings of work.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall baseball team scored three runs in the first inning and that’s all they would need as the Hilltoppers hang on to beat Rock Ridge 3-1 Thursday afternoon at Wade Stadium. Freshman pitcher Owen Marsolek allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters in six innings of work. Categories: High School, Sports

Robillard’s One-Hitter Gives Superior Softball Home Shutout Win Against Carlton/Wrenshall

Freshman pitcher Ari Robillard allowed just one hit and struck out seven batters in seven innings of work.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior softball team improved to 9-1 on the season as they blanked Carlton/Wrenshall 4-0 Thursday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. Freshman pitcher Ari Robillard allowed just one hit and struck out seven batters in seven innings of work. Categories: High School, Sports

Byron Negen Named First-Ever Head Coach of Rock Ridge Girls Basketball Team

Negen spent 14 years leading the Virginia girls basketball program and the last decade working alongside Jeff Buffetta at Mountain Iron-Buhl.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – This week, Byron Negen has been named the first-ever head coach of the Rock Ridge girls basketball team. Negen spent 14 years leading the Virginia girls basketball program and the last decade working alongside Jeff Buffetta at Mountain Iron-Buhl. Negen says he’s excited for this unique opportunity to start a brand new program. “I think the biggest…

Prep Softball: Cloquet Blanks Duluth East, Superior Tops Hermantown Behind Zembo’s No-Hitter

It was a pair of shutouts on Wednesday afternoon for the Lumberjacks and the Spartans.

CLOQUET, Minn. – After two lightning delays, the Cloquet softball team would go on to defeated Duluth East 16-0 in four innings Wednesday afternoon at Braun Park. In other prep softball action, Haley Zembo would finish with a no-hitter as Superior blanked Hermantown 4-0 at Rose Road Field. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Baseball: Esko, Cloquet Victorious at Home; Duluth East Drops Road Doubleheader

It was a good day on the diamond for the Eskomos and the Lumberjacks.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko baseball team would score 10 runs in the fourth inning as they defeated Proctor 13-3 in five innings Tuesday afternoon. In other prep baseball action, Cloquet held on for a home win over Grand Rapids 7-6 and Duluth East was swept in a road doubleheader against Bemidji 9-7 and 8-5. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Girls Lacrosse: Duluth Earns Senior Night Win Over Grand Rapids/Greenway, Hermantown/Proctor Falls at Home

The Wolfpack would score four unanswered goals in the final eight minutes of the match.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth girls lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals in the final eight minutes as the Wolfpack defeated Grand Rapids/Greenway 11-10 Tuesday night at Ordean Stadium. In other prep girls lacrosse action, Hermantown/Proctor dropped a home match to Forest Lake 20-1. Categories: High School, Sports

Dream Come True: Evan Nelson Talks Taking Over Superior Boys Hockey Program

The Superior alum has been coaching in the Spartans program since 2009.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This past weekend, Superior High School announced that Evan Nelson is taking over as head coach of the boys hockey team. He’s got some big shoes to fill as he’ll take over for Jason Kalin. But he says an in-house hire is beneficial for the players and the program. “It’s important for the kids, I think. It’s…

MSHSL Votes Against Sanctioning Boys High School Volleyball

This is the third time that the bid has failed, despite support from more than 50 clubs throughout the state.

BROOKYLN PARK, Minn. – Tuesday morning, the Minnesota State High School League voted against sanctioning high school boys volleyball as a varsity sport. The final vote fell one short of approval. According to the Minnesota Boys High School Volleyball Twitter page, the issues ranged from season of play to concerns with Title IX violations, as well as the issue of…

Prep Softball: Proctor Tops Moose Lake-Willow River, Hermantown Blanks Virginia

The Rails and Hawks were victorious on their home fields Monday afternoon.

PROCTOR, Minn. – A three-run home run in the first inning would be the difference as the Proctor softball team defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 3-1 Monday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. In other prep softball action, it was Hermantown knocking off Virginia 11-0 in five innings. Categories: High School, Sports

Superior Native Matt Krivinchuk Named New Head Coach of Proctor Football Team

Krivinchuk played and coached for the Spartans football program, including last season as the team's defensive coordinator.

PROCTOR, Minn. – At Monday night’s Proctor School Board meeting, Matt Krivinchuk was named the new head coach of the Rails football team. The Superior native played and coached for the Spartans football program, including last season as the team’s defensive coordinator. Krivinchuk also spent time on the coaching staff at St. Scholastica. He takes over for Derek Parendo, who…

Northern Star: Blake Imhoff

Imhoff hopes to continue his baseball career at the next level.

  PROCTOR, Minn.- This season Blake Imhoff has proven just why he sits at the lead-off spot in the Rails’ lineup. The junior outfielder is getting on base in more than half his at bats to go along with nine stolen bases. “Part of my game is speed. And so I like to use it and try and do what…

Hermantown’s Plante, Pionk Among Top NHL Prospects

The 2022 NHL Draft is coming up in July.

  HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Hermantown natives Zam Plante and Aaron Pionk are among eleven North American skaters on the NHL central scouting’s final rankings head of the 2022 NHL Draft this July. Plante is coming off a junior season where he scored 61 points en route to helping the Hawks capture their fourth ever state championship. Pionk has skated with the…

Varsity Baseball Returns to Cromwell-Wright

This Cardinals Varsity team is the first since 2008.

DULUTH, Minn.- Cromwell-Wright high school hasn’t has a varsity baseball team representing their school in over a decade. This season the Cardinals are back in action between the white lines. Cromwell head coach Dean Levinski brought up the idea after seeing the ability kids from the area brought to the field. “I saw the potential that we had out there…