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Hilltoppers Girls Hockey Falls to Wildcats

Victoria Thorson scored the lone goal for Duluth Marshall.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls hockey team struggled to get much offense going until the third period, falling to Dodge County 2-1 on Saturday. Victoria Thorson scored the lone goal for the Hilltoppers to tie things up in the third, but the Wildcats responded late in the period to get the win. Duluth Marshall goalie Charlesa Prior made…

Hilltoppers Basketball Split Doubleheader with Timberwolves

Duluth Marshall girls dominated Ely on Saturday to pick up its fifth straight win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall basketball teams held a cancer awareness night on Saturday and recognized long-time boys hockey coach Brendan Flaherty, who is in remission from throat cancer, during their games against Ely. For the Hilltopper girls, they dominated Ely, picking up the 83-59 win. The Hilltoppers (11-3) will host Superior on Tuesday. For the Hilltopper boys, they…

Coaches Corner: Duluth East Hockey

For this week's segment, we sat down with Duluth East hockey coach Mike Randolph.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sit down with Duluth East hockey head coach Mike Randolph. Coach Randolph spoke about the team’s confidence and making it back to the Class A state championship. The Greyhounds are 10-4-2 on the season and will play Moorhead on Saturday. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Basketball: Lumberjack Girls, Spartan Boys Pick Up Friday Night Wins

The Cloquet girls got the win at home while the Superior boys were victorious on the road.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Allie Wotjziak led all scorers with 25 points as the Cloquet girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak, getting the win at home against Crosby-Ironton 53-41 Friday night. And in boys action, Xavier Patterson’s 18 points was enough to push Superior past Duluth Denfeld 79-62. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Basketball: Topper Girls, Bronco Girls, Rails Boys Secure Road Wins

The Duluth Marshall girls, International Falls girls and Proctor boys each got wins on the road Thursday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep basketball action, the Duluth Marshall girls got the road win over their arch-rivals Duluth East 65-48 Thursday night at the Duluth East High School gym. In other basketball action, the International Falls girls basketball team knocked off Duluth Denfeld 63-33 and the Proctor boys picked up a road win over Duluth Marshall 85-57. Categories: High…

Prep Hockey: Lumberjacks, Hilltoppers Score A Lot; Northern Stars Play to Scoreless Tie

In a high-scoring affair at the Heritage Center, the CEC boys topped Duluth Denfeld 8-5.

DULUTH, Minn. – After being down 2-0 at the end of the first period, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team scored six goals in the second period as they get the 8-5 win over Duluth Denfeld Thursday night at the Heritage Center. In other boys hockey action, Carter Sullivan finished with two goals and three assists as Duluth Marshall knocked off…

Raiders Hockey Prepares for Hockey Day Minnesota

Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin will be making the trip to Lake Bemidji to battle Bemidji High School.

COLERAINE, Minn. – After making it to the section finals last season, the Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin boys hockey team is off to a rough start. Despite a 6–12 record, the Raiders have been battling some of the top teams in the state early in the year. “I think they’re resilient. I mean I definitely think that our team’s resilient and we have had…

Phinney Scores Twice, Mirage Top Lightning

Michaela Phinney scored twice in Proctor/Hermantown's win.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Michaela Phinney scored twice as Proctor/Hermantown topped Grand Rapids/Greenway 4-2 in the battle between two of the top girls hockey teams. The Mirage (13-7-2) will play at Hibbing/Chisholm on Thursday while the Lightning (13-7) will host Andover on Friday. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks, Lumberjacks Get Shutout Wins

Hermantown defeated Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin in the Section 7A title game rematch while Cloquet-Esko-Carlton shut out Grand Rapids.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the section 7A title game rematch, the No. 1 Hermantown boys hockey team once again came out on top, shutting out No. 12 Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 4-0. Joey Pierce, Sam High, Justin Thomas and Blake Biondi all scored in the Hawks’ win. Hermantown (11-3-1) will host St. Cloud on Saturday while Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin will head to Lake Bemidji to…

Rangers Outlast Rails in Girls Basketball Thriller

The MIB girls baketball team needed overtime to take down Proctor on Tuesday night.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor girls basketball team led by one at the half, but Mountain Iron-Buhl hung on until the very end as they get the win 46-43 in overtime Tuesday night at the Rails Gym. The Rangers push their record to 13-2 as they will host Cloquet on Thursday. The Rails fall to 11-5 as they welcome Eveleth-Gilbert…

Prep Girls Basketball: Eskomos, Bulldogs Win at Home

Esko picked up its ninth straight win while Carlton won the Little Brown Jug.

CARLTON, Minn. – The Esko girls basketball team dominated International Falls at home on Monday night, 60-23, for its ninth straight win. The Carlton girls basketball team also picked up a win at home, defeating Wrenshall 57-42 in the Little Brown Jug Game. Categories: High School, Sports

Grizzles Basketball Falls in Lake Superior Classic

North Woods suffered just its second loss of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Woods boys basketball team made the trip to Duluth East for the Lake Superior Classic but struggled to keep up as Bold got the 77-57 win for its second loss of the season. The Grizzlies (9-2) will be back home next Friday when they host Eveleth-Gilbert. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks, Greyhounds Each Skate to Ties; Hilltoppers Fall at Home

The No. 1 team in Class A Hermantown and No. 1 team in Class AA Minnetonka skated to a 3-3 tie while Duluth East tied Eden Prairie in a top-10 battle.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown Hockey Arena had the battle of No. 1 in Class A against the No. 1 in Class AA as Hermantown and Minnetonka faced off but they both proved how good they are as the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Down 3-0 in the second, the Hawks scored three unanswered to force overtime. Blake Biondi scored…

Coaches Corner: Esko Boys Basketball

For this week's segment, we sat down with Esko first-year head coach Derek Anderson.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sit down with Esko first-year head coach Derek Anderson about the transition to being head coach and how the Eskomos seem to be heating up at the right time. The Eskomos (7-4) will be in action again on Saturday at Columbia Heights. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Greyhound Boys Top Spartans for Fifth Straight Win

The Duluth East boys basketball team got a big road win over Superior 75-70.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Duluth East boys basketball team got their fifth win in a row as they topped Superior 75-70 Thursday night. Isiah Hendrickson led the Greyhounds with 21 points. Noah Winesett also chipped in with 14 points. The Spartans were led by Xavier Patterson who scored 20 points for Superior. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Hockey: Hawks Blast Hunters, Hounds Double Up Thunderhawks, Toppers Get By Jacks

The Hermantown boys hockey team used a strong second period to blow by Denfeld 9-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – Blake Biondi would score a hat trick as the Hermantown boys hockey team scored six goals in the second period to get the win over Duluth Denfeld 9-1 Thursday night at the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Center. In other boys action, Ricky Lyle Jr. and Brendan Baker each scored twice as Duluth East knocked off Grand Rapids…

Prep Boys Basketball: Eskomos, Greyhounds, Tigers Pick Up Home Wins

The Northwestern boys basketball team stay undefeated in conference play.

MAPLE, Wisc. – Sam Risley and Andrew Klobucher combined to score 31 points as the Northwestern boys basketball team defeated Cumberland 64-54 to remain undefeated in the Heart ‘O North conference. In other boys action, Duluth East hangs on to knock off Hermantown 69-65 and Esko won their fifth in a row as they topped Grand Rapids 74-62. Categories: High…

Prep Boys Hockey: Spartans Win at Home, ‘Jacks Shock Toppers in Final Minutes

The Superior boys hockey team doubled up Baldwin-Woodville at home 4-2.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Taylor Berger scored twice as the Superior boys hockey team topped Baldwin-Woodville 4-2 Tuesday night at Wessman Arena. Ian Johnson and Max Curtis each scored for the Spartans, who improve to 13-2 on the season. In other boys action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton would score two goals in the final three minutes as they stun Duluth Marshall 3-2 at Mars…

Prep Girls Basketball: Hawks, Hunters Power Through to Victories

Hermantown won on the road while Duluth Denfeld won at home for its second win of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a doubleheader at Duluth East, the Hermantown girls got the win over the Greyhounds 61-46. The Hawks (6-8) will host Cloquet on Thursday while the Greyhounds (3-9) will play at Superior on Thursday. In other action, the Duluth Denfeld girls basketball defend home court as Nashwauk-Keewatin 51-43 to pick up their second win of the season….

Prep Basketball: Eskomo Girls, Topper Girls, Spartan Boys Earn Wins

The Esko girls basketball hung on for the road win over Proctor 49-48.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Bridget Yellin scored her 1000th career point as the Esko girls basketball team won their seventh straight game 49-48 over Proctor Monday night. In other girls action, Gianna Kneepkens finished with 40 points as Duluth Marshall got the home win over Bigfork 73-57. And in boys action, Superior knocked off Duluth Marshall at home 88-58. Categories: High…

Jones Scores Game-Winner, Greyhounds Top Hunters in Overtime

The game was scoreless until the second period.

DULUTH, Minn. – The highly anticipated matchup between crosstown rivals Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld lived up to the hype, but Duluth East’s Jonathan Jones scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Greyhounds the 2-1 win. The game was scoreless after the first, and the Hunters would be the ones to break through in the second. Jacob Eskola scored,…

Northern Star: Taylor Nelson and Kiana Bender

The duo has led Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in scoring for the past three seasons.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Taylor Nelson and Kiana Bender have been key contributors to the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team this season, and their connection goes beyond being linemates. “We met when we were in boys hockey in like squirts or whatever. We were the only two girls on the team so we kind of just had to be friends and we’ve…

Prep Basketball: Rails Hold On Against Hunters

Proctor defeated Duluth Denfeld on Lake Superior Conference Day in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In Lake Superior Conference Day, Proctor boys basketball picked up its third straight win as the Rails held on to defeat Duluth Denfeld 57-54. The Rails (6-5) will be back in action on Tuesday against Mesabi East while Duluth Denfeld (4-6) will host Chisago Lakes next Saturday. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Hockey: Rails Boys, Hilltoppers Girls Win at Home; Greyhounds Fall to Top Ranked Skippers

Proctor boys defeated Moose Lake Area 4-2 while Duluth Marshall girls shut out International Falls.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the highly anticipated section AA state championship rematch, Duluth East faced the same struggles as undefeated Minnetonka got the 5-2 win, the same score they won the title with back in March. Jonathan Jones and Ricky Lyle Jr. both scored for the Greyhounds but it wouldn’t be enough to come out on top. In other boys…

Coaches Corner: Duluth Denfeld Boys Hockey

For this week's segment, we spoke with Denfeld head coach Dale Jago.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk high school hockey with Duluth Denfeld boys coach Dale Jago. The longtime bench boss talked about the Hunters’ great start to the season, as well as the tough slate of upcoming games, including taking on Duluth East, Hermantown and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Hockey: Greyhounds, Hunters, Mirage Pick Up Home Wins

The Duluth East boys, Denfeld boys and Proctor/Hermantown girls have no trouble at home on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore Zarley Ziemski finished with a hat trick as Duluth East got the best of Stillwater 7-3 Friday night at the Heritage Center. Ryder Donovan chipped in with two goals as well. Next up for the Greyhounds will be a showdown against top-ranked Minnetonka on Saturday. Also at the Heritage Center, Duluth Denfeld defeated Lake of the…

Prep Boys Basketball: Eskomos Top Rebels, Agates Fall to Bombers

The Esko boys basketball team knocked off Moose Lake-Willow River at home.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko boys basketball team get their fourth win in a row as they top Moose Lake-Willow River 80-65 Friday night at Esko High School. In other boys action, Jayden Ruberg finished with 39 points, but it wouldn’t be enough as Two Harbors falls to Barnum 74-65. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Greyhounds Ready for Class AA Championship Rematch

Duluth East will look to avenge their loss against Minnetonka.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East boys hockey team will host top-ranked Minnetonka in a rematch of last season’s Class AA championship game, where the Skippers came out on top of the Greyhounds. Head coach Mike Randolph says he knows this was a game that the players had circled on their calendars since the beginning of the season. “Obviously as…

Prep Basketball: Rails Sweep, Giants Girls Pick Up Road Win

Both Proctor basketball squads picked up wins while Mesabi East girls defeated Duluth Marshall on the road.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Proctor basketball teams had a successful night, as the girls defeated Cloquet 62-51 while the boys hung on for the close win over Hibbing, 66-63. In the girls game, Cloquet’s Allie Wojtysiak led all scorers with 29 points while Proctor’s Sam Pogatchnik led the Rails with 22 points. For the boys, Jake Pioro led the Rails…

Prep Hockey: Spartans, Hunters Boys; Lumberjacks Girls Victorious

Superior and Duluth Denfeld won on the road while Cloquet-Esko-Carlton defended home ice.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior boys hockey team started 2019 on a high note as they got the road win over Duluth Marshall 5-2. Cayden Laurvick netted a hat trick while Gunnar Hansen and Spencer Gudowski each tallied one for the Spartans. Carter Sullivan and Xavier McNulty each scored for the Hilltoppers. In other boys action, Duluth Denfeld also picked up the…

Lumerjack Girls Hockey Streaking into 2019

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team are looking carryover their momentum into the second half of the season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team ended 2018 on a four-game winning streak, putting them in 9th place in the latest Minnesota State Hockey polls. Already topping their win total from last season, the Lumberjacks now have bigger goals for this season. “Our end I think for any team would be to get to the state tournament. That’s…

Prep Hockey: Hawks Fall in Hilltopper Holiday Classic Championship

Ethan Lund and Brady Baker scored but Hermantown was unable to become five-time champs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hermantown boys hockey team was back in the Hilltopper Holiday Classic Championship game for the fifth straight year but the Hawks were unable to become five-time champs, as Rosemount wins it 3-2. Ethan Lund and Brady Baker both scored for the Hawks. Hermantown (7-3) will be back in action on Jan. 4 at St. Cloud Cathedral….

Prep Basketball: Highlights from the Coaches Classic and Wood City Classic

The action continued Friday night for the Coaches Classic in Esko and the Wood City Classic in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – At the Wood City Classic, both Cloquet basketball teams moved to 2-0 in tournament play. The Lumberjack girls defeated Edison 62-18. Kendra Kelly led the way with 25 points. And for the boys, they knocked off Pine City 58-52. At the Coaches Classic in Esko, it was a good day for the Eskomos as the girls held…

Prep Hockey: Hawks Advance to Hilltopper Title Game, Hunters Fall in Overtime

The Hermantown boys hockey team advance to their fifth straight Hilltopper Holiday Classic championship game.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Hilltopper Holiday Classic semi-finals, Hermantown knocked off Brainerd 6-2 Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Justin Thomas scored twice for the Hawks. Elliot Peterson, Blake Biondi, Brendan Baker and Joey Pierce also score for Hermantown, who are looking for their fifth-straight Hilltopper Classic title. And in the Heritage Classic tournament, Duluth Denfeld would fall in…

Prep Hockey: Hawks, Hunters Win Opening Rounds of Holiday Tournaments

In prep hockey action on Thursday, Duluth Denfeld defeated Irondale while Hermantown defeated Blake.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld boys hockey picked up an overtime win against Irondale on Thursday night in the opening round of the Heritage Hockey Classic. Griffin Lehet scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime. Logan Jasper also scored for the Hunters. Duluth Denfeld will play Mankato West on Firday at 7 p.m. in the next round. And across…

Prep Basketball: Lumberjacks Sweep Wood City Classic Opening Day

Cloquet girls dominated St. Croix Prep while the boys beat Cromwell-Wright in a close one.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Both Cloquet teams were in action on Thursday in the opening round of the Wood City Classic and both teams came away with wins. The Cloquet girls team beat St. Croix Prep 70-25 while the Cloquet boys beat Cromwell-Wright 62-60. For the Lumberjacks girls, Allie Wojtysiak led the way with 20 points, while Kendra Kelley had 18….

Giants Open Mesabi East Invite with Win over Agates

Lakeview Christian Academy and Mesabi East won their tournament openers on Wednesday.

AURORA, Minn. – In the opening round of the Mesabi East Invitational, the hosts got the win over Two Harbors 79-69 Wednesday night at Mesabi East High School. Lakeview Christian Academy also won their opener as they defeated Eveleth-Gilbert 80-57. Categories: High School, Sports

Hunters Boys Hockey Set to Host Heritage Classic

The Denfeld boys hockey team will be in action this holiday week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Beginning Thursday, the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team will host the Heritage Classic tournament. It’s an eight-team tourney, which will keep all the squads busy during the holiday break. It also gives the Hunters a chance to see some different competition than what they are used to. “For the halfway point, I want to play good teams….

Northern Star: Ryan Gray

The Proctor/Hermantown goalie has been a key part of the program for the past six years.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Ryan Gray has given Proctor/Hermantown a sense of security in net for the past six years, as she’s climbed from a middle school player on junior varsity to the senior starting goalie. “So she started out, I think in seventh grade, as a JV goalie and played for a few years there and then slowly moved her…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks Win on 70th Anniversary Celebration; Rails Fall at Home

Hermantown took down Totino-Grace while Proctor lost at home.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 2 Hermantown boys hockey team celebrated 70 years on Saturday, inviting alumni on the ice during a special ceremony during the first intermission in their game against Totino-Grace. The Hawks celebrated in style, getting the 4-1 win. Blake Biondi, Justin Thomas, Elliott Peterson and Ethan Lund all scored for the Hawks. Hermantown (5-2) will be…

Prep Basketball: Hawks Girls, Eskomo Boys, Hilltopper Boys Pick Up Wins

It was a good night of basketball for the Hermantown girls, Eskomo boys and Marshall boys.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In prep girls basketball action, Hermantown jumped out to a 29-0 run to start the game as they topped Duluth Denfeld 56-17. In other girls action, Duluth East fell to Princeton 80-32. In prep boys action, Matthew Erickson finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds as Duluth Marshall defeated Lakeview Christian Academy 84-74. And in Two Harbors,…

Coaches Corner: Duluth Marshall Girls Basketball

This week's segment features the 7-1 Duluth Marshall girls basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we sit down with the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team, including head coach Chibuzo “CJ” Osuchukwu, junior guard Grace Kirk and sophomore guard Gianna Kneepkens. The Hilltoppers are currently 7-1 on the season and rank amongs the best teams in the entire state. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Hockey: Lumberjack Boys Keep Rolling, Northern Stars Fall at Home

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team knocked off Eastview 5-1 while Duluth girls were blanked at home.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In prep boys action, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team won their third game in the past four as they topped Eastview 5-1 Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. And in girls action, Sarah Spencer finished with 24 saves but it wouldn’t be enough as the Duluth Northern Stars fall to #1 ranked Warroad 7-0. Categories:…

Greyhound Boys Top Hunters in Crosstown Basketball Clash

The Duluth East boys basketball team got the home win over Duluth Denfeld 62-44.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the battle of crosstown rivals, the Duluth East boys basketball team knocked off Duluth Denfeld 62-44 Thursday night at the Duluth East High School gym. Freshman Will Van Scoy scored 19 points for the Greyhounds, who snapped a two-game skid. Armon Williams scored 17 points for the Hunters, who dropped their second straight game. Categories: High…

Prep Girls Hockey: Mirage, Bluejackets Win Big

Five different players scored twice in Proctor/Hermantown's win, while Hibbing/Chisholm shut out Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Michaela Phinney, Dehli Heikes, Aurora Opsahl, Alyssa Watkins and Sydeney Skorich all scored twice as Proctor/Hermantown dominated International Falls, 13-1 in Hermantown on Thursday night. Braelyn Sathers, Kaitlyn Fawcett and Bailey Stokke all also scored for the Mirage while Ryan Gray made four saves. In other high school girls hockey action, Hibbing/Chisholm picked up a big road win,…

Prep Boys Hockey: Greyhounds Win Battle for Duluth; Spartans, Golden Bears Also Victorious

Duluth East got the win over Duluth Marshall, while Superior and Eveleth-Gilbert also picked up wins.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ricky Lyle, Ryder Donovan and Tyler McGilivray each scored twice as the Duluth East boys hockey team got the road win over Duluth Marshall 8-2 Thursday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. Charlie Erickson and Logan Anderson also scored for the Greyhounds. Dakota Oman and Keelan Golat scored for the Hilltoppers. In other action, Superior held off Denfeld…

Hunters’ Logan Jasper Signs NLI for UMD Baseball

The Denfeld catcher will be heading to UMD to play college baseball.

DULUTH, Minn. – Denfeld’s Logan Jasper announced on his Twitter account Thursday that he won’t be going too far to play college baseball as he will join the UMD Bulldogs. Jasper is coming off a junior campaign where he was named to the All-Section and Conference First Team. Over the past four seasons while primarily playing catcher, Jasper has a…

Hermantown Hockey to Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Hawks hockey alumni are invited to the festivities this Saturday.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – This Saturday, the Hermantown hockey program will welcome Hawks from the past and present to celebrate the team’s 70th anniversary. Hermantown hockey alumni from the past seven decades are invited to the festivities this Saturday as the Hawks will face Totino-Grace at 3:15 p.m. at the Hermantown Ice Arena. There will also be a special ceremony at…