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NYBA, Starks Academy Hosting Virtual Food Drive

The donation window will go from Wednesday through April 6th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Youth Basketball Alliance and Starks Academy are hosting a virtual food drive. Thanks to an anonymous donor, every donation up $650 will be matched and 100% of all donations will go towards feeding community members in need. The donation window will go from Wednesday through April 6th. For information on how you can donate, click…

Northland Basketball Players Finish Season Atop Respective Schools All-Time Scoring Lists

Here's the updated list of all-time leading scorers across the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the way it ended, the high school basketball season was a pretty good one in the Northland. Lots of wins, lots of points and lots of records broken. Let’s take a look at which players ended the season as the leading scorer at their respective schools: BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Pete Sutton, Cook County (1,346 points)…

Northland Basketball Players Prepare for Possible AAU Season, College Recruiting Changes

Many Northland basketball players were hoping to use a big AAU season to figure out their college commitments. With the season currently postponed, a few Greyhounds and Bluejackets are still doing what they can.

HIBBING, Minn. – While the spring sports season is still unknown, so is the upcoming AAU, or Amateur Athletic Union, season for high school basketball players. And with the high school basketball season is in the books, many local athletes were looking forward to the upcoming AAU season. “We were going to a lot of cool places. We were going…

Hibbing Basketball Team Uses “QuaranTEAM” to Motivate Each Other Through Social Media

Sophomore Ayden McDonald and his dad started "QuaranTEAM" where they post videos of different skills on social media to help keep the Hibbing basketball community active and improving.

HIBBING, Minn. – The continuous spread of COVID-19 has left uncertainty for spring sports and summer programs across the country. While Minnesota is currently under a “Stay at Home” order and team practices aren’t allowed, the Hibbing boys basketball team is getting creative. Sophomore guard Ayden McDonald and his dad, head coach Joel McDonald, decided to start a social media…

Coaches Corner: Nick Garramone

For this week's segment, we catch up with the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with Nick Garramone who was recently named the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall baseball team. From 2006 to 2013, Garramone was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He takes over for Joe Wicklund who stepped down to take the head coaching position at…

Self-Isolation Isn’t Slowing Down Salo’s Showcase

With everyone stuck at home, Luke Salo has found a way to train his athletes from afar.

SAGINAW, Minn. – Luke Salo is one of the top basketball trainers in the Northland. “I had knee surgery, ACL surgery, miniscus surgery. I had shoulder surgery. I kind of had to find ways to keep the game in my life, other than just playing all the time,” Salo said. He currently trains nearly 50 local players for his program:…

Former Hawk Connor Bich Transferring to St. Scholastica

Bich will be transferring after one year at Dakota Wesleyan University.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Former Hermantown basketball standout Connor Bich announced on twitter Thursday night that he will be joining the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team. He’ll be transferring over from Dakota Wesleyan University. In his junior year, Bich helped the Hawks capture the Section 7AAA championship. He followed that with a senior campaign which saw him average nearly 22 points…

MSHSL Optimistic About High School Spring Sports Season

The discussion in the league is about possibly delaying or even narrowing the postseason to create a longer regular season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday, the MSHSL announced that the spring sports season will continue to be postponed as long as schools are closed. Governor Tim Walz pushed his school closure declaration to May 4th and the league continues to be in lockstep with how the state government decides when it’s safe for students to go back to school. League executive…

MSHSL Extends Spring Sports Postponement

The press release says that no decisions regarding the cancellation of spring activities have been made at this time.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Wednesday, the Minnesota State High School League announced that all participation in spring activities will remain suspended. According to a press release, the league says the ruling will stay in place until Governor Tim Walz has lifted his school closure declaration, which was extended until May 4th. The suspension includes training, practices, scrimmages and contests. The…

Local Umpires Anxiously Waiting to Hear Fate of High School Spring Sports Season

The fear is that the loss of the entire spring sports season will have long-term effects on the future of umpiring in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The impact of the coronavirus has been wide-ranging in the world of sports, including teams, players, schools, coaches and even in the media. But here’s another group that is hurting bad: referees, specifically umpires. Schedules have been turned upside-down as local umpires are waiting on the MSHSL’s decision on the fate of the high school spring sports…

Cromwell-Wright’s Jeff Gronner, Dave Foster Named Class A Coaches of the Year

Jeff Gronner was named Class A head coach of the year while Dave Foster was named Class A assistant coach of the year.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Cromwell-Wright girls basketball head coach Jeff Gronner was named Class A head coach of the year, while Dave Foster was named Class A assistant coach of the year. The Duo led the Cardinals to a 29-2 record, the second seed in the tournament, and a state quarterfinal win. Gronner and Foster also coach the Cromwell-Wright football team…

Duluth Marshall Head Coach C.J. Osuchukwu Named Class AA Coach of the Year

Osuchukwu led the Hilltoppers to their first state tournament appearance in 20 years and their 25-6 record set a program record for most wins in school history.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall girls basketball head coach C.J. Osuchukwu has been named Class AA state coach of the year. After falling in the section finals last season, Osuchukwu led the Hilltoppers to the state tournament for the first time in 20 years after winning the section 7AA title. The Hilltoppers won their state quarterfinal game for their first…

College Recruiting On Hold for Duluth East Baseball Players

Two juniors on the Duluth East baseball team were hoping to use this season to talk with potential college coaches. Now, with the possibility of no spring season, the Greyhounds are putting in the work any way they can.

DULUTH, Minn. – “I was really looking forward to this season. This offseason I had a little injury, so I was really, really looking forward to this one,” Duluth East junior catcher/pitcher Ethan Cole said. For most spring athletes, junior year is when you do most of your recruiting for college. With the MSHSL saying no practices or games until…

Coaches Corner: Jasen Wise

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the Marshall boys hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Jasen Wise who was named the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team. Wise has over 20 years of college coaching experience, with his latest stop coming at Concordia University in Wisconsin. He is a graduate of International Falls High School and after spending two years…

Cardinals’ Shaily Hakamaki Still Preparing for Potential Spring Sports Season

After her basketball season came to an abrupt end during the state tournament, senior Shaily Hakamaki is hoping the track season doesn't get canceled.

CROMWELL, Minn. – Like most teams across the country, the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team saw its season come to an abrupt end last week during the state tournament. But now, with the spring sports season still a possibility, senior Shaily Hakamaki is hoping for a happier ending to her high school career. “We came back to the hotel and got…

Billy Tafs Named New Head Coach of Hermantown Baseball Team

Tafs graduated from Hermantown back in 2003 and would go on to play his college ball at UWS.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Back in December, Mike Zagelmayer stepped down as head coach of the Hermantown baseball team. And this week, the Hawks announced who is taking his spot. Billy Tafs will take over as the new head coach of the Hawks baseball team. He graduated from Hermantown back in 2003 and would go on to play his college ball…

WIAA Postpones High School Spring Sports

The WIAA Board decided to postpone any decision on the spring sports season until a later date.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted to pause spring sports until further notice. That’s according to Travis Wilson of WisSports.net. He added that nothing is cancelled and that a timeline would be dependent on what the state says about school resuming. In a press release, the WIAA Board decided to postpone any decision…

“Pray for Jay” Fundraiser Helps Local Youth Basketball Player

Seventh-grader Jay Nick recently had surgery down in St. Paul for a brain tumor.

DULUTH, Minn. – The local basketball community has come together to support a local youth basketball player. Seventh-grader Jay Nick recently had surgery down in St. Paul for a brain tumor. His family set up a GoFundMe page that has already raised well over $40,000. Duluth East boys basketball coach Rhett McDonald says that illustrates how tightly-knit Northland basketball programs…

Esko Softball Team Stays Busy During Postponement

The Eskomos are waiting on the MSHSL to make a decision on whether or not the spring sports season will be cancelled.

ESKO, Minn. – While high school teams are prohibited from holding organized practices the Esko softball team is putting in work in a creative way. “My dad brought it to my attention this morning. He was like ‘Well do you want to hit?’ And I’m like ‘Where am I supposed to do that?’ He was like ‘Well we can set…

IST Gym Transitioning to “Virtual Training” of Athletes

The gym is transitioning to virtual training through social media, videos and online engagement.

DULUTH, Minn. – Beginning Wednesday, gyms across the state will be forced to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Impact Sports Training Gym in Duluth gave their student-athletes one last chance to get some in-person work before the shut down goes into effect. The gym welcomes high school and college athletes from across the Northland as they were…

Duluth Marshall Appoints Nick Garramone to Lead Baseball Team

Garramone takes over for Joe Wicklund, who resigned to become the new head coach at Duluth Denfeld.

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite what’s been going on lately, it’s been a solid week for Duluth Marshall sports. Monday, the Hilltoppers announced their new boys hockey head coach. And Tuesday, they’ve found their guy to lead the baseball team. And they didn’t have to go far to find him as Duluth native Nick Garramone is the new head coach of…

Jasen Wise Named New Head Coach for Duluth Marshall Boys Hockey

Wise has over 20 years of college coaching experience, with his latest stop coming at Concordia University in Wisconsin.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall boys hockey team is coming off a tough year that is certainly not up to their standards. The solution: a change at the top for the Hilltoppers. Monday, Jasen Wise was announced as the new head coach of the Duluth Marshall boys hockey team. Wise has over 20 years of college coaching experience, with…

MSHSL Prohibits All Athletic Activities for Spring Sports

This comes just two days after the league proposed limited participation.

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The Minnesota State High School League announced Sunday afternoon that there will be no activities or athletics at any member schools from Wednesday, March 18th to Friday, March 27th. This comes after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that all schools in the state will be closed from March 18th to March 27th. The MSHSL’s decision includes…

Cardinals Girls Basketball Welcomed Home After Canceled State Tournament

Family and friends came out to celebrate another successful season for Cromwell-Wright, despite not getting to finish out the state tournament.

CROMWELL, Minn. – After the MSHSL canceled the remainder of the girls basketball state tournament, Cromwell-Wright returned home on Saturday morning to a crowd of fans and family members. Cromwell-Wright was set to play Henning on Friday in the semifinals, and a win would have sent them to the class A championship on Saturday. While the outcome was disappointing and…

Eskomos Boys, Hilltoppers Girls React to State Basketball Tournament Cancellations

Esko was set to play in the section 7AA final while Duluth Marshall was set to play in the Class AA semifinals on Friday night.

ESKO, Minn. – The MSHSL announced on Friday morning that the remainder of the girls basketball state tournament and the boys basketball section playoffs and upcoming state tournament would be canceled, effective immediately. The Duluth Marshall girls were one of two Northland teams left in the state basketball tournament. The Hilltoppers won their quarterfinal game on Wednesday to win their…

MSHSL, WIAA Cancel Remainder of Winter Sports Tournaments

This includes the girls basketball state semi-finals, as well as the boys basketball section finals and next week's boys state tournament.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota State High School League and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced that they both have cancelled the remainder of their winter sports tournaments due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. For Minnesota, this includes any remaining section tournament games for boys basketball, as well as next week’s state tournament, and the girls state tournament which was…

Cromwell Girls Top BBE, Advance to State Semi-Finals

The Cardinals move on to face Henning in the Class A semi-finals.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior guard Taya Hakamaki finished with 34 points as the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team knocked off Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 67-58 in the Class A state quarterfinals. Shaily Hakamaki also scored 15 points while Andrea Pocernich chipped in with 13 points of her own. The Cardinals move on to face Henning in the Class A semi-finals. Tip-off is set for…

Prep Boys Basketball: Hawks, Greyhounds Fall in Section Title Games

Hermantown lost a nail-biter to Princeton while Duluth East couldn't overcome Cambridge-Isanti.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior guard Peter Soumis would score 37 points, but it wouldn’t be enough as Princeton topped Hermantown 67-64 in the Section 7AAA championship game Thursday night at Duluth East High School. And in the Section 7AAAA title game, Cambridge-Isanti ends Duluth East’s season for the third straight year as the Bluejackets knocked off the Greyhounds 81-73. Categories:…

MSHSL To Limit Fan Attendance at Basketball Tournament Games

The announcement comes in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota State High School League has announced that the girls basketball state tournaments and boys basketball section playoffs will be played with “limited spectators” beginning on Friday. Attendance will be limited to rostered athletes, coaches, event staff, TV partners, credentialed media, and a limited number of school-approved family members of the participants. Here is the full…

Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Upsets No. 3 Wildcats in Class AA Quarterfinals

Duluth Marshall will play Providence Academy in the Class AA semifinals on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Williams Arena.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls basketball team used a big second half to upset the No. 3 seed New London-Spicer 60-56 in the class AA quarterfinals. Gianna Kneepkens finished with 26 points while Grace Kirk chipped in with 25 points. The Hilltoppers now advance to the class AA semifinals on Friday. Duluth Marshall will take on unseeded Providence…

Eskomos Boys Basketball to Face Pioneers in Section 7AA Final

Esko and Pierz will play for a trip to state on Friday at Romano Gym. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Esko and Duluth Marshall would battle the entire way and force overtime, but in the end the Eskomos hung on for the 67-64 win in the section 7AA semifinal. In the other semifinal, Pierz started off strong and dominated the rest of the way to get the 88-60 win over Virginia. The Eskomos and Pioneers will face…

Greyhounds Boys Basketball to Meet Rivals Bluejackets in Section Title Game

Tip-off between Duluth East and Cambridge-Isanti is set for 7:00 p.m. at Elk River High School.

DULUTH, Minn. – The section 7AAAA boys basketball championship will take place on Thursday night, pitting Duluth East against arch rivals Cambridge-Isanti. The Bluejackets have ended the Greyhounds’ season the past two years, but that face has not crossed the mind of this year’s squad. “With Cambridge it’s always, everyone’s expecting it to be a great game and it’s obviously…

Duluth Wolfpack’s Jorja Schooler Commits to Missouri Western State Lacrosse

The senior has spent the past two seasons as captain of the Duluth Wolfpack girls lacrosse team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East’s Jorja Schooler signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday to join the Missouri Western State University women’s lacrosse team. The senior has spent the past two seasons as captain of the Duluth Wolfpack girls lacrosse team and is now taking her talents to Saint Joseph, Missouri. “I got to know some of the girls and…

Former Greyhound Will Fisher Commits to CSS Men’s Hockey

The defenseman was with the Greyhounds from 2015 to 2018, recording 15 points in 24 games in his senior year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East standout Will Fisher has committed to joining the St. Scholastica men’s hockey team. Fisher is currently with the Boston Junior Rangers of the EHL and spent some time in the NAHL with the Bismarck Bobcats. The defenseman was with the Greyhounds from 2015 to 2018, recording 15 points in 24 games in his senior…

Top Seed DeLaSalle Too Much for Hermantown Girls Basketball Team

The Hawks will play in the consolation bracket tomorrow afternoon.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Junior Elly Schmitz finished with 16 points, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Hermantown girls basketball team fell to top seed DeLaSalle 85-52 Wednesday morning in the Class AAA state quarterfinals. Senior Ava Asgaard chipped in with 15 points. The Hawks move on to the consolation bracket as they will face Holy Angels Thursday at…

Battle-Tested Hermantown Boys To Face Top Seed Princeton in Section Title Game

Tip-off for the game between the Hawks and Tigers is set for 7 p.m. at Duluth East High School.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown boys basketball team are back in the section championship game for the first time in two years. The Hawks have not had an easy road to the title game as they have had to battle back from multiple double-digit deficits, leading up to their championship match-up against top seed Princeton. “I think we just learned…

Boys Hockey Season Wraps Up with All-Star Game

Team White defeated Team Yellow 6-5.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Heritage Center was the place to be Tuesday night for the 21st annual All-Star Hockey Game. The first period ended with a 3-3 tie and in the end, Team White defeated Team Yellow 6-5. Categories: High School, Sports

First State Tournament Appearance in 20 Years Awaits Marshall Girls Basketball Team

Tip-off for Wednesday's game against New London-Spicer is set for 8 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s crazy to think that the year 2000 was 20 years ago. That was the last time the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team made it to the state tournament. The Hilltoppers are coming off a stellar run in the Section 7AA tournament. But now the focus shifts from celebrating a historic section title win to getting ready…

Ashland High School to Join Heart O’ North Conference

Ashland was previously a part of the Lake Superior Conference, but they would realign and add Grand Rapids.

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Atheltic Association has approved the conference realignment request for Ashland High School. The Oredockers will now be a part of the Heart O’ North Conference beginning in 2021. Ashland was previously a part of the Lake Superior Conference, but they would realign and add Grand Rapids. The Heart O’ North Conference includes Northwestern and…

Experienced Cromwell Girls Carry #2 Seed into State Tournament

The Cardinals will face Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the state quarterfinals on Thursday.

CROMWELL, Minn. – The excitement and jubilation of the section playoffs is over and done with and now, teams are getting set for the state tournament. That includes the Cromwell-Wright girls who come into the Class A tournament as one of the teams to beat. The Cardinals finished the season ranked #1 in QRF, but settled for the #2 seed…

Hermantown Girls Set to Battle Top Seed DeLaSalle in State Tournament

Tip-off for the game is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Maturi Pavilion at the University of Minnesota.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown girls basketball team are getting set for their first trip to the state tournament since 2006. And they will be greeted with a tough task as the Hawks will face top-seeded DeLaSalle. But don’t expect them to back down from a challenging opponent. “We made it this far. We don’t want to relax and think…

Mark Vichorek Out as Duluth Marshall Boys Hockey Coach

The Hilltoppers struggled this past season, winning just three games while going winless in section play.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall athletic director Kevin Synder has confirmed that Mark Vichorek will not return next season as the team’s boys hockey coach. The Hilltoppers struggled this past season, winning just three games while going winless in section play. Vichorek has spent the year before with the Minnesota Wilderness. No word yet on when a head coaching search…

Northern Star: Ava Asgaard

For this week's segment, meet one of the Hermantown girls basketball senior captains who led the Hawks to their first state tournament since 2006.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – When senior guard Ava Asgaard first moved to Hermantown, she quickly gelled with the Hawks basketball team. “It’s been a good time. Coming in here, I wasn’t super good friends but basketball definitely brought us a strong bond and we’re like family now,” Asgaard said. “Ava came here in 10th grade and came from Michigan and I…

Hermantown’s Blake Biondi Named 2020 Mr. Hockey Award Winner

Biondi finished with 95 points in his senior season as he led the Hawks to a Class A runner-up finish.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hermantown senior forward Blake Biondi was named as the winner of the 36th annual Mr. Hockey award, given to the best senior boys hockey player in the state of Minnesota. In his senior season, Biondi finished with 95 points on 47 goals and recorded over 200 points over his three-year career. Biondi joins a long list…

Prep Boys Basketball: Eskomos, Hilltoppers, Blue Devils, Pioneers Advance to Section 7AA Semifinals

Esko will play Duluth Marshall and Virginia will play Pierz in the section 7AA semifinals on Wednesday at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – Romano Gym was home to the section 7AA quarterfinals on Saturday which saw a few upsets and four teams advance to the semifinals. Top-seed Esko had no trouble with Pequot Lakes, getting the 68-47 win behind 25 points from senior Payton Wefel. The Eskomos will play Duluth Marshall in the semifinals, who pulled off the 56-53 upset…

Prep Girls Basketball: Cardinals, Hilltoppers, Hawks Learn State Seedings

Cromwell-Wright is the No. 2 seed in Class A while Duluth Marshall and Hermantown are both unseeded in their respective classes.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The girls basketball state tournament gets started next week and on Saturday, teams learned their seedings including three Northland teams. In Class A, Cromwell-Wright earned the No. 2 seed in its third state appearance in program history and first since 2017. The Cardinals will play unseeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Thursday at the Maturi Pavilion. Tip-off is set for…

Hermantown Boys Fall in Overtime of State Championship Game

Colin Hagstrom would score just over two minutes into overtime to give the Zephyrs the win.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Aaron Pionk would score with 21.2 seconds to send the game into overtime, but Mahtomedi would score less than two minutes in as Hermantown falls to the Zephyrs 3-2 Saturday afternoon in the Class A state championship game. Drew Sams also scored for the Hawks as they finish the season with a 20-4-4 record. Blake Biondi,…

Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Defeats Patriots to Win Section 7AA Title

Grace Kirk finished with 33 points while Gianna Kneepkens finished with 24 as Duluth Marshall is headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2000.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grace Kirk finished with 33 points as she led the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team past Pequot Lakes 79-63 to win the section 7AA title. Gianna Kneepkens finished with 24 points as the Hilltoppers are headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2000. Duluth Marshall now awaits the class AA seeding which is set…

Prep Boys Basketball: Tigers, Hawks Advance to Section 7AAA Title Game

Princeton knocked off Grand Rapids while Hermantown held off Hibbing in the semi-finals.

DULUTH, Minn. – The top seeds would prevail as Princeton defeated Grand Rapids 77-66 and Hermantown held off Hibbing 66-58 Friday night in the Section 7AAA semi-finals. The Tigers and Hawks will now faceoff in the section championship game Thursday night at Duluth East High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports