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Prep Soccer: Cloquet-Carlton Girls Squeak By Marshall; Hermantown Boys Victorious Over Proctor

Thursday night meant big wins for the Lumberjacks girls and Hawks boys soccer teams.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Katie Turner would score the go-ahead goal in the first half as the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team held on for the 2-1 win over Duluth Marshall Thursday night at Bromberg Field. Brenna Mattson also scored for the Lumberjacks while Baamlak Haugen scored for the Hilltoppers. In other prep soccer action, the Hermantown boys soccer team got two…

Minnesota Wilderness to Host NAPHL Fall League

The event is designed to give U18 and U16 teams the ability to play in a league, before the start of the high school hockey season.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness are partnering with the North American Prospects Hockey League to host their fall league. The event is designed to give U18 and U16 teams the ability to play in a league, before the start of the high school hockey season. “They get an opportunity to be in front of a lot of…

Duluth East Boys Soccer Score Early and Often in Home Opener vs. Two Harbors

Eight different players scored a goal for Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kai Hoffman and Jack Mitchell each scored twice as the Duluth East boys soccer team blanked Two Harbors 10-0 Wednesday night at Ordean Stadium. Jackson DesCombaz, Max Tomczyk, Mason Klassen, Duncan Zentz, Mason Branstrator and Beckett Sherman also scored for the Greyhounds, who improve to 2-0 on the young season. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Girls Soccer: Lumberjacks, Hilltoppers Open Season with Shutout Wins

Cloquet-Carlton and Duluth Marshall each started their seasons off with wins at home.

CLOQUET, Minn. – It was a good start to the season for the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team as they got the shutout win at home in their season opener 5-0 over Esko. Ilei Benson scored twice for the Lumberjacks while Katie Turner, Alexa Snesrud and Brenna Mattson also scored for Cloquet-Carlton. In other action, Baamlak Haugen and Maren Friday each…

Prep Boys Soccer: Hilltoppers, Hawks Tie; Lumberjacks Stay Unbeaten

The Duluth Marshall and Hermantown boys soccer teams battled to a stalemate Monday afternoon as their match ended in a 2-2 tie.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall and Hermantown boys soccer teams battled to a stalemate Monday afternoon as their match ended in a 2-2 tie. In other action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton stay undefeated on the young season as they top Proctor 8-2 at Egerdahl Field. Drake Schramm led the Lumberjacks with three goals. Categories: High School, Sports

Marshall’s Merlea Mrozik Commits to UW-River Falls Women’s Basketball

Mrozik was a key member of the Hilltoppers team that made it to state last season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Merlea Mrozik announced Thursday that she has committed to joining the UW-River Falls women’s basketball team. The senior says that before she came to Marshall, she didn’t think she would continue her playing career at the next level. But a great tour of the campus and some conversations with her coaches out her at ease…

Denfeld Girls Soccer Win Season Opener Behind Two Goals from Hill

The Hunters will be back in action on September 11th against rivals Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior Kamryn Hill scored twice in the season opener to help Duluth Denfeld blank Proctor 3-0 Friday afternoon at Public Schools Stadium. Cora Samuelson chipped in with a penalty shot in the second half to help the cause. The Hunters will be back in action on September 11th against rivals Duluth East. Categories: High School, Sports

Prep Boys Soccer: Hilltoppers, Lumberjacks Win Season Openers

Brendan Friday scored two goals in the opener for Duluth Marshall.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Sophomore Brendan Friday scores two goals as the Duluth Marshall boys soccer team held on for the 2-1 win over Proctor Thursday night at Egerdahl Field. Earlier in the day, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton scored early and often as they knocked off Two Harbors 13-1 in their home opener at Bromberg Field. Drake Schramm led the Lumberjacks with four goals….

Duluth East Girls Soccer Team Warned Of Potential COVID-19 Case

The Greyhouds were scheduled to open their season on Thursday against Cloquet but that game has been postponed due to the 14-day quarantine.

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 has learned that members of the Duluth East girls soccer team are under a 14-day quarantine after a member of the team came in contact with a positive COVID-19 case. In a letter sent out to families by the district lead nurse, the athlete had contact with the positive case on August 20th and 21st….

Cloquet Cross Country Team Preparing for Unique Season

The Lumberjacks will open the 2020 season on Sept. 3.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cross country will still be happening this fall in Minnesota as it was one of the four sports approved to play by the MSHSL. While things may look different, teams like Cloquet are just ready to get started. The MSHSL guidelines state that teams can compete in a maximum of seven meets and they’ll be much smaller…

Hilltoppers Girls Tennis Opens Season With Win Over Lumberjacks

Duluth Marshall got the 4-3 win over Cloquet in the first official MSHSL sporting event since March.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In the first sanctioned MSHSL sporting event since March, the Duluth Marshall girls tennis team got a narrow 4-3 win over Cloquet. The Hilltoppers got wins in 1, 2 and 3 singles and 2 doubles. In 1 singles, Meredith Boettcher defeated Addie Loeb in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Duluth Marshall will take on Duluth East at Longview…

Condensed Schedule Not An Issue for Duluth Marshall Girls Soccer Team

The Hilltoppers will open their season September 1st at home against Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – As we hear from high school teams across the Northland, one thing is certain about the fall sports season: it’s going to be different. But different doesn’t have to be a bad thing, according to the Duluth Marshall girls soccer team. The Hilltoppers, like all other teams, will be playing a condensed and localized schedule with just…

Remembering Swannie: Former Softball Players Talk Memories of Coach Swanson

Over 100 people were in attendance, including former softball players who each had their own memories with Coach Swannie.

DULUTH, Minn. – The funeral for Denfeld Hall of Famer Dick Swanson took place Thursday at Wade Stadium, which is right next door to the fields that bear his name. Over 100 people were in attendance, including former softball players who each had their own memories with Coach Swannie. Swanson had 347 career wins in softball, which included eight conference…

Superior High School to Move Football, Volleyball Seasons to the Spring

Superior volleyball will begin practices during the week of February 22nd, while the football team will start the week of March 8th.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior athletic director Ella Olson announced Thursday that the football and volleyball seasons will be moved to the WIAA’s alternative season in the spring. Girls golf, tennis, swim and dive and boys and girls cross country will begin on time in the fall. Boys soccer will take place in the fall with practices beginning on September 7th….

From Volleyball to Tennis: Duluth East’s Natalie Goetzman Finds Silver Lining in Fall Schedule Changes

Instead of playing volleyball this year, Goetzman will play high school tennis for the first time in her career.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this month, the Minnesota State High School League announced that the volleyball season would be moved to the spring. And for Duluth East senior Natalie Goetzman that news was tough to hear. “To me, it’s like a special season. It’s important. It’s my senior year and all that. So when I heard it got pushed back,…

Northwestern HS, HON Conference Moving Forward with Fall Sports Season

The Tigers, along with the entire Heart O' North conference, are moving forward with the fall sports season, which includes conference only schedules for all sports.

MAPLE, Wis. – High schools in Wisconsin have until September 1st to decide if they will play this fall or move their seasons to the spring. One team that won’t be waiting until then is Northwestern. The Tigers, along with the entire Heart O’ North conference, are moving forward with the fall sports season, which includes conference only schedules for…

Hawks Excited for Debut of Centricity Stadium at Corey Veech Memorial Field

The first-ever game on the new turf field will be September 1st as the boys soccer team will host Duluth Marshall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Centricity Stadium at Corey Veech Memorial Field will be complete by the end of the week, just in time for the start of the fall sports. And although the season will look different with football being moved to the spring, the Hawks view the field as something to look forward to. “The sting is still there. It’s…

Remembering Swannie: Denfeld Coaches Talk Legacy of Dick Swanson

Swanson passed away this past weekend at the age of 71.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld community is in mourning this week after the passing of Hunters Hall of Famer Richard Swanson. We spoke with a half dozen coaches who worked with Coach Swan, including assistant coaches Dick Bellamy and Tim Utt, former JV girls basketball coach Debbie Schowalter, former head football and girls basketball coach Frank Huie, head cross…

Fall Practices Begin for Duluth Denfeld Boys Soccer Team

The Hunters are one of several teams who will get things started this week, which includes tryouts and getting protocols squared away.

DULUTH, Minn. – The day has finally arrived. After five months of uncertainty, fall practices for high school sports are underway across the Northland. And that includes an extra motivated Denfeld boys soccer team. The Hunters are one of several teams who will get things started this week, which includes tryouts and getting protocols squared away. Coaches split the field…

Denfeld Hall of Famer Dick Swanson Dies After Battle With Cancer

Swanson was inducted into the Denfeld Hall of Fame in 2016, and also coached football and girls basketball.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sad news to report as longtime Denfeld softball coach Richard Swanson passed away Sunday night after a battle with cancer. Swanson had been coaching the Hunters since 1988, recording over 300 wins. He stepped down recently to focus on his fight against liver and pancreatic cancer. Swanson was inducted into the Denfeld Hall of Fame in 2016,…

WIAA Outlines Official Guidelines for Return of Fall Sports

Superior says they will make their decision next week on whether or not to play this fall. Northwestern says they will move forward with a conference-only fall schedule.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – It’s full speed ahead for Wisconsin high school sports as the WIAA provided some updates that were music to the ears of sports fans across the border. The league has approved a plan that maintains current fall sports options, while also providing an option for schools to move fall sports to the spring. Schools can start…

Official Signage Revealed for Swanson Fields

Organizers say they have two more signs that will be put up on the outfield fences in the near future.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some official signage was revealed at the Swanson Softball Fields outside of Wade Stadium. The fields were named after longtime Denfeld softball coach Dick Swanson, who was on hand for the event. Swanson, who is currently battling cancer, had been coaching the Hunters for nearly three decades while racking up over 300 career wins. “I guess you…

MSHSL Releases Guidelines For Fall Sports Practices

Both volleyball and football can begin practices on September 14th and will wrap up training on October 3rd.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Last week, the Minnesota State High School League announced that the football and volleyball seasons will be moved to the spring. It wasn’t all bad news for those sports as the MSHSL is allowing practice time for those teams during the fall and this week, training guidelines were released. Both sports can begin practices on September…

Esko Wins Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament

The Eskomos defeated Evelth-Gilbert 16-11 in the championship game.

ELY, Minn. – For the first time in several months, a champion was crowned in a sports tournament. Imagine saying that at the start of the summer. But it’s true, and the winners are from Esko. The Eskomos won the Minnesota District 8 legion baseball championship. The tournament is classified as a Senior Babe Ruth league for high school-aged players…

UMD Football Hosting Another Round of Skills Camps

The next round of camps will take place on August 17 and August 18 and are open to any high school players.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team added two more skills camps to their summer schedule for Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18 at Malosky Stadium. The football camps are the only UMD camps to take place in-person this summer. The Bulldogs started camps on July 6 and have already held six camps this summer. They are for any…

Spring Field Conditions, Shorter Offseason Concerns for Northland’s Smaller Football Schools

Several local schools have the benefit of playing on turf while other smaller schools like South Ridge do not.

CULVER, Minn. – Other issues have been brought up in regards to moving football to the spring. One of those is what the condition of football fields will be like in the Northland. Several local schools have the benefit of playing on turf while other smaller schools like South Ridge do not. “I’m thinking for game-wise, there’s a possibility that…

Denfeld Coaches Looking To Help Multi-Sport Athletes with Difficult Decisions

It's called "Hunters Squared" and it's designed to ease the worry for Denfeld student-athletes about choosing to play certain sports over others.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the MSHSL’s decision to postpone multiple sports to the spring season, it’s going to create a logjam For student athletes, who compete in more than one sport. But Duluth Denfeld is doing things differently. It’s called “Hunters Squared” and it’s designed to ease the worry for Denfeld student-athletes about choosing to play certain sports over others….

Northland HS Soccer Coaches Relieved to Have Competition in the Fall

Soccer schedules will be limited to a maximum of two games per week with no scrimmages allowed.

CLOQUET, Minn. – It wasn’t all doom and gloom for high school fall sports following the MSHSL’s announcement on Tuesday to postpone football and volleyball to the spring. Several lower-risk sports will be allowed to take place, including boys and girls soccer, and that news was a sigh of relief for some local coaches. “We didn’t know what to expect…

Local Volleyball Coaches Staying Positive Following Postponement

The MSHSL also voted to allow volleyball teams to practice in the fall.

ESKO, Minn. – The Northland is still buzzing after the Minnesota State High School League announced big changes to the upcoming fall sports season. One of those was postponing the high school volleyball season to the spring. We spoke with a pair of local coaches to get their reaction to the surprising announcement. “I knew things would be different. But…

Northland Football Coaches React to Postponement of High School Season

Schedules will be adjusted as the new "fourth season" will take place from mid-March to mid-May.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland high school football head coaches shared a similar feeling to the MSHSL’s announcement that the season is postponed to the spring. We hear from Hermantown’s Mike Zagelmeyer, Cloquet’s Tom Lenarz and Grand Rapids’s Greg Spahn as they’ll have to wait a bit longer before their season kicks off. “There were a lot of tough decisions that…

MSHSL Moves Football, Volleyball to Spring; Other Fall Sports to Start On Time

The Minnesota State High School League's Board of Directors voted to postpone the football and volleyball seasons to the spring.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – In a meeting that lasted throughout the morning and afternoon, the Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors voted to postpone the football and volleyball seasons to the spring. Boys and girls soccer, cross country, girls tennis, as well as girls swimming and diving will be played in the fall with practices starting on August…

WIAA Looking Into Football 7-Game Regular Season This Fall

The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association proposed a seven-game regular season with two postseason weeks, and the WIAA Board of Control is set to vote at the August 14 meeting.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association proposed to the WIAA this past week a seven-game regular season with two postseason weeks, according to Wisconsin Sports Network writer Travis Wilson. The regular season would be mainly focused on conference games and allow a full round robin schedule. The WIAA Board of Control is set to vote on this proposal…

Coaches Corner: Jovin Kroll

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

MAPLE, Wis. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Northwestern head football coach Jovin Kroll. Among the topics discussed are his initial reaction to the delayed start to the football season, as well as what the lack of a state tournament means to his team. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Denfeld Football Team Help Build Local Playground

The Hunters are helping out with a playground that will be built right outside the former St. Anthony church.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld football team are teaming up with New Hope for Families to help build a playground outside of the former St. Anthony church. The work replaces their usual morning workouts. But it’s all about giving back to a community that supports them when they hit the field on Friday nights. “They’re football players. They love…

Proctor Football Team Staying Positive with Annual Mini-Camp

This week, the Rails are taking part in their non-contact mini-camp with no tackling or bringing players to the ground.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Next week, the Minnesota State High School League will be giving their latest update on the status of the fall sports season. And even with that dark cloud overhead, the Proctor football team is continuing their offseason program with business as usual. This week, the Rails are taking part in their non-contact mini-camp with no tackling or…

Construction Almost Complete for Noble Hall Field

Noble Hall Field will be completed by the end of next week and will be used for Grand Rapids' varsity sports and physical education classes.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – While we wait on the fat of fall sports this year, Grand Rapids High School is making sure their new field will be ready to go. “We’re so hopeful that we’ll be out here this fall and get on it and just enjoy it,” Grand Rapids Activites Director Anne Campbell said. Grand Rapids High School has…

Dueling Petitions Debate Name Change for Esko Eskomos

The two petitions have garnered nearly 4,000 signatures combined from the local community.

ESKO, Minn. – Two weeks ago, Esko student Karin Anderson began a petition to change the Eskomos nickname, saying that it is a racial slur used against indigenous people. And it’s getting some traction online. The petition has been signed by over 2,300 people in support of the name change. Anderson wrote a letter to the Esko School Board, which…

Twin Ports PDC Kicks Off at Superior Ice Arena

The camp concepts are still the same, with a few tweaks to stay in line with social distancing guidelines.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Just a few months ago, we had no clue if any kind of sports would be going on this summer, much less camps. But this week, one of the most popular hockey camps in the Northland is back on the ice. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp returned for its fifth year in Superior. Campers were able…

St. Luke’s Sports and Events Center Hosts Girls Hockey Scrimmages

Grand Rapids-Greenway, Duluth, Hibbing and Proctor-Hermantown were a few of the teams that participated in the weekend of scrimmages.

PROCTOR, Minn.- The St. Luke’s Sports and Events Center was home to multiple girls hockey teams this weekend, including Grand Rapids-Greenway, Duluth, Hibbing and Proctor-Hermantown. There are many safety procedures in place, like not being able to use the locker rooms and having to change outside, as well as temperature checks. Grand Rapids normally hosts a weekend tournament every summer,…

Coaches Corner: Jeff Laspi

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

PROCTOR, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with Jeff Laspi, the new head coach of the Proctor boys hockey team. Laspi takes over for Dan Stauber who stepped down this past season. He spent seven years with the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team, alongside longtime former head coach Glen Gilderman. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School,…

High School Athletic Directors React to WIAA’s Decision to Delay Fall Sports

Earlier this week, the WIAA announced that high-risk fall sports, including football, boys soccer and volleyball, will be delayed until September 7th.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Interscholastica Athletic Association announced that high-risk fall sports, including football, boys soccer and volleyball, will be delayed until September 7th. We spoke with three local athletic directors to get their reaction to the announcement: Superior’s Ella Olson, Northwestern’s Brian Smith and Ashland’s Travis Larson. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

UMD Football Team Hosts High School Team Camp

12 teams from across the Northland, and some from outside the local area, were split up on different fields to maintain social distancing guidelines.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, the UMD football team hosted their annual High School Team Camp. 12 teams from across the Northland, and some from outside the local area, were split up on different fields to maintain social distancing guidelines. Coaches say this camp has been something their teams have been waiting for all summer. “I’m really glad we got to…

East’s Tanek Kittilson Returns from Ray Guy Kicking/Punting Camp

The camp invited players from all over the country and Kittilson says he was very proud to represent Duluth East and the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – In football, while all the attention goes to offense and defense, you can’t forget about special teams. Duluth East’s Tanek Kittilson knows the importance of it, so much so that he was invited to a camp dedicated to that third phase. Kittilson recently took part in the Ray Guy Kicking and Punting Top Prospect Camp down in…

WIAA Approves Delayed Start for High-Risk Sports, Low-Risk Sports to Start On Time

Low-risk sports will begin on August 17th and high-risk sports will start September 7th.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Wisconsin high school sports received some clarity regarding the fall Thursday morning as the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved an August 17th start of practices for low-risk sports, while high-risk sports will begin the week of September 7th. The delay for high-risk sports like football, volleyball and soccer was requested by the superintendents to allow…

Former Duluth East Standout Phil Beaulieu Signs Two-Way Deal with Iowa Wild/Allen Americans

Beaulieu was a three-time All-Conference honoree and the 2019 WCHA Defenseman of the Year.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Duluth East hockey standout Phil Beaulieu has signed a two-way deal with the Iowa Wild of the AHL and the Allen Americans of the ECHL. The defenseman wrapped up his college career at Northern Michigan University recording 121 points in 158 games, finishing third all-time among Wildcat blueliners. Beaulieu was a three-time All-Conference honoree and…

Ecolibrium3 Makes Generous Donation to Denfeld Boys Hockey Team

Head coach Dale Jago says the money will go towards some very important expenses needed to run a high school hockey program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, the Denfeld boys hockey team continued their mission of giving back to the community by helping put together face shields for frontline workers. And now, the Hunters are getting paid back for their work. Ecolibrium3 donated $1,000 to the Denfeld hockey booster club. Head coach Dale Jago says the amount did come as a surprise…

Wilderness Take East’s Erickson, GR’s Clafton Goes to Danbury in NAHL Entry Draft

Both team captains are heading to the NAHL.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Tuesday, the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft took place virtually. The Minnesota Wilderness stayed local, taking former Duluth East captain Charlie Erickson in the eighth round. The forward tallied 25 points in his final season with the Greyhounds. And he wasn’t the only local pick as the Danbury Junior Hat Tricks selected Grand Rapids goalie Carter Clafton in…

Proctor Names Cole Lipinski New Head Coach of Boys Basketball Team

The former Rail spent seven years as an assistant coach under former head coach Todd Clark.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Cole Lipinski has been named the new head coach of the proctor boys basketball team, pending an expected approval by the school board. The former Rail spent seven years as an assistant coach under former head coach Todd Clark, who Lipinski says taught him everything he knows about coaching. “He got me when I had been coaching…

It’s Tournament Time for Playmakers North AAU Boys Basketball Team

Last weekend, the team competed in their first tournament in Wisconsin Dells, winning all three games by a wide margin.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Playmakers North AAU boys basketball team are back in action. Last weekend, the team competed in their first tournament in Wisconsin Dells, winning all three games by a wide margin. The players admit though the experience was different than what their used to. “It was weird when we weren’t playing. But when we were playing, it…

MSHSL Planning to Start Fall Practices On Time

The MSHSL is also putting together a task force to create contingency plans for the possibility of positive COVID-19 cases before or during the season.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Athletic directors, coaches and players have been thinking the same thing for the past few months: will there be a high school sports season in the fall? The Minnesota State High School League shed some light on the issue this week and it sounds like good news. The MSHSL’s Board of Directors will move forward on…