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Rails, Greyhounds Girls Basketball Teams Meet Up for Summer League Game

No fans or parents were allowed to attend the games, but there was a live stream available on Facebook for those who wanted to watch.

PROCTOR, Minn. – It’s been about four months since we’ve seen some high school basketball action. Until Thursday, when the Proctor girls basketball team hosted Duluth East in a summer league game. The league usually hosts ten local teams, which includes a championship tournament. But this year, it’s mostly pick up games with nothing on the line. Just coaches and…

Jeff Laspi Named New Head Coach of Proctor Boys Hockey Team

Laspi has been coaching various sports since 2002, most recently a six-year stint as an assistant with the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Jeff Laspi has been named the new head coach of the Proctor boys hockey team. He takes over for Dan Stauber, who stepped down this past season. Laspi has been coaching various sports since 2002, most recently a six-year stint as an assistant with the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team alongside longtime Mirage coach Glen Gilderman. In that…

Marshall Basketball Teams Take Summer Practices Outdoors

Organized youth activities have been allowed for almost a month now, and the Hilltoppers are glad they can get some work in.

GARY NEW DULUTH, Minn. – These days, finding gym time is hard to come by with so many teams and not a lot of courts available. But that doesn’t matter to the Duluth Marshall basketball teams as they’ve taken their training outside. The boys and girls teams have been alternating time during the week at their high school gym and…

Hermantown VFW, Legion Baseball Teams Shutdown for “Precautionary Measures”

No players or coaches have tested positive for COVID-19.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – According to Hermantown athletic director Beth Clark, the Hawks VFW and Legion baseball teams will be shutdown for the rest of the week for “precautionary measures”. Clark added that no players or coaches have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Hermantown’s Legion baseball team will not participate in the Midsummer Classic tournament this weekend up in…

Vintage Sport Camps Aim to Get Kids Away from Technology

The camp looks to promote healthy and active lifestlyes for boys and girls ages six through 12.

DULUTH, Minn. – No phones. No TV. No tablets. No gaming. Those are the rules for the annual Vintage Sport Camps, which began this week at the Duluth Heritage Center. The camp looks to promote healthy and active lifestlyes for boys and girls ages six through 12. Campers have a chance to learn new sports and improve social skills. This…

Minnesota Blast Softball Returns to the Field

The Minnesota Blast is a summer travel softball team that's hoping to play in tournaments every weekend.

CLOQUET, Minn. – When the MSHSL canceled spring sports this year, local softball players lost their season, which really impacted the seniors. “It was really sad because we wanted to go back and try to win state this year. Last year we got third so we wanted to try and come back and win,” Minnesota Blast 18U pitcher Lucy Sinkkonen…

Ella Olson Takes Over for Ray Kosey as Superior’s New Athletic Director

Ella Olson will be taking over for longtime Spartans A.D. Ray Kosey, who announced his retirement back in the spring.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week marks the official start to the high school academic year. And that means it’s the first week on the job for Superior High School’s new athletic director. Ella Olson will be taking over for longtime Spartans A.D. Ray Kosey, who announced his retirement back in the spring. Olson is a teacher at Bryant Elementary in…

WIAA, University of Wisconsin Study Shows Depression, Anxiety Up Among Student-Athletes Due to Shutdowns

Of the more than 3,000 participants, 65% reported anxiety symptoms, with 25% of those being moderate or severe.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The effects of the pandemic are still being felt throughout high school sports. Right now, the question of whether or not we’ll have sports in the fall is weighing heavily on school administrators, coaches and of course, the student-athletes. But how is the uncertainty impacting the mental health of those players? A recent study tried to…

“Way of the Warriors” Film Opens Casting Call for Northland Hockey Players

Ideally, they want players with some acting experience in a high school play or musical, but it is not a requirement.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday Night Lights. Hoosiers. Remember The Titans. What do these three movies have in common? They chronicled the life of high school athletes and what sports mean to small communities. An upcoming movie wants to do the same thing, but this time, it’s about high school hockey in the Northland. According to their website, “Way of the…

MN Junior PGA Tour Returns to Enger Park Golf Course

The event was open to players from all over the state of Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin with a total of 59 golfers hitting the links.

DULUTH, Minn. – A few months ago, no one thought we’d have any kind of sports activities going on this summer. But with restrictions being lifted in the past few weeks, things are opening up just in time for some junior golf action. The Minnesota Junior PGA Tour made its way back to the Enger Park Golf Course, which also…

WIAA Makes Changes to Boys Hockey, Basketball Seeding, Girls Wrestling

The WIAA is making the two-division format permanent going forward.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association approved some changes to boys high school hockey. The WIAA is making the two-division format permanent going forward. Also, regular season overtimes will start with an eight-minute sudden victory period. If the game is still tied after that, five minutes of 3-on-3 will be played. If there is still no winner,…

Hermantown, Esko VFW Baseball Teams Meet Up for First Game of the Summer

High-risk umpires will also have the option of calling the game behind the pitcher instead of behind the catcher.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Baseball made its triumphant return to the Northland less than a week after the Minnesota Department of Health allowed outdoor youth sports to take place. It was great news for local VFW baseball teams as Esko and Hermantown met up in the first game of the summer. Before the game, both head coaches talked about what the…

Anthony Wood Named New Proctor Athletic Director

Wood will also serve as the director of sports facilities.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Big changes are coming For Proctor High School, specifically for their athletic department. The school board has named Anthony Wood the new Rails athletic director. Wood will also serve as the director of sports facilities. Wood takes over for Dan Stauber who will remain with the district, but in a different position, according to superintendent John Engelking….

Cloquet Native Westin Michaud Creates Northland Hockey Development Academy

NHDA will also be hosting a special goalie camp this summer with a special guest: former UMD standout Hunter Shepard.

CLOQUET, Minn. – We’ve got another hockey school in town: the Northland Hockey Development Academy, brought to you by former CEC standout and North Dakota forward Westin Michaud. The Cloquet native knows they are several camps all across the Northland. But he feels his group of instructors bring a unique combination of on-ice instruction and off-ice advising. “There’s different programs…

MSHSL Holding Free Online Officiating Forum

The online forum will take place on June 23 and those interested can ask questions about what it takes to be a referee, umpire or judge.

DULUTH, Minn. – The MSHSL is hosting an online officiating recruitment forum on Tuesday June 23 from 6-8:00 p.m. The purpose is to help fix the referee shortage happening not only here in the Northland but also around the country. Those interested will hear from top officials and have the chance to ask questions about what it takes to be…

Ashland’s Zoe Pearce Commits to UWS Women’s Soccer Team

Last year as a junior, she helped the Oredockers advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2015.

ASHLAND, Wis. – This week, Ashland’s Zoe Pearce signed her National Letter of Intent for the UWS women’s soccer team. Pearce spent four years on the varsity squad as a midfielder and defender, as well as some time as a goalie. Last year as a junior, she helped the Oredockers advance to the state tournament for the first time since…

Former Greyhound Garrett Worth Commits to LIU Men’s Hockey

As a Greyhound, Worth recorded 128 points in 94 games, helping Duluth East finish runner-up in the Class AA tournament in his senior year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East hockey star Garrett Worth announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to joining the newly formed men’s hockey program at Long Island University in Brookville, New York. Worth had previously committed to Arizona State. Since graduating from East back in 2018, Worth bounced around the junior hockey scene, including some time with…

MDH to Allow Scrimmages and Games for Summer Youth Sports

The state has issued new guidelines, which include the return of scrimmages and games with outdoor allowed to begin on June 24th and indoor sports are set for July 1st.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – For the past few weeks, organized youth activities have been limited to just practices as teams await more details from the Minnesota Department of Health. And Friday, the MDH provided the best news for the teams since the pandemic began nearly three months ago. The state has issued new guidelines, which include the return of scrimmages and…

WIAA Sets Guidelines for High School Summer Activities

Sports will be classified into four groups based on risk to establish what degree of contact will be allowed.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced that the summer coaches contact period will begin on July 1st. The WIAA added that individual schools, as well as local health officials, will ultimately determine when and how that contact will be made. All summer activities will be voluntary for student-athletes and preventative measures, like face coverings and social…

Denfeld Boys Hockey Team Volunteer to Make Face Shields

The Hunters joined forces with EcoLibrium3 to give back to the community in a huge area of need for local hospitals.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Denfeld boys hockey team stopped by the Heritage Center to help put together face shields for frontline workers. The Hunters joined forces with EcoLibrium3 to give back to the community in a huge area of need for local hospitals. “It was actually really fun. They made it fun. We had a little competition in fifteen minutes…

Denfeld Boys Soccer Team Take Advantage of Summer Waiver Period

The summer waiver period was moved back two weeks to give teams more time to prepare for the fall season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Beginning this week, Minnesota high school coaches had their first chance to meet up in person with their players. The summer waiver period was moved back two weeks to give teams, like the Denfeld boys soccer team, more time to prepare for the fall season. “When I saw that I was like ‘Finally we’re back to playing…

Twin Ports Rampage Return to the Practice Field

The team has been practicing with social distancing in mind, meaning less time in the dugout.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The sting of the high school spring sports season shutdown can still be felt across the Northland, including summer travel teams like the Twin Ports Rampage. The team is made of up some of the best local softball players who were eager to get back on the field. Some of them even had their winter sports season…

Former Bulldog Maddie Rooney Set to Join Centennial Girls Hockey Coaching Staff

The Olympic gold medalist says she learned a lot from the Bulldogs coaching staff, including how to keep a great relationship with players off the ice.

CIRCLE PINES, Minn. – It’s been a busy offseason for former UMD goalie Maddie Rooney. She’s taking part in a few youth hockey camps and she signed a deal with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. And now, she’s adding a new position on her resumé: assistant high school hockey coach. Rooney will be joining the coaching staff for the…

Pionk Hockey Camp Adjusting to New Social Distancing Guidelines

Some of the rules include each camper having their temperature taken before they come in and splitting the ice to create two pods of skaters.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, hockey rinks across the Northland opened their doors, but not for games just yet. So in the meantime, it’s all about three things: practice, practice, practice. The Pionk hockey camp is underway at the Heritage Center, but with new guidelines for social distancing. Some of the rules include each camper having their temperature taken before…

Mesabi Range’s Taquarius Wair to Receive Jimmy V Award at ESPYs

The Minneapolis native was severely burned in a house fire at the age of four.

BRISTOL, Conn. – For the past 13 years, ESPN has given out the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at their annual award show the ESPYs. It is earned by a person in the sports world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and dedication. This year’s recipient is Mesabi Range running back Taquarius Wair. The Minneapolis native was severely burned…

Northern Exposure Hockey Tournament Cancelled, 2021 Dates Announced

Full refunds will be given to all teams that signed up for this year's 15th annual tourney, which will now take place July 16th to 18th 2021.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2020 Northern Exposure hockey tournament has been cancelled. The event was scheduled for July 17th to the 19th. But due to the state of Minnesota classifying hockey as a high-risk sport, organizers say there was no way to safely put together this year’s event. “The state of Minnesota has not given adequate notice to policy changes…

Construction of Turf Field Begins at Thunderhawks’ Noble Hall Field

The turf field will be finished by early August, just in time for the start of the fall sports season.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – This week, Grand Rapids High School has just begun the early stages of adding turf to Noble Hall Field. The school board proposed that if the community raised $700,000, they would put up the rest. And thanks to some generous donations, the project was underway. “We had a committee called the “Noble Hall Turf Field Committee”…

Doug Trentor Named New Head Coach of Superior Girls Hockey Team

He's spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach under Marc Franta, who has resigned for both personal and professional reasons.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Doug Trentor has been named the new head coach of the Superior girls hockey team. He’s spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach under Marc Franta, who has resigned for both personal and professional reasons. Trentor will look to improve on last season’s performance for the Spartans as they won just four games. Categories: High…

New Wave of Superior HS Athletes Heading to UWS

They say they are excited to stay close to home and continue to strengthen the Superior-to-UWS-athletics pipeline.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There’s a long list of current and former UWS student-athletes who didn’t travel far from their high schools to become Yellowjackets. In fact, some are from just down the road at Superior High School, including this year’s talented recruiting class. On the hardwood, Joey Barker is taking his talents to the Yellowjackets men’s basketball team, a program…

Northland Ice Rinks Open Up with Social Distancing Guidelines

Organizers were meticulous in their planning, creating social distancing guidelines, all the way down to how athletes should enter and leave the building.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s the three words we’ve been waiting to hear for the past three months: rinks are open. This week, hockey rinks across the Northland held soft openings, including the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center. Organizers were meticulous in their planning, creating social distancing guidelines, all the way down to how athletes should enter and leave the building. Rules…

IST CrossFit Resumes In-Person Training With Youth Athletes

IST is following the safety guidelines from the state of having no more than nine youth athletes in the gym with one coach leading them through the workouts. 

DULUTH, Minn. – After two weeks of virtual workouts, Impact Sports Training (IST CrossFit) is back in the gym. “Now that we can get outside and offer outdoor workouts as well as the indoor sessions, it’s nice to have that face to face contact,” owner and director of Performance Chris Bell said. “It’s less of a mental struggle being back…

Walz Eases Restrictions With Sports Venues, Youth Sports

Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, may also open at 25 percent capacity, without exceeding 250 people in a single self-contained space. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced phase III of the “Stay Safe MN” Plan, which will begin on June 10. Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios may open at 25 percent capacity. Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, may also open at 25 percent capacity, without exceeding 250 people in a single self-contained space. Walz…

Northland High School Golfers Heading Down to Senior Showcase

The boys tournament will take place on Tuesday, while the girls will hit the links on Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, local high school golfers would have been getting ready to take part in the state tournament. The pandemic wiped that out so the Minnesota Junior PGA stepped in to save the day. The organization will host a senior showcase next week at the Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. The boys tournament will take…

With Lost Season, Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club Looks Ahead to Summer Camps

Inter-squad matches and friendlies with clubs from the Amateur Youth Soccer Association could happen when the state allows games to take place.

DULUTH, Minn. – As organized youth sports slowly start getting back on the practice fields, some teams won’t have that benefit due to many facilities being closed in the city of Duluth. Case in point, the Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club. The club has nearly 600 players on 40 teams from U-9 to U-18. Their main season was lost due to…

Summer Practices Begin for Hermantown Baseball Players

The VFW team hopes to be playing games when the next phase of restrictions is lifted on June 15th.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After months of waiting and wondering if we’ll ever see sports again, organized youth activities return this week for local baseball teams in the Northland. Members of the Hermantown VFW and American Legion baseball teams jump on the diamond for the first time this season. Players say after what happened with the spring season, they are overjoyed…

“Scott Perunovich Day” Established in City of Hibbing

Perunovich was a standout defenseman in high school for the Hibbing/Chisholm boys hockey team.

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing City Council recently declared August 18th to be named “Scott Perunovich Day”. The former UMD star is coming off a historic junior year, becoming the sixth Bulldog in program history to win the Hobey Baker Award. The defenseman signed a two-year deal with the St. Louis Blues after leading UMD to back-to-back national titles in…

Twin Ports PDC Announces Dates for Upcoming Camp

Registration will be opened, but on a conditional basis, meaning deposits will be refunded if for any reason the camp is cancelled.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week, the Twin Ports Pro Development Camp announced that this year’s camp will be taking place from July 27th to July 30th at the Superior Ice Arena. Organizers say this year’s installment will obviously have a different look. And there’s a chance some of the pros won’t be able to make it due to the ongoing…

Grant Clafton Talks Moving On From Greenway Boys Hockey Team

After five seasons with the Raiders, Clafton says he felt like now was the time to step back and let someone else take over.

COLERAINE, Minn. – This past weekend, we learned that Grant Clafton has stepped down As head coach of the Greenway boys hockey team. After five seasons with the Raiders, Clafton says he felt like now was the time to step back and let someone else take over. “There’s other things at stake, especially which is obviously the kids and the…

Former Hilltopper Willy Stauber Commits to UW-Eau Claire Men’s Hockey

The 6'2" defenseman spent the past two seasons and some change with the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Marshall standout Willy Stauber has committed to playing college hockey at UW-Eau Claire. The 6’2″ defenseman spent the past two seasons and some change with the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL. In 105 games, Stauber finished with seven goals and 27 assists. Categories: College, High School, Sports

Hermantown Breaks Ground for New Turf at Corey Veech Memorial Field

The school hopes the field will be ready by mid-August for the start of the football season this fall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Corey Veech Memorial Field hosted its first football game on August 31st, 2001. It’s seen better days recently, so the school has finally began the first steps in giving it a much-needed facelift. A ground-breaking ceremony was held Monday with school administrators and members of Centricity Credit Union, who provided the athletic department with over $1 million…

Cherry’s Kaelynn Kudis Commits to Mesabi Range Volleyball

The middle hitter led the Tigers to an 18-6 record last season.

CHERRY, Minn. – Cherry’s Kaelynn Kudis will be joining Mesabi Range volleyball next season, the team announced on Twitter. The middle hitter led the Tigers to an 18-6 record last season. Kudis was also a standout on the Cherry basketball team, leading the Tigers to a 22-7 record and to the section 7A semifinals. She also leaves as the program’s…

Grant Clafton Resigns as Head Coach of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin Boys Hockey Team

In his time with GNK, Clafton led the Raiders to a 90-41-2 record, including three straight appearances in the Section 7A championship game.

COLERAINE, Minn. – Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin boys hockey coach Grant Clafton has resigned as head coach of the Raiders boys hockey team after five seasons. The Greenway High School Board approved Clafton’s resignation during their monthly meeting on Wednesday. In his time with GNK, Clafton led the Raiders to a 90-41-2 record, including three straight appearances in the Section 7A championship game…

Former Marshall Baseball Standout Carter Sullivan Commits to Ave Maria University

This past year, Sullivan played on the Minnesota post-grad team, a new program that allows players to maintain full college eligibility.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Marshall baseball standout Carter Sullivan announced on his Twitter page that he’s going to Ave Maria University in Florida to play his college ball. The campus is about one hour southwest of Fort Myers, which Sullivan says will give him a much-needed change of scenery. “It’s a beautiful campus. Just a really good environment there….

City of Duluth Will Not Maintain Local Softball Fields, Summer Games in Jeopardy

As part of Governor Tim Walz's Stay Safe plan, teams can begin practicing on Monday in groups of ten or less.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, the city of Duluth closed all baseball and softball fields until at least July 1st. The announcement has kept local youth teams in limbo about what their summer will be like. This week, organizers received some clarity as city officials say that due to budget concerns, Wheeler and Wade Fields will not be maintained for…

Season Begins June 15th for Superior Youth Organization

According to their Facebook page, they are currently in Phase 1, which is just practices with no more than 20 people on the fields.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Youth Organization announced Thursday that they are planning to start their season the week of June 15th, and as long as they have enough teams, it will run through the week of August 21st. Initial registration fees will be refunded immediately and a new sign-up process will be created in the next few days. According…

Essentia Duluth Heritage Center Announces Soft Opening Next Month

Teams will be allowed to have two small pods of 10 or less to be on the ice for skill development.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Essentia Duluth Heritage Center has announced a soft opening on June 8th. Teams will be allowed to have two small pods of 10 or less to be on the ice for skill development. This is in accordance to the state’s Phase II of their Stay Safe Plan. Phase III would allow for scrimmages and games to…

Wilderness Defenseman Ryan Nelson Commits to Iowa State Men’s Hockey

The Esko native spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Wilderness appearing in over 100 games

ESKO, Minn. – Former CEC standout Ryan Nelson committed to playing college hockey For the Iowa State men’s hockey team. The Esko native spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Wilderness appearing in over 100 games and served as team captain this past season, finishing with five goals and 17 assists in 50 games as a defenseman. Categories: College,…

Minnesota Hockey Outlines Return-to-Play Guidelines

On-ice activities involving players age six and under or "Learn to Play" skaters are not recommended during this phase.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Hockey outlined a detailed plan for teams who want to hold practices, clinics and tryouts only. Among the rules for arriving at the rink are that players should arrive to the arena fully dressed with the exception of skates and helmets. As for on-ice activities, pods of 10 people or less should be created with…

Northland Girls Lacrosse Teams Hold Virtual Challenge

The Northern Lakes Girls Lacrosse Challenge features players from Grand Rapids/Greenway, Hermantown/Proctor, Duluth and Brainerd.

DULUTH, Minn. – With no spring sports this season, many teams and athletes are still doing what they can to stay active. They’ll hold their own workouts, do Zoom classes, and now a few local girls lacrosse teams have started the Northern Lakes Girls Lacrosse Challenge. The challenge was started by Grand Rapids/Greenway head coach Mark Surface and features the…

WFCA All-Star Game Suspended

Superior's Luke Persons and Jarrett Gronski, Northwestern's Brsyon Mazur and Drew Pearson and Northwoods/Solon Springs' Jeffrey Meling were all selected to play. 

WHITEWATER, Wis. – The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association announced that they have suspended the all-star games that were scheduled to take place this summer. Superior’s Luke Persons and Jarrett Gronski, Northwestern’s Brsyon Mazur and Drew Pearson and Northwoods/Solon Springs’ Jeffrey Meling were all selected to play. The games were scheduled to take place on July 18 at UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater,…