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Esko’s Brenna Stark Commits to Jamestown Volleyball

Stark was a three-year starter on the varsity squad with 1,025 career set assists.

ESKO, Minn. – Monday, Esko’s Brenna Stark has signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the University of Jamestown. Stark was a three-year starter on the varsity squad with 1,025 career set assists. She was also a standout player on the Eskomos basketball team. Categories: College, High School, Sports

Superior Names Kory Deadrick New Head Coach of Boys Basketball Team

Deadrick spent this past season as an assistant under his former head coach Mike Devney at Duluth Denfeld.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Former Esko star Kory Deadrick has been named the new head coach of the Superior boys basketball team. Deadrick spent this past season as an assistant under his former head coach Mike Devney at Duluth Denfeld. Before that, he was the head coach for the Proctor boys for one season. Deadrick takes over for jake smith, who…

Chad Persons Named New Head Coach for Grand Rapids Boys Basketball Team

He'll be taking over for longtime Rapids coach Dan Elhard, who stepped down before the start of this past season

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Monday, Grand Rapids announced that they are promoting Chad Persons to become the new head coach of the boys basketball team. Persons had been coaching the JV squad since 2012 and before that, he led the Thunderhawks girls JV team from 2005 to 2011. He’ll be taking over for longtime Rapids coach Dan Elhard, who stepped…

Hibbing’s Parker Maki Signs NLI for Bemidji State Men’s Basketball

The big man averaged nearly 13 points and 8 rebounds per game this past season

HIBBING, Minn. – Monday, Hibbing’s Parker Maki signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Bemidji State men’s basketball team. Maki committed to the Beavers back in December. The big man averaged nearly 13 points and 8 rebounds per game this past season, helping the Bluejackets advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1989. Categories: College,…

Proctor/Hermantown’s Vivi Helquist Commits to Curry College

Helquist appeared in 18 games this past season, helping the Mirage captured their first state title in program history.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Proctor/Hermantown’s Vivi Helquist has committed to joining the Curry college women’s hockey team. The school is located in Milton, MA. Helquist appeared in 18 games this past season, helping the Mirage captured their first state title in program history. The senior netminder finished the year with 86 saves and a .935 save percentage. Categories: College, High School,…

UWS Baseball Pitcher, Catcher Rely on Previous Experience, Trust at Next Level

Bryce Flanagan and Josh Hukriede began playing together in 2012 in Brainerd. Now, the two are taking their connection to grow and find success at UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The relationship between the pitcher and catcher, also known as the battery in baseball, is one of the most important ones on the field. For two members of the UWS baseball team, that on-field connection built over the years has become a lifelong friendship. Growing up in Brainerd, Minnesota, it was only a matter of time before…

UMD Baseball Powers Past Minot State in Series Finale

This was the first win for the Bulldogs at their true home field at Bulldog Park since May 4, 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball bats were hot on Sunday, scoring 10 runs off of 13 hits to get the 10-5 win over Minot State in the final game of the three-game series. Tosten Mann went 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 RBI while Anders Brown went 2-for-4 with three runs scored while McCale Peterson went 2-for-4 with…

St. Scholastica Softball Sweeps Minnesota Morris, Clinches UMAC Regular Season Title

The Saints wrap up UMAC play by winning their 21st regular season title.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 17th-ranked St. Scholastica softball team bounced back from their first UMAC loss on Saturday, sweeping Minnesota Morris 7-4 and 6-0. In the first game, the Saints scored five runs in the fifth to help seal the win. Nicole Anders went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and two runs scored, while Aislind Dail went 2-for-3. In the second…

College Soccer: St. Scholastica Men, Women End Regular Season With Shutout Wins at Home

The CSS women captured their 18th UMAC regular season title. Both Saints programs now prepare for the UMAC Tournament semifinals on Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s soccer team used a big second half, scoring six goals to get the 7-0 win over Minnesota Morris to capture their 18th and final UMAC regular season title. Morgan Friday and Kaiya Quam each scored twice while Brea Archer, Mara Roberts and Sami Szendrey each scored once. The Saints cap off the regular…

College Baseball: St. Scholastica Powers Past Martin Luther, UW-Superior Splits With Crown

The Saints combined for 30 runs during their doubleheader sweep of the Knights. Meanwhile,Bryce Meverden hit the walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th to give the Yellowjackets the game one win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica baseball team continued their winning ways, powering past Martin Luther to sweep the doubleheader 19-5 and 11-0, both in seven innings. Mitchell Novak finished the first game 2-for-4 with four runs scored while Luke Schemenauer went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI. Jake Schelonka finished with four RBI. In the second game, the balls flew out…

UWS Men’s Golf Wins Third-Straight UMAC Championship

Ryan Peterson was the UMAC low-medalist while Joey Cummings and Sam Albrecht also finished in the top five for the Yellowjackets. 

BECKER, Minn. – The Wisconsin-Superior men’s golf team dominated all weekend, winning their third-straight UMAC Championship. UWS finished with a three-round total of 912 (+48), the second-lowest at the UMAC championship. Ryan Peterson from UWS was the UMAC low-medalist at 211 (-5) while Joey Cummings and Sam Albrecht also finished in the top five for the Yellowjackets. St. Scholastica finished…

St. Scholastica Women’s Golf Wins Fifth Straight UMAC Championship

The Saints had three individuals take the top three spots, with Olivia Wright as the UMAC low-medalist, Hannah Johnson in second and Anna Lindemann in third.

BECKER, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s golf team capped off their final season in the UMAC in a big way, capturing their fifth straight UMAC Championship. The Saints finished at 1035 (+171) , the lowest score in the UMAC’s NCAA era. St. Scholastica’s Olivia Wright was the UMAC low-medalist with 251 (+35) while St. Scholastica’s Hannah Johnson and Anna…

Duluth Boxer Jesse Walters Returns to the Ring Next Month

Walters will head to Alabama in late May for his fourth pro fight.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time in over a year, local boxer Jesse Walters of Jungle Gym will lace up his gloves for his next professional fight. Walters will head to Alabama in late May for his fourth pro fight. And while he’s excited to get back in the ring, it will be a bit more of a challenge…

Hermantown/Proctor Girls Lacrosse Fall to New Prague in Overtime

The Stealth are still searching for their first win of the season.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In a game that stayed tight until the very end, the Hermantown/Proctor girls lacrosse team fell at home to New Prague 10-9 in overtime Friday night at Centricity Stadium. The Stealth are still searching for their first win of the season. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Baseball: Virginia, Grand Rapids Earn Road Wins

Friday afternoon was a good one for the Blue Devils and the Thunderhawks.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Virginia baseball team scored early and often as they rolled past Moose Lake/Willow River 25-4 in five innings Friday afternoon at the NBC Spartans Sports Complex. In other prep baseball action, Grand Rapids needed just six innings to get the road win over Proctor 11-0 at Egerdahl Field. Garrett Drotts led the way with three RBI,…

Samarziya Helps Superior Baseball Get Walk-Off Win over Duluth Marshall

Jason Samarziya would single in Carter Kalin and Mason Stenberg in the bottom of the eighth.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Jason Samarziya would single in Carter Kalin and Mason Stenberg as the Superior baseball team got the walk-off win over Duluth Marshall 4-3 in eight innings at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The Spartans improve to 2-0 on the season. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth East’s Zaa Buffalo Commits to Central Lakes College

Buffalo averaged nearly seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game, while shooting 55% from the field.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East’s Zaa Buffalo has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Central Lakes College men’s basketball team. Buffalo was a key member of the Greyhounds team that won their first section title since 2012. And he did it all for Rhett McDonald’s team, averaging nearly seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game,…

Duluth Boys Lacrosse Pick Up Road Win over Hermantown/Proctor

Tyler Smith and Caleb Keenan led the way with four goals each.

PROCTOR, Minn. – With the score 4-3 at the halftime break, the Duluth boys lacrosse team used a strong second half to get the road win over Hermantown/Proctor 12-3 at Egerdahl Field. Tyler Smith and Caleb Keenan led the way with four goals each. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD Baseball Sweep Southwest Minnesota State in Home Doubleheader

Trevor Gustafson and Tim Pokornowski would each homer for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team got the best of Southwest Minnesota State in both games as the Bulldogs swept the doubleheader over the Broncos. In Game One, Trevor Gustafson would hit his first home run of the season to help UMD win 5-1. And in Game Two, Cloquet native Tim Pokornowski would go yard as the Bulldogs picked…

Six Duluth Denfeld Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

Wednesday afternoon, Duluth Denfeld honored six seniors who put pen to paper on their college commitments.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday afternoon, Duluth Denfeld honored six seniors who put pen to paper on their college commitments. That group included Joe Udd, who signed his National Letter of Intent to join the St. Scholastica baseball team. We also had a pair of swimmers who are heading to St. Thomas as Lindsay Johnson and Joe Rudd will be jumping…

Johnson’s Walk-Off RBI Gives Duluth East Baseball Win Over Cloquet

Senior Garrett Johnson would score the RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior Garrett Johnson would score the RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give the Duluth East baseball team the 8-7 walk-off win over Cloquet Wednesday afternoon at Ordean Field. The Lumberjacks scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. But the Greyhounds strung together clutch hits late to pick…

Prep Softball: Greenway Hands Proctor First Loss, Hermantown Earns Comeback Win Over Duluth East

The Raiders stayed undefeated with a road win, while the Hawks were victorious on their home field.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In a battle of unbeaten teams, Greenway used a late rally to knock off Proctor 7-5 Wednesday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. The Raiders stay undefeated at 8-0, while the Rails suffer their first loss of the season. In other prep softball action, it was Hermantown getting the home win over Duluth East 11-7. Categories: High School, Sports

UWS Softball Team Splits Doubleheader with Northland College

The Yellowjackets got three hits from Tayler Kraemer, while Tiffany Kirk finished with two RBI.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After getting shutout in Game One by Northland College, the UW-Superior softball team defeated the LumberJills 5-2 in Game Two Wednesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The Yellowjackets got three hits from Tayler Kraemer, while Tiffany Kirk finished with two RBI. Categories: College, Sports

St. Scholastica Baseball Sweeps Home Doubleheader Against UW-Superior

In Game One, sophomore Jake Schelonka led the way with six RBI as the Saints topped the Yellowjackets 13-9.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica baseball team continued their dominance over UW-Superior as they swept a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Wade Stadium. In Game One, sophomore Jake Schelonka led the way with six RBI as the Saints topped the Yellowjackets 13-9. In Game Two, Virginia native Jack Perala recorded a career-high nine strikeouts as CSS shutout UWS 11-0 in…

Prep Baseball: Esko Stays Unbeaten, Superior Wins Season Opener, Proctor, Hermantown Split Doubleheader

The Eskomos and Spartans are winners at home, while the Rails and Hawks split their doubleheader at Egerdahl Field.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko baseball team only needed five innings to knock off Two Harbors 12-0 Tuesday afternoon. Cale Haugen had a stellar day, earning the win on the mound while chipping in with three RBI. In other prep baseball action, Superior topped Duluth Denfeld in their season opener, behind four scoreless innings of work and seven strikeouts from…

Esko Softball Stays Undefeated with Home Win Over Two Harbors

The Eskomos improve to 4-0 on the season and will host South Ridge on Thursday.

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko softball team scored early and often as they defeated Two Harbors 24-0 in five innings Tuesday afternoon. Miranda Kelley allowed zero hits in four innings of work while striking out eight batters. The Eskomos improve to 4-0 on the season and will host South Ridge on Thursday. Categories: High School, Sports

Minnesota Vikings Fullback, Duluth Native CJ Ham to Hold 2nd Annual Youth Football Camp

All proceeds will go towards diversity sponsorship opportunities in the city of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two years ago, Minnesota Vikings fullback CJ Ham hosted his first youth football camp in his hometown of Duluth. And this summer, the bruising Pro Bowler is bring it back. Ham will be hosting his second annual camp Saturday July 17th. It will be open for kids ages five to 13, but will be capped at the…

UWS Tennis Teams Looking to Make Some Noise at Conference Tournaments

The men's UMAC tournament will then begin on Thursday and the women's starts on Saturday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – College tennis teams will jump on the court later this week for the UMAC tournament. For UW-Superior, the men’s and women’s teams have had to deal with multiple postponements. But the Yellowjackets feel that adversity has prepared them for the playoff grind. “It’s been a bit of a challenge for us this year and we’ve been able…

CSS Golf Teams Preparing for UMAC Championships

The UMAC championships will begin on Thursday at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, MN.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica golf teams are getting set for the UMAC championships later this week. The women’s team is red hot with two tournament wins last week, including a first place finish at the UMAC preview, while the men are looking for their first UMAC title since 2017. “Just the fact that we get to play at…

Duluth Boys Lacrosse Team Has High Expectations for 2021 Season

The Wolfpack will return to action Thursday against Hermantown/Proctor.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, the Duluth boys lacrosse team picked up their first win of the season with a shutout victory at Ordean Stadium. The Wolfpack are entering their sixth year as a program with a stacked roster, high expectations and the belief that they can win their ever first section title in 2021. “We have a very…

Northwestern Baseball Motivated Heading Into Spring Season

The Tigers will open the season on Tuesday hosting Barron. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. 

MAPLE, Wis. – Last week, high school spring sports made their return to the state of Wisconsin and now, it’s game week for the Northwestern baseball team, who is hungry to pick up where they left off in 2019. “There’s some nerves, some excitement. We’ve been practicing for weeks now and we’re ready to go,” senior third baseman Brennen Werner…

Proctor Softball Team Enjoying Undefeated Start to the Season

The Rails are 5-0 so far on the season, which includes a pair of shutouts and three games with double-digit runs scored.

PROCTOR, Minn. – High school head coaches are notorious for being perfectionists. You could hit a home run and they’ll still find something you can get better at. The same goes for the Proctor softball team. The Rails are 5-0 so far on the season, which includes a pair of shutouts and three games with double-digit runs scored. And with…

UMD Softball Splits Doubleheader With Winona State in Top 5 NSIC Battle

Taylor Koehnen went 2-for-2 in the second game with a home run while Kelly Swank went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team welcomed in Winona State for a top-five NSIC battle, with the two squads splitting the doubleheader. Winona State scored eight runs in the seventh inning of game one to win it 8-3 but UMD came back to take the second game 4-2. Taylor Koehnen went 2-for-2 in the second game with a…

DNR: More Fishing Tournaments Using Immediate Release

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin fishery officials say more tournaments are abandoning their traditional catch-hold-release formats. The Department of Natural Resources says the number of bass and walleye tournaments that have eschewed the traditional catch-hold-release format for catch-photo-release rules has increased from an average of six annually between 2010 and 2015 to more than 30 per year from 2015…

CSS, UWS Softball Pick Up Home Sweeps

Both the Saints and Yellowjackets swept their doubleheaders on senior day.

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 19 St. Scholastica softball team pushed its win streak to 13 games, getting the 12-5 then 8-0 wins over Martin Luther to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader. The Saints got off to a fast start in the first game, scoring four runs in the first. The Saints scored at least a run in every inning except for…

UMD Powers Past Upper Iowa to Sweep Doubleheader

The Bulldogs scored 21 runs, including four home runs, on 23 hits over the course of the doubleheader sweep.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team scored 21 runs, including four home runs, on 23 hits over the course of two games to get the 13-2 and 8-0 wins over Upper Iowa to sweep the doubleheader. The second game stayed pretty quiet until the sixth inning, where the Bulldogs scored four runns to seal the win in only…

Prep Boys Lacrosse: Duluth Gets Shutout Over Forest Lake, Hermantown/Proctor Drops Season Opener

Colby Larson finished with a hat trick as the Wolfpack picked up their first win of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Colby Larson finished with a hat trick as the Duluth boys lacrosse team got the 9-0 win over Forest Lake on Saturday for their first win of the season. Dane Callaway and Tyler Smith finished with two goals each while Gaven Slattery and Peyton Bradbury each scored once. Connor Kiergaard finished with six saves in the shutout….

Coaches Corner: Rilee Dawson

For this week's segment, we catch up with the head coach of the St. Scholastica softball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with St. Scholastica softball coach Rilee Dawson as the Saints are off to a great start to their season with a perfect 8-0 record in the UMAC play. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Prep Baseball: Duluth East Powers Past Duluth Denfeld, Esko Stifles Pequot Lakes

The Greyhounds and Eskomos were winners on Friday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn. – A six-run fifth inning would prove to be the difference as the Duluth East baseball team topped Duluth Denfeld 8-4 Friday afternoon at Wade Stadium. Senior Joe Vos homered for the Greyhounds while Dean Hudoba picked up his first career varsity win on the mound. In other prep baseball action, Dane Hoffman went the distance and finished…

Prep Softball: Cloquet Knocks Off Hermantown, Moose Lake Earns Road Win Over Duluth Denfeld

The Lumberjacks got the win on their home field, while the Rebels were victorious on the road.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Senior Amanda Paul finished with 10 strikeouts and two RBI as the Cloquet softball team knocked off Hermantown 5-1 Friday afternoon at Braun Park. In other prep softball action, Moose Lake picked up the road win over Duluth Denfeld 10-0 at Swanson Field. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Baseball: Esko, Hermantown Pick Up Road Wins

Home field advantage was not needed Thursday for the Eskomos and Hawks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior pitcher Noah Furcht picked up his second win of the season as the Esko baseball team spoiled Opening Day for Duluth East 10-3 Thursday afternoon. In other prep baseball action, Hermantown held on for the 10-9 win over Duluth Denfeld Thursday night at Wade Stadium. Categories: High School, Sports

First Week of Practice Wraps Up for Superior Softball Team

Superior will open their season next Tuesday down in Eau Claire.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Spring practices are in full swing for Wisconsin prep sports teams. The Superior softball team is wrapping up their first week of practice, which involved knocking off a lot of rust following the long layoff due to the pandemic. “A lot of us play club ball so we do have that opportunity. But then a lot don’t….

Minnesota Student-Athletes No Longer Required to Wear Masks During Games, Practices

State health officials are also urging those involved in youth sports to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – One of the toughest adjustments prep athletes have had to make in the era of COVID has been wearing a mask while playing games. It makes it hard to breathe. You have to keep adjusting it. It’s soaked in sweat by halftime. But now, those situations will be no more. The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday…

St. Scholastica Softball Team Sweep UW-Superior, Extend Win Streak to 13 Straight

Toni Bishop would homer in each game as the Saints extend their win streak to 13 straight.

DULUTH, Minn. – On the same day that they broke into the national poll, the St. Scholastica softball team swept a home doubleheader against rivals UW-Superior Wednesday at Kenwood Field. In Game One, the Yellowjackets jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning. But the Saints would roll the rest of the way to pick up the win…

CSS Soccer Teams Earn Shutout Wins at Home Against Northland College

Both teams stayed undefeated on the season with home shutout wins.

DULUTH, Minn. – Arseno Hamilton and Collins Wachira would each score their first goals as members of the St. Scholastica men’s soccer team as the Saints shut out Northland College 2-0 Wednesday afternoon. In the women’s match, Morgan Friday finished with four goals for the second straight game as CSS blanked the LumberJills 6-0. Categories: College, Sports

UWS Baseball Swept at Home by Hamline

Ryan Castaneda would belt his third home run of the season in Game One.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A two-run home run in the fourth inning from Ryan Castaneda would spark a rally for the UW-Superior baseball team. But they would fall short in extras as Hamline defeated the Yellowjackets 5-4 in eight innings in the first game of their doubleheader. Game Two would be all Pipers as they won 19-2 to sweep the doubleheader….