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UMD Football Falls to Angelo State in First Round of NCAA Tournament

The Bulldogs finish the season with a 9-3 overall record. 

SAN ANGELO, Texas – The Minnesota Duluth football team fell behind early and couldn’t catch back up, as Angelo State got the 48-14 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Rams took the opening kickoff 100 yards to the endzone which set the tone for the rest of the game. UMD didn’t get on the board until…

Coaches Corner: Patrick Andrews

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the Hermantown boys hockey team.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Hermantown boys hockey coach Patrick Andrews as the Hawks are wrapping up their first week of practice. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Girls Hockey: Proctor/Hermantown Falls to Orono, Duluth Marshall Blanked by Edina

The Mirage and Hilltoppers struggled against their non-conference opponents.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In their home opener at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center, the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team couldn’t keep up with Orono as the Spartans topped the Mirage 6-3. In other prep girls hockey action, Edina shutout Duluth Marshall 8-0 at the DECC, the first time a game has been played there in nearly six years. Categories:…

Rock Ridge Begins New Era of Boys Hockey on the Iron Range

The Wolverines will drop the puck on their inaugural season on Tuesday, Nov. 30 on the road against Greenway. 

VIRGINIA, Minn. – For the past year, multiple Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia athletic teams have been merging into Rock Ridge. And now, a new era of boys hockey on the Iron Range has officially begun, as the Rock Ridge Wolverines are wrapping up their first ever week of practice. “There’s so much rich hockey history with Eveleth and Virginia and to…

MIB Girls Basketball Look to Continue Winning Tradition

The Rangers will open the season against St. Croix Lutheran next Friday afternoon as part of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off in the Twin Cities.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – The Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball team is wrapping up their first week of practices. The Rangers did not graduate a single player from the team that made it to the state semifinals last season, so the entire roster will be back this upcoming season. And that experience is what keeps them motivated as they look to…

Gilling’s Two Goals Helps UMD Men’s Hockey Earn Road Win Over North Dakota

Forward Casey Gilling led the way with two goals.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Forward Casey Gilling led the way with two goals as the UMD men’s hockey team defeated North Dakota 4-1 Friday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Dominic James and Kobe Roth also scored for the Bulldogs, who will aim for the sweep Saturday night. Puck drop is set for just after 7 p.m. Categories: College, Friday…

Five-Goal First Period Powers UMD Women’s Hockey Past Bemidji State

Elizabeth Giguere finished with five assists, becoming the first UMD player since 2013 to register five points in a single game.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team would have eight different goal-scorers, led by senior Anna Klein who scored twice, as they defeated Bemidji State 9-0 Friday afternoon at the Sanford Center. It was a historic game for Elizabeth Giguere as well. The senior forward finished with five assists, becoming the first UMD player since 2013 to register five…

Celebrate the Season with a Fresh Evergreen From Farmer Doug’s Tree Farm

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, Meteorologist Ken Slama heads out to Farmer Doug’s Christmas Tree Farm to get the scoop on trees available this holiday season. Getting a locally grown tree is great for the local economy and doesn’t come with the worry of supply chain shortages associated with plastic trees.  They also smell great! Click here…

Expectations Still High for Duluth Marshall Girls Basketball Team

Experience will be an issue early on with a roster that features ten 8th-graders, but some of them did play major minutes during last season's playoff run.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, prep girls basketball teams are wrapping up their first week of practice. One team that has a mission to go back to the state tournament is Duluth Marshall. The Hilltoppers are the two time defending champions of Section 7AA and they have no plans of slowing down. Experience will be an issue early on with…

UMD Women’s Hockey Back in Action After Long Layoff

The Bulldogs will travel to Bemidji State to take on the Beavers and it's been an even series recently, with three of the last four games going into overtime.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will be back in action this weekend after a three-week layoff due to the Olympic qualifiers. For the players who didn’t participate, they were able to stay home and continue working for when the Bulldogs get back into conference play. “Having those scrimmages helps a little bit so you’re not like “oh…

UMD Men’s Hockey to Face North Dakota in First Match-Up Since 5OT Thriller

Puck drop up in Grand Forks is set for just after 7 o'clock.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last season’s NCAA Regional final saw the UMD men’s hockey team knock off North Dakota in the longest playoff game in NCAA history. Head coach Scott Sandelin reflected on that historic night as the Bulldogs and Fighting Hawks get set to battle this weekend. “Well we’ve had great games with them. If you look at even last…

Esko Football Set to Battle Top-Seeded Dassell-Cokato in Class AAA Semi-Finals

This will be the Eskomos' first trip to the state semi-finals since 1992.

PROCTOR, Minn. – This weekend, U.S. Bank Stadium is the place to be for the MSHSL prep football state sem-finals. For Esko, it’s their first trip to the semi-finals since 1992. This week, the Eskomos practiced at Proctor’s indoor turf facility. But even that can’t simulate what it will be like Saturday to play in an NFL stadium. “We weren’t…

UWS Women, CSS Men Come Out on Top in Basketball Bridge Battle

The Saints and Yellowjackets split their basketball Bridge Battle meeting at the Reif Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – Proctor native Sam Parendo led all scorers with 14 points as the UW-Superior women’s basketball team topped St. Scholastica 71-45 Wednesday night at the Reif Gym. It was the Yellowjackets 18th straight win over the Saints. In the men’s game, CSS got some late buckets from Esko native Quinn Fischer as they held on to beat UWS…

Superior Boys Basketball Begin Practices with New Head Coach Kory Deadrick

The Spartans will open their season next Tuesday at home against Chippewa Falls.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The first week of practices is underway for the Superior boys basketball team. The Spartans have a new head coach as former Esko star Kory Deadrick takes over the program. The move is exciting for the players, who will be coached by a former player that has won a state title. “That’s definitely a big thing because…

Duluth Marshall Girls Hockey Tops Duluth Northern Stars at Heritage Center

Ilsa Lindaman, Meredith Boettcher and Kendra Royer each scored twice.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ilsa Lindaman, Meredith Boettcher and Kendra Royer each scored twice as the Duluth Marshall girls hockey team defeated the Duluth Northern Stars 11-3 Tuesday night at Heritage Center. The Hilltoppers improve to 2-0 while the Northern Stars fall to 1-2. Categories: High School, Sports

Ski Hut Prepping for Winter Season

"Typically the end of October, the beginning of November is when we start to pick up," Neustel says. 

DULUTH, Minn. — “Cross country skis, snowshoes, alpine skis and snowboards as well as all the equipment you would need to go along with those activities,” Ski Hut Owner, Dave Neustel says. “Typically the end of October, the beginning of November is when we start to pick up,” Neustel says. The owner of the Ski Hut in Duluth tells us…

Steve Pitoscia Era Begins for Duluth East Hockey Team

The Greyhounds will open their season November 26th at White Bear Lake.

DULUTH, Minn. – Practices are underway for the Duluth East boys hockey team. And the Greyhounds are going through some big changes on their bench as Steve Pitoscia takes over for longtime coach Mike Randolph. But his familiarity with the program makes the transition a seamless one. “A lot of our kids have had him before, including me. We’re all…

UMD Men’s Basketball Shoot the Lights Out in Win Over Northland College

The Bulldogs had six players finish in double figures, every player scored at least four points and as a team, UMD shot 68% from the field.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lincoln Meister and Drew Blair each scored 18 points as the UMD men’s basketball team defeated Northland College 123-48 Tuesday night at Romano Gym. The Bulldogs had six players finish in double figures, every player scored at least four points and as a team, UMD shot 68% from the field. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota –…

North Woods’ TJ Chiabotti Named Finalist for Mr. Football Award

Chiabotti became just the 19th player in state history to rush for over 5,000 career yards.

COOK, Minn. – North Woods running back TJ Chiabotti has been named one of ten finalists for the Minnesota Football Coaches Association’s Mr. Football Award. This past season, Chiabotti rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored 30 total touchdowns. He also became just the 19th player in state history to rush for over 5,000 career yards. The winner will be…

UMD Football Embracing Major Temperature Change for Playoff Game Against Angelo State

The temperature at kick-off is expected to be close to 80 degrees, compared to a balmy 40 if the game were held at Malosky Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the UMD football team is wrapping up their last few practices before they head down to Texas for their NCAA first round match-up against Angelo State. The temperature at kick-off is expected to be close to 80 degrees, compared to a balmy 40 if the game were held at Malosky Stadium. “A game is a…

First Day of Practice Underway for Hermantown Boys Hockey

The Hawks are set to open the 2021 season on the road next Friday night against section foes Greenway. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Monday was the first official day of high school boys hockey practices across the state, and Hermantown opened things up with tryouts. The Hawks had a larger than usual group show up as they look to replace seven seniors they graduated last season. But with a mix of experienced varsity players and a young group looking to…

Esko Native Jaxson Turner Becomes North Dakota Football’s D1 Sacks Leader

Turner finished with two sacks in Saturday's win over Illinois State, which gave him 21 in his career with the Fighting Hawks.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – This past weekend, Esko native Jaxson Turner became the all-time sack leader for the North Dakota football team in their Division I era. Turner finished with two sacks in Saturday’s win over Illinois State, which gave him 21 in his career with the Fighting Hawks. “Just kind of been working towards it my whole career. For…

Hibbing Native Scott Perunovich Recalled by St. Louis Blues

Through 12 games, Perunovich is tied for the AHL lead in points with 20 off two goals and 18 assists.

ST. LOUIS. Mo. – Monday, the St. Louis Blues announced that they have recalled defenseman and Hibbing native Scott Perunovich. The former Hobey Baker Award winner has been recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate: the Springfield Thunderbirds. Through 12 games, Perunovich is tied for the league lead in points with 20 off two goals and 18 assists. No word yet…

Northern Star: Jacob Shields

For this week's segment, we feature a grad transfer on the UMD men's basketball team hoping to make a lasting impact on and off the court.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s basketball graduate transfer Jacob Shields just loves everything about basketball. “This might be weird to people who don’t play basketball, but I just love the sound of the ball. Like coming down the court, I love the sound of the ball. I love the smell of the ball to be honest. And that might be…

UMD Football Headed Back to NCAA Tournament For First Time Since 2018

The Bulldogs will face Angelo State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in San Angelo, Texas.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, the UMD football team ended the regular season with a win and clinched a share of the NSIC Championship. That almost guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament. And on Sunday, the Bulldogs officially found out they’re postseason bound. UMD is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018. They’ll head…

Soderberg, Sweden Qualify for 2022 Winter Olympics

Goaltender Emma Soderberg joins junior forward Kassy Betinol as current Bulldogs to make Olympic Rosters.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Women’s Hockey Olympic Qualifiers wrapped up this weekend, which saw multiple current and former Bulldogs in action. Sweden clinched a spot, which will send former Bulldogs Michelle Lowenhielm, Linne Hedin and current goaltender Emma Soderberg to the Olympics. Soderberg joins junior forward Kassy Betinol as current Bulldogs to make Olympic Rosters. Former UMD forward Katerine Mrazova…

St. Scholastica Runners Calvin Boone, Maj-Lis Helmer Qualify for NCAA Championships

This is the first time CSS is sending multiple individuals to the NCAA Cross Country Championship. The race is set for this Saturday in Louisville, KY. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Two St. Scholastica runners have qualified as individuals for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Calvin Boone and Duluth’s Maj-Lis Helmer will both be making their first appearances. Boone finished 16th overall in the men’s qualifier with a program record time of 25 minutes, while Helmer finished 12th overall with a time of 22:32. This is the first…

UMD Men’s Hockey Ties Colorado College, Earns Extra NCHC Point in Shootout

Ryan Fanti finished with 26 saves for his third straight shutout. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team battled with Colorado College all night but struggled to find the back of the net, as Saturday’s game officially ended in a 0-0 tie. Noah Cates scored the lone goal in the shutout to give UMD the 1-0 win and extra NCHC point. Ryan Fanti finished with 26 saves for his third…

Esko Football Defeats New London-Spicer to Advance to Class AAA Semifinals

A touchdown pass from Ty Christensen to Carter Zezulka with 16 seconds left sent the undefeated Eskomos to the state semifinals.

BRAINERD, Minn. – A touchdown pass from Ty Christensen to Carter Zezulka with 16 seconds left gave the Esko football team the 28-21 win over New London-Spicer in the Class AAA quarterfinals. The Eskomos forced five interceptions, including a pick six from Zezulka. Esko improves to 11-0 on the season and will face Dassel-Cokato in the Class AAA semifinal on…

UMD Men’s Basketball Wraps Up American Family Insurance Classic With Win Over East Central

Drew Blair led the way with 29 points while Austin Andrews finished with a double double as the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, getting the 92-84 win over East Central to round out the American Family Insurance Classic. Austin Andrews finished with a double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Drew Blair led the Bulldogs with 29 points. Jack Middleton added 22 points….

UMD Football Tops Northern State to Earn Share of NSIC Championship

Armani Carmickle finished with 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also broke D.J. Winfield's UMD single-season receiving record of 1,201 yards. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team used a big second half to get the 49-35 win over Northern State on Saturday to earn a share of the NSIC Title. Garrett Olson came in and completed 11 of 16 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown. Armani Carmickle finished with 184 receiving yards and…

UW-Superior Men’s Soccer Edged by Washington in NCAA Tournament First Round

The Yellowjackets finish the 2021 season with a 16-7-0 overall record. 

CHICAGO, Ill. – A goal with under 20 minutes to go proved to be the difference as Washington got the 1-0 win over the UW-Superior men’s soccer team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Payton Anderson made seven saves for the Yellowjackets. UWS finishes the 2021 season with a 16-7-0 overall record. Categories: College, Sports

Coaches Corner: Mandy Pearson

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the UMD women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from UMD women’s basketball coach Mandy Pearson as the Bulldogs were picked to repeat as NSIC champions. UMD will open their season next Tuesday with a road trip to Drury. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Prep Girls Hockey: Duluth Wins Big in Season Opener, Rock Ridge Drops First Ever Game

The Northern Stars opened their season in a big way while the Wolverines dropped their season opener.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team lit up the scoreboard, including scoring five goals in the first four minutes and seven total in the first period as they got the 14-1 win over Princeton to open the 2021 season. The Northern Stars will be back home on Saturday hosting Roseville. Puck drop is set for 2:00…

Season Ends in Class A Quarterfinals for Deer River Football Team

Joseph Herfindahl would scored a 99-yard touchdown late in the first half.

BRAINERD, Minn. – Joseph Herfindahl would scored a 99-yard touchdown late in the first half, but it would be the only points for the Deer River football team as they fall to New York Mills 20-6 in the Class A quarterfinals. The Warriors end their season at 10-1. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Adrian Scores Twice, St. Scholastica Men’s Hockey Earns First-Ever MIAC Win

The win was the first conference victory for the Saints in the MIAC as they'll look to sweep the Oles Saturday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nathan Adrian scored twice for the St. Scholastica men’s hockey team as they defeated St. Olaf 5-2 Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. The win was the first conference victory for the Saints in the MIAC as they’ll look to sweep the Oles Saturday night. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Fanti Records Second Straight Shutout, UMD Men’s Hockey Blanks Colorado College

The Bulldogs got goals from Koby Bender, Noah Cates, Casey Gilling, Owen Gallatin and Blake Biondi

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior netminder Ryan Fanti finished with 25 saves and recorded his second straight shutout as the UMD men’s hockey team blanked Colorado College 5-0 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs got goals from Koby Bender, Noah Cates, Casey Gilling, Owen Gallatin and Blake Biondi as they aim for the sweep Saturday night at Amsoil Arena. Categories:…

UMD Men’s Basketball Wins Season Opener at American Family Insurance Classic

Sophomore Joshua Brown led the way with 18 points as the UMD men's basketball team defeated Nebraska-Kearney.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore Joshua Brown led the way with 18 points as the UMD men’s basketball team defeated Nebraska-Kearney 77-64 on the first day of the American Family Insurance Classic at Romano Gym. Drew Blair chipped in with 17 points while Austin Andrews scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs will face East Central Saturday at 4…

Grand Rapids Volleyball Falls to Top-Seeded Marshall in State Semi-Finals

The Thunderhawks will face New Prague in the third-place game Saturday afternoon.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Marshall volleyball team showed why they are the #1 overall seed in the Class AAA state tournament as they swept Grand Rapids 3-0 Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. The Thunderhawks will face New Prague in the third-place game Saturday afternoon. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

CEC Girls Hockey Get Set to Open Regular Season This Weekend

After graduating a huge senior class two years ago, the Lumberjacks return 17 players with loads of experience, led by goaltender Araya Kiminski.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team is getting set to open their season this weekend. After graduating a huge senior class two years ago, the Lumberjacks return 17 players with loads of experience, led by goaltender Araya Kiminski. “We feel really comfortable with her in net and know we’re able to take a little more chances and be…

UMD Women’s Cross Country Prepare for Trip to Nationals

The 18th-ranked Bulldogs finished second at the NCAA Central Regionals to qualify for their 10th ever nationals appearance.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s cross country team is NCAA-championship bound for the first time since 2017. After a challenging season last year and another coaching change, the 18th-ranked Bulldogs finished second at the NCAA Central Regionals to qualify for their 10th ever nationals appearance. “The one constant we’ve had is just our team and just believing in each…

Grand Rapids’ Bill Kinnunen to be Inducted into MSHSBCA Hall of Fame

Kinnunen is the second Grand Rapids alum to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Along with his old head coach Bob Streetar, who was part of the inaugural class in 2004.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Friday afternoon, Grand Rapids baseball coach Bill Kinnunen will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association. He’s led the program since 2001 and is coming off a season that saw the Thunderhawks finish in second place at the state tournament. Kinnunen said he was surprised to be inducted…

Duluth Chapter of ‘Girls on the Run’ to Host Inaugural 5k Saturday

The Duluth Chapter Started After Head Coach Heidi Schuchman Moved to the Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, we meet up with Heidi Schuchman, who is a head coach for the Girls on the Run organization in Duluth. Girls on the Run is a national program mostly for girls in grades 3-8 that promotes active, healthy lifestyles and culminates in a celebratory 5k run which will take place on the…

Late Touchdown Knocks Out Grand Rapids Football in State Quarterfinals

Owen Glenn scored twice and Jack Cleveland scored the other touchdown for the Thunderhawks.

OSSEO, Minn. – Owen Glenn would score twice for the Grand Rapids football team, but a late touchdown would give Orono the 22-19 win in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. Jack Cleveland scored the other touchdown for the Thunderhawks as their season ends at 8-3. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD’s Fanti, Laderoute Hope to Carry Momentum into Series Against Colorado College

In Saturday's win, Fanti recorded his first career shutout, while Laderoute scored twice for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team is back from their road trip to Kalamazoo where they split their series against Western Michigan. And it was mostly thanks to the efforts of two upper classmen. Junior netminder Ryan Fanti stood on his head in Saturday’s game, making 35 saves on the night, including 18 in the third period alone…

NCAA Approves Expansion of National Women’s Hockey Tournament Field

The field will be expanded from eight teams to 11.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Big news this week for women’s college hockey as the NCAA has approved to expand the national playoff field from eight teams to eleven. This comes after last week’s social media push for the move, which was spearheaded by UMD women’s hockey coach Maura Crowell. What the exact format will be is still to be determined, as…

Top-Seed Mayer Lutheran Too Much for South Ridge in State Volleyball Quarterfinals

The Panthers will face Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Friday in the consolation bracket semi-finals.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The South Ridge volleyball team had a tough time getting anything going as they fall to Mayer Lutheran 3-0 in the Class A quarterfinals at the Xcel Energy Center. The Panthers will face Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Friday in the consolation bracket semi-finals. Categories: High School, Sports