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GNK’s Geno Uhrbom Ready for Final High School Season

The senior completed the triple crown of distance running his sophomore season and is currently the two-time defending cross country class A champion.

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Becoming a competitive runner started simply for Geno Uhrbom. “About 5th grade, I was bored one day and I just went up and down my driveway and ever since then I just kept running,” Uhrbom said. “I’ve coached Geno since sixth grade when kids said ‘hey this kid’s fast and we need to talk to him.’ We…

Prep Boys Soccer: Lumberjacks, Hilltoppers Pick Up Wins; Hawks, Rails Settle for 1-1 Draw

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton stayed undefeated while Duluth Marshall picked up its second win of the season. Hermantown battled back to tie with Proctor.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team continued its hot start on Saturday, getting the 3-1 win over Grand Rapids to improve to 6-0. Elijah Aultman, Jordan Aultman and Drake Schramm all scored for the Lumberjacks while Ian Salmela scored for the Thunderhawks. In other prep boys action, Duluth Marshall got a big 6-5 road win over Superior. Brendan…

UMD Men’s Basketball Holds In-Person Youth Skills Camp

The Bulldogs held their first in-person skills camp of the season on Saturday morning after doing virtual camps all summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over the past few months, we’ve seen most things take place virtually, including a lot of sports camps. The UMD men’s basketball team put out multiple video series over the summer to help young players sharpen their skills. Now, they’re finally returned to the court for some in-person training. The Bulldogs held their first in-person camp on…

American Indian Movement Twin Ports Holds Basketball Tournament Fundraiser

This is the first fundraiser the group has held and the money raised will go towards continuing their programs of helping the homeless, giving them food, water, blankets and more, as well as helping them get other services they may need. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, the American Indian Movement held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser. This is the first fundraiser the group has held and the money raised will go towards continuing their programs of helping the homeless, giving them food, water, blankets and more, as well as helping them get other services they may need. “There’s a lot of…

Coaches Corner: MFCA President Chuck Ross

For this week's segment, we hear from the president of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with the Minnesota Football Coaches Association president Chuck Ross, following the announcement that the MSHSL will be revisiting their decision to move the high school football season to the spring. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

UMD’s Justin Wieck Pushing to Get All Student-Athletes Registered to Vote

Wieck is taking on several sports challenges to get those teams to register 100 percent of their players.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the general election just 46 days away, UMD men’s basketball coach Justin Wieck is doing whatever he can to make sure every Bulldog is registered to vote, even play some football. Wieck posted a video on Twitter Thursday of him putting on football pads for the first time in his life to go one-on-one with the…

Ashland Football Team Preparing Ahead of Season Opener

Ashland will open the 2020 season next Friday, Sept. 25 on the road against Merrill. 

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Ashland football team is just over a week into practices and is ready for game day. “You don’t really appreciate something until you can’t do it for a while and we haven’t been able to really get together for a while and now that we’re back together it’s been a lot of fun. It’s kind of…

WIAC Suspends Winter Sports Through End of Calendar Year; UWS, Northland College Hockey Teams Impacted

This impacts UWS and Northland College men's and women's hockey as they will not being able to play games wntil at least January 1st of 2021.

MADISON, Wis. – In the past month, the local college hockey scene has taken a major hit. The UMD teams might be able to play in a few months. St. Scholastica won’t be able to get on the ice until 2021. And Friday, we have an update for UW-Superior and Northland College. The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced that all…

CEC Boys Soccer Tops Duluth East in Battle of Unbeatens

It's the Lumberjacks first win ever over the Greyhounds, who suffered their first loss of the season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Elijah Aultman scored the lone goal for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team as they held on for the 1-0 win over Duluth East Thursday afternoon at Bromberg Field. It’s the Lumberjacks first win ever over the Greyhounds, who suffered their first loss of the season. CEC will look to keep rolling Saturday when they face Grand Rapids,…

Hermantown Student Council Looking to Promote School Spirit

The school's homecoming was moved to the spring due to the pandemic so the plan was to create a positive atmosphere with decorations and signs all across the school.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – How much school spirit do you have? That’s the question being asked by the Hermantown student council. The school’s homecoming was moved to the spring due to the pandemic so the plan was to create a positive atmosphere with decorations and signs all across the school. Council president Amanda Lawless says it’s a much needed boost for…

Former CSS Goalie Lexi Thomeczek Named Top 30 Finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

The St. Louis native was a four-year starter at CSS and holds nearly every program record for goalies.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former St. Scholastica goalie Lexi Thomeczek has been named a top 30 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the first Saint to make it that far in school history. The St. Louis native was a four-year starter at CSS and holds nearly every program record for goalies. The selection committee will now select nine…

MN Football Coaches Association President Chuck Ross Talks Possible Fall Restart

The MFCA has been instrumental in pushing for a return to the field for high school teams across the state.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Football Coaches Association has been instrumental in pushing for a return to the field for high school teams across the state. MFCA president Chuck Ross spoke about what the organization was doing behind the scenes to persuade the MSHSL to reconsider their decision to move football to the spring. “About, I would say, two weeks…

MSHSL Schedules Meeting to Discuss Restarting Football, Volleyball Season

The meeting will take place Monday, September 21st at 9 a.m.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – After a nearly four-hour workshop meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota State High School League has scheduled a special meeting for Monday morning at 9 a.m. with one agenda item: reconsider placement of fall activities seasons, in this case football and volleyball. This comes as communities across the state continued their push for the league to reconsider…

Proctor’s Trevor Lindberg Commits to UW-River Falls Football Team

Last season as a junior, Lindberg ran for over 800 yards and found the endzone seven times.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor’s Trevor Lindberg announced Tuesday on his Twitter account that he has committed to joining the UW-River Falls football team. Last season, the bruising back ran for over 800 yards and found the endzone seven times, helping the Rails win four of their last six games, including the Hammer Game against rivals Hermantown and a first round…

Former Bulldog, Hermantown Native Jared Thomas Signs with ECHL’s Florida Everblades

The Hermantown native spent this past season with the Tulsa Oilers, where he tallied 31 points in 50 games.

ESTERO, Fla. – Former UMD men’s hockey standout Jared Thomas has signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. The Hermantown native spent this past season with the Tulsa Oilers, where he tallied 31 points in 50 games. Thomas is entering his fourth season of playing pro hockey after helping the Bulldogs win their second-ever national title back in 2018….

Pick Your Own Cream of the Crop at Farmer Doug’s Pumpkin Patch

The Hoffbauer Farm is located at 3361 Lindahl Road in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Farmers battled against a dry growing season in the Northland, but it didn’t stop one local farm from producing a good quality yield of pumpkins this fall. “We know that sooner or later the frost is going to come for keeps,” said Doug Hoffbauer, owner of Hoffbauer Tree Farm. At Farmer Doug’s farm, Mother Nature gets the…

MSHSL Looking Into Possible Fall Restart for Football, Volleyball Seasons

The MSHSL's next official meeting is set for October 1st.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Back in early August, the Minnesota State High School League moved both the football and volleyball seasons to the spring. Needless to say, a lot of people were not happy with that decision. But now it seems like that decision could be re-visited, and maybe even reversed. During their workshop meeting Tuesday afternoon, the MSHSL discussed…

Former UMD Star Jenny Potter, I-Falls Native Dean Blais Among Inductees for U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Also joining Potter and Blais are Boston College men's hockey head coach Jerry York and Wisconsin men's hockey head coach Tony Granato.

EVELETH, Minn. – This week, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was announced. And out of the four inductees, two of them have ties to the Northland. Former UMD women’s hockey star Jenny Potter is part of the class, thanks to a very successful playing career that saw her win a national championship with the Bulldogs in…

Duluth Marshall Girls Tennis Get Home Sweep Over Superior

The Hilltoppers would only drop six sets total in their four singles matches.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall girls tennis team swept Superior Tuesday afternoon. Here are the final results: Singles: No. 1 – Meredith Boettcher, Duluth Marshall def. Jillian Reuille, Superior, 6-0 , 6-0 No. 2 – Brenna Bollins, Duluth Marshall def. Anna Downs, Superior, 6-2 , 6-0 No. 3 – Danica Mark, Duluth Marshall def. Brooke Hendry, Superior, 6-2 ,…

Hermantown Girls Soccer Earn Comeback Road Win Over Duluth Denfeld

The Hawks have won back-to-back game and they'll look for their third in a row Thursday when they host Esko.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hermantown girls soccer team rallied from down 2-1 late in the second half to pick up the win 3-2 over Duluth Denfeld Tuesday night at Public Schools Stadium. The Hawks have won back-to-back game and they’ll look for their third in a row Thursday when they host Esko. Categories: High School, Sports

Fall Practices Begin for Carlton Volleyball, Two Harbors Football

According to MSHSL regulations, football and volleyball teams will have a maximum of 12 sessions that must be completed by October 3rd.

CARLTON, Minn. – After the MSHSL announced that football and volleyball Would be moved to the spring, Coaches and players were left wondering What they would be doing in the meantime. The answer: practice, but just not to prepare for any games in the near future. The Carlton volleyball team was one of several teams across the Northland to hold…

Proctor Girls Soccer Pick Up First Win of the Season vs. Two Harbors

A three-goal second half would be the difference as the Proctor girls soccer team defeated Two Harbors 4-1

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A three-goal second half would be the difference as the Proctor girls soccer team defeated Two Harbors 4-1 Monday night. Kelsey Tangen scored twice for the Rails, while Emma Terhaar and Jessica Haedrich scored the other two goals. The win is the first of the season for Proctor, who will take on Duluth East Friday night….

Former UMD Star Jenny Potter Named to USA Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020

The four-time U.S. Olympian and three-time All-American helped the Bulldogs win the 2003 national championship.

EVELETH, Minn. – Former UMD women’s hockey star Jenny Potter has been named to the U.S.A. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The four-time U.S. Olympian and three-time All-American helped the Bulldogs win the 2003 national championship and was inducted into UMD’s Hall of Fame in 2017 as the program’s all-time leading scorer. A formal ceremony for the Class…

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Returns Home from WNBA Bubble

Gustafson will be back home for about ten days as she will head to Poland to continue playing basketball during the WNBA's off-season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Port Wing native and Dallas Wings forward Megan Gustafson returned home Monday after spending the past few months in the WNBA bubble down in Florida. The South Shore High School alum appeared in nine games for the Dallas Wings, who missed out on advancing to the WNBA playoffs. The 23-year-old says although the season didn’t go as…

Duluth East’s Mattie Thompson Commits to UMD Basketball

Thompson joins current Greyhounds teammate Noah Paulson as future Bulldogs, who announced his commitment on Monday. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East forward Mattie Thompson announced on Twitter this weekend that he has committed to the UMD men’s basketball team. Last season, Thompson averaged 18 points per game while helping lead the Greyhounds to the section 7AAAA final. Thompson also played AAU for the Wisconsin Playmakers. Thompson joins current Greyhounds teammate Noah Paulson as future Bulldogs, who…

Lumberjacks Goalkeeper Gracie Meagher Commits to CSS Women’s Soccer

So far this season, Meagher has made 25 saves through four games as Cloquet-Carlton remains undefeated.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Deciding where you want to go to college is difficult and picking a school to continue your athletic career at is even more difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic has added even more issues. Despite that, many high school athletes are making their commitments, including one local goalkeeper. Cloquet-Carlton goalkeeper Grace Meagher announced this weekend that she’s staying close…

Prep Soccer: Duluth Denfeld, Duluth East Boys, Duluth Marshall Girls Win Big at Home

The Hilltoppers girls and Greyhounds and Hunters boys scored plenty of goals on Saturday while also recording shutouts over their opponents.

DULUTH, Minn. – Goals were flying again on Saturday morning as the Duluth Denfeld boys got the 12-0 home win over Two Harbors. Six Hunters scored their first career goals on Saturday, including Owen Wilcox who finished with a hat trick. Cole Olson, Lukas Mayne, Caden Kuusisto, Gus Haugen, Skyler Fossum and Nick Budney all also scored their first varsity…

Superior Girls Open 2020 Season With Virtual Swimming and Diving Meet

For the virtual swim meet, teams raced at their own schools this weekend and submitted their results to Superior where they then determined the winners.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After the WIAA allowed high schools to make their own decisions on fall sports, Superior moved football and volleyball to the spring but would allow low-risk sports to compete this fall. And on Saturday, the Spartans girls swimming and diving team finally opened the 2020 season, but it looked a little different. Superior hosted the 2020 Spartan…

Coaches Corner: Mike Heffernan

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from St. Scholastica football head coach Mike Heffernan as the Saints returned to the practice field this week. Among the topics discussed are Heffernan’s thoughts on the season being moved to the spring and what his coaching staff plans to do in the meantime. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night…

Grandma’s Marathon Holds In-Person Minnesota Mile

The race had two time blocks with 10 waves of up to 25 people in each block to maintain social distancing.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday night, runners took off for the in-person Minnesota Mile. The race had two time blocks with 10 waves of up to 25 people in each block to maintain social distancing. Grandma’s Marathon held an in-person Park Point 5-Miler back in July and followed a similar format for this race. “The feedback we got, even from…

Centricity Credit Union Members Celebrate New Hermantown Turf Field

Centricity Credit Union donated $1 million to Hermantown schools to help them build a new turf field, which was completed in late August.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – On Friday, members of the Centricity Credit Union visited the new Hermantown turf field for the first time. Centricity Credit Union donated $1 million to Hermantown schools to help them build a new turf field. The field was completed in late August and the first game was played on Thursday night, so Hermantown invited members over on…

UMD Hockey Coaches Talk Delayed Start to the Season

Both coaches also agreed that the joint statement from the 11 Division I hockey conferences was important to instill confidence that some form of hockey will happen this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, we found out that the start of the season for the UMD men’s and women’s hockey teams will be delayed. We caught up with both head coaches as they weighed in on the decision. “I think we all knew a delay was inevitable. Obviously we’re still hoping because things change daily, weekly and monthly it seems….

Registration Still Open for Duluth Girls Hockey Association

Registration will wrap up on September 25th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The state of Minnesota is #1 in the country in total female hockey players with over 14,000, which is over 3,000 more than the next closest state. Minnesota also is consistently one of the top states in churning out Division I women’s hockey players. Local youth hockey organizations are a big reason why. In the Northland, registration…

Hermantown Girls Soccer Win Home Opener vs. Hibbing

It was the Hawks' first win of the season and they'll look for back-to-back wins Tuesday against Duluth Denfeld.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – In their first game at Centricity Stadium at Corey Veech Memorial Stadium, the Hermantown girls soccer team blanked Hibbing 8-0 Friday night. It was the Hawks’ first win of the season and they’ll look for back-to-back wins Tuesday against Duluth Denfeld. Categories: High School, Sports

Northern Elite Training Facility Introduces Northland’s First-Ever SkateMill

The Northern Elite Training Facility, which opened just a few weeks ago, has the Northland's first-ever SkateMill, which is a treadmill for skates.

DULUTH, Minn. – Training methods for hockey have come a long way in the past few decades. But now, a new facility has a device that is sure to be a game-changer for any and all hockey players. The Northern Elite Training Facility, which opened just a few weeks ago, has the Northland’s first-ever SkateMill, which is a treadmill for…

Proctor Cross Country Team Sweeps Boys and Girls Races at Superior Triangular

Proctor took first place for boys and girls, while Superior took second and Duluth Marshall was third with no score.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior cross country team hosted a triangular meet Thursday at the Superior Municipal Forest Disc Golf Course, along with Duluth Marshall and Proctor. First place in the boys race went to the Rails’ Josh Knight, who crossed the finish line at 18 minutes and 27 seconds. The Hilltoppers’ Keegan McAullife was the top girls finisher and…

Prep Boys Soccer: Hawks, Hunters Winners on Home Turfs

Big wins on Thursday for the Hermantown and Duluth Denfeld boys soccer teams.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – David Rutka would score twice as the Hermantown boys soccer team won their first ever game at Centricity Stadium 4-0 over Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon. Evan Bjorlin and Aydyn Dowd also scored for the Hawks. Thunderhawks goalie Chris Pederson finished with 11 saves. In other prep boys soccer action, Xavier Decker scored four goals while Joe Eklund…

College Hockey Delayed Due to COVID-19

(FOX 9) – The start of the 2020-21 college hockey season is being delayed due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hockey Commissioners Association, which represents the 11 Division I men’s and women’s hockey conferences, announced the delay Thursday. The HCA says each conference will announce details on game schedules, including the start dates, individually. “The 11 Division I men’s and…

Delayed Start Announced for UMD Men’s, Women’s Hockey Seasons

The NCHC is aiming to begin competition "on or after November 20", while the WCHA did not have a set date.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a joint statement from all Division I men’s and women’s hockey conferences, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Thursday that the upcoming 2020-2021 season will be delayed. The NCHC is aiming to begin competition “on or after November 20”, while the WCHA did not have a set date. Season ticket…

2021 Grandma’s Marathon Races to Be Held at Half Capacity

Registration will be open on October 1st at 7 p.m. central time and organizers expect it to fill up fast.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past year saw big changes for Grandma’s Marathon. The race was cancelled for the first time ever and runners were allowed to participate virtually. As for next year’s event, the plan is that it will be back to in-person, but with a few changes. The 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon and the William…

Snesrud’s Hat Trick Helps Cloquet-Carlton Girls Top Proctor

The Lumberjacks improve to 3-0 on the season as they will face Duluth East on Thursday.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Sophomore Alexa Snesrud finished with a hat trick as the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team knocked off Proctor 5-1 Tuesday afternoon at Egerdahl Field. The Lumberjacks improve to 3-0 on the season as they will face Duluth East on Thursday. Categories: High School, Sports

Northwestern Football Holds First Practice of 2020

The Tigers will play just seven games this year and will open the 2020 season on the road against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Sept. 25. 

MAPLE, Wis. – After a long wait, it’s finally football season in Wisconsin. “It means so much to us to finally get out here and to actually have a senior season because of so much up in the air and it’s great to finally get out here,” Northwestern senior fullback Brennen Werner said. “These kids have been working hard for…

Superior’s Carter Fonger, Northwestern’s Colin Trautt Named to Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch Award Watch List

The award is given to the top senior running back in the state of Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. – Superior’s Carter Fonger and Northwestern’s Colin Trautt have been named to the watch list for the Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch Award, which is given to the top senior running back in the state of Wisconsin. Last year, Fonger finished with 454 yards for the Spartans along with four touchdowns, while Trautt led the Tigers with over 1,000 yards…

Fall Practices Underway for Superior Boys Soccer Team

This year's squad will look a lot different after losing a very strong senior class.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week, Wisconsin high school sports that fall under the higher risk category can begin practices for the fall season. And that means it’s time to hit the pitch for the Superior boys soccer team. It was about a two-week delay to the start of practices for the Spartans, who used that time getting familiar with the…

Duluth East’s Noah Paulson Commits to UMD Men’s Basketball Team

In his junior campaign, he averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game.

DULUTH, Minn. – Being able to go to college right in your backyard is a dream from many high school athletes. Well that dream became a reality for Duluth East’s Noah Paulson. The Greyhounds big man announced Monday that he has committed to joining the UMD men’s basketball team. In his junior campaign, he averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and…

Local Athletic Communications Departments Get Creative During Pandemic

Without live sports every day, athletic communications departments at CSS and UWS are getting creative to keep their content fresh and keep their communities engaged.

DULUTH, Minn. – As athletes and coaches have had their seasons taken away over the past few months, athletic communications departments have been the ones to tell the public. “It’s absolutely terrible. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to put together. It’s something that can be a very short release and a very short post but I…

Wilderness Youth Teams Get Back on Ice With NAPHL Event

The NAPHL's fall league gives U18 and U16 players the chance to practice, develop and compete before their high school seasons. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness are part of the North American Prospects Hockey League’s new fall league. The wilderness U18 is in its second year while this is the first year for the U16s. The Heritage Center hosted the first of three events this year for the NAPHL’s fall league, giving U18 and U16 teams the chance to practice,…

Coaches Corner: Zach Otto-Fisher

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

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from UWS women’s basketball head coach Zach Otto-Fisher following the UMAC’s announcement that winter sports will be cancelled through the end of 2020. Other topics discussed include the impact on recruiting, as well as how the Yellowjackets will get ready during the fall. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy,…

Lumberjacks Soccer Trio Take a Knee to Protest Racial Injustice, Social Inequality

We spoke with seniors Mireye Mooose and Katelyn Kelley, as well as junior Ilei Benson, about what this past week has been like for them.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team started off their season with two wins this past week. A trio of players also decided that they would take a knee during the national anthem to bring attention to racial injustice and social inequality. We spoke with seniors Mireye Mooose and Katelyn Kelley, as well as junior Ilei Benson, about what…