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Noah Cates, Four Seniors Will Return Next Season for UMD Men’s Hockey Team

Along with the return of Cates, Matt Anderson, Louie Roehl, Kobe Roth and Koby Bender will all be back with team as fifth-year seniors.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, the UMD men’s hockey team said good-bye to three of their top forwards on the team. Nick Swaney, Jackson Cates and Cole Koepke all signed NHL deals and fans expected to hear about more Bulldogs going to the pros. But that won’t be the case. This week we learned that team captain Noah Cates will…

‘The Back Alley’ Provides Surfing Goods for Growing Northland Sport

Within the last two years, the back alley was made a reality.

DULUTH, Minn. — “Just in the last five years it’s really starting to spike up,” Back Alley Owner, Jerome Fischer says. That growth led Jerome Fischer and his family to purchase this building in Lincoln Park “For the last eight to ten years we’ve kind of been doing pop-ups and different events for the community,” Fischer says. Within the last…

St. Scholastica Baseball Sweep Northland College With One-Run Wins

Eight runs were scored in the ninth inning alone as Matt Tautges's RBI single gave CSS the 9-8 walk-off win in Game Two.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica baseball team needed a pair of nail-biting performances to sweep a doubleheader against Northland College Tuesday at Wade Stadium. In Game One, the LumberJacks got off to a great start with a 3-0 lead. But the Saints would rally to win 5-4. And in Game Two, eight runs were scored in the ninth inning…

Additional Changes Announced for Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

If runners decide to opt out, they will have until May 1st to sell their bib or switch to the virtual option by June 1st.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, Grandma’s Marathon released more details about what race weekend will look like. In addition to the half capacity limits, races will have a rolling start and large crowds are strongly discouraged, which cancels the “Rock the Big Top” post-race celebration. Details on social distancing guidelines and health screenings were also announced, but the plan still needs…

“Marathon On Ice” Documentary Now Available for Public Viewing

The documentary chronicles the 1996 Class A state semi-finals between Apple Valley and Duluth East

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The movie “Marathon on Ice” is now ready to be viewed by the public. The documentary chronicles the 1996 Class AA state semi-finals between Apple Valley and Duluth East, which is widely considered the greatest high school hockey game of all time. “One of the biggest things about it was that it was five overtimes, but nobody…

Washburn Volleyball Team Wins Division Two State Championship

This is Washburn's second-ever state title with their first coming back in 2000.

WASHBURN, Wis. – What a weekend for the Washburn volleyball team. Not only did they finish their season undefeated, but they also brought home the school’s second-ever state championship. The Castle Guards captured the Division 2 title for the alternate spring season defeating top-seed Brodhead in four sets after winning the state semi-finals in a five-set thriller. Washburn had lost…

Minnesota Boxing Returns This Weekend in Hinckley

Saturday's event hopes to be a springboard for the return of many tournaments this summer, including the Golden Gloves tourney.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first boxing card in Minnesota in nearly 13 months will be taking place this weekend in Hinckley. The event will be closed to fans as boxers, coaches and officials will be allowed to attend. It will be a test event so if all goes well, promoters will be allowed to get back to holding boxing events….

Sarah Hurst Leads Duluth Girls Lacrosse to Victory in Head-Coaching Debut

Sarah Hurst was named the hew head coach of the team just a month and a half ago.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, the prep girls lacrosse season began for teams all across the Northland. It was also the start of the head coaching career for the leader of the Duluth Wolfpack. Sarah Hurst was named the hew head coach of the team just a month and a half ago. She says she’s been out of the game…

Little Wild Learn to Play Program Returns to Heritage Center for Seventh Season

The program is designed for first-time boys and girls hockey players ages five to nine, and teaches them the basics of skating by a few UMD women's hockey players.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2021 Little Wild Learn to Play program returned to the Heritage Center on Sunday evening, which is in partnership with the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Hockey, and is in its seventh season. It’s designed for first-time boys and girls hockey players ages five to nine, and teaches them the basics of skating and hockey. The kids…

UMD Baseball Splits Doubleheader With University of Mary

Trevor Gustafson belted his first home run of the season for the only Bulldogs run in game two.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball team came out strong in the first game to get the 5-1 win but the bats went silent in the second game as the University of Mary got the 14-1 win as the teams split the nonconference doubleheader. In game two, Trevor Gustafson was the lone bright spot as he hit a solo…

UWS Tennis Sweeps Crown College

The Yellowjacket men did not drop a single game during the match, while the women improved to a perfect 2-0 in UMAC play.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior tennis teams made quick work out of Crown College on Sunday, as both the men and the women got the 9-0 sweeps. The UWS men did not drop a single game during the entire match, cruising to their second UMAC win of the weekend. The Yellowjackets improve to 6-3 (2-1) UMAC. Head to the UWS…

Esko Baseball Tops Eveleth-Gilbert for Second Straight Win

Noah Furcht picked up his first win of the season on the mound while Jax Ochis went 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs. 

ESKO, Minn. – The Esko baseball team used a six-run fifth inning to get the 11-4 home win over Eveleth-Gilbert on Saturday. Noah Furcht picked up his first win of the season on the mound and also hit his first home run of the year. Jax Ochis went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI. Esko improves to 2-0 on the season and…

Superior Football Tops La Crosse Logan in Final Home Game

The Spartans improve to 3-1 on the spring season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior football team stood tall on defense on Saturday, getting the 13-12 win over La Crosse Logan in their final home game of the spring season. The Spartans improve to 3-1 and are scheduled to play at Sparta on Friday, April 23. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth Boys Lacrosse Drops Season Opener to White Bear Lake

Tyler Smith scored twice while Logan Lian and Caleb Keenan each scored once.  

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth boys lacrosse team battled early but couldn’t hang on late in their season opener, as White Bear Lake got the 9-4 road win. Tyler Smith scored twice while Logan Lian and Caleb Keenan each scored once. Duluth will look for its first win of the season on Tuesday hosting Grand Rapids. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD Football Returns to Field Against Michigan Tech in Spring Scrimmage

The Bulldogs will head to Minnesota State-Mankato next Saturday for the final scrimmage of the spring.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team returned to Malosky Field for the first time since November 2, 2019 on Saturday, hosting Michigan Tech in a spring scrimmage. The teams scrimmaged 7-on-7 to start and then played a full game. The scrimmage gave young players the chance to get some playing experience while all three quarterbacks took snaps under center…

Superior’s Ava Rue Suits Up for Freshman Football Team

Rue plays slotback and cornerback for the Spartans, who will host La Crosse Logan on Saturday at noon in the final home game of the spring season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Choosing to play football was an easy decision for freshman Ava Rue, so much so that she decided to try out for the Superior ninth grade team instead of playing softball. “In 7th grade my friends were talking about it and it sounded like fun so I decided to join so I did in eighth grade. I’d…

Duluth Marshall Baseball Tops Two Harbors for Garramone’s First Coaching Victory

The Duluth Marshall baseball team built an early lead and held on to it until the end.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall baseball team built an early lead and held on to it until the end as they got their first win of the season over Two Harbors 15-5 in five innings Friday night at Wade Stadium. It was also the first career head coaching victory for head coach Nick Garramone. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High…

Prep Softball: Cloquet, Hermantown Pick Up Bounce-Back Wins

It was a great day on the diamond for the Lumberjacks and the Hawks.

DULUTH, Minn. – In prep softball action, Cloquet would hold off a late rally from Duluth East as the Lumberjacks hold on for the win 16-10 Friday afternoon at Ordean Field. Brenna McClarey, Dana Jones, Brynn Martin, Roena Diver and Justice Paro had multiple hits for the Lumberjacks. In other action, it was Hermantown squeaking by Cambridge-Isanti 9-7. Categories: Friday…

UMD Football Return to Action for First Time in Nearly Two Years with “Spring Showdown”

The game will have a similar format to inter-squad spring games in the past with no live special teams plays and situational opportunities for both teams.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the UMD football team returns to action for a special “Spring Showdown” scrimmage with Michigan Tech. The game will have a similar format to inter-squad spring games in the past with no live special teams plays and situational opportunities for both teams. The difference this time around is that the players will be seeing a…

GNK’s Geno Uhrbom Commits to University of North Dakota

Ehrbom wrapped up his prep career winning the Section 7A championship for the fourth straight year.

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Greenway-Nashwauk/Keewatin’s Geno Uhrbom has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his running career at the University of North Dakota. He will compete in cross country and track for the Fighting Hawks. Uhrbom is a two-time cross country state champion and is also the defending state champ in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Ehrbom wrapped…

UMD Men’s Hockey Look Back on 2021 Season, Look Ahead to Future

The Bulldogs believe that sometimes, you can learn more from a defeat than you can from victory.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past season for the UMD men’s hockey team didn’t end the way they wanted it to. The Bulldogs made it to their fourth straight Frozen Four, but they were denied the chance for a third straight title After falling to UMass in the national semi-finals. It was their first loss in the NCAA tournament since the…

Hindermann, Duluth Denfeld Baseball Walk Off at Home Against Grand Rapids

It is the second straight game the Hunters win in walk-off fashion as they start their season 2-0.

DULUTH, Minn. – Owen Hindermann would hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Andy Larson as the Duluth Denfeld baseball team knocked off Grand Rapids 4-3 Thursday afternoon at Wade Stadium. It is the second straight game the Hunters win in walk-off fashion as they start their season 2-0. Categories: High School, Sports

St. Scholastica Softball Sweep Doubleheader Over Finlandia in Return to Kenwood Field

CSS returned home for the first time in nearly two years and swept their doubleheader over Finlandia.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica softball team returned home for the first time in nearly two years and swept a doubleheader over Finlandia Thursday afternoon at Kenwood Field. Haley Rosenthal struck out six batters in five innings of work as the Saints blanked the Lions 11-0 in Game One. And in Game Two, Heidi Stewart would hit the walk-off…

UMD Football Team to Host Michigan Tech for “Spring Showdown”

The Bulldogs will take on Michigan Tech Saturday at Malosky Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team have made some changes to this weekend’s “Spring Showdown”. It will be down to just two teams as Northern Michigan and Bemidji State have dropped out. That means the Bulldogs will take on Michigan Tech Saturday at Malosky Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Hibbing Baseball Outlasts Duluth Marshall in 12-Inning Thriller

The Bluejackets rallied from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning to push the game to extras, where they would eventually pick up the road win.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Hibbing baseball team got two inside-the-park home runs in the top of the 12th inning as they top Duluth Marshall in extras 12-10 Wednesday night at Wade Stadium. The Bluejackets rallied from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning to push the game to extras, where they would eventually pick up the road win. Categories: High…

UWS Soccer Teams Earn Home Shutout Wins over Crown

Both Yellowjacket soccer teams blanked the Storm at home on Wednesday afternoon.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Freshman Allison Alessi scored twice as the UW-Superior women’s soccer team blanked Crown 4-0 Wednesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. Niya Wilson and Kaitlyn Raisch also scored for the Yellowjackets, who improve to 4-0 on the season. On the men’s side, UWS scored seven goals in the first half as they knocked off the Storm…

Duluth Marshall’s Declan Hutchinson Commits to St. Michael’s Nordic Ski Team

Hutchinson says he will major in bio-chemistry.

DULUTH, Minn. – The state of Vermont is home to two things: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Bernie Sanders. It also has some great ski slopes, which was a great selling point for a local high school Nordic skier. Wednesday, Duluth Marshall’s Declan Hutchinson signed his National Letter of Intent to join the St. Michael’s Nordic ski team. It…

UMD Forward, Hermantown Native Cole Koepke Signs Two-Year Deal with Tampa Bay

Koepke will join the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL for the remainder of the season on a professional tryout agreement.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the UMD men’s hockey season all wrapped up, the next order of business is finding out who is sticking around for next season and who is moving on. So far this week, Nick Swaney and Jackson Cates inked NHL deals, and another forward is also heading to the pros. Tuesday, junior Cole Koepke signed a two-year…

Big Bats Key to Early Success for UWS Baseball Team

The Yellowjackets aren't relying solely on the long ball, but instead have focused on just stringing together good at-bats.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior baseball team abused the scoreboard this past weekend in their sweep over North Central. The Yellowjackets combined to score 21 runs in both games and earlier this season, UWS hit 16 home runs in a four game series against Northland College. Now they aren’t relying solely on the long ball, but instead have focused on…

Busy Barker’s Island Marina Helps Anglers, Boaters Prepare for Summer Season

Barker's Island Marina is Seeing an Influx of Business as Boaters Prepare to Hit the Water

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Minnesota fishing opener casts off on Saturday, May 15th this year, with the Wisconsin opener on May 1st. Aside from inland fishing, owners of big boats are also preparing for the warmer months ahead, and a new season on the big lake. Currently, the environment at Barker’s Island Marina is filled with excitement as the weather…

Visitors Enjoy Indoor Golf Simulator at Caddy Shack Duluth

The simulator has multiple different courses from around the world and you can play nine or 18 holes. The simulator also tracks and analyzes your swing to help those looking to improve their skills.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Caddy Shack Indoor Golf and Pub gives anyone the chance to come inside and practice your swings. “You’re playing real golf, you’re just hitting into the screen, that’s the only difference. It’s real golf balls, real golf clubs, We have easier courses to start and teach you or you can practice driving, you can do chipping,…

UWS Men’s Soccer Team Talk Travel Issues Caused by Pandemic

The Yellowjackets have nine international players currently on their roster and each one had to make difficult decisions about playing this season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The pandemic has caused numerous issues for sports teams over the past year, especially in regards to travel. And that’s hit especially close to home for the UWS men’s soccer team. The Yellowjackets have nine international players currently on their roster and each one had to make difficult decisions about playing this season. That meant having to…

UMD’s Jackson Cates Signs with Philadelphia Flyers

Jackson was invited and participated in the Flyers annual summer development camp back in 2019.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – UMD junior forward Jackson Cates has signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stillwater native increased his scoring each year in a Bulldogs uniform. He will join the team right away. This past season, Cates finished with 27 points in 28 games, helping UMD reach the Frozen Four. In total, he racked up 64 points…

Proctor/Hermantown’s Alyssa Watkins Commits to Bemidji State Women’s Hockey

Watkins will join teammate Ella Anick, who committed to Bemidji State back in the fall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Before the start of the Class A girls hockey tournament, Proctor/Hermantown’s Alyssa Watkins had no offers to play Division I hockey, despite being 15th in the entire state in total points scored. Then after scoring seven goals in the playoffs, including the overtime game-winner that gave the Mirage their first-ever state title, Watkins is now set to…

UMD’s Nick Swaney Talks Joining Minnesota Wild Organization

Swaney will report Wednesday to the Iowa Wild and spend the rest of the season there.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, UMD standout Nick Swaney signed his first pro contract to join the Minnesota Wild. The Lakeville native says even with the choice of an extra year of eligibility, he felt that this was the right time to begin his professional career. “I think everyone at Duluth, too, knew that if I had the chance…

Essentia Health Makes Generous Donation to NYBA, Starks Academy

The partnership has been years in the making thanks to the work of Starks Academy found Dyami Starks, whose motto is giving local youth the opportunity to learn life skills through the lens of basketball. 

DULUTH, Minn. –  All year-round, the Northland Youth Basketball Alliance, along with Starks Academy, put on several fundraisers to help raise money for their various community programs. And on Monday, they got a very generous donation from a local organization. Essential Health presented them with a check for $5,000 during a special event at the Encounter Youth Center. The partnership…

Long Layoff Not An Issue for St. Scholastica Women’s Tennis Team

The Saints are scheduled to be back in action on Friday hosting Bethany Lutheran. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica women’s tennis team are back in action and midway through their 2021 season. The Saints were part of the long list of spring sports teams who had their seasons wiped out last year due to the pandemic, so the goal now is to get back into the swing of things following the long layoff….

Northland College’s Chelsea Meierotto Named UMAC Volleyball Coach of the Year

The LumberJills made huge strides under their second-year head coach, including a fifth-place finish in the conference, their highest since 2012.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Monday, Northland College’s Chelsea Meierotto was named UMAC volleyball Coach of the Year. The LumberJills made huge strides under their second-year head coach, including a fifth-place finish in the conference, their highest since 2012, as well as hitting the .500 mark on their record for the first time since 2009. Meierotto, who played four years at…

St. Scholastica’s Jessica Remer Named UMAC Player of the Year, Alcia Draper Wins Defensive POTY Honors

Remer and Draper helped CSS end the shortened spring season with a 7-1 record.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Scholastica’s Jessica Remer has been named UMAC Player of the Year. The sophomore outside hitter led the conference in kills per set and was top ten in hitting percentage. The Saints also took home another award as Alcia Draper was named Defensive Player of the Year after leading the UMAC in digs per set. Remer and…

Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens Named Top-5 Finalist for Ms. Basketball Award

The winner will be announced at the Minnesota High School All-Star Game on April 24th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens has been named a finalist for the Ms. Basketball Award, which is given to the best senior basketball player in the state of Minnesota. The Utah commit wrapped up her career with the Hilltoppers scoring a state-record 67 points in her final career game, which allowed her to finish fifth on the all-time…

St. Scholastica Men’s Soccer Using Spring Season to Prepare for Transition to MIAC This Fall

The Saints are ready to make one final push at a UMAC title this spring while also preparing for a different type of competition in the fall in the MIAC.

DULUTH, Minn. – After months of training and practicing, the St. Scholastica men’s soccer team returned to the pitch this past week and are currently 2-0. While they’re hoping for some success this spring, the Saints are already focused on next fall. CSS will make the transition next season to the MIAC. The Saints said they are glad to have…

Nick Swaney Signs One-Year, Entry-Level Contract With Minnesota Wild

Swaney will report to the Iowa Wild of the AHL for the remainder of the season. He's the first current Bulldog to sign a professional contract this offseason.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey senior forward Nick Swaney has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild, the organization announced on Sunday. Swaney will report to the Iowa Wild of the AHL on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the season with his entry-level contract starting in the 2021-22 season. The alternate captain finished his…

UWS Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Bethany Lutheran, Men Win in Overtime

Olivia Harding scored the game-winner for the women while Blake Perry scored the game-winner for the men as both Yellowjackets squads stayed unbeaten.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Olivia Harding scored her first collegiate goal in the 80th minute to give the Wisconsin-Superior women’s soccer team the 1-0 win over Bethany Lutheran. The Yellowjackets had multiple chances that just went wide, making Harding’s the only goal of the match. Morgan Philliber made her third straight start in net and made one save. UWS improves to…

UWS Baseball Dominates Offensively in Doubleheader Sweep of North Central

The Yellowjackets scored 21 runs total in Saturday's doubleheader sweep.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin-Superior baseball team had a big afternoon at the plate on Saturday, getting the 10-1 and 11-10 wins over North Central to sweep the doubleheader. In the first game, the Rams got on the board in the first but then the Yellowjackets took over, including six runs in the third inning. Bryce Flanagan went 2-for-4 with…

Prep Softball: Proctor, Duluth East Win Home Openers

The Rails also got the 10-0 win over Two Harbors earlier in the day to improve to 3-0 on the season, while the Greyhounds used a 15-run first inning to win their season opener.

PROCTOR, Minn. -The Proctor softball team returned home in a big way on Saturday, getting the 6-2 win over Grand Rapids. The Rails also got the 10-0 win over Two Harbors earlier in the day to improve to 3-0 on the season. In other prep softball action, Duluth East scored 15 runs in the first inning to get the 17-1…

Wilderness Fall at Home to Minot

Jacob Herter and Mikol Sartor would each score goals.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Jacob Herter and Mikol Sartor would each score goals, but it wouldn’t be enough as Minot picks up the road win over the Minnesota Wilderness 6-2 Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UWS Softball Split Doubleheader with Northwestern

The Yellowjackets improve to 8-6 on the season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After an 8-3 loss in the first game of the doubleheader, the UW-Superior softball team got a walk-off single off the bat of Hailee Halgeorge that gave the Yellowjackets a 5-4 win Friday at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The Yellowjackets improve to 8-6 on the season. Next up is a series Sunday at home against Northland…