Sports

Hoffman’s Lone Goal Pushes Duluth East Boys Past Duluth Denfeld

The Greyhounds out-shot the Hunters 14-3 as they improve to 3-0 on the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kai Hoffman scored the lone goal in the second half as the Duluth East boys soccer team held on to beat Duluth Denfeld 1-0 Friday afternoon at Ordean Stadium. The Greyhounds out-shot the Hunters 14-3 as they improve to 3-0 on the season. Categories: High School, Sports

Denfeld Boys Soccer Team Looking to Bring Attention to Social Justice Issues

We spoke with seniors Xavier Decker and Keegan Chastey about when they decided to make that powerful statement.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week during their home opener, four members of the Duluth Denfeld boys soccer team took a knee during the national anthem, which came with a lot of reaction from social media. We spoke with seniors Xavier Decker and Keegan Chastey about when they decided to make that powerful statement, as well as head coach Scott Anderson…

Prep Soccer: Cloquet-Carlton Girls Squeak By Marshall; Hermantown Boys Victorious Over Proctor

Thursday night meant big wins for the Lumberjacks girls and Hawks boys soccer teams.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Katie Turner would score the go-ahead goal in the first half as the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team held on for the 2-1 win over Duluth Marshall Thursday night at Bromberg Field. Brenna Mattson also scored for the Lumberjacks while Baamlak Haugen scored for the Hilltoppers. In other prep soccer action, the Hermantown boys soccer team got two…

Minnesota Wilderness to Host NAPHL Fall League

The event is designed to give U18 and U16 teams the ability to play in a league, before the start of the high school hockey season.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness are partnering with the North American Prospects Hockey League to host their fall league. The event is designed to give U18 and U16 teams the ability to play in a league, before the start of the high school hockey season. “They get an opportunity to be in front of a lot of…

Duluth East Boys Soccer Score Early and Often in Home Opener vs. Two Harbors

Eight different players scored a goal for Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kai Hoffman and Jack Mitchell each scored twice as the Duluth East boys soccer team blanked Two Harbors 10-0 Wednesday night at Ordean Stadium. Jackson DesCombaz, Max Tomczyk, Mason Klassen, Duncan Zentz, Mason Branstrator and Beckett Sherman also scored for the Greyhounds, who improve to 2-0 on the young season. Categories: High School, Sports

UMAC Announces Spring Schedule Updates for Fall Sports

The conference has tentatively rescheduled the UMAC men's and women's golf championship for April 29th.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – UMAC schools in the Northland received more clarity Wednesday in regards to what the spring season will look like for fall sports. And it’s putting coaches and players at ease while they train until then. Let’s start with football as their season will be four games in six weeks. The teams will be split into two…

CSS Volleyball Team Begins Sand Volleyball Tournament

The team says they are excited about the latest UMAC update on the return of their season in the spring.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica volleyball team jumped in the sand Wednesday for the start of a special three-on-three tournament at the Skyline Social & Games in Duluth. They’re calling it “Queen of the Court” and points will continue to be recorded, even as the team transitions back to indoor play. “We’re just a court team, but I thought…

Prep Girls Soccer: Lumberjacks, Hilltoppers Open Season with Shutout Wins

Cloquet-Carlton and Duluth Marshall each started their seasons off with wins at home.

CLOQUET, Minn. – It was a good start to the season for the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team as they got the shutout win at home in their season opener 5-0 over Esko. Ilei Benson scored twice for the Lumberjacks while Katie Turner, Alexa Snesrud and Brenna Mattson also scored for Cloquet-Carlton. In other action, Baamlak Haugen and Maren Friday each…

Onewheel Riders Express Passion For The Adventurous Activity

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From hiking to biking, Northlanders are doing all they can this summer to experience the great outdoors and keep somewhat sane amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One small group in the area is branching out with a need for speed, and a passion for sightseeing on one wheel. “If you’re ever bored, you’ll never be bored again,” said Eric Hester, a…

UMAC Suspends Winter Sports Through End of 2020

Non-conference competition remains at the discretion of UMAC schools and will not be governed by the conference.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The UMAC released additional updates regarding their fall sports season, which included moving low risk sports like golf and cross country to the spring. And we’ve got another update on Tuesday, this time involving winter sports. The UMAC has suspended all conference competition through the end of 2020. This impacts men’s and women’s basketball, as well…

Prep Boys Soccer: Hilltoppers, Hawks Tie; Lumberjacks Stay Unbeaten

The Duluth Marshall and Hermantown boys soccer teams battled to a stalemate Monday afternoon as their match ended in a 2-2 tie.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marshall and Hermantown boys soccer teams battled to a stalemate Monday afternoon as their match ended in a 2-2 tie. In other action, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton stay undefeated on the young season as they top Proctor 8-2 at Egerdahl Field. Drake Schramm led the Lumberjacks with three goals. Categories: High School, Sports

Amid Fall Cancellation, Practices Begin for CSS Men’s Soccer Team

To freshen up the monotony of practices, the Saints are planning to hold intra-squad games throughout the fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, all fall sports teams at St. Scholastica reported to campus for the start of practices in a lost season for the Saints, that includes the CSS men’s soccer team. The Saints are one of several teams, including football and volleyball, who had their fall season postponed until the spring. But now with no preseason…

Hayward United Drops Season Finale to Eau Claire

Hayward United finishes the season 2-7-1. 

HAYWARD, Wis. – Hayward United wrapped up the regular season at home on Sunday but was not able to get much done against the league leaders, as Eau Claire Bateaux FC got the 3-1 win. There are no playoffs this year due to COVID-19, so Eau Claire is the 2020 WPASL Champion. Hayward United finishes the season 2-7-1. Categories: Sports

Goalies Inc. Holds Skills Camp at AMSOIL Arena

Goalies Inc. has been holding camps in the Northland for the past six years, but this is the first time they've used AMSOIL Arena for their two-day camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – For most athletes, summer is the time to attend camps to learn something new and sharpen their skills before their seasons start back up. And this weekend, a special camp is taking place at AMSOIL Arena for goaltenders. Goalies Inc., a goaltending and power skating camp based out of Marquette, Michigan, returned to the Northland this weekend…

Dyami Starks Talks NBA Strike, Racial Injustice in the Northland

We spoke with Duluth native Dyami Starks about his reaction to the news and how the "uncomfortable discussion" about racial injustice needs to take place.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, professional sports has been turned upside-down as teams across the country are not playing games in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We spoke with Duluth native Dyami Starks about his reaction to the news and how the “uncomfortable discussion” about racial injustice needs to take place. Categories: Professional Sports,…

Marshall’s Merlea Mrozik Commits to UW-River Falls Women’s Basketball

Mrozik was a key member of the Hilltoppers team that made it to state last season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall’s Merlea Mrozik announced Thursday that she has committed to joining the UW-River Falls women’s basketball team. The senior says that before she came to Marshall, she didn’t think she would continue her playing career at the next level. But a great tour of the campus and some conversations with her coaches out her at ease…

Denfeld Girls Soccer Win Season Opener Behind Two Goals from Hill

The Hunters will be back in action on September 11th against rivals Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior Kamryn Hill scored twice in the season opener to help Duluth Denfeld blank Proctor 3-0 Friday afternoon at Public Schools Stadium. Cora Samuelson chipped in with a penalty shot in the second half to help the cause. The Hunters will be back in action on September 11th against rivals Duluth East. Categories: High School, Sports

Jungle Boy Boxing Gym Now Offering MMA Classes

The classes are open to all ages and all levels of experience in an attempt to expand the popularity of the sport in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The pandemic has led many people to take up new hobbies to fill their time. Things like knitting. yoga and even mixed martial arts. The Jungle Boy Boxing gym is now offering classes for those who want to learn MMA. The instructors include longtime UMD and Superior wrestling coach Bill Gedde and Air Force veteran Adam Linn,…

Prep Boys Soccer: Hilltoppers, Lumberjacks Win Season Openers

Brendan Friday scored two goals in the opener for Duluth Marshall.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Sophomore Brendan Friday scores two goals as the Duluth Marshall boys soccer team held on for the 2-1 win over Proctor Thursday night at Egerdahl Field. Earlier in the day, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton scored early and often as they knocked off Two Harbors 13-1 in their home opener at Bromberg Field. Drake Schramm led the Lumberjacks with four goals….

NFL Teams Cancel Practice in Response to Blake Shooting

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Several NFL teams canceled practice in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin. The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, and Washington Football Team all decided to not take the field Thursday. Blake was shot by police, apparently in the…

Friends of Mark Sertich Remember Their Time On The Ice With “Sertie”

Sertie would play hockey several times per week, all the way up until his passing

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth lost another legend this week as the world’s oldest hockey player Mark Sertich, passed away Monday morning at the age of 99. Sertie would play hockey several times per week, all the way up until his passing, which always surprised people who had heard of him and even the people who got the…

World’s Oldest Hockey Player Mark “Sertie” Sertich Passes Away

Sertie became the Guinness World Record-holder for oldest hockey player at age 95 and still played at the Heritage Center multiple times a week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sad news to report as Duluth native and the World’s Oldest Hockey Player Mark “Sertie” Sertich passed away on Monday morning. Just last month, friends and family surprised Sertich with a drive-by birthday parade to celebrate his 99th  birthday. “His popularity he has is just amazing. Everyone that meets him just instantly likes him and they admire…

CSS Golf Continuing Practice Despite Canceled Season

Just one day after the UMAC announced that golf would be postponed to the spring, the Saints were out on the course getting some practice rounds in.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, the UMAC said golf would be one of two sports to compete this fall in a conference-only schedule. But on Monday, the conference announced the postponement of both golf and cross country to the spring. But the St. Scholastica golf team is putting in the work now to stay ready. Just one day after the…

North Shore Adventure Park Gives Visitors a Thrilling Challenge

North Shore Adventure Park has been open for a little over a year and has multiple courses for anyone to try.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – North Shore Adventure Park is challenging people of all ages. “It’s about climbing in the trees, it’s about challenging yourself. “We have a little rascals playground for kids 3-6. It’s enough for them to practice and it’s only about 6 inches to a foot off the ground. I’m 69 and I challenge any senior out there…

Duluth East Girls Soccer Team Warned Of Potential COVID-19 Case

The Greyhouds were scheduled to open their season on Thursday against Cloquet but that game has been postponed due to the 14-day quarantine.

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 has learned that members of the Duluth East girls soccer team are under a 14-day quarantine after a member of the team came in contact with a positive COVID-19 case. In a letter sent out to families by the district lead nurse, the athlete had contact with the positive case on August 20th and 21st….

Former Duluth East Standout Cody Carlson Announces Transfer to Weber State

Carlson has spent the past three seasons at Concordia-St. Paul where he averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth East basketball standout Cody Carlson announced on his Twitter that he is transferring to Division I Weber State. Carlson has spent the past three seasons at Concordia-St. Paul where he averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game this past season. His senior year at East, Carlson averaged 19 points per game. Carlson will have…

Former UMD Captain Parker Mackay Signs With Graz99ers in Austria

Mackay spent this past season with the Texas Stars where he scored two goals in 28 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain and 2019 Frozen Four MVP Parker Mackay is headed to Austria and has signed with the Moser Medical Graz99ers. After leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships, Mackay signed with the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate, where he scored two goals in 28 games. The Graz99ers play in the Austrian…

Cloquet Cross Country Team Preparing for Unique Season

The Lumberjacks will open the 2020 season on Sept. 3.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cross country will still be happening this fall in Minnesota as it was one of the four sports approved to play by the MSHSL. While things may look different, teams like Cloquet are just ready to get started. The MSHSL guidelines state that teams can compete in a maximum of seven meets and they’ll be much smaller…

UMAC Postpones Golf, Cross Country Seasons; No Fall Sports This Year for UWS, CSS

Last month, the UMAC announced the postponement of high-risk sports to the spring but would allow low-risk sports to compete in conference only schedules. Now, no fall sports will take place.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, the UMAC announced the postponement of high-risk sports such as football, volleyball and soccer and moved those seasons to the spring, but allowed low-risk sports such as golf and cross country to compete in conference only schedules. But on Monday, the conference announced that no sports will be happening this fall. The cross country and…

Hilltoppers Girls Tennis Opens Season With Win Over Lumberjacks

Duluth Marshall got the 4-3 win over Cloquet in the first official MSHSL sporting event since March.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In the first sanctioned MSHSL sporting event since March, the Duluth Marshall girls tennis team got a narrow 4-3 win over Cloquet. The Hilltoppers got wins in 1, 2 and 3 singles and 2 doubles. In 1 singles, Meredith Boettcher defeated Addie Loeb in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Duluth Marshall will take on Duluth East at Longview…

UWS Athletics Hires Recipient of NCAA Ethnic Minorities and Women in Sports Grant

UWS was one of the schools selected to receive the grant from the NCAA, which funds a two-year internship enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in athletics.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the years, more women have been emerging in the sports world in roles like broadcasting and media, marketing, training and even coaching. Now, through a grant with the NCAA, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping give more women the opportunity to work in sports. UWS was one of the schools selected to receive an Ethnic Minorities…

Inaugural Week of Giving Challenge Begins for CSS Athletics

Now through Saturday, people can donate to support any of their 22 different varsity programs or to the general athletic department.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday marks the first day of the inaugural College of St. Scholastica Athletics Week of Giving challenge. Now through Saturday Aug. 29, people can donate to support any of their 22 different varsity programs or to the general athletic department. The donations will provide student-athletes with different resources they need like trips, apparel and equipment. The CSS…

Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Player Raises Funds to Help Others Play as Well

12-year-old Nathan Easty sold sporting goods outside of his home on Saturday to raise money for scholarships to play basketball.

DULUTH, Minn. – A 12-year-old basketball player in the Salvation Army’s Rookie Basketball Association raised funds to help others afford the chance to play on Saturday. Nathan Easty is the youngest of five brothers who have all played in the Rookie Basketball Association where their father is also a coach. So when Nathan had an idea to help fellow basketball…

Huskies Second Annual Golf Scrambles Raises Money to Support the Team

Last year, the Huskies donated the money raised to the Poplar Volunteer Fire Department. This year, the Poplar Golf Course suggested the money raised go back to the Huskies after their season was canceled.

POPLAR, Wis. – Things were pretty quiet this summer in Duluth as the Huskies canceled their season due to COVID-19. Not only did we not get any baseball but the team was also not able to bring in much money. So on Saturday, the Huskies ditched the baseball bat for a golf club to raise some money. Saturday was the…

Denfeld Alum CJ Ham Earning Veteran Status on Vikings Roster

Back in March, Ham signed a four-year extension with the Vikings worth $12 million.

EAGAN, Minn. – Everyone loves a great underdog. And the Northland has one of their own in Minnesota Vikings fullback CJ Ham. The Denfeld alum is once again suiting up for another season with the purple and gold, and is an important piece of the team’s rushing attack. Ham says his mindset hasn’t changed since his rookie year, when he…

Condensed Schedule Not An Issue for Duluth Marshall Girls Soccer Team

The Hilltoppers will open their season September 1st at home against Duluth East.

DULUTH, Minn. – As we hear from high school teams across the Northland, one thing is certain about the fall sports season: it’s going to be different. But different doesn’t have to be a bad thing, according to the Duluth Marshall girls soccer team. The Hilltoppers, like all other teams, will be playing a condensed and localized schedule with just…

In-Person Option Available for Minnesota Mile, Fitger’s 5K

The Minnesota Mile will take place on Friday, September 11th, while the Fitger's 5K will take place on September 12th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Mile and Fitger’s 5K races will have an in-person option for this year’s races. This comes after the success of the Park Point 5-Miler. The races will have block segments with 10 waves in each block. The Minnesota Mile will take place on Friday, September 11th, while the Fitger’s 5K, which was originally scheduled back…

NCAA Approves Blanket Eligibility Waiver for Fall Sports Athletes

Even athletes who compete this fall will be eligible for an extra year under the new rule.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA has approved a blanket waiver that will grant an extra year of eligibility to all fall sports athletes. Even athletes who compete this fall will be eligible for an extra year under the new rule. The extension of eligibility for fall athletes follows a similar measure approved by the NCAA earlier this year with spring…

Remembering Swannie: Former Softball Players Talk Memories of Coach Swanson

Over 100 people were in attendance, including former softball players who each had their own memories with Coach Swannie.

DULUTH, Minn. – The funeral for Denfeld Hall of Famer Dick Swanson took place Thursday at Wade Stadium, which is right next door to the fields that bear his name. Over 100 people were in attendance, including former softball players who each had their own memories with Coach Swannie. Swanson had 347 career wins in softball, which included eight conference…

Superior High School to Move Football, Volleyball Seasons to the Spring

Superior volleyball will begin practices during the week of February 22nd, while the football team will start the week of March 8th.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior athletic director Ella Olson announced Thursday that the football and volleyball seasons will be moved to the WIAA’s alternative season in the spring. Girls golf, tennis, swim and dive and boys and girls cross country will begin on time in the fall. Boys soccer will take place in the fall with practices beginning on September 7th….

From Volleyball to Tennis: Duluth East’s Natalie Goetzman Finds Silver Lining in Fall Schedule Changes

Instead of playing volleyball this year, Goetzman will play high school tennis for the first time in her career.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this month, the Minnesota State High School League announced that the volleyball season would be moved to the spring. And for Duluth East senior Natalie Goetzman that news was tough to hear. “To me, it’s like a special season. It’s important. It’s my senior year and all that. So when I heard it got pushed back,…

Northwestern HS, HON Conference Moving Forward with Fall Sports Season

The Tigers, along with the entire Heart O' North conference, are moving forward with the fall sports season, which includes conference only schedules for all sports.

MAPLE, Wis. – High schools in Wisconsin have until September 1st to decide if they will play this fall or move their seasons to the spring. One team that won’t be waiting until then is Northwestern. The Tigers, along with the entire Heart O’ North conference, are moving forward with the fall sports season, which includes conference only schedules for…

Hawks Excited for Debut of Centricity Stadium at Corey Veech Memorial Field

The first-ever game on the new turf field will be September 1st as the boys soccer team will host Duluth Marshall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Centricity Stadium at Corey Veech Memorial Field will be complete by the end of the week, just in time for the start of the fall sports. And although the season will look different with football being moved to the spring, the Hawks view the field as something to look forward to. “The sting is still there. It’s…

Remembering Swannie: Denfeld Coaches Talk Legacy of Dick Swanson

Swanson passed away this past weekend at the age of 71.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Denfeld community is in mourning this week after the passing of Hunters Hall of Famer Richard Swanson. We spoke with a half dozen coaches who worked with Coach Swan, including assistant coaches Dick Bellamy and Tim Utt, former JV girls basketball coach Debbie Schowalter, former head football and girls basketball coach Frank Huie, head cross…

Fall Practices Begin for Duluth Denfeld Boys Soccer Team

The Hunters are one of several teams who will get things started this week, which includes tryouts and getting protocols squared away.

DULUTH, Minn. – The day has finally arrived. After five months of uncertainty, fall practices for high school sports are underway across the Northland. And that includes an extra motivated Denfeld boys soccer team. The Hunters are one of several teams who will get things started this week, which includes tryouts and getting protocols squared away. Coaches split the field…

UMD Head Coaches Talk NSIC’s Cancellation of Fall Sports

The NSIC says they will continue to explore opportunities to play fall sports in the spring.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD is still buzzing after last week’s announcement from the NSIC that all fall sports would be cancelled. We spoke head football coach Curt Wiese and women’s soccer coach Greg Cane for the first time since that announcement as they expressed disappointment but understanding in the conference’s decision. “Well given that we had gone through a few…

Denfeld Hall of Famer Dick Swanson Dies After Battle With Cancer

Swanson was inducted into the Denfeld Hall of Fame in 2016, and also coached football and girls basketball.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sad news to report as longtime Denfeld softball coach Richard Swanson passed away Sunday night after a battle with cancer. Swanson had been coaching the Hunters since 1988, recording over 300 wins. He stepped down recently to focus on his fight against liver and pancreatic cancer. Swanson was inducted into the Denfeld Hall of Fame in 2016,…

Grunnah Power Skating Holds Elite Skills Camp

The week-long camp was for elite hockey players 16U and 12U and focused on skating, stick handling and other skills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grunnah Power Skating, a hockey skills training company based out of Chicago, returned to Duluth last week to hold an elite power skating camp at the Heritage Center. The week-long camp was for elite hockey players 16U and 12U and focused on skating, stick handling and other skills. The instructors hoped to help get the kids moving…

Grand Rapids Native Mike Chrsitensen Wins 95th Annual Northland Men’s Invitational

Christensen has been competing in the Northland Invitational since he was 16 and claimed his first title on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 95th annual Men’s Northland Invitational wrapped up on Sunday afternoon and we saw a new winner. It came down to the wire but in the end Grand Rapids native Mike Christensen claimed his first Northland Invitational title by defeating 17-year old Carson Herron.  Christensen has been competing in the invitational for years, so finally getting this…