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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

Cloquet’s Sam Baker Commits to Florida Gulf Coast Men’s Golf Team

Baker is coming off a junior year that saw him lead the Lumberjacks to their first state title in program history, including a top medalist finish in Class AA.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Thursday, Cloquet’s Sam Baker signed his National Letter of Intent to join the men’s golf team at Florida Gulf Coast University. Baker is coming off a junior year that saw him lead the Lumberjacks to their first state title in program history, including a top medalist finish in Class AA. Baker credits his family and friends for…

Greenway Volleyball Drops State Quarterfinal Match to Sauk Centre

The Raiders will face Cannon Falls in the consolation bracket Friday morning at 11 a.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In the Class AA volleyball state quarterfinals, the Greenway volleyball team were defeated by Sauk Centre 3-1 Thursday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. The Raiders will face Cannon Falls in the consolation bracket Friday morning at 11 a.m. Categories: High School, Sports

Moose Lake-Willow River’s Natalie Mikrot Officially Commits to Minnesota Crookston Women’s Basketball

Last season, Mikrot became the Rebels' all-time leading scorer in program history.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – This week, Moose Lake-Willow River’s Natalie Mikrot officially committed to playing basketball at Minnesota Crookston. Mikrot led the Rebels in scoring as a junior, posting over 23 points per game to go along with three assists and three steals, as well as knocking down 52 three pointers. Last season, she also became the program’s all-time leading…

Virginia’s Rian Aune Signs NLI for Southwest Minnesota State Women’s Basketball

The Blue Devils point guard averaged 13 points, four rebounds and four assists last season as a junior.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Wednesday, Virginia’s Rian Aune signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Southwest Minnesota State women’s basketball team. The Blue Devils point guard averaged 13 points, four rebounds and four assists last season as a junior. Aune is also closing in on her 1,000th career point at Virginia. Categories: College, High School, Sports

UW-Superior’s Bellamy, Mooney Take Top Men’s Soccer Honors from UMAC

Bellamy was named Rookie of the Year, while Mooney took home his third Coach of the Year honor.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s soccer team picked up two major awards from the UMAC. Freshman defender Josh Bellamy was named Rookie of the Year after scoring six goals and four assists, including the game-winning goal in the UMAC championship game. Joe Mooney is your UMAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career after leading…

Duluth East’s Smith, Benson, Carlson Make NLI Signings Official

A trio of Gryehounds signed their National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday afternoon, Duluth East had three signings on National Signing Day. Tyler Smith will be joining the Rockhurst men’s lacrosse team in Kansas City, while Elaina Benson won’t be going too far as she committed to the UMD women’s soccer team. “It just felt like home. I went to a lot of colleges for the recruiting process…

Trio of Duluth Denfeld Athletes Commit to Local Schools

Hannah Hovland is heading to UMD, while Logan Nylund and Kamryn Hill are going across the bridge to UWS.

DULUTH, Minn. – On the first day of National Signing Day, a trio of Duluth Denfeld put pen to paper on their college committments. Hannah Hovland and Logan Nylund will be joining first-year head coaches as Hovland has signed with UMD softball and Nylund will head across the bridge to join the UWS baseball team. “He was filling me in…

St. Scholastica Men’s Basketball Drops Season Opener to UW-River Falls

Senior Jack Silgen led the way with 22 points.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior Jack Silgen led the way with 22 points, but the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team dropped their season opener to UW-River Falls 77-76 in overtime at the Reif Gym. The Saints will look to bounce back with a road trip to Northwestern on Saturday. Categories: College, Sports

Superior’s Jakob Kidd, Jeffrey Olson Sign with Different UMAC Soccer Teams

Jakob Kidd signed his National Letter of Intent to join the UWS men's soccer team and Jeffrey Olson is taking his talents to Ashland as he'll suit up for Northland College.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A pair of Superior boys soccer teammates will be playing on opposite sides of the pitch in the UMAC. Jakob Kidd signed his National Letter of Intent to join the UWS men’s soccer team and Jeffrey Olson is taking his talents to Ashland as he’ll suit up for Northland College. Kidd finished his senior year second in…

Grand Rapids Volleyball Advances to Class AAA State Semi-Finals

The Thunderhawks move on to face top seed Marshall in the state semi-finals. That match will take place Friday at 5 p.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In the Class AAA volleyball state quarterfinals, Grand Rapids knocked off Monticello 3-1 at the Xcel Energy Center. The Thunderhawks move on to face top seed Marshall in the state semi-finals. That match will take place Friday at 5 p.m. Categories: High School, Sports

Cloquet’s Dana Jones Signs with Winona State Softball, Katie Turner Joins Northern Michigan Women’s Soccer

Cloquet had a pair of Lumberjacks make their commitments official on National Signing Day.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Wednesday afternoon, Cloquet had a pair of Lumberjacks make their commitments official on National Signing Day. Dana Jones signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Winona State softball team. She described the moment she signed and made things official as exhilarating. “I mean I’m obviously shaking. I’m so excited. Coach Jones down there, kind of…

Hibbing’s Ayden McDonald Commits to Augustana Men’s Basketball

Ayden is the 11th member of the legendary McDonald family to play at the college level, which includes his dad and head coach Joel McDonald.

HIBBING, Minn. – On the first day of the National Signing period, Hibbing’s Ayden McDonald signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Augustana men’s basketball team. Ayden is the 11th member of the legendary McDonald family to play at the college level, which includes his dad and head coach Joel McDonald. “It wouldn’t have been possible without my…

NFL Fines Packers, Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard for Violating League COVID-19 Rules

(FOX 9/Fox TV Digital Team) – The NFL has fined the Green Bay Packers $300,000 and franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers as well as wide receiver Allen Lazard $14,500 each for violating the league’s COVID-19 rules. The move follows controversial comments Rodgers made last week about why he didn’t get vaccinated for COVID-19, despite previously saying publicly that he was “immunized.”…

UMD Women’s Basketball Team Eyeing Bigger Goals, Deeper Run in NCAA Tournament

The Bulldogs are coming into the season as the preseason favorites to repeat as NSIC champions.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday afternoon, the UMD women’s basketball team hosted Media Day at Romano Gym. The Bulldogs are coming into the season as the preseason favorites to repeat as NSIC champions. But this squad feels like they are capable of more, including a deeper run in the NCAA tournament. “Just not being complacent with what we have accomplished within…

Young, Experienced Roster Returns for UMD Men’s Basketball Team

All five starters from last season, who each averaged over 12 points per game, will be back for UMD, as well as the vast majority of their bench so depth will be a big key to the team's success.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team is coming off a season that saw a lot of growing pains with one of the youngest squads in the NSIC. But with that came valuable experience, especially for the sophomores who just went through the first full offseason of their college careers. “Freshman year is tough. You’re away from your family….

UW-Superior Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener to UW-Stout

Kaelyn Christian led the Yellowjackets with 14 points. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior women’s basketball team struggled to get much going offensively, as UW-Stout got the 76-44 win to open the 2021 season. Kaelyn Christian led the Yellowjackets with 14 points. UWS will head to Eau Claire this weekend for the UW-Eau Claire Tip-Off Tournament this weekend. The Yellowjackets will face hots UW-Eau Claire on Friday at 8:00…

Defense Puts UMD Football in Driver’s Seat for NCAA Tournament Berth

Saturday's win over Augustana puts the Bulldogs in 7th place in the super regional rankings as they are now in full control of their playoff destiny.

DULUTH, Minn. – Going into their game against Augustana, the UMD football team knew they had to get a win if they wanted any shot at an NCAA tournament berth. Not only did they beat the Vikings, but it wasn’t even close. The Bulldogs got off to a monster start and never looked back as they picked up a home…

UWS Women’s Soccer Team Sweeps Top UMAC Honors

Superior native Niya Wilson was named Player of the Year, while Allison DeGroot takes home Coach of the Year honors for third straight season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UWS women’s soccer team wrapped up their most successful conference season ever by sweeping the top honors from the UMAC. Superior native Niya Wilson was named UMAC Player of the Year after finishing eighth in the country in goals. Senior Erin Schoborg is your Defensive Player of the Year and freshman goalkeeper Jenna Lang was named…

Stiff Competition at State Tournament Awaits MIB Football Team

The Rangers will face fifth-ranked Fertile-Beltrami in the quarterfinals Thursday night in Grand Rapids.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – State football tournaments kick-off this week and Mountain Iron-Buhl is back in the 9-man bracket after a dominant win in the section title game. The Rangers come in with just one loss on the season and are riding a five-game win streak. But now the competition gets tougher as they’ll face fifth-ranked Fertile-Beltrami in the quarterfinals….

Grand Rapids Football Team Motivated by Preseason Injuries to Senior Captains

The Thunderhawks will face Orono in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. Kick-off Thursday at Osseo High School is set for 7 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The Grand Rapids football team is getting set for its first trip to the state tournament since 2006. And it wasn’t easy as they had to knock off previously unbeaten North Branch in the section title game. And it came during a year when they lost two of their four senior captains before the season even…

Cloquet’s Kruse, Grand Rapids’ Mvogo Earn MVP Honors at All-Star Soccer Game

Kruse and Mvogo helped their respective teams pick up wins in penalty shootouts.

DULUTH, Minn. – At the Essentia Health All-Star Soccer Game, the girls match needed penalty kicks after finishing with a 1-1 tie. Team Grey would go on to defeat Team Blue 3-2 as Cloquet’s Caley Kruse was named MVP. In the boys match, they would also need penalty kicks as their game ended in a 3-3 tie. Team Grey would…

UW-Superior Soccer Teams Learn NCAA Fates During Selection Show

The women will face St. Catherine while the men will battle Washington University.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After winning their first-ever UMAC championship on Saturday, the UW-Superior women’s soccer team found out on Monday where they’re heading for the NCAA tournament. And it’s not that far as UWS will face top-seeded St. Catherine in the St. Paul regional. The MIAC champion Wildcats have won all seven all-time matches against the Yellowjackets, with the most…

Northern Star: Addy Ranta

For this week's segment, we feature a Superior cheerleader who has the chance to represent the Northland on the national stage as a member of the National Cheerleading Association All-American Team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cheerleading wasn’t the first choice for Superior senior cheerleader Addy Ranta. “I didn’t make the volleyball team so it all started because I didn’t make that and I said well I guess I can try cheer,” Ranta said. Ranta, who also has a background in dance, has now been cheering since the winter season her freshman season…

UMD Women’s Cross Country Finishes Second at NCAA Central Regions to Earn Trip to NCAA Championships

This will be the Bulldogs' first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2017 and 10th overall.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s cross country team finished second at the NCAA Central Regions on Saturday to earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA DII Championships. This is the Bulldogs’ first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2017 and 10th overall. The second place finish is their highest regional finish since 2016. UMD was led by First-Team NSIC…

Northland Volleyball Teams Learn State Pairings

Grand Rapids received the No. 5 seed in class AAA while South Ridge and Greenway are unseeded in their receptive brackets.

DULUTH, Minn. –  The volleyball state tournament begins next week at the Xcel Energy Center and three Northland teams are still in the hunt for state titles. Here’s a look at those teams’ quarterfinal matchups: CLASS A: South Ridge vs. No. 1 Mayer Lutheran. Thursday, 11/11 @ 5 p.m. CLASS AA: Greenway vs. No. 3 Sauk Centre. Thursday, 11/11 @…

Football State Quarterfinal Matchups Announced

Mountain Iron-Buhl, Deer River, Moose Lake/Willow River, Esko and Grand Rapids all learned their first round state opponents.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five Northland teams will begin their 2021 state tournaments next week as quarterfinals begin on Thursday. Here’s a look at the first round matchups for the Northland teams still in the hunt for state titles: NINE-MAN: Mountain Iron-Buhl vs. Fertile-Beltrami. Thursday, 11/11 @ 6 p.m. in Grand Rapids CLASS A: Deer River vs. New York Mills. Friday,…