Professional Sports

Superior Trailblazers Pool League Hosts All-Star Pool Match

The league has about 200 players, but this action features the top eight in a four-on-four showdown.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Trailblazers Pool League hosted their first-ever all-star match Tuesday night at the Top Hat Tavern in Superior. The league has about 200 players, but this action features the top eight in a four-on-four showdown. The event was originally scheduled for back in April, but was postponed a few times due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We…

Nemadji Golf Course Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19

The clubhouse and grill will be closed and check-in will take place through the window of the golf shop.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Nemadji Golf Course announced this weekend that they are adjusting their operations due to a positive case of COVID-19 by one of their staffers. The clubhouse and grill will be closed and check-in will take place through the window of the golf shop. Food orders are to be called in and beverage carts will be out…

In-Person Option Available for Park Point 5-Miler

They will be offering three different three-hour blocks throughout the day that will each include 10 waves of up to 25 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – This year’s Park Point 5-Miler race will still have an in-person option on Thursday, July 16th. They will be offering three different three-hour blocks throughout the day that will each include 10 waves of up to 25 people. You can also run it virtually between July 13th and the day of the race, but you have to…

Halvor Lines Speedway Cancels All Races Through July

The situation will be re-evaluated later this month and they are hoping for a better outlook at that time.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Halvor Lines Speedway has announced that they are cancelling all scheduled events through the month of July. According to their Facebook page, they say after an analysis of all the initial opening costs and the additional costs associated with COVID-19, they can’t afford the financial risk at this time. The post goes on to say that the…

Coaches Corner: Maura Crowell

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

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UMD women’s hockey head coach Maura Crowell about how the pandemic has impacted communication with her team, as well as recruits. Also, Crowell spoke about the PWHPA and what it means to see three of her former players join the organization. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Professional…

Former UMD Goaltender Hunter Shepard Signs Pro Deal

Shepard has signed with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

HERSHEY, Penn. – Former UMD goaltender Hunter Shepard announced on his Twitter page that he has signed his first professional contract with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The Cohasset native helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships as a sophomore and junior, the latter earning the Grand Rapids alum the NCAA Tournament MVP award….

After Months of Waiting, Jungle Boy Boxing Gym Re-Opens

Among the big changes for the gym is the constant wiping down of contact surfaces, as well as splitting up boxers into the three age groups.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Jungle Boy Boxing Gym re-opened this week after months of waiting for restrictions to be lifted. Among the big changes for the gym is the constant wiping down of contact surfaces, as well as splitting up boxers into the three age groups. “So everybody gets a little bit of play in the gym. That’s a big…

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Heads to Dallas to Prepare for Second WNBA Season

The South Shore High School alum flew out of Duluth on Saturday to do some individual workouts in Dallas, before all WNBA players head to Florida in early July for training camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – Port Wing native and former Iowa standout Megan Gustafson flew out of Duluth on Saturday afternoon to head to Dallas to start individual workouts. Gustafson was drafted by the Dallas Wings in the second round of the 2019 draft and was signed by them as a free agent this past February. Gustafson said she’s been doing at…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Still Going On Virtually for Runners, Fans

So far, almost 3,000 people have submitted their times and many more are expected to do the same this weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend was supposed to be Grandma’s Marathon, but due to the pandemic, those plans were cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t be part of the event. Runners can still take part in a virtual version of the race. So far, almost 3,000 people have submitted their times and many more are expected to do…

Former Bulldog Ryleigh Houston to Join Brodt, Rooney in PWHPA

After transferring from North Dakota following her freshman year, Houston played the past three seasons with the Bulldogs, recording 49 points in 105 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD forward Ryleigh Houston has signed on with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. After transferring from North Dakota following her freshman year, Houston played the past three seasons with the Bulldogs, recording 49 points in 105 games. Houston will join former teammates Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney, who also signed with the PWHPA, a non-profit…

Former UMD Women’s Hockey Captain Jalyn Elmes Signs Pro Deal in Sweden

Elmes will see some familiar names in the SDHL as Lara Stalder and Katerina Mrazova also play there.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Jalyn Elmes will begin her pro career overseas in Sweden. The former captain signed a one-year deal with Brynas IF of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. Elmes will see some familiar names in the SDHL as Lara Stalder and Katerina Mrazova also play there. The Manitoba native finished her career ranked 10th in program…

Former UMD Star, Superior Native Brandon Myer Signs Pro Deal in Finland

Myer says he'll head out to Finland later this summer to get ready for the season which begins in the fall.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After wrapping a stellar career at UMD, Superior native Brandon Myer has signed a one-year deal with Lahti Basketball, a pro team from Finland. “Everybody that’s played in this league has loved their experience. I know it is their top league, the top tier in Finland. But it’s also a good stepping stone to if I want…

“Haitian Temptation” Al Sands Talks George Floyd Protests, Racial Inequality in the Northland

Sands also gave examples from his personal experiences of racial profiling in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – On this week’s edition of Friday Night Frenzy, professional boxer Al Sands spoke to FOX 21 about several topics including the George Floyd protests and how the movement has spread across the country. Sands also gives examples from his personal experiences of racial profiling in the Northland. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports, Sports

Heavy on Wrestling Postpones Fortunebaynia III

No dates for next year's event been set.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some tough news for pro wrestling fans as Heavy on Wrestling announced Thursday that their biggest show of the year Fortunebaynia III has been postponed to next year. In a statement on their Facebook page the promotion says: “Because of the amount of travel our talent is required to endure, as well as the sheer size of…

Walz Eases Restrictions With Sports Venues, Youth Sports

Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, may also open at 25 percent capacity, without exceeding 250 people in a single self-contained space. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced phase III of the “Stay Safe MN” Plan, which will begin on June 10. Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios may open at 25 percent capacity. Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, may also open at 25 percent capacity, without exceeding 250 people in a single self-contained space. Walz…

Michael Koppy Runs Fastest Know Time for Superior Hiking Trail

During his run, Koppy raised $7,500 in donations, which he will match.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The full length of the Superior Hiking Trail is 310 miles. To put that in perspective, that’s equivalent to 13 marathons put together. A tough challenge to run, which was accepted by Hermantown native Michael Koppy. The soon-to-be 70-year-old began his quest at 6:24 a.m. last Friday. And Wednesday morning, he came in with a time of…

Twin Ports PDC Announces Dates for Upcoming Camp

Registration will be opened, but on a conditional basis, meaning deposits will be refunded if for any reason the camp is cancelled.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week, the Twin Ports Pro Development Camp announced that this year’s camp will be taking place from July 27th to July 30th at the Superior Ice Arena. Organizers say this year’s installment will obviously have a different look. And there’s a chance some of the pros won’t be able to make it due to the ongoing…

Coaches Corner: “The Last Dance” Reaction

For this week's segment, we get local reaction to "The Last Dance" documentary.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from Northland basketball coaches on their thoughts on the “Last Dance” ESPN documentary. Our guests include Andy Fenske, Tamara Moore, Dyami Starks, CJ Osuchukwu, Derek Anderson and Joel McDonald. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports, Sports

Racing Season Kicks Off at Gondik Law Speedway

Fans showed up in droves to take in their first sporting event in over two months.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – 70 days. That’s how long it has been since the last live sports event took place in the Northland. Until Thursday night as fans got to see some live sports that they’ve been hungry for since the start of the pandemic. After weeks of anticipation, the racing season is finally underway at the Gondik Law Speedway in…

“Last Runner Standing” Sets Up Virtual Version of Race

Runners will try to run just over four miles each hour for as many hours as they can, until there is one runner left standing.

DULUTH, Minn. – This year’s Last Runner Standing race has been postponed to November 14th, but you don’t have to wait until then to get in on the fun. Organizers will hold a virtual version of the race on June 6th. It will take place on Zoom as runners will try to run just over four miles each hour for…

Gondik Law Speedway Prepping for Social Distancing Guidelines

It is still recommended that spectators wear face masks and for those who can't make it, a pay-per-view live stream will be available.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The racing season will finally be underway as the Gondik Law Speedway will kick things off Thursday night with the Minnesota Mod Nationals. But first, the speedway had to prep for a new way to enjoy the races. Organizers have spent the past 24 hours getting ready to follow social distancing guidelines. That includes marking spots in…

Former UMD Captain Sidney Morin Signs Contract Extension with SDHL

Morin tallied 49 points in her first season with the HV-71.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD women’s hockey defenseman Sidney Morin signed a one-year contract extension with the HV-71 of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL). Morin tallied 49 points in her first season with the HV-71 and her third season in the league. The HV-71 is the top team in the league. Morin served as team captain her final season…

Gondik Law Speedway Holds First Practice of Season

Speedway workers got to work quickly on Wednesday night after the Safer at Home order was lifted to get the track ready for this weekend.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Gondik Law Speedway held its first practice of the year, allowing racers to return to the track, and fans could come and watch. Racers said they weren’t quite sure when they would finally be able to hit the track, so for one local racing family, they were pretty surprised to hear that they could get back out…

Minnesota Whitecaps Re-Sign Duluth Marshall Girls Hockey Coach Amanda Boulier

This will be her third straight year with the Whitecaps and fourth in the NWHL.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Newly-appointed Duluth Marshall girls hockey head coach Amanda Boulier has signed a one-year deal to return to the Minnesota Whitecaps. This will be her third straight year with the Whitecaps and fourth in the NWHL. This past season, Boulier was second in the media balloting for NWHL Defender of the Year, finishing third in the league in…

Gondik Law Speeway to Open Racing Season with Minnesota Mod Nationals

The 15th annual event was supposed to be held down in Ogilvie, Minnesota, but they can't due to the state's extended COVID-19 restrictions.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Gondik Law Speedway announced Friday their first event of the 2020 racing season will be the Minnesota Modified Nationals. The 15th annual event was supposed to be held down in Ogilvie, Minnesota, but they can’t due to the state’s extended COVID-19 restrictions. So now, the races are relocated to Superior. Practices will be held on Wednesday…

Gondik Law Speedway to Open After Court Strikes Down Stay-at-Home Order

The speedway is planning to have a practice this weekend and kick off their racing season next week.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With last night’s stunning news in the state of Wisconsin, which among other thing lifted the restrictions on mass gatherings, what does this mean for the Gondik Law Speedway in Superior? Well drivers might be able to start their engines very soon. Thursday, organizers met with officials from Douglas County to make sure there wasn’t any local…

Duluth Native, Former Bulldog Andy Welinski Reacts to AHL Cancellation

The former UMD Bulldog currently mans the blueline for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the NHL continues to find a way to get back on the ice, earlier this week its top minor league system, the American Hockey League cancelled the remainder of their season, including the playoffs. Duluth native Andy Welinski was among those who were told to stay home. The former UMD Bulldog currently mans the blueline for…

ALS Fishing Tournament To Be Held Virtually

Results will be submitted through the app FishDonkey, which is based in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – As several future events are forced to pull the plug due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament is still going forward with a twist. This year’s installment will be held virtually as anglers can participate from any body of water that is open for public fishing. Results will be submitted through the app…

Northland Sports Page Radio Show Talks Coronavirus Impact

The trio of Brian Prudhomme, Dave Cook and Topher Davis have transitioned to YouTube, churning out shows every Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – When the coronavirus impacted players and teams across the area, the Northland Sports Page radio show was also hit hard as they were taken off the air. But the trio of Brian Prudhomme, Dave Cook and Topher Davis have transitioned to YouTube, churning out shows every Saturday. Here’s how you can listen: The Northland Fan YouTube page…

Former Mirage Star Sophie McGovern Signs Pro Deal with Finland Team

McGovern just finished her final year at Norwich University, finishing second in the country with 44 points.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Former Proctor/Hermantown hockey star Sophie McGovern has signed a pro deal with a team in Finland. She has signed on with TPS of the Naisten Liiga. McGovern just finished her final year at Norwich University, finishing second in the country with 44 points. She would wrap up her career with the Cadets ranked fourth all-time in points…

Pro Career in Limbo for Former UWS Soccer Star Eric Watson

Watson was set to make his debut when the league he was playing in cancelled their entire season.

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – After graduating from UWS back in December and wrapping up his career as the program’s all-time leading scorer, Eric Watson went across the pond to begin his quest to play professional soccer. Unfortunately, his journey hit a major bump in the road with the coronavirus pandemic. Back in March, Watson was in England after signing with…

“The Last Dance” Documentary Brings Back Memories for Hibbing’s Joel McDonald

McDonald ran into three-time NBA champion Toni Kukoc back in 2009 during a trip in Croatia.

HIBBING, Minn. – This past weekend, “The Last Dance” documentary aired episodes five and six, which included a look into how Croatian basketball legend Toni Kukoc became part of the Chicago Bulls. And that brought back memories for a local basketball coach. Back in 2006, Hibbing boys basketball coach Joel McDonald was in Croatia and he briefly ran into Kukoc…

Duluth Native CJ Ham Offers Advice to Undrafted Players

The Vikings fullback went undrafted out of Augustana in 2016.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, 255 players were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, but hundreds more didn’t get to hear their name called out. Duluth native CJ Ham knows all about that feeling. In 2016, he went undrafted out of Augustana. But that didn’t deter him from his dreams of playing in the NFL. “I was at least…

Heavy on Wrestling Hit Hard by Pandemic Restrictions

This past weekend was supposed to be their show "Renaissance", which was scheduled to take place at the Clyde Malting Building in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Professional wrestling has taken a major hit with the inability to have live shows. And that includes our local promotion: Heavy on Wrestling. This past weekend was supposed to be their show “Renaissance”, which was scheduled to take place at the Clyde Malting Building in Duluth. But that had to be cancelled and according to owner Dave…

Coronavirus Leaves Northland Racing Season Up in the Air

With "Stay-at-Home" orders keeping everyone away from the tracks, local venues have had to change their plans.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – We are just a few weeks out from the start of the Northland stockcar racing season and with “Stay-at-Home” orders keeping everyone away from the tracks, local venues have had to change their plans. In Superior, the Gondik Law Speedway was hit hard by Governor Tony Evers’ order that extends through May 26th. That means all of…

Grandma’s Marathon Winner Boniface Kongin Stranded After Race Cancellation

As an elite runner, he relies on winning races to provide for himself and his family back home.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the cancellation of Grandma’s Marathon, it has left last year’s winner Boniface Kongin stranded in Duluth and in a dire financial situation. The man known affectionately as “Bones” recently returned to Duluth after having to drop out of the Los Angeles Marathon due to an injury. And now because of the coronavirus, he can’t return to…

Duluth Native, Vikings Fullback CJ Ham Talks Contract Extension, Quarantine Life

The Denfeld alum is currently in self-isolation like everyone else as he awaits news on the upcoming season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The coronavirus quarantine has impacted people from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school baseball player, a college hockey player or a professional football player like Duluth native CJ Ham. The Vikings fullback is currently in self-isolation like everyone else as he awaits news on the upcoming season. Ham spoke about the…

Tamara Moore Talks History-Making Hire with Norsemen Men’s Basketball Team

As the former Minnesota Lynx guard becomes the first female to lead a men's college basketball program, she wants to make sure she won't be the last.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – This past weekend, Mesabi Range College made history as they hired Tamara Moore to be the new head coach of their men’s basketball team. As a player, she’s a former winner of the Miss Minnesota Basketball Award, a former University of Wisconsin women’s basketball star and spent six seasons in the WNBA. She’s also experienced on the…

Cloquet Native Westin Michaud Signs with AHL’s Manitoba Moose

The Moose are the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets who are home to Hermantown natives Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Universtiy of North Dakota forward Westin Michaud has signed with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. The Cloquet native was tied for the team lead in goals with 16 and added 12 assists to help the Fighting Hawks capture the Penrose Cup as the top team in the NCHC. Michaud spent the first three years of his…

Former WNBA Player Tamara Moore Named New Head Coach of Mesabi Range Men’s Basketball Team

Moore returns to her homestate where she was named Miss Minnesota Basketball in 1998.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Saturday, Mesabi Range College announced that former Minnesota Lynx guard Tamara Moore has been named the new head coach of the men’s basketball team, becoming the first female ever hired to run a men’s basketball program. Moore was named Miss Minnesota Basketball back in 1998, helping Minneapolis North High School go undefeated and win a state championship….

Hermantown Native, Winnipeg Defenseman Neal Pionk Talks Quarantine Life

Pionk added that he knows it's going to be a while until he goes back to Winnipeg so in the meantime, he's staying in game shape.

DULUTH, Minn. – Four weeks ago, the NHL announced it would be suspending play immediately due to the coronavirus pandemic. That left many players, including Winnipeg defenseman and Hermantown native Neal Pionk, scrambling for answers in a situation that no one was prepared for. “It was a time of the unknown. Usually in a world where you know things, you’re…

Halvor Lines Speedway Cancels Opening Night Races

The speedway has also cancelled the Area Track Media Day on April 29th and the open practice on May 2nd.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Halvor Lines Speedway have canceled their first few events of the racing season. That includes the Area Track Media Day on April 29th, the open practice on May 2nd and the 70th Anniversary Opening Night on May 3rd. Board president Mike Donnahue says the hope is that races will be able to continue later in May…

Former Hermantown Star, UMD Standout Dylan Samberg Signs with Winnipeg Jets

Samberg will join another former Hawk on the team in Hermantown native Neal Pionk.

DULUTH, Minn. – So far, two UMD men’s hockey players have left school early to go to the NHL: Scott Perunovich with the St. Louis Blues and Justin Richards with the New York Rangers. Add one more to the list as Hermantown native Dylan Samberg has signed a three-year-deal with the Winnipeg Jets. “I’m very excited. This is something that…

UMD’s Justin Richards Signs with New York Rangers

Since 2007, Richards is the 21st Bulldog to leave UMD early to go pro.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – In his freshman year, Justin Richards scored a grand total of zero goals. Two years later, he’s become a two-time NCHC Defensive Forward of the Year and now, his career will continue in the pros. Richards has signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. He says the team reached out to him last…

Longtime Runner, UMD Alum Reacts to Grandma’s Marathon Cancellation

Joanna Olson was already training for the Big Sur Marathon in California before that was cancelled as well.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another major event is taken down by the coronavirus pandemic as Grandma’s Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in 43 years. Longtime runner and Glencoe, Minnesota native Joanna Olson spoke about her initial reaction to the news. “Well I was bummed, of course, training for it. Bummed for not only the runners, the volunteers, the…

Duluth FC Head Coach Sean Morgan Talks Season Cancellation

Morgan talked about the possibility of playing exhibition games in the summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, Northland soccer fans were dealt a tough blow as the NPSL announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, ending the year before it started for Duluth FC. Head coach Sean Morgan, who was getting set for his first year leading the Bluegreens, talked about the disappointing news. “To be honest, a lot of people probably had…

UMD’s Scott Perunovich Signs Pro Deal with St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Hibbing native.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It has been quite the week for UMD’s Scott Perunovich. He took home three awards from the NCHC, including Player of the Year. And Friday, he’s made a decision regarding his future hockey career. The St. Louis Blues announced that they have agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Hibbing native. The 21-year-old was drafted…

Dreams of Playing Pro Continue for Saints’ Zach Edwards

Edwards went to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater two weeks ago for a Pro Day workout that featured scouts from the Green Bay Packers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in December, St. Scholastica quarterback Zach Edwards received an invite to the FCS Bowl in Florida and played well enough to earn MVP honors. Since then, the St. Paul native has continued to bolster his resume for a shot to play professional football. After training out in New Jersey with former teammate Aaron Olson, Edwards went…

Duluth Native Kara Goucher Finally Receives Silver Medal From 2007 World Championships

This is her lone career World Championship medal.

BOULDER, Colo. – Duluth native Kara Goucher received a special package this past weekend: a silver medal. Back in 2007, Goucher finished in third place in the 10K run at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Ten years later, a doping investigation disqualified the second place finisher. And now, three years after that decision, Goucher finally gets her silver medal….

Former Spartan Jessica Lindstrom Returns Home After Belgium Pro Basketball League Cancels Season

Last month, the corona virus made its way into the country, forcing Lindstrom to start planning a way to get back home.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last summer, former Superior basketball star Jessica Lindstrom continued her pro career as she signed with a team in Belgium. But last month, the corona virus made its way into the country, forcing Lindstrom to start planning a way to get back home. “It was really prominent when Italy got really bad because they’re so close to…