Professional Sports

Minnesota Vikings Release 2022 Training Camp Schedule

The Vikings will have 14 open practices, starting with Back Together Saturday on July 30.

EAGAN, Minn.- Teams in the NFL released their training camp schedules Tuesday, signifying that football season is right around the corner. The Minnesota Vikings was one of those teams. They announced the 62nd training camp in program history, that features 14 open practices kicking off with Back Together Saturday on July 30. To celebrate fans can watch both the walk…

Dominic Ondoro, Dakotah Linwurm Claim Another Grandma’s Marathon Title

Both marathon winners were within seconds of breaking the course record.

DULUTH, Minn.- The big draw, Grandma’s full marathon, saw two winners who aren’t new to this stage. Dominic Ondoro, broke Dick Beardsley’s record back in 2014, and Saturday ran away with the second best time in Grandma’s men’s history, behind only his own record. He finished today in two hours and nine minutes, shy just 30 seconds of his previous…

Aaron Pike, Susannah Scaroni Claim Fourth Grandma’s Wheelchair Marathon Victory

Both winners shattered their personal records in Saturday's race.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the Grandma’s Wheelchair Marathon on Saturday, a nearly photo-finish for the men’s race. Aaron Pike crosses the finish line first by just three seconds, inching by the 2021 winner JohnBoy Smith. Pike set a new personal record by nearly a minute, finishing at one hour and 20 minutes for his fourth first place victory at Grandma’s….

Daniel Kemoi, Rosie Edwards Take Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth Debut

Both Kemoi and Edwards bring home their first half-marathon victory in their first attempt in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon saw a couple of newcomers cross the finish line out front to claim the victory. In the men’s field Daniel Kemboi finished in just over one hour. He was less than a minute from the event record pace, claiming his third first place victory this year. For the ladies, Rosie Edwards also in…

Dakotah Lindwurm Looks to go Back to Back

Lindwurm says Grandma's is her favorite race to run in the world.

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Marathon begins early Saturday, where runners from across the globe have traveled to Duluth to compete head to head in a star studded field of competition. One of those racers is Minnesota’s very own Dakotah Lindwurm who’s back and ready to defend her title, after becoming the first Minnesota woman to win since Janis Klecker back in…

CJ Ham Youth Camp More than Just Football

All proceeds from the camp will go to diversity and inclusion scholarships for students in Duluth. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Vikings fullback and graduate of Duluth Denfeld high school, CJ Ham returned to his alma mater Saturday to host his third annual youth football camp, but also to remind the campers that anything is possible. Ham didn’t take the traditional route to the NFL. He graduated from Denfeld in 2011, tallying 1,873 yards and 24 touchdowns for…

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson Declares February 18th, 2022 “Alexander Sands Day”

The date coincides with the Duluth native's Cruiserweight Championship win which was the third title victory of his career.

DULUTH, Minn.- Few people in the Northland are as popular as pro boxer, “The Haitian Temptation” Al Sands and Tuesday he received a very special honor from Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. The best part was, he had no idea it was coming. The date coincides with the Duluth native’s Cruiserweight championship win which was the third title victory of his…

Registration Open for Starks Academy Timberwolves/Lynx Summer Camp

All the campers will receive complementary tickets to a Timberwolves game next season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration is officially open for the third annual Starks Academy Timberwolves/Lynx Summer Camp. The event will take place at the College of St. Scholastica and is open for grades third through eighth. And all the campers will receive complementary tickets to a Timberwolves game next season. “It’s been a great partnership these last three years. We’ve had…

Former UMD Football Star, Duluth Native Noah Pauley Selected for Coaching Fellowship with Green Bay Packers

The former Duluth Central High School star will join the Packers for the next two months to focus on wide receivers, a position he currently coaches at North Dakota State in Fargo.

DULUTH, Minn. – As part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the Green Bay Packers have announced that 12 coaches will be joining their staff and one of them is a Duluth native. Former Duluth Central High School star Noah Pauley will join the Packers for the next two months to focus on wide receivers, a position he…

Former UMD Women’s Hockey Captain Jess Healy Signs with PHF’s Buffalo Beauts

Healy spent the past three seasons in Sweden's SDHL, serving as an alternate and team captain of her team.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Former UMD women’s hockey captain Jess Healy has signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Beauts of the PHF. Healy spent the past three seasons in Sweden’s SDHL, serving as an alternate and team captain of her team. In 105 regular season games, she tallied 21 goals and 58 assists. Internationally, Healy played for Team Canada in…

Hermantown’s Plante, Pionk Among Top NHL Prospects

The 2022 NHL Draft is coming up in July.

  HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Hermantown natives Zam Plante and Aaron Pionk are among eleven North American skaters on the NHL central scouting’s final rankings head of the 2022 NHL Draft this July. Plante is coming off a junior season where he scored 61 points en route to helping the Hawks capture their fourth ever state championship. Pionk has skated with the…

Jungle Gym MMA Well-Represented at Upcoming Event

Friday night's event will be streamed online on UFC Fight Pass.

DULUTH, Minn. – West Fargo, North Dakota is hosting a stacked card of mixed martial arts fights Friday night, which features a trio of fighters from Duluth’s own Jungle Gym MMA. Duluth native Taylor Allen will be making his MMA debut at the event. Allen says he has competed at a few grappling tournaments and even has a boxing match…

Registration Open for Summer Football Camp Hosted by Vikings Fullback, Denfeld Alum CJ Ham

All proceeds will go towards diversity scholarship opportunities in the Duluth area.

DULUTH, Minn. – Next month, one of the most popular summer camps in Duluth is making its return. Minnesota Vikings fullback and Duluth Denfeld alum CJ Ham announced this week he is bringing back his football camp to Public Schools Stadium. The camp will have two sessions on June 11th. The morning will be grades 1st through 4th and in…

Former UMD Men’s Hockey Captain, Esko Native Karson Kuhlman Named to U.S. Men’s National Team

The IIHF world championships will begin next Friday in Finland.

COLRADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain Karson Kuhlman has been named to the U.S. men’s national roster that will compete at the IIHF men’s world championships. The Esko native has split time this season in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and the Seattle Kraken. This past weekend, Kuhlman played in his 100th career NHL game. The…

Former UMD, CSS Defenseman Brenden Kotyk Named Head Coach of South Carolina Stingrays

Kotyk led the team to a 10-8 record which included a season-best five-game win streak and victories in seven of their final nine games.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – This week, the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays named former UMD and St. Scholastica men’s hockey player Brenden Kotyk their new head coach. The 30-year-old took over as interim head coach back in early March and since then, he led the team to a 10-8 record which included a season-best five-game win streak and victories in seven…

Duluth’s Danny Huffman Looking to Pick Up Fourth Straight Win at Shakopee Boxing Event

Huffman will co-main event the card in a super welterweight battle.

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday night, Caterbury Park in Shakopee will host Mecca XVIII featuring some exciting boxing action, including a local fighter who has won his last three bouts. Danny Huffman will co-main event the card in a super welterweight battle. His opponent is Brooklyn Park native Damion Hill, who had some not-so-nice things to say on social media about…

Duluth Native Chris Plys Says Upcoming Olympics Cycle Will Be His Last

Plys also confirmed on Twitter that Team Shuster will be running it back at the 2026 Winter Olympics, which are scheduled to take place in Italy.

DULUTH, Minn. – The curling talents of Chris Plys have taken him all over the world, including to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. But the Duluth native has decided the journey will be coming to an end very soon. In an Instagram post this week, Plys says: “I think this next Olympic cycle will be my last of chasing…

Amy “Hard Hands” Lemenager Prepares for Return to the Ring

Lemenager's next fight will be a make-up against Kate LaVigne this Saturday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

DULUTH, Minn. – After taking a short break due to the pandemic, Amy “Hard Hands” Lemenager was ready to get back to work, that is until she was struck with an injury that postponed her fight back in December. “I was sparring to prepare for that fight and I hit my teammates elbow, so I dislocated a bone up here…

Former UMD Forward, Cloquet Native Koby Bender Talks Moving On to the Pros

Former UMD men's hockey forward Koby Bender signed a tryout contract with the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL.

BRIDGEPORT, Mass. – Former UMD men’s hockey forward Koby Bender signed a tryout contract with the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL. The Cloquet native says he asked many of his teammates for advice, including what it’s like to live like a professional athlete. “Going from college and living with roommates and all that stuff for the past five years. I…

Hayward Native Josh Passolt Signs with AHL’s Rochester Americans

The Western Michigan forward spent five seasons with the Broncos, playing in a program-record 166 games and finished with 108 career points.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Hayward native Josh Passolt has signed his first pro contract with the Rochester Americans of the AHL. The Western Michigan forward spent five seasons with the Broncos, playing in a program-record 166 games and finished with 108 career points. Categories: College, Professional Sports, Sports

Texas Stars Sign Former UMD Forward Kobe Roth

The Warroad native wrapped up his final season with the Bulldogs with a career-high in points with 29.

CEDAR PARK, Texas – Former UMD forward Kobe Roth has been signed by the Texas Stars. The Warroad native wrapped up his final season with the Bulldogs with a career-high in points with 29. In five seasons at UMD, Roth scored 97 points in 176 games, helping the Bulldogs reach four consecutive Frozen Fours, five straight NCAA Tournament appearances and…

Hermantown Native Wyatt Aamodt Signs Pro Deal with Colorado Avalanche

The 24-year-old captained Minnesota State Mankato to the national championship game for the first time in program history.

DENVER, Colo. – This week, Hermantown native Wyatt Aamodt signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche. The Minnesota State Mankato defenseman will immediately join the Colorado Eagles of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract. The 24-year-old captained the Mavericks to the national championship game for the first time in program history. Aamodt also played over 100 games in…

Minnesota Forward, Grand Rapids Native Blake McLaughlin Signs with Anaheim Ducks

McLaughlin scored career highs in goals, assists and points this past season, helping the Gophers advance to the Frozen Four.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Minnesota Gophers forward Blake McLaughlin has signed a two-year, entry level deal with the Anaheim Ducks. The Grand Rapids native will report to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls on an amateur tryout for the rest of the year. McLaughlin scored career highs in goals, assists and points this past season, helping the Gophers advance to the…

Lack of MMA Experience Not an Issue for Duluth’s Alvin “Goozie” Hines

In a field of 100 competitors, Hines finished in the top 16, despite having less than a year of experience in mixed martial arts.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last weekend, Duluth’s own Alvin Hines took part in a major international grappling tournament out in Las Vegas. And in a field of 100 competitors, Hines finished in the top 16, despite having less than a year of experience in mixed martial arts. “A lot of people ask me, “how long have you been doing this?’ because…

Vikings Legend, Superior Native Doug Sutherland Passes Away at 73

Sutherland played ten seasons in Minnesota as a member of the legendary "Purple People Eaters".

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday afternoon that Superior native Doug Sutherland has died at the age of 73. Sutherland played ten seasons in Minnesota as a member of the legendary “Purple People Eaters”, joining future Hall of Famers Alan Page and Carl Eller, along with Jim Marshall, on the star-studded line. He started in 90 regular season…

UMD’s Koby Bender, Matt Anderson Sign Pro Deals

Both were part of a senior class that helped the Bulldogs win two national championship in 2018 and 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men hockey fifth-year seniors Koby Bender and Matt Anderson have signed professional deals. That’s according to Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune. Bender is signing with the Bridgeport Islanders of the American Hockey League, while Anderson is joining the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays for their final five games of the season. Both were part of…

Former UMD Hockey Goalie Ryan Fanti Talks Moving On to the Pros

Fanti finished his last season at UMD with an impressive seven shutouts.

DULUTH, Minn.– After a stellar end to his junior year Ryan Fanti decided to forego his senior season and begin his professional career. During his time with the Bulldogs Fanti appeared in 57 games, winning 30 of them. He wraps up his collegiate career with a goals against average just over two. Fanti says he will look back fondly on…

Former UMD Captain Noah Cates Talks Debut with Philadelphia Flyers

The 23-year-old finished with nearly 15 minutes of ice time with three shots, three hits and three takeaways.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Home is where the heart is. For former UMD men’s hockey captain Noah Cates, home is Minnesota and Tuesday night, he made his NHL debut against his hometown team, the Minnesota Wild. After the game, Cates spoke about the moment and the turnout in his honor at the Xcel Energy Center. “Yeah, obviously special. My teammates…

Duluth Native Cody Carlson Helps Team Win 2022 Bulgaria Cup

The Duluth East alum began his college career at Concordia-St. Paul before transferring to Weber State for the past two seasons.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth native Cody Carlson helped his team win the 2022 Bulgarian Cup. The Duluth East alum began his college career at Concordia-St. Paul before transferring to Weber State for the past two seasons. He left the program to sign with a Serbian team two months ago and made his way to Bulgaria afterwards. Categories: Professional…

UMD’s Ryan Fanti Signs Pro Deal with Edmonton Oilers

He will begin his deal with the Oilers next season, but for now, he will join the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – One day after losing team captain Noah Cates, the UMD men’s hockey team had another major departure as Ryan Fanti has signed a two-year deal with Edmonton. The junior netminder will begin his deal with the Oilers next season, but for now, he will join the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout…

UMD Captain Noah Cates Signs Two-Year Entry-Level Contract With Philadelphia Flyers

Cates reunites with his brother Jackson who signed with Philadelphia last year. Noah will join the Flyers for their game in Minnesota on Tuesday, March 29.

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday ended in heartbreak for the UMD men’s hockey team as they saw their season come to an end in the regional final. Now, we see who’s coming back and who will be going pro. And on Sunday, we got our first departure. UMD captain Noah Cates signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. The…

Discover Pro Wrestling Returns With “Reduced to Ash” Event

The event will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Discover Pro Wrestling will be holding its second event called “DPW 2: Reduced To Ash”. The event will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. Organizers say few independent promotions bring as much production value as DPW does. “I think the the biggest thing that I learned from Discover Pro Wrestling 1…

Former UMD Defenseman Brenden Kotyk Named Interim Head Coach of South Carolina Stingrays

Monday morning, the team fired head coach Ryan Blair in the midst of one of the worst seasons in the franchise's history.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former UMD defenseman Brenden Kotyk has been named interim head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Monday morning, the team fired head coach Ryan Blair in the midst of one of the worst seasons in the franchise’s history. Kotyk joined the Stingrays last season after playing three years of pro hockey, which included…

Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum to Release Figurines of John Shuster, Matt Hamilton

The bobbleheads are only available online and will ship out in July.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced Friday morning that they are releasing limited-edition bobbleheads featuring U.S. Olympic curlers Matt Hamilton and Superior’s John Shuster. Each one comes with a removable gold medal. The bobbleheads are only available online and will ship out in July. Categories: News, News – Latest News, Professional Sports, Sports

Duluth Curling Club Hosts “Welcome Home Party” for U.S. Olympic Teams

Earlier this week, Team Shuster said they will definitely have their eyes on the 2026 Winter Games, which will take place in Italy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday night, the Duluth Curling Club hosted a special “Welcome Home Party” for the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic curling teams. The lounge was packed for nearly every match during the Winter Olympics as local curlers continue to put the Northland on the map. “To think that these curlers are out of Duluth and out of our…

Team Shuster Receives “Welcome Home” Ceremony at Duluth International Airport

When asked about plans for the 2026 Winter Games in Italy, John Shuster says he is definitely planning for it and finishing fourth this year proved that 2018 was not a fluke.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday, members of the U.S. men’s curling team, a.k.a. Team Shuster, returned home following another run in the Winter Olympics. And although it didn’t end with a medal, the team continued to make curling one of the most watched sports in the Olympics. “I think in the last eight years, the last two Olympics, it’s really become…

“Haitian Temptation” Al Sands Wins ABF Cruiserweight Title

Sands shocked the audience at the Grand Casino in Hinckley knocking out Marcus Oliveira for the first time in his career to win the American Boxing Federation cruiserweight title.

DULUTH, Minn. – A lot has happened in the last two years. With that context, it made “Haitian Temptation” Al Sands’ return to the ring on Friday night that much more memorable. Sands shocked the audience at the Grand Casino in Hinckley knocking out Marcus Oliveira for the first time in his career to win the American Boxing Federation cruiserweight…

“Haitian Temptation” Al Sands Preparing for First Fight in Two Years

This will be his first fight in over two years and in that time, he's gotten COVID twice and had several fights cancelled due to the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – The “Haitian Temptation” Al Sands is getting ready for a main event fight Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. This will be his first fight in over two years and in that time, he’s gotten COVID twice and had several fights cancelled due to the pandemic. “This country goes back into lockdown. That country goes…

Revenge on the Mind of Duluth Boxer Danny Huffman

Huffman will take on Jessie Addison in a re-match of their fight two and a half years ago that was called a draw.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Friday night, Duluth boxer Danny Huffman will be back in action at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. He’ll take on Jessie Addison in a re-match of their fight two and a half years ago that was called a draw. And after a re-match win in his last fight back in October, Huffman says a win this…

UMD’s Noah Cates Named Assistant Captain for Team USA, Scores in Olympic Debut

Before Wednesday's opener against China, Cates was named an assistant captain for Team USA.

BEIJING, China – Last month when asked about being named to the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team, UMD’s Noah Cates said it was a dream come true while smiling from ear to ear. Well so far, the dream is getting better and better. Before Wednesday’s opener against China, Cates was named an assistant captain for Team USA. And in his…

John Shuster’s Family Watches Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

The fun continues throughout the day as John's sons Luke and Logan held a special opening ceremony at their school, as kids in their grades marched through the hallways with Luke and Logan as the flag bearers. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Early on Friday morning, the opening ceremonies for the 2022 Winter Games took place in Beijing. The event aired at 5:30 a.m. local time but that didn’t stop a local family with some Olympics ties. John Shuster’s house was packed with friends and family to watch him carry the flag of the United States during the opening…

Curling 101 with Olympic Gold Medalist John Shuster

Before he left for the Winter Olympics, Northland native and 2018 Olympic gold medalist John Shuster spent some time with FOX 21's Sam Ali for a quick lesson on curling.

EVELETH, Minn. – Before he left for the Winter Olympics, Northland native and 2018 Olympic gold medalist John Shuster spent some time with FOX 21’s Sam Ali for a quick lesson on curling. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Duluth Native Chris Plys to Pull Double Duty in Curling at 2022 Winter Olympics

Plys is set to play in at least 18 matches in 15 days, and that's not counting if both of his teams make it to the medal round.

EVELETH, Minn. – Four years ago, Chris Plys was sitting at home watching his friends Team Shuster win a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics. A few months later while biking on the lakewalk, he received a phone call from a member of that team, Matt Hamilton, asking if Plys would be interested in joining the team. I’m sure…

Mont Du Lac to Host Seventh-Annual ATSX Ice Cross Races

It will be the event's only stop in North America as part of the ATSX Ice Cross Championship Series.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mont Du Lac will be hosting the seventh-annual ATSX Ice Cross Races. It will be the event’s only stop in North America as part of the ATSX Ice Cross Championship Series. And although it will feature skaters from the United States, Canada and Europe, all are encouraged to join. “This is amateur welcome. The ATSX 250 is…

Team Peterson Motivated to Bring Home Gold in Women’s Curling at 2022 Olympics

Team USA will begin their quest for gold on February 9th.

EVELETH, Minn. – We are just a few weeks away from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. And while a lot of attention will be directed at Team USA’s men’s curling team, the women have their eyes on bring home gold as well. Team Peterson is led by skipper and St. Paul native Tabitha Peterson, with her sister Tara on…

Duluth Marshall’s Amanda Boulier Talks Multi-Million Dollar Investment into Premier Hockey Federation

The move is the largest one-time investment in women's professional hockey.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – The Premier Hockey Federation announced Tuesday that their Board of Governors will be investing $25 million in direct payments to its players over the next three years. The move is the largest one-time investment in women’s professional hockey, doubling each team’s salary cap for the upcoming season and includes full healthcare benefits and maternity leave…

Former UMD Captain Karson Kuhlman Claimed By Seattle Kraken

This past weekend, the Esko native was waived by the Boston Bruins after spending the first five seasons of his pro career with the organization.

SEATTLE, Wash. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain Karson Kuhlman has been claimed off waivers by the Seattle Kraken. This past weekend, the Esko native was waived by the Boston Bruins after spending the first five seasons of his pro career with the organization. This season, Kuhlman has one goal and an assist in 19 games. He will join fellow…

Team Shuster Looks Back at 2018 Olympic Gold Medal Win

The team says looking back at what they did in 2018 will always bring a smile to their faces.

EVELETH, Minn. – We are less than a month away from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Northland’s own Team Shuster will be back in action to defend their Olympics gold medals that turned them into overnight celebrities when they came back home. The team says looking back at what they did in 2018 will always bring a smile…

UMD’s Bell, Larocque Named to Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

This will be Bell's Olympic debut while Larocque has been to the Games two times before.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, the Canadian women’s hockey team announced their roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics and it has a pair of familiar names. UMD defenseman Ashton Bell and former All-American Bulldog Jocelyne Larocque are heading to Beijing in a few weeks. Last season, Bell’s overtime goal in the NCAA quarterfinals sent UMD to the Frozen Four for the…