Professional Sports

Former UMD Hockey Captain Nick Wolff Signs with Hungarian Pro Team

The plan is for Wolff to stay there for a few months as he awaits more details on the NHL's next season.

EAGAN, Minn. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain Nick Wolff has signed with Hungarian pro hockey team DVTK Polar Bears. The story was first reported by the Star Tribune. The plan is for Wolff to stay there for a few months as he awaits more details on the NHL’s next season. Back in march, the Eagan native signed with the…

Former Bulldog, Hermantown Native Jared Thomas Signs with ECHL’s Florida Everblades

The Hermantown native spent this past season with the Tulsa Oilers, where he tallied 31 points in 50 games.

ESTERO, Fla. – Former UMD men’s hockey standout Jared Thomas has signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. The Hermantown native spent this past season with the Tulsa Oilers, where he tallied 31 points in 50 games. Thomas is entering his fourth season of playing pro hockey after helping the Bulldogs win their second-ever national title back in 2018….

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Returns Home from WNBA Bubble

Gustafson will be back home for about ten days as she will head to Poland to continue playing basketball during the WNBA's off-season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Port Wing native and Dallas Wings forward Megan Gustafson returned home Monday after spending the past few months in the WNBA bubble down in Florida. The South Shore High School alum appeared in nine games for the Dallas Wings, who missed out on advancing to the WNBA playoffs. The 23-year-old says although the season didn’t go as…

Northern Elite Training Facility Introduces Northland’s First-Ever SkateMill

The Northern Elite Training Facility, which opened just a few weeks ago, has the Northland's first-ever SkateMill, which is a treadmill for skates.

DULUTH, Minn. – Training methods for hockey have come a long way in the past few decades. But now, a new facility has a device that is sure to be a game-changer for any and all hockey players. The Northern Elite Training Facility, which opened just a few weeks ago, has the Northland’s first-ever SkateMill, which is a treadmill for…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Superior Blues Photos Donated to Douglas County Historical Society

Don Janicki of Milwaukee contacted the Historical Society this past spring after going through some items from his late mother's collection.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With the MLB season in full swing, baseball fans can finally enjoy watching america’s favorite past time. For those interested in old school memories, the Douglas County Historical Society is the place for you. The organization has inherited a wide assortment of photos of the Superior Blues, a minor league team that played from the early 1930’s…

Former UMD Bulldog, Grand Rapids Alum Avery Peterson Re-Signs with Atlanta Gladiators

This past season, the Grand Rapids alum set career highs across the board, including games played, goals and assists.

DULUTH, GA. – Former UMD hockey standout Avery Peterson has re-signed with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. This past season, the Grand Rapids alum set career highs across the board, including games played, goals and assists. Peterson transferred to UMD from Nebraska-Omaha, helping the Bulldogs win the 2018 national championship during his senior campaign. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports, University…

Former Bulldog Jade Miller Signs With ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays

Miller is the sixth UMD men's hockey player this off-season to sign a pro deal.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former UMD men’s hockey player Jade Miller has signed his first pro deal with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. The forward appeared in all 34 games in his COVID-shortened senior campaign, finishing with two goals and seven assists, including a career-high +9 rating. He wrapped up his career at +28, never ending a season…

Hobey Baker Winner Scott Perunovich Talks Signing On with St. Louis Blues

Instead of burning this season in the uncertainty of the NHL bubble, Perunovich decided to begin his contract next season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD hockey star Scott Perunovich was officially awarded his Hobey Baker trophy Thursday night. Next up for the Hibbing native is preparing for the NHL. Last month, Perunovich signed a two-year deal with the St. Louis Blues. But instead of burning this season in the uncertainty of the NHL bubble, Perunovich decided to begin his contract…

Lake Superior Open Disc Golf Tourney Expands to New Course

The hope is that with another course opening up, the popularity locally for disc golf will continue to grow.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Disc golf fans rejoice as the 10th annual Lake Superior Open is underway in Superior. The tournament usually takes place at the Mont Du Lac course, but this year’s installment is a little bit different. The 200-plus field of disc golfers is now split between Mont du Lac and the new Superior Municipal Forest disc golf course….

Return to the Pros Up In The Air for Duluth Native Rob Bordson

The former UMD Bulldog added that he's been training at Amsoil Arena to keep himself in shape for a possible return to the pros.

DULUTH, Minn. – Before the pandemic hit, Duluth native Rob Bordson was in Finland, getting ready for a playoff run with his current hockey team. But then COVID-19 happened, forcing the Duluth Marshall alum to go back home. And now, his 10-year pro career is up in the air with more questions than answers. “They kind of put on a…

DECC, DAHA to Host Viewing Party at Amsoil Arena for Wild Playoff Games

The lot will be opened 90 minutes before puck drop and the spots are first come, first serve.

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC and the Duluth Amateur Hockey Association are planning to host a drive-in viewing party at the Amsoil Arena parking lot for the first two games of the Wild-Canucks series. Tickets are 15 dollars per vehicle and can be purchased ahead of time at DuluthHockey.com. The lot will be opened 90 minutes before puck drop and…

Former CSS Quarterback Zach Edwards to Begin Pro Career in Spain

Edwards is expected to report to the team in November and the season is scheduled to start in January.

DULUTH, Minn. – Late last week, former St. Scholastica quarterback Zach Edwards signed his first pro deal with L’Hospitalet Pioners of Spain’s American football league. I asked Edwards what went into the decision to start his career overseas. “With everything going on here in the states with the uncertainty of football in terms of the CFL…the NFL, they’re doing a…

Twin Ports PDC Kicks Off at Superior Ice Arena

The camp concepts are still the same, with a few tweaks to stay in line with social distancing guidelines.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Just a few months ago, we had no clue if any kind of sports would be going on this summer, much less camps. But this week, one of the most popular hockey camps in the Northland is back on the ice. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp returned for its fifth year in Superior. Campers were able…

Proctor Basketball Player Remembers Special Moment with NBA Star Russell Westbrook

Nyberg would get a special signed ball from the former MVP after beating him in a game of "knockout".

PROCTOR, Minn. – The restart of the NBA season is right around the corner and it’s bringing back fond memories for one local basketball player from Proctor. Two years ago this week, Ty Nyberg, who was ten years old at the time, took part in a basketball camp hosted by NBA superstar Russell Westbrook, who was then playing for Ty’s…

Former Duluth East Standout Phil Beaulieu Signs Two-Way Deal with Iowa Wild/Allen Americans

Beaulieu was a three-time All-Conference honoree and the 2019 WCHA Defenseman of the Year.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Duluth East hockey standout Phil Beaulieu has signed a two-way deal with the Iowa Wild of the AHL and the Allen Americans of the ECHL. The defenseman wrapped up his college career at Northern Michigan University recording 121 points in 158 games, finishing third all-time among Wildcat blueliners. Beaulieu was a three-time All-Conference honoree and…

2020 NorthShore Inline Marathon Cancelled, Virtual Race Available

The event was supposed to take place the weekend of September 18th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NorthShore Inline Marathon announced Tuesday that the 2020 race has been cancelled. The event was supposed to take place the weekend of September 18th. Registration for the in-person race has been closed and those who have pre-registered have the option to enter into the virtual version of the race, receive a coupon towards any NorthShore race…

A Different Look for This Year’s Park Point 5-Miler

The 49th annual Park Point 5-Miler had a different look this year as runners had to sign up for specific waves throughout the entire day, which had up 25 people running at a time.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland running community took a big hit last month when Grandma’s Marathon was cancelled for the first time in the race’s history. But as restrictions began to be lifted, it gave hope to other summer races to take place, including the oldest road race in Northern Minnesota. The 49th annual Park Point 5-Miler had a different…

USA Luge Recruiting Tour Coming to Duluth

The event is looking for kids ages 9 to 13 with no prior experience with luge.

DULUTH, Minn. – The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search will begin its national search for talent in Duluth on July 25th and 26th. It’s open to kids ages 9 to 13 as the events helps USA Luge find 60 to 80% of their Olympic teams every year. “The nice thing about the slider search is that is allows us…

Scott Perunovich Signs Two-Year, Entry-Level Deal with St. Louis Blues

The 21-year-old won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award after leading the NCHC in scoring.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It looks like Scott Perunovich’s pro debut will be on hold for at least another year. The Hibbing native has agreed to a two-year, entry-level deal with the St. Louis Blues and will be eligible to join the team next season. The 21-year-old won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award after leading the NCHC in scoring. Due…

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…