Professional Sports

Former Greyhound Ryder Donovan Drafted by Golden Knights

The former Duluth East standout was taken in the fourth round.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the 110th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Vegas Golden Knights selected former Duluth East forward Ryder Donovan. The future Wisconsin Badger was taken in the fourth round, becoming just the 25th Duluth native ever to be picked in an NHL draft and the first since Dominic Toninato and Judd Peterson back in 2012. Donovan…

Coaches Corner: Mandi Peterson

For this week's segment, we're talking about Grandma's Marathon.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we’re joined by Mandi Peterson who is the marketing and PR director for Grandma’s Marathon. Among the topics discussed are the planning proccess behind the weekend, as well as the impact of the volunteers who help make the race possible. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports, Sports

Legendary Runners Host Second Annual Grandma’s Talk Show

One of the special guests was Paralympic athlete Tatyana McFadden.

DULUTH, Minn. -Legendary runners Dick Beardsley and Carrie Tollefson hosted the second annual Grandma’s talk show and welcomed special guests on stage, hosting a question and answer and doing prize giveaways with the audience. One of the guests was Tatyana McFadden, who came in first at the 2019 World Championships in the wheelchair event. She talked about her experience with…

Scherber, Tollefson Finish First in William A. Irvin 5K

Friday's race gave Carrie Tollefson her third straight William A. Irvin 5K win.

DULUTH, Minn. -A record 2,410 runners participated in the 26th annual William A Irvin 5K on Friday afternoon. The male winner was Matthew Scherber from St. Paul, with a time of 15:24, who participated in the weekend with his track club. This was Scherber’s first time competing in the 5K but he did run the half marathon last year. “I…

Westfield Scores Twice as Duluth FC Stays Unbeaten

The Bluegreens pick up the shutout road win over the TwinStars.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – James Westfield would score in each half as Duluth FC got the road win over the Minnesota TwinStars 3-0 Wednesday night at Crimson Stadium. Carlyle Junior would score the other goal in the game, his sixth of the season as the Bluegreens improve to 6-0-2 on the season. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Cloquet Native Sadie Lundquist Brings Home Isobel Cup

The Cloquet native was a member of the Minnesota Whitecaps team that won the 2019 NWHL championship in their inaugural season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Tuesday, the city of Cloquet was turned into the city of champions as former Lumberjack Sadie Lundquist returned home with some extra hardware in her possession. Lundquist brought the Isobel Cup to Northwoods Credit Union Arena for fans to see and even hold above their heads. The Cloquet native was a member of the Minnesota Whitecaps team…

Rangers Trade Hermantown Native Neal Pionk to Jets

Neal Pionk is moving from New York to Winnipeg.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Former UMD Bulldog and Hermantown native Neal Pionk is moving north of the border. The New York Rangers announced Monday they have traded Pionk to the Winnipeg Jets. The 23-year-old was part of a package to help the Rangers acquire defenseman Jacob Trouba. In his first full season in the NHL, Pionk scored six goals…

Former Blue Devils/Bulldogs Standout Matt Niskanen Traded to Philadelphia

The Virginia native won the Stanley Cup with Washington last season.

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Virginia native and former UMD star defenseman Matt Niskanen was traded on Friday afternoon. The Washington Capitals traded Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Radko Gudas. Niskanen just wrapped up his fifth year with the Caps where he won the Stanley Cup with them last year. He had two years remaining on his contract, carrying a $5.75…

Junior’s First-Half Hat Trick Helps Duluth FC Blank Dakota Fusion

The Brazilian striker scored three times in the first half for the Bluegreens.

DULUTH, Minn. – Carlyle Junior scored a hat trick in the first half as Duluth FC had no trouble with the Dakota Fusion 7-0 Friday night at Ordean Stadium. The Brazilian striker finished with four goals on the night while Brooks Rice, Dana Kowachek and James Westfield also got on the score sheet.   Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports,…

Local Hockey Pros Hosting Fourth-Annual Development Camp

The camp is primarily for squirts, peewee and bantams which gives the players a taste of what the pros go through.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Registration is still open for the fourth annual Twin Ports Pro Development Camp in Superior. The camp is primarily for squirts, peewee and bantams which gives the players a taste of what the pros go through during NHL Training and Development Camps. “We know that at some point on certain levels once they begin developing and it…

Cloquet Native Sadie Lundquist to Bring Isobel Cup to NCU Arena

The event will take place Tuesday, June 18th at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet from 11 a.m. to noon.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet native and Minnesota Whitecaps forward Sadie Lundquist is coming home next week with some extra hardware. Lundquist is bringing the Isobel Cup for fans to see. The event will take place Tuesday, June 18th at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet from 11 a.m. to noon. Fans will have a chance to take a picture…

Former Bulldog Löwenhielm to Continue Pro Career in Sweden

The 24-year-old center will join her former teammates Sidney Morin and Jessica Healey.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm will be continuing her pro career in her home country. Löwenhielm has signed with HV71 of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. The center, who played on the Swedish national team, spent this past season in the NWHL with the Connecticut Whale, notching six points in 16 games. It will also be a…

Duluth Marshall’s Ben Pedersen Drafted by Baltimore Orioles

The senior pitcher was taken in the 38th round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall pitcher Ben Pedersen heard his name called Wednesday in the 2019 MLB Draft. The senior flamethrower was selected in the 38th round by the Baltimore Orioles. The Missouri commit is wrapping up his career with the Hilltoppers as one of the best baseball prospects in the history of the Northland. Pedersen and the Hilltoppers will…

Opening Day Finally Arrives for Gondlik Law Speedway

Organizers say the weather wasn't ideal, but they are happy to finally get the racing season started.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After weeks of postponements due to weather, “Opening Day” finally took place Friday at the Gondlik Law Speedway in Superior. Organizers say the weather wasn’t ideal, but they are happy to finally get the racing season started. “Every week we were really excited for the races. Then we’d get the message that it was cancelled. We would…

Duluth Native Emma Stauber to Bring Isobel Cup to the Northland

The event will take place June 27th at the St. Luke's Sports and Event Center in Proctor.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Whitecaps defenseman and Duluth native Emma Stauber will be bringing the Isobel Cup to the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center on Thursday, June 27th. The former UMD women’s hockey captain was part of the Whitecaps team that won the NWHL championship in their first year of existence. Last month, Stauber accepted the head coaching position…

Duluth FC Draw at Home with Med City FC

Brooks Rice would score the equalizer late in the second half.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a scoreless first half at Ordean Stadium, both Duluth FC and Med City FC would find the back of the net as the game would end in a 1-1 draw. Alan Wismayer scored for the Mayhem, while Brooks Rice scored the equalizer in the 68th minute as the Bluegreens stay undefeated on the season with a…

Former Bulldog Sidney Morin Heading Back to Sweden

Morin signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Sidney Morin is heading back to Sweden to continue her pro career. This week, she signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League. She recorded 38 points in 32 games last season. Morin was part of the U.S. National Women’s hockey team that won…

Duluth Native CJ Ham Announces Summer Youth Camp

The camp will be the first for Ham and will take place at Lincoln Park Middle School.

DULUTH, Minn. – CJ Ham has had quite the road to the NFL. After starring at Denfeld High School, Ham took his talents to Augustana and signed with the Vikings in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. And now he’s coming home to help local kids achieve their dreams as well. Ham announced on his Twitter account that he will…

Hibbing Native Deion Harris Signs with Washington Redskins

Harris took part in rookie mini-camp with the Green Bay Packers before ultimately signing with Washington.

HIBBING, Minn. – A recent study showed that 0.08 percent of high school football players go on to play in the NFL. For a former Northland football player, he has beat the odds in order to achieve his dreams. Earlier this week, the Washington Redskins announced that they have signed Hibbing native Deion Harris as an undrafted free agent. Harris…

Northern Star: Andrew Standfield

For this week's Northern Star, we learn about a local powerlifter who was born with a rare genetic disorder.

DULUTH, Minn. – Next month, Andrew Standfield will be representing Team USA at the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden. But how we got to this point has put as much strain on his body as the weights he trains with. “They noticed during an ultrasound that his belly was bigger than his head. They were like, “OK…

Twin Ports Norsemen Unveil New Uniforms

The team were also joined by former Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some football news now as the Twin Ports Norsemen will open their upcoming season this weekend in St. Cloud. And what better way to hype up the fans than by revealing the new uniforms. The team held a special fundraiser across multiple locations in the area with a uniform reveal at the Player’s Sports Bar in Duluth….

Duluth FC Host Kick-Off Party for 2019 Season

The event was held at Duluth Cider for fans to welcome the upcoming season for the Bluegreens.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Cider was the place to be tonight for the 2019 Duluth FC kick-off party. The Bluegreens got together with their fans to show off their trophies from last season and their new uniforms. Head coach Joel Person says these events create that special bond between the team and their fans. “We’re really proud of our local…

Duluth Native Jesse Walters Wins Upper Midwest Golden Gloves

The 18-year-old captured the title this past weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament was held in Walker, MN where a local boxer took the crown. Duluth native Jesse Walters defeated fellow Duluthian Isayah Smith in the finals this past Saturday at the Northern Lights Sasino. It was Walters’s first time at the tournament and it was his final amateur fight as he plans to…

UMD’s Peter Krieger Signs with Swedish Hockey Team

Krieger wrapped up his career at UMD with 54 points in 85 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD outgoing senior Peter Krieger has signed with Vasterviks IK, a Swedish hockey club that plays in the Tier II league Hockey Allsvenkan. The 25-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Bulldogs after transferring from Alaska Fairbanks and in that time helped UMD win back-to-back national titles. Krieger wrapped up his career at UMD with 54…

UMD’s Mikey Anderson Signs Entry-Level Contract With Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another Bulldog is leaving early and taking his talents to the NHL. Sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson signed a three–year entry level contract to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday afternoon. The Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2017 NHL draft. During his sophomore year, Anderson finished with six goals and 21 assists. He…

UMD’s Parker Mackay Signs With Texas Stars

Mackay will begin his journey in the pros in the American Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – He was the UMD men’s hockey team captain as they won their second straight national title. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Midwest Regional and the Frozen Four. And now Parker Mackay is taking his talents to the pros. According to a source close to the team, Mackay will be signing with the Texas…

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Drafted into the WNBA

She was the 17th pick overall.

  NEW YORK CITY – Port Wing native Megan Gustafson was drafted seventeenth overall in the WNBA draft on Wednesday night to the Dallas Wings. This comes on the heels of a banner year for Gustafson who helped lead the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball team to the Elite Eight. She also won a slew of national awards including the prestigious Naismith…

Coaches Corner: Jungle Boy Boxing

We talk with Zach Walters and Danny Huffman in this week's segment.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk with Zach Walters and Danny Huffman of Jungle Boy Boxing as they get set for Huffman’s third professional fight April 13th at the Armory in Minneapolis. Among the topics discussed are Huffman’s development through two fights, as well as what his success has brought to boxing’s popularity in the Northland….

Harlem Globetrotters Bring Fun to AMSOIL Arena

The Globetrotters returned to Duluth Thursday night for their Fan Powered World Tour.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Harlem Globetrotters were in town Thursday as part of their Fan Powered World Tour. The Globetrotters hosted their Magic Pass event before playing in their game against Washington. While they’re proud of the performance they do on the court, they’re also proud of the work they do off the court in the community. “We go to…

Former Hunters’ Star C.J. Ham Re-Signs With Vikings

The Vikings signed fullback C.J. Ham to a one-year, $645,000 deal.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings reportedly signed former Duluth Denfeld fullback C.J. Ham to a one–year, $645,000 deal. Ham is entering his third season in the league and has spent the past two years as Minnesota’s regular fullback. Last season, Ham recorded six carries for eight yards and caught 11 passes for 85 yards. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Former Bulldogs Captain, Esko Native Karson Kuhlman Recalled by Bruins

The 2018 Frozen Four MVP is moving up from the AHL in Providence to the NHL in Boston.

BOSTON, Mass. – Esko native Karson Kuhlman was one of the biggest reasons the UMD men’s hockey team won their second ever national championship back in April of last year. Days after that win, the 2018 Frozen Four MVP was signed by the Boston Bruins and has spent time in their developmental system. But Wednesday, he got the call of…

Former CEC Star Sadie Lundquist Honored with Banner at NCU Arena

Lundquist is the first female athlete from Cloquet to play professional hockey.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Last night, Minnesota Whitecaps forward and former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey star Sadie Lundquist was honored with her own banner in the rafters of the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Lundquist says coming back home lets her reflect on memories of her time in the Northland and all the success she had with the Lumberjacks. “I was able to play…

Morris, Huffman Highlight Boxing Card at Grand Casino

Both Duluth boxers will be in Hinckley on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – Let’s step into the ring as this Friday, Duluth’s own Markus Morris will headline the latest boxing card at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Morris will take on Delorien Caraway with the winner getting a shot at the state junior welterweight title. “With my last fight, I was more trying to be the boxer. This fight, I’m…

Strong First Period Powers Wilderness Past Minotauros

Four different players scored for Minnesota Friday night.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness would ride a three-goal first period to a 4-1 home victory over Minot Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Nick Portz, Brandon McNamara, Jack Johnson and Nate Horn lit the lamp for the Wilderness, who improve to 18-13-1 in the NAHL Central Division. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Wilderness Fall at Home to Bruins

A two-goal third period was the difference as Austin got the win over Minnesota.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Nick Portz scored twice for the Wilderness, but it wouldn’t be enough as Minnesota fell short to the Austin Bruins 5-3 Monday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Dylan Johnson would score the other goal for the Wilderness, who fall to 17-13-1 on the season. They’ll be back in action Friday night at home against Minot….

Wilderness Double Up Bruins at Home

The Minnesota Wilderness got the win over the Austin Bruins 6-3.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Jack Johnson and Ondrej Trejbal each scored twice as the Minnesota Wilderness topped the Austin Bruins 6-3 Friday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Aaron Myers and Ben Ward also scored for the Wilderness, who extend their win streak to three games. Ryan Fanti finished with 44 saves. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Former Hilltopper, Bulldog Connolly Re-Signs with Swedish Pro Team

The 2012 Hobey Baker Award winner is staying overseas for the next few years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldogs star and 2012 Hobey Baker Award winner Jack Connolly has signed a two–year extension with his Swedish pro team Lulea Hockey of the Swedish Hockey League. The Duluth native is in his seventh year in the SHL and is currently leading the league in scoring with 12 goals and 11 assists in 25 games….

Morris Heading Back to Grand Casino for Main Event Fight

Markus Morris will take on DeLorien Caraway on January 19th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley.

HINCKLEY, Minn. – Duluth’s own Markus Morris will return to the Grand Casino in Hinckley next month for another main event fight. Morris will take on DeLorien Caraway on January 19th. According to, fans can expect the winner to face champion Rondale Hubbert for the Minnesota state title at a later date. Morris is coming off a split decision…

Wilderness Looking to Create Momentum for Second Half of Season

The team will be back at home for a weekend series against the Brookings Blizzard.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness will be back at home this weekend as they get set for a series against Brookings. Currently sitting in fifth place in the Central Division, the Wilderness are amped up for these next couple of games in order to create some momentum for the second half of the season. “I think the vibe is…

Wilderness Blanked at Home by Magicians

After a scoreless first period, the Minnesota Magicians would score two goals to win it 2-0.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Ryan Fanti finished with 24 saves, but he would let two get by him as the Minnesota Wilderness fall to the Minnesota Magicians 2-0 Wednesday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Andrew Kruse and John Keranen scored the goals for the Magicians. The Wilderness fall to 11-9 as the home and home series now shifts to…

Local Rifle Range Owner Joins U.S. National Team in World Championships

Brian Mrnak will be attending the 2019 World Long Range Championships in New Zealand as a member of Team USA.

ASHLAND, Wisc. – Located in Ashland is Sports Hollow Firearms, a rifle range run by Brian Mrnak. But Mrnak isn’t just a business owner. He is also a member of the U.S. National Rifle Team preparing for the 2019 World Long Range Championships which will take place in New Zealand in January. It is an event that Mrnak is no stranger to. “I…

Al Sands One Week Away From Pro Fight in Poland

The Haitian Temptatian is going back in the ring next weekend in Poland.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the local boxing scene, The “Haitian Temptation” Al Sands is getting set for his big fight next weekend in Poland. For other boxers, fighting in another country could pose some issues. But Sands has been all over the world so he’s got his game plan set for his fight against two-time world champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. “Before…

Duluth Native Danny Huffman Ready For the Fight of His Life

The local boxer makes his pro debut this Saturday at the DECC.

DULUTH, Minn. – For Danny Huffman, sports was always a big part of his life. “Growing up in my family in general, it was always who was the best athlete, who was the best football player, the best baseball, the best hockey player. It was a tradition of sports and I loved them,” he said. But when he got to…

Former Bulldogs Stauber and McGovern Back at Amsoil For Exhibition Game

The Whitecaps and Bulldogs faced off in an exhibition game before the start of the season.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Minnesota Whitecaps defeated UMD 4-3 in an exhibition game. This was the Whitecaps first game as an NWHL franchise. While it started off rough down 3–0 in the first period, their ability to stage a comeback is a testament to the character of this group. “It feels good. Obviously we got handled in the first period. We were down…

Mixed Martial Arts Returns to the Twin Ports

Wessman Arena is the place to be this Saturday for some local MMA action.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The popularity of mixed martial arts, or MMA as it’s better known, has exploded in the past 15 years. And that excitement is coming to Superior this weekend. Inner Strength MMA Promotions is hosting the “Throwdown in Souptown” this Saturday at Wessman Arena. The event will feature over 20 fights and a handful of Northland fighters. Although…

Seconds Out Promotions to Bring Pro Boxing Back to Duluth

A special press conference was held today at the DECC for the announcement.

DULUTH, Minn. – Pro boxing will be making its return to Duluth on September 29th at the DECC. It will be the first time in 13 years that a card featuring all professional bouts will take place in Duluth. Seconds Out Promotions and Jungle Boy Boxing held a special press conference Tuesday at the DECC to talk more about this…

Duluth Native CJ Ham Makes Vikings Final Roster

The Denfeld graduate will be on the Vikings main roster for the second straight season.

EAGAN, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings announced this weekend their final 53-man roster and former Duluth Denfeld standout CJ Ham will be suiting up this season for the purple and gold. Last season was Ham’s first full season with the team, and his versatility was enough to convince head coach Mike Zimmer and his staff to keep the Duluth native…

Battle of the Cruiserweight Champions

Al Sands is heading to Poland to take on Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth boxer Al Sands has signed to fight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on October 6th in Poland. The Haitian Temptation says he’s ready to take on this international challenge. “It’s another international fight. It’s another big opportunity against a guy with lots of experience. He was just part of the super six tournament. So I’d love to see how I do against…

Jessica Convery Drafted into the CWHL

The former UMD women's hockey goalie was selected by the Worcester Blades.

DULUTH, Minn.- Former UMD women’s hockey player Jessica Convery has been drafted by the Worcester Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The goalie was selected in the fourth round. During her time at UMD, Convery had a goals against average of 2.23 with a total of 816 saves and a save percentage of .920. The 2018 graduate recorded a…

Former Bulldog Avery Peterson Signs with Idaho Steelheads

The former UMD forward is heading to the ECHL this upcoming season.

BOISE, Idaho – Former UMD Bulldog Avery Peterson has signed a deal with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The 23-year-old was a sixth-round pick for the Minnesota Wild back in the 2013 NHL draft. The Grand Rapids native recorded six goals and 11 assists this past season, helping the Bulldogs capture their second national title in school history. Peterson…