Professional Sports

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…

Northland Natives Stauber, Lundquist Sign with Whitecaps

Emma Stauber and Sadie Lunquist are coming back to Minnesota for pro hockey.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Whitecaps have signed two players with ties to the Nortland. Duluth native and former UMD defenseman Emma Stauber and Cloquet native and former Bemidji State forward Sadie Lundquist. Stauber is a 2011 graduate of Duluth Marhsall leading the then Proctor-Hermantown-Marshall Mirage to a state tourney berth as a junior. Lundquist graduated from Cloquet in…

Former Bulldog Basaraba Signs To Play Hockey in Scotland

The former UMD captain spent the past four seasons in the ECHL.

KIRKCALDY, SCOTLAND – Former UMD hockey captain Joe Basaraba has signed a deal with the Fife Flyers out of Scotland in the UK’s elite ice hockey league. The Ontario, Canada native spent the past four seasons in the ECHL with stops in San Antonio, Cincinnati, Idaho and Greenvile. Basaraba was a freshman when the Bulldogs won their first ever national…

Northland Natives Return to Brainerd Int’l Speedway

This weekend is the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, all eyes will be on the Brainerd International Speedway for the 37th annual NHRA Nationals. Northland natives Greg Anderson and Jason Line will be racing in the Mello Yello series. But more importantly, it’s chance for both racers to win on their home track. “I’d like to win one here. It’s eluded me so far….

Blitz to Host Northstars in MPFL Championship Game

The game will be held at Egerdahl Field in Proctor on Saturday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The MPFL championship game will be played right in our backyard. The Northland Blitz will host the Tri–city Northstars Saturday August 11th at Egerdahl Field in Proctor. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. It will be the first championship appearance for the Blitz and their first time facing the Northstars this season. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

CJ Ham Brings Duluth Grit to Vikings Camp

The Denfeld graduate has big goals for his third year in the NFL.

EAGAN, Minn. – Vikings training camp is well underway and most of the conversations will be about the big name players like Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs and Harrison Smith. But what about those guys you don’t hear much about, or in this case, someone the Northland knows very well and that’s Duluth native CJ Ham. The third-year back from Duluth…

Superior Man Battling Cancer Receives Special Message from Brett Favre

The man's grandson reached out to Favre and unexpectedly got a response.

DULUTH, Minn. – “Hi Curtis. This is Brett Favre. I just want to tell you that we’re thinking about you and praying for you and appreciate you being a big fan.” It’s a nine–second video that Curtis Haas will always remember. “It’s pretty special I guess. It’s not every day he does that, I don’t think,” said Haas. Haas has…

Duluth FC’s Hoffelner Earns Golden Glove Award

The award is given to the NPSL's top goalie of the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC goaltender Jan Hoffelner has been awarded the 2018 NPSL Golden Glove as the league’s top goalkeeper. The Frankfurt, Germany product started 16 games for the Bluegreens, finishing with a 0.68 goals against average, including five shutouts, leading Duluth FC to their first ever appearance in the NPSL semi–finals. Hoffelner plays college soccer at Iowa Western…

Former I-Falls, UMD Defenseman Corrin Signs with German Team

The 26-year-old is signing with the Bietigheim Steelers.

BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN, Germany – Former UMD Bulldog Willie Corrin will be taking his talents to Germany this upcoming season. The former International Falls defenseman has signed with the Bietigheim Steelers. Corrin spent four seasons with the Bulldogs from 2012 to 2016. Since then he has bounced around the AHL and ECHL. He spent this past season with the Brampton Beast, recording…

First Day of Full Pads for Vikings Training Camp

With two weeks left until the first preseason game, the Vikings got the pads on for the first time in camp.

EAGAN, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings kicked off week two of their training camp at the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. And it was the first time the team could practice in full pads. The players have had a week to get acclimated to the new facility. And they say so far they like their new home. “I’ve been…

Duluth FC Ready for Stiff Test against Miami FC

The Bluegreens look to clinch a berth into the NPSL national championship.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the last two weeks, the Bluegreens keep finding themselves in unfamiliar territory. After their first playoff win and first regional title, they’ll now look to clinch their first ever berth in the national championship game. But in their way of that goal is Miami FC. “It’s going to be a tough challenge. They are a full professional team…

Hermantown Native Folman Headed to the Big Leagues

Pitcher Kevin Folman signs with the Chicago White Sox.

CHICAGO, Ill.- Former Duluth Huskies pitcher and Hermantown native Kevin Folman has signed with the Chicago White Sox on a free agency deal. Folman just completed his four years at North Dakota State University. The former Bison ended his senior season on a high note with a 3.18 era in 18 appearances, striking out 49 batters in 45 innings pitched. Upon…

Duluth FC To Face Miami FC in National Semi-Finals

The match will be Saturday July 28th at 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Miami is the next stop for Duluth FC on their Cinderella run through the NPSL playoffs. The Bluegreens will take on Miami FC Saturday July 28th in the NPSL national semi–finals. The match will take place at St. Thomas University at 7 p.m. Duluth FC is coming off their third straight extra time match, knocking off AFC…

Iron Range Native Matt Niskanen Brings Home The Stanley Cup

The former Virginia-MIB star got his chance to show off the Stanley Cup in front of his hometown.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Fans were outside Miners Memorial Building as early as 6 a.m. to get a chance to see one of the most elegant looking trophies in all of sports. The line extended all around the parking lot with people who wanted to take advantage of this once–in–a–lifetime opportunity. “Who knows when the next opportunity, if ever, would ever…

Duluth FC Wins In Penalty Kicks; Moves on to National Semi-Finals

The Bluegreens captured their first ever regional final championship.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Duluth FC would once again make things interesting in the playoffs as they won on penalty kicks, 4-3, to claim their first ever regional final Saturday night. The Bluegreens would take on AFC Ann Arbor and got off to a quick start, as Gonnie Ben-Tal took the corner kick and Ryan Tyrer headed the ball in…

Hundreds Compete in Park Point Five-Miler on Thursday

The winner finished the race in under 26 minutes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 47th annual Park Point Five-Miler took place Thursday night. The first person to cross the finish line was Duluth native Nick Nygaard with a time of 25 minutes and 48 seconds. Kim Karezonski of Thunder Bay had the top female time at 30 minutes and 34 seconds. The Park Point Five-Miler brings hundreds of people to the…

Morris Looks To Recapture Junior Welterweight Title

Markus Morris will take on former champ Rondale Hubbert on August 17.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local boxer Markus Morris has his next fight set. The former junior welterweight champ will take on the other former champ Rondale Hubbert for the vacant title on August 17 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. “We knew we’d be fighting each other up in here so I wasn’t really surprised. I knew it was coming close to…

Former Greyhound, Bulldog Welinski Signs With Anaheim

Twins Ports Development Camp insturctor Andy Welinski signs with the Anaheim Ducks.

ANAHEIM, Calif.- Former UMD Bulldog and Twin Ports Development Camp instructor Andy Welinski has signed a one–year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The 25-year-old defenseman made his NHL debut last season with the Ducks, recording two assists in seven games. Welinski has also played 119 career AHL games with the San Diego Gulls scoring 16 goals and notching 48…

Bluegreens Thank Fans for Growing Support

Duluth FC say they owe a lot of their success to the fans who show up to the games.

DULUTH, Minn. – What a weekend it was for Duluth FC as the Bluegreens captured their first playoff win in club history. During their penalty shootout when Alberto Ciroi made a save, he immediately looked at the crowd. Same thing with Kyle Farrar when he made the game–winning goal. It’s clear that the players share a special bond with their…

Shepard Dazzles During Wild Camp Scrimmage

The UMD junior goalie put on a show during the Wild's development camp.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – While some college kids are spending their summer on a beach somewhere, UMD junior goalie Hunter Shepard is already getting prepared for next season. The Bulldogs netminder is down at the Xcel Energy Center this week taking part in developmental camp with the Minnesota Wild. A team scrimmage was held yesterday and Shepard was one of…

Learning About Teamwork from the Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings returned to Duluth for their 10th annual Vikings Skills Camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, young Vikings fans from across the Northland made their way to Malosky Stadium for the 10th annual Vikings summer skills camp. The camp is designed to teach kids about the importance of teamwork. Former Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson has been coming to Duluth for the past three years and he says the camp has been…

Mrazova Moving Up to NWHL

Former Bulldog Katerina Mrazova signs with the Connecticut Whale.

DULUTH, Minn.- Former Bulldog hockey player Katerina Mrazova has signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League. The 25 year old just finished her career at UMD scoring 25 goals and notching 50 assists in 117 games. Mrazova has also been a part of the Czech Republic national team competing in many IIHF National championships. She joins…

UMD’s Löwenhielm Signs with Connecticut Whale

The former Bulldog was also a memeber of the Swedish women's national hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm has signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League. The 23-year-old just wrapped up her career at UMD playing in 144 games, scoring ten goals and recording 32 assists. As a 19-year-old, she played on the Swedish women’s national hockey team at the 2014 Olympics. Löwenhielm also represented Sweden…

Former Greyhound Rick Rickert Retires From Professional Basketball

The Duluth native was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball back in 2001.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth basketball star Rick Rickert has retired from professional basketball. The 2001 Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner graduated from Duluth East with a lot of hype behind him. He played college basketball at the University of Minnesota, where he became the first ever Gopher to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. Although he was…

Sislo Signs With New York Islanders

Superior native continues pro career

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Earlier this week it was announced that Pro Development Camp coach, Mike Sislo, has agreed to a one year contract with the New York Islanders. The contract is two–way, meaning he will play for both the organization’s AHL and NHL teams. Prior to this agreement Sislo played for the Tuscon Roadrunners, the AHL affiliate for the Arizona Coyotes, scoring…

Welcome Home JT Brown

Former Bulldog signs with the Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Last we saw of JT Brown, he lead the UMD Bulldogs to their first national championship in 2011. After that Brown went on to play with the big boys of the NHL. First with the Tampa bay lightening then heading out west to Anaheim. But the Burnsville native clearly couldn’t stay away for too long because this morning…

Kuhlman goes from a Bulldog to a Bruin

Former UMD Hockey Captain talks about his week at Bruins Development Camp

BOSTON, Mass.- Former Bulldog captain Karson Kuhlman attended Bruins development camp which wrapped up yesterday. The Frozen Four M.V.P. took full advantage of the opporutnity showing the organization everything he has to offer, all while simply being grateful to be a part of the experience. Bruins director of player development Jamie Langenbrunner says Kuhlman is “a kid that has personally been…

Duluth FC’s Joel Person Gives World Cup Predictions

We met with the Bluegreens coach to get his predictions on the knockout round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC head coach Joel Person is one of the most knowledgeable minds in the Northland when it comes to soccer. In honor of the start of the knockout round of the World Cup, we asked him to break down each match-up and give his prediction. Also, Person told us who he thinks is the favorite left…

Former Bulldog Zoe Hickel Signs With Calgary Inferno

The former UMD women's hockey captain will be re-united with former coach Shannon Miller.

CALGARY, Alberta – Former UMD women’s hockey player Zoe Hickel has signed with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The 25-year-old will join her former UMD coach Shannon Miller who was named head coach earlier this week. Hickel just wrapped up her rookie year with the Kunlun Red Star, leading the CWHL in assists. Hickel played at…

Duluth FC Hosts Goalie Camp

The Bluegreens were at Stebner Park teaching the fundamentals of goalkeeping.

DULUTH, Minn. – The World Cup fever is in full force, especially in the Northland. And Duluth FC took advantage of that by hosting their first ever goalie camp Thursday at Stebner Park. The campers were split into three groups working on skills like diving for saves and anticipating shots. Alberto Ciroi is one of the instructors and he says…

“Nisky Day” Set for Stanley Cup Celebration

Iron Range native Matt Niskanen will host a Stanley Cup celebration with the local community.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Three weeks after winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, former Virginia-MIB hockey star Matt Niskanen has announced that he will be bringing the Stanley Cup to the Iron Range on Sunday, July 22nd. There are no details at this time about the specific plans or times for that day, but organizers are expecting the celebration…

Duluth FC Completes the Comeback for Fifth Straight Win

The Bluegreens battle back from down 2-0 to defeat the Minnesota TwinStars 3-2.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC gets the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute from Gonnie Ben-Tal as the Bluegreens comeback to beat the Minnesota TwinStars 3-2 Wednesday night at Public Schools Stadium. The win is the fifth in a row for the Bluegreens, who also got goals from Kyle Farrar and Tom Corcoran. Duluth FC now has two games left…