Northern Star

Northern Star: Tyler Watkins

CLOQUET, Minn. - Hermantown alum Tyler Watkins knew he wanted the chance to play junior hockey close to home. "For me, getting to stay close to my family, watching my sister grow up…

Northern Star: Ava Asgaard

HERMANTOWN, Minn. - When senior guard Ava Asgaard first moved to Hermantown, she quickly gelled with the Hawks basketball team. "It's been a good time. Coming in here, I wasn't super good friends…

Northern Star: Payton Wefel

ESKO, Minn. - After star senior guard Trevor Spindler suffered a season-ending injury just a few games in to the 2019 season, the Esko boys basketball team turned to fellow senior guard Payton Wefel…

Northern Star: Vid Milenkovic

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Wisconsin-Superior's Vid Milenkovic is a long way from home. "I'm from Zurich, Switzerland and I got recruited for basketball. Eventually I moved to Serbia and I played high school basketball over…

Northern Star: Kya Rybachek

HIBBING, Minn. - Wrestling is one of the world's oldest sports and even though it has been done for thousands of years, Kya Rybachek is blazing a path of her own. Rybachek…

Northern Star: Blake Biondi

HERMANTOWN, Minn. - Part of Blake Biondi always knew that he would be a Minnesota Duluth Bulldog. "Obviously I'm from the area and my dad played there and I've been a fan my…

Northern Star: Hunter Shepard

DULUTH, Minn. - To say that UMD's Hunter Shepard is a very competitive person would be an understatement. "That's probably what I've made my career off of to this point. I think guys want…

Northern Star: Taya and Shaily Hakamaki

CROMWELL, Minn. - When you go to a Cromwell-Wright girls basketball game, you're bound to hear the name Hakamaki blasting through the gym. But seniors Taya and Shaily are just two of many Hakamakis…

Northern Star: Connor and Cooper McClure

DULUTH, Minn. - Hockey is a family sport for Duluth Denfeld boys hockey forwards Cooper and Connor McClure. "Ever since we were little, our dad got us on skates around the age of three,…

Northern Star: Brooke Olson

DULUTH, Minn. - The UMD women's basketball team is coming off of its 11th overall NCAA Tournament appearance is picking up right where they left off. But after graduating two big pieces last…

Northern Star: Grace Kirk

DULUTH, Minn. - Back in March, the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team had their season end at the hands of Proctor in the Section 7AA title game. Nearly nine months later, that loss…

Northern Star: Braelyn Sathers

PROCTOR, Minn. - While many of the pieces have changed, senior defender Braelyn Sathers has been a consistent part of the Proctor Hermantown Mirage blue line this season. "She's a tall girl,…

Northern Star: Nate Pionk

DULUTH, Minn. - Hermantown high school hockey is a program that will always stand out across the state of Minnesota. "It's a hockey community. You see it all over the news in the…

Northern Star: Eva Reinertsen

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Eva Reinertsen is one of just four seniors on a very young Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball team this season. "I think it's surreal, it's surreal for sure. I've been playing basketball…

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