Grand Rapids Uses Balanced Attack Against Hermantown

Cade Pierson – NSO


Grand Rapids took down the host Hermantown Hawks 73-66, led by Nate Seelye, who scored 15 points in the victory.

Grand Rapids also had four players score in double digits.

At halftime, the Thunderhawks would hold a large 14-point lead. Hermantown would try to rally in the second half, falling short.

Thomas Madison poured in 27 for the Hawks in their fourth straight loss.

Hermantown falls to 10-13, while Grand Rapids advances to 17-6 on the year.


Carlson Leads Barnum To Victory

February 9th, 2016

Tyler Peterson-NSO

The Barnum Bombers welcomed the Deer River Warriors to town on Monday night, winning 57-42 behind 24 points from Chris Carlson.

The Bombers led 29-20 at halftime and continued to build on that in the second half, outscoring the Warriors 28-22, while on their way to a 15 point victory.

Carlson was the high point in the game with 24. Also scoring for the Bombers was Drake Weets with 9, Reece Parks with 7, Hunter Fetters chipping in 6, Mason Agurkis added 5, Daniel Gilchrist with 4, and Colton Ziegler rounding it out with 2.

Cody Shevich led the Warriors with 13 in the loss. Noah Williams and Kyle Shevich pitched in 8, Tyrese Jackson added 6, Garrett Schjenken scored 5, and Tyler Grose topped it off with 2.



The Bombers are now 16-6 on the season and will look to add to that total on February 12th when they host South Ridge. Deer River falls to 6-16 with the loss.

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Esko Topples Cloquet

February 9th, 2016

Tyler Peterson-NSO

The Esko Eskomos played host to the Cloquet Lumberjacks, toppling them 65-43 on Monday night.

The Eskomos held a strong 37-20 lead at the halftime break and didn’t slow down in the second half, outscoring the Lumberjacks 28-23 en route to the 22 point victory.

The Eskomos used a balanced attack to beat Cloquet, led by Isaak Blue who had 17 in the win. Adam Trapp followed with 15 points and Cam Berger added 11. Also scoring for the Eskomos was Alex Walther and Ryan Pantsar, each with 9, and Ben Fischer and Bryce Bottila rounding it out with 2 each.

For Cloquet, Jordan Diver led the way with 18 points, including 4 from three point land. Riley Johnson followed with 10, Bryce Turnbull pitched in 4, Spencer Wehs scored 3, and Josh Bushey, Joe Obeidzinski, Tyler Moose, and Nick Nelson all scored 2 in the loss.

The Eskomos improve to 19-3 on the season and will be back in action on February 11th when they travel to play Duluth Denfeld. The Lumberjacks drop to 5-15 on the year and will play again on February 9th when they host Duluth Marshall.

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Mirage Back to section Final

George Bailey – NSO


Photos By: Kevon Fulton


The Proctor-Hermantown Mirage are back int he section 7A championship game, as the Mirage knocked off Moose Lake Area  by a score of 6-1.

Complete story to follow


Moose Lake Area 0-1-0—1

Proctor-Herman 2-2-2—6

First period — 1. PH, Brielle Larson (Skylar Gunderson, Karie Lenard), 2:51; 2. PH, Lenard (Callie Hoff, Torii Thomas), 5:37 (pp).

Second period — 3. MLA, Asia Gobel (Jessica Paull), 10:23 (sh); 4. PH, Sophie McGovern, 11:39; 5. PH, Hoff, 14:52.

Third period — 6. PH, Hoff (Larson), 4:34; 7. PH, McGovern, 8:13.

Saves — Maddy Gamst, MLA, 27; Amy Lemenager, PH, 14.


Hockey Day In Minnesota Scores

Cade Pierson – NSO

Locals Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld were in action Saturday, as Hockey Day in Minnesota came to Duluth. Duluth east would suffer a tough loss to reigning state champions Lakeville North.

Duluth Denfeld would go on to handle Eveleth-Gilbert, winning by 3 goals.

Lakeville North – 3

Duluth East – 2


Duluth Denfeld – 5

Eveleth-Gilbert – 2


Bulldogs Offense Leads To Victory Over Agates

Cade Pierson – NSO

Photos by: Marianne Pierson


It was homecoming night for Carlton High School Saturday, as the Boys team hosted the Two Harbors Agates.

In the first half, Carlton would hold a solid lead, going into the locker room up 42-29.  In the second half, they would be outscored 36-33 by the Agates, however it was not enough, as the Bulldogs took the win by score of 75-65.

Leading the charge for Carlton was Junior Tyler Ojibway, as he had 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Fellow Junior Eric Soderstrom also had a productive night, netting 12 points, 7 boards, and 8 assists as well as 2 steals.

Also scoring for Carlton was Matthew Hey 11, Waylon Lekander 9, Sam Macor 8, Jackson Mickle 5, Efren Moralez-Cruz 5, Ben Soderstrom 3, and Ryan Adams 2.

Brian Dugger paced the Agates with 17 points, while Alex Oling ended with 14.

Also scoring for Two Harbors was Olie Carpenter 10, Derek Peters & Jayden Ruberg 6, Ian Johnson 5, Derek Fabini 3, and Mahtahn Jenkins & Davey Kearney with 2.


Two Harbors Shuts Down Carlton

Cade Pierson – NSO


Leading Two Harbors was Alyssa Ruberg, who had 16 points to help her team take the 68-30 win over the Carlton Bulldogs on Saturday’s homecoming game.

The Agates jumped out to a big 31-11 lead at halftime, and cruised to victory from there, outscoring the Dogs 37-19 in the second half.

Also scoring the for Agates was Tori Bott 15, Brianna McGrath 13, Stephanie Williams 10, Carina Hebl & Cassie Prince 3, and Julia McDonald, Jessie Juenemann, Hazel Babcock, and Tiffani Johnson all with 2 points a piece.

Ashley Anderson scored 20 for Carlton, as she was the game high point-getter

Also chipping in for Carlton was Abby Lemke with 6, and Haily Klassen with 4 points.

Wilderness Split with Bismark

George Bailey – NSO


The Minnesota Wilderness shut out the Bismark Bobcats Saturday night to earn a split with the Central Division leading Bobcats by a score of 2-0.

Friday night the Bobcats doubled up on the Wilderness with a 4-2 victory.

 Aaron Herdt scored twice and Hunter Shepard made 34 saves to lead the surging Bobcats to a 4-2 home win over the visiting Wilderness. The Wilderness jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Tristan Rostagno.

The Bobcats answered back twice in the 2nd period courtesy of two power play goals from Herdt and Alex Strand.

The Wilderness tied the game early in the 3rd period with a goal from Ryan Bloom, but the Bobcats netted the game-winner less than two minutes later as Herdt scored his second of the game. Willie Brown added an empty-net goal. Luke Kania made 17 saves in the loss.

Chase Munroe stopped all 22 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season as the Wilderness snapped the Bobcats winning streak with a 2-0 shutout on Saturday, earning a weekend split of the road series in Bismarck.

The game was scoreless through the opening period, but Minnesota broke through early in the 2nd period on a goal from Janis Jaks. Ryan Bloom added a 3rd period power play goal to complete the scoring. Nick DeSimone made 23 saves in the Bobcats loss

Bulldogs Sneak Past Cardinals

February 6th, 2016

Tyler Peterson-NSO

The Carlton Bulldogs traveled to play the Cromwell Cardinals on Friday night, leaving victorious 66-63 behind a triple double from Eric Soderstrom.

The Bulldogs held a 34-24 advantage at halftime. To start the second half, the Cardinals cut the Bulldogs lead down to four, but the Bulldogs held off the surge, despite being outscored 39-32 in the second half to hold onto the slim three point victory.

Soderstrom posted his first triple double of the season with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists in the win for the Bulldogs. Tyler Ojibway led the Bulldogs in scoring with 21 points, while Sam Macor scored 14 points and pulled down 8 rebound. Matt Hey had a nice game with 13 points, while Waylon Lekander pitched in 5, and Efren Moralez-Cruz rounded it out with 2.

For the Cardinals, Tyler Randall had a game high 32 points. Carter Karppinen added 13 points in the loss, while Zion Smith also hit double figures with 10. Marcus Pocernich scored 4, and Sam Kemper and Alek Striowski rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 9-13 on the season and will be back in action on February 6th when they host Two Harbors. The Cardinals drop to 12-8 on the season and will look to bounce back against South Ridge on February 9th.

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Duluth Falls To Greenway Late

Cade Pierson – NSO


Greenway would have no issue against Duluth, as they used a 5 goal third period to propel them to a 6-1 victory.

Leading GR-Greenway was Maddy Illikainen, who notched two goals, both coming in the third period. She also tallied an assist.

Kalei Kleive had 27 saves for Duluth, while Paige Hemphill finished with 17 for Greenway.

Cromwell Claims Win Over Carlton

Cade Pierson – NSO


Cromwell traveled to Carlton to battle with the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night, in which Cromwell would take the victory 88-32.

The Cardinals saw scoring from many of its players, as Chelsea Swatek led all with 20 points.

Also scoring in the win was Taya Hakamaki with 16, Shaily Hakamaki 14, Olivia Cahoon 10, Baily Gronner 7, Teana Hakamaki 7, Kiiera Anderson 7, Andrea Hakamaki 5, and Johanna Johnson 2.

Carlton was paced by Senior Ashley Anderson, who finished with 14 points on the night.

Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Jenna Reed 10, Mackenzie Goranson 4, Alaina Bennett 2, and Abby Lemke 2.


Rails Roll Past Blue Devils

Cade Pierson – NSO


Bryden Urie tallied 28 as he marched the Proctor Rails to a 50-52 victory over Virginia in boy’s basketball action.

The Rails would have no trouble in the first half of play, holding a commanding 14-point lead at the half 30-24.

The Blue Devils would go on to outscore Proctor in the second however, 30-28 to keep it interesting.

Also helping our Urie in the win was Jordan Wetterlind with 17 points, Chase Urie 15, and Teran Lind 2.

Ethan Youso ended with 13 for Virginia in the loss, while Nathan Fink also had 13.

Bird Powers Rebels in Double O.T. Win

Tyler Peterson – NSO

Jessica Bird scored the game winning goal with 1:04 remaining in the second overtime Thursday night as the Rebels avenge a loss earlier this season to the Broncos, as the Rebels advance to the section 7A semi finals Monday versus Proctor-Hermantown with the 3-2 victory.


The closely contested game was tight from start to finish with the first goal coming 6 minutes into the second period when MLWR’s Jessica Bird was assisted by sister Jamie Bird to put the Rebels up 1-0. International Falls would respond to that goal when Lexi Edwards found the back of the net at the 11 minute mark to knot the game up at 1-1.

In the 3rd period, Jessica Bird put the Rebels up again, scoring 5 minutes into the period to push it to a 2-1 lead, but International Falls came storming back, with Lexi Edwards scoring again, tying the game for the second time of the evening, making it 2-2.

It took two overtime periods for the game to be decided, but it was Jessica Bird finding the net for the 3rd time in the game to give the MLWR Rebels the 2 overtime victory over the Broncos, 3-2.

Maddy Gamst had a stellar game for the Rebels, stopping 24 shots on the night, while International Falls goalie Grace Wegner also stopped an impressive 24 shots in the loss.

The MLWR Rebels are now 16-9-1 on the seasona and will face Proctor/Hermantown in the next round of the playoffs. That game will be played at Heritage Arena at 6:00pm. Internation Falls ended their season with a record of 14-11.

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Huskies End Jacks Season

Tyler Peterson – NSO

Photo By: Miaja Korpela

The Andover Huskies once again ended the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks season with a 4-1 victory Thursday night at Andover in the section 7AA quarterfinals.

In the first period, it took Andover 11:26 to take the 1-0 advantage off a power play goal by Sidney Portner.

2:10 into the second period, the Huskies put the pressure on going up 2-0 after Lexi Turpin found the back of the net. The Lumberjacks responded to that goal 8 minutes later when Lexi Smalley scored, cutting the Andover lead down to 2-1. Just 2 minutes later, Andover got that goal back with Claire Butorac pushing the Huskies lead to 3-1. At the 16 minute mark, Andover made it 4-1 with Jessica Nowacki putting the finishing touch on the game for the Huskies.

Cassidy Stumo blocked 15 shots in the win for Andover, while Eric Genereau stopped 19 in the loss for CEC.

The Lumberjacks end their season with a final record of 14-8-4. The Andover Huskies improve to 13-13 on the year and move onto the next round of the playoffs where they will play Elk River/Zimmerman at Mars Lakeview Arena on February 6th. The puck will drop at 3:00pm.

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Miletich Leads Bombers Over Bulldogs

Cade Pierson – NSO



The Barnum Bombers traveled to Carlton Monday night to take on the Bulldogs, as they would come out on top 75-64.


At halftime, the Bombers held a narrow 40-37 lead.


In the second half, Barnum would outscore Carlton 35-27 to guarantee themselves the victory.


Emily Miletich had a game-high 32 points for the Bombers, while Mallory Agurkis also had double digits with 11 points.


Also scoring for Barnum was Bailey Wheeler 8, Emma Koski & Kaitlyn Skutevik 6, Liz Carlson 5, Geana Guillard & Lexi Fuglestad 2, Britney Mike 1.


Amelia Groth had a team-high 15 points for Carlton in the loss.


Also scoring for the Dogs was Amanda Groth 10, Jenna Reed & Ashley Anderson 9, Haily Klassen 8, Abby Lemke 6, Vanessa Davis 5, and Mackenzie Goranson with 2.

Cromwell Holds On To Beat East Central

Cade Pierson – NSO


After taking a 9-point lead going into halftime, the Cromwell Cardinals would go on to secure the victory over East Central 63-57.


Cromwells Tyler Randall and Carter Karppinen both ended with 19 points in the win.


Also scoring for the Cards was Samuel Kemper 11, Zion Smith 11, and Ryan Juntunen with 3.


Stephon Buckhanen paced East Central, scoring 17 in the losing effort.

Bulldogs Pull Away Past Duluth Marshall

Cade Pierson – NSO


In the first half, Duluth Marshall would hold a 1-point lead over the Carlton Bulldogs, 24-25.


In the second, the Bulldogs would go on to outscore the Hilltoppers 38-30 to take the victory with a final score of 62-55.


Matthew Hey led the way for Carlton, dropping 19 points.


Also scoring for the Dog’s were Tyler Ojibway 13, Eric Soderstrom 12, Sam Macor 6, Waylon Lekander 5, Efren Morales-Cruz 3, Jackson Mickle and Ben Soderstrom with 2.


For Duluth Marshall, it was Cole Feriancek leading the team in scoring with 25.


Also scoring was Kevin Snyder 9, Jack Schenk 8, Ben Landherr 6, Nic Semaan 4, and Jake Polinsky 3.

Greyhounds Stop Jacks

Kerry Rodd – NSO


A 6-3 win by the Duluth East Greyhounds over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in boys hockey on Monday night sets up a potential playoff game down the road that could be wild.

Earlier this season the Lumberjacks defeated Duluth East at home, and on Monday night the Jacks and Greyhounds entered the third period tied at 2-2 before the Greyhounds found a way to pull away for the win.

East grabbed a 1-0 lead at 3:58 of the first period on a goal by Ian Mageau, but a little over nine minutes later the Lumberjacks tied things at 1-1 on a goal by Jedd Anich on an assist by Dawsen Cossalter.

Garrett Worth gave East a 2-0 lead at 6:29 of the second period, but Ryan Nelson tied it again for CEC at 12:10 with the assist going to Anich.

The Greyhounds quickly built a 4-2 lead in the third period on goals by Ryan Peterson and Worth, but Ryan Bourgeault cut the gap to 4-3 at 7:30 on a goal that was assisted by Jack Kuhlman, however that was the closest that the Jacks would get as East closed out the scoring with two more goals to make the final 6-3.

The loss drops the Jacks to 10-12 while East improved to 13-7.


CEC Routs North Shore

Cade Pierson – NSO


The Lady Lumberjacks would use their high-powered offense to ease to a 8-1 victory over North Shore.


C.J. Stoyanoff scored in the first period on the power play (2:14) for CEC, as Mak Langenbrunner followed, scoring at the 11:12 mark. She would answer her own goal, scoring again at the 11:54 mark.


In the second period, there would be no scoring from either side.


In the third, CEC would erupt for 5 goals. Kayla Baker would net one early, scoring at the 3:00 frame, while Rose Lundquist scored at 6:39.  Lexi Robideaux scored immediately after (6:58) for the 6-0 lead.


Callie Klemmer would get North Shore on the board, scoring at the 8:49 mark.


Baker would net her second goal (11:37), while Lexi Smalley got her teams 8th and final goal (15:46).


Erin Genereau ended with 15 saves for the Jacks.

Grand Rapids Holds Off Hermantown

Cade Pierson – NSO


Brock Schrom led Grand Rapids past Hermantown, tallying 27 points in the 89-79 win.


After taking a 1-point halftime lead, Grand Rapids would hold on in the second, outscoring the Hawks 46-37 to secure themselves the victory.


Jake Skelly scored 20 for Grand Rapids, while Cole Herring also ended in double digits with 12.


For Hermantown, Thomas Madison was the high point man, as he would finish with 18 points in the loss.

Fond du Lac Streaks Past Carlton

January 27th, 2015

Tyler Peterson-NSO

The Fond du Lac Ogichida hosted the Carlton Bulldogs on Tuesday night, upending them 104-79 to win their 4th consecutive game.

The Ogichida held a 44-28 advantage when the halftime buzzer sounded. The continued to keep the gas pedal down as they outscored the Bulldogs 60-52 in the second half to secure the 25 point victory.

Justin Brown led the way for Fond du Lac, scoring a game high 35 points in the win. Lester Williamson followed with 21 points, River Heitala notched 18, Evan Butcher contributed 16, and Nakyle Misquadace hit double figures with 10. Uriah Aubid rounded out the scoring in the win with 4 points.

Tyler Ojibway had a team high 23 points for the Bulldogs in the loss. Jackson Mickle added 12, while Eric Soderstrom and Matt Hey notched 11 and 10 points respectively. Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Sam Macor with 9, Efren Morales-Cruz with 6, Waylon Lekander added 5, and Ben Soderstrom rounded it out with 3.

The Ogichida improve to 9-9 on the season and will look to extend their winning streak to 5 when they travel to take on Christo Rey Jesuit on January 29th. The Bulldogs drop to 7-12 and will look to bounce back on January 29th when they travel to play South Ridge.

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Carlson Powers East Past Esko

January 27th, 2015

Tyler Peterson-NSO

The Duluth East Greyhounds snapped a 3 game losing skid on Tuesday night, toppling the Esko Eskomos 71-55 behind 34 points from Cody Carlson.

The Greyhounds held a slight 25-24 advantage at the half but used a strong second half effort, outscoring the Eskomos 46-31 to secure the 16 point victory.

Carlson led all scorers on the night with 34 points. Quentin Miller notched 15 in the win, while Jack Thompson and Joey Zwak each tallied 11 points.

Jaxson Turner had a team high 20 points in the loss, while teammate Isaak Blue followed with 12 points of his own. Adam Trapp was held to just 9 points in the game, while Quinn Fischer tallied 7, Alex Walther pitched in 6, and Camder Berger rounded it out with 1.

The Greyhounds improve to 10-9 on the season, while the Eskomos drop to 15-3. Duluth East will be back in action on January 30th when they travel to play St. Francis. Esko will play again on January 29th when they host Polar League opponent, the McGregor Mercs.

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Site Update

Dwight Cadwell – NSO


Just a quick update….

Northland Sports Online is in the process of updating the site and there are some new changes coming soon…

We will be posting stories on a limited basis over this period….

With the update some portions of the site are not functioning but all updates and changes should be complete within a week….

Thank you to all are viewers!!!!

Rebels Run Past Duluth Marshall

Cade Pierson – NSO


The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels were powered by Avery Kosloski, who had 19 points to lead his team to a 68-51 win over Duluth Marshall.

After taking a ten point, 32-22 half time lead, the Rebels never looked back, as they also outscored Marshall 36-29 in the second.

Moose Lake also saw scoring from Isaac Riihiluoma who had 16, Rex Janke 8, Jed Gill 6, Ryan Barrett 5, Ryder Anderson 5, Thomas Gulso 5, Brennen Sylvester 2, and Connor Radel 2.

Cole Feriancek had 22 for Duluth Marshall, as it just wasn’t enough to give them the win.

Ben Landherr also had double digits for the Hilltoppers, netting 15 points.

Bulldogs Power Past Mercs

Cade Pierson – NSO


A 22-point, 10 rebound night from Junior Sam Macor led the Carlton Bulldogs on their way to a 73-60 win Tuesday night over the visiting McGregor Mercs.

After the first half, the Bulldogs would hold a slim 31-28 lead.  In the second, the Dogs would extend that lead, outscoring McGregor 43-32.

Eric Soderstrom had a very nice night for the Bulldogs, contributing on all fronts, ending with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Also scoring for Carlton would be Tyler Ojibway 15, Matthew Hey 10, Ben Soderstrom 3, Jackson Mickle 2, Efren Moralez-Cruz 2, Marshall Bennett 1, and Chase Parker 1.

Carlton would have 10 made threes as a team, 4 of those coming from Ojibway.

McGregor’s Jordan Mickelson had 25 points, knocking down 5 threes in the game.  Carson Passer also scored in double digits with 12 points.



Jacks roll over Bluejackets

George Bailey – NSO


Kassidy Steen led four Cloquet Lumberjacks in double figures as the Cloquet Lumberjacks knocked of section rival Hibbing by a score of 66-35.

Steen scored a game high 20 points to led Cloquet to the win. Cloquet broke open a close game midway through the first half as the Lumberjacks went on a 12-0 run to end the first half with a 24-13 lead.

A quick second half start with a 18-2 run and hot outside shooting lead as Cloquet rolled to a 31 point victory.


Hibbing.   13-22—35

Cloquet     24-42—66


Hibbing — Abbey McDonald 17, Marin Dougherty 8, Katie Vucetich 1, Janessa Perry 1, April Hudelson 8

3-point goals – McDonald 2.

Cloquet — Kassidy Steen 20, Kendra Kelley 10, Anna Fossen 15, Vanna Kelley 12, Nicole Blatchford 7, Allie Wojtysiak 2

3-point goals — K. Kelley, Fossen 2, V. Kelley 3, Blatchford .