Sports Posts

Jeff Galloway run/walk/run training group in Duluth

If you’re looking at running Grandma’s and/or Whistlestop half or full marathons this year, there’s a new training program available for both races. It’s a group using the Jeff Galloway method of run/walk/run. This is a great method for beginning runners as well as people who are injury prone but want to continue to run the longer races. Visit active.com to register and find more information and details.

2015 NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship

2015 NCAA Division Men’s Hockey Championship

The UMD Bulldogs drew the Minnesota Gophers in the first round of the NCAA National Hockey Championship Playoffs. The ‘Dogs have faced the Gophers four times this season, winning three and losing one. They play 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on ESPNU/WatchESPN.  Go Bulldogs!

Break Shots


Video by James Holak.

Electric Snail: Fake Duluth Tour


Lucas, Andrew, Jack, Barrett and Non-lake-effect Jesse ski Spirit Mountain, Chester Bowl and Mont du Lac.

High School Hockey on Local Radio

Yes, I’m a sports fan, I enjoy ice hockey, and I go to the state high school tournament often. Now time for the whining.  Why are two local sports stations broadcasting the same high school hockey game live (e.g., Jan. 29)? This is not the first time. Both 560 and 1490 have it and 1490 is the “home of the Minnesota Wild” in these parts. The Wild have a game this evening, which would be on 1490, that I assume will be preempted or joined in progress. One station for the high school game tonight is enough. My suggestion: Trade off or put Wild game on another station owned by whatever radio group. Looking forward to reading comments and other views on this situation.

Scenes from Duluth: Glen Avon


Video by Q.V. Hough.

Macho Madness Day in Duluth

To mark the occasion of “Macho Man” Randy Savage being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, Eyewitness News Sports Director Dan Williamson dipped into the PDD Photo Archive and recalled the time Duluth Mayor John Fedo declared “Macho Madness Day” in the city of Duluth.

Superior Curling Club was fun

sccI spent Saturday afternoon watching friends play at the Superior Curling Club.

According to its website, the current club location was built “during the late 1980s.” “A modern new four sheet club was built at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds. Superior curlers worked out an agreement with the city and county on the funding of the club. The county and city contributed two dollars for every club dollar, and the curlers put in many thousands of hours in the actual construction of the new club.”

It’s a nifty facility, but it’s an even niftier sport to watch on a cold afternoon.

The Zamboni Explosion and Peterson Arena Fire of 2004

peterson arenaIt’s been 10 years since Peterson Arena was gutted by fire on Dec. 19, 2004. The image of the wreckage at left is a Bob King photo for the Duluth News Tribune, boosted from USA Today‘s story about the unfortunate and scary, yet still undeniably comical, Zamboni explosion. The fire marked the end of Peterson Arena, which served as the only indoor ice rink in western Duluth from 1971 to 2004. It was replaced by the Duluth Heritage Sports Center at Clyde Park, which opened in 2008.

Fat Biking Keene Creek


Video by Level Visuals.

Highlight Video: UMD Bulldogs vs. Ouachita Baptist University


Zach Zweifel hit quarterback Drew Bauer with a 9-yard scoring strike in overtime to cap UMD’s wild 48-45 win over undefeated Ouachita Baptist University last Saturday. The Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals, facing Minnesota State-Mankato this Saturday at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato.

Coach Cork: Lesson #3


The third installment of valuable cross-country skiing tips from Coach Cork, brought to you by Ski Hut.

See also:

Coach Cork: Lesson #1

Coach Cork: Lesson #2


Coach Cork: Lesson #2


Coach Cork dispenses more tips and advice for cross-country skiers in lesson #2.

Thanks to Ski Hut for sponsoring Coach Cork. See also, Coach Cork: Lesson #1

Coach Cork: Lesson #1


The snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s time to learn to love the outdoors in Winter in Duluth, lest you go insane. Cross-country skiing is a favorite past time of many in the snowy climates, with a deep connection to Minnesota heritage. PDD has teamed up with U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Coach Jason Cork to bring you a three-part instructional series, introducing you to the magic and thrill of cross-country skiing, one short lesson at a time.

Please enjoy lesson #1, sponsored by Ski Hut.

See also:
Coach Cork: Lesson #2

College football’s coaching nun in New York Times

Sister Lisa Maurer photo by Tim Gruber for the New York TimesThe story of Sister Lisa Maurer, who serves as a football coach at the College of St. Scholastica, is featured today in the New York Times. Maurer is a Benedictine nun with St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, which shares a campus with the College of St. Scholastica. She joined the ranks of the coaching crew this fall, after spending years as one of the Saints’ biggest fans. Maurer will be on the sidelines Saturday as the Saints take on Saint John’s University in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Collegeville.