Sports Posts

Duluth Library Wildcats Women’s Hockey Team of 1929

Not much is known about the Duluth Library Wildcats. The photo above is from the Duluth Public Library’s Facebook page, and is from a slide titled “Library Wildcats,” found in the staff section of the library’s slides.

“There isn’t a lot more information than that, but a librarian is on the case and she’ll be looking for more on this story,” the library’s Facebook post noted.

Denfeld High School Football Team of 1944

Here’s a peek at what the Denfeld Hunters gridiron crew looked like 75 years ago, in the fall of 1944. That’s legendary coach Walt Hunting up top and center.

Grandma’s Marathon 2019 Video

Because this video of the marathon automatically starts playing, it appears after the “read more” tag instead of on the home page.

Rawkers top Rollers 4-3 to even Homegrown kickball series

The Friday Rawkers bounced back from last year’s loss to the Saturday Rollers by winning 4-3 in the 20th Homegrown Kickball Classic. The series is tied at 10-10.

The 20th Homegrown Kickball Classic had the sides of the Friday Rawkers and the Saturday Rollers right back where they were two decades ago when the competition started, tied up. Friday mustered a comeback 4-3 win over Saturday to tie the overall series at 10 games apiece. Friday had ripped off three straight wins before losing in 2018, allowing Saturday the bragging rights for a year with a one-game series lead.

Selective Focus: 2019 Frozen Four Champion UMD Bulldogs

Instagram images related to the UMD Bulldogs 2019 Frozen Four championship.

UMD All Hockey Pep Band Hair Team

Check out the “Perfect Duluth Hay.” Go Dogs!

Minnesota All Hockey Hair Team 2019: Grand Flownale

John King returns with his 10th annual review of the finest hair styles at the Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament. He says this is the final video in the series — the “Grand Flownale.”

Congratulations to Duluth East sophomore forward Jacob Jeannette, who took top honors for his “vintage” and “gorgeous” flow. Even “Nature Boy” Ric Flair had to give it a “whooooo!”

Upper Chester Unofficial Official Neighorhood Luge Course

PDD Quiz: Sports Go Sports!

With a nod to the recent Super Bowl (and a Garfunkel and Oates song), this month’s PDD Quiz explores athletics in Duluth. Step up to the plate, sports fan, and see if you can knock this quiz out of the park!

Zenith City Online was an invaluable source of research for this quiz in case you want to cheat study beforehand.

The next PDD quiz, on the happenings that made headlines this month, will be published on Feb. 24. Please email question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Feb. 21.

Duluth Blogs: How to Collect Baseball Cards

Today, I point to another blog by a Duluthian, this time John Boucha. You can tell because his name is the URL.

Surfin’ Superior 2008

Ten years ago — Dec. 10, 2008 — City Pages profiled Duluth surfer Greg Isaacson.

In 1975, he found himself paddling out onto Lake Superior with a few local fishermen looking at him like he was insane. Isaacson went out in the middle of a storm. He wore the top half of a diving suit, which gave his arms all the flexibility and natural movement of the Michelin Man. This jerry-rigged outfit, combined with the glacial temperatures of the water, allowed him just 20 minutes of water time.

But the first wave he caught was magic.

Grandma’s Marathon 2018 Double: Gorilla’s in the Mist

Eric Stand — joined by Zach Strand and Andy Lohn — run the seventh annual Grandma’s Marathon Double. It’s a 52.4-mile trot along the shores of Lake Superior, starting at 2:30 a.m. at the finish line and running to the start, then back.

Hey there, Duluth, you hear us?

National Public Radio’s Scott Simon begins the Nov. 17 “Saturday Sports” segment on Weekend Edition asking: “Anybody here want to host the 2026 Winter Olympics? Hey there, Duluth, you hear us? Are you just going to stand there with your hands in your pockets?”

Beyond the Gridiron: Made in Duluth

Season 1, episode 11 of the Minnesota Vikings video series “Beyond the Gridiron” profiles Duluth native C.J. Ham, telling the story of his journey from Denfeld High School to the National Football League.

If you’re a grandma in Duluth …

We missed it in 2015, but here’s a belated clip of Lance Armstrong on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast dropping a reference to Duluth.