St. Scholastica seeks to continue its season tonight when it takes on the University of Northwestern in St. Paul in a UMAC playoff play-in game. The teams split their regular-season meetings, with the home team winning each time. The fourth-seeded Eagles (13-12 overall, 9-7 UMAC) won the tiebreaker over the fifth-seeded Saints (14-11, 9-7) due to wins over No. 2 Bethany Lutheran and No. 3 Minnesota-Morris. The Saints are led by Rashonna Thomas and Michala Walther, each of whom average around 10 points per conference game.
Minnesota Duluth split a doubleheader for the second consecutive day Sunday, losing 6-4 to Missouri Western State in the opening game before winning 5-1 in the nightcap. Freshman Jessica Bren cracked a two-run homer in the fourth inning of game two and senior shortstop Becky Smith, who became UMD's career leader in RBIs over the weekend, followed with her own two-RBI blast in the seventh. Smith now has 154 career RBIs, passing the previous mark of 149. Valerie Hohol tossed a five-hitter to improve to 4-0 this season.
The St. Scholastica men's and women's teams each finished third Sunday at the NCAA Central Region Championships at Al Quaal Nordic Center in Ishpeming, Mich. Saints junior Greta Jenkins led the way with a ninth-place finish among collegiate skiers in the 5-kilometer classic race in a time of 16 minutes, 47 seconds to earn all-region accolades for the first time in her career. Northern Michigan captured the region championship, led by Vivian Hett who led all Central Collegiate Ski Association racers in 15:30.
Lost in the shocking upset victory of Czech skier/snowboarder Ester Ledecka in the women's super-G on Saturday was the continuation of a remarkable statistical anomaly. Finishing second on NBC and third in real life was Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Such a result would be shocking enough for a country with an estimated population (37,000) less than half that of Duluth. However, Lichtenstein has 10 Olympic medals.
This bankruptcy information is gathered from cases filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Duluth Feb. 9-14. DEBTOR: Sarah E. Brorson fka Sarah E. Higgenbotham STREET ADDRESS: 302 Fifth Ave., Bovey MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 318, Bovey CHAPTER 7 DATE FILED: Feb. 9 ASSETS: $10,172 LIABILITIES: $35,709.78 DEBTOR: Mary Katherine Czech ADDRESS: 701 W. Second St., Apt. D38, Duluth CHAPTER 7 DATE FILED: Feb. 9 ASSETS: $584,280.68 LIABILITIES: $463,827.85
Duluth Property Transactions Feb. 7-14 2706 W. 11th St., Richard N. Sonntag trust purchased from Diane and James Stauber for $360,000, residential, 11/17. 526 N. 16th Ave. E., Chester Creek Cottage LLC purchased from Wilmington Savings Fund Society for $50,500, residential, 1/18. 605 N. 23rd Ave. W., William H. and Dora Salo purchased from Blanche Gorder for $40,000, residential, 12/17. 421 N. 39th Ave. W., Geoffrey R. and Kristen M. Norberg purchased from Jamie St. Marie for $82,000, residential, 12/17.
State Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, announced Saturday evening that he will not run for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Rick Nolan. After Nolan announced earlier this month that he would retire at the end of the current term, Lourey had told the News Tribune he was "seriously looking" at running for the seat. But in a statement posted on Twitter, Lourey said that “after much deliberation, I’ve decided I can do more for the people in Northeastern Minnesota — my home — by continuing my work in the State Senate.”
The Heartland Indie Best-seller List, as brought to you by Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, Midwest Booksellers Association and IndieBound for the week ending Feb. 11. Visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's, $28.99) 2. An American Marriage, Tayari Jones (Algonquin, $26.95) 3. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn (Morrow, $26.99) 4. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles (Viking, $27) 5. The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin (Putnam, $26)
Mentor Duluth pairs caring adults with kids who can benefit from positive role models. Sonja and Serrenity have been matched for four months. They love to cook, bake, hang out with animals and try new things. Sonja plays guitar and gave Serrenity one of hers to practice on. They are working through a children's lesson book and hope one day to play some songs together.
Old Vermilion Trail 5-Stand winter league, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Non-league shooters welcome. Go to oldvermiliontrail.com or call (218) 721-3804. Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show and Northland Outdoors Deer Classic, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Tickets: $10 for adults, $6 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children. Voyageurs National Park offers these events at Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Go to voyageurs.org/calendar for details. • Tracking by snowshoe, 2-4 p.m. today. • Sledding Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 25.