2023 All-Area Girls Hockey Team

Here's this year's best Northland girls hockey players.

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Proctor/Hermantown forward Nya Sieger (4) and Orono forward Zoe Lopez (10) battle for control of the puck in the first period Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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Despite Proctor/Hermantown nearly advancing to a third consecutive state title game, Duluth Marshall’s Ilsa Lindaman headlines the 2023 News Tribune All-Area Girls Hockey Team, selected by the News Tribune's sports team.

Lindaman finished the season with 46 goals and 76 total points and was named the All-Area Player of the Year for the Hilltoppers. Lindaman and second-team defenseman Sarah Stauber led Marshall to a third straight Section 7A championship game under first year head coach Callie Hoff.

Mirage defenseman Sophie Parendo and forward Reese Heitzman nabbed Class A All-State honorable mention nods, while Grand Rapids/Greenway sophomore Mercury Bischoff was a Class AA selection. Bischoff’s 44 goals was good enough for fifth in Minnesota, one spot behind Lindaman.

Superior’s Autumn Cooper and Kaylie Nault led the Spartans to a runner-up finish in Wisconsin and Duluth’s Grace Karakas led the Northern Stars to their first winning season since 2009-10.


Duluth Marshall
Junior forward
Duluth Marshall's Ilsa Lindaman
Duluth Marshall's Ilsa Lindaman
Submitted photo.
- The 2023 News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year became the Hilltoppers' all-time leading scorer this season, recording 46 goals in 2023 and 93 for her career. 
- A Class A All-State selection in 2023, Lindaman finished the season with 76 points and led the Hilltoppers to a third consecutive Section 7A championship game.
The Hilltoppers’ junior has “one of the hardest shots” coach Callie Hoff has ever seen.
Duluth Marshall junior forward Ilsa Lindaman posted a team-best 34 goals and 21 assists as a sophomore last season, helping the Hilltoppers to back-to-back Section 7A championship game appearances.
The postseason began in Minnesota girls hockey and alpine skiing on Tuesday.


Mercury Bischoff
Grand Rapids/Greenway
Sophomore forward
Grand Rapids/Greenway's Mercury Bischoff
Mercury Bischoff
Photo courtesy of Brad Hyduke
- The Lightning sophomore was fifth in the state, regardless of class, with 44 goals this season. 
- Bischoff scored 73 total points on her way to a Class AA All-State nod.
Siblings lead boys and girls teams into this week's Section 7AA playoffs.

Senior forward
Proctor/Hermantown's Reese Heitzman
Reese Heitzman
Photo courtesy of Shawna Jokinen
- The All-Lake Superior Conference second team selection led the Mirage with 21 goals on their way to a fourth-place finish in Class A.
- A Class A All-State honorable mention, Heitzman’s 33 points helped Proctor/Hermantown win its third consecutive Section 7A title.
Heitzman scores two goals, including the game-winner, as Proctor/Hermantown moves on.
Mirage back in the state tournament for a third straight year.

Grand Rapids/Greenway
Junior defenseman
- The Lightning senior had four goals and 18 assists on her way to an All-Lake Superior Conference first-team selection.
- LeClaire was the top scoring player on a Lightning defense that allowed 2.74 goals per game.
Senior defenseman
Sophie Parendo
Photo courtesy of Shawna Jokinen
- A Class A All-State honorable mention, Parendo had 10 points for the Mirage in their run to the state semifinals. 
- Parendo led a defense that allowed 2.03 goals per game in 2022-23.
Senior goaltender
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton's Araya Kiminski
Araya Kiminski
Photo courtest of Kennedy Houge
- An All-Lake Superior Conference first team selection, Kiminski started every game for the Lumberjacks and allowed just 1.99 goals per game.
- Kiminski’s play between the pipes kept a Lumberjack offense that averaged just 1.81 goals per game competitive on a night-to-night basis.


Senior forward
Superior's Autumn Cooper
Autumn Cooper
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
- A Wisconsin first team All-State selection, Cooper scored 31 goals and had 51 points in the Spartans’ run to the Wisconsin state championship game.
- Cooper also received an All-Lake Superior Conference honorable mention nod.
Superior captain Autumn Cooper scored a shorthanded goal with 12 seconds left to push the Spartans past Hudson in the state semifinals.
Superior, which won just two games two years ago, marches on to face Hayward in Saturday’s Sectional One title game.
The Spartans finish their season with an overall record of 20-6 after falling 3-0 to Bay Area Co-op.

Senior forward
2022 Girls Soccer News Tribune All-Area Team
Grace Karakas
Contributed photo
- Karakas led the Northern Stars with 18 goals this season and was named to the All-Lake Superior Conference second team.
- The senior forward was second on the team with 24 points and the Northern Stars picked up their first winning season since 2009-10.

Duluth Marshall
Senior defenseman
Sarah Stauber
Contributed photo
- Stauber’s 27 points was the top for Hilltopper defensemen in 2022-23 in their run to the section title game for a third consecutive year.
- Stauber led a Hilltopper defense that allowed just 1.86 goals per game and killed more than 87% of penalties.

North Shore
Senior defenseman
North Shore's Hope Ernest
Hope Ernest
Contributed photo
- Ernest finished the season with seven goals and six assists, but her impact on the ice was incalculable for the Storm, according to coach Zach Vieau.
- The senior captain “ran all power plays and penalty kills and would be the most noticeable skater from an outsider watching a North Shore game,” Vieau said.

Sophomore goaltender
Superior's Kaylie Nault
Kaylie Nault
Contributed photo
- The Spartans’ netminder had a .904 save percentage and a 2.06 goals against average in 2022-23.
- Nault compiled a record of 21-5 and had five shutouts in the Spartans’ run to the Wisconsin state championship game.

This story originally contained an incorrect postseason award for Superior's Autumn Cooper. Cooper was a Wisconsin first team All-State selection. It was corrected at 1:48 p.m. on April 26 and posted at 6:05 a.m. on April 15. The News Tribune regrets the error.

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