Tom has been a sports anchor since 1989. Born in Milwaukee but raised in St. Paul, Tom has the ideal background to cover the Packers and Vikings, Badgers and Gophers, Timberwolves and Bucks, Twins and Brewers, and all kinds of Minnesota and Wisconsin sports and athletes. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Winona State University and earned his master's degree in communications at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In his "spare" time, Tom provides radio play-by-play for the defending National Champion University of Minnesota, Duluth Women's Hockey Team. According to Tom, the scope of Northland's NewsCenter sports coverage is quite broad. "We attempt to cover as much local sports as possible. Scores, highlights, and sports with a story. We like to profile as many of the Northland athletes as we can. Bringing the viewers to the action and letting them experience the emotion of high school, college, and pro sports." Tom was the TV Play-by-Play announcer for both of the UMD National Championship teams last year on My 9, the 2010 UMD Football team and the 2011 UMD Men’s hockey team. In all, he has been the UMD radio and TV announcer for 25 years and has been the broadcaster for 8 UMD National championship teams. Over the years, he has done Bulldog football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey at the Division One level. Tom is also an award winning sports reporter as well, having won several radio and TV reporting honors. The latest, was a regional RTNDA Play-by-Play award for his call of the 1st UMD Hockey game at Amsoil Arena vs North Dakota. He has also won a Regional Emmy for his Live TV broadcast coverage of the Minnesota State High School Boys hockey tournament as a rink side reporter. Some of the others include awards for reporting on Minor League baseball and one on a local area football coach.
Duluth Denfeld Hunters Make History over the Duluth East Greyhounds on the Ice
Zach Thompson and the Duluth Denfeld boys hockey team had a night they will never forget.
Tom’s Notes: BCS Champs, Garth Heikkinen to Play in East/West Shrine Game + Local Hockey, Football and More
Roll Tide! The BCS National title football game was played Monday night, and it was all Alabama as they won 42-14 over Notre Dame.
Tom’s Sports Notes: Minnesota State Cross Country Meet Includes Runners from Esko and Proctor + More
The very best high school cross-country runners are from the Northland.
Friday Night Football Matchups Include Superior Spartans in Homecoming Game with Hudson
It's game day, and high school football takes center stage across the Northland tonight. Among the games, ESPN 560 WEBC will have Hudson vs. Superior for the Spartans annual homecoming game with coverage starting at 6:30.
UMD Bulldog Men’s Hockey Team Picked to Finish 5th in WCHA Preseason Poll
Just one more year for the UMD means hockey in the WCHA before they move on to the NCHC hockey conference in 2013. The Bulldogs first joined the WCHA back in 1965, which is 47 years of WCHA Hockey coming to a close for UMD this season.
Former Vikings Defensive Lineman Doug Sutherland Says Packers Intercepted the Ball
A former Minnesota Vikings great says it was a pick for the Pack.
UMD Women’s Hockey is Back on the Ice This Weekend and Hope to Rebound From a Disappointing End to Last Season
The UMD women’s hockey team opens their season this weekend, but it’s a much different start than a year ago. A year ago, they went into the year knowing that they were hosting two major tournaments in women’s college hockey, the WCHA Final Face-Off end of the year playoff tournament and the NCAA Frozen Four. The Bulldogs were in one, but not the other.
Cross-Town Football Battle: Duluth East and Denfeld Game Preview
Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld football teams will do battle today at Public School Stadium, and it’s a rivalry decades in the making.