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.
Tom’s Notes: High School Playoff Season Preview + More
State Alpine ski meet is Wednesday at Giants Ridge. State Cross-country meet is Thursday also at Giants Ridge; and in high school girl’s hockey Tuesday night in the Section 7A semifinals, the Mirage of Proctor-Hermantown beat Princeton 5-3 to advance to the section title game on Friday.
Tom’s Notes: UMD Opens National Search for a New Athletics Director to Replace Bob Neilson + More
The Major League Baseball season is here...many major league baseball teams have opened training camps, as pitcher and catchers report to spring training in Florida and Arizona.
Tom’s Notes: Two Northland High School Students in the Running for Mr. Hockey 2013 + More
The Northland has been no strangers to producing good high school hockey players over the years. Two area schools have produced two more candidates.
Tom’s Notes: Northland Curling Team Gets National Attention + More
A Northland curling team took their talents to the Big Apple Tuesday morning with an appearance on N–B–C's TODAY SHOW! Team Fenson appeared on the show as part of the Today Show's Olympic Week and the start of the one year countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics...
Tom’s Notes: Esko Senior Savanna Trapp Makes Minnesota High School Basketball History + More
Northland high school basketball fans flocked to the Superior High School gym Monday night and when they got their there were joined by several Division one college scouts as well to watch Esko vs. Superior. Two state ranked teams in girl’s basketball.
Tom’s Notes: UMD Men’s Hockey Get Ready for a Weekend of WCHA Play Against Denver + More
The UMD men’s hockey team is entering a key weekend in WCHA play. They are hosting the Denver Pioneers for the first time and last time this year.
Tom’s Notes: Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire is Hitting the Snowmobile Trails for a Cause + More
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will be riding a sled the next few days here in the Northland. For a cause.
Tom’s Notes: UWS Yellowjacket Women’s Basketball Nationally Ranked, Clydesdales Hockey Lose League Membership + More
For the first time in the Don Mulhern coaching era at UW-Superior, the Yellowjacket women’s basketball team in nationally ranked. Yep, #25.
Tom’s Notes: The Denfeld Hunters Hockey Team Continues to Roll + More
A week ago, the Denfeld Hunters won one of their biggest games in school history as they beat Duluth East 5-4.They returned to that same ice a week later and posted another 5 goals on Tuesday.
UMD Bulldog Men’s and Women’s Hockey Team Raises Money for Breast Cancer with “Pink the Rink” Night
UMD men’s and women’s hockey teams helped to raised over $14,000 for cancer outreach programs over the weekend, as they wore special pink jerseys and autographed them after the game.
Two Former UMD Bulldog Football Players Will Join Bob Nielson as Assistants at Western Illinois
Former Bulldogs Head Football Coach Bob Nielson recently left UMD to be the Head Coach at Western Illinois. Monday the Leathernecks announced that two former Bulldogs will be joining him.
Tom’s Notes: Three UMD Men’s Hockey Players Suspended + More
The UMD men’s hockey team will have a short bench on Friday. Head Coach Scott Sandelin suspended three players for recently violating team rules.