The Homecoming Celebration for the North Woods Grizzlies Basketball Team.

by Becky Trip

The community came out to the North Woods school on Monday, March 26, 2018, to welcome the Grizzlies Basketball team back from the State Tournament.  Thank you for another fantastic basketball season!  Go Grizzlies!!


The Diplay of this year's basketball trophies.


Superintendent Ingebritson addresses the players and crowd.


Principal Vukmanich,  M.C Kandi Olson,  and some of the team members


Assistant Coach Chiabotti with managers, coaches, “Grizzlie” & cheerleaders


Coach Kleppe interviewing some of the team members.

The previous photos were taken by my mom, Muriel Simonson. 





By Becky Trip

It was a nail-biter.  Sitting at home on my couch watching the Class A State Championship game, I was kept on the edge of my seat.  Each team had incredible scoring runs, and you knew that it was going to come down to the very last moment.  Our boys played their hearts out, and the other team was determined to keep them from scoring. 

In the end, the North Woods Grizzlies came up second in the tournament, losing the championship game on Saturday, March 24, 2018, by a score of 55-59.  Three of the Grizzlies were named to the All-Tournament team; Senior Tate Olson, Junior Cade Goggleye, and Sophmore Trevor Morrison.  You can read about the match-up in this Duluth News Tribune article:

On Saturday evening around 7:30 p.m., we heard the sirens of the local emergency vehicles as they escorted the returning team through town on their way back to the school.  We ran outside to welcome them home.


We are so proud of our Grizzlies!  Thanks for another great March Madness ride!




by Becky Trip

The North Woods Grizzlies have done it again. They won their Semi-final match on Friday, March 23rd versus Cass Lake-Bena by a score of 67 - 47.  Way to go!!!!  We were there to see the game, along with most of the Cook and Orr population.  You can read about the game in this Duluth News Tribune article:

Here are some photos I took at the Target Center at today's game. 


The Grizzlies team watches the game which is before their match today.  They know that they will play one of these teams for the championship tomorrow if they win today.


The fans are ready to cheer on their team.


The teams take the court.


The North Woods Pep Band.


The North Woods cheerleaders .


Warming up.


The Team Huddle after the introduction of the players.


The game begins...


The North Woods fans fill the stands.


The team heads to the locker room at half time, leading with a score of 33 - 17.


The Grizzlies in action.


North Woods went to the foul line several times.


The final score is 67-47, and Cade Goggleye is named the Player of the Game.


The North Woods coaches shake hands with the Cass-Lake Bena coaches after the match.

Tate Olson gets the post-game inteview.


The Grizzlies will play for the State Title against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Saturday, March 24, at 11:00 a.m. at the Target Center.  If you are unable to be there, the game is being shown on TV on Channel 13. 






by Becky Trip

The North Woods Grizzlies Boys Basketball Team won their first game of the 2018 State Tournament on Thursday, March 22nd, beating Heritage Christian Academy with a score of 74-36.  Congratulations!  You can read about the game in this Duluth News Tribune article, .

The team plays in the Semi-final match on Friday, March 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Target Center.  I'll be going down to see the game with my mom and daughter Lydia, while my three oldest girls get to go down with the Pep Band.  Hope to see you there.  If you can't make it, the game will be shown on TV on Channel 13. 

Go Grizzlies!!!




by Becky Trip

The Grizzlies Boys Basketball Return Trip to the State Tournament began this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  There was a Pep Rally at the school at around 9:45 a.m., and around 10:45 a.m., we heard the sirens as the Fire Department and Ambulance Squad escorted them through town so we could all send them off on their journey.  This year, my daughter and I were ready and waiting in front of our house to wave and cheer them on. 







The Grizzlies will be playing in the Quarterfinal game against Heritage Christian Academy on Thursday, March 22nd, at 3:00 p.m. at Williams Arena - U of M.  The quarterfinals will be streamed live free of charge by School Space Media on

Good Luck Grizzlies!!!





by Becky Trip

Monday, March 19, 2018

The North Woods Grizzlies Boys Basketball Team is headed back to the State Tournament this year after winning the Regional Championship game on Saturday night in Hibbing.  They beat Ely with a score of 70-38.  To view the Regional Bracket to see there journey thus far, click here.  Congratulations, Grizzlies!!

It is now back to State.  The boys gave us an exciting ride last year (you can read about it in my article from last year right here).  Their first game will be this Thursday, March 22, at 3:00 p.m. at Williams Arena at the U of M in the Cities.  To view the State Tournament bracket, click here.

We are so proud of our boys.  Good luck, and GO GRIZZLIES!!!!!