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New Lions GM faces acid test

April 27, 2016 It would be difficult to find a team in the National Football League that has bungled the annual college draft more often than the Detroit Lions. more »»

The thrill is gone for some sports

April 20, 2016 Chalk it down to old age or whatever, but I recently missed two events I would have never dreamed of passing up just a few years ago. more »»

Weather always has the last say

April 13, 2016 It was just a few weeks ago that a mid-March thaw had spring sports coaches and players thinking about a rare early start. As I pen this column today, there are snow flurries flying outside. more »»

Now the fun begins

April 12, 2016 It may seem mean to those sports which are just starting up like baseball and softball, but I am back with another hockey column this wee. more »»

Tigers could be good or bad

April 6, 2016 Depending on which national baseball publication you believe, this year's edition of the Detroit Tigers either will win the whole thing, or fall on their faces. more »»

The dead sports season has arrived

March 30, 2016 My first experience with the dead season in local sports took place in early April of 1981. It was my first full year as sports editor at the Daily Mining Gazette and what a year it had been. more »»

All-U.P. selections are always talking points

March 24, 2016 Ah, All-U.P. basketball awards, nothing riles up local towns and fanbases more than those selections.  With Wednesday’s meeting set to decide this year’s class, it reminded me how the All-U.P. more »»

NCAA tourney showing its appeal

March 23, 2016 This past weekend showed why the NCAA men's basketball tournament has become one of the top sporting events in this countr. more »»

The hardest trophy to win

March 22, 2016 There have been many pieces of hardware passed out recently to hockey teams and basketball teams at the high school and college level. more »»

Changing of the guard is imminent

March 16, 2016 It had to be one of the most intriguing winter sports seasons I can recall. I'm talking about the just completed prep hockey and girls and boys basketball season. more »»

It’s about time

March 15, 2016 Two local hockey teams accomplished something truly special over the past two weeks. more »»

Nothing better than March Madness

March 10, 2016 Right now, we're in the beginning of one of my favorite times of the sports season: March Madness. If you want excitement and really big games, March Madness has it all. Look at this past week alon. more »»

The MHSAA seeding problem

March 8, 2016 On Saturday, as I was preparing to take in the Houghton/Hancock Region 17 championship game at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, I was approached by a friend of mine with the same complaint I had been... more »»

Remembering a clutch player

March 3, 2016 Sooner or later, a person reaches the age where attending funerals becomes more common than going to weddings. I reached that unenviable position a few years ago. more »»

Something in water at E-TC

February 24, 2016 This past Saturday afternoon saw good evidence of the seemingly endless pool of basketball talent produced in the Ewen-Trout Creek School system. more »»

Recalling when districts were special

February 17, 2016 There was a time when the high school district basketball tournaments were the biggest thing in a Michigan sports season. If you remember those days, you're very likely past the age of 50. more »»

Houghton hockey rising

February 16, 2016 When I was running around interviewing high school hockey coaches before the season began, one theme kept creeping into every interview: The state of hockey at Houghton. more »»

Veteran presence needed

February 9, 2016 In order to build a successful sports team, you often need a specific number of factors to work out. more »»

Affluenza did in the all-star games

February 3, 2016 There are any number of reasons that all-star games in professional sports have all but lost their meaning. more »»

Dawg days of winter

February 2, 2016 Being a hockey fan first and a sports enthusiast second, I cannot help but smile this week after the weekend earned by both current and former members of local teams whose nicknames are dog-relate. more »»



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