HOUGHTON - Minnesota Duluth's Taylor Dillinger has played an increased role in her sophomore season on the women's basketball team, helping the Bulldogs to a 6-3 record approaching the Christmas break.
Since equaling a career high with nine points in UMD's 84-80 win at Michigan Tech Nov. 23, Dillinger has played in four of five games and scored a total of 23 points.
Dillinger's most recent performance came Saturday in a 70-68 home win over Minot (N.D.) State. In 10 minutes, she scored eight points on 2-of-3 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Minnesota Duluth’s Taylor Dillinger, a Houghton High School alumna, drives during the Bulldogs’ Nov. 23 game at the SDC?Gym against Michigan Tech. Dillinger equaled her career high with nine points in the game. (DMG photo by David Archambeau)
Earlier this season Dillinger had five steals in a Nov. 30 game at St. Cloud State, UMD's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener.
The Bulldogs are 3-2 in the league going into their last game before the holidays, a Saturday rematch with St. Cloud in Duluth.
An unfortunate accident has derailed the season of Janele (Linna) Tucker of Ontonagon, playing at the College of Coastal Georgia.
During a Nov. 30 game against Thomas University, Tucker was hit while attempting a lay-up and landed directly on her right elbow, causing a dislocation and multiple fractures.
Her team is ranked in the NAIA national top 25 and remains undefeated at 13-0.
At the time she was injured, Tucker was averaging 9.9 points and 9.1 rebounds a game.
Tucker had 18 points and 11 boards in a Nov. 15 game against Mobile.
Several local players are suiting up for Gogebic Community College in Ironwood.
Most recently, the Lady Samsons routed Mesabi Range 85-59 on Dec. 11.
In the contest, Brittni Kisul of Lake Linden-Hubbell had 12 points on 5-of-7 from the field, plus two blocks and two steals.
Adeline Kariainen (Dollar Bay) scored seven points and pulled down a team-best 10 boards, while Sam Robl (Ewen-Trout Creek) had eight points and four steals.
On the men's side, Gogebic won a close one 69-68. Jordan LaPlant (Ewen-Trout Creek) led GCC with 21 points and nine boards.
In college hockey, Ben Storm of Laurium continues to man the blue line for St. Cloud State, which was until recently the No. 1 team in the country.
Storm has played in 14 of 16 games for the Huskies, who dropped to No. 4 in the most recent USCHO.com Division I poll after a loss and a tie at home against Union (N.Y.) College.
He still has one collegiate point (an assist Nov. 1 at North Dakota), but has been credited with a shot on goal in four of his last six appearances.
The Huskies are off for the holidays and play again Jan. 4 against the U.S. National Under-18 Team.
Ben Johnson of Calumet upped his goal total to 13 this season by tallying in the Windsor Spitfires' Ontario Hockey League defeat to Barrie.
Johnson's power-play goal made it 2-2 late in the second period, but the Colts would get a late winner despite being outshot 55-37.
Johnson also had his first multi-goal game of the season, scoring twice in a Nov. 30 win over Sarnia.
Windsor is playing well at 20-12-1, in second place in the West Division of the OHL's Western Conference.
Windsor plays its last game before Christmas Friday night at Saginaw.
Devin Kero of Hancock is maintaining his level of play for the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Kero has a record of 11-11-2 for the Cents, with a goals-against average of 2.40 and .920 save percentage.
Kero is third in the league in save percentage and fourth in goals-against average.
Merritt is 18-14-2-1 and in fourth in the tightly packed BCHL Interior Division.
Brendan Jacques of Calumet is up to two goals and six assists for the Springfield (Ill.) Jr. Blues in the North American Hockey League.
Defenseman Jesse Junttila of Calumet recorded his third assist of the season in a 3-2 win over Springfield Saturday.
CHS alum Allie Patrick now has two assists in nine games for St. Norbert College.