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Negaunee’s Bell gives Tech more frontcourt depth

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HOUGHTON — The Trent Bell Michigan Tech fans will see in the near future — the one relentlessly attacking the glass and chasing after every loose ball —  was molded into a high-energy player during his time as a Negaunee Miner.  “In high school it started when Dan Waterman was the ...

Italian-born DeMarchi brings international flavor to Huskies

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HOUGHTON — There is a list of things an incoming freshman has to deal with when preparing to leave home and head off to college, especially if they have to travel several hours to a remote corner of the world to do so. Typically for incoming Michigan Tech students and student athletes, that ...

“Transition” the word for local football

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Maybe more than in any local football season I can recall, the operative word will be transition in 2017. There was an unusual number of high-quality athletes who graduated a year ago, for one thing. Calumet and Lake Linden-Hubbell, the two most successful area squads in recent times, were ...

South Range claims Over 50 softball title

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TAPIOLA — It required an extra game in the Over 50 Softball League playoffs Monday night, but South Range came out with the championship. Range had to score eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to break an 11-11 deadlock and go on to a 19-11 win over Houghton. SR manager Joe Rossi ...

Passing the torch

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I have started this column several times over the past week in my head. I have even tried to sit down and tried to write some of this. It has not gone well, to say the least. I have tried to come up with smart, witty ways to write the words I am about to write, but all of those attempts have ...

Returning to the top

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KINGSFORD — The Calumet Copper Kings were on a mission to regain their volleyball title in Saturday’s Kingsford Invitational. They achieved that by defeating Iron Mountain 21-13, 21-12 in the championship match. The Copper Kings outlasted Negaunee 21-9, 14-21, 15-11 in the semifinals ...

Houghton takes 2nd in Sault Invite

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SAULT STE. MARIE — The Houghton Gremlins volleyball team earned a runner-up finish Saturday in the six-team Sault Invite at Sault Ste. Marie. Houghton fell 12-25, 9-25 to Petoskey in the championship match after the Gremlins defeated No. 2 seed Rogers City 25-23, 28-26 in the semifinals. ...

LL-H has up and down day at West Iron Invite

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IRON RIVER — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes volleyball experienced highs and lows in its first tournament of the season, going 8-4 at the West Iron Country Invite Saturday in Iron River. LL-H split with the Ironwood Red Devils 21-12, 19-21; defeated the Baraga Vikings 21-6, 21-14; beat the ...

L’Anse volleyball looks to take the next step

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L'ANSE — The Calumet Copper Kings, Houghton Gremlins and Hancock Bulldogs have long been the traditional volleyball powers in the West-PAC. But L'Anse Purple Hornets head coach Callie Budweg hopes her program can eventually join the elite ranks in the near future. “We already know they're ...

Money in the bank

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HANCOCK — Dean Kangas-State Farm pitchers Jason Koski and Dave Wesa combined to keep Superior National Bank-Stanton's hottest hitter, shortstop Tyler LaDuron, to just one hit in four trips to the plate Wednesday night at the Hancock Driving Park. Unfortunately, that was about the only thing ...

Fresh talent at Hancock prepared to prove themselves this season

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HANCOCK — Following the graduation of its senior-heavy team from last year, the Hancock Bulldogs’ preseason camp has a noticeably different feel.  “It’s an entirely different dynamic,” Hancock head coach Sarah Grieger said. “We’re re-learning our rotations and things like that, ...

Tech’s Kasza takes job at NIU

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DeKALB, Ill. — Michigan Tech assistant women's basketball coach Maria Kasza has accepted an offer to join the staff as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Northern Illinois University. Kasza just completed her fifth season as an assistant with the Huskies and was also a member of the team ...

In the zone

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STANTON — It’s referred to by athletes as the “zone.” When they get in it, they feel invincible — as if they can do no wrong.  Tyler LaDuron’s recent run in the Twilight League is a perfect example of this.  Superior National Bank-Stanton’s hottest hitter continued to roll, ...

Tigers have disappointed their fans

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With no apologies to homer announcers Rod Allen, Kirk Gibson and Mario Impemba, the Detroit Tigers have, in recent years, been a disappointment to their fans. This year's edition of the Tigers is just the latest in the string of disappointments. With a payroll ranking among the highest in ...