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Ojala records double-double, Calumet defeats Chassell 72-61

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CALUMET — A day after losing to the Westwood Patriots in a physical affair Calumet coach Mike Ojala described as a wrestling match, he wondered how much energy his team would have left to expel against the uptempo Chassell Panthers. But the truth of it is you could hardly tell Calumet ...

Houghton-Hancock-Jeffers finish 2nd at regionals

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HARBOR SPRINGS — The Houghton girls ski team finished second behind Petoskey in the MHSAA Division 2 Regionals at Nub's Nob in Harbor Springs on Monday. Houghton was just 2.5 points behind the winning team. Six local girls placed in the Girls Slalom, with Ally Fenton finishing second in a ...

Hancock in top form, routs Jeffers 8-0

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HANCOCK — Teddy Randell may never have skated faster than he did on Thursday night when No. 1 Hancock (18-6) played Jeffers (7-10). The senior captain dodged opponents, skated after the puck and then — scooped it up with his gloved hand. He wasn't skating fast for a scoring chance, or ...

Markham earns 300th win with 2-1 victory over Marquette

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MARQUETTE — There is a board in the Houghton locker room that had one number remaining on it when the Gremlins left to play Marquette: “300.” As coach Corey Markham approached 300 wins, the Gremlins started a countdown, erasing a number each time they recorded a victory. Now, thanks ...

Houghton defeats No. 3 Marquette 61-55 to avenge earlier loss

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HOUGHTON — Continuing their late-season surge, the Houghton Gremlins posted an impressive victory over the Marquette Redettes Thursday evening. Houghton's 61-55 win came over a Marquette team that came into the nonleague contest with a 14-3 record and avenged an overtime loss to Marquette ...

Houghton boys lose to determined Kingsford squad 48-33

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KINGSFORD — Houghton caught Kingsford at a bad time Thursday. The Flivvers (8-8), not in the best of moods trying to shake a five-game losing streak, downed the Gremlins 48-33 in nonconference boys basketball. “We got off the loss train,” said Kingsford Coach Dan Olkkonen. “After ...

Eliminated from playoffs, Lions look to finish season strong

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HANCOCK - With a sweep at the hands of the Adrian Bulldogs last Saturday and Sunday, 5-0 and 7-0, the Finlandia Lions women's hockey team was eliminated from NCHA playoff contention. Despite the losses, there were some reasons for head coach Matt Marchel to feel good about how the weekend ...

Huskies look for consistency against Arizona State

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HOUGHTON — Arizona State is a team in its third season as a Division I hockey program with a 28.7 win percentage over that span. The Sun Devils are also 7-18-5 on the season, and yet they beat Michigan Tech 3-2 in the Ice Vegas Invitational Championship on Jan. 6. But the Huskies get a shot ...

Michigan Tech aims for strong finish at home

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HOUGHTON — After a schedule that saw 13 of Michigan Tech's first 18 games on the road, no one is happier to finish the regular season with a four-game homestead than coach Kim Cameron. “We earned the right to be home for the last four. We've been gone a lot,” Cameron said. “We've ...

Change is needed on tourney locations

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Just the other day, I heard a comment from a Dollar Bay boys basketball player on what it felt like to play before a crowd of 3,200 plus at Michigan Tech when the Blue Bolts met Ewen-Trout Creek. “We played North Central last year before 1,000 fans at Negaunee (Lakeview Gym),'” the player ...

Hancock beats Marquette 5-2 for conference title

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HANCOCK — Looking for a response after a disappointing Wing Ding loss to their rivals, the Houghton Gremlins, the No. 1-ranked Hancock Bulldogs got just that with a 5-2 win over the Marquette Redmen Tuesday at the Houghton County Arena. With the win, the Bulldogs clinched the Great Lakes ...