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Another won

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HOUGHTON — While the outcome was in doubt for the first 47 minutes of the game, the Portage Lake Pioneers guaranteed themselves their ninth straight Gibson Cup title with a four-goal outburst over the game's final 12 minutes, 51 seconds to defeat the Calumet Wolverines, 7-4, in the third and ...

Hockey weaves its fabric

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The other night, I could have sworn I was in a time warp as I waited to cover the second game of the Gibson Cup series between the Portage Lake Pioneers and Calumet Wolverines. Sitting in my car outside the Calumet Colosseum before the game, I watched as the good-sized crowd filed in. There ...

Matt Roy signs with L.A. Kings

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LOS ANGELES —Michigan Tech defenseman Matt Roy signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday. Roy just completed his junior season with the Huskies. Roy, a native of Canton, Mich., appeared in 42 games in 2016-17, ...

Houghton back to Class C for 2017-18

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The Houghton Gremlins are heading back to Class C. The MHSAA released the 2017-18 enrollment list Monday, and the Gremlins were one of three U.P. schools to be affected for the upcoming season. Rudyard and Munising are going to Class D after being in Class C this past season. The cutoff for ...

Worth the trip

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For the second time in three years, the Michigan Tech Huskies' hockey team made it to the NCAA Tournament, something that had not happened with any regularity since the late 1970s. After the Huskies won the WCHA Playoff title in double overtime, I knew that I was going to want to be there to ...

No. 1 and done

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CINCINNATI — In a span of a little over 15 minutes Saturday, the No. 1 Denver Pioneers showed why they were the top-seeded team not only in the Midwest, but also the entire NCAA Tournament when they struck four times in a stretch of 10 minutes, 16 seconds en route to a 5-2 victory over the ...

North Central wins 3rd consecutive state title

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EAST LANSING — Super sizzling start. Short scary stretch. Fantastic finish. That, in a nutshell, summarizes what happened here Saturday as the North Central Jets secured their third straight Class D state championship at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The Jets upended ...

Gutting it out

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HOUGHTON — Calumet held the upper hand most of the way in its Gibson Cup opener against Portage Lake Friday night and scored a 3-2 victory.  Wolverines coach Bruce “Cukie” Coppo said his team was able to control the tempo of the contest at historic Dee Stadium. “It was a typical ...

Scouting the rest of the Midwest

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CINCINNATI — In the second NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal, the No. 7 Union Dutchmen will take on the No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions earned their way into the game by winning the Big Ten ...

‘Puppy’ Gresnick was a clutch player

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CALUMET — Whenever another Gibson Cup series comes up, one of the names remembered by veteran sports fans is that of Frank “Puppy” Gresnick. The late Gresnick played in four different decades for northend hockey teams. He was remembered by teammates and rivals as a player who played ...

North Central sets out for 3-peat vs. Buckley

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EAST LANSING — How sweet it is. But how can it get any better? The North Central Jets will try to answer comedian Jackie Gleason's age-old question at 10 a.m. today when they face Buckley for the Class D boys basketball championship. It could be no sweeter than claiming a third straight ...

Final stand

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CINCINNATI — When they were freshmen, current No. 19 Michigan Tech Huskies’ senior defenders Cliff Watson, Shane Hanna and Chris Leibinger were thrown into the deep end of the pool during the Huskies' season-opening weekend at Minnesota-Duluth. By the time that weekend was over, it was ...

Buzzer-beater sends Jets past Southfield Christian

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EAST LANSING — The North Central Jets extended their national-best winning streak to 82 straight games Thursday night, but not until a video replay confirmed that Seth Polfus converted the game-winning basket just a skosh before the final buzzer in the second overtime. The Jets squeezed ...

North Central’s Polfus reflects on memorable game-winner

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EAST LANSING — Dreams do come true in sports, but even Seth Polfus admitted this scenario was way above and beyond anything he ever imagined. Simply put, Polfus made an ad-lib shot as time elapsed here Thursday night to send the North Central Jets into a third consecutive Class D state ...

He’s got net

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CINCINNATI — Coming into the 2016-17 season, the biggest question facing the No. 19 Michigan Tech Huskies was going to be who was going to step up to the mantle and replace Jamie Phillips in goal. The Huskies were returning two goaltenders who played very little over the past two seasons and ...

North Central preps for matchup with loaded Southfield Christian

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ESCANABA — North Central has made it back to the Final Four in the Class D boys’ basketball state tournament. The unbeaten, top-ranked Jets were favored in all 26 of their previous games. But Game 27, according to North Central coach Adam Mercier, has the Jets shooting for an upset win ...

Team Copper Country qualifies for national tournament

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PORT HURON — With a 2-1 win over the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies on Sunday morning in the 2017 MAHA State Semifinal, Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2 earned the right to play the Lansing Spartans in the championship game. Thanks to the fact that Lansing will be hosting the national tournament in a ...

Scouting No. 1 Denver

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CINCINNATI — On Saturday, the top-ranked Denver Pioneers will look to build upon their modest one-game winning streak when they face off at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati against the No. 19 Michigan Tech Huskies. Pioneers head coach Jim Montgomery's club, which has produced winning streaks of ...

North Central advances to state semis with 74-61 win over Hillman

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SAULT STE. MARIE — There’s no place like the Breslin Center for Jason Whitens and Marcus Krachinski. Whitens, Krachinski and the top-ranked North Central boys’ basketball team are headed for “The Big House” again after beating third-ranked Hillman 74-61 in Tuesday’s Class D state ...