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Panther pride

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CHASSELL — Protecting a three-point lead with 12.5 seconds remaining, Chassell head coach Bill Sleeman was debating the age-old question: To foul, or not to foul? As it turned out, his players — a prideful bunch — wanted to trust in their defense to stifle the Calumet Copper Kings one ...

E-TC’s Witt reaches 1,000-point mark in win over Baraga

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BARAGA — It took 10 minutes, 22 seconds for Ewen-Trout Creek junior Jake Witt to pick up the eight points he needed to reach the 1,000-point milestone Friday night. He finished his night with 24 points as the Panthers cruised to a 70-37 victory over the Baraga Vikings at the Baraga Gym in a ...

Dollar Bay can’t overcome Bessemer’s physicality

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BESSEMER — An energized, physical Bessemer Speedboy team overcame a real good Dollar Bay squad 71-66 in a Copper Mountain Conference matchup in the House of Noise on Friday night. The Blue Bolts came into the game with a 12-3 overall record and in first place in the Copper Mountain ...

Escanaba overwhelms Houghton 69-39

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ESCANABA — You can give Escanaba’s offense a lot of credit Friday night, but make sure you also give a lot of credit to the defense. Those aspects worked hand-in-hand as the Eskymos took down Houghton 69-39 in a nonconference boys basketball game, with a substantial part of Escanaba’s ...

Boys roundup: Jeffers makes it 8 wins in a row

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PAINESDALE — No team may be hotter than the Jeffers Jets right now, and they continued to roll, defeating the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes 71-43 Friday in Painesdale for the Jets' eighth-straight win. “We're starting to jell,” Jeffers head coach Duane Snell said. “We're really playing ...

Too little, too late

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HOUGHTON — In a game between two very even combatants, ½ inch was the difference as the Houghton Gremlins hockey team came up that short against the Marquette Redmen on Thursday night at the Dee Stadium. With 8 seconds left in the contest, the Gremlins had a faceoff in the offensive zone ...

Dollar Bay earns victory over rival Lake Linden

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DOLLAR BAY — There's nothing better than beating your archrival in any sport. Just ask senior guard Cami Daavettila of Dollar Bay High. “It's a great feeling,” Daavettila said after her team's 39-28 win over Lake Linden-Hubbell Thursday on Senior Night at DBHS. “They (Lakes) had ...

Bulldogs win third straight by topping Kingsford

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Hancock’s pinball goal in the second period had to have been the work of some scarred and toothless hockey god with a sense of humor. The Bulldogs’ go-ahead goal late in the second period came on the fortunate bounces of a shot from Brody Budweg at the point that ...

Tough defense keys Redettes to 43-40 win over Houghton

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MARQUETTE — Marquette scored a 43-40 girls basketball victory over Houghton at home Thursday night to avenge a double-overtime loss to the Gremlins earlier this month. The Redettes also handed Houghton, the No. 1 Class ABC team in the Upper Peninsula, its first loss of the season as it now ...

Girls roundup: Calumet, Hancock each earn OT wins

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CALUMET — Hailey Wickstrom scored 25 and Brooke Kariniemi added 18 points, proving to be a formidable post duo, leading the Calumet Copper Kings past the West Iron County Wykons in overtime, 71-63, Thursday in a West-PAC game in Calumet. The game was close throughout, with WIC leading ...

Houghton boys mount comeback against Kingsford

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HOUGHTON — Despite a poor start, the Houghton Gremlins rallied past their future first-round district opponent by defeating the Kingsford Flivvers 43-40 Thursday in a nonconference game in Houghton. The Gremlins (4-10) fell behind 14-1 as Kingsford (1-15) was rolling. “At that point, ...

Lions looking to finish strong

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HANCOCK — Last Saturday afternoon, the unexpected happened when freshman Kait Ryynanen’s shot while falling shortly after an offensive zone faceoff found its way into the back of the net in overtime as the Finlandia Lions women’s hockey team won its first game since the current senior ...

Gremlins swim teams ready for Finals

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HOUGHTON — As the Houghton Gremlins swim teams prepare for the U.P. Finals, coach Erik Johnson is both excited for his athletes, and disappointed. He’s excited because his girls have a real shot at winning the event, also several athletes have a chance to set new personal bests just as they ...

Witt-nesses

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EWEN — Even by small-town standards in the U.P., Ewen is an exceptional case. You can take M-28 and drive through part of downtown Ewen in less than 20 seconds. On the short journey, you see a few hardware stores, a gas station, a Ford dealership and some houses scattered about; that’s it. ...

Neville making a difference at both ends of the ice

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HOUGHTON — As the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team works its way through a late-season bye week, the players are enjoying both the opportunity to catch up on some much-needed rest and a chance to catch up in the classroom. One such player who is trying to use his time wisely is senior ...

Tech men aim to clinch home GLIAC berth

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Homecourt advantage is a luxury for any team. But it may prove to be even more vital for the Michigan Tech men in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies have clinched their berth into the GLIAC Tournament; however, their seeding can range anywhere from No. 2 to No. 7 ...

Tech women coming together at right time

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Due to injuries and changes to the rotation, the starting five for the Michigan Tech women (17-6, 13-5) have essentially worked on different timelines for the past year-and-a-half. Last season, juniors Brenna Heise and Kelli Guy missed the majority of the season after suffering early-season ...

Local basketball rankings: The end is nearing

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Girls 1. Houghton 18-0 (1) One thing I noticed in the Houghton Gremlins' 58-36 win over the Calumet Copper Kings on Monday was just how strong Houghton is. It's a little harder to notice strength in girls than in boys since you can tell when guys spend time in the weight room ...

Dollar Bay boys win battle of offenses with Watersmeet

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DOLLAR BAY — The Dollar Bay Blue Bolts won the battle of high-scoring offenses by topping the Watersmeet Nimrods 75-64 Wednesday in a Copper Mountain Conference game. Devin Schmitz led the Blue Bolts with 27 points, and Jaden Janke added 19. “Up and down night for us,” Dollar ...

Comeback complete

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CALUMET — The first time the Calumet Copper Kings and the Houghton Gremlins met this season, the Copper Kings cruised to a 7-1 victory. When the two met at the MacInnes Classic, Houghton emerged victorious, 7-5. Tuesday night, the two teams met at the Calumet Colosseum. Houghton jumped out ...