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Sirard goes for 35 points, Houghton defeats Hancock

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HANCOCK — If Brad Sirard had to guess, he says he probably shoots 20 3-pointers a day.   But after the sophomore drained seven shots from beyond the arc in Houghton’s 64-31 thrashing of Hancock on Thursday, that small of a number seems hard to believe.   Especially considering ...

Tech’s Baltus, Smith, Jackson find success playing together

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HOUGHTON — There is a science to putting together the perfect line. Like any experiment, it starts with a hypothesis: the coaching staff serves as the scientists — though they don hockey gear rather than lab coats. They discuss which players might react well to each other, and which ones ...

Calumet wears down Kingsford for 4-1 victory

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Calumet's speed and transition game was enough to hand Kingsford its first loss, 4-1, on Thursday. The Flivvers (5-1) rang a shot off the crossbar in the first minute of the game, but the Copper Kings took the puck in transition and scored seconds later. Calumet (2-4) ...

Salani’s game-winner in OT sends Hancock past Marquette 2-1

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MARQUETTE — Marquette may have won the battle but ultimately lost the war with Hancock in a high school hockey game played at Lakeview Arena on Thursday night. The Redmen kept the Bulldogs’ two big scorers, Alex Nordstrom and Teddy Randell, from scoring any points, but Hancock still ...

Chassell defeats Jeffers to start 4-0

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PAINESDALE — You could say the Chassell High boys basketball team has passed its first term tests with flying colors.  But now, the 4-0 Panthers will face a stern mid-term Copper Mountain Conference challenge in its next outing — a Jan. 2 game at powerful Dollar Bay. “I was pleased ...

Finlandia Lions head back out on the road

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SUPERIOR, Wis. - In the midst of a six-game stretch of non-conference opponents, head coach Matt Marchel is proud of where his Finlandia Lions women's hockey team is at, despite getting swept last weekend at home by Concordia-Moorhead. The Lions (2-8-1 overall) were just a shot or two away ...

Calumet defeats Hancock 46-43 in a game with 62 turnovers

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CALUMET — If there was ever a game to test Jeff Twardzik's stoic demeanor, it was Tuesday against the Hancock Bulldogs. Calumet turned it over 27 times and saw a late 10-point lead cut to three in the final minute. Still, Twardzik sat relaxed in his chair, hand over his mouth while ...

Jeffers holds off Dollar Bay’s late rally for 46-35 win

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DOLLAR BAY — It wasn’t supposed to be much of a game.  Jeffers head coach Joe Romano didn’t expect it. Neither did Dollar Bay’s coach, Steve Krahling.  But nobody told the Blue Bolts they weren’t supposed to stick with the Jets, and with 2:49 left to play, it was a one-point ...

Houghton falls to Escanaba

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ESCANABA — This is shaping up as Basketball Rivalry Week in the Upper Peninsula. For example, Houghton travels to Hancock Thursday and Escanaba visits Gladstone Friday in a couple of games that will heat up gyms in those communities. “I think the kids are excited,” Escanaba coach ...

Trammell and Morris overdue for the hall of fame

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It was a long time ago when I first had the chance to see Alan Trammell and Jack Morris in person. The Detroit Tigers were playing the Cleveland Indians on a late September evening at old Tiger Stadium, which was one of the great ballparks in the major leagues. Trammell and Morris were just ...

Witt, supporting cast shine in Panthers’ win over Calumet

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CALUMET — Jake Witt took a power dribble along the baseline and utilized his quick-twitch leaping ability to take flight before the Calumet defender could even challenge the shot. Bang. Witt slammed home his only dunk of the game while he was fouled and converted the free throw for the ...

Mild-mannered Witt stays humble, does it all for E-TC

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CALUMET — It's an odd sight, but a good one nonetheless.   When Ewen-Trout Creek throttled Hancock last Thursday and Jake Witt recorded 40 points and 13 rebounds, coach Brad Besonen and the Panthers stopped at a McDonald's to eat on the bus ride home. Besonen looked over mid-meal and ...

Blue Bolts persevere over Bessemer 65-58

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BESSEMER — Dollar Bay played fearlessly against three-time state champion North Central in last year's regional, losing by only two points. But here the Blue Bolts were in the House of Noise Monday night, rattled, against a physical Bessemer team beating them on the boards and beating them ...

Chassell’s pressure leads to win over R-M

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CHASSELL — Monday night's Republic-Michigamme and Chassell boys basketball game turned on a dime in the second half. Trailing by 12 points just two minutes into the third quarter, the Panthers ratcheted up their full-court pressure and turned the deficit into a 58-41 win at Helakoski ...

Houghton girls come up short against Gwinn 55-45

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GWINN — The Houghton Gremlins girls basketball team is still dealing with early-season growing pains as the Gremlins fell 55-45 to the Gwinn Modeltowners Monday in a nonconference game in Gwinn. "We've got five kids on the floor and they're on different pages in the book," Houghton coach ...

Roundup: Hancock wins, Jeffers, Baraga, L’Anse lose

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LAKE LINDEN — Hancock took the court with just its starting five and no subs, but the Bulldogs still managed to pull off a 48-42 nonconference victory over Lake Linden-Hubbell, Monday in Lake Linden.  The Bulldogs were led by Joe Watson with 17 points and Jamie Sintkowski who added 11. ...