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All for won

LAKE LINDEN — Standing in a circle around home plate, members of Auto Pro Glass and Tire tossed their gloves in the air in celebration after having captured the Copper Country Women’s Fastpitch championship. With this group, it made sense — win together, celebrate together.  “I think ...

CC Flames lead MQT 4-3 before play suspended

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Flames will take a narrow 4-3 lead into Friday morning at 8 a.m. in an American Legion District U.P. tournament game because of darkness. Coach Ron Stimac's team broke a 1-1 deadlock with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to grab a 4-1 advantage ...

Loaded Portage Lake looks for strong showing at state tourney

GLADSTONE — In his three years of being around Little League, Portage Lake head coach Wes Frahm believes this year’s Majors team is the most explosive he’s seen yet.  The numbers certainly back it up after Portage Lake went 4-0 in district play, scoring 18, 8, 10 and 15 runs in each of ...

Right place, right time

LAURIUM — It is not often that the eighth batter in the lineup is going to have an impact in the final inning of a softball game on both sides of the ball, let alone during a playoff game, but that is exactly what happened Wednesday night at the Gipp Field in Laurium. Molly Larson singled ...

Auto Pro Glass and Tire blasts way into CCWSL championship

LAKE LINDEN — Thanks to a lethal lineup that combined for 15 hits, Auto Pro Glass and Tire earned a spot in the Copper Country Women's Fastpitch championship game. They also had some help from Mattila Rock and Dock. Auto Pro jumped out to an 11-0 lead after two innings, thanks in large ...

Zone tournament up for grabs with competitive field

HANCOCK — With the Mid-Pen regular season and playoffs completed, the Copper Country Flames American Legion Post 186 hosts the Zone 5 tournament this weekend. The top teams after Sunday will qualify for the state tournament in Gladwin on July 26th. The talent in this year's Zone 5 tournament ...

Final 4

MARQUETTE — Each of the two days of match play has had a theme in championship flight of the 91st edition of the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association championship tournament. On Monday, the cream rose to the top as all eight of the top seeds advanced against lower seeds. Then on Tuesday ...

Third time’s the charm

CHASSELL — It is tough to beat a team three times, just ask Rosalie Anderson of Superior National Bank, who had technically beaten Campioni's True Value twice this season, provided one didn’t count as a forfeit. Anderson and her teammates officially split their Copper Country Women's ...

Mattila Rock and Dock earns trip to fastpitch semifinals

LAKE LINDEN — The pitching of Mel Baker and some clutch hitting by Darla Mensch was enough to power Mattila Rock and Dock to an opening round playoff win over Northern Michigan Land Brokers Monday evening in Copper Country Women's Softball League action. The 5-1 triumph at the Boneyard sends ...

Eles, McCloud repeat as winners at biggest Canal Run ever

HANCOCK — Originally ran in 1975, the Hancock Canal Run has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Developing over time into “the premier running event in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula,” as the website suggests, the Canal Run has become an event on a scale that no one could have ...

Michigan Tech hockey announces incoming recruiting class

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced nine incoming players for the 2017-18 season. The class consists of forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Keegan Ford, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and ...

Portage Lake Majors win district title over Reds

ISHPEMING — Despite a late scare, Portage Lake was able to down Marquette 15-12 in extra innings to win the District 11 Little League Majors championship. Portage Lake started its scoring in the seventh inning with a dribbler down the left field line by Levi Frahm to score Cameron Cischke ...

Competitive drive fuels Grego-Baker

HOUGHTON — Opponents may have underestimated Mel Grego-Baker on some occasions in the past. But that certainly hasn't been the case in quite a while for the former Houghton High product, who stands just 5-foot-1. HHS girls basketball coach Julie Filpus, who coached Grego-Baker for three ...

Shooting Stars

CHASSELL — The best of the best in local women’s softball decended on Chassell Friday night for the Copper Country Women’s Softball League All-Star Game. When all was said and done, the 3rd Baseline team came out on top, 4-2, in a tightly contested affair at Chassell Field. Auto Pro ...

Chassell, Houghton earn Over 50 softball victories

TAPIOLA — After waiting nearly a month to play a game because of the weather, the Chassell Over 50 Softball League softball team scored a big win Thursday. A sacrifice fly by Daryl Putala in the bottom of the seventh inning provided the difference in a 7-6 victory over South Range. Pat ...

Ghormley looks to give Huskies options in their rotations this fall

HOUGHTON — When the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team takes to the court this fall, they will look to build off of a strong 2016 season which saw the Huskies struggle early, but get hot in the second half, earning a trip to the GLIAC Tournament quarterfinals. With the graduation of ...

Women’s fastpitch roundup

Mel Baker recorded a game-winning double to score Grace Laitila and Diane Mattila to give Mattila Rock and Dock an 11-10 win over Northern Michigan Land Brokers Wednesday in the women's fastpitch league. Baker also earned the win on the mound with nine strikeouts. Northern Michigan Land ...

Tech football to be showcased on ESPN3 vs. Grand Valley State

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Michigan Tech football team has been selected to play in an NCAA Division II Football Showcase game when the Huskies host Grand Valley State University September 16th at Sherman Field. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3 and will be available on the ESPN app. ...

Closer call

CHASSELL — The previous time Calumet Golf Club/The Loading Zone met Northern Michigan Land Brokers in Copper Country Women's Softball League play, Calumet cruised to a victory by mercy rule. Monday night, the two teams met again, and this time Calumet again emerged victorious but at a much ...

Superior National Bank tops Mattila Rock and Dock

CHASSELL — Superior National Bank had all of its pitchers on hand Monday night for a Copper Country Women's Softball League matchup against Mattila Rock and Dock. Unfortunately for Mattila R&D, its main hurler, Mel Baker, was unable to make the game. That was the advantage SNB needed ...