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Tech looks to make defensive strides

HOUGHTON — In three of Michigan Tech’s seven losses last season, the Huskies were ran off the field, losing 42-7 to Grand Valley State, 48-0 against Ashland and 49-7 versus Ferris State — all high-quality opponents that were nationally ranked. Now, the challenge for Tech is figuring ...

Copper Country well represented in Border Bash

IRONWOOD — Last year's Kiwanis Border Bash all-star basketball game wasn't going to be easy to top, not with members of the three-time state champion North Central boys team filling the Lindquist Center gym and leading Northern Michigan to a victory. “That's what everybody was telling me, ...

Inclement weather hindering Tech’s spring QB competition

HOUGHTON — If the Michigan Tech Huskies are to have their first winning season in three years, their quarterbacks will have to be better. Last season Tech ranked 150th out of 168 Division II teams in yards passing per game (136.4), as the team struggled to a 4-7 record.  But who will guide ...

LL-H girls win Superior Central Inviational

MARQUETTE — The Lake Linden-Hubbell girls enjoyed a big day at Northern Michigan's Superior Dome, retaining the track title in Thursday’s Superior Central Invitational. LL-H scored 129 1/2 points, followed by Stephenson 66 and Ontonagon 46. “Today’s meet went very well for us,” ...

Baraga’s Hammerberg was a basketball standout in ’95

BARAGA -- As far as banner athletic seasons, it would be tough to beat the one Baraga's Jim Hammerberg put together in the 1995-96 campaign.  Hammerberg, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder as a senior, gained all-state recognition in football and basketball that season. He's just one of a select few ...

Wiltzius named interim head football coach at Finlandia

HANCOCK — Finlandia University has named Travis Wiltzius Interim Head Coach of the university's football program. Wiltzius, an Escanaba native, has been with the team since its first season in 2015. He has served as offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and in the spring of 2017 added ...

Danison signs with LSSU

Sydney Danison (center) signs to play basketball at Lake Superior State University. With her are her parents Randy and Angela Danison, Chassell coach Brandi Hainault and Roberta Nortzel.

Hancock girls take 5th at Dome Invite

MARQUETTE — The Hancock girls held their own against strong competition Wednesday, placing fifth with 46 points in the Ishpeming Superior Dome Invitational track meet. The host Hematites won with 111, followed by Iron Mountain 90, Manistique 63, West Iron County 47. Hancock sophomore ...

Tigers will easily lose 100 games

HOUGHTON — One of the things being most talked about by sports fans in Michigan is whether the Detroit Tigers can avoid losing 100 games this season. I think it's a cinch for a team that was nearly stripped clean of its big league talent by inept work in the front office. Tigers GM Al ...

Cameron moving on from Tech

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech women's basketball coach Kim Cameron has stepped down to pursue a coaching opportunity at an NCAA Division I university. The unnamed university is not able to disclose any information until the hiring process is officially completed. While at Tech, Cameron compiled an ...

Huskies close Regular Season at Wayne State

DETROIT, Mich. - The Michigan Tech men's tennis team fell in a GLIAC match on the road at Wayne State 9-0 Saturday afternoon. The Huskies opened the two match road trip on Friday afternoon at Tiffin. Wayne State (12-10, 5-2 GLIAC) jumped in front 3-0 through doubles competition with quick ...

North Central’s Bellefeuil not retained as varsity coach

POWERS — North Central's Kevin Bellefeuil — one of the area's most successful high school football coaches — likely will not be leading the Jets this season. Bellefeuil was not retained as varsity coach following a school board vote at a meeting on March 28. Bellefeuil was the ...

Frimodig was all-time sports great

LAURIUM — He earned a record 10 varsity sports letters at Michigan State. Was a friend and teammate of the immortal George Gipp. Set a basketball scoring record at MSU that lasted for more than 35 years. Yet, the name of Lyman Frimodig isn't readily recognizable today for many people. The ...

Tech’s Byrd and Vigil eclipse school record in 5000m at UW-Platteville

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Michigan Tech sophomore Emily Byrd and junior Emily Vigil both had very strong performances in the 5000 Meter Run Thursday night at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational for the Huskies track and field team. Each took turns topping the school record and ...

Sayen signs with Tech

Houghton’s Clayton Sayen, middle front row, signs his letter of intent to compete in track and field and cross country at Michigan Tech Wednesday at Houghton. Sayen is the reigning Division 1 U.P. cross country champion. He also set school records and claimed individual titles in the 200 and ...

Team CC won more than a national championship

GREEN BAY, Wis. — With a chance to repeat as 18U Tier II national champions, Team Copper Country came into Monday’s title game against the Wonderland Wizards a bruised and battered bunch. Down a couple of skaters, Team CC found a way to play a smothering style that allowed it to keep the ...

Filppula was ‘salt of the earth’

One often hears the term “salt of the earth” when a person is being talked about. The late Harvey Filppula was one of the few people I know who actually fit the description. I remember the first time I had the chance to talk to Harvey. It came after his Dollar Bay High boys basketball ...

Team CC repeats as national champions with 5-1 win over Wonderland Wizards

ASHWAUBENON — The Team Copper Country Tier II Under-18 team claimed its second national championship in two years with a 5-1 win over the Wonderland Wizards (Bridgeport, Connecticut) on Monday in Ashwaubenon. Team CC went undefeated in the five-day tournament. In Monday's championship Team ...

Best, Esposito were formidable Tech duo

HOUGHTON — His name is just a footnote in Michigan Tech hockey history. Yet, Rick Best was one of the key figures for the Huskies in their run to a NCAA championship in the 1964-65 season. While future National Hockey League hall of famer Tony Esposito is remembered as Tech's foremost ...

Team CC qualifies for national title game with 6-3 win over Sylvania

GREEN BAY, Wis. — With two goals each from Kingsford's Dante Fortner and Hancock's Teddy Randell, Team Copper Country 18U Tier II, the top-ranked team in the country, earned the right to defend its national title with a 6-3 victory in a semifinal matchup Sunday night against the Sylvania ...