Local Sports

Panthers succeeding under Guidotti’s tutelage

CHASSELL — There is a small school off of U.S. Highway 41 south of Houghton. It is a school filled with about 260 students from Kindergarten up to Grade 12. The school features a playground and a lengthy parking lot, but little more outside of that. There is no football field, no running ...

Fine tuning

HANCOCK — With both teams looking at the prospect of having to shake off significant rust next Tuesday when they meet to open their softball district tournament, the Hancock Bulldogs and Jeffers Jets played one final doubleheader Thursday at the Bill Givens Field at the Hancock Driving ...

Gremlins sweep WestPAC meet

CALUMET — He may not have been feeling the greatest, but Clayton Sayen cashed in on an opportunity to shine in Wednesday’s WestPac Conference meet. The junior sprinter, who was selected the overall Most Valuable Participant by the league’s coaches, set a meet record in the 200-meter ...

Chassell, South Range claim wins in Over 50 softball

TAPIOLA — Chassell and South Range claimed wins on the opening night of play in the Over 50 Softball League Thursday. Chassell used a strong pitching performance from Mitch Lake to defeat Tapiola, 8-1. Lake allowed just seven hits --- three of those by Mike Harkonen. Jerry Fish laced out ...

Copper Kings name top senior athletes

CALUMET — Calumet High School awarded its two most prestigious senior athletic awards Thursday to Hailey Wickstrom and Rory Anderson. The awards were given at an honors assembly at the high school. Wickstrom, who earned a total of 10 letters in three sports, was the winner of the Holly ...

Jets and Miners split doubleheader as both prepare for Districts

STANTON — Jeffers salvaged a split of a rescheduled doubleheader Thursday night against Gogebic in WestPAC baseball play. The Jets dropped a 3-1 decision in the opener, despite a complete game performance by Carson Turner. The Miners got a walk-off two-run homer from Brett Heil in the ...

Looking back before moving forward

HOUGHTON — When he took over the hockey program at Michigan Tech, Mel Pearson stood as a man full of promise and a man with a plan for getting his alma mater back on its feet after spending over two decades at the University of Michigan as an assistant to legendary head coach Red Berenson. ...

Calumet battles back

KEARSARGE — After dropping the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday night against Negaunee, Calumet stormed back to take the nightcap in impressive fashion in high school baseball action at the Wolverine Field.  The Miners captured the first game by a 6-3 margin before the Copper Kings ...

Houghton and L’Anse split softball doubleheader

HOUGHTON — Neither game of a softball doubleheader went past the fifth inning as the L’Anse Purple Hornets and the Houghton Gremlins split a doubleheader that saw the Hornets win the opener 17-7 in five innings, and the Gremlins win the nightcap, 16-4, also in five. In the opener, Maegan ...

Bulldogs and Lakes split

HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs softball team split with the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes Wednesday at the Bill Givens Field at the Hancock Driving Park. In the opener, Delaney Heinonen was the winning pitcher in a 7-2 victory for the Bulldogs. She gave up four hits, six walks, and had eight ...

Finishing strong

HANCOCK — Stellar pitching and savvy baserunning have been hallmarks of the Hancock Bulldogs' success this year. So it only made sense both were on display in Hancock's season finale sweep of the rival Houghton Gremlins. First, Hancock pounded Houghton 11-1 in four innings to clinch at ...

Calumet boys, Houghton girls win Houghton Invite

HOUGHTON — The rain held off, but there was plenty of drama and some unexpected outcomes Tuesday afternoon during the Houghton Invite at the Portage Lake Golf Course. When the final scores were tallied, the Calumet Copper Kings boys and the Houghton Gremlins girls both won the meet and the ...

LL-H girls win Copper Mountain Conference

ONTONAGON — The Bessemer boys are 6 for 6 this season after winning Tuesday's Copper Mountain Conference track-and-field meet by over 100 points. “That speaks for their work ethic and competitiveness as a team,” Bessemer coach Mark Mazzon said of their domination this season.  “Not ...

Destrampe, Middleton earn LL-H Senior Awards

Brendan Middleton and Alexa Destrampe were named as the recipients of the Outstanding Male and Female Athlete Awards respectively at a recent ceremony held at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School. Brendan is the son of Shane and Jean Middleton. During his high school career he was a member of the ...

Nordstrom to play basketball at Finlandia

HANCOCK — Julia Nordstrom (Atlantic Mine, Mich.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University women's basketball team. She is planning on majoring in Nursing. Nordstrom, a 5-8 guard, averaged 24 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals a game for Jeffers High School as a ...

Houghton softball swept by Ishpeming

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins dropped both games of a softball doubleheader to the Ishpeming Hematites, falling 8-2 and 15-12 Tuesday in Houghton.  Errors doomed Houghton in the opener, as six miscues led to seven unearned runs for Ishpeming. Houghton’s Josie Connors pitched all seven ...

Getting it done

HANCOCK — Maegan Kraft does it with speed and power, while Josie Rice's signature pitching style is based upon the tricky spin she places on the ball. Together, the L’Anse pitching duo certainly earned the praise from Hancock head coach Randy Heinonen.  “I think the two of them together ...

LL-H, Houghton combine for 60 runs in doubleheader split

HOUGHTON — It is tough to beat a team four times in a season. After the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes softball team swept the Houghton Gremlins 11-3 and 23-6 back in April, the Lakes found themselves in position to do just that after winning the opening game of Monday's doubleheader, 20-15. The ...

Calumet baseball sweeps Jeffers

CALUMET — Looking to build off a strong performance Saturday against the L'Anse Purple Hornets, the Calumet Copper Kings baseball team earned a sweep of the Jeffers Jets Monday 4-3 and 19-4. In the opener, Brent Loukus earned the win on the mound, throwing 93 pitches over six innings, ...

Houghton girls win Onto Golf Invite

L'ANSE — The Houghton Gremlins continued its winning ways, capturing the Ontonagon Invite at the L’Anse Golf Club Monday.  Houghton’s Kaaren Liston earned medalist honors with a 43 to lead a Gremlins squad that finished with a team score of 208 — 15 strokes better than the ...