Local Sports

Team building with paint: MTU paintball club is competitive, inclusive

HOUGHTON — Austin Purdy, a third-year mechanical engineering technologies major, and president of the paintball club, at Michigan Tech, has been involved in the sport of paintball for nine years and enjoys playing it while going to school in the Copper Country. Michigan Tech’s paintball ...

Area hillclimbers race at Worlds

Three western Upper Peninsula snowmobile hillclimbers represented Michigan, as well as the U.P. at the World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming.  Another snowmobiler represented an area snowmobile dealership. Competing for Pat’s Motorsports of Greenland, on the ...

Hockeyville? Colosseum in Final Four for Kraft Hockeyville

CALUMET — Just a couple of years ago, the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes graced the Lakeview Arena in Marquette with an NHL preseason game as part of the reward for winning the Kraft Hockeyville contest. This year, two rinks in Michigan are still in the running for Hockeyville as ...

Dave Besonen was a clutch player

TROUT CREEK — In the basketball-mad country of Ewen-Trout Creek, he’s known as the “greatest Panther” of all. He is Dave Besonen, a player whose career was typified by a string of clutch performances. To be labeled the greatest player at a school that has produced legends like Gary ...

Referees matter: Local AD discusses need for referees at sporting events

DOLLAR BAY — It takes time and effort from all facets for a sporting events to run smoothly. Dollar Bay-Tamarack City High School athletic director Ted Holmstrom helps bring officials to the field, court and ice, making sure they are treated with respect in a small community where they are in ...

Still work to do: FinnU baseball returns to work after Florida trip

HANCOCK — It is easy to look at the record of the Finlandia Lions baseball team and see that they went 2-8 in Florida, which should mean they will be in for a long year. The truth is that their record in Florida means little when it comes to the rest of the season. The Lions’ Spring Break ...

LeClaire honored by MHSAA

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Brendan LeClaire (center) of Dollar Bay High School was honored as a recipient of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award at the 2019 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing on March 16. ...

Baraga’s season comes to an end

ESCANABA — St. Ignace girls’ basketball teams have been frequent visitors to the state quarterfinals in recent years. The top-ranked Saints, however, had gone three years without getting past this round. They took it a step further this time, posting a 76-45 triumph over the feisty ...

District 8 champs

CALUMET — The Copper Island Printing 10U team defeated Dickinson Area Hockey Association in the championship game to earn the District 8 title in late February. The team qualified for the championship by going undefeated in pool play.

Excitement had at Adventure Mountain

GREENLAND — Fans and racers came out to see Terra-X racing at Adventure Mountain in Greenland on Saturday. They were treated by a lot of sunshine and snow and got to see snowmobilers go through a winding course up and down the former ski hill. In the Pat’s Motorsports Pro Open Stock, ...

Vikings tweeking game plan for St. Ignace

BARAGA — The Baraga Vikings are five games into the postseason with their most recent 45-40 win over the Stephenson Eagles who finished the season 12-10 on Wednesday. The taller team proved to be a challenge for the Vikings, who took to the free throw line to gain separation. “It was a ...

Something’s brewing: Year Three for Burcar one full of promise at Finlandia

HANCOCK — When Finlandia Lions head coach Joe Burcar took over the program for the second time in his career in late August, 2016, he did not know a single player on the Lions’ roster. As he started to contact friends, acquaintances and family members to announce that he was heading home to ...

Bolts take next step: Dollar Bay looks forward to rematch

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Turn back the clock to this time last season and you would find the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City boys basketball team (23-3) in the same place that they are this year, ready for Thursday’s Division 4 semifinal matchup at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. For ...

Vikings’ ship still afloat: Baraga wins regional

KINGSFORD — The record will forever show Reide Osterman scored two points in Wednesday’s Division 4 girls’ regional basketball final at Kingsford High School. Those could not have come at a better time for the freshman guard as she drained a pair of free throws in the final 11.1 ...

Little League registration Tuesday night at HoCo

HANCOCK — On Tuesday, Portage Lake Little League will hold its 2019 season registration at Houghton County Arena in Hancock. Those interested in signing up in person can do so from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for baseball, softball, machine pitch and t-ball. If parents wish to sign their child up ...