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Welcoming sight

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies have been waiting for winger Tyler Heinonen, a notoriously streaky scorer, to break out of his funk. The senior did just that Friday night as the Huskies went toe-to-toe with the No. 20 Minnesota State Mavericks. Both teams carried two-goal leads at ...

Jeffers wins thriller over Baraga, 49-46

BARAGA — As time expired and Baraga's potential game-tying 3 sailed wide of the hoop, ensuring a 49-46 Jeffers Jets victory, Jeffers head coach Joe Romano raised his hands into the air and joyously screamed in the direction of his bench as his players and coaches leapt up and ...

Houghton hockey blanks DePere

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins were looking for a strong effort against the DePere Voyagers Friday night at Dee Stadium, and they got just that as captain Jacob Kruse potted a hat trick to lead the Gremlins to an 8-0 victory. Kevin Bostwick got the Gremlins on the board just 2 minutes, ...

Boys roundup: E-TC wins; L’Anse loses

REPUBLIC — The Ewen-Trout Creek boys used a big run in second half to take over the game and beat Republic-Michigamme 63-46 Friday night. The Panthers trailed 25-20 at halftime and were down four midway through the third quarter when coach Brad Besonen picked up a technical foul. By the ...

Luke hits milestone

HOUGHTON — When Kevin Luke's coaching career is done at Michigan Tech, he'll have time to reminisce about all his accomplishments, including the latest one that came on Thursday at the Wood Gym. When Luke thinks back to his 400th win, an 83-72 triumph over the Northwood Timberwolves, ...

Kelliher has career night, leads Tech past Northwood

HOUGHTON — In three games over the past month, Michigan Tech sophomore forward Elizabeth Kelliher has battled some of the top post players in the GLIAC. And with Thursday’s performance against Northwood senior Jordyn Nurenberg — a Preseason All-GLIAC selection — Kelliher is quickly ...

Hockey roundup: Bulldogs, Copper Kings win

HANCOCK — The No. 4 Hancock Bulldogs needed a key third-period goal from newcomer Teddy Perrault in order to win their 11th game of the season Thursday night at the Houghton County Arena. The Bulldogs defeated the Negaunee Miners, 2-1. In the first period, the Bulldogs (11-4-0 overall, 6-0 ...

Bayport downs injured Hancock 6-3

HANCOCK — After a 2-1 victory over the Negaunee Miners, the Hancock Bulldogs were looking for a better effort Friday afternoon against the Bayport Pirates in nonconference action. Unfortunately, after losing newly-minted captain Teddy Randell to injury Thursday, the Bulldogs played like a ...

Calumet’s defense stands tall in 42-32 win over Hancock

HANCOCK — To open the 2016-17 boys basketball season, the Hancock Bulldogs waltzed into the Calumet Gym and stole away the home opener from the Calumet Copper Kings 45-41. Coming into Thursday night's rematch, the Copper Kings were looking not for revenge, but rather a bounce-back ...

Chassell stifles E-TC to earn 61-48 victory

CHASSELL — The focus in Thursday night's Ewen-Trout Creek-Chassell basketball game was on the tallest player on the court. But the spotlight ended up on the shortest player on the floor at Helakoski Memorial Gym. Chassell's 5-7 sophomore guard Abe Gockenbach ended up leading his team ...

Roundup: LL-H boys get win, Dollar Bay girls lose

 BARAGA — With their full-court pressure, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes eventually wore down the Baraga Vikings to get a 62-35 Copper Mountain Conference win Thursday in Baraga. Connor Baccus and Lincoln Klein each scored 13 points to pace the Lakes. "Tale of the tape, in the fourth ...

Finlandia men’s hockey still battling

MILWAUKEE — College hockey, unlike high school, is a 60-minute game. That was the harsh lesson learned this past weekend by the Finlandia Lions in a home series against the No.1 St. Norbert Green Knights. Both nights against St. Norbert, the Lions played 52 very solid minutes, but during ...

Looking for a spark

HOUGHTON — After games against Michigan, No. 16 Western Michigan and No. 12 Notre Dame, the Michigan Tech Huskies returned home this past weekend to face the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, and things could not really have gone worse for the WCHA's second-best team. It could have been that the ...

Houghton girls make statement; local rankings

It was supposed to be a battle between two of the top girls teams in the area Tuesday. Instead, the West-PAC battle between the Houghton Gremlins and Calumet Copper Kings was an exhibition of Houghton’s dominance. The Gremlins combined their size, athleticism and talent on the perimeter to ...

Tech women look to bounce back again

HOUGHTON — After each of the first three losses of the season, the Michigan Tech women (10-4, 6-3) have emphatically responded, winning by margins of 18, 17 and 24 points. They’ll look for a similar effort tonight against the Northwood Timberwolves (8-6, 5-4), as the Huskies look to ...

Tech men return home with momentum

HOUGHTON — After Kevin Luke challenged his team to toughen up, the Michigan Tech men’s basketball team (8-8, 6-3 GLIAC) responded with its finest weekend of the season, beating the Wayne State Warriors (63-58) and No. 18 Saginaw Valley State Cardinals (93-72) on the road. Now, Tech ...

Revenge served

HOUGHTON — Last season, the Houghton Gremlins experienced angst and disappointment against the Calumet Copper Kings. They were outmuscled in the first meeting in Calumet (44-31) before losing a heartbreaker at home (46-42). The losses marked the first time Houghton fell to Calumet since ...

Dollar Bay gets scrappy win over W-M

DOLLAR BAY — As victories go, Dollar Bay's 42-34 triumph over Wakefield-Marenisco Tuesday night was about as ugly as they come. But DBHS coach Jesse Kentala isn't about to return it any time soon. "Yeah, it certainly wasn't pretty," Kentala. "But any win is a good win and we're going ...

Girls roundup: E-TC rolls

EWEN — The Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers girls basketball team is on a roll. E-TC won its sixth straight game with a 57-32 Copper Mountain Conference victory over the Wakefield-Marenisco Cardinals Tuesday in Ewen. Elise Besonen led E-TC with 23 points as she knocked down five 3s. Maddy ...

LL-H boys cruise to 68-26 win over Watersmeet Nimrods

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell boys basketball team used a 29-point third quarter to earn a 68-26 Copper Mountain Conference win over the Watersmeet Nimrods Tuesday in Lake Linden. Connor Baccus led the LL-H Lakes with 22 points thanks to four 3s. Peter Heikkinen added 11 points, ...