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Matt Roy signs with L.A. Kings

LOS ANGELES —Michigan Tech defenseman Matt Roy signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday. Roy just completed his junior season with the Huskies. Roy, a native of Canton, Mich., appeared in 42 games in 2016-17, ...

Houghton back to Class C for 2017-18

The Houghton Gremlins are heading back to Class C. The MHSAA released the 2017-18 enrollment list Monday, and the Gremlins were one of three U.P. schools to be affected for the upcoming season. Rudyard and Munising are going to Class D after being in Class C this past season. The cutoff for ...

No. 1 and done

CINCINNATI — In a span of a little over 15 minutes Saturday, the No. 1 Denver Pioneers showed why they were the top-seeded team not only in the Midwest, but also the entire NCAA Tournament when they struck four times in a stretch of 10 minutes, 16 seconds en route to a 5-2 victory over the ...

Portage Lake forces Game 3 in Gibson Cup with 5-4 double OT win over Calumet

CALUMET — The Calumet Wolverines came tantalizingly close to ending their Gibson Cup drought against the Portage Lake Pioneers Saturday night. Instead, the best-of-three series will be decided Tuesday night at Dee Stadium. The Pioneers 5-4 double overtime win knotted the series at 1-1, ...

North Central wins 3rd consecutive state title

EAST LANSING — Super sizzling start. Short scary stretch. Fantastic finish. That, in a nutshell, summarizes what happened here Saturday as the North Central Jets secured their third straight Class D state championship at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The Jets upended ...

Gutting it out

HOUGHTON — Calumet held the upper hand most of the way in its Gibson Cup opener against Portage Lake Friday night and scored a 3-2 victory.  Wolverines coach Bruce “Cukie” Coppo said his team was able to control the tempo of the contest at historic Dee Stadium. “It was a typical ...

Scouting the rest of the Midwest

CINCINNATI — In the second NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal, the No. 7 Union Dutchmen will take on the No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions earned their way into the game by winning the Big Ten ...

‘Puppy’ Gresnick was a clutch player

CALUMET — Whenever another Gibson Cup series comes up, one of the names remembered by veteran sports fans is that of Frank “Puppy” Gresnick. The late Gresnick played in four different decades for northend hockey teams. He was remembered by teammates and rivals as a player who played ...

North Central sets out for 3-peat vs. Buckley

EAST LANSING — How sweet it is. But how can it get any better? The North Central Jets will try to answer comedian Jackie Gleason's age-old question at 10 a.m. today when they face Buckley for the Class D boys basketball championship. It could be no sweeter than claiming a third straight ...

Final stand

CINCINNATI — When they were freshmen, current No. 19 Michigan Tech Huskies’ senior defenders Cliff Watson, Shane Hanna and Chris Leibinger were thrown into the deep end of the pool during the Huskies' season-opening weekend at Minnesota-Duluth. By the time that weekend was over, it was ...

Buzzer-beater sends Jets past Southfield Christian

EAST LANSING — The North Central Jets extended their national-best winning streak to 82 straight games Thursday night, but not until a video replay confirmed that Seth Polfus converted the game-winning basket just a skosh before the final buzzer in the second overtime. The Jets squeezed ...

North Central’s Polfus reflects on memorable game-winner

EAST LANSING — Dreams do come true in sports, but even Seth Polfus admitted this scenario was way above and beyond anything he ever imagined. Simply put, Polfus made an ad-lib shot as time elapsed here Thursday night to send the North Central Jets into a third consecutive Class D state ...

He’s got net

CINCINNATI — Coming into the 2016-17 season, the biggest question facing the No. 19 Michigan Tech Huskies was going to be who was going to step up to the mantle and replace Jamie Phillips in goal. The Huskies were returning two goaltenders who played very little over the past two seasons and ...

North Central preps for matchup with loaded Southfield Christian

ESCANABA — North Central has made it back to the Final Four in the Class D boys’ basketball state tournament. The unbeaten, top-ranked Jets were favored in all 26 of their previous games. But Game 27, according to North Central coach Adam Mercier, has the Jets shooting for an upset win ...

Team Copper Country qualifies for national tournament

PORT HURON — With a 2-1 win over the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies on Sunday morning in the 2017 MAHA State Semifinal, Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2 earned the right to play the Lansing Spartans in the championship game. Thanks to the fact that Lansing will be hosting the national tournament in a ...

Scouting No. 1 Denver

CINCINNATI — On Saturday, the top-ranked Denver Pioneers will look to build upon their modest one-game winning streak when they face off at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati against the No. 19 Michigan Tech Huskies. Pioneers head coach Jim Montgomery's club, which has produced winning streaks of ...

North Central advances to state semis with 74-61 win over Hillman

SAULT STE. MARIE — There’s no place like the Breslin Center for Jason Whitens and Marcus Krachinski. Whitens, Krachinski and the top-ranked North Central boys’ basketball team are headed for “The Big House” again after beating third-ranked Hillman 74-61 in Tuesday’s Class D state ...

Hitting their stride

CINCINNATI — With arguably the biggest game in the history of the MacInnes Student Ice Arena just a handful of moments away from being played, No. 19 Michigan Tech Huskies coach Mel Pearson had to decide who would have the honor of starting the game. He and his staff settled on the hottest ...

E-TC’s Witt named to All-State team

Powers North Central has been the king of the Class D boys basketball in Michigan for the past few years and one of the biggest reasons for the Jets' success has been two-sport sensation Jason Whitens. The senior, described as a “point forward” by his coach, Adam Mercier, averaged 23.2 ...

Tech football schedule released

HOUHGTON — Head Coach Steve Olson and the Michigan Tech football program announced the 2017 schedule. The upcoming season will feature some familiar opponents and new additions due to the realignment of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Tech's schedule will expand to 11 ...