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LAKE LINDEN — “See-saw” would be the best term to describe Wednesday night's semifinal battle between Northern Michigan Land Brokers and Auto Pro Glass and Tire in the Copper Country Women's Softball League playoffs at the Boneyard. The game was a battle from the opening pitch, and it ...

Superior National Bank beats Mattila and heads to softball finals

LAKE LINDEN — Hot bats and heads-up baserunning led Superior National Bank to a 12-2 victory over Mattila Rock and Dock in a semifinal game of the Copper Country's Women's Softball League on Wednesday at the Boneyard. The win puts them in the championship game tonight against Auto Pro Glass ...

Woodworth struggles through last five holes, falls in final

NORWAY — Escanaba’s Paxton Johnson, the newest and one of the youngest UP women’s golf champions, couldn’t resist checking the record books. When was the last time an Escanaba golfer won championship flight in the UP Ladies Golf Association tournament? “I looked the other ...

Stepping up: Flames have strong showing at Marquette Blues Tourney

MARQUETTE — With a split on Saturday and a win on Sunday, the American Legion Post 186 Copper Country Flames had a strong performance at the Marquette Blues Tourney. When the dust settled, the Flames gave some of their younger talent a chance to shine and that was exactly what they did ...

Woodworth and Dube both win again, could meet in final

NORWAY — Paxton Johnson’s second appearance in the UP Ladies Golf Association Championships has resulted in another semifinal berth. The Escanaba High School senior ousted four-time UP champion Becky Cecconi of Iron Mountain 4-3 in Monday’s quarterfinal matches at Oak Crest Golf ...

Close call: SNB-Stanton holds on to win Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament

STANTON — For Superior National Bank-Stanton, the start of Sunday's championship game began at the plaque of Leo Durocher near the first base dugout. It ended seven innings later at home plate, posing for photos with the Leo Durocher championship plaque. “I told the boys to got out there ...

Smith comes out on top of COMA Run in Copper Harbor

COPPER HARBOR — Surrounded by pines and rugged train, 56 participants met the challenge of 2018’s “Run the Keweenaw” that took place Sunday in the heart of Copper Harbor. The main event, the 25K Carl Olson Memorial Adventure (COMA) Run saw a new set of shoes hit the finish line first ...

Woodworth and Dube advance at UP Championships

NORWAY — Oak Crest Golf Course, site of the 92nd annual UP Ladies Golf Association Championships, will be guaranteed a representative in the tournament semifinals. Oak Crest members Kathy Gagnon and Annie Greenwood both emerged with first-round victories Sunday and advanced to this ...

Challenge Accepted: Run the Keweenaw races take place throughout the weekend

In 1999, the Keweenaw Trail Festival was merged into what is now known as “Run the Keweenaw.” Since 2010, Run the Keweenaw has harbored a community of competition. This year’s races will include the 6K Mt. Baldy Summit, 10K Copper Harbor Trails Non-Competitive Run/Hike, 2K Junior Trail ...

Sayen’s Auto wins PL Minors title, 2-0

In the Portage Lake Little League Minors Championship last week, Sayen's Auto defeated Pat's Foods 2-0.  The game featured a pitching duel between Jack Sayen and Benny Kerranen.  Sayen finished with a complete game, giving up only one hit and one walk. Kerranen went four innings, ...

Several teams travel to Stanton for Leo Durocher Tournament

STANTON — The baseball team from L'Anse is excited as they make their debut in this weekend's Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament. According to coach Chad Cichosz, who is the head coach for the L'Anse High School's baseball team, his team will consist of a number of high-school players and some ...

Leo Durocher Tournament: a summer tradition

While no one can put an exact date on when the Copper Country Twilight League baseball started, they can tell you that the late Leo Durocher is synonymous with it. So much so, in fact, that the boys of summer here in the Keweenaw named a tournament in his honor. It will kick off tonight at ...

Diamonds use long ball, walks for comeback Legion baseball victory

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee Diamonds bumped their record over the .500 mark with a 9-5 victory over the Copper Country Flames in an American Legion baseball game played Friday at the Irontown Field. The Diamonds trailed 5-0 before a two-homer outburst in the fifth inning tied the score and a ...

Portage Lake Majors take district title with win over Ishpeming

IRONWOOD — It’s never easy to beat a team twice in the same tournament. That was the task set in front of the Portage Lake Majors (12U) All-Stars Thursday night as they faced Ishpeming, a team that put a scare into them earlier this week. Rather than fall behind early, like they did this ...

Tony Bukovich was an athlete in truest sense of word

PAINESDALE — He was a great hockey player, probably one of the finest in Copper Country history. But the late Tony Bukovich could also play baseball very well. And he was a sports ambassador for the Copper Country. The Painesdale native was said to have been the only athlete in the area who ...

Play Ball: Veteran umpire ready for Twilight tourney

Don Geiger knows the strike zone. “It is from the letters on the chest down to the knees,” he said. He also knows that there are a number of ballplayers out there who “think” they know it better. “Everyone's got an opinion,” said the 65-year-old umpire with a smile. ...

A major accomplishment

Photo provided to the Daily Mining Gazette Upper Peninsula Audiology won the Majors Championship in Little League Softball last Monday, defeating U-Haul, 13-12. U.P. Audiology went undefeated on the season

Errors prove costly for Loading Zone in loss

LAKE LINDEN — “Walks and errors will kill you,” the expression goes in baseball. The axiom is also true in women's fastpitch softball as seen at the Boneyard on Wednesday. Auto Pro Glass and Tire defeated Loading Zone II/Calumet Golf Club, 12-6, in part due to missed balls and ...