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Chassell tops South Range in 50 and Over

TAPIOLA - Chassell needed eight innings to score a 50 and Over Softball League win over South Range Thursday.Mike Drewyor singled in the winning run in a 17-16 decision that saw the two teams combine for 39 hits.Mitch Lake was the winning pitcher, while Joe Rossi took the loss.Dean Osterman led ...

Koskinens capture PLGC Best Ball Title

The brother team of Jimmer and John "Gus" Koskinen of L'Anse beat a competitive field, including defending champions Paul Sintkowski and Tony Bilich of Hancock to capture the Portage Lake Golf Courses Best Ball Tournament last weekend (May28 and 29).After shooting an opening round six-under on ...

Hancock, L’Anse lose in district semis

IRONWOOD - The Hancock Bulldogs fell to the Norway Knights, 7-2, in a district baseball semifinal Friday in Ironwood."They are a very good 19-3 team and we needed to play a perfect game to beat them and we didn't," Hancock assistant coach Nels Paul said. "They threw their No. 1 pitcher at us, ...

One streak continues, one comes to an end

CHAMPION - Houghton watched one winning streak continue and another come to an end on Thursday afternoon at the MHSAA Division 1 Upper Peninsula Golf Championship meet.The Gremlin girls' five-year run as U.P. champs came to a halt at the hands of Escanaba. The Eskymos defeated Houghton by 23 ...

LL-H boys could have numerous winners in Division 3 at U.P. Finals

LAKE LINDEN - The diverse Division 3 field at the U.P. Track and Field Finals - 24 boys teams - makes it difficult for Doug Hodges to project his Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes boys squad as a potential champion. With 20 meet entries, the regional champions are tied for the seventh-most. "I don't ...

LL-H girls relish chance to compete for U.P. title

LAKE LINDEN - Of any Copper Country school, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes girls track team likely has the best chance to return with a U.P. Finals Track and Field championship.LL-H won its conference and regional meets and on Saturday, they'll take the highest number of girl qualifiers to the ...

Wardynski sets out to sweep 4 events at U.P.s

ONTONAGON - What are the expectations for a four-time regional winner at this year's U.P. Track and Field Finals?Go for the four-peat at Finals, of course.That's the task for Ontonagon senior Lori Wardynski, who will look to duplicate her success at this year's regional finals with victories in ...

Record-setting group from Chassell looking for victory lap

CHASSELL - For the last couple of springs, the Chassell Panthers have had a trio of strong female distance runners in Shitaye and Shumete Sam and Julia Pietila. This season, their last as high school runners, they seamlessly added freshman Lela Rautiola to the mix. The results of that mixture ...

BR-H girls repeat; Jeffers’ Nordstrom earns All-U.P.

ESCANABA - It's hard to become a champion and even harder to keep defending a title.That was the case for the Bark River-Harris girls on this sunny and mild Thursday as their two-year reign as Upper Peninsula Division 3 golf champions came to an end at the Escanaba Country Club.Cedarville won ...

Hancock golf wraps up season at U.P. Finals

NORWAY - The Iron Mountain Mountaineers won the girls U.P. Division 2 girls title, while the St. Ignace Saints claimed top honors for the boys Thursday at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway.For the Hancock girls, Renee Anick had 116; Samantha Lepisto and Mickayla Sague shot a 127; and Carlin ...

Carney, Eichhorn repeat; Borseth, Zerbst, Sutherland finish in top five

By AMANDA?CHAPERONachaperon@dailypress.netGLADSTONE On Wednesday, Carney-Nadeau's Hunter Eichhorn took the afternoon off school to play a practice round at Irish Oaks in Gladstone, where the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 3 Finals would be played the next day.Last year, when Eichhorn won ...

Houghton boys take aim at favored Marquette

HOUGHTON - The Houghton Gremlins' boys track team is in an unfamiliar position: underdog. Houghton has dominated the outdoor track season, but they - along with the other eight Division 1 schools at the U.P. Track and Field Finals - will attempt to chase down last year's U.P. champions on ...

Houghton girls look to make mark in relays

HOUGHTON - There may be no greater favorite at this year's U.P. Track and Field Finals than the Marquette Redettes. The reigning girls Division 1 champions are undefeated in seven meets in Michigan - including a 56-point margin of victory at the Dome Meet on April 20 - and took second just ...

Hancock girls hope to ride momentum from regionals

HANCOCK - Hancock girls track coach Jack Johnson knows his team has a shot to win the Division 2 U.P. Track and Field championship - albeit an outside shot. But a shot is a shot, and it's time for the Hancock Bulldogs to shoot theirs this Saturday at Kingsford."Ishpeming is clearly the team to ...

3-peat? Calumet’s Wickstrom goes for 3rd U.P. title in high jump

CALUMET - Calumet's Hailey Wickstrom paces seven steps out to the right side of the mat before turning to face the high jump bar. She hunches over, right foot just ahead of her left, slightly rocking her upper body back-and-forth while mentally reminding herself she made it over the bar before ...

Softball All-Conference teams announced

The 2016 Copper Country Softball All-Conference teams were announced on Wednesday after being selected by the coaches. Houghton's Anna Gaffney was the Player of the Year; L'Anse's Maegan Kraft was Pitcher of the Year; and Joel Rastello of Calumet was the Coach of the Year. The first team ...

Exceeding expectations

HANCOCK - The Calumet Copper Kings are exceeding expectations in their first baseball season in the modern era - because really, they didn't have any. "Coming in, we were all rookies and we didn't know what Houghton, Hancock, L'Anse or Jeffers would have," Calumet head coach Dave Yeo said. "Our ...

Hancock outlasts LL-H

LAKE LINDEN - For five innings Tuesday afternoon, the Hancock-LL-Hubbell district tourney softball game was up for grabs.But the Bulldogs broke from a slim 6-5 lead in the sixth inning into a 15-5 command on the way to an eventual 19-8 win at the Boneyard.Hancock manager Randy Heinonen said the ...

Calumet falls to Gladstone 5-0

GLADSTONE - The Gladstone Braves may have gotten a little more than they expected, and a good test from a solid Calumet team in Tuesday's Division 3 softball district quarterfinal at Braves Field. Gladstone got an early jump but the defensively sound Copper Kings refused to go away and hung ...