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Woodworths win Couples Scramble

The team of Steve Woodworth and his daughter Zoe Woodworth shot a round of 70 to win the Couples Scramble Saturday at Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Club. The Woodworths eagled No. 13 to beat another father/daughter team, Wade and Kaaren Lison by three strokes. Vickie and John Lobeck shot ...

Moving on to states

HANCOCK — Whether it has been at the plate or on the mound, Hans Stimac has proven himself to be one of the more reliable players for the Copper Country Flames. So when the Menominee Red Waves put the game-tying runs on second and third in the top of the seventh, Flames head coach Ron ...

Portage Lake majors eliminated in state tourney

GLADSTONE — The Portage Lake Major Boys’ Little League All-Stars (age 11-12) were unable to avoid giving up the big innings Sunday as they were eliminated from the state baseball tournament by Birmingham 17-7 in four frames at Cannon Field. Birmingham scored eight times in the first and ...

Flaming Hot

HANCOCK — Needing to make a pitching change before the deficit became too large, Copper Country Flames manager Ron Stimac went to a pitcher who had yet to pitch at the American Legion level before Friday: 15-year old Carter Crouch. Trailing the Menominee Red Waves 3-2, and with the Red ...

Portage Lake Majors top White Lake in state opener

GLADSTONE — Matthew Isaacson kept opposing hitters off balance Friday, helping the Portage Lake Major Little League Boys’ All-Stars (age 11-12) post a 4-0 victory over White Lake in the opening round of the state baseball tournament at Cannon Field. Isaacson tossed a three-hitter through 5 ...

Indians hold off Cubs late for 9-6 win in Zone Tournament

HANCOCK — What appeared, on paper, to be to a pitcher’s duel between the Gladstone Indians’ Elliot Danhoff and the Escanaba Cubs’ Justin Popelka, in both teams’ second games of the American Legion Zone 5 Tournament at the Hancock Driving Park Friday afternoon, ended 9-6 in favor of ...

All for won

LAKE LINDEN — Standing in a circle around home plate, members of Auto Pro Glass and Tire tossed their gloves in the air in celebration after having captured the Copper Country Women’s Fastpitch championship. With this group, it made sense — win together, celebrate together.  “I think ...

CC Flames lead MQT 4-3 before play suspended

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Flames will take a narrow 4-3 lead into Friday morning at 8 a.m. in an American Legion District U.P. tournament game because of darkness. Coach Ron Stimac's team broke a 1-1 deadlock with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to grab a 4-1 advantage ...

Loaded Portage Lake looks for strong showing at state tourney

GLADSTONE — In his three years of being around Little League, Portage Lake head coach Wes Frahm believes this year’s Majors team is the most explosive he’s seen yet.  The numbers certainly back it up after Portage Lake went 4-0 in district play, scoring 18, 8, 10 and 15 runs in each of ...

Right place, right time

LAURIUM — It is not often that the eighth batter in the lineup is going to have an impact in the final inning of a softball game on both sides of the ball, let alone during a playoff game, but that is exactly what happened Wednesday night at the Gipp Field in Laurium. Molly Larson singled ...

Auto Pro Glass and Tire blasts way into CCWSL championship

LAKE LINDEN — Thanks to a lethal lineup that combined for 15 hits, Auto Pro Glass and Tire earned a spot in the Copper Country Women's Fastpitch championship game. They also had some help from Mattila Rock and Dock. Auto Pro jumped out to an 11-0 lead after two innings, thanks in large ...

Zone tournament up for grabs with competitive field

HANCOCK — With the Mid-Pen regular season and playoffs completed, the Copper Country Flames American Legion Post 186 hosts the Zone 5 tournament this weekend. The top teams after Sunday will qualify for the state tournament in Gladwin on July 26th. The talent in this year's Zone 5 tournament ...

Final 4

MARQUETTE — Each of the two days of match play has had a theme in championship flight of the 91st edition of the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association championship tournament. On Monday, the cream rose to the top as all eight of the top seeds advanced against lower seeds. Then on Tuesday ...

Third time’s the charm

CHASSELL — It is tough to beat a team three times, just ask Rosalie Anderson of Superior National Bank, who had technically beaten Campioni's True Value twice this season, provided one didn’t count as a forfeit. Anderson and her teammates officially split their Copper Country Women's ...

Mattila Rock and Dock earns trip to fastpitch semifinals

LAKE LINDEN — The pitching of Mel Baker and some clutch hitting by Darla Mensch was enough to power Mattila Rock and Dock to an opening round playoff win over Northern Michigan Land Brokers Monday evening in Copper Country Women's Softball League action. The 5-1 triumph at the Boneyard sends ...

Eles, McCloud repeat as winners at biggest Canal Run ever

HANCOCK — Originally ran in 1975, the Hancock Canal Run has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Developing over time into “the premier running event in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula,” as the website suggests, the Canal Run has become an event on a scale that no one could have ...

Michigan Tech hockey announces incoming recruiting class

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced nine incoming players for the 2017-18 season. The class consists of forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Keegan Ford, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and ...

Portage Lake Majors win district title over Reds

ISHPEMING — Despite a late scare, Portage Lake was able to down Marquette 15-12 in extra innings to win the District 11 Little League Majors championship. Portage Lake started its scoring in the seventh inning with a dribbler down the left field line by Levi Frahm to score Cameron Cischke ...

Competitive drive fuels Grego-Baker

HOUGHTON — Opponents may have underestimated Mel Grego-Baker on some occasions in the past. But that certainly hasn't been the case in quite a while for the former Houghton High product, who stands just 5-foot-1. HHS girls basketball coach Julie Filpus, who coached Grego-Baker for three ...

Shooting Stars

CHASSELL — The best of the best in local women’s softball decended on Chassell Friday night for the Copper Country Women’s Softball League All-Star Game. When all was said and done, the 3rd Baseline team came out on top, 4-2, in a tightly contested affair at Chassell Field. Auto Pro ...