Local Sports

Shutout: Rajala’s Kitchens holds on to shut down Xpress Self Storage

Portage Lake Little League Minors action Saturday, Rajala’s Kitchens’ pitching contained Xpress Self Storage’s offense throughout the hot, sunny afternoon as Rajala’s managed to earn an 8-0 shutout at Veterans Field in South Range. “It was a real fun game (because) we hit the ...

J. Peltier uses big innings to top Sayen’s

SOUTH RANGE — Looking to continue their recent success, J. Peltier Construction did just that Saturday, bouncing back from a rough inning to earn a 20-9 victory over Sayen’s Auto Sales in Portage Lake Little League Majors action Saturday at Veterans Field in South Range. J. Peltier ...

WestPAC announces softball awards

CALUMET — Last week, the WestPAC announced their softball award winners for the spring season. Negaunee swept the big honors, as Hannah Voskuhl won Player of the Year, Skylar Hall earned Pitcher of the Year and Randy Carlson won Coach of the Year. Calumet’s Elli Djerf, Hancock’s ...

Flames earn doubleheader split in Marquette

MARQUETTE — Defense — or a lack thereof — spelled the difference in an American Legion baseball doubleheader played at Marquette’s Gerard Haley Memorial Field on Sunday afternoon. The host Blues committed six errors in a 9-8 loss in the opener against the Copper Country Flames, while ...

Bringing in a bull: Hard-charging Jack Giddings chooses Finlandia

ANOKA, Minnesota — North Iowa Bull and former Anoka High School product Jack Giddings is the latest in a number of key signings for the Finlandia men’s hockey program. The Lions have recently added a talented defenseman and two highly-skilled snipers. Now they have added a 6-foot-1, 190 ...

New name, same great experience: Bridgefest 5K gets new name, new route

HOUGHTON — One year after the devastating Father’s Day flood wreaked havoc on the Copper Country, organizers of the Bridgefest 5K decided to rename the run in honor on the young man who lost his life that night. Race director Ryan Towles got the idea to set up a race attached to ...

Baseball conferences dole out honors

CALUMET — The WestPAC and the Copper Mountain Conference both named their All-Conference baseball teams earlier this week. In WestPAC baseball, Negaunee’s Carter Richardson as named Player of the Year. Pitcher of the Year honors were split between Houghton’s Kade Farrell and Calumet’s ...

Heartbreaking loss: Ojala posts 16 in late loss for UP squad

IRONWOOD — A year after missing much of his junior season because of a broken wrist, Northwestern’s Sam Risley led the Tigers to the state tournament. The all-stater came up big in Wednesday’s Kiwanis Border Bash also, hitting a pivotal 3 and the game-winning free throw in Northern ...

Wisconsin holds off Michigan 89-80

IRONWOOD — Over half of the points for the Northern Wisconsin girls came from a trio of Clayton players who led the team to an 89-80 victory over Northern Michigan in the sixth annual Kiwanis Classic Border Bash Wednesday night. MVP Kailey Ketz had 23 points to lead Wisconsin and she was ...

Tervo Agency scores five in final inning to win

SOUTH RANGE — Going into the top of the sixth inning, Tervo Agency and Chassell VFW found themselves deadlocked at 5-5 in Portage Lake Little League Majors action at Veterans Field in South Range. In the blink of an eye, that all changed as Tervo got contributions from nearly its entire ...

REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies earns second win

HANCOCK — REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies moved to 2-0 in Copper Country Twilight League action on Thursday as the defeated Dean Kangas-State Farm, 5-2, at the Hancock Driving Park. For REL, the win was their second of the young season as they defeated Dean Kangas on Tuesday as well. “We ...

Superior Service downs J. Peltier, 11-8

SOUTH RANGE — In Portage Lake Little League Majors action Tuesday, a back-and-forth affair eventually saw Superior Service find the extra gear needed to win, 11-8, over J. Peltier Construction. The battle was tight, with scores of 2-2 after one inning, 6-6 after two, and 7-7 after ...

South Range VFW, Rajala’s Kitchens play to tie

SOUTH RANGE — It came down to the bottom of the sixth as South Range VFW was down 6-3 against Rajala’s Kitchens in Portage Lake Little League Minors action on Wednesday before an impressive stretch of batters helped South Range fight back and earn a tie at Veterans Field in South ...

Xpress Self Storage earns sixth win, tops Copper Country Elks

SOUTH RANGE — Xpress Self Storage came out strong in Portage Lake Little League minors play on Wednesday with a 10-2 win over the hosting Copper Country Elks at Veterans Field. Xpress (6-1 overall) got their bats rolling to start off the contest. Benny Keranen drew a walk three batters in, ...

Going boom: Lions add ‘stick of dynamite’ to their lineup in Erhardt

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — “He is a stick of dynamite on blades,” that is how Kelowna Chiefs head coach Ken Law describes recent Finlandia University commit Zach Erhardt. Law has been coaching for over 40 years. He has seen a lot of players come through his locker room door. When ...

Near perfect start: LaDuron hurls no hitter in Twilight opener

STANTON — After a long winter and a shorter spring, Copper County Twilight League baseball opened the 2019 summer season opened with a no-hitter. In six innings, Superior National Bank-Stanton’s Tyler LaDuron faced 18 batters from the Fighting Joe’s and struck out 13 of them with his ...

Local stars ready for Border Bash

IRONWOOD — Seven local basketball players, three players who participated in deep playoff runs, and an impressive lineup of coaches highlight the rosters for the sixth annual Kiwanis Classic Border Bash. The girls and boys all-star games pitting top players from Northern Michigan against ...

Minors: South Range VFW tops Copper Country Elks

SOUTH RANGE — In Portage Lake Little League Minors action Monday, South Range VFW defeated the Copper Country Elks, 20-6, in five innings. For South Range, Jamie Larson, Owen Turpeinen and Porter Markham combined for 11 strikeouts. Turpeinen also helped his cause at the plate, where he ...

Local hero: Brice takes over as Huskies’ captain

HOUGHTON — As a child growing up in the Copper Country, like so many other young hockey players, Raymond Brice had a singular goal, to play for the Michigan Tech Huskies. Brice, who heading into his fourth season in Black and Gold, was voted by his teammates as the team captain for the ...

Vanuden remains among cats in joining Lions hockey

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — As Tyler Vanuden sat down to formalize his decision to attend Finlandia University on last week, coaches could be heard celebrating three time zones away. Early last winter, Finlandia staff targeted the Fort Frances, Ontario, native to lead a bumper crop of ...