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Houghton, Calumet, LL-H finish weekend tourneys strong

PULASKI, Wis. — The Houghton Gremlins volleyball team captured the silver bracket title and finished fifth overall Saturday in the Pulaski Invite Saturday in Pulaski.  Houghton (15-7-4) won the silver title with sweeps over New Lutheran (25-19, 25-18) and Reedsville (25-12, 25-15).  In ...

L’Anse outlasts No. 4 Hancock to stay atop the West-PAC

L'ANSE — Coming into their matchup with the Hancock Bulldogs, the L'Anse Purple Hornets knew their conditioning and mental fortitude would be tested to the limits against the Bulldogs' platoon system. And after 44 minutes and 10 seconds of fully exerting themselves in a physical, ...

Calumet survives scare from Houghton, wins 22-6

CALUMET — Pushed hard all night by a gritty Houghton High football team, the Calumet Copper Kings rose to the occasion Friday. Calumet's 22-6 victory was accomplished with a 22-point fourth quarter at a wet and foggy Aggasiz Field. "We challenged the kids to come off the ball like they're ...

Ontonagon falls to Rapid River 26-22

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River football team dug out a comeback victory over Ontonagon Friday night winning 26-22. The Rockets keep on rolling as this marks their fourth straight win to open the season. “I was very proud of my guys as they had a great week of practice,” said Rapid ...

Michigan Tech soccer blanks Northwood 2-0

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech soccer team kicked off the weekend Friday night with a 2-0 shutout victory in a non-conference match against Northwood University at Sherman Field. The Huskies' offense delivered a goal in both periods while the defense turned in the second shutout of the ...

Upset-minded Michigan Tech looks to make statement against No. 12 GVSU

HOUGHTON — The Grand Valley State Lakers entered the season with the No. 2 ranking in the country, was selected as the GLIAC favorites and feature perhaps the best player in Division II: junior running back Marty Carter, who was named the 2016 D2Football.com National Offensive Player of the ...

4 storylines for Michigan Tech-GVSU

Teams: No. 12 Grand Valley State (1-1) vs. Michigan Tech (1-1) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Sherman Field Radio: 93.5 FM Online stream: ESPN 3 on the Watch ESPN app Series: GVSU leads 25-4 Coaches: GVSU’s Matt Mitchell (69-21, eighth year) vs. Michigan Tech’s Steve Olson (1-1, ...

Chassell girls, Houghton boys have strong showings at McLain

HANCOCK CANAL — To no one's surprise, a powerful Houghton High boys team dominated things at the Hancock Cross Country Invitational Thursday afternoon. But the Chassell High girls team captured top honors in a bit of a surprise by edging out Ishpeming at McLain State Park. Panthers coach ...

Volleyball roundup: LL-H, L’Anse earn victories

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes remained undefeated in conference play with a four-set victory (25-19, 25-14, 24-26, 25-17) win over the Wakefield-Marenisco Cardinals Thursday in Lake Linden. Still, it wasn’t the type of execution LL-H head coach Maureen Schick would like to ...

Misiak hopes to step in quickly for Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — With the graduation of Michael Neville, Reid Sturos and Tyler Heinonen, the biggest question facing the Michigan Tech Huskies in terms of offense is simply: where will the goals come from? The trio of seniors combined for 82 career goals, which is a lot to make up for. The good ...

Finlandia volleyball loses to Northland

HANCOCK — Three players with at least 13 kills was not enough as the Finlandia University volleyball team (3-7) lost 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-19, 15-11) to Northland College (3-6), Wednesday night at the Paavo Nurmi Center. In the opening set, Finlandia jumped out to a 10-4 early lead. ...

Brooklyn Kolheim joins Michigan Tech women’s basketball staff

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech women's basketball program and head coach Kim Cameron are pleased to announce that Brooklyn Kohlheim will join the staff as an assistant coach. Kohlheim brings a wealth of experience with her to Tech from multiple levels of collegiate basketball, including NCAA ...

Bjorn thrives in increased role; Calumet sweeps Hancock

HANCOCK — Lea Bjorn spent the first two years of her varsity career playing alongside dominant outside hitters Janie Torola and Hailey Wickstrom. But after both Torola and Wickstrom took their talents to Northern Michigan University following graduation, Bjorn is now the Calumet Copper Kings' ...

Houghton boys win Kingsford Invite

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Houghton boys put all the pieces together Tuesday, earning top honors in the Kingsford Invitational cross country meet with 28 points. They were followed by Negaunee 47 and Marquette 70 on this sunny and warm day at the Iron Mountain City Park. “I knew they had it in ...

Houghton’s team effort leads to sweep over LL-H

HOUGHTON — Lake Linden-Hubbell and Houghton, two of the finest volleyball programs in the area, got together Tuesday evening for a match. When all the tallying was done, the Gremlins walked away with a well-played three-set (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) victory. HHS coach John Christianson said ...

Ontonagon’s rally comes up short against Bessemer

BESSEMER — Bessemer sweated out a five-game win over Ontonagon on a hot Tuesday night in the House of Noise. The Speedgirls won the first two games 25-23, 25-20, but thoughts of a sweep went away in a hurry as Ontonagon won the next game 25-8 and then took Game 4 25-16. Bessemer pulled out ...

E-TC shows toughness in win over Hurley

HURLEY — Ewen-Trout Creek lost the first set but made a strong comeback and swept the next three sets in defeating Hurley 21-25, 27-25, 26-24 and 25-23 at the Hurley K-12 School on Tuesday. All the sets were long, competitive and intense. “I am so proud of the girls,” E-TC coach Kaitlin ...

Hancock 4th in 1st UPSSA Football poll; Ontonagon 2nd

The first football poll of the season was released by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association today. The Hancock Bulldogs and Ontonagon Gladiators each cracked the top five, while the L'Anse Purple Hornets and Calumet Copper Kings each received honorable ...

Finlandia’s rally comes up short

HANCOCK — If there is such a thing as a moral victory, the Finlandia University football team may have gotten one Saturday afternoon.  About to be counted out midway through the third quarter, the Lions bounced off the mat at McAfee Field. With Lawrence University holding an 18-0 lead, ...

Houghton repeats as champions at the Rock Invite in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The Houghton volleyball team is on top of the rock again. The Gremlins capped off their second straight 'The Rock' invitational title by beating Escanaba in the semifinals 2-1 before downing Gladstone in the championship game 2-0. “This is one our favorite tournaments and ...