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It’s just a game: MTU soccer club enjoying being on field together

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech sophomore material science and engineering major Anders Palarz is the president of the men’s soccer team. The club is prideful of their competitiveness as a team, while also being laid back and having fun as a group. “We like our club because it’s ...

Broadway on Ice: CCSA excited to show off skills in their annual ice show

HOUGHTON — The figure skating season is a long one. In some cases, it is as long, or even longer, than the hockey season. After all those months of lessons, long, late nights in cold ice arenas, and grueling test sessions, it would stand to reason that skaters would enjoy the opportunity to ...

Gibson Cup starts Friday: A rivalry older than most

CALUMET — It has been called the Stanley Cup of the North. It measures two feet in height and is 16 inches wide. It weighs around 12 pounds. There is even a documentary about it from Vice Sports. It is also named after Hockey Hall of Famer John L. (Doc) Gibson who was a player/coach and ...

Good start for all involved at MTU’s Keweenaw Classic

HOUGHTON — Wednesday’s weather conditions may have been less than perfect in the Copper Country, but that did not stop many of the area’s student-athletes from opening their track season indoors. The Houghton girls collected five firsts in the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Classic ...

Golf season: MTU club having fun on links

HOUGHTON — While it might not feel like it yet, spring just around the corner in the Copper Country, which means the approach of golf season. Michigan Tech senior mechanical engineering major Daniel Donovan serves as president of Michigan Tech’s co-ed golf club. He says a main objective ...

Double threat: Sirard, Butvilas named to All-U.P. teams

HOUGHTON — Late last week, the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named the boys’ and girls’ All-U.P. teams for the 2018-19 season. Two Houghton Gremlins boys players earned honors. Junior Brad Sirard was named to the First Team while senior George Butvilas was ...

Small steps: Lions look to bounce back from sweep

HANCOCK — Going into their first games in WIAC play against the team picked to finish second in the conference’s preseason poll was going to be tough for the Finlandia Lions baseball team, even under the best of circumstances. To make matters worse for the Lions, they were off 17 days ...

Panthers’ Elise Besonen named to All–U.P. First Team

EWEN — When your daughter is named to the All-U.P. First Team basketball team, it is a special moment. It is even more special when you happen to also be her coach. Such is the case for Ewen-Trout Creek coach Jackie Besonen, whose daughter Elise was recently named to the honorary All-U.P. ...

Free throwing family: Besonens succeed at states

EWEN — While the Besonens’ oldest daughter, Elise, was earning accolades on the basketball court, the other Besonen children have been earning honors at the free throw line. Emma, age 11, and Bree, 9, are headed to the Elks National Hoop Shoot in Chicago on April 27. The fraternal ...

Aquanauts enjoy diving all year

HOUGHTON — Whether on land or in the water, athleticism can take all different shapes and sizes. Michigan Tech Aquanauts Scuba Club vice president and chemical engineering senior Isabel Wentworth helps manage the local scrub club that practices dives in the Student Development Complex’s ...

Community hub: Local hockey players react to Hockeyville

CALUMET — For those who love hockey and play it as closely to year round as they can, Sunday’s news that the Calumet Colosseum won the 4th Kraft Hockeyville USA contest was akin to winning a championship. For a small, northern Upper Peninsula township like Calumet, winning the title, ...

Hockeyville USA: Fans, community respond to news about Colosseum

CAlUMET — From squirts to the Calumet Copper Kings, and every event in between, the Calumet Colosseum is home to several of the area’s hockey events big and small. On Sunday, the Colosseum was announced as fourth Kraft Hockeyville winner. The rink will possibly host an NHL preseason game ...

Jahfetson, Lindemann named to Division 4 Second Team

BARAGA — What head coach Tom Goodreau’s Baraga Vikings lacked in quantity throughout the season, they made up for in quality. Two of the Vikings were recognized by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association for their efforts by earning spots on the Division 4 Second ...

Maki did little bit of everything

HANCOCK — Among the numerous standout athletes produced at Hancock High School, Ed Maki may have been the one who had the most influence throughout his life. The late two-sport standout wore a number of hats in his career, including being the first modern day Michigan Tech hockey ...

Team leader: Kentala named Division 4 Coach of the Year

DOLLAR BAY — A year after losing four starters off a state semifinalist squad, including of his school’s top scorers of all time, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts coach Jesse Kentala was named Coach of the Year after taking another team just as far this season. Kentala, who completed ...

Dream Team member: Calumet’s Matt Ojala among UP’s best

CALUMET — Last season, despite being a leader on a very good Calumet Copper Kings squad as a junior, Matt Ojala earned Class ABC First Team honors while having the numbers that put him in the conversation for the Dream Team. This year, the senior leader of the Copper Kings back court earned a ...

Janke, LeClaire both earn All-UP honors

DOLLAR BAY — Outside the gym of Dollar Bay-Tamarack City High School, there were more questions than answers about what exactly the Blue Bolts were going to have in their boys basketball team after losing four out of five starters from the 2017-18 team. What they discovered over the course ...