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Maturing quickly: Broetzman brings speed, confidence to Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — Several spots are open in the Top 9 forward slots for the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey program due to a large graduating class in 2017-18. Incoming freshman Alec Broetzman, who led the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Madison Capitols with 25 goals and 50 points last season, ...

Calumet remains on top

Week 2 of the U.P. Football Poll saw the Calumet Copper Kings remain at the top of the Large School rankings thanks to a 43-6 win over West Iron County and all six first-place votes. Also among large schools, Hancock remained in the discussion despite a late loss to Gwinn, 22-21, as they ...

Calumet wins

IRON RIVER — Quarterback Brent Loukus and Matt Ojala each accounted for three scores as undefeated Calumet clubbed West Iron County 43-6 in a West PAC crossover football game at Nelson Field. Calumet (4-0) also capitalized on three WIC (3-1) turnovers. The Copper Kings never punted and the ...

Huskies heartbreak: Michigan Tech falls on late Davenport touchdown throw

HOUGHTON — In the last two weeks, the Michigan Tech Huskies have played two football games that have been decided by less than three points within the final seconds at Sherman Field. While they won the first one, 31-30, over Hillsdale, they came up short Saturday against the Davenport ...

Huskies drop first GLIAC match of season to Bulldogs

HOUGHTON — Less than 24 hours after what felt like a nearly-perfect match for the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team against Northwood, the Huskies played a drastically different match on Saturday against the Ferris State Bulldogs. After dropping the first two sets to the Bulldogs, the ...

PLGC holds President’s Cup and Ryder Cup tournaments

HOUGHTON — Melissa Stein won her first Portage Lake Golf Course (PLGC) President’s Cup women’s club championship on Sunday, Sept. 9. Stein shot a gross score of 89 and a net score of 67. Runner-up Julie Melchiori finished with a gross score of 97 and a net score of 71. Third place was ...

Feeding Gremlins: Houghton needs four sets to defeat Negaunee at home Thursday

HOUGHTON — It was a back-and-forth battle on the volleyball court Thursday night at the Houghton Gym as the Gremlins defeated the Negaunee Miners in four sets. Houghton had to fight for two of their three set victories as they won, 25-12, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23. “I liked the first set,” ...

No late heroics for Bulldogs: Hancock cannot comeback in loss to Gwinn

HANCOCK — It was a heartbreaker for the Hancock football faithful Friday night under the lights at McAfee Field. Their beloved Bulldogs went down 21-22 to the visiting Gwinn Modeltowners. “This one is on me,” said Bulldogs head coach Ted Holmstrom in the post-game huddle. “You guys ...

L’Anse wins ‘Battle of the Bay’ over Baraga after slow start

BARAGA — Whenever the Baraga Vikings and L’Anse Purple Hornets meet, no matter the sport, the matchup will be a fierce one. On Thursday night at the Baraga Gym, the volleyball match between the two schools was exactly as advertised. The Vikings fought hard, but fell to the the visiting ...

Gremlins earn first victory

HOUGHTON — As the two teams took to Sherman Field Friday night, the Houghton Gremlins appeared to be in the driver’s seat, holding a 12-8 advantage over the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes with both squads still looking for their first football victory of the 2018 season. Before the third ...

Undefeated Huskies take on Davenport

HOUGHTON — When asked mid-week if he and his team were still basking in Saturday's one-point 31-30 overtime win against Hillsdale College, Huskies head football coach Steve Olson responded with a definitive “No.” “It was a hard-fought game as was to be expected,” he said. “It ...

Huskies take a big bite out of Timberwolves, win in three sets

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball coach Matt Jennings wanted his girls to start fast and set the pace of the home-opening match of the 2018 season Friday night at the Wood Gym. His girls did just that, winning 25-9, 25-17, 25-10, over the Northwood Timberwolves. “We are very ...

Life after Boston Marathon bombing for one victim

HOUGHTON — The Center for Diversity and Inclusion welcomed Heather Abbott, to the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts to speak on Wednesday. Abbott is one of 264 people injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. She shared her journey to recovery. A regular participant in the marathon, ...

Reece Waara TD throws power L’Anse to third straight win

L’ANSE — Reese Waara only put up nine passes, but two were first-half touchdown throws that led L’Anse to a 20-6 victory over visiting Munising on Friday night. The Purple Hornets quarterback completed a 20-yard scoring toss to Paul Lister-Jacobson about 4 1/2 minutes into the second ...

Lakes end Cardinals’ early-season hot streak at four with win

WAKEFIELD — In a fast-paced, intense volleyball match, Lake Linden-Hubbell dropped Wakefield-Marenisco from the ranks of the undefeated with a 25-17, 25-18 and 25-21 sweep on Thursday night. The Lakes now have a sparkling 7-1-3 record, while the Cardinals are now 4-1. Both Lake Linden ...

First rankings kind to Copper Kings

Earlier this week, the first U.P. Football Poll of the season was released. After three victories to open their season, the Calumet Copper Kings debut in the top spot in the rankings among large schools. Having topped Gogebic and Negaunee convincingly before last week’s two-point victory ...

Van Wagner was an immediate hit

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech football coaches didn't have to wait long to see if Jim Van Wagner could do the job at running back. Ted Kearly, who was involved in coaching football and served as MTU athletic director for several years, said the late Van Wagner was a “real workhorse.” “Jim ...

Bellant brings his physical brand of hockey to Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — Michigan native Andrew Bellant is an incoming-freshman forward for the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team. As one of 11 newcomers, Bellant looks to fill the void left behind by the graduation of five forwards from last season’s WCHA playoff championship team. Self-described as a ...