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Calumet learning from mistakes after 4-2 loss to Detroit-Jesuit

CALUMET — If the Calumet Copper Kings and the University of Detroit- Jesuit Cubs were wearing the same uniforms, at times, it would be near impossible to tell the players apart. That’s how close in talent and style the two teams were: Blue and maroon were the only things stopping them from ...

Michigan Tech looking for consistency down final stretch

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies are in the midst of a 13-day break between their last contest against Arizona State, and the next one versus Alaska. But don’t let the word “break” deceive you. Off-weeks are even more intense than game weeks. “Right now we are focusing on ...

Hancock pulls out thrilling win over Jeffers 48-45

PAINESDALE — You couldn't slice it any thinner than Friday night's girls basketball game between the Hancock Bulldogs and the Jeffers Jets. Jeffers, down by a 46-45 score with 5.6 seconds left to play, had a chance to win the game with two free throws. But the Jets were long on both of the ...

E-TC shuts down Ontonagon for 66-34 victory

ONTONAGON — The first half looked like what you'd expect from an Ontonagon County rivalry. The second half looked like what was expected of Ewen-Trout Creek this season. The fifth-ranked Panthers held Ontonagon to just four points in the second half and won the Copper Mountain Conference ...

Coaching stint, dedicated offseason propel Wardynski to set scoring record

IRONWOOD — As a freshman last year, Lori Wardynski was Gogebic Community College's best player. Yet there were times, she admits, where she would frustrate her coach when she didn't quite get the message he was trying to send. Wardynski worked and worked and worked through the offseason, ...

No. 16 Michigan Tech women rally to defeat Ferris State

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — The Michigan Tech women's basketball team rallied for a thrilling 80-77 GLIAC victory at Ferris State on the road Thursday night. The Huskies battled back from a 13-point deficit in the second half to notch a crucial win in the final seconds. Senior Brenna Heise gave Tech ...

Tech men show signs of improvement in loss to No. 7 Ferris State

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — The Michigan Tech men's basketball team fell in a GLIAC contest on the road Thursday night against No. 7 Ferris State 85-66. The Huskies fell behind by double digits early but battled back to within four points late in the first half to stay in striking distance. ...

U.S. Baseball Academy Academy to host camp at Finlandia University

U.S. Baseball Academy, which operates a national network of affordable hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning camps for players in grades 1 through 12, is pleased to announce the addition of Finlandia University to its lineup for the coming winter and spring. Registration is now ...

Houghton holds off Gwinn’s late rally for 63-50 win

HOUGHTON — The Gwinn Modeltowners almost had it. As their pressure built and Houghton’s Brad Sirard went to the bench with five fouls, it felt as though they could complete the comeback. But as luck, or rather, the rules of Michigan high school basketball would have it, there are only 32 ...

Daavettila reaches 1,000 points, FU women win

HANCOCK — It was only fitting that Julia Daavettila was given the game ball after Finlandia University defeated St. Scholastica College Wednesday night. After all, the former Dollar Bay High standout had just led her team to an 84-80 upset win, scoring a game-high 25 points along the way at ...

FU men blown out by St. Scholastica

HANCOCK — His team is in a rut and Finlandia University men's basketball coach Mike O'Donnell doesn't know what to do about it. "It's frustrating to see us play like that," O'Donnell said after an 87-58 loss to St. Scholastica Wednesday night at Paavo Nurmi Gym. "It's very ...

Tech men seek answers while prepping for tough road trip

HOUGHTON — Any excitement and energy that came with the return of Michigan Tech’s sophomore point guard, Tommy Lucca, was eventually replaced with confusion and dejection as Tech put up two of its worst offensive showings last weekend in a 73-62 loss to Ashland and an 86-68 defeat to ...

No. 16 Tech prepares for battle on the boards with Ferris State

HOUGHTON — From the standpoint of being one of the smaller teams in the GLIAC, the battle on the boards has always been an uphill battle for the No. 16 Michigan Tech Huskies. But now Tech (12-2, 6-1) will have its toughest challenge in the rebounding department when the Huskies travel to ...

No. 2 Chassell’s defense leads to 62-35 win over No. 5 E-TC

CHASSELL — Brandi Hainault knew she would have to make adjustments to compensate as Milly Allen attempted to play on a bum ankle a day after suffering the injury. Whether that meant trying to protect her or a switch in the game plan for No. 5 Ewen-Trout Creek, changes had to be made.  So ...

Nordstrom scores four times, Hancock routs Kingsford 7-1

HANCOCK — Over the years Hancock has had some quality players. No one knows that better than long-time coach Dan Rouleau (he has been on the staff for 23 years), so when he says Alex Nordstrom and Teddy Randell are both among the top-10 players he’s ever coached, it means something. What ...

Girls roundup: 8 local teams in action

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes dropped a 48-39 Copper Mountain Conference decision to the Bessemer Speedgirls Tuesday in Lake Linden.  LL-H led 20-17 at halftime before Bessemer erupted for a 23-point third quarter to take a 40-27 lead into the fourth. “We just kind of ...

Dollar Bay rolls past Watersmeet 83-33

WATERSMEET — It was a dominant showing from the No. 3 Dollar Bay Blue Bolts, as they topped the Watersmeet Nimrods 83-33 in a nonconference game Tuesday in Watersmeet.  “Offensively, we are finding our groove, and we did good things in the half-court defense,” Dollar Bay coach Jesse ...

Jets defeats R-M for 3rd straight win after 0-4 start

PAINESDALE — A 29-point defeat to the Chassell Panthers sent the Jeffers Jets’ morale to an all-time low and sapped any of the remaining early season excitement after an 0-4 start.  “They had no confidence and everyone was hanging their head,” Jeffers coach Trent Keteri said. ...

Barnes almost gets triple-double in Chassell’s 78-39 win over LL-H

CHASSELL — Like in any blowout, Chassell coach Bill Sleeman has emptied his bench and pulled his starting lineup off the court. But across the way, the bleachers are full of fans calling out the name “Aaron Barnes.” Even Sleeman’s stat keeper wants Barnes back in the game. Sleeman ...