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Houghton Rotary, Rajala’s Kitchen play to rare tie

SOUTH RANGE — Houghton Rotary came back from a 10-2 deficit to pull even with Rajala’s Kitchen in Portage Lake Little League Minors action on Monday. The large comeback forced a rare ending for a Little League game, a tie, due to time constraints. Rajala’s jumped on the board early ...

Hornets sting: L’Anse earns Division 4 District 98 title

ict title on the line Saturday, the hosting L’Anse Purple Hornets crushed their way through for a 12-2 win over the Ishpeming Hematites to take the Division 4 District 98 championship on their own field. In the day’s final game, senior Josie Rice went the distance for the Hornets to get ...

Lakes relay teams set school records, but finish 2nd at UP Finals

KINGSFORD — The Lake Linden-Hubbell boys gave chase, but couldn’t keep pace with Bessemer here in Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Division 3 Track Finals. Bessemer retained its title with 136 points and the Lakes edged Brimley 67-66 for runner-up honors. The Lakes, however, swept the ...

Miners take district title over Copper Kings

NATIONAL MINE — There’s a first time for everything. In the case of the Negaunee varsity softball team, that time was last year when it won its first district championship in program history. Fast-forward one season later, and the Miners have prevailed in the district tournament again, ...

Lakes girls take UP title for third straight year

ake Linden-Hubbell girls kept their grip on the Upper Peninsula Division 3 track title here Saturday, winning for the third consecutive year with 112 points. They were followed by North Dickinson 62 and Mid Peninsula 56. LL-H grabbed the top three spots in pole vault. Freshman Camaryn ...

Toxic Cherries roll over Roller Derby

es of Keweenaw Roller Derby (KRD) knew that they would have their work cut out for them in their Saturday bout with the Toxic Cherries of Traverse City at Dee Stadium. In fact, they came into the night figuring they would probably get beat pretty badly, and they did. However, despite the 277-56 ...

REL Inc. tops Rajala Kitchens

STANTON — REL Inc. traveled south to Stanton to play Rajala’s Kitchens Saturday. Rajala outscored REL 13-6 to earn the win. For Rajala’s, Blake Heltunen had two singles and Rylan Guilbault had a double to drive the offense. For REL Inc., Ryder and Sawyer had singles, Tyler and John ...

2019 U.P. Track and Field Final Results

Prep track & field MHSAA U.P. Division 1 boys finals at Kingsford Team scores: 1. Gladstone 127, 2. (tie) Westwood and Marquette 97 each, 4. Calumet 41.5, 5. Iron Mountain 37, 6. (tie) Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie 32 each; 8. Negaunee 24, 9. Houghton 20.5, 10. Kingsford 13, 11. ...

Bulldog way: Hancock earns Division 4 District 97 title in Ironwood

IRONWOOD — It was an historic day for the Hancock softball program here Friday as the Bulldogs captured their first Division 4 district title with a hard-fought 8-4 triumph over defending champion Ironwood. The victory enables the Bulldogs to make their regional tournament debut June 8 at ...

Dube takes medalist honors at UP Finals

IRON RIVER — West Iron County defended its home turf, sweeping the boys and girls MHSAA Division 2 U.P. Finals on Thursday. The Wykons’ boys carded a team score of 319 at George Young Resort, located 10 miles east of Iron River. Norway (366) took second place, followed by Hancock (362), ...

Art Koski was an all-time Twilight League great

TAPIOLA — The Copper Country Twilight League has produced many outstanding pitchers in its long history. Hurlers like Gordie Lassila, Carl “Scuppy” Backstrom, Ed Kokkila, Bud Patrick, Leo Durocher, Tom Borsum and Denny Raasio are considered to be in the upper echelon of the group. But ...

Taking advantage: Sayen’s scores late to top Chassell

SOUTH RANGE — Two evenly matched Portage Lake Little League Majors baseball teams met at Veterans Field on Thursday with Sayen’s Auto Sales holding off Chassell VFW for a late 4-3 victory. Chassell VFW (3-1 overall) got things rolling in the bottom of the first inning with Nick Andrews ...

Chassell, Houghton win

TAPIOLA — Chassell and Houghton won games in Over 50 Softball League action Thursday. Chassell scored early and often in a 20-8 win over Tapiola as Jim LaChance whacked out five hits and Jerry Fish, Daryl Putala, Mick Kryndlowski and Nick Sedar all had four safeties. Nick Lindemann, Steve ...

J. Peltier Construction drives back to top Tervo Agency, 14-10

STANTON — Passion was the name of the game for J. Peltier Construction as they battled their way back from a 6-1 deficit to earn a 14-10 victory over Tervo Agency in Portage Lake Little League Majors action Thursday night at E.B. Holman School Field. The win was important for Peltier as it ...

Gremlin champions: Houghton boys win Division 1 golf title

ESCANABA — Gladstone senior Rudy Peterson sizzled on the front nine Wednesday, retaining his Upper Peninsula Division 1 golf title with an even-par 71 strokes. Peterson fired a 2-under-par 34 in front, then overcame bogeys on No. 15 and 16 to shoot 37 on the back nine at the Escanaba ...

Houghton swept by Westwood

NATIONAL MINE — Westwood ended its softball regular season on a high note after a doubleheader sweep of visiting Houghton on Tuesday. The Patriots won the afternoon game 14-0 in five innings before an 11-1 six-inning decision in the nightcap. Westwood ends the regular season with a 19-4 ...

Rajala’s Kitchens scores 15 in win over Auto Pro

SOUTH RANGE — The conditions were just right for Portage Lake Little League Minors baseball Wednesday at Veterans Field in South Range as Rajala’s Kitchens cruised to a 15-3 win over Auto Pro Glass and Tire Wednesday. Rajala’s Kitchens (4-1 overall) started things off with three runs. ...

Gremlins take fifth at UP Golf Finals

HARRIS — Paxton Johnson only achieved half of her goal in her final high school golf match here Wednesday, but it was a special half. The Escanaba High School senior won her fourth straight Upper Peninsula Division 1 golf championship to join two other four-time winners. The southpaw posted ...

Lakes season ends in extra innings against Ironwood

IRONWOOD — It took 10 innings of hard-fought baseball, but Ironwood advanced to the semifinals of the MHSAA Division 4 District 97 baseball tournament with a 4-3 victory over Lake Linden-Hubbell on Tuesday afternoon. The win did not come easy. With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of ...

Jets sweep Miners to close season

SOUTH RANGE — The Jeffers Jets softball team outscored the visiting Gogebic Miners 55-4 over two games to close out their regular season with a sweep. In the opener, Myra Pennala drove one deep in the fourth inning as the Jets scored 34 runs. Madi Holombo struck out five batters over the ...