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Lions remain winless with loss to Samsons Saturday

HANCOCK — A game that appeared out of reach with just ten minutes left to play almost fell into the laps of the Finlandia University men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon. After shaving all but one point from a 22-point deficit against Gogebic Community College, the Lions gained ...

Tough first period costs Lions against Falcons Saturday, 7-0

HANCOCK — After a really strong performance Friday against the Concordia Falcons, the Finlandia Lions women’s hockey team struggled Saturday. A four-goal first period took the wind out of their sails and proved to be too much for them to comeback from in a 7-0 loss at the Houghton County ...

Snake eyes: Huskies, Mavericks skate to 1-1 tie Friday

HOUGHTON — Nearly everything about Friday night’s matchup between the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team and the No. 6 Minnesota State Mavericks was even, the score, 1-1, the quality scoring chances for much of the night, even the 3-on-3 overtime session. In the end, the Huskies and ...

Gremlins cruise to Wing Ding rivalry victory over Bulldogs

HANCOCK — What should have taken three hockey periods only took two as the Houghton Gremlins shutout the Hancock Bulldogs in merciful fashion, 8-0, on Friday night at a packed Houghton County Arena. With the win, the Gremlins kept the Don Miller Wing Ding Trophy for the second year in a ...

Gremlins top Bulldogs in Wing Ding basketball Friday, 67-51

HANCOCK — Every time the Hancock Bulldogs tried to make a run at the Houghton Gremlins Friday night, the imposing figure of Brad Sirard got in the way. Sirard, the 6-foot-6 Gremlins’ ace, poured in 39 points as the Orange and Black notched a 67-51 Wing Ding win. “We gave up the first ...

Lions take early lead, fall late to Falcons, 3-1

HANCOCK — Finlandia Lions women’s hockey coach Matt Marchel was extremely frustrated after his team’s 3-1 loss to the Concordia Falcons Friday afternoon at the Houghton County Arena. He spent several seconds after addressing his squad venting his frustration as best he could, but ...

Lions hold fate in own hands against Green Knights

HANCOCK — With a pair of losses last weekend on the road against Northland and St. Scholastica, the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team wasted an opportunity to help secure themselves a spot in the postseason. To make matters worse, the Lions head into the final weekend of the regular season ...

From athlete to coach: Johnson finding groove

HOUGHTON —  For the past five seasons, the the Houghton Gremlins swim teams have been led by their head coach Erik Johnson. Johnson himself was once a Gremlins swimmer, so he speaks with his team, it is often from a place of knowledge, since he can relate to them thanks to his own personal ...

Jets get good night from Frahm, top Hawks

REPUBLIC — The Jeffers Jets boys basketball had a successful trip to Republic Wednesday as the Jets downed the Republic-Michigamme Hawks, 66-53. Jets coach Trent Keteri was pleased to see the continued development of Isaiah Frahm, who put up a season-high 17 points while also drawing tough ...

Lions look to finish strong despite small roster

HANCOCK — When assessing the quality of a college hockey weekend, most hockey fans would be hard-pressed to look a series in which a team was out scored 10-1 and find positives. The Finlandia Lions women’s hockey team are coming off such a weekend against St. Scholastica, but the numbers ...

Gremlins skiers compete in three races Wednesday in Ironwood

IRONWOOD — With the Ironwood Red Devils serving as hosts Wednesday, the Houghton-Hancock Gremlins ski team took part in three different races, the Norway/Pine Mountain Invitational Slalom Race, the Theron Memorial Slalom, and the Peterson Memorial Giant Slalom. Pine Mountain ...

Tech football adds pair of locals on national signing day

Photo provided to the Daily Mining Gazette Flanked by his mother, Shana Ruotsala, his father, Mike Ojala, and assistant football coach Josh Frantti (right), Calumet’s Travis Ojala signs with the Michigan Tech Huskies football team Wednesday.

Tech football adds pair of locals on national signing day

Photo provided to the Daily Mining Gazette Flanked by (from left) his football coach Ted Holmstrom, mother Cheyl LeClaire and basketball coach Jesse Kentala, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City’s Brendan LeClaire signs with the Michigan Tech Huskies football team Wednesday.

Carnival time: Huskies need points during special weekend

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team are coming into this weekend’s Winter Carnival festivities after a week off working on every area of their game, big and small. Offensive pressure is first on the list for Michigan Tech as they host No. 6 Minnesota State (23-6-1 overall, ...

Vertin enjoying chance to have success with Bacon

MACON, Ga. — Sometimes the biggest ideas can come from the humblest beginnings. On Feb. 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Calumet native Tyler Vertin, director of marketing, and members of his communications staff, will be up for a SAMMY (Sales, Advertising, Marketing and Management Idea of the ...

Girls Roundup: Calumet, L’Anse lose Tuesday

Negaunee 46, Calumet 40 NEGAUNEE — At Negaunee, the Miners (12-2) squeaked out a home win over Calumet (8-8) behind 19 points from senior forward Abby Nelson and 13 from senior guard MacKenzie Karki. The Miners found themselves down 22-20 at halftime and still trailed 32-28 going into the ...

Butvilas, Sirard combine for 64 points as Gremlins win, 75-65

HOUGHTON — It took most of the first quarter for the Houghton Gremlins boys basketball team to heat up. About six and a half minutes into the first quarter, like popcorn on a stove, the Gremlins started popping and never looked back in a 75-65 victory over the visiting Ishpeming Hematites ...

Huskies hit ‘crunch time’ in GLIAC schedule starting Thursday

HOUGHTON — It is crunch time this weekend for the Michigan Tech Huskies men’s basketball team as they head into the last seven games of the regular season. At 10-10 overall and 5-8 conference, coach Kevin Luke said Tuesday that it is time to grind it out and push through towards March and ...

Houghton girls fall to Marquette Wednesday, 78-31

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins girls basketball team fell to the visiting Marquette Redettes who took charge of the floor early en route to a 78-31 victory at the Houghton Gym. Marquette’s all-around game made life difficult for Houghton throughout the night. “Marquette has a very ...

Looking for No. 5: Huskies face Northwood with chance for fifth-straight win

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies women’s basketball team are on a roll. They have won their last four games including a pair of GLIAC victories over the last week against Purdue Northwest and Wisconsin-Parkside. With those two wins, the Huskies move to 14-7 overall and 10-3 GLIAC play ...