Local Sports

Backup plan

HANCOCK — When the Finlandia Lions hockey team takes to the ice this fall, they will feature some local talent as they look to bounce back from a very disappointing 2016-17 campaign that saw them go winless in 25 attempts. One of those local prospects who has the potential to make an impact ...

Copley re-signs with Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, inking a two-year $1.3 million contract the team announced on Wednesday. Copley's contract is two-way ($650,000/$200,000) during the 2017-18 season and one-way ($650,000) during the ...

Sibilsky Brothers featured squad of siblings

HURONTOWN — Over the decades, the Copper Country has seen all the famous touring ball teams. The famous House of David baseball team appeared here. So did Eddie Feigner of The King and His Court softball fame. The Colored Ghosts (an all-black team) was here. And there were two major ...

Changing of the times

It feels strange that I can already use the phrase, “Back in my day.” But back in my day, just eight years ago at Bark River-Harris, we had no issues filling out a full schedule for our 11-man football team. Now, none of those 10 teams that made up the 11-game schedule exist in the ...

Tech’s Birks set to take part in Pittsburgh’s Development Camp

PITTSBURGH— Michigan Tech hockey player Dane Birks is one of 12 defensemen at the Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp that opened Wednesday. The camp runs through Saturday with all on-ice practices being held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. Birks enters his ...

Turning it around

WOLVERINE — For the last two seasons, Wolverine-Orbit has been the team everyone else in the Twilight League chased through the regular season and the playoffs. This season, Wolverine-Orbit started the year 0-3 while their opponents Tuesday, Superior National Bank-Stanton, came into the game ...

Chris Brooks named Tech assistant hockey coach

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced the hiring of Chris Brooks as an assistant coach on Monday. Brooks joins the Huskies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was the head coach of the Pointers over the past six seasons, leading the team to three ...

Fields of dreams

CALUMET — With a special ceremony on Friday, the township of Calumet got a huge head start on a project they have named the “Field of Dreams”. The goal of the project is to build two fields side-by-side that are designed much like the fields at the Hancock Driving Park. On Friday, ...

Copper Country Flames fall 8-6 to Marinette

GLADSTONE — A sixth inning comeback wasn’t quite enough for the Copper Country Flames Saturday as they fell to Marinette 8-6 in the Gregg Johnson/Al Erickson Memorial American Legion baseball tournament. The Flames scored four times for a 6-5 lead in the sixth. Marinette, however, ...

LL-H’s Middleton scores winning touchdown in U.P. All-Star Game

MARQUETTE — It took a while for things to get exciting at the annual Upper Peninsula All-Star Football Game. Once they did, it created a memorable experience for both the players and the fans on Saturday afternoon at the Superior Dome in Marquette. After a scoreless first half, the Black ...

Talley captures Island Resort Championship, 3rd round called off

HARRIS – Emma Talley couldn’t wait to defend her lead Sunday in the rain-challenged Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club. Talley put together two solid rounds and had plenty of confidence entering the finale Sunday afternoon. But she never stepped foot on the course in the ...

No doubt about it

SOUTH RANGE — After a game-winning single by Isaac Romney in the semifinals of the Portage Lake Little League tournament, Superior National Bank made sure there would be no need for another heroic ending Saturday in South Range. SNB cruised to the majors league title, winning 14-1 over ...

A title is a title

WOLVERINE — Middleton Builders head coach Andy Crouch and Hancock Bottling manager Joe Romano both agreed they never saw their teams commit as many miscues as they did in Friday's Senior Little League championship game in Wolverine. The teams combined for 15 errors and 16 walks in a 21-18 ...

Lake Linden-Hubbell making move to West-PAC for football in 2018

IRON MOUNTAIN — Western Peninsula Athletic Conference will have additional football teams in 2018. West PAC officials meeting Wednesday in Watersmeet approved Norway, Bark River-Harris and Lake Linden-Hubbell joining the league for football in 2018. However, Munising's bid was voted down. ...

Liu takes Symetra lead after setting tourney record 65 at Sweetgrass

HARRIS — Perhaps only three dozen avid fans were still hanging around when Ruixin Liu capped off a stunning finish here Friday that vaulted her into sole possession of the opening day lead at the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass. A 25-foot birdie putt on No. 8, her 17th hole of the ...

CC Flames earn split

ESCANABA — In the opening day of the Gregg Johnson Memorial Tounament in Escanaba Friday, the Copper Country Legion Post 186 Flames split their first two games as part of a strong showing. The Flames downed Kingsford in a mercy, 11-3, before losing in nine innings to Blissfield, Wisconsin, ...

Football all-stars get back in shape, test themselves in a number of ways

MARQUETTE — The build-up for Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game continued Wednesday afternoon at the Superior Dome, where each participating athlete took part in individual skills challenges. Ishpeming’s Ashok Ravindran said the competitions were surprisingly challenging, ...

SNB-Stanton, Wolverine-Orbit win again in Twilight League

Trailing 3-1, Superior-National Bank-Stanton (6-0) rallied for a 5-4 win over Dean Kangas-State Farm (3-2) Thursday in the Twilight League. SNB-Stanton struck for four runs in the bottom of the six for a 5-3 lead before State Farm added one more. Cole Jepsen was the winning pitcher after ...

Walk-off winner

HOUGHTON — Heading into the top of the seventh inning Wednesday night, it appeared that Calumet Sweet Treats was well on their way to a victory over the Calumet Golf Course/Loading Zone thanks to a 9-3 lead in Copper Country Women's Fastpitch action. When the dust settled, they did earn the ...