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No. 2 Chassell girls top Dollar Bay; 6 other local teams in action Thursday

CHASSELL — It was another dominant performance for the No. 2 Chassell Panthers, this time, defeating the Dollar Bay Blue Bolts 67-26 Thursday in a Copper Mountain Conference game in Chassell.  Milly Allen led the way with 16 points, while Jenna Pietila scored nine and Sydney Danison added ...

Hannon part of the solution at Finlandia

By DAVER KARNOSKY dkarnosky@mininggazette.com HANCOCK — Through 11 games as a member of the Finlandia Lions men's hockey team, freshman winger Connor Hannon has taken over the lead in points (nine) and shots (49). Hannon, a Houghton native and former linemate of current Michigan Tech ...

Calumet mercies Negaunee 9-0

CALUMET — Calumet (8-11-2) only needed two periods to finish off Negaunee, as the Copper Kings mercy-ruled the visiting squad 9-0 on Thursday at the Colosseum. Six different players scored for Calumet: Brent Loukus, Dean Loukus and Rylan Anderson each netted two, while Sam Erkkila, Tyler ...

Sooner or later, you see it all

Some years ago I had the chance to interview a man from Finland who was on his second trip around the globe on a bicycle. Now, this was a perilous trip that took him through jungles and mountains. Of course, I had to ask him why he was doing such a difficult thing during a stop at Suomi ...

Lions face top-seeded Bulldogs needing points

ADRIAN, Mich. — The Finlandia Lions women's hockey team hasn't been here in a long time. With four games left in the regular season, the Lions are in the hunt for a playoff spot. They sit in eighth, one point back of Marian and one ahead of Aurora, but four behind Northland, who has the sixth ...

Quick start propels Dollar Bay past E-TC in battle of undefeated teams

HOUGHTON — As the public address announcer asked fans to move in closer to make space for others making their way inside the Wood Gym, the members of the Dollar Bay Blue Bolts who sport a reasonable vertical attempted to slam the ball through the rim during pregame warmups. They failed, but ...

LeClaire is key to Dollar Bay’s success

HOUGHTON — There might be something wrong with Brendan LeClaire. How else do you explain a kid that smiles while he runs? One that actually takes joy in conditioning drills and relishes in playing a behind the scenes, no-nonsense, no-credit role on the basketball court.  LeClaire is the ...

E-TC’s Witt performs better on big stage this time around

HOUGHTON — Naturally, attention follows the best high school athletes. In the U.P., they’re discussed from town to town while their legend grows with each feat throughout a season. So when those athletes play on a major stage in front of new people for the first time, plenty of the ...

Players, coaches relish electric atmosphere

HOUGHTON — The combined enrollment of Dollar Bay and Ewen-Trout Creek’s high schools is 174. Neither school hits double-digits in its own numbers — Dollar Bay has 99 students and E-TC has 75, but  3,276 people filed into Michigan Tech’s Wood Gym to watch the undefeated teams ...

Twardzik signs with NMU

Calumet’s Cooper Twardzik has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Northern Michigan University. Twardzik has earned three letters in football, basketball and track at Calumet High School.   In football as a junior, he earned West-PAC Second Team honors and was selected ...

Michigan Tech signs 20 to 2018 football class

HOUGHTON — Head coach Steve Olson and the Michigan Tech football program announced that 20 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Huskies for the 2018 season. Michigan Tech's incoming class includes eight defensive players, 11 players on offense, and a ...

Area coaches break down matchup between No. 1 E-TC and No. 1 Dollar Bay

HOUGHTON — For the first time in recent history, two Copper Country schools will meet as top-ranked teams in the state tonight at 7:15 p.m. at Michigan Tech.  It’s No. 1 Ewen-Trout Creek (13-0), and No. 6 Dollar Bay (11-0).  It’s Jake Witt and Eli Nordine facing off against Devin ...

Instant recap: Dollar Bay tops E-TC 51-42

HOUGHTON — The Dollar Bay Blue Bolts won the battle of unbeatens, defeating the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers 51-42 Wednesday in a Copper Mountain Conference game at the Wood Gym. Jacob Iacono led the winners (12-0) with 16 points while Devin Schmitz added 13. Dollar Bay jumped out to a ...

Ojalas lead Calumet over Chassell 66-53

CHASSELL — It was just a short sequence in the boys basketball game between Calumet and Chassell Tuesday night. But it proved to be one that helped settle the outcome between two evenly-matched teams. With his team behind by a 27-26 margin with under 30 seconds left in the opening half, ...

Boys roundup: Turner’s clutch free throws send Jeffers past Houghton

PAINESDALE — Not many people get the chance to play against their former coach and even fewer get to win. But Jeffers coach Trent Keteri did just that. Keteri, who is in his first year on the job, played for Houghton’s Jared Lawson when he was in high school, and on Tuesday in a nonleague ...

Girls roundup: Houghton, Calumet lose nonconference games

MARQUETTE — The Houghton Gremlins nearly pulled the upset but instead fell to the No. 3 Marquette Redettes 54-50 in a nonconference game Tuesday in Marquette. Houghton's Kara Pietila led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds while Kendra Monette added 17 points. Houghton had a 47-46 ...

Scoring balance keys No. 16 Tech

HOUGHTON — Kim Cameron admits even she doesn’t know who will shoulder the offensive load for the No. 16 Michigan Tech Huskies on a given night. “You don’t predict who’s going to play well. It’s just a surprise every night,” she said. Trying to assume who will lead Tech in ...

Tech aims to continue 5-game win streak

HOUGHTON — In one of the rare moments of the season, the Michigan Tech Huskies didn’t have to solely rely on Kyle Monroe for offensive production during the second half of Saturday’s 72-46 win over Purdue Northwest.  Monroe still scored 15-second-half points, but the highlight for Tech ...

Veteran Dollar Bay prepared for task of stopping Witt, E-TC’s guards

HOUGHTON — Jesse Kentala must not be a very superstitious man. Or maybe he’s just good at hiding it. When his Dollar Bay Blue Bolts took on Ewen-Trout Creek last season, the odds seemed to be against them, but the coach remained calm — at least on the exterior. As they drove to Ewen, a ...