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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 ...

Shooting Gallery: Copper Kings outshoot Panthers, 73-46, Tuesday

CALUMET — What started out as anybody game grew into a back-and-forth shootout between the Calumet Copper Kings and the Chassell Panthers in boys basketball action Tuesday at the Calumet Gym. Just under halfway through the first period, it was at tied at five, then, a minute later, at 10. ...

Gremlins, Jets combine for 29 three-pointers Tuesday

HOUGHTON — For many of the 32 minutes of basketball between the Houghton Gremlins and the Jeffers Jets, three-pointers reigned supreme as the two boys basketball squads drained a combined 29 long-distance shots in a 79-57 victory for the Gremlins on their home court Tuesday. For all the ...

Girls Roundup: Chassell wins, Hancock loses

Gwinn 55, Hancock 41 HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs girls basketball team got a courageous effort from Taylor Sebbas, who put up 22 points, but it was not enough to overcome the combined efforts of the Gwinn Modeltowners, who came away from the Hancock Gym with a 55-41 victory ...

Blue Bolts use teamwork to beat Panthers, 75-43

DOLLAR BAY — After scoring 14 points in the opening eight minutes of play, the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts poured in 22 points in the second quarter and then another 21 in the third in order to earn a 75-43 win over the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers at home Tuesday. Blue Bolts coach ...

Boys Roundup: Lakes win

Lake Linden-Hubbell 54, Republic-Michigamme 39 REPUBLIC — Carter Crouch scored 21 points to pace the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes to a road win over the Republic-Michigamme Hawks, 54-39. The Lakes spread their scoring among five players in the first half to carry a 19-10 lead into the ...