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Howell bests Hancock thanks, in large part, to their power play

HOUGHTON — It has become as traditional as opening presents on Christmas morning or snow falling in the Keweenaw Peninsula in December. The John Macinnes Holiday Hockey Classic kicked off on Thursday at the ice arena named after him on the campus of Michigan Tech University with the Hancock ...

Calumet shuts out Hancock to take third place in MacInnes Classic

HOUGHTON — While it was a only game for third place in the 44th annual John MacInnes Holiday Classic, the Calumet Copper Kings certainly did not play like they were playing for just a consolation. They came to win, and they did heartily as they downed the Hancock Bulldogs 8-0 in less than ...

Panthers play tough at home in win over Bulldogs

CHASSELL — Balanced scoring and steady defensive pressure did the job for the Chassell Panthers Friday night against the Hancock Bulldogs in boys basketball play. “I thought we played a pretty well, we tried a few different things tonight,” Chassell coach Raphael Soumis said after his ...

Allison Bailey was a special player at every level

HOUGHTON — It did not take long for Allison (Bailey) Bottoms to establish herself as star basketball player at Michigan Tech. Playing in just her second game for the Huskies, the former Ewen-Trout Creek High School standout posted 17 points and nine rebounds against defending Division II ...

9-0 run to start powers Westwood to 63-32 win over Hancock

ISHPEMING — 2018 ended on a high note for the Westwood High School girls varsity basketball team. The Patriots will ring in the new year with a 7-0 record after topping Hancock 63-32 at the WHS gym on Friday night. Westwood is 7-0 for the first time since 2007 behind an 18-point night ...

Confident: Shawhan likes where Huskies are at heading into holidays

HOUGHTON — Eighteen games into the 2018-19 season, the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team is close to where it wants to be. The team has have fared well in conference matchups, despite playing eight away games in October and November. Coach Joe Shawhan measured the Huskies’ early season ...

Drawing on tradition, Hoyt enjoying first season with MTU

HOUGHTON — While Michigan Tech women's basketball coach Sam Hoyt would certainly like to be 12-0 on the season, she knows that perfection is hard to attain. The first-year head coach and former MTU standout player is willing to live with her team's 7-5 record. She will accept it because she ...

Reflection: Ghormley discusses special year with Huskies volleyball

HOUGHTON — Earlier in December, the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team got some very special news, sophomore outside hitter Olivia Ghormley and sophomore setter Laura DeMarchi became the first Huskies players to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American honors of any ...

Chance to shine: L’Esperance off to great start with AHL’s Stars

CEDAR PARK, Texas — While on paper, it would appear that former Michigan Tech Huskies winger Joel L’Esperance has the tools necessary to play and succeed at the professional level, collegiate success is not always a barometer for the professional game. Fortunately for L’Esperance, getting ...

Skating up ice with support

Daver Karnosky/Daily Mining Gazette Portage Lake’s Addison Hembroff (11) drives the puck up the ice with good support from Bryce Hanner (6) and a defenseman during a game Saturday.

Lakes fall to Cardinals Friday

WAKEFIELD — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes girl's basketball team scored 15 points in the game's final eight minutes Friday, but it was not enough to overcome the fact that they scored just 16 points over the first three quarters in a 50-31 loss on the road to the Wakefield-Marenisco ...

Skating with Santa fun

Photo submitted to the Daily Mining Gazette The Hancock Bulldogs pose with several of their friends Friday during their annual fundraiser, “Skating with Santa” at the Houghton County Arena.

Jets explode, scoring a 6-1 win over Oredockers

HOUGHTON — For over 13:30 Saturday, it appeared as though neither the Jeffers Jets nor the visiting Ashland Oredockers were going to break through in what was shaping up to be a defensive battle. Then, Johnathan Mantila broke through with a shot from the left circle at 13:32 and suddenly ...

Zeroing in on a point shot

Daver Karnosky/Daily Mining Gazette Portage Lake’s Saku Cunard (1) focuses on a shot from the point by Marquette’s Joseph DeMattia during a game Saturday at Dee Stadium.

Gremlins swimmers sweep Escanaba triangular

ESCANABA — The Houghton Gremlins made a long trip pay off with a sweep of a triangular swim meet Friday at the Delta County YMCA. The Houghton girls compiled 86 points and the boys collected 81 points. Host Gladstone’s girls were second with 69 points and the boys had 67 points. The ...

Vikings have strong showing on road in win over Blue Bolts, 65-9, Friday

DOLLAR BAY — The Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts girls basketball team fell to the Baraga Vikings 65-9 on Thursday. Baraga coach Tom Goodreau knew his team would need to come into the gym ready to play given that they had struggled to win when traveling to Dollar Bay in recent seasons. ...

Offensive Struggle: Bulldogs fall to Panthers, 37-26, at home Thursday

HANCOCK — From the first tip to the last free throw, the visiting Chassell Panthers took and then kept a lead for the entire 32 minutes of play in the Hancock gym on Thursday. The Hancock Bulldogs’ offense never really got started, and in the end they lost, 37-26. The Bulldogs’ ...

Bulldog-ing opponents: Hancock wins big over Jeffers

HOUGHTON — A slow opening eight minutes of play for the visiting Jeffers Jets and the Hancock Bulldogs solved little, but, a 23-point second quarter was what the host Bulldogs needed in a 57-45 win at the Hancock gym Friday. Senior Davin Raasio got himself in the paint to put the Bulldogs ...

Calumet battles back to top L’Anse, 57-48

CALUMET — One of Calumet girls' basketball head coach Matt Lahos' biggest laments this year has been losing games that could have been won had his girls given what he felt was that extra effort in the game’s closing minutes. On Thursday, Christmas came early for the first-year varsity coach ...

Gremlins shooting fails in 56-34 loss to Mountaineers

HOUGHTON — Sometimes in the world of basketball, there are nights where the shots just do not fall. Just ask Julie Filpus, head coach of the Houghton Gremlins girls basketball team, as her team went down in defeat to the Iron Mountain Mountaineers, 56-34, Friday at the Houghton Gym. “We ...