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U.P. All-Star game rosters announced

MARQUETTE — Four members of the state champion North Central Jets will end their high school basketball careers together in the 32nd annual U.P. All-Star Classic. State co-player of the year Jason Whitens will be joined by teammates Dawson Bilski, Marcus Krachinski and Bobby Kleiman June 17 ...

Steward named Tech assistant hockey coach

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced the hiring of Dallas Steward as an assistant coach on Tuesday. Steward comes to Tech from the Chicago Steel where he was an associate head coach with the team that just won the Clark Cup as USHL champions. “We're very ...

Early bird Tech hockey season tickets available

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech is offering its annual early bird hockey season ticket sale through the month of June. Ticket sales opened Monday. Fans can purchase ticket packages for just $300 for adults and $200 for youth, a savings of $62 for adults and $24 for youth. Each package includes a ...

Running away with it

KINGSFORD — Not even Gary Guisfredi or any of the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes could imagine this.  Not only did the Lakes win the Division 3 Track and Field Championship at Saturday’s U.P. Finals in Kingsford, but they did so in the same dominating fashion they displayed throughout the ...

Houghton’s Sayen wins 3 events, sets 3 school records

KINGSFORD — It’s what Clayton Sayen didn’t do that brought perspective to his incredible track season.  In the 1600 relay, the final event of Saturday’s U.P. Track and Field Finals in Kingsford, Sayen didn’t finish first — despite him, Dante Cyrus, P.J. Donnelly and Nicholas ...

Calumet’s Helminen, Wickstrom, Mayotte take 1st

KINGSFORD — The Calumet Copper Kings had a rough day scoring at the U.P. Track and Field Finals Saturday, but that did not stop them from scoring some key points in field events through multiple top finishes. The boys finished seventh with 32 points and the girls placed eighth with 21, but ...

Dollar Bay’s Daavettila, Chassell’s Rautiola claim U.P. championships

KINGSFORD — Anyone who has closely followed the distance races this season around the local area immediately recognize two names: Dollar Bay's Cami Daavettila and Chassell's Lela Rautiola. The pair have battled in every meet, whether it has been in cross country in the fall or track and field ...

Monette 3-peats in shot put; Simpkin wins pole vault

KINGSFORD — It took Houghton’s Kendra Monette just one throw to erase any drama in the shot put finals Saturday in Kingsford.  Monette’s first throw of 35 feet, 5.5 inches in the championship round was enough to clinch her third consecutive U.P. Finals championship.  “It’s a big ...

E-TC’s Witt wins shot put, takes 2nd in discus in 1st U.P. Finals

KINGSFORD — A premier basketball player, Ewen-Trout Creek's Jake Witt, a junior, wanted to continue to improve himself as he prepares for his upcoming senior year, and that desire led to him getting into track and field this year. Following in his father's footsteps, Witt spent the year ...

Middleton captures 100 title, anchors winning 400 relay

KINGSFORD — Brendan Middleton overcame a chest cold and a hamstring injury that’s been lingering the past few weeks to earn the distinction of being the fastest athlete in Division 3.  Middleton won the 100 in 11.83 seconds Saturday at the U.P. Division 3 Track and Field Finals in ...

Calumet gets no-hit against Gladstone

NEGAUNEE — The Calumet Copper Kings failed to register a hit against Gladstone's Jared Crow and fell 3-0 to the Braves in a baseball district semifinal in Negaunee. Gladstone went on to beat the Negaunee Miners 13-3 in the district championship for the Braves' fourth consecutive district ...

End of the road

HANCOCK — The Ishpeming Hematites came to the Copper Country Friday with one of the U.P.’s finest softball pitchers, backed by a finely-tuned defense and an opportunistic offense.  They left with the first-ever district championship in program history. Ishpeming junior Emma Bleau ...

Jeffers can’t hold off Gogebic in district final

HANCOCK — On Friday afternoon at the Hancock Driving Park, the Gogebic Miners did something they had not done much of all season, battle back from a 3-1 deficit against the Jeffers Jets with a four-run fifth inning to win the championship game of the District 97 Baseball Tournament, 7-3. For ...

Gogebic outlasts Hancock 5-2 in battle of top pitchers

HANCOCK — Gogebic bunched together four consecutive hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a tight game on the way to a 5-2 win over Hancock in a District 97 semifinal game Friday afternoon. Up to that point, the contest at the Driving Park had been a pitcher's duel between ...

LL-H girls projected as one of the top teams at U.P. Finals

LAKE LINDEN — Gary Guisfredi did the math.  According to the qualifying sheets for the U.P. Finals, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes girls figure to be one of the teams with a legitimate shot at capturing the Division 3 championship.  “Looking at qualifying times and distances, we’re ...

Houghton boys hope to upset favored Marquette at Finals

HOUGHTON — On paper, the Houghton Gremlins boys track and field team is projected to finish second in Division 1 behind the Marquette Redmen at Saturday’s U.P. Finals. But Houghton head coach Dan Junttila has been around too long to know too many weird and unexpected things can happen at ...

Hancock brings experience, talent to U.P. Finals

HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs are a battle-tested group, and they hope the result of that testing will be new personal bests, new school records,and places at the biggest meet of the year: the U.P. Finals Saturday in Kingsford.  The Bulldogs feature a nice mixture of veteran leadership in ...

Dollar Bay expects strong finishes out of qualifers

KINGSFORD — While they are not sending the volume of athletes that Lake Linden-Hubbell or Chassell are sending to the U.P. Finals on Saturday, the Dollar Bay Blue Bolts are focused on the quality of the athletes they are sending and the potential high finishes they could see, if conditions go ...

C-N repeats as D3 golf champions

GLADSTONE — Carney-Nadeau’s Hunter Eichhorn bid farewell to his high school golf career in fine fashion Thursday, firing a 6-under-par 66 for medalist honors in the Upper Peninsula Division 3 Boys’ Finals at Irish Oaks Golf Course. This marked the fourth consecutive title for the ...

Hancock’s Dube, Tchida finish strong at D2 U.P. Golf Finals

IRON RIVER — Hancock's Trevor Tchida and Payton Dube were the top local finishers at the Division 2 U.P. Finals at George Young Golf Course Thursday. Tchida finished seventh with a score of 86, while Dube was second with a 91, finishing three strokes behind medalist Bailey Downs (88) of ...