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Red Devils topple Lakes in straight sets

IRONWOOD — Ironwood beat Lake Linden-Hubbell and Watersmeet at Tuesday night’s triangular. The Devils beat a good Lake Linden-Hubbell team 23-25, 25-23, 15-6 and swept the Nimrods 25-10, 25-11. “Third game, my blockers were really on,” Ironwood coach Lisa Fechter said. “Aries ...

Successful run: Local teams bring four trophies home Saturday

MUNISING — It was a productive day for Copper Country schools in Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals and area teams brought home four trophies to show for it. The Hancock girls earned their first Division 2 title in five years. Chassell swept top honors in D-3 and the Houghton ...

Panthers playing stronger, defeat Blue Bolts in straight sets

CHASSELL — What a difference a month makes. Those were the sentiments of coach Karli Michaels as her Chassell Panthers downed the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts on the volleyball court Monday night in three straight sets 25-16, 25-12 and 25-19. “They are finally communicating ...

L’Anse wins ‘Battle of the Bay’ by beating Baraga in three sets

L’ANSE — In a bit of a roller coaster ride of a volleyball match, the L’Anse Purple Hornets defeated the Baraga Vikings in the second round of the “Battle of the Bay” after many serve changes and low digs Monday in the L’Anse Gym, 25-19, 25-17 and 25-23. In the opener, the Vikings ...

U.P. Football Poll No. 7

Large School 1. Calumet (5) 9-0 25 2. Escanaba 7-2 18 3. Westwood 7-2 17 4. Marquette 4-5 10 5. Kingsford 4-5 5 Small School 1. Ishpeming (5) 9-0 25 2. iron Mountain 7-2 18 3. West Iron County 7-2 17 4. Gwinn 6-3 10 5. St. Ignace 4-5 4 HM ...

LSPR rallies on despite snow

While Saturday morning’s snow may have hindered some activities, there was mostly excitement at the Lake Superior Performance Rally’s (LSPR) L’Anse waterfront expo as drivers and co-drivers prepared for their second day of stages. “It actually made it pretty fun,” said Cory ...

Huskies down Cardinals for 12th GLIAC win

HOUGHTON - Learning how to win when your team is weaker of two opponents is hard. Learning how to win when your team is the better is just as hard. The Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team got another dose of that Saturday in a four-set victory over the visiting Saginaw Valley State Cardinals ...

Chassell Panthers bring home cross country titles

CHASSELL — The Chassell Panthers girls took first with a team score of 25, a new Division 3 record previously broken by North Central in 2008 during the U.P. Finals in Munising. The boys also brought home a Division 3 first place team score of 45. For both teams, winning has become ...

Finlandia hockey teams scrimmage for family in need

HANCOCK—The Finlandia women's and men's hockey teams met at the Houghton County Arena for back to back scrimmage games on Saturday. Ladies first. The Lions women's team took the ice first with a 3-0 intersquad scrimmage win for White with two goals from Mallone Hiebert and one from Brenna ...

Lions hang tough against Trine U. Thunder

HANCOCK - Despite dropping its seventh game of the football season, the Finlandia Lions came up with some positives against nationally-ranked Trine University Saturday afternoon. A 31-0 defeat at snowy McAfee Field was not without positives, according to Lions coach Travis Wiltzius. "I ...

LL-H football ends on a positive note

LAKE LINDEN - The numbers do not tell the whole story. While the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes lost on a cold and windy Ron Warner Field on Saturday to the Gladstone Braves, 42-22, the game was hardly a blow out. "Their points came at the end," said Lakes coach Andy Crouch. "Our kids fought hard ...

Clean sweep: Huskies down Lakers in three straight sets for GLIAC win Friday

HOUGHTON — While the outcome of Friday night volleyball match between the No. 24 Michigan Tech Huskies and the Lake Superior State Lakers was never really in doubt, the Huskies had to work hard to earn a three-set victory over the scrappy Lakers, 25-12, 25-17, 25-18. The Huskies started well, ...

Staying perfect: Calumet rolls over L’Anse, 49-7

L'ANSE — The Calumet Copper Kings capped off a perfect season Friday night on the football field as they downed the L'Anse Purple Hornets, 49-7. It was win number nine for the Copper Kings as the won the WestPAC Copper Division and are headed into postseason play. “We are going to take ...

Potential for 19-team WestPAC as early as 2020

ESCANABA — Filling high school football season schedules has always been difficult for Upper Peninsula schools, and it has been accerbated by the development of the eight-player format. Over the years, U.P. schools have been forced to play teams from lower Michigan, Wisconsin and even ...

Gremlins win Copper Bowl

HOUGHTON — A team on the upswing met a team going the opposite way in the annual Copper Bowl game Friday night. The host Houghton Gremlins pinned an 18-7 defeat on the arch-rival Hancock Bulldogs on a cold, blustery evening at the new Alumni Field. The win was the fourth in the last seven ...

Gremlins claim Copper Spike from rival Bulldogs

HOUGHTON — What a difference two nights make. On Tuesday, the Houghton Gremlins volleyball squad could not put three serves together in a row as they lost in four sets to Calumet. Fast forward 48 hours and the girls from Houghton were posting service runs of six and even 10 as they ...

Jets drop third match by falling to Lakes in five sets

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes beat the Jeffers Jets in a five-set Copper Country Conference match Thursday night, 25-11, 25-16, 22-25, 22-25 and 15-4. The Lakes took the first two sets rather quickly but Jeffers was not ready to warm up their bus as they roared to life in the ...

Lake Linden Gym offers Lakes large advantage

LAKE LINDEN — Sometimes where a game is played matters just as much as how it is played. That sentiment held true for the visiting Jeffers Jets as they fell to Lake Linden-Hubbell Tuesday in a fierce five-set match. The tight spaces and low ceilings of Lake Linden-Hubbell Gym were an ...

Copper Mountain Conference hands out awards

CHASSELL — The Chassell Panthers girls cross country team was honored recently by the Copper Mountain Conference for their efforts throughout the season. Named Team of the Year, the Panthers placed five girls on the All-Conference team as well as saw senior Lela Rautiola earn Runner of the ...