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Down but not out: Huskies need wins for tournament spot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It is coming down to the wire for the Michigan Tech Huskies men’s basketball team and their opportunities for postseason play in March. At 10-13 overall and 6-11 GLIAC, Huskies coach Kevin Luke knows that wins on this last weekend of the regular season against the ...

A man who did more than his share

Of all the people I’ve met in my lifetime, Bob Erkkila took the top prize in two categories: 1. He was the kindest and most considerate person I ever ran into; and 2. He was as big a sports fan as I’ve ever encountered. Bob passed away this past weekend at home with his large family ...

Cat scratch fever: Chassell tops Baraga, 74-51

CHASSELL — Over the past few seasons, the Chassell Panthers boys basketball team has had one signature playing style: speed. That speed was on display in the Ed Helakoski Gym Tuesday night as the Panthers took advantage of Senior Night and steamrolled the visiting Baraga Vikings, ...

Gremlins’ first half too much for Lakes

LAKE LINDEN —Despite a poor shooting third quarter in which the Houghton Gremlins boys basketball team was outscored, 25-13, they were able to hold on and defeat the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes 75-65 in the Lake Linden-Hubbell Gym Tuesday. “Offensively, we are clicking,” said Gremlins ...

Kingsford escapes from Jets with win Monday

IRON MOUNTAIN — ­Kingsford’s penalty kill saved the night and preserved a 4-3 win over Jeffers on Monday night. Kingsford (9-11) killed a five-minute power play late in the game, narrowly dodging the tying goal to seal the win, its first since Feb. 5 against Negaunee. “I thought the ...

Finishing strong: Hancock closes season with win, 5-3

HANCOCK — It took the Hancock Bulldogs hockey team nearly an entire period to break through during Senior Night at the Houghton County Arena, but when they did, they broke open the proverbial dam en route to a a 5-3 win over the visiting Kingsford Flivvers, who were playing the second game of ...

Hockey for a cause: Pig-N-Heat proves to be a fun night for all

HOUGHTON — Saturday night, the MacInnes Student Ice Arena was home to one of the most important hockey nights of the season. The annual Pigs-N-Heat hockey game might not carry the excitement of a WCHA title game or a Michigan Tech-Northern Michigan game, but the benefit game draws the ...

Gremlins break through: Houghton earns win over Glads

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins girls basketball team notched their second victory of the year on Saturday afternoon as they outplayed the Ontonagon Gladiators en route to a 37-23 win. “It’s beautiful to get a win,” said Houghton coach Julie Filpus. “From start to finish, our girls ...

Perfect season: Gremlins boys win U.P. title

MARQUETTE — Houghton swimming and diving coach Erik Johnson does not mind taking a dip into the Marquette High School pool, especially when the Gremlins capture an Upper Peninsula championship. He got a chance to take a bath with the boys’ swimmers Saturday after they completed a perfect ...

Gremlins shutout Flivvers 4-0 at home

HOUGHTON — Good things come to those who wait. It took more than a period of hockey between the visiting Kingsford Flivvers and the Houghton Gremlins for a team to break through. Once the Gremlins did, they kept going until they earned a 4-0 shutout at Dee Stadium Saturday. “I thought ...

Boys Roundup: Calumet wins twice, Dollar Bay wins

Calumet 66, Ishpeming 50 ISHPEMING — The Calumet Copper Kings boys basketball team earned a tough road victory over the Ishpeming Hematites Monday. Winning in Ishpeming is never easy, but Copper Kings coach Mike Ojala was proud of his team’s effort. “(This was) a good road win in a ...

Panthers down Gladiators Monday

CHASSELL — The Chassell Panthers girls basketball team finished strong Monday to earn a 46-41 victory over the visiting Ontonagon Gladiators. “They shot the ball extremely well in the first quarter and we just didn’t have the needed intensity on the defensive end,” said Panthers coach ...

Loukus sets school record as Copper Kings win

WELLS — The Escanaba hockey team’s first home game in six weeks was spoiled in multiple ways here Saturday. The Eskymos dropped a 5-1 decision to Calumet, and lost junior goaltender Trevor Denome to a bad injury early in the third period. The Copper Kings led 2-0 after the first period, ...

Lions’ ladies win, men fall in overtime to Bay College Monday

HANCOCK — It was almost an all winning night for Finlandia University basketball teams Monday. The Lions’ women’s team continued their recent surge with a win over Bay College, but the men’s team fell in overtime to the Norse. Finlandia (Women) 59, Bay College 47 Katie Lundeen ...

Bulldogs pull ahead of Gremlins early for 46-35 win

HOUGHTON — It was a close opening frame between the visiting Hancock Bulldogs and the Houghton Gremlins girls basketball teams Monday in the Houghton Gym. As the dust settled, the two teams started to diverge in the second quarter with Hancock bringing a strong three point shot along with ...

Jets fly past Lakes three points at a time

LAKE LINDEN — The shot of choice for the Jeffers Jets girls basketball team on Monday night in Lake Linden was the three-pointer. The girls from Jeffers sunk nine of them on their way to a 61-18 victory over the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes. Eight of them fell in the first half. “We ...

Purple Hornets play full game in 55-32 win over Bulldogs

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Purple Hornets pulled ahead of the visiting Hancock Bulldogs girls basketball team and played tough defense to hold on to a 55-32 win at the L’Anse Gym Friday. L’Anse made life difficult by applying pressure whenever possible to the Bulldogs’ ...

Wolverines earn win over West Bend, 8-6

CALUMET — The red light shone 14 times in a back-and-forth affair between the Calumet Wolverines and West Bend Bombers Friday night at the Calumet Colosseum. In the end, the Wolverines came out on top, 8-6. Ed Beiring led the way for Calumet with three goals in the contest, including two in ...

Lions drop playoff opener to Green Knights, 2-1

DE PERE, Wis. — In a tightly-contested affair, the Finlandia Lions dropped the opening game of the NCHA Harris Cup playoffs Friday to the No. 4 St. Norbert Green Knights, 2-1, Friday at the Cornerstone Community Center. The teams skated to a scoreless tie after one period despite the Green ...