Local Sports

Bringing it back home

CHAMPION — The first playoff hole summed up the day for Baraga native John “Gus” Koskinen at the Upper Peninsula Golf Association championship tournament at Wawonowin Country Club on Saturday. He used an iron to hit a relatively short tee shot straight down the middle of the fairway, ...

Jonynas looks to bring some “tools” to the volleyball Huskies next season

HOUGHTON — For the last four years, Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball fans have had the pleasure of witnessing the development of a small outside hitting dynamo in the 5-foot-9 Aubrey Ficek. As a senior, she set career highs in sets, kills, kills per set, and many other offensive categories. ...

Rockwell might be small, but he plays a big game

HOUGHTON — When looking at the Michigan Tech Huskies incoming hockey freshman Tyler Rockwell, a defenseman, one statistic stands out above all the rest: his height. Tyler stands just 5-foot-8, which is traditionally on the smaller side for a player of his position. If you ask him about it, ...

Off on the right foot

STANTON — In a best-of-three playoff series, the team that wins the first game has a considerable advantage in the series as it moves forward. On Tuesday night, Superior National Bank-Stanton did enough to earn a victory in its first-round Twilight League playoff series, 4-2, over REL ...

Dean Kangas-State Farm edges Wolverine-Orbit in playoff opener

HANCOCK — As rallies go, it wasn't a whole lot to get excited about. But the four runs scored by Dean Kangas-State Farm in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's Twilight League playoff opener against Wolverine-Orbit proved big in an eventual 5-1 win. DKSF used two walks, singles by Scott ...

Houghton, South Range open Over 50 softball playoffs with wins

TAPIOLA — Houghton and South Range grabbed wins in the opening round of the Over 50 Softball League playoffs Monday. Houghton recorded a 10-0 shutout win over Tapiola in the first game behind the pitching of Steve Dunstan. Dunstan scattered just four hits in getting the win. Len Juntunen ...

Calumet announces 2017 Hall of Fame Athletic Class

Calumet High School is excited to announce that it will induct the Class of 2017 into the Calumet High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The event will start at 11:00am with a coffee social in the CLK Schools Commons. The hall of fame induction ceremony is free of charge ...

Witt commits to Tech

HOUGHTON — Following three strong recruiting classes, the 2018 Michigan Tech men’s basketball class is off to a hot start.  Jake Witt, a 6-foot-7 senior at Ewen-Trout Creek, announced his commitment to the Huskies Sunday afternoon on his Twitter account. Witt had Division I and II ...

Michigan Tech alums get competitive, embrace in alumni game

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech men's basketball alumni game was filled the camaraderie and good vibes that are expected in the event. But the game eventually evolved into a competitive affair, with former All-Americans and All-GLIAC recipients putting on a high-scoring show, with the Black ...

Eles repeats as Copperman winner, Smith wins individual women’s race

COPPER HARBOR — With overcast skies and little to no wind, competitors at the 25th Annual Copperman Triathlon pushed each other to their limits, making Saturday's competition one of the most exciting in recent years. At the end of the day, Houghton's Stephen Eles won the men's competition by ...

Wakeham’s pitching leads Portage Lake to old-timer’s win over Wolverine

STANTON — Wolverine hitters have been trying to figure out the pitching of Floyd Wakeham of Portage Lake for several years. On Saturday, Wakeham was his usual steady self in hurling his team to a 9-6 old-timers victory in the second game of the annual series at the Stanton Diamond. Gordy ...

Pushing forward

DOLLAR BAY — Jesse Kentala can’t escape it. In the 145 days since Dollar Bay’s dramatic 75-73 loss in the regional semifinals to the eventual state champion North Central Jets, Kentala has had friends, strangers and even UPS deliverymen discuss the Blue Bolts’ near upset of the ...

U.P. Sports Hall of Fame will honor nine in May

MENOMINEE — Seven former coaches and two standout golfers are among the people selected recently to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. The 47th annual induction banquet will be held May 12, 2018 at Island Resort & Casino in Harris. It will begin at 6 p.m. (EDT), with a social at 5 ...

Tech adds natural-born leader in Utlak

HOUGHTON — In the sport of volleyball, hitters get most of the glory on a given play as they are the ones who typically come up with the key block or deliver the heavy swing that knocks a ball into the back row, out of reach of all the defenders. But how do they get the ball in the first ...

Tech ranked 6th in GLIAC volleyball poll

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech volleyball team and sixth-year head coach Matt Jennings are looking to capitalize on their strengths this season featuring 13 home matches. The Huskies were picked No. 6 in the GLIAC and third in the GLIAC North for the preseason volleyball poll. Tech will ...

Watson looks to build on what his brother accomplished

HOUGHTON — Over the past four seasons, Michigan Tech Huskies’ fans have had a front seat to the development of one of the top leaders in program history, Cliff Watson. Watson was a key member of the Huskies’ blueline corps throughout his career. With his graduation, there are is a huge ...

Burning questions

It's normal for preseason football camps to be filled with unanswered questions as teams prep for the season. Around the water cooler, fans discuss their local teams by asking questions such as: How will the run defense hold up? Who is going to get the majority of the carries in the backfield? ...

L’Anse’s Michaelson named to Mesabi State Sports Hall of Fame

L'ANSE — Don Michaelson did things on local gridirons that have seldom been equaled. Now, the former L'Anse High standout athlete has been named to the Sports Hall of Fame at Mesabi (Minn.) State College. Mesabi announced its latest list of inductees last month at ceremonies held in ...