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A season of highs

HOUGHTON — In team sports, as in life, there is a tendency to judge a season on how a given team finished. The Michigan Tech Huskies hockey program's last game this season came during the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional against the top-seeded Denver Pioneers. In that loss, the ...

Scoring 50 points a rare feat for local athletes

HOUGHTON — In the long history of high school basketball in the Copper Country, there is no statistic more uncommon than a player who has scored 50 points in a single game. The subject of 50-point scorers came up this past winter when Watersmeet's Bethany Baldwin went over that figure and ...

Maki 1 of 6 recruits for Bay College

ESCANABA – Bay College men's basketball coach, Matt Johnson announced the signing of six student-athletes to NJCAA National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon. “We are extremely excited to add this group of young men to our team for 2017-18,” Johnson said. “These players are ...

Tech hockey announces 2016-17 team awards

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech hockey team recently passed out its annual awards at a team dinner. Defensemen Shane Hanna and Matt Roy received the Merv Youngs Awards as the team most valuable players. Hanna, a senior who played every game of his career, was second on the team with 27 points ...

Team Copper Country bonds in preparation for national tourney

HOUGHTON — Starting Thursday, Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2 will be competing in Lansing in the 2017 USA Hockey National Championships. While Team CC did not win the Michigan state title, they qualified for the nationals by making it to the championship game and facing the Lansing Spartans, ...

Norway’s Connor Ortman receives Gill Heard Courageous Athlete Award

NORWAY — Sometimes the noise in the gym is overbearing with the crowd yelling, student sections clapping rhythmically and the band playing at full volume. But when Connor Ortman's earpiece falls out, there is no volume for him. Despite being on the basketball court in the middle of all the ...

Best is yet to come

This time next year, Ewen-Trout Creek’s Jake Witt and Dollar Bay’s Devin Schmitz could be discussed as two of the top players in the U.P. — regardless of class.  After their stellar junior seasons, it’s hard not to envision them being a part of the “best player” debate next ...

Hancock’s Raasio named Class ABC All-U.P. Second Team

It only takes one or two times down the court to notice Chad Raasio's athletic advantage. This season, the 6-foot-2 forward combined his impressive vertical, quickness and strength to put together one of the most complete individual seasons. Raasio was named to the Class ABC All-U.P. ...

2016-17 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Team

2016-17 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Team Dream Team Jason Whitens, North Central, 6-5, Sr. Trent Bell, Negaunee, 6-7, Sr. Dawson Bilski, North Central, 6-3, Sr. Carson Wonders, Iron Mountain, 6-4, Sr. Dre Tuominen, Negaunee, 6-0, Sr. Class ABC First Team Reece Castor, Gladstone, 6-4, ...

Four get First Team

In the post, Calumet's Hailey Wickstrom dominated opposing teams. Then there were the versatile talents of Houghton's Sloane Zenner and Baraga's Carsyn Osterman, who each filled stat sheets on a regular basis. And only one other person in the U.P. lit up a scoreboard better than Jeffers' ...

Sebbas, Froberg named to Class ABC Second Team

Two of the area’s top scoring guards were honored by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Hancock’s Maija Sebbas and L’Anse’s Bailey Froberg were each named to the Class ABC All-U.P. Second Team Wednesday by the UPSSA. Sebbas averaged the third-most points ...

Full list of 2017 Girls All-U.P. selections

2016-17 All-U.P. Girls Basketball Team Dream Team Amber Huebner, Marquette, 5-8, Sr. Jordan Kraemer, Norway, 5-8, Sr. Taylor Bryant, Newberry, 5-6, Sr Frankie Mattson, Munising, 5-8, Sr. Olivia Vaughn, Engadine, 5-8, Sr. Class ABC First Team Hailey Wickstrom, Calumet, 6-3, ...

Another won

HOUGHTON — While the outcome was in doubt for the first 47 minutes of the game, the Portage Lake Pioneers guaranteed themselves their ninth straight Gibson Cup title with a four-goal outburst over the game's final 12 minutes, 51 seconds to defeat the Calumet Wolverines, 7-4, in the third and ...

Matt Roy signs with L.A. Kings

LOS ANGELES —Michigan Tech defenseman Matt Roy signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday. Roy just completed his junior season with the Huskies. Roy, a native of Canton, Mich., appeared in 42 games in 2016-17, ...

Houghton back to Class C for 2017-18

The Houghton Gremlins are heading back to Class C. The MHSAA released the 2017-18 enrollment list Monday, and the Gremlins were one of three U.P. schools to be affected for the upcoming season. Rudyard and Munising are going to Class D after being in Class C this past season. The cutoff for ...

No. 1 and done

CINCINNATI — In a span of a little over 15 minutes Saturday, the No. 1 Denver Pioneers showed why they were the top-seeded team not only in the Midwest, but also the entire NCAA Tournament when they struck four times in a stretch of 10 minutes, 16 seconds en route to a 5-2 victory over the ...

Portage Lake forces Game 3 in Gibson Cup with 5-4 double OT win over Calumet

CALUMET — The Calumet Wolverines came tantalizingly close to ending their Gibson Cup drought against the Portage Lake Pioneers Saturday night. Instead, the best-of-three series will be decided Tuesday night at Dee Stadium. The Pioneers 5-4 double overtime win knotted the series at 1-1, ...

North Central wins 3rd consecutive state title

EAST LANSING — Super sizzling start. Short scary stretch. Fantastic finish. That, in a nutshell, summarizes what happened here Saturday as the North Central Jets secured their third straight Class D state championship at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The Jets upended ...

Gutting it out

HOUGHTON — Calumet held the upper hand most of the way in its Gibson Cup opener against Portage Lake Friday night and scored a 3-2 victory.  Wolverines coach Bruce “Cukie” Coppo said his team was able to control the tempo of the contest at historic Dee Stadium. “It was a typical ...