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WOLVERINE — With a win on Tuesday night, Wolverine-Orbit could have put pressure on Superior National Bank-Stanton in the Twilight League standings. Sitting two games back of SNB-Stanton, Wolverine needed a win against REL Inc-Mohawk Technologies — a team that came into the game just 1-13 ...

Michigan Tech football selected No. 6 in GLIAC poll

HOUGHTON — A new era for Michigan Tech football begins in 2017 when the season kicks off August 31stat home against Truman State. New head coach Steve Olson takes the reigns of the program after serving as an assistant coach under Tom Kearly for six seasons, including the past three as ...

SNB-Stanton wins in extra innings over State Farm

STANTON — Superior National-Bank Stanton earned an eighth-inning, 9-8 win over Dean Kangas-State Farm Tuesday in the Twilight League. John Bostwick, Daron Durocher and Justin Kirby each had two RBIs for the winners, while Josh Koskela led the way with three hits. Tyler LaDuron earned ...

Paying it forward

HOUGHTON — About 10 years ago, Hancock native Tanner Kero was a fresh-faced youngster attending Michigan Tech's hockey camp in the hopes of one day playing for the Huskies. At that time, he had no idea that he would eventually return as a professional and be one of the instructors, imparting ...

Portage Lake old-timers beat Wolverine 15-4

KEARSARGE — The Portage Lake and Wolverine old-timers were locked in a close baseball game Saturday afternoon until Glenn Mitchell came to bat in the fourth inning with the bases loaded. With a Wolverine holding a 3-2 lead, Mitchell unloaded a long drive over the right field ...

Houghton’s new leading man

HOUGHTON — As he looks on while the players run through various plays on the practice field Thursday, new Houghton head coach Frank Bonacorsi stops the summer workout after watching his group run a sweep. “Pitch it out earlier without taking that extra step,” Bonacorsi advises Elliot ...

Houghton tops South Range

TAPIOLA — In the past few years, Houghton and South Range have dominated the Over 50 Softball League regular season and playoffs. After Tapiola won six titles between 2004 and 2011, Houghton and Range have shared top honors since. Those two teams, tied for the top spot in the league this ...

Beydoun looks to fill the void left by Redmond’s early exit

HOUGHTON — The crowds who have inhabited the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena the last several seasons have been privy not just to the resurgence of the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey program under the careful tutelage of former head coach Mel Pearson, they have also seen a number of high-end ...

Copper Country Flames split to open American Legion state tournament

GLADWIN — Drawing last season's state champion is a tall task for any team in the opening game of a state tournament. The Copper Country American Legion Post 186 Flames had that draw for their opening game at 9 a.m., as they faced Hudson at Wilmot Field. After jumping out to a quick lead, ...

Season’s end

GLADWIN — With their backs against the wall after losing to Gaylord in their second game of the American Legion state tournament, the Copper Country Flames Post 186 found themselves again struggling at the plate on Friday morning, hitting balls right at defenders, and their pitching struggled ...

Ready to roll

GLADWIN — With an opening-round matchup against the defending state champs, Hudson, the Copper Country Flames appear to be the underdog on paper in the American Legion state tournament. But the Flames aren't seeing it that way. “We're looking forward to the matchup,” Flames head coach ...

Wolverine-Orbit blows out SNB-Stanton 11-1

WOLVERINE — In the game of baseball, no matter the level, if a team commits more errors than they can count on one hand, the chances are good they are going to struggle. That is exactly what happened Tuesday night at Wolverine Field. Superior National Bank-Stanton committed seven errors in ...

Dean Kangas State Farm sweeps REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies 3-2, 5-3

HANCOCK — Dean Kangas-State Farm stayed right in the running for top spot in the Twilight League by taking a pair of games from REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies Tuesday evening. The sweep, by scores of 3-2 and 5-3, at the Hancock Driving Park lifted the winners to 8-4 on the season. "It was ...

Woodworths win Couples Scramble

The team of Steve Woodworth and his daughter Zoe Woodworth shot a round of 70 to win the Couples Scramble Saturday at Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Club. The Woodworths eagled No. 13 to beat another father/daughter team, Wade and Kaaren Lison by three strokes. Vickie and John Lobeck shot ...

Moving on to states

HANCOCK — Whether it has been at the plate or on the mound, Hans Stimac has proven himself to be one of the more reliable players for the Copper Country Flames. So when the Menominee Red Waves put the game-tying runs on second and third in the top of the seventh, Flames head coach Ron ...

Portage Lake majors eliminated in state tourney

GLADSTONE — The Portage Lake Major Boys’ Little League All-Stars (age 11-12) were unable to avoid giving up the big innings Sunday as they were eliminated from the state baseball tournament by Birmingham 17-7 in four frames at Cannon Field. Birmingham scored eight times in the first and ...

Flaming Hot

HANCOCK — Needing to make a pitching change before the deficit became too large, Copper Country Flames manager Ron Stimac went to a pitcher who had yet to pitch at the American Legion level before Friday: 15-year old Carter Crouch. Trailing the Menominee Red Waves 3-2, and with the Red ...

Portage Lake Majors top White Lake in state opener

GLADSTONE — Matthew Isaacson kept opposing hitters off balance Friday, helping the Portage Lake Major Little League Boys’ All-Stars (age 11-12) post a 4-0 victory over White Lake in the opening round of the state baseball tournament at Cannon Field. Isaacson tossed a three-hitter through 5 ...

Indians hold off Cubs late for 9-6 win in Zone Tournament

HANCOCK — What appeared, on paper, to be to a pitcher’s duel between the Gladstone Indians’ Elliot Danhoff and the Escanaba Cubs’ Justin Popelka, in both teams’ second games of the American Legion Zone 5 Tournament at the Hancock Driving Park Friday afternoon, ended 9-6 in favor of ...

All for won

LAKE LINDEN — Standing in a circle around home plate, members of Auto Pro Glass and Tire tossed their gloves in the air in celebration after having captured the Copper Country Women’s Fastpitch championship. With this group, it made sense — win together, celebrate together.  “I think ...