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LL-H put down by W-M 52-34

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield-Marenisco played solid offensive and defensive basketball, upending Lake Linden-Hubbell 52-34 in a Copper Mountain Conference battle in the Cardinal Gym on Tuesday night. Four Cardinals scored in double figures as Bailey Ribich led the way with 17 points, Mason Saubert ...

Back on top

CALUMET — With their wealth of experience and athleticism, the Houghton Gremlins came into the season as one of the most highly touted teams in the U.P. And night in and night out, they’ve appeared worthy of such praise, overwhelming their opponents with the qualities that hyped them ...

Baraga shuts down E-TC for at least share of conference title

EWEN — Baraga's suffocating pressure defense held Ewen-Trout Creek more than 30 points under their season average, as the Vikings won the matchup of Copper Mountain Conference division leaders 36-17 Monday night. The Panthers took 16 fewer shots than average and finished 5 of 39 (13 ...

Jeffers comes back to defeat Chassell 53-51

PAINESDALE — Call it a mid-term exam or whatever. But the Jeffers High girls basketball team passed with flying colors Monday night against rival Chassell. Trailing by five points with just 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining, the Range crew dug in, caught and then passed the Panthers to win ...

Hancock rallies past West Iron County 42-41

HANCOCK — In sports, sometimes how you finish is more important than how you start. For Jack Johnson's Hancock Bulldogs girls basketball team, their 14-point fourth quarter was enough to squeeze out a 42-41 victory from the clutches of the visiting West Iron County Wykons Monday night at the ...

Houghton-Hancock ski finishes 2nd in regionals

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Houghton-Hancock girls ski team qualified for the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals with a runner-up finish Monday at the regional meet Monday at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs.  Houghton-Hancock finished with a score of 96, trailing first-place Harbor Springs (60). Jenna ...

Girls roundup: L’Anse falls; LL-H, DB win

L'ANSE — The L'Anse Purple Hornets were looking to avenge a 32-point early season loss to the Ishpeming Hematites Monday night at home, and for the first quarter, it appeared as though they might be able to do it. However, with Bailey Froberg under the weather, the Hornets could not match the ...

Week 6 U.P. Basketball Poll

Boys Class ABC 1. Marquette (4) 13-1 29 2 1. Iron Mountain (1) 14-2 29 3 3. Norway (2) 14-1 25 1 4. Gladstone 10-2 12 4 5. Negaunee 11-3 8 - Others receiving votes: Sault Ste. Marie (14-2) 2. Class D 1. North Central (7) 15-0 35 1 2. Bark River-Harris ...

Winter wonders

HOUGHTON — After Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Ferris State Bulldogs, Michigan Tech Huskies coach Mel Pearson suggested that if they continued to play the way they did offensively, pucks would eventually go in for them.  Saturday night, his words rang true, as the Huskies scored five ...

Tech returns to form in win over SVSU

HOUGHTON — Members of the Michigan Tech Huskies used the words “disappointing” and “embarrassed” to describe Thursday’s 68-47 loss to the Wayne State Warriors. But Saturday’s 66-60 bounce-back victory over the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals at the Wood Gym was an inspired display ...

Tech women light up SVSU 82-57

HOUGHTON — Off the dribble or on a catch-and-shoot, Michigan Tech juniors Kelli Guy and Lindsay Winter swished 3 after 3, putting on an electric shooting display that had the Wood Gym buzzing.  Guy made 6 of 7 3s in the first half, and Winter was 3 for 3 as Tech shot 10 of 13 from 3-point ...

Finlandia women’s hockey snaps 70-game losing skid

HANCOCK — It was something that had not happened since Feb. 8, 2014. When freshman Kait Ryynanen's shot off a faceoff slid into the back of the net Saturday afternoon in overtime, the Finlandia Lions women's hockey team earned its first win of the season, 2-1, over the St. Norbert Golden ...

Finlandia men come up short again

HANCOCK — If anything else, the final 21 seconds of Saturday's Bethany Lutheran-Finlandia University men's basketball game was a microcosm of the Lions season. Finlandia put up three 3-point attempts attempting to tie up the contest. None dropped, however, and FU was a 78-75 ...

Finlandia women lose to Bethany Lutheran

HANCOCK — Nothing went right for the Finlandia University women's basketball team in the second half of Saturday's game against Bethany Lutheran. As a result, the Lions ended up suffering an 83-50 defeat. FU coach Steve Nordstrom said his team had trouble dealing with a 1-2-2 matchup zone ...

Winter blues

HOUGHTON — Winter Carnival is usually the one weekend out of the college hockey season where the Michigan Tech Huskies tap into the ghosts that haunt the MacInnes Student Ice Arena and emerge victorious, even during seasons when nothing else seems to be going right. Apparently nobody told ...

Hancock basketball wins 1st Wing Ding since 2012

HANCOCK — As the Hancock Bulldogs went through the customary postgame handshake line, their fellow spirited students — faces painted and clad from head to toe in red and yellow — waited to give them a hero’s greeting.  Moments later, Hancock senior Chad Raasio took the Wing Ding ...

Hancock takes advantage of penalties, defeats Houghton 7-4

HANCOCK — Power play hockey proved to be right recipe for the Hancock Bulldogs in Friday's Wing Ding game against Houghton. The Crimson and Gold took full advantage of two five-minute penalties to score a 7-4 victory at a jam-packed Houghton County Arena. "There's no doubt the penalties ...

L’Anse girls end E-TC’s 11-game winning streak

EWEN — Thanks to L'Anse's physicality and the inside presence of Alexis Francois, the L'Anse Purple Hornets snapped the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers' 11-game winning streak by handing them a 63-50 nonconference defeat Friday in Ewen. Francois led the Purple Hornets with 24 points, and Bailey ...

Finlandia women defeat Martin Luther College

HANCOCK — Gaining revenge for an earlier loss this season, the Finlandia University women's basketball team scored a 66-59 win over Martin Luther College Friday night. The Lions never trailed in the contest at Paavo Nurmi Gym and that pleased their coach Steve Nordstrom. “We got off to ...