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Baraga girls shut down Bessemer

BESSEMER — Bessemer stayed with the Upper Peninsula's top-ranked Class D girls team, Baraga, for three quarters, but the Vikings pulled away for a 42-24 Copper Mountain Conference victory Friday night. "We had the No. 1 team in the U.P. at our house and we played them solid for three ...

Houghton girls stymie Westwood

MARQUETTE — Houghton put together two quick streaks and it made the difference in a 49-33 girls basketball victory over Westwood on Friday night. The Gremlins hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the first half to open up a 30-13 halftime lead, then rung up six ...

Chassell overwhelms W-M with size and speed

WAKEFIELD — Chassell used its big edge in size and quickness to overcome Wakefield-Marenisco 63-44 in a Copper Mountain Conference match-up in the Cardinal Gym on Friday night. "We had an advantage with our height and our guard's quickness," Chassell coach Brandi Hainault said. "Our ...

E-TC girls get hot from 3 to beat Ontonagon

EWEN — Ewen-Trout Creek made 11 3-pointers and beat Ontonagon for the first time since 2012 Friday night. The Panthers won the Copper Mountain Conference game over their rivals 64-53. E-TC finished 11 of 19 (58 percent) from behind the arc. The Panthers' Elise Besonen was 5 of 5 from 3 ...

They’re for real

LAKE LINDEN — For everyone who believed a roster overhaul meant a down season for the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes — think again. LL-H proved Monday’s 63-59 victory over the Chassell Panthers was no fluke by following that performance with a 60-56 Copper Mountain Conference win over the ...

Dollar Bay’s speed tops Hancock’s size

HANCOCK — It was a battle of contrasting styles Thursday night when Dollar Bay met Hancock in nonconference boys basketball play. On one hand, there was the strong, physical inside work of Hancock. That was met by the fast-breaking, 3-point shooting Blue Bolts. But DB ended up on the plus ...

Calumet watches lead slip away, loses to Wykons

CALUMET — For 16 minutes, West Iron County head coach Dan Schive thought he had seen this before. In the past, his team, playing on the road against the Copper Kings and trailing by double digits at the half, would fold and lose by 30 or more points. That changed Thursday night as the ...

Boys roundup: E-TC, L’Anse victorious

WATERSMEET — A halftime challenge from Ewen-Trout Creek head coach Brad Besonen resonated with his players, and E-TC earned a 71-51 Copper Mountain Conference win over the Watersmeet Nimrods Thursday in Watersmeet. Jake Witt led E-TC with 34 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks; he shot 12 ...

Tech women, men defeat Wayne State

DETROIT, Mich. – The Michigan Tech women's basketball team outlasted Wayne State 66-64 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference battle that went down to the wire Thursday night in Detroit. Senior Morgan Anderson fired in the game winning shot with four seconds left and the defense forced ...

Ontonagon comes back to beat Wakefield-Marenisco

WAKEFIELD — The Ontonagon Gladiators used an impressive second half comeback to down Wakefield-Marenisco 66-56 in a Copper Mountain Conference match-up at the Cardinal Gym on Thursday night. After being down 31-28 at halftime, Ontonagon made made a second half surge and out-scored W-M ...

Dollar Bay girls win easily

DOLLAR BAY — The Dollar Bay Blue Bolts cruised to a 69-25 win over the Watersmeet Nimrods Thursday in Dollar Bay. The game was a nonconference contest since the teams in separate conference divisions meet on Feb. 13 in Watersmeet. Cami Daavettila and Paige Isaccson each scored 17 to lead ...

Gremlins hockey uses big 3rd to top Negaunee

HOUGHTON — After scoring just one goal through the first 34 minutes, the Houghton Gremlins' offense exploded for five in the third period. That outburst lifted the Gremlins to a 6-1 victory over the Negaunee Miners Thursday night at Dee Stadium. Houghton outshot the Miners 11-7 in the first ...

Confidence high as Finlandia enters tough weekend

HANCOCK — Just taking a quick scan of their record, no one would be surprised by a story suggesting that the Finlandia Lions men's hockey team has a crisis of confidence. They are winless in the first season of head coach Joe Burcar's return to the school. Oh, and the No. 1 team in ...

Looking to keep momentum

HOUGHTON — After two straight seasons in which the WCHA's leading scorer came from the No. 20 Michigan Tech Huskies, the start of the 2016-17 season saw a distinct departure from that guaranteed offense, as they struggled to score four goals over the first four games, racking up a 0-4 record ...

Preps: Signs of hope for LL-H, Houghton boys

Hold on a second, folks. Before the season, everyone was dismissing the Houghton and Lake Linden-Hubbell boys basketball teams. The reasons were the same for each team. “They lost too much from last year.” “They’re too young.” “Who will score for them?” And things ...

Tech women set sights high

The Michigan Tech women aren’t one for moral victories. But despite the result, it’s hard not to take some satisfaction in Tech’s 82-75 defeat to the No. 1 Ashland Eagles on Jan. 5. Before the matchup with Tech, Ashland averaged 95 points per game and was blowing its opponents away ...

Tech men aim to string wins together

Michigan Tech head coach Kevin Luke didn’t mince words when asked what his 6-8 team needs to do in order to win consistently. “Get tougher. It’s that simple,” Luke said. “It’s not an easy schedule, but we have to know that we can beat anybody. “It’s just being about ...

Mass Rockets set 1st winning streak record

MASS CITY — With all the attention this season on North Central High's attempt to break the Michigan prep boys basketball consecutive win record held by Chassell, an earlier mark has all but been forgotten. That was a 59-game win streak established by Mass-Greenland High in the late ...

Turnovers lead to Houghton’s demise

GWINN — Gwinn took advantage of Houghton’s “pack-it-in” defense by sinking a half dozen 3-pointers for a 62-44 boys basketball victory on Wednesday night. “Houghton plays a 2-3 zone, which we don’t see much down here, so it was about finding the open guy the ball,” Modeltowners ...

No. 1 Houghton beats Jeffers to start season 8-0

PAINESDALE — Each day before her classes begin, Houghton senior Tawna Ryynanen is in the gym at 7 a.m., getting shot after shot up while most kids her age are attempting to steal a few more precious moments of sleep. Coming into Tuesday, she made 17 3s in seven games. And against the ...