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LL-H aims to continue winning tradition with solid returning core

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes have been a model of consistency, winning the past seven conference and district championships.  Head coach Maureen Schick believes the talent is there this year to make it eight.  “I like some things that I see,” Schick said. “There ...

L’Anse volleyball looks to take the next step

L'ANSE — The Calumet Copper Kings, Houghton Gremlins and Hancock Bulldogs have long been the traditional volleyball powers in the West-PAC. But L'Anse Purple Hornets head coach Callie Budweg hopes her program can eventually join the elite ranks in the near future. “We already know they're ...

Money in the bank

HANCOCK — Dean Kangas-State Farm pitchers Jason Koski and Dave Wesa combined to keep Superior National Bank-Stanton's hottest hitter, shortstop Tyler LaDuron, to just one hit in four trips to the plate Wednesday night at the Hancock Driving Park. Unfortunately, that was about the only thing ...

Laho ready to lead Calumet volleyball program after Twardzik’s retirement

CALUMET — Lisa Twardzik built the Calumet volleyball program into a U.P. powerhouse in her 20 years of coaching, recording a 625-132-43 record (.781). Now, Matt Laho will look to continue the Copper Kings’ tradition after Twardzik’s retirement following Calumet’s lost to Bronson in the ...

Fresh talent at Hancock prepared to prove themselves this season

HANCOCK — Following the graduation of its senior-heavy team from last year, the Hancock Bulldogs’ preseason camp has a noticeably different feel.  “It’s an entirely different dynamic,” Hancock head coach Sarah Grieger said. “We’re re-learning our rotations and things like that, ...

Tech’s Kasza takes job at NIU

DeKALB, Ill. — Michigan Tech assistant women's basketball coach Maria Kasza has accepted an offer to join the staff as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Northern Illinois University. Kasza just completed her fifth season as an assistant with the Huskies and was also a member of the team ...

In the zone

STANTON — It’s referred to by athletes as the “zone.” When they get in it, they feel invincible — as if they can do no wrong.  Tyler LaDuron’s recent run in the Twilight League is a perfect example of this.  Superior National Bank-Stanton’s hottest hitter continued to roll, ...

Tigers have disappointed their fans

With no apologies to homer announcers Rod Allen, Kirk Gibson and Mario Impemba, the Detroit Tigers have, in recent years, been a disappointment to their fans. This year's edition of the Tigers is just the latest in the string of disappointments. With a payroll ranking among the highest in ...

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 ...