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Finlandia men blow out Martin Luther College 96-69

HANCOCK — Nick Cercone scored a game-high 26 points to lead Finlandia University to a 96-69 men's basketball win over Martin Luther College Friday evening. “We played a really balanced game tonight,” FU skipper Mike O'Donnell said. “We were passing the ball around and finding good ...

No sweat

HOUGHTON — Thursday was an exhibition of how the Michigan Tech women will have to execute come March. Sophomore Elizabeth Kelliher dominated her defender in the post, scoring a team-high 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting, while junior guard Lindsay Winter scored 14 points as senior Morgan ...

Michigan Tech men dominated by Wayne State 68-47

HOUGHTON — This was a butt-kicking. Unlike every other men’s game that was a competitive affair at the Wood Gym this season, the Michigan Tech Huskies decided Thursday’s matchup with the Wayne State Warriors would be decided in the opening minutes when they came out lifeless and slow ...

Calumet outlasts pesky Escanaba in battle of bigs

CALUMET — With only a handful of tuneups left for both teams before their respective district tournaments, the Calumet Copper Kings and Escanaba Eskymos met in a key late-season matchup at the Calumet Gym Thursday night. The contest had all the makings of a heavyweight boxing match with ...

Calumet hockey blanks Negaunee

CALUMET — The Calumet Copper Kings looked strong in their first action since the MIHL Showcase with an 8-0 blanking of the visiting Negaunee Miners Thursday night at the Calumet Colosseum. It took the Copper Kings 8 minutes, 27 seconds, and a major power play to break through on Miners ...

Chassell sets tone in victory over Dollar Bay

DOLLAR BAY — One coach was happy with the play of their team while the other had an opposing view at Thursday night's Chassell-Dollar Bay girls basketball game. "I was happy with our play as a team," CHS coach Brandi Hainault said after her team's 54-33 win. "The girls played hard and ...

Hancock hockey shuts out Marquette 6-0

MARQUETTE — The Hancock Bulldogs hockey team came into Thursday night's game against the Marquette Redmen in a bit of tail spin, having lost four in a row. Wanting to right the ship, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, earning a 6-0 win. Alex Nordstrom got ...

Jets come up short to W-M

WAKEFIELD — She did it again. With Wakefield-Marenisco down 42-40 in the fourth quarter, Darienne Korpi took over for the Cardinals. She scored seven points in the last 33.1 seconds as the Cardinals overcame a good Jeffers team 47-42 in Copper Mountain Conference action on Thursday ...

Houghton-Hancock ski closes regular season with win over Marquette

BESSEMER — The Houghton-Hancock ski team wrapped up the regular season by edging Marquette 35-42 for the victory Thursday at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Bessemer. For Houghton-Hancock, Ally Fenton won the girls slalom in a total time of 1 minute, 16.19 seconds. Fenton's second run of ...

LL-H boys fall to R-M

REPUBLIC — A slow start was the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes undoing, as the Republic-Michigamme Hawks took a 25-9 after the first quarter en route to a 56-46 Copper Mountain Conference win. Connor Baccus led the Lakes with 21 points and connected on five 3s. After trailing 33-17 at half, ...

Picking up the pieces

HOUGHTON — For the Michigan Tech Huskies, the season has been a long one in more ways than one. The Huskies have traveled to play 23 of their 34 games thus far. They have lost two upperclassmen for essentially the season in assistant captain Brent Baltus and junior Dylan Steman. Several ...

Tech women ready for strong finish

HOUGHTON — March is quickly approaching, and so is the sense of urgency for the Michigan Tech women. “We need to be playing March basketball,” Tech head coach Kim Cameron said. “It’s time. It’s time for us to step up and do that.” Tech (15-6, 11-5) has already clinched a ...

Tech men prepare for 2 different playing styles

HOUGHTON — It was the weekend that started the Michigan Tech men’s resurgence. A 63-58 win over the Wayne State Warriors on Jan. 12 was followed with a 93-72 victory over the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals on Jan. 14. Those two wins sparked a five-game winning streak, vaulting Tech ...

Work ethic always wins out

I’m not sure where it started, or whose idea it was. But if you go to enough high school sporting events, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll hear the familiar complaint that “seniors deserve to play the most.” And that way of thinking intensifies when a talented underclassman is ...

Best for last

EWEN — Devin Schmitz admits he plays better angry. And following the first half Tuesday against the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers, the Dollar Bay junior had his reasons for being upset after watching his usual, sure-thing shots clank off the rim. “I was mad at halftime because I wasn’t ...

Calumet holds off Chassell 63-57

CALUMET — In a nonconference matchup Tuesday night, the Calumet Copper Kings boys basketball team did not shoot particularly well throughout the night, allowing the visiting Chassell Panthers to hang around. Despite Chassell evening the game fairly early and cutting Calumet's lead to one, ...

Jeffers boys win; Cal’s Wickstrom gets 35, 15 in win over Negaunee

HOUGHTON — The Jeffers Jets shut down Houghton’s offense in the second half to coast to a 63-29 nonconference win Tuesday in Jeffers. “Jeffers handed us a good old-fashioned butt kicking,” Houghton head coach Jared Lawson said. Jaden Wood scored 14 to lead the Jets (11-3), while ...

Houghton girls finish 2nd in Marquette

MARQUETTE — If there’s better than perfect, Brad Seaborg and the Marquette Senior High School boys downhill ski team might’ve accomplished it. Led by double victories from Seaborg, the Redmen swept the top four scoring places in both slalom and giant slalom for a perfect score of 20 ...

Wake up call

HOUGHTON — Following a few missed defensive assignments to start the second half, Houghton head coach Julie Filpus called timeout and got into her team. That was the tipping point. For 18 minutes and 9 seconds, the No. 1 Houghton Gremlins were out of synch and outworked by the No. 4 ...