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Best, Esposito were formidable Tech duo

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HOUGHTON — His name is just a footnote in Michigan Tech hockey history. Yet, Rick Best was one of the key figures for the Huskies in their run to a NCAA championship in the 1964-65 season. While future National Hockey League hall of famer Tony Esposito is remembered as Tech's foremost ...

Team CC earns second victory at nationals

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GREEN BAY — With a 6-2 victory that featured three goals from Houghton’s Dawson McKay and two more from Calumet’s Brent Loukus, Team Copper Country 18U Tier II improved to 2-0 in pool play in the national championships at Cornerstone Community Center Friday night in Green Bay. Coach ...

Team CC opens nationals with 3-1 win

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — With the game's first three goals, Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2 cruised to a 3-1 victory in the opening game of the national tournament over the host team, the Green Bay Bobcats, at the Cornerstone Community Center. It was not a perfect effort, but Team CC did enough to ...

Local schools begin track season at Michigan Tech

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HOUGHTON — Recent weather conditions have been less than perfect outdoors for track and field, but that didn’t stop several Copper Country schools from opening their season Thursday. Houghton senior Kendra Monette seized the opportunity by winning girls shot put with a school-record toss ...

Team CC ready to defend national title in Green Bay

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — After a week of rest and three days of practice, No. 1 Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2 is ready to defend its national title during a full weekend of games in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The team is set to play as many as six games should it earn a return trip to the championship ...

Team Copper Country playing for more than a national title

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HOUGHTON — As the Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2 hockey team has returned from spring break and spent the week preparing for this weekend's national championship tournament, three members of the group enter the weekend with the type of off-ice problems that playing a little hockey might be ...

Explaining those empty seats in Detroit

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The late Skip Caray probably summed it up best when he was doing an Atlanta Braves-Miami Marlins game a few years ago. Caray, noted for his wry humor, observed at a game where there were probably 1,500 people in attendance, "There's a lot of people disguised as empty seats here today." Such ...

Witt, Schmitz, Kentala earn AP All-State honors

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HOUGHTON — Ewen-Trout Creek's Jake Witt and Dollar Bay's Devin Schmitz were the top vote-getters for the All-U.P. Dream Team. Now the two best players in the Copper Country are officially among the premier talent in the state. Witt and Schmitz were named to the Associated Press Class D ...

Turunen stops 34 as Pioneers force deciding game for Gibson Cup

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CALUMET — For many of the last nine seasons, the Calumet Wolverines have jumped out to the early lead in the Gibson Cup series with a win in the series opener, only to have the Portage Lake Pioneers battle back over the next two games to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. With a 4-1 win ...

Witt named Mr. U.P. Basketball, top vote-getter for Dream Team

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HOUGHTON — Brad Besonen’s U.P. basketball knowledge dates from as far back as the 1980s to the present day. And while he readily admits his opinion could be questioned because of his position, he has his take on the best player ever from the U.P. “I’m biased and not that old yet, but ...

Ojala, Sirard, Gockenbach named to All-U.P. teams

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HOUGHTON — It won’t be hard to project who the top talents will be in the Copper Country next season. Not after the strong seasons from juniors Matt Ojala of Calumet and Chassell’s Abe Gockenbach, along with Houghton sophomore Brad Sirard.  The trio was honored by the Upper Peninsula ...

The 2017-18 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Team

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Mr. U.P. Basketball (Top overall player) Jake Witt, Ewen-Trout Creek Dream Team Player School Ht. Pos. Year Jake Witt Ewen-TC 6-7 Sr. C Devin Schmitz Dollar Bay 6-0 Sr. G Hart Holmgren Ishpeming 6-5 Sr. F Marcus Johnson Iron Mountain 5-10 So. G Brandon Paul Sault ...

Steady Pietila earns Class ABC All-U.P. First Team award

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Kara Pietila embodies what Houghton basketball means. The senior is steady, calm and disciplined — the kind of player coach Julie Filpus could count on to score or defend in any situation. “We are going to miss her work ethic and consistency,” Filpus said. “We could really depend on ...

E-TC’s Besonen named to Class D All-U.P. First Team

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HOUGHTON — Last season, Elise Besonen was able to fly under the radar. She ripped apart defenses, leaving opponents wondering who she was and where she came from — but not this season. This season, everyone in the Copper Mountain Conference knew her name. As an eighth-grader opposing teams ...

The 2017-18 All-U.P. Girls Basketball Team

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Miss U.P. Basketball (Top overall player) Linnie Gustafson, St. Ignace Dream Team Player School Ht. Pos. Year Milly Allen Chassell 5-3 Sr. G Linnie Gustafson St. Ignace 6-1 Sr. F Natalie Bartle Negaunee 5-7 Sr. G Madigan Johns Ishpeming 5-7 Sr. G Taylor ...

Calumet edges PL 5-4 in Game 1 of Gibson Cup

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HOUGHTON — The Calumet Wolverines are a hodgepodge of players varying in ages and stages of life. Some are nearly done playing hockey; they hold babies outside of the locker room and have families in the stands. While others have just finished high school, their playing days extend in front ...