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Toughness is mental and physical

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One often hears about a sports team being physically tough. But that’s a term, while overused, that also pertains to being mentally tough. A good example of that came during the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game this past weekend. The Spartans, missing two starters in Josh ...

Return to form: Bolts heading to Breslin

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ESCANABA — The final 3.2 seconds of Tuesday’s Division 4 state quarterfinal basketball game could not run out fast enough for the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City boys. After Dollar Bay sophomore Connor LeClaire sank a pair of free throws, the Pellston Hornets could only wish to get a good shot ...

Finding a way to win: Baraga uses fan support to their advantage

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The Baraga Vikings girls basketball team has advanced to the Division 4 Region 25 title game after running past the Munising Mustangs for a 57-42 win on Monday. With their victory over the Mustangs in the books, the Vikings are preparing for a taller Stephenson squad on Wednesday. “What ...

‘Inner city’ champions from Calumet

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Photo provided to the Daily Mining Gazette Pictured in the front row (left to right): Chaice Binder, Liam deBeaubien, Robert Loukus, Orrin Basto, Tanner Hendrickson, Lewis Nagel. Back row: Landen Abramson, Jett Stites, Riley Kilunen and Ethan Harter. Coaches Dan deBeaubien, Tim Stites and ...

Strong putting lessons learned to good use with Duluth

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DULUTH, Minn. — It was a long Sunday for Houghton native Abbey Strong. She and four cohorts spent a day on the phone, and in front of the television, watching. It was “Selection Sunday” in the world of NCAA Division I women’s hockey and the fate of four teams laid in her hands. Strong ...

Bolt strike: Breslin Center goal on Blue Bolts’ minds

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ESCANABA — The Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts boys basketball team (20-4) is gearing up to face the Pellston Hornets (23-2) in Escanaba on Tuesday in a Division 4 quarterfinal game after beating Crystal Falls Forest Park, 64-48, last Thursday. Unsurprisingly, Blue Bolts coach Jesse ...

Panthers season ends with loss

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KINGSFORD — Stephenson’s game plan produced results in the third quarter and floored Ewen-Trout Creek 60-41 in a Division 4 Region 25 girls basketball semifinal Monday. The Eagles (12-9) and the young Baraga Vikings (20-3) will square off at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the regional championship ...

Hero’s welcome: Gremlins greeted at home

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HOUGHTON — With a 4-1 loss Saturday, the magical run the Houghton Gremlins hockey team had been on came to a screeching halt against a very talented Detroit Country Day Yellowjackets team in the Division 3 state final contest at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. Sunday, the team ...

About time: Panthers top Jets to earn first district since 2005

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BESSEMER — Ewen-Trout Creek showed the different ways it can win during this week’s Division 4 District 97 tournament. In Wednesday’s semifinal win over Ontonagon, they went inside to Abbie LeGault and she dominated with 19 points and 17 rebounds. In Friday night’s final, Jeffers ...

Lots of fun, learning had during Hockey Saturday

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Saturday was a very busy day at the Houghton County Arena and the Dee Stadium as the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association held their annual Jim Markham Memorial Hockey Saturday. Hancock Fire 7, Houghton Fire 3 Houghton Fire faced the Hancock Fire in 8U action. Houghton came out hot in ...

Just short: Calumet falls to West Iron County

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CALUMET – The Calumet High School Gym was loud and noisy Friday night as the hometown Copper Kings girls basketball team battled the visiting West Iron County Wykons for the Division 3 District 65 championship title. In the end, the Wykons made more noise on the floor and defeated Calumet, ...

Vikings hold off Panthers to earn district crown

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CHASSELL — It was a battle between strong defenses Friday night in the Ed Helakoski Memorial Gym as the Chassell Panthers battled the visiting Baraga Vikings for the Division 45 District 98 title in girls basketball. When the smoke cleared at the end of the evening, the Panthers gave a ...

Gremlins prepared to face Pioneers in semifinals

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PLYMOUTH — With a 4-1 win Wednesday over the Alpena Wildcats, the Houghton Gremlins hockey team earned a spot in the Division 3 state semifinals Friday morning at 11 a.m. The Gremlins are facing the Riverview Gabriel Richard Pioneers, a team that needed overtime to defeat the Ann Arbor ...

Vikings take fight to Dawgs: Baraga defeats Hancock 43-32

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BARAGA — The better team won Wednesday night in Division 4 District 98 semifinal basketball action. That team was the Baraga Vikings as they defeated the visiting Hancock Bulldogs, 43-32, in the Baraga Gym. “It was a great win for us,” said Vikings coach Tom Goodreau. “This was the ...