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Boys Roundup: Jets, Blue Bolts earn victories

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Jets defeat Lakes, 72-61 LAKE LINDEN — With 21 points in the second quarter, the Jeffers Jets boys basketball team used a big first half to earn a victory on the road over the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes. The Jets took advantage of free throws throughout the night, but especially in the ...

Lions hit road after strong showing to open 2019

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APPLETON — The Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team nearly had a great weekend to open 2019 with a 2-1 win over a very solid Aurora Spartans squad, which had only lost one game in NCHA play before Friday, and then a 3-2 loss in overtime to the Lake Forest Foresters, a team that had tied St. ...

Copper Kings earn key victory over visiting Wykons 72-48

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CALUMET — Looking for a response after his team’s tough loss to L’Anse last Thursday, Calumet Copper Kings boys basketball coach Mike Ojala got exactly what he wished for as the Copper Kings worked the ball down the floor quickly throughout a 72-48 victory over the West Iron County Wykons ...

Even good coaches must rebuild

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The late Ed Helakoski is still regarded as one of the very best basketball coaches the Upper Peninsula has ever produced. But I can recall a comment the former Chassell High School legend once made after being asked by a reporter what his secret was to winning (three state titles and a ...

Huskies ready for dogfight with Bulldogs

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech women's basketball team is 1-1 in the new year and has a chance to improve to 3-1 after this weekend of basketball action at home in the Wood Gym. The team lost last Thursday to No. 8 Ashland (12-1 overall, 4-1 GLIAC) but bounced back to beat Wayne State (7-7 ...

Third time’s the charm: Lions earn another victory

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HANCOCK — A young Finlandia Lions women's basketball team learned a couple of more lessons Wednesday night in a game against the St. Scholastica Saints. The Lions got off to a slow start, regained their footing and then held off the visiting Saints in scoring a 61-57 victory at Paavo Nurmi ...

Roundup: Vikings, Lakes earn victories Tuesday

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Vikings double up Hawks, 56-28 REPUBLIC — The Baraga Vikings traveled to Republic-Michigamme on Tuesday where they won 56-28. Vikings coach Tom Goodreau was happy to see his team take and hold the lead for the entire match. “We came out with a win, but it wasn’t pretty,” he said. ...

Lions still winless after 89-66 loss to Saints Wednesday

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HANCOCK — Mike O'Donnell had a hunch that a veteran St. Scholastica Saints men's basketball team might give his Finlandia Lions a tough time Wednesday. He was right in his hunch as the Saints handed the Lions an 89-66 defeat. “They had experience and they ran their offense very well,” ...

Jets fight hard, earn victory over visiting Gremlins, 49-41

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JEFFERS — Every basket was a battle for the Jeffers Jets girls basketball against a bigger, deeper opponent in the Houghton Gremlins. However, the Jets fought hard for every point they got and that proved to be key in a 49-41 victory at the Jeffers Gym Tuesday. Jeffers coach Joe Romano took ...

Rios gets first shutout, power-play lifts Hancock over Kingsford

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A power-play goal in the second period was enough to lift Hancock in a 2-0 win over Kingsford on Tuesday. Phillip Rios also stood tall in Hancock’s net with 22 saves for his first career high school shutout. Most of the game was back and forth with neither team settling ...

Roundup: Calumet, Chassell earn wins Tuesday

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Copper Kings hand Gladiators first loss, 44-36 ONTONAGON — In what was anybody’s game for the first half, the Ontonagon Gladiators girls basketball team appeared to be in control of their game Tuesday against the Calumet Copper Kings. Over the final eight minutes, the Copper Kings held ...

Houghton swim team hosted Gremlins Splash Saturday

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins' swim teams hosted their annual “Gremlin Splash” Swim meet on Saturday at the Houghton HIgh School Pool. Not a traditional meet as compared to most of the others the Gremlins compete in throughout the season, the Splash gives swimmers a chance to try ...

Houghton scores touchdown in beating Novi Saturday, 7-3

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HOUGHTON — In hockey, coaches love scoring, and never want to surrender, goals in the first and last minutes of periods. On Saturday, the Houghton Gremlins scored two goals in the first minute of a period and added a third shortly after the first minute as they racked up a 7-3 win over the ...

Finlandia takes lead into second half, falls to Lakers

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HANCOCK — Free throws can often decide the outcome of a basketball game. Take Sunday afternoon's matchup between Silver Lake College and Finlandia University at the Paavo Nurmi Center. The visiting Lakers converted 28-of-35 chances at the charity stripe, while Finlandia was just 13-of-26 ...

Lions come up short, lose 3-2 in overtime to Lake Forest

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HANCOCK — After fighting back from one-goal deficits twice Saturday, the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team was 4:04 away from earning a three-point weekend. Unfortunately, a misplay in their own end gave the Lake Forest Foresters enough space to bury their third chance in sequence into the ...

Finlandia earns second straight win with victory over Lakers

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HANCOCK — Winning is like losing in the world of sports …. it can be contagious. The Finlandia Lions women's basketball team is discovering the winning side, scoring a 57-53 decision over Silver Lake College Sunday afternoon. “We haven't completely found a way to string together a ...