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E-TC, Dollar Bay have history of major showdowns

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There used to be an old saying that coming events cast a long shadow. Such is the case with the Ewen-Trout Creek at Dollar Bay boys basketball game on Feb. 6. All the ingredients are there for such a label. Both teams have stellar players, Jake Witt for the Panthers, and Devin Schmitz and ...

John Vaara has seen it all in long officiating career

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HANCOCK — It's been nearly 44 years, but John Vaara still has a clear memory of the first high school football game he ever officiated in. The year was 1974 and L'Anse was visiting Houghton in a game at old Hubbell Field. “Bob Scholie, who had been an official downstate and really knew ...

Slow start dooms Finlandia women in loss to Ripon

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RIPON, Wis. — A rough first quarter told the story as the Finlandia University women's basketball team (4-14) lost 69-45 to Ripon (10-5), Wednesday night at Weiske Gymnasium. “We could not have had a worse first quarter,” coach John Motherwell said.  “We didn't shoot well at all. We ...

Houghton tops Calumet in up-and-down contest

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CALUMET — While the JV game went on, Julie Filpus and Jeff Twardzik exchanged experiences of the unique growing process that's occurred within each of their programs. In recent years, Houghton and Calumet have featured some of the premier teams in the U.P. and spent the majority of weeks atop ...

LL-H’s 4th-quarter run enough to edge Dollar Bay

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DOLLAR BAY — The game of basketball can throw you a curveball once in a while. Take Tuesday night's Lake Linden-Hubbell-Dollar Bay girls basketball game. The Lakes appeared to be in complete control at the half with a 21-9 lead before the Blue Bolts came out red-hot in the third ...

Houghton swim teams sweep Westwood

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WESTWOOD — The Houghton boys and girls swim teams both defeated Westwood on Tuesday. The girls won 129-53 and the boys were victorious by a score of 112-53. For the girls, Mikayla Sague took first in the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle, and Tessa Meyer won the 200 IM and the 100 ...

Tech women rise to No. 12 in poll

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LILBURN, Ga. — The Michigan Tech women's basketball team climbed four spots to No. 12 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Huskies were ranked 21st in the preseason poll, moved up to 10th in ...

UW-Superior too much for Finlandia women

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HANCOCK — Defeating the second-place team in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference is one thing. Beating the No. 1 team, UW-Superior, is another. The Finlandia women's basketball team found that out Monday night at Paavo Nurmi Gym, dropping an 86-70 decision. FU, which had upset St. ...

Boys roundup: Eight local teams in action

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HANCOCK — The Jeffers Jets locked down in the second half to earn a 57-44 nonconference win over the Hancock Bulldogs Monday in Hancock. Jeffers (4-4) allowed just 12 second-half points as the Jets outscored Hancock 27-12 over the final two quarters. It’s Jeffers’ fourth consecutive win ...

L’Anse girls lose 81-47 to Ishpeming

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ISHPEMING — The L'Anse Purple Hornets dropped an 81-47 decision to the Ishpeming Hematites in a nonconference game Monday in Ishpeming. “They're extremely good,” L'Anse coach Scott Lloyd said. “They're balanced, can shoot and defend. They don't make a lot of mistakes and are a ...

Klein scores go-ahead goal, Jeffers tops Negaunee 5-4

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NEGAUNEE — The Jeffers Jets skated past the Negaunee Miners 5-4 in LSC action on Monday at Negaunee. Scoring for the Jets were Elias Rajala, David Storm, Matthew Halonen, Clay Larson and Kellen Klein.   Klein’s game-winner came late in the third after the Jets came back from a 4-2 ...

Calumet puts it all together to defeat Detroit-Jesuit 3-0

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CALUMET — Last season the Calumet Copper Kings needed five games to pick up their first win, but once they did, their season turned around and they only lost three more games the rest of the season en route to a runner-up finish in the state finals. Head coach Dan Giachino has been waiting ...

No. 13 Michigan Tech women pull away from LSSU for 77-47 victory

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Michigan Tech women's basketball team pulled away for a 77-47 GLIAC victory at Lake Superior State Saturday afternoon. The Huskies outscored the Lakers 22-7 in the second quarter to take command of the game. “I really thought our second unit played well and ...