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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 ...

Gremlins use 3-goal third to advance

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SAULT STE. MARIE — The Houghton Gremlins hockey team is headed to the Final Four in Division 3. Justin Norkol scored twice and Jett Heinonen broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period to tip the game in the Gremlins’ favor and give them enough offense to top Alpena during a 4-1 win in ...

Huskies still battling consistency as they head to face Falcons

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Despite falling in both games last weekend against Northern Michigan, Huskies coach Joe Shawhan liked his team’s effort on Friday. The Huskies had spent the week preparing for senior winger Troy Loggins, who had five goals on the weekend, and senior goaltender Atte ...

Gremlins’ season ends in Gladstone

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GLADSTONE — On a bitterly cold day, things were heating up inside the Gladstone gym as two teams battled it out in a Division 2 district semifinal here Wednesday. The Gladstone girls’ basketball team came back in the second half to secure a win over the Houghton Gremlins 61-42. The Braves ...

Jets advance to face Panthers with win

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BESSEMER — The Wakefield-Marenisco girls basketball team had its sights set on winning their first district tournament since 2006, but it was not meant to be as Jeffers blitzed the Cardinals 57-25 in the MHSAA Division 4 District 97 semifinals on Wednesday night. Jeffers will square off ...

Ski Tigers do it again, win 7th straight state title

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MARQUETTE — Three weeks ago, the Copper Country Ski Tigers did something normally seen in sports other than skiing as they earned their seventh straight state title on the Al Quaal trails in Ishpeming. Heavy snow totals delayed the opening of the weekend as groomers could not get out on the ...

Cruise control: Copper Kings roll over Red Devils, 72-49

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CALUMET — It turned into pretty much a stroll in the park for the Calumet Copper Kings in Wednesday night’s Division 3 District 65 Tournament girls basketball semifinal against Ironwood Wednesday night. Playing in front of their home crowd, the Copper Kings had little trouble rolling to a ...

Experienced Panthers defeat young Blue Bolts squad

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CHASSELL — Sometimes with age comes experience. The Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts girls basketball team, who are composed of seven freshman or younger players, found it difficult to meet the challenge of a stronger, faster, and quite frankly, older Chassell Panthers team. The ...

Biggest mistake ever made by MHSAA

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With the high school basketball districts and regionals currently going on, I often think back to when this was truly the sporting event of the year in the Upper Peninsula. It was an iconic event because the tournaments were usually held in bigger venues. The practice of scheduling the ...

Gremlins know path to Plymouth will be difficult

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SAULT STE. MARIE — If there is something the Houghton Gremlins hockey team knows for sure, it is that nothing they do from here on out will be easy. To be fair, nothing has come easy for the 19-5-1 club to this point in their season. The Gremlins do not boast a Brent Loukus or an Austin ...

Dollar Bay advances with win, 65-56, over Munising

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NEGAUNEE — If the Munising Mustangs wanted to end the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts’ chances of making another run at a state title in the Division 4 Region 25 semifinals, those hopes were all but vanquished in the opening eight minutes of play. The Blue Bolts scored 23 points in ...

Volleyball club has strong showing in Green Bay

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Over the past weekend, The U.P. Power club volleyball team traveled to the greater Green Bay area for the Bay Bash Invitational in Ashwaubenon. Going 8-2 on the day Saturday, the girls defeated three teams from Wisconsin and the Summit U18 team from the central U.P. en ...

Moving on up: Vikings advance with win over Lakes

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BARAGA — It would be tough for any team to battle back from a 36-3 deficit at halftime, but to try to do it against a very tough Baraga Vikings girls basketball team who was playing its Division 4 District 98 match at home proved too much for the visiting Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes ...

Panthers earn victory: Chassell holds off L’Anse

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CHASSELL — Turning the tables on the L’Anse Purple Hornets, the Chassell Panthers avenged a regular season loss from last week in girls basketball Division 4 District 98 Tournament play Monday night. “They (Purple Hornets) took it to us last week,” Chassell coach Bill Sleeman said ...

Huskies ready to face Timberwolves in GLIAC quarters

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech Huskies women’s basketball coach Sam Hoyt hopes Tuesday night’s quarterfinal game of the GLIAC Tournament against the Northwood Timberwolves will be, at the very least, a repeat of her team’s 60-55 win over the Northern Michigan Wildcats (NMU) last Thursday ...

Karppinen wins in debut Saturday

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BOWLER, Wis. — In his first professional mixed martial arts match Saturday, Travis Karppinen defeated his opponent, Kyle Laude. It took just 21 seconds into the first round for Karppinen to pin Laude to the floor with a submission by heel hook.

Jeffers advances by squeezing past Watersmeet, 47-39

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BESSEMER — Watersmeet put up a good fight before falling to Jeffers 47-39 in the MHSAA Division 4 District 97 opening game in Bessemer on Monday night. Jeffers will square off against Wakefield-Marenisco in the semifinals at Bessemer on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Watersmeet coach Brent Besonen ...