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Lions struggle to 10-1 loss to Yellowjackets Sunday

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HANCOCK — After playing in a hard-fought 4-1 loss Saturday night, Matt Marchel, head coach of the Finlandia Lions women’s hockey team, knew his team would be in difficult waters playing a second game 18 and a half hours later. To make matters worse, surrendering four goals in a stretch of ...

Victory: Gloss stops 39 as Lions earn 2-1 win over Spartans Friday

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HANCOCK — In their first game back after 20 days off, Finlandia Lions men's hockey coach Joe Burcar could not be certain which of his teams would show up for their first game of 2019, the team that beat Wisconsin-River Falls and Wisconsin-Eau Claire or the team that lost to Trine. When the ...

Gremlins finally break through with first win of 2018-19

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HOUGHTON — It is not every season that the Houghton Gremlin girls basketball team is this late into a campaign and still searching for their first win of the year. That would help explain why coach Julie Filpus was all smiles after Friday nigh's 58-32 victory over the Lake Linden-Hubbell ...

Copper Kings top Wildcats, 5-2, at home Friday

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CALUMET — Looking for another good effort against a solid Lower Peninsula team, Calumet Copper Kings hockey coach Dan Giachino got just that as his Copper Kings earned a 5-2 victory over the Novi Wildcats Friday at the Calumet Colosseum. “I thought we played a very good hockey game ...

L’Anse holds off Calumet, 60-57

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L’ANSE — The L’Anse Purple Hornets emerged victorious with a 60-57 win on Thursday at home over the visiting Calumet Copper Kings. Louie Bogda lead the Purple Hornets with 30 points and Matthew Ojla had 24 points of his own for Calumet but leadership from L’anse coach Kyle Koski ...

L’Anse tops Ewen-Trout Creek

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EWEN — The L’Anse Purple Hornets traveled to Ewen-Trout Creek Thursday, earning a late fourth quarter 49-46 victory in the process. L’Anse coach Scott Lloyd credited his team’s win to an overall bigger team, strong defensive play, and a low foul count. “Overall, I had a deeper ...

Chassell cruises to 60-14 victory over Bessemer Friday

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CHASSELL — Bill Sleeman has been around coaching circles long enough to know that the more playing time you can get for your bench players, the better off you will be. The Chassell High girls basketball coach get plenty of time for his reserves in a 60-14 win over Bessemer Friday night at ...

Copper Kings fall to hard-working Patriots, 58-35, Thursday

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CALUMET — In basketball, there are nights where the shots find the net and other nights where nothing will go in. That was the case on Thursday night as the shots fell for the Westwood Patriots girls while at the same time not falling for the girls from Calumet as the Copper Kings lost at ...

First win: Lions break through, top Crusaders, 75-44

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HANCOCK — There is an old saying in sports that a win is a win. Such was the case Thursday afternoon at Paavo Nurmi Center when the Finlandia Lions women's basketball team earned a 75-44 victory over visiting Great Lakes Christian. For the Lions, the victory over the Crusaders was the first ...

Gremlins start well, fall to Miners, 61-48

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NEGAUNEE — After a slow start out of the gates, the Negaunee High School boys varsity basketball team picked up the pace in a big way. The Miners scored a measly six points in the first quarter, finding themselves down 9-6 before regrouping with a 21-point second to help swing momentum and ...

Hancock tops Ishpeming, 43-38

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HANCOCK — Using a 14-point second quarter Thursday, the Hancock Bulldogs blew open an even game to take a 28-23 lead into half. After allowing the Ishpeming Hematites to even things at 30-30 going into the final stanza, the Bulldogs poured in 13 points to win, 43-38, at home. The Bulldogs ...

Jeffers tops Vikings

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BARAGA — The Jeffers Jets boys basketball team saw a breakout performance from freshman Isaiah Frahm and used strong play from Christian Hocking to cruise to a 51-33 victory on the road over the Baraga Vikings. “Isaiah Frahm played awesome on offense and defense,” Jets coach Trent Keteri ...

After 2-week hiatus, Ishpeming jumps out quickly on Hancock

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ISHPEMING — After going 15 days without a game, some teams might worry about having a bit of rust going into their next game. That wasn’t the case for the Ishpeming boys varsity basketball team on Wednesday night, scoring early and often in the first quarter to cruise to a 76-48 victory ...

Long term contracts don’t work

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One would think that owners of professional sports franchises would learn that handing out long-term contracts to players seldom works out. Take the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Tigers as good examples of money thrown away. The Vikings, with hopes of getting to the Super Bowl they missed ...

Huskies open GLIAC-heavy portion of schedule against Ashland

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Michigan Tech Huskies men's basketball team is back in action Thursday against the Ashland Eagles after a two-week holiday hiatus. It is time to get down to business for the 7-4 Huskies (2-2 GLIAC) as from here on out, every game will be a conference matchup. Coach ...

Michigan Tech ready for challenge Ashland represents

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ASHLAND, Ohio — With a team that has been plagued by a number of key injuries, Michigan Tech Huskies women's basketball coach Sam Hoyt said the recent holiday break was a welcomed respite. “The week away was really important,” she said. “It was a good time for them to rest their ...

Penalties cost Jets in third period in loss to Eskymos

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HOUGHTON — In sports, it is often said that the team that can finish the last period, quarter or inning strong will win the game. That certainly was the case on Saturday afternoon in hockey action at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena as the Escanaba Eskymos downed the Jeffers Jets, 5-3, with a ...