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Bucks, Brewers are both legit

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I was recently listening to one of those late night sports shows when I heard something that really surprised me. Now, I don’t normally pay much attention to these so-called “shock jocks.” They almost always originate from the West or East Coast — where they assume the only real ...

Several local teams compete for Cheese Cup

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — While there are four teams left competing for the NHL’s Stanley Cup, several young skaters had the chance last weekend to compete for the Cheese Cup in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at the Cornerstone Community Center and the DePere Ice Arena. In the 2008 age group, Team Copper ...

Negaunee slugged their way to sweep of Copper Kings Tuesday

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CALUMET — The Neguanee Miners baseball team has been working hard in the batting cages over the last few weeks honing their skills at the plate. Their hard work paid off on Tuesday as they slugged their way to a sweep of the Calumet Copper Kings at Wolverine Field. They won the first game, ...

New inductees: 10 honored at annual banquet over weekend

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HARRIS — The late Marmaduke “Duke” Christie of Escanaba was one of 10 new honorees inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame at the 48th annual banquet Saturday evening in Harris. Also inducted were Jerry Bugni of L’Anse, Fran DesArmo of Munising, Dave Duncan of Cedarville, Jeff ...

Thank you, NBC Sports

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Several years ago, when I was still in high school, ESPN had a contract with the NHL and developed their own theme music for games that became iconic. It is still hard for me to sit down to watch a hockey game and not hear that music in my head. The theme music even made it into the ESPN NHL ...

Bulldogs cruise to sweep of Jets Monday

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HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs improved their season record to 7-4 with a doubleheader sweep of the Jeffers Jets Monday afternoon. The Bulldogs rolled out the bats in recording 15-6 and 15-0 nonconference victories at Gordy Schaaf Field at the Hancock Driving Park. “I thought we played ...

Gremlins girls, Copper Kings boys win in Houghton

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HOUGHTON — Something that had not happened in four years took place Monday afternoon. The Houghton Gremlins hosted the Copper Country Invitational, their first meet at Alumni Field since the upgrades were finished last fall, making it possible to host again. The Houghton girls took first ...

Houghton splits doubleheader with Calumet Monday

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CALUMET – With the sun shining and the temperature in the mid-60s, it was a beautiful day for softball at Legion Field Monday. The Copper Kings were hosting their first regular season games on the newly field against the Houghton Gremlins. The Copper Kings knocked out a victory in the first ...

Puzzle piece: Patton is first piece in next step for Lions

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HANCOCK — Three years into his second tenure with the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team, coach Joe Burcar is still searching for the right pieces to continue his hard work that has already begun to pay off with a playoff series this past season. Left handed defenseman Lucas Patton looks ...

Keweenaw falls in home opener of roller derby season

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HOUGHTON — The normal sounds of pucks hitting boards and skates scraping the ice at Dee Stadium were transformed into the sounds of wheels hitting concrete and shouts as the historic arena hosted its first flat-track roller derby bout of 2019 on Saturday. The Keweenaw Roller Derby (KRD) team ...

Roller Derby gear up for home opener

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HOUGHTON — Jill DeVoge (Afro Diasiac) is a skater with the Keweenaw Roller Derby roller derby team and is going into her third season with the squad. The home opener for the Roller Derby will be this Saturday at Dee Stadium at 6 p.m. The team called the Hancock Gymnasium home in its prior ...

Bulldogs earn Copper Softball Classic title

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The Hancock Bulldogs swept the Calumet Copper Kings 8-4 and 5-4 in West Pac action Monday night at Hancock Driving Park. The games also served as the annual Copper Softball Classic which a wards a trophy to the two-game, total-runs winner. HCH won the trophy this year by a score of 13-8. ...

Franti was an oldtime coach

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It was with more than a little regret that I read about the recent retirement of long-time Ontonagon High School basketball coach Dick Franti. In a business where you see coaches come and go with the regularity of a north wind off Lake Superior, Franti was unique. Sure, he was around for a ...

Lakes girls, Copper Kings boys win in Hancock

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HANCOCK — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes came away with first place at the Hancock Invite Tuesday with an overall score of 155 and the Calumet Copper Kings boys got first prize with 171 points overall. The Copper Kings finished first in the 800-medley relay, the 400-meter relay and the ...

Gremlins drop both ends of doubleheader to Mountaineers

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IRON MOUNTAIN — An 11-run eighth propelled Iron Mountain to a 13-2 win in the first game and a doubleheader sweep over Houghton on Monday. The Mountaineers (8-4) gave up a pair of tying runs in the seventh but rallied in the eighth for the first game win. Iron Mountain scored five runs in ...

Gremlins earn wins for both boys, girls in Kingsford

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KINGSFORD — Houghton overcame four firsts from Kingsford’s Olivia Allen to win a girls track and field triangular Tuesday at Flivver Field. The Gremlins tallied 111 points to beat Kingsford, 50, and Houghton, 11. Allen won the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes along with long jump. ...

Lakes sweep Gogebic in opener

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By JAMIE GLENN jglenn@mininggazette.com LAKE LINDEN - The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes softball team topped the visiting Gogebic Miners, 25-0 in five innings and 17-6. The Lakes took advantage of several mistakes by the Miners over the course of the doubleheader. Though the Lakes felt rather ...