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Wardynski reaches 1,000-point mark, Gogebic wins

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ESCANABA — Lori Wardynski became the third Lady Samson in program history to score 1,000 career points in Friday night's 76-69 win over Milwaukee Area Technical College. The Ontonagon graduate scored 33 points in Gogebic Community College's victory. She stands at 1,002 points and is just ...

FU men lose to Whitewater

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DE PERE, Wis. — A strong second half was not enough as the Finlandia University men's basketball team (2-8) lost 90-60 to No. 11 UW-Whitewater (9-1), Friday night at Connie Tilley Court.  Finlandia drew first blood as freshman Dylan Underwood knocked down a jumper 26 seconds into the game. ...

Calumet bounces back to defeat Howell 7-3

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HOUGHTON — Dan Giachino didn’t yell, he didn’t scream, but he also didn’t act like the Copper Kings had played well in the second period. They hadn’t. After jumping out to a three-goal lead in the first frame, Calumet let Howell fight its way back into the game, scoring two goals in ...

Houghton blanks Howell 4-0 to advance to Holiday Classic title game

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins are familiar with the Hancock Bulldogs. They are used to the Calumet Copper Kings. After all, the three teams are constant competitors, rivals and neighbors. But the fourth team in the 43rd Annual John MacInnes Holiday Hockey Classic is a different story. The ...

Looking ahead: 5 local prep basketball matchups to watch for

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HOUGHTON — With the 2017 portion of the prep basketball schedule completed, it’s becoming clear which teams are legitimate threats for conference and district titles. There’s still plenty of time for more teams to emerge, but based on what has transpired so far, these are the top five ...

Houghton girls fall in final seconds of OT to Westwood

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WESTWOOD — Westwood's Madelyn Koski scored the game-winning layup in overtime to propel the Patriots to a 58-57 nonconference win over the Houghton Gremlins Wednesday in Westwood. Koski led all scorers with 22 points. “Our issue is boiling down to defense,” Houghton coach Julie ...

E-TC’s Witt dominates while keeping low profile

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ESCANABA — You would think it difficult to be a 6-foot-7 athlete and weigh 235 pounds and not be known outside your home area. It can happen. And it did happen. Jake Witt has basically flown under the radar of high school sports aficionados heading into the final months of his high school ...

A lengthy wish list in Motown

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If such a thing as New Year wish lists existed, Detroit professional sports would rank high on the totem pole. Right now, there are so many things wrong in Motown sports that it would require a full-page ad in the daily newspapers. Take the Detroit Tigers for example. General manager Al ...

Calumet defeats MQT 3-2

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CALUMET — Dean Loukus scored the game-winning goal as the Calumet Copper Kings earned a 3-2 win over the Marquette Redmen Saturday at the Calumet Colosseum. Tied at 2, Loukus scored with 9:53 left in the third for the go-ahead goal, while Brent Loukus and Sam Erkkila assisted. Brent ...

Wolverines edge Pioneers

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HOUGHTON — The Calumet Wolverines jumped ahead 3-0 before holding on for a 3-2 win over the Portage Lake Pioneers Saturday at Dee Stadium. Calumet's Josh Harju, Logan Rastello and Rory Anderson each netted goals to make it 3-0 in the second period. Portage Lake's Cody Sivonen tallied ...

E-TC outlasts Drummond 35-25 in slow-paced game

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EWEN — Pass. Pass. Pass. Reset. Pass. Pass. Pass. And then maybe after 45 seconds, the Drummond Lumberjacks would put up a shot. On and on the methodical pace went, as the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers were forced to partake in Drummond's grind-it-out style, which would be Exhibit A in why high ...

Ontonagon girls beat W-M 59-37

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ONTONAGON — Ontonagon goes into Christmas break with a 5-1 record after beating Wakefield-Marenisco 59-37 Friday night in Copper Mountain Conference girls basketball. The Gladiators took over in the second quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 24-10 for a 35-17 halftime lead. W-M took around ...

Calumet Wolverines top Portage Lake 8-3

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CALUMET — The Calumet Wolverines recorded an 8-3 victory over the Portage Lake Pioneers Friday at the Calumet Colosseum. Calumet jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to two goals from Logan Rastello and a score from Ed Beiring. Portage Lake evened the game at 3 with goals ...

Michigan Tech women climb 2 spots to No. 13

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LILBURN, Ga. – The Michigan Tech women's basketball team moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced Thursday by the national office. The Huskies were ranked 21st in the preseason poll, moved up to 10th ...

Johnson scores 17 points, Calumet edges L’Anse 55-54

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CALUMET — Brea Johnson knew L’Anse wasn’t going to fold, so she wasn’t about to either. With 6:40 left in the fourth quarter, the Purple Hornets were closing in on the Copper Kings, and Calumet clung to a two-point lead. Then, Johnson worked her magic. She drove baseline for a ...

Boys roundup: Onto boys fall short against Bessemer

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ONTONAGON — Bessemer got the close win it needed, but it was at the expense of Ontonagon, which seems to be snake bit at this point of the season. The Speedboys beat the Gladiators 55-49 Thursday night in Copper Mountain Conference boys basketball. Bessemer was coming off hard-fought losses ...

Girls roundup: Baraga tops Dollar Bay; E-TC defeats W-M

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BARAGA — Erin Kamarainen knocked down four 3s and scored 20 points to lead the Baraga Vikings to a 43-28 Copper Mountain conference win Thursday in Baraga. “We moved the ball offensively and rebounded well,” Baraga coach Tom Goodreau said. “Good overall win tonight.” Baraga (2-5, ...

E-TC, District 127 forced into non-traditional draw

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BESSEMER — The MHSAA Class D District 127 basketball tournaments will have a different look this year. While the western U.P. district has been held at a single site each year, there will be multiple venues in this year's postseason tournament.  Bessemer is the host of the boys district ...