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Chassell records memorable victory over Hancock

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HANCOCK — Chassell's Kaitlyn Michaels, either as a head coach or a player, could not remember a time in the past eight years when the Panthers won a volleyball match against the Hancock Bulldogs. That all changed on Tuesday. Chassell took advantage of an inconsistent Hancock squad to ...

Michigan Tech’s defense with high expectations for 2017

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HOUGHTON — There's enough returning talent and depth on the Michigan Tech defense for them to be one of the top units in the league. The only question is: how good? “If we do our job and do it right, we can have the best defense in the GLIAC,” said sophomore linebacker Marvin Wright, ...

Chassell girls, Houghton boys, take 1st at Kilpela Farms XC meet

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HANCOCK — The Chassell Panthers girls and Houghton Gremlins boys were victorious in the Kilpela Farms cross country meet Monday in Hancock. Chassell finished with 39 points to edge the Calumet Copper Kings (74), while the Houghton Gremlins took first over the Gogebic Miners with a score of ...

Lakes jump off to strong start, sweep L’Anse

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L'ANSE — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes started to put it all together in a sweep over the L'Anse Purple Hornets, 25-9, 25-7 and 25-18, Tuesday in a nonconference matchup in L'Anse. "First two games were spot-on," LL-H head coach Maureen Schick said. "The defense was really solid and played ...

Lions are right on script

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NFL exhibition games are about as meaningless and inane a sports event as you'll find going. In terms of importance, the preseason in pro football would rank below such red-hot items as the Bundesliga Soccer League, the Pro Rodeo League in Mesquite, Texas, or maybe the Drone League (believe ...

Tech volleyball hopes to continue momentum from last season

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HOUGHTON — As they entered October last season, the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team was 6-8 for the season and took a 3-1 loss to Wayne State at the Wood Gym, putting themselves three games under .500. Over the next two weeks, they battled inconsistency, going 3-3 on that stretch. The ...

LaCourt brings versatility to the Lions

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HANCOCK — Incoming Finlandia Lions forward Devyn LaCourt has grown up in Hancock. He played his youth hockey in Hancock. He has played his high school hockey in Hancock. Now, he will play his college hockey in Hancock. The former Hancock Bulldog knows what it takes to be successful at the ...

Big plays, stifling defense leads L’Anse over Houghton, 27-0

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HOUGHTON — L'Anse head coach Mark Leaf was well aware of the low expectations people around the U.P. had for his Purple Hornets team following a 2-7 season — just two people picked L'Anse to defeat the Houghton Gremlins on upfootball.com. But it might be time to start holding L'Anse in a ...

Late TD puts Calumet past Northland Pines, 14-6

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EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The Calumet Copper Kings earned a dramatic 14-6 West-PAC win over the Northland Pines Eagles to start the season Friday in Eagle River. Brent Loukus' 35-yard touchdown run with 6 minutes, 48 seconds left in the fourth quarter was the go-ahead score. Loukus added a ...

Michaels returns as Chassell volleyball head coach

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CHASSELL — A week ago, coaching on the Chassell Panthers' sidelines seem like a far-fetched idea for Kaitlyn Michaels. But one thing led to another, and now Michaels is back for another season as Chassell's head volleyball coach. “The stars had to all align for this to happen,” ...

Houghton volleyball finishes runner-up in silver bracket

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OSHKOSH — The Houghton Gremlins volleyball team finished 18th out of 32 teams Wednesday at the Chaos at the Kolf Classic at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, finishing as runner-up in the silver bracket. Houghton went 1-2 in pool play, defeating Menasha 25-19, 25-9 before falling to ...

Tech soccer retools and looks to continue to grow the program

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies soccer program has only known one coach in their seven years of existence. After two losing seasons in their first two years of operation, the Huskies have enjoyed the type of success most teams can only dream of. Over the past five years, the Huskies have ...

Negaunee’s Bell gives Tech more frontcourt depth

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HOUGHTON — The Trent Bell Michigan Tech fans will see in the near future — the one relentlessly attacking the glass and chasing after every loose ball —  was molded into a high-energy player during his time as a Negaunee Miner.  “In high school it started when Dan Waterman was the ...

Italian-born DeMarchi brings international flavor to Huskies

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HOUGHTON — There is a list of things an incoming freshman has to deal with when preparing to leave home and head off to college, especially if they have to travel several hours to a remote corner of the world to do so. Typically for incoming Michigan Tech students and student athletes, that ...

“Transition” the word for local football

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Maybe more than in any local football season I can recall, the operative word will be transition in 2017. There was an unusual number of high-quality athletes who graduated a year ago, for one thing. Calumet and Lake Linden-Hubbell, the two most successful area squads in recent times, were ...

South Range claims Over 50 softball title

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TAPIOLA — It required an extra game in the Over 50 Softball League playoffs Monday night, but South Range came out with the championship. Range had to score eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to break an 11-11 deadlock and go on to a 19-11 win over Houghton. SR manager Joe Rossi ...