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Ojala, Sirard, Gockenbach named to All-U.P. teams

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HOUGHTON — It won’t be hard to project who the top talents will be in the Copper Country next season. Not after the strong seasons from juniors Matt Ojala of Calumet and Chassell’s Abe Gockenbach, along with Houghton sophomore Brad Sirard.  The trio was honored by the Upper Peninsula ...

The 2017-18 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Team

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Mr. U.P. Basketball (Top overall player) Jake Witt, Ewen-Trout Creek Dream Team Player School Ht. Pos. Year Jake Witt Ewen-TC 6-7 Sr. C Devin Schmitz Dollar Bay 6-0 Sr. G Hart Holmgren Ishpeming 6-5 Sr. F Marcus Johnson Iron Mountain 5-10 So. G Brandon Paul Sault ...

Steady Pietila earns Class ABC All-U.P. First Team award

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Kara Pietila embodies what Houghton basketball means. The senior is steady, calm and disciplined — the kind of player coach Julie Filpus could count on to score or defend in any situation. “We are going to miss her work ethic and consistency,” Filpus said. “We could really depend on ...

E-TC’s Besonen named to Class D All-U.P. First Team

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HOUGHTON — Last season, Elise Besonen was able to fly under the radar. She ripped apart defenses, leaving opponents wondering who she was and where she came from — but not this season. This season, everyone in the Copper Mountain Conference knew her name. As an eighth-grader opposing teams ...

The 2017-18 All-U.P. Girls Basketball Team

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Miss U.P. Basketball (Top overall player) Linnie Gustafson, St. Ignace Dream Team Player School Ht. Pos. Year Milly Allen Chassell 5-3 Sr. G Linnie Gustafson St. Ignace 6-1 Sr. F Natalie Bartle Negaunee 5-7 Sr. G Madigan Johns Ishpeming 5-7 Sr. G Taylor ...

Calumet edges PL 5-4 in Game 1 of Gibson Cup

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HOUGHTON — The Calumet Wolverines are a hodgepodge of players varying in ages and stages of life. Some are nearly done playing hockey; they hold babies outside of the locker room and have families in the stands. While others have just finished high school, their playing days extend in front ...

Tech’s Birks signs 2-year contract with Pittsburgh Penguins

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Michigan Tech hockey senior defenseman Dane Birks has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford Tuesday evening. Birks' deal will begin with the 2018-19 campaign. He will ...

Tech’s L’Esperance signs ATO with Stars

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CEDAR PARK, Texas — Michigan Tech hockey senior forward Joel L'Esperance has signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Texas Stars the team announced Tuesday evening. Texas is the primary AHL affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars. L'Esperance, a native of Brighton, Michigan, played four ...

Michigan will be too much for Ramblers

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The Chicago Loyola men's basketball team is going to need more than kindly Sister Jean and all the Hail Marys to get them through. Sure, the underdog Ramblers are the darlings of the American sports scene at the moment. A team without a NCAA basketball Final Four appearance since 1963 is ...

Chassell’s Milly Allen earns all-state honors

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Chassell's Milly Allen earned Associated Press First Team All-State recognition after leading the Panthers to the best season in school history. The 5-foot-3 guard averaged 15.5 points, 4.3 steals and 3.7 assists per game. But besides the impressive numbers, Allen delivered when Chassell ...

Tech’s Reinke signs with St. Louis Blues

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ST. LOUIS — Michigan Tech defenseman Mitch Reinke agreed to a two-year entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Reinke, 22, will report to St. Louis this week and is eligible to play in the regular season. The native of Stillwater, Minnesota just ...

Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Lyons named MHSAA Scholar Athlete

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Laura Lyons (center) of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School was honored as a recipient of the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award at the 2018 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing on March 24. ...

U.P. represented well at women’s Frozen Four

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On the weekend of March 16-18, the NCAA Division I Women's Frozen Four took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at Ridder Arena. In an interesting twist, two teams from the WCHA and two teams from the ECAC made it to Minneapolis, with one from each conference squaring off with one from the other ...

Hankins, Ferris State beat Northern State for D-II title

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Zach Hankins led Ferris State to its first NCAA Division II national championship in any sport Saturday, scoring 19 points in the Bulldogs' 71-69 victory over Northern State. The Bulldogs (38-1) won their final 26 games of the season and set a school-record for wins ...

Calumet loses to West End 2-0

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CALUMET — The West End Bombers defeated the Calumet Wolverines 2-0 Sunday in the championship game of a GLHL tournament at the Calumet Colosseum. Dusty Jonasson and Steve Klug scored for the Bombers. Both teams had 37 shots in the contest, and Calumet outshot West End 16-8 in the third ...

Tech falls to Notre Dame 4-3 in overtime of NCAA tournament

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Michigan Tech has been in the same position for the last six weeks. The Huskies needed to win.  Each shift, each game, starting with the WCHA quarterfinals into the semifinals and last weekend's conference championship meant there was little room for mistakes, or, in ...