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Learning to skate, hockey style: Butkovich works with skaters

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BALTIC — It is Tuesday afternoon at the Baltic Rink, a big green barn ice rink in Baltic and Jen Bukovich has traded in her traditional figure skates for hockey skates. A handful of kids from age 7-16 have laced up their skates as well and are getting ready for Week Two of Bukovich's hockey ...

Girls Roundup: Jeffers wins, Calumet loses

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Marquette 68, Calumet 35 MARQUETTE — Avery Ledy scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as Marquette cruised to a 68-35 victory over Calumet in an nonconference girls basketball game played at the Redettes’ gym on Wednesday. The Redettes shot almost 45 percent from the ...

Vikings pull ahead early for 66-44 win over Purple Hornets

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BARAGA — Early threes and late breakaway buckets allowed the Baraga Vikings girls basketball team to pull ahead early and then work their to a 66-44 win over the visiting L’Anse Purple Hornets Thursday evening at the Baraga Gym. “We didn’t turn the ball over,” said Baraga coach Tom ...

Lions continue to look for first win, face rival Lumberjills

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HANCOCK — It is easy to look at the fact that the Finlandia Lions women’s hockey team is mired in an extremely difficult season. It is also easy to suggest that nothing was gained from a weekend where the Lions fell to the No. 5 Adrian Bulldogs 6-2 Friday and 10-0 Saturday. The truth is, ...

Large ice sheet one of number of issues waiting for Huskies

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Despite dropping a pair of games on the road last weekend to the Bemidji State Beavers, the Michigan Tech Huskies gained some valuable experience being involved in Hockey Weekend in Minnesota. Coach Joe Shawhan was happy his team got to experience the outdoor game ...

Point blast: Jets down Bulldogs in overtime, 8-7

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HOUGHTON — If one was to ask the individuals that make up the Jeffers’ Jets hockey team which game they circle on their calendar each season, there would only be one answer from every skater, the Hancock Bulldogs. The Jets co-op with the Bulldogs for high school football, and would love ...

100 miles to victory: Huskies prep for first matchup with UP rival

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech men's basketball team hits the road this weekend as they head 100 miles Southeast to Marquette to battle their GLIAC foes, the Northern Michigan Wildcats. The Huskies, who are 9-8 overall and 4-6 in the GLIAC, are coming to the end of a month of conference play ...

Inept NFL messes up again

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One can only guess what sort of blunder the National Football League will come up with next. By adopting rules, many with out any logical explanation, the league is ruining a sport that was once at the top of all professional sports. It was bad enough when the league couldn't decide what ...

Redmen shut down Gremlins, 57-42

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HOUGHTON — Houghton Gremlins boys basketball coach Jared Lawson knew that he and his team had their work cut out for them with the Marquette Redmen in town. While the Gremlins stayed close throughout the night, Lawson pointed out on that the game came down to two major issues for the Orange ...

Gremlins skiiers fight through tough Tuesday at Ripley

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RIPLEY — On Tuesday, the Houghton/Hancock Gremlins ski team hosted Marquette, Ironwood and Norway for the Mont Ripley UP Conference ski race. The boys finished fourth in the slalom and third in the giant slalom. The girls finished second in the slalom and second in the giant slalom. In the ...

Panthers comeback for double overtime win, 81-74, over Lakes

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LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes and the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers battled in an 81-74 finish in the Lake Linden Gym Tuesday, despite a strong first half from the Lakes. The Lakes want into the locker room at halftime with an 11-point lead against the Panthers and appeared to have ...

Purple Hornets hold off Panthers, 56-54

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L’ANSE — In an intriguing matchup Tuesday, the L’Anse Purple Hornets played host to the Chassell Panthers. While the two teams had not met yet this season, Purple Hornets coach Kyle Koski knew his team would have to bring their best game in order to come away with a late 56-54 ...

Girls roundup: L’Anse, Ewen win Monday

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L’Anse 56, Ontonagon 44 L’ANSE — At L’Anse, Maija Rice scored 15 points and Addison Mattson 14 to lead the Purple Hornets, who held onto the No. 5 position in the U.P. girls poll in Division 4, Monday. L’Anse (6-4) led 16-12 after one quarter and 33-27 at halftime, pulling away in ...

Huskies look to continue building in game against Wildcats

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech Huskies women's basketball coach Sam Hoyt circled one specific game when she first found out last spring that she was taking the reigns at her alma mater. This weekend, that game comes into focus as her Huskies travel to face their closest rivals, the Northern ...

Boys roundup: Ewen wins Monday, Calumet wins Tuesday

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Ewen-Trout Creek 62, Republic-Michigamme 25 REPUBLIC — At Republic, the Hawks fell behind early and struggled on both ends of the court Monday. E-TC had five players score in double figures, while Kolin Conklin led R-M with eight points. The Panthers led 29-8 after the first quarter and ...

Gremlins swimmers place well at Westwood

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton High School swim team competed in Westwood on Tuesday. The girls finished first in the 200-yard medley with a team of Meredith Raasio, Tessa Meyer, Mikayla Sague, Samantha Olson with a combined time of 2:07.09. The team of Irene Ra, Katie Jaszczak, Jiwei Li, and Kate ...

Huskies earn sizable win over Panthers, 70-44, Saturday

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies women's basketball team put another victory in the win column on Saturday as they defeated the Davenport Panthers, 70-44, in GLIAC action at the Wood Gym. The victory was a team effort as all of the Huskies saw time on the court and points in the score ...

Cubs jump out early, earn split with Copper Kings, 3-2

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CALUMET — What a difference 24 hours can make for a hockey team. After the Calumet Copper Kings blanked the University of Detroit Jesuit Cubs on Friday, 8-0, the Copper Kings knew that Saturday would be different. It was. The Cubs scored the game’s first three goals and then held off a ...

Bulldogs take big bite out of Gremlins Monday, 46-29

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HANCOCK — Poise and polish can often decide the outcome of a basketball game. On Monday night at the Hancock Gym, the hometown Bulldogs had a little more of each in recording a 46-29 girls basketball WestPAC decision over the Houghton Gremlins. “I thought we played a pretty decent game ...