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Thompson, Janke shake up Dollar Bay lineup

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DOLLAR BAY — There are no secrets when it comes to Dollar Bay basketball. Each opponent knows what the Blue Bolts do, and how they do it. They don’t change their offense or defense in nearly any situation. Their shooters shoot, their scorers score and their facilitators facilitate. It’s ...

IM takes on Maple City Glen Lake

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It was a short moment when Bucky Johnson leaned back in his chair in the relaxed pose of an overworked man on vacation. Hands clasped behind his head, legs stretched and feet crossed. He eyed the trophies: a Mid-Peninsula Conference championship, district championship and regional ...

Tech blanks NMU 2-0 to capture WCHA championship

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MARQUETTE — The best writers in the world couldn’t have composed a better storyline. It had all the pieces of a classic. There was a gripping plot: Two rival schools, located just 98 miles apart playing for a conference title and a bid into the NCAA tournament. There were the necessary ...

Tech takes on Northern in WCHA title game

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HOUGHTON — Like a pot with a lid, the Michigan Tech Huskies have had something brewing below the surface all season. There all along, just not visible to outsiders. Sometimes, if you got close enough, one might hear a little something, or get a peek inside. But now, the lid is off, and the ...

Chassell vs. Adrian Lenawee Christian: Keys to the game

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GRAND RAPIDS — The Chassell Panthers are playing for a state title. Read it again. Say it out loud. If it seems unfathomable, don’t feel bad, even Brandi Hainault is still processing her school’s history-making season. “It’s crazy cause I feel like it hasn’t set in yet,” she ...

Chassell is no underdog, the Panthers are meant to be here

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GRAND RAPIDS — It was a reasonable statement to Brandi Hainault.  “You got your own ‘Hoosiers’ story going on here,” a member of the media said to the Chassell coach after her team’s 55-51 semifinal win over Waterford Our Lady. And without missing a beat, Hainault replied, “I ...

Team CC hosts state tournament in Marquette

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MARQUETTE — With as much high school-aged talent in the local area, one question that almost always gets asked is if they took all the top players from each school how good would they be? With the formation of Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2, those who follow hockey in the area have an ...

Finlandia baseball returns strong core

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HANCOCK — With the turn of the calendar to March, the winter sports seasons wind down and the spring sports wind up. This past week, the Finlandia Lions baseball team spent its spring break in Florida, where it played 10 games in six days to start the season off quickly, going 2-8 over that ...

Blue Bolts use smart adjustments to beat C-N

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NEGAUNEE — Devin Schmitz is marked by his quickness, shifty handle and ability to score at will. The senior guard is also marked by honesty. So a question is posed: “Honestly Devin, do you want to guard the best player when the game is on the line?” No. “I like having Brendan ...

Chassell ready for semifinals

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MARQUETTE — With 5:15 left in the fourth quarter and Chassell leading Gaylord St. Mary by 12, a U.P. power chant broke out in Sault Ste. Marie. Over and over it resonated throughout the gym from the Panthers faithful during the Class D quarterfinal. Sure, a bit brazen given there were over ...

Calumet loses 56-44 to IM in regional championship

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MARQUETTE — Iron Mountain used the third quarter to springboard past Calumet to win its first regional championship since 1994. The Mountaineers (23-1) got a couple steals off the press and put together a rally in the opening minutes of the third quarter en route to a 56-44 win. "We ...

Meiners ties school record in final weekend

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HANCOCK — Going into their final game of the season a few weeks ago, the Finlandia Lions women's hockey team was on the verge of a possible five-win season for the first time since 2009-10. On a personal level, captain Sierra Meiners was just two goals away from tying Katelyn McLean's school ...

Bracketology a waste of time

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If there's a word that can raise my hackles, along with transparency, it's bracketology. Lake Superior State University annually sponsors an event that eliminates useless words and terms from the dictionary. Transparency, which is used by dishonest politicians to hide the truth, would be ...

Houghton’s Isabel Sharp wins 2 races at the USCSA

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Isabel Sharp, a 2014 Houghton High School graduate attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, won two Nordic ski races at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) national championships last week in Lake Placid, New York. Sharp won the women's 7.5 kilometer ...