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Butvilas signs with Lumberjacks

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Daver Karnosky/Daily Mining Gazette Houghton’s George Butvilas is joined by his (from left) sister, Jillian, father, Mike, mother, Marcia, and coach, Jared Lawson, while signing with Northland College Wednesday at Houghton High School.

Arnie made Masters special

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It was of those things I could never could figure out. Why did the annual Masters Golf Tournament hold such a fascination for me? It wasn’t because I had any particular interest in the sport. While I did my share of hacking around local courses, I never developed any golf skills to speak ...

MTU rugby club attempts to empower women while having fun

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech women’s rugby club was formed during the 2015-16 season. Tanna Windham, a junior exercise science major, is the president of the club. Given that the club is fairly new to Michigan Tech, Windham wants to enhance membership and continue improving for future wins ...

One word keeps coming to mind

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Full disclosure from the outset: I did not sit and watch the NHL’s reveal of “Hockeyville USA.” I fully admit that I was enjoying a quiet Sunday of trying to find a goaltender for my hockey rental in the evening and playing a computer game about taming dinosaurs. When my phone buzzed, I ...

Roy reflects on scoring first NHL goal with Kings

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LOS ANGELES — Former Michigan Tech Huskies defenseman Matt Roy, who has been playing with the Los Angeles Kings for the past 23 games, scored his first career goal recently. On March 21, in the third period of a game against a Pacific Division rival, the San Jose Sharks, Roy fired a shot ...

Legends: Esposito always rose to occasion at every level

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HOUGHTON — He was one of those rare hockey players who always seemed to rise to the occasion. Such was the career of Tony Esposito, who starred at Michigan Tech in the middle 1960s and was later inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame. Former MTU teammate Rick Yeo said that ...

Gibson Cup starts Friday: A rivalry older than most

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CALUMET — It has been called the Stanley Cup of the North. It measures two feet in height and is 16 inches wide. It weighs around 12 pounds. There is even a documentary about it from Vice Sports. It is also named after Hockey Hall of Famer John L. (Doc) Gibson who was a player/coach and ...

Good start for all involved at MTU’s Keweenaw Classic

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HOUGHTON — Wednesday’s weather conditions may have been less than perfect in the Copper Country, but that did not stop many of the area’s student-athletes from opening their track season indoors. The Houghton girls collected five firsts in the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Classic ...

Golf season: MTU club having fun on links

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HOUGHTON — While it might not feel like it yet, spring just around the corner in the Copper Country, which means the approach of golf season. Michigan Tech senior mechanical engineering major Daniel Donovan serves as president of Michigan Tech’s co-ed golf club. He says a main objective ...

Double threat: Sirard, Butvilas named to All-U.P. teams

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HOUGHTON — Late last week, the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named the boys’ and girls’ All-U.P. teams for the 2018-19 season. Two Houghton Gremlins boys players earned honors. Junior Brad Sirard was named to the First Team while senior George Butvilas was ...

Believe it: Tigers are that bad

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It’s way too early to make any predictions in the major league baseball season. But this is one I’ll post one right now. The Detroit Tigers are going to have a very rough year. The only reason the Tigers won’t lose 100 games is because they play in baseball’s weakest division, the ...

Small steps: Lions look to bounce back from sweep

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HANCOCK — Going into their first games in WIAC play against the team picked to finish second in the conference’s preseason poll was going to be tough for the Finlandia Lions baseball team, even under the best of circumstances. To make matters worse for the Lions, they were off 17 days ...