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Michigan Tech prepares for final GLI at Joe Louis

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DETROIT — As four storied college hockey programs descend on the Joe Louis Arena on Detroit's waterfront for the final Great Lakes Invitational in the arena's existence, there is no clear favorite between the combatants. The Michigan Tech Huskies won the first tournament competed at Joe ...

2017 prediction: .500 in Motown

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With another year just around the corner, there is certain to be endless predictions for Detroit sports teams. With a just a slightly jaundiced viewpoint, I can see a lot of .500 seasons in 2017 for the Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers and Lions. The Red Wings haven't been the same team since ...

Calumet girls fall in final seconds to Petoskey

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MARQUETTE — With just 1.7 seconds left in regulation and with the Calumet Copper Kings girls basketball team leading, 55-54, the Petoskey Northmen used a pair of free throws to snatch a victory away. According to Drew Kochanny of the Petoskey News-Review, the Northmen turned to Isabel ...

Holiday Classic preview: Chasing Hancock

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Much has already been made about the Hancock Bulldogs' hockey team's "Black" line of Alex Nordstrom, Teddy Randell and Lance Kangas this season. The trio have the Bulldogs cruising on nearly all cylinders heading into the MacInnes Holiday Classic, which starts Wednesday night. Looking to ...

Forest Park’s Nocerini commits to Tech football

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CRYSTAL FALLS — Daniel Nocerini will return to 11-man football at Michigan Tech University. The Forest Park High School senior, a standout in the Trojans’ inaugural season of eight-man high school football, made the verbal commitment to MTU on Christmas Day. “Tech seemed like the ...

Doing just enough

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LAKE LINDEN — The teams combined for 46 turnovers and the shooting percentages were in the low 30s. But what the Ontonagon Gladiators and Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes lacked in efficiency, they made up for it with late-game drama. Ontonagon survived a chaotic game to come away with a 49-47 ...

Timely break gives Lions an opportunity to heal

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HANCOCK — Head coach Joe Burcar, who came into this season with 70 wins at the helm of the Finlandia Lions’ men’s hockey program and one MCHA league playoff title under his belt, has not been through a season like this one before. Thirteen games into the 2016-17 campaign, the Lions are ...

Kero called up to Blackhawks

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CHICAGO — Former Michigan Tech hockey player Tanner Kero was called up to the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Kero was the leading scorer for the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL with 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists. Kero will play Friday against the Colorado Avalanche at the ...

Bantam AAs win Tundra Tussle in Green Bay

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GREEN BAY — The G&J Site Solutions-Portage Lake Flyers Bantam AA hockey team participated in the Ray Gardner "Tundra Tussle" in Green Bay last weekend. The Flyers put on an impressive show, going 3-0 in pool play, eventually earning a spot in the championship game, which they won ...

Legends: Lurtsema a colorful sports personality

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MINNEAPOLIS — In Michigan Tech's long athletic history, only one person has ever earned all-conference honors in two sports in the same year. Bob Lurtsema managed that feat in the1962-63 campaign when he gained all-league laurels in football, and then in basketball. The Grand Rapids ...

Ontonagon falls to Bessemer

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BESSEMER — Both Ontonagon and Bessemer started the season on a sluggish note but wanted to go into their Christmas break with a win and momentum for the rest of their season. Senior guard Luke Zielinski said the Speedboys played their best game of the year in defeating the Gladiators ...

E-TC girls end losing skid at Wakefield

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WAKEFIELD — In a span of four days, both the Ewen-Trout Creek girls and boys ended tough stretches in the Wakefield-Marenisco gym. The boys hadn't won there in 2 1/2 years before rallying for a victory Monday. The girls streak was even longer, 3 1/2 years, but the Panthers won their third ...

Houghton swimmers cruise to victories

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MARQUETTE — The Houghton Gremlins’ swimmers returned to the pool on Tuesday for a dual meet with Ishpeming/Negaunee at the YMCA of Marquette County. Both teams performed well, racking up 28 qualifying times en route to wins on both sides of the ledger. “It was only our second meet of ...

Making a statement

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HOUGHTON — In a battle of who might be the second-best high school hockey team in the area, the Calumet Copper Kings staked an early claim on the title by beating the recently-red hot Houghton Gremlins, 7-1, Tuesday night at Dee Stadium. Hockey coaches preach starting games on time. The ...

With room to grow, Hancock holds off Ontonagon 43-30

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HANCOCK — Despite leading for 30 minutes against the Ontonagon Gladiators, and sporting a double-digit advantage for much of the time, there was still plenty left to be desired from Hancock head coach Jack Johnson. “I thought we got outplayed in virtually every aspect of the game, ...

Calumet girls fall short to Ishpeming

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ISHPEMING — An 18-0 scoring run in the second quarter propelled Ishpeming to a 61-49 victory over Calumet Tuesday night in high school girls basketball. With the win, the Hematites avenged last year’s 30-point loss to the Copper Kings in Calumet. But it didn’t necessarily look like it ...

Calumet boys beat Baraga for 4th straight victory

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BARAGA — The Calumet Copper Kings won its fourth consecutive game with a 71-25 win over the Baraga Vikings in a nonconference contest Tuesday in Baraga. Wyatt Loukus led Calumet with 24 points. Calumet dropped its first game of the season to the Hancock Bulldogs, 45-41, but since ...

Don’t bet against North Central

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Just the other day, a local sports fan asked me if there was any chance that North Central High boys basketball team might not break Chassell's 65-game win streak. I thought for a moment, then told him there was little or no chance the Jets wouldn't break the esteemed Michigan prep record set ...

Flying high

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HANCOCK — The senior backcourt duo of Jaden Wood and Caleb Maki are renowned for their explosive offensive talents. However, Jeffers head coach Duane Snell insists he has at least five guys who are a threat to score double digits on any given night. On Monday, it was junior Carson Turner ...