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Lakes aim to continue tradition of success

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LAKE LINDEN - In the Class D volleyball ranks, few have been as consistent as the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes. LL-H has won a conference and district title in each of the last six seasons dating back to 2010."We always expect to win the conference," LL-H head coach Maureen Schick said about her ...

Paulson ready to lead Baraga volleyball

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BARAGA - For the past few seasons, the Baraga Vikings volleyball team, for lack of a better description, were a tough out under former head coach Peggy Reinsch but were never able to take that next step. Looking to take that next step, the Vikings have a new woman at the helm in Chelsea ...

WCHA introduces changes to overtime, points structure and nets

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EDINA, Minn. - The game format, on-ice product and regular season championship chase in the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) will have a new dynamic moving forward, as the league today announced three pivotal changes to take effect for the upcoming 2016-17 season: Introduction ...

Rebuilding tradition is a tough job

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Tradition is one of those things you can't buy, borrow or steal.It takes a long time to build, even longer if you once had it, and are trying to get it back.Ask new Hancock High football coach Ted Holmstrom.Holmstrom is faced with the task of rebuilding the grid tradition for the Crimson and ...

Softball Champions

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TAPIOLA - If you combine excellent pitching with a solid defense and some good hitting, you're going to win most ballgames.The Houghton Over 50 Softball League team had all three ingredients Monday night against South Range, rolling to a 16-1 victory."I thought we played a near-perfect game," ...

Jump for joy

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KINGSFORD - Copper Country schools have been quite successful in the Kingsford Invitational volleyball tournament over the years.Calumet captured the title many times, including the past four years, and Houghton had won it several times in the past.It was Hancock's turn to take home the ...

LL-H wins WIC Invite

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IRON RIVER - It's typical for coaches to have preseason doubts in an opening contest.Maureen Schick's were soon put to rest.The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes claimed the West Iron County Invite Saturday in Iron River. LL-H won 10 out of 12 sets against six different opponents to claim the title. ...

Houghton falls to Petoskey, finishes 2nd in Sault Invite

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In girls high school volleyball Saturday at the Sault Area High School in Sault Ste. Marie, the Houghton Gremlins finished second in the seven-team Sault Invitational.The Gremlins started pool play by defeating Gladstone (2-0), losing to Petoskey (2-0), defeating Sault Ste. Marie (2-0) and ...

Team CC goes 4-0, outscores opponents 19-0

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MARQUETTE - Looking to open its fall season as strongly as possible, Team Copper Country hockey did just that over the weekend, winning all four games they played at Berry Events Center in Marquette.On Saturday, they won their opener against Marquette, 3-0, before taking their second game, 3-0, ...

Tikkanen, Dudenas, Norkol, Rilei win Keweenaw Guts Classic

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CALUMET WATERWORKS - The team of Rudy Tikkanen, Stephen Dudenas, Jacob Norkol, and Pete Rilei claimed the trophy for the seventh annual Keweenaw Classic 3-on-3 Guts tourney this weekend. They defeated a team of Alex Tews (Appleton), Vernon Kreivi, and Luke Rautio in the finals, where Rilei had ...

Junior champions

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HOUGHTON - During a sunny Thursday morning, the sounds of several young golfers marching their bags down the fairways of the Portage Lake Golf Course could be heard as they competed for the Portage Lake Junior Club Championships. While many of the area's top older golfers were not competing in ...

Senior-led Houghton sets out to accomplish preseason goals

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HOUGHTON - On the first day of practice after cuts, Houghton Gremlins head coach John Christianson gives a white board and a marker to his team. Christianson leaves his group for 15 minutes while the girls come together to list their preseason goals. Now, it's time for them begin the process of ...

Calumet aims to build off recent postseason success

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CALUMET - The Calumet Copper Kings are the four-time defending regional champions. But in each season, Calumet's postseason run came to an end in the quarterfinals. This year, they hope to take the next step."It gets frustrating, because we want to represent the U.P. with pride," Calumet head ...

Peterson, Vollwerth, Lobeck win Senior Scramble

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Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Course recently held a three-Person Senior Scramble, with PLGC members Dean Peterson, Butch Vollwerth and John Lobeck winning the tournament on the first extra hole. Five teams tied after 18 holes with a score of eight under 64. The winners birdied the first ...

Veteran group set to lead Hancock

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HANCOCK - Last year the Hancock Bulldogs and Calumet Copper Kings competed against each other in some of the most intense, competitive volleyball matches. But in each contest, Calumet came away victorious, including the district final- the third matchup between the two rivals.The sting of ...

Burcar ready to turn the page at Finlandia starting now

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HANCOCK - Late last week, Finlandia University announced that they were turning to a familiar face to helm their men's hockey team in Joe Burcar. Burcar had been the head coach of the Lions from 2002 until 2009. During his tenure with the program, he helped usher the transition from being a ...

Copper Country Oldtimers name scholarship winners

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The Copper Country Oldtimers are proud to announce the award of $500 college scholarships to each of four local high school graduates from the Class of 2016. The awards are made from the Hockey Is Life Scholarship Fund established by the Copper Country Oldtimers Hockey League with support and ...

Tough-minded

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HOUGHTON - Ellie Welsh describes "toughness" as the top quality in her game, and you just have to look at her senior season at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Ill. to understand her mental fortitude is not just talk.In mid-January during a game, Welsh dislocated her right shooting shoulder ...

Vairo was part of Irish-Calumet connection

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CALUMET - There was a time when Calumet High School was a recruiting ground for the famed Notre Dame University football program.Just about every sports fan is aware that CHS graduate George Gipp became a legend at Notre Dame.After all, Gipp became a household name after gaining All-American ...