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Jeffers hockey comes up short to Escanaba 4-3

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WELLS — The Escanaba Hockey team squeaked by Painesdale Jeffers 4-3 Saturday at the Hannahville Ice & Turf Complex. This win comes less than 24 hours after the Eskymos were defeated 7-2 by Houghton the night before. “It was great to see them respond the way they did,” said ...

Lights out

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HOUGHTON —These were not the typical Calumet Copper Kings you’re accustomed to seeing from a Mike Ojala-coached squad. No, these Copper Kings connected on nine 3s, shot 57 percent from the field (32 of 56) and looked like an offensive juggernaut — instead of a smashmouth defensive ...

Houghton throttles Escanaba 7-2

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WELLS — The Houghton hockey team used a second period surge to defeat Escanaba 7-2 Friday at the Hannahville Ice & The Gremlins scored five goals in the second period as they built off of their 2-0 lead from the first period. Houghton coach Corey Markham was happy the way his ...

Osterman records triple-double in Baraga’s win over L’Anse

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BARAGA — Five games into the 2016-17 girls basketball season, Baraga Vikings head coach Keith Willis finally feels as though perhaps his girls are beginning to understand what type of effort he expects of them night in and night out. The Vikings worked hard, both offensively and ...

Roundup: Houghton girls go to 5-0

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IRON RIVER — The Houghton Gremlins girls basketball team completed the first quarter of the season with an 81-39 West-PAC win over the West Iron County Wykons Friday in Iron River. Senior Sloane Zenner paced the Gremlins with 21 points, seven assists, six rebounds and six steals in less ...

E-TC’s Big 3 go off against Bessemer

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EWEN — Each member of Ewen-Trout Creek’s Big Three went off, and the E-TC Panthers earned a 76-51 Copper Mountain Conference win over the Bessemer Speedboys. Eli Nordine scored 21, Austin Berglund had 20 and Jake Witt added 19 for the Panthers (2-2, 2-2). “I think the balance was ...

FU men fall short to Northwestern

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HANCOCK — Like a man on a treadmill, the Finlandia University men's basketball team kept trying to catch up to Northwestern (Minn.) Friday night. But the Lions, although edging to within one point late in the contest at Paavo Nurmi Gym, could never quite reach the top of the hill and ...

Finlandia women overwhelmed by Northwestern

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HANCOCK — Finlandia University ran into a better team Friday night in women's basketball play and ended up paying the price. Northwestern (Minn.) pounded out a 72-50 victory at Paavo Nurmi Gym — never trailing in the game. "They (Eagles) are predicted to be one of the better teams in ...

Defense leads Calumet to 48-18 win over Hancock

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HANCOCK — In a girls basketball game originally scheduled for Tuesday night, the Hancock Bulldogs and the Calumet Copper Kings battled the elements and some severe offensive struggles Thursday at the Hancock Gym. The Copper Kings found the basket more often than the Bulldogs, leading to a ...

Hancock boys edge rival Houghton to remain undefeated

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HOUGHTON — It was probably a little more stressful than Hancock High boys basketball first-year coach Matt Strong would have liked. But the Bulldogs remained unbeaten on the year Thursday night with a 41-37 win over rival Houghton. "It would be nice not to play so close," Strong ...

Rest assured

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HOUGHTON — After another difficult road trip, the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team is ready to enjoy some hard-earned time off. The Huskies have played more games (22) than any other team in the country to this point, and thanks in part to a sweep of the Bowling Green Falcons last ...

Tech women, men prepare to host GLIAC weekend series

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Women Who and when: Hillsdale Chargers  (7-3, 2-2 GLIAC) at Michigan Tech Huskies (6-2, 2-1 GLIAC), 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Findlay Oilers (5-5, 1-3 GLIAC) at Michigan Tech Huskies (6-2, 2-1 GLIAC), 4 p.m. Saturday Men Who and when: Hillsdale Chargers (4-6, 0-4 GLIAC) at Michigan ...

GLHL: Wolverines look to catch league lead

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CALUMET —After a well-deserved weekend off after sweeping a pair of home games against the Eagle River Falcons, the Calumet Wolverines head into this coming weekend's pair of games with the Mosinee Papermakers with a chance to catch the Fond du Lac Bears for the Great Lakes Hockey League ...

First impressions

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With all the postponements on Tuesday, I decided to write a column to fill the newspaper today. I plan on making this a weekly occurrence, where I will discuss high school basketball. The format and topics will vary. Mostly, in my second year here, I figured that I have a better understanding ...

L’Anse boys go cold in loss to West Iron County

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L’ANSE — A poor shooting performance, and the absence of its top scorer, led the L’Anse Purple Hornets to a 65-44 West-PAC loss to the West Iron County Wykons Tuesday in L’Anse. L’Anse’s Logan Fish, who scored 24 points and 15 rebounds Monday against Westwood was absent Tuesday ...

E-TC girls connect on 13 3s to beat Republic-Michigamme

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EWEN — Ewen-Trout Creek made 13 3-pointers in a 71-33 victory over Republic-Michigamme in a nonconference meeting Tuesday. The Panthers shot 13 of 24 from 3 and finished at 52 percent overall from the field. "That's a good shooting night for us," E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said. She ...

What happened to NMU sports?

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Just this past weekend, the Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped a pair of home games to Alabama-Huntsville. Now, Huntsville isn't your typical college hockey powerhouse, although they have improved since they went something like 2-35-1 three years ago. But the double defeat ...

Grinding it out

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CALUMET — This was the style Mike Ojala knows his team will have to play in order to be successful. Diving for loose balls, jumping passing lanes and being physical in the paint has been the signature identity of the Calumet Copper Kings under Ojala, and it was utilized to perfection ...