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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 ...

Packers, Lions fans begin battle

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It may be a few weeks away, but the ongoing battle between Upper Peninsula fans of the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers has already begun.The rivalry between the two groups is an old one, dating back at least 40 years.Why 40 years ago? That was when CBS began broadcasting Packers games on ...

Their time

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KEARSARGE - Sunday night, Superior National Bank-Stanton exorcised some demons in beating the Copper Country Twilight League regular season champions, Wolverine-Orbit, for the first time in two seasons. To do so again on Monday proved too great a task.Wolverine scored four times while ...

Houghton advances to Over 50 title game

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TAPIOLA - Houghton advanced to the championship round of the Over 50 Softball League playoffs Monday night.Houghton scored an 8-4 decision over South Range to earn a spot in next week's title game.Winning pitcher Steve Dunstan gave up just seven hits in getting the victory. Losing chucker Dave ...

Perfect timing

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STANTON - Tyler LaDuron did it again. Ten days after the hard-throwing pitcher delivered a no-hitter to keep SNB-Stanton's season alive in the semifinals of the Twilight League Playoffs, LaDuron stymied the league's top team, record-wise, with his filthy mix of fastball and off-speed ...

Kucher cruises to UPGA victory

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SAULT STE. MARIE - Frank Kucher Jr. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. never gave up the lead in the final round and captured the 102nd Upper Peninsula Golf Association men's championship Sunday at the Sault Country Club.Kucher compiled a four-day total of 2-over 286, winning by seven strokes over ...

Kirkwood leads the UPGA Men’s Championship

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SAULT STE. MARIE - Canadian golfers surged into the lead, taking over the top two spots in the second day of the 102nd UPGA Men's Championships at the Sault Country Club Friday.Austin Kirkwood of Sault, Ont. Golf Club shot 2-under 69 Friday and has a two-day total of 139 to take the top of the ...

Climbing the ladder

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RED DEER, Alberta - Growing up in the backyard of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels, incoming Michigan Tech hockey freshman Christopher Gerrie had an opportunity to get to games and see just what it took to play hockey at a high level from a young age.Using that as motivation, Gerrie ...

Argall leads after 1st day at UPGA Championship

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SAULT STE. MARIE - Defending champion Matt Argall of Gladstone shot a 1-under 70 to tie for the opening day lead at the 102nd Upper Peninsula Golf Association Men's Championships Thursday at the Sault Country Club.Frank Kucher Jr. and Austin Kirkwood of Sault, Ont. also shot 70s, forging a ...

Calumet announces 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

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CALUMET - Calumet High School announced the latest members to join the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2016 class includes: Tim Baroni, Al Eckhart, Greg Eckhart, Tim Frantti, Kristin (Hager) Peterson, Carl "Cookie" Johnson and Joseph A. Savini. The induction ceremony will take place on Aug. ...

Tech picked 5th in GLIAC Soccer Preseason Poll

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BAY CITY - Michigan Tech was picked fifth in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Soccer Coaches' Poll, which was released on Thursday (Aug. 11). Three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State topped the poll.Ashland received one first-place vote in second. Ashland, Ferris ...

Lions hockey brings back Burcar

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The Finlandia University men's hockey team is going to have a familiar face leading the team this season as the winningest coach in team history, Joe Burcar, has been hired as head coach. "I am proud and excited to come back to Finlandia University," said Burcar. "I love this community, the ...