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Prep Volleyball: Jeffers beats W-M, reaches regional final

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ISHPEMING — Being that Tuesday night’s volleyball match between Wakefield-Marenisco and Jeffers was a rematch of last year’s five-set thriller in the district semifinals, things were bound to be just as entertaining this time around. Especially since the stakes were even higher, the two ...

Peterson: Football changing rapidly in UP

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If there was any doubt the landscape for Upper Peninsula high school football has drastically changed, look back 25 or 30 years ago. Back in the late 1980s, the were several more 11-man teams than there are today. And no 8-man football teams. Consider the situation in Gogebic County today ...

Prep Football: Copper Kings oust Maroons for district title

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CALUMET — After three quarters of football, the magic number for the Calumet Copper Kings seemed to be four. They had earned four possessions, scored four touchdowns and capitalized on all four of their two-point conversions in Division 6 Region 1 District1 championship play against the ...

Prep Football: Ishpeming holds off Lakes, 30-18

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ISHPEMING — Had you looked at Ishpeming’s record through the first five weeks of the season, you might’ve thought that the Hematites were going to have an average year at best. But great programs find ways to win, and since starting off 3-2, the Hematites have won their last six games ...

Prep Volleyball: Jets beat Chassell for district title

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CHASSELL — The come-from-behind momentum that pushed the Jeffers Jets past the Lake Linden Lakes on Wednesday evening just kept going on Friday night. The Jets flew past the Chassell Panthers 3-1 to hoist the MHSAA Division 4 District 98 volleyball trophy up in their favor. Jeffers won in ...

Prep Volleyball: Copper Kings win district title

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IRONWOOD — A loss to perennial U.P. volleyball power Calumet won’t diminish the week Ironwood had. The Copper Kings won their eighth straight district championship with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-12) victory over the Red Devils Thursday night. But peaking at the right time and getting to ...

Prep Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Hancock

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HANCOCK — Calumet put away all doubts of an upset in sweeping Hancock 3-0 in a Division 3 District 65 semifinal Wednesday. The Copper Kings won by scores of 25-13, 26-24 and 25-14. Calumet visits Ironwood today for the district championship at 7 p.m. The winner moves on to the regional ...

Peterson: Contracts too large for pro athletes

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Take a look at some of the salaries being paid to today’s professional athletes and you have to wonder if it’s case of them being overrated or overpaid. Now, I know the year is 2019 and everything has an exorbitant price tag. Take a look at your next grocery bill — or the sticker ...

Prep Volleyball: Houghton falls to Kingsford in 5-set thriller

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KINGSFORD — Kingsford rallied back from a 2-1 deficit and twice survived match point in a decisive fifth set to edge Houghton 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 14-25, 25-16, 17-15) in a thrilling MHSAA Division 2 district volleyball opener Monday evening. “I’m just so proud of the girls,” Flivvers ...

Prep Volleyball: Jets spill Vikings in districts

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BARAGA — The Jeffers Jets moved one step closer to a MHSAA Division 4 District 98 title in volleyball as they defeated the Baraga Vikings 3-1 on Monday night. The Jets won by scores of 21-25, 25-12, 25-14 and 25-18. Jeffers advances and visits Lake Linden-Hubbell at 7 p.m. Wednesday in ...

Prep Football: Lake Linden-Hubbell rallies past West Iron

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STAMBAUGH — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes generated plenty of momentum shortly before halftime Saturday as they handed the West Iron County Wykons a 36-14 loss in an MHSAA Division 8 pre-district at Nelson Field. LL-H senior defensive back Luke Marcotte intercepted a pass on the final play ...

WITH GALLERY: Calumet routs Negaunee in pre-district

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CALUMET — A cold, wet and snowy Friday night at Agassiz Field was not able put the chill on the red hot Calumet Copper Kings as they rolled 42-14 past the Negaunee Miners in MHSAA Division 6 pre-district action. It was the second meeting between these two teams and not much had changed ...

Calumet, LL-H players among All-UP selections

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MARQUETTE — Calumet and Lake Linden-Hubbell players were well represented in this year’s All-UP football selections. The selections were made during the UP Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s 70th annual football meeting Thursday. Two Copper Kings players, Alex Studebaker ...

Prep Volleyball: Panthers split season finale

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DOLLAR BAY — The volleyball regular season came to an end on Friday as the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers took on the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts and the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes. They won their first game 3-0 (25-14, 25-10 25-0) against Dollar Bay and lost their second game 3-0 ...

Prep Volleyball: Houghton sweeps West Iron

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HOUGHTON — John Christianson called it a weird night. Pregame warmups were halted for Senior Night festivities and Houghton captain Daityn Markham left early in the game with an injury. But the Gremlins’ coach said his team worked through the weirdness in sweeping West Iron County 3-0 ...

Peterson: A definite case of mind over matter

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Some years ago, there was a basketball player at Bergland High School by the name of Neil Kalember. A smooth lefthanded shooter, Kalember helped the Vikings to a couple of district titles and a berth in the U.P. regional finals as a sophomore. But early in his senior season, Kalember ...

Prep Football: Lakes throttle Emeralds on Senior Day, 54-21

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LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell High football team may be the smallest Class D school in the state playing the 11-man game, but the Lakes still pack plenty of punch. The Lakes (6-3) stamped their ticket for the state playoffs Saturday afternoon with a 54-21 win over Manistique at ...