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Bike tours: Tour Da Yoop, Eh riders comes through Houghton

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HOUGHTON — Tour Da Yoop, Eh riders left Copper Country Tuesday on the sixth day of their 10-day ride around the Upper Peninsula. The group of 12 riders left Bridgeview Park in Houghton just after 8 a.m. to ride more than 117 miles to Marquette. This is only the second year for the tour. As ...

Another camp on a long list

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Just the other day, I had the chance to take in football summer drills at L’Anse High. If there was a bit of deja vu involved, that could be understood because my first experience with football drills took place 47 years ago in the same town. Life in general, was much different, on that ...

Houghton earns win over South Range in Over 50

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TAPIOLA — Rick Niemi singled in the decisive run in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday to give Houghton a 7-6 win over South Range in a loser’s bracket game in the 50 And Over Softball playoffs. Houghton will now meet Chassell at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a winners bracket game. They will ...

Chassell advances, South Range wins in Over 50 softball playoffs

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TAPIOLA — Chassell advanced to the winners bracket in the Over 50 Softball League playoffs with a win over Houghton Thursday. Nick Kosczykowski singled in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning for a 6-5 win. The two teams battled on even terms up to that point as Chassell’s ...

Fishing for cause: Powder Puff Challenge this Saturday

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ONTONAGON — In an effort to get more women into fishing, the Upper Peninsula Sport Fisherman’s Association will be hosting a Powder Puff Challenge this Saturday. The fishing tourney will run from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and be based out of the Ontonagon Marina. “We’re giving away $200 to ...

Champions: Dean Kangas earns playoff title with win over REL, 4-3

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HANCOCK – All Dean Kangas-State Farm needed was one inning to win Game Two and the championship trophy in the Copper Country Twilight League playoffs on Thursday night at the Hancock Driving Park. The home team wasted no time and got their work done in the first inning as they scored their ...

Rally caps: Dean Kangas bounces back to top REL in Game 1

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HANCOCK — The tables were turned for REL Inc.-Mohawk Technology. They were the “comeback kids” of the Copper Country Twilight League playoffs against Garnet Garage. On Tuesday night, however, Dean Kangas-State Farm gave them a taste of their own postseason medicine as they pulled off a ...

Everyone loves the underdog

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The story is a familiar one. The star of the scenario is an underdog team who some how defies the odds and takes down the heavy favorite on the biggest stage. This subject again came up during a recent conversation I was having with a fellow sports fan. It got me to thinking about some of ...

Houghton, Chassell earn playoff wins

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TAPIOLA — Houghton and Chassell captured wins in the opening night of the Over 50 Softball League playoffs Monday evening. Houghton scored a 14-5 victory over Tapiola behind the pitching of Steve Dunstan. Jim Perron, Dave Kamerand and Tom Merz collected three hits each for the ...

More than 200 participate in first Bootjack Fun Run

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BOOTJACK — A couple of friends started walking together in April. Their walks quickly snowballed into Saturday’s inaugural Bootjack Fun Run, where more than 200 runners and walkers helped raise money for a worthy cause. It began in April, When Rita Krans had started walking and working ...

Legend: Riutta had talent to reach NHL

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HANCOCK — He had enough talent to potentially reach the National Hockey League. But late Hancock High product Bruce Riutta chose another path after athletics and it was one he was familiar with. Riutta, a standout at Hancock High in football, excelled in that sport. Former Mining Gazette ...

Dean Kangas advances with win

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HANCOCK — After winning the first game of a Copper Country Twilight League semifinal series Tuesday night on the Stanton Field, Dean Kangas-State Farm came back to the Hancock Driving Park on Thursday with a chance to clinch the best-of-three playoff first round against favorite Superior ...

Lassila wins Jazzy Giroux

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CALUMET — The 2019 Jazzy Giroux Memorial Shortstop was held Aug. 3 and 4. Numbers were strong as 54 golfers participated in the annual tournament at the Calumet Golf Club. Saturday’s qualifying round had defending champion Jay Monticello shoot a 72, earning low medalist honors. Reese ...

Houghton earns Over 50 regular season title with win Thursday

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TAPIOLA — Houghton finished as the first place team in the Over 50 Softball League in the final night of play, thanks to an upset win by South Range. Range defeated Chassell by an 8-2 score earlier in the evening, leaving the losers with an 8-4 record. That is the same record as Houghton, ...

All square: REL bounces back to force third and deciding game

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STANTON — With just six outs to go, things did not look good for REL. Inc.-Mohawk Technology. They were down 6-2 to Garnet Garage in the Game 2 of the best-of-three Copper Country Twilight League playoff action at Stanton Field. REL, the No. 1 seed, had lost the first game and were on the ...

Surprise: Garnet Garage takes series opener from REL Inc., 4-2

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HANCOCK — As the lowest seed (No. 4) in this week’s Copper Country Twilight League playoffs, Garnet Garage knew they had their work cut out for them as they would face the No. 1-seeded REL Inc.-Mohawk Technology in the best-of-three playoff series. Their manager, Joe Romano, reminded ...

A strange way to rebuild

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The way the Detroit Tigers are going about their rebuilding job is one of the strangest I can recall. Now, I’ve watched many other major league teams go about the job of restoring their fortunes. Some prefer the “tear it down” method, which means they unload just about all of their ...