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Longtime MTU men’s basketball coach Luke retires

HOUGHTON — After more than three decades as a coach with the men’s Michigan Tech basketball program, Kevin Luke announced his retirement on Thursday. Luke was the head coach of the men’s program since 1994. He began as an assistant in 1987. “Since I joined this program on a short ...

Calumet’s Djerf, E-TC’s Besonen named to Dream Team

Calumet senior Elli Djerf was named to the All-U.P. Dream Team in this year’s U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association selections. Djerf, who reached 1,000 career points this year, led the Copper Kings to this year’s MHSAA Division 3 state semifinals. She was joined on the Dream ...

Buettner named next MTU men’s basketball coach

HOUGHTON — Josh Buettner is taking over as head coach of the Michigan Tech men’s basketball team, the university said Friday. Tech made the announcement Friday, a day after outgoing head coach Kevin Luke retired following 34 seasons. “Coach Buettner has the playing, coaching, and ...

Local prep hockey players receive All-State honors

HOUGHTON — Several area high school hockey players were honored recently by the state for their efforts during the 2020-21 season. The Calumet Copper Kings, who finished second to the Bloomfield Hills-Cranbrook-Kingwood Cranes, placed four players on the D3 first team. The Houghton Gremlins ...

MTU Nordic ski team receives season awards

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Nordic ski team recently handed out its team awards at its annual skimeister and team banquet held at Mont Ripley outside on the snow and under amazing spring blue skies. Reid Goble, Henriette Semb, and Anabel Needham were named the Most Outstanding ...

Michigan Tech releases 2021 regular season schedule

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech football team announced the 2021 regular season schedule on Monday. The Huskies play 10 games beginning with a Saturday, Sept. 4 matchup against Hillsdale. Tech’s first four games of the season are home. Tech hosts St. Thomas on Sept. 11. Tech has a bye ...

Calumet girls finish memorable hoops season

CALUMET — When asked at the beginning of the season if he thought if his Calumet girl’s basketball team would make it to the semifinals of the MHSAA Division 3 tournament, head coach Matt Laho said he believed the potential was there. “I knew that we were capable of it, but I also knew ...

Finlandia sweeps Gogebic in first-ever home games

HANCOCK — The Finlandia softball team made program history Saturday afternoon as they played their first-ever home games ever on the friendly confines of McAfee Field. That is quite a big deal for a program that’s been around for more than 15 years. The Lions christened their new home in ...

Huskies fall to Wildcats in GLIAC championship

UNIVERSITY CENTER — No. 21 Michigan Tech fell 3-0 to No. 20 Northern Michigan in the GLIAC Championship Sunday on the campus of Saginaw Valley State. The Huskies season wrapped up with an 11-4 record. “Credit and congratulations to Northern for playing a great match today and for ...

IM loses to Flint Beecher in D3 finals

By MATT McCARTHY Iron Mountain Daily News EAST LANSING — Iron Mountain’s bid for the MHSAA Division 3 state championship came up short Saturday as Flint Beecher cruised to a 75-47 win at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University. While the Mountaineers were ...

Tech’s De Marchi named GLIAC Player of the Year

HOUGHTON — The GLIAC announced its award winners and all-conference teams on Thursday before the 2021 GLIAC Tournament. Laura De Marchi was named the GLIAC Player of the Year, the GLIAC Setter of the Year, and to the All-GLIAC First Team. Olivia Ghormley was named the GLIAC Attacker of ...

Iron Mountain spills Schoolcraft in OT for D3 finals berth

EAST LANSING — Iron Mountain prevailed in a 54-50 overtime win against Schoolcraft to reach the MHSAA Division 3 state championship. The Mountaineers (19-0), will face Flint Beecher (15-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday. Iron Mountain senior Foster Wonders led all scorers with 36 points, with 14 of ...

Copper Kings fall to Kent City in state semifinal, 59-53

EAST LANSING — Despite a game high 22 points from senior guard Eli Djerf, Calumet came up short in a 59-53 loss to Kent City in the MHSAA Division 3 state semifinal Wednesday at the Breslin Center. The Eagles (21-0) had four players score in double figures, led by senior Jenna Harrison with ...

Tiger Woods was driving more than 80 mph before crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods was driving more than 80 mph — nearly twice the posted speed limit — on a downhill stretch of road when he lost control of an SUV and crashed in a wreck that seriously injured the golf superstar, authorities said Wednesday. Sheriff Alex Villanueva blamed ...

Calumet beats Glen Lake to reach state semifinals

HOUGHTON LAKE — The Copper Kings overcame a 12-point deficit to hand Maple City Glen Lake its first and only loss of the season 73-69 in the MHSAA Division 3 state quarterfinals on Monday. Calumet will face Kent City (20-0) after it beat Schoolcraft 52-19 in another quarterfinals game. ...

Battle of unbeatens: Copper Kings face Glen Lake in D3 quarterfinals

HOUGHTON LAKE — The Calumet Copper Kings girls basketball team is trying to do something they have not done since 2015, win a state title. To do so, they will have to figure out how to do something no team has done this season, defeat the Maple City Glen Lake Lakers, a team that comes into ...

De Marchi, MTU split against NMU for share of GLIAC title

HOUGHTON — Coming into the weekend, with the GLIAC volleyball regular season title on the line, three things were known for certain, Michigan Tech Huskies star outside hitter Olivia Ghormley was not available due to injury and, barring injury, setter Laura De Marchi was going to reach a pair ...

Legends: Hard work paid off for Calumet hoops standout Hager-Peterson

CALUMET — Practice and more practice helped Kristin Hager-Peterson to heights in Calumet High sports history. In addition to becoming the first Copper King cager — female or male — to score more than 1,000 points in a career, she was just the second CHS hoopster to play at Michigan ...

Calumet tops St. Ignace in OT, wins regional title

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Calumet Copper Kings girls’ basketball team continued their undefeated season with a 65-55 overtime win in the MHSAA Division 3 Region 17 championship over the St. Ignace Saints on Wednesday. The Copper Kings will take on Maple City Lake in quarterfinal action on ...

Mountaineers too much for Jeffers in regional semis, 71-50

GLADSTONE — A fast and effective start in a basketball game, can often times overwhelm the opposition. That’s exactly what happened Tuesday night, as Iron Mountain built a 20 point lead by halftime en route to a 71-50 win against Jeffers, 71-50 in a MHSAA Division 3 Region 17 semifinal at ...