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Hockey: Huskies, Mavericks series moved to Sunday, Monday

The Michigan Tech hockey series against No. 6 Minnesota State was moved to Sunday and Monday. Michigan Tech (0-1-1) said in a press release fans will not be allowed because of a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order. The series was originally scheduled for Friday and ...

Steelers overcome rust, Ravens to stay perfect

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t one for excuses. Even as COVID-19 wreaked havoc with his team’s schedule, pushing their matchup with Baltimore from Thanksgiving night to middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week in the middle of a pandemic, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers ...

Huskies announce women’s soccer class

HOUGHTON — Seven student-athletes committed to join the Michigan Tech soccer team in fall 2021, head coach Bulut Ozturk announced Tuesday. They include AK Syracuse, Avery McNally, Ella Roach, Emilie Clayton, Grace Hoeppner, Mia Van der Heide, and Tristyn Phillips. The class includes four ...

Legends: Stream could do it all on the court

ISHPEMING — Sarah Stream-Stanek had a star spangled high school basketball career at Westwood High School. And only a couple of untimely injuries during her career at Michigan Tech kept her from doing the same at the collegiate level. “I don’t think there’s any doubt, without the ...

Minnesota State pauses hockey activities after positive COVID-19 test

Minnesota State announced a pause in hockey activities Tuesday after positive COVID-19 test results within the program. It’s the second WCHA program to cancel games this weekend after Northern Michigan announced a positive test result within its program on Monday. Minnesota State didn't ...

MTU-NMU hockey matchup canceled

Michigan Tech’s hockey series against Northern Michigan this weekend was canceled. At least one positive COVID-19 test in Northern’s hockey program was cited for the series cancellation. The university neither specifed how many results were positive, nor identified players or ...

Huskies drop Sunday matinee at LSSU

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Michigan Tech fell 4-1 at Lake Superior State Sunday (Nov. 22) afternoon at Taffy Abel Arena. Eric Gotz scored for the Huskies to tie the game before three third period goals by the Lakers, including a pair in the final 2:14. “It’s disappointing,” Tech coach ...

Tech opens 100th season at Lake Superior State

HOUGHTON — Any other year, under lesser circumstances, it’d be a more festive atmosphere. But with the country still under the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Tech begins its milestone 100th hockey season quietly. The Huskies visit Lake Superior State for a Saturday-Sunday ...

Legends: Lurtsema had many talents

MINNEAPOLIS — Of all the athletes who have come through Michigan Tech over the years, Bob Lurtsema was probably the most interesting. For one thing, the Grand Rapids native was one of a very few Huskies to earn all-conference laurels in two sports in the same season. He was the first and ...

MHSAA makes plans for fall championships in December

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school football championship games would be played after Christmas if the state allows fall sports to resume, officials said Wednesday. Sports and in-person classes are on a three-week break in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Football ...

MHSAA suspends fall sports tournaments, start of winter sports

For the second time this year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended championship tournaments because of an emergency order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The start of high school winter sports was also suspended, the MHSAA said. The MHSAA’s decision was announced ...

Tech football wraps up unusual fall

HOUGHTON — Despite a fall football season without one game played, Michigan Tech head football coach Steve Olson said the past few months have been successful and came to a great ending a week ago. “We finished up last Saturday in the nicest November weather that I have seen in my time ...

White Pine native Ward Helakoski takes over as Hancock girls basketball coach

HANCOCK — Hancock High School announced Ward Helakoski was named Hancock’s new girls basketball coach. Helakoski, a White Pine native, has coached nearly four decades from junior college to Class A, C and D high schools. He led the Community College of Allegheny women’s team to a ...

Legends: Coppo a standout athlete who chose MSU over MacInnes, MTU

HANCOCK — By any measure, Mike Coppo was one local product who got away from Michigan Tech’s hockey program. The late Hancock native was all but signed and sealed to play for Tech coaching legend John MacInnes. “I had talked to John (MacInnes) and it looked pretty solid I was going ...

Volleyball: Carney-Nadeau sweeps Chassell in regional final

CRYSTAL FALLS — In straight sets and in fairly dominating fashion, Carney-Nadeau dispatched Chassell (25-16, 25-11, 25-2), to win their third Division 4 Regional championship in a row, Thursday night at the Eddie Chambers Memorial Gymnasium at Forest Park High School. Carney-Nadeau advances ...

Negaunee edges Calumet 20-19 for district title

CALUMET — Negaunee held off a last-minute Calumet drive for a fourth-down stop and a 20-19 victory for the MHSAA Division 6 Division 41 championship on Friday. With just 14 seconds on the clock and the district championship on the line, the Calumet Copper Kings faced a fourth-and-8 at the ...

Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Charlevoix for 1st regional title since 2017

MANISTIQUE — The Calumet Copper Kings passed a major test here Thursday night, earning a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-23) volleyball victory over the Charlevoix Rayders for their first Division 3 regional title since 2017. Calumet plays Beaverton in the state quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday in ...

Volleyball: Calumet beats Negaunee in regional semis

ISHPEMING — It’s not easy to put together an undefeated volleyball season. It takes talent, communication and maybe a little bit of luck as well. Calumet just needed the first two to keep its winning streak going Tuesday as the Copper Kings swept Negaunee in the MHSAA Division 3 regional ...

Tech’s Bantle named WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year

Michigan Tech freshman Carson Bantle was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Preseason Media Rookie of the Year on Monday. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward garnered 16 votes, edging Minnesota State defenseman Akito Hirose by two votes. Huskies freshman defenseman Jed Pietila ...

North Central rolls by LL-H in regional semis, 52-8

POWERS — The No. 2 North Central Jets left very little to chance here Saturday in a 52-8 MHSAA eight-player Division 2 regional football victory over the No. 4 Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes. “We’re glad to have it over,” said Jets’ coach Leo Gorzinski. “They’re a physical team. They ...