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Hancock softball splits doubleheader with Ironwood

HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs earned a walk-off 9-8 win against the Ironwood Red Devils Friday in the second game of a doubleheader. They fell 6-1 in the opener. In the second game, with the score tied at eight in the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs couldn’t have had a hotter hitter ...

Jeffers splits DH against Gogebic

STANTON — The Jeffers Jets opened a doubleheader with a 6-2 extra-inning loss to the Gogebic Miners on Thursday only to turn around and win 9-0 in the second game. The key to the comeback win in the second game was the Jets (4-2) pitcher Levi Frahm. He threw a complete-game (six innings) ...

Former Forest Park coach Santilli named to MHSFCA Hall of Fame

Former Forest Park football head coach Bill Santilli was named among the 2021 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class. Santilli, one of 14 inductees, coached the Trojans from 1996 to 2013, and was a four-time U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Coach ...

Gremlins, Copper Kings split high-scoring DH

HOUGHTON — The Calumet Copper Kings girls softball team paid a visit to Houghton High School on Monday for a twin bill against the Gremlins. The Copper Kings won the first one 10-3, and the Gremlins took the second game 14-13 in extra innings. “Our starting pitcher, Elli Djerf, pitched ...

Baseball: Jets sweep Calumet

Jeffers swept Calumet by 14-12 and 10-9 scores on Monday. The Jets host Gogebic at 4 p.m. Thursday. Calumet hosts Houghton in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4. The Copper Kings’ game in the Negaunee Invitational was postponed.

LL-H boys win Lakes Early Bird meet; WIC wins girls division

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell boys track and field team took first at the Lakes Early Bird meet Tuesday. The Lakes edged Dollar Bay-Tamarack City 146 to 143 for first place. Calumet (61) took third, followed by West Iron County (43), Chassell (26), Baraga 24, Hancock (17) and ...

Baseball: Lake Linden-Hubbell sweeps Ontonagon

GREENLAND — The Lake Linden-Hubbell baseball team swept Ontonagon in a doubleheader Wednesday, winning by scores of 10-8 and 9-4. The doubleheader win was a strong response by the Lakes after being swept in a twinbill by Norway last week, by 11-1 and 17-5 scores.

Legends: ‘Dolly’ Gray was a true enigma

HOUGHTON — As Copper Country sports legends go, William Denton “Dolly” Gray certainly ranks near the top. Gray, who was born in Houghton in 1878, went on to become a major league pitcher in Washington and who played with legends like Walter Johnson and Gabby Street. But he was also ...

Three Huskies tennis players earn All-GLIAC honors

MIDLAND — The Michigan Tech women’s tennis team had three players earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office. Returning senior Ivona Gorgioski was named All-GLIAC First Team while sophomores Dominika Bobik and Neva Manas were added ...

Gremlins down Copper Kings in home opener

HOUGHTON — A cold, gloomy Tuesday afternoon did not deter fans from filling the bleachers at Houghton High School’s new baseball complex. The new field had been more than two years in the making and the Gremlins did not disappoint in the home opener as they defeated the Copper Kings in a ...

Brooks II named AP D4’s top player

DETROIT (AP) — Pierre Brooks II will enter Michigan State this fall as a state champion, a Mr. Basketball award winner and The Associated Press Division 4 Player of the Year. It would be safe to say Brooks II has been successful in every way possible his senior year, leading Detroit ...

Hancock native Kero reflects on 100 career NHL games

DALLAS — It isn’t often that a hockey player from the Copper Country gets the chance to play his favorite sport at the collegiate level. Playing professionally is even less likely. Making it to the National Hockey League is an even further difficult achievement. Factoring all of that ...

E-TC’s Borseth named U.P. Division 4’s top player

Ewen-Trout Creek junior Jaden Borseth was named the Division 4 Player of the Year in the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association selections. Borseth was also named to the All-U.P. Dream Team. He didn’t have light company. Iron Mountain senior Foster Wonders, a Southern Illinois ...

First-year MTU women’s soccer coach settling in amid challenges

HOUGHTON — A college-level coaching job can be a daunting task. There are many unknowns, expectations to be met and unforeseen challenges to be faced. Add in a global pandemic and the new position only gets stranger — just ask Turk Ozturk. Ozturk became the Michigan Tech women’s ...

Calumet’s Djerf named to AP Division 3 First Team

Calumet’s Elli Djerf was named an Associated Press First Team selection on Tuesday. Djerf was also named an All-U.P. Dream Team selection last week by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Bree Salenbien of Adrian Lenawee Christian has been named The Associated Press ...

Portage Lake Golf Course set to open Friday; carts unallowed

HOUGHTON — Starting Friday, the Portage Lake Golf Course will be open to the public.  While April 23 is not the earliest start date on record, it is close, as the record was set in 2012 when the course opened on April 4. By comparison, the last season started on Saturday, May 2. Carts ...

Copper Country Crush receive softball, baseball equipment

HOUGHTON — It was like Christmas in April for the Copper Country Crush softball and baseball organization earlier this week. The non-profit received around $500 in donated equipment and another $500 to be used accordingly. The donation came through their sponsor Keweenaw Chevrolet in ...

Peterson: Why reaching 1,000 points is a deal

No one has ever done a research paper on it, but scoring 1,000 points in a basketball career carries special significance. It may not be that big of a deal to really great players. I’m talking about the cagers who reach the milestone before they even get to be seniors. Players like Jaden ...

Fowler’s Riley wins AP Division 4 Player of the Year

Mia Riley felt like there was plenty to prove. After COVID-19 limited her opportunities last summer to catch the eyes of college coaches on the AAU circuit, Riley was focused on making the most of her opportunities on the court for the Fowler girls basketball team. The junior did just ...

Shawhan, MTU agree to 3-year extension

HOUGHTON — Joe Shawhan signed a three-year contract extension to remain as Michigan Tech’s hockey head coach. The university announced the move on Tuesday. “Joe understands and is passionate about our hockey tradition, cares deeply about our student-athletes and their success on and ...