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Bulldogs head in new direction with Mikesch as coach

HANCOCK — When the Hancock Bulldogs hockey team next hits the ice, it will be under the tutelage of a new, yet infinitely familiar face in Scott Mikesch. Mikesch was tapped to follow two-time state champion Dan Rouleau as the sixth head coach in Hancock hockey history. Mikesch carries a ...

Hancock football starts Aug. 10

HANCOCK — The Hancock Central High School football season begins with practice at 4 p.m. Monday. The two-a-day practices last until 7 p.m. at McAfee Field. Middle school football will issue equipment the week of Aug. 24. Practices begin Monday, Aug. 31. The Bulldogs volleyball program ...

Legends: Klingbeil was a force to be reckoned with on gridiron

HOUGHTON — At every level he played at, hard work typified Chuck Klingbeil’s athletic career. Whether it was in high school, college or the professional ranks, the late Houghton High product had to work for it. Former HHS football coach Jim Luoma once said Klingbeil was the hardest ...

NCHA moves conference hockey season to 2021 start

HANCOCK — The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that it will be moving conference play to the 2021 calendar year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Finlandia is a member of the NCHA for both men’s and women’s hockey. Conference athletic directors made the ...

Farrey duo wins Calumet Golf Club Ladies invite tourney

CALUMET — Shelly and Kenna Farrey won the Calumet Golf Club Ladies’ League invitational tournament on July 29. The mother-daughter Farrey duo topped 38 other teams for the tournament championship. They broke a three-way tie with Vickie Lobeck-Barb Rossi and Kristy Vlahos-Kim ...

15 Lions earn WIAC academic honors

MADISON, Wis. — The Finlandia University baseball team had 15 players named to the WIAC 2019-20 Men’s Scholastic Honor Roll. To be eligible, student-athletes need to have a 3.00 G.P.A. or higher for the 2019-20 academi9c year. Making the honor roll was freshman John Brundage, freshman ...

Bats power Stanton past State Farm, 17-0

HANCOCK — SNB-Stanton’s bats came through early and often in a 17-0 route against Dean Kangas-State Farm in Twilight Baseball League play Tuesday at Driving Park. SNB-Stanton (5-1) racked up 13 hits including six extra-base hits. Dax Durocher’s two-run home run in the top of the second ...

Parker, Simpson win PLGC scramble

HOUGHTON — James Parker and Jeffrey Simpson won the Portage Lake Golf Course three-person Senior Scramble. Despite not having a third member, Parker and Simpson won the scramble, carding an 8-under 64. Chris Roy, Robert Vial and Thomas Kearly finished one stroke back for second place. ...

Legends: Feigner dazzled crowds at Driving Park

HOUGHTON — On a late summer night in 1978, Eddie Feigner attracted a record crowd to the Hancock Driving Park. Feigner, of the King and His Court fame, was in town for one of the four trips he made to the Copper Country over the years. “I don’t recall ever seeing more people at one game ...

Finlandia cancels all fall sports

HANCOCK — After careful consideration, Finlandia director of athletics Curtis Wittenberg has announced the cancellation of competition for the University’s fall teams (football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball) for the fall 2020 season. While Finlandia’s fall teams will not ...

Over 50 softball: South Range spills Houghton

TAPIOLA — With just a week left in the regular season, the Over 50 Softball League has a deadlock for the top spot. South Range (5-2) downed Houghton 7-4 Thursday night. Jim Cvengros, in relief of Joe Rossi, was the winning pitcher. Steve Dunstan took the mound loss for Houghton ...

MTU’s LaJoie named preseason All-American

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech senior defensive lineman Nate LaJoie has been named a Preseason Second Team All-American by Lindy’s Sports in its annual college football preview magazine. LaJoie, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, was a 2019 Don Hansen First Team All-American and was honored on the ...

Nettells combine to help SNB-Stanton to victory

STANTON — SNB-Stanton put together a six-run fifth in cruising to a 12-5 win against Garnet Garage-Subway in Twilight Baseball League action Tuesday night. SNB-Stanton (4-1) batted around in the fifth with four hits, hit batsman, error and a walk in scoring the runs. Carter Nettell had a ...

MHSAA approves plan for fall sports’ return amid pandemic

High school sports are on the horizon. Finally. The Michigan High School Athletic Association Representative Council approved a plan Wednesday for returning sports to member schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Spring sports came to a crashing halt in March as the virus swept across the ...

L’Esperance named Hancock next varsity volleyball coach

HANCOCK — Heather L’Esperance was named the head coach of Hancock Central High School’s varsity volleyball program. “As the new head coach of the Hancock Central volleyball program, I am looking forward to coaching a hard working and competitive group of girls,” L’Esperance said. ...

GLIAC decides on league-only schedule

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents voted to play a conference-only schedule during the fall sports season. The council made the vote on Friday and will decide on league competition on a sport by sport basis. The conference-only schedule allows extra ...

Legends: Sickler had knack for big moments

CALUMET — As one of the most decorated athletes in Calumet High School sports history, you know that Wayne Sickler had talent. But Sickler also had the knack of showing up at the right time, whether it was playing or coaching. Take the 1957 Ironwood-Calumet basketball game as an ...

Former MTU captain Brice signs with ECHL’s Wings

HOUGHTON — Former Michigan Tech hockey captain and Houghton native Ray Brice has signed with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. The Kalamazoo Wings, affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, announced the deal Thursday afternoon. Brice, 24, scored six goals and eight points for the Huskies ...

Softball: Baraga notches 1st win

TAPIOLA — Baraga picked a good time to get its first win of the Over 50 Softball League on Thursday. Baraga (1-5) scored a 13-6 win over Houghton, which dropped its first game of the summer. Steve Giddings picked up the mound win, with Steve Dunstan taking the mound loss for Houghton ...