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Football: No. 2 Jets top No. 4 Lakes in wintry weather

LAKE LINDEN — Luke Gorzinski and the North Central Jets simply don’t know how to slow down, even in a time when COVID-19 restrictions make it inevitable for idle times as games were postponed. In the Jets’ first game after a two-week hiatus because of COVID-19, Gorzinski and the Jets ...

Football: Calumet pulls away from Hancock for 34-18 win

HANCOCK — With an early morning snow shower and a temperature below 40 degrees, Friday night’s football match up between the Hancock Bulldogs and the Calumet Copper Kings felt more like a mid-November battle as opposed to a mid-October one. The Copper Kings were anything but cold as they ...

Football: Gremlins top Miners 15-13 in OT

HOUGHTON — A powerful Negaunee High football team got all it wanted from the Houghton Gremlins Friday night. And a little more. The little more came when Gremlins stunned the favored Miners in overtime, 15-13. An ecstatic first-year skipper Micah Stipech wasn’t sure if the win was the ...

Hancock announces LL-H hockey co-op

HANCOCK — Hancock High School announced a new hockey co-op program with Lake Linden-Hubbell. LL-H previously had a co-op with Jeffers High School. Hancock and LL-H last had a co-op for the 2001-02 season. Hancock athletic director Chris Salani said the co-op helps solidify the program’s ...

Volleyball: Baraga sweeps Lake Linden

BARAGA — Despite being away from the volleyball court for two weeks due to a COVID-19 quarantine in the Baraga School District, the Vikings looked pretty good on Thursday night, said coach Corey Pietila. “It has been a struggle to get into a rhythm with the start of stop of this ...

Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Westwood, 3-0

CALUMET — The Calumet girls' volleyball team came out firing Thursday evening, thoroughly dominating the visiting Westwood Patriots in a WestPAC conference matchup. The Copper Kings jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first set and never looked back, taking a straight-set victory (25-3, 25-9, ...

Dehority tabbed next FU men’s basketball coach

HANCOCK — Allen Dehority has been named head coach of the Finlandia University men's basketball team. He is set to begin on Monday. "I'm pleased that we were able to get Allen as our men's basketball coach," said Finlandia athletic director Curtis Wittenberg. "I've seen the energy, passion ...

Team Copper Country sweeps through showcase tourney

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Team Copper Country swept all four games last weekend in Green Bay. The 18U AA hockey team beat the Chippewa Steel 3-2, Marquette 4-1, Chicago Bruins 7-3 and Green Bay 3-2 in a shootout during a showcase tournament. Team Copper Country coach Jeff Mikesch said Houghton ...

Volleyball: Chassell sweeps Jeffers, 3-0

PAINESDALE — It was the second game in as many days for the Jeffers Jets volleyball team, and despite much better team play, they could not keep up with the Chassell Panthers. The Panthers swept the Jets 25-22, 25-22 and 25-17. “I thought we did pretty good,” said Chassell head coach ...

Prep football: No. 4 LL-H hosts No. 2 North Central

LAKE LINDEN — After a schedule change this week, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes will face North Central after all. Both schools were scheduled to play Oct. 10, but the game was rescheduled because of COVID-19 concerns. The Lakes (2-0), ranked No. 4 in this week’s UP Sportswriters and ...

GLSC visiting MTU for proposed lodge

HOUGHTON — The Great Lakes Sports Commission is visiting the Michigan Tech campus today to view a location for a proposed lodge. The GLSC approved a $225,000 investment to build a community lodge at the Michigan Tech Trails. The investment will be used to begin the first phase of the ...

Volleyball: L’Anse sweeps Jeffers

L’ANSE — While the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has wreaked havoc on many facets of life, high school fall sports has not escaped its chaotic path. Teams have held fewer practices, with canceled games and players quit because they did not want to deal with all of the COVID-19 restrictions. ...

CCHA unveils logo

The new Central Collegiate Hockey Association now has a new logo. The CCHA unveiled the logo Tuesday afternoon, featuring red and blue colors across the abbreviation. The league announced the logo will appear in member school’s colors on jerseys. The CCHA logo will be brandished with ...

Ex-Husky L’Esperance signs deal with Stars

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Joel L’Esperance signed a two-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars, general manager Jim Nill announced Sunday. L’Esperance has three career NHL goals in 21 games with the Stars. His extension is a two-way deal. L’Esperance played four years ...

Legends: Lange was a scoring machine

HOUGHTON — When Houghton’s Brad Simonsen scored 63 points in a game versus Ishpeming this past winter, it brought immediate comparisons to past scoring feats in the Copper Country. While Simonsen’s feat was certainly noteworthy, it wasn’t tops in the quad-county records. That record ...

Arizona Coyotes draft MTU’s Bantle in 5th round

Carson Bantle hasn’t even played a game yet for the Michigan Tech Huskies, and he already has a path to the NHL. Bantle, an incoming 6-foot-4 freshman forward, was selected in the fifth round 142nd overall by the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. It’s the highest in the draft a Husky was ...

Finlandia joins UMAC in football

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference announced Friday that the Council of Presidents and Chancellors approved Finlandia University joining as an associate football member beginning with the 2021 season. “I couldn’t be more pleased that we were able to work out this ...

Football: Lakes cruise past Superior Central, 44-14

EBEN JUNCTION — Lake Linden-Hubbell built a large halftime lead and cruised to a 44-14 win against Superior Central on Saturday. The Lakes (2-0) were led by Caleb Klein’s 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Bode Brinkman led the Lakes with 113 yards on 14 carries. Brandon Lavigne ...

Calumet blanks Gwinn before weather nixes 2nd half

CALUMET — With two touchdowns scored before even getting a first down, the Calumet varsity football team dominated Gwinn 27-0 on Friday night at Agassiz Field in a game shortened to one half by inclement weather. The Copper Kings (1-1) scored on the first play from scrimmage — a 55-yard ...

Stormy weather ends Hancock, Houghton rivalry in scoreless tie

HANCOCK – Friday night’s gridiron matchup between the Hancock Bulldogs and the Houghton Gremlins had all the trappings of the annual Copper Bowl rivalry, except there was no bowl to take home. As it turned out, neither team even took home a win. Lightning and stormy weather invaded the ...