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Finlandia women’s hockey adds Pederson to roster

HANCOCK — Jayde Pederson (Waseca, Minn.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University women’s hockey team. Pederson had a record-breaking career at Waseca High School. She scored a school record 110 goals and added 49 assists for 159 points. Pederson was a four-time All-Big South ...

Legends: Rouleau’s hockey prowess led to Tech career

HANCOCK — If ever a player was destined to play hockey at Michigan Tech University, it was Pete Rouleau. Rouleau, who starred at Hancock High School, said he watched the Huskies from a young age. “Whenever they (Huskies) were in town, I would be there watching with my Dad and his ...

Hancock native Burcar relishing time as Division I basketball coach

Just like the sign in Copper Harbor pointing to the start of U.S. 41 in the Keweenaw that ends after 2,000 miles in Florida, the journey can be just as long for most people from the Copper Country aspiring to a career in Division I college or professional sports. It especially wasn’t a ...

Portage Lake Little League cancels season

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake Little League Board voted to cancel the 2020 baseball and softball seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was announced Wednesday afternoon by league president Wes Frahm. The lost season joins an ever-growing list of local events and activities ...

Finlandia moves to Capital Athletic Conference

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Finlandia University has joined the Capital Athletic Conference. Finlandia announced the move on Tuesday, the effective date of the university’s inclusion to the CAC. Finlandia joins other ACAA members in the CAC, including UC-Santa Cruz, Mills, Mount Mary, Pine ...

Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Crouch, Hendrickson receive top honors

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell High School seniors Jamie Hendrickson and Carter Crouch received the school’s top athlete award. Hendrickson and Crouch were named the female and male recipients of the Outstanding Girl and Boy Senior Athlete Awards in a recent virtual ceremony at ...

Studebaker, Kariniemi win Calumet’s top honors

CALUMET — Calumet High School seniors Alex Studebaker and Andrea Kariniemi won the school’s top student-athlete honors. The duo were named the male and female recipients of the George Gipp All-American Award. Studebaker earned nine letters for the Copper Kings, including two in track, ...

Legends: ETC’s Fors a ‘complete’ player

EWEN — Gary Fors was one of those players a basketball coach dreams of having. He had the size (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) and agility that every team needs in the trenches. And the Ewen-Trout Creek product could score inside or out and rebound with the best of them. “Gary Fors was the ...

Alabama-Huntsville eliminates hockey program

The WCHA will be a team short this season. Alabama-Huntsville eliminated its hockey program on Friday as a part of spending cuts resulting from COVID-19, the university said. The university said the decision would take immediate effect. UAH eliminated the men’s and women’s tennis ...

Willey commits to Lions baseball

HANCOCK — Anthony Willey (Fox Lake, Ill.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University baseball team. Willey joins Jake Amshey (Marne, Mich.), Jonah Hunter (Fort Worth, Texas), Nick Savoie (Iowa, La.), Chase Sides (Millport, Ala.) and Jacob Wade (Southaven, Ms.) in the second wave of ...

Sides commits to Lions baseball

HANCOCK — Chase Sides (Millport, Ala.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University baseball team. Sides joins Jake Amshey (Marne, Mich.), Jonah Hunter (Fort Worth, Texas), Nick Savoie (Iowa, La.) and Jacob Wade (Southaven, Ms.) in the second wave of the 2021 recruiting class. There ...

Motorcycle hillclimb postponed

The popular Motorcycle Hillclimb in South Range has been postponed to September 19. The event that draws fans and racers from throughout the Midwest was scheduled to happen on June 20. The Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers hillclimb has its origins in the 1970s and 80s. For years the ...

Kelly commits to Finlandia men’s soccer

HANCOCK — Ronald Kelly (Houston, Texas) has committed to play for the Finlandia University men’s soccer team. “I can’t wait for Ronald to get on campus” said Finlandia head coach Scott Chrysafidis. “He is a very physical player, which is going to be a huge benefit for our ...

Legends: Houghton’s Gundlach was All-American at Harvard

HOUGHTON — Herman Gundlach had a long and colorful career, first on the football field, and later in other endeavors. But the Houghton High product always made his mark in whatever he was doing. The late Gundlach, better known as “Winks” to his friends, had a prolific athletic career ...

Perkins commits to Finlandia hockey

HANCOCK — Tyler Perkins (Janesville, Wis.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University men’s hockey team. “I’m very excited to hit the ice for Finlandia in the fall and to get my education started at a great school. (Finlandia) Coach (Joe) Burcar reached out to me not long ...

Lions volleyball adds LL-H’s Perala

HANCOCK — Joslynnn Perala has committed to play for the Finlandia University volleyball team. Perala had a very strong four-year career at Lake Linden-Hubbell. As a senior, she was Copper Mountain Conference MVP, All-Copper County Division First team and All-U.P. Division 4 honorable ...

Beyer commits to Lions hockey

HANCOCK — Chris Beyer (Appleton, Wis.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University men’s hockey team. “I chose Finlandia because of the various majors they offer students,” Beyer said. “Myself being an outdoors person, I liked the demographics of the school as well as the ...

MTU volleyball announces addition of Espejo-Ramirez, Rybicki to team

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech volleyball coach Matt Jennings has added a transfer and freshman to his 2020 incoming class. Setter Lina Espejo-Ramirez comes to Houghton from Midland College in Texas. Defensive specialist Leiya Rybicki, a native of Freeland, follows in her parents' and brothers' ...

MTU announces incoming Nordic ski class

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech Nordic ski coaches Tom and Kristen Monahan Smith are adding three women and two men to the Huskies for the 2020-21 season. The incoming class is represented by student-athletes from Wisconsin, Utah, Sweden, Minnesota, and Finland. “Our incoming class will ...

Hunter commits to Finlandia baseball

HANCOCK — Jonah Hunter has committed to play for the Finlandia University baseball team. Hunter, of Fort Worth, Texas, joins Nick Savoie (Iowa, La.) and Jacob Wade (Southaven, Ms.) in the second wave of the 2021 recruiting class. There are 10 total players so far in the class. “Jonah ...