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Volleyball: Copper Kings sweep Lakes

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell girls’ varsity volleyball team hung in for a while in the first set of its match against Calumet on Tuesday evening. But the Copper Kings asserted themselves and beat the Lakes in straight sets for the victory (25-12, 25-6, 25-8). Both squads traded ...

Exposure to COVID-19 case puts Hancock volleyball on pause for week

HANCOCK — The Hancock High School volleyball program is in limbo until early next week after multiple players were exposed to a person who later tested positive for COVID-19, athletic director Chris Salani said. The exposure caused Hancock to cancel Tuesday’s home match against West Iron ...

Lahti wins Portage Lake Golf Club women’s title

HOUGHTON — Jennifer Lahti of Twin Lakes shot an 80 to win the Portage Lake Golf Course women’s championship. Lahti carded a 42 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine to hold off Janine Ward for a one-stroke victory. The pair were tied after the front nine before Lahti birdied No. 13, ...

Football: LL-H dominates Carney-Nadeau, handily wins 8-player debut 46-6

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes haven’t lost any momentum in eight-player football from their storied history as an 11-player program. The Lakes (1-0) throttled Carney-Nadeau 46-6 in their first eight-player game in school history on Saturday. It was also the first win for ...

Football: Flaherty’s field goal lifts Houghton over Broncos in opener

HOUGHTON — It looked more like a hockey score than a football score on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field as Houghton edged Bark River-Harris 3-0. It was fitting however, as the Houghton win was also the first for new Gremlins head coach Micah Stipech who is also an assistant on the ...

Football: Hancock dominates Gwinn in season opener, 43-6

HANCOCK – It was the return of Friday-night lights at McAfee Field as the Hancock Bulldogs faced off against the Gwinn Modeltowners on the gridiron. While the game started off slowly, it quickly became a showcase by the Bulldogs as they posted a 43-6 victory. “We just made too many ...

Volleyball: Gremlins take control, sweep Negaunee

HOUGTON — It was a back-and-forth battle for most of Thursday night between the Houghton Gremlins and the Negaunee Miners. While the Miners had moments of strong play on both sides of the nets, it was the Gremlins who came out on top winning in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-13, ...

Houghton sweeps Bulldog Invite

HANCOCK — The Houghton boys and girls cross country teams enjoyed good showings at the Bulldog Invite on Thursday afternoon. At the Maasto-Hihto Ski Trails, the Gremlins girls team rolled to victory by a fairly wide margin. The Houghton boys held off a tough Ishpeming team in their ...

Copper Country Christian School announces athletic awards

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Christian School announced awards for its athletes during the 2019-20 basketball season. Seniors Sierra Jackson and Noah Bach were given special recognition for milestones in their respective careers. Bach was named the boys MVP while Jackson was a co-MVP with ...

Area schools have differing ticket availability for football games

Local high school officials emphasized Michigan COVID-19 restrictions will affect how tickets are sold for fall sports. With football drawing by far the largest attendance, the restrictions will leave local football stadiums looking sparse on Friday nights. Michigan Gov. Gretchen ...

Calumet sweeps Hancock

CALUMET — It took only three sets for the Calumet volleyball team to move to 4-0 on the season as they downed the Hancock Bulldogs with a sweep on Tuesday night, 25-9, 26-24 and 25-4. Hancock’s Kami Klein served up the first ball of the night, however, it was a little too long and the ...

Volleyball: Jeffers sweeps past Blue Bolts

PAINESDALE — They were a little short in numbers Tuesday night, but the Jeffers Jets were able to post a Mountain Lakes Conference home court sweep over Dollar Bay-Tamarack City squad. “We were missing some players, but fortunately our upperclassmen came through” said junior varsity ...

Michigan deer herd in good shape for fall hunting season

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A mild winter and plentiful food have put Michigan’s deer herd in good shape, making for what wildlife officials expect will be a promising fall hunting season. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its annual forecast that conditions across the state ...

U.P. Football All-Star Game organizer sentenced to prison

Todd Goldbeck, the Wisconsin man who has organized the U.P. Football All-Star game since 2008, was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison for committing perjury. Goldbeck, 46, of Middleton, Wisconsin, was sentenced after committing perjury during a brankruptcy proceeding. The proceeding was ...

Lions men’s basketball gives out team awards

HANCOCK — The 2019-20 Finlandia University men’s basketball team released their award winners. Dylan Underwood was named the Lions’ offensive player of the year. River Shumate was named the team’s Sixth Man. Joe Heinonen was named Most Improved. Kaleb Kirksey was named Defensive ...

Legends: Warner raised LL-H to prominence

LAKE LINDEN — When Ron Warner came to Lake Linden High School in 1972 as a teacher, he was also given the chance to coach football. “I really didn’t have a clue what I was getting into,” Warner said in a 1995 interview. “I knew that our (player) numbers weren’t high. But Russ ...

WCHA delays start of hockey season

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will delay the start of its 2020-21 season, WCHA Men's League Commissioner Bill Robertson announced Thursday (Sept. 10). "We continue to engage in thorough evaluation and discussion of various options for safely opening the 2020-21 ...

Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Mountaineers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Calumet swept Iron Mountain in prep volleyball Thursday. The Copper Kings won by scores of 25-16, 25-11 and 25-5. Kristi Keranen had seven aces and 48 assists Mallie Anderson had four aces and 30 assists. Elli Djerf and Marybeth Halonen had six kills each. Helen Beiring ...

Bostwick, Donnelly commit to FU hockey

HANCOCK — Houghton natives Kevin Bostwick and PJ Donnelly will be on the ice in 2020-21 for the Finlandia University men’s hockey team. It shouldn’t come as a surprise since the two played three years together at Houghton High School. Following graduation, Bostwick and Donnelly spent ...

Hancock dedicates Driving Park after Merv Klemett

HANCOCK — For the more than seven decades he was involved in local sports, the late Merv Klemett was always the man in the right spot. Klemett was honored Thursday night by the City of Hancock, which dedicated the Driving Park ball diamond in his name. Klemett's son, Paul, remembered his ...