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Boys basketball roundup: Calumet takes 1st in West-PAC with win over West Iron County

IRON RIVER — The Calumet Copper Kings have taken control of the West-PAC.

With a 48-32 win over the West Iron County Wykons (9-6, 4-2) Friday night in Iron River, Calumet (11-4, 4-1) now sits in first in the West-PAC standings.

“We did a nice job, defensively, early on,” Calumet head coach Mike Ojala said. “Frustrated them early on and did a nice job on the defensive boards.”

Calumet’s Matt Ojala and Wyatt Loukus shouldered the offensive load, with each player assuming control in each half. Matt Ojala scored 12 of his 18 in the first half, while Loukus poured in 13 of his 17 in the second half.

When West Iron County cut the deficit to six in the fourth, Loukus connected on a 3 and Ojala added another basket to push the margin back up to 11.

“Those two guards did a nice job working together and finding each other tonight,” Mike Ojala said.

A.J. Weisnicht led the Wykons with 17 points.

Next, Calumet hosts L’Anse on Tuesday.

Calumet 9 14 10 15 — 48

West Iron 6 4 13 9 — 32

Calumet — Avillaneda 2, Matt Ojala 18, Loukus 17, Travis Ojala 2, Twardzik 3, Helminen 2, Torola 2. F: 15; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 2-8; 3-point field goals: Loukus 5, Matt Ojala 3.

West Iron — Pellizer 6, Weisnicht 17, Westphal 3, Nelson 6. F: 13; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 12-17; 3-point field goals: Pellizer, Westphal. 

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JEFFERS — A stifling defensive effort gave the Jeffers Jets a 62-40 Copper Mountain Conference win over the Chassell Panthers Friday in Jeffers on homecoming.

“They really stepped up on defense,” Jeffers head coach Duane Snell said of his team. The Jets held Chassell to just 14-second half points. “It was homecoming and we came ready to play. We mostly led them by 10 for the entire game.”

Caleb Maki led the Jets with 21 points, seven assists and six steals; he scored 19 of his 21 in the second half. Bradley Jenkins led the Jets with 14 rebounds; and Jaden Wood scored 17 points, while Carson Turner had 10 points.

Jeffers’ 25-point second quarter gave them a commanding 37-26 lead at halftime.

Chassell’s Hunter Rautiola scored a team-high 14 points.

Next, Jeffers (12-3, 9-2) hosts Watersmeet on Tuesday. Chassell (7-8, 5-6)welcomes Ontonagon on the same day.

Chassell 11 15 9 5 — 40

Jeffers 12 25 8 17 — 62

Chassell — Rautiola 14, Gockenbach 9, Barnes 2, Goddard 2, Pietila 3, Holmes 10. F: 14; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 5-11; 3-point field goals: Rautiola, Gockenbach, Pietila. 

Jeffers — Wood 17, Caleb Maki 21, Nathan Maki 4, Nicholas 3, Turner 10, Jukkala 3, Jenkins 4. F: 13; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 6-8; 3-point field goals: Wood 3, Turner 2, Jukkala, Maki, Nicholas.

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ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Gladiators rallied to defeat a good Dollar Bay team 64-56 in a Copper Mountain Conference battle on Friday night.

Dollar Bay had been tied with Pickford for fourth place in the latest U.P. Class D poll.

“One of my big concerns before the season started was what defense we would play,” Ontonagon coach Andy Borseth said. “Today, we started in a triangle-and-two defense, but we were giving up a lot of rebounds. We went to a man defense and rebounded better. And we clamped down on defense. Now the kids are working hard and defense is a strength of ours.

“We played man defense the second half and they have two fantastic guards. We worked real hard to contain them.”

Borseth said the Gladiators pulled out the victory with two players playing who were ill.

“Credit two guys who were under the weather,” Borseth said. “Tanner Balcomb was sick and scored 11 points with 12 rebounds and three assists. He also played good defense on one of their better players. Mitch (Borseth) was under the weather and he chipped in with 16 points, six assists and eight rebounds.”

Dollar Bay opened up leads of 17-12 and 34-28 after the first and second quarters respectively. But Ontonagon tied the game at 44-44 after three quarters and won it in the fourth quarter.

Borseth is a coach who is sounding increasingly optimistic about his team as it begins closing out its season.

“By far, this was our most rounded team effort this year,” Borseth said. “We’re looking forward to future games-the boys are coming together.”

Dollar Bay’s Jaden Janke scored 19 to lead the Blue Bolts (10-3, 8-1) while Devin Schmitz had 15.

Dollar Bay – D. LeClair 2, J. Iacano 12, Devin Schmitz 15, Janke 19, Klobucarich 6, Kangas 2. FT’s: 4-4, Fouls: 19, Fouled out: Iacano, 3-pointers: Janke 3, Klobucarich 2, Iacano 2, Schmitz 1.

Ontonagon – Ed Polakowski 12, Jaden Weisinger 3, James Domitrovich 16, Mitch Borseth 16, Henry Menigoz 6, Tanner Balcomb 11. FT’s: 11-18, Fouls: 5, Fouled out: none, 3-pointers: Domitrovich 4, Borseth 1.

Dollar Bay 17 34 44 56

Ontonagon 12 28 44 64

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L’ANSE — The L’Anse Purple Hornets had their best shooting night of the year, and they needed it to hold off the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes 78-73 in a nonconference game Friday in L’Anse.

L’Anse shot 27 of 45 and had four guys reach double figures, with Logan Fish and Brandt Tembreull each scoring 19, Reese Waara and Louie Bogda each recording 13 points and Chase Parker adding 11 for the winners.

The balanced scoring managed to be enough to offset the 30 points tallied by LL-H’s Connor Baccus, who connected on eight 3s.

“We came out strong in the first half,” said L’Anse head coach Kyle Koski, whose team led 47-33 at the break. “Best shooting night we had in the year.”

L’Anse led 65-45 after three quarters, but LL-H (5-10) managed to trim the deficit to five with their full-court pressure.

Fish — along with Tembreull, recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds — managed to deliver the game-clinching blow when he slammed a dunk late in the fourth quarter.

“LL-H played hard and came back and gave us a battle,” Koski said. “Reece Waara also had his coming out game for us.”

Next, L’Anse (5-9) goes to Calumet on Tuesday; LL-H heads to Wakefield-Marenisco.

LL-H 17 16 12 28 — 73

L’Anse 19 28 18 13 — 78

LL-H — Crouch 4, Baccus 30, Tuovila 9, Moilanen 8, Heikkinen 8, Sutherland 4, Klein 10. F: 23; Fouled out: Moilanen; Free throws: 11-19; 3-point field goals: Baccus 8.

L’Anse — Waara 13, Parker 11, Bogda 13, Fish 19, Sanregret 3, Tembreull 19. F: 18; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 13-21; 3-point field goals: Fish 3, Bogda 3, Waara, Parker, Sanregret.

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