Smooth sailing: Lakes track wins again at regionals at home

Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Emily Jokela (3) leads the pack of runners in the 200-meter dash on Monday at the MHSAA U.P. Division 3 Region 47 meet in Lake Linden. (Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette)

LAKE LINDEN — Gary Gusfriedi has been around the Lake Linden-Hubbell track team for many years. As the girls’ coach, he has seen a lot of winning teams, and this year’s squad is no different.

On Monday, they completed a perfect season of wins (6-0) and this one really counted. They came in first, as did the boys, at the MHSAA U.P. Division 3 Region 47 meet. The meet serves as a final qualifier for U.P. Finals on June 1 in Kingsford.

“This is a special group that works hard, and it has paid off,” noted Gusfriedi.

The Lakes’ girls won with a score of 59 points. Dollar Bay-Tamarack City came in second with 46. Ontonagon and Ewen -Trout Creek tied for third at 23.

The Lakes’ boys did equally well with a first-place score of 64.

Dollar Bay-Tamarack City’s Nora Keranen approaches the high jump on Monday at the MHSAA U.P. Division 3 Region 47 meet in Lake Linden. (Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette)

Second place went to Bessemer with 45 points, and Wakefield-Marenisco tied with Dollar Bay-Tamarack City for a third-place finish at 16.

At regionals, the top four individual finishers for each event qualify for the finals, and, in the relays, it is just the top two teams. Brett Gervais, coach of the Lake-Linden Hubbell boys’ team said that the Lakes (boys) will be well represented at the upcoming Kingsford finals.

“We qualified in all events except the 1600-meter run,” he said.

He related that big point-grabbers on Monday included Gabe Popko, Matthew Jokela and Josh Daavettila.

Popko won both the discus and shot put. Daavettila placed first with a 5-feet, 8-inch leap in the high jump and Matthew Jokela sprinted his way to the top spot in the 200 and 400-meter dashes.

“Matthew has continued to take care in his events,” said his coach. “He was the key anchor in the 800-meter relay today. As for Josh, he does a great job as a jumper and his personal best of 17-feet,1-inch in the long jump, and his great high jump were key for us.”

Gusfreidi said that junior Emily Jokela sets the standard for the girls’ side.

“We follow her lead,” he said with a smile. “Her middle name is consistency. She has four events and does well at them meet in and meet out.”

Monday was no exception. She placed first in the 100 and 400-meter dashes and in the 300-meter hurdles. She came in second in the 200-meter dash.

He added that Maddy Dudenas had a great day at shot put with a winning throw of 30 feet. Teammate Cleo Milkey won the long jump by five inches and Abi Codere soared high with a 9-feet, 8-inch effort in the pole vault – more than 20 inches greater than the second-place finisher, Elisa Delene of Baraga at 8-feet.

“Each season, we mark as a goal to peak at regionals,” noted Gusfriedi. “We did that again this year. Add to that we’ve beaten Houghton twice, and that has been nice. I don’t remember that last time that happened. It has been a really, really nice group to coach this year.”


MHSAA UP Region 47-3

Lake Linden-Hubbell


1. Lake Linden-Hubbell, 64; 2. Bessemer, 45; 3. Wakefield-Marenisco, 16; 3. Dollar Bay- Tamarack City, 16.

100m: Tommy Trudgeon, Bessemer, 11.64; Matthew Jokela, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 11.70; Thomas Caron, Watersmeet, 12.05; Landon Peterson, Bessemer, 12.21.

200m: Matthew Jokela, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 23.85; Tommy Trudgeon, Bessemer, 23.88; Abi Pestka, Ontonagon, 25.32; Jordan Libertoski, Wakefield-Marenisco, 25.41.

400m: Matthew Jokela, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 52.17; Thomas Caron, Watersmeet, 53.26; Abi Pestka, Ontonagon, 55.52; Tommy Trudgeon, Bessemer, 56.05.

800m: Kalvin Kytta, Chassell, 2:08.80; Joshua Gaunt, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 2:09.40; Brady Axford, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 2:10.48; Josh Luukkonen, Dollar Bay, 2:18.59.

1600m: Kalvin Kytta, Chassell, 4:45.47; Noah Verbos, Bessemer, 5:06.02, Jack Nelson, Ontonagon, 5:16.64; Joshua Gaunt, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 5:31.16.

3200m run: Kalvin Kytta, Chassell, 11:00.34; Noah Verbos, Bessemer, 11:19.39; Jace Symons, Wakefield-Marenisco/Bessemer, 11:55.54; Cole Griffin, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 11:59.67.

110m hurdles: Gabe Popko, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 17.88; Connor Kemppainen, L’Anse, 18.05; Achilles Suri, Bessemer, 18.20; Lukas Axford, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 19.11.

300m hurdles: Connor Kemppainen, L’Anse, 45.38; Lukas Axford, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 46.26; Vinnie Triggiano, Bessemer, 46.62; Kaden Gariepy, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 46.64.

400m relay: Bessemer, 45.79, L. Peterson, A. Holst-Larsen, V. Triggiano, T. Trudgeon; Lake Linden-Hubbell, 49.61, N. St. Onge, J. Daavettila, S. Roberts, I. Daavettila.

800m relay: Lake Linden-Hubbell, 1:38.52, N. St. Onge, I. Daavettila, S. Roberts, M. Jokela; Bessemer, 1:38.84, L. Peterson, L. Hollenbeck, A. Holst-Larsen, V. Triggiano.

1600m relay: Lake Linden-Hubbell, 3:53.86, B. Axford, D. Mikus, L. Axford, I. Daavettila; Bessemer, 3:57.07, L. Hollenbeck, G. Harju, V. Triggiano, A. Holst-Larsen.

3200m relay: Dollar Bay- Tamarack City, 9:14.12; Lake Linden-Hubbell, 9:17.21, C. Griffin, B. Lebo, D. Mikus, B. Axford.

Discus: Gabe Popko, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 146-00; Neal Rand, Bessemer, 136-02; Nate Sterbenz, Baraga, 130-06; Alex Drew, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 123-08; Ben Kaurala, Bessemer, 120-06.

Shot put: Gabe Popko, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 42-11.50; Ben Kaurala, Bessemer, 42-08.00; Neal Rand, Bessemer, 39-09.50; Taven Lewis, Baraga, 38-06.00.

High jump: Tanner LaMaide, Wakefield-Marenisco/Bessemer

5-08.00; Nolan Hendrickson, Baraga, 5-08.00; Josh Daavettila, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 5-08.00, Kaden Gariepy, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 5-02.00.

Long Jump: Jordan Libertoski; Wakefield Marenisco/Bessemer, 17-06.00; Landon Peterson, Bessemer, 17-05.00; Liam Tourtillot, Dollar Bay- Tamarack City 17-02.50; Josh Daavettila, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 17-01.00.

Pole vault: Sam Roberts, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 10-06.00; Leland Hollenbeck, Bessemer, 10-00.00; Nathan St. Onge. Lake Linden-Hubbell, 10-00.00; Liam Tourtillot, Dollar Bay- Tamarack City, 9-06.00.


1. Lake Linden-Hubbell, 59; 2. Dollar Bay- Tamarack City, 46; 3. Ontonagon, 23; 3. Ewen-Trout Creek, 23.

100m adaptive: Trinity Pelon, L’Anse, 27:15.

200m adaptive: Trinity Pelon, L’Anse, 53:34.

400m adaptive: Trinity Pelon, L’Anse, 54.85.

100m: Emily Jokela, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 13.35; Violet Amos, Ontonagon 13.54, Alli Bobula, Ontonagon, 13.83, Payton Goldsworthy, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 14.10.

200m: Violet Amos, Ontonagon, 27.10; Emily Jokela, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 27.29; Alli Bobula, Ontonagon, 29.05; Isabella Tampas, Lake Linden-Hubbell 29.35.

400m: Emily Jokela, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 1:00.75; Violet Amos, Ontonagon, 1:01.26, Alyssa Shirkey, Wakefield-Marenisco/Bessemer, 1:06.32; Ella Schneiderhan, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 1:08.24.

800m: Bree Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek, 2:38.28, Emma Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek; 2:40.30, Sylvia Aho, Chassell, 2:41.05, Sophie DesRochers, Baraga, 2:41.53.

1600m: Taryn Maki, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 5:59.55; Sophie DesRochers, Baraga, 6:02.62; Leona Schutz, Ewen-Trout Creek, 6:15.58, Sylvia Aho, Chassell, 6:22.72.

3200m: Taryn Maki, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 13:34.88; Bree Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek, 13:38.91; Leona Schutz, Ewen-Trout Creek, 14:24.90, Lily Etelamaki, Chassell, 15:08.62.

100m hurdle: Aubrey Karpinen, Dollar Bay, 18.86; Cleo Milkey, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 19.43; Ellie Delene, Baraga, 19.70; Elisa Delene, Baraga, 19.76.

300m hurdles: Emily Jokela, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 48.81; Laila Bell, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 52.11; Aubrey Karpinen, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 53.91; Jordan Holombo, Chassell, 54.45.

400m relay: Lake Linden-Hubbell, 55.28, A. Codere, A. Schmitt, I. Tampas, C. Milkey; Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 56.36, N. Keranen, K. Isaacson, E. Moilanen, L. Bell.

800m relay: Lake Linden-Hubbell, 1:56.8, A. Codere, E. Schneiderhan, I. Tampas, R. Lyons; Ontonagon, 1:58.34, J. Manos, S. Stites, K. Uotila, A. Bobula.

1600m relay: Ontonagon, 4:31, J. Manos, S. Stites, A. Bobula, V. Amos; Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 4:32.56, A. Swain, M. Jurgenson, K. Isaacson, L. Bell.

3200m relay: Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 10:52.02; A. Swain, T. Maki, E. Moilanen, M. Jurgenson; Ewen-Trout Creek, 11:08.59, E. Besonen, A. DeCremer, L. Schutz, B. Besonen.

Discus: Reese Holley, Baraga, 98-07; Emma Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek, 97-06; Cleo Milkey, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 83-10; Andy Anderson, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 74-05.

Shot put: Maddy Dudenas, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 30-00.00; Bella Gaiser, Bessemer, 28-02.00; Emma Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek, 26-09.00; Megan Sutherland, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 24-11.00.

Long jump: Cleo Milkey, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 13-10.00; Rebecca Lyons, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 13-05.00; Ava Nye, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 13-01.00; Nora Keranen, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 12-07.00.

High jump: Kiera Isaacson, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 5-00.00; Emily Johnston, Bessemer, Kaedyn Hendrickson, Bessemer, 4-08.00; Nora Keranen, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 4-06.00.

Pole vault: Abi Codere, Lake Linden-Hubbell 9-08.00; Elisa Delene, Baraga,8-00.00; Nora Keranen, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 8-00.00; Laila Bell, Dollar Bay, 8-00.00.


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