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Team Copper Country helping put area ‘back on the map’

HOUGHTON — When now former head coach Micah Stipech sat down a few years ago, he came up with an idea. He wanted to put the Copper Country “back on the map.” After spending multiple seasons on the bench alongside Corey Markham at Houghton, Stipech knew one thing for sure, the hockey ...

Stein holding on to third at UP Golf Championship

NORWAY — Back-to-back eagles can do wonders for one’s golf game. Even for the man leading the 104th UP Golf Association Championships by 13 strokes. Carney’s Hunter Eichhorn, sparked by consecutive eagles on the fifth and sixth holes, shot a four-under par 68 in Thursday’s third ...

Aho, a dirt track king

One of the “ambassadors” of Houghton County is dirt track stock car racer, Jesse Aho. The Toivola resident has made his mark on dirt tracks throughout the Midwest for over 10 years. This includes an unprecedented five consecutive years that the former Ontonagon resident won the WISSOTA ...

Chassell and Tapiola close Over 50 regular season with wins

TAPIOLA - Chassell and Tapiola came up with wins on the final night of the Over 50 Softball League. The league playoffs will begin Monday in Tapiola. League champ Houghton and Tapiola meet at 6:15 p.m., while Chassell and South Range clash at 7:30. Chassell scored a 14-11 win over Thursday ...

Legacy of Gipp lives on in sports today

LAURIUM — He died nearly a century ago, but the legacy of football immortal George Gipp endures to this day. The Laurium native — and Notre Dame football legend — has been the subject of at least two books over the past decade. And the ESPN television network planned a segment on him ...

Stein places third at UP Golf Championship

NORWAY — A formality became reality Friday in the 104th UP Golf Association Men’s Championships at Oak Crest Golf Course. Carney’s Hunter Eichhorn, already established as one of the nation’s premier golfers, captured his first UP men’s title by 13 strokes after shooting a two-under ...

Ticket punched: Wolverine-Orbit earns spot in championship series with 9-5 win

HANCOCK — Wolverine-Orbit was hot and Dean Kangas State Farm was not in Game Two of the best-of-three playoff series in the Copper Country Twilight League at the Hancock Driving Park Wednesday night. Scoring in bunches, Wolverine won 9-5 and will advance to the championship series against ...

Second place still in reach for Stein after Wednesday

NORWAY — Hunter Eichhorn has appeared to put the 104th UP Golf Association Men’s Championships in a “playing for second” mode. The Marquette University ace from Carney opened up a nine-stroke lead after two rounds Wednesday, following his eight-under 64 from Tuesday with a ...

Wolverine-Orbit bites first with 5-3 win over State Farm

WOLVERINE — There was a nip in the air at Wolverine Field on Tuesday night. A touch of fall was in the air. It was fitting weather for the opening game of a best-of-three playoff series between Wolverine-Orbit and Dean Kangas State Farm in the Copper Country Twilight League. In a ...

Stein within striking distance after first round

NORWAY — Carney’s Hunter Eichhorn attacked Oak Crest Golf Course and emerged with the first-round lead Tuesday in the 104th UP Golf Association Men’s Championships. Eichhorn tallied an eight-under par 64 to take a three-shot lead over Kyle Pouliot. “I was pretty aggressive and it ...

Portage Lake earns win

WOLVERINE — Portage Lake got off to a fast start and used that cushion to notch a 15-7 oldtimers softball win over Wolverine Saturday afternoon. The game was the second in the annual two-game set between the two rivals. “We were able to get up on them right away,” Portage Lake manager ...

Upgraded: Sherman Field ready for fall football and soccer seasons

HOUGHTON — There is one group of “players” who will be much more involved in this year's home football and soccer games at Michigan Technological University's (MTU) Sherman Field. Those players are the fans. In April, ground was broken for the first phase of a $3 million stadium ...

Big step: Lions ready to join tough Michigan conference

HANCOCK — With the opening game of the football season coming up fast, interim Finlandia University coach Travis Wiltzius and his staff are making plans. The Lions, who will enter the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) this fall, open drills on Aug. 10. “We're getting ...

Shawhan discusses new faces in hockey program

HOUGHTON — The weather might be nice but that doesn't mean that hockey season isn't right around the corner. With every new season, comes new players to cheer for. The Michigan Tech Huskies will be returning to action after defending their WCHA playoff title with a victory over Northern ...

U.P. Sports Hall of Fame announces 2019 class

HARRIS — There is a distinct family connection to the 48th annual Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame induction class. Chris Hofer of Kingsford will join his father Ken in the Hall of Fame and Dave Duncan will join his wife Sonja when the 2019 induction banquet is held May 11 at Island ...

Church League champs

Looking for a spark after trailing most of the championship game, Zion found what they were looking for in the final inning in order to come away with a one-run victory, claiming the Copper Country Slowpitch Church Softball League (CCSCSL) title. Zion came into the playoffs sporting a record ...

Houghton and Tapiola earn victories in Over 50 softball

TAPIOLA — League champion Houghton and Tapiola won games in Over 50 Softball League play Thursday. Houghton scored an 8-3 win over South Range as Jed Pollard led the way with three hits. Pollard also smacked a two-run homer in the fifth inning to snap a 2-2 deadlock. Also getting two ...