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Houghton tops Esky; Calumet ties Utica Eisenhower

HOUGHTON— A four-goal second period lifted Houghton past visiting Escanaba 5-1 on Friday at Dee Stadium. The teams were locked at 0 after the first period, but then the Gremlins found their stride. They got two goals from Kevin Bostwick and one goal each from Derrian Raffaelli and Dawson ...

Witt, Borseth lead E-TC past Bessemer 63-59 to remain unbeaten

BESSEMER — It wasn't much of a surprise when Ewen-Trout Creek big man Jake Witt was winning the one-on-one battles inside early on against Bessemer Friday night. It's another thing when his pull-up from 20 feet gets nothing but net prior to getting his only dunk of the night. Or he gets a ...

Sirard goes for 35 points, Houghton defeats Hancock

HANCOCK — If Brad Sirard had to guess, he says he probably shoots 20 3-pointers a day.   But after the sophomore drained seven shots from beyond the arc in Houghton’s 64-31 thrashing of Hancock on Thursday, that small of a number seems hard to believe.   Especially considering ...

Tech’s Baltus, Smith, Jackson find success playing together

HOUGHTON — There is a science to putting together the perfect line. Like any experiment, it starts with a hypothesis: the coaching staff serves as the scientists — though they don hockey gear rather than lab coats. They discuss which players might react well to each other, and which ones ...

Calumet wears down Kingsford for 4-1 victory

IRON MOUNTAIN — Calumet's speed and transition game was enough to hand Kingsford its first loss, 4-1, on Thursday. The Flivvers (5-1) rang a shot off the crossbar in the first minute of the game, but the Copper Kings took the puck in transition and scored seconds later. Calumet (2-4) ...

Salani’s game-winner in OT sends Hancock past Marquette 2-1

MARQUETTE — Marquette may have won the battle but ultimately lost the war with Hancock in a high school hockey game played at Lakeview Arena on Thursday night. The Redmen kept the Bulldogs’ two big scorers, Alex Nordstrom and Teddy Randell, from scoring any points, but Hancock still ...

Chassell defeats Jeffers to start 4-0

PAINESDALE — You could say the Chassell High boys basketball team has passed its first term tests with flying colors.  But now, the 4-0 Panthers will face a stern mid-term Copper Mountain Conference challenge in its next outing — a Jan. 2 game at powerful Dollar Bay. “I was pleased ...

Hancock shuts down E-TC to earn win; LL-H pulls away from Watersmeet

EWEN — Ewen-Trout Creek suffered its first loss of the season, as Hancock came back from 14 down in the first half to win the nonconference girls basketball game 45-35 Thursday night. The Panthers were up 13-3 after a quarter and increased the lead to 14 in the second quarter, but they made ...

Finlandia Lions head back out on the road

SUPERIOR, Wis. - In the midst of a six-game stretch of non-conference opponents, head coach Matt Marchel is proud of where his Finlandia Lions women's hockey team is at, despite getting swept last weekend at home by Concordia-Moorhead. The Lions (2-8-1 overall) were just a shot or two away ...

Ready to roll: Shawhan likes where Tech is headed as they prepare to host LSSU

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech is ready to go full speed ahead. After two months of ups and downs — a 4-1 win over rival Northern Michigan going in the “ups” category, and a five-game winless streak falling to the “downs”— head coach Joe Shawhan thinks the growing pains are over. The ...

Calumet defeats Hancock 46-43 in a game with 62 turnovers

CALUMET — If there was ever a game to test Jeff Twardzik's stoic demeanor, it was Tuesday against the Hancock Bulldogs. Calumet turned it over 27 times and saw a late 10-point lead cut to three in the final minute. Still, Twardzik sat relaxed in his chair, hand over his mouth while ...

Jeffers holds off Dollar Bay’s late rally for 46-35 win

DOLLAR BAY — It wasn’t supposed to be much of a game.  Jeffers head coach Joe Romano didn’t expect it. Neither did Dollar Bay’s coach, Steve Krahling.  But nobody told the Blue Bolts they weren’t supposed to stick with the Jets, and with 2:49 left to play, it was a one-point ...

Girls roundup: Chassell, L’Anse, E-TC, Ontonagon all earn victories

BARAGA — Chassell (2-1, 2-0) went on the road and defeated Baraga (0-4, 0-2) 40-33 in a Copper Country Conference game on Tuesday.  Chassell outscored Baraga 9-3 in the first quarter, which proved to be the difference in the game.  “Slow start again tonight,” Baraga coach Tom ...

Houghton falls to Escanaba

ESCANABA — This is shaping up as Basketball Rivalry Week in the Upper Peninsula. For example, Houghton travels to Hancock Thursday and Escanaba visits Gladstone Friday in a couple of games that will heat up gyms in those communities. “I think the kids are excited,” Escanaba coach ...

Witt, supporting cast shine in Panthers’ win over Calumet

CALUMET — Jake Witt took a power dribble along the baseline and utilized his quick-twitch leaping ability to take flight before the Calumet defender could even challenge the shot. Bang. Witt slammed home his only dunk of the game while he was fouled and converted the free throw for the ...

Mild-mannered Witt stays humble, does it all for E-TC

CALUMET — It's an odd sight, but a good one nonetheless.   When Ewen-Trout Creek throttled Hancock last Thursday and Jake Witt recorded 40 points and 13 rebounds, coach Brad Besonen and the Panthers stopped at a McDonald's to eat on the bus ride home. Besonen looked over mid-meal and ...

Blue Bolts persevere over Bessemer 65-58

BESSEMER — Dollar Bay played fearlessly against three-time state champion North Central in last year's regional, losing by only two points. But here the Blue Bolts were in the House of Noise Monday night, rattled, against a physical Bessemer team beating them on the boards and beating them ...

Chassell’s pressure leads to win over R-M

CHASSELL — Monday night's Republic-Michigamme and Chassell boys basketball game turned on a dime in the second half. Trailing by 12 points just two minutes into the third quarter, the Panthers ratcheted up their full-court pressure and turned the deficit into a 58-41 win at Helakoski ...