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Tapiola, Houghton earn season-opening victories

TAPIOLA — Tapiola and Houghton took opening wins in Over 50 Softball League play Thursday. In the first game, Tapiola was a 16-12 victor over South Range as Dave Hoffman whacked out four hits. John Kinnunen also had four raps, while Gordy Sedar, Nels Paul and winning pitcher Len Juntunen ...

Senior leaders: Lakes name top senior athletes

Student athletes Aaron Hainault and Laura Lyons were named as the recipients of the Outstanding Male and Female Athlete Awards respectively at a recent ceremony held at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School. Hainault is the son of Steve and Sue Hainault. During his high school career he was a ...

Records set: Sayen helps Gremlins take WestPAC title

HANCOCK — It was a dominating performance by the Houghton Gremlins Wednesday as they ran away with both ends of the WestPac Conference track title. The Houghton boys were crowned champions for the fifth consecutive year with 158 points. They were followed by Calumet 91, Hancock 50, West ...

All-WestPAC announced

HANCOCK — The All-WestPAC Conference teams were announced Wednesday after the Conference Finals meet at the Hancock field. On the boys’ side, Houghton’s Clayton Sayen was awarded Most Valuable Player honors after a day that saw him set new records in the 100m, 200m, and 400m ...

Copper Kings, Jets split doubleheader

WOLVERINE — In a doubleheader in which both teams racked up a combined 39 runs, the Jeffers Jets and Calumet Copper Kings earned a split as the Copper Kings took the opener 15-14 and the Jets won the nightcap 7-3 Wednesday evening at Wolverine Field.. In the opener, the Jets held a 7-3 ...

Tough Break: Gremlins end Bulldogs’ season with big win

HANCOCK — A long season ended Tuesday for the Hancock High baseball team with a loss to rival Houghton at the Hancock Driving Park. The young Bulldogs dropped a 14-5 decision with the second game being cancelled. Bulldogs manager John Sullivan said it was a learning process for a team ...

Hematites sweep Gremlins in softball doubleheader

ISHPEMING — Playing your last home game on your home field is always a bittersweet occasion for high school seniors, but the two captains of the Ishpeming softball team definitely made the most of their final appearance on Tuesday. Senior pitcher Emma Bleau gave up seven hits and struck ...

Lake Linden girls and Bessemer boys both earn wins at conference meet

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes and the Bessemer Speedboys both earn team wins Tuesday in the Copper Mountain Conference track meet. The Lakes, who have had a strong season, racked up 219 points to finish well ahead of the Ontonagon Gladiators, who finished second with 89 ...

All Conference teams announced for golf

HOUGHTON — The boys’ and girls’ All-WestPAC teams were announced after the Jack Sandretto Invitational Tuesday at the Portage Lake Golf Course. Nate Thomson of West Iron, Wyatt Turoniemi of Calumet, Jisung Choi of Houghton, Trey Bociek of West Iron, Tyler and Landon Johnson from Calumet ...

Gremlins win WestPAC girls meet

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s Kaaren Liston carded a 39 on the front nine and then held off Hancock’s Payton Dube on the back nine to earn medalist honors by topping Dube by just one stroke in the Jack Sandretto Invitational at the Portage Lake Golf Course Tuesday. Liston’s 83 was two ...

Copper Kings take WestPAC boys meet

HOUGHTON — Calumet’s Wyatt Tuoriniemi had a strong front nine Tuesday at the Portage Lake Golf Course and followed that up with almost as strong back nine en route a 74, earning medalist honors at the Jack Sandretto Invitational. Tuoriniemi’s even-par 36 on the front was the lowest ...

Purple Hornets sweep doubleheader with Bulldogs

HANCOCK — L'Anse had to sweat out a last-inning rally by Hancock to hold on for a one-run victory Monday afternoon in the opening game of a doubleheader. The Purple Hornets registered a less stressful 7-4 Copper Country Conference win in the second game of the twinbill. LHS hurler Josie ...

Gremlins earn team victory in Calumet/Ontonagon Invite

CALUMET — Houghton’s Jisung Choi played well on the opening nine of the Calumet/Ontonagon Invite Monday at the Calumet Golf Course, carding a 39, the third-lowest score after the opening nine. Where he separated himself from the field on was on the second nine, where he carded a 37 en route ...

Take Two: Gremlins earn key sweep over Lakes in conference play

LAKE LINDEN — With the setting sun’s rays shining on the Boneyard Monday evening, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes came into a doubleheader looking to build on an impressive 8-2 Copper Country Conference record. Their counterparts, the Houghton Gremlins, had other ideas. Rocketing out to ...

Thanks for 3 great years at the Daily Mining Gazette

Days before I would walk for graduation at Grand Valley State, I had to do a preview story on the men’s basketball team as GVSU prepared to play Michigan State in an exhibition game. So I met with coach Ric Wesley for one of our usual meetings, and once he was done singing the praises of Gary ...

Working in the Copper Country an unforgettable experience

When I decided to take a job in Houghton, Michigan, people told me I was crazy. They said I didn’t know what I was getting into. The winters were brutal. The people in the U.P. were “different.” And to be honest, the winter was awful. I’d wake up and wonder what I’d gotten into. And ...

LL-H girls stay unbeaten after winning Division 3 regional championship

BARAGA — Long after all the other teams had departed on their buses, the Lake Linden-Hubbell girls and Bessemer boys track and field teams milled around the front stretch at Baraga in the frigid cold, passing the time as they waited for their coaches to emerge from the press box. The Lakes ...

Fundamental Calumet sweeps Houghton 21-9 and 10-0

WOLVERINE — Nick Voelker steps off the mound to field a roller coming his way. He grabs it barehanded, takes a step, and makes a perfect throw to first base for an out.  Then, moments later, Voelker does it again.  It looks like an instant replay: Same step, same throw, same out. But ...

Sayen wins 4 events, Houghton boys capture regional title

NEGAUNEE — The MSHAA track and field regionals are arguably the most important meet of the year as it determine who will be competing in the various events at the Upper Peninsula Finals in June and many local athletes moved one step closer Thursday toward achieving their ultimate goal of ...

Softball: Calumet sweeps L’Anse

L'ANSE — Calumet hit the road and swept L'Anse in a two-game series, winning the first 13-3 and the second 16-5, Thursday in L'Anse.