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Bessemer speeds past Chassell in regional semis

HOUGHTON — Tuesday night’s MHSSA Division 4 Region 25 semifinal game between the Chassell Panthers and the Bessemer Speedboys was the tale of two teams. On one end of the court were the Speedboys, who had the hot hand, and at other the Panthers couldn’t buy a basket. The Speedboys ...

E-TC sink Baraga with buzzer-beater, 45-43

PAINESDALE — It came down to one play. With the score tied at 43, the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers had a plan to put up one final shot in Monday night’s MSHHA Division 4 Region 25 regional semifinal game against the Baraga Vikings. Elise Besonen did what she was assigned to do. She got ...

Calumet tops Menominee, reaches regional title game

IRON RIVER — It was the battle of the unbeatens Monday night at West Iron County High School. Calumet stayed unbeaten, using quickness on both ends of the floor to cruise past Menominee 57-41 in a MHSAA Division 3 Region 17 semifinal. The Copper Kings (18-0) play St. Ignace at 7 p.m. ...

Chassell regional semis against Bessemer relocated to SDC

HOUGHTON — Chassell’s MHSAA Division 4 Region 25 semifinal against Bessemer was relocated to the SDC Gym from Ontonagon, and will be broadcast online. The Michigan Tech Athletics office announced a partnership with Auto Pro Glass and Tire on Monday to broadcast a video stream of the ...

Copper Kings fall to Cranes in state championship

PLYMOUTH — The Calumet Copper Kings hockey team entered Saturday afternoon’s D3 state championship game undefeated, hoping to keep that record alive. After surrendering two goals in the first period and two more over the course of the game, the Copper Kings’ season came to an end with a ...

Jeffers beats Westwood, wins 1st district title in 9 years

PAINESDALE — The Jeffers Jets boys’ basketball team not only extended their winning streak to 16 games but earned a MHSSA Division 3 District 65 tile for the first time in nine years. They defeated the Westwood Patriots 63-56 in front of a lively hometown crowd Saturday. “We were up ...

Chassell tops Dollar Bay-TC in overtime for district title

CHASSELL — Karl Rautiola’s career game proved just enough for the Chassell Panthers to squeeze out an overtime win over Dollar Bay-Tamarack City in the MHSAA Division 4 District 98 championship game Saturday afternoon. Rautiola, a 6-foot-1 junior, poured in a career high 41 points to ...

Calumet girls top Miners for district title

CALUMET — Showing the composure of a veteran squad, the Calumet High girls basketball team captured a MHSAA Division 3 District 65 championship Friday night. Standout senior guard Elli Djerf said her team gathered itself after getting a big scare from L’Anse two nights ...

Baraga beats Ontonagon, wins 3rd straight district title

BARAGA — After 32 minutes of basketball, the Baraga girls’ team was worn out. But they found plenty of energy to lift up the MHSSA Division 4 District 98 trophy on Friday in front of their fans. The Vikings defeated the Ontonagon Gladiators 51-43. It was the third consecutive district ...

Calumet blanks Chelsea 3-0 to reach state finals

PLYMOUTH — Calumet reached its first state finals since 2017 with a 3-0 win against Chelsea in Friday’s MHSAA Division 3 state semifinals. The Copper Kings (16-0-1) meet Cranbrook Kingswood at 3 p.m. Saturday for the state championship at the USA Hockey Arena. Calumet’s last state ...

Jeffers topples L’Anse in semifinal

PAINESDALE — The high-flying Jeffers Jets are headed for a Division 3 District 65 district championship game. The Jets punched their ticket with a resounding 76-31 semifinal win over the L’Anse Hornets Thursday night at the JHS Gymnasium. The result will match the Jets against the ...

Blue Bolts come from behind to beat LL-H; face Chassell for title

LAKE LINDEN — While the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes led for close to three quarters of Wednesday night’s MHSSA Division 4 District 98 semifinal against the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts, it wasn’t enough. With four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Blue Bolts took their ...

Gremlin girls give it their all in district loss to Esky

HOUGHTON — While the Houghton girls’ basketball season came to an end on Wednesday night, it was not due to their heart and soul they displayed on the court. The game came down to the final minutes with the Escanaba Eskymos winning the MHSSA Division 2 District 33 championship game 54-50. ...

Bulldogs fall to Miners, 53-48

HANCOCK — Negaunee had just enough to hold off Hancock in a MHSAA Division 3 District 65 semifinal on Wednesday. The Miners (11-2) scored a 53-48 win to advance to the district finals Friday at Calumet. “It was a tough grinding game,” Negaunee coach Mike O’Donnell said afterward. ...

Gremlins boys fall to Braves in districts, 78-63

HOUGHTON — If the basketball gods were giving out grades for effort on the court, the Houghton Gremlins would have received an “A” on Tuesday night. Despite a 78-63 loss to the Gladstone Braves in MHSAA Division 2 District 33 action, they gave it their all. While the scoreboard ...

Gremlins girls down Flivvs, reach district finals

HOUGHTON — It’s been said that an athletic team should be playing its best ball at the end of the season and preferably in the playoffs as that’s when it really counts. That certainly was the case for the Houghton girl’s basketball team on Monday as it came to play and downed the ...

Hancock routs Jeffers in district opener, 72-26

PAINESDALE — The Hancock Bulldogs took care of business right away in the girls basketball MHSAA Division 3 District 65 opener against Jeffers Monday night. Jumping out to a 23-2 lead after one period, the Bulldogs had no trouble advancing to a Wednesday night meeting with Negaunee with a ...

Panthers eliminate Dollar Bay-TC, 58-39

DOLLAR BAY — The Chassell girls’ basketball team got back to .500 in style Monday night, winning the MHSAA Division 4 District 98 opener against Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, 58-39. After opening the season 0-3 last month, the Panthers (8-8) are now riding a three-game winning streak. “It ...

Loukus pair leads Copper Kings to Region 17 title

HOUGHTON — For nearly 38 minutes Saturday, the Houghton Gremlins hockey team found a way to keep the Calumet Copper Kings’ captain Dean Loukus from scoring. Then, in the blink of an eye, Loukus did something special and the Copper Kings turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 victory in the MHSAA ...

Three-goal third lifts Gremlins over rival Bulldogs, 5-1

HOUGHTON — Leading 2-1 going into the third period, the Houghton Gremlins hockey team wanted to create some separation between themselves and the Hancock Bulldogs in their MHSAA Division 3 Region 17 semifinal game Tuesday night at the John MacInnes Student Arena. With goals 46 seconds apart ...