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Prep Football: Dellangelo’s 5 TDs lead Westwood over Hancock, 36-23

HANCOCK — Westwood knew it had a good shot at beating Hancock Friday night in WestPAC Gold Division football play — if it could limit the time of possessions for the Bulldogs. That strategy worked perfectly for the Patriots. The Patriots’ success was also assured because it had senior ...

Prep Volleyball: Gremlins outduel rival Bulldogs, 3-1

HOUGHTON — Houghton took control with a first-set win and rolled to a 3-1 win over rival Hancock on Thursday. The Gremlins won by scores of 25-22, 25-13, 18-25 and 25-17. Houghton led by as much as 11 points (13-2) in the second set after edging out the Bulldogs on the first ...

Prep Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Purple Hornets

CALUMET — The Calumet Copper Kings were firing on all cylinders Thursday night as they defeated the L’Anse Purple Hornets 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-7). “Tonight something special happened,” said Copper Kings head coach Matt Laho. “Tonight was our most consistent game on both offense and ...

Prep Volleyball: Jeffers sweeps Dollar Bay, 3-0

PAINESDALE — The Jeffers Jets continued their winning ways on the volleyball court as they downed the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-12) on Wednesday. With the win, the Jets moved to 7-2 at roughly the half-way mark on the season. “I thought we played well,” said ...

Hockey Notebook: Another big freshman class looks to make quick impact

It’s not every year the new guys on campus carry the offensive burden. Last year, Michigan Tech’s large freshman class made those significant offensive contributions. This year may be a little different, though perhaps not a surprise if it happens. Three of last year’s freshmen ...

Pitch Perfect: Soccer club makes its debut at Houghton

HOUGHTON — When Matt Meyers took on the head coaching position for the new Houghton High School Soccer Cub, he wasn’t sure what he was getting into. “My soccer career ended in middle school,” he said with a smile. “I was a football player in high school. I love the game, and I found ...

FU football faces unbeaten Olivet

HANCOCK — A formidable test awaits the Finlandia University football team this week in undefeated Olivet College. The 1 p.m. MIAA debut at McAfee Field could be the Lions most severe outing thus far. “Olivet is a very good football team,” Finlandia coach Travis Wiltzius said. ...

Prep Volleyball: Hancock defends home court with 3-2 win over Negaunee

HANCOCK — One of their themes this season has been protecting home court. On Tuesday, the Hancock Bulldogs did just that with a five-set win over Negaunee. The Bulldogs won by scores of 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 21-25 and 15-10. “I think that was huge,” Hancock head coach Elle Heinonen ...

College Volleyball: Lions’ Hurd gets ACAA honors

HANCOCK — Finlandia freshman Braedyn Hurd has been named the American Collegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week for women’s soccer. This is the first time Hurd has won the award. Hurd had a strong performance against Maranatha Baptist on Sept. 28. She collected 11 ...

Prep Volleyball: LL-H downs Panthers, 3-1

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Linden- Hubbell Lakes out played the Chassell Panthers in a 3-1 (24 -21, 25-20, 25-10, 27-25) victory at home on Tuesday night. For much of the night, it was a back-and-forth battle between the two squads that saw a number of ties and quite a few lead ...

Former Gremlins help Indians in weekend sweep

SAULT STE. MARIE — Two former Houghton Gremlins hockey players, Seth Francois and Kevin Bostwick, helped the Son Indians Midget AAA team earn three victories last weekend over the Tri-City Spartans. The pair, 2018 Houghton graduates, were involved in goals on Saturday as the Indians earned ...

Peterson: Curse is real for Bobby Layne

Personally, I don’t believe in curses. After all, aren’t curses reserved for gypsies, tramps and thieves, as Cher once sang? But when it comes to the Curse of Bobby Layne, I’m not hedging any bets. Many younger people may not remember Bobby Layne, who was a top-flight quarterback ...

College Volleyball: Ghormley receives GLIAC North honors

HOUGHTON — Junior outside hitter Olivia Ghormley of the Michigan Tech volleyball team has been named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for the second time this season. Ghormley led the Huskies to a perfect 3-0 weekend with three straight sweeps. Ghormley, a native of Oneida, ...

College Football: Grand Valley State rallies past Tech, 21-16

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies took a 10-7 lead against the No. 9 Grand Valley State Lakers into the fourth quarter only to watch it dissolve away. The Lakers battled back to hand the Huskies 21-16 Homecoming loss. “I thought our kids played tremendously hard all game,” said MTU ...

Staying hot: MTU volleyball sweeps LSSU for 6th straight win

HOUGHTON — The Lake Superior State Lakers women’s volleyball team came into Saturday’s matchup with the Michigan Tech Huskies with plenty of momentum, but could not sustain it past the first set. The Huskies came away with their sixth straight victory, 25-20, 25-12, 25-15, at the Wood ...

College Volleyball: Finlandia volleyball falls to Maranatha Baptist, 3-0

HANCOCK — The Finlandia University volleyball team lost 3-0 (25-7, 25-13, 25-15) to Maranatha Baptist on Saturday morning at the Paavo Nurmi Center. In the first set, Maranatha Baptist (10-2) jumped out to a 10-2 lead and kept moving forward. The second set was more of the same. The ...

College Hockey: Finlandia hockey names Houghton’s Hannon captain

HANCOCK — Last season, the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team took a big step forward, going 8-17-2 and clinching a playoff berth in the NCHA playoffs. Though they were swept by the St. Norbert Green Knights in the series, the team earned some valuable experience. At the same time, the ...

Prep Football: Houghton edges Gwinn 28-24, gets first win of the season

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins survived a second-half shootout to beat Gwinn 28-24 in a West PAC matchup on Friday night. The Gremlins (1-4) and winless Modeltowners combined for 32 points in the third quarter. The lead changed four times in the second half before a 55-yard touchdown run ...

NHL players, coaches enjoy Hockeyville day

CALUMET — It’s not every day National Hockey League players get the chance to play a game on a rink like the Calumet Colosseum, nor is it normal for players to experience a game quite like a Kraft Hockeyville game, where players are treated like royalty as they arrive at the arena and then ...

Prep Football: Domination: Hancock blanks Munising, 41-0

HANCOCK — The Munising Mustangs will probably see Hancock tailback Austin Salani in their dreams after Friday’s football game at McAfee Field. The junior back rushed for 243 yards and scored four times in a 41-0 Hancock victory. Salani also tossed in 78-yard fumble recovery for a ...