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Lucchesi, Parker, Vaara win scramble

HOUGHTON — Portage Lake Golf Course members Chuck Lucchesi, John Vaara and James Parker won the 3-person senior scramble on June 17 at PLGC. The winners birdied five of the final six holes to seal the win. Dennis Harbour, Dan Farrell and Dick Gray tied for second place with Scott Peck, ...

Ex-Husky Roy named Kings’ top defenseman

LOS ANGELES — Former Michigan Tech hockey player Matt Roy received four team awards for his performance with the Los Angeles Kings in 2019-20, the team announced last week. Roy was honored with the Mark Bavis Memorial Award for Best Newcomer and was also named the Outstanding Defenseman, ...

Flames rally back to beat Cubs in U19 baseball tourney, 8-7

ESCANABA — The Copper Country Flames overcame a big inning by the Escanaba Cubs and rallied to an 8-7 win Sunday in the final round of Upper Peninsula Kickoff Under-19 baseball tournament. The Cubs (2-1), taking advantage of four walks in the third, scored six times for a 7-3 lead. Also ...

Over 50 Softball: Tapiola tops Baraga, 12-3

TAPIOLA — Wins have been scarce for the Tapiola Over 50 Softball League team in recent years. But Tapiola (1-1) scored a notable one Thursday with a 12-3 verdict over defending playoff champ Baraga. Winning pitcher Len Juntunen cracked out three hits along with Ron Wanhala, Roy Duquette ...

Work begins at Adventure Mountain

GREENLAND — With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, the last thing on the minds of most people is downhill winter snow skiing. But not if you’re a member of the Mountain Lions, based out of Adventure Mountain. The Mountain Lions have long discussed and intended to bring the Rope ...

Flames fizzle in scorcher against Marquette

HANCOCK — It wasn’t a perfect day on the field for the Copper Country Flames. But it was a day on the field nonetheless. The Copper Country Flames 19U squandered a 6-3 lead in the late innings during the front end of a doubleheader against Marquette, losing 10-6 on Tuesday. The ...

Abell commits to Lions

HANCOCK — Skylar Abell (Rock Falls, Ill.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University baseball team. “I’m happy to add Skylar to our incoming class. He is a pitcher from Illinois that will solidify our pitching staff,” Finlandia head coach Evan Brandt said. “Skylar is a high ...

Legends: Durocher known for skills on diamond, ice

STANTON — The late Leo Durocher is noted mainly for the outstanding baseball career he put together. Any time you can average more than .420 over 40 seasons and hit with power, you will get noticed. But the Stanton product also was a fine hockey player who put in many years on the ...

Varner takes early 1-shot lead over Spieth at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Harold Varner III took his place in history in the PGA Tour's technology era, all because of a triple bogey. Jordan Spieth had his lowest 36-hole score in four years. Rory McIlroy shot 63 with a bogey on his last hole. The strongest field of the year in golf's ...

Over 50 softball: Houghton routs Baraga, 17-4

TAPIOLA — Houghton hammered 23 hits on the way to an easy 17-4 win over Baraga Thursday in the Over 50 Softball League Opener. Tom LeGault and Dave Usitalo collected four hits apiece for the winners. Dan Eikenberry, Dave Kamerand and Jim Madejewski chipped in three hits. Steve Dunstan was ...

Duprie commits to Finlandia baseball

HANCOCK — Dominic Duprie (Ecorse, Mich.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University baseball team. “I’m very happy to add Dominic to our incoming class. He is an outfielder from Michigan that has an extremely high ceiling,” Finlandia head coach Evan Brandt said. “Dominic is ...

Finlandia’s Bent earns academic All-American honors

HANCOCK — Senior Denia Bent has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Division III Softball second team. Bent is the first Finlandia student-athlete in any sport to be recognized. Bent had a 3.80 G.P.A. majoring in Graphic Design. She finished her career with four season ...

MTU SDC opening July 13

HOUGHTON — In keeping with federal, state, and University guidelines, Michigan Tech Recreation will reopen the Student Development Complex to current students on July 13, with limited hours and access to the fitness center and pool. The health and safety of our students, members, and staff ...

Andrade commits to Finlandia baseball

HANCOCK — Andrew Andrade (Riverside, Calif.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University baseball team. “I’m excited to add Andrew to our incoming freshman class. He is a right-handed pitcher from California. Andrew has played at a very high level with a ton of talent around him. ...

Legends: Kitti helped set epic streak

CALUMET — It still stands as one of the more amazing streaks in Copper Country sports history. That was the streak of 17 straight titles in the Copper Country Track Invitational won by Calumet in the 1950s and 1960s. The Copper Kings were coached by the late Walt Kitti in that era. The ...

Markham, Halonen win Houghton’s top athletic honors

Houghton High School seniors, Daityn Markham and Ty Halonen receive top athletic honors. Daityn was named the recipient of the Herman “Winks” Gundlach Women’s Athletic Award. Ty was named the recipient of the Einer Andersen Memorial Award. Daityn Markham Daityn was an outstanding ...

MHSAA gives go-ahead for summer activities

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association updated guidelines for reopening school sports on Tuesday. The update came after Governor Gretchen Whitmer lifted the stay-at-home order on Monday. MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said member schools can begin summer ...

Finlandia women’s hockey adds Pederson to roster

HANCOCK — Jayde Pederson (Waseca, Minn.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University women’s hockey team. Pederson had a record-breaking career at Waseca High School. She scored a school record 110 goals and added 49 assists for 159 points. Pederson was a four-time All-Big South ...

Legends: Rouleau’s hockey prowess led to Tech career

HANCOCK — If ever a player was destined to play hockey at Michigan Tech University, it was Pete Rouleau. Rouleau, who starred at Hancock High School, said he watched the Huskies from a young age. “Whenever they (Huskies) were in town, I would be there watching with my Dad and his ...

Hancock native Burcar relishing time as Division I basketball coach

Just like the sign in Copper Harbor pointing to the start of U.S. 41 in the Keweenaw that ends after 2,000 miles in Florida, the journey can be just as long for most people from the Copper Country aspiring to a career in Division I college or professional sports. It especially wasn’t a ...