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U.P. Football All-Star Game organizer sentenced to prison

Todd Goldbeck, the Wisconsin man who has organized the U.P. Football All-Star game since 2008, was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison for committing perjury. Goldbeck, 46, of Middleton, Wisconsin, was sentenced after committing perjury during a brankruptcy proceeding. The proceeding was ...

Lions men’s basketball gives out team awards

HANCOCK — The 2019-20 Finlandia University men’s basketball team released their award winners. Dylan Underwood was named the Lions’ offensive player of the year. River Shumate was named the team’s Sixth Man. Joe Heinonen was named Most Improved. Kaleb Kirksey was named Defensive ...

Legends: Warner raised LL-H to prominence

LAKE LINDEN — When Ron Warner came to Lake Linden High School in 1972 as a teacher, he was also given the chance to coach football. “I really didn’t have a clue what I was getting into,” Warner said in a 1995 interview. “I knew that our (player) numbers weren’t high. But Russ ...

WCHA delays start of hockey season

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will delay the start of its 2020-21 season, WCHA Men's League Commissioner Bill Robertson announced Thursday (Sept. 10). "We continue to engage in thorough evaluation and discussion of various options for safely opening the 2020-21 ...

Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Mountaineers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Calumet swept Iron Mountain in prep volleyball Thursday. The Copper Kings won by scores of 25-16, 25-11 and 25-5. Kristi Keranen had seven aces and 48 assists Mallie Anderson had four aces and 30 assists. Elli Djerf and Marybeth Halonen had six kills each. Helen Beiring ...

Bostwick, Donnelly commit to FU hockey

HANCOCK — Houghton natives Kevin Bostwick and PJ Donnelly will be on the ice in 2020-21 for the Finlandia University men’s hockey team. It shouldn’t come as a surprise since the two played three years together at Houghton High School. Following graduation, Bostwick and Donnelly spent ...

Hancock dedicates Driving Park after Merv Klemett

HANCOCK — For the more than seven decades he was involved in local sports, the late Merv Klemett was always the man in the right spot. Klemett was honored Thursday night by the City of Hancock, which dedicated the Driving Park ball diamond in his name. Klemett's son, Paul, remembered his ...

Whitmer: Gyms, sports decision coming ‘very soon’

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she will make an announcement “very soon” on the reopening of gyms and clarifying the standing of high school and other youth sports, noting that she is aware many are anxious about their status amid the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

Holombo, Panthers top Bulldogs 3-1

CHASSELL — The Chassell Panthers took control in the second set Tuesday evening against the Hancock Bulldogs on the way to a 3-1 high school volleyball victory. Coach Karli Michaels’ Panthers won the first two sets by scores of 25-13 and 25-21 rallying from a 14-14 deadlock in the second ...

Keweenaw area schools announce spectator policies for fall sports

HOUGHTON — Fall high school sports are approaching, but in front of limited spectators. Executive orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer limit spectators at high school sporting events to 25 percent of a gymnasium’s capacity, or 250 people, whichever is smaller. The limited capacity ...

Father-son duo win Portage Lake club championships

HOUGHTON — Chris Roy and his son, Alex, became the first father-son duo to win the club championship at Portage Lake Golf Course. Chris Roy won the Senior Championship for the fifth time, defeating Tom Ward in the final, 4-2. It’s Roy’s first Senior Championship since repeating 2013-14. ...

Legends: Linder a key part of trailblazing Pioneers

There’s little question the Portage Lake Pioneers of the early 1900s were trailblazers. After all, the Pioneers of that era claimed the title as the first champions of professional hockey. But while J.L. “Doc” Gibson received the lion’s share of the credit for their success, there ...

Wild-cat champs: SNB-Stanton shuts down opposition to win Twilight title

STANTON — Pitching helped Superior National Bank-Stanton hold opponents scoreless in winning the Twilight Baseball League championship on Sunday. The win punctuated a tumultuous 2020 that has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. As professional and college sports across the ...

Dunstan, Houghton blank Baraga 8-0 for Over 50 crown

TAPIOLA — Steve Dunstan has pitched numerous games in his long slow-pitch softball career. But the 8-0 shutout for Houghton against Baraga in the Over 50 playoff championship game Monday night in Tapiola had to rank among his very best showings. Houghton manager Dave Usitalo said the ...

Watercross races a big success in Lake Linden

LAKE LINDEN — Jeff Moyle grew up practicing watercross on Torch Lake with his brothers, taking off from their home, just across the peninsula from the Lake Linden campgrounds.  “They gave the town a show for many, many years,” said his mother Denise Moyle.  This weekend, ...

Legends: Dizzy Trout wowed local ball fans

SOUTH RANGE — Of all the barnstorming sports teams that made it to the Copper Country, the 1947 group of major league baseball players was probably the favorite of local fans. Put together by Detroit players George Kell and Virgil Trucks, the team played a pair of exhibition games in ...

Baraga, Houghton set for Over 50 title

TAPIOLA — It will be Baraga and Houghton for the championship of the Over 50 Softball League playoffs next Monday. Baraga earned its spot in the finals with a 7-3 win over South Range Thursday. Mitch Lake was the winning pitcher, giving up nine hits. Joe Rossi allowed 14 raps in ...

Wolverine Hockey Scramble set for September

CALUMET — The Calumet Wolverines will host a 4-person scramble at the Calumet Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 5. The tournament is set to start at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start. The cost per team is $120. There will be flight prizes, door prizes and food. To register for the tournament, ...

SNB-Stanton, Garnet Garage win again

STANTON — Superior National Bank-Stanton put a bow on the regular season with a 5-0 win against Dean Kangas-State Farm in Twilight Baseball League action Tuesday. The win didn’t mean anything for the Wildcats in terms of playoff seeding. They clinched the league’s No. 1 seed last week. ...