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Kero joins familiar faces with Stars

DALLAS — Tanner Kero, Hancock native and former Michigan Tech Huskies center from 2011-2015, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars earlier this week. Kero, who finished his previous two-year contract with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and ...

Copper World wins senior title

STANTON — In a battle between Keweenaw Little League’s Copper World and Portage Lake Little League’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Saturday, Copper World earned the Senior Little League title, thanks to a 9-7 victory. Dryden Nelson got the start for Copper World, but could not make it through ...

Lions hockey shows success on ice, in classroom in 2019

HANCOCK — When current Finlandia Lions men’s hockey coach Joe Burcar was invited back into the fold, there were some obvious expectations locally: he would do his best to get the Lions back to competitive on a nightly basis, and he would do that with local talent. Stepping into the role ...

Tied at the top: SNB-Stanton pulls even with win

STANTON — Superior National Bank-Stanton defeated REL Inc.- Mohawk Technologies, 7-3, in Twilight League action on Tuesday in a game that could be summed up in just two half innings. For REL, it was the top of the fourth inning where they scored three runs. For SNB-Stanton, it was the ...

Dean Kangas-State Farm earns big win over Garnet Garage, 14-4

HANCOCK — Hot weather made for hot bats in favor of Dean Kangas-State Farm as they earned a 14-4 win against a younger, slightly slower Garnet Garage at the Hancock Driving Park on Tuesday. “We were patient at the plate and swung at some good pitches and put the ball in play tonight,” ...

Tough sweep: SNB earns sweep in doubleheader

CHASSELL — Superior National Bank (SNB) took both games against Northern Michigan Land Brokers (NMLB) in Copper County Women’s Fastpitch Softball action on Monday at Chassell Field. SNB won the first game in a very tight affair, 3-2, and took the second going away, 7-1. The first game ...

Rally title: Sayen’s battles back to earn majors title

SOUTH RANGE — Sayen’s Auto Sales rallied from behind to defeat J. Peltier Construction, 6-3, in the Portage Lake Little League Majors championship game on Saturday. In what was a well-played battle on both sides, Sayen’s took charge in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring four ...

Xpress Self Storage earns minors title

SOUTH RANGE — Emotions ran high between Rajala’s Kitchens and Xpress Self Storage(12-3) in Portage Lake Little League Minors Championship with Xpress emerging victorious with a 10-0 win at Veterans Field on Saturday in South Range. “The kids put the bats on the balls and everybody ...

Michigan Tech among hockey schools discussing affilation change

HOUGHTON — In a press release Friday, Michigan Technological University was named as one of seven schools named who have entered into an agreement with MKurtz Consulting to explore the possiblity of forming a new men’s hockey conference which would begin play in the 2021-22 season. “The ...

Nine locals to take part in All-Star game

MARQUETTE — On Saturday, eight high school football players who recently graduated from their schools will be competing in the U.P. Football All-Star Game at the Superior Dome in Marquette. The game, which is slated to start at 1 p.m., features some of the top senior athletes from across ...

Minor softball champs

Range Bank defeated the Frank A. Douglass Agency, 12-4, on Monday to win the Portage Lake Little League Minor Softball Championship. Lucy Biekkola pitched a complete game and had seven strikeouts for Range Bank. Kaelyn Rouleau, Meridyn Rautiola, and Tally Storm each had two hits for Range ...

Houghton still unbeaten

n remained unbeaten in Over 50 Softball League play Thursday night. The league leaders scored a 10-4 win over Tapiola behind three hits by Dave Kamerand. Adding two safeties each for the 6-0 winners were winning pitcher Scott Madajewski, Jed Pollard, Dave Usitalo, Darren Hietala and Dan ...