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Finlandia primed for football opener

HANCOCK — A familiar opponent will offer the first test for the Finlandia University football team Saturday. Concordia (Wis.) College hosts the Lions — the third year in a row coach the Travis Wiltzius-coached Lions will see the Falcons. “Concordia has a very solid program,” ...

Finlandia soccer goalie Linteo named conference Player of the Week

HANCOCK — Finlandia freshman Sam Linteo was named the American Collegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week for women’s soccer. This is the first time Linteo has won the award. Linteo had a strong collegiate debut weekend giving up five goals and recording 16 saves in 180 ...

Volleyball: Bulldogs edge Panthers in 5 sets

HANCOCK — It wasn’t perfect, but Hancock did enough to thwart Chassell in five sets for a volleyball victory on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs (1-0) under first-year head coach Elle Heinonen, took down the Panthers by scores of 21-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 and 15-7. Hancock outscored Chassell ...

Volleyball: Lakes outpace Purple Hornets, 3-1

L’ANSE — Volleyball is a game of momentum. An ace serve or a big kill can keep a rally going. Likewise, a serve into the net or a ball bounced long can squelch a scoring burst. Momentum was certainly the name of the game on Tuesday night as the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes outlasted the ...

Volleyball: Radtke brings raw athletic talent to MTU

HOUGHTON — With the graduations two years ago of Lauren Emmert and Stephanie Dietrich, head coach Matt Jennings and his staff have been looking for players who would form the future of the middle of the of the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team’s front row in the future. With the ...

Football: LL-H runs through Norway in opener

NORWAY — There’s no doubt the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes were facing adversity heading into their football opener here Saturday afternoon. The Lakes lost senior quarterback and All-Upper Peninsula Small School defensive back Carter Crouch to a torn ACL in a pre-season scrimmage, forcing ...

Quiet confidence: Kuizenga brings her winning attitude to Houghton

HOUGHTON — Spend just 30 seconds around Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball freshman Jillian Kuizenga, and one thing stands out immediately — her confidence. The 6-foot-1 right side hitter has spent three of her last five years winning AAU national titles as a member of both the USAV High ...

Hundreds compete in Copper Harbor Trails Fest bike races

COPPER HARBOR — Those of us that live in the greater Keweenaw understand what makes our area great. People, culture, natural beauty and outdoor sports. The Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails fest this past weekend drew a crowd that enjoyed all four of those. Four main events were ...

Soccer: Adrian nips Lions in opener, 5-0

HANCOCK — The Finlandia University women’s soccer team never stopped fighting in a 5-0 loss to Adrian on Friday night at McAfee Field. “I’m proud of the girls,” said head coach Grace Sokolow. “We knew Adrian held a regional ranking going into the game. Our goals were to play a ...

Football: Calumet routs Gogebic on new turf, 47-7

CALUMET – The Calumet Copper Kings picked up right where they left off last year — winning football games. On Thursday, Calumet did it in a big way on a brand new field and before a set of bleachers full of hometown fans, rolling to a 47-7 win over Gogebic on new turf at Agassiz ...

Copper Harbor Trails Fest on tap this weekend

COPPER HARBOR — Some things old, some things new, some things brutal, and skies of blue. Rest assured the 26th edition of the Copper Harbor Trails Fest will have something for everyone. From the regional racer making the trip up to the tip of the Keweenaw, to the local bike and run ...

Volleyball: Deja vu — Lake Linden sweeps Jeffers

LAKE LINDEN — The Jeffers High School girl’s varsity volleyball team returned to the gym at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Thursday evening looking to avenge a championship-match loss to the Lakes in Monday’s Copper Mountain Conference preseason tournament. But despite scrappy play at ...

Football: Hancock stifles L’Anse in 21-0 win

HANCOCK — For one half Thursday evening, it was a typical L’Anse-Hancock football game. The Bulldogs held a slim 7-0 halftime lead at McAfee Field as both defenses were dominant in the season opener. But the Bulldogs relied on their stout defense to halt any offensive thrusts by the ...

Volleyball: Christianson ready for 30th season as Gremlins’ head coach

HOUGHTON — As the sound of volleyballs bounced off the hardwood floors of the Houghton Gym, head coach John Christianson organized his varsity girls into another defensive formation. “If we transition here, then we have to cut down an angle,” he said to his back line of defenders. ...

Heinonen takes over as Bulldogs volleyball coach

HANCOCK – The Hancock Bulldogs have a new leader on the volleyball court. Elle Heinonen, a recent volleyball standout at Michigan Tech University, is wrapping up her second week as head coach of the varsity team and enjoying every minute of it. She replaces Sarah Geiger who led the team for ...

Speed demons: Houghton boys, Chassell girls win season-opener at Kilpela Farm

ATLANTIC MINE – The Jeffers Invite has all the trappings of a cross country family reunion and rightfully so. It takes place on the Kilpela family farm, comes complete with a potluck spread of fruit, homemade cookies and finger foods and has on its invitation list around 10 area schools who ...

Opponents in Copper Mountain Conference chasing Lakes

On Monday, teams from the Copper Mountain Conference got their first look at the team everyone is chasing, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes, who won the conference last fall. The Lakes, who had some shaky moments throughout Monday’s tournament, still managed to come away with a victory in the ...

O’Donnell named girls basketball coach at Negaunee

NEGAUNEE — Mike O’Donnell has been hired as head coach of the Negaunee High School varsity girls basketball program, the school announced Monday morning. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because O’Donnell led the Miners boys for nine seasons from 2005-14 with a vast amount of ...

Lakes announce 2019 Hall of Fame class

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools is pleased to announce the third group of inductees into the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction will take place Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. along with a continental breakfast in the high school commons area. The ...