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Church league champions

Provided Photo Eight teams from area churches participated in the Copper Country Slow Pitch Church Softball League this Summer. Eleven regular season games were followed by an evening of playoffs. It was a hometown matchup as first seed Evangel 2 (11-0) met second seed Evangel 1 (8-3) in ...

Houghton tops Baraga in Over 50 playoffs

TAPIOLA — Houghton grabbed an early 6-0 lead and coasted to a 10-2 win over Baraga on Monday night in the Over 50 Softball League playoffs. Houghton built its early lead after three innings. Jim Perrin, Dan Eikenberry and Dave Usitalo led the offense for the victors with three safeties ...

MHSAA delays high school football to spring

The 2020 high school football season in Michigan is being shifted to spring 2021, the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced today. All other fall sports will proceed as scheduled. The MHSAA’s council in East Lansing made the decision based on football’s higher risk for ...

Baraga continues to roll in Over 50s

TAPIOLA — Baraga stayed hot in Over 50 Softball League play Thursday. Since starting off 0-5, Baraga has won its last four games. That includes a 9-2 win over South Range last night in an opening round playoff game. The winners cracked out 18 hits — four by newcomer John Knuuttila. ...

REL, Garnet Garage pick up wins Tuesday

STANTON — REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies overpowered SNB-Stanton 5-1 Tuesday in Twilight Baseball League action Tuesday. REL Inc.-MT (4-4) found power from Michigan Tech hockey junior Brian Halonen, who homered in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 5-1 over SNB-Stanton. Before the game, ...

GLIAC votes to suspend all sports to 2021

HOUGHTON — The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to suspend all sports competition until 2021. The council voted on Tuesday and the decision was announced Wednesday morning. “The decision to suspend all sports ...

Bulldogs head in new direction with Mikesch as coach

HANCOCK — When the Hancock Bulldogs hockey team next hits the ice, it will be under the tutelage of a new, yet infinitely familiar face in Scott Mikesch. Mikesch was tapped to follow two-time state champion Dan Rouleau as the sixth head coach in Hancock hockey history. Mikesch carries a ...

Hancock football starts Aug. 10

HANCOCK — The Hancock Central High School football season begins with practice at 4 p.m. Monday. The two-a-day practices last until 7 p.m. at McAfee Field. Middle school football will issue equipment the week of Aug. 24. Practices begin Monday, Aug. 31. The Bulldogs volleyball program ...

Legends: Klingbeil was a force to be reckoned with on gridiron

HOUGHTON — At every level he played at, hard work typified Chuck Klingbeil’s athletic career. Whether it was in high school, college or the professional ranks, the late Houghton High product had to work for it. Former HHS football coach Jim Luoma once said Klingbeil was the hardest ...

NCHA moves conference hockey season to 2021 start

HANCOCK — The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that it will be moving conference play to the 2021 calendar year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Finlandia is a member of the NCHA for both men’s and women’s hockey. Conference athletic directors made the ...

Farrey duo wins Calumet Golf Club Ladies invite tourney

CALUMET — Shelly and Kenna Farrey won the Calumet Golf Club Ladies’ League invitational tournament on July 29. The mother-daughter Farrey duo topped 38 other teams for the tournament championship. They broke a three-way tie with Vickie Lobeck-Barb Rossi and Kristy Vlahos-Kim ...

15 Lions earn WIAC academic honors

MADISON, Wis. — The Finlandia University baseball team had 15 players named to the WIAC 2019-20 Men’s Scholastic Honor Roll. To be eligible, student-athletes need to have a 3.00 G.P.A. or higher for the 2019-20 academi9c year. Making the honor roll was freshman John Brundage, freshman ...

Bats power Stanton past State Farm, 17-0

HANCOCK — SNB-Stanton’s bats came through early and often in a 17-0 route against Dean Kangas-State Farm in Twilight Baseball League play Tuesday at Driving Park. SNB-Stanton (5-1) racked up 13 hits including six extra-base hits. Dax Durocher’s two-run home run in the top of the second ...

Parker, Simpson win PLGC scramble

HOUGHTON — James Parker and Jeffrey Simpson won the Portage Lake Golf Course three-person Senior Scramble. Despite not having a third member, Parker and Simpson won the scramble, carding an 8-under 64. Chris Roy, Robert Vial and Thomas Kearly finished one stroke back for second place. ...

Legends: Feigner dazzled crowds at Driving Park

HOUGHTON — On a late summer night in 1978, Eddie Feigner attracted a record crowd to the Hancock Driving Park. Feigner, of the King and His Court fame, was in town for one of the four trips he made to the Copper Country over the years. “I don’t recall ever seeing more people at one game ...

Finlandia cancels all fall sports

HANCOCK — After careful consideration, Finlandia director of athletics Curtis Wittenberg has announced the cancellation of competition for the University’s fall teams (football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball) for the fall 2020 season. While Finlandia’s fall teams will not ...

Over 50 softball: South Range spills Houghton

TAPIOLA — With just a week left in the regular season, the Over 50 Softball League has a deadlock for the top spot. South Range (5-2) downed Houghton 7-4 Thursday night. Jim Cvengros, in relief of Joe Rossi, was the winning pitcher. Steve Dunstan took the mound loss for Houghton ...

MTU’s LaJoie named preseason All-American

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech senior defensive lineman Nate LaJoie has been named a Preseason Second Team All-American by Lindy’s Sports in its annual college football preview magazine. LaJoie, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, was a 2019 Don Hansen First Team All-American and was honored on the ...

Nettells combine to help SNB-Stanton to victory

STANTON — SNB-Stanton put together a six-run fifth in cruising to a 12-5 win against Garnet Garage-Subway in Twilight Baseball League action Tuesday night. SNB-Stanton (4-1) batted around in the fifth with four hits, hit batsman, error and a walk in scoring the runs. Carter Nettell had a ...