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Prep Volleyball: Hancock sweeps Ishpeming

HANCOCK — Hancock made quick work of Ishpeming with a 3-0 sweep on Thursday. Hancock won by scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-15. The Bulldogs pulled off their second straight sweep after doing the same to Westwood on Tuesday. “I think this boosted our confidence and let us get into a ...

Prep Volleyball: Houghton downs IM, 3-1

HOUGHTON — After two tough losses on the road over the past week, the Houghton Gremlins found victory at home Tuesday night as the defeated the Iron Mountain Mountaineers 3-1 (25-15, 23-25 , 25-18, 25-15). Houghton head coach John Christianson said he like the team effort his girl ...

Peterson: Pro sports losing appeal

As one watches the different professional sports nowadays, you have to wonder how long they will stay popular. Take the National Football League, for instance. The league has insisted on changing the rules of the game so often, the actual rules are taking a beating by their interpretation ...

Huskies come up short: Alaska sweeps Tech with another one-goal win

HOUGHTON — Alaska scored first and had the last laugh with a 2-1 win Saturday in a weekend sweep over Michigan Tech. The Huskies (2-2, 0-2 WCHA) struggled with the breakout and puck possession as the Nanooks took a 2-0 lead in the second and held off Tech’s gradual offensive pressure the ...

Huskies rally, ground Eagles

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies women’s volleyball team had a goal in mind, contain the visiting Ashland Eagles’ potent offense led by senior middle Sophie Cudworth and redshirt junior outside Brooke Peiffer. The pair combined to score 37 of their team’s 56 points. While that ...

Former Gremlins captain local college teams

HOUGHTON — When they last shared something, it was the same jersey and the same job while they were making a final bid at a state title at the high school level for the Houghton Gremlins in hockey. Raymond Brice and Connor Hannon, who shared the captaincy for the Gremlins, had to get past a ...

Nanooks sweep Huskies with 2-1 win Saturday

HOUGHTON - Alaska scored first and had the last laugh with a 2-1 win Saturday in a weekend sweep over Michigan Tech. The Huskies (2-2, 0-2 WCHA) struggled with the breakout and puck possession as the Nanooks took a 2-0 lead in the second. For the second straight night, Tech tried to pull ...

Prep Football: Calumet hammers Houghton, 51-14

HOUGHTON — The Calumet Copper Kings are headed to the playoffs once again. They secured their postseason playoff spot with a 51-14 victory over the Houghton Gremlins Friday night on the road. With the win the Copper Kings (6-1, 4-1) remain in second place in the West PAC behind undefeated ...

Prep Football: Mountaineers thwart Bulldogs

IRON MOUNTAIN — Caleb Evosevich-Hynes ran for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns, while Marcus Johnson threw for 154 yards and two scores, as Iron Mountain whacked Hancock 42-6 Friday in a West PAC Copper Division game. “I thought it was a good team win,” Mountaineers head coach ...

Prep Football: Carney-Nadeau blanks Ontonagon, 50-0

ONTONAGON — The Carney-Nadeau Wolves set two major program milestones Friday in a 50-0 shutout win over Ontonagon in a Great Lakes Eight West Division contest. A year after going winless, the Wolves (3-4) set a program-record for wins in a season by picking up their third victory in a game ...

Prep Volleyball: Lakes rally past Houghton, 3-1

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell’s 3-1 win over Houghton on Thursday in volleyball might be classified as an upset by many observers. But Houghton coach John Christianson wasn’t among those. “They have a very good team,” Christianson said. “They have very skilled players. Jamie ...

Houghton girls repeat West PAC cross country title

NEGAUNEE — In the second year of the expanded West PAC, there’s been no change at the top when it comes to cross country. The fifth and final West PAC meet of the season was held at the Negaunee Township Hall on Thursday afternoon, with the Ishpeming boys and Houghton girls claiming the ...

From Copper Country to Ironman’s biggest event

KONA, Hawaii — Laurie Smith is ready to roll. The 53-year-old world-class athlete from Atlantic Mine is more than 4,000 miles away from home and eager for the Ironman World Championships. “I am all trained out. I’ve done everything I need to do,” she said. “It’s time to get this ...

Prep Volleyball: Vikings down Blue Bolts

DOLLAR BAY — The Baraga Vikings squeaked out a 3-0 victory on the volleyball court Wednesday against their cross-town rivals the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts. Despite the sweep, Dollar Bay forced the Vikings to fight in the final two sets, while nearly claiming their first set ...

Prep Volleyball: Gwinn sweeps Hancock

HANCOCK — Gwinn took an early lead and controlled the rest of the way in a 3-0 sweep against Hancock on Tuesday. The Modeltowners won by scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19. The Bulldogs hung around early in the first set, but Gwinn’s defense didn’t allow much on the night. That, ...

Prep Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Houghton

CALUMET — From the first serve to the last kill, Tuesday night’s volleyball match belonged to the Copper Kings. Calumet swept Houghton 3-0 and held the Gremlins to under 15 points in each set (25-9, 25-13, 25-12). “We played well as a team,” said Calumet head coach Matt Laho. “We ...

A Special Day: Hockeyville rolls out red carpet for Baraga teen

BARAGA — While the traveling circus of teams, personnel, TV camera crews and satellite trucks have long left the Copper Country with the start of the regular season, memories of Kraft Hockeyville USA in Calumet will not soon be forgotten. Just ask 15-year-old Bruce Tovey and his Baraga High ...

Prep Football: Lakes fall to West Iron County, 24-16

LAKE LINDEN — West Iron County outlasted Lake Linden-Hubbell’s strong first quarter, then took control in a 24-16 West PAC win Saturday. Nathan Thomson led the Wykons with 133 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. His success came even after some Wykons’ injuries forced ...

Prep Football: Calumet falters in gritty loss to Mountaineers

CALUMET — Iron Mountain survived a no-holds-barred West PAC dogfight in a 15-14 win over Calumet at Agassiz Field on Friday. The Mountaineers (6-0) qualified for their second straight playoff appearance and eighth since 2010. “We had a real good feeling that it was going to go just ...

Prep Football: Negaunee outlasts L’Anse, 36-14

L’ANSE — Purple Hornet’s head coach Mark Leaf knew he had his work cut out for him on the grid iron as the Negaunee Miners came to town on Friday. However, his workload got only harder just minutes into the game as his senior running back Jonah Dowd went down with an injured rib. They ...