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Finlandia winter sports looking at Feb. 5 start

Finlandia University is awaiting more guidance and recommendations from the NCAA, as well as local and state officials. Finlandia said in a press release that university officials will meet Jan. 4 for “more fact-gathering” before deciding on whether to green-light its winter sports ...

Hancock native Miller wins prestigious PGA award

In the world of Copper Country sports, the last name Miller is synonymous with hockey. Rick Miller coached the Hancock Bulldogs for more than two decades, and winning more than 350 games. His brother Don led the Houghton Gremlins to more than 375 victories from 1969 to 1999. Even more ...

Tech’s Pietila named WCHA Goalie of the Week

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech sophomore goaltender Blake Pietila was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week. The league office announced the news Wednesday afternoon. Pietila anchored Tech’s defensive efforts in a series split against No. 6 Minnesota State on Sunday and Monday. He made a ...

Virus-related restrictions again hit fall prep playoffs

EAST LANSING (AP) — The group that runs Michigan high school sports expressed disappointment Monday in another delay in finishing the fall season. The Michigan High School Athletic Association said it had provided a plan to complete tournaments in swimming, volleyball and football with no ...

Pietila stops 43 shots, Huskies beat Mavericks 3-1

HOUGHTON — During what has already been a strange season, the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team took advantage of mistakes by No. 6 Minnesota State in a 3-1 win Sunday evening at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Neither team had played in at least two weeks as the Mavericks (1-1-0) had ...

Pietila strong again, but Huskies fall to Mavericks 2-0

HOUGHTON — Minnesota State was bound to wake up at some point. On Monday night, the No. 6 Mavericks’ offense awoke and dominated play in a 2-0 win over Michigan Tech. If it weren’t for sophomore goaltender Blake Pietila, it may have been a worse outcome. He made 35 saves in the ...

Simpson commits to Finlandia softball team

HANCOCK — Isabella Simpson has committed to play for the Finlandia University softball team. Simpson, of Bardstown, Ky., joins Elizabeth Mukka (Fairland, Ind.) in the 2020 recruiting class. Simpson is entering her senior year at Bardstown High School. She has helped the Lady Tigers ...

Tech hosts No. 6 Minnesota State in Sunday-Monday series

There’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has shown: nothing is guaranteed. Michigan Tech’s 100th hockey season (and all other schools’) was upended by the pandemic. After the Huskies lost and tied at Lake Superior State on Nov. 21-22, virus disruptions have continued. Tech’s series ...

Legends: Gresnick had colorful career

CALUMET — He was given his colorful nickname by fans in Marquette, but the late Frank “Puppy” Gresnick never forgot his Copper Country roots. Gresnick grew up in Raymbaultown, just south of Calumet. It was an area rich in hockey tradition back in the early 20th century. “There was ...

Hockey: Huskies, Mavericks series moved to Sunday, Monday

The Michigan Tech hockey series against No. 6 Minnesota State was moved to Sunday and Monday. Michigan Tech (0-1-1) said in a press release fans will not be allowed because of a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order. The series was originally scheduled for Friday and ...

Steelers overcome rust, Ravens to stay perfect

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t one for excuses. Even as COVID-19 wreaked havoc with his team’s schedule, pushing their matchup with Baltimore from Thanksgiving night to middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week in the middle of a pandemic, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers ...

Huskies announce women’s soccer class

HOUGHTON — Seven student-athletes committed to join the Michigan Tech soccer team in fall 2021, head coach Bulut Ozturk announced Tuesday. They include AK Syracuse, Avery McNally, Ella Roach, Emilie Clayton, Grace Hoeppner, Mia Van der Heide, and Tristyn Phillips. The class includes four ...

Legends: Stream could do it all on the court

ISHPEMING — Sarah Stream-Stanek had a star spangled high school basketball career at Westwood High School. And only a couple of untimely injuries during her career at Michigan Tech kept her from doing the same at the collegiate level. “I don’t think there’s any doubt, without the ...

Minnesota State pauses hockey activities after positive COVID-19 test

Minnesota State announced a pause in hockey activities Tuesday after positive COVID-19 test results within the program. It’s the second WCHA program to cancel games this weekend after Northern Michigan announced a positive test result within its program on Monday. Minnesota State didn't ...

MTU-NMU hockey matchup canceled

Michigan Tech’s hockey series against Northern Michigan this weekend was canceled. At least one positive COVID-19 test in Northern’s hockey program was cited for the series cancellation. The university neither specifed how many results were positive, nor identified players or ...

Huskies drop Sunday matinee at LSSU

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Michigan Tech fell 4-1 at Lake Superior State Sunday (Nov. 22) afternoon at Taffy Abel Arena. Eric Gotz scored for the Huskies to tie the game before three third period goals by the Lakers, including a pair in the final 2:14. “It’s disappointing,” Tech coach ...

Tech opens 100th season at Lake Superior State

HOUGHTON — Any other year, under lesser circumstances, it’d be a more festive atmosphere. But with the country still under the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Tech begins its milestone 100th hockey season quietly. The Huskies visit Lake Superior State for a Saturday-Sunday ...

Legends: Lurtsema had many talents

MINNEAPOLIS — Of all the athletes who have come through Michigan Tech over the years, Bob Lurtsema was probably the most interesting. For one thing, the Grand Rapids native was one of a very few Huskies to earn all-conference laurels in two sports in the same season. He was the first and ...

MHSAA makes plans for fall championships in December

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school football championship games would be played after Christmas if the state allows fall sports to resume, officials said Wednesday. Sports and in-person classes are on a three-week break in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Football ...

MHSAA suspends fall sports tournaments, start of winter sports

For the second time this year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended championship tournaments because of an emergency order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The start of high school winter sports was also suspended, the MHSAA said. The MHSAA’s decision was announced ...