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Superior Polymer and KBear 102 advance to championship

LAURIUM — KBear 102 took an early lead with a four-run first inning and although it was a close battle held off Dean Kangas State Farm in a semifinal matchup. Henry Johnson and Max Harju lead off the game with walks, Max Spelich drove in Johnson as the game’s first run with a double. Owen ...

Rajala’s Kitchens downs Pats Foods for trip to title game

SOUTH RANGE — The boys and girls of Rajala’s Kitchens are not afraid to swing the bat. When they step up to the plate, they want to hit. On Wednesday, they swung their way to a 9-4 win over Pat’s Foods in Portage Lake Little League Minors semifinal action. “They are trained to swing ...

McDonalds beats UP Audiology for Major Softball crown

HANCOCK — Sadie Biekkola struck out 15 opposing hitters to help McDonald’s defeat UP Audiology 7-2 in the Portage Lake Little League major softball championship game at the Hancock Driving Park Wednesday. McDonald’s scored two runs in the bottom of the first on a single by Naomi Frahm. ...

Coca Cola takes both ends of doubleheader Wednesday

CHASSELL — Hot temperatures helped Coca Cola’s hot bats in a pair of victories over Northern Michigan Landbrokers in Copper Country Woman’s Fastpitch Softball play on Wednesday at Chassell Field. Coca Cola won 12-4 and 7-1 on the night. Coca Cola took advantage of some slow returns with ...

Kids Fishing Day on Saturday

The Rockland Pond Kids Day will be this Saturday. The annual event is another community event put on by the Upper Peninsula Sport Fisherman’s Association. The volunteer organization strives to get children into fishing. “All you need to do is bring the kids to the Rockland pond. Fishing ...

Title bound: Xpress Self Storage headed to championship game, 11-1

SOUTH RANGE — Xpress Self Storage did it again. The No. 1-ranked team hit their way into the Portage Lake Little League Minors championship game as they defeated the the fifth-seeded South Range VFW, 11-1, on Wednesday. “Our lineup puts the ball on the bat,” said Xpress manager Brian ...

Peltier advances with win: No. 6 seed knocks off No. 3 Tervo Agency

SOUTH RANGE — Hot bats and smooth gloves was the winning combination as the No. 6 seeded J. Peltier Construction defeated the No. 3 seeded Tervo Agency 10-6 in Portage Lake Little League Majors playoff action on Tuesday. “It was a great game,” said Peltier’s manager Jesse Kentala. ...

Superior Service scores 16 in one inning, earns win

SOUTH RANGE — It just took one inning for Superior Service Towing to show they were the better team on Tuesday night as they defeated the Chassell VFW, 16-0, in Portage Lake Little League Majors playoff action. That inning was the top of the first as Superior scored all 16 of their runs in ...

Roundup: KBear wins in extras, NorthStar wins

ight for playoff baseball at the Gipp Fields on Tuesday. REL Inc. took an early lead on KBear in the opener with two runs in the top of the first as Ryder Hyrkas and Luke Hamlin both walked and came in to score on wild pitches. Both starters settled in after that and pitched well. Toby ...

Kirby throws no-hitter as SNB-Stanton tops Garnet

STANTON — Looking to end their three-game losing streak Tuesday night, Superior National Bank-Stanton did just that, earning an 11-0 Copper Country Twilight League victory over Garnet Garage at Stanton Field. Kevin Bostwick drove the SNB-Stanton offense with three runs scored on the ...

Advanced: South Range VFW tops Auto Pro, 11-6

SOUTH RANGE — Despite cold temperatures, the South Range VFW used two strong offensive innings to hold off the home team, Auto Pro Glass & Tire, 11-6, and advancing in the Portage Lake Little League Minors postseason tournament in South Range on Monday. With the win, South Range ...

Rajala’s earns win over Copper Country Elks, 7-5

SOUTH RANGE — Timely hitting in the late innings was the key to victory as Rajala’s Kitchens was able to pull out to a 7-5 win against the Copper Country Elks in Portage Lake Little League Minors playoff action on Monday. The game was a back-and-forth battle with the score tied twice. ...

Pat’s Foods earns 13-9 win over Rotary

SOUTH RANGE — Riding a six-run inning to break the offense open, Pat’s Foods earned a win in Portage Lake Little League Minors playoff action, 13-9, over Houghton Rotary. Pat’s got that big lead early thanks in part to a triple from Fynn Pennala and a double by Lucas Mayra. Pennala, ...

Minors roundup: Rajala’s, Elks earn wins

SOUTH RANGE/STANTON — Playing their last game before the Portage Lake Little League Minors playoffs begin Monday, Rajala’s Kitchens and the Copper Country Elks both finished strong Saturday. Rajala’s earned a 14-2 victory over Houghton Rotary while the Elks outslugged KBear, ...

Legends: Tauno Nurmela was early track champ

COVINGTON — His hero was Finnish Olympic track star Paavo Nurmi, and the late Tauno Nurmela did his best to duplicate the feats of the famed distance runner. Nurmela, who was born in Finland, came to the states in the early 1900s with his family, who settled in the Covington area. By the ...

Dean Kangas earns win

STANTON — Looking to bounce back from a tough 3-1 loss on Tuesday, Dean Kangas-State Farm used a four-run third inning and a five-run fifth to earn a 10-6 victory over Garnet Garage at Stanton Field Thursday. Dean Kangas got things going immediately as player-manager Brian Juopperi singled ...

Chassell, Houghton win

TAPIOLA — Chassell and Tapiola played an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel Thursday night in Over 50 Softball League play. Chassell was a 6-0 winner in a game where winning hurler Steve Giddings and losing hurler Len Juntunen each gave up just eight hits. But Chassell busted open a 2-0 game ...

K-Bear 102 defeats REL Inc., 18-3

LAURIUM — Owen Peterson earned the win for KBear 102.3 pitching three innings and giving up two runs while striking out eight in a four-inning game. Niiko Johnson pitched the final inning at Gipp Field and struck out two. Ryder Hyrkas took the loss for REL, but struck out five in the process. ...

Playing with courage: Ben Wilson wraps up a successful LL-H sports career

LAKE LINDEN — A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at the young age of eight was not going to stop Ben Wilson from doing what he loved to do: play sports. On the contrary, it was athletics that has kept him healthy and positive over the past decade. A month ago, the 18-year-old Wilson graduated ...