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Girls Basketball: Vikings top Munising, return to regional final

KINGSFORD — A swarming and disruptive full court press, throughout most of the game, is what Baraga used, to edge Munising 51-49 Tuesday in a MHSAA Division 4 Region 25 semifinal at the Kingsford Middle School gymnasium. Mustangs senior Megan Matson led all scorers with 23 points, with her ...

Peterson: Generational athletes are a rare breed

It’s a term that isn’t used often, but generational describes Michigan Tech’s Kyle Monroe and Houghton High’s Brad Simonsen to a tee. In my some 49 years of covering sports around here, I can only recall a handful of athletes who would fall into that classification. There was ...

Boys Basketball: Bulldogs fall to Red Devils in district opener, 68-44

HANCOCK — When the 3-point shooting of the Hancock Bulldogs faltered in an opening round Division 3 District 65 boys basketball opener Monday versus Ironwood, there was trouble ahead. The Red Devils took advantage of the misses in a 68-44 win. Ironwood coach Pete Lewinski said the book on ...

Boys Basketball: Copper Kings outduel Wykons

CALUMET — The Calumet Copper Kings are headed to the semi-finals in the Division 3 District 65 boys basketball tournament as they defeated the West Iron County Wykons 46-40 on Monday night at home. It was a back-and-forth battle from start to finish. The two teams had played each other ...

Boys Basketball: Maroons spill Gremlins in district opener

MENOMINEE — A strong defensive effort in the second half by the Menominee boys basketball team made life difficult for Houghton in Monday’s Division 2 District 33 opener and the Maroons were eventually able to pull away in the second half for a 69-53 victory, their first postseason win ...

Boys Basketball: Chassell tops Lakes in district opener, 60-48

CHASSELL — Although turnovers were an early issue Monday night, the Chassell boys’ basketball team used a big-scoring first half to take down visiting Lake Linden-Hubbell 60-48 in the opening game of MHSAA Division 4, District 98 state playoff action. It was a rematch of Friday’s ...

Boys Basketball: Laingren’s buzzer-beater lifts Gladiators past Cardinals

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon’s season was on the line — they were inbounding the ball underneath their own basket while down by two points with four seconds on the clock in the first game of the district tournament — and their intended target ended up on the floor. Season over, right? ...

Copper Kings whitewash Gaylord 11-1 in Division 3 quarterfinal

MARQUETTE — Calumet’s speed and firepower took effect early in decimating Gaylord 11-1 in a mercy-rule Division 3 state quarterfinal win Saturday. The Copper Kings (22-5-1) play Detroit Country Day (23-3) in the state semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 13 in Plymouth. It’s ...

Girls Basketball: Calumet tops Bulldogs in 2OT

HANCOCK — If you like thrills and suspense, Friday night’s Division 3 District 65 championship between Calumet and Hancock had it all. In the end, the Copper Kings walked away with a double overtime 52-47 win at a jam-packed and noisy Hancock Gym. “It was a heckuva of a game,” a ...

Girls Basketball: L’Anse wins district crown

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Purple Hornets held off Ewen-Trout Creek 39-34 for the Division 4 District 97 championship on Friday. The Panthers trailed by two points heading into the fourth quarter, but L’Anse outscored them 12-9 to seal the win. Maija Rice led L’Anse with 11 points. ...

Girls Basketball: Vikings repeat district title

BARAGA — It was Baraga from the start and Baraga till the end as the Vikings girl’s basketball team clinched another district title as they downed the Chassell Panthers 52-26. It was the second year in a row that these two teams have met in the Division 4 District 98 title game, and the ...

College Hockey: Parrottino scores hat trick, Huskies beat Wildcats 4-1

MARQUETTE — There were many storylines going into Friday night’s WCHA first-round playoff matchup between Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech, but one seemed to loom above the others. That one was NMU’s struggles at home this year against the rival Huskies, and by the end of ...

Boys Basketball: Jets upset Dollar Bay, 49-47

DOLLAR BAY — Isaiah Frahm took the game into his hands, scoring 15 points to help the Jeffers Jets hand Dollar Bay-Tamarack City its first home loss of the season, 49-47, on Friday. The Jets (14-6), with Frahm’s help, made key shots down the stretch while the Blue Bolts didn’t. Jeffers ...

Prep Hockey: Second line key to Copper Kings’ success so far

CALUMET — Calumet Copper Kings hockey coach Dan Giachino has a luxury most other coaches at his level do not have, and he is very happy to have it at this time of year. The Copper Kings have what really amounts to two top lines, and that depth played a big part in their victory Wednesday ...

Men’s Basketball: Huskies face GVSU in GLIAC tourney

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies men’s basketball team is back in the GLIAC Final Four for the third time in four years. They will face the Grand Valley State University Lakers on Saturday in Allendale. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. The Huskies split their regular season games with the ...

Weather postpones boys basketball games

HOUGHTON — Inclement weather postponed four boys basketball games to Friday. Two of the games will take place before girls basketball district championship games. Chassell visits Lake Linden-Hubbell at 4 p.m. Ontonagon is at Baraga at 4:30 p.m. Calumet is at Hancock at 5:30 p.m. Jeffers ...

Prep Hockey: Calumet tops Houghton for regional crown

HOUGHTON — Good things come to those who wait. Under the new playoff format, both the Calumet Copper Kings and Houghton Gremlins sat waiting for Wednesday’s Division 3 Region 17 title game for six days. The Copper Kings started the game slowly, but built their way to a crescendo, ...

College Hockey: Huskies visit rival Wildcats in WCHA tournament 1st round

Michigan Tech faces Northern Michigan for a second straight week. This time, the bitter rivals meet in the first round of the WCHA tournament at the Berry Events Center, a place where the Huskies have done well. Tech won both games in Marquette during the regular season home-and-home series ...

Girls Basketball: Eskymos edge Houghton, 58-57

HOUGHTON — Few victories will taste as sweet — or few as bitter — as what the Escanaba Eskymos and Houghton Gremlins bit into Wednesday night in girls basketball Division II district tourney play. In the end, the Eskymoes eked a 58-57 win in overtime that advances them to the finals ...