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Huskies begin 100th hockey season Oct. 9 vs. Michigan

College hockey is on the horizon, indeed. If there’s any sign that the halt put on daily life by the new coronavirus pandemic won’t last forever, Michigan Tech released its hockey schedule on Wednesday ahead of its 100th season this winter. So mark your calendars. The Huskies begin ...

Troy commits to Lions’ women’s hockey

HANCOCK — Cassie Troy has committed to play for the Finlandia University women’s hockey team. She is planning on majoring in Biology. Troy, a goalie from Bailey, Colo., had a solid career for the Laramie Outlaws (19U) and Wyoming Bandits (AA-Tier 2). “I chose Finlandia so that I could ...

Defenseman Walerowicz commits to Finlandia

HANCOCK — Nathan Walerowicz committed to play for the Finlandia University men’s hockey team. “I’m proud to announce my commitment to Finlandia University. I have continuously worked to become a collegiate hockey player,” Walerowicz said. “Coach (Joe) Burcar made me feel ...

Legends: Backstrom a prolific athletic talent

MOHAWK — Carl Backstrom may have been one of the most talented athletes Calumet High School ever produced in its long history. Better known as “Scuppy,” the late Backstrom put together a career that included most sports. In 1952, he was a awarded the George Gipp All-American award after ...

Forward Turi commits to Finlandia men’s hockey team

HANCOCK — Nolan Turi has committed to play for the Finlandia University men’s hockey team. Turi, a center/right wing, had a very strong season with the Metro Jets of the USPHL Premier. He scored 15 goals and 55 points in 42 games. “Nolan has been playing at high level for many ...

Legends: Kangas-Brody a memorable golf talent

L’ANSE — Jennifer Kangas-Brody always had something extra going for her during a fine athletic career. She would stick with whatever she was doing until it came to a statisfactory conclusion. That determination has netted her a number of achievements — the most recent coming earlier ...

Conover signs to play hockey at Finlandia

HANCOCK — Cameron Conover has committed to play for the Finlandia University men’s hockey team. He is planning on majoring in Business. Conover, a right-handed forward, is coming off an impressive season with the Metro Jets (USPHL Premier). He tallied nine goals with 22 assists for 31 ...

Finlandia’s Froberg, Osterman ranked statewide in free throws

HANCOCK — L’Anse junior Bailey Froberg and Baraga sophomore Carsyn Osterman finished the 2019-20 season ranked in the top 10 for free throw percentage and assists (respectively) among four-year Michigan colleges. Osterman averaged 4.31 assists per game which puts her seventh. She led the ...

Vertin getting chance to sizzle with Bacon

MACON, Ga. — As his first year as director of marketing and entertainment with the Macon Bacon baseball team came to a close in February 2019, Tyler Vertin and his staff were given high praise in his industry by his peers. His marketing strategy, from creating a mascot to the in-game ...

Legends: E-TC’s Manning remembered for raw talent

TROUT CREEK — Anyone who saw him play would likely insist that the late Jim Manning was among the very best high school basketball players in the Upper Peninsula. “I think he could have starred on any team in the state of Michigan,” late Chassell High coaching legend Ed Helakoski once ...

Esposito on 2020 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame ballot

DETROIT — Former Michigan Tech goaltender Tony Esposito is on the 2020 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame ballot as one of the amateur finalists. The ballot was unveiled Monday and allows for online fan voting through April 30. The 2020 induction is scheduled for Oct. 2 at MotorCity Casino ...

Crouch retires as LL-H football coach; Gervais tabbed next head coach

LAKE LINDEN — It’s the end of an era here. Andy Crouch, longtime head football coach at Lake Linden-Hubbell, is done as head coach. He’s actually been done a while. Crouch quietly notified LL-H athletic director Jack Kumpula in January that he was retiring. “It’s 365. We gotta ...

Gervais named Lake Linden-Hubbell football coach

LAKE LINDEN — Brett Gervais has been named the next football coach at Lake Linden-Hubbell. The news came Monday night in a press release from Lakes athletic director Jack Kumpula. Gervais, a 2011 LL-H graduate, played four years at Michigan Tech as a defensive back and was a Division II ...

Longtime Daily News sports writer Burt Angeli, 65, dies

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Daily News invited friends, former colleagues, coaches, past athletes, readers and others to submit remembrances and tributes on former sports editor Burt Angeli. Angeli, 65, died April 9 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Angeli was an Iron River High School and St. ...

Legends: Ferries one of Copper Country’s best

HOUGHTON — Chuck Ferries is generally remembered as the best skier ever to come out of the Copper Country. The Houghton native put together a strong career on the slopes, earning a spot on the 1964 United States Olympic team—and the cover of Sports Illustratred. But he had to earn his ...

Janke named to All-State First Team

DOLLAR BAY — Dollar Bay-Tamarack City senior Ashton Janke was named a Division 4 All-State First Team pick this week. Janke, who scored his 1,000th point this season for the Blue Bolts, led the team to the Division 4 District 98 championship against Chassell before the COVID-19 outbreak ...

E-TC’s Besonen, Calumet’s Djerf get All-U.P. honors

Ewen-Trout Creek junior Elise Besonen was named to the All-U.P. Dream Team on Monday. The point guard was one of a few local girls basketball players getting All-U.P. honors from the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Calumet junior Elli Djerf was named to the Division 1-3 ...

Beloved Tigers star, Hall of Famer Kaline dies at 85

DETROIT (AP) — Fresh off the train and only 18 years old, Al Kaline ran into an immediate roadblock trying to join the Detroit Tigers. Called up to the majors, he couldn’t get past the security guards at Briggs Stadium. “I finally convinced them I was the guy who just signed a bonus ...

Legends: Pietila-Aho was a versatile athlete

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country has produced many outstanding female athletes over the years. But Elizabeth Pietila-Aho probably ranked among the most versatile. The Hancock High product was known for her tenacity on the basketball court—and in other sports—she played at Hancock and ...

Janke, Simonsen make All-U.P. Dream Team

Dollar Bay-Tamarack City senior Ashton Janke was named the All-U.P. Division 4 Player of the Year on Friday. Janke’s accolade was among a few for local basketball players in this year’s U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association selections. Janke and Houghton senior Brad Simonsen ...