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FU women look to rely on speed this season

HANCOCK — Lacking a true post player, the Finlandia University women's basketball will try to compensate with quickness and outside shooting this season. The Lions haven't had a big center for several years — a fact not lost on new coach John “Mo” Motherwell. “We would have ...

FU men feature key returners this season

HANCOCK — Replacing nearly a third of your offense isn't normally the kind of thing a basketball coach looks forward to. But Finlandia University men's skipper Mike O'Donnell feels he has the weapons to make up for the loss of graduated seniors Brandon Robinson and Marcus ...

FU women’s hockey looking forward to showdown with St. Norbert

HANCOCK — While last weekend did not quite end the way that head coach Matt Marchel wanted it to, the Finlandia Lions women's hockey team did come away from their long road trip to Trine with a split. The Lions took the opener 2-0 on Friday before falling 5-1 on Saturday. It was the tale of ...

FU men’s hockey preps for showdown with No. 2 Adrian

HANCOCK — Opening weekend for the Finlandia Lions men's hockey team could not have been crueler as the Lions dropped a 5-0 decision to Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and a 3-0 game against Concordia. However, there were a number of positives that came out of the weekend. Head coach ...

Tech volleyball wins 9th straight GLIAC match with sweep over Northwood

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team swept the Northwood Timberwolves (25-23, 27-25, 30-28) in GLIAC match, Friday inside the Wood Gym. Tech tallied its ninth straight conference win of the season and improved to 18-8 overall and 12-3 in the conference standings. "It was a ...

Houghton’s Zenner ready to play for team she grew up watching

HOUGHTON — Getting shots up at the Michigan Tech SDC was a routine occurrence for Sloane Zenner. As a child and all the way up to preparing for her senior season at Houghton High School, that’s where she honed her game. And during these shooting sessions, the Michigan Tech women’s ...

E-TC’s Jake Witt signs NLI to play basketball at Michigan Tech

EWEN — Five days before practice starts for his senior year on the hardwood at Ewen-Trout Creek, Jake Witt made his college plans official. Witt signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Michigan Tech Wednesday afternoon with his family and coaches in attendance at ...

Trotter brings defensive mentality to Tech

HOUGHTON — It took just one visit to the Wood Gym for Cassidy Trotter to be enamored with the Michigan Tech women’s basketball program.  “I remember just walking into the gym and they pointed to all the banners,” Trotter said. “You could tell it was a winning program, and coming ...

Michigan Tech players, Shawhan reflect on NMU rivalry

HOUGHTON — There's a sequence in the 1996 movie, “Michael,” that perfectly depicts what Michigan Tech head coach Joe Shawhan wants out of his Huskies.  It's OK if you haven't seen it. Shawhan doesn't mind setting the scene. The movie was made when most of Shawhan's players were toddling ...

Calumet sweeps St. Ignace, advances to regional title match against WIC

GLADSTONE — The Calumet Copper Kings left nothing to chance Tuesday night as they rolled past the St. Ignace Saints 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-14) in a Class C regional volleyball opener at Gladstone High School. Calumet quickly built a 4-0 lead in the opening set, with senior Brooke Karaniemi ...

LL-H swept by Munising in regional semifinals

ISHPEMING — Skyline Central Conference Player of the Year Kianne Wendt had a stellar night, posting 19 kills and 11 aces to lead Munising past Lake Linden-Hubbell in three sets to advance to the Class D regional championship game on Thursday night at Westwood High School. The Mustangs won ...

FU tops Gogebic behind Carlson, Robinette

HANCOCK — Finlandia University men's basketball coach Mike O'Donnell was looking for a couple of things in his team's exhibition opener against Gogebic Community College on Tuesday. One, he wanted to see how Brandon Robinette (Escanaba) would do after missing all of the last season with a ...

Finlandia names Rob Boss as head coach of football program

Finlandia University Athletic Director Curtis Wittenberg today announces the promotion of Rob Boss to head coach of the university's football program, effective immediately. “Rob has shown incredible leadership in his one year at Finlandia, and we're confident his abilities, passion and ...

Michigan Tech snaps losing streak, ties with BGSU

HOUGHTON — There are two ways to score a goal, according to Michigan Tech head coach Joe Shawhan.   The first is purely on skill. When a player is outright better than his opponent and is able to rely on talent to get the job done.   The second way requires a little something extra. ...

Tech volleyball defeats Northern Michigan, moves into 2nd place

MARQUETTE — Madison Whitehead had 15 kills but it wouldn’t be enough as the Northern Michigan volleyball team fell to Michigan Tech in five sets in a thriller of a match at a packed Vandament Arena in Marquette. The Huskies won 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 18-16. MTU (17-8 overall) moved ...

Michigan Tech football falls to Tiffin 14-7

TIFFIN, Ohio — The Michigan Tech football team fell in a GLIAC contest on Saturday at Tiffin 14-7. The Dragons rallied in the second half with 14 unanswered points to pull past the Huskies in the final road game of the 2017 season. “It was another typical GLIAC football game, close, ...

Finlandia loses to Trinity Bible 37-14

ELLENDALE, N.D. — Freshman De'Llontae Johnson had a strong performance as the Finlandia University football team (3-3) lost 37-14 to Trinity Bible (2-5), Saturday afternoon at Bob Tatum Field. Trinity Bible drew first blood scoring a touchdown with 7:38 on the clock in the first quarter. ...

Tech drops 4th straight, falls 2-1 to Bowling Green

HOUGHTON — Sometimes when things are going wrong, the best thing to do is go home and regroup.   But a home game couldn't fix No. 20 Michigan Tech's losing streak. Instead, the Huskies dropped their fourth contest in a row, losing 2-1 to Bowling Green State at the MacInnes Student ...

LL-H’s Heikkinen named All-U.P. Small School Defensive POY

Peter Heikkinen’s impact on the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes was evident on the scoreboard. While he sat out the first two games due to injury, LL-H allowed 27 points per game, but with him, the Lakes’ defense tightened up and surrendered just 17 points on average the rest of the regular ...