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Calumet wins 6th straight district with sweep over Chassell

CALUMET — Matt Laho admits he felt some pressure when he took over as head coach of the Calumet volleyball program. And how could he not? He was replacing Lisa Twardzik, who built the Copper Kings into one of the top programs in the U.P. during her 20-year coaching career. Calumet won 78 ...

LL-H sweeps DB to win 8th straight district

DOLLAR BAY — Lake Linden-Hubbell has a secret weapon.   It's not the Lakes' hard serves, defense or precise ball placement — though those were all on display in LL-H's three-set victory over Dollar Bay for the Class D district championship (25-11, 25-23, 25-19).   To find the thing ...

No. 20 Michigan Tech gears up for Bowling Green

HOUGHTON — On a road trip, everyone has a job. There is the driver of course, in charge of pointing the car in the right direction and deciding how fast to go in order to get to the destination without a costly speeding ticket. There is the copilot, the second in command, who is in charge of ...

Garrett Young to remain Michigan Tech’s starting QB

Michigan Tech Huskies (4-5, 3-4 GLIAC) at Tiffin Dragons (5-4, 4-3 GLIAC) When: Saturday, 1 p.m. Where: Frost-Kalnow Stadium Radio: 93.5 FM Online stream: http://www.tudragonradio.com/ Weather: 50 degrees. - - - TIFFIN, Ohio — The development of Michigan Tech freshman ...

Tech women fall to UWGB in exhibition

GREEN BAY — The Michigan Tech women's basketball team battled NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in an exhibition game Thursday night on the road. The Huskies fell 87-49, but held their own against one of the top NCAA Division I teams in the country. "I was really proud of a ...

Finlandia men’s hockey program looks to bounce back

HANCOCK — On the surface, nothing about head coach Joe Burcar's return to the Finlandia Lions men's hockey program went well last season. He was hired in August, the Lions battled injuries throughout the season and only one player dressed in all 25 games. All of these issues added up to a ...

Finlandia women’s hockey heads to Trine

ANGOLA, Ind. — Coming off of a 3-1 loss to the St. Catherine Wildcats, the Finlandia Lions women's hockey team goes back on the road this weekend to face Trine, a newcomer to the NCHA this season. The Lions are honored to be the first team to face the Thunder and they also hope to build off ...

Calumet beats Houghton in 4 sets to advance to district championship

CALUMET — As Calumet captured district volleyball titles in each of the last four seasons, it was fair for locals to wonder just how many of those championships could have gone differently if it were not for a few students that kept the Houghton Gremlins above the Class C enrollment ...

Johnson and Anderson’s bond strengthens Calumet’s defense

CALUMET — The ball soars over the net and Amber Johnson lays out. On the bench, Ava Anderson sits up straight. When Johnson connects with the ball for one of her 35 digs on the game, Anderson leaps up and lets out a loud cheer.  It was a common sight Wednesday as Calumet defeated Houghton ...

Chassell advances to district finals with win over Hancock

CHASSELL — Defeating an opponent three times in one season is considered one of the toughest feats in any sport. Just ask Chassell High volleyball coach Kaitlyn Michaels. "Beating a team three times in one season is very difficult," Michaels said after her team downed Hancock 3-1 (25-21, ...

Calumet aims to continue winning ways against Houghton

CALUMET — The Copper Kings have their pregame routine down to a science. It all starts with a locker room dance party — though their skills clearly lie elsewhere. “None of us are any good,” senior Lea Bjorn said with a laugh.  Then, they talk about the upcoming game and have some ...

Houghton hopes 4th time is the charm against Calumet

HOUGHTON — When the MHSAA released the enrollments classifications of each school for the 2017-18 season, the biggest local change was the Houghton Gremlins moving from Class B to Class C. This meant the traditional volleyball powers of Houghton and the Calumet Copper Kings would be renewing ...

Calumet sweeps L’Anse on quest for 6th consecutive district title

L’ANSE — The Calumet Copper Kings have traditionally owned late October and early November by winning the last five district and regional volleyball championships.  And they’re off to a flawless start for number six.  Calumet swept the L’Anse Purple Hornets in about as dominating ...

LL-H, Dollar Bay advance to Class D district championship

DOLLAR BAY — Dollar Bay and Lake Linden-Hubbell gained a spot in the Class D district volleyball finals with victories Monday night. In the opening match at the DBHS Gym, the host Blue Bolts had to hold off Ontonagon in five sets. The Lakes, the heavy favorites in the districts, lost a ...

E-TC falls in 4 sets to Wakefield-Marenisco

WAKEFIELD — Big comebacks are the best — especially in the final set and especially in the opening round game of the MHSAA Class D District 127 volleyball tournament on Monday. Momentum teetered back and forth in the first three sets as Wakefield-Marenisco won sets one and three 25-13 and ...

Tech women ranked No. 21 in preseason poll

LILBURN, Ga. — The Michigan Tech women's basketball team is ranked No. 21 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Huskies are one of two GLIAC teams who are in the preseason poll, with defending ...

Hancock can’t hold off Menominee, falls 36-26 in district semifinal

MENOMINEE — You can’t underestimate the value of playoff experience.  The Menominee Maroons, a program with 22 consecutive postseason appearances and 65 playoff games during that span, have played in more do-or-die games than anyone in the U.P. By comparison, the Hancock Bulldogs have ...

St. Francis overpowers Calumet 28-6

TRAVERSE CITY — Calumet's football season ended Saturday, but not without a fight. The Copper Kings gave Traverse City St. Francis a scare on its home turf before the Gladiators pulled away for a 28-6 Division 6 semifinal district victory at Thirlby Field. “We've played some physical ...

Tech snaps 3-game skid with 17-10 win over Davenport

HOUGHTON — An ugly win is better than a pretty loss. If the Michigan Tech Huskies didn't know it before, they sure do now. Tech (4-5, 3-4 GLIAC) needed a victory over visiting Davenport in order to keep its hopes of a winning season alive. The Huskies pulled off a 17-10 win, Saturday at ...

Minnesota State tops Tech 5-3 for sweep

MANKATO, Minn. — The No. 16-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team dropped a 5-3 decision at No. 12 Minnesota State Saturday at the Verizon Center. Similar to Friday night, the Mavericks scored a pair of goals late in the third period to secure the win. Jake Jackson had two goals and an assist ...