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Tech men look to bounce back after break

HOUGHTON — The holiday break could not have come at a better time for the Michigan Tech Huskies. Following a five-game win streak, Tech dropped its final two games in 2017, losing a key GLIAC matchup to rival Northern Michigan, 77-65, and a nonconference game against Winona State, 98-66. ...

Blue Bolts show potential of being top team in win over Chassell

DOLLAR BAY — Dollar Bay's four-game start to one of the most-anticipated seasons in school history can be characterized as inconsistent. There have been scoring droughts, defensive lapses and issues on the defensive glass. But intertwined in those moments of weakness, Dollar Bay has ...

E-TC rallies to defeat Calumet 57-56

EWEN — On Tuesday night, it all started with Jake Witt's rebounding skills. First, came an extremely rare milestone in the first quarter when he grabbed his 1,000th career board. Then down the stretch, he took rebound No. 1,012 and put Ewen-Trout Creek's most unlikely of comebacks into ...

Tech falls to Bowling Green in GLI title game

DETROIT — Michigan Tech had its four-game unbeaten streak come to an end with a 4-1 loss to Bowling Green in the 53rd Great Lakes Invitational championship game Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena. The Falcons scored three unanswered goals after Tech tied it up to win their first GLI Title. For ...

Ishpeming tops Calumet 50-35

CALUMET — Three years ago Ishpeming traveled to Calumet and lost by 34. The Copper Kings played their typical defense and the Hematites couldn’t handle it. But three years is a long time, and Ishpeming has defeated Calumet since then. Still, head coach Ryan Reichel keeps the loss in the ...

Houghton boys make clutch plays to beat Negaunee

HOUGHTON — It was, in the words of Houghton boys basketball coach Jared Lawson, “a quality win over a quality opponent.”  Lawson was alluding to his team's 44-43 win over the Negaunee Miners Tuesday night. “Any time you can beat a Mid Peninsula team, you've accomplished ...

Jeffers girls cruise past R-M 62-17

REPUBLIC — At Republic, the Jeffers Jets employed a deep bench and used pressure on defense to run to 16-6 and 31-8 lead after each of the first two quarters to earn a 62-17 Copper Mountain Conference win. “They shot well with a lot of fast breaks,” R-M coach April Radcliffe said. ...

Tech tops MSU 5-2, advances to GLI final against Bowling Green

DETROIT — Michigan Tech advanced to the 53rd annual Great Lakes Invitational Championship Game with a 5-2 victory over Michigan State Monday at Little Caesars Arena. The Huskies came back from a 1-0 deficit to play in the title game for the third straight season. The Huskies will meet ...

Tech looks forward to playing in front of fans at the 53rd GLI

HOUGHTON — It’s no secret that Michigan Tech loves its home crowd. When the Huskies play at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, the energy is palpable. The black and gold clad fans come in all shapes and sizes, from Tech graduates to the Mitch’s Misfits, to community members and families. But ...

Wolverines recover from slow start, edge Portage Lake 7-6

OUGHTON — Complacency can be the downfall of any team. And it almost was for the Calumet Wolverines when they took on the Portage Lake Pioneers, Friday at Dee Stadium. The Wolverines had won seven games in a row, and coach Bruce Coppo said they didn’t come out with the fire he’s ...

Zuke, Lyle were lethal scoring tandem for Tech

HOUGHTON — When it came to putting the puck in the net, Mike Zuke and George Lyle did it as well as any hockey players ever to appear locally. The two were recruited to Michigan Tech by legendary coach John MacInnes at a time when the Huskies were annually among the best in college ...

Wardynski reaches 1,000-point mark, Gogebic wins

ESCANABA — Lori Wardynski became the third Lady Samson in program history to score 1,000 career points in Friday night's 76-69 win over Milwaukee Area Technical College. The Ontonagon graduate scored 33 points in Gogebic Community College's victory. She stands at 1,002 points and is just ...

FU men lose to Whitewater

DE PERE, Wis. — A strong second half was not enough as the Finlandia University men's basketball team (2-8) lost 90-60 to No. 11 UW-Whitewater (9-1), Friday night at Connie Tilley Court.  Finlandia drew first blood as freshman Dylan Underwood knocked down a jumper 26 seconds into the game. ...

Calumet bounces back to defeat Howell 7-3

HOUGHTON — Dan Giachino didn’t yell, he didn’t scream, but he also didn’t act like the Copper Kings had played well in the second period. They hadn’t. After jumping out to a three-goal lead in the first frame, Calumet let Howell fight its way back into the game, scoring two goals in ...

Houghton blanks Howell 4-0 to advance to Holiday Classic title game

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins are familiar with the Hancock Bulldogs. They are used to the Calumet Copper Kings. After all, the three teams are constant competitors, rivals and neighbors. But the fourth team in the 43rd Annual John MacInnes Holiday Hockey Classic is a different story. The ...

Looking ahead: 5 local prep basketball matchups to watch for

HOUGHTON — With the 2017 portion of the prep basketball schedule completed, it’s becoming clear which teams are legitimate threats for conference and district titles. There’s still plenty of time for more teams to emerge, but based on what has transpired so far, these are the top five ...

Houghton girls fall in final seconds of OT to Westwood

WESTWOOD — Westwood's Madelyn Koski scored the game-winning layup in overtime to propel the Patriots to a 58-57 nonconference win over the Houghton Gremlins Wednesday in Westwood. Koski led all scorers with 22 points. “Our issue is boiling down to defense,” Houghton coach Julie ...

E-TC’s Witt dominates while keeping low profile

ESCANABA — You would think it difficult to be a 6-foot-7 athlete and weigh 235 pounds and not be known outside your home area. It can happen. And it did happen. Jake Witt has basically flown under the radar of high school sports aficionados heading into the final months of his high school ...