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Film a key part to the Blue Bolts’ success

DOLLAR BAY — On any given weekday evening, Mrs. Kentala’s classroom at Dollar Bay may be occupied. Her third graders aren’t in session, but the Blue Bolts are. That is where coach Jesse Kentala and the team watch film, squeezed into little maroon chairs meant for 9-year-olds, with a ...

Tech takes on Notre Dame in first round of NCAA tournament

HOUGHTON — The Huskies know it won’t be easy; being an underdog never is. But it’s a role they’ve become comfortable with down the stretch, and comfort was hard to come by earlier in the season. When expectations around the program were high, Tech (22-16-5) faltered, struggling to ...

North Central’s Mercier breaks down Southfield Christian

EAST LANSING — No one in the U.P. knows what it’s like to face Southfield Christian better than Adam Mercier. He’s game planned against the Eagles’ athleticism and size, watched hours of film and is the last Class D coach to defeat the downstate power. This Friday will mark the ...

Tech hopes experience helps this time around

HOUGHTON — Maybe the Huskies need a sense of urgency. Maybe the casualty of regular season play is too monotonous, and they prefer the intense stress of playoff hockey. Maybe they just needed the right motivation to reach their full potential. “I think everyone understands that if we ...

Dollar Bay defeats Cedarville, advances to semifinals

ESCANABA — Two key things happened before Tuesday’s quarterfinal between Dollar Bay and Cedarville.  First, Dollar Bay coach Jesse Kentala saw the swagger, bounce and confidence in the body language of Devin Schmitz as he went through pregame warmups. The school’s all-time leading ...

Schmitz “greatest” to ever play at Dollar Bay

ESCANABA — After Dollar Bay’s win over Rapid River in the regional semifinals, I wrote that despite appearances, Devin Schmitz was a mere mortal. I was wrong. Us mortals are warm-blooded, and whatever is running through Devin Schmitz’s veins is ice cold. How else do you explain his ...

Team Copper Country earns right to defend national title

MARQUETTE — It is rare in sports that a team wins a national title before ever winning a state championship, but that has been the experience of Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2. Team CC has played for the Tier 2 state championship each of the past three seasons and had all manners of issues ...

Iron Mountain loses to Maple City Glen Lake in quarterfinals

PETOSKEY — Iron Mountain fell to Maple City Glen Lake in the Class C state quarterfinal in a 66-49 loss on Tuesday. The Mountaineers (23-2) fell to a 21-5 deficit just after midway through the first quarter. They avenged themselves when Foster Wonders knocked down a jumper from the right ...

Dollar Bay looks to get past Cederville in order to face Southfield Christian

DOLLAR BAY — The Dollar Bay Blue Bolts make no reservations about it; they want Southfield Christian. The No. 1 ranked team who downstate pundits claim as “the surest thing to win a state title” and features two players — Bryce Washington and Harlond Beverly — with Division I ...

Thompson, Janke shake up Dollar Bay lineup

DOLLAR BAY — There are no secrets when it comes to Dollar Bay basketball. Each opponent knows what the Blue Bolts do, and how they do it. They don’t change their offense or defense in nearly any situation. Their shooters shoot, their scorers score and their facilitators facilitate. It’s ...

IM takes on Maple City Glen Lake

It was a short moment when Bucky Johnson leaned back in his chair in the relaxed pose of an overworked man on vacation. Hands clasped behind his head, legs stretched and feet crossed. He eyed the trophies: a Mid-Peninsula Conference championship, district championship and regional ...

Tech blanks NMU 2-0 to capture WCHA championship

MARQUETTE — The best writers in the world couldn’t have composed a better storyline. It had all the pieces of a classic. There was a gripping plot: Two rival schools, located just 98 miles apart playing for a conference title and a bid into the NCAA tournament. There were the necessary ...

Tech takes on Northern in WCHA title game

HOUGHTON — Like a pot with a lid, the Michigan Tech Huskies have had something brewing below the surface all season. There all along, just not visible to outsiders. Sometimes, if you got close enough, one might hear a little something, or get a peek inside. But now, the lid is off, and the ...

Chassell vs. Adrian Lenawee Christian: Keys to the game

GRAND RAPIDS — The Chassell Panthers are playing for a state title. Read it again. Say it out loud. If it seems unfathomable, don’t feel bad, even Brandi Hainault is still processing her school’s history-making season. “It’s crazy cause I feel like it hasn’t set in yet,” she ...

Chassell is no underdog, the Panthers are meant to be here

GRAND RAPIDS — It was a reasonable statement to Brandi Hainault.  “You got your own ‘Hoosiers’ story going on here,” a member of the media said to the Chassell coach after her team’s 55-51 semifinal win over Waterford Our Lady. And without missing a beat, Hainault replied, “I ...

Team CC hosts state tournament in Marquette

MARQUETTE — With as much high school-aged talent in the local area, one question that almost always gets asked is if they took all the top players from each school how good would they be? With the formation of Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2, those who follow hockey in the area have an ...

Finlandia baseball returns strong core

HANCOCK — With the turn of the calendar to March, the winter sports seasons wind down and the spring sports wind up. This past week, the Finlandia Lions baseball team spent its spring break in Florida, where it played 10 games in six days to start the season off quickly, going 2-8 over that ...