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Calumet beats Hancock to claim share of West-PAC championship

HANCOCK — The Calumet Copper Kings had a couple of goals in mind when they traveled to Hancock Thursday night. “One, we knew a win would give us a share of the conference title,” Calumet coach Mike Ojala said after his team's 67-42 win over the Bulldogs. “Two, we wanted to keep our ...

Houghton tops L’Anse 46-31 to win 4th consecutive district title

L’ANSE — Slow and steady wins the race: It’s an old fable, turned mantra that parents teach kids. And while its plausibility when applied to an actual race seems slim, the philosophy worked well for the Houghton Gremlins as they defeated L’Anse 46-31 for their fourth straight ...

Monroe scores 45, Tech beats Wayne State to advance

DETROIT — Michigan Tech advanced to the GLIAC tournament semifinals with an 88-74 victory at No. 3 seed Wayne State Wednesday. The Huskies have now won all three meetings of the season against the Warriors and earned a trip to the GLIAC final four for the second straight season. “We ...

Chassell holds off Baraga 44-36, will face Onto for district title

PAINESDALE — Like many underdog teams of the past, the Baraga Vikings kept hanging around Wednesday night against the Chassell Panthers in Class D district semifinal play. Baraga gave the No. 6 state-ranked Panthers all they wanted before falling to a 44-36 defeat — leaving Chassell coach ...

Ontonagon routs DB to earn spot in title game

PAINESDALE — Ontonagon continued its steady play of late and advanced to the Class D district finals with an easy 60-28 win over Dollar Bay Wednesday. Ontonagon coach Dick Franti was more than happy to be playing for a title Friday night against Chassell. “You can't win if you're not ...

E-TC stifled by Forest Park in 38-25 loss

CRYSTAL FALLS — Mercedes Simmons and a stifling defense sent Forest Park past Ewen-Trout Creek 38-25 in a Class D District 127 girls basketball semifinal Wednesday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium. Simmons, a sophomore center playing her 12th varsity game, collected 24 points and 20 rebounds to ...

Houghton-Hancock rallied to capture Division 2 ski championship

BELLAIRE — Pontiac Notre Dame Prep thought it had won the program's first MHSAA skiing championship since 2006. Instead, Houghton-Hancock roared back to take its second crown in program history and first since 2010. The Fighting Irish led by four after the morning's slalom event. Even ...

Kero overcomes flu, Hancock holds off Houghton 3-2 in electric Region 17 opener

HOUGHTON — In the 1997 NBA Finals, the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz were tied at 2-2 when Michael Jordan woke up for Game 5 with the flu. If you’re a basketball fan, you know what happens next. Heck, if you’re a sports fan, you probably know what happens next. The flu game. Jordan ...

Key 3s send Calumet past rival Houghton 60-54

CALUMET — Three-point shooting is usually not the first thing that enters the mind when it comes to discussing the Calumet Copper Kings. Instead, it's their suffocating man-to-man defense, the All-U.P. caliber season Matt Ojala has been having or the overpowering low-post presence of Cooper ...

Boys roundup: No. 1 Dollar Bay tops R-M, goes to 19-0

REPUBLIC — Dollar Bay used a balanced scoring effort to defeat Republic-Michigamme 65-55 in a Copper Mountain Conference game on Tuesday in Republic. The Blue Bolts (19-0, 14-0) were led by Jaden Janke with 18 points and Devin Schmitz and Jakob Iacono with 17 each. Brandon Thompson was ...

Witt has 33 points, 24 boards as E-TC defeats Wakefield

Ewen-Trout Creek clinched the Porcupine Mountain Division title with a convincing 67-46 win Tuesday night over a team it might see again next week, Wakefield-Marenisco. E-TC's Jake Witt was unstoppable, scoring 33 points and grabbing 24 rebounds, while the Cardinals faced the reality of being ...

No. 20 Tech hosts Ferris State in GLIAC quarterfinal

HOUGHTON — The first half of No. 20 Michigan Tech's 80-63 win over Ferris State on Feb. 15 was peak Michigan Tech. The Huskies beat every Ferris State defensive rotation with precise ball movement and were on fire from 3, making 7 of 13 attempts. It all added up to 54 points — the most Tech ...

Huskies travel to Wayne State for GLIAC quarterfinal contest

HOUGHTON — The GLIAC Player of the Year award will be decided later this season. It's likely a two-person race between Ferris State's Zach Hankins, who earned the honor last year and is having another stellar season (14.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks per game) and Michigan Tech's Kyle ...

Houghton tops rival Calumet 49-44 in defensive battle to advance

CALUMET — Someone needed to step up. Literally anyone. That was Julie Filpus' halftime message to her team after the Houghton Gremlins scored just 14 points and shot 4 of 21 as they trailed Calumet at the half. The speech nearly took all 10 minutes of the halftime break, and by the time ...

Chassell survives Jeffers’ upset bid, earns 61-48 win

PAINESDALE — There is no substitute for senior leadership. Just ask Chassell coach Brandi Hainault, whose team passed a stern opening round district test versus Jeffers Monday night. “I think our senior leadership was the big difference tonight,” Hainault said after her team's 61-48 ...

Ontonagon defeats LL-H 54-41 to open district tournament

PAINESDALE — A young but poised Ontonagon squad made most of the major plays on the way to a 54-41 opening round Class D district win over Lake Linden-Hubbell Monday night. Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said his team didn't play a perfect game but played well enough. “It wasn't ...

Houghton-Hancock wins state ski title

BELLAIRE — The Houghton-Hancock girls ski team edged Notre Dame prep 84-88 to take home first place in the MHSAA Division 2 state finals Monday at Schuss Mountain in Bellaire. The team was down by four points after the first slalom race, but then made a comeback in the afternoon events. ...

L’Anse edges Hancock 36-30

L’ANSE — It has often been said it’s hard to beat the same team three times in one season. The L’Anse girls showed just how difficult that is by defeating the Hancock Bulldogs 36-30 in a Class C district basketball opener Monday night L’Anse (9-12), which lost to the Bulldogs ...