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On surface, some things don’t fly

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In the world of sports, you sometimes have happenings that aren't what they appear to be on the surface. Take the recent trade the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers pulled off. The Pistons received a perennial All-Star forward in Blake Griffin, while giving up very little in ...

Lions look for strong showing at home as they continue to improve

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HANCOCK - It is easy to look at the Finlandia Lions men's hockey team and their 1-19-1 overall record (0-13-1 NCHA) and say that not much has changed in a year and a half with head coach Joe Burcar back at the helm. It is even easier to see it that way after the Lions dropped a 4-2 decision ...

Lions showing growth, but still have room to improve

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HANCOCK - Historically for head coach Matt Marchel, the trip for the Finlandia Lions women's hockey team to Concordia has been a disaster. However, with the growth the Lions have already made this season, coming out of that trip with no points actually felt like a disappointment, as opposed to ...

Tech men aim to continue 3-game win streak

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HOUGHTON — At this point, it’s become clear that the Michigan Tech Huskies will go as far as junior Kyle Monroe takes them. During Tech’s three-game winning streak, Monroe is averaging 35 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field.  But as Tech begins the final month of ...

Slow start dooms Hancock in 51-33 loss to West Iron County

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HANCOCK — The West Iron County Wykons jumped out to a quick start and defeated the Hancock Bulldogs 51-33 Wednesday in a West-PAC matchup in Hancock.  The Wykons led 13-4 after the first quarter before taking a 31-10 lead into halftime. Steve Nelson paced WIC (6-6, 4-0) with 14 points, ...

Houghton swim earns sweep

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton boys and girls swim teams both secured wins over Ishpeming-Negaunee Tuesday in Houghton.  The girls won 122-50 and the boys came away with a 104-65 victory. “I was impressed with how our team supported each other this evening,” coach Erik Johnson said. “We ...

No. 1 E-TC makes 14 3s in 77-45 win over Ontonagon

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ONTONAGON — By now nearly the entire U.P. must know Jake Witt’s name, and for good reason, since he may be the best player on this peninsula. But it’s about time everyone also becomes familiar with Eli Nordine, Jaden Borseth, Cole Borseth, Tommy Cousineau and Ryan Driesenga. That’s who ...

Chassell has no answers for W-M in 81-67 loss

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WAKEFIELD — Wakefield-Marenisco set a season-high for points in an 81-67 Copper Mountain Conference victory over Chassell Tuesday night. It was a battle for third place in the conference behind undefeated Ewen-Trout Creek and Dollar Bay, and W-M proved up to the challenge. The Cardinals ...

Jeffers loses to Kingsford 7-4

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Kingsford overcame a sluggish night to beat Jeffers 7-4 on Tuesday in Iron Mountain. The Flivvers (11-5-1) found bursts of offense with three goals each in the first and second periods, but head coach Dennis Murvich said the team lacked a certain polish it showed in recent ...

Boys roundup: L’Anse, Jeffers get wins

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BARAGA — The L’Anse Purple Hornets had three players in double-digits as they went on the road and defeated Baraga 57-44 in a nonconference matchup. Alec Rajala and Reese Waara each had 12 points and Zach Sanregret chipped in with 11. Rajala also had 14 rebounds for a double-double and ...

Hancock holds off Calumet for 38-36 win

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HANCOCK — No space: Seven letters, two syllables and probably the most used words in the Hancock gym on Monday night. Calumet coach Jeff Twardzik called out “No space” nearly every time Hancock had the ball, encouraging the Copper Kings to play tight defensively on the ...

Chassell continues to roll, tops Baraga 50-25

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CHASSELL — Sometimes an unexpected early defeat can benefit an athletic team. Chassell coach Brandi Hainault believes that was the case for her team this season when they were upset by L'Anse in the season opener. “Yes, I definitely think that loss to L'Anse has helped us,” Hainault ...

Girls basketball roundup: Houghton, Jeffers, Ontonagon all win

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L’ANSE — The Houghton Gremlins managed to wear down the L’Anse Purple Hornets for a 51-33 West-PAC win Monday in L’Anse.  After the game was tied at 19 after the second quarter, Houghton outscored L’Anse 32-14 in the second half to secure the victory. Houghton’s Harlee Froberg ...

Calumet, Kingsford settle for 5-5 tie

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CALUMET — On a night where co-captain Sam Erkkila picks up two goals and freshman center Tanner Rowe nets four assists, coach Dan Giachino and the Calumet Copper Kings would expect to be the victor. On the other end of the rink, Kingsford Flivvers coach Dennis Murvich would also expect to be ...