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Bulldogs drop pair to Patriots

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HANCOCK — By this point in the softball season, coaches want their teams to be reaching their peak at the plate and the Westwood Patriots are definitely getting close to that point. The Patriots scored 30 total runs over the course of Friday’s doubleheader with Hancock as they swept the ...

Learning experience: Bulldogs drop two to Miners

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NEGAUNEE — The hots Negaunee Miners softball team cruised to a pair of victories over the visiting Hancock Bulldogs at LaCombe Tield in Negaunee on Thursday, 11-0 and 15-0, in doubleheader action. The Miners looked like a much older and faster squad, which proved to be lessons for the younger ...

Minors roundup: Rajala’s, South Range, Auto Pro earn wins

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STANTON — In Portage Lake Little League Minors action on Wednesday every game was close. Rajala Kitchens downed the Copper Country Elks, 6-5. South Range VFW also earned a close victory with a 4-3 win over Pat’s Foods. Auto Pro earned a 6-5 win over DP Contruction. Rajala Kitchens 6, ...

Superior Service wins opener

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Superior Service beat J. Peltier Construction on opening night of Portage Lake Little League Majors action. The game proved to be a well-pitched battle with Superior eeking out the win, 5-3. All 18 outs recorded by J. Peltier were strikeouts. For SS, starter Rylan Isaacson, Cameron ...

Pole’s majors dream came a bit late

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TROUT CREEK — His playing career may not have played out the way he would have liked but Trout Creek native Dick Pole put together a solid major league career as a pitching coach. In all, he filled that role for four clubs. Much of that time came with the Chicago Cubs, whose manager, Dusty ...

Needham, Sipe honored by WestPAC

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton girls and Westwood boys were crowned champions in Wednesday’s WestPAC Conference track meet and it was reflected in voting by the league’s coaches. Negaunee’s Chloe Norman, who won four events, was voted the girls’ Most Valuable Participant and Ishpeming’s ...

Gremlins girls, Westwood boys win WestPAC

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton girls got scoring from many sources on a most cloudy and chilly Wednesday afternoon, earning the WestPAC Conference track title with 133 points. They were followed by Negaunee (107) and Westwood (97). “This was just a great team performance,” said Houghton ...

Calumet sweeps Lake Linden-Hubbell despite weather

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DOLLAR BAY — Timely hitting came through once again for the Calumet Copper Kings as they climbed their way to a 10-9 come-from-behind victory against the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes Wednesday in the opening of a doubleheader. They also took the nightcap by mercy, 9-2. Headed into the sixth ...

Fighting through the mist: Westwood sweeps L’Anse

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NATIONAL MINE – The conditions were not ideal for softball Wednesday afternoon, but the Westwood Patriots still managed to put several runs on the scoreboard in a doubleheader sweep over L’Anse. Westwood won the first game 12-2 and then took the second game 10-5 in five innings. Patriots ...

Negaunee splits doubleheader with Houghton Thursday

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NEGAUNEE – If there are two words to sum up Wednesday’s doubleheader between Negaunee and Houghton, they are rain and rallies. With a constant drizzle occurring during both games and being under the threat of weather delays, the Miners and Gremlins fought punch for punch all afternoon ...

Sure bets for coming of apocalypse

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It’s been said for some time that the signs of the apocalypse are with us right now. And without even considering — or even factoring in the situation in Washington D.C. — I can see enough in sports alone that should have everyone very worried. Take the recent selection of the ...

Gremlins score in bunches, earn sweep over Jets Tuesday

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STANTON — The Houghton Gremlins baseball team chalked up two more tallies in the win column Tuesday night as they downed the Jeffers Jets, 18-4 and 9-6, in doubleheader action at Stanton Field. “Our defense is what keeps us in these ballgames,” said Gremlins manager Joe Romano. “I ...

Gremlins, Copper Kings play to split during doubleheader Monday

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HANCOCK — The Houghton Gremlins and the Calumet Copper Kings baseball teams played to a split Monday evening at the Hancock Driving Park. The Gremlins claimed the opener, but fell in dramatic fashion in the nightcap. With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score tied 7-7 ...

Lakes, Speedboys earn top conference honors

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LAKE LINDEN — On Tuesday, the Copper Mountain Conference announced its All-Conference Teams. Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Mariah Willmer and Bessemer’s Uriah Aili both took home Most Valuable Athlete honors. The boys Co-Coaches of the Year were David and Tracy Rowes of Bessemer. Bessemer was ...

Roundup: Houghton Rotary, Rajala’s Kitchens earn wins

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In Portage Lake Minor League Baseball, Houghton Rotary started their season strong with a 7-5 win over South Range V.F.W. Monday. Luciano Paoli got the win on the mound, going 4 1/3 innings and striking out eight. Tevin Stukel earned a save by striking out three in 1 2/3 innings with one ...

Refs are not to blame

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There is an epidemic in our culture. It has permeated into sports culture in waves and we need to stop it before it takes root permanently. That epidemic is blame. We are always looking for blame, someone to blame, something to blame. In sports, this manifests as blame of referees. That is ...

L’Anse splits with Gogebic

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BESSEMER — The Gogebic Miners split a doubleheader with L’Anse, winning the first game 6-3, but falling to the Purple Hornets, 6-4, in Game Two at Massie Field on Monday afternoon. Both were non-conference games. Gogebic’s overall record is now an impressive 10-2. Gogebic 6, L’Anse ...

Bulldogs earn sweep over Purple Hornets

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HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs softball team moved to 8-0 in the WestPAC after sweeping the L’Anse Purple Hornets by scores of 7-6 and 10-4. In Game One, Delaney Heinonen was the winning pitcher. She pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits, six walks, four earned runs and recorded ...