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Heartbreaking loss: Ojala posts 16 in late loss for UP squad

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IRONWOOD — A year after missing much of his junior season because of a broken wrist, Northwestern’s Sam Risley led the Tigers to the state tournament. The all-stater came up big in Wednesday’s Kiwanis Border Bash also, hitting a pivotal 3 and the game-winning free throw in Northern ...

Wisconsin holds off Michigan 89-80

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IRONWOOD — Over half of the points for the Northern Wisconsin girls came from a trio of Clayton players who led the team to an 89-80 victory over Northern Michigan in the sixth annual Kiwanis Classic Border Bash Wednesday night. MVP Kailey Ketz had 23 points to lead Wisconsin and she was ...

Tervo Agency scores five in final inning to win

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SOUTH RANGE — Going into the top of the sixth inning, Tervo Agency and Chassell VFW found themselves deadlocked at 5-5 in Portage Lake Little League Majors action at Veterans Field in South Range. In the blink of an eye, that all changed as Tervo got contributions from nearly its entire ...

REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies earns second win

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HANCOCK — REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies moved to 2-0 in Copper Country Twilight League action on Thursday as the defeated Dean Kangas-State Farm, 5-2, at the Hancock Driving Park. For REL, the win was their second of the young season as they defeated Dean Kangas on Tuesday as well. “We ...

Superior Service downs J. Peltier, 11-8

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SOUTH RANGE — In Portage Lake Little League Majors action Tuesday, a back-and-forth affair eventually saw Superior Service find the extra gear needed to win, 11-8, over J. Peltier Construction. The battle was tight, with scores of 2-2 after one inning, 6-6 after two, and 7-7 after ...

South Range VFW, Rajala’s Kitchens play to tie

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SOUTH RANGE — It came down to the bottom of the sixth as South Range VFW was down 6-3 against Rajala’s Kitchens in Portage Lake Little League Minors action on Wednesday before an impressive stretch of batters helped South Range fight back and earn a tie at Veterans Field in South ...

Xpress Self Storage earns sixth win, tops Copper Country Elks

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SOUTH RANGE — Xpress Self Storage came out strong in Portage Lake Little League minors play on Wednesday with a 10-2 win over the hosting Copper Country Elks at Veterans Field. Xpress (6-1 overall) got their bats rolling to start off the contest. Benny Keranen drew a walk three batters in, ...

Near perfect start: LaDuron hurls no hitter in Twilight opener

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STANTON — After a long winter and a shorter spring, Copper County Twilight League baseball opened the 2019 summer season opened with a no-hitter. In six innings, Superior National Bank-Stanton’s Tyler LaDuron faced 18 batters from the Fighting Joe’s and struck out 13 of them with his ...

Independent sports are way down

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Looking at the state of the so-called “independent” sports in our area, it’s hard to believe things have changed so much. By independent, I’m talking about baseball and softball for the most part. Those were the main sports played by people beyond high school age in the ...

Local stars ready for Border Bash

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IRONWOOD — Seven local basketball players, three players who participated in deep playoff runs, and an impressive lineup of coaches highlight the rosters for the sixth annual Kiwanis Classic Border Bash. The girls and boys all-star games pitting top players from Northern Michigan against ...

Minors: South Range VFW tops Copper Country Elks

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SOUTH RANGE — In Portage Lake Little League Minors action Monday, South Range VFW defeated the Copper Country Elks, 20-6, in five innings. For South Range, Jamie Larson, Owen Turpeinen and Porter Markham combined for 11 strikeouts. Turpeinen also helped his cause at the plate, where he ...

Local hero: Brice takes over as Huskies’ captain

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HOUGHTON — As a child growing up in the Copper Country, like so many other young hockey players, Raymond Brice had a singular goal, to play for the Michigan Tech Huskies. Brice, who heading into his fourth season in Black and Gold, was voted by his teammates as the team captain for the ...

Vanuden remains among cats in joining Lions hockey

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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — As Tyler Vanuden sat down to formalize his decision to attend Finlandia University on last week, coaches could be heard celebrating three time zones away. Early last winter, Finlandia staff targeted the Fort Frances, Ontario, native to lead a bumper crop of ...

Houghton Rotary, Rajala’s Kitchen play to rare tie

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SOUTH RANGE — Houghton Rotary came back from a 10-2 deficit to pull even with Rajala’s Kitchen in Portage Lake Little League Minors action on Monday. The large comeback forced a rare ending for a Little League game, a tie, due to time constraints. Rajala’s jumped on the board early ...

Hornets sting: L’Anse earns Division 4 District 98 title

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ict title on the line Saturday, the hosting L’Anse Purple Hornets crushed their way through for a 12-2 win over the Ishpeming Hematites to take the Division 4 District 98 championship on their own field. In the day’s final game, senior Josie Rice went the distance for the Hornets to get ...

Miners take district title over Copper Kings

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NATIONAL MINE — There’s a first time for everything. In the case of the Negaunee varsity softball team, that time was last year when it won its first district championship in program history. Fast-forward one season later, and the Miners have prevailed in the district tournament again, ...

Lakes girls take UP title for third straight year

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ake Linden-Hubbell girls kept their grip on the Upper Peninsula Division 3 track title here Saturday, winning for the third consecutive year with 112 points. They were followed by North Dickinson 62 and Mid Peninsula 56. LL-H grabbed the top three spots in pole vault. Freshman Camaryn ...

Toxic Cherries roll over Roller Derby

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es of Keweenaw Roller Derby (KRD) knew that they would have their work cut out for them in their Saturday bout with the Toxic Cherries of Traverse City at Dee Stadium. In fact, they came into the night figuring they would probably get beat pretty badly, and they did. However, despite the 277-56 ...