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Kids Fishing Day on Saturday

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The Rockland Pond Kids Day will be this Saturday. The annual event is another community event put on by the Upper Peninsula Sport Fisherman’s Association. The volunteer organization strives to get children into fishing. “All you need to do is bring the kids to the Rockland pond. Fishing ...

Time flies even if you don’t

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The passage of time is something a person has no control over. A couple of recent things clearly reminded me of that. First, there was the news that Hancock’s Shane Burcar had been hired for the men’s head basketball coaching job at Northern Arizona University. One, I had just a ...

Superior Service scores 16 in one inning, earns win

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SOUTH RANGE — It just took one inning for Superior Service Towing to show they were the better team on Tuesday night as they defeated the Chassell VFW, 16-0, in Portage Lake Little League Majors playoff action. That inning was the top of the first as Superior scored all 16 of their runs in ...

Roundup: KBear wins in extras, NorthStar wins

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ight for playoff baseball at the Gipp Fields on Tuesday. REL Inc. took an early lead on KBear in the opener with two runs in the top of the first as Ryder Hyrkas and Luke Hamlin both walked and came in to score on wild pitches. Both starters settled in after that and pitched well. Toby ...

Kirby throws no-hitter as SNB-Stanton tops Garnet

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STANTON — Looking to end their three-game losing streak Tuesday night, Superior National Bank-Stanton did just that, earning an 11-0 Copper Country Twilight League victory over Garnet Garage at Stanton Field. Kevin Bostwick drove the SNB-Stanton offense with three runs scored on the ...

Advanced: South Range VFW tops Auto Pro, 11-6

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SOUTH RANGE — Despite cold temperatures, the South Range VFW used two strong offensive innings to hold off the home team, Auto Pro Glass & Tire, 11-6, and advancing in the Portage Lake Little League Minors postseason tournament in South Range on Monday. With the win, South Range ...

Rajala’s earns win over Copper Country Elks, 7-5

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SOUTH RANGE — Timely hitting in the late innings was the key to victory as Rajala’s Kitchens was able to pull out to a 7-5 win against the Copper Country Elks in Portage Lake Little League Minors playoff action on Monday. The game was a back-and-forth battle with the score tied twice. ...

Pat’s Foods earns 13-9 win over Rotary

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SOUTH RANGE — Riding a six-run inning to break the offense open, Pat’s Foods earned a win in Portage Lake Little League Minors playoff action, 13-9, over Houghton Rotary. Pat’s got that big lead early thanks in part to a triple from Fynn Pennala and a double by Lucas Mayra. Pennala, ...

Minors roundup: Rajala’s, Elks earn wins

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SOUTH RANGE/STANTON — Playing their last game before the Portage Lake Little League Minors playoffs begin Monday, Rajala’s Kitchens and the Copper Country Elks both finished strong Saturday. Rajala’s earned a 14-2 victory over Houghton Rotary while the Elks outslugged KBear, ...

Legends: Tauno Nurmela was early track champ

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COVINGTON — His hero was Finnish Olympic track star Paavo Nurmi, and the late Tauno Nurmela did his best to duplicate the feats of the famed distance runner. Nurmela, who was born in Finland, came to the states in the early 1900s with his family, who settled in the Covington area. By the ...

Dean Kangas earns win

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STANTON — Looking to bounce back from a tough 3-1 loss on Tuesday, Dean Kangas-State Farm used a four-run third inning and a five-run fifth to earn a 10-6 victory over Garnet Garage at Stanton Field Thursday. Dean Kangas got things going immediately as player-manager Brian Juopperi singled ...

Chassell, Houghton win

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TAPIOLA — Chassell and Tapiola played an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel Thursday night in Over 50 Softball League play. Chassell was a 6-0 winner in a game where winning hurler Steve Giddings and losing hurler Len Juntunen each gave up just eight hits. But Chassell busted open a 2-0 game ...

K-Bear 102 defeats REL Inc., 18-3

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LAURIUM — Owen Peterson earned the win for KBear 102.3 pitching three innings and giving up two runs while striking out eight in a four-inning game. Niiko Johnson pitched the final inning at Gipp Field and struck out two. Ryder Hyrkas took the loss for REL, but struck out five in the process. ...

Houghton Rotary continues hot run, tops CC Elks

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SOUTH RANGE —Houghton Rotary notched another victory in the win column in Portage Lake Little League Minors action Wednesday night as they downed the Copper Country Elks, 17-10, at Veterans Field. It was Houghton’s third win in a row as they are heating up as the regular season comes to an ...

2nd win: Garnet Garage earns victory over Dean Kangas, 3-1

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HANCOCK — In a tightly-contested game Tuesday, Garnet Garage used a three-run outburst over two innings to earn a victory over Dean Kangas-State Farm at the Hancock Driving Park. For Garnet, pitcher Austin Kuivanen had a strong night, allowing his first hit in the third inning and only ...