Sports columns

There is girls basketball talent in the area

Finlandia University first-year women's basketball coach John “Mo” Motherwell knows there is high school talent in the Copper Country. If he had any doubts, last Friday night's Mid Michigan Community College and Finlandia meeting was good proof. The top four scorers in the contest, Kelsie ...

Years later, the ghosts of Detroit’s past still linger

When the Detroit Lions throttled the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, a familiar name of the team's past came up. By not having to punt in Monday's game, the Lions achieved something that hadn't been accomplished since Thanksgiving of 1971. They repeated a feat on that long-ago day by not ...

Green Bay-Detroit rivalry has lost its zest over the years

It was once one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. No, I'm not talking about the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game, which has become the darling of current television pundits. The one I'm referring to is the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. You have to be at least in ...

Harbaugh era in jeopardy?

He was a brought into one of the more enviable college football coaching jobs in the country. But the Jim Harbaugh era at the University of Michigan just might be in peril. After absorbing a 42-13 thrashing at Penn State this past weekend, the Wolverines' chances to win at least a share of ...

One play changes NFC North

All of a sudden, the NFC North Division of the NFL is up for grabs. That came about when Green Bay Packers All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a probable season-ending injury Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. That's how important Rodgers — and his uncanny ability to make ...

Tradition comes back to HCHS

One of the toughest things in any sport is rebuilding a tradition. Now, tradition is one of those things that can't be borrowed or stolen. It can only be achieved through hard work and by winning. Hancock High football coach Ted Holmstrom is currently achieving just that with a co-op ...

Hockey is now back

Over the course of the last week, the sport I consider the best one on the planet, hockey, kicked into high gear. Locally, the Michigan Tech Huskies started their season with a loss to No. 12 Wisconsin, and then followed that loss with a pair of victories over Union and Minnesota-Duluth. ...

Local schools set to make late playoff push

With three weeks of the regular season remaining, the Copper Country could possibly end up with as many as four 11-person football teams reaching the postseason — in addition to the Ontonagon Gladiators in eight-person football. Here is a rundown of where each local team currently ...

Front office messed up ‘17 Tigers

When the baseball historians file a 2017 report on the Detroit Tigers, it will be one filled with disaster. The Tigers, once a legitimate contender for at least ten seasons, fell swiftly to the bottom of the league. How bad were the Tigers this season? Well, they will get the top pick in ...

Patriotism is more than a single word

This past Sunday in the National Football League wasn't about who won and who lost. It was about who stood up for the national anthem, and who didn't. In other words, the whole controversy started a year ago by then San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has become a political ...

Looking back on one foggy night

It’s a scene I've seen many times in my sportswriting career. It's a fall Friday night and the local high school football teams are playing as usual. But on this foggy evening, which is not unusual up here, this was a game that had extra meaning. Just who the teams were is not ...

Good coaches are hard to come by

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to see many coaches in many sports. But I can tell you unequivocally that good coaches are hard to find. There are only a select few that fall into the great category. Included in that lot are such legends as John MacInnes of Michigan Tech, Ed ...

Tech volleyball attempting to build something special

This summer, I had the opportunity to sit down with each of the four incoming freshmen from the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team. I interviewed each person for about 25-30 minutes and then ended up conversing with them for another 20-25 minutes each. I was struck by one thing about all of ...

The prime sports season arrives

The prime sports season is upon us. By that, I mean the time of the year when baseball, football, and yes, even hockey and basketball, converge on the sports scene. The fall has always been my favorite time of the year. Maybe it's because the weather is gradually cooling off and the sports ...

Lions are right on script

NFL exhibition games are about as meaningless and inane a sports event as you'll find going. In terms of importance, the preseason in pro football would rank below such red-hot items as the Bundesliga Soccer League, the Pro Rodeo League in Mesquite, Texas, or maybe the Drone League (believe ...

“Transition” the word for local football

Maybe more than in any local football season I can recall, the operative word will be transition in 2017. There was an unusual number of high-quality athletes who graduated a year ago, for one thing. Calumet and Lake Linden-Hubbell, the two most successful area squads in recent times, were ...

Passing the torch

I have started this column several times over the past week in my head. I have even tried to sit down and tried to write some of this. It has not gone well, to say the least. I have tried to come up with smart, witty ways to write the words I am about to write, but all of those attempts have ...

Pleasant surprise in U.P. Hall of Fame

I have to admit that I really wasn't expecting it. But when the news of Don Michaelson of L'Anse being selected for the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame came out last Saturday morning, I was pleasantly surprised. I had been advocating Michaelson's induction for a number of years, just as I ...

Sports is becoming a farce

If you have a spare million or two dollars lying around, you might be able to wangle a couple of tickets to the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor “super” bout coming up. Many of you are probably wondering just who Mayweather and McGregor are? The name of Mayweather is vaguely familiar to ...

Like it or not, football is here

We’re barely a few days from August, but football is just around the corner. It seems just like yesterday the Atlanta Falcons suffered the all-time choke job in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. But the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are starting training camps this ...