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Tennis: Mountaineers retool, wait for snow to clear

IRON MOUNTAIN — What are the prospects for Iron Mountain High School boys tennis this spring? That question would be best answered with warmer weather and a place to hit tennis balls outside of the gym. “We’re looking forward to getting out of the gym and outside to hit,” said ...

Student says Confederate flag theft sparked protests

DETROIT (AP) — A student who led a two-day demonstration outside of his central Michigan high school this week said it was in response to the unpunished theft of a Confederate battle flag from his pickup truck. Cameron Myers, an 18-year-old senior at Bay City Western High School, an ...

Track and field: IM boys, girls 2nd at Dome Meet

MARQUETTE — Mother Nature hasn't quite cooperated with the spring sports season in the Upper Peninsula thus far, but that wasn't a problem on Wednesday as 10 high school track and field teams took to the Superior Dome for a Division 2 meet. Ishpeming took overall team victories on both the ...

Florence-Niagara track co-op opens season in Superior Dome

FLORENCE, Wis. — The numbers are up and so are the prospects for the Northwoods Storm track and field program. The Florence-Niagara co-op contains 49 athletes — 26 girls and 23 boys. “We’re looking forward to our co-op program,” said co-head coaches Karen Harrison and Joe Trudeau. ...

Bellefeuil bids farewell at board meeting

POWERS — The Kevin Bellefeuil Era has come to a close at North Central. Bellefeuil, the Jets' successful 13-year varsity football coach, resigned and made a public comment Wednesday night in an emotional packed school board meeting in the high school library. The board unanimously approved ...

Tennis: Kingsford ready for Friday season opener

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford Flivvers and new coach John VanDusen will start the boys tennis season Friday in Marinette. West Iron County also plays in the Yooper Classic hosted by Menominee and played indoors. “We have a few players who will be knocking the rust loose from great (Great ...

Tennis: Seniors to lead Wykons

IRON RIVER — A strong senior class is expected to carry West Iron County boys tennis this spring. “We have a strong group of seniors on this team that have been playing varsity for three years,” said Wykons coach Joe Serbentas. “The weather hasn’t cooperated with us this spring, but ...

Bark River raceway joins Lucas Oil Short Course League

BARK RIVER — Bark River International Raceway will be part of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League this summer. The new off-road, short course series name and logo comes from the newly-formed partnership between Bark River International Raceway, Crandon International Raceway (Wis.), ...

IM excited for season with experienced lineup

IRON MOUNTAIN — There’s no getting around the fact that Iron Mountain girls soccer will be strong on the pitch this spring. “My outlook on the season is to coach one of the strongest lineups that Iron Mountain High School has ever had,” said new Mountaineer soccer Steve Hodgins. His ...

Crystal Falls comes back to win Gold Medal Classic women’s title

HERMANSVILLE — Menominee Dexter topped Crystal Falls McNeil’s Oilers 57-49 to capture the Class A title in the 80th annual Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament at the Community Center Gym. Jordan Chartier had 12 points for Menominee. Class A MVP Austin Armga paced Crystal Falls with ...

Shoulder sidelines Tech’s Maloney

ScuttleBu(r)t ... In what probably has not happened in quite some time, nobody from Dickinson or Iron County will be playing in Saturday’s spring football game at Michigan Tech. Iron River’s Max Maloney, a standout defensive end at West Iron County who has redshirted two seasons at ...

Soccer: Kingsford moving into reloading mode

KINGSFORD — Kingsford High School girls soccer is in a reloading mode. The Flivvers return 13 players with experience including All-UP Soccer Conference first-teamer Maddy Ryan and honorable mention Carly Schneider. “Maddy will anchor the defense,” said second-year Flivver head coach ...

Popp paces Mines baseball

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Billy Joe Popp’s son is tearing the cover off the baseball for the history-making Colorado School of the Mines program. Joe Popp, a junior from Clarkston, Mich., playing left field for the Orediggers, sports a .411 batting average with eight home runs, seven doubles and ...

Youth pool tournament in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Moving up an age class worked like a charm for Levi McCarty of Escanaba Saturday as he earned top honors in the 17-20 division of the 30th Annual Great Lakes Youth Pool tournament. McCarty, who placed third in 13-16 a year ago, outlasted 17-year-old Dakota Totten of Gladstone for ...

Norway Youth Wrestling competes at state tourney

NORWAY — Norway Youth Wrestling participated in last month’s Michigan Youth Wrestling Association state championships at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Three of 11 Norway wrestlers placed in the MYWAY competition. Mya Wright took home seventh in the girls division; Douglas Dabb, ...

Goodman’s Polkowski keeps UW-Superior job

SUPERIOR, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Superior has dropped the interim coach label from Goodman native Greg Polkowski. UW-Superior announced that after a national search Polkowski has been named head men's basketball coach.  Polkowski took over the head coaching reins of the ...

Lexi Gussert’s basketball career takes her back to the Gold Medal

After finishing the 2014 high school season that resulted in Michigan’s Miss Basketball Award and prior to playing 116 games for Michigan State University, Lexi Gussert took to the hallowed Gold Medal Classic court in Hermansville. She’s going back this weekend with the Crystal Falls ...

Carney Juice in Gold Medal’s Class D final

HERMANSVILLE — Carney Juice Promotions will play for the Class D championship in the 80th Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament. Carney edged Iron River Shamco 79-76 in a Class D semifinal Friday at the Community Center gym. Marvin Charette led Carney with 30 points and Ryan Shamion had ...

ScuttleBu(r)t leftovers, April 14, 2018

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani hit three home runs as a DH recently and got two wins on the mound along with a perfect game into the seventh inning. Chicago Tribune baseball writer Paul Sullivan says Ohtani “may be the most refreshing thing to hit baseball since Mark ...