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Football co-op forming group for parents

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Northern Elite Predators’ Ben Laarman, one of the area’s most innovative coaches, has created a “parents’ council” for the Niagara, Pembine and Goodman football co-op. “The idea is to pool our ideas and resources to propel the Predators football program to the ...

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Forest Park Athletic Director Bill Santilli high-fives Peter Ropiak as the players returned to Crystal Falls on Saturday night after winning the Eight-Player Division 2 football state championship in Marquette. A welcome home celebration was held in Forest Park High School’s Eddie Chambers Gymnasium. Santilli was head coach of the Trojans’ 2007 Division 8 state champion.

There has to be something in the water in Crystal Falls

HOUGHTON — As long as I can remember, the name Crystal Falls has struck terror in the hearts of Upper Peninsula sports teams. And I’m not just talking about the rich football heritage down in Iron County. Crystal Falls added another feather to its cap by capturing the eight-player ...

Kingsford’s Pickett selected to Great Northern first team

KINGSFORD — Kingsford’s Abygail Pickett was named to the All-Great Northern Conference volleyball first team. She was joined on the first team by Paige Wendt and Dacota Lambert of Escanaba; Katja Wilhelms and Kelsie Sibbald of Sault Ste. Marie; and Chloe Hale of Marquette. Kingsford’s ...

Kingsford swim squad has UP Finals experience

KINGSFORD — Kingsford graduated three vital members of last year’s swim team. But the returning swimmers provide hope for a successful season. Kingsford graduated team captain, MVP and All-UP selection Toni DeMerse along with Kim Glanville and Cameron Mulka. “All three were an ...

Niagara's Ki'Ercidy Hannah blocks a shot by Goodman-Pembine's Katelyn Morrison in Monday's non-conference girls basketball game at Pembine. The Badgers took their season opener 47-24. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

Basketball: Badgers take control, beat Patriots 47-24

PEMBINE, Wis. — Niagara adjusted to Goodman-Pembine’s press and pulled away in the second half for a 47-24 non-conference girls basketball win Monday. Maddie West scored 14 points and Cassie Gill added 11 for the shorthanded Badgers, who went into the opener without a pre-season ...

Kingsford's TJ Burke (13) battles for the puck with Cheboygan goalie Tyler Kiper (30) and Caleb Williams (25) in Saturday's game at Mountain View Ice Arena. (Theresa Proudfit/The Daily News)

Hockey: Flivvers rout Cheboygan 9-1 in opener

KINGSFORD — Nick Murvich scored in every period and Kingsford clipped Cheboygan 9-1 to open the high school hockey season Saturday at Mountain View Ice Arena. The Flivvers, under new coach Dennis Murvich, owned 3-1 lead after the first period and added five more in the second. Murvich ...

West Iron County wide receiver Caden Pellizzer scores on a 37-yard touchdown reception against Saginaw Nouvel in the first quarter of the Division 8 state semifinal on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Marquette, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

West Iron falls short

MARQUETTE - Saginaw Nouvel held off West Iron County 17-14 in the Division 8 state semifinal on Friday. The Panthers (13-0) got a winning 21-yard field goal from kicker Jacob Burr early in the third quarter. It was Burr’s first field goal of the season, putting the Panthers in next ...

WIC volleyball meshed at right time

IRON RIVER — Victoria Maloney wouldn’t come off the court. Her entire West Iron County team was gone and she just stood out there alone. Playing with a “finish strong” credo set down by her brother Max, an All-UP football player now at Michigan Tech, she was still coming to grips ...

Trojans need to slow down Shamrocks in finals

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Forest Park will be out to contain Portland St. Patrick’s Ned Smith in today’s Eight-Player Division 2 state championship at the Superior Dome. Smith, a little-used reserve last season, ran for 213 yards and three scores when the Shamrocks socked Kinde North Huron in ...

Patriots drop girls basketball season opener

MARINETTE, Wis. — Millie Benson remembers them all too well. There was the season-opening 50-31 win over Stockbridge, and then a 41-29 win over Oneida Nation on Dec. 15, 2014, during her freshman season. Those were the last St. Thomas Aquinas Academy girls' basketball wins. Until Friday ...

Forest Park’s Peter Ropiak, left, holds the Division 2 eight-player state championship trophy after beating Portland St. Patrick 54-12 on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Marquette, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

State Champions: Forest Park dominates Shamrocks, wins 8-player state title

MARQUETTE — Forest Park christened its young eight-player football tradition with its first state title after dominating Portland-St. Patrick 54-12 in the Division 2 final on Saturday. "These kids don't know the difference between 8-man and 11-man. They're out there competing. They're out ...

New Flivver co-op debuts today

KINGSFORD — The expanded Kingsford High School hockey co-op makes its debut this afternoon at Mountain View Ice Arena. The Flivvers, under new coach Dennis Murvich, and Cheboygan will meet at 3 p.m. Kingsford has added Forest Park and West Iron County players to the co-op team that ...

Young, tall Badgers begin Monday

NIAGARA, Wis. — The young Niagara Badgers start the girls basketball season Monday. The Badgers return five letter-winners in Maddie West, Ki’Ericidy Hannah, Allison Wells, Jasmine Racine and Cassie Gill. However, five sophomores and a freshman make this a young team. Height and speed ...

Florence's Jenna Springer puts up a shot in Thursday's season opener against Crivitz. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

Basketball: Crivitz beats Florence in opener

FLORENCE, Wis. — Crivitz, expected to be one of the better M&O Conference girls basketball teams, spoiled the varsity coaching debut of Florence’s Dave Bauer on Thursday. The Wolverines, led by sophomores Sianna Guns and Chloe Gruszynski, clipped the Bobcats 61-30 in a non-conference ...

Wykons fall to Saginaw Nouvel 17-14 in state semifinal

MARQUETTE — A 21-yard field goal by Saginaw Nouvel's Jacob Burr early in the third quarter was the difference in the Panthers' 17-14 win against West Iron County on Friday in the Division 8 state semifinal. It was Burr's first field goal of the season. Saginaw Nouvel (13-0) plays the ...

GALLERY: West Iron County vs. Saginaw Nouvel

Photos from the MHSAA Division 8 state semifinal between West Iron County and Saginaw Nouvel on Friday at the Superior Dome in Marquette. Saginaw Nouvel won 17-14 to advance to the state final on Nov. 24 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Forest Park tight end Jonah Logan hauls in a pass from Tommy Peltoma and races 63 yards for a touchdown in the eight-player Division 2 state semifinal against Pickford. (Rob Roos/The Evening News)

Trojans leaning on run game for 8-player state title

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park will continue to rely on a “ground and pound, and keep the clock wound” philosophy for Saturday’s eight-player Division 2 state championship at the Superior Dome. “It's been a successful pattern so far,” said Trojans coach Dave Graff. “If they can ...

Volleyball: Munising falls in Class D semifinals

BATTLE CREEK — The Munising High School volleyball team’s first trip to Battle Creek proved to be a short but memorable one. Sidney Horak recorded 12 kills, Marissa Snyder added 10 and Fowler swept the Mustangs in three sets during a Class D semifinal match on Thursday afternoon at ...

Terrian, Wickman named October Hometowne athletes

IRON MOUNTAIN — Kingsford’s Luke Terrian and North Dickinson’s Juliann Wickman were named Hometowne Athletes of the Month for October. Terrian earned the honor for his 400 rushing yards on 70 carries. He caught 15 passes for 214 yards and scored a combined 11 touchdowns from runs and ...