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Little League: Kingsford bats heat up in 20-2 rout of Esky

NORWAY — Kingsford scored 14 runs with two outs en route to a 20-2 win against Escanaba in the Little League Minors District 10 tournament on Monday at Marion Park. Norway beat Gladstone 16-2 in the first game. Norway faces Escanaba at 6 p.m. Kingsford plays Wednesday against the winner of ...

Little League: Esky 11’s sink Kingsford, 15-3

ESCANABA — The Escanaba 11 boys Little League baseball team got the bats going early and often Monday night as it defeated Kingsford 15-3 in the Little League District 10 11-year-old baseball tournament at Dickson Field. Esky will play Norway at 7 p.m. EDT today at Dickson Field. Esky ...

Anderson to face IM’s Cecconi today

Karla McCutcheon of Marquette, in the championship flight, drives during the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association annual tournament at the Marquette Golf Club Heritage course Monday afternoon. (Rachel Oakley/The Mining Journal) MARQUETTE — It was a perfect day for championship play to ...

Little League: Norway beats Iron Mountain in Minors tourney

NORWAY — Iron Mountain succumbed to an offensive outburst by Norway in a 13-4 loss in the Little League Minors (ages 9-10) District 10 pre-districts on Sunday. Iron Mountain was eliminated with the loss, leaving Norway to face Gladstone at 5:30 p.m. today in the District 10 tournament. ...

Kingsford softball knocked from state tourney

VICKSBURG — Kingsford bowed out of the Little League junior (age 13-14) state softball tournament with a 9-8 semifinal loss to host Vicksburg on Sunday. "It was a very competitive game," said Kingsford coach Craig Tomczak. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Kingsford loaded the bases ...

Kleiman brothers triumph at Bark River off-road races

BARK RIVER — It was a big weekend for the Kleiman family of Wilson as brothers Cody and Kyle each won a race in the Upper Peninsula Off-Road 100 at Bark River International Raceway. Cody took Sunday’s Pro Light event and was runner-up to Kyle in Saturday’s TORC Series race in front of ...

Da Vinci wins another state bocce title at Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — Da Vinci Bocce from downstate Sylvan Lake took on the Dickinson Area Bocce Association’s finest for a third time Saturday in the state finals. Just as it did in 2013 and 2015, Da Vinci returned to Lower Michigan with the state championship. Da Vinci knocked off B&B ...

Wisconsin hoops star eyes MSU

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Joey Hauser, who helped Stevens Point Area Senior High School win three straight WIAA Division 1 basketball titles, has reportedly reduced his college choices to Wisconsin, Marquette and Michigan State. “Hauser has friends at UW; his brother, Sam, is preparing for his ...

LA Kings re-sign Gravel for one year

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings re-signed Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension Friday, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent defenseman. The Kings also signed restricted free agents Justin Auger, Andrew Crescenzi, Zachary Leslie, Kurtis ...

Northern Stars U11 post undefeated league record

NIAGARA, Wis. — Northern Stars U11B boys soccer team defeated EC Force of Kaukauna to close out its East Central Wisconsin League season with an undefeated record. The Stars wound up 7-0-2 in the league and 11-2-3 overall including two tournaments where the only two losses occurred. In ...

Kingsford tops Norway in minor tourney opener

NORWAY - The Kingsford Little League Minor team (ages 9-10) fended off a late Norway rally for a 15-11 District 10 All Star tournament win on Friday night at Marion Park. Kingsford took advantage of Norway’s defensive miscues and built a 12-2 lead in the third inning. Kingsford scored seven ...

Norway, Kingsford minors fall

ESCANABA — Montgomery Pepin fired a no-hitter, struck out 14 and walked three Friday night as the Gladstone Minor Girls’ Little League All-Stars (age 9-10) eliminated Norway 10-0 in five innings from the District 10 tournament at Lemerand Park. “She did a much better job overall ...

Kingsford junior softball clubs Cheboygan at state

VICKSBURG — Kingsford opened the Little League junior softball state tournament Friday by beating Cheboygan 12-1. Kingsford Coach Craig Tomczak cited “strong pitching and defense along with a relentless offense.” “The girls played really well,” Tomczak said. “Cheboygan was ...

DAHA, Flivver program big influence

Ryan Anderson, a 2004 Kingsford High School graduate, was recently named an assistant coach with the Corpus Christi (Texas) IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Anderson began playing hockey at age 6 with the Dickinson Amateur Hockey Association. He is the son of Mickey and ...

Kingsford grad named assistant for NAHL team

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Corpus Christi IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) have named Kingsford native Ryan Anderson to be the team’s assistant coach. “We are very excited about completing our coaching staff with the addition of Ryan Anderson,” said IceRays General ...

NASCAR star bound for Norway

NORWAY — In 1999, my good friend Kevin Cywinski called me out to Lakeville, Minn., to give him a hand with some American Speed Association (ASA) cars that he would be driving and eventually win a championship with. For Cywinski, who owns one of the top ARCA teams in the country, it was his ...

Legion baseball: Kingsford splits twinbill with Bark River

KINGSFORD — Kingsford split a doubleheader with Bark River-Harris to finish its American League season on Thursday. Kingsford won the first game 9-6 before losing the nightcap 6-3. “We had our A-team as far as our older kids,” Bark River-Harris coach Matt Richer said. “This is our ...

State bocce powerhouse back for City Park tourney

IRON MOUNTAIN — Mike Grasser and his DaVinci Bocce Club team from Sylvan Lake won Michigan State Open bocce titles at City Park in 2013 and 2015. They will gun for a third state crown Saturday against local competition. “DaVinci bocce team consists of past state and national ...

NMU to induct IM native Popp into Hall of Fame

MARQUETTE — Iron Mountain native Rick Popp, who quarterbacked the Wildcats to the 1987 NCAA Division II semifinals, will be inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame. NMU department of athletics announced that Popp, Mandee Dafoe, Pauline Hope (Schuette), Abigail ...

Little League: Norway tops Iron Mountain North, 9-5

GLADSTONE — Norway defeated Iron Mountain North 9-5 Wednesday in District 10 Major Boys (11-12) Little League action at Don Howes Field. The game was a completion of Tuesday’s suspended contest, which was stopped because of inclement weather with Norway leading 3-2 in the third ...