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Fornetti welcome addition at Alma

By BURT ANGELI Sports Writer Brooke Fornetti couldn’t be happier bowling with the Alma College Scots. The feeling is mutual from Alma College women’s head coach Kyle Woodcock. “Brooke is having a great season,” Woodcock said. “She was pushed right into a starting role and ...

Izzo welcomes Hematites to MSU

Tom Izzo hasn’t changed a bit. Michigan State’s highly-successful coach, a 2016 inductee to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, got his start with the Ishpeming Hematites. He invited that 1977-1978 team to East Lansing last month. “Watching Coach Izzo coach now, 40 years later, he ...

Krans takes MASTERS hillcross at Keyes Peak

FLORENCE, Wis. — Aurora’s Tony Krans swept every class at Saturday’s Wisconsin State Championship Hillcross at Keyes Peak. Sanctioned by Mid America Snow & Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS), Krans raced his Polaris to a second straight “Top Dog” title. Krans qualified to ...

Little League sign-up set for Niagara, North Central and Norway

NORWAY — Norway Area Little League will host baseball and softball registration for three communities. Niagara sign-up sessions are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 15, from 3:15 p.m. to 6 in the Niagara Elementary cafeteria. Contact Joe Champeau at 906-396-7442 with any ...

Bluejays outlast Patriots in NLC boys basketball

THREE LAKES, Wis. — Three Lakes outlasted Goodman-Pembine 57-51 in double overtime Friday in Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball. The Patriots (7-12, 5-8) trailed 25-24 at halftime but pulled ahead by nine points in the second half. The score was tied at 39 after regulation. “Both ...

Girls basketball: Flivvers drop OT thriller

KINGSFORD — Avery Ledy scored seven of her game-high 22 points to start overtime and Marquette downed Kingsford 53-44 in Great Northern Conference girls basketball Friday. Both teams hit lay-ups in the final seconds of regulation for a 42-42 deadlock. Ledy then went to work underneath in ...

Boys basketball: West Iron County stops Calumet’s win streak

CALUMET — West Iron County ended Calumet’s six-game winning streak Friday with a 49-44 West PAC boys basketball win. Steven Nelson led the Wykons (7-7, 4-0) with 21 points. The Wykons, shooting free throws at a 69-percent clip this season, converted 23 of 29 in the game including 13 of ...

Boys basketball: Crivitz rolls past Niagara

CRIVITZ, Wis. — Crivitz made easy work of a Niagara squad depleted by illness, posting a 76-30 M&O Conference win Friday. “Crivitz is playing some really good basketball right now,” said Niagara coach Jim Hoogland. “They do everything very well.” Casey Antonissen and Austin ...

Girls basketball: North Central beats Stephenson

POWERS — A fourth-quarter rally saved the North Central girls Thursday night in a 57-52 basketball victory over the Stephenson Eagles. The Jets trailed by 10 points midway through the Skyline Central Conference matchup. “Delaney Smith stole the ball when we were only up by two ...

Feb. 24 races at Fumee

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Bike Path Committee will host the Frostbitten 50 K Ultra running event and Snotscycle Fat Tire Bike Race, both new, on Saturday, Feb. 24. The events begin at 8 a.m. at the Fumee Lake Natura Area. Entrance is at the corner of Indiana Mine Road, ...

Girls basketball: Negaunee survives Iron Mountain hustle

IRON MOUNTAIN — Negaunee held off upset-minded Iron Mountain in a 58-42 Mid-Peninsula Conference win on Thursday. The Miners (16-0), ranked No. 2 in the UPSSA Class ABC poll and No. 5 in the statewide AP poll, held just a three-point lead at the half. But Negaunee torched the net with ...

No. 1 Mustangs girls sink Nordics

MUNISING — Munising’s calling card recently has been balanced scoring by its girls basketball team. The Mustangs showed that off again Thursday night as six players scored at least eight points in Munising’s 68-43 victory over North Dickinson. The No. 1-ranked team in the Upper ...

Jets girls rally past Eagles

POWERS — A fourth-quarter rally saved the North Central girls Thursday night in a 57-52 basketball victory over the Stephenson Eagles. The Jets trailed by 10 points midway through the Skyline Central Conference match-up. “Delaney Smith stole the ball when we were only up by two ...

Girls basketball: Niagara gets 56 boards, 90 shots in runaway win

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara’s offense was overwhelming in a 59-27 rout against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in an M&O Conference game Thursday. The Badgers (15-5, 9-5), with a size advantage over STAA, grabbed 56 rebounds to extend offensive opportunities. As a result, Niagara put up 90 ...

Boys basketball: Gladstone holds off late Flivvs’ rally

GLADSTONE — Gladstone hit key free throws late to hold off a late comeback attempt by Kingsford to win the Great Northern Conference matchup 75-68. Gladstone (10-4, 4-2) gets a big win as it rushes into a three-way tie atop the league with Marquette (9-5, 5-2) and Escanaba (12-3, 5-2), ...

Girls basketball: Mid Peninsula edges Norway in close game

ROCK — Mid Peninsula held off Norway 49-45 in Skyline Central Conference action Thursday. The Knights (5-11, 3-4) held a 15-12 lead after the first quarter but the Wolverines pulled ahead with a 14-4 run in the second quarter. Norway had a 26-23 point advantage in the second half. “It ...

Iron Mountain’s Thomas Armbrust wraps up Kingsford’s Eddie Cardew in a 285-pound match Wednesday during the MHSAA Division 3 team district. Armbrust outlasted Cardew 13-9 and the Mountaineers defeated the Flivvers 39-24 for the team title.

No tie this time

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain and Kingsford needed the ninth criteria to settle a draw in December. That wasn’t necessary Wednesday in the MHSAA Division 3 District 165 wrestling finals. The Mountaineers won a pair of pivotal matches in the upper weights and defeated the Flivvers 39-24 ...

No tie this time for IM-K wrestlers

By BURT ANGELI Sports Writer IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain and Kingsford needed the ninth criteria to settle a draw from December. That wasn’t necessary Wednesday in the MHSAA Division 3 District 165 wrestling finals. The Mountaineers won a pair of pivotal matches in the upper weights ...

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Michigan Tech taps Kingsford, Norway

IRON MOUNTAIN — Kingsford’s Liam Gayan and Norway’s Micah Wilson will continue their football careers at Michigan Tech University. Gayan and Wilson were among 20 student-athletes signing national letters of intent on Wednesday to join the Huskies for the 2018 season. Six of the players ...