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Florence sweeps weekend games

MAUSTON, Wis. — The Florence High School softball team won all three games in a pool play tournament last weekend. The Bobcats (3-0) beat Phillips 8-7 and also beat Cumberland 9-6 and beat Edgar 17-0. It was Florence’s first time playing outside of the gym. “It was very, very ...

Newberry drops to Class D with latest MHSAA classifications

Newberry High School will drop from Class C to Class D for the 2019-20 school year. Classifications for Michigan High School Athletic Association elections and postseason tournaments for the year were announced, with enrollment breaks for postseason tournaments posted for each ...

Tom Izzo made first collegiate start vs. MSU

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo, in pursuit this week of his second national title in eight trips to the Final Four, launched his playing career against the Spartans. The Iron Mountain High School graduate was a walk-on at Northern Michigan University, getting a chance when ...

Michigan Tech names NC star Bilski most valuable

HOUGHTON — Dawson Bilski, a sophomore guard from Powers, has been named the recipient of the Ken Hamar Award as Michigan Tech’s most valuable men’s basketball player. The former North Central High School star led the Huskies in scoring with a 12.8 points per game average during the ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Beatles-like gathering for Tommy, MSU

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Tommy Izzo and his Final Four basketball team received quite the welcome in East Lansing. After Michigan State dumped top-seeded Duke for the regional title Sunday in Washington DC, the Spartans returned home to the Breslin Center at 1 in the morning and found a jam-packed ...

‘Paul Lambert’ golf date, early registration set

NORWAY — Oak Crest Golf Club’s popular Paul Lambert Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, May 18-19. Entry fee is $160 per team or $80 per person. Cart fee is $30 per day or $60 for the weekend. A $10 trail fee will be assessed for those bringing their own cart for the ...

Bilski, Pontbriand torch Gold Medal Classic basketball foes

HERMANSVILLE — Bryce Bilski and Joe Pontbriand lit up the Community Club gym Friday in the 81st Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament. Bilski’s 37 points powered Hermansville Wildwood past Hermansville CTR Forty-Four 64 in a Class E game. Trent Hieth had 22 for CTR. Pontbriand scored ...

Injured stars making mark at Final Four for MSU, Auburn

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Under different circumstances Joshua Langford might have had a throng of reporters around him as he sat in front of his locker at U.S. Bank Stadium, two days before Michigan State plays in the Final Four. Langford is the ...

Jack Hoiberg enjoys ride at MSU, as dad takes Nebraska reins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Success in sports for Michigan State's Jack Hoiberg has actually come more quickly on the golf course than the basketball court, despite the depth of his family roots in the hoops and hardwoods of the Midwest. Hoiberg had a scholarship waiting for him at South Dakota, ...

Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly. The Final Four's second semifinal Saturday features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his ...

Michigan State derailed by Texas Tech

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it's time to meet Matt Mooney. While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one win away from the title Saturday ...

Baseball: Offense an emphasis for Bobcats

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence has a couple goals entering the high school baseball season. “Our main focus is to improve our offensive output and to gain experience on the mound,” said Dave LaPoint, entering his 46th season as the Bobcats’ head coach. Florence, which had its April 4 ...

Houghton girls notch 5 firsts in Keweenaw Classic

HOUGHTON — Weather conditions may have been less than perfect in the Copper Country, but that did not stop many of the area's student-athletes from opening their track season indoors Wednesday. The Houghton girls collected five firsts in the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Classic Invitational, ...

Gold Medal tips off today

HERMANSVILLE — The 81st Gold Medal Classic tips off tonight in the Community Club gym. The basketball tournament opens at 6 p.m. with the Powers North Central Jets Seniors taking on the Stephenson Strollers in a Class EE game. “The Strollers are a perennial 81-year contender,” said ...

Bobcats start defense of NLC title

FLORENCE, Wis. — Five players with All-Northern Lakes Conference credentials will lead co-defending champion Florence in the 2019 high school softball season. The Bobcats and Three Lakes/Phelps shared the 2018 NLC title. Florence juniors Kendralee Milan and Jenna Springer along with ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Analyzing Tommy’s diatribe

ScuttleBu(r)t ... I have no problem with Tommy Izzo’s tirade in the NCAA Tournament opener. OK, maybe a little. Some folks, one of them being Associated Press sports columnist Paul Newberry, called the Michigan State coach’s confrontation with freshman Aaron Henry “downright ...

Calumet Colosseum a ‘backbone’ for area

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Calumet Colosseum got to the finals of the Kraft Hockeyville competition after community members bombarded Kraft with their memories of playing in the Colosseum or testimonials to its importance. Once it was named a finalist, they proved their dedication by spreading ...

Gold Medal basketball starts Thursday

HERMANSVILLE — The 81st Gold Medal Classic tips off Thursday in the Community Center gym. The basketball tournament opens at 6 p.m. with the Powers North Central Jets Seniors taking on the Stephenson Strollers in a Class EE game. “The Strollers are a perennial 81-year contender,” said ...

Marquette Bantam AA preps for USA Hockey nationals

MARQUETTE — Coming off of its 6-0 state tournament victory over Chelsea three weeks ago, the Marquette Junior Wildcats Bantam AA hockey team, including Kingsford’s Henry McRoberts, will venture out today for South Bend, Indiana. It’s there where the American Legion Post 44-sponsored team ...

Rosters set for All-Star game

MARQUETTE — High school teammates will be squaring off against each other in the third annual Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game. Back and Red squad players were chosen in the draft, which was held last month at Buffalo Wild Wings in Marquette Township, by the 16 UP coaches who will ...