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Girls basketball: Badgers rout Patriots

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara’s size and speed overwhelmed Goodman-Pembine 85-36 in non-conference girls basketball Tuesday. Junior Jasmine Racine paced the Badgers with 18 points. Cassie Gill, a 5-foot-10 junior, tallied 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Jessica Oratch, a 6-1 junior, ...

Girls basketball: Crivitz beats Florence

CRIVITZ, Wis. — Crivitz took over in the second half to beat Florence 67-40 in non-conference girls basketball Thursday. The Bobcats, under new coach Brad Perry, trailed 32-21 at halftime of the season opener. “We started out real good,” said Perry, noting a five-point lead early in ...

Football: Rockets face Onekama for state title

ESCANABA — A state title is on the line when Rapid River tangles with Onekama Saturday at the Superior Dome in Marquette. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. EST in the eight-player MHSAA Division 2 championship game. The Division 1 title game between Pickford and Morrice kicks off at 11 a.m. The ...

IM’s Poupore, Carey named Wendy’s Heisman recipients

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain High School seniors Myles Carey and Riley Poupore were named Iron Mountain’s recipients for the 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. “Iron Mountain High School is proud and offers congratulations to have these two superior academic student athletes ...

No. 11 Michigan St pulls away, beats Louisiana-Monroe 80-59

EAST LANSING (AP) — Cassius Winston gave his offensively challenged team a needed boost. Winston scored 14 of his 23 points in the opening minutes of the second half, bouncing back from a rough start to help No. 11 Michigan State beat Louisiana-Monroe 80-59 on Wednesday night. The point ...

College Basketball: North Central star suffers knee injury at WMU

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University sophomore Jason Whitens, who led North Central High School to five state titles, will sit out the basketball season with a knee injury. “Unfortunately, Jason is going to be out for the year with a knee injury and will redshirt this season,” said ...

VanderLende to run at Michigan

ANN ARBOR — State high school track & field and cross country champion Ericka VanderLende of Rockford has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Michigan. The daughter of Forest Park High School graduate Ingrid (Peterson) and Greg VanderLende and granddaughter of Dave and ...

Novara receives coaching award from Lions

DETROIT — Iron Mountain High School graduate John Novara was named the state coach of the week for a program sponsored by the Detroit Lions and Farm Bureau Insurance. Novara’s Portland Raiders defeated the Montague Wildcats 27-20 to end their regular season undefeated at 9-0. They are ...

Volleyball: Carney-Nadeau beats Onaway, makes 1st ever state semifinal

MANISTIQUE — Carney-Nadeau earned its first trip to the MHSAA state volleyball semifinals with a thrilling five-set win (25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9) over Onaway. The Wolves held off the hard-charging Onaway team by winning the fifth set in the quarterfinals. Getting up early in the ...

Girls basketball: STAA spoils Patriots’ season opener, win 57-48

GOODMAN, Wis. — Senior Alexa Pristelski scored 26 points as St. Thomas Aquinas Academy held off Goodman-Pembine 57-48 in a girls basketball season opener Tuesday. Katelyn Morrison and Katelyn Nelson each had 16 points to pace the Patriots. The Cavalettes won just one game last season, and ...

Volleyball: Carney advances to D4 state semifinals

MANISTIQUE — Carney-Nadeau earned its first trip to the MHSAA state volleyball semifinals with a thrilling five-set win over Onaway. The C-N Wolves held off a hard-charging Onaway team by winning the fifth set in the quarterfinals. Getting up early in the final set was key, according to ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Budek’s Phantoms run like Nordics

ScuttleBu(r)t ... West De Pere ran the football 57 times, with no pass plays, in beating Rice Lake 35-14 to qualify for the WIAA Division 3 state championship game. West De Pere assistant Regan Budek may have wondered if the Phantoms had adopted the offensive philosophy of his North Dickinson ...

Girls basketball: Cohesive juniors lead Badgers in 2018-19

NIAGARA, Wis. — A veteran group will lead Niagara in the 2019 girls basketball season. “The girls on this year’s team have played together since fourth grade,” said Niagara head coach Karl Lamoreaux, noting seven juniors that either started or lettered last season. “I am looking ...

Girls basketball: Florence looking for first winning season in 12 years

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence, seeking its first winning girls basketball season in 12 years, starts the 2019 campaign Thursday at Crivitz. “I feel if we play as a team and use our quickness and depth to our advantage, we can be successful and possibly crack the top three in the ...

Football: Flivvers’ opponent St. Mary’s Springs in state finals

MADISON, Wis. — A Kingsford opponent will play for Wisconsin’s Division 5 football state championship Thursday. Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (13-0), which defeated Kingsford 35-0 in the second week of the season, will meet Stratford (11-2) at 4 p.m. CST at Camp Randall Stadium. St. ...

Women’s Basketball: Felch’s Jacobson lifts Lakeland

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Miranda Jacobson made two free throws in the final minute for the go-ahead points and the Lakeland University defeated University of Wisconsin-River Falls 55-53 on Saturday night. Lakeland defeated a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team for the first time ...

College Basketball: No. 10 Michigan State breezes past FGCU 106-82

EAST LANSING (AP) — Two games into the season, Tom Izzo has already had it with how college basketball is being officiated. And he doesn't blame the referees. "I felt bad for our fans, I felt bad for their team, I felt a little bad for our team, and I felt really bad for the officials," ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Flivver VB foe advances to quarters

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Kingsford ran into a formidable foe in the MHSAA Division 2 volleyball regional at Manistique. I’ve been covering volleyball for many years and I can’t remember a more impressive pre-match session than the one put on by Kingsley. The Stags displayed an arsenal of ...

Bobcats earn state academic honors

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence High School seniors Joseph Walstrom and Eric DeCremer have been named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s academic all-state team for 2018. Walstrom, a senior team co-captain, has a team-best 3.925 grade point average. As a tailback, he rushed for ...

GP star Goyak helps LBC to record-breaking season

By BURT ANGELI Sports Writer Former Goodman-Pembine star Courtney Goyak was part of a magical season with the Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College women’s volleyball program. The Chargers’ volleyball season ended Sunday with a 3-0 loss to Morrisville State in the North Eastern Athletic ...