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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 ...

Basketball: Florence girls start season today

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence, under new coach Dave Bauer, hopes to move up in the Northern Lakes Conference girls basketball standings. The young Bobcats are coming off a season with just one win in the conference. “For this season I would hope to be closer to the top of the conference,” ...

Basketball: Patriots hoping growth leads to more wins

PEMBINE, Wis. — Goodman-Pembine expects better results in the 2018 girls basketball season. The Patriots posted just one Northern Lakes Conference win last year. “We’re looking forward to a strong season,” said head coach Stefanie Goyak, assisted by Dave Sponholz. “Last year's ...

Calumet celebrates after sweeping Houghton Lake on Tuesday in Munising in a Class C state quarterfinal. (Bryce Derouin/The Daily Mining Gazette)

Volleyball: Calumet beats Houghton Lake, returns to state semifinals

MUNISING — After getting swept by Bronson in the 2016 Class C state semifinals, then-assistant Calumet coach Matt Laho made a promise to his returning players in the Kellogg Arena locker room that they would be back in Battle Creek the following season to compete for a state ...

Small towns turn to 8-player game to preserve football

Editor’s note: This story has been reprinted with permission from The Washington Post. By Jacob Bogage The Washington Post FELCH — Teachers, timber truck drivers and lumber salesmen gather here before sunrise at the Nordic Trading Post to sip black coffee and eat fried eggs alongside ...

Keira Stampfly, right, catches the ball squarely for a bump in Munising's Class D quarterfinal volleyball match against Rudyard in Manistique on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Teammates Kianne Wendt, center, and Marissa Ackerman look on. (Isiah Otten/Sault News)

Volleyball: Munising advances to state semifinals for 1st time

MANISTIQUE — The Munising Mustangs and Rudyard Bulldogs took a journey into uncharted territory Tuesday night as their volleyball teams reached the state quarterfinals for the first time. Munising’s journey will continue following a hard-fought four-set victory, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, ...

Florence approves 8-player football for 2018

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County School Board voted unanimously at Monday’s board meeting to transition to eight-player football starting next season. Declining numbers and injuries were the main factors in the decision, athletic director Kris Johnson said. Johnson said coaches ...

Dickinson County ties to Wisconsin football playoffs

MADISON, Wis. — Sun Prairie and Norway native Brady Grayvold have a herculean task awaiting them in the 42nd annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Football State Championships. Sun Prairie (13-0) and four-time defending champion Kimberly (13-0) will meet at 4 p.m. Friday at ...