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Pontbriand prevails despite ‘broken’ car

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Joey Pontbriand, Iron Mountain High School’s new athletic director, beat a star-studded Norway Speedway race field with a “broken racecar.” Pontbriand won the late model feature over Jordan Ives, Mike D’Angelo, Tom Lindquist and Reagan May. NASCAR truck series ...

Gendron leaving Gladstone volleyball

GLADSTONE -- Gladstone High School has named Mariah Yonker to be its new volleyball coach after Liz Gendron resigned from the position. Yonker, a 2015 graduate of Big Bay de Noc, returns to Gladstone after starting her high school career there before transferring to Big Bay her junior ...

Astros, Riddick edge Tigers 6-5

DETROIT (AP) — After two sacrifice flies earlier in the game, Josh Reddick came up in the eighth inning with men on first and second and the Astros down by two. "I told him, 'Go get another RBI,'" Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "He said, 'How about three?'" Reddick hit a three-run ...

Local teams in close setbacks

CHARLEVOIX — Iron Mountain-Norway suffered a second one-run setback in the Little League junior (age 13-14) baseball state tournament Friday. Hamilton, escaping from a bases-loaded situation, edged IM-Norway 5-4 in seven innings. Blake Julian homered for IM-Norway. IM-Norway fell to South ...

Flivvs issue helmets Monday

KINGSFORD — Kingsford High School varsity football players can pick up helmets at 9 a.m. Monday at Don Edens Field House. Varsity team meeting and testing will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the field house. Junior varsity and freshman football players will receive helmets at 9 ...

MHSAA survey finds decrease in participation fees

EAST LANSING – Just under half of high schools responding to an annual Michigan High School Athletic Association survey assessed participation fees to help fund interscholastic athletics in 2016-17, making it the first school year since 2009-10 that fewer than 50 percent of respondents ...

Reuben Hamari to enter ski jumping hall of fame

IRON MOUNTAIN — Reuben Hamari, who competed for an incredible 17 years, will be inducted posthumously into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in Red Wing, Minn. Hamari will be enshrined with Randy Lunde, Chuck Heckert and Tim Norris along with the late Wally Wakefield and Bobby Immens. ...

Niagara shocks Waupun

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. — Niagara stunned the defending state champions Friday in the American Legion Class A baseball state tournament. Niagara scored nine runs in the sixth inning and edged Waupun 9-8 to stay alive in the tournament. “Incredible,” said Niagara manager Dale Blagec. “The ...

‘Race for a Cure’ set for Aug. 11

Submitted Photo Kingsford High School graduate Anthony Paupore, third from right, built the chassis for Ken Schrader’s race-winning car at Macon (Ill.) Speedway. NORWAY — The chassis-builder for veteran NASCAR driver Ken Schrader will attend next month’s “Race for a Cure” fundraiser ...

Legion baseball: Blagec, Niagara Legion beat Osseo 4-0

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. — Niagara, behind the three-hit pitching of Ethan Blagec, blanked Osseo 4-0 in the American Legion Class A state baseball tournament Thursday. Niagara (21-7), playing in the elimination bracket after losing to Clintonville on Wednesday, faces defending state champion ...

Little League: Norway 11’s blank Taylor 11-0 in state tournament

SCHOOLCRAFT — Norway collected 11 hits and blanked Taylor 11-0 to start the Little League 11-year-old baseball state tournament Thursday. Norway used three pitchers in the four-inning mercy rule game. Alex Ortman started on the mound, giving up one hit, striking out four and walking one. ...

Norway’s VanHolla runner-up in UPGA junior tournament

NORWAY — Trevor Tchinda of Houghton shot a three-over par 75 to win the boys age 16-18 division Wednesday in the UP Golf Association junior tournament at Oak Crest Golf Course. Norway’s Jeffrey VanHolla, playing in the age 14-15 division, was runner-up with a 79. Escanaba’s Paxton ...

Speedway Hall of Fame ceremony July 28

NORWAY — Norway Speedway will resemble something of a time capsule Friday, July 28, at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. Not only will the track host its third annual Hall of Fame night including six inductees of former racers and track officials, the vintage modified racers will be on ...

Legion baseball: Niagara falls to Clintonville in Class A tourney

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. — Clintonville, fueled by a six-run fifth inning, defeated Niagara 10-4 Wednesday to open the American Legion Class A state baseball tournament. Niagara, which had downed Clintonville twice in the regional tournament, will play an elimination bracket game at 12:30 this ...

Norway native Milbrath joins MTU football staff as RB coach

HOUGHTON — Former Norway High School star Phil Milbrath has been named running backs coach at Michigan Tech University. Milbrath was a standout running back for MTU from 2007-10 and is one of the program’s all-time leading rushers. Assistant Head Coach Dan Mettlach has also been promoted ...

Little League Majors: Grosse Pointe powers past Kingsford

GLADSTONE — There were very few scoring opportunties for the Kingsford Major Boys’ Little League All-Stars (age 11-12) Tuesday as they fell to Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores 17-0 in four innings in a state semifinal baseball game at Don Howes Family Field. Kingsford managed just two ...

Little League: Homers carry Kingsford over Birmingham

GLADSTONE — Playing an opportunist’s role paid off for the Kingsford Major Boys’ Little League All-Stars (age 11-12) Monday in a 6-1 state quarterfinal win over Birmingham at Don Howes Family Field. Following back-to-back home runs by Evan Johnson and Riley Juneau in the opening frame, ...

Basketball: Bark River beats Kingsford

CARNEY — There weren’t any nailbiters in the Carney Summer Basketball League Monday night as all games were decided by 14 or more points. Matt Richer hit 25 points and Alex Emmes added 14 in Bark River’s 79-65 triumph over Kingsford. Luke Terrian scored 19 and Tyler Beauchamp had 14 for ...

Little League: Kingsford bats quiet as St. Clair wins

GLADSTONE — Jackson Oles’ off-speed pitching presented plenty of problems for the Kingsford Major Boys’ Little League All-Stars (age 11-12) Sunday as they dropped a 7-1 decision to St. Clair at Don Howes Family Field. Oles took over the mound duties in the second after Riley Juneau hit ...

Legion baseball: Niagara beats Clintonville, makes state tournament

BONDUEL, Wis. — Niagara capped a perfect American Legion Class A baseball regional tournament Saturday by blanking Clintonville 10-0 in six innings. Representing Cretton Tutas Post 136, Niagara opened the regional by beating Clintonville 10-3 on Wednesday. Bonduel and Oconto Falls also ...