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Boys basketball: Rapid River rolls past Jets, 68-54

Local Sports

RAPID RIVER — The score was not indicative of how well the Rapid River boys’ basketball team played in a 68-54 win over North Central here Monday. The Rockets jumped out to a 22-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and led by as many as 26 in a Skyline Central Conference ...

Boys basketball: Late rally sparks Forest Park past Broncos

Local Sports

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Bark River-Harris 61-57 in boys basketball Monday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium. Trojans (5-4) trailed by three points in the fourth quarter. Forest Park carried an eight-point lead in the fourth period. “The game was never ...

Wrestling: Mountaineers take 3rd in Mariucci Invite

Local Sports

KINGSFORD — Preparation for the UP Finals doesn’t get much better than Saturday’s Ray Mariucci Invitational. Host Kingsford and Iron Mountain each had seven medalists in the wrestling tournament that originated in 1964. “You have to be pleased any time you enter nine wrestlers in a ...

Girls Basketball: Bobcats get 5th straight win

Local Sports

MERCER, Wis. — Florence shook off the effects of a two-hour bus ride and defeated Mercer 53-29 in non-conference girls basketball Saturday. “We came out a little sluggish and shots didn't fall early,” said Florence coach Brad Perry, noting the early morning trip contributed to the slow ...

Wrestling: Gladstone’s Bruce wins Mariucci honors

Local Sports

KINGSFORD — Adam Bruce kept the Ray Mariucci Invitational’s most outstanding wrestler award in the Gladstone family on Saturday. Bruce, who chalked up three pins Saturday to win the 135-pound title, huddled up his teammates after receiving the individual award. He then proceeded to turn ...

Swimming: Flivvers’ Johnson breaks records

Local Sports

MARQUETTE — Kingsford’s Peyton Johnson was a record-breaking freshman in the 2016 Marquette Invitational high school swim meet. She’s still a record-breaker as evidenced by the senior’s performance in the same meet. Johnson set meet and team records Saturday in the 100 IM and 50 ...

No. 6 Spartans beat Penn State

National Sports

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tom Izzo wasn't impressed with much of No. 6 Michigan State's double-digit victory over Penn State. The Spartans built a big lead early and dominated at times in the paint in their 71-56 win on Sunday. From Izzo's standpoint, that's all they did well and that won't ...

Bucks beat Hawks in Budenholzer’s return

National Sports

ATLANTA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had just one rebound in the first half as the Bucks lost the battle of the boards by 16. Milwaukee took charge of the game in the second half with Khris Middleton and Antetokounmpo exerting their will in the paint. "We played a little bit harder, moved ...

Boys basketball: Run spurs Broncos past Knights

Local Sports

NORWAY — Bark River-Harris used a run in the third quarter to beat Norway 54-34 on Friday. The Broncos (5-3) rallied with a 15-3 run to open the second half for a commanding lead over the Knights, who struggled offensively throughout the night. "You have those non-shooting nights," ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: MSU coach congratulates FP star

Local Sports

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Michigan State women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant was among the many saluting Lexi Gussert for having her Forest Park number 22 retired in a ceremony at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium. “What a huge deal and well deserved,” Merchant said of Gussert, an MSU grad ...

NFL: Pack, Bears name defensive coaches

Wisconsin Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike Pettine is staying as defensive coordinator of the Packers. New coach Matt LaFleur announced the decision Friday, answering one of his biggest questions just three days after being hired. In his first year, Pettine installed a 3-4 scheme and had mixed results. ...

MLB: Suspended Russell, Cubs agree on pact

Wisconsin Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — Suspended shortstop Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs agreed Friday to a $3.4 million, one-year contract, a relatively small $200,000 raise for a player whose relationship with the team appeared strained after a domestic violence suspension. Russell accepted a 40-game ...

Giannis-less Bucks fall

Wisconsin Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tomas Satoransky got a bottled-water shower from his teammates and a postgame handshake from team president Ernie Grunfeld. The big game for the lanky Czech point guard was cause for celebration for the Washington Wizards, who are playing cohesively with Satoransky ...

College Basketball: Edwards scores 36 to lead Purdue over UW

Wisconsin Sports

Edwards scores 36 to lead Purdue over Wisconsin MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Carsen Edwards wasn't flawless Friday. But Purdue coach Matt Painter says he found his rhythm. Coming off a poor shooting performance in a loss to Michigan State on Tuesday, Edwards scored 36 points as Purdue outlasted ...

Boys basketball: Florence survives Three Lakes

Local Sports

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence Bobcats, playing with the school’s 1989 Class C state championship basketball team in attendance, downed Three Lakes 45-39 in Northern Lakes Conference play Friday. The Bobcats (7-3, 6-1), who overcame poor shooting, managed a 21-16 halftime lead. “We had ...

Hockey: Flivvers fall to Macomb Dakota, 7-1

Local Sports

TRAVERSE CITY — Macomb Dakota scored three first-period goals and defeated Kingsford 7-1 in high school hockey Friday. The Flivvers (6-8) ended a seven-period scoring slump after the Cougars (10-4) had pulled ahead 4-0 in the second period. Trey Bociek scored for Kingsford, with assists ...

Boys basketball: IM routs Gwinn, 83-58

Local Sports

GWINN — Iron Mountain made its presence known on the boards and wore down a smaller Gwinn team for an 83-58 Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball victory on Friday night. The undefeated and UP No. 1 Mountaineers (9-0, 6-0) got 30 points from Foster Wonders and 26 from Marcus Johnson. ...

Boys basketball: Nordics spill Mid Peninsula

Local Sports

FELCH — North Dickinson used a strong defensive effort to subdue Mid Peninsula’s Kennedy Englund in a 45-39 win on Friday. The Nordics (4-4), who surrendered 29 points to Englund less than two weeks ago, held her to seven points. Briana Smith was tasked with guarding her one-on-one with ...

Registrations invited for Jan. 19 ice tourney

Outdoors

AURORA, Wis. — The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club will host its annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Jan. 19, coinciding with Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend. Participants must pre-register at the Hitch-N-Post or Bob’s Midland in Aurora; Whisler Outdoors in ...

Songbird blends with the woods

Outdoors

While this is not an uncommon bird, it can be a challenge to find. This is not a good photo, but it does show how unobtrusive the brown creeper can be — it also stuck to interior trees, on a cloudy day, so lighting was less than ideal. This little songbird blends in so well with the ...