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Girls basketball: Niagara spills Coleman

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NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara stopped Cameron Compe and rallied past Coleman 55-45 to close out the M&O Conference regular season Friday. Compe scored 15 points on five three-point field goals. The Badgers switched to a box-and-one defense midway through the second half and blanked Compe for ...

Boys basketball: Trojans defeat Bark River

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CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park turned up the heat in the third quarter and toppled Bark-River Harris 61-51 in a Skyline Central Conference game Friday. “Real nice defense,” said Trojans coach Chris Nocerini, crediting Max Nylund and Josh Logan for holding Bark River marksman Ryan Arndt to ...

Boys basketball: Iron Mountain holds off Braves for MPC title

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Mid-Peninsula Conference championship wasn't an easy thing for Iron Mountain to earn on Thursday night. But the Mountaineers (17-0, 8-0) persevered with a 73-66 win over Gladstone. "First of all Gladstone's a really good team, they're talented and they've been coming ...

Boys basketball: Flivvs win, end 5-game losing streak

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KINGSFORD — Houghton caught Kingsford at a bad time Thursday. The Flivvers (8-8), not in the best of moods in trying to shake a five-game losing streak, downed the Gremlins 48-33 in non-conference boys basketball. “We got off the loss train,” said Kingsford head coach Dan Olkkonen. ...

Boys basketball: Badgers fall to STAA in OT

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NIAGARA, Wis. — St. Thomas Aquinas Academy shut out Niagara in overtime and defeated the Badgers 67-62 in M&O Conference boys basketball Thursday. The Badgers (6-14, 2-12) owned a 10-point lead with about 10 minutes left in the game, according to Niagara coach Jim Hoogland. The game was ...

Happ leads Wisconsin over No. 6 Purdue

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ made his mentor proud. On a night when Wisconsin honored Frank Kaminsky, one of the best players in program history, Happ led the current crop of Badgers to their biggest win of a challenging season. Happ finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds after the ...

Olympics great experience for Laurila

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ScuttleBu(r)t ... Nick Laurila, video coordinator for Team USA women’s hockey, reports “everything has been great” in South Korea. “It’s been a great experience,” Laurila said of the atmosphere in the village and local culture at the Winter Olympics. Nick’s the grandson of Iron ...

Baumgartner takes 4th in snowboard cross final

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Pierre Vaultier has been doing this long enough to know how it goes. You make a living strapping a snowboard to your feet and careening down a mountain within arm’s reach of other riders, and things happen. And if you get dumped, if someone cuts you off or ...

Wrestling: Whitehall takes Div. 3 region title

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Negaunee native Rick Champion played a big role in helping Whitehall take down Gladstone in the MHSAA Division 3 Region 117 team wrestling finals Wednesday. Whitehall spilled Gladstone 51-21 for a third straight regional title and berth in the state quarterfinals at ...

Free fishing this weekend in Michigan

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Everyone in Michigan is invited to fish for free Saturday and Sunday for the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. A license is not required to fish those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply. Michigan has been celebrating the Winter Free Fishing Weekend ...

Upbeat Gardenhire excited to get started with Tigers

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ron Gardenhire put on a glove and took some grounders at first base, tossing the ball to pitchers covering the bag and barking out words of encouragement. The manager certainly seemed to be enjoying himself Wednesday, when the Detroit Tigers had their first workout for ...

With Darvish, well-armed Cubs hold first spring workout

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs, boosted by the addition of Yu Darvish, are certainly well armed as they start spring training. The result, they hope, is a drive toward a second crown in three years. "The expectation for this group is to win the World Series," center fielder Albert ...

Schools to host Great Eight Winter Games on Saturday

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KINGSFORD — The 24th Great Eight Winter Games will be held in the local area Saturday with opening ceremonies starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Kingsford Middle School Gym. The games are coordinated by the school districts of Florence, Forest Park, Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Niagara, North ...

Pembine ice fishing

Outdoors

Students in Brenda DalSanto’s sixth-grade physical education class at Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School went ice fishing as the final chapter of their outdoor education unit. “Thank you to all of the chaperones who made this fishing trip a success,” DalSanto said.  In back, from left, are ...

‘Toad’ Church Pine River derby Feb. 24

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COMMONWEALTH, Wis.—The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club will host the annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Pine River Flowage in Commonwealth. Register on the ice beginning at 6 a.m. or pre-register at Bob’s Midland in Aurora, Wis. The fee is ...

Grants available for habitat projects through We Energies

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MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has grant funding available from We Energies for a range of projects associated with hydroelectric dams in a three-county area in the western Upper Peninsula. “An agreement with We Energies was reached previously to establish ...

Florence County derby Saturday

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Florence, Wis. — Leff’s Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, with registration at Leff’s Bar, 5050 Keyes Lake Drive in Florence. The derby starts at dawn and participants can fish any Florence County water. Entry fee is $5 and payout is 100 percent. For more information, call ...

Phelps boys out-gun Niagara, 81-61

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PHELPS, Wis. — Phelps pulled away and cruised to an 81-61 win against Niagara on Tuesday. The Badgers (6-13) hung within 10 points for most of the game until Phelps increased the lead to 20 with about two minutes remaining. “We played well at times. We just neeed to be more consistent ...