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Continential Cup coordinator retiring

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After almost 20 years, Horst Tielmann has ended his job as FIS men's Continental Cup coordina- tor. Tielman was a co-coordinator with Sepp Gratzer beginning in 2002, holding the title of coordina- tor since 2005. Tielmann, 65, pulled the strings in the ski jumping Continental Cup as a planner ...

Simonsen earns first team nod

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LANSING — The Division 2 Boys All-State team was announced Wednesday evening. The UP had a handful of players selected to the team. Houghton’s Brad Simonsen was selected to the first team. The 6’6 senior, a Michigan Tech recruit, led the UP in scoring with over 32 points per game. U.P. ...

Coronavirus cancels UP all-star basketball games

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MARQUETTE — The 35th Upper Peninsula All-Star Basketball Games have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event had been scheduled for June 13 at Marquette High School. "It is sad but it is our new state of reality," said Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame executive ...

Johnson, Wonders named first team all-state

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IRON MOUNTAIN— Iron Mountain senior Marcus Johnson and junior teammate Foster Wonders both accomplished another repeat in recognition of their in-season play. The duo was named to the Michigan Associated Press all-state first team, as announced Tuesday evening. For Johnson, this was the ...

Simmons a Dream Team pick

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IRONWOOD — Forest Park senior center Mercedes Simmons has added another accolade to her resume. Simmons was named to the girls basketball All-Class Dream Team as selected by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. The UPSSA conducted an online voting process last ...

Noah and Luke Gorzinski earn all-state honorable mention

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LANSING — The 2019-20 Associated Press Division 4 boys basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of 10 Michigan sports writers, was released Monday evening. Two area players were named as honorable mention — North Central senior Noah Gorzinski and freshman Luke Gorzinski. Named ...

Carlson named AP All-State

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LANSING - The Division 1 Girls All-State team, released late last week, featured one player with ties to the area. East Grand Rapids sophomore point guard Alli Carlson earned honorable mention. Carlson is the granddaughter of Butch and Eva Carlson of Kingsford, and the daughter of former ...

Virus changes the art of recruiting

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ESCANABA — The art of recruiting is a special one. Getting student-athletes to buy into your school, your culture, your way of doing things, your coaching staff and what else you have to offer can be a tough sales pitch for 17- and 18-year-olds who are being asked to trust you with their ...

Upbeat Invite cancelled

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HARRIS —The 2nd annual Upbeat Invitational scheduled for May 8-10 at Bark River-Harris High School has been cancelled, due to coronavirus precautions. Tournament director Bryce Derouin stated the tournament will be scheduled for early May in 2021.

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame class

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Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer. And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan ...

Virus claims Saints hero Dempsey at 73

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Dempsey, the kicker born without toes on his kicking foot who made a then-record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate first reported Dempsey's death. ...

Wonders repeats as UP’s Mr. Basketball

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IRONWOOD — Iron Mountain junior Foster Wonders and senior teammate Marcus Johnson both accomplished repeats in recognition of their stellar on-court performances during the 2019-2020 boys basketball season, while the Mountaineers also earned honors as a team. The Upper Peninsula ...

MHSAA cancels remainder of 2019-20 winter and spring seasons

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EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 winter and spring sports seasons, in compliance with the “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online for the remainder of ...

NY Giants taking a gamble on ex-Packers LB Fackrell

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The New York Giants are giving free-agent linebacker Kyler Fackrell a chance to show that his 2019 season wasn’t as bad as the numbers suggest. It’s a one-year shot for Fackrell to prove his 10 1/2 sack season in 2018 with the Green Bay Packers wasn’t a fluke. It will cost the ...

Michigan DNR issues advisory on burning

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MARQUETTE— Permits for open burning of yard debris remain suspended across most of the state in response to the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus. In Dickinson and Iron counties, permits remain available in most townships, ...

Most Michigan trail, boating facilities remain open

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LANSING — To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, the Department of Natural Resources continues to monitor visitation and adherence to social-distancing requirements at DNR-managed facilities. ...

Bucks making sure they’re ready

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks remain confident the coronavirus pandemic won’t put a permanent halt to the season and that they’ll get to resume chasing their first league title in nearly half a century. The Bucks had a league-best 53-12 record when play was suspended ...

AP Division 2 all-state named

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LANSING - Menominee junior Emma Anderson was named to the Associated Press Division 2 all-state first team Wednesday evening. Other U.P. selections included Escanaba’s Nicole Kamin on the second team along with Gladstone’s Megan Crow and Sault Ste. Marie’s Julia Beaumony, who both made ...

Cubs-Cardinals series in London canceled

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the ...