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Simmons a Dream Team pick

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

By The Associated Press 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 ...

Carlson named AP All-State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Bucks making sure they’re ready

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

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

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 ...

Nelson all-state honorable mention

LANSING - West Iron County senior center Emily Nelson was named honorable mention on the Associated Press Division 3 all-state team, it was announced Tuesday evening. Nelson averaged 13.2 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game during the 2019-20 season. Nelson was a 2019 all-U.P. first ...

Upbeat Invitational still on as scheduled

HARRIS -- The 2nd Annual Upbeat Invitational will take place from May 8-10 at Bark River-Harris High School. Proceeds go to support the BR-H Athletic Programs. Entry fee is $125 per team. There will be Class A and Class B Men's divisions with the brackets being determined by a play-in game. ...

Simmons named All-State

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park senior Mercedes Simmons has been selected to the Michigan Associated Press All-State girls basketball first team, as announced Monday evening. The Skyline Central Conference Defensive Player of Year and unanimous SCC first team selection, Simmons averaged 19.4 ...

Division 4 All-State

Division 4 All-State The 2020 Associated Press Division 4 girls basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of Michigan sportswriters. Player of the Year Bree Salenbien, Adrian Lenawee Christian. First Team Bree Salenbien, Adrian Lenawee Christian; Dani Salenbien, Adrian Lenawee ...

Larison named to first team

GOODMAN, Wis — Goodman-Pembine sophomore boys basketball player Boone Larison was named a first-team member of the Northern Lakes Conference and was second in the conference in scoring with 16.9 points per game. The Daily News listed him incorrectly Wednesday. The Northern Lakes Winter ...

Norway Speedway on track for late May opener

NORWAY — Despite the recent COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent pandemic that it has caused, Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA) officials remain hopeful that the first green flag will still fly as planned at the season opening race Friday, May 22, at Norway Speedway located at the ...

Two rare cancellations in the world of sports

Sweet(s) Talk As both local and national prevention measures are being taken in regards to the spread of COVID-19, two more longtime sporting events are feeling the effects. Nationally, the world renowned Indianapolis 500, postponed its 104th running of the race from Sunday of Memorial Day ...