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Iron River native was once in line to rule NHL

The late Don Ruck of Iron River nearly became president of the National Hockey League. Hockey writing great Stan Fischler, author of “Detroit Red Wings: Greatest Moments and Players (Sports Publishing),” knew Ruck very well from their New York City days. “We got very close,” Fischler ...

Carney ace plays WSGA round with Tony Romo

Carney’s Hunter Eichhorn played his qualifying round for this week’s Wisconsin State Golf Association Match Play Championship with former Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo. Eichhorn, admitting to some nerves playing with the NFL quarterback turned broadcaster, shot a 68 for the second-best ...

Esky holds off Eaton Rapids 2-0 to make finals

EAST LANSING — This year’s trip to the Division 2 semifinals was not like the others for the Escanaba softball team. “Our last two teams were great teams and we suffered some bad hops,” Eskymos’ coach Jamie Segorski said. “Today we got good hops. We benefited from those ...

UP Arctic Blast back on track

NIAGARA, Wis. — UP Arctic Blast have turned things around after starting the Northern Lights Football League campaign with a pair of losses. Fox River Raiders and Tri-City Bulldogs put the Blast in an 0-2 hole. But they have bounced back after beating the Dodge County Braves and Wisconsin ...

ScuttleBu(r)t Leftovers, June 2018

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Bill Chuck, one of the many I follow on Twitter, wonders if President Trump will invite Triple Crown winner Justify to the White House? ... From Kurt Mensching, a former Marquette Mining Journal sportswriter now found in The Athletic, questioning the value of veteran Victor ...

Burt Angeli/Daily News photo Concordia Chicago offensive coordinator Jim Kiernan watches Norway’s Gannon Bray throw the football Monday in the Yooper Quarterbacks and Receivers Camp in Kingsford. Coaches from St. Norbert College, Michigan Technological University and Northern Michigan University also participated. Camp coordinator Tom Wender reported about 40 athletes attended the opening session.

Yooper Football Camp

Concordia Chicago offensive coordinator Jim Kiernan watches Norway’s Gannon Bray throw the football Monday in the Yooper Quarterbacks and Receivers Camp in Kingsford. Coaches from St. Norbert College, Michigan Technological University and Northern Michigan University also participated. Camp ...

WIR king to enter Stateline Challenge

NORWAY — Defending Wisconsin International Raceway super late model champion Andy Monday has filed an entry for the 35th annual Stateline Challenge at Norway Speedway on July 6. The Appleton driver is no stranger to Norway’s third-mile paved oval. “I remember winning the $2,000 ...

ScuttleBu(r)t …Harry Boyce big fan of Gold Medal basketball

Harry Boyce, director of Team 1848 Grassroots Youth Hoops, has traveled the world in his basketball career. One of those stops has been Hermansville for the famed Gold Medal Classic. Where does the crackerbox Community Center Gym rank among his many sites for basketball? “Top five,” said ...

Holden Ross, a sophomore at West Iron County High School, won the United States Tennis Association’s Northern Michigan District 16-year-old boys tennis title in Traverse City. Ross, 2018 UP Division 2 Player of the Year, qualified to play in the Midwest Level Closed Championships in Indianapolis on June 23. He competes this weekend in a team tournament at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Marquette’s Alec Olivier qualified for the 18-year-old USTA tournament in Indianapolis.

Iron River tennis ace

Holden Ross, a sophomore at West Iron County High School, won the United States Tennis Association’s Northern Michigan District 16-year-old boys tennis title in Traverse City. Ross, 2018 UP Division 2 Player of the Year, qualified to play in the Midwest Level Closed Championships in ...

North American trio beats Morocco to host in 2026

MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for ...

Kendall Burklund of Norway Thirsty Whale connects in a Little League minor (age 7-10) softball game at Marion Park. Florence Digger Green catcher Abby Novak and umpire Caleb Burklund look on. Norway rallied to win 4-3 in six innings. American Legion and Little League teams are welcome to submit game results to The Daily News at aniemi@ironmountaindailynews.com or bangeli@ironmountaindailynews.com.

Little League minor softball

Kendall Burklund of Norway Thirsty Whale connects in a Little League minor (age 7-10) softball game at Marion Park. Florence Digger Green catcher Abby Novak and umpire Caleb Burklund look on. Norway rallied to win 4-3 in six innings. American Legion and Little League teams are welcome to submit ...

Reyes keys Tigers’ rally past Twins

DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire didn’t mind getting a beer shower from his players Wednesday night. He just didn’t know why it was happening. “They ambushed me, and they really got me,” he said after his Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2. “I wasn’t expecting it, and ...

Kizer gets a fresh start with Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — DeShone Kizer has already had quite the NFL career after just one year in the league. But what a year it was starting for the winless Cleveland Browns as a rookie. Now Kizer is in a completely different situation with the Green Bay Packers. There are no expectations ...

Norway’s VanHolla named Skyline Conference Player of the Year

NORWAY — Norway’s Ada VanHolla, who hit over .500 this season, has been named the Skyline Conference Softball Player of the Year. The junior batted .522 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs. She posted a .928 fielding average at third base. “Ada puts in a lot of time,” said Norway coach ...

Ryan, Poupore named UP Soccer Conference players of the year

KINGSFORD — The two best players in the UP Girls Soccer Conference demonstrated their skills this spring at Commemorative Field. League coaches named Iron Mountain junior forward Riley Poupore as the offensive player of the year while Kingsford senior Maddy Ryan earned defensive ...

UP All-Star basketball game set for Saturday

MARQUETTE — The goal of the UP All-Star Classic basketball game is to raise funds for scholarships for Upper Peninsula high school athletes. On Saturday, two of the most recent scholarship recipients will be on hand to personally say thank you when they participate in the 33rd annual ...

Baseball: Indian Lakes rallies to win regional title

RUDYARD — They were just one out away from a second straight trip to the quarterfinals, but Rudyard could not hold off a seventh-inning comeback by Inland Lakes Saturday. Inland Lakes scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, winning 7-6 in walk-off fashion over Rudyard in a Division ...

Rudyard takes regional title over Ishpeming

NORWAY — The Ishpeming Hematites appeared to have some momentum heading into Saturday’s Division 4 regional championship softball game. Rudyard, however, changed that in a hurry as it handed the Hematites a 14-2 loss in the Region 25 championship. Ishpeming was coming off an emotional ...

Popp earns awards for academics, play on the field

GOLDEN, Colo. – The Colorado School of Mines Baseball team led all of NCAA Division II with three Google Cloud Academic All-Americans as the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) unveiled its 2018 Academic All-America Division II baseball teams. Joe Popp, son of Laura ...

Softball: Badgers’ Wells named to All-M&O first team

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara senior infielder Allison Wells has been named to the All-M&O Conference softball first-team. The Badgers had two second-team outfielders in senior Abby McCarthy and junior Marissa Blosser. Sophomore Jayden Payette received honorable mention. Coleman senior ...