Local Sports

Softball: Errors cost Florence in sectional loss to Tri-County

WAUSAU, Wis. — A couple costly errors doomed Florence in a playoff loss Thursday. The errors were enough for Tri-County to win a WIAA Division 5 sectional championship at Wausau East High School. The Bobcats (17-6) made two errors leading to four runs, all with two outs in the second ...

Golf: Ontonagon sweeps Division 3 title

GLADSTONE — North Central freshman Bryson Mercier made his first trip to the MHSAA Division 3 UP Finals a successful one Thursday as he earned medalist honors with 74 strokes. “I played real good today,” he said. “I had been struggling the past week, but made it stress free today. I ...

Negaunee wins 4th straight UP tennis championship

KINGSFORD — The dynasty continues. Negaunee won six of eight championship flights to capture its fourth straight MHSAA Division 1 UP Finals on Wednesday. It’s the Miners’ eighth title in 10 years. Negaunee head coach Kyle Saari said a team-first approach has kept the team at the ...

Badgers claim regional baseball championship with win

LAONA, Wis. — Niagara is on a roll. The Badgers beat Laona-Wabeno 12-0 to win the regional championship and advance to the WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal at 1:30 p.m. against Gibraltar/Washington Island at Crivitz. The sectional championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. It’s ...

Houghton takes D1 UP Finals golf title

ESCANABA — Gladstone senior Rudy Peterson sizzled on the front nine here Wednesday, retaining his Upper Peninsula Division 1 golf title with an even-par 71 strokes. Peterson fired a 2-under-par 34 in front, then overcame bogeys on No. 15 and 16 to shoot 37 on the back nine at the Escanaba ...

Escanaba’s Paxton Johnson wins 4th UP Finals golf title

HARRIS — Paxton Johnson only achieved half of her goal in her final high school golf match here Wednesday, but it was a special half. The Escanaba High School senior won her fourth straight MHSAA Division 1 UP Finals golf championship to join two other four-time winners. The southpaw ...

Baseball: Norway rallies, beats Jets 5-3

NORWAY — Norway scored five runs in the sixth to win on Mike Maule’s day. The Knights (18-4-1) rallied in the fifth helped by a pair of North Central errors and a bases-loaded walk. Trey Doda, Trevor Anderson and Nolan Amundson had hits in the inning for the Knights. The Knight’s ...

Softball: Florence ousts Wausaukee, advances to sectional title game

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence downed Wausaukee 6-2 in a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal on Tuesday. Florence advances to the sectional championship at 5 p.m. CDT Thursday against Tri-County at Wausau East High School in Wausau, Wisconsin. A win Thursday would make it Florence’s ...

Baseball: Hansen, Badgers beat Wausaukee

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Anthony Hansen struck out 12 and the Niagara Badgers blanked Wausaukee 6-0 on Tuesday to advance in the WIAA Division 4 playoffs. “Probably best game of the year,” Niagara head coach Dean Neveau said. “Kids made the plays when they did hit the ball.” Hansen gave ...

Soccer: Iron Mountain edges Marquette, 2-1

KINGSFORD — A second half goal stemming from a penalty kick was enough for Iron Mountain to hold off Marquette 2-1 on Tuesday. The Mountaineers (5-3) got the winning goal from Reagan Lundholm, who scored on a rebound from her own penalty kick in the second half. "She had the rebound, ...

Baseball: Petoskey defeats Flivvs

ESCANABA — Petoskey beat Kingsford 12-1 in six innings to advance in the MHSAA Division 2 District 33 tournament. Escanaba beat Cheboygan 8-2 in the other matchup to set the semifinal games. Petoskey faces Sault Ste. Marie at noon EDT Saturday. The Eskymos play Marquette at 2:30 p.m and the ...

Softball: Miners handle Kingsford, 4-1

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee High School softball team had one more opportunity to work out its kinks ahead of the MHSAA Division 3 district tournament on Saturday. The issue, or nonissue in the case of the Miners, is that there weren’t too many kinks to work out at all. Negaunee allowed ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Top coaches for Yooper football camp

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Tom Wender’s Yooper Football Camp returns Monday, June 10, and June 11 at Kingsford High School. Wender, a state-title winning coach at Iron Mountain and former college assistant, offers the camp for athletes in grades 7-12. Quarterbacks, receivers and centers will get ...

A new era in Flivver football

KINGSFORD — Mark Novara, the 16th head coach in the 93-year history of Kingsford High School football, would like nothing more than to maintain the excellence created by Chris Hofer. Hofer, who recently retired from coaching and teaching, guided the the Flivvers to an unbeaten 1993 season ...

Florence record falls

Burt Angeli/The Daily News Photo Freshman Audrey Selden broke a 33-year-old Florence High School record Thursday in the WIAA Division 3 sectional track and field meet at Marathon. Selden, pictured in this month’s Kingsford Invitational, posted a 15.85 time in the 100-meter hurdles to break ...

Knights’ Katie Leiker earns cheer spot with CMU

NORWAY — Katie Leiker of Norway has earned a berth on Central Michigan University’s cheer team. The Knights senior, daughter of Jackie and Ben Leiker, participated in a six-hour tryout session last month at the NCAA Division 1 school in Mount Pleasant. She will be busy with the team, ...

Golf: Anderson brothers win ‘Paul Lambert’

NORWAY — The Anderson brothers captured the rain-shortened Paul Lambert Memorial Golf Tournament at Oak Crest Golf Course on Saturday. Dan Anderson and Darren Anderson shot a 10-under par 62 to win the tournament by two strokes over Jim Markell and Nick Markell. Ryan Allred and Sam ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Motorcycle blessing Sunday in Niagara

ScuttleBu(r)t ... The Rev. Michael Lightner bestows a blessing of the bikes Sunday at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish in Niagara. Wouldn’t hurt for Pat Flynn and Buttons Burke to be there with their motorcycles! Rev. Lightner played football at Eastern Michigan University for Iron River’s ...

Trojans’ Hendrickson to Finlandia

Forest Park’s Riley Hendrickson recently signed to play basketball at Finlandia University in Hancock. The All-Skyline Central Conference guard is pictured with Forest Park Athletic Director Lisa Olson (from left), parents Tammy and Roger Hendrickson, and Forest Park head coach Chris ...

Prep Football: Bobcats placed in 8-player league

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved a first consideration of a conference alignment plan for eight-player football beginning in 2020 at its May meeting. The plan places eight-player programs into eight, six-team conferences. Each ...