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Niagara Sunday Youth Basketball celebrates 25th successful year

By KERRY GRIPPEN For The Daily News NIAGARA, Wis. — Al Sonnenberg and the Niagara Sunday Youth Basketball program celebrated its quarter-century anniversary this season. It was Al Sonnenberg who started the program in January of 1994 and it has grown as the years have passed. This ...

Boys basketball: Wolves shoot past Jets for district title

CARNEY — It’s been five years since anybody but the North Central boys’ basketball team won its Class D district. That all changed Friday night as Carney-Nadeau dethroned the Jets 53-40 for its first district title since 2012. “Everybody is there for each other,” said Carney coach ...

Niagara’s Racine named to All-M&O First Team

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara sophomore guard Jasmine Racine has been named to the All-M&O Conference girls basketball first team. Crivitz sophomore Chloe Gruszynski, named the league’s most outstanding player, leads the first-team selections. Wausaukee sophomore Madelyn Schlies, chosen as ...

Girls basketball: Chassell wins first-ever regional championship

KINGSFORD — It was always going to be hard — making history always is. But this seemed insurmountable. The Chassell Panthers committed 17 first-half turnovers and trailed a disruptive Bark River-Harris squad by 14 at the half while looking out of sorts for the first time this season. It ...

Girls basketball: St. Ignace knocks Ishpeming for Class C regional title

ESCANABA — It never hurts to have a cushion to work with going into the second half of any basketball game The St. Ignace girls were fortunate enough to have a 21-point halftime advantage as they held on for a 70-56 triumph over the Ishpeming Hematites in a Class C regional final. This ...

Juice Promotions edges Bimbo’s 83-80 in overtime

NORWAY — Carney Juice Promotions outlasted Iron Mountain Bimbo’s Wine Press 83-80 in overtime to win the Gold Division of the 11th annual Don Hill Memorial Scholarship Basketball Tournament on Sunday. Escanaba Yooper Designz downed Negaunee Pella Windows & Doors 74-63 for the Silver ...

Boys basketball: Iron Mountain outlasts Norway, 50-47

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain held off upset-minded Norway 50-47 in a Class C District 94 semifinal on Wednesday. Norway’s Connor Ortman put up a would-be game-tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds, but it bounced off the rim. The Mountaineers (20-1) and Knights (12-9) traded slim ...

Class D boys basketball district: Jets outlast Broncos in double OT

HARRIS — North Central basketball players have a nickname for teammate Trenton Schaff. They call him “Rain Man” because he makes it rain in practice with 3-point baskets. Just like Wednesday night in the Class D district semifinal when Schaff drilled two 3-pointers in the final minute ...

Class C boys basketball district: Wykons shut down Devils

IRONWOOD - It was a closely-contested MHSAA Class C District 94 Tournament game for three quarters, but Ironwood could only score one point in the final quarter and fell to West Iron County 48-36 at the John Krznarich Gym on Wednesday night. The Wykons will now advance to the district finals ...

Boys basketball: Gladstone sinks Flivvers in semifinals

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford Flivvers might see Brad Spindler in their sleep for a while. The senior forward amassed 30 points and 14 rebounds as Gladstone downed Kingsford 73-53 in a Class B District 64 semifinal on Wednesday. The Braves (16-5) will host Boyne City (16-6) for the district ...

Boys basketball: Bark River withdraws from TORC series

HARRIS — The Off Road Racing Championship is not returning to Bark River. Plans are in the works to bring some form of a race series to Bark River International Raceway this summer. Courtney Prost, Director of Development for the Bark River track, said three Midwest facilities — Crandon ...

Flivvs fall in quarters

GAYLORD - Kingsford’s penchant for late-game heroics fell short in a 1-0 Division 2 state quarterfinal loss to Forest Hills Northern/Eastern on Tuesday. The Flivvers (19-8-1) were limited offensively by Forest Hills’ strong interior defense. The Bird Dogs (18-10-1) kept Kingsford outside ...

Cold-shooting Trojans end Class D tourney run

KINGSFORD — The Bark River-Harris girls basketball team found itself in a very familiar situation Tuesday night as the Broncos will once again play in the Class D regional final after defeating Forest Park 51-44. “We have some experienced players,” said BRH coach Josh Eagle. “There ...

Ishpeming duo sinks West Iron

ESCANABA — Pruett and Johns is not a new attorneys office in Ishpeming. No, it’s the Hematites’ Madison Pruett and Madigan Johns — a key duo who sparked Ishpeming to a thrilling 59-55 victory Tuesday against West Iron County in the girls Class C regional semifinal at Escanaba High ...

IM’s Johnson named premier player

NEGAUNEE — Marcus Johnson, who led Iron Mountain to the Mid-Peninsula Conference basketball championship, has been named the league’s player of the year. The sophomore guard topped the MPC in scoring with a 24.7 average. The two-year starter owns an 82.5 percent free throw mark this ...

Mountaineers’ Poupore selected to first team

NEGAUNEE — Iron Mountain junior Riley Poupore has been selected to the All-Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball first team. Poupore was the MPC’s third-leading scorer with a 16.1 average. MPC coaches named Ishpeming senior Madigan Johns as the player of the year. The other ...

Mountaineers confident of return to state

CANTON — Iron Mountain claimed the final qualifying spot for the MHSAA Division 2 state team bowling finals and bowed out in the quarterfinals Friday at Super Bowl. The Mountaineers were among 18 Division 2 teams vying for state honors. Qualifying started early Friday morning with eight ...

ScuttleBu(r)t … Seniors committed to Forest Park

Sure, losing hurts. But that wasn’t the worst part for Forest Park girls basketball coach Jackie Giuliani after Tuesday’s Class D regional semifinal setback to Bark River-Harris. She didn’t want to say good-bye to the five seniors that have meant so much to the program. “This is a ...