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Girls basketball: Trojans sink Panthers in district semifinals

CRYSTAL FALLS — Mercedes Simmons and a stifling defense sent Forest Park past Ewen-Trout Creek 38-25 in a Class D District 127 semifinal Wednesday. Simmons, a sophomore center playing her 12th varsity game, collected 24 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Lady Trojans (12-9) into the finals. ...

Youth Soccer: Northern Stars seek officials

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara Northern Stars is seeking referees. “Potential referees need to be at least 14 years old,” said Andy Plumley, who assigns officials for the Northern Stars. The season runs from May to June. A class for new officials will be held fromm 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, ...

MSU’s Gussert honored again

Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications Photo Crystal Falls’ Lexi Gussert has been named Michigan State’s Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award recipient for a second straight year. Gussert, a senior and Spartan co-captain, has battled through injuries to play in 24 games this year. ...

Youth Swimming: Northern Lights “Y” covers more than local area

Often we think of the YMCA at Crystal Lake as a “Y” for Dickinson County, but it’s more than that. The Northern Lights YMCA swim team, which practices at the Y, has a family from Laona, Wis. as members of the NLY. Kailey Matuszewski recently traveled to Wausau, Wis., with the team for ...

Girls basketball: Iron Mountain downs Norway in semis, 51-35

NORWAY — Riley Poupore’s double-double helped the Mountaineers to a 51-35 district semifinal win over Norway on Wednesday. Poupore scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. The Mountaineers (6-14) advance to the Class C District 94 final at 6 p.m. Friday, hosting West Iron ...

Girls Basketball: Defense sends Wykons into district final

IRON RIVER — West Iron County fed the inside game en route to a 61-42 win in a Class C District 94 semifinal against Ironwood on Wednesday. Eden Golliher’s 23 points and Emily Nelson’s 16 points down low paced the Wykons. The inside attack was so successful the Wykons built and kept ...

Bowling: Iron Mountain making run for another state title

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain is the only UP high school bowling team to win a state championship. The Mountaineers will continue their quest for another boys state title Friday morning at the Super Bowl in downstate Canton. “We have been fulfilling our goals this year,” said Iron ...

Girls basketball: Jets eliminate Nordics, 62-51

POWERS — The North Central girls’ basketball team stayed focused Wednesday night to defeat visiting North Dickinson 62-51 in a Class D District 126 girls basketball semifinal. The Jets took control with an impressive 13-4 advantage in the second quarter for a 28-17 halftime lead. North ...

Distance running: Cavalieri, 62, wins Slip-Sliding Away

ESCANABA — Who said 62-year-old runners can’t win road races? Apparently Rob Cavalieri wasn’t told that or he didn’t listen to them. The Norway resident was Sunday’s pacesetter as he captured top honors in the 34th Annual Slip-Sliding-Away five-mile run in 33 minutes, five ...

Hockey: Flivvers rally, beat Marquette 4-3 in OT

IRON MOUNTAIN — Even after all the euphoria of a dramatic overtime playoff win, Kingsford head coach Dennis Murvich fought back tears at his locker after addressing his team. It’s been that kind of season for the Flivvers. “It’s been an emotional year. We felt from Christmas on that ...

Munising edges Norway, 55-54

MUNISING — Alec Blank made a free throw in the final seconds and Munising survived a last-second shot by Norway to post a 55-54 Skyline Central Conference win on Tuesday night. It was a game Norway head coach Jeff Gallino said felt like Norway gave away with late turnovers. “We played ...

Jets survive Forest Park, 48-40

CRYSTAL FALLS — North Central outlasted Forest Park 48-40 in Skyline Central Conference boys basketball Tuesday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium. The Jets (15-4, 9-1) carried a 32-27 lead into the fourth quarter but the Trojans (11-9, 6-5) pulled ahead 40-39 with about four minutes to go, ...

Broncos rout Nordics

FELCH — Bark River-Harris shot out to a 25-4 first-quarter lead and downed North Dickinson 82-41 in Skyline Central Conference boys basketball Tuesday at Carl F. Lemin Jr. Gymnasium. The Wolves connected on 13 three-point field goals in the game. “Coach V (Jim VanEnkevort) said that was ...

Hematites hold off WIC

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming held off West Iron County 54-53 in non-conference boys basketball Tuesday. Hematites’ Hart Holmgren scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the first half as Ishpeming (13-6) built a 32-27 halftime lead. But WIC (10-10) shaved its deficit to just 43-42 by the end ...

Boys basketball: Wausaukee takes down Niagara in regional

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Matt Delfosse scored 25 points and Wausaukee rallied past Niagara 58-49 in a WIAA Division 5 boys basketball regional opener Tuesday. The Badgers (6-17) trailed 24-18 at halftime but moved ahead by five points with about six minutes remaining in the game, according to ...

Boys basketball: Mountaineers ease past Miners

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain stormed past Negaunee and into the postseason Tuesday. The once-beaten Mountaineers, running out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and scoring 18 unanswered points in the second quarter, subdued Negaunee 71-40 in Mid-Peninsula Conference boys ...

Boys basketball: Florence beats Patriots in regional, 80-73

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence hung on to beat Goodman-Pembine 80-73 in a WIAA Division 5 regional matchup on Tuesday. The Bobcats (8-13) were led by Riley Hixon’s 30 points. Evan Beaster notched a double-double with 28 points and 22 rebounds. Kaden Schuls added 18 points. “I just thought ...

Shorthanded Norway co-op completes high school ski year

NORWAY — Injuries and illness weighed heavily on the Norway High School ski team late in the season. The co-op with Iron Mountain and Kingsford fielded only four athletes for both the MHSAA regionals and UP Finals. The Division 2 regional was held at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, where ...

Landry named UW-Whitewater football assistant

WHITEWATER, Wis. — Jake Landry has been selected as an assistant coach on offense for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team Landry, the son of 1971 Florence High School graduate Bill Landry, will start his new role immediately on an interim basis. He is expected to be the ...