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ETC wary of Forest Park’s ‘mental edge’

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Forest Park’s seven-year Class D district title reign may be severely tested Wednesday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium. The Lady Trojans (11-9) and Ewen-Trout Creek (16-4) will meet at 6:30 p.m. in a District 127 girls basketball semifinal. Panthers coach Jacky Besonen says ...

Girls basketball: Gladstone knocks Flivvs out of districts

KINGSFORD — Gladstone dominated the inside and ousted Kingsford from the Class B District 64 tournament Monday. Taylor Hunter’s 24 points and 13 rebounds sparked the Braves past the Flivvers 56-36. “Taylor played her best game of the year,” said Gladstone head coach Andy Cretens. ...

Michigan facing shortage of high school officials, referees

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Michigan high schools are facing a shortage of athletic officials and referees. The Michigan High School Athletic Association has seen the number of registered officials drop from 12,400 to about 10,000 in the past decade, The Grand Rapids Press reported. Because the ...

Michigan district tourneys start tonight in Kingsford

IRON MOUNTAIN — The basics of basketball, or any sport, could well determine the outcome of postseason play. First-year Iron Mountain Coach Katelynn Johnson believes in the “three h’s.” “It depends on who wants it more,” Johnson said. “Hustle, heart and hard work, who ever has ...

Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo pleads with referee D.J. Carstensen during the second half Sunday.AP Photo

Michigan State alone at the top

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 2 Michigan State arrived at Wisconsin feeling a little discombobulated with so many off-court issues swirling around the program. The Spartans are returning to East Lansing with the outright Big Ten regular-season title and more clarity about the future of star ...

Hancock’s Nordstrom premier GLHC player

HOUGHTON — Hancock’s Alex Nordstrom was named Great Lakes Hockey Conference Player of the Year. The junior forward has 37 points so far this season, with 24 goals and 13 assists. He was joined by Dan Rouleau, who received Coach of the Year honors. The all-conference teams were also ...

Nick leaves in style

US ski great Lindsey Vonn is carried on the shoulders of Iron Rivers Nick Baumgartner into the stadium during Sunday’s closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Baumgartner placed fourth in snowboard cross.

Lakeland careers end for Stankevich, Doll

MILWAUKEE – Lakeland University’s run at a second straight Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament title was stonewalled by top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College. WL ended the Muskies’ season 68-47 in the tournament semifinals Saturday. The ...

Mountaineers eye state honors

BAY CITY — Iron Mountain High School will bowl for the MHSAA Division 2 state boys championship Friday at Canton’s Super Bowl. The Mountaineers advanced from the regional at Bay City by placing second (3914) behind champion Cadillac (4052). The third team to qualify for state was Flint ...

IM competitive cheer in regional

Iron Mountain High School competitive cheer team placed seventh Saturday in the MHSAA regional tournament in Caledonia. Munising finished sixth, with the top four teams advancing to Grand Rapids for the state meet. The Mountaineers qualified for the regional by placing third out of 13 teams in ...

Emeralds end losing streak

GARDEN CORNERS — Manistique’s 41-game losing streak in girls basketball came to an end Thursday night as the Emeralds defeated host Big Bay de Noc 33-31. Coach Dave Winkel’s Emeralds recorded their first win since Feb. 25, 2016. “I’m happy for the girls,” Winkel said. “With ...

Tech ties hoops OT record

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech men’s basketball team fell in overtime 101-99 to Davenport University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest Saturday. The Huskies (14-13, 11-9) played their fourth consecutive overtime game, tying an NCAA Division II record that’s also ...

Arizona coach sits out game

Arizona coach Sean Miller sat out the team’s game against Oregon on Saturday night, a day after ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton. Arizona associate head coach Lorenzo Romar ...

Daley scores on tip in overtime

NEW YORK (AP) — With time winding down in overtime, Trevor Daley knew he needed to get in position in front of the net. Daley was in the right spot and tipped in Frans Nielsen's pass with 5.6 seconds showing on the clock to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the rebuilding New ...

Badgers bow to Tigers

GILLETT, Wis. — Niagara ended the boys basketball regular season Saturday with a 65-42 loss to Gillett. “We played OK in the first half,” said Niagara Coach Jim Hoogland. “We had way too many turnovers. “In the end, Gillett just wanted it more.” Niagara, down 31-24 at ...

Oodles of ‘oohs and ughs’ in the Pyeongchang Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Wind, snow, ice or shine, the Winter Games had its share of golden moments that will forever be etched in Olympic lore. The American men’s so-called Miracurl on Ice. Alina Zagitova. Ester Ledecka. Chloe Kim. The U.S. women’s hockey team. There were also ...

Near-perfect U-M rolls over Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — It was a first half so pristine, so darn near perfect, that Michigan didn’t know what was more impressive — its uncanny shooting ability or unrelenting defense. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 22 of his career-high 28 points before halftime, and the ...

Girls basketball: Gillett dispatches Niagara in WIAA regional semis

NIAGARA, Wis. — The streaking Gillett Tigers dispatched Niagara 59-36 in a WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal Friday. The Tigers (18-6) will carry a five-game winning streak into Monday’s regional final against top-seeded Oneida Nation or Green Bay NEW Lutheran. “We’re a hot ...

Flivvers’ Johnson, Plumley receive swim team MVP awards

KINGSFORD — Hailey Johnson and Caleb Plumley received MVP awards Sunday at the Kingsford High School swim team year-end awards banquet. “With another year in the books, we had a little time to reflect on how our season went and after our showing at finals I think it went pretty well,” ...