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Boys basketball: Mercier wins 200th as Jets beat Norway

POWERS — North Central edged Norway 57-52 in Skyline Central Conference action Friday. The win for North Central (12-4, 6-1) marked the 200th for head coach Adam Mercier. “The former players that we’ve had over the past 12 years, I thank them for having the patience and always keeping ...

Boys basketball: Wolves’ hot touch sinks Nordics

FELCH — Carney-Nadeau drained 17 three-point field goals and downed North Dickinson 75-42 in a Skyline Central Conference game Friday. Preston Lauscher nailed six threes and finished with 23 points. Jacob Kleiman had five and scored 21 points. “That was the story of the game,” Nordics ...

Girls basketball: Niagara spills Coleman

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara stopped Cameron Compe and rallied past Coleman 55-45 to close out the M&O Conference regular season Friday. Compe scored 15 points on five three-point field goals. The Badgers switched to a box-and-one defense midway through the second half and blanked Compe for ...

Boys basketball: Trojans defeat Bark River

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park turned up the heat in the third quarter and toppled Bark-River Harris 61-51 in a Skyline Central Conference game Friday. “Real nice defense,” said Trojans coach Chris Nocerini, crediting Max Nylund and Josh Logan for holding Bark River marksman Ryan Arndt to ...

Boys basketball: Iron Mountain holds off Braves for MPC title

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Mid-Peninsula Conference championship wasn't an easy thing for Iron Mountain to earn on Thursday night. But the Mountaineers (17-0, 8-0) persevered with a 73-66 win over Gladstone. "First of all Gladstone's a really good team, they're talented and they've been coming ...

Boys basketball: Flivvs win, end 5-game losing streak

KINGSFORD — Houghton caught Kingsford at a bad time Thursday. The Flivvers (8-8), not in the best of moods in trying to shake a five-game losing streak, downed the Gremlins 48-33 in non-conference boys basketball. “We got off the loss train,” said Kingsford head coach Dan Olkkonen. ...

Boys basketball: Badgers fall to STAA in OT

NIAGARA, Wis. — St. Thomas Aquinas Academy shut out Niagara in overtime and defeated the Badgers 67-62 in M&O Conference boys basketball Thursday. The Badgers (6-14, 2-12) owned a 10-point lead with about 10 minutes left in the game, according to Niagara coach Jim Hoogland. The game was ...

Olympics great experience for Laurila

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Nick Laurila, video coordinator for Team USA women’s hockey, reports “everything has been great” in South Korea. “It’s been a great experience,” Laurila said of the atmosphere in the village and local culture at the Winter Olympics. Nick’s the grandson of Iron ...

Wrestling: Whitehall takes Div. 3 region title

IRON MOUNTAIN — Negaunee native Rick Champion played a big role in helping Whitehall take down Gladstone in the MHSAA Division 3 Region 117 team wrestling finals Wednesday. Whitehall spilled Gladstone 51-21 for a third straight regional title and berth in the state quarterfinals at ...

Bowling: Mountaineers’ Doucette, Bastian qualify for UP conference semifinals

MARINETTE, Wis. — Iron Mountain’s Maddy Doucette and Hanna Bastian reached the semifinals of the UP High School Bowling Conference girls singles tournament Saturday at Dome Lanes. Five of the seven Mountaineers advanced through the first qualifying round to bowl three more games. Freshman ...

Schools to host Great Eight Winter Games on Saturday

KINGSFORD — The 24th Great Eight Winter Games will be held in the local area Saturday with opening ceremonies starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Kingsford Middle School Gym. The games are coordinated by the school districts of Florence, Forest Park, Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Niagara, North ...

Phelps boys out-gun Niagara, 81-61

PHELPS, Wis. — Phelps pulled away and cruised to an 81-61 win against Niagara on Tuesday. The Badgers (6-13) hung within 10 points for most of the game until Phelps increased the lead to 20 with about two minutes remaining. “We played well at times. We just neeed to be more consistent ...

Forest Park beats Norway

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park sank eight 3-pointers to help beat Norway 56-52 in Skyline Central Conference action on Tuesday. The Trojans (10-7, 5-2) were led by Connor Bortolini’s 16 points. Josh Logan added 12 points and eight rebounds. Forest Park overcame an early hot start by ...

Forest Park girls gets by Rapid River

RAPID RIVER — Forest Park relied on a big second quarter to defeat Rapid River 55-43 in Skyline Central Conference girls basketball Tuesday night. “We had very balanced scoring and did a nice job inside and outside,” said Lady Trojans coach Jackie Giuliani. “We were worried about ...

Eskymos’ inside game enough to beat WIC

ESCANABA — Coach Tracy Hudson likes to employ an inside-outside philosophy with his Escanaba boys’ basketball team. It’s a good approach because the inside game rescued the Eskymos on a night the outside game fizzled Tuesday in a 53-43 non-conference win against visiting West Iron ...

Jets rout Nordics

POWERS — Several different players have taken their turns leading the North Central Jets in scoring throughout this basketball season. It was Griffin Johnson’s turn Tuesday night as he hit a career-high 22 points in a 71-34 conquest of North Dickinson (2-13). “Griffin puts in the most ...

Boys basketball: Iron Mountain holds on to edge Flivvers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Again, critical free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter by Iron Mountain was enough to avoid its first loss of the season. The Mountaineers (16-0) were 8 of 10 in the fourth quarter to hold off Kingsford 63-54 on Tuesday. Iron Mountain was ahead by three with a minute to ...

Girls basketball: Munising takes down Norway

NORWAY — Top-ranked Munising needed a strong fourth quarter to put away Norway 61-41 in Skyline Central Conference action Tuesday. The Mustangs, No. 1 among UP Class D teams, carried a 43-33 lead into the fourth quarter. Kianne Wendt scored a game-high 27 points. “It’s a night and day ...

Hockey: Bociek, Flivvers beat Escanaba in OT, 3-2

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trey Bociek’s power play goal in overtime lifted Kingsford past Escanaba 3-2 in high school hockey Tuesday at Mountain View Ice Arena. The Flivvers (16-6-1) trailed 1-0 heading into the third period. Grant Wickham scored a pair of power play goals for the Eskymos ...