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Chassell beats Waterford Our Lady, makes state final

GRAND RAPIDS — At first, the narrative played out as scripted. Oh, you know the one: a little UP school comes down to the state semifinals and is overwhelmed by a bigger, more athletic parochial school. It didn’t happen to Chassell. The Panthers (26-1) overcame a nine-point halftime ...

West Iron County’s Berutti to coach Red Team in All-Star game

MARQUETTE — West Iron County head coach Mike Berutti will lead the Red Team in the UP Football All-Star Game. The game will be played in Marquette at the Superior Dome on Saturday, June 30. Game time is set for 1 p.m. EDT, with doors opening at noon. The schedule, coaches and players ...

Bay announces first pair of baseball recruits

ESCANABA — Bay College baseball program has signed its first two players for the inaugural season. Bryce Tharp, a Stephenson native, and Tyler Ziegler from Hortonville, Wis., signed national letters of intent. Tharp, a 2017 Stephenson High School graduate, played high school baseball ...

IM wrestling milestones

Three boys from Iron Mountain Youth Wrestling achieved milestones this season. Bradon Farragh, left, posted his 400th win and 300th pin. The Iron Mountain seventh-grader is the son of Scott and Dawn Farragh. Parker Stroud, center, registered his 300th win. The Iron Mountain eighth-grader is the ...

KARI HOFFMAN

Ex-Florence star Coach of the Year

CEDARVILLE, Ohio — Former Florence High School star Kari (Flunker) Hoffman is the 2017-18 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Hoffman achieved the recognition in voting by the conference coaches. Hoffman, in her second year at Cedarville, guided the ...

ESPN president resigned over cocaine extortion plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former president of ESPN said he resigned from the sports network after an extortion plot by someone who sold him cocaine. John Skipper told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Thursday that the drug seller, whom he did not name, tried to extort him in ...

Connor, Jets beat Blackhawks 6-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor hasn’t looked ahead all season and he’s not about to start doing it now. The 21-year-old rookie scored twice Thursday night to reach 25 goals, and the Winnipeg Jets rebounded from a quick deficit for a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. “Going ...

Gold Medal tourney to have junior division

HERMANSVILLE — The 80th Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament will include junior high boys and girls divisions. Junior high teams are guaranteed two games in the legendary Community Center Gym. The entry fee is $85. “We are celebrating our 80th year of the tournament and the ...

Raiders sign Jordy Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are shuffling wide receivers, signing free agent Jordy Nelson and releasing Michael Crabtree. Nelson signed a two-year contract Thursday after the Raiders spent more than a day meeting with the former Green Bay Packers star. Oakland is also cutting ...

MSU women win NIT opener

EAST LANSING — Behind 19 points and nine assists from sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, the Michigan State women's basketball teams defeated Cincinnati 81-75 in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday. Crystal Falls senior Lexi Gussert had two rebounds in ...

Iron Mountain wins regional championship

MARQUETTE — Iron Mountain used the third quarter to springboard past Calumet to win its first regional championship since 1994. The Mountaineers (23-1) got a couple steals off the press and put together a rally in the opening minutes of the third quarter en route to a 56-44 win. “We ...

Mountaineers eye regional championship

MARQUETTE — Iron Mountain hopes to end a 24-year boys basketball regional title drought tonight. The Mountaineers (22-1) and Calumet (18-5) will meet at 6 (Central time) at Marquette High School for the Class C Region 24 championship. Iron Mountain last won a Class C regional title in ...

MSU, Gussert to play in WNIT

EAST LANSING — Award-winning Lexi Gussert and Michigan State women’s basketball will continues their season in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Spartans will face Cincinnati on Thursday at the Breslin Center. The winner of the MSU-UC game will take on Wright State or ...

Six from Northern Lights ‘Y’ headed to state

By RON DEUTER For The Daily News IRON MOUNTAIN — Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center swimmers Caleb Plumley, Kolbe Raiche, Ellison Powell, Adelaide McRoberts, Finn Conley and Kaley Matuszewski have all qualified for the 2018 Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula State Swim Meet set for this weekend ...

Chassell wins quarterfinal

SAULT STE. MARIE - First, it started in the Copper Country. Then, it eventually made its way to the UP's best. Night after night, the Chassell Panthers' perimeter defenders devoured the top guards from around the area as they succumbed to the relentless and suffocating Chassell ...

Regional champion Mountaineers to quarterfinals

Iron Mountain (23-1) and Maple City Glen Lake (23-2) will meet Tuesday night in the Class C boys basketball state quarterfinals in Petoskey. The Mountaineers advanced from the regionals for the first time since 1994 by beating Calumet 56-44 on Wednesday. MCGL defeated Whittemore-Prescott 75-46 ...

Mountaineers move to regional finals

MARQUETTE - Iron Mountain’s suffocating defense was too much for Westwood in a 49-33 Class C Region 24 semifinal win on Monday. The Mountaineers (22-1) held Westwood to four points in the third quarter to grow its lead from nine points at halftime to 18 points. “It was a good game as far ...

Michigan coach adjusts to changes

ANN ARBOR — Michigan is roaring into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. A big reason why is the continued evolution of John Beilein, who has been coaching since the mid-1970s, but remains a student of the game. “I have changed like the wind,” the 65-year-old Beilein ...

UConn No. 1 seed for women’s tourney

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn is back in a familiar place — the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s basketball NCAA Tournament. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. The Huskies enter as the lone unbeaten team and will be vying for their 12th ...

Carney, Dollar Bay to decide ‘D’ regional

NEGAUNEE — The Carney-Nadeau boys basketball team knew going into Monday night’s Class D regional semifinal game that it would have a tough task on its hands in guarding Ewen-Trout Creek’s Jake Witt. But in some ways, the Wolves used that to their advantage. C-N broke out to a big ...