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Looking to muzzle the Bulldogs

MARQUETTE — Finals week has begun for the Northern Michigan University hockey team and perhaps appropriately, this weekend will be the Wildcats' last home series in 2017. After picking up four points last weekend at Bemidji State, NMU will now try to earn its second sweep of the season. The ...

Ishpeming boys use balanced attack to defeat Gwinn

GWINN — Gavin Sundberg, Hart Holmgren and Jaden Tucker all reached double digits to help the Ishpeming boys’ basketball team defeat Gwinn 67-39 Wednesday night. Ishpeming improved to 2-1 on the season while Gwinn dropped to 0-3. Ishpeming head coach Anthony Katona said ball movement was ...

1st Munising girls basketball team from 1970s to be honored

MUNISING — Munising High School will honor its first high school varsity girls basketball team from the 1974-75 season on Friday evening at the school gym. A ceremony will be held during halftime of the Mustangs’ varsity girls game against North Central that has a scheduled starting time ...

Al Quaal Recreation Area opens youth cross country skiing series

ISHPEMING — The Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming will host the first race of the Marquette County Cup Nordic skiing race series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Members of the Ishpeming Ski Club Nordic ski team and the Marquette Senior High School Nordic ski team will compete on the Al Quaal ski ...

Shutdown defense

MENOMINEE — The Menominee girls basketball team dropped a defensive battle 44-30 in its home opener against the Westwood Patriots on Tuesday. The Maroons scored the game’s first five points, but Westwood went on a run and led 28-9 at one point in the second quarter. “I thought ...

Negaunee’s high-octane attack quickly wears down weary Eskymos

ESCANABA — The Escanaba girls basketball team may have been running on empty Tuesday night against Negaunee. The host Eskymos — playing their third game in four days — started fast but finished on fumes in a 62-41 nonconference loss to unbeaten Negaunee. “We did get off to a good ...

Fast start propels Gladstone past Ishpeming

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone boys basketball team got off to a fast start in its opener and never looked back Tuesday as the Braves helped first-year coach Dane Quigley get a 77-67 victory in his debut. “It’s a load off my chest,” Quigley said about his varsity opener. “I would be ...

Munising boys barrel out of the gates

MUNISING — Munising pushed a fast pace early on its way to a 53-33 boys basketball victory over visiting Gwinn in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday night. Though the Modeltowners’ Tucker Taylor scored the game’s first basket, the Mustangs scored the remaining points of the ...

Kivi, Pliska lead Marquette girls in win over Gladstone

MARQUETTE — Sydney Kivi led the way with 13 points while Bridget Pliska scored 12 points as the Marquette girls basketball team defeated Gladstone 56-36 at the MSHS gym on Tuesday night. The Redettes improved to 3-0 as head coach Ben Smith was happy with Tuesday night’s ...

Mountaineers handle Manistique in opener

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain boys basketball team got off to a fast start to the season with a 71-29 Mid-Peninsula Conference win against Manistique on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers (1-0) opened on a 9-2 run and raced to a 43-17 halftime lead. “I thought it was a good first ...

Northwood Timberwolves’ Hunter Viitala happy to return home

MARQUETTE — Thursday night’s Northern Michigan University women’s basketball game had a very Marquette feel to it. That may be due to Marquette Senior High School alumnae Terese Ledy and Amber Huebner playing for the Wildcats. But there was another MSHS alumna present last night as ...

Wildcats back at the Berry

MARQUETTE — Thanksgiving weekend can wear you out with the large amounts of food, the long hours of preparation and the stress of hosting family members. The Northern Michigan University hockey team looked as if it was dealing with a Thanksgiving hangover of its own last weekend as the ...

NMU men prepare for very different Northwood, Saginaw squads

MARQUETTE — So far this year, it's been a season of mixed results for the Northern Michigan University men's basketball team. After opening with two wins at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in Houghton, the Wildcats dropped two games out in Minnesota before splitting two contests in the Gary Miller ...

Wildcat women set for GLIAC opener

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team is finally back at the Berry Events Center. After starting their season with seven straight road games, the Wildcats (4-3) will play their home opener tonight against Northwood and then tangle with Saginaw Valley State on ...

Not seen in a decade

MARQUETTE — Success not seen in a decade could best sum up the first year under Northern Michigan University volleyball coach Mike Lozier. The season officially ended Monday when the selection committee left the Wildcats out of the NCAA Division II tournament. Michigan Tech got the eighth ...

Taking lumps last season can pay off now for Westwood boys

ISHPEMING — After a 6-15 record last season and a run in the Class C district tournament, head coach Chad Hewitt is hoping to bring the Westwood boys basketball team even further this season. While the roster hasn’t been finalized yet, Hewitt said the first days of tryouts have gone ...

NMU lacrosse signs 9 players

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s lacrosse team signed nine student-athletes to nationals letters of intent during the early signing period earlier this month, head coach Emilia Ward announced. The Wildcats begin their second season in mid-February. Here is a brief ...

Experienced players can help Pats go far

ISHPEMING — Ten wins was the goal for head coach Kurt Corcoran last season, and the Westwood girls basketball team fulfilled that goal finishing with an overall record of 12-9. Corcoran now hopes his Patriots improve even more this season and go further in the Upper Peninsula postseason ...

Packers offense looks to stay in gear vs. Ravens

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ potential return from a broken collarbone took a major step forward this week. But, as Rodgers has said all along, there has to be a reason to return. The Packers quarterback, who is on injured reserve, went through a conditioning session on Wednesday ...