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Blixt, Smith up PGA Zurich lead AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Jonas Blixt of Sweden and Cameron Smith of Australia apparently are enjoying playing as teammates too much to be unsettled by wind gusts reaching 36 miles per hour. The pair extended their bogey-free run to three rounds in the team ...

Marquette Senior High School summer hockey skating sessions scheduled

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Senior High School hockey coaching staff will hold its annual summer skill development skating sessions for players who will be in high school in the fall. Sessions will be held from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at the Berry Events Center on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 10 ...

GLIAC honors ex-Negaunee star Tyler Jandron for pitching prowess

BAY CITY — A former Negaunee High School standout athlete was honored by the GLIAC over the weekend. Former Miners and current Northwood baseball hurler Tyler Jandron was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week after a strong outing against Walsh. The junior, who is 9-0 on the ...

Report: Michigan Tech’s Mel Pearson to leave for University of Michigan

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Mel Pearson will be hired as the next head coach at the University of Michigan, according to a report from John Buccigross of ESPN. Neither Pearson or Michigan Tech was available for comment Sunday night, according to a report from the Daily Mining ...

Hematites stay solid

MARQUETTE — The Ishpeming Dome Invitational wrapped up three days of high school track and field competition at the Superior Dome Wednesday with the host Hematites and Munising taking home Division II top honors. Ishpeming placed first on the boys side with 129.5 points, while the Munising ...

Negaunee girls have tough outing, get swept by Escanaba

ESCANABA — It may be cold outside this week for softball, but it’s not affecting hot-hitting Taylor Gauthier. Gauthier, Escanaba’s junior shortstop, belted four home runs Wednesday to help the Eskymos to a doubleheader sweep over Negaunee in their home opener at Lemerand Field. She hit ...

Marquette girls soccer beats Iron Mountain in 2 OT Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Marquette girls soccer team pulled off an 2-1 double overtime victory over Iron Mountain Tuesday night. Sierra Carlson got the Redettes on the board early in the first half. Sara Iwanicki started off the rush by centering a pass to Aurora Mlsna, who got the ball through ...

Redmen defeat Eskymos on road

ESCANABA — The Marquette baseball team took down Escanaba 4-1 Wednesday night behind a two-hit night from Hunter Doucette and the pitching of Garrett Finkbeiner. Doucette had a double, single and knocked in a run, while Finkbeiner struck out seven to earn the win on the mound. John Thomson ...

New era at NMU

MARQUETTE — After a long process, the Northern Michigan University hockey team has its new leader. On Tuesday morning, Minnesota assistant coach Grant Potulny was introduced as the third head coach in program history during a press conference at the Berry Events Center. Potulny signed a ...

NMU senior icers impressed with new boss

MARQUETTE — A coaching change can be a difficult thing to go through and that's what the upperclassmen of the Northern Michigan University hockey team have to deal with. After 15 seasons at the helm, Wildcats head coach Walt Kyle's contract was not renewed in March and on Tuesday, Minnesota ...

NMU AD Karr introduces new hockey coach

MARQUETTE — Over the course of the last year, the Northern Michigan University athletic department has gone through a lot as several sports went through coaching changes. However, the last position got filled on Tuesday when Grant Potulny was introduced at the new men’s hockey coach. ...

Marquette runners open with a bang

The Division I prep track and field teams of the Upper Peninsula got their first taste of large competition at the Superior Dome Classic Tuesday afternoon. Both Marquette teams finished first in total points, with the boys earning 153 points and the girls totaling 73 points. Negaunee's ...

Westwood Patriots softball sweeps doubleheader against Manistique Monday

MANISTIQUE — The Westwood Patriots softball team swept Manistique Monday afternoon, 9-7 in the opener and 10-1 in the nightcap. In the first game, the Patriots were led offensively by Shae Blewett, who went 4 for 4. Raija Stille had three hits for Westwood, while Kimmy Collins had two. ...

Wildcats name new head hockey coach

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University hockey team appears to have found its new coach. The Wildcats made their announcement at a press conference this morning at the Berry Events Center. Numerous media sources said that Minnesota assistant coach Grant Potulny will lead Northern for ...

Cougars feeling superior

MARQUETTE — The Superior Central Cougars track and field team began a new era under head coach Ryan Kleven Monday afternoon at the Division III Dome Invitational in Marquette. Kleven, who’s beginning his first season with the Cougars, said the indoor competition was a good way to start ...

Registration starts for tennis

MARQUETTE — Registration is open for Marquette County Youth team tennis for ages 5-10 and will be offered at the following locations: Ishpeming, Marquette and Sands Township. Registration and information can be found online at Midwestteamtennis.com or call Josh Kitto with further questions ...

Bears to host baseball tourney

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Bears are hosting the Great Lakes Open on June 3-4. They will have tournaments for 9U through 14U. For more information, contact Paul LaChance at 906-295-0445, or munkeyjunk@hotmail.com.

Area teams, players earn host of BCAM awards

MARQUETTE — Teams and players representing eight area schools received academic all-state honors recently from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. And six other players received a BCAM Team First award from their coach for selfless play and attitude on their squads. There were ...