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Patriots gain sweep

ISHPEMING – An 11-6 triumph over the Gladstone JV in the second game of a doubleheader Friday gave the host Westwood High School girls softball team a sweep.

In the opener, WHS won 11-10.

Shae Blewett went 3-for-4 in the nightcap for the Patriots, while teammates Gabby Hebert, Hannah Salmi, Mady Mattias and Marissa Carello added two hits apiece.

Megan Pohlman struck out seven for the mound win.

In the first game, winning pitcher Salmi went 3-for-4 at the plate. Katie Rankinen also went 3-for-4 for WHS, including an over-the-fence home run.

In addition, Shana Caligury and Hebert added three safeties each.

NMU discus throwers compete

MARQUETTE – A pair of Northern Michigan University discus throwers competed Friday at the NCAA Championships in sophomores Samanthia Johnson and Jasmine Williams.

Williams opened the event with a throw of 41.81 meters, which proved to be her best throw of the day. She followed that up with throws of 40.89 meters and 39.17 meters to put her in 17th place for the competition.

Johnson started in fourth place after a throw of 46.68 meters. Her next three throws put her in ninth place before she had her best toss of the day at 48.51 meters, placing her in eighth.

Johnson was then able to hold onto her eighth-place finish after the final toss, earning her All-American accolades.

“Our throwers did very well today representing NMU at the NCAA Championships,” NMU head coach Jen Ryan said. “Samanthia had a great day against a very strong field of throwers finishing, as an All-American.

“Assistant coach Luke Pease has done an excellent job all season coaching, mentoring and guiding these student-athletes.”

Hawks’ Korver shelved

ATLANTA (AP) – Hawks guard Kyle Korver is done for the NBA playoffs because of an ankle injury, dealing another blow to a team that already trails Cleveland 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final.

The Hawks announced Saturday that Korver has a severe high right ankle sprain. A foot and ankle specialist will determine the best court of treatment, but he definitely won’t play again in the postseason.

Korver rolled his right ankle during a scramble for a loose ball late in the third quarter of Game 2 Friday night. He hobbled off the court, went straight to the locker room and didn’t return.

The 34-year-old Korver was selected for his first All-Star Game this season and became Atlanta’s top 3-point threat.

Montgomerie cards 70

FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) – Defending champion Colin Montgomerie shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to take a three-shot lead in the Senior PGA Championship.

Montgomerie birdied the par-4 18th to reach 2-under 211.

Bernhard Langer, a four-time winner in senior majors, was second after a 68. He eagled the 415-yard, par-4 eighth hole and closed with consecutive birdies after a bogey at the par-5 16th.

Scott Verplank, Esteban Toledo and Brian Henninger were tied for third at 1 under. Verplank shot 70, Toledo 73, and Henninger 74.

Henninger made a triple bogey on the 16th to drop out of a share of the lead.

Second-round leader Tom Lehman had a 79 to drop into a tie for 13th at 2 over.

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Brewers’ Smith suspended

ATLANTA (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith has been suspended for eight games for having a foreign substance on his pitching arm during a game at Atlanta.

Major League Baseball says Smith plans to appeal, so the penalty is on hold.

Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning of Thursday night’s 10-1 loss.

He said after the game he put the substance on his forearm before warming up in the bullpen on a brisk night.

Braun powers Brewers

ATLANTA (AP) – Ryan Braun homered and drove in four runs, four Milwaukee pitchers combined to hold Atlanta to three hits, and the Brewers beat the Braves 11-0 on Friday night.

Braun hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot, to make it 2-0 in the first. The 2011 NL MVP added a two-run double off Trevor Cahill in the fourth and now has 29 RBIs in his last 23 games.

Michael Blazek (4-1) earned the victory in relief by allowing one hit and striking out three in three innings.

Goodell to hear appeal

NEW YORK (AP) – Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal.

The NFL told the players’ union on Friday that Goodell will not recuse himself from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of the decision.

The union asked Goodell to withdraw from that role because it said he lacked impartiality and that Goodell would be called as a witness.

No date has been set for the appeal.

Globetrotters great dies

PHOENIX (AP) – Marques Haynes’ dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.

Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was 89.

“Basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures,” Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said.

In two stints with the touring team – from 1947-53 and 1972-79 – Haynes played in more than 1,200 games for a team that combined dazzling skills, theatrical flair and circus antics.

The Globetrotters will dedicate their 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Haynes and will wear a uniform patch in tribute.

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Gustafson paces NHS golfers

IRON MOUNTAIN – Rylee Gustafson of Negaunee High School shot 59 to record the fifth-best girls score at a four-school high school golf meet held at TimberStone Golf Course in Iron Mountain on Thursday.

She was the lone Miners golfer, however, so Negaunee didn’t post a score in that meet.

John Molise shot 53 to pace the Miners in the boys meet as Negaunee recorded 224, fifth place among the five teams.

Bryce Kelly of Norway shot 39 to win boys medalist honors and lead the Knights to a winning total of 164, seven better than Kingsford. In the girls meet, Cassie Feira shot 52 to lead Iron Mountain to a 235 total as Kingsford shot 280 as the only other school fielding a full team.

Tennis event planned

ISHPEMING – Area youths in grades 3-5 have a chance to participate in the Midwest Youth Team Tennis program in Ishpeming this summer.

Open to both boys and girls, the program will begin Monday, June 15 and be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Mondays from then through July 20 – all at the Ishpeming Playground tennis courts.

The cost is $75 per person through May 29, with an extra $20 charged then until June 5.

A parents’ meeting is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Al Quaal Recreation Area Pavilion in Ishpeming.

The registration website is For more information, contact Josh Kitto at (906) 250-0669, or at

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Tennis event planned

MARQUETTE – Area youths in grades 3-5 have a chance to participate in the Midwest Youth Team Tennis program in Marquette this summer.

Open to both boys and girls, the program will begin Thursday, June 18, and be held from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursdays through July 23, all at the Marquette Senior High School tennis courts.

The cost is $78 per person through May 29, with an extra $20 charged after that until June 5.

A parent night is scheduled for 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Friday at the courts, rain or shine.

The registration website is For more information, call Josh Kitto at 250-0669 or email him at

Guisfredi steps down at LL-H

LAKE LINDEN – Gary Guisfredi resigned Monday after 16 years serving as athletic director at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School.

The school board was nearly unanimous in accepting his resignation with regret at its board meeting. The only dissenter was trustee Kevin Codere, who cast a symbolic no vote.

Gladstone cage coach resigns

GLADSTONE – Following the second season of his second stint with the Gladstone Braves boys basketball team, Dale Hongisto has announced he has resigned his coaching position, citing family obligations.

“The main reason is family,” Hongisto said.

Hongisto’s youngest daughter Lexi is a senior who is committed to Ferris State to play softball.

“Lexi’s spring training is the same time as the district (basketball (tournament next year,” coach Hongisto said.

Over seven seasons from 2005-10 and from 2013-15, Hongsito compiled a 83-70 record with the Braves, including making a regional final in 2010.

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Redettes sweep NP Double Dual

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Redettes traveled to Wisconsin for the Northland Pines Double Dual Saturday and came home with two impressive wins.

The Redettes dominated Northland Pines 8-0 and knocked off Ashland 2-0.

In the opener, Marquette’s Deni Peterson and Madison Rieboldt both had two goals, while Casey Durand, Makaela Burse, Kayce Mullett and Sierra Carlson got the others.

In the second game, the Redettes scored in the first minute when Burse sent a cross pass to Peterson, who kicked it into the corner of the net. Marquette then went up 2-0 in the second half when Durand scored off a corner kick.

“Today was a good day,” Redettes head coach Dan LeBert said.

“We played very well against Northland and we also did well against a very good Ashland team. They have a good reputation and they are fast, but our girls showed a lot of grit.

“We came out the first half and our passing just took over. I also thought we played very good defense. Overall, I’m very satisfied.”

Marquette plays at Milton, Wisc. next Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will then play three games in Madison, Wisc. next Saturday.

Redmen baseball splits on road

MARQUETTE – The Marquette baseball team got on the board first Saturday against Petoskey, but couldn’t hold on as the Redmen fell to the Northmen 2-1.

Garrett Finkbeiner went 2-for-3 for the Redmen with a run scored and Jack Kochevar went 2-for-3 with a RBI.

Marquette struck first in the top of the fourth when Kochevar drove in Finkbeiner, but Petoskey tied the game in the bottom of the fifth and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

In the second game against Gaylord, Marquette fell behind 2-0 after the second inning, but the Redmen rallied to score one in the third and three more in the fifth to earn a 4-3 win.

Finkbeiner earned the win for Marquette after giving up eight hits, while Kochevar and Riley Lynch each had a RBI.

The Redmen play at Houghton Monday at 4 p.m.

Gwinn tennis drops match to IM

GWINN – Micah Heath took the lone individual victory for the Gwinn High School boys tennis team Thursday in a 7-1 loss to host Iron Mountain.

Heath defeated Jacob Mongrain, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1 singles.

“Micah has been playing solid tennis lately and focuses on one match at a time,” GHS head coach Dan Turecky said.

At No. 1 doubles, the Mountaineers’ Danny William and Jordan Wadge stopped Mason Bruce and Erik Asplund, 6-4, 6-1.

Negaunee hosts baseball district

By Journal Sports Staff

NEGAUNEE – Negaunee will be the host team for an all-Upper Peninsula MHSAA Division 3 district tournament during Memorial Day week.

The only first-round game in this five-team tournament will be Hancock at Gladstone at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

That winner advances to the semifinals and finals to be played in Negaunee on Saturday, May 30.

Gladstone or Hancock plays the host Miners at noon in one semi, followed by Superior Central vs. Houghton at 2 p.m.

The championship game is at 4 p.m.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is

Newberry, Negaunee host softball

By Journal Sports Staff

NEGAUNEE – Matchups and sites for a pair of MHSAA district softball tournaments involving area teams have been announced.

A Division 3 district being hosted by Negaunee will use a modified nontraditional format, where early-round games will be played at the site of one of the teams involved in each game, shifting to Negaunee for the semifinals and finals on the same day.

Times are yet to be determined in the early-round games, but Gwinn goes to Westwood in the only first-round game on Tuesday, May 26, the day after Memorial Day.

In the second round to be held Thursday, May 28, the Westwood-Gwinn winner hosts Calumet, Hancock is at Negaunee, Iron Mountain is at Manistique and Gladstone is at Houghton.

The semifinals and the championship game will be both be on Saturday, May 30, in Negaunee.

At noon, the Westwood-Gwinn-Calumet winner takes on Houghton or Gladstone, while at 2 p.m., the Negaunee-Hancock victor faces either Manistique or Iron Mountain. The title tilt is set for 4 p.m.

Newberry hosts a traditional district in Division 4 that same week where all games will be played in Newberry. Munising drew the first-round bye, while games set for Tuesday, May 26, are Superior Central vs. Brimley, 1 p.m.; Rapid River vs. Pickford, 3 p.m.; and Newberry vs. Rudyard, 5 p.m.

The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, May 29.

The SC-Brimley winner takes on the Newberry-Rudyard winner at 1 p.m., and Munising squares off against Rapid River or Pickford at 3 p.m. The championship will be at 5 p.m.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246. His email address is

CMU football to conduct camp

KINGSFORD – New Central Michigan University head football coach John Bonamego will conduct a football camp on Tuesday, June 9, at Kingsford High School.

The one-day session, open to athletes entering grades 10-12, “offers instruction instruction in physical testing and overall football technique,” according to Bonamego.

“Athletes will be instructed by college coaches from around the Midwest,” said the former Detroit Lions assistant coach.

Helmets are required for the camp. Cost is $60.

To register online, visit

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NMU attends wellness program

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University professor and faculty athletics representative Julie Rochester and NMU athletic trainer Jon Bauers joined three NMU student-athletes at the APPLE Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention conference held recently in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The student-athletes attending were swimming and diving team member Katie Bourguignon, football player Kyle Steuck and soccer player Carmen Villarruel.

“It was one of the best conferences I’ve attended,” Rochester said. “This conference helped us determine that our student-athletes are lacking in the area of drug and alcohol education. One goal of the conference is to bring ‘home’ an action plan.”

The APPLE Conference is a national training symposium dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletic department administrators.

US wins at ice hockey worlds

PRAGUE (AP) – The United States rebounded from a loss to Belarus with a 1-0 victory over Denmark at the ice hockey world championship on Friday to stay on course for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Also, the Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host’s third victory at the ice hockey world championship, Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1, and Germany rallied to edge Latvia 2-1 for its second victory.

Brock Nelson skated around the net to break the scoreless deadlock 7:54 into the second period with an unassisted goal, the fourth at the tournament for the New York Islanders forward.

U.S. goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 21 shots for the shutout.

NBA fines Barnes, Noah

NEW YORK (AP) – Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Friday for directing inappropriate language at a courtside fan who turned out to be Houston star James Harden’s mother.

Barnes made the comments to Monja Willis during the Clippers’ Game 2 loss in Houston on Wednesday night.

Also Friday, the NBA fined Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $25,000 for pushing a fan at halftime of the Bulls’ loss to Cleveland in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Cubs outslug Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Rookie Jorge Soler hit one of Chicago’s four home runs, and the Cubs’ bullpen nearly squandered a four-run lead before holding on for a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer to the right-field corner off reliever Hector Rondon to make it a one-run game with two outs in the ninth. The Brewers followed with two more singles off Rondon to bring up Gerardo Parra.

Rondon let out a yell on the mound after striking out Parra swinging on a slider to end the game.

Milwaukee had five hits over the final two innings off Chicago relievers after being held to five hits over the first seven innings by starter Jason Hammel (3-1).

Chicago had built its lead in part on solo shots from Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, on top of Soler’s two-run homer.

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