Local Sports

Pitcher Steve Hintsala mows down 13 batters for Marquette County Mavericks

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Steve Hintsala struck out 13 over five innings to help the Marquette County Mavericks even their record at 1-1 with a 17-4 victory over the Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen in a Superiorland Baseball League game played Monday. Also Monday, Jill ...

Pair of close calls for Blues

HANCOCK — For the Marquette Blues American Legion baseball team, 2018 is supposed to be a rebuilding season. Four games into the campaign, however, the Blues are 4-0 thanks to a recent sweep of Iron Mountain and a sweep of the Copper Country Flames Post 186 on Sunday. In both of Sunday’s ...

Thompson, Grigg lead Jack’s Teepee 1 in extra innings

By Journal Sports Staff NEGAUNEE — Jordann Grigg went 5 for 5 and Hailly Thompson 4 for 5 to lead Jack’s Teepee 1 to a 17-16 extra-innings victory over Willey’s Tire Shop in a Class C game of the Iron Range Women’s Softball League on May 30. Willey’s Amy Williams was 5 for 5 ...

Jack’s 2, Venice, Epper tops for Ishpeming men

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — Jack’s 2 and Venice won team championships while Pete Epper took the league MVP in the Ishpeming Men’s Pool League. Jack’s 2 pulled out a 14-10 victory over Jack’s 1 for the Division 1 title, while Venice posted a 14-10 win over Paradise in ...

Mikael Leppaluoto notches 3rd hole-in-one at Red Fox Run

MARQUETTE — Mikael Leppaluoto recorded his third career hole-in-one at Red Fox Run Golf Course at K.I. Sawyer recently. He used a 9-iron to ace the 90-yard fourth hole and shot 78 for his 18-hole round. The feat was witnessed by his playing partners, Mike Koski, Ray Richard and Bob John.

Sands Speedway opens for season on Saturday afternoon

SANDS — Sands Speedway has a good thing going and wants to keep it that way by growing motorsports in the area. The track is more aggressively publicizing a racing development program this spring, hoping young people — or some not-so-young who also have an interest — might want to jump ...

Marquette Youth Team Tennis program seeks volunteers

MARQUETTE — Marquette Youth Team Tennis is in need of volunteers to assist during its five-week program that runs on Tuesdays running from next week through July 10 at the Marquette Senior High School courts. The weekly program that is held from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. is U.S. Tennis ...

Michigan-Wisconsin Tennis Open to be held Aug. 4-5 around Escanaba

ESCANABA — The 71st annual Michigan-Wisconsin Tennis Open takes place Aug. 4-5 in the Escanaba area. Entry fee, which includes a T-shirt, is $18 for singles and $22 for doubles. Singles will play be played Saturday, with doubles competition Sunday. Entry deadline is July 27. Entry with ...

Marquette Blues sweep to open American Legion baseball season

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Blues could start to like getting stuck in this kind of rut. The American Legion baseball opened their season with a pair of 7-2 victories over Iron Mountain at Gerard Haley Memorial Field in Marquette on Wednesday. The team had a big inning in each game, scoring ...

Northern Michigan University Wildcats camps’ open house set

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University Recreational Sports will hold an open house for the Wildcat Kids and Wildcat Tween camps from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wildcat Room at the Berry Events Center. Parents can meet camp staff, tour the sports complex, complete the online ...

Soo Indians Midget AAA travel team to hold hockey tryouts

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Soo Indians Midget AAA hockey team, the only one of its kind in Michigan north of Lansing, has announced tryout dates for next hockey season. The Tier 1 club for players born from the years 2000 to 2003 will hold its tryouts from Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, at ...

Baraga County Lake Trout Festival on Saturday

L’ANSE — The 13th annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will be held Saturday to coincide with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, meaning no fishing license will be necessary to take part. This festival that also charges no admission is held in conjunction with the Keweenaw Classic ...

Alpena holds off Redettes in districts

By Journal Sports Staff TRAVERSE CITY — Alpena broke open a one-run game in the fifth inning to take a 6-1 victory over Marquette in an MHSAA Division 1 softball district tournament semifinal played Friday. The Redettes, who finished their season at 9-19-1, ran into a slick-fielding team ...

Hoyt excited about landing ‘dream job’ at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — When a position thought of as a “dream job” becomes available, it can be nearly impossible to pass up. That was the logic that former Michigan Tech women’s basketball star player and team captain Sam Hoyt thought about when the Huskies’ head coaching position opened up ...

Kurt Ghiardi records first hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — Club member Kurt Ghiardi recorded his first hole-in-one at the Marquette Golf Club on Friday. Ghiardi used a 7-iron to ace the 174-yard third hole on the Greywalls course during a nine-hole round of 35. Witnessing the feat was his playing partner Joe Negrinelli.

Sarah Massie to coach Kingsford girls tennis team

ISHPEMING — Former Westwood High School girls tennis ace Sarah Massie has been named the girls tennis coach Kingsford High School. Massie, who played on four Upper Peninsula championship teams for the Patriots, replaces Meagan Harrington, a star in her own right in her playing days for the ...

Larry, Kathleen Morse win Run for Joe age groups

RAPID RIVER — A pair of Marquette runners won their age divisions at the 11th annual Run for Joe on Memorial Day in Rapid River. Larry Morse won the men’s 70 years and older division while Kathleen Morse took the women’s 70-over. Times weren’t available for either athlete. The ...

Adult baseball back

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — The second year of the Superiorland Baseball League will feature five full-time teams and another that will play a partial schedule. This adult hardball league was formed in 2017 to replace the now-defunct Wishigan League which included the Tri-City ...