Sports Briefs

NMU club hockey team seeks coach

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University men’s club hockey team is in immediate need of a head coach.

With the season starting in several weeks, club team president Justin Pantle said their coach, Brad Sullivan, just stepped down from the position this week.

The team usually practices three times a week and plays 30 to 35 games between September and February in two-game weekend series with games often on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

This is a paid position for the team of NMU students that plays in the Northern Collegiate Hockey League of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

For more information, call Pantle at 847-287-7132 or email him at or club vice president Jay Shifra at

NMU cross country ranked 16th

MARQUETTE — In its quest for a fourth consecutive bid to the NCAA Division II nationals, the Northern Michigan University women’s cross country team is ranked in the national preseason poll by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

NMU opens the season ranked 16th in the USTFCCCA top 25 and fifth in the Midwest Region.

The Wildcats’ national ranking is just under their 13th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA D-II Championships. This is the fourth straight season they’ve been in the preseason rankings after garnering some votes in 2014.

NMU holds Business Open House

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University athletic department will hold its annual Business Open House at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Superior Dome.

Attendees can meet the Wildcats’ coaching staff and get a tour of the new Rick and Nancy Hacht Football Center. They can also network with other area residents and participate in a field goal kicking contest.

Available prizes include several $2,500 ad packages and a $2,500 NMU athletics ad package.

Rudock now on Lions’ practice squad

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Jake Rudock is back with the Detroit Lions after being signed to their practice squad.

The Lions waived Rudock as they cut their roster down to 53 players by Saturday’s deadline. That move paved the way for Matt Cassel to be the team’s backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. But the Lions announced several more moves Sunday.

Detroit signed Rudock, linebackers Alex Barrett and Darnell Sankey, cornerback Mike Ford, wide receiver Chris Lacy, safety Rolan Milligan and offensive lineman Dan Skipper to the practice squad.