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U.P. draft day

Prep Sports

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game has enjoyed competitive success since it went to a “fantasy draft” to pick teams for its annual June game at the Superior Dome in Marquette. So for the third consecutive year, organizers will choose teams that way. The draft will be ...

NMU falls to No. 6 Ashland for GLIAC title

NMU Sports

ALLENDALE — Northern Michigan University pulled within a single possession three times in the final quarter, but couldn’t quite get over the hump to tie or take the lead in the GLIAC Tournament women’s basketball championship game on Sunday afternoon. No. 6 nationally ranked Ashland ...

NMU draws Ashland again to open NCAA Tournament

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — There shouldn’t be any problems with the scouting, considering who the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team has drawn in its first-round game of the NCAA Division II national tournament. None other than Ashland, which defeated the Wildcats 65-58 for the GLIAC ...

Finns, Smarty’s capture 1st NIT titles

Local Sports

NEGAUNEE — The Finns and Smarty’s Saloon emerged Sunday afternoon as the first champions of the new edition of the Negaunee Invitational Tournament. With games played at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium, The Finns capped off the opening two-day weekend of the event by capturing the Class D ...

20 Killer Whales swimmers qualify for state championships

Local Sports

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — The Killer Whales of the YMCA of Marquette County will send 20 swimmers to the three-day YMCA Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula State Championships to be held in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, starting Friday. Each of the swimmers, ages 8 to 18, met time standards ...

NIT returns with busy Saturday

Local Sports

By Journal Sports Staff NEGAUNEE — Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Negaunee Invitational Tournament has returned. The 50th annual edition of the NIT was held in 2014, then put in mothballs for five years before being revived by the Negaunee High School girls softball program this ...

On to the semifinals

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — After Friday night’s thrilling double-overtime victory in Game 1 of its WCHA first-round series, Northern Michigan University center Adam Rockwood said his line needed to play better. They did exactly that Saturday as he, Troy Loggins and Denver Pierce produced two goals ...

Problems continue for Alaska

Sports Columns

This weekend, the Northern Michigan University hockey team is taking on Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of the WCHA Tournament. There are two questions lingering going into this best-of-three series, the first being if the Wildcats can avoid getting upset, and the other if this will be ...

5th-grade Hematites win at Westwood

Local Sports

The fifth-grade Ishpeming Hematites boys basketball team won their second tournament of the season in a six-team event held at Westwood High School on Feb. 17. The Hematites won all three of their games. Front row from left are Caiden Helsel, Izaac Williams, Connor Helsel and Kole Bancroft. Top ...

Despite slow start, NMU women pull off upset

NMU Sports

By Journal Sports Staff ALLENDALE — The stars weren’t exactly lining up in favor of the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team in the GLIAC Tournament semifinals on Saturday. The Wildcats were faced with playing finals host, tourney No. 1 seed and nationally ranked Grand ...

Superior Jr. Wildcats win Pee Wee AA state crown

Local Sports

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — The Superior Hockey Junior Wildcats of Marquette Junior Hockey won the Pee Wee AA Under-12 state championship in downstate Fraser last Sunday. The team reported this was Marquette’s first Michigan Amateur Hockey Association state title at this ...

Wildcats bow out to Davenport in GLIAC men’s semis

NMU Sports

By Journal Sports Staff CALEDONIA — Host and No. 1 seed Davenport used a big run early in the second half to pull away from the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team and win their GLIAC Tournament semifinal game on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers posted an 88-77 victory ...

Mongiat, Dudo win at Keto

Local Sports

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — Dan Mongiat and Jack Dudo of Venice won the John Keto Memorial Doubles Tournament held Feb. 16 at the Wayside as part of the Ishpeming Men’s Pool League. Dan Carlson and Gordy Stone of Wonder Bar were runners-up, while third place went to Mike and ...

Unheralded heroes

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University forwards Joseph Nardi and Griffin Loughran may not get the attention and the accolades of their teammates, but they were the Wildcats’ two stars Friday night in Game 1 of their best-of-three playoff series against ...

Redettes dominate from start to win girls championship

Prep Sports

MARQUETTE — Traverse City West could claim one victory on Friday night in its MHSAA Division 1 district tournament championship game at Marquette Senior High School. The Titans won the first three-plus minutes of the third quarter, 9-3. The rest of the game, ...

A year’s wait pays off for Patriots with district title

Prep Sports

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer GWINN — The Westwood High School girls basketball team had to wait one long year to have another chance at a district title. They got that chance on Friday night, and after fending off a late Gwinn rally, the Patriots hung on to top the ...