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Playoff position means everything in NFL at end of season

Sports Columns

You have to give the NFL credit for trying. With numerous games on Sunday deciding playoff berths, division titles or home-field advantages, the league moved around some games so those vying for a position play at the same time. That included not moving any game to the night. With ...

Wildcats inch toward top spot in WCHA

NMU Sports

By Journal Sports Staff MANKATO, Minnesota — Northern Michigan University has a chance to take over the top spot in the WCHA if it can pull off something it has only done twice all season — sweep a two-game weekend series. The Wildcats put themselves into position for that lofty goal ...

Anemic on offense

Prep Sports

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — Senior captain Joe Phillips’ goal and assist weren’t enough to avert Marquette Senior High School’s 4-2 loss to Sault Ste. Marie in the opening night of the Marquette Showcase at Lakeview Arena on Friday night. With their fourth ...

Westwood carts off Munising wrestling tournament title

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff MUNISING — Westwood and Gladstone were named champions of the Upper Peninsula Holiday Super Duals high school wrestling tournament held in Munising on Friday. The participating 12 teams — which also included area schools Gwinn, Ishpeming, Munising, Newberry and ...

Wildcats are Minnesota bound

Local Sports

MARQUETTE — It’s been a bitterly cold week here in the Upper Peninsula and the Northern Michigan University hockey team won’t get to escape it for two weeks as they head out to just-as-frozen Minnesota to take on Minnesota State-Mankato. The weather shouldn’t be on the minds of the ...

US dominates Denmark 9-0 to open world junior championship

NMU Sports

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Casey Mittelstadt got the United States off to a quick start in its title defense at the world junior hockey championship. Mittelstadt scored twice in the first period, Kieffer Bellows also had two goals and Joseph Woll made 17 saves to earn the shutout as the U.S. opened ...

Copper Kings break tie in 3rd period to defeat Marquette icers

Prep Sports

CALUMET — Dean Loukus scored the game-winning goal as the Calumet Copper Kings earned a 3-2 win over the Marquette Redmen on Saturday night at the Calumet Colosseum. Tied 2-2, Loukus scored with 9:53 left in the third period for the go-ahead goal, while Brent Loukus and Sam Erkkila ...

Potulny shuffles off to Buffalo

Local Sports

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University hockey team may have gotten some much-needed time off over the weekend for the holidays, but its head coach will remain coaching — just at a different level. Starting Wednesday, Grant Potulny was serving as an assistant coach with U.S. National ...

Payne stays sane, not vain, during senior reign

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — Robbie Payne isn’t your typical college hockey player. For one thing, the Northern Michigan University forward can score with ease from any angle, an uncommon talent. If in doubt, check out one of his highlights against Minnesota State this season. Payne fell chasing a ...

Who has been best Christmas present?

Sports Columns

Sports are really the gift that keeps on giving in our society. It can be heartbreaking and depressing at times, but it takes us away from our troubles and gives us thrills that will live on in our memories along with the players who gave them to us. A few days back, Los Angeles Lakers ...

Starting their vacation right

Prep Sports

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer NEGAUNEE — Christmas came early for the Marquette boys basketball team as junior guard Raffy Millado dropped 13 points to help the Redmen notch their third straight victory over Negaunee 62-36 at the Lakeview Memorial Gym Friday night. Marquette ...

Tread lightly with viewing this weekend

Sports Columns

A whole lot of us NFL fans probably won’t win any popularity contests this weekend if we dig in and insist on watching — or at least keeping up with — the games this week, Week 16. Late this afternoon and through the night is shot with a pair of games — including the Packers and ...