Prep Sports

Struggling in the snow

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — Defense wins championships. That was evident under cold temperatures and snowy skies at the Ishpeming Playgrounds Saturday afternoon. Both Ishpeming and Breckenridge struggled for field position all game ...

Hematites earn UPSSA Division 8 Team of the Year

MARQUETTE — West PAC Iron Division champions. Undefeated regular season. A playoff run that is still going on. The Ishpeming Hematites have accomplished quite a lot this year and they added another achievement to their list Wednesday when they were named Division 8 Team of the Year by the ...

Dreaming BIG

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula has a blue-collar reputation where football players go in, give it their all on the field and don’t make the game about themselves. If you look at this year’s Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association All-U.P. Dream Team, the majority ...

Standing above the rest

MARQUETTE — To make the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association All-U.P. Dream Team is a huge accomplishment for a lot of local football players. To be named Offensive or Defensive Player of the Year is a completely different level of success and three players from ...

Ishpeming, Gwinn, Munising, Newberry get UPSSA Small School honors

MARQUETTE — When you play football for a smaller school, you might get overlooked sometimes by fans and the media, especially when it comes to postseason awards. However, for some local players, that wasn’t much of a challenge as they easily put up the stats needed to make the Upper ...

Ishpeming coach Olson named UPSSA Small School Coach of the Year

MARQUETTE — It’s been a pretty stellar year for Ishpeming head coach Jeff Olson. The Hematites are currently undefeated heading into today’s game against Breckenridge in the MHSAA Division 8 playoffs and have blown out their previous two opponents. Olson was also named the Detroit ...

2018 All-U.P. teams

All-Class Offensive Team Position/Player/School Yr. Ht. Wt. Center — Jacob Kugler, Ishpeming Jr. 6-2 240 Guard — Eddie Chapman, Gwinn Sr. 5-10 250 Noah Tourangeau, Escanaba Sr. 6-0 185 Tackle — Blake Hewitt, Westwood Sr. 6-0 240 Devon Nyman, ...

Marquette, Negaunee, Westwood all earn Large School awards

MARQUETTE — Making the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association All-U.P. Dream Team is a huge accomplishment for any football player, but sometimes, there’s just not enough spots for everyone. However, making the All-U.P. Large School Team is still an achievement ...

Wolves get revenge: Carney-Nadeau tops Munising for regional crown

ISHPEMING — 364 days ago, the Munising volleyball team topped Carney-Nadeau in a five-set comeback to win the MHSAA Division 4 regional championship and advance to the state quarterfinals. 363 days later, the Wolves got their revenge, topping the Mustangs 3-1 to claim the trophy they’ve ...

Mustang stampede: Munising tops Lake Linden, moves on to regional final

ISHPEMING — The last time that the Munising volleyball team played a MHSAA Division 4 tournament match at Westwood High School, it ended up with a regional championship as the Mustangs stampeded their way on to the state semifinals. On Thursday, Munising will get the chance to accomplish ...

Manistique earns victory over Calumet

MARQUETTE — It was nothing short of intense. It was as intense and energized as a neutral gym could possibly get, making for an exciting battle between the Calumet and Manistique volleyball teams on Tuesday night. The Emeralds earned a 3-1 match victory over the Copper Kings in front of ...

Munising spikers move on to regionals with 3-1 win over Rapid River

ROCK — Last season, the Munising volleyball team won a regional championship in exciting fashion at Westwood High School. Now, it’ll get the chance to do it again as the Mustangs took down Rapid River 3-1 (24-26, 25-7, 25-6, 25-21) in a Division 4 District Final match Saturday night at Mid ...

Marquette volleyball’s season ends in MHSAA Division 1 District Final

GAYLORD — The Marquette volleyball team’s season came to an end Saturday afternoon as it fell to Petoskey 3-0 (16-25, 16-25, 15-25) in the MHSAA Division 1 District Final. The day may have ended on a low note, but the Redettes started off on a high note earlier in the day as they swept ...

200 the magic number for Hematites

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — 200 was the big number for the Ishpeming football team on Friday night. Senior Hunter Smith rushed for 210 yards and fellow senior Gavin Sundberg chipped in with 205 and when you combine those statistics, you get a 38-0 Hematites victory ...

From start to finish

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming High School varsity football team opened the playoffs with a bang Friday night. The Hematites had six different players find the end zone, cruising to a 52-6 victory over Gwinn to open the MHSAA Division 8 Pre-District round ...

Costly mistakes hurt Westwood in playoff loss to Calumet

By Journal Sports Staff CALUMET — Despite having its chances, things came to a quick halt for the Westwood High School varsity football team in the opening round of the MHSAA playoffs. The Patriots fell to Calumet 6-0 in a Division 6 Pre-District game played at the Copper Kings’ field on ...

Marquette spikers top Gwinn in four sets Thursday

By Journal Sports Staff GWINN — The Gwinn Modeltowners volleyball team was looking to come out on top in its home regular season match, but fell to Marquette in four sets (22-25, 17-25, 25-21, 12-25) Thursday night. Emily Curtice and Brooke Mannor led the Modeltowners with eight kills ...

Best of the West PAC

MARQUETTE — Up to seven area schools still had at least faint hopes of making the MHSAA football playoffs at this time last week, but Friday — or technically in one case, Sunday — dashed the hopes of four of them. Those four were Marquette, Negaunee, Munising and eight-player team ...

Playoff teams also earn West PAC top awards

NEGAUNEE — The area’s three high school football playoff teams — Ishpeming, Westwood and Gwinn — captured numerous special awards while garnering their fair share of all-conference nods when the West PAC announced honors this week. Each eight-school group — the larger schools’ ...

Downs, Werner lead Munising volleyball over Superior Central

MUNISING — Taylor Downs had 12 service aces and Michaela Werner 11 kills to lead Munising to a three-set sweep of Superior Central in the final high school volleyball match of the regular season played Wednesday evening. The Mustangs improved to 11-3 overall and 9-2 in the Skyline Central ...