Prep Sports

Giroux a champion

By JOHN VRANCIC Special to the Journal MUNISING — Junior Spencer Giroux turned in a dominating performance, but it wasn’t enough for the Ishpeming boys to retain their Upper Peninsula Division 2 cross country title Saturday. Gogebic placed five in the top seven and won for the first ...

Marquette recaptures U.P. cross country crown

By JOHN VRANCIC Special to the Journal MUNISING — After settling for runner-up honors a year ago, the Marquette girls decided they were ready to regain their MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 1 cross country title on Saturday. The Redettes scored 47 points on this sunny, breezy and warm ...

Gladstone beats Manistique

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone volleyball team showed resiliency Thursday as it put together big runs to come from behind in all three sets to take down Manistique 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-23). “To be honest this is probably one of the best games we played all season,” said Gladstone coach ...

Hopes dashed

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — Nathan Beckman and Ashton Bergman combined to run for nearly 300 yards, dashing Negaunee’s playoff hopes as the Westwood Patriots defeated the Miners 30-14 in a Mid-Peninsula Conference matchup at Westwood on Friday. Westwood improved ...

Marquette, Munising tagged with losses

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Brendan Kaski passed for 206 yards but had three interceptions as Marquette lost to Menominee 34-17 in a Great Northern Conference high school football game that closed both teams’ regular seasons on Friday night. Marquette (4-5, 1-3 GNC) was left ...

Marquette, Westwood volleyball teams each win 5-setters

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — With district tournaments barely a week away, Marquette got a severe test that may help the Redettes down the road on Thursday night. MSHS beat Kingsford in five sets, 24-26, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-10. “It was a great atmosphere on Kingsford’s ...

Tonight’s Ishpeming-Gwinn football game canceled

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming has canceled its second varsity football game in three weeks, a home game scheduled against Gwinn tonight. Hematites athletic director Terry Roberts cited low numbers, reportedly down to 12 or 13 players, because of injuries and illnesses. The team canceled its game ...

Marquette Senior High School football tailgate party Friday

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools will host its second annual football tailgate party before the Redmen’s varsity football game against Menominee on Friday night at Marquette Senior High School. The public is invited to the party that starts at 5:30 p.m. at the MSHS practice ...

Republic-Michigamme boys win Norway Invitational cross country meet

NORWAY — The Republic-Michigamme boys pulled off a big coup Tuesday, taking first place in a seven-team field at the Norway Invitational high school cross country meet at Strawberry Lake. R-M did it in a runaway, scoring 46 points to runner-up Rapid River’s 66. North Central was third ...

Guaranteed title

IRON MOUNTAIN — Gwinn battled from two sets down to edge Iron Mountain in five sets in a Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball match played at Iron Mountain on Tuesday night. Gwinn won 17-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-13 to guarantee themselves at least a share of the league title. Gwinn held ...

Majority of M-PC files to join West PAC

HOUGHTON — The recent influx of eight-player football teams across the Upper Peninsula has created a dilemma for the 24 U.P. schools still playing the traditional 11-player game.  Athletic directors have been left scrambling to find enough opponents to fill a nine-game schedule. One ...

Westwood spikers split at WIN meet

ISHPEMING — Westwood split a pair of matches at the WIN volleyball meet held at Ishpeming High School on Tuesday. The Patriots defeated the Hematites 25-20, 25-13, 23-25, 25-15, while Negaunee posted a 25-15, 17-25, 23-25, 25-23, 16-14 win over Westwood. No information was available about ...

Westwood solid in Division 7

MARQUETTE — Five 11-player high school football teams seem to be well entrenched in the divisions they expect to participate in if they make the playoffs after this week’s games. Westwood, at 7-1, is solidly in the field and according to a listing of the state’s four-or-more-win teams, ...

Sharing the crown

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — Escanaba went 4-0 on the day and earned a share of the Great Northern Conference regular season crown while Marquette finished 2-2 on the day at the GNC Tournament at Marquette Senior High School on Saturday. The Eskymos shared the ...

Hematites make long trip worth it

By Journal Sports Staff ST. IGNACE — The long trip was worth it for the Ishpeming High School football team to clean up its offense. Head coach Jeff Olson was pleased to defeat St. Ignace 20-14 even though his team’s offense still left a number of points on the field. “It was kind ...

Comeback kings

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer NEGAUNEE — In a must-win game to keep its playoff hopes alive, Marquette got 214 all-purpose yards from Ethan Martysz as Marquette defeated Negaunee 35-19 at Miners Stadium on Friday night. Martysz’s 75-yard punt return in the second quarter ...

Running neck-and-neck

NEGAUNEE — Cross country is a sport that doesn't change much and certain programs seem to go head to head on the course each season. That happened again Thursday at the Mid-Peninsula Conference meet as the host Negaunee Miners and Ishpeming Hematites fought for the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in ...