Prep Sports

Redettes’ Smith wins close vote for Class ABC Coach of the Year

MARQUETTE - Ben Smith guided the Marquette Senior High School girls basketball team to a banner season in 2015-16.On Wednesday at a meeting of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, the veteran coach was saluted for his ...

Area players earn Special, Honorable Mention

MARQUETTE - Some Superiorland players gained honorable mention honors Wednesday at the annual girls All-Upper Peninsula meeting of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in Marquette.To pick up special mention laurels, a player had to collect at least two votes in balloting among ...

Coaches group salutes area cagers

MARQUETTE - A trio of players from Superiorland have made Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan All-State Teams.In Class C, Negaunee junior Aleda Johnson gained a "Best" designation.In Class D, Newberry junior Taylor Bryant and Munising junior Frankie Mattson gained similar honors.Picking ...

A new class above

MARQUETTE - For Michigan school district administrators worried about multimillion-dollar budgets, increasing enrollments can only be a positive trend.That's because thousands of dollars are paid in state aid for each student a public school district has.But in the world of sports, an increase ...

Jets return home to U.P. triumphant

POWERS - It was a triumphant return for the North Central boys' basketball team Saturday night when the Jets brought home the Class D state championship trophy for the second straight year.North Central retained its title in a 59-48 conquest of Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes in the ...

Complacency no problem for North Central

EAST LANSING - Back-to-back state championships, 55 consecutive victories. An Associated Press Player of the Year who is also the school's all-time scoring leader, all accomplished this season.The accolades surrounding the North Central Jets are endless and admirable after the team won the ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal for the week of March 16-24

Jets power way to Class D state title game

EAST LANSING - It was deja vu for the North Central Jets as they bulldozed Fulton Middleton 64-23 in the Class D state semifinal boys basketball game Thursday night at Michigan State University's Breslin Center.That earns North Central a date in the state championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday ...

Back into the swing

MARQUETTE - There may be snow on the ground, but that won't stop Upper Peninsula girls softball teams from getting some early season action this weekend.The 14th annual Superior Dome Spring Swing tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the Superior Dome in Marquette.Twenty-one varsity ...

Striking midnight

PETOSKEY - Westwood's dream run carried the Patriots all the way to the doorstep of Michigan State University's Breslin Center.The Patriots had a chance to upset heavily favored McBain deep into the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Class C quarterfinal game played in Petoskey.In the end, the one ...

Trio of Munising runners win in Wisconsin

EAGLE RIVER, Wisconsin - Senior Brett Hannah, sophomore Alyssa Webber and freshman Madelyn Peramaki registered wins for Munising at the season-opening Northland Pines Indoor Invitational high school track and field meet held Tuesday.Hannah led the Mustangs boys to a fifth-place finish with 54 ...

Jets cool off Onaway, 75-52, in Class D quarterfinal

SAULT STE. MARIE - On defense, make them work. On offense, make them guard five.It's been North Central's mantra for the entirety of its 53-game win streak, and when executed it's been a recipe for success time and time again.North Central (26-0) stuck to the plan and put away a hungry Onaway ...

Whitens keeps NC scoring record all in the family

SAULT STE. MARIE - Jason Whitens' third quarter on Tuesday night was the stuff of legend.It was definitive Jason Whitens - score when necessary and make the players around you better.Whitens scored plenty in the third quarter of North Central's 75-52 quarterfinal victory over Onaway, but only ...

Detroit player Mr. Basketball

DETROIT (AP) - Cassius Winston is now Mr. Basketball and will soon be a Spartan.The award honoring Michigan's top senior basketball player was announced Monday by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and the Detroit Free Press.Winston averages 22.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 ...

Legacy established

MARQUETTE - Unless you're one of his high school-aged players, really, Jeff Olson isn't old."But I feel like I'm about 65," the 52-year-old Ishpeming High School coach said recently after completing two full seasons as a head coach barely more than a week ago.And not more than a few hours after ...

Redmen Hockey skate set

MARQUETTE - Marquette Senior High School will hold its annual Redmen Hockey Summer Skate during June and July.Open to youths who will be in high school next fall, the cost is $300 for a dozen 90-minute sessions. Each skate will be held from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from June ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal for the week of March 11-17

Westwood’s slipper still fits

ISHPEMING - Some coaches might not like the Cinderella tag for their team.Chad Hewitt of Westwood High School isn't one of them."It doesn't bother me," he said as his 12-12 Patriots' boys basketball team prepares for state Class C quarterfinal play. "I'm proud of them and the fact we're still ...