Prep Sports

Miner boys return experienced group

NEGAUNEE — After finishing with an 8-13 record last season, it can be easy to say the Negaunee High School boys varsity basketball team had a down year. Despite the losing season though, the Miners were down, but never really out of games. Slow starts hurt the team before cutting its ...

Grazulis GVSU bound

MARQUETTE — Marius Grazulis will continue his academic and basketball careers at Grand Valley State University next fall. The 6-foot-10 senior center for Marquette Senior High School signed his National Letter of Intent Monday afternoon in a ceremony at the MSHS Barb Crill Gymnasium with ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal for the week of Nov. 11-18

Patriot boys have good chemistry

ISHPEMING — If there’s one thing Westwood head coach Chad Hewitt wants his boys basketball team to do this season, it’s to win games before the final buzzer sounds. The Patriots return the talent to do just that after a 12-10 record last season and a dramatic Blake Hewitt buzzer-beater ...

Westwood girls primed for success

ISHPEMING — Last year, the Westwood girls basketball team’s season was highlighted by the play of two talented guards and an upset of undefeated Negaunee in the first round of the Class C district tournament. Those two guards (Madi Koski and Tessa Leece) are back this year and that’s ...

Ishpeming girls look to reload

ISHPEMING — Last year was one to remember for the Ishpeming girls basketball team. The Hematites won a district title and made it to the regional final along with some other accolades. They also had two girls make Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association teams as Madigan ...

Something to prove

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — Head coach Anthony Katona and the Ishpeming High School boys varsity basketball team have a lot to prove this season. After a 15-7 record last year, which included a signature win over undefeated Iron Mountain, the Hematites’ season ...

Gwinn girls look to stay healthy

By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer GWINN — If there’s one thing that’s been holding the Gwinn girls basketball team back the past couple of years, it’s health as the Modeltowners were bitten again by both the injury and illness bugs last season. However, when asked about last ...

Modeltowner boys return top-tier talent

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer GWINN — The Gwinn boys basketball team, who went 3-18 last season has some top-tier talent coming back this season. The Modeltowners return six players from last year’s team including Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association ...

Redmen host Houghton in home opener

Marquette’s Kobie Guidebeck (8) and Tanner Phillips (10) try to set up their offense and Houghton’s PJ Donnelly (8) and Brad Gauthier (4) defend at Lakeview Arena Tuesday evening. The Redmen trailed 3-0 at press time. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

Rockets take flight: Rapid River wins MHSAA Division II 8-Player title

By JOHN VRANCIC Escanaba Daily Press MARQUETTE — Rapid River’s third visit to the eight-player football state finals proved to be the gem Saturday as it earned a 30-18 victory over Onekama in the Division 2 finals at the Superior Dome. Senior Gunner Larson and junior Tyler Sundling ...

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 ...