Prep Sports

Miners show their might

MARQUETTE - The first U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association high school football poll has been released and not surprisingly, the Negaunee Miners take the top spot in the Big Five list for Week One.Negaunee, who is 4-0 and is coming off a huge win over Iron Mountain last week, picked ...

Negaunee netters remain unbeaten

NEGAUNEE - The Negaunee girls tennis team continued its undefeated streak Monday as they defeated Escanaba 5-3.The two teams split the singles matches, but the Miners won three of the four doubles matches to earn the overall victory.Megan Syrjala won the No. 1 singles match (6-1, 6-3) and Kalli ...

Ishpeming spikers sweep Superior Central

ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming volleyball put forth a strong performance Monday night as they swept Superior Central in three sets (25-18, 25-10, 26-24).Hannah Smith Smith led the Hematites with nine kills and 14 digs, while Madigan Johns had six kills and 13 digsSadie Stetson had 12 assists and ...

Esky grad embarks on journey of a lifetime

ESCANABA - Olivia Nash is embarking on a journey of a lifetime.The former Escanaba High School all-state and Oakland University basketball player was scheduled to leave today to play for Vimpeli, Finland, one of nine teams in the SM-Sarja League, a Division 1 women's professional circuit.Two ...

Rondeau’s 2 TDs not enough for Cougars

EBEN JUNCTION - Daniel Nocerini scored three touchdowns and freshman Tommie Peltoma threw a pair of scoring passes to Parker Sundell as Forest Park downed Superior Central 54-20 in Western Eight Conference high school eight-man football on Saturday.Nocerini ran 2, 6 and 19 yards for scores. ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal for the week of Sept. 6-14

Another win for Gwinn

HARRIS - It is unbelievable how quickly momentum can switch sides and change the outcome of a football game.Gwinn displayed that here Saturday, scoring two touchdowns in a span of just 16 seconds near the end of the third quarter to produce a 28-14 football victory over Bark River-Harris.The ...

Pittsford’s big plays burn Mustangs

EAST JORDAN - For the first half of the game, the Munising football team kept place with Pittsford, but some defensive breakdowns in the second half cost them dearly as the Mustangs fell 41-12.Christian Cole led Munising with 121 rushing yards on 17 carries.He also scored both of the Mustangs' ...

Soaked, not waterlogged

ISHPEMING - On a night where the grass was soaked, the Ishpeming football team slogged its way through the sloppy conditions to defeat rival Westwood.After a slow start, Ishpeming (2-1) pulled away in the second quarter for a 30-0 victory over the Patriots (1-3) on Friday night. Running back ...

Negaunee pulls away late at Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN - Negaunee overpowered Iron Mountain with 21 fourth-quarter points to cap a 35-13 win on Friday."We're extremely disappointed in the loss," IM coach Robin Marttila said after his team turned the ball over five times. "We didn't play our best game and that just leaves a sick ...

Eskymos come up with more clutch plays to down Redmen, 20-3

MARQUETTE - A homecoming upset appeared to be within grasp for the Marquette Senior High School football team on Friday night at the Superior Dome.But a lack of clutch plays when it mattered most allowed Escanaba to escape with a 20-3 road win to remain undefeated.Marquette head coach Dave ...

Marquette boys, NMU women make marks at Spartan Invite

EAST LANSING - Led by Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University, the Upper Peninsula was well represented at the Spartan Invitational cross country meet held at Michigan State University on Friday.The all-day meet included a multitude of divisions for boys and girls high ...

Newberry stops Nordics’ 2-point tries to preserve win

FELCH - Newberry stopped a pair of two-point conversions in the fourth quarter and nipped North Dickinson 22-20 in a Mid-Eastern Conference football game played Friday.Quarterback John Paramski, who accounted for 360 yards total offense and three touchdown runs, powerered the Indians to a 22-8 ...

Vikings sink shorthanded Carney-Nadeau, 64-12

BARAGA - The Carney-Nadeau Wolves football team came to Osterman Field in Baraga Friday night without their two top players: Jordan Belec and Brett LaFord.With an undermanned team, playing against a fired-up Vikings squad who had senior Casey Chagnon back, and featured a three-headed monster in ...

Taking full advantage

MARQUETTE - Penalties can kill momentum and the Marquette soccer team reaped the rewards of that in a high school game played at the Kaufman Sports Complex on Thursday evening.The Redmen (9-0-2) got two penalty-kick goals from Elijah Pickard to defeat Iron Mountain 2-1. The Mountaineers (6-4) ...

Fast start fizzles for Hematites

IRON MOUNTAIN - The Ishpeming volleyball team got off to a great start Thursday night against Iron Mountain, but couldn't finish as they fell 3-1 to the Mountaineers.The Hematites (3-5-2, 1-3 M-PC) took the first set 25-9, but the Mountaineers prevailed in the final three, 25-17, 27-25, ...

Kerst, Giroux lead Ishpeming boys to Hancock Invite title

HANCOCK - With Grady Kerst and Spencer Giroux running 1-2 to lead the way, the Ishpeming boys had just enough to hold off Houghton at the Hancock Invitational high school cross country meeet held Thursday afternoon.The Hematites scored 37 points to 42 for nearby Houghton, which claimed third, ...

Negaunee tested, but still unbeaten

NEGAUNEE - The Negaunee girls tennis team received one of its sternest tests of the fall season from Munising on Thursday, but the Miners remained undefeated with a 5-3 victory."This was a great match for both teams as the conference and U.P. finals near," Miners head coach Kyle Saari said ...

Just a stepping stone

GWINN - The Gwinn girls tennis team dropped their second straight match in as many nights Wednesday evening in a battle of young squads against Escanaba.The Eskymos earned their second win of the season, 7-1, at Gwinn.For Gwinn head coach Darcia Mattson, the night was a stepping stone for their ...

Mustangs boys lose Manistique title on tiebreaker

MANISTIQUE - Cross country coaches are among the coaches who often preach about the importance of every point and place in competition.That importance was evident in Wednesday's Manistique Invitational as the Gladstone boys edged Munising on a tiebreaker for the title.Both teams scored 38 ...