Prep Sports

L’Anse boys notch first win of season in district opener

L'ANSE - Brett Mattson made the play of the year for L'Anse in earning the Purple Hornets their first victory of the season, 40-37 at home over Ironwood, to open the Class C district tournament on Monday night.With 9.2 seconds left in a tie game, the now 1-20 Purple Hornets called timeout to ...

Instant classic

ISHPEMING - This didn't need to be a do-or-die tournament game.Next-door rivals Ishpeming and Negaunee ratchet up more than enough intensity when they play each other, no matter the sport, no matter how much or how little is on the line.But add the win-or-go-home nature of the MHSAA postseason ...

Miners boys slip to tie atop Class A-B-C

IRONWOOD - A loss last week at Iron Mountain cost the Negaunee High School boys basketball team an undefeated regular season and undisputed claim on the Mid-Peninsula Conference crown.It also cost them sole possession of first place in the final Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters ...

Johnsons, Lauren on M-PC girls First Team

NEGAUNEE - Two Negaunee sisters and a player from Gwinn who was injured late in the season made up the majority of the Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball First Team that was announced on Monday.Junior Aleda Johnson and sophomore Clara Johnson represent the league champion Miners, who ...

Hematites’ Corp, Miners’ Lori, Tuominen tops among M-PC boys

NEGAUNEE - Jay Lori and Dre Tuominen of Negaunee join Ozzy Corp of Ishpeming earning First Team honors on the Mid-Peninsula Conference Boys Basketball team named Monday.Tuominen is a 5-foot-11 junior point guard and Lori a 6-1 senior forward for the Miners, who shared the conference title with ...

Mustangs’ Graves named to Skyline First Team

ESCANABA - Led by Mike Graves of Munising, the Mustangs and Superior Central each had three players earn All-Skyline Central Conference boys basketball honors that were announced over the weekend.Graves, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior, was named to league's First Team along with six other players ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal for the week of Feb. 26-March 3

Tournaments, tournaments, nothing but tournaments

MARQUETTE - Possibly the busiest week of the entire high school sports year is coming up this week with boys basketball district tournaments, girls basketball regionals, and the quarterfinals and beyond in hockey.Marquette is the lone school with a team still alive in all three tournaments.The ...

Redettes, Mustangs, Indians earn district titles

By Journal Sports StaffGAYLORD - In a game highlighted by runs and spurts, the Marquette Senior High School girls basketball team held off host Gaylord down the stretch for a 45-41 victory on Friday night.The Redettes (21-2) captured the Class A district title with the victory, advancing to the ...

Negaunee dominates to take district crown from Gwinn

By JOE ROWLESSpecial to the JournalGWINN - The Gwinn Modeltowners won the tipoff when Tierra Taylor outleaped Courtney Finnila, tossing the ball back to Kia Evans.From there it was all Miners, with a final score of 75-41 as they captured the Class C district tournament championship on Friday ...

Ogea heads group of 5 Marquette boys getting GNC honors

By Journal Sports StaffESCANABA - Five member of the Marquette Senior High School boys basketball team earned spots on Great Northern Conference teams announced Friday.Gaining a berth on the First Team was the Redmen junior guard Ian Ogea.Junior teammate Garrett Finkbeiner, a forward, made the ...

3 area wrestlers still alive at state finals tournament

By STEVE BROWNLEEJournal Sports EditorAUBURN HILLS - Thursday's three winners from the area all won a match Friday to stay alive in the MHSAA Individual Wrestling Finals that wrap up today at The Palace of Auburn Hills.The 10 other area wrestlers who made it to the finals were eliminated after ...

Ice cold shooting

MARQUETTE - For early March, the weather outside was fairly warm on Thursday, but Marquette and Houghton were ice cold inside the MSHS gymnasium.Both high school boys basketball teams had trouble scoring all night, but in the end, the Redmen (11-8) did just enough to defeat the Gremlins ...

3 area wrestlers advance at state finals at Palace

AUBURN HILLS - Three area high school wrestlers still have hopes of winning a state championship after the first day of the MHSAA individual wrestling finals held at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday.Those three - junior Beau Caster of Marquette, senior Hunter Sadler of Munising and junior ...

Redmen roar past Flivvers, 10-3

IRON MOUNTAIN - Marquette had an answer for host Kingsford in a 10-3 win in the MHSAA Division 2 hockey regional semifinals on Thursday."We responded well after they scored a goal," Marquette coach Doug Garrow said. "We answered right away."If you can respond like that, it swings the momentum ...

ROUNDUP: Gwinn, Ishpeming fall, WHS triumphs

GWINN - A 57-47 Mid-Peninsula Conference loss to visiting Manistique Thursday night left a sour taste with Gwinn High School boys basketball coach Darren Sinnaeve."We were totally outhustled," he said. "They got every rebound and loose ball. It was a lack of effort on our part."Gwinn led 32-31 ...

Miners moving on

ISHPEMING - In a close battle between rivals on Wednesday night, the road team emerged on top.Negaunee used a balanced scoring attack and knocked down 17 of 19 free throws to outlast Ishpeming 59-48 to advance in the Class C girls basketball district tournament hosted by Manistique.With the ...

Gwinn breaks game open with offense in 2nd half

MANISTIQUE - The Gwinn girls found the range in the second half of a Class C district basketball tournament opener on Wednesday night.Manistique was unable to do that and dropped a 43-29 decision to the Modeltowners.The victory enables tourney defending champion Gwinn (6-14) to host Negaunee ...

Redettes’ Ledy wraps up perfect career at home

MARQUETTE - The Marquette Redettes had never lost a home game during senior forward Terese Ledy's varsity career. Thanks to her clutch shooting, they never will.Ledy scored 14 points during a Redettes' 21-2 surge that covered most of the fourth quarter, pulling Marquette out of a tight game and ...

Patriots offense goes cold

IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County and Mid-Peninsula Conference rivals will clash Friday to settle the Class C girls basketball district tournament championship.Norway (17-4) shook off West Iron County 62-34 while Iron Mountain (13-8) checked Westwood 44-27 in district semifinals Wednesday in the ...