Prep Sports

Undefeated Miners

NEGAUNEE - Negaunee broke Westwood's doubles dominance en route to a 6-2 high school girls tennis victory on Wednesday.After the Patriots won seven of eight doubles matches in a pair of dual meets a day earlier, the Miners (5-0) put together three wins with their two-person units, including a ...

Miners lose 5-game heartbreaker to Escanaba

ESCANABA - The early part of the high school volleyball season is a good time to start a learning curve.Escanaba coach Theresa Heidt learned a lot about her team Tuesday night after the host Eskymos pulled out a five-game victory over Negaunee 16-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 18-16, in a steamy ...

A Bulinski strategy

MARQUETTE - Menominee head coach Lesley Noha knew what her game plan had to be to defeat Marquette.The Maroons' volleyball coach brought her team north to face the Redettes on Tuesday night in a Great Northern Conference match knowing they had to stop second-year libero Hannah Bulinski.But the ...

Finkbeiner to head Gwinn boys hoops

GWINN - Jim Finkbeiner is excited about an opportunity he thought would never happen.The Gwinn-area resident was officially hired Monday night at a special school board meeting as the new varsity boys basketball head coach at Gwinn High School. The announcement was made Tuesday night.He ...

Modeltowners turned back in Norway

NORWAY - Norway turned back a challenge in the fourth set to defeat Gwinn, 25-20, 25-19, 25-27, 25-23, in the Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball opener for both teams Tuesday.The Knights (2-9-2) rallied from five three-point deficits in the fourth set, moving past the Modeltowners 24-22 after ...

Doubles lifts Patriots’ tennis

ISHPEMING - Doubles flights won seven of eight matches to help Westwood pull out a tie and a close victory in a pair of home high school tennis matches on Tuesday.The Patriots won three of four flights while Marquette did the same in singles as the schools tied 4-4 in a morning match.Westwood ...

Munising splits pair of volleyball matches at Engadine

ENGADINE - Munising split a pair of matches Tuesday at a high school volleyball triangular meet that included some of the better teams in the Upper Peninsula, Engadine and Manistique.Class D Engadine, the day's host, trailed twice before pulling out a 16-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-19, 16-14 ...

Marquette football now on Thursday

MARQUETTE - The Marquette Senior High School football game to be played at Traverse City Central High School has been moved up a day to 7 p.m. Thursday.The move was necessitated due to a scheduling conflict at the Traverse City field that is shared by three schools in the area, according to the ...

Carlson paces R-M cross country runners

ATLANTIC MINE - Jake Carlson finished in 19th place to lead the Republic-Michigamme boys to a fifth-place finish at the Jeffers Invitational high school cross country meet held at the Kilpela Farm on Tuesday.Carlson clocked 20 minutes, 34 seconds on the 3.1-mile course, exactly three minutes ...

Mustangs charge past Hematites

ISHPEMING - Munising's veteran lineup carried the day at the Ishpeming Playgrounds on Monday morning, defeating the Hematites 7-1 in a high school girls tennis meet."We were happy with our play," Mustangs coach Rod Gendron said. "We try to get better each match and we have most of our players ...

Rockin’ round-robin

ISHPEMING - No matter the format, the Negaunee High School girls tennis team always seems to be near the top of the standings.The Miners captured first place by a narrow margin over runner-up West Iron County at the Westwood Invitational on Thursday using a rather unusual format for high school ...

Wykons roll up early scores to beat Munising, 21-8

IRON RIVER - West Iron County reeled off three straight first-half scores to down Munising 21-8 in a nonconference football season opener Thursday night at Nelson Field.The Wykons, who mishandled the first snap of the game, came roaring back after first series with three touchdown runs."We ...

Indians discover winning formula

NEWBERRY - Some teams just appear to be ready for a breakout season. The Newberry Indians are definitely one of them.After making the playoffs the past two seasons, the Indians are looking to not only sustain that success, but go further than one round of the playoffs like they've done in ...

Emeralds’ turnaround hinges on bigger, more experienced players

MANISTIQUE - With the return of a dozen seniors, Manistique second-year coach Dennis Beaman is looking for bigger and better things than the Emeralds' 1-8 record of a year ago."I think we're going to be improved," he said. "Just how much is a question mark. I think we'll make some strides, but ...

Hornets work to get over hump

L'ANSE - After barely missing the state football playoffs a year ago, L'Anse High School head coach Mark Leaf feels his team has a good shot at the postseason this fall."We were right there last year," Leaf said about a 5-4 season a year ago. "I think we've got a good chance to make it (to the ...

Big shoes to fill

BARAGA - A new coach and a crop of newcomers will try to keep the eight-man football momentum going at Baraga High this fall.Last year's team posted a 4-5 record and was competitive in most games. But the loss of several key players, including Austin Smith and Brendan Varline, will be felt.New ...

Ishpeming boys, Munising’s Webber run to victories at Vartti Invite

MUNISING - Escanaba's Joey Wolfe started his senior cross country season on the right foot Tuesday, earning top honors in the Larissa Vartti Memorial Invitational hosted by Munising.Wolfe covered the 3.1-mile course on the Valley Spur Cross Country Trails in 17 minutes, 36 seconds on a sunny ...

Miners netters breeze to 2nd win of season

NEGAUNEE - Negaunee had one hiccup, dropping just 14 total games in its match victories during a 7-1 win over Ishpeming in a high school girls tennis meet held in Negaunee on Tuesday.The dominance included 6-0, 6-0 sweeps by the Miners' No. 3 doubles team of Abigail Nelson and Mykenna Kontio ...

Ishpeming, Negaunee chalk up first dual match volleyball victories of season

EBEN JUNCTION - Seniors Hannah Smith and Sadie Stetson led Ishpeming to victory in its first dual match of the season, 3-1 at Superior Central, in high school volleyball action on Tuesday evening.The Hematites prevailed 25-19, 25-27, 25-14, 25-16 with Smith ringing up 16 kills, 10 digs, six ...