Sports Columns

Wolverines may be ready to retake the state

For two decades, Michigan State University head coach and Iron Mountain native Tom Izzo has ruled the world of college basketball in Michigan from the Winter Throne out of East Lansing. The House of Izzo has won a national championship and earned seven Final Four berths, eight ...

High school bowlers do well at finals

Usually advancing further into a state playoff means less success for local athletes no matter what the sport. The quality of the competition just keeps getting better and better. But the the Ishpeming-Negaunee and Westwood high school teams bucked that trend at the MHSAA Bowling Finals held ...

Time for a close look at football

We need to look closely at kids playing football. Every NFL or college season, as I sit down to watch games on TV, I’m filled with mixed feelings. And I know I’m not the only one. A wide receiver makes a leaping one-handed catch over the middle. Watching it happen in front of your eyes, ...

Wilkins, Junak, their teams taste success at regionals

Led by junior Megan Wilkins and sophomore Dylan Junak, the Ishpeming-Negaunee girls and Westwood boys bowling teams had huge success at the MHSAA regionals held downstate on Friday and Saturday. I-N’s Wilkins and the Patriots’ Junak not only won their regional singles tournaments against ...

Olympic hockey needs the NHL

Well, that was disappointing to watch. Every time the Winter Olympics comes around, the excitement builds among hockey fans to see if this would be the year that the U.S. men’s hockey team ends its gold medal drought that stretches back to the famous “Miracle on Ice” back in ...

Ishpeming-Negaunee’s Caitlyn Lee top girl in U.P. Bowling Conference

Area girls one-upped the boys — literally — in their Upper Peninsula Bowling Conference singles tournament held recently. The boys held their event at River Rock Lanes on Feb. 3, while the girls went a week later at The Dome Lanes in Marinette, Wisconsin, on Feb. 10. The Dome is home to ...

What’s going on, Marquette County?

Four years after moving here, this beautiful area continues to fascinate me. I came up here with many questions and almost all of them have been answered. However, there’s one that continues to baffle me after four years and I was left bewildered again last weekend. For those who ...

Minneapolis puts on a good show

Last weekend, I finally made it to the Super Bowl. I braved the bitterly cold winds and strolled around my hometown of Minneapolis taking in the fun surroundings as the biggest sporting event in the country was about to take place just down the street. When I was in college in Indiana, ...

What will happen in Minnesota

The waiting is finally over. Super Bowl Sunday has arrived and I’ll be right in the thick of it. I won’t be inside U.S. Bank Stadium cheering, but I’ll be downtown for some of the festivities and sitting on the couch with my family in Minneapolis watching the Eagles (sigh) and ...

Nault’s 300 comes out of nowhere

Nobody, and in particular Eric Nault, saw his historic performance coming at River Rock Lanes last Monday night. The 38-year-old Ishpeming resident bowled his first perfect 300 game during the Road Machinery Supply Industrial League, a game after he began the night with a less-than-impressive ...

Vikings’ coronation goes down the tubes

So how was your Sunday? Mine last weekend was less than ideal. I’ll just be honest. Mine sucked. As a longtime Minnesota Vikings fan, there have been days where I’ve been disappointed or upset over what I saw. However, Sunday took that to a whole new level. The Super Bowl will be played ...

Traditional scoring still works best on bowling lanes

If you watched the World Bowling Tour Championship finals on ESPN just over two weeks ago on Jan. 7, you may have noticed a slightly different scoring system used. It was still based on usual bowling scoring, where a premium is placed on strikes, with spares important to make instead of ...

Missing out was actually a good thing

The Minneapolis Miracle will live on forever. There are only a few football moments that will linger in people’s memories and will be replayed repeatedly year after year. What happened last Sunday in Minnesota is now one of them along with the Immaculate Reception, The Catch, and David ...

The greatest show on turf — and grass

It’s been a crazy season with all kinds of strange upsets, so why should it stop now? The first-time-ever No. 6 seed being a favorite over a No. 1 seed ended up being an upset when the team that always should’ve been favored to win actually did. Did that make sense? That was ...

Alabama reaches status of Patriots

Alabama achieved something that was almost impossible. No, not its two national titles in the last four years. No, not its four straight college football playoff berths. The Crimson Tide have become the college version of the NFL’s New England Patriots. A dynasty that is both respected ...

Great set of matchups this weekend

It was nice to see a competitive set of wild-card games to start the NFL postseason last weekend. That first weekend is always a worry in almost every sport, since highly overrated or underrated teams can sneak into the playoff picture, turning a whole bunch of games into real duds. But ...

Bowler Justin Stephens edges closer to 40 perfect games by age 40

Less than two months ago in this space, I mentioned that Justin Stephens was going for the bowling version of the golf accomplishment of shooting your age. That came up when the 39-year-old Negaunee resident bowled a perfect 300 game. It was also his 36th 300, meaning he was just four short ...

Olympics can still be fun

A new year has begun and that usually brings a lot of change. Most changes currently happening are coaching ones, like what the Green Bay Packers are doing right now. The Packers are dismissing just about any coach on the roster not named Mike McCarthy and are reassigning people in the ...

1st-round teams long shots to win it all

Any and all of the eight teams playing in the NFL wild-card round of the playoffs this weekend are real longshots at winning the Super Bowl. Each winner will have to hit the road next weekend, and in all likelihood the following weekend, just to make it to Minneapolis on the first Sunday in ...

Time for changes in 2018

Changing coaches is never easy and sometimes, that can be painfully obvious. Sometimes it happens quicker than expected and sometimes it takes what seems like years before it actually occurs. However, eventually every team or school has to do it, and for the ones that I’ve covered, both ...