Sports Columns

Bowling can be a summer sport, too

Wait! Bowling season really isn’t over, it’s just ended its main fall-winter-season that mirrors the school year — except we get out around the end of April just like in college. You might keep your local center in mind — in Marquette County, that’s Superior Lanes in Marquette ...

There’s good stories in NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is arguably the most overblown sporting “event” in the country. It’s an exhausting three-day marathon where predictions are given, talk is endless and deals are made. On the surface, it seems rather boring — like any overblown business meeting. However, it gets ...

Junior Gold to take another try

The best-laid plans of tournament directors go right out the window when you’re dealing with winter weather in the Upper Peninsula. But should that still be true in mid-April? That’s what happened on April 15 when organizers of the Junior Gold youth bowling tournament at River Rock ...

America’s pastime needs to adapt

With April just about over, it finally feels like spring in the Upper Peninsula. Even though the season officially began 11 days before March was over, the U.P., as well as most of the states above the Mason-Dixon Line, has been hammered with cold weather and absurd amounts of snow. In ...

Moxley’s moxie reminds us of what’s important

Sometimes we lose sight of what is important in sports. It’s the little things that can matter the most. We can get caught up in the emotions of the playoffs and we can take things too seriously as sports fans, sometimes lashing out at people in public or online. However, earlier in ...

Splits, spares and strikes

With one shot — his final of the evening — Greg Bisel of Marquette established two firsts at Superior Lanes of Marquette on April 4. His strike on the final ball in the Wednesday Industrial League not only gave him the center’s first sanctioned 300 game this season, but also its first ...

Humboldt brings hockey world together

If there’s one positive thing that can come out of a tragedy, it’s that it can bring people together. Whether it’s a team, a school or a community, everyone tends to move closer to help provide support and help try to get past a terrible moment in their lives. That is what is occurring ...

Women’s basketball is worth it

The word is that women’s basketball is boring. That’s a common thought every March when the NCAA Tournament rolls around and it’s usually blared all over social media from the opening tip of the women’s tourney to the final horn of the title game. The typical complaints out ...

Carlson, St. Onge triple up

Veteran bowlers Gary Carlson and Dave St. Onge were three-time cashers at the 11th annual Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association tournament held at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. Held over two weekends in March, Carlson won the all-events title by more than 50 pins with a ...

Frozen Four villain is … Wolverines!

Villains are important in sports. When it comes time for the postseason, whether it be playoffs or a tournament, people need somebody to root against. Whether it’s a player, coach or the team in general, villains give championships that little extra something. Fans may not have a hero ...

Seniors the class of the Wildcats

The four seniors slowly trudged their way into the postgame conference after the WCHA championship game last weekend, trying to keep their heads up although it was probably very difficult. The Northern Michigan University skaters had just been dealt a terrible loss on their home ice. And it ...

Sandberg, Stephens on fire

Heather Sandberg and Justin Stephens continue to stay in the swing of things this bowling season. It’s easy to follow Stephens’ exploits as he makes a run at bowling 40 perfect games before he turns 40. Even though he just bowled his 38th 300 a month ago — his third perfecto this ...

Well done Marquette County

You impressed me Marquette County. A month ago, I wrote a column wondering why hockey fans, or just sports fans in general, weren’t attending Northern Michigan University hockey games. I listed some potential reasons why this might be occurring, including the big national conference ...

Hunter Negri Memorial Tournament bowling less than two weeks away

What a fun, easy and productive way to hold onto the legacy of a young man who was taken from us way too soon. The Hunter Negri Memorial 9-Pin Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 24, with shifts at 3:30 and 7 p.m. at Superior Lanes. Organizers have indicated that if enough teams sign ...

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 ...