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A good day for racing

SANDS TOWNSHIP — If you're a racing fan in the Upper Peninsula, things really didn't go your way for the first part of the weekend. On Friday night, racing at Norway Speedway was cut short due to severe thunderstorms, and the Upper Peninsula International Raceway in Escanaba was a washout on ...

Blues earn state tourney bid despite Zone Championship loss to Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Gladstone took an early lead and hung on against the Marquette Blues 9-3 on Sunday to clinch the Zone 5 American Legion baseball championship and continue its quest for a state championship three-peat. “It’s exciting, and it’s great for all the kids to experience it,” ...

Brand spanking new

By STEVE BROWNLEE Journal Sports Editor ISHPEMING — Imagine your very own set of wooden counter-type furniture — a dining set, maybe a nice coffee table. Or even just a deluxe picnic table that you bring in the garage every fall so it’s not ruined by winter. Now let your kids — ...

Blues get what they need with Zone 5 semifinal win

By Journal Sports Staff ESCANABA — The weather prevented the playing of the championship game, but it didn’t stop the Marquette Blues from reaching their No. 1 goal. Making the American Legion baseball state Class A tournament. Blake Henriksen twirled a complete-game three-hitter as ...

Blues open Zone Tournament with win

ESCANABA — The Marquette Blues Legion baseball team opened up the Upper Peninsula Zone Tournament Thursday with a win as it defeated Escanaba 4-0. Brendan Kaski picked up the win for the Blues on the mound and Marquette manager Derek Swajanen praised his pitcher’s performance. ...

Henriksen Golf Scramble set for Aug. 1

MARQUETTE — The seventh annual Grant Henriksen Memorial Golf Scramble to benefit the U.P. Children’s Fund is planned for Thursday, Aug. 1 at Marquette Golf Club. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $60 per player or $240 per team. Registration includes nine holes of golf, two ...

Greens capture Marquette Best Ball

MARQUETTE — The Greens of Texas captured the Marquette Two-Man Best Ball tournament title at the Marquette Golf Club last weekend. Brett Green and Karsten Green of Dallas-Fort Worth shot a round of 63 on Saturday on the Heritage Course and 67 on Sunday on the Greywalls course to total 130, ...

Blues a win away from state tourney

By Journal Sports Staff ESCANABA — The Marquette Blues are one win away from a trip to the American Legion Class A state tournament. And that’s even though the Blues will have to win two games today to capture the Zone 5 title. Marquette breezed into the zone semifinals with a pair of ...

Gladstone wins state Little League Majors softball title

TECUMSEH — State champions. That’s the most accurate way to describe what the Gladstone Major Girls’ All-Stars became on Wednesday, using a 10-run fifth inning to spill Vicksburg 13-4 in a Little League softball state championship game. “It’s just been an amazing ride with a special ...

John Baldwin nets first career hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — John Baldwin scored his first career hole-in-one on Wednesday morning on the Heritage course at the Marquette Golf Club. Using a 7-iron, Baldwin aced the 100-yard seventh hole. Witnesses were Cliff Fitzpatrick, Mike Crowley and Gordy Leduc.

Marquette Oldtimers outslug Gwinn, 18-8

GWINN — Marquette put on a hitting clinic to the tune of 25 hits to post an 18-8 victory at Gwinn in an oldtimers softball game played Monday afternoon. It follows a narrow 6-5 victory posted by Marquette in a game played in Negaunee last Wednesday. Gwinn is scheduled to travel to LaCombe ...

Softball pitching clinic at Bay College next week

ESCANABA — The Bay de Noc Community College softball team will host a pitching clinic for two days next week at its field in Escanaba. Instruction with Norse pitching coach Lesle Delvaux and others on the Bay College coaching staff takes place for youngsters from ages 7-10 next Wednesday ...

Quieting the bats

ISHPEMING — It's every young baseball player's dream to throw a no-hitter. But throwing a no-hitter in a championship game to advance to the state tournament? That's something Ishpeming pitcher A.J. Bottari can check off his bucket list. Bottari went the distance at the Ishpeming Ball Field ...

UPLGA championship down to four golfers

ESCANABA — Three local women and one from Iron Mountain have advanced to the semifinals of the UPLGA championship at Escanaba Country Club after turning in impressive performances in the quarterfinals here Monday. Escanaba’s Paxton Johnson, Gladstone’s Lori Shea, Rapid River’s Mary ...

Marquette County Mavericks roll to mercy-rule victory over CBCH

GWINN — The Marquette County Mavericks put on an offensive show Monday night during their Superiorland baseball game. The Mavs led from start to finish as they mercy-ruled Coldwell Banker Craig Heinonen 12-1 at Forsyth Township Ball Field. MC got on the board with two runs in the top of ...

Summertime skiing

ISHPEMING — The Upper Peninsula was hit with some beautiful sunny weather this weekend, making for a perfect weekend of summertime ski jumping. The Ishpeming Ski Club hosted an estimated 25 kids over the weekend, ages ranging from 5 to 17, in the club's third annual Ski Jumping and Nordic ...

UPLGA whittles field down to eight

ESCANABA — The field of 40 women playing for the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association (UPLGA) championship at Escanaba Country Club has been cut to eight. 16 women advanced from Saturday’s qualifying round to Sunday’s match play championship flight, where that number was cut in half, ...

Beck, Bernard, Erickson lead Mean Greens to win

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Brooke Beck, Anna Bernard and Cora Erickson scored as the Mean Greens defeated the Navy Nightmares 6-3 in a game played in the Under-10 Girls Division of the Superiorland Soccer Association on June 24. Tia Pelto and Mia Rowe were scorers for ...