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Copper Bowl football game between Houghton, Hancock canceled

HANCOCK (AP) — Bragging rights in Copper Country will have to wait a year. The Hancock and Houghton high school football teams will not play for the Copper Bowl trophy Friday for the first time since the game began in 1953. Officials cited possible coronavirus exposure at ...

NMU SID to be men’s hoops coach at Finlandia University

By Journal Sports Staff HANCOCK — In a somewhat unusual shift of responsibilities, the sports information director at Northern Michigan University has been named head men’s basketball coach at Finlandia University. Allen Dehority had been with NMU for several years, but also has a ...

Josh Kitto earns pickleball certification

MARQUETTE — An area professional tennis instructor recently added the designation of certified pro pickleball instructor. Josh Kitto earned that new designation with professional certification in a process that included playing ability, teaching assessment and a written test. Pickleball is ...

Jerry Smith gets another hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — Jerry Smith of Big Bay added another hole-in-one to his golfing resume on Friday at the Northern Michigan University Golf Course. Using a 7-wood, Smith aced the 128-yard fifth hole, shooting over water to get to the green. He carded a nine-hole score of 38. Witnesses were ...

Huskies volleyball holds gear sale

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech volleyball program has an online Nike store open and is selling its officially licensed team gear. There are a number of clothing optins, including T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, half zips and sweatshirts. This store will remain open through Thursday. To ...

Bay College teams busy today, Saturday

ESCANABA — Bay College has a busy weekend of athletics scheduled for Saturday despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Bay’s baseball team will play its third of seven games today in its Blue-Green World Series. The series of intrasquad games will also be played on Tuesday, Thursday, ...

Marquette’s Adam Hamari named playoff replay umpire

NEW YORK (AP) — Marquette native Adam Hamari has been named a replay umpire for Major League Baseball’s divisional series round this week. Hamari, who has been umpiring in the major leagues for around a decade and became a full-time MLB umpire in 2017, is one of four umpires working out ...

Michigan Tech freshman Carson Bantle taken in NHL Draft

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech freshman Carson Bantle was the lone player with WCHA ties chosen in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the league said in a news release. Bantle was selected by the Arizona Coyotes with the 18th pick — 142nd overall — in Wednesday’s fifth round. He is the 82nd player ...

1st HS football poll of 2020 out: 3 Superiorland teams gain votes

MARQUETTE — The first high school football poll of the abbreviated 2020 season is out, with Gladstone and Pickford at the top in 11-player and 8-player voting, respectively. The 2-0 Braves received all five first-place votes in 11-player from the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and ...

Back on top again: Negaunee girls win U.P. Division 1 tennis title

NEGAUNEE — Last year, the Negaunee girls tennis dynasty came to an end at the Division 1 Upper Peninsula Finals. On Monday, the Miners began what could be a new dynasty as they avenged last year’s loss with a convincing victory at this year’s D1 final. Negaunee finished with 21 points ...

Finlandia joins new league in football

HANCOCK — Finlandia University has been accepted as an associate football member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference effective next fall. The league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors approved the Lions’ application on Friday. Finlandia started playing football in 2015 as an ...

Russell attains 2nd hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — Club member Shirley Russell earned her second career hole-in-one at the Marquette Golf Club last weekend. On Sunday, Russell used a punch driver to ace the par-3, 127-yard fifth hole at the Heritage course. Witnesses were playing partners Cheryl Hosking and Sally Carlson.

Red Fox Run Golf Course records pair of holes-in-one on same day, same hole

K.I. SAWYER — It may be getting rather late in an Upper Peninsula golf season, but it wasn’t too late for a rather unusual feat to be pulled off at the Red Fox Run Golf Course over the weekend. The course recorded not one, but two holes-in-one on the same day at the same hole. Both ...

U.P. Tennis finals highlight MHSAA.TV week ahead

EAST LANSING — For the first time, action from the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Girls Tennis Finals will have live streaming video on the NFHS Network and MHSAA.TV, with the School Broadcast Program crew from Negaunee High School providing the coverage at the Division 1 event. According to an ...

Carter Mason, Lowell Anderson take Wawonowin Country Club titles

CHAMPION — Carter Mason and Lowell Anderson were crowned champions following play in club championship tournament at Wawonowin Country Club in Champion. Mason won the Men’s Club Championship tournament, defeating veteran golfer Scott Saari on the 16th hole of their finals ...

Mikael Leppaluoto shoots age at Red Fox — for the 2nd time

K.I. SAWYER — Mikael Leppaluoto shot his age — currently 75 — in an 18-hole round for the second time at the Red Fox Run Golf Course at K.I. Sawyer on Wednesday. The Red Fox Run member’s round of 75 followed by two years a round of 73 that he previously shot, according to Red Fox ...

Mike Mayhew earns first hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — Mike Mayhew recorded his first hole-in-one Tuesday on the Greywalls course of the Marquette Golf Club. Using a 7-iron and playing from the red tees, Mayhew aced the 109-yard sixth hole. The feat was witnessed by Bob Maurovich.