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Last of high school

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — The senior stars of the recently finished high school basketball season had the opportunity to don their varsity uniforms one final time. They gathered at the Bothwell Middle School gym in Marquette on Saturday afternoon for the 33rd ...

Marquette Blues manage mistake-prone split

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — The Marquette Blues took advantage of some of the visiting team’s miscues to pull out a 6-5 American Legion baseball victory over the Copper Country Flames at Gerard Haley Memorial Field on Saturday. But the Flames came back in the nightcap to post a ...

Bandits undefeated in Gwinn

By Journal Sports Staff GWINN — The Bandits won each of their matches in the first five weeks through June 7 to clinch first place in the first round of the Gwinn Mixed Doubles Horseshoes League. Their 62 points came from a 14-4 win over the Leaners in Week 1, 11-7 victory over Hideaway ...

Foster goes 5 for 5 with homer to lead QCPFC

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — Krystal Foster went 5 for 5 with a grand slam homer to help winning pitcher Kathy Gischia as QCPFC pulled out a 24-23 victory over Jack’s Teepee 1 in a Class C game in the Iron Range Women’s Softball League on June 6. Jack’s Macey Nault homered ...

County girls win at Doghouse Classic

This Marquette County-based team won the eighth-grade girls championship at the Doghouse Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament held at Michigan Tech. From left are Zoe Smith of Bothwell Middle School in Marquette, Lily Nelson of Negaunee Middle School, Brooklyn Michelin of Bothwell and Maria ...

Quinnell, 11, wins in Escanaba; Greenleaf gets Gwinn 8-ball break

By Journal Sports Staff ESCANABA — Moving up an age class worked like a charm for Levi McCarty of Escanaba as he earned top honors in the 17-20 year-old division of the 30th annual Great Lakes Youth Pool tournament in early April. McCarty, who placed third in 13-16 a year ago, outlasted ...

Schultz gets 1st win on opening night

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Kyler Schultz picked up his first career BMX win in the 5-years-and-under Novice class on the opening day of the season on May 29 at the Marquette BMX track. Racing continues each Tuesday and Thursday evening throughout the summer. Registration runs ...

3 on the First Team

By Journal Sports Staff IRON MOUNTAIN — Senior Bridget Pliska and juniors Sophia Bartlett and Lauren Kurzawa were the Marquette Senior High School players who earned First Team honors in the Central Upper Peninsula Soccer Conference this spring. Pliska and Kurzawa earned their honors as ...

Ayotte named SC coach

By Journal Sports Staff EBEN JUNCTION — Superior Central High School has named Bobbi Ayotte as its new varsity girls basketball coach about six weeks after longtime mentor Greg Trowbridge resigned. Ayotte is a former middle school and high school freshman basketball coach, along with ...

Jake Allard-Soucey gets 1st hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — Club member and Marquette resident Jake Allard-Soucey recorded the first hole-in-one of his golfing career Saturday on the fifth hole of the Marquette Golf Club’s Heritage Course. He used a 5-iron to accomplish the feat on the 151-yard hole as he recorded a nine-hole score of ...

Clements, Koski win Wawonowin best ball

CHAMPION — Mark Clements and Jared Koski defeated Rob Carlson and Dan Ellis on the third playoff hole to capture the championship flight in Wawonowin Country Club’s annual best ball tournament on Sunday. Clements and Koski shot 65 Saturday and 69 Sunday for a 134 total. Carlson and Ellis ...

Pitcher Steve Hintsala mows down 13 batters for Marquette County Mavericks

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Steve Hintsala struck out 13 over five innings to help the Marquette County Mavericks even their record at 1-1 with a 17-4 victory over the Coldwell Banker-Craig Heinonen in a Superiorland Baseball League game played Monday. Also Monday, Jill ...

Pair of close calls for Blues

HANCOCK — For the Marquette Blues American Legion baseball team, 2018 is supposed to be a rebuilding season. Four games into the campaign, however, the Blues are 4-0 thanks to a recent sweep of Iron Mountain and a sweep of the Copper Country Flames Post 186 on Sunday. In both of Sunday’s ...

Thompson, Grigg lead Jack’s Teepee 1 in extra innings

By Journal Sports Staff NEGAUNEE — Jordann Grigg went 5 for 5 and Hailly Thompson 4 for 5 to lead Jack’s Teepee 1 to a 17-16 extra-innings victory over Willey’s Tire Shop in a Class C game of the Iron Range Women’s Softball League on May 30. Willey’s Amy Williams was 5 for 5 ...

Jack’s 2, Venice, Epper tops for Ishpeming men

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — Jack’s 2 and Venice won team championships while Pete Epper took the league MVP in the Ishpeming Men’s Pool League. Jack’s 2 pulled out a 14-10 victory over Jack’s 1 for the Division 1 title, while Venice posted a 14-10 win over Paradise in ...

Mikael Leppaluoto notches 3rd hole-in-one at Red Fox Run

MARQUETTE — Mikael Leppaluoto recorded his third career hole-in-one at Red Fox Run Golf Course at K.I. Sawyer recently. He used a 9-iron to ace the 90-yard fourth hole and shot 78 for his 18-hole round. The feat was witnessed by his playing partners, Mike Koski, Ray Richard and Bob John.

Sands Speedway opens for season on Saturday afternoon

SANDS — Sands Speedway has a good thing going and wants to keep it that way by growing motorsports in the area. The track is more aggressively publicizing a racing development program this spring, hoping young people — or some not-so-young who also have an interest — might want to jump ...

Marquette Youth Team Tennis program seeks volunteers

MARQUETTE — Marquette Youth Team Tennis is in need of volunteers to assist during its five-week program that runs on Tuesdays running from next week through July 10 at the Marquette Senior High School courts. The weekly program that is held from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. is U.S. Tennis ...