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Bay College hires Matt Gregory as permanent women’s basketball head coach

ESCANABA — Matt Johnson has been coaching alongside Matt Gregory for the last three seasons. The Bay College men’s basketball coach and athletic director has had an opportunity to see first-hand the coach and person Gregory is, so when the women’s basketball coaching job opened up, ...

Back on the lanes: To be more exact, that’s bowling’s memory lane

Yes, it’s been awhile, but finally, my bowling column, which I’d almost forgotten was titled “Splits, Spares and Strikes,” returns to this space today. I’ve got some catching up to do, but then again, time — and sports page space — is a luxury I have to share with you as this ...

Trappers to meet at Escanaba outdoor expo in July

ESCANABA — The annual Upper Peninsula Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo is scheduled for two days in mid-July at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Put on by the U.P. Trappers Association, the event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on ...

Norway track projects late May start

NORWAY — Despite the recent coronavirus outbreak and pandemic, officials remain hopeful that the first green flag will still fly as planned at the season-opening race on May 22 at the Norway Speedway located at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Norway. One thing that the outbreak has ...

Finlandia University sports raffle final sale of tickets extended

HANCOCK — The deadline has been extended to buy tickets for the Finlandia Lions All-Sports Raffle. Originally selling was to end last week but it has been extended to Friday, April 10. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 with a number of prizes available. Proceeds benefit the Finlandia ...

Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame banquet delayed from May to August

HARRIS — The annual Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame banquet that is usually held in the spring has been postponed until August due to concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 inductee class includes Al Mitchell of Marquette, Jerry Racine of Ishpeming, Jennifer (Kangas) Brody of ...

Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament in Hermansville delayed a month

HERMANSVILLE — The 82nd annual Gold Medal Classic Independent Basketball Tournament held annually in the northern Menominee County community of Hermansville has been postponed by about a month. The tourney that was scheduled to start this week and run through March 29 is now set for April ...

Bay College baseball team gets shutout before getting shut down

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Bay College baseball team got another stellar pitching performance from sophomore Tanner Halvorson to end its spring trip to Florida on a high note, defeating the University of Northwestern (Minnesota) 3-0 on Friday. The Escanaba-based Norse completed a 12-game, ...

Ishpeming product Korey Kaukola leads Bay softball to win

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Ishpeming High School graduate and Bay College freshman Korey Kaukola doubled in a run in the third inning to help the Norse defeat Macomb Community College 16-7 in the final game of a tripleheader played in Florida on Monday. The game was the seventh in three days for ...

Bay College basketball tournament tickets available

ESCANABA — Tickets are on sale for postseason basketball games to be held on Wednesday evening at Bay College. Tickets can be purchased the Bay College Ticket Office or calling 906-217-4062. The Bay women’s team hosts Gogebic Community College at 6 p.m. with the winner to host the ...

Hematite Madness hoops for kids

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Hematite Madness basketball tournament for boys and girls in grades 3-8 will be held March 19-22. For out-of-town teams, play will be conducted in just one day. Registration fee is $125 per team for this 5-on-5 tournament, with each team being guaranteed three ...

Shumate, Heinonen lead Finlandia

ROCHESTER — Republic-Michigamme sophomore River Shumate and Superior Central sophomore Joe Heinonen each scored team highs of nine points as the Finlandia men’s basketball team lost 93-49 at Rochester College on Monday. The Lions (1-22) also got nine points from Kaleb Kirksey. Rochester ...

Austin leads Finlandia women

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Ishpeming sophomore Mariah Austin was one of just two Finlandia women’s basketball players to score in double figures in the Lions’ 87-32 win at Holy Family College on Saturday. Austin scored 12 points, making a pair of 3-pointers, and added four rebounds as teammate ...

Ishpeming’s Kaukola counted on with Bay College softball team

ESCANABA — Freshman Korey Kaukola, a 2019 graduate of Ishpeming High School, will be counted on for leadership in the infield for the Bay College softball team this spring. She is mentioned as “anchoring the infield at shortstop and will likely make big contributions in the heart of the ...