Sports briefs

Jenkins notches hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — Course member Billy Jenkins of Marquette recorded a hole-in-one last Sunday at the Northern Michigan University Golf Course.

Using a No. 8 hybrid, Jenkins aced the par-3, 130-yard 12th hole.

Witnesses were playing partners Jerry Paquet, Wally Alexander and Gordon Uren.

WHS grad Etelamaki wins at FSU

BIG RAPIDS — The nationally ranked Northern Michigan University women’s cross country team opened its season as runner-up at the Ray Helsing Bulldog Invitational at Ferris State on Saturday afternoon.

Leading the No. 16 Wildcats was the team’s top returning runner, junior Katelyn Smith, who finished in second place in 19 minutes, 37.6 seconds over the five-kilometer course.

She finished about 40 seconds behind race winner Katie Etelamaki, a Westwood High School graduate, a runner for the host Bulldogs who won in 18:57.5.

Ferris also carried off the team title with 26 points, with Northern second with 31 and St. Clair Community College third with 85 in the three-team field.

Two other NMU upperclassmen also finished in the top five, with senior Abby Fifarek third in 20:00.3 and junior Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner, a Marquette Senior High School grad, fifth in 20:24.4.

Also for the Wildcats, junior Hanna Torvi was 10th in 20:35.7, freshman Anna Kelley 14th in 21:09.8, freshman Grace Bilse of Menominee 15th in 21:16.9 and freshman Katrina Salmen 19th in 21:29.0.

Other NMU runners finishing in top 31 were Aubrey Friendrich, Hannah Lonergan, Chrysanthe Patselas, Ithaca Bergholtz, Hannah Jones and Sydney Ormsbee.

On Friday, Northern travels to Michigan State University for the Spartan Invitational to take place at Forest Akers East Golf Course.

Briones plays in CMU loss

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — Freshman Pooka Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Kansas snapped the second-longest road losing streak in college football history at 46 games, winning 31-7 at Central Michigan on Saturday.

Central Michigan (0-2) quarterback Tony Poljan was intercepted four times by Kansas (1-1), which won on the road for the first time since Sept. 12, 2009. The Kansas streak was only topped by Idaho State, which lost 48 straight through 2014.

Chippewas senior linebacker Alex Briones, an Ishpeming High School graduate, played his first game of the season, making four tackles, all solo, including one for a three-yard loss.

Patriots tennis blanks Munising

ISHPEMING — Westwood improved to 8-3-1 in dual matches this season with an 8-0 shutout of Munising in a high school girls tennis meet played Friday afternoon.

The Patriots dropped just 15 games in the seven contested flights as the Mustangs had to default at No. 4 singles.

The closest match came at No. 1 doubles, where Westwood’s Karlie Patron and Katelyn Anttila fended off Munising’s Abbie Hayes and Makayla McNally-Palmer 6-2, 6-4.

The Patriots return to action Monday when they host Gladstone at 4 p.m., while the Mustangs play again Wednesday when they go to Gladstone.

Dead River Derby dealt 1st loss

MARQUETTE — Previously undefeated Dead River Derby lost to the Flint Roller Derby 214- 75 on Friday evening.

WIC football blanks Manistique

MANISTIQUE — West Iron County scored 35 first-half points and dominated Manistique 41-0 in a West PAC football game played Friday night.

The Wykons (3-0) produced 295 yards of total offense to 85 for the shorthanded Emeralds (0-3), who started the game with 12 players and finished with 11. Manistique was forced to forfeit its game a week earlier against due to a lack of healthy players.

Bryant Schram, Blake Lindberg and Nathan Thomson and quarterback Trey Bociek all ran for scores of 10 yards or less. Caden Pellizzer made a one-handed grab of a nine-yard pass from Bociek for WIC’s fifth TD.

Defensively, Zach Quintero returned a pass intercrption 35 yards for a score in the second quarter. The Emeralds did not a have a first down in the first half while the Wykons had 16.

Runs to help Special Olympics

MARQUETTE — A pair of noncompetitive run-walks will be held in Marquette and Alger counties this week to benefit Special Olympics.

The 2018 Marquette Community Run-Walk will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, starting at the Superior Dome and ending at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Center, a distance of about two miles, according to area coordinator Carl White.

The Munising Tacos & Brews Run-Walk will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, beginning at Taco Primo and running to the East Channel Brewing Company, also a distance of around two miles.

Registration for each event will be held near the starting point at 5 p.m. the day of the event. Cost is $25 and pledges can also be raised.

For more information or to pre-register, visit the website or Or call White at 235-4060 or email him at

These run-walks are among about three dozen being held around the state in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics, a continuous run that begins in Copper Harbor at around noon Monday and finishes several days later in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights.

The Law Enforcement run, which the community runs are a part of, are meant to be fundraisers and raise awareness about Special Olympics, according to White.

The statewide run should come through Marquette along U.S. 41/M-28 at about 6 a.m. Tuesday and traverse Munising on M-28 around 11 or 11:30 a.m. that day, according to White. People from local communities are invited and often join these legs of the run.