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NMU cancels hockey series with MSU- Mankato

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University hockey program on Friday announced the cancellation of its Dec. 11-12 non-conference series at Minnesota State University-Mankato due to recent COVID-19 testing results. Data privacy precludes further comment on the issue and any additional ...

No conference season for Finlandia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Athletes, coaches and fans of the Finlandia Lions were dealt a tough blow Wednesday when the Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of all of its conference-scheduled competitions this season, which includes conference championships for the fall ...

Teddy Bear Toss to be held at Northern Michigan University on Saturday

MARQUETTE — The Mining Journal will join Northern Michigan University and an athlete’s group there to conduct the annual Teddy Bear Toss in a pandemic-minded way on Saturday afternoon. The Journal’s Cheer Club, NMU and the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will hold the ...

MSHS swimmer VanderSchaaf going to NMU

Marquette Senior High School senior swimmer Erin VanderSchaaf, sitting at center, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and join the women's swimming and diving team at Northern Michigan University. Standing from left at the signing ceremony are her family, brother Carson ...

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The best in sports photography from The Associated Press for NBA referee and Negaunee native Mark Ayotte

Lake Superior State hockey team opens season with win, tie vs. Michigan Tech

SAULT STE. MARIE — A pair of veteran goaltenders shut down their fellow skaters when Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State played to a scoreless tie to open the college hockey season in the WCHA on Saturday night at LSSU’s Taffy Abel Arena. The host Lakers did win a shootout 2-1 in this ...

Miners’ Bell, Emeralds’ Muth share M-PC Player of the Year

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — League co-champions Negaunee and Manistique each had five players recognized when Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball coaches voted on league honors that were announced last week. Negaunee picked up two special awards as Sarah MacDonald was named Coach ...

MHSAA suspends all sports for 3-plus weeks

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended the rest of fall tournaments in sports that still had contests yet to play in accordance with an emergency order issued Sunday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The state agency said the order, ...

Film explores U.P. teams that played the Packers

By Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — They toiled in Upper Peninsula mines and mills. But on weekends, the muscles forged by the sweat of their labor would be on display against some of the NFL’s finest football teams. This rich deposit of U.P. football history is being unearthed ...

SC’s Frusti top kicker in Great Lakes 8

By Journal Sports Staff ENGADINE — Superior Central senior Kyle Frusti was named the Kicker of the Year in the Great Lakes Eight Conference in recent voting among the league’s teams. Frusti was also named as a quarterback on the eight-player football league’s all-conference team along ...

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 ...