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Michigan Tech reschedules 2 hockey series

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech University has announced changes to its hockey schedule prompted by the postponement of WCHA games that were scheduled last weekend and this weekend. Due to coronavirus testing results that weren’t divulged in more detail by the university, the Huskies have been ...

Football finals sites, spectator policies announced

By Journal Sports Staff EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that it has confirmed locations for the state championship games in 11-player and eight-player football. The MHSAA said the same day that limited numbers of spectators would be allowed ...

Michigan Tech Huskies’ goalie Blake Pietila earns WCHA, national honors

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech’s Blake Pietila has earned two prestigious college hockey honors recently. The sophomore goaltender was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Month for December on Friday, then earned the National Goaltender of the Month for December by the Hockey Commissioners ...

Time to look for the bright side

This has not been an easy year on any of us. It seems like when it comes to sports, that fact became even more obvious. Playoffs, tournaments and even entire seasons have been canceled, which is something I didn’t think would happen in my lifetime. Sure, bad things happen, but usually ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal and The Associated Press on former Northern Michigan University hockey player and Marquette native Justin Florek

Back on the ice: Hockey Wildcats host season opener Wednesday

MARQUETTE — It has taken much longer than expected, but the wait is finally over for the Northern Michigan University hockey team. After the first three weeks of the season were canceled due to COVID-19 complications, the Wildcats will host their season opener Wednesday with a nonconference ...

Finlandia University hopes to decide fate of winter seasons in early January

HANCOCK — Finlandia University still hopes to salvage a winter sports season and has scheduled a meeting with school officials during the first week of January to try to decide on a scheduling strategy. In the meantime, officials will work on gathering information related to the coronavirus ...

Machinations of TV leave us fans out in the cold

It wasn’t the Packers and it wasn’t the Lions, but it still had me peeved for a bit on Monday afternoon. What was it that raised my hackles? The Washington-at-Pittsburgh game was promised to us at 5 p.m. on Fox after the game was moved from Sunday. It got moved due to the Steelers having ...

USA Luge Natural Track Team to forego 2020-2021 World Cup Season

NEGAUNEE — Due to concerns over the COVID-19 situation in Europe and the United States, the USA Luge Natural Track Team has decided to sit out the entire 2020-2021 World Cup season. On Dec. 3, the team informed the International Luge Federation that they would not be participating, ...

Runners earn All UP honors

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — A number of local athletes and coaches were honored in the Upper Peninsula Cross Country Coaches Association Awards for 2020. Ishpeming’s Lola Korpi was named girls runner of the year while Jason Wyma of Sault Ste. Marie earned the honor for boys. The boys ...

MSHS coach Mason, five local players, honored by MHSFCA

MARQUETTE — The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association announced its All-Region teams Friday, with a local coach and several players gaining honors. Eric Mason, Marquette Senior High School head coach, was named as the Regional Coach of the Year in Division 3, Region ...

Progress is slow, but good for sports

There’s a lot of truths that exists in sports and one of them is that progress comes slowly. This is definitely true when it comes to women in sports. However, in just the past few weeks, women have accomplished three things that have escaped them for decades and that’s something that ...

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 ...