Local Sports

Negaunee Miners baseball takes two from Escanaba

By Journal Sports Staff ESCANABA — It appears as if the Negaunee baseball team can’t be stopped right now. After picking up doubleheader sweeps over Gladstone and Iron Mountain, the Miners took both games of a twinbill with Escanaba Thursday, 3-0 in the opener and 15-11 in the ...

Westwood boys, Houghton girls shine at Negaunee Quad

By Journal Sports Staff NEGAUNEE — The Westwood boys track and field look like it’ll be a force to be reckoned with after the first couple of meets of the season. After a strong showing at the Superior Dome Division 1 meet earlier this week, the Patriots won the Negaunee Quadrangular ...

NHS netters stay unbeaten

By Journal Sports Staff ESCANABA — The Negaunee boys tennis team has been one of the best programs in the Upper Peninsula the past few seasons and the Miners are already off to a hot start this season. After opening the year with an 8-0 win over Ishpeming earlier this week, the Miners ...

Miners pound out hits in sweep of Manistique

By Journal Sports Staff PALMER — After getting dealt a couple of tough defeats at the hands of Escanaba, the Negaunee softball team got back on the right track Thursday afternoon and the Miners did it with their bats. Negaunee plated 30 runs over the course of two games as it swept ...

Bay College rallies to split with Finlandia

WELLS — The weather was cooling down but the Bay College softball team was warming up as it split with the Finlandia Lions here Monday, dropping the opener 9-6 and rallying for a 7-6 win in the nightcap. The first game was tied at three coming into the top of the fourth. After a single and ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal for the month of March 17-April 17

Carney-Nadeau hosts 4-on-4 youth hoops in early May

CARNEY — Carney-Nadeau Public School will host a one-day, four-on-four basketball tournament for youth players on Saturday, May 4. Students in grades 3 to 12 are invited to participate in 10 divisions, five each for boys and for girls in grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Proceeds go ...

U.P. Sports Hall of Fame ticket deadline nears for induction ceremony

ESCANABA — The deadline is nearing to purchase tickets for the 48th annual induction banquet of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, April 29, for the Saturday, May 11, event at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, located about 15 miles west of ...

Tyler Quinnell, 12, of Marquette the youth pool runner-up in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Tyler Quinnell, 12, of Marquette finished runner-up in the 8-12-year-old division of the 31st annual Great Lakes Youth Pool tournament held Saturday at Crazy Joe’s Pool Hall. Kaden Hillman, 10, of New London, Wisconsin, captured the youngest of three divisions at the tourney, ...

Iron Range Women’s Softball League sets organizational meeting

ISHPEMING — The Iron Range Women’s Softball League will hold its annual organizational meeting at the Ishpeming Township Hall at 6 p.m. Monday. All teams must have a representative attend the meeting and new teams are welcome. Sponsor fee this season will be $135. For more information, ...

Sports briefs

Ishpeming, Marquette 1-2 in track EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The Ishpeming and Marquette boys high school track and field teams finished 1-2 at the nine-school Northland Pines Indoor Invitational held Saturday in northern Wisconsin. The Hematites scored 140 points with the Redmen close behind ...

Marquette Fastpitch softball league sets organizational meeting

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Men’s Fastpitch Softball League will hold an organizational meeting next week. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Pit in Negaunee. Those interested in playing, umpiring or sponsoring are encouraged to attend as the league is looking to ...

Hunter education course set in Skandia

SKANDIA — The West Branch Sportsmen’s Club will offer a combined hunter safety education and international bow hunting classes in May. The six sessions will be held at the group’s clubhouse from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9, along with a field day there to be held from 9:30 a.m. ...

Ex-Ironwood star Jim LaBlonde dies at age 40

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Ironwood star athlete Jim LaBlonde passed away unexpectedly from an aneurysm at his home with his family in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on March 31. He was 40 years old. LaBlonde is one of Luther L. Wright High School’s all-time greats, recently being inducted into the ...

Marquette Legion Bantam AA hockey’s run ends at USA Nationals

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — All good things must come to an end. That was the case for the Marquette American Legion Post 44 Bantam AA U14 hockey team on Sunday afternoon, who fell 3-2 to Canton, New York at the Compton Family Ice Arena in the USA Hockey Nationals Division 3A semifinal. Rhett ...

Marquette Legion Bantam AA hockey moves on to bracket round

By Journal Sports Staff SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Marquette Legion Post 44 Bantam AA U14 hockey team’s quest for a championship stayed alive Saturday afternoon at the USA Hockey Tier II Division 3A national tournament. The Junior Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and held on late to ...

Hematite Invitational basketball tournament still has 2 weekends remaining

ISHPEMING — The third annual Hematite Invitational basketball tournament kicked off last weekend with 37 teams taking to the hardwood at Ishpeming High School. If it doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s because organizers changed the name of the tournament this year. In its first two ...