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High school bowlers do well at finals

Sports Columns

Usually advancing further into a state playoff means less success for local athletes no matter what the sport. The quality of the competition just keeps getting better and better. But the the Ishpeming-Negaunee and Westwood high school teams bucked that trend at the MHSAA Bowling Finals held ...

3rd-period meltdown

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — With time running out Saturday night, it appeared as if Game 2 of WCHA playoff series between Northern Michigan University and Alabama-Huntsville was headed to overtime. Chargers forward Josh Kestner felt otherwise, though. With 29 seconds left in the third period, he sent a ...

NMU’s Payne, Diamantoni, 3-time WCHA Scholar-Athletes

NMU Sports

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Led by three-time winners Zach Diamantoni and Robbie Payne, 10 Northern Michigan University hockey players were honored recently with the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award for this season. In all, 141 student-athletes from 10 men’s and seven women’s ...

Brewer 7th, Lagrou 8th at state wrestling finals

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff DETROIT — Two area wrestlers who advanced to second day of the MHSAA Individual Tournament finished in seventh and eighth places. Both junior Nathan Brewer of Westwood and sophomore Joe Lagrou of Marquette had dropped into the consolation bracket on Friday, where ...

L’Anse’s Waara, Rajala earn West PAC boys’ honors

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff L’ANSE — Co-champions led to co-Coaches of the Year which also ended up putting an extra player on the First Team for the West PAC in its recently chosen boys basketball honors as made by the coaches. Calumet and West Iron County shared the conference title with ...

R-M, Baraga players earn Copper Mountain honors

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff REPUBLIC — Three players from Republic-Michigamme and two from Baraga have received Copper Mountain Conference basketball honors in voting by the league’s coaches. Two Hawks’ boys and one girl received honors, while one of each were lauded from the ...

Time for a close look at football

Sports Columns

We need to look closely at kids playing football. Every NFL or college season, as I sit down to watch games on TV, I’m filled with mixed feelings. And I know I’m not the only one. A wide receiver makes a leaping one-handed catch over the middle. Watching it happen in front of your eyes, ...

Hawks break things open in 4th

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff WATERSMEET — Republic-Michigamme broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to close out its regular season with a 60-42 victory at Watersmeet on Friday night. The game, a makeup from Jan. 23, was 38-34 in favor of the Hawks before R-M (8-12, 3-11 Copper ...

HISTORIC NIGHT

Local Sports

By AVERY BUNDGAARD Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The Ishpeming boys basketball team used a big fourth quarter and an historic night by senior Hart Holmgren to fly past Escanaba 66-60 on Thursday in a battle of top-five Upper Peninsula teams. The Hematites, ranked fourth in Class ...

Wildcat women hit road to play in Missouri, Ohio

Local Sports

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s lacrosse team has a two-game, four-day road trip to Ohio and Missouri starting this weekend. The Wildcats travel to just outside of St. Louis in St. Charles, Missouri, to face Lindenwood at 2 p.m. EST Saturday. They head northeast ...

‘Cats offense explodes in 7-1 playoff win

NMU Sports

By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University hockey team hosted its first playoff game in six years on Friday night. The Wildcats made sure to quickly take advantage of home ice. The No. 19 Wildcats erupted for four goals before the first period was ...

18 NMU swimmers, divers going to NCAAs

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By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Eighteen swimmers and divers from the men’s and women’s teams at Northern Michigan University will take part in the NCAA Division II Swim & Dive Championships. The meet, March 13-17 in Greensboro, North Carolina, will include nine men and nine ...

Huebner, Burmeister to represent Wildcats at indoor nationals

NMU Sports

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Some great things came out of the Northern Michigan University track team’s third-place finish at the GLIAC Indoor Championships held last weekend at Grand Valley State in downstate Allendale. Not only did the Wildcat women have their highest ...

Good home cookin’

Prep Sports

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — Ishpeming senior guard Madigan Johns scored 20 points while Westwood sophomore guard Madelyn Koski countered by dropping in 22 in a tight start-to-finish battle in the Class C district championship game played at Ishpeming High School on ...

Redettes suffocate Petoskey with 2nd-half defense

Prep Sports

By MICHAEL MURRAY Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — The Petoskey High School girls basketball team went into halftime Friday night trailing Marquette by six points, hopeful that a Class A district championship might be in its reach. A dominant second half by the host Redettes, ...

Mustangs overcome slow start to take district title

Prep Sports

By JOHN VRANCIC Escanaba Daily Press GARDEN CORNERS — Defending champion Big Bay de Noc mounted a challenge and Munising answered the bell Friday night in a Class D girls district final. Munising, which found its rhythm in the second quarter, earned a 60-45 victory over the Black ...