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Big Braves’ boppers

Prep Sports

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — Nearly two dozen high school varsity and junior varsity softball teams from the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin were able to play inside and away from the snowy weather on Friday to open the 17th annual Spring Swing ...

Redettes tagged with 2 losses on Spring Swing opening day

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Paul Seibert won’t press the panic button on the first day of the season. The Marquette Senior High School head softball coach watched the Redettes lose a pair of games Friday to open the Spring Swing in the Superior Dome, falling to Westwood 13-4 and ...

Huebner shines on and off track

NMU Sports

BAY CITY — Senior Shayla Huebner of the Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team has been named a Commissioner’s Award recipient from the GLIAC for the winter season. The Marquette Senior High School graduate was one of six female student-athletes at conference member ...

MHSAA Accepting Student Advisory Council Applications

Prep Sports

EAST LANSING — Even all the way up in the Upper Peninsula, students are invited to apply to become a member of the Student Advisory Council affiliated with the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Current member Abigail Nelson of Negaunee is one of the soon-to-be graduating seniors ...

Marquette Fastpitch softball league sets organizational meeting

Local Sports

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 ...

Caro Els, Austin Elsner lead Northern Michigan University golfers

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — Junior Caro Els was named to the all-tournament team as she led the Northern Michigan University women’s golf team at the NC4K College Classic in Blacklick, Ohio, on Monday and Tuesday. Senior Austin Elsner paced the Wildcats men at the three-day Greyhound Invitational that ...

Hunter education course set in Skandia

Local Sports

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

Local Sports

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 ...

A season to remember

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — When fans looked at the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball roster at the start of the year, a trip to the NCAA Division II national tournament may have not been on the radar. However, the Wildcats managed to pull off that feat and more with a couple big ...

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

Local Sports

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 ...

Remembering Buffalo

NMU Sports

By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — The city of Buffalo means a lot to Grant Potulny. That’s not surprising, either, as the Northern Michigan University head hockey coach was an assistant coach for the bronze medal-winning U.S. team in the 2017-18 World Junior Championships, ...

Are Izzo and the Spartans elite?

Sports Columns

Is Tom Izzo one of the best college basketball coaches ever? That’s the question that seems to get asked every year, especially when the NCAA Tournament comes around in March, but it never seems to get fully answered. Izzo, a Northern Michigan University graduate and the pride and joy of ...

Marquette Legion Bantam AA hockey moves on to bracket round

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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 ...

Looking at the state of WCHA

NMU Sports

By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — The WCHA season may now be over, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening within the conference. In an interview a few weeks ago, league commissioner Bill Robertson talked with The Mining Journal about the state of the WCHA. He ...