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Patriots power on display

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — The Westwood wrestling program has been growing in strength the last couple of years and on Saturday, the Patriots put on that power on display at the Westwood Super Duals. Westwood finished 5-0 as a team at the meet, defeating second place Iron ...

Redettes bounce back in big way

Prep Sports

By Journal Sports Staff PETOSKEY — After getting dealt a tough loss on a late shot by Brighton Friday, the Marquette girls basketball team got back on the right track Saturday afternoon as the Redettes topped Petoskey 46-14 at the Petoskey Invitational. Avery Ledy led Marquette with 17 ...

It’s time for change in college football

Sports Columns

Change is good. It may not seem like it all the time and sometimes it can take years, or even decades, for things to adapt. However, in the end, things always seem to work out for the better. Now it’s time for change to happen again for Division I college football. There have been major ...

Taking down a rival

NMU Sports

By KURT MENSCHING For the Mining Journal MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University goaltender Atte Tolvanen had a night he’s never going to forget Friday and Wildcat fans won’t forget it either. Tolvanen, who was recently named the WCHA Goaltender of the Month for November, made ...

Martysz earns AP Honorable Mention

Local Sports

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School’s Ethan Martysz received Honorable Mention Honors from The Associated Press. Martysz is part of the 2018 Division 3-4 Associated Press All-State football team, selected by a panel of 11 Michigan sports writers and announced Thursday.

Patriot girls roll by L’Anse, 63-35

Local Sports

ISHPEMING — Coach Kurt Corcoran could easily put a scare into this Westwood High School girls basketball team on Thursday evening. It worked as the Patriots raced to a 35-14 halftime lead in a 63-35 decision over the visiting Purple Hornets. The scare came from L’Anse having recently ...

Escanaba edges Negaunee in dual

Local Sports

ESCANABA — The Escanaba gymnasts enjoyed the sweet taste of success Wednesday night, edging the Negaunee Miners 117.65-114.8 in a dual meet. Negaunee placed first in all four events, but Esky displayed enough depth to compensate for that. The Eskymos secured their victory by taking 3-of-5 ...

Beckman comes through for Westwood boys

Local Sports

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — Nathan Beckman made 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter to lead Westwood to a 47-44 comeback boys basketball win over visiting Ishpeming on Friday night. The Patriots (3-1) established a solid 24-15 halftime lead before the Hematites roared back in ...

Youngstrom sets pace as Wildcat women roar

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — Darby Youngstrom set the tempo early for the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team on Thursday night. The Wildcats’ senior guard scored 16 points going 6 of 7 from the field and hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range, all three of those in the first quarter, as NMU ...

Squashing the Pride

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — Heading into Thursday’s game against a struggling Purdue University Northwest squad, the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team had a great chance to win its GLIAC home opener. However, the Wildcats probably didn’t think it would be as easy as it was as they ...

Gwinn girls use good second quarter to top Iron Mountain

Prep Sports

By BURT ANGELI Sports Writer IRON MOUNTAIN — Gwinn closed out the first half with eight straight points and downed Iron Mountain 59-40 in Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball Friday. Deadlocked at 13 with six minutes left in the second quarter, Gwinn held a 17-15 advantage after ...

Mutineers start off strong

Local Sports

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Mutineers are off to a fast start in Great Lake Hockey League action, sitting tied for first early in the 2018-19 season. Following a pair of wins last weekend at home, the Mutineers have six points with three wins and a single loss. The GLHL is a full-contact, ...

Tennis night planned for Tuesday

Local Sports

MARQUETTE — A free youth tennis night is planned from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Vandenboom Gymnasium for children 7-11 years. No prior experience is necessary, racquets are available to use. Registration is required by Sunday via email or text, with Josh Kitto at 906-373-7139 or email ...

There was no joy in coach’s firing

Local Sports

Several people asked me if, as a Green Bay Packers fan, I was happy with the firing of Packer coach Mike McCarthy. And the answer is no, happy isn’t the word. It just isn’t in me to be gleeful at the dismissal of a coach who gave so much and did well more often than not. He’s a human ...

NMU defenseman Bretzman returned to Notre Dame

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — Many of us around the Upper Peninsula took the time over Thanksgiving week to spend time with some extended family. Tony Bretzman got a little late start on that as he didn’t see his “extended hockey family” until a couple days after the holiday weekend, but it didn’t ...

After 10 days off, NMU skaters face No. 20 Michigan Tech

NMU Sports

MARQUETTE — When a team has a long layoff, its next game can go two ways. The team can either be well-rested and ready to go from the opening whistle, or it can be sluggish out of the gate and stay that way the rest of the game. On Friday night, fans will see which Northern Michigan ...

Lockdown goalie: NMU’s Tolvanen named WCHA Goalie of the Month

NMU Sports

By Journal Sports Staff BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Northern Michigan University goaltender Atte Tolvanen has had quite an impressive career in Marquette and on Wednesday, he racked up another award. Tolvanen was named WCHA Goaltender of the Month after the Wildcats finished 4-5 in November. ...

Martysz receives AP honorable mention

Prep Sports

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School’s Ethan Martyz received Honorable Mention Honors from The Associated Press. Martysz is part of the 2018 Division 3-4 Associated Press All-State football team, selected by a panel of 11 Michigan sports writers and announced today.