Prep Sports

Negaunee no-hits Marquette to open Little League Minors tournament

By RYAN SPITZA For the Mining Journal NEGAUNEE — Tristan Miller fanned 11 over four innings as the Negaunee All-Stars defeated Marquette 8-1 in the District 11 Little League Minors tournament at Bernie Rivers Memorial Field Saturday afternoon. Miller allowed zero hits and only two ...

Portage Lake plows forward to state

ISHPEMING — Despite a late scare, Portage Lake was able to down Marquette 15-12 in extra innings to win the District 11 Little League Majors championship. Portage Lake started its scoring in the seventh inning with a dribbler down the left field line by Luke Frahm to score Cameron Circhke ...

Iron Mountain hires North Central’s Pontbriand to be new athletic director

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain Schools Board cast a unanimous vote to hire a Norway native as their next athletic director during Monday’s meeting. But this decision was not without some opposition from the public. Former North Central athletic director Joseph Pontbriand, a 2006 Norway ...

Copper Country runners-up

LIMINGA — The Tri-City North Stars of Negaunee came to the Leo Durocher Memorial Baseball Tournament title game with scorching bats, having trounced Wolverine-Orbit 15-3 in the semifinals earlier in the afternoon Sunday.  And against Dean Kangas-State Farm in the title game, it appeared ...

Michigan lawmaker’s bill would ban use of Redskins mascot

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of the Redskins mascot for public schools in the state. Republican state Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City serves Michigan's 37th Senate District, which covers the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula ...

Blues go 2-1 at Escanaba Tournament

ESCANABA — The Marquette Blues American Legion baseball team won two of three games at the rain-shortened Escanaba Tournament over the weekend, defeating the host Cubs and Detroit-area team Milford while dropping a decision to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Travelers. “After struggling ...

Better late than never

By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — It took a while for things to get exciting at the annual Upper Peninsula All-Star Football Game. Once they did, it created a memorable experience for both the players and the fans on Saturday afternoon at the Superior Dome in ...

Mustangs playing musical chairs

Munising may be left without football conference in 2018 MUNISING — It looks something like the game of musical chairs with Munising the school left without a good place to sit for the time being. Members of the Mid-Eastern Football Conference — there will be five including the ...

West PAC to add three football teams in 2018, Newberry to join NMFL

By BURT ANGELI Iron Mountain Daily News IRON MOUNTAIN — The Western Peninsula Athletic Conference will have additional football teams in 2018. West PAC officials meeting Wednesday in Watersmeet approved Norway, Bark River-Harris and Lake Linden-Hubbell of the Mid-Eastern Football ...

South sweeps North at Upper Peninsula Senior All-Star softball doubleheader

GLADSTONE — The South team swept the North 8-7 and 14-4 in an Upper Peninsula Senior Softball All-Star doubleheader Wednesday at Gladstone High School. It was a great day to play softball, especially a game where the players and coaches could relax and have fun. “It’s a blast,” said ...

Sports Snapshots

The best in sports photography from The Mining Journal at the Upper Peninsula track finals in Kingsford on June 3

End of their era

We had the best players in the U.P. playing each other, so it was a really great game. — dawson bilski, former North Central player, South boys team member in U.P. All-Star Classic MARQUETTE — North Central’s Dawson Bilski earned another basketball award for his trophy case ...

Newberry’s Bryant, Munising’s Mattson lead teams in girls Classic

MARQUETTE — Taylor Bryant of Newberry put on a performance befitting a basketball MVP to lead the North to victory at the Upper Peninsula All Star Classic at Marquette Senior High School on Saturday afternoon. Bryant led the North in scoring with 13 points in the North’s 63-50 ...

Marquette golfers dominate Jrs.

MARQUETTE — Marquette golfers nearly swept the top finishes at the first stop of the Upper Peninsula Golf Association Junior Tour that was held at the Marquette Golf Club on Tuesday. Breaking the Marquette spell was Mika Jalkanen of Houghton, who won the boys 10- and 11-year-old boys ...

Golf outing benefits Alger youth

MUNISING — The Alger Regional Community Foundation will hold its 15th annual Youth Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Pictured Rocks Golf Course just outside Munising. Registration deadline is Thursday for both divisions of four-person teams, men’s and coed, where each team must ...

Racking up the wins

NEGAUNEE — For the second time in less than a week, the Marquette Blues downed the Negaunee Diamonds in an American Legion baseball game on Thursday night, this time by a 6-1 score at Irontown Field in Negaunee. Pitcher Blake Henriksen was the winner for the Blues, giving up one run on ...