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Prep Sports

Ishpeming breaks through in opener

By Journal Sports Staff ISHPEMING — With a little cooperation from Iron Mountain, Ishpeming broke open a close game midway through the second half to take a 34-7 victory over the Mountaineers in both teams’ opening game of the high school football season on Friday night. Leading just ...

Negaunee continues to steamroll with win at Westwood Invite

ISHPEMING — It was a chilly yet beautiful day for the Westwood Invitational high school girls tennis tournament held Thursday afternoon. In the round-robin format where every competitor played each opponent in their flight for one set, Negaunee dominated much as it has in four dual meets ...

Putting the ‘new’ in Newberry

NEWBERRY — This season will be a new beginning for the Newberry Indians. Long-time head coach Fred Bryant has moved on to become the athletic director in Cadillac, so former junior varsity coach George Sevarns has moved into the big job. Sevarns says it’s been a bit of an adjustment ...

Ishpeming forges 4-4 tie with IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ishpeming swept the No. 1 flights but it was only good enough to forge a 4-4 tie with Iron Mountain in a high school girls tennis meet held Wednesday. The Hematites’ Madison Pruett won her No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-1 over Saylor Swartout, while IHS’ No. 1 doubles tandem ...

Kangas returns to Emeralds

MANISTIQUE — A familiar face is back on the sidelines at Manistique High School this fall as Todd Kangas returns as head varsity football coach. Kangas regained his position from Dennis Beaman, who coached the team the past two seasons but left to become an assistant coach at Northern ...

2017 Upper Peninsula high school football schedule (as of Aug. 20)

WEEK 1 Thursday, Aug. 24 St. Ignace at Indian River Indian Lakes (8-man) Chippewa Falls, Wis., McDonnell Catholic at Carney-Nadeau (8) Rudyard at Cedarville (8) Brimley at Posen (8) North Dickinson at North Central Friday, Aug. 25 Alpena at Escanaba Marquette at ...

Ishpeming sweeps at Munising

MUNISING — The Ishpeming boys made a statement in their cross country opener Tuesday, running away with the Larissa Varti Memorial Invitational hosted by Munising High School. Ishpeming, placing six runners in the top 10, won this meet for the third straight time with 29 points. The ...

Stephenson Eagles upend Munising in volleyball match

STEPHENSON — Munising junior Daryn Johnson made seven kills, 13 digs and two service aces but it wasn’t enough to keep Stephenson from earning a three-set, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 victory in a high school volleyball match played Tuesday night. Senior Kelsea Ackerman added five kills and 22 ...

Megan Syrjala joins winners as Negaunee girls tennis team breezes again

ISHPEMING — Megan Syrjala joined her teammates in the win column, though she had a hard-fought battle to get there, as Negaunee scored an 8-0 victory over Ishpeming in a high school girls tennis meet held Tuesday. Playing at No. 1 singles, Syrjala recorded a 7-5, 6-3 victory over the ...

Marquette girls tennis team eclipses Kingsford, 7-1

Up next: • Marquette at West Iron County, 10 a.m. EDT today • Westwood at Marquette, 11 a.m. Wednesday --------------- KINGSFORD — Marquette swept the four flights of singles and carried doubles, too, in a 7-1 high school girls tennis victory at Kingsford on Monday ...

Carrying the momentum

There were many good storylines during the 2016 high school football season in the Upper Peninsula, but Gwinn was arguably the best one. For the first time in 17 years, the Modeltowners made the playoffs behind the strength of a good backfield and a big offensive line. Even though they ...

Nowhere to go but up

MARQUETTE — Last year was a difficult one, to say the least, for the Marquette Senior High School Redmen. After making the playoffs the previous five seasons, the Redmen were crippled in 2016 by both the injury bug and a brutal schedule that was stacked with playoff teams like Traverse ...

Learning experience applied

ISHPEMING — It took a while for things to get going for the Westwood football team last season. The Patriots were young and it showed in their first few games, but as it got later in the fall, they showed improvement. In looking back at his first year as head coach, Scott Syrjala described ...