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  • Midgets outlast Miners

    Jason Juno|Oct 8, 2016

    BESSEMER - Hurley's potent rushing attack was too much for a shorthanded Gogebic Miners squad as the Midgets won the non-conference meeting 42-6 Friday night. The Midgets rushed 55 times for 455 yards and had 21 first downs to five for the Miners as Hurley improved to 8-0 against the Bessemer/Wakefield-Marenisco co-op. "Hurley, they're a good team," Gogebic coach Mark Movrich said. "They've been the program of consistency on the Range for Lord knows how many years. Even had we been 100 percent...

  • Midgets survive L'Anse upset bid, qualify for playoffs

    Jason Juno|Sep 24, 2016

    L'ANSE - Hurley defensive tackle Mitchell Hissa felt a lot better in the second half when he switched from drinking water that didn't agree with him to Gatorade. Everybody on the Hurley sideline felt better in the second half as the Midgets averted L'Anse's upset attempt by keeping the Hornets off the board after the break. The Midgets defeated the Purple Hornets 40-20 and qualified for the WIAA playoffs for the 19th consecutive year. Hurley trailed much of the first half and entered halftime...

  • Niemi wins, Anderson 4th at Drummond invite

    Jason Juno|Sep 23, 2016

    CABLE, Wis. — In as close to a WIAA Division 3 sectional preview as Hurley will get, Tori Anderson finished fourth Thursday at Telemark Golf Course. Ironwood's Nick Niemi found out he would have a good shot at a Wisconsin state berth — if he weren't competing in Michigan. He won the invite with a time of 17:29.2, beating Drummond's Gavin Martell by 20.6 seconds. Fourteen of the 20 teams from the sectional took part. But that excluded Chequamegon, which has been dominant this season and one of...

  • Midgets drop OT thriller to Calumet

    Jason Juno|Sep 10, 2016

    HURLEY - Why'd they wait so long? In the Midgets' first year in the West-PAC, they went toe-to-toe with defending champion and perennial power Calumet, dropping an absolute thriller 26-20 in overtime Friday night. Neither team was perfect, as they combined for 10 turnovers. But both teams fought through that, rode the roller coaster of four lead changes and made fans wish the Midgets had been in the West-PAC for years. It was a heartbreaking way to lose for the Midgets, who nonetheless have ente...

  • Midgets upend Wykons

    Jason Juno|Sep 3, 2016

    HURLEY — Hurley not only excelled in its first major West-PAC test, it kept conference power West Iron County out of the end zone. Hurley upended the Wykons with an exciting 22-3 victory Friday night. Penalties cost the Wykons, who reached the red zone on both first-half possessions but only managed a field goal. Hurley took all the momentum, scoring a touchdown with 14 seconds left in the first half and another just 3:10 into the second half for a 14-3 lead. "To not let this team in the end z...

  • Ironwood's Niemi sticks with lead pack, finishes 3rd at Ashland Invite

    Jason Juno|Aug 26, 2016

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Ironwood sophomore Nick Niemi's goal for this season is to win the Division 2 U.P. Finals in October. If Thursday is any indication, that's a realistic goal. The top two runners, Ashland's Miller twins, Maury and Walker, were the top finishers at Thursday's Ashland Invitational. That's no surprise. Maury went to state last year in cross country, Walker just missed because of an injury. Their brother Bryce finished 10th in the Olympic trials in 3,000-meter steeplechase this...

  • Gagnon named MVP in Northern Michigan's comeback effort

    Jason Juno|Jun 10, 2016

    IRONWOOD - Adam Vandenberghe and Northern Wisconsin put on a show in the first half. Northern Michigan weathered the storm and came back for a 105-104 win in a thrilling Kiwanis Classic Border Bash Thursday night. That comeback was led by Wakefield-Marenisco's Collin Gagnon, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, and Ontonagon's Taylor Beaudry. Gagnon finished with 20 points and Beaudry scored 19. "They wanted the ball," Michigan coach Jack Kumpula of Lake Linden-Hubbell said. "In a game...

  • Wardynski MVP in N. Michigan girls win

    Jason Juno|Jun 10, 2016

    IRONWOOD - Just five days after helping the Ontonagon Gladiators to a U.P. track-and-field title, Lori Wardynski added another trophy to her collection Thursday. Wardynski was named the MVP of the Kiwanis Classic Border Bash after leading Northern Michigan to an 88-70 victory over Northern Wisconsin. Wardynski led all scorers with 17 points. Emily DiGiorgio of Ironwood had 15. Maria Swartz of Hurley was the second-leading scorer for Northern Wisconsin, tallying 14 points. Katie Stark of state...

  • Thompson wins shot-put, competes in discus today

    Jason Juno|Jun 4, 2016

    La CROSSE, Wis. - Nobody was seeded within three feet of Mercer's Sydney Thompson going into Friday's WIAA Division 3 state track-and-field meet. That didn't matter when Ozaukee's Emma Richards landed her second shot put attempt at 41 feet, 7.5 inches. But Thompson responded. Big time. Thompson's next four throws were the top four of the competition as the Mercer junior won the state championship; her best mark was 44 feet, 1 inch. Mercer coach Bob Schenk jumped in the air as her throws got...

  • Hurley routs Drummond to win Regional title

    Jason Juno|Jun 3, 2016

    HURLEY — Hurley waited six years to win another regional title. The Midgets only needed 4.5 innings — in the entire tournament — to break that drought and return to sectionals for the first time since 2010. The Midgets beat Drummond 11-0 in Thursday's WIAA Division 4 regional final. The top-seeded Midgets got a first-round bye and then advanced through the semifinal when No. 5 Washburn forfeited due to a class trip. Hurley then beat No. 2 Drummond, last year's D-4 regional champion, for the third time this season. Drummond had to use its ace p...

  • Midgettes win 1st regional since '11

    Jason Juno|May 28, 2016

    HURLEY - It seemed like every ground ball was going just to the left of Hurley shortstop Maria Swartz during the WIAA Division 4 regional final Friday. But with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning, the ball went right to her. She tagged the runner going to third and threw to first baseman Brooke Piilola to complete the 6-3 double play and the 11-7 victory over Gilman. It was Hurley's first regional title since 2011 and 19th in program history. Swartz's double play was an exciting...

  • Speedboys, Ontonagon girls runner-up at first Copper Mountain Conference meet

    Jason Juno|May 25, 2016

    BESSEMER - The team results played out much like last week's Division 3 regional track-and-field meet with the Bessemer boys and Ontonagon girls both coming in second behind Lake Linden-Hubbell at Tuesday's Copper Mountain Conference meet. There were some differences in the individual events, though. Bessemer sophomore Isaiah Aili finished five seconds behind Wakefield-Marenisco senior Sam Dean in the 1,600-meter run at the regional, but Aili came back on the final lap to beat Dean Tuesday....

  • Midgets win first regional title since 2005

    Jason Juno|May 24, 2016

    TONY, Wis. - No one came close to the Hurley boys, who won their first WIAA Division 3 regional track-and-field meet since 2005 Monday. The Indianhead Conference dominated the day with Hurley first with 155 points, South Shore/Washburn second with 118 and Drummond third at 102. Phillips was the first team from another conference (fourth place, 100 points). The top four finishers in each event qualified for Thursday's sectional at Colfax where the top four advance to the state meet. Storms that f...

  • Wardynski, Wieringa write new school records

    Jason Juno|May 7, 2016

    ONTONAGON - Two local school records fell Friday at the Ontonagon Invitational. A meet record may have fallen if anybody kept weather records over the years. Bessemer's Lily Wieringa broke the school record in the 3,200-meter run and Ontonagon's Lori Wardynski became her school's all-time best in the 300 hurdles. The heat was intense for the first half of the meet when temperatures soared into the upper 80s before clouds and eventually rain came through. Houghton easily won both the boys and...

  • Trojans corral Panthers' offense in district final

    Jason Juno|Mar 12, 2016

    WATERSMEET - Much of the talk surrounding Friday night's Class D District 127 final was how to defend Crystal Falls Forest Park after a 2-3 zone nearly eliminated them from the tournament earlier in the week. Ewen-Trout Creek went man and found success there anyway. It just didn't find any offense itself. The Trojans won their fourth straight district title with a 46-42 victory over the Panthers in front of a full house at Nimrod Nation. "We couldn't score the ball tonight, that was the biggest...

  • Gladiators win 6th straight, hold off Speedboys

    Jason Juno|Feb 27, 2016

    BESSEMER - Ontonagon won its sixth straight game, but they got a battle from the host Speedboys in a 66-54 Copper Mountain Conference win Friday night. The Gladiators haven't lost since they defeated their rivals, Ewen-Trout Creek, which is ranked fourth in the U.P. in Class D. Ontonagon is now over .500 at 9-8 overall and 7-5 in the conference. "I think we're playing well, better for sure," Ontonagon coach Kurt Lehmann said. "Against L'Anse (Tuesday), I think both teams had a setback. We have...

  • Midgets docked by Ashland

    Jason Juno|Feb 20, 2016

    HURLEY - Ashland's 3-17 record doesn't do that team any justice. Friday night's final score didn't showcase Hurley's strong effort either. The Oredockers defeated the Midgets 68-57 Friday night in front of a tournament-like crowd to watch the two rivals on Parents Night and homecoming. Hurley came back from a 34-23 halftime deficit, coming as close as one point in the second half. But Ashland leading scorer Brendan Carter, 26 points, struck for three and-1 plays down the stretch when the...

  • Midgets hold off Tigers

    Jason Juno|Feb 13, 2016

    HURLEY - On the second Friday in a row, Hurley buried a rival early in the game. After coming out strong in a win at Ironwood last week, the Midgets did the same against their Iron County rivals, Mercer, this week, winning 64-53. The Midgets led 15-3 and 30-9 in the first half. Mercer reduced the deficit to single digits in the second half, but the Tigers didn't have an answer for the bigger Midgets, James Sukanen (6-6), who had 27 points and 16 rebounds, or guard Isaac DeCarlo, who scored 16...

  • Midgets tower over cold Red Devils

    Jason Juno|Feb 6, 2016

    IRONWOOD - Hurley utilized its size advantage and held Ironwood's shooters in check to beat its rival 56-34 Friday night. One of the biggest crowds of the season was on hand for the contest, but the Midgets took them out of it early on, building leads of 7-0, 14-3 and then 29-11 at halftime. The Red Devils didn't have an answer for Hurley's bigs, especially James Sukanen, who scored 22 points. Ironwood had hoped to shoot well to help combat that deficiency, but they shot just 27 percent from... Full story

  • Midgettes avenge loss to South Shore, dedicate win to Czarnecki

    Jason Juno|Jan 16, 2016

    HURLEY - In a game they dedicated to a former teammate, the Hurley Midgettes rallied to beat South Shore 58-49 Friday night. Hurley shut down a good shooting South Shore team in the second half to avenge a loss earlier this season in Port Wing. The Midgettes dedicated the game to Brittany Czarnecki, who graduated last spring but had a stroke shortly after that. She's still recovering from that, but like she often does, she had a big smile on her face with the entire team gathered around her afte... Full story

  • Mercer beats rival Hurley for second straight time

    Jason Juno|Jan 9, 2016

    MERCER, Wis. - After going over 11 years without a win over their archrivals to the north, the Mercer Tigers now have a winning streak against Hurley. The Tigers fought off a spirited second-half rally by the Midgettes for a 59-51 win Friday night. Mercer's Caitlyn Hiller had a career-high 34 points, including 20 in the first half when she helped the Tigers to a 28-18 advantage. The Tigers led by as many as 15 points in the second half and Hurley got as close as three points before Mercer closed... Full story

  • Defending state champs dominate Cardinals

    Jason Juno|Jan 5, 2016

    WAKEFIELD — When Wakefield-Marenisco athletic director Mark Lane had a solution for the Cardinals open spot on the schedule, he suggested coach Bruce Mahler sit down before he told him. It was Class C defending state champion Calumet. Mahler didn't hesitate to take the game. Calumet dominated from start to finish, beating the Cardinals 76-25 Monday night. But it wasn’t about the final score for W-M. “It'll make the girls better," W-M coach Bruce Mahler said. "It's not about wins and losses. We have one goal, which is to try to get to a distr... Full story

  • South Shore escapes Ironwood with five-point win

    Jason Juno|Dec 5, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Ironwood proved that focusing a defense on Emily DiGiorgio isn't going to work. The Devils received balanced scoring, but it wasn't enough as Shauna Kavajecz had a monster night, made the game-deciding play in crunch time, and led South Shore to a 68-63 Indianhead Conference victory over Ironwood Friday. The Cardinals beat two conference contenders this week in Hurley and Ironwood, even though Megan Gustafson is playing at Division I Iowa this year instead of Port Wing. The Cardinals... Full story

  • Ellenberger, 'Coach Norm' made a mark in Watersmeet

    Jason Juno|Nov 20, 2015

    WATERSMEET — Norm Ellenberger was known nationally as a showman on the sidelines in his early college basketball coaching days. In Watersmeet, he was simply Coach Norm. Ellenberger, who died in his sleep over the weekend at the age of 83, was calmer on the sidelines while coaching the Watersmeet girls basketball team the last four seasons. But the charismatic Ellenberger still had the biggest personality in the room, his passion for and knowledge of basketball remained unmatched and his concern for his players was obvious. What made a good c... Full story

  • Midgets win another shootout

    Jason Juno|Oct 10, 2015

    HURLEY - Hurley picked up its fifth straight win and fourth consecutive in shootout fashion 48-34 over North Dickinson Friday night. Both teams tallied more than 400 yards of offense and scored 20 points apiece in a fourth quarter that was a one-possession game until the Midgets iced it with a touchdown with 1:16 to go. Hurley's Devin Czerneski rushed for 204 yards on 14 carries and scored four touchdowns. North Dickinson's Noah Berg ran for 264 yards on 28 carries and ran for two scores. The wi... Full story

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