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  • Hurley loses regional semi in double OT

    Pat Krause|Mar 2, 2019

    HURLEY — Like two heavyweight boxers slugging it out in the middle of the ring in a championship fight, Birchwood finally emerged with a 63-61 double overtime victory over Hurley in a WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal game on Friday night. Birchwood will now advance to the championship game to play at top-seed Northwood. "It's unfortunate someone had to lose tonight," Birchwood coach Blane Senn said. "Hurley played their butts off. They got behind, but they kept working hard and got back in it. "We went to a full-court press and man defense... Full story

  • Dowd runs for 312, L'Anse beats Miners

    Pat Krause|Sep 8, 2018

    BESSEMER - L'Anse coach Mark Leaf tried to alert football fans as to what a good football player Purple Hornet tailback Jonah Dowd was in the pigskin preview The Daily Globe does each week. But Dowd put on a performance rarely seen in these parts as L'Anse thumped Gogebic 34-6 in West-PAC action at Massie Field on Friday night. "We played a complete game tonight," Leaf said. "You worry about the long bus trip from L'Anse to Bessemer, but getting off to that fast start was really important for...

  • Miners bow to Copper Kings in opener

    Pat Krause|Aug 25, 2018

    BESSEMER - Coach John Croze likes to ground and pound the ball on offense and play physical defense and his Calumet Copper Kings did both very well in the season opener against the Gogebic Miners. Calumet rolled over Gogebic 48-6 at Massie Field on Friday night. Miner coach Mark Mazzon was plenty impressed by the Copper Kings. "That's a heckuva team," Mazzon said. "They've got a good program and they are big and physical-you can tell that team has been in the weight room. They are going to give...

  • Snowstorm forces cancelation of Pro Vintage Snowmobile races

    Pat Krause|Jan 2, 2018

    IRONWOOD - The Pro Vintage Snowmobile Races scheduled for Saturday at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds were canceled due to inclement weather. It was ten degrees below zero with a wind chill of minus 31 degrees at 6:45 a.m., but race director Tom Auvinen said the races were canceled due to problems with the snow. "We had the track plowed and clear at 7 a.m., but then the lake effect snowstorm came in," Auvinen said. "We met and canceled at 9 a.m. Driver safety has always been a priority." It was...

  • Gladiators' comeback falls short, Witt piles up over 300 yards

    Pat Krause|Oct 14, 2017

    ONTONAGON - In a game loaded with offensive fireworks, Ontonagon made a fierce comeback, but Crystal Falls Forest Park held on for a 52-38 win in a Western Eight Conference battle with playoff implications for both teams. "The game was what we expected," Forest Park coach Dave Graf said. "It was hard-hitting, good physical football on both sides. I never thought we'd score 90 points. I thought we'd score four or five each (touchdowns). Ontonagon nearly came back on us. Jake Witt is the real deal...

  • Miners lose to Red Devils in first-ever softball game

    Pat Krause|Apr 26, 2017

    IRONWOOD – Anticipation was in the air as a large-sized crowd gathered to watch the Gogebic Miners and Ironwood square off in a softball game on Tuesday. Bessemer and Wakefield-Marenisco were playing as a co-op team for the first time in each school's history and many believed the two schools were playing softball as a high school sport for the first time ever. When it was over, a good Ironwood team defeated Gogebic 15-4, but the Red Devils only led 5-3 after three innings and the Gogebic...

  • Hancock dominates Bessemer

    Pat Krause|Feb 3, 2017

    BESSEMER — It's tough to win many games scoring 18 points in a varsity basketball game. That happened to the Bessemer Speedgirls on Thursday night and Bessemer went down to defeat at the hands of Hancock 60-18 in a non-conference game in the House of Noise. "Hancock plays tough man-to-man defense and they do it with six girls," Bessemer coach Gerry Pelissero said. "Our girls weren't comfortable playing against that defense. We only had five field goals (the whole game). "We survived the first...

  • Chassell's size too much for Wakefield-Marenisco

    Pat Krause|Jan 14, 2017

    WAKEFIELD - Chassell used its big edge in size and quickness to overcome Wakefield-Marenisco 63-44 in a Copper Mountain Conference match-up in the Cardinal Gym on Friday night. "We had an advantage with our height and our guard's quickness," Chassell coach Brandi Hainault said. "Our guards did a good job of moving the ball and our post players really pounded the boards. Our defense really helped the offense with turnovers. I'm a big defensive person. I believe it's the only way to win in the...

  • Cardinals stop Speedgirls

    Pat Krause|Dec 3, 2016

    BESSEMER - Wakefield-Marenisco needed a huge fourth quarter to defeat the Bessemer Speedgirls 57-38 in a physical, hard-fought Copper Mountain rivalry game in the House of Noise on Friday. As the third quarter ended, Bessemer's Caitlyn Lynch and W-M's Darienne Korpi both made a 3 the old-fashioned way with a field goal and a free throw. The Speedgirls held a 36-35 lead after three quarters and it had been a close game for 24 minutes of intense basketball. But the Cardinals stepped up their game...

  • Forest Park starts fast at W-M, ends with another title

    Pat Krause|Nov 5, 2016

    WAKEFIELD - Wakefield-Marenisco's high hopes for an upset of Crystal Falls Forest Park in the Class D District 127 volleyball tournament finals were dashed by the fast, up-tempo starts of the Lady Trojans in all three sets. Forest Park played with a sense of urgency and defeated the Cardinals 25-12, 25-16 and 25-16. It was the 17th straight year CFFP has taken home the district tournament championship trophy. "To win 17 in a row, you can have the athletes, but if they're not dedicated, working...

  • W-M to play Forest Park in district final tonight

    Pat Krause|Nov 4, 2016

    WAKEFIELD — Crystal Falls Forest Park swept Bessemer and Wakefield-Marenisco blitzed Watersmeet in the MHSAA Class D District 127 volleyball semifinals on Thursday. The winning teams will meet tonight at 6 p.m. to determine the 2016 district champion. CFFP has won districts 17 years in a row. It was evident that W-M coach Jessica Novascone already had Crystal Falls Forest Park on her mind. "We never get to see them and we never play them," Novascone said. "You have to start quick against them...

  • Fast start keys Northland Pines' win over Devils

    Pat Krause|Sep 24, 2016

    IRONWOOD - Northland Pines was looking to get back in the playoff race by improving their 1-4 record. They may not be a playoff caliber team yet, but the Eagles played solidly in defeating Ironwood 24-8 in a West-PAC Conference game at Longyear Field on Friday night. The win got Eagle coach Matt Weberpal pretty pumped up. "We've struggled in the first half in a lot of our games this year, but we played real well in the first half tonight and put 24 points on the board," Weberpal said. "We put...

  • 373 take part in Hometown Run

    Pat Krause|Jul 5, 2016

    BESSEMER – The 28th annual Bessemer Hometown Run held on Saturday as part of the Bessemer Blast 2016 once again blended good race competition with a chance to bond and reminisce with old friends as well as making new friendships. Temperatures at race time were near perfect (although there will always be complaints that weather conditions are either too hot or too cold). Some 373 runners/walkers participated in the 10K runs and 2 mile run/walks. "We had 300 two mile participants and 73 10K...

  • Town refurbishes basketball gymnasium in community center

    Pat Krause|Jul 2, 2016

    PENCE, Wis. –– The town of Pence has something that is very old but is also new. It is the renovated, refurbished and refinished basketball gymnasium in the Pence Community Center. Believed to have been built in 1944, the gym was considered something special for its time and even had the narrow lanes with a circular-lined top that made it look like a key. The narrow lanes with the round top first came into being in the 1920s. Deke Routheaux, who worked on the resurfacing and renovating,...

  • Cardinals escape Ironwood with victory

    Pat Krause|Feb 27, 2016

    IRONWOOD - Ironwood took Wakefield-Marenisco to the brink of an upset, but the Cardinals counted on a senior to pull out a 52-49 win in a non-conference, Gogebic Range rivalry game at the John Krznarich Gym on Friday night. With 52.1 seconds left and W-M leading 49-46, Ironwood's Zach Combs, back from a five-week absence with a fractured ankle, dribble drove from the top of the key, bounced off a Cardinal player and shot the ball as he was falling to the right. It was a very tough shot, but it...

  • Cardinals top Gladiators

    Pat Krause|Feb 6, 2016

    WAKEFIELD - Wakefield-Marenisco continued its winning ways with a 69-61 victory over Ontonagon in a Copper Mountain Conference match-up in the Cardinal Gym on Friday night. As the season passes it midway point, the Cardinals have answered most of the questions about just how good are they. They now have a sparkling 11-1 record, are firmly entrenched in first place in Porcupine Mountain Division with a a 8-1 record and are coming off solid wins over two good teams in Chassell and Ontonagon. They... Full story

  • Snowy Sisu conditions nearly perfect

    Pat Krause|Jan 11, 2016

    IRONWOOD — Sisu VII came up lucky seven as weather and skiing conditions were nearly perfect to complete the Sisu Ski Fest on Saturday. No doubt the Sisu deserved a weather break and race director Jonathan Rulesh was only too happy to get it. "Sisu really came off well today," Rulesh said. "It's been real positive and had real good success, no complaints. We were focused on the low snow this year, but the late snow really saved us. The late snow slowed the course down today, but it made the co... Full story

  • Cardinals improve to 5-1 with victory over Red Devils

    Pat Krause|Jan 9, 2016

    WAKEFIELD - Wakefield-Marenisco is showing signs it will be a team to be reckoned with in the 2015-16 season. The Cardinals played another good game in defeating Ironwood 71-49 in a non-conference battle before a good-sized crowd in the Cardinal Gym on Friday night. "They're good," Ironwood coach Pete Lewinski said. "They're a much better defensive team and improving on D. They always had high-powered offensive play and now they've become more balanced on offense and defense. They have the... Full story

  • IRONWOOD SNOWMOBILE OLYMPUS

    Pat Krause|Jan 4, 2016

    IRONWOOD — The Gogebic County fairgrounds were the place to be this weekend as hundreds of the best drivers in vintage and modern ice oval racing rocked around the historic 1/2 mile track at speeds up to 100 MPH at the Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus this weekend. Even the women and kids got into the act and a drone even showed up to check out the action. And for the first time in three years, there was snowmobile racing on Sunday when many of the important races take place. Race director Tom... Full story

  • Jets fly by young Speedgirls

    Pat Krause|Dec 19, 2015

    BESSEMER - Bessemer wanted to give their fans an early Christmas present, but a good Jeffers team would have no part of it and thumped the Speedgirls 61-31 in a Copper Mountain Conference game in the House of Noise on Friday night. "Bessemer is a good young team that is impressive on the inside and has good coaching," Jeffers coach Joe Romano said. "But they couldn't handle our press, especially early on. Every game, we usually go with a man-to-man press, But Bessemer is tall, so it was zone pre... Full story

  • Cardinals stop Speedgirls

    Pat Krause|Dec 5, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Wakefield-Marenisco used a suffocating press and a relentless running game to overcome Bessemer 56-42 in Copper Mountain Conference action on Friday night. "The key was our press-they had a tough time handling it," Cardinal coach Bruce Mahler said. "We went with a full-court press the whole game and when we get the ball we will run all the time. We're a running, pressing team as much as we can. The other key in the game was Rachel Obradovich's defensive play on Rachel Mazurek and... Full story

  • Miners wrap up season with win over Red Devils

    Pat Krause|Oct 24, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Ironwood saved its best game for last, but the Red Devils still were upended by Gogebic 28-0 in a combination rivalry/homecoming/parent's night season finale held on rain-soaked Friday night. The Miners had been a mystery team this season. They won their first game of the year, lost their next six in a row and then beat a decent Houghton team 38-18 last week. "It has really been an up-and down season," Gogebic coach Mark Movrich said. "We had some kids injured, played some real good... Full story

  • Miners break 6-game losing streak with 20-point win

    Pat Krause|Oct 17, 2015

    BESSEMER - Playing in some real football weather on Friday night, Gogebic played its best game of the season and rolled to a 38-18 win in its homecoming game. "It feels good," Gogebic coach Mark Movrich said. "It's been awhile since we won a game. (Aug. 29). I watched a lot of film on Houghton and they gave Lake Linden and Northland Pines tough games. I thought the key was us getting off to a quick start and getting momentum. It would have been easy for us to go through the motions after... Full story

  • Panthers pounce on Gladiators in OT

    Pat Krause|Sep 26, 2015

    ONTONAGON - Ewen-Trout Creek came from behind in the fourth quarter and won its renewed rivalry game against Ontonagon 12-6 in overtime on Friday. "We were down 6-0 most of the game," E-TC coach Larry Maki said of the battle between two Ontonagon County schools. "But the boys didn't quit. We ran a lot of plays and kept plugging away, but we had a tough time for three quarters. That No. 70 for Ontonagon (Logan Jilbert) was a beast. We took the battle of Ontonagon County, and the team and the... Full story

  • Miners kick off season with rout of Bulldogs

    Pat Krause|Aug 31, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - The Gogebic Miners and first-year varsity head coach Mark Movrich started off the season with a convincing 48-7 win over Hancock on Saturday. "I'm definitely glad for the win," Movrich said. "When you win that first game, it's easier to come back to practice and focus on the positive things we did and what we have to do better. "We made some first-game mistakes, but we were able to keep the ball moving and we've got some explosive backs. All too often, a line will just push or lean... Full story

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