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  • E-TC strikes first but falls to Pickford

    Pat Krause|Aug 28, 2015

    EWEN - Ewen-Trout Creek stormed out to an 14-0 early lead, but Pickford rocked the Panthers by scoring 56 of the next 62 points and won 56-22 in the opening 8-man game of the season on Thursday night. "E-TC was hitting on all cylinders and fought hard the whole game," Pickford head coach Josh Rader said. "We seemed to have a lot of first game nerves, but there was no panic, no worry. The offense calmed down and responded. We had good focus, a good first game and a good victory. It's our first ye... Full story

  • How concussions are changing football

    Pat Krause|Aug 15, 2015

    IRONWOOD — Former head football coach Pat Gallinagh recently gave the Daily Globe sports department a copy of the book Unintended Impact, written by Jim Proebstle. Proebstle tells the gut-wrenching and powerful story of how his brother, Dick, suffered a number of concussions playing high school and college football. The repeated head concussions and sub-concussions caused brain trauma and led to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Many people have never heard of CTE or think a concussion and CTE are the same thing, but they are not. A c... Full story

  • Red Devils start practice with new coach Niemi

    Pat Krause|Aug 11, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Ironwood started practice with a new coach for the first time in six years. Ryan Niemi took over the helm this year and the Red Devils started practice as did other Michigan teams on Monday. The Red Devils had 22 players on the first day, but Niemi said they expect to have between 32 and 34. Ironwood went through a lot of new stuff on the first day. "There was a lot of excitement in the air," Niemi said. "The kids are recharged and more upbeat." Ironwood has a lot of juniors and s... Full story

  • Class of 2015 inducted to Ironwood sports hall of fame

    Pat Krause|Aug 10, 2015

    IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - The Ironwood Area Sports Hall of Fame welcomed new inductees at its 2015 induction ceremony on Saturday at the Gogebic Community College Lindquist Center. The new inductees are a diverse group as they entered the sports hall of fame from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sports. The new inductees included individuals Kristen Ruppe-Anderson, the late Theron Peterson, the late John Serbin, Lee Belmas, Shawn McMullin, Pete Kopecko, Andrea Smith and Ironwood's 1943 football... Full story

  • Boat races give economic boost to Wakefield

    Pat Krause|Jul 31, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Power boat race officials estimate that Wakefield has seen an increase of about 500 people with the Wakefield Outboard Nationals in town this week. That includes the racers, family members, friends and spectators. Local business owners say it has given their community an economic shot in the arm. Jami Tauer, owner of Ma's Place Cafe, said business has been "phenomenal." Tauer said that with very little racing going on Tuesday and Wednesday because of the gusty winds and poor water... Full story

  • Four enter Hurley Athletic Hall of Fame

    Pat Krause|Jul 27, 2015

    HURLEY - The Hurley Quarterback Club inducted its 18th class into the Hurley High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Hurley K-12 School. The new inductees included: The 2000 and 2001 girls' cross country teams and multi-sport athletes Ron Lundgren and Scott Rainaldo. Kayla Anderson was also an individual inductee as well as a member of the cross country teams. The day was filled with camaraderie, humor, great memories and plenty of thank yous. KAYLA ANDERSON (Class of 2002)... Full story

  • Barto-Store claim Milakovich title

    Pat Krause|Jul 20, 2015

    IRONWOOD - When Jordan Barto and Simon Store qualified for the Championship Flight by shooting a 70 on Saturday, many at the Milakovich Memorial Tournament probably considered them dark-horses to compete with the "big names" and win the championship on Sunday afternoon. But Barto and Simon never imagined themselves not winning the Milakovich. "We thought we could win," Barto said. "That was the goal before we teed off on Saturday. We have the game. Simon and I play well together and get along... Full story

  • Langdon brothers look for Milakovich 3-peat

    Pat Krause|Jul 17, 2015

    IRONWOOD — The Milakovich Memorial Tournament is a golf event steeped in tradition and not prone to radical changes The tournament has long been an integral part of the Milakovich family heritage and Jim Milakovich has said a number of times that there only have been "tweaks" in the tournament over the years. Some 200 golfers and 100 teams along with anyone else associated with the Milakovich seem to like it that way. In other words, why mess with success? But in today's world, change has become a part of our everyday lives. The Gogebic C... Full story

  • Penokee Range girls capture District 11 title

    Pat Krause|Jul 13, 2015

    IRONWOOD - The nine and ten year-old Penokee Range All-Star softball team split two games in the district tournament at the John Krznarich field over the weekend, but Sunday's victory over Keweenaw in extra innings sent the Rangers to Esserville, Mich. for the Michigan State Softball Championship. Esserville is about 10 miles away from Bay City, Mich. On Friday, July 31, the team will register and on Saturday the games will begin and run through Aug.6. District 9-10 Year-old Softball All-Star... Full story

  • Penokee Range escapes to Marquette

    Pat Krause|Jul 10, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - The Penokee Range All-Star team narrowly defeated Keweenaw in a 10-9 thrilling battle on Thursday in the Little League District 11 (11-12 year olds) baseball tournament at Wakefield. "I knew we had it all the way," joked Penokee Range coach Ross Solberg. "Actually, we're proud of every kid on the team." Now it's on to Marquette to play the winner of the Marquette-Ishpeming today at 4 p.m. CST. The field is located just past Longyear Field by the Superior Dome. Solberg said the two... Full story

  • Penokee Range holds off Keweenaw in district opener

    Pat Krause|Jul 8, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - The Penokee Range All-Star team built a sizable lead in the Little League District 11 boys 11-12 year-old baseball tournament and held on to win 7-6 over Keweenaw on Tuesday night. "We were getting a little nervous at the end," coach Ross Solberg said. "Payton (Solberg) pitched well and had great command. But we have a pitch count in Little League and if he threw one more pitch, he would not have been able to pitch for four days. We also picked it up and played good defense "... Full story

  • Hebert, Fischer repeat as Sunday Lake Run champs

    Pat Krause|Jul 6, 2015

    WAKEFIELD – 258 runners and walkers got up early on the 4th of July to participate in the 38th annual Sunday Lake Run/Walk over the scenic 2.8 mile course on Saturday. For the runners, they simply circle Sunday Lake and Dave Hebert, of Iron River, Mich., and Callie Fischer, of Green Bay, Wis., did it best. They were the top male and female runners overall. Youth was served again in 2015 as Hebert and Fischer were repeat winners from 2014. Hebert, 22, had his running battles with Ironwood's Alan Peterson in the past, but he is now the runner t... Full story

  • Dimich and Gulan win Battle at the Bluff

    Pat Krause|Jun 15, 2015

    HURLEY - The Battle at the Bluff is a unique two-day, 36 hole best ball golf tournament hosted by the Eagle Bluff Golf Club and Trinity Dimich, of North Branch, Minn., and Jeff Gulan, of Hurley, won the championship flight by shooting a 69 on Sunday. Gulan said a change in the tournament's format may have helped them win the championship flight. Saturday's round and score now determine a team's flight and position in that flight for Sunday's round. But all the scores from Saturday are wiped out... Full story

  • Devils' district rally falls short

    Pat Krause|Jun 2, 2015

    NORWAY - It is said that good pitching and solid defense wins baseball games and there was plenty of both on display in the MHSAA District 97 semifinal between North Central and the Ironwood Red Devil Devils on Monday. In the end, North Central held off Ironwood's final inning rally and prevailed 4-3. The loss ended Ironwood's season. "We just didn't get it done in the end," Red Devil coach Dan Niemi said. "The mental part of a ball game is so important. That's been the tale of the tape for... Full story

  • Ironwood's Joki, Aukee, Hudacek win U.P. titles

    Pat Krause|Jun 1, 2015

    Several Ironwood track-and-field athletes competed in the Division 2 U.P. Track-and-Field Finals on Saturday in Kingsford. A number of good performances were turned in and the Red Devil boy's team finished fifth with 50 points, while the Ironwood girl's team was seventh with 31 points. Both Ishpeming teams took home the gold and won by wide margins. Ironwood coach Ted Sim was pleased with how both teams performed. "The kids did very well overall and I was very happy with them," Sim said. "We did... Full story

  • Midgettes win first tournament game, play at Chequamegon tonight

    Pat Krause|May 27, 2015

    HURLEY - In a pitching duel, Hurley's Gabby Pecotte prevailed over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 3-2 in an opening round WIAA regional match-up on a soggy Monday afternoon. "Their pitcher (Kelly Christensen) threw pretty hard and it was a good game all-around," Hurley coach Jim Kivisto said. "Gabby was impressive, too and kept them off-balance with two different change-ups. And she was getting them over for strikes. She'll start for us on Wednesday (regional semifinal). And we played defense very well,... Full story

  • Hurley celebrates 30th rally with mud bath

    Pat Krause|May 26, 2015

    HURLEY - As part of Hurley's 30th annual Memorial Day weekend, Sunday featured the popular Mud Pit Races, which drew a large number of spectators who rimmed both sides of the pit. The races were held at the Trailhead on the Iron Horse Trail. Hurley Fire Department race officials said the partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s may have helped bring out more people. The primary sponsors of the Mud Pit races were area businesses and the Iron County ATV Association. They provided first,... Full story

  • Cardinals sweep PMC, first of two meets for some athletes

    Pat Krause|May 22, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield-Marenisco girls track and field team put on a strong performance and out-distanced the Bessemer Speedgirls 102-78 in the final Porcupine Mountain Conference track meet at Cardinal Field in Wakefield. Along with the boy's W-M's victory, the double win will stand the test of time, because the Porcupine Mountain Conference, which has been the longest continuous running conference in Michigan since 1955 or '56, will be dis-banded next year. Cardinal coach Lauren Korpi thoug... Full story

  • Devils avenge early-season loss to Drummond

    Pat Krause|May 8, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Seldom-used Ironwood pitcher Brett Ossanna surprised everyone with a great pitching performance and the rest of the Ironwood Red Devils played their best game of the season in defeating Drummond 3-1 in Indianhead Conference action at Lorenson Field on Thursday. Ossanna has been used sparingly as a relief pitcher, but Ironwood was hurting for pitchers with the number of games piling up, so Ossanna got the starting nod on Thursday. "It was a situation where we had to use him as a... Full story

  • Red Devils sweep home doubleheader against Bayfield

    Pat Krause|May 6, 2015

    IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Red Devils swept both ends of a doubleheader from Bayfield on Tuesday at Lorenson Field. Ironwood took game one 20-10 and downed the Trollers in the nightcap 15-4. Game One Ironwood 20, Bayfield 10 Ironwood scored 11 runs in the sixth inning to double up Bayfield 20-10 in the first game of a doubleheader at Longyear Field on Tuesday. The game ended on the 10-run mercy rule. Scoring three runs in the top of the sixth inning, Bayfield had taken a 10-9 lead. But the Red... Full story

  • Rowe, Engler, Joki among multiple winners at 36th Kraemer Invitational

    Pat Krause|May 5, 2015

    IRONWOOD - West Iron County finished in first place in the girls division, while Ashland took home the gold on the boys side at the 36th annual Jack Kraemer Invitational Track Meet at Longyear Field on Monday. It was the third straight Kraemer title for both the Wykons and Ashland, not counting the 2013 meet which was canceled due to poor weather conditions. Weather has played a major role in disrupting recent Kraemers. In its first 19-years of existence, the Kraemer was never plagued by a... Full story

  • Midgets down Eagles in 5 innings

    Pat Krause|May 2, 2015

    HURLEY - The Hurley Midgets played rock-solid baseball on Friday night and carved out a 12-2 win over Solon Springs with the 10-run rule going into effect in the fifth inning of the Indianhead Conference game. "It was a nice win, that's for sure," Hurley coach Aaron Bender said. "I like to see our team not giving up so many unearned runs, so we put together a nice ballgame today. "We're improving from day-to-day. I have faith in our pitchers and we have to get the right defensive crew out there,... Full story

  • Red Devils hang on to beat Granite Diggers

    Pat Krause|May 1, 2015

    IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Red Devils used three big innings to get sizable leads and then withstood Mellen rallies to win 15-12 in Indianhead Conference action on Thursday night. "It was our fourth game this week, so we were scraping along a little bit," Ironwood coach Dan Niemi said. "But I'm happy with our performance. A lot of people played well. Both teams needed the game and wouldn't say die. We didn't fold and we worked through our tough spots. We've been playing some tough competition and... Full story

  • 6-run innings carry Midgets past Diggers

    Pat Krause|Apr 28, 2015

    HURLEY — Hurley scored six times in the sixth inning to put the 10-run mercy rule into effect and downed Mellen 19-9 on Monday night. “We haven’t been getting much production from the bottom part of the line-up, but we hit tonight for the first time,” Midget coach Aaron Bender said. “I shuffled the line-up and it seemed to work. I put Kohl Manzanares further down in the line-up. Once again, we got a good pitching performance with some walks, but ultimately, errors hurt the most. We must have the lowest ERA in the country but have given up the m... Full story

  • GCC Spring Thaw Classic basketball tournament draws show cases talent

    Pat Krause|Apr 13, 2015

    IRONWOOD - The three-day 24th annual Gogebic Community College Spring Thaw Basketball Classic wrapped up play on a successful note on Sunday. Samson coach Dennis Mackey said there are not a lot of 5-man or 5-women team tournaments around anymore. "We had a good turnout of 30 teams and there was some good basketball played," Mackey said. "The tournament was real successful. It's grown and we get a lot of the same faces, plus we get new ones each year. People look forward to it. Some of the guys... Full story

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