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  • Mariani takes over golf operations at Gogebic Country Club

    Pat Krause|Apr 10, 2015

    IRONWOOD – Gary Mariani was recently named the new Manager of Golf Operations at the Gogebic Country Club after golf pro Tyler Leskela resigned to pursue employment opportunities out of the area. “We thank Tyler for giving us 3 to 4 good years, but he was ready to move on to full-time employment,” said Cheryl Carr, who is the president of the Gogebic Country Club’s Board of Directors. “So we were looking for somebody and Gary had worked with Tyler and managed the golf pro shop. He had the background and knowledge of the course, the golf syst... Full story

  • Ryan Niemi takes over Devil football program

    Pat Krause|Apr 8, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Football and being around the athletic fields at Luther L. Wright High School have been two constants in Ryan Niemi's life. Now he'll get the chance to combine the two as he was hired to be Ironwood's new head football coach after Dan Niemi recently stepped away from the position. "I've played here, coached here and live in town," Ryan Niemi said. "I actually thought about coaching here back when I was in high school. It's a real big honor to be in this position." Ironwood athletic... Full story

  • Borseth brings UW-Green Bay dancing again

    Pat Krause|Mar 18, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Like many basketball fans, this is Bessemer native Kevin Borseth's favorite time of the year. That's because the NCAA Basketball Tournaments are getting underway. But Borseth doesn't just watch the games. He is lucky enough, and good enough, to participate in them as the head coach of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's women's basketball team. After posting a 27-4 overall record and winning its 17th-consecutive Horizon League regular season title, this past Sunday the Phoenix... Full story

  • Devils hope to climb past Mountaineers in today's regional semi

    Pat Krause|Mar 16, 2015

    IRONWOOD — When the Ironwood Red Devils defeated Calumet last week in the MHSAA Class C District 96 title game, it was the first time Ironwood had won back-to-back district tournaments since 1993 and 1994. The last one came 21 years ago and Red Devil coach Pete Lewinski was in his first two years of coaching varsity basketball in Ironwood. “The (team) records favored us and I thought we were a little tense in the first game,” Lewinski said. “We played not to lose. In the second game, we played much better and (Jake) DiGiorgio took over in the... Full story

  • Trojans slow down Speedboys for district title

    Pat Krause|Mar 14, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Crystal Falls Forest Park has such big, strong, athletic teams that have played in so many pressure-packed football and basketball games, you must bring your A game when playing the Trojans to have any chance to win. That was especially true in Friday's MHSAA Class D District 127 tournament title game at Cardinal Gym, where the Bessemer Speedboys fell to Forest Park 75-42. "I'd give us an A for effort and a D minus for our shooting," Bessemer coach Jim Partanen said. "Overall, I'd sa... Full story

  • Cardinals hold off Nimrods

    Pat Krause|Mar 10, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Wakefield-Marenisco came from behind to defeat Watersmeet 56-53 in a first round game of the MHSAA Class D District 127 Tournament on Monday night. Not very often does a freshman move up from the junior varsity to the varsity for the district tournament and not only play well but become a difference-maker in the game. In trying not to make too much of a big deal over one game, but fans in the Cardinal Gym were shocked by Jacob Suzik's performance. Watersmeet took a 24-21 lead by... Full story

  • Cardinals hang with Trojans but bow out in district final

    Pat Krause|Mar 7, 2015

    WATERSMEET - The Crystal Falls Forest Park Trojans captured the MHSAA Class D District 127 championship with a 56-43 victory over Wakefield-Marenisco in Nimrod Nation on Friday night. It was the fifth district title in a row for Forest Park. "We had to build a program and it took years to build," CFFP coach Jackie Guiliani said. "It's a tradition now and the girls want to be part of it. We talk to the girls a lot about being physically and mentally tough in the tournament and you have to play... Full story

  • 'Boom. It's over'

    Pat Krause|Mar 2, 2015

    IRONWOOD - The Gogebic Community College Lady Samsons had high hopes and aspirations for the NJCAA Division II Region 13 tournament, so it was a bitter pill to swallow when they fell to Dakota College of Bottineau 91-82 in the championship game at the Lindquist Center on Sunday afternoon. "It's a tough loss, especially for the sophomores," Gogebic coach Mark Movrich said. "Five months together and all of a sudden-boom-it's over. Both teams played hard, they're playing for the championship. It... Full story

  • Red Devils finish with big win at W-M

    Pat Krause|Feb 25, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - After a sluggish first seven minutes, the Ironwood Red Devils played with a sense of urgency and blitzed Wakefield-Marenisco 69-35 in the final Indianhead Conference game for both teams on Tuesday night. "We didn't practice well yesterday and we didn't play well in the first seven minutes," Ironwood coach Pete Lewinski said. "I wasn't happy. With one minute left, the light went on. We started to get the ball inside to Jake DiGiorgio and his scoring opened things up for Sharrow on... Full story

  • Cardinals win share of IC East crown, down Devils

    Pat Krause|Feb 21, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - There's a first time for everything. On Friday night on their home court, the Wakefield-Marenisco girl's basketball team became co-champions of the Indianhead Conference East Division with Hurley with a 58-28 victory over Ironwood. It was the first time a Wakefield-Marenisco team has shared or won a title, since the Cardinals joined the Indianhead in 2011. Both W-M and the Midgets had 13-3 conference records. "I'm very satisfied with how we've played this year," W-M coach Pete Yon... Full story

  • Tigers complete sweep of Red Devils

    Pat Krause|Feb 7, 2015

    IRONWOOD - One bad quarter did in the Ironwood girls basketball team as they fell to the Mercer Tigers 60-47 in Indianhead Conference action at the John Krznarich Gym on Friday night. "They out-scored us 16-4 in the third quarter," Ironwood coach Tim Routheaux said. "We got in a little foul trouble and they have Lexi (Engler) who has played for four years and can go inside and (Shania) St. Germaine who shot four 3s from the outside. They lit us up in both games. "We're young and we're taking... Full story

  • Samsons hammer Hibbing for 4th straight win

    Pat Krause|Jan 22, 2015

    IRONWOOD -The Gogebic Community College Samsons have entered uncharted territory with their fourth straight victory, a 101-61 blitzing of Hibbing Community College at the Lindquist Center on Wednesday night. "I think we've played very well of late," Gogebic coach Dennis Mackey said. "We turned the corner when we won two games at Marshfield, beat NIU and won tonight. Each guy had to learn and accept their role on the team and they are accepting those roles. We're playing better as a team. We... Full story

  • Red hot Devils stop Speedboys

    Pat Krause|Jan 9, 2015

    BESSEMER - While the wind and the snow howled outside, the House of Noise lived up to its name inside. Ironwood overcame an 18-6 deficit and went on to carve out a 62-56 win over Bessemer in an exciting Indianhead Conference rivalry match-up on Thursday night. Ironwood coach Pete Lewinski said it was a game that had just about everything. "The fans got their money's worth," Lewinski said. ""It was tight at the end. There were lead changes, it went back and forth and it was a heck of a game to wa... Full story

  • Mother Nature wins again

    Pat Krause|Jan 5, 2015

    IRONWOOD - The 2015 Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus enjoyed good weather conditions and excellent snowmobile racing that brought out good-sized crowds on Saturday. But for the second year in a row, Mother Nature forced the cancelation of Sunday's races due to inclement weather. "Yesterday, we had our best turnout (of fans) since our new startup in 2010," said Jim Gribble, chairman of the Friends of the Fair group. "We were very happy with the gate and we thank the local communities for their... Full story

  • Quebec woman competes in all-male field

    Pat Krause|Jan 3, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Those attending the 2015 Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus races at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds this weekend are likely to see something unique in snowmobile racing. Eighteen-year-old Sabrina Blanchet, from Quebec, Canada, is the only female snowmobiler in the toughest races and will race against many of the best male racers in the world in the IFS 340, IFS 440, Pro Champ and the TLR Cup races. Don't be surprised if she comes across the finish line as a winner in her number 79 Ski-Doo... Full story


    Pat Krause|Dec 29, 2014

    BOYS [email protected] IRONWOOD - Momentum swung four times in the boys championship game of the Ironwood JV Holiday Tournament on Saturday, but the final swing proved to be decisive as it lifted Wakefield-Marenisco to a 37-30 victory over Ironwood. The Cardinals started like gangbusters when Jacob Suzik made a 3 the hard way with a put-back and a free throw and Eric Hakamaki sank a 3-footer off the glass. W-M rolled to a 12-5 lead with 5:01 left in the first quarter. But Ironwood... Full story

  • Panthers surprise Speedboys

    Pat Krause|Dec 20, 2014

    EWEN - The undefeated Bessemer Speedboys didn't ask for a 78-65 thumping from Ewen-Trout Creek for Christmas, but they got one anyway in Porcupine Mountain Conference action on Friday. E-TC coach Brad Besonen said it was "a fun game" to be a part of since the Speedboys and Panthers often present mirror images of each other. 'We like to play fast and Bessemer goes fast and gives all-out effort for 32 minutes," Besonen said. "Both of us play aggressive and we both play pressure defense and our gam... Full story

  • Speedboys race back to beat Cardinals

    Pat Krause|Dec 12, 2014

    BESSEMER - A change in strategy and a scorching third quarter lifted Bessemer to an emotional 72-58 victory in an Indianhead and Porcupine Mountain Conference battle in the House of Noise on Thursday night. Wakefield-Marenisco had played well and took a 35-26 lead into half-time. During the second quarter, the Cardinals had pushed their lead up to 14-points at 24-10. "We started out really well," W-M coach Terry Fetters said. "The kids really wanted to play and were fired up. And we were... Full story

  • Cardinals stop Speedgirls

    Pat Krause|Dec 6, 2014

    BESSEMER - Pressure defense led to turnovers and turnovers turned into points for Wakefield-Marenisco as it cruised to a 52-39 win in an Indianhead and Porcupine Mountain Conference battle in the House of Noise on Friday night. Basketball fans will look at the statistics and see that 5-9 junior Lauren Grace scored a 28-points and conclude she was the reason the Cardinals won. Grace had a terrific night and although she was the biggest contributor, W-M wasn't just a one-girl show. "Our game plan... Full story

  • Cardinals come back to beat Midgettes

    Pat Krause|Dec 3, 2014

    WAKEFIELD - Hurley and Wakefield-Marenisco are two of the teams expected to battle it out for the Indianhead Conference East Division title this season and they met up in an early season clash at the Cardinal Gym on Tuesday night. The Midgettes won the first half, but the Cardinals got on the comeback trail in the second-half and played with a sense of urgency that resulted in a 42-33 victory. "It was a big win to start out the season," W-M girls coach Pete Yon said. "This is as big a win as we... Full story

  • Lady Samsons sweep at Lindquist Classic

    Pat Krause|Dec 1, 2014

    By PAT KRAUSE [email protected] IRONWOOD — Gogebic Community College built a big lead and then withstood a Hibbing second half rally to carve out a 72-53 victory in their second win at the 22nd Annual Lindquist Classic on Sunday afternoon. The Lady Samsons were the only women's team to finish 2-0 on the weekend and have won five consecutive games to improve their record to 7-3. “Yesterday, we played our best 40 minutes of basketball, but we didn't have nearly the effort or intensity today,” GCC coach Mark Movrich said. “After the way... Full story

  • Gogebic's Jess Mazzon makes best of season-ending injury

    Pat Krause|Nov 13, 2014

    BESSEMER – Jess Mazzon, a talented young athlete was dealt a real bad break, but he has turned it into something positive and special. Early last summer, Jess Mazzon had everything going his way, especially sports-wise. He and his Gogebic Miner teammates had earned their second straight playoff berth the previous season and this close, talented crew that had played together for years were looking forward to going out with a bang in their senior year. "The seniors were all pretty excited," J... Full story

  • Second half dooms Lady Samsons

    Pat Krause|Nov 10, 2014

    IRONWOOD - The Gogebic Community College Lady Samsons lost their chance to start the young season at 3-1 when a comfortable half-time lead slipped away and they fell to Madison College 69-67 on Saturday in the Tri State Classic. Gogebic built a 38-30 half-time lead and at one point in the half held a 34-22 advantage. The Lady Samsons appeared to be in control of the contest. But just under the surface, there was trouble brewing. "We played well at times in the first half and in the second half... Full story

  • Trojans take district title with win over Speedgirls

    Pat Krause|Nov 7, 2014

    BESSEMER - The Crystal Falls Forest Park volleyball team captured the MHSAA Class D District 127 title, downing Bessemer 25-9, 25-11 and 25-11 at the House of Noise on Thursday night. The Lady Trojans have won the district championship every year since 2001. "We feel good and the girls played well in all three games," coach Kim Bjork said. "I liked our attitude and we played hard and aggressively. We're getting better. We started the season playing on all cylinders and went into a little slump.... Full story

  • Speedgirls advance to face Trojans in district final

    Pat Krause|Nov 6, 2014

    BESSEMER - Bessemer advanced into the final round of the MHSAA Class D District 127 volleyball tournament by sweeping Watersmeet 25-18, 25-20 and 24-21 in the House of Noise on Wednesday night. The powerful Crystal Falls Forest Park volleyball team rolled over a young Ewen-Trout Creek team 25-6, 25-1 and 25-19. The Speedgirls and Trojans will clash tonight at 6 p.m. in the championship game and Bessemer will have home court advantage. Asked about the Watersmeet game, Bessemer coach Shelly... Full story

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