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  • Trudgeon breaks 100 dash record, Speedboys win Bracket

    May 16, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] BESSEMER --- Bessemer’s Tommy Trudgeon put his name in one record book Thursday and he’s hoping to rewrite a couple more before his senior season is finished. His time of 11.60 seconds was the fastest 100-meter dash in the history of Bessemer’s Marcy Bracket Invitational. “It was on my radar,” Trudgeon said. “I still got the school record to beat.” The old record was 11.62 seconds, set by South Shore-Washburn’s Brett Bulovsky in 2014. “It’s awesome, I am so happy for him,” Bessemer coach Valerie Aijala...

  • Red Devils win four games, lose one

    May 9, 2024

    IRONWOOD - The Ironwood baseball team won four games Friday and Saturday before dropping one to Chequamegon to wrap up a busy period Monday. "Good weekend after coming off of five straight losses," Ironwood coach Cody Kurta said. The Red Devils beat Ewen-Trout Creek 13-6 and 20-6 Friday at Lorenson Field. Robert Roberts earned both wins on the mound for Ironwood. He struck out seven and gave up two hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Ironwood's Landon Buerger was 4 for 6 with three RBIs and three...

  • Speedboys second at Ashland

    May 9, 2024

    ASHLAND, Wis. — The Bessemer boys finished runner-up to host Ashland at the 13-team Welker Invitational Monday. Ashland also won the girls event with Ironwood third and Mercer fourth. It was much cooler at the meet, which was held not far from Lake Superior, than it was in the Ironwood area Monday. The Bessemer boys took first in several events — Tommy Trudgeon in the 200 dash, Alvin Holst-Larsen in the high jump and Neal Rand in the discus. Ironwood’s Talon Hughes was fastest in the 100 hurdles. The Speedgirls’ Emily Johnston placed first i...

  • Gremlins sweep Ironwood's soggy Kraemer

    May 2, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- The winter’s snow was long gone, a rare feat for Ironwood’s annual Kraemer Invitational track-and-field meet. Also wishing for good weather for the late April meet at Longyear Field may have been asking a bit much, though. The off-and-on rain may not have been pleasant to compete in, but at least they got the oft-canceled meet completed. “That was a tough one,” E-TC coach Brad Besonen said. “But the kids did fantastic.” He was impressed with the times the Panthers ‘ runners ended up with...

  • Miners walk it off vs. Devils

    May 2, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] BESSEMER - Gogebic's Braylon Lane had been struggling a bit at the plate during Tuesday's game against rival Ironwood with the high pitches especially getting the best of him. But when he had a chance to win the game for the Miners, he came through. His single in the bottom of the fifth inning scored Jordan Libertoski and walked it off as Gogebic beat Ironwood 7-6 in the five-inning contest. "I'd been struggling all day, I had a backwards K earlier in the game. It was rough, but everyone was telling me...

  • Bette L. Rigoni

    Apr 25, 2024

    EWEN, Mich. - Bette L. (Toomey) Rigoni, 79, of Ewen, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, with her loving family at her side. Bette was born on Oct. 14, 1944, in Bessemer Township, a daughter of William and Yaga (Smolich) Toomey. She attended Bergland High School and graduated in 1962. Bette continued her education at Gogebic Community College. For many years, she was a dedicated licensed practical nurse. On Oct. 6, 1962, Bette was united in marriage to... Full story

  • Witt healthy for Colts' offseason program

    Apr 25, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Jake Witt is back for his second offseason program, fully healthy and ready to go after a hip injury ended his rookie season before it started. Witt was drafted in the seventh round last April then completed the off-season program and part of training camp before landing on the season-ending injured reserve. That injury is in the rearview mirror, though, and the Ewen-Trout Creek graduate is ready to earn a spot on the roster. Witt was officially cleared during exit...

  • Emma, Bree Besonen named to All-UP team

    Apr 11, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] MARQUETTE --- Ewen-Trout Creek's Bree Besonen joined a pretty exclusive club last week. The eighth grader was named to the All-U.P. Second Team at the 49th annual Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association girls basketball meeting last week. She's believed to be one of just three girls to ever be named to the All-U.P. team as an eighth grader. She knows the other two pretty well - they're her sisters. Elise Besonen made it in 2017 and...

  • Ironwood moves up to Division 3 next year

    Apr 11, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- Ironwood enjoyed success in its stay in Division 4, but their short run in the MHSAA's smallest division will end, at least for now. The MHSAA announced the classifications for next year's postseason tournaments Friday, and as expected, Ironwood moved up to Division 3 for basketball and volleyball. Their high school enrollment rose from 194 students for the 2023-24 school year to 219, putting them well above the sub-200 student cutoffs for...

  • Glenda Hansen Gilman

    Apr 4, 2024

    EAGAN, Minn. - Glenda Hansen Gilman, of Eagan, Minnesota, a 65-year-old former resident of Bruce Crossing, Ewen and Ironwood, Michigan, passed away March 1, 2024, at United Hospital at St. Paul, Minnesota. She played basketball on the varsity team at Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood and graduated in 1977. She also played at Gogebic Community College. She was a beloved mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Joshua, Tegan and Dane Gilman; mother, Anita Hansen; brothers, C... Full story

  • Robert 'Bob' 'Ogie' Ogren

    Apr 4, 2024

    EWEN, Mich. — Robert “Bob” “Ogie” Ogren, 79, of Ewen, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2024, at Bayside Village in L’Anse. Bob was born on Feb. 11, 1945, in Torrance, California, the son of Hjalmer and Lempi (Niemi) Ogren. He attended Ewen High School and graduated in 1963. On Aug. 30, 1963, Bob was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Shirley A. Hautamaki, at the Ewen United Methodist Church. They celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage and were blessed with four children. He was a faithful member of the Ewen United Methodist C... Full story

  • Mary Ann Smith

    Apr 4, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Mary Ann Smith, 82, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, March 30, 2024. Mary was born the daughter of Earl and Mary (Ferrari) Proctor Sr. on June 20, 1941, in Detroit. Mary was united in marriage with Gerald Smith Sr. on Jan. 21, 1963. In her younger years, Mary owned and operated My Place Café in Ewen. She also worked as a CNA at Gogebic Medical Facility in Wakefield and at Josephson's Nursing Home in Ironwood. She spent many years as a hostess at... Full story

  • Gordon, Ruotsala, Cole named to All-UP Second Team

    Jason Juno|Apr 4, 2024

    MARQUETTE --- Ewen-Trout Creek’s super scorer, the leader of Wakefield-Marenisco’s district championship team and Ironwood’s floor leader were named to the All-U.P. Division 4 Second Team at Monday’s meeting of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Ewen-Trout Creek’s Austin Gordon, Ironwood’s Axton Ruotsala and Wakefield-Marenisco’s Carter Cole joined nine other top players on the Second Team. Gordon, a 5-11 junior, made the list for the second straight year. His 24.1 point per game scoring average ranked second in th...

  • Globe honored by Michigan, Wisconsin newspaper associations

    Mar 28, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Globe’s editorial and advertising staffs were recently honored with awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Sports Editor Jason Juno earned awards for both news and sports writing, as well as sports photography. A story Juno wrote about a successful effort to find a missing boy in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on May 11, 2023, earned first place in the MPA’s Spot News Story category. Entitled “Safe and Sound,” the same story too...

  • A fifth division doesn't seem to be coming yet for high school basketball in Michigan

    Mar 28, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] The MHSAA is unlikely to add a fifth basketball division soon. "There were conversations at the AD in-service and sport committee meetings over the fall and winter just to gauge interest, but there aren't any proposals or movement on this," Geoff Kimmerly of the MHSAA told The Globe Tuesday. The smallest schools in the state, like Ewen-Trout Creek and Watersmeet, have longed for a fifth division like neighboring Wisconsin has. It came to a head this...

  • No. 1 Ishpeming ends E-TC's season

    Mar 21, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] BARAGA --- One of the first things people noticed when Ewen-Trout Creek came to town was their youth — after all, their starting lineup consists of three sophomores and two eighth graders. Coach Jacky Besonen never accepted that easy excuse as they navigated the Copper Country Conference and its gauntlet of teams ranked in the top five in the Upper Peninsula. They added bigger schools, Houghton and Menominee, when openings popped up on their schedule. “I knew they could be successful this year even tho...

  • Panthers repeat as district champions

    Mar 14, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- There are more complaints than compliments now that the MHSAA has dipped its toes into seeding the district basketball tournaments. Higher seeds don't automatically get home games - they should. Only the top two teams are seeded - why aren't the rest of the district teams? Those are the most common complaints and maybe they'll be addressed someday. But for all its faults, Michigan's limited seeding method often does the one thing it's...

  • Panthers advance in regionals with victory over Lakes

    Mar 14, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] HOUGHTON --- Lake Linden-Hubbell has two of the best scorers in the Upper Peninsula in Emily Jokela and Cleo Milkey. The Lakes' 1-2 punch led them to a top-five ranking in the U.P. all season and to a 23-win campaign. Ewen-Trout Creek, though, counters with more scoring options, three players who've been scoring consistently all season. All three, plus a fourth, MaKayla Basel, hit double figures in Monday's MHSAA Division 4 regional semifinal against the L...

  • Solon Springs clinches first trip to state

    Mar 14, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] ASHLAND, Wis. --- Solon Springs is going to state for the first time in school history after a 59-41 win over Owen-Withee in Saturday night’s sectional final at Ashland. The Eagles very nearly made it last year also. They led by 13 points with seven minutes left in the sectional final against Chippewa Falls McDonell Catholic Central and lost. This year, they led O-W by 15 with the same amount of time left. Isaiah Kastern, Solon’s 6-5 Bemidji State commit, dominated in a second-half stretch with mul...

  • Cardinals end district drought

    Mar 7, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] EWEN --- The last time Wakefield won a district championship in boys basketball, the president was George Bush. The first one. The Cardinals ended a drought dating back to 1992, when consolidation with Marenisco was still more than a decade away, with a 41-37 MHSAA Division 4 District 97 championship win over Ironwood Friday night. "That's 32 years we've been waiting for this," W-M coach Pat Libertoski said. "Thirty-two years, man - finally, finally. I'm...

  • Devils outlast host Panthers for semi win

    Mar 7, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] EWEN --- Ironwood went into last year's district tournament as the favorite. They had just three losses in the regular season and they were the home team. This year was different. Ewen-Trout Creek was the home team and the Panthers defeated the Red Devils not too long ago as a part of their 10-game winning streak that moved them into the favorite status. "There's not as much pressure," Ironwood coach Adam Mackey said. "Obviously at home, you feel that...

  • Lois Gilbert

    Feb 29, 2024

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Lois Gilbert, age 84, of Titusville, Florida, passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2024. She was born in Ewen, Michigan, on Jan. 28, 1940, to the late Charles Nashland and Eleanor Nashland of Ewen. Lois graduated from Ewen High School in 1958. She went to junior college in Ironwood after graduation. She worked at Gogebic National Bank for three years before moving to Milwaukee, where she continued in the banking business until she married. After the marriage to her children's... Full story

  • Barbara Elizabeth Fleming

    Feb 29, 2024

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Barbara Elizabeth Fleming went to heaven on Feb. 23, 2024, surrounded by family in Anchorage. She was born in Ewen, Michigan, on Oct. 17, 1933, to Alex "Tanglefoot" and Martha Tyyska. She was the daughter of Finnish immigrants and stayed true to her heritage. She possessed incredible sisu, the Finnish art of inner strength. She didn't speak English until she started school, where she was forbidden to speak Finnish. Her dream was to become a nurse, but she was in a car... Full story

  • District 97 preview: Top-seeded Panthers favored in a tough bracket

    Feb 29, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- Ewen-Trout Creek is a unanimous favorite among coaches to win next week’s MHSAA Division 4 District 97 championship. They’re the No. 1 seed in the bracket, they’re 8-1 against district opponents, they’re the defending champions and they’re ranked fourth in the U.P. poll with a 16-5 record. “Ewen has to be the favorite,” Ironwood coach Jesse Mackey said, “with that earned No. 1 seed. Very talented team. Those young girls have only gotten stronger and more experienced against the varsity lev...

  • Devils survive Speedboys in districts

    Feb 29, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] EWEN --- Ironwood beat Bessemer by double figures in both of its regular-season matchups. The tournament matchup, of course, turned out to be more difficult. But the Red Devils survived for a 47-44 win in Monday night’s MHSAA Division 4 District 97 opener. “Anytime you’re playing in the playoffs, anytime you’re playing against a rival, anything can happen and tonight it was a close game throughout,” Ironwood coach Adam Mackey said. “I’m proud of the guys the way they played, Bessemer, coach (Richard) Mat...

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