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  • Speedboys, W-M girls second at snow-free Drummond

    Jason Juno|Apr 24, 2015

    DRUMMOND, Wis. - The Bessemer boys and Wakefield-Marenisco girls finished runner-up in Thursday's Indianhead Conference track-and-field meet. Luckily, the meet was scheduled outside of the snowbelt. It was sunny and relatively warm with no snow on the ground here, compared to snow-covered fields around the Gogebic Range. The co-op of South Shore/Washburn, which has large boys and girls teams, won both team events easily. The W-M girls finished nine points ahead of third-place Bessemer. Hurley... Full story

  • No decision made for Gogebic Miners football coaches

    Alissa Pietila|Mar 24, 2015

    BESSEMER — The A.D. Johnston library was filled for Monday night’s school board meeting, with the hopes of a new Gogebic Miners (Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco) football coach being announced. A committee was put in place to hire a new football coach, which consists of Bessemer’s Athletic Director Tim France, Principal Dan Vander Velden and board representative Mary Beth Trudgeon. Wakefield-Marenisco’s Supreintendent Cathy Shamion and Athletic Director Mark Lane are also on the committee. “We had four applicants. … At this time we are not goi... 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

  • Speedboys outrace Panthers for PMC title

    Jason Juno|Mar 6, 2015

    BESSEMER - This group of Bessemer seniors made one more lasting memory in their final game at the House of Noise. They won the final Porcupine Mountain Conference title by dominating Ewen-Trout Creek 85-57 Thursday night. The PMC is merging with the Copper Country Conference next year. What a way for the final PMC championship to be decided, with a title game between 4-1 teams. The Speedboys just took the drama out of it with a dominating performance. "This was for our seniors, our last home... Full story

  • Barney T. Salmi

    Mar 3, 2015

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Barney T. Salmi, 96, of Sunset Road, Ironwood Township, a proud Finn, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. He was born March 12, 1918, in Bessemer, son of the late August and Matilda (Lehtonen) Salmi, attended Puritan Grade School, and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1935. He then attended Ironwood Junior College. Prior to serving stateside in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, Barney worked in area mines and at... Full story

  • Devils survive Speedboys to clinch share of East Division title

    Jason Juno|Feb 14, 2015

    IRONWOOD - It's not often conference titles take a backseat to anything. But beating one of your biggest rivals with a wild finish in front of a pumped up crowd, that's hard to beat. Ironwood clinched at least a share of the Indianhead Conference East Division title with a 61-59 victory over Bessemer Friday night. The Red Devils need to win just one of their remaining two games to take the championship outright. The week started out bleak with a Tuesday loss at their other rival, Hurley, but... 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


    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

  • Bessemer's Zielinski, Ironwood's DiGiorgio named All-U.P.

    Jason Juno|Mar 29, 2014

    MARQUETTE — Bessemer’s Ben Zielinski stepped into the spotlight in his senior year, while Ironwood’s Jacob DiGiorgio has another year left on the hardwood. Both were selected to the All-U.P. team at Wednesday’s 64th annual meeting of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Zielinski was selected to the Class D Second Team with DiGiorgio making Second Team in Class ABC. Zielinski led the Speedboys to a Porcupine Mountain Conference championship and a near-upset of Crystal Falls Forest Park in the district tournam... Full story

  • Speedboy stunner

    Jason Juno|Feb 19, 2014

    BESSEMER — Everything — everything — was stacked against Bessemer Tuesday. The fourth-ranked Class ABC team in the U.P., Ironwood, opened up a 17-4 lead on the Speedboys, which had lost three of their last four, and now were dealing with an ankle injury to leading scorer Ben Zielinski. The Speedboys, though, came back and pulled the surprising upset, 46-45 over their archrivals, on a buzzer beater by Lance Berwald, his only points of the entire game. “They were huge,” Bessemer coach Jim Partanen said. “It's a nice win. I hope the monkey's of... Full story

  • Midgets slow Speedboys

    Pat Krause|Feb 15, 2014

    HURLEY - Hurley controlled the game and led from start to finish in defeating Bessemer 54-46 in a battle of second-place Indianhead Conference East Division teams at the Hurley K-12 School. Back on Dec. 16, the Speedboys took down the Midgets 67-49 in the House of Noise, but it was a reversal of fortune for the Midgets, who took over sole possession of second, on Friday night. "It was an accumulation of a fun week of playoffs approaching, homecoming and playing very well after they beat us by 18... Full story

  • Devils hold off Speedboys in battle of unbeatens

    Jason Juno|Dec 20, 2013

    IRONWOOD - Ironwood was ready for Bessemer this time. After losing to the Speedboys in the first matchup last season, Ironwood overcame terrible shooting in the first quarter and a never-say-die Bessemer team for a 67-56 win Thursday night. "I reminded the boys what Bessemer did to us last year (a 55-51 win) and took us by surprise a little bit," Ironwood coach Pete Lewinski said. On Thursday, "I thought Bessemer gave us all we could handle. I thought they gave us an excellent game and I give cr... Full story

  • 'You can't get anyone more Bessemer than Jim'

    Pat Krause|Nov 19, 2013

    BESSEMER – When Mark Movrich left Bessemer to coach the Lady Samsons of Gogebic Community College, the question quickly arose as to who would take his place as the head basketball coach of the Bessemer Speedboys? Movrich left no doubt that he was a big supporter of junior varsity coach Jim Partanen. When Partanen was recently hired for the job, Movrich talked about how he had paid his dues in the coaching profession and why he was such a good choice. "Jim's been involved with the program so l... Full story

  • Gladys Ryan

    Aug 31, 2013

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Gladys Ryan, 93, of 304 W. Iron St., Bessemer, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Wakefield. She was born on Aug. 3, 1920, in Ashtabula City, Ohio, the daughter of the late Oscar and Mary (Tuominen) Hallberg. On April 24, 1943, Gladys married William Francis Ryan in Chicago. They were married for 67 years at the time of William’s passing. At an early age, Gladys’ family moved to Comet Location in Wakefield. She attended the Wakefield schools. After her marriage, Gladys traveled from coast to coast during World War II, follo... Full story

  • Speedboys grab 3 U.P. titles

    Jason Juno|Jun 3, 2013

    KINGSFORD — The Bessemer Speedboys came home from the Division 3 U.P. Finals with three U.P. titles. North Dickinson ran away with the team trophy, its 77 points ahead of second-place Pickford by 26 points. Bessemer was just five points off of second-place, finishing fifth with 46 points, one point behind Rapid River and two behind St. Ignace. Two Bessemer relay teams, the 400 and 800, are U.P. champions. Alex Smith won the long jump with his leap of 20-5. Taylor Smith, Derek Gheller and Art R... Full story

  • Speedboys runners-up at D-3 U.P. Finals

    JUSTIN MARIETTI Escanaba Daily Press|May 31, 2013

    ESCANABA — The Painesdale-Jeffers Jets shot their way past the competition at the boys’ Division 3 U.P. Golf Finals Thursday at the Escanaba Country Club. They were led by Stephen Butina, who shot an 80. The team’s highest score was just an 88, and they shot a combined 333 overall. “Anytime you win the U.P. title, you are happy,” said Jeffers coach Jason Koski. “It’s a tough course with a lot of elevated greens, but we were consistent and that’s why we were able to win. The guys golf a lot and... Full story

  • Bessemer sweeps Porcupine Mountain Conference meet at Wakefield

    Pat Krause|May 29, 2013

    WAKEFIELD — The Bessemer boys and girls track teams swept the Porcupine Mountain Conference meet in Wakefield on Tuesday afternoon. The Speedgirls built up point total leads in the hurdle events, the 200 meter dash and the 3,200 meter run as they cruised to an 86-69 win over the Cardinals. Watersmeet was third with seven points. The Cardinals shut out Bessemer in the long jump and put up big points in the 800 meter run. On the boys side, Bessemer was strong in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter r... Full story

  • William 'Bill' Velin

    May 4, 2013

    PEORIA, Ariz. — William “Bill” Velin, who accomplished much in a long and colorful life, but always insisted his greatest accomplishments were serving his country and raising six children, died on April 24, 2013, in Peoria. He was 88. William was a World War II Veteran, businessman, civic leader, Little League coach, referee, public address announcer, miner, caterer, avid golfer, lifelong sports fan and most of all, a loving husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. William Knigh... Full story

  • Ironwood's Mackey makes All-U.P. First Team for second straight year

    Jason Juno|Mar 30, 2013

    MARQUETTE — Three for three. Ironwood junior Adam Mackey made the All-U.P. team for the third year in a row. It is his second consecutive season on the Class ABC First Team. He was Second Team as a freshman. Mackey finished in sixth place in voting for the five-person Dream Team this year. Voting was held at Wednesday’s 63rd annual boys basketball meeting of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Mackey averaged 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He led the Devils in eight statistical categories: points sco...