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  • Hurley meets Northwood tonight, seeks first sectional game win since 1980

    Mar 5, 2020

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] HURLEY - Top-seed Hurley will look for the program's first win in the sectional tournament in 40 years tonight when they take on No. 2 Northwood in a semifinal at Hayward at 7 p.m. Hurley reached the sectional four straight seasons from 2009 through 2012, but they lost to Boyceville, Ladysmith and twice to Fall Creek in the semifinal. Hurley has since moved down to Division 5 as its enrollment has dropped. Northwood has eliminated Hurley the past two...

  • Northstars win at Ironwood

    Jan 11, 2020

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD - Halftime came at a good time for Hurley Thursday night. As much as the Hurley coaches preached that playing rival Ironwood was just another game, the players weren't sold. The Northstars 10-point lead was down to one as Ironwood turned some careless Hurley possessions into easy layups and that advantage was down to one at the half. "It was good for us to get in the locker room and let some of those young guys a chance to catch their breath,"...

  • Ironwood keeps district run going, to play Calumet in final tonight

    Jason Juno|Nov 7, 2019

    IRONWOOD - Ironwood sure has taken to heart the old mantra that regular-season records don't matter come tournament time. The 9-15 Red Devils have now won more district tournament games (two) than conference games (one) as they prepare to host a district final against Calumet tonight. Ironwood beat Iron Mountain 25-14, 18-25, 25-15, 25-16 in Wednesday night's MHSAA Division 3 District 65 semifinal. "It just goes to show a record doesn't tell you what kind of team you're coming up against," Iron...

  • Mercer's Schoeneman wins state shot put

    Jun 3, 2019

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] LA CROSSE, Wis. --- It took Mercer junior Aubrey Schoeneman three days to smile again after the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet ended in such disappointment. While she made it to state in the shot put, she missed out in the discus, an event she probably would have won, and won by a lot, in La Crosse. The shot put, on the other hand, was ultra competitive. She was tied for the high seed coming into the state meet where four people would ultimately clear 40...

  • Aili's game-winner gives Bessemer first district title since 2004

    Jason Juno|Mar 2, 2019

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] EWEN - A big reason why Bessemer's drought of district tournaments dates back to 2004 is because of Ewen-Trout Creek. It was no different for this group of Bessemer seniors. "Freshman year we lost to Ewen. Sophomore year we lost to Ewen. Junior year we lost to Ewen," senior Cade Mazzon said. "This year, we had to beat them." Just because they came in with an under-.500 record didn't mean E-TC was any less formidable than normal. So Bessemer fought to lift that district trophy Friday night. First, Mazzon... Full story

  • 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 a... Full story

  • Mercer's comeback effort falls short

    Mar 2, 2019

    MELLEN, Wis. — Mercer fought back from a 20-point deficit to take the lead, but they couldn’t finish it as Mellen won the WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal 68-60 Friday night. Mellen led 42-22, but Mercer went on a 27-6 run to take a 49-48 lead. “We made it interesting,” Mercer coach Adam Miller said. “I told the boys, if you’re going to go down, you better go down swinging.” Mellen played four corners when it took that 20-point lead. Mercer forced them out of it. They had multiple opportunities to add to their one-point lead but it didn’t... Full story

  • Midgettes win battle of Iron County

    Jason Juno|Jan 5, 2019

    HURLEY - Mercer used its slower pace of play to slow Hurley and it kept them in the game for awhile. But Hurley pulled away for a 53-29 Indianhead Conference win Friday night. The Midgettes led 29-18 at the half and Bailey Thompson hit a 3 to make it an eight-point game right away in the second half. But Hurley responded with a 16-2 run to push the lead to 22, 45-23. "They slowed it down on us a little bit, they ran their offense methodically and got it to their big girls underneath in the first half," Hurley coach Jim Kivisto said. "We still...

  • 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...

  • Midgets rout Suring for second straight win

    Jason Juno|Sep 8, 2018

    SURING, Wis. --- Andy Hamlin ran for five touchdowns as Hurley improved its record to .500 with its second consecutive win, 62-7, at Suring Friday night. The Midgets' offense was operating at an elite level all evening. Hamlin scored touchdowns on five of his nine carries and rushed for a team-best 174 yards. Dakota Haanen rushed eight times for 143 yards, and between them, they averaged 18.6 yards per carry. But Haanen was injured on the last drive the starters played and his status going forwa...

  • Big play Oredockers defeat Midgets

    Jason Juno|Aug 25, 2018

    HURLEY - A one-score deficit might have been no problem. Even having two-touchdowns to make up in the second half would have been manageable. But not three. Especially not the way Ashland got the halftime lead to 24-0. Hurley failed to score on fourth down inside the 5 to pull within a single touchdown and Ashland followed with a 94-yard drive that ended in a touchdown just before the half. Ashland went on to win 38-14 and drop Hurley to 0-2. "That was killer," Hurley coach Scott Erickson said....

  • 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...

  • Ashland sweeps relocated Kraemer

    Jason Juno|Apr 28, 2018

    ASHLAND, Wis. - While Ironwood's signature track-and-field meet had an Ashland feel, from the location to the team champions, the Red Devils still put their mark on Friday's Jack Kraemer Invitaitonal. Ironwood's Nick Niemi won the 800 and 1,600 meter runs against some of the best competition he will face this year, leading the boys team to a third-place finish. The 39th annual Kraemer will go down in history as the first Kraemer to be held outside of Ironwood, thanks to a late snowmelt. In the...

  • Eight locals to play in fifth annual Border Bash

    Jason Juno|Apr 21, 2018

    IRONWOOD — Last year’s Kiwanis Border Bash all-star basketball game wasn’t going to be easy to top, not with members of the three-time state champion North Central boys team filling the Lindquist Center gym and leading Northern Michigan to a victory. “That’s what everybody was telling me, but I think we got close” for this year’s games, event director Russ Maki said. “We should pack that gym again.” Ewen-Trout Creek standout Jake Witt headlines a talented group that pits many of the top boys and girls basketball players in the Upper Peninsu...

  • Lady Samsons 1 home win away from national tournament

    Mar 9, 2018

    By PAT KRAUSE [email protected] IRONWOOD - Last Sunday, the Gogebic Community College Lady Samsons won the NJCAA Women's Region 13 Division II Basketball Championship for the first time since the 2008-09 season with a 87-67 victory over United Tribes Tech. After the game, there were a lot of happy, emotional people celebrating the championship on the floor of the Lindquist Center and coach Mark Movrich declared "the drought" was over. "The win meant a lot to the girls," Movrich said....

  • Baldwin scores 2,000th point, leads Nimrods past Speedgirls

    Jason Juno|Feb 27, 2018

    WATERSMEET - Watersmeet coach Brent Besonen was a bit worried the pressure of getting to 2,000 career points might get to Bethany Baldwin on the opening night of the tournament Monday. She put those fears to rest in a hurry. The senior scored 17 in the first quarter, surpassed the milestone in the third quarter and finished with 41 points, leading the Nimrods past the Speedgirls 64-46 in the first round of the MHSAA Class D District 127 tournament. The Nimrods will host Wakefield-Marenisco in a...

  • Cardinals take down Nimrods

    Jason Juno|Feb 17, 2018

    WAKEFIELD - What a stretch of games for the Watersmeet Nimrods. They lost to No. 1 Dollar Bay Thursday night, fell to the third-place team in the conference, Wakefield-Marenisco, Friday night, 80-53, and they face back-to-back meetings with No. 3 Ewen-Trout Creek early next week. "We're playing the best teams in the U.P., some of them," Watersmeet coach George Peterson III said. "That's one way that our young guys will grow. I'm challenging them to get better every night." Watersmeet's Julius...

  • Witt not the typical E-TC standout

    Jason Juno|Feb 6, 2018

    EWEN - When Eli Nordine hit Jake Witt for an alley-oop in a summer league game in 2016, coach Brad Besonen quipped that it was the first in Ewen-Trout Creek history. Except he really wasn't joking. Witt has broken the mold of the E-TC standout. For all the great E-TC players, few have been quite like Witt, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound star who has played in the extremely rarified air above the Ewen rims. "All the other good players we've had, it seems like most of them have all been guards - good...

  • Ironwood's Pallin finishes in top 3 in last two snocross races

    Feb 1, 2018

    By PAT KRAUSE [email protected] IRONWOOD - Ironwood's Kyle Pallin, now in his 15th year of snocross racing, is once again enjoying considerable success on the Amsoil Championship Snocross eight race circuit, which features many of the best snocross racers in the world. Pallin's first race of the season was Thanksgiving weekend in Duluth, Minn. at Spirit Mountain, but it didn't turn out the way Pallin was hoping for. Pallin got off to what he called "a very rocky, rough" season-opener in...

  • Samsons win 3OT thriller over Bay College

    Jason Juno|Jan 25, 2018

    IRONWOOD - Samsons' coach Dennis Mackey could feel the energy and enthusiasm while watching the women's game before his own team took the court Wednesday night. GCC had a new rival -- Bay College. When his team took the court, there was no doubt. "The guys were excited, it was a good crowd, you could just feel the energy was different than other nights," Mackey said. Gogebic Community College struck first blood in the new rivalry, prevailing 96-89 in a back-and-forth triple overtime thriller....

  • Hurley girls fall to Mellen 46-42 Saturday

    Jan 22, 2018

    MELLEN, Wis. — Hurley suffered a 46-42 Indianhead Conference loss at Mellen Saturday afternoon. “We came out a little flat, we didn’t play with the same energy as Thursday night,” Hurley coach Steve Lombardo said, referring to a win over Butternut. Brooke Olson got a couple of 3s to fall early against Mellen’s zone, but the Granite Diggers focused their defense on her after that. Aiyana Nickel led Hurley with 16 points. Morgan Ellias had 21 points to lead Mellen. “She’s a very nice player. She creates for herself and her teammates,” L...

  • Wardynski set to make GCC history today

    Jason Juno|Jan 5, 2018

    IRONWOOD --- As a freshman last year, Lori Wardynski was GCC's best player. Yet there were times, she admits, where she would frustrate her coach, where she didn't quite get the message he was trying to send. Wardynski worked and worked and worked through the offseason, lifting weights, becoming faster and stronger, all while getting into the physical shape she needed to be in to lead the Lady Samsons' exhausting offense. This fall, her coach Mark Movrich had an idea for her to take things a...

  • 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...

  • Panthers persevere through Drummond's grind-it-out style

    Bryce Derouin, Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton|Dec 23, 2017

    EWEN - Pass. Pass. Pass. Reset. Pass. Pass. Pass. And then maybe after 45 seconds, the Drummond Lumberjacks would put up a shot. On and on the methodical pace went, as the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers were forced to partake in Drummond's grind-it-out style, which would be Exhibit A in why high school basketball should have a shot clock. But as disjointed as the flow became, E-TC hit just enough shots when it mattered to persevere 35-25 in a nonconference game Friday in Ewen. E-TC senior Jake Witt...

  • Red Devils survive defensive battle with Midgets

    Jason Juno|Dec 22, 2017

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD - Up by three points in the final seconds, Ironwood coach Pete Lewinski didn't even think about fouling to prevent a 3-point shot attempt by Hurley. The way his defense was playing, he didn't have to. The only shot Hurley could get off was a 2 at the buzzer, as Ironwood played excellent defense on their 3-point shooters. It gave the Red Devils a 36-35 Indianhead Conference victory over their archrivals Thursday night in front of a packed house....

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