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Everything you need to know about 'One Minute': The Iron Mountain Basketball documentary

Everything you need to know about 'One Minute': The Iron Mountain Basketball documentary

Everything you need to know about 'One Minute': The Iron Mountain Basketball documentary

1/11/2020 | Feature | By Staff

Recently, we announced our collaboration with Mountain Media Works to shoot a documentary entitled 'One Minute,' where we look to tell the story of the Iron Mountain boys basketball team as it looks to capture a state title following last season's runner-up finish. We understand that some may have questions, or may be looking to contribute, so we compiled this...

Toughness, development of new core key for Marquette

Toughness, development of new core key for Marquette

12/13/2019 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

If you’re looking for familiar faces from Marquette’s rotation last season, the list is short. It starts with Drew Wyble, ends with John Thomson and has no one in between. With the graduation of Marius Grazulis, Raffy Millado, Bryce Brazeau,...

Equipped with wisdom of mentors, Bonacorsi is ready to coach Cal

Equipped with wisdom of mentors, Bonacorsi is ready to coach Cal

12/13/2019 | Feature | By Jason Sutherland |

Frank Bonacorsi, in his first season as head coach of the Calumet Copper Kings basketball program, is anything but inexperienced. Although it is his first official varsity basketball coaching gig, he has spent his days learning from what could be...

2019-20 Boys Top 25 Rankings

2019-20 Boys Top 25 Rankings

12/12/2019 | Feature | By Staff |

For the second year in a row, Upbeat conducted a preseason player rankings poll to rate the top 25 boys and girls basketball players in the UP. Four coaches and Bryce Derouin and Eden Laase of Upbeat ranked the boys...

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Jesse Kentala resigns as Dollar Bay head coach

11/24/2020 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

Similar to every other coach in the state of Michigan, Jesse Kentala was preparing to navigate whatever high school basketball season there is during the current pandemic. The Blue Bolts are coming off two trips to the state semifinals and are projected to be one of the top teams in the UP once again. A three-peat trip to Michigan State...

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Waterman's Michigan Tech dreams fulfilled

8/28/2020 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

Jason Waterman was fine with not playing basketball. He had an incredible career at Negaunee, reaching the 1,000-point mark as a senior, and being coached by his father for four seasons.  He was OK hanging it up after high school — at least, that’s what he told himself.

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My decision: Foster Wonders on why he chose Southern Illinois

7/13/2020 | Feature | By Foster Wonders

As a kid, I always looked up to the top players in the UP. Jason Whitens and Dawson Bilski from North Central, my brother, Carson, and Negaunee’s Trent Bell and Tyler Jandron. Those were the guys I looked up to, and I wanted to continue their tradition of top basketball talent in the UP and raise the bar if I...

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Ironwood's Pete Lewinski retires as school's all-time leading winner

6/22/2020 | Feature | By Jason Juno (Daily Globe) |

Three years after Pete Lewinski moved back home to Ironwood, both the girls and boys varsity coaching jobs opened up. That was in 1992. Some 28 years, seven conference coach of the year awards, eight district championships, six conference titles and two UP teams of the year later, and Lewinski is calling it a career. What a career it was....

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My First Year: Brittany Turin-Jilbert

5/31/2020 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

First-year coaches may meet some of the unexpected challenges high school basketball presents. So this offseason, Upbeat will check in with head coaches to have them reflect on their first varsity basketball head coaching experience and discuss how they will use that to shape the program going forward. Brittany Turin-Jilbert has coached boys basketball since she was in college, but...

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Seeding changes made at MHSAA spring meeting

5/8/2020 | Feature | By Staff |

The MHSAA elected to give byes to top-seeded basketball teams during its Spring Meeting on May 4. Any existing byes will be awarded to the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, in that order if multiple byes are part of the bracket. The rest of the teams will be placed based on the draw process.