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Foster Wonders: The UP's most intriguing recruit

Foster Wonders: The UP's most intriguing recruit

Foster Wonders: The UP's most intriguing recruit

1/8/2019 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

There are numerous anecdotes that go into Foster Wonders being the most interesting UP recruit in recent history. There’s the one about him scrimmaging against the Michigan Tech men as an eighth-grader, pitting him against college athletes before he played his first high school game — and holding his own, at that. There’s the full scholarship offer he received from...

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Gladstone's Reece Castor is preparing for his next step at NMU

6/18/2019 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

There was a slightly different version of Reece Castor at Saturday’s UP All-Star Game. Sure, there were still the signature bounce passes through traffic that evaded defenders’ arms before dropping into his teammates’ hands in stride. He could still get to the rim whenever he decided to assert himself, thanks to his slick handle and explosive changes of direction. Those...

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Calumet's Ojala earns MVP honors as North tops South in UP All-Star game

6/16/2019 | Game Recap | By Eden Laase |

There’s been a rumor about Calumet’s Matt Ojala circulating for a while now. Those in the Copper Country have been discussing it for years. It gained attention when he dismantled Iron Mountain’s man-to-man defense earlier this season in an overtime loss. Then, it was all but proven in an impressive take-down of Ishpeming. But in Saturday’s UP All-Star game, the...

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UP boys fall to Northern Wisconsin; Gladstone's Castor named MVP

6/6/2019 | Game Recap | By Jason Juno (Daily Globe) |

A year after missing much of his junior season because of a broken wrist, Northwestern’s Sam Risley led the Tigers to the state tournament. The all-stater came up big in Wednesday’s Kiwanis Border Bash also, hitting a pivotal 3 and the game-winning free throw in Northern Wisconsin’s 85-84 win over Northern Michigan Wednesday night.

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Paul Polfus returns to varsity boys coaching role at Carney-Nadeau

5/24/2019 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

You can’t miss it. The legacy. The moment you open the doors and walk toward Carney-Nadeau’s gym it greets you in the form of trophies and newspaper clippings enclosed in a glass case. There’s Paul Polfus, in photos and headlines, next to all the winning teams — boys and girls — that he’s coached.  The legendary coach and UP Hall...

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Coaches react to new seeding system

5/22/2019 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

Across the UP, many coaches had a similar complaint regarding the boys and girls basketball postseasons: the lack of seeding. When the MHSAA announced the new seeding changes for 2019-20, you could almost hear the collective sighs of relief from coaches, quickly followed by an exclamation of “Finally.” We talked to five coaches across the UP to get their thoughts...

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Carney-Nadeau's Jake Polfus resigns as boys head coach

5/6/2019 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

As it stands now, for the first time in 40 years, a Polfus will not be on the sidelines for a Carney-Nadeau basketball program.  Jake Polfus notified the school of his varsity head coaching resignation on Thursday after 11 seasons, while his father, Paul, resigned from the JV coaching role. Paul started his coaching career with the C-N girls program...