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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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2019-20 All-UP Boys Basketball teams

4/3/2020 | Feature | By Staff

The 2019-20 All-UP Teams as chosen by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. The UPSSA selected the teams through an online balloting system.

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Coaches react: Ingalls, Kentala, Waterman comment on cancelation

4/3/2020 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

When St. Ignace coach Dorene Ingalls read the news that the MHSAA had ruled to officially end winter sports, she had to take a moment to collect herself. Ingalls texted her team and then emailed MHSAA Director Mark Uyl for “staying strong as long as he did.”  She texted Kurt Corcoran of Westwood and Pat Benin of Sault Set. Marie...

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MHSAA officially cancels remainder of winter and spring sports

4/3/2020 | Feature | By Eden Laase

After weeks of speculation, the MHSAA officially cancelled the remainder of winter and spring sports seasons. The decision goes along with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “state of disaster” directive which was issued on April 2, stating that schools would stay closed for the remainder of the school year, and education would continue online.

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Projecting the All-UP Boys Dream Team

3/30/2020 | Column | By Bryce Derouin |

If you listened to a podcast or have followed Eden and me long enough, you’re aware of how plenty of our conversations during a season revolve around high school basketball. Teams, players and storylines are regularly discussed, and for the most part, we tend to agree. But of course, there have been points of contention — moments where my stubbornness...

Podcast

Dondre Yohe joins the Upbeat Sports Podcast

3/28/2020 | Podcast | By Staff

After a hiatus, the Upbeat Sports podcast returns with special guest Dondre Yohe. Dondre is an Ishpeming alum who played basketball at Bay College. He explains what it's like to make the transition from high school to college athletics and details the challenges that go into that. We also break down the UP high school sports basketball landscape with Dondre...

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After two state semifinal appearances, Dollar Bay now plays waiting game

3/25/2020 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

On Monday, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a statewide order instructing people to stay home for the next three weeks. This comes after the MHSAA’s decision to suspend postseason play, and the closing of schools across Michigan. With the state on lockdown, high school sports seem like a thing of the past for most teams. For Dollar Bay, Whitmer’s order...