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Making predictions for the 34th UP All-Star game

6/13/2019 | Spring | By Bryce Derouin |

The final UP basketball event of the 2018-19 season will take place Saturday in Newberry with the 34th annual Upper Peninsula All-Star Classic. The event regularly brings together some of the UP’s top players and for some fans, it’s their first look at them. With the game coming nearly three months after the players’ last official appearance, it’s always interesting...

Girls Basketball

Step in right direction: MHSAA seeding top two teams a smart decision

5/9/2019 | Girls Basketball | By Bryce Derouin |

The girls district matchup between the Westwood Patriots and Negaunee Miners was one of the most anticipated matchups last season. Two of the best teams in the UP — rivals at that — in a do-or-die contest. But many had an issue with when the game was played — on a Monday, in the opening round of the postseason. Despite...

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Our spring coverage plans

4/11/2019 | About | By Eden Laase

We’ve had a few days of sunshine and an April snowstorm is on the way. I’ve only been here for a year and a half, but I think that means it’s spring in the UP. And that means spring sports. Basketball season was, in a word, insane. It was insane in good ways and bad ways, but for Upbeat’s first...

Boys Basketball

Previewing the potential boys All-UP Dream Team

3/26/2019 | Boys Basketball | By Eden Laase |

With the All-UP teams dropping this weekend, Upbeat is breaking down the possibilities on the girls and boys side. Today is the second installment of the All-UP preview. It breaks down the five players the Upbeat staff looks at as the favorites to earn All-UP Dream Team honors on the boys side. We’ll also be releasing coach’s picks for All-UP...

Girls Basketball

Previewing the potential Girls All-UP Dream Team, First Teams

3/26/2019 | Girls Basketball | By Bryce Derouin |

With the All-UP teams dropping this weekend, Upbeat is breaking down the possibilities on the girls and boys side. Today is the first installment of the All-UP preview that previews the Girls Dream Team and First Teams in Divisions 1-3 and Division 4. The boys column will be released on Wednesday. We’ll also be releasing coach’s picks for All-UP selections....

Girls Basketball

Four things to watch as St. Ignace plays Kingston in semifinal

3/21/2019 | Girls Basketball | By Eden Laase |

There is one girls team from the UP still alive this postseason: The St. Ignace Saints. The undefeated Saints take on a two-loss Kingston team today at 5:30 p.m. for a state semifinal matchup at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Here are four things to watch for in the matchup: