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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:

Boys Basketball

'It's not apples to apples:' Southfield Christian overwhelms Dollar Bay

3/15/2019 | Boys Basketball | By Bryce Derouin |

There are inherent differences between building a program at Dollar Bay compared to Southfield Christian. One finds success from fostering talent amongst a group starting in early elementary school, and if the kids stick it out long enough, maybe they can earn a trip to East Lansing. The other is a basketball dynasty at a private institution that’s been named...

Girls Basketball

Westwood vs. West Iron County: 5 things to watch for

3/11/2019 | Girls Basketball | By Bryce Derouin |

Westwood and West Iron County have proven to be the top teams in the UP all season, and now we will get to see each at full strength when they face off tonight at Escanaba in a regional semifinal. With Westwood’s Madelyn Koski and Tessa Leece going up against WIC’s Eden Golliher and Emily Nelson, we’ll see four of the...