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St. Ignace's formula for success

St. Ignace's formula for success

St. Ignace's formula for success

12/18/2018 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

Basketball, like most things in life, is constantly changing. Every season coaches and teams try to adapt to the latest and greatest — be it over-hyped trends or tried and true methods that are making their way into the mainstream. Basketball is in an eternal state of evolution.  But for almost 20 years the St. Ignace Saints have been stuck...

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...

A quiet talent: Matt Ojala looks to cement legacy at Calumet

A quiet talent: Matt Ojala looks to cement legacy at Calumet

11/26/2018 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

Labeling anyone the best at anything is tricky business. You assuredly will be met with some sort of counter-argument when using terms such as “greatest” or any other phrase marking someone as the finest at their craft. But, there are...

West Iron County's Eden Golliher has a lot to say

West Iron County's Eden Golliher has a lot to say

12/2/2018 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

When Eden Golliher talks, she seems nervous. The junior speaks in rapid bursts, the words falling out of her mouth so quickly that she occasionally stumbles over them. Her spoken thoughts are punctuated by deep breaths and wide smiles, while...

Girls Basketball

Ontonagon's Dick Franti retires after 35 years of coaching

8/7/2019 | Girls Basketball | By Jason Juno (Daily Globe) |

Ontonagon has never had to worry about the girls basketball program.  First there was Gladys Chamberlain, who led the Gladiators to a state runner-up finish in 1974, the program’s second year. And in 1984, Dick Franti took over. Since then, he has taken Ontonagon to state three times, won more than 500 games and been inducted into the U.P. Sports...

Girls Basketball

Negaunee's Sager resigns, takes job as NMU women's assistant

8/6/2019 | Girls Basketball | By Eden Laase |

Brandon Sager has been a fixture on the sidelines of Negaunee girls basketball for the last seven years, but now he’s giving up the position for a new job. It’s different, but not unfamiliar.  The decorated Negaunee coach is heading back to Northern Michigan, where he will join the women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant. Sager played at NMU,...

Girls Basketball

With a strong returning junior class, Menominee readies for greater expectations

7/22/2019 | Girls Basketball | By Eden Laase |

After finishing the 2017-18 season with an 11-11 record, plenty of us were guilty of looking the other way when it came to the Menominee Maroons. But coach Lucas Chouinard had a secret up his sleeve: The class of 2021. And eight games into the 2018-19 season, the Maroons were 6-2, with losses coming in overtime to Westwood (65-60) and...

Boys Basketball

How Ishpeming's Darius Yohe overcame adversity to attend William Woods

7/18/2019 | Boys Basketball | By Eden Laase |

It’s a hot Wednesday afternoon in the beginning of July. The temperature reads 84, but it feels hotter. In the Carney-Nadeau gym, a collection of teams hone their skills for the upcoming season. Summer team camps don’t draw much of a crowd, and other than the players awaiting their upcoming games, you won’t need more than 10 fingers to count...

Boys Basketball

Frank Bonacorsi named new Calumet boys basketball coach

7/16/2019 | Boys Basketball | By Bryce Derouin |

As a 2006 Calumet graduate, Frank Bonacorsi can recall a growing interest in basketball throughout the accomplished hockey town during his high school career. He can also remember witnessing that passion manifest itself to on-court success. In 2012, Bonacorsi was in the stands when his alma mater cut down the nets in Hancock to celebrate the school’s first district title...

Boys Basketball

Esky, Westwood using summer camps to mesh new rosters

7/11/2019 | Boys Basketball | By Eden Laase |

If you wander into a high school gym at any point in the summer and happen upon a team camp game, be warned: This will probably be the worst basketball you see all year. You’ll see turnovers, messed up offensive sets, missed layups, miscommunications on defense and a plethora of other miscues.  Summer basketball is messy and chaotic, but it...