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Boys Basketball

Ironwood's Pete Lewinski retires as school's all-time leading winner

6/22/2020 | Boys Basketball | By Jason Juno (Daily Globe) |

Three years after Pete Lewinski moved back home to Ironwood, both the girls and boys varsity coaching jobs opened up. That was in 1992. Some 28 years, seven conference coach of the year awards, eight district championships, six conference titles and two UP teams of the year later, and Lewinski is calling it a career. What a career it was....

Spring

How reigning spring champs got on without sports

6/15/2020 | Spring | By Eden Laase |

Escanaba’s Nicole Kamin was looking forward to her softball season. For Negaunee’s Emily Paupore, it was track. North Central’s Bryson Mercier was ready to get back on the golf course.  These three are premier talents in their respective sports, and despite their different schools and different ages, they were all met with the same issue: COVID-19. 

Boys Basketball

My First Year: Brittany Turin-Jilbert

5/31/2020 | Boys Basketball | By Eden Laase |

First-year coaches may meet some of the unexpected challenges high school basketball presents. So this offseason, Upbeat will check in with head coaches to have them reflect on their first varsity basketball head coaching experience and discuss how they will use that to shape the program going forward. Brittany Turin-Jilbert has coached boys basketball since she was in college, but...

Girls Basketball

My first year: L'Anse's Chad Rice

5/20/2020 | Girls Basketball | By Bryce Derouin |

First-year coaches may meet some of the unexpected challenges high school basketball presents. So this offseason, Upbeat will check in with head coaches to have them reflect on their first varsity basketball head coaching experience and discuss how they will use that to shape the program going forward. We continue this series with Chad Rice, who led the L’Anse girls...

Girls Basketball

How Lexi Gussert is exploring her passion for coaching

5/13/2020 | Girls Basketball | By Keith Shelton |

Here is everything you need to know about Lexi Gussert. It's not the miles of accolades, the power moves, the lighting up of scoreboards all across the Upper Peninsula, or the small-town kid who played D-1 basketball at Michigan State. It's that on a late Friday afternoon in Crystal Falls, Gussert, who just completed her Master's degree, was working with...

Boys Basketball

Seeding changes made at MHSAA spring meeting

5/8/2020 | Boys Basketball | By Staff |

The MHSAA elected to give byes to top-seeded basketball teams during its Spring Meeting on May 4. Any existing byes will be awarded to the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, in that order if multiple byes are part of the bracket. The rest of the teams will be placed based on the draw process.