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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...

Football

A long time coming: Negaunee's Erik Salminen's journey to the field

10/3/2019 | Football | By Eden Laase |

Sixteenth birthday parties are one of the apexes of being a teenager, right next to prom and high school graduation. When Erik Salminen turned 16 he had all the pieces of the perfect day: he had a cake, his family sang happy birthday, and his grandma hand-delivered a card that said he had a car waiting for him. A car,...

Football

How LL-H's Carter Crouch is playing on a torn ACL

9/25/2019 | Football | By Eden Laase |

He can’t seem to sit still. There are too many things to do and even more to think about. Carter Crouch fidgets with his hands, while his pale blue eyes dart around, fixating only momentarily on various aspects of the Lake Linden-Hubbell football field. Today, as he gazes over his home football field, Crouch is looking for purpose. Not for...

Upbeat Invitational

Calumet moves up to No. 1; IM top spot in Small School

9/24/2019 | Upbeat Invitational | By Staff

The second UPSSA Poll of the season is now out. Calumet (4-0) jumped to the No. 1 spot after previously unbeaten Escanaba (3-1) was defeated by Marquette, 17-14, on Saturday. In the Small School division, the tie between Iron Mountain (4-0) and Ishpeming (3-1) was broken after Ishpeming was defeated by rival Westwood (2-2), 39-0.

Football

How Marquette's Austin Ridl found his comfort zone

9/20/2019 | Football | By Bryce Derouin |

At first glance, Austin Ridl isn’t going to overwhelm you. He looks every bit like a developing high school sophomore who is still growing into his body. Imposing gridiron presence he is not. But when he picks up a football, you begin to understand what makes him unique. 

Football

Bond, history assist Mason, Flynn on Marquette sideline

9/17/2019 | Football | By Eden Laase |

Dan Flynn is good at a lot of things. He’s good at coaching football and track. He’s good at forming connections and listening to kids when they need advice. But Dan Flynn is terrible at being retired. He lasted 26 years as a head coach at Escanaba, but only managed to stay retired for one. Retirement just didn’t suit him,...

Football

First UPSSA poll: Escanaba, Ishpeming, IM No. 1

9/17/2019 | Football | By Staff

The first Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association poll was released today. Escanaba (3-0) and Ishpeming (3-0) earned the top spots in the 11-person polls, while North Central was ranked No. 1 for eight-person football. Below is the rest of the rankings.