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

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

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

10/3/2019 | Feature | 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,...

Hard-nosed Studebaker anchors both lines for Calumet

Hard-nosed Studebaker anchors both lines for Calumet

10/23/2019 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

It’s easy to find Alex Studebaker after a Calumet football game. Just look for the crowd of students, huddled up and waiting their turn for a photo with the lineman. He looks like a local celebrity but assures that isn’t...

How Marquette's Austin Ridl found his comfort zone

How Marquette's Austin Ridl found his comfort zone

9/20/2019 | Feature | 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,...

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

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

9/25/2019 | Feature | 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...

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Iron Mountain falls to Pewamo-Westphalia 43-7

11/23/2019 | Game Recap | By Bryce Derouin |

The ratio of spectators was 2:1 in favor of Iron Mountain. There were those who made the 80-mile drive to support their team, and a Yooper contingent who adopted the Mountaineers as its own, which is tradition for UP teams that make a state semifinal appearance in Marquette. But given the controversial events that led to Pewamo-Westphalia edging Iron Mountain...

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Pewamo-Westphalia made big plays when Iron Mountain couldn't

11/23/2019 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

All season Iron Mountain’s defense has been the band-aid to stop the bleeding. If the offense made a turnover, the defense would get it back within a few plays. Interceptions turned into quick three-and-outs for the Mountaineers’ opponents. Fumbles lost were countered with fumbles recovered. Any wound inflicted on the Iron Mountain attack could be covered and healed by the...

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Marcus Johnson is ready to lead Iron Mountain against Pewamo-Westphalia

11/22/2019 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

When Iron Mountain and Pewamo-Westphalia meet in tonight’s Division 7 semifinal at the Superior Dome in Marquette, there will be six players who logged minutes in the controversial state basketball final. The most polarizing will be Iron Mountain’s Marcus Johnson.

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Podcast: Previewing Iron Mountain's semifinal matchup with Pewamo-Westphalia

11/22/2019 | Podcast | By Staff

We're previewing Iron Mountain's Division 7 semifinal matchup with Pewamo-Westphalia. We also recap the Mountaineers' district final win over Traverse City St. Francis and highlight the things to watch for against P-W. Bryce also discusses Calumet's heartbreaking 15-14 loss in the Division 6 regional finals to Maple City Glen Lake.

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Iron Mountain's dominant defense sets the tone

11/20/2019 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

Sometimes, numbers are all you need to tell a story. Like, 8, 20 and 7: The number of points each of Iron Mountain’s playoff opponents have scored this postseason. Or how about 32, 28 and 14? The point differentials in each of those contests. And for good measure, how about 0, 0 and 0? The number of points those playoff...

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Missed opportunities cost Calumet in loss to Glen Lake

11/17/2019 | Game Recap | By Bryce Derouin |

In the moments after Maple City Glen Lake received the regional trophy, the Lakers were mobbed by their fans who made the 414-mile trip to Calumet. Near the north end zone at Agassiz Field, they took photos, shared hugs and reveled in the glory of their dramatic 15-14 Division 6 regional final victory over the Copper Kings. On the opposite...