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Tessa Leece's unassuming rise to the top

Tessa Leece's unassuming rise to the top

Tessa Leece's unassuming rise to the top

12/5/2019 | Feature | By Eden Laase |

Wes Leece can remember his daughter Tessa’s first 3-pointer perfectly. It wasn’t in a Westwood uniform, rather a homemade jersey for a 3-on-3 team called “The Pink Polka Dots.” He’s not sure if the 3-point line was legit, or if it was moved in. Tessa was in just second grade, so shooting from that distance wasn’t exactly a high-percentage shot....

With Hill, Norman returning, O'Donnell takes over Negaunee girls program

With Hill, Norman returning, O'Donnell takes over Negaunee girls program

12/3/2019 | Feature | By Bryce Derouin |

All around Negaunee, it’s the question Mike O’Donnell has gotten most: “What’s it like coaching girls compared to boys?” It’s fair to ask, considering it’s all he’s coached at the high school and Division III college level. The temperaments of...

2019-20 Girls Top 25 Rankings

2019-20 Girls Top 25 Rankings

12/3/2019 | Feature | By Staff |

For the second year in a row, Upbeat conducted a preseason player rankings poll to rate the top 25 boys and girls basketball players in the UP. Five coaches and Bryce Derouin and Eden Laase of Upbeat ranked the girls...

Game Recap

Elise Besonen reaches 1,000 points as ET-C defeats Ontonagon

1/19/2020 | Game Recap | By Jason Juno (Daily Globe) |

When Ewen-Trout Creek junior Elise Besonen hit a 3 for the first points of Friday night’s game at rival Ontonagon, all of the pressure that comes with reaching the 1,000-point mark should have been gone. But it wasn’t. Because there never was any.

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1-17 Girls roundup: Baraga, Gladstone, Westwood win big, Chassell bounces back

1/17/2020 | Game Recap | By Staff |

Jaylyn Lindemann scored 21 points, and Reide Osterman had 17 as Baraga cruised past Bessemer 71-17 on Friday in Baraga.

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Marquette uses balance, athleticism to pull away from Calumet

1/17/2020 | Game Recap | By Bryce Derouin |

With their play styles, Marquette and Calumet are almost mirrored examples of one another. They’re both athletic, like to pressure opponents in all areas of the court and look to push the pace at every opportunity. For 20 minutes, they were equally matched, with Marquette not able to completely pull away, and it seemed as if the game could go...

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Gwinn edges BR-H 46-45

1/17/2020 | Game Recap | By Staff |

Things went down to the wire for Gwinn and Bark River-Harris, but Marissa Delmont ensured her Modeltownders came away with the victory.

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Escanaba uses fast break to get past Kingsford

1/17/2020 | Game Recap | By Keith Shelton |

Nicole Kamin had seen walls like the one Kingsford built Thursday night before. She also knew the best way to beat a wall is to beat it before it's built. Escanaba used multiple fast-break opportunities in transition to race past the Flivvers 56-46.

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No. 1 Menominee handles No. 4 WIC, remains unbeaten

1/17/2020 | Game Recap | By Eden Laase |

Last season was full of ups, downs and heartbreaking losses for Menominee. There was a season-opening overtime loss to Westwood, a loss at the buzzer to West Iron County, three losses in a row to Gladstone, then Marquette, then Gladstone again. That team was figuring things out, and by the end of the year, the Maroons had gotten all the...