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The Finlandia University softball team closed play at the Cobber Classic in St. Paul with another split yesterday. The Lions opened the day with an 11-3 victory over Northland College. Finlandia broke that game open early, scoring twice in the first inning, and five times in the second. The Lions also took n early lead in their second game against Bethany Lutheran College, but gave up three runs while committing three errors in the sixth inning, and lost 5-2. The Lions will play three games in Plymouth, Minnesota, today – against Martin Luther College this morning, Maranatha Baptist at noon, and North Central University this afternoon.
Several softball skill-building clinics have been scheduled over the next few weeks. Sessions for girls ages nine and 10, and for girls ages 11 and older, will take place tomorrow, next Saturday, and April 22nd. All will be held at the Calumet High School gym. They’re sponsored by area school team coaches, Keweenaw Little League, and the new Northern Chill Travel Softball team. For details, visit the Keweenaw Little League Facebook Page.
The Michigan Tech hockey team will host Bowling Green in the championship game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament tomorrow night. The winner will claim the Broadmoor Trophy, and the conference’s guaranteed berth in the NCAA tournament. Faceoff is at 7:07 tomorrow at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
Team Copper Country opens pool play in the state championship tournament tonight against the Metro Jets from Fraser. Our pregame coverage will begin around 7:50 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com. Team CC will take on the Kensington Valley Rebels tomorrow at noon, and Dearborn Belle Tire tomorrow at 6:00. We’ll broadcast both of those games on KBear 102.3, and continue coverage through the finals, if Team CC advances. Link to the tournament schedule here.
The Copper Country Old-Timers Tournament continues through Sunday at Dee Stadium, the Houghton County Arena, and the Calumet Colosseum. Check the schedule here.
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 in a shootout last night. Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg and Mike Green each had a goal and an assist. Gustav Nyquist scored the only goal in the shootout. The Wings return home to host the Avalanche tomorrow afternoon.
The Detroit Pistons will host the Toronto Raptors tonight.
The Detroit Tigers won their third straight game yesterday, defeating the Atlanta Braves 5-3. Daniel Norris gave up single runs in the first and second innings, but settled down, and pitched into the fifth. JaCoby Jones and Nick Castellanos homered. The Tigers will face the New York Yankees this afternoon.
The Milwaukee Brewers outscored the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 yesterday. Matt Garza gave up four runs before leaving in the third inning. Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar hit home runs. The Brewers will face the Kansas City Royals this afternoon.
Most of the favorites won their opening games in the NCAA Division One men’s basketball tournament yesterday. 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee upended Minnesota, and 11th-seeded Xavier surprised Maryland in the day’s only upsets. Coverage of the tournament continues today on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY. Seventh-seeded Michigan takes on Oklahoma State at 12:15. Ninth-seeded Michigan State faces Miami of Florida at 9:20.
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