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Gremlins, Jets Claim District Hoops Titles – Saturday Sports Wrap

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High School
In girls basketball tournament play Friday night…
– In Class D at Lake Linden, Jeffers built a big halftime advantage, and held on to defeat Baraga 50-41 to earn the district title. Alexa Clouthier led the Jets with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Casey Mleko scored 10 for the Vikings. Jeffers will face Bark River-Harris in the regional semifinal Tuesday at  8:00 at in Kingsford. Hear the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– In Class B, Sloane Zenner scored 24 points and powered a late surge as Houghton eliminated Gladstone 60-49 to win the district crown. The game was tight through most of three quarters, before the Gremlins pulled away.  The Gremlins will face Kalkaska Tuesday at 6:00 at Manistique in the regional semifinal. Hear the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

In the regional hockey final today, Calumet and Houghton will meet at 1:30 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Our broadcast will begin around 1:10 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Hancock’s Chad Raasio and A.J. Weisnicht from West Iron County shared honors as the WestPAC boys high school basketball Players of the Year. Mike Ojala from Calumet was named Coach of the Year yesterday. Members of the first team include guards Matt Ojala and Wyatt Loukus from Calumet, Houghton guard George Butvilas, Hancock forward Mike McParlan, and West Iron County forward Steven Nelson. The second team includes forwards Logan Fish and Brandt Tembreull from L’Anse, Hancock forward Reece Anderson, Calumet forward Cooper Twardzik, Houghton forward Brad Sirard, and West Iron County guard Neil Tomasoski.

The Michigan Tech hockey team scored five goals in the first period, and outlasted Lake Superior State 6-4 Friday night in the opening game of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament quarterfinal. Jake Jackson scored twice for the Huskies, who outshot the Lakers 51-18. Those teams play again tonight at 7:07 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Game three of the best-of-three series will be played tomorrow, if needed.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team opened the WCHA tourney with a 3-0 loss at top-seeded Bemidji State. That series also continues tonight, and tomorrow night, if necessary.

The MTU women’s basketball team will play top-seed Ashland in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association semifinal today. The game will begin at 2:00 at Ashland. The MTU men’s team will face top-seed Ferris State in the GLIAC semifinals today at 3:00 at Big Rapids.

Two members of the MTU women’s basketball team have received GLIAC honors. Senior guard Morgan Anderson was named to the All-GLIAC First Team and redshirt junior Brenna Heise was picked for the All-GLIAC Second Team.


The Finlandia baseball team concluded their Florida trip by splitting a doubleheader with Martin Luther College Friday. The Lions dropped the first game 3-1, then blanked the Knights 7-0 in the second game. Aaron Froelich gave up just five hits in recording only the second shutout in Lions baseball history.

The Finlandia University softball team also split its games on Friday. The Lions opened the day with an 11-3 loss to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. They bounced back to take a 5-4 victory over Augustana.Makenna Lloyd singled home the winning run in the fifth inning.

The Calumet Wolverines visit the Monroe Blues tonight.

The Portage Lake Pioneers will play the Marquette Mutineers tonight. The game will take place at Meadowbrook Arena in L’Anse, and is a fundraiser for the arena. Faceoff is at 7:00.

The Detroit Red Wings lost 3-2 in overtime at Calgary Friday night. Tomas Tatar forced the extra period with a goal with just two seconds remaining in the third period, but Mikael Backlund’s tally with a minute left in overtime gave the Flames their sixth straight win. The Wings skate at Edmonton tonight. Faceoff is at 10:00 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.

The Detroit Pistons play at Philadelphia tonight. Tip-off is at 6:00 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.

In Grapefruit League baseball yesterday, Matt Boyd gave up four runs in the second inning, as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2. The Tigers will face the Yankees this afternoon.

The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 in Cactus League play yesterday. Junior Guerra threw two scoreless innings. The Brewers will face the Texas Rangers this afternoon.

CopperDog 150
2011 champion Ross Fraboni holds the lead after the first leg of the eighth annual CopperDog dogsled race Friday night. Fraboni finished the run from Calumet to Eagle Harbor 12 minutes ahead of veteran musher Anny Malo, who is making her first CopperDog appearance. Two-time defending champion Dennis LaBoda is  18 seconds behind Malo, in third place. Former champions Jake Golton and Bruce Magnusson are fourth and fifth. Among local mushers, Becky Bean is 14th, Chad Grentz is 16th, and Tom Bauer is 17th. The second leg of the 150 will begin this morning at 8:00 in Eagle Harbor, and end early this afternoon in Copper Harbor.

In the two-stage CopperDog 80, Alex LaPlante had the fastest time from Calumet to Eagle River. LaPlante is four-and-a-half minutes ahead of newcomer Jim Ward. Geri Minard, 15-year-old Tristan Rivest, and Lynne Witte round out the top five. Among local mushers, Jerry Trudell is seventh, and Susan Serafini is 11th. Kelly Jo Engle was unable to finish the stage. The CopperDog 80 will conclude with a final stage tomorrow between Copper Harbor and Calumet. Get full results at the CopperDog 150 website. Listen for complete race coverage on the voice of the CopperDog 150, 97.7 The Wolf.

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