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Hockey Kings to Semis; Hoops Kings Win District – Thursday Sports Wrap

High School
The Calumet Copper Kings are headed to the state hockey semifinals, following a decisive 7-3 victory over Big Rapids last night. Rory Anderson put the Kings on the board in the opening minute. Calumet led 2-1 at the first intermission. The Kings put the game away in the second period, launching 22 shots, and scoring four times. Anderson finished with a hat trick and three assists. Calumet improves to 22-6-1, and heads to Plymouth for a semifinal game tomorrow morning at 11:00. The Copper Kings will face the top-ranked team in Division Three, Flint Powers. Powers edged Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 3-2 in overtime last night. Our coverage of tomorrow’s game will begin around 10:30 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

You still have an opportunity to help the Calumet hockey team pay for their tournament trip. The school has set up a GoFundMe site, where you can contribute online. Link to it here.

In boys district basketball tournament play last night…
– In Class C, the Calumet claimed a district title with a 54-46 victory over Hancock. The Copper Kings will play in the regional semifinal Monday night at 7:30 at Escanaba. Hear the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– In Class D at Baraga, Dollar Bay advanced to the district final with a down-to-the-wire 54-51 victory over Jeffers. The Blue Bolts will face Chassell Friday night. The Panthers eliminated Lake Linden-Hubbell 70-59. Jake Holmes led Chassell with 24 points.

In girls action tonight, Calumet will face St. Ignace for the regional title. Tip-off is at 7:00 at Marquette.

NCHA
The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association has a new commissioner. St. Scholastica Athletic Director Don Olson will take over the job at the end of the current academic year. He replaces G. Steven Larson, who has led the league since 2010.

Coreau

NHL
The Detroit Red Wings’ swoon continued with an ugly 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night. Boston put the game away early, scoring four times in the first period. Jared Coreau made his first start in nearly a month in goal for Detroit. He gave up three goals in the first eight shots he faced, and gave way to Petr Mrazek. The Wings will host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night. Faceoff is at 7:30 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard is rejoining the Wings. He was activated yesterday after a successful rehab stint in Grand Rapids. He’s been recovering from a sprained knee.

Harris

NBA
The Detroit Pistons lost to the Indiana Pacers 115-98 last night. Tobias Harris led Detroit with 22 points. The Pistons entertain the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. Tip-off is at 7:30.

Backup center Aron Baynes left last night’s game with a sprained ankle. He’s questionable for tonight’s contest.

MLB
The Detroit Tigers had yesterday off. They’ll face the New York Mets this afternoon.

Half of the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 yesterday. Junior Guerra gave up a run over three innings, and Jesus Aguilar homered. The other half scored two runs in the ninth inning,  and edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4. The Brewers will face the San Diego Padres this afternoon.

NFL
Linebacker Julius Peppers has decided to play one more season before retiring. Peppers is a free agent. He played the past three seasons for the Packers.

The Detroit Lions have reportedly reached a one-year deal with free-agent linebacker Paul Worrilow. He played for the Falcons for the past four seasons. Yesterday, reports circulated that the Lions had signed offensive tackle Ricky Wagner away from the Ravens. Free agent signings can’t be officially confirmed until this afternoon.

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