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Hancock Claims Last-Second Win – Saturday Sports Wrap

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Bulldogs Celebrate – Hancock Boosters Image

In high school football Friday night…
– Calumet cruised to a 34-7 Homecoming victory over West Iron County. Rory Anderson scored three touchdowns, and ran for 101 yards. The Copper Kings continue to lead the WestPAC, and could clinch a playoff berth with a victory at home next Friday over L’Anse. Hear the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– Freshman quarterback Colton Salani connected with Alex Nordstrom for a 64-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds, as Hancock claimed a dramatic 47-40 comeback victory over Hurley. The final drive began after the Bulldogs’ Brandon LeClaire forced a Hurley fumble at the Hancock five yard line with 41 seconds remaining. Salani completed 17 of 24 passes for 387 yards. Bryce Turner scored three times for the Bulldogs. Hancock remains in second place in the WestPAC, and needs to win two of their three remaining games to guarantee a playoff spot.
– Houghton lost Northland Pines 12-0. The Gremlins would need to win their final three games to assure a playoff position.
– L’Anse earned its first win of the season with a 32-20 victory over Ironwood.
– Baraga lost 69-6 to Rapid River.
– Ontonagon fell to Stephenson 50-0.

– Lake Linden-Hubbell hosts Bark River-Harris for homecoming tomorrow. The unbeaten Lakes are in first place in the Mid-Eastern Conference, and would clinch a playoff berth with a win. Kickoff is at 2:00. Hear the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com
– Ewen-Trout Creek entertains Pickford.

WestPAC (through September 30)
1. Calumet (5-0, 5-1)
2. Hancock (4-1, 4-2)
3. Hurley (4-2, 5-2)
4. West Iron County (2-2, 3-3)
5. Houghton (2-3, 3-3)
5. Northland Pines (2-3, 3-4)
7. L’Anse (1-3, 1-5)
8. Ironwood (0-6, 0-6)

Mid-Eastern Conference (through September 30)
1. Lake Linden-Hubbell (2-0, 5-0)
2. Newberry (4-1, 5-1)
3. North Dickinson (2-1, 4-2)
4. Bark River-Harris (1-1, 2-3)
5. Munising (0-2, 1-5)
6. Gogebic (0-4, 1-5)

Western Eight Conference (through September 30)
1. North Central (5-0, 6-0)
2. Forest Park (5-1, 5-1)
3. Rapid River (4-1, 5-1)
3. Stephenson (4-1, 5-1)
5. Ontonagon (2-3, 2-4)
6. Carney-Nadeau (1-4, 1-4)
6. Ewen-Trout Creek (1-4, 1-4)
8. Baraga (1-5, 1-5)
8. Superior Central (1-5, 1-5)

The Hancock cross country team will hold a car wash at Dave’s BP today between 10:00 and 2:00. Money raised will help pay for their trip to the U-P Finals next month. All donations will be appreciated.

The Michigan Tech volleyball team dropped a tough 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 13-25, 25-16, 10-15) match to Findlay Friday night. The Huskies host Wayne State this afternoon at 4:00.


Marissa DeMario’s goal a minute into overtime lifted the MTU soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Findlay Friday night. DeMario’s initial shot was deflected by Oilers’ goaltender Sarah Baer, but DeMario tracked down the rebound, and made the second shot count. Jessica Splittgerber scored Tech’s earlier goal. The Huskies host Ohio Dominican tomorrow at noon. Tomorrow’s game is the “Let’s Kick Cancer” game. The Huskies are partnering with the Women Living with Cancer Support Group. Each player will wear a warm up t-shirt that is available for bid online. Bids can be placed now at the team’s Facebook page.

The MTU football team hosts Saginaw Valley State in the annual Homecoming game today at 1:00 at Sherman Field.

The Huskies’ women’s tennis team hosts Northwood this morning at 10:00, and Saginaw Valley State tomorrow morning at 10:00.

The Tech hockey team begins its season on the road, with games at Minnesota-Duluth tonight and tomorrow night. The Huskies are ranked 17th in the nation, and are predicted to finish second in the WCHA.

The Northern Michigan University football team hosts Walsh this afternoon.

The men’s soccer team defeated Fairhaven Baptist College 15-1 Friday afternoon. The Lions play at Knox College Sunday afternoon.


The Finlandia volleyball team got off to a fast start in its second invitational of the season on Friday. It took just 50 minutes for the Lions to sweep Great Lakes Christian College 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-8). Finlandia served up 27 aces – second most in school history. Shannon Anderson led the team with eight. The Lions then edged Mount Mary 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 25-12, 22-25, 15-7).  In other day one action, Kalamazoo College beat Mount Mary 3-0, then defeated Silver Lake College 3-0. Silver Lake College beat Great Lakes Christian College 3-0. Finlandia will play Kalamazoo College this afternoon at 2:00, and Silver Lake College this evening at 6:00.

The Finlandia football team has the weekend off.


Miguel Cabrera blasted two home runs, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Friday night. Cabrera and Ian Kinsler both went deep in the first inning, to stake Daniel Norris to a 3-0 lead. Norris responded by shutting Atlanta out over the first six innings. He left after allowing a solo home run in the seventh. Justin Upton also homered for Detroit.


The Tigers continue their final series of the regular season tonight at Atlanta. Jordan Zimmermann will start against Aaron Blair. Hear the first pitch at 7:10 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY. It will be just the third start for Zimmerman since he began battling injuries at the end of June.


Baltimore won, and Toronto lost, so the Tigers are a half-game behind the Blue Jays for the second American League wild card playoff berth.

Kinsler’s home run was his 28th of the season – tying him with Lou Whitaker for the Tigers’ all-time season mark. It was also his eighth lead-off home run of the season, which set a new Detroit team record.

The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Colorado Rockies 4-1 Friday night. Brent Suter gave up all four Rockies’ runs over five innings.

The Brewers play at Colorado again this evening. Wily Peralta will pitch against Jeff Hoffman.

Detroit Lions LionIn tomorrow’s NFL game, the Detroit Lions visit the Chicago Bears for a 1:00 kickoff. The Lions will be without injured defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and linebacker DeAndre Levy. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler is among five Chicago players listed as doubtful. Check the latest injury report here.

The Green Bay Packers have the weekend off.

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The Detroit Red Wings lost a 2-1 overtime decision to the Boston Bruins in preseason play Friday night. The Wings will host the Blackhawks tomorrow evening. Listen for regular-season Red Wings’ games on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.

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