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Copper Kings Advance to State Volleyball Semifinals – Wednesday Sports Wrap

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High School

The Calumet High School volleyball team advanced to the state tournament semifinals with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 27-25) victory over McBain last night. The Copper Kings took an early lead in the first set, then held off a Ramblers’ rally. Calumet never trailed in the second set. McBain got off to a fast start in the third set, and led 20-17 before the Kings rallied, and secured the win with a Helen Beiring kill.

The Copper Kings will face Kalamazoo Christian in the Division Three semifinals Friday at 2:00 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Coverage will begin at 1:40 on the Voice of the Copper Kings, KBear 102.3. The Comets dispatched Shelby 3-2 last evening in their quarterfinal match. Pewamo-Westphalia will take on Cass City in the other semifinal.

The Calumet athletic department is asking for the community’s help to cover the cost of the trip. You can donate at their GoFundMe site here, or make a direct contribution at the school.

Forest Park defeated Inland Lakes 3-1 in their Division Four quarterfinal game last evening. The Trojans will play Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the semifinals tomorrow at 2:00.

College Basketball

The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team stopped Concordia-St. Paul 64-54 yesterday. Alex Rondorf scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as the Huskies won their third straight game.

The Finlandia men’s basketball team lost 106-72 to Lakeland University last night. Emmett Johnson led the Lions with 16 points.

The Finlandia women’s team defeated Lakeland 72-48. Natalie Bartle scored 26 in the Lions’ first-ever victory over the Muskies.

College Softball

The Finlandia University softball team has introduced the first player in next year’s recruiting class. Cyan Ramos is a pitcher and power hitter from Litchfield Park, Arizona.

NHL

Ryan Strome’s goal with 50 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings last night. Jonatan Berggren scored his first NHL goal for Detroit and Michael Rasmussen also found the net. Ville Husso made 27 saves.

The Wings skate at San Jose tomorrow. Because of Packers football on 99.3 The Lift, Wings coverage will begin at 10:15 on KBear 102.3.

NBA

The Pistons will visit the Clippers tomorrow.

Detroit will be without Isaiah Stewart for at least two weeks. He left Monday’s game with a strained big toe.

NFL

The Packers have released receiver and punt returner Amari Rodgers. Green Bay traded up to take him in the third round of the 2021 draft, but he has struggled to hold on to the ball. His fumble on a punt return in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys was his fifth of the season.

MLB

In advance of the Rule Five draft, the Tigers shuffled their 40-man roster yesterday. Five players were designated for assignment, including reliever Kyle Funkhauser, who missed the entire 2022 season with an injury. Five young players were added, including outfielder Parker Meadows, who is the younger brother of Detroit outfielder Austin Meadows.

Detroit also purchased the contract of outfielder Steele Walker from the Giants. He’s expected to provide some depth, but will probably start the season with Toledo.

Detroit also hired a new head trainer and three new hitting coaches.

Upcoming local sports broadcasts:

  • Friday – Calumet volleyball faces Kalamazoo Christian in the state semifinals in Battle Creek. Coverage begins at 1:40 on the Voice of the Copper Kings, KBear 102.3.
  • Friday – Houghton hockey opens its season at Escanaba. Coverage begins at 5:40 on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.

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