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Copper Kings’ Historic Football Season Ends – Sunday Sports Wrap

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Calumet High School’s perfect football season ended dramatically yesterday, with a 42-6 loss to Traverse City St. Francis at Thirlby Field in T.C. The Gladiators struck early, with an 86-yard scoring run by George Mackey on their first play from scrimmage. St. Francis led 21-0 by the end of the first quarter. Mackey ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to increase the halftime margin to 28-0. Calumet’s only score came on a short third-quarter run by Travis Ojala. The Kings’ offense was undone by seven turnovers, including five interceptions thrown by Brent Loukus, who completed just two of 13 passes against a tight St. Francis secondary, and an aggressive defensive line that sacked him four times. The turnovers routinely gave the Gladiators good field position – only one of their scoring drives needed more than four plays.

The Copper Kings end their season with a record of 10-1, after turning in their first perfect regular season since 1996.

In other action involving Upper Peninsula teams…
– Escanaba won its Division Four district final by edging Alma 14-13 yesterday. The Eskymos will play at Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the regional finals next week.

Both Finlandia University soccer teams saw their seasons end in the semifinals of  the American Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs yesterday…
– In the women’s semifinals, the women’s team lost 2-0 to Thomas More University. The Saints held the Lions to just two shots – neither of them on goal – while the offense launched 38 shots – 19 on goal. FinnU ends its season with a record of 11-4-1 – the best in school history. Alfred State University defeated SUNY-Delhi 2-1 in the other semifinal. The Pioneers and Saints will meet for the tournament title this morning at 11:00 at McAfee Field.
– In the men’s semifinals, Finlandia fell to Thomas More 2-1. The Saints scored in the first half. FinnU’s Edward Caballero weaved his way around four defenders to tie the game early in the second half, but Thomas More’s Pierce Turner found the net with the game winner in the closing minutes. The Lions close their season with a record of 1-14-1. SUNY-Delhi edged Pine Manor College 2-1 in double overtime in the other semifinal. the Gators and Broncos will play for the tournament crown this afternoon at 2:00 at McAfee Field.

The Finlandia volleyball team advanced to the championship game of the ACAA tournament at SUNY-Delhi by sweeping Alfred State 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-19) yesterday. Marina Dalton led the Lions with 11 kills. Jessie Diaz recorded 21 digs, and Nicole Anderson had 26 assists. FinnU will face Thomas More in the title game today. The Saints eliminated SUNY-Dehi 3-0 yesterday.

The Finlandia women’s hockey team lost 5-2 to Trine University yesterday.  The game was tied 2-2 at the end of the second period, with Finlandia goals coming from Kylee Dyni and Malone Hiebert. The Thunder scored three unanswered goals in the final period to complete the weekend sweep.

The Lions men’s hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie at Concordia-Wisconsin yesterday afternoon. Blake Peavey scored for the Lions. Marcus Gloss kept FinnU in the game with 50 saves.

The Finlandia football team suffered a 63-10 loss at Albion College yesterday. The Britons rolled up 615 yards of total offense. De’Llontae Johnson scored the Lions’ only touchdown in the first quarter. Cole Fornwald booted a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter.

The Lions women’s basketball dropped a 79-38 exhibition contest at Northern Michigan University yesterday. Katie Lundeen lad the Lions with 16 points.

The Michigan Tech hockey team completed a weekend sweep at Alabama-Huntsville with a 4-1 victory last night. Jake Lucchini scored twice for the Huskies, including a late empty-netter. Keegan Ford and Greyson Reitmeier also found the net. Matt Jurusik made 22 saves..

The Tech volleyball team closed its regular season with a come-from-behind 3-2 (23-25, 14-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-12) victory at Northwood University yesterday. Olivia Ghormley led the Huskies with 25 kills, and Megan Utlak recorded 23 digs. Tech concludes its campaign with a record of 22-5, and holds the second seed in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. the Huskies will host Grand Valley State University in the tourney opener Wednesday at 7:00.

The MTU football team was off this weekend.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team blanked ninth-ranked Bowling Green State University 2-0 last night, to salvage a split of their weekend series.

The NMU football team scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes, to defeat Wayne State University 34-24 yesterday afternoon.

The Portage Lake Pioneers opened their season with a 11-2 loss to the Mutineers in Marquette last night.

The Detroit Pistons got off to a cold start, and lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 109-99 yesterday afternoon. Blake Griffin scored 38 points, and grabbed 13 rebounds. Officials called 36 fouls in the first half – three against Andre Drummond, who was relegated to the bench for much of the half. The Pistons host the Miami Heat tomorrow night.

The Detroit Red Wings lost to the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 last night. Jacob de la Rose, Danny DeKeyser and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for Detroit. Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves in the loss. The Wings host the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday. Pregame coverage will start at 7:10 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Detroit Lions visit the Minnesota Vikings for a 1:00 game today. The Green Bay Packers visit the New England Patriots in tonight’s contest. Hear both games on 99.3 The Lift.

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