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Finlandia Men’s, Women’s Hoops Fall – Thursday Sports Wrap

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High School Hockey
In high school hockey, Jeffers opens its season tonight at Gaylord.


Finlandia Hoops Teams Fall
The Finlandia women’s basketball team lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point 56-48 last evening. The Lions were cold on both ends of the court… shooting just 26 percent from the floor, and losing the rebound battle 47-32. Marissa Burke led the Lions with 13 points, and Paige Yoho added a dozen.

The Finlandia men’s basketball team lost to Northern Michigan University 77-45 last night. The Lions hung tough early, and took a two-point lead on Eric Lori’s three-pointer 13-minutes into the game. The Wildcats took over from there, outscoring Finlandia 16-5 in the remainder of the first half. Lori led the Lions with 17 points. Jordan LaPlante added a dozen. Freshman Cooper Radke came off the bench to lead Northern with 14 points.

Five Finlandia men’s soccer players have been honored by the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Brandon Roeske, Saul Ibarra, Christian Martinez, and Jaime Cuevas were named to the All-Conference Second Team, and Cory Gardner was placed on the All-Sportsmanship Team.


MTU Football Preps for Playoffs
The Michigan Tech football team is preparing to face Angelo State in its first-ever home NCAA playoff game. Coach Tom Kearly says the Rams will present a challenge for the Huskies’ defense. Angelo State is led by quarterback Kyle Washington, who set school records for touchdown passes and total offense this season, while rushing for more than 11-hundred yards.


14 Huskies’ football players were honored by the GLIAC yesterday. Nelson Wienke from Kingsford was named GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year. Cornerback DeShawn Nelson and left guard Frank Vruwink joined Wienke on the All-GLIAC First Team. Wide receiver Brandon Cowie, linebacker Paul Kuoppala, running back Charlie Leffingwell, quarterback Tyler Scarlett and center Bruce Tebelman were placed on the second team. Defensive back Brett Gervais from Lake Linden earned honorable mention votes, along with Tanner Agen, defensive end Cameron Allen, offensive lineman Josh Knoepke, kicker Garrett Mead, and defensive back Jeremy Mims.


NHL – Wings to Skate at Winnipeg; Waive Nestrasil
The Red Wings skate at Winnipeg tonight. Petr Mrazek will make his first start of the season in goal for Detroit.

The Wings placed rookie center Andrej Nestrasil on waivers yesterday, to make room for the return of center Stephen Weiss from the injured list. Weiss is scheduled to play two rehab games with Grand Rapids before rejoining the Wings. If Nestrasil isn’t claimed by another team, he’ll be assigned to Grand Rapids.


NBA – Pistons
The Pistons’ late comeback fell just short, as they lost to the Suns 88-86 last night. Detroit was down by eight with two minutes to play, but hit three straight three-pointers to take a one-point lead. Eric Bledsoe’s layup put Phoenix back on top, though… and the Pistons wound up losing their third straight contest. Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 19 points. The Pistons play at Atlanta tomorrow night. Tip-off is at 7:30 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY.

In tonight’s NFL game, the Chiefs play at Oakland. Hear the broadcast on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY. Please have your picks in The Wolf Pro Football Challenge turned in by noon today at one of our sponsors. You’ll find a list of locations, and Todd and Jeff’s picks, here.

Our high school hockey coverage continues Saturday, when Hancock skates at Marquette. Our pregame show begins at 12:40. Hear the Copper Country’s most complete hockey and basketball coverage this winter on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

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