Most Copper Country high school teams will compete in the same divisions next year as they did this year. The Michigan High School Athletic Association released its assignments for the 2022-2023 school year yesterday.
None of our area schools will change class, although a school’s class is no longer used for assigning teams to playoffs. Playoff divisions are decided by splitting up the number of teams expected to be competing in each sport.
In 11-player football, the L’Anse-Baraga co-op team will again compete in Division Seven. Houghton and Calumet will be in Division Six. The Hancock co-op team will play in Division Five.
In eight-player football, the Ontonagon co-op team is again placed in Division One, with Lake Linden-Hubbell in Division Two.
In volleyball, Houghton will again be in Division Two, with Calumet and Hancock in Division Three. All other teams will compete in Division Four.
In girls basketball, Houghton will play in Division Two, with Calumet and Hancock in Division Three. All other teams are assigned to Division Four.
In boys basketball, Houghton continues in Division Two, with Calumet and Hancock in Division Three. Jeffers drops back from Division Three to Division Four, along with the rest of our area teams.
The rosters for this summer’s U.P. All Star Football Game have been announced. The Black Team will include Lenny Bjorn, Carter Kilpela, Paul Sturos and Dryden Nelson from Calumet; Dysean Allen and Eli Ostermeyer from L’Anse; Marcus Sutherland and Ben Tampas from Lake Linden-Hubbell; Kaiden Zapolnik from Houghton; and Chance Bridgers from Hancock. The Red Team will include Kip Kangas from Calumet, Troy Corrigan from Lake Linden-Hubbell, and Jaden Borseth from Ewen-Trout Creek.
The game will be played June 25th at the Superior Dome.
The Finlandia baseball team lost all three of its games at Wisconsin-La Crosse yesterday, 4-2, 18-0 and 6-3.
The Finlandia University softball team plays at Olivet College this afternoon.
Two former Michigan Tech hockey players have signed NHL contracts.
Forward Brian Halonen has agreed to a two-year, two-way entry-level deal with the New Jersey Devils. Halonen is a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist, and was named to the All-CCHA First Team.
Defenseman Colin Swoyer has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Swoyer will first report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout agreement.
The Detroit Pistons visit the Brooklyn Nets tonight. Coverage will begin at 7:05 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Detroit Red Wings host the New York Rangers tomorrow. Coverage will begin at 7:15 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Detroit Tigers lost to the New York Yankees 11-7 yesterday. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up four runs over five innings. Dustin Garneau, Victor Reyes and Riley Greene homered.
The Tigers have today off, and play the Philadelphia Phillies tomorrow. Tarik Skubal is scheduled to start.
The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 yesterday. Corbin Burnes allowed a run on one hit over five innings, and struck out eight. Willy Adames and Rowdy Tellez homered.
The Brewers play the Cleveland Guardians this afternoon. Brandon Woodruff will start.
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