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In high school girls basketball last evening…
– Houghton edged Calumet 51-47 to take over first place in the WestPAC. Kara Pietila’s jump shot with just over a minute to go gave the Gremlins the lead for good, and Kendra Monette sealed the win with a couple of late free throws.
– Hancock shaded Ontonagon 40-37.
– Chassell shut down Jeffers 62-24. Milly Allen led the Panthers with 19 points, and Jenna Pietila added 17.
– Lake Linden-Hubbell got past Dollar Bay-Tamarack City 43-35.
– Baraga stopped Republic-Michigamme 60-35.
– Ewen-Trout Creek cruised past Wakefield-Marenisco 71-40.
Both Houghton swim teams earned easy victories over Westwood yesterday. The girls won 129-53, and the boys won 112-53.
The Finlandia University men’s hockey team earned its first win in its last 60 games by defeating Wisconsin-Superior 2-1 last night. After spotting the Yellowjackets an early lead, Blake Peavey’s power play goal off a Cale Markham pass tied the game in the second period. Avery Huibregtse scored the game winner later in the second period. Markham earned his second assist. Marcus Gloss stopped 29 shots to earn the win in net.
The Finlandia University men’s basketball team suffered a 102-50 loss at North Central University in Illinois last night. The Cardinals scored the first 14 points of the game, and held the Lions to just 17 points in the first half. Rakeem Beal came off the bench to lead Finlandia with 13 points. Brandon Robinette added 11.
The Lions women’s basketball team plays at Ripon College tonight.
Finlandia has introduced a new women’s soccer player for next season. Addie Budzinski is a four-year varsity player and team captain at Cheboygan High School.
Michigan Tech hockey defenseman Mitch Reinke is a candidate for the 2018 Hobey Baker Award, which is given each year to the top player in college hockey. Fan voting is a part of the process. You can cast a vote for Reinke on the Hobey Baker Facebook page.
The Detroit Red Wings lost to the Dallas Stars 4-2 last night. Trevor Dailey and Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Wings. Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots, and took the loss. The Wings are off until Saturday evening, when they host the Carolina Hurricanes. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Detroit Pistons visit the Toronto Raptors tonight. Tipoff is at 7:30 on 99.3 The Lift.
The injury bug has bitten the Pistons again. First round draft choice Luke Kennard is nursing a bruised and swollen thumb, and is not expected to play tonight. Coach Stan Van Gundy says the thumb is not broken, and will not require surgery. Avery Bradley also missed practice yesterday because of a lingering groin injury. Stanley Johnson did practice, but his hip injury may keep him out of tonight’s game, also.
Our high school hockey coverage continues tomorrow night, when Calumet visits Escanaba. The pregame show will begin around 6:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
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