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Gremlins, Lakes, Jets, Hornettes Earn Opening Girls Hoops Wins – Wednesday Sports Wrap

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In high school hockey last night…
– Hancock scored four unanswered goals to defeat Houghton 4-2. Two early scores by Seth Francois gave the Gremlins an early lead. The Bulldogs used tallies by Teddy Randell and Jakob Vettori to tie the game by the end of the second period. Alex Nordstrom scored the game-winner, and Randell added a late empty-netter to seal the win.
– Jeffers remained unbeaten with a 6-2 victory over Negaunee. Hunter Therrian and Jackson Rocchi each had three-point nights. Dominick Nettell and Michael Johnson each had a goal. Noah Nettell made 15 saves.
– L’Anse lost to Kingsford 9-4.

On the opening night of girls basketball play…
– Houghton shut down Baraga 56-30. Kara Pietila led the Gremlins with 21 points, and Harlee Froberg added 20.
– Hancock lost to West Iron County 60-36.
– Lake Linden-Hubbell smothered Republic-Michigamme 61-33. Laura Lyons scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half to give the Lakes a strong start. Kierstyn Codere added 16 points, and McKenna Keranen had 12. Joslynn Perala had seven rebounds.
– Dollar Bay-Tamarack City fell to Bessemer 49-38.
– Jeffers cruised past Watersmeet 73-45.
– L’Anse trailed 18-4 after the first quarter, but came back to edge Chassell 62-58. Addison Mattson and Josie Rice each scored 14 for the Purple Hornets.

In high school swimming, both Houghton teams opened their seasons with easy victories over Westwood. The girls took a 134-48 win. Samantha Olson took the 200 and 100 freestyles, Tessa Meyer won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, Wonyoung Choi claimed the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Olivia Witting the 500 freestyle, and Mikayla Sague the 100 breaststroke. The boys earned a 129-46 victory. Connor Jackson placed first in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, Leif Odegard claimed the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, Alex Busov took the 50 freestyle, Cameron Jackson the 100 butterfly, Colton Haataja the 100 freestyle, and Kevin Beaghan the 500 freestyle.

The Finlandia University men’s basketball team plays at Northland College tonight.

After suffering their first loss over the weekend, the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team has dropped from 10th to 18th in this week’s Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II poll.

The Detroit Red Wings lost their fifth straight last night, 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings. Mike Green gave Detroit an early lead, but L-A scored four unanswered goals against Jimmy Howard, who stopped 32 shots while taking the loss. The Wings entertain the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night. Because of NFL football on 99.3 The Lift, pregame coverage will begin at 7:10 on KBear 102.3.

The Detroit Pistons host the Phoenix Suns tonight. Tip-off is at 7:00 on 99.3 The Lift.

Our high school hockey coverage continues Friday afternoon, when Hancock hosts Hartland. Pregame coverage begins at 3:40 in advance of a 4:00 faceoff. On Saturday evening, Calumet welcomes Cranbrook. Our broadcast will begin around 6:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Our coverage of Finlandia University athletics continues Saturday, when the women’s hockey team entertains Marian University. The pregame show will begin at 3:40 on 99.3 The Lift and 993TheLift.com.

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