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Hancock Girls Cruise in Hoops Season-Opener – Wednesday Sports Wrap

High School

In girls basketball last night…
• Hancock shut down West Iron County 68-28.
• Ontonagon downed Lake Linden-Hubbell 55-34.

Tonight…
• Chassell plays at Jeffers.
• Dollar Bay-Tamarack City visits Ewen-Trout Creek.

The high school swim season began yesterday, as Houghton hosted Westwood…
• The Gremlin boys team cruised to an easy 145-15 victory. Archer Olson won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Davin Evans took the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.
• The Gremlin girls fell 97-72. Elli Wagner won the 50 and 200 freestyles.
See full results here.

In high school hockey tonight, Houghton skates at Hancock. Coverage begins at 6:40 on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.

Youth Hockey

A new youth hockey tournament is coming to Baraga County. The Frozen Cup event will be played the weekend of December 17th through 19th, with games at Meadowbrook Arena and the Baraga Hockey Rink. It’s open to Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam (B) teams. Admission will be free to spectators. Teams can register online here.

College Basketball

The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team has entered the national rankings. The Huskies placed 23rd this week in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II poll.

College Soccer

The Finlandia University women’s soccer team has added a new recruit. Tori Engeldinger is a midfielder from Hastings, Minnesota.

NHL

Alex Nedeljkovic made 41 saves, as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Boston Bruins 2-1 last evening. Marc Staal’s first goal of the season midway through the third period was the game-winner. Filip Zadina also scored, as the Wings recorded the 3,000th victory in franchise history.

The Wings entertain the Seattle Kraken tonight Coverage will begin at 7:15 on 99.3 The Lift. 

NBA

The Detroit Pistons’ losing streak reached seven games last night, with a 110-92 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 25 points.

The Pistons visit the Phoenix Suns tomorrow night.

MLB

The Detroit Tigers have found their shortstop. Javier Báez has agreed to a six-year, $140 million dollar deal, pending a physical. Báez is a two-time all-star. He won a Gold Glove in 2020, and was the National League Most Valuable Player runner-up in 2018, when he hit 34 home runs for the Cubs. Last year, he split time between the Cubs and the Mets, with a .265 batting average and 31 home runs. He also struck out a league-high 184 times.

As expected, the Tigers did not offer a contract to pitcher Matthew Boyd before the deadline yesterday. Boyd will become a free agent. He’s recovering from arm surgery, and will probably not be able to play until at least midway through the coming season. Detroit did tender offers to pitchers Michael Fulmer, Joe Jimenez, Jose Cisnero and Spencer Turnbull; infielders Jeimer Candelario and Harold Castro; outfielder Victor Reyes; and catcher Dustin Garneau.

The Milwaukee Brewers declined to tender offers to first baseman Daniel Vogelbach and pitcher John Curtiss. They signed first baseman Rowdy Tellez to a one-year deal.

Upcoming Local Sports Broadcasts

• Tonight – high school hockey – Houghton at Hancock – coverage at 6:40 on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.
• Friday – high school hockey – Hartland at Calumet – coverage at 6:40 on the Voice of the Copper Kings, KBear 102.3.
• Friday – high school hockey – Traverse City Central at Houghton – coverage at 6:40 on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.
• Saturday – high school hockey – Hartland at Houghton – coverage at 12:40 on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.

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