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Lakes, Houghton, Calumet Earn Grid Wins – Saturday Sports Wrap

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Brendan Middleton scores for the Lakes.
Brendan Middleton scores for the Lakes.

High School
In high school football Friday night…
– Bryce Turner was held one-half yard short of the end zone with 34 seconds left, foiling a two-point conversion and a fourth quarter comeback as Lake Linden defeated Hancock 28-26. The Bulldogs turned the ball over four times, twice resulting in Lakes touchdowns. Brendan Middleton opened the scoring on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter and the Lakes took a 14-7 lead to the locker room at the half. Middleton also intercepted a Hancock pass in the third and scored on the ensuing drive as they opened a 28-14 lead after three. The Bulldogs’ offense came alive in the final six minutes as Turner scampered around the end and scored 91 yards later. After a failed on-side kick, Hancock stopped Lake Linden on its one yard line to take over again with just over two minutes left. A 22 yard pass to Alex Nordstrom gave the Bulldogs the touchdown and opportunity to tie the game. See video highlights here.
– Houghton got past L’Anse 30-26.
– Calumet blanked Northland Pines 14-0 in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Today, Tim Baroni, Al Eckhart, Greg Eckhart, Tim Frantti, Kristen (Hager) Peterson, Carl “Cookie” Johnson and Joseph A. Savini will be inducted into the Calumet High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will start at 11:00 in the Calumet School Commons. The public is invited.
– Ontonagon rolled over Superior Central 36-8.
– Baraga’s home football game against Stephenson was canceled because of illness. It will not be made up.

Hancock’s upcoming game at Ironwood has been moved from Friday, September 2nd, to Thursday, September 1st.

In high school volleyball today, Baraga and Ewen-Trout Creek compete at the Ontonagon Tip-Off Triangular.


Justin Verlander gave up an Albert Pujols home run in the first, then turned in six shutout innings as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 Friday night. Verlander left the game as the Angels scored their second run in the eighth inning. He gave up four hits and struck out eight. The Detroit offense gave Verlander a lead in the sixth inning on an RBI double by J.D. Martinez, and a two-run homer by Justin Upton. They added an insurance run when Cameron Maybin homered in the seventh.

The Tigers host the Angels again tonight. Michael Fulmer will start against Brett Oberholtzer. Hear the first pitch at 7:10 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.

Cleveland also won, so the Tigers still trail the Indians by four and a half games in the American League Central Division.


Shortstop Jose Iglesias is expected to return from the disabled list in time for today’s game. He rejoined the team Friday, after a four-game rehab assignment with Toledo. He’s recovering from a hamstring strain.


The Pittsburgh Pirates scored five times in the top of the sixth inning, and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Friday night. The outburst came after Matt Garza had pitched five shutout innings, and included a grand slam by Jordy Mercer. All five runs were charged to Garza. Milwaukee responded with a three-run Orlando Arcia homer in the bottom of the sixth – his first in the big leagues – but could get no closer.

The Brewers entertain the Pirates again tonight. Jimmy Nelson will pitch against Jameson Taillon.

The Finlandia men’s soccer team begins play today at 1:00 with an exhibition match at Northern Michigan University.


Aaron Rodgers saw his first action of the preseason, as the Green Bay Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 21-10 Friday night. Rodgers completed six of nine passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Joe Callahan relieved him, and completed 16 of 24 passes for 167 yards and a score.

The Detroit Lions continue their preseason schedule tonight at Baltimore. The Lions cut former Patriots’ running back Stevan Ridley on Friday. Ridley was trying to make a comeback following ACL surgery.

Sisu Challenge
Sisu Challenge LogoThe second SISU Challenge will be held in the Chutes and Ladders area of Ray Kestner Waterfront Park today. The SISU Challenge features several obstacles, including a 10-foot rope climb wall, a mud pit, and a warped wall. Compete as an individual, or as a team. Check in and on-site registration opens at 8:00, and competition will begin at 9:00.

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