Could a merger be in the works between the Hancock and Jeffers hockey programs? The possibility arose at last night’s Hancock Board of Education meeting. The programs have combined before to field a junior varsity team. High School principal and Athletic Director Chris Salani proposed continuing that arrangement this year. He also suggested that a discussion be held with officials from the schools that make up the Jeffers co-op program, to see if they would be interested in combining the varsity teams. Hancock has for several years been one of the smallest schools in the state to offer a standalone hockey team. The Jeffers co-op has also included skaters from Lake Linden, Chassell, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, L’Anse and Ontonagon. The board approved continuing the junior varsity arrangement, and authorized Salani to approach the Jeffers schools about expanding it to the varsity level.
The Detroit Tigers won their fourth straight game last night, 5-1 over the Chicago White Sox. Starter Michael Fulmer gave up three hits over three scoreless innings. Daniel Norris got the win with two shutout innings of relief. The Sox’ only run came off José Cisnero in the seventh. Niko Goodrum went deep for the Tigers, and JaCoby Jones legged out an inside-the-park home run.
The Tigers host the Sox again tonight. Tyler Alexander will start against Gio Gonzalez. Coverage will begin at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
Detroit’s make-up doubleheader against the Saint Louis Cardinals scheduled for Thursday has been postponed. Officials cited the need for more testing, to make sure the Cards have finally gotten past the COVID-19 outbreak that caused the games to be delayed in the first place.
Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron limped off the field in the fourth inning last night, after taking a line drive off his left knee. He’ll be evaluated today. Pitcher Daniel Norris raced toward first base, grabbed the ball after it ricocheted off Cron, and made a diving tag to retire batter Danny Mendick out. Norris then tumbled across the first base line. He was checked for a concussion, but was cleared.
Detroit reliever Buck Farmer has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a groin strain. Beau Burrows has been called up to fill in.
The Milwaukee Brewers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins last evening. Adrian Houser gave up all four Minnesota runs in the third inning on a grand slam by Eddie Rosario, and took the loss. Keston Hiura homered for the Crew.
The Brewers host the Twins again tonight. Josh Lindblom will face Tyler Clippard.
Milwaukee has activated infielder Luis Urías from the COVID-19 list, and designated Logan Morrison for assignment.
Former Detroit Lions receiver Travis Fulgham has been claimed by the Green Bay Packers. Fulgham was released by Detroit over the weekend. Yesterday, the Packers released linebacker Jamal Davis.
The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today…
• In Toronto, the Blue Jackets face the Lightning, and the Hurricanes take on the Bruins.
• In Edmonton, the Flames meet the Stars, and the Blackhawks play the Golden Knights.
With the preliminary games concluded, we now know who has the top pick in the upcoming NHL draft. The New York Rangers will have the opportunity to select highly-regarded prospect Alexis Lafreniere.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed the induction of its 2020 class. The ceremony had been scheduled for November. This year’s inductees include longtime Detroit general manager Ken Holland, and former Red Wing Marian Hossa.
In the opening round of the Copper Country Horseshoe League tournament last evening…
• Dreamland One blanked Dreamland Two 9-0.
• Calumet One shut out Ahmeek Fire Department 9-0.
• L and L stopped Loading Zone 8-1.
• Harter’s Party Store eliminated Rocky’s Bar 6-3.
In the semifinals next week…
• Dreamland One will face Harter’s Party Store at the Dreamland Bar.
• Calumet One will play L and L at Aggasiz Park.
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