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Houghton Beats Calumet in V’Ball – Friday Sports Wrap

Detroit Tigers Circle LogoTigers Open Critical Series Against Royals
The Tigers had yesterday off, and open a series at Kansas City tonight. Justin Verlander will start against Jason Vargas. Hear the first pitch at 8:10 on FM 99.3 and AM 1400, WCCY.

The Royals also had yesterday off, so Detroit enters the series with a half-game lead in the American League Central Division.

Brewers Fall in 13th
Milwaukee Brewers Circle LogoTony Cruz’ single off Jimmy Nelson in the bottom of the 13th inning drove in the winning run, as the Cardinals edged the Brewers 3-2 last night. Milwaukee led 2-0 in the eighth, but Saint Louis rallied after Mark Reynolds made a critical mental error at first base. With one out, and a runner on first, Reynolds fielded A.J. Pierzynski’s grounder. Reynolds through there were two out… and stepped on the bag to retire Pierzynski… instead of throwing to second to begin a double play that would have ended the inning. The Cardinals took advantage of the extra out to score twice, and tie the game.

The Brewers open a series at Pittsburgh tonight. Yovani Gallardo will pitch against Jeff Locke.

Sky Sox LogoThe loss leaves Milwaukee six games out of first place in the National League Central Division. Any combination of four Brewers’ wins or Cardinals losses eliminates them from title contention. Pittsburgh won last night, and has a three-and-a-half game advantage in the race for the second wild card playoff position.

The Brewers will have a new Triple-A affiliate next season, Milwaukee signed a contract with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox yesterday. The Brewers’ 10-year relationship with the Nashville Sounds ended Wednesday when Nashville announced it would be partnering with the Athletics.

Lions Host Packers Sunday
In last night’s NFL game, the Falcons pounded Buccaneers 56-14.

The Lions host the Packers Sunday afternoon. Detroit’s depleted secondary will be tested by Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson, who rolled up more than 200 yards receiving last week. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers says Nelson has worked hard to become a top-level player…

. Of course, the Lions have their own top receiver in Calvin Johnson, who will be a challenge for cornerback Sam Shields…

Kickoff is at 1:00.

Mantha
Mantha

Red Wings’ Prospect Injured
The Detroit Red Wings will start training camp next week without one of their top young players. Anthony Mantha broke his leg Monday in an NHL prospects tournament game. He’ll need six-to-eight weeks to heal. Mantha is coming off two dominant seasons in Canadian Junior Hockey. He was Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2013.

MTU Celebrates Homecoming
The Michigan Tech football team hosts Saginaw Valley State University in the Homecoming game tomorrow afternoon. It’s also the home opener for coach Tom Kearly’s team, after two long road trips to open the season…

Kickoff is at 1:00 at Sherman Field.

MTU Huskies LogoThe Huskies’ soccer team entertains Northern Michigan Sunday at noon.

The Tech volleyball team plays at Ashland tonight, and Lake Erie tomorrow afternoon.

The Tech women’s tennis team entertains Saginaw Valley State at noon today… then hosts Northwood tomorrow morning at 10:00. The men’s tennis team plays at the ITA Regionals at Indianapolis this weekend.

NMU Football at Hillsdale
The Northern Michigan University football team plays at Hillsdale College tomorrow afternoon.

Finlandia LionsFinlandia University
The Finlandia women’s volleyball team plays at the Inferno-Angel Classic in Milwaukee this weekend. The Lions will face Alverno College and Northland International this afternoon… and Kuyper College and North Park University tomorrow.

The Finlandia women’s soccer team plays at Grace Bible College tomorrow morning. The men’s team is off this weekend.

High School
Houghton-Gremlins-LogoIn high school volleyball yesterday…
– Houghton dropped the first set, but came back to defeat Calumet 3-1 (10-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21).
– L’Anse shut out Baraga 3-0.
– Watersmeet blanked Ewen-Trout Creek 3-0.

 L’Anse and Lake Linden-Hubbell play at the Forest Park Invitational tomorrow.

Results from the Dollar Bay cross country invitational at the Chassell Trails yesterday were not reported. Hancock runs at the Stephenson Invitational tomorrow.

In high school football tonight…
– WestPAC co-leader Calumet plays at Houghton. Hear the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– Hancock plays at L’Anse.
– Baraga entertains North Central.

Tomorrow…
– Lake Linden-Hubbell faces Gogebic at the Bessemer field. Kickoff is at 7:00 Eastern time. The game was rescheduled to tomorrow night because Gogebic was unable to find an officiating crew for this evening. We will broadcast the game on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– Ewen-Trout Creek faces Posen at Engadine.
– Ontonagon meets the Charlton Heston Academy from the Houghton Lake area at Brimley.

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