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Kings Claim District Crown; Lakes Fall to Hematites – Sunday Sports Wrap

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Calumet claimed a Division Six district football crown yesterday, with a decisive 39-14 victory over Menominee. The Copper Kings scored on a long opening drive when Jayden Gariepy plunged in from two yards out. The Maroons couldn’t handle the subsequent kickoff. Calumet recovered the ball, and Gariepy scored again early in the second quarter on a one-yard run. Menominee responded with a Brendon Harris touchdown to close the gap to 16-8. A Scott Loukus five-yard run in the closing seconds of the first half increase the Kings’ lead to 24-8. Calumet recovered a fumble on Menominee’s opening drive of the second half, and capitalized with a 13-yard Scott Loukus-to-Dean Loukus touchdown pass. The Maroons scored their final touchdown when Keagan Monroe capped a drive with a two-yard run. A 10-yard Nick Djerf run late in the game sealed the win for Calumet.

The Copper Kings will host Maple City Glen Lake Saturday afternoon at Agassiz Field. The game will be broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Lake Linden-Hubbell’s fine season ended with a hard-fought 30-18 loss to Ishpeming in the Division Eight District final. The Hematites drew first blood late in the first quarter, capping a 12-play, 53-yard drive with a three-yard Otto Swanson touchdown run. The Lakes responded quickly, as Carter Crouch connected with Caleb Gregoire on a 51-yard pass and run. The two-point attempt failed, though and the Hematites retained am 8-6 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, a Caleb Klein interception set up a 26-yard Lakes drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Crouch to William Lyons to give Lake Linden its first lead of the day. It didn’t last long. Ishpeming responded with a six-play, 59-yard drive that led to a 10-yard Ben Pruitt scoring run. The successful two-point conversion put the Hematites back on top 16-14. The Lakes grabbed the lead back on their next possession, as Crouch concluded a seven-play, 60-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Gregoire late in the third period. Again, the Hematites came back, with a quick 51-yard drive that Swanson ended with a one-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter to give Ishpeming a four-point lead. The Lakes were forced to punt on their next possession. Their next drive ended with a Crouch interception with just over two minutes to go. Ishpeming sealed the win with a nine-yard John Corkin touchdown run with a minute remaining.

Ishpeming will play at Beal City in the regional game next week.

In other U.P. tournament action yesterday…
– In Division Seven, Iron Mountain defeated 48-20. The Mountaineers will host Traverse City Saint Francis in the regional game Saturday.
– In Division Four, Sault Saint Marie lost to Cadillac 21-6.
– In Eight-player Division Two, Pickford ousted North Central 22-14. The Panthers will play Hillman in the semifinals Saturday.


The Finlandia University men’s hockey team fell 3-2 in overtime to Aurora University last night. Connor Hannon and Tyler Watungwa scored for the Lions, and Marcus Gloss kept the Lions in the game with 29 saves.

The women’s hockey team was off this weekend.

Both Finlandia basketball teams opened their seasons with losses at the University of Dubuque yesterday.

The men’s team fell 112-73. Dylan Underwood led the Lions with 21 points.

The women’s squad battled back from an 18-point halftime deficit, but lost 84-71. Katie Lundeen had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

At snowy McAfee field, the Lions football team wrapped up its home schedule with a 54-6 loss to Albion College yesterday. Darin Johnson’s 46-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was FinnU’s only score..


The Huskies volleyball team cruised past Northwood 3-1 (27-29, 25-20, 25-9, and 25-19) yesterday. Olivia Ghormley had 24 kills.

The Tech football team lost 35-14 at Wayne State University yesterday afternoon. Steele Fortress passed for 283 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

The MTU women’s basketball team opened the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover with a 73-63 victory at Lewis University yesterday. Cassidy Trotter led the Huskies with 19 points. Tech will face William Jewell College to wrap up the Crossover this afternoon. Northern Michigan University defeated William Jewell yesterday, 60-33.

The Huskies men’s team came back from an eight point halftime deficit to defeat McKendree University 78-73 in the opening game of the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover yesterday. Kyle Monroe scored 29 points. Tech will close out the Crossover today against Lewis University. NMU downed Lewis 76-63 yesterday.

The Northern Michigan University football squad lost 56-10 to Saginaw Valley State University yesterday afternoon.


The Michigan Tech hockey team lost 2-1 to third-ranked Minnesota State University last night. Seamus Donohue scored the Huskies’ lone goal. Blake Pietila made his first collegiate start in goal, and stopped 18 shots.

The NMU hockey team lost 5-4 in overtime to Saint Cloud State University last night.


Logan Rastello’s hat trick wasn’t enough, as the Calumet Wolverines dropped a 7-6 overtime decision to the Mosinee Papermakers last night.


The Detroit Red Wings will host the Vegas Golden Knights today.


The Detroit Pistons will host the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow. Blake Griffin could make his season debut, after missing the opening portion of the schedule with injuries.


Today, the Detroit Lions visit the Chicago Bears for a 1:00 game. Pregame coverage begins at 11:00 on 99.3 The Lift. 

The Green Bay Packers host the Carolina Panthers in a 4:25 contest.

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