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Kings Secure Perfect Season, Gremlins Take Copper Bowl – Saturday Sports Wrap

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George Butvilas scores for the Gremlins.

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In high school football last night…
– Calumet put an exclamation point on a perfect regular season with a 49-7 win over L’Anse. Travis Ojala ran for three touchdowns for the Copper Kings. Brent Loukus passed for a score, and ran for another. Sam Erkkila and Rylan Anderson each scored once. The Purple Hornets’ only touchdown came when Alec Sanregret returned the second half opening kickoff 83 yards. Calumet will find out who its first playoff opponent will be tomorrow evening. We’ll broadcast all of their playoff games on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– Houghton claimed the Copper Bowl with an 18-7 victory over Hancock. The Gremlins took a first-quarter lead with a George Butvilas touchdown run. Nathan Erva scored for Houghton in the third period. The Bulldogs responded with a long touchdown pass from Austin Salani to Colton Salani, but Xander Zapolnik’s one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter put the game away for the Gremlins. See video highlights here.

– Lake Linden-Hubbell will host Gladstone, in a game that was added to the schedule after Manistique canceled its season.
– Ontonagon will close its season against Atlanta, in a game that will be played at Superior Central.

The U.P. high school cross country finals will be run today at Munising.

The Jeffers High School athletic department will hold a fundraiser today. The Mistletoe Market craft and vendor show will run from 9:00 until 3:00 at the school. Lunch will also be available.

At the Albion-Olivet Invitational yesterday, the Finlandia University volleyball team 3-0 (8-25, 19-259, 15-25) to 14th-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and 3-0 (16-25, 18-25, 16-25) to Denison University. Nicole Anderson set a new Lions record for career assists.

The Finlandia men’s and women’s soccer teams will play at Bethany Lutheran College today.

The Lions football team will entertain Trine University today. Pregame coverage will begin at 12:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Finlandia women’s and men’s hockey teams will hold their blue and white scrimmages today during a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Houghton County Arena. The dinner, along with a bake sale and silent auction, will run from 3:00 until 7:00. Money raised will assist Dale Niemi with medical expenses.

The Michigan Tech soccer team opened up a 3-0 lead, then held on to edge Saginaw Valley State 3-2 yesterday. Brooke Schauer, Hannah Loughlin and Gabby Sgambati scored for the Huskies. Tech will play at Ashland University tomorrow.

The MTU volleyball team blanked Lake Superior State 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-18) last night. The victory clinched a berth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament for the 24th-ranked Huskies. Tech will host Saginaw Valley State this afternoon at 3:00 at the SDC.

The Tech football team plays at Ashland this afternoon.

The Huskies hockey team has the weekend off.

The Northern Michigan University football team hosts Lawrence Tech today.

The NMU hockey team lost 4-1 at fourth-ranked Saint Cloud State last night.  Those teams face off again tonight.

The Milwaukee Brewers forced a seventh game in the National League Championship Series by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 last night. The Crew took control early, scoring four runs in the first inning, and adding another in the second. Wade Miley pitched into the fifth, and allowed both runs. Cory Knebel, Jeremy Jeffress and Corbin Burnes held the Dodgers hitless for the rest of the contest.  The deciding game seven will be played tonight in Milwaukee. Jhoulys Chacín will start against Walker Buehler.

The Detroit Pistons visit the Chicago Bulls tonight.

The Detroit Red Wings will face the Panthers in Florida tonight. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Detroit Lions visit the Miami Dolphins for a 1:00 game tomorrow. Hear the broadcast on 99.3 The Lift. The Green Bay Packers are off this weekend.

Joseph Burke and Karen Jankowski hold the mid-point lead in the Lake Superior Performance Rally. They hold a 129-second advantage over Rally America season points leaders Dave and Mike Brown.  The local team of Matt and Adelinn Huuki is sixth overall. Piotr Fetela, who is second in the season standings, experienced brake problems, missed several stages, and is well off the pace. The race resumes this morning, after the 9:00 parc exposé at L’Anse Waterfront Park. The final stage will take place this afternoon along Lakeshore Drive in downtown Houghton. Fans will want to be in place by 2:00. For full details, click here.

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