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Laboda Wins CopperDog 150
Dennis Laboda overcame a slow start, and claimed his first victory in the CopperDog 150 yesterday. Laboda was the runner-up in 2010 and 2013. He was sixth after the opening stage Friday night… but climbed to third after stage two on Saturday. Yesterday, he turned in the fastest time in stage three to pass Al Borak and Frank Holmberg, and win the race by two-and-a-half minutes. Borak finished second… defending champion Jake Golton was third. Among local mushers, Tom Bauer placed 12th… Chad Grentz 15th… and Becky Bean 20th. See full results here.
Sturmer Repeats at CopperDog 40
Matt Sturmer of Bruce Crossing on his second-straight CopperDog 40 race Friday night. Sturmer completed the run from Calumet to Eagle River in 3:29:15, six minutes ahead of Chad Schouweiler, and 10 minutes better than his winning time last year. Lynne Witte, Blair Braverman and Cynthia Sturmer rounded out the top five, with Calumet’s Jerry Trudell placing sixth. Local musher Greg Raskind finished ninth. See full CopperDog 40 results here.
In high school hockey, Jeffers won the first Lake Superior Conference Tournament Saturday with a 5-1 victory over Negaunee. Kingsford took third place with a 9-1 win over L’Anse in the consolation match. On Friday, in the first semi-final game, Jeffers defeated Kingsford 5-2. In the second game, L’Anse took Negaunee to triple-overtime, before falling 5-4.
The state high school hockey tournament begins tomorrow night, when Hancock faces Houghton. Hear complete tournament coverage on KBear 102.3 and KBear 102.com.
The girls’ high school basketball regular season wrapped up Friday night…
– Hancock shut down Ironwood 50-16.
– Dollar Bay edged Lake Linden-Hubbell 47-43.
The girls’ tournament begins tonight…
– In Class D at Baraga, Dollar Bay faces Jeffers at 6:00, and Lake Linden-Hubbell meets Ontonagon at 7:30. Hear both games on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– In Class C at Calumet, L’Anse plays Hancock at 6:00, and Calumet faces Ironwood at 7:30.
– In Class B, Houghton opens at Menominee at 6:30. Hear the broadcast on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY.
In boys’ action Friday night…
– Lake Linden-Hubbell dominated Calumet 71-38, and improved their record to 19-0.
– Hancock jumped out to a quick lead, and defeated West Iron County 46-31. Chad Raasio led the Bulldogs with 14 points.
– Houghton lost at Westwood 60-51. See video highlights from the game here.
– Jeffers defeated Ontonagon 58-38.
– Chassell got past Dollar Bay 68-65.
– Baraga downed Watersmeet 57-43.
MTU Ties, Falls at Minnesota State
In the battle for the top spot in the WCHA, third-ranked Michigan Tech and second-ranked Minnesota State fought to a 1-1 tie Friday night. Jamie Phillips stopped a career-best 43 shots in goal for the Huskies. On Saturday, the Mavericks snapped the Huskies’ nine-game unbeaten streak with a 4-2 victory. The loss means Tech trails Minnesota State by three points in the race for the WCHA title, with two games remaining for each team.
NMU Splits with LSSU
The Northern Michigan hockey team shut out Lake Superior State 5-0 Friday night, and fell to the Lakers 3-0 on Saturday. The Wildcats compiled a 3-1 record against LSSU this season, and won the Cappo Cup.
Finlandia Falls in GSAC Tourney
The Finlandia women’s basketball team couldn’t protect a 12-point lead, and lost to Agnes Scott College 50-45 in the semifinals of the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday. The Scotties scored the final 17 points of the game to claim the victory. Conference Player of the Year Marissa Burke led all players with 17 points, and L’Anse’s Valerie Rajala scored nine and led the Lions with 12 rebounds.
At the annual Dome Tournament in Marquette, the Finlandia softball team opened its season with a 5-1 loss to Edgewood College Saturday morning. The Lions fell to Wisconsin-Superior 6-2… then defeated Carroll University 7-3. Finlandia ended the day with a 9-1 loss to Lake Superior State. Yesterday, the Lions lost to Marian University 6-1… and to Concordia-Wisconsin 1-0.
The Finlandia baseball team is in Florida, and opens its season with two games today against Newbury College.
GLHL – Wolverines Drop Three
The Calumet Wolverines lost to the Fond du Lac Bears 6-5 in a shootout Friday night. The Bears scored four goals in the third period to force overtime. Josh Harju had two goals and two assists for Calumet. Saturday night, the Wolverines gave up five goals in the third period, and lost to Eagle River 8-6. Byron Parks scored twice for Calumet. The Wolverines dropped a 6-5 decision to the Falcons Sunday afternoon. Eagle River scored the final three goals of the game.
The result of the Portage Lake Pioneers’ game against Fond du Lac Saturday night was not reported.
NHL – Red Wings Prep for Rangers
The Detroit Red Wings host the New York Rangers Wednesday night. Face-off is at 8:00 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY.
To add some size to their roster, the Red Wings acquired 12-year veteran Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars yesterday. In exchange, Dallas gets to mid-level prospects, and Detroit’s 2015 second-round draft pick.
NBA – Pistons Ready for Pelicans
The Detroit Pistons play at New Orleans Wednesday.
MLB – Tigers Open Exhibition Season
The Detroit Tigers open their spring schedule with their annual game against Florida Southern College this afternoon.
Our high school playoff coverage begins tonight. Dollar Bay takes on Jeffers, and Ontonagon faces Lake Linden-Hubbell in Class D girls’ district tournament play at Baraga on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com. Houghton faces Menominee on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY. On Tuesday, Houghton faces Hancock in the opening round of the hockey tournament on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.