In high school football yesterday, Lake Linden-Hubbell tuned up for the playoffs with a 54-21 victory over Manistique. The teams played evenly through the first quarter. The Lakes took advantage of the Emeralds’ fumble on the opening kickoff, and capped a short drive with a seven-yard Carter Crouch touchdown run. Manistique responded with a scoring drive that ended with a three-yard plunge by Schyler Anderson. Lake Linden reclaimed the lead when Caleb Gregoire caught a swing pass from Crouch, and rambled 33 yards to the endzone. Anderson then broke loose for a 70-yard TD run, but Manistique’s two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Lakes still led, 16-14 at the end of the first quarter. The rest of the contest belonged to Lake Linden. Caleb Klein turned in touchdown runs of 32 yards and two yards in the second quarter, and added a 40-yard run for a score in the third quarter. Jesse Hill scored on a one-yard run late in the third quarter, and the Lakes capped their scoring with a seven-yard run by Bode Brinkman early in the fourth quarter. Manistique finally found the endzone again on a two-yard dash by Anderson in the closing minutes.
Lake Linden finished the season with a record of 6-3, and a guaranteed playoff berth.
MHSAA playoff pairings will be announced tonight. Unofficial matchups have Lake Linden-Hubbell playing at West Iron County in Division Eight, with top-seeded Ishpeming hosting Bark River-Harris in the other district semifinal. In Division Six, Calumet would be the top seed, and host Negaunee. Westwood will entertain Menominee in the other district semifinal. We will follow the Lakes and the Copper Kings as far as they go in the tournament.
The Finlandia University volleyball team ended its season with a 3-1 (25-12, 25-8, 22-25, 25-13) loss to Mount Mary and a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-12) loss to Robert Morris-Chicago yesterday. The Lions finish with a record of 1-26.
The Finlandia football team lost 58-0 at Trine University yesterday afternoon. The Thunder ran up 477 yards of total offense, while holding the Lions to just 50.
The Finlandia women’s soccer team concludes its regular season at Mount Mary today.
Tommy Parrottino’s hat trick led the Michigan Tech hockey team to a 4-2 win at 17th-ranked Bowling Green last night. Parker Saretsky also scored for the Huskies. Robbie Beydoun made 25 saves in his first start of the season.
The Northern Michigan University hockey squad completed a sweep at Ferris State University with a 6-4 victory last evening.
The MTU volleyball team cruised to an easy 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-22) victory at Purdue Northwest yesterday. Anna Joynas had 12 kills.
The MTU soccer team will host Saginaw Valley State today at noon.
The Tech football team’s late comeback fell short, as they lost 21-12 at Ashland yesterday afternoon. Freshman quarterback Steele Fortress replaced Will Ark in the second half, and led the Huskies on two late touchdown drives.
The NMU football squad had the weekend off.
The Portage Lake Pioneers won the inaugural Superior Cup tournament in Marquette last night, edging the Calumet Wolverines 6-5 in overtime.
The Detroit Red Wings host the Saint Louis Blues today. Because of NFL coverage on 99.3 The Lift, Wings coverage will begin at 4:40 on KBear 102.3.
The Detroit Pistons fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 117-111 last night. Playing without Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson – who missed the game with back stiffness – Derrick Rose led the squad with 31 points. The Pistons will host the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night.
The Houston Astros routed the Washington Nationals 8-1 last night, to tie the World Series at two wins per team. Game five will be played tonight in Washington.
The Detroit Lions entertain the New York Giants in a 1:00 game today. The Green Bay Packers visit the Kansas City Chiefs in the Sunday night contest. We’ll broadcast both games on 99.3 The Lift.
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