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Morning Sports for Monday, April 7

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Keweenaw Storm Fall in National Championship

For the second year in a row, the Keweenaw Storm girls’ hockey team’s bid for a national championship ended with a loss in the title game. The Storm fell to Cape Cod 2-1 yesterday. Cape Cod opened an early lead… but Maybelline Beiring’s goal in the second period tied the game. Madison Haberl’s goal midway through the third period turned out to be the winner for Cape Cod. Keweenaw’s Jessica Schlaff shared tournament scoring honors with seven goals and four assists for 11 points.

The Storm reached the championship game with two victories on Saturday.  The quarterfinal game provided the first real test of the tournament… as the Storm edged Colorado Springs 2-1 in double overtime. Schlaff’s goal in the second extra period was the game-winner. Schlaff also assisted on Madison Labyak’s goal in the second period. Stephanie King earned the win in goal. The Storm outshot the Tigers 49-15.

In the semifinal Saturday evening, the Storm got off to a quick start, and buried the Buffalo Stars 8-3. Selena Stromer scored twice, and had an assist. Chelsea Jacques and Alexis Pyykkonen each had a goal and an assist. , Mackenzie Hietala, Megan Yeo, Kenna Farrey, and Schlaff each had single goals. King again earned the win in goal, as the Storm outshot the Stars 42-18.

Pioneers Fall in GLHL Semis

The Portage Lake Pioneers lost to the Fond du Lac Bears 5-3 in the semifinals of the G-L-H-L tournament Saturday night. The Pioneers opened pool play Friday afternoon with a 9-2 victory over De Pere. The Calumet Wolverines defeated De Pere 5-1 Friday night. The Pioneers then defeated the Wolverines 6-2 Saturday morning to advance to the semifinals.

Verlander Strong, but Tigers Fall to Orioles

In baseball yesterday… Justin Verlander gave up just two runs over eight innings… but the Tigers’ offense was quiet as they lost 3-1 to the Orioles. Detroit’s only run came on a homer by Torii Hunter – his third in the last three games. The Tigers have today off… and open an interleague series against the Dodgers on the West Coast tomorrow night. Max Scherzer will start for Detroit. L-A has not announced a starter. Hear the first pitch at 1o:10 on AM 1400, WCCY.

The Brewers v the Red Sox. The Brewers’ game at Philadelphia scheduled for this afternoon has already been postponed until tomorrow because of bad weather. Kyle Lohse will pitch against Kyle Kendrick.

Finlandia Baseball/Softball

The Finlandia softball doubleheader at Adrian College Friday afternoon was postponed because of poor field conditions. The Lions lost both ends of a doubleheader against Calvin College on Saturday… 8-3 and 9-5. The doubleheader scheduled at Albion College yesterday was canceled.

The Finlandia baseball team won the first of its four games at the Illinois Institute of Technology this weekend… but dropped the final three. In the first game Saturday afternoon, Chris Saari threw a three-hitter, as the Lions claimed a 3-0 victory. In the nightcap, the Scarlet Hawks scored twice in the fifth to take a 2-1 win. On Sunday, Finlandia lost 7-3 and 2-1. The second game wasn’t decided yesterday until the bottom of the 10th inning. Wesley Williams pitched the entire game for the Lions.

Red Wings Enter Final Week of Regular Season

The Red Wings have four games remaining in the final week of the regular season… starting tomorrow night at Buffalo. Faceoff is at 7:00 on AM 1400, WCCY.

Pistons Prepare for Hawks

The Pistons play at Atlanta tomorrow night.

Connecticut and Kentucky will play in the NCAA Men’s Division One basketball tournament championship game tonight. Tipoff is at 9:10 on AM 1400, WCCY.

MTU Track Records Set

Jonathan Kilpela broke the MTU school record in the 10K run at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday. The senior from Atlantic Mine finished in 31:11.94 to break the previous record of 31:32.77 held by Brian Stetter from the 2010 season. He finished 26th in his heat which featured numerous Division I athletes.

Three women’s track marks and one men’s record fell at the Rex Foster Invitational at Wisconsin-Whitewater yesterday. The 4×100 meter relay team of Jamie Dompier, Lauren Raiford, Hannah Schnack and Ashley Veale broke a 31-year old record. Dompier, Veale and Raiford teamed up with Deedra Irwin to set a new mark in the 4×400 meter relay. Dompier also took down the 200-dash record that had stood since 1982.

Kyle Petermann set a new record for men’s discus. For full details, click here.

The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team lost 7-2 at Lake Superior State Saturday.

Detroit Lions Begin Training Schedule

The Detroit Lions open a two-week voluntary training camp today. The team gets to begin its schedule a couple of weeks ahead of most of the league, because it has a new coach. It will be the first time the team gets to work with Jim Caldwell. Meanwhile, former Lions’ receiver Nate Burleson has signed a one-year deal with the Browns.

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