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High School
In the high school football tournament…
– In the Division Eight regionals, Ishpeming will host Breckenridge today in a battle of unbeatens.
– In the Division Four regionals, Escanaba will play at Grand Rapids Catholic Central today.
– In eight-player Division Two, Rapid River surprised Cedarville 36-30. The Rockets will meet the winner of today’s game between Onekama and Portland Saint Patrick in the finals.

Finlandia
The Finlandia University women’s basketball team opened its season with an 82-47 loss to Calvin College last night at the Paavo Nurmi Center. Taylor Pertile led the Lions with 11 points.

The Finlandia men’s basketball team is playing at the Merrill Thompson Classic at Wisconsin-Superior this weekend. The Lions opened with a 76-63 loss to the host Yellowjackets last night. Four Finlandia players reached double figures, led by Tyler Browner and Kevin Straih, who each scored 13 points. The Lions will face Wisconsin-Stout today.

The Finlandia men’s hockey team lost 5-1 at Adrian College last night. Cale Markham netted the Lions’ only goal midway through the third period. Marcus Gloss made 42 saves, as Finlandia was outshot 47-12. The Lions skate at Trine University today.

The FinnU women’s hockey squad dropped a 5-3 decision at St. Norbert College last night. Kait Ryynanen scored twice for the Lions, and Kallin Morris added a goal. Annah Smiddy stopped 42 shots to keep Finlandia in the game. The Green Knights scored three times in the third period to put the game away.  Those teams play again today in De Pere.

The Lions football team entertains Alma College this afternoon. Our pregame coverage will begin around 12:40 on 99.3 The Lift and 993TheLift.com.

MTU/NMU
The second-seeded Michigan Tech volleyball team was upset 2-3 (25-20, 21-25, 16-25, 25-23, 11-15) by sixth-seed Davenport University yesterday in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The Panthers will take on top-seed Ferris State University in the championship match today. The Huskies will find out tomorrow night if they have earned an invitation to the NCAA Division II tournament. Tech is currently ranked fourth in the Midwest Region.

Olivia Ghormley and Laura DeMarchi have been named the GLIAC Attacker and Setter of the Year, respectively. They are joined by Mariah Sherman on the All-GLIAC First Team. Megan Utlak received Honorable Mention votes.

Justin Misiak’s late goal lifted the Tech hockey team to a 5-4 victory at Ferris State University last night. Goals by Trenton Bliss and Raymond Brice gave the Huskies an early lead, but the Bulldogs responded with two scores late in the first period. Tommy Parrottino’s goal in the closing seconds of the first period put Tech back on top, and Brian Halonen increased the lead midway through the second period. Ferris scored two straight to tie the game, but Misiak found the net with the game-winner with seven minutes to go. Matt Jurusik made 23 saves. Those teams face off again tonight in Big Rapids.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to 17th-ranked Cornell University last night. Those teams play again this evening in Marquette.

The MTU women’s basketball team began its season with a 96-65 rout of Ursuline College at the Ferris State Invitational yesterday. Baillie McGirk scored a career-best 29 for the Huskies. Tech will facce Davis and Elkins College today.

The NMU women’s basketball squad plays at the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge at Hillsdale College this weekend. The Wildcats will meet Lewis University today, and Indianapolis University tomorrow.

The Tech men’s basketball team opens its campaign at the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge at Northern Michigan University. The Huskies will play Lewis University this afternoon, and McKendree University tomorrow. The Wildcats will face McKendree today, and Lewis tomorrow.

The Tech football team wraps up its season against Northwood University today at noon at Sherman Field.

The NMU football team visits Ashland University today.

GLHL
The Portage Lake Pioneers visit the Fox Cities Ice Dogs tonight.

NBA
The Detroit Pistons got off to a quick start, and pounded the Atlanta Hawks 124-109 last night. The Pistons build a 24-point lead 11 minutes into the game. Andre Drummond scored 23 points and snared 11 rebounds for Detroit. The Pistons host the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow afternoon.

NHL
The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period, and went on to edge the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime last evening. Justin Abdelkader and Andreas Athansiou brought Detroit back from a 2-0 deficit. Dylan Larkin’s goal with six seconds remaining in the extra period was the game-winner. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves. The Wings skate at Carolina tonight. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

NFL
The Detroit Lions visit the Chicago Bears for a 1:00 game tomorrow. Hear the broadcast on 99.3 The Lift. The Green Bay Packers host the Miami Dolphins in a 4:25 game tomorrow.

Pioneer Detroit Lions running back and return specialist Wally Triplett has died. Triplett became the first African-American player to be drafted into the NFL when the Lions selected him in the 19th round of the 1949 draft. He set some team and league records in his first two seasons, but was then drafted to serve in the Korean War. After his military service, he played for the Chicago Cardinals. Wally Triplett was 92 years old.

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