In high school volleyball last night…
• Calumet shut down Hancock 3-0 (25-9, 26-24, 25-4).
• Jeffers blanked Dollar Bay-Tamarack City 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-17).
• Chassell defeated L’Anse 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-10).
• Ontonagon downed Bessemer 3-1.
In cross country yesterday, both Houghton teams finished second to Marquette at the Kingsford Invitational. Ingrid Seagren of the Gremlins finished first in the girls’ meet, with Paige Sleeman fourth. On the boys side, Eric Weiss of the Gremlins placed third, and Brandon Peterson sixth. See full results here.
High school football will resume this weekend, but don’t plan on attending the games in person. Attendance at athletic events is strictly limited because of COVID-19 guidelines. Area athletic directors say that, by the time they count the players, staff, cheerleaders, band members and officials, there will be no room for spectators. The exception will be a limited number of parents and family members. Most schools will hand out vouchers to players before each game. Those vouchers must be turned in when tickets are purchased. If you don’t have a voucher, you will not be able to purchase a ticket.
Finlandia University has honored three Lions as its 2019-2020 Student Athletes of the Year. Connor Hannon from Houghton earned the men’s award. He was captain of the hockey team, and led the squad in scoring. The women’s honor was split between Kirsten L’Esperance and Katie Lundeen. L’Esperance is from Brighton. She scored 14 goals and added 20 assists with the soccer team, and becomes the first person to win the award twice. Lundeen is from Maple, Wisconsin. She averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game for the basketball team, and set several school records.
The Detroit Tigers broke their three-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night. After struggling much of the season, Matthew Boyd found his form, and gave up just two hits before leaving with two out in the sixth inning. He walked four batters, and struck out five. The Tigers struck early, scoring three times in the first inning on singles by Niko Goodrum and Jorge Bonifacio. Miguel Cabrera and Willi Castro homered later in the game.
That series wraps up tonight. Tarik Skubal will pitch against Brady Singer. Coverage begins at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
Goodrum returned to the lineup after missing nearly two weeks with an oblique strain. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been placed on the injured list, with a sprained wrist. The Tigers also sent struggling catcher Grayson Greiner down to Toledo, and brought up catcher Eric Haase.
The Milwaukee Brewers blasted the Saint Louis Cardinals 18-3 last evening. Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, Keston Hiura and Daniel Vogelbach homered. Brett Anderson gave up two runs over six innings to earn the win.
The Brewers and Cardinals play a late afternoon doubleheader in Milwaukee today. Brandon Woodruff will start against Adam Wainwright in the opener. Brent Suter will pitch for Milwaukee in the nightcap. The Cards have not announced a starter.
Major League Baseball has unveiled its playoff plans. The Wild Card series will begin September 29th for the American League, and September 30th for the National. The top four seeds will host those best-of-three events. The following series will all be played at neutral sites, with American League games in southern California, and National League competition in Texas. The World Series will be played in Arlington, Texas, beginning October 12th.
The schedule will also be compressed, with no off-days between games until the World Series.
The Islanders staved off elimination last night, with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Lightning. Tampa Bay leads that series 3-2, with game six set for tomorrow night.
The Heat drew first blood in the Eastern Conference final, defeating the Celtics 117-114. Game two will be played tomorrow.
The Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference final with a 104-89 win over the Clippers last night. Denver came from a 3-1 deficit to win their semifinal series 4-3. They’ll open the Western Conference series against the Lakers Friday.
The Detroit Lions play the Packers in Green Bay in a 1:00 game on Sunday. Hear the broadcast on 99.3 The Lift.
Our high school football coverage begins Friday night, when Hancock entertains Gwinn… and Saturday, when Lake Linden Hubbell hosts Carney-Nadeau in the Lakes’ first-ever eight-player contest. Hear both games on KBear 102, and see our full broadcast schedule at KBear102.com.
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