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Ojala Dominates U.P. Hoops Classic; Kilpela Ekes Out Chain Drive Win – Sunday Sports Wrap

Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival

Sam Kilpela from Atlantic Mine won the 28-mile XC race yesterday at the Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids Trails in a photo finish. Kilpela crossed the line four-tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Chad Wells of Petoskey. Ben Kalis of Big Rapids finished third, five seconds off the pace. Kate McCloud of Atlantic Mine earned an easy win in the women’s competition, finishing 26 minutes better than runner-up Kelsey Kellerman of De Pere, Wisconsin.

In the 15-mile event, Ben Olson of Perham, Minnesota took the title, four minutes faster than Louis Hindman of Marquette. Ethel Karinen of Calumet easily won the women’s division, 19 minutes ahead of Lauren Maki of Marshfield, Wisconsin.

See all of Saturday’s results here.

The Chain Drive Festival continues today, with Enduro events for adults at the Tech Trails, along with kids XC and Enduro events. See full details here.


The Detroit Tigers fell to the Cleveland Indians 4-2 yesterday. Gregory Soto turned in four scoreless innings, although he walked four batters. Cleveland scored three times off Nick Ramirez in the fifth. They added an insurance run when former Tiger Leonys Martín stole home in the eighth inning – one of five Indians’ thefts in the game. Brandon Dixon singled home both Detroit runs in the seventh inning.

The Tigers entertain the Indians again this afternoon. Spencer Turnbull will start against Trevor Bauer. Pregame coverage will begin at 12:45 on 99.3 The Lift.

Before the game, Detroit brought veteran catcher Bobby Wilson up from Toledo. He’ll fill in for Grayson Greiner, who has been placed on the injured list with a sore back.

The Milwaukee Brewers dropped an 8-7 decision to the San Francisco Giants yesterday. The Crew opened strong, and led 5-1 after the top of the fifth. Jimmy Nelson faltered in the bottom of the fifth, however, and left the game as the Giants scored three times. Junior Guerra gave p two runs in the seventh inning, and took the loss. Christian Yelich and Manny Piña homered for Milwaukee.

The Brewers play at San Francisco again this afternoon. Chase Anderson will pitch against Jeff Samardzija.

American Legion Baseball

The Copper Country Flames American Legion baseball team continues competition at the Rebel Invite in Rhinelander today, along with the host Rebels, the Marquette Blues, the Clintonville Diamondcats and the Everest team from Schofield.

High School

North teams dominated the 34th annual U.P. All-Star Classic basketball games yesterday in Newberry, with the boys winning 107-93 and the girls taking a 72-48 victory. Calumet’s Matt Ojala was named the boys Most Valuable Player, finishing with 33 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists. Houghton’s George Butvilas added 26 points. Sydney Kivi of Marquette was named the girls MVP, with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Chassell’s Jenna Pietila added 11 points, and Baraga’s Martina Jahfetson scored nine.

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