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Red Wings Win – Wednesday Sports Wrap

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The beleaguered Detroit Red Wings picked up a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Luke Glendening scored twice. Niklas Kronwall, Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm also found the net. Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots. It was just their second win in their last 15 games. The Wings skate at Buffalo tomorrow night. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Detroit Pistons will host the Washington Wizards tomorrow night.

In spring training baseball, the Detroit Tigers concluded their spring campaign yesterday with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Matthew Boyd allowed a run on two hits over five innings. Both of Detroit’s runs came in the seventh, on an RBI single and double by prospects Christin Steward and Cam Gibson. The Tigers will open the season tomorrow afternoon at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jordan Zimmermann will start against Ivan Nova. Pregame coverage begins at 12:45 on 99.3 The Lift.

Meanwhile, Detroit starter Mike Fiers gave up two runs over 4-1/3rd innings in a minor league scrimmage in Lakeland. It was his first outing since being sidelined by back stiffness. He’s still expected to open the season on the disabled list.

The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their exhibition schedule with an 8-1 loss to the Astros in Houston yesterday. Zach Davies gave up six runs over three innings. The Brewers will begin the regular season on the road at San Diego tomorrow afternoon. Chase Anderson will pitch against Clayton Richard.

High School
Houghton High School will return to Class B status next year, according to the student population rankings released yesterday by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Houghton had spent several years in Class B before being bumped back to Class C for the current school year.

The bigger news is found in the tentative division listings for the volleyball and basketball tournaments next year. Those tournaments will no longer be based on a school’s class. Instead, the tournament fields will be divided evenly into four groups, based on the number of teams actually participating – similar to how the the three hockey playoff divisions are structured. Division One will include the largest schools, and Division Four the smallest.
– In volleyball, Houghton will be the only local school in Division Two. Calumet will be the only local school in Division Three. All other schools will compete in Division Four.
– In girls basketball, Houghton will be the only school in Division Two. Calumet will be the sole school in Division Three, and all other schools will compete in Division Four.
– In boys basketball, Houghton will be the only school in Division Two. Calumet and L’Anse will compete in Division Three, and all other local schools will play in Division Four.

The MHSAA says these are tentative listings, based on the programs that are anticipated to be participating in those sports next year. If those numbers change, the divisions could shift a bit. Updated lists will be published after those seasons have begun.

Finlandia University softball player Emily Nguyen has been named Player of the Week by the American Collegiate Athletic Association. She scores seven runs, and drove in eight, in Finlandia’s four games at the recent Cobber Classic. Aaron Froelich has been named the City Universities of New York Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, after an eight-inning win over the University of Northwestern.

The Finlandia soccer team has received a commitment from Daisia Knowles, who has been a team captain for three seasons at Broomfield High School in Colorado.

Former Michigan Tech hockey defenseman Dane Birks has signed a two-year amateur contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. He’ll report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this week.

Gibson Cup
The schedule for the Gibson Cup series between the Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers has changed. Game one will still be played Friday at the Dee, and game two Saturday at the Colosseum, but the start times have been moved up to 7:00. If needed, game three will be played next Friday at the Dee; instead of Tuesday, as originally announced. Hear all the broadcasts on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Email sports news and game results to mornings@up.net.

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