North Central won the Eight Player Division Two state football championship Saturday, outscoring Portland Saint Patrick 70-48. Luke Gorzinski rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns for the Jets, and threw for 156 yards and three more scores. The 118 points set a new record for an eight-player state title game. Both teams played without multiple starters because of COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing restrictions.
In the Eight Player Division One title match, Adrian Lenawee Christian blanked Suttons Bay 47-0.
The 11-player championships will be held next weekend. No Upper Peninsula teams are involved.
The Bowling Green State University completed a weekend sweep of the Northern Michigan University hockey team with a 6-2 victory Saturday night. Jett Jungels scored his first collegiate goal in the first period for the Wildcats, and Vincent de May scored on a power play in the second frame.
There was no Michigan Tech hockey again this weekend. Because of COVID-19 issues with the Huskies, their games at Ferris State University have been rescheduled for February 2nd and February 9th.
The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team completed a weekend sweep of Northwood University by defeating the Timberwolves 68-63 on Saturday. After matching basket for basket through the early part of the game, Tech opened up a six point lead at halftime, and held on through the second half. Owen White sparkled for the Huskies, with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.
The Tech women’s basketball team earned a split against Northwood, with a 67-48 victory Saturday. Ellie Mackay led the Huskies with 18 points.
The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team salvaged a weekend split with a 69-57 victory at Saginaw Valley State Saturday. Dolapo Olayinka led the Wildcats with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The NMU women faded in the fourth quarter, and fell to Saginaw Valley 56-52 Saturday afternoon. Those teams meet again this afternoon in Marquette.
The Detroit Pistons seized control with a strong third quarter, and cruised past the Miami Heat 120-100 Saturday night. Jerami Grant again led the Pistons with 24 points. Derrick Rose added 23.
The Pistons play a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at Miami tomorrow. Tipoff is at 3:00. We’ll join the game in progress after Red Wings hockey on 99.3 The Lift.
The Detroit Red Wings downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 last evening, to earn their first victory of the season. Bobby Ryan and Dylan Larkin scored early. Robby Fabri’s goal with less than three minutes remaining was the game winner, and Larkin followed up with an empty-netter. Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots to earn the win in net.
The Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee tomorrow. Coverage begins at 11:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Detroit Tigers have added some organizational depth with four minor league signings. Chief amongst them is reliever Robbie Ross, who has spent big-league time with the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox, but was relegated to working for independent teams the past couple of seasons.
The Green Bay Packers advanced to the NFC championship game with a 32-18 victory over the Los Angeles Rams Saturday. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and Aaron Jones rushed for 99 yards and a score.
The Buffalo Bills shut down the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 Saturday evening. Josh Allen threw a touchdown pass, and Taron Johnson retuned an interception 101 yards for a score.
In next week’s AFC championship match, the Bills will face the winner of today’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers will play the winners of this evening’s contest between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints. Coverage of both of today’s games will begin at 2:30 on 99.3 The Lift.
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