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Tech Men’s Hoops to GLIAC Title Game; Tech Hockey to WCHA Semis; Calumet Hockey to State Semis – Sunday Sports Wrap

High School

Calumet advanced to the high school hockey state semifinals by routing Gaylord 11-1 Saturday. Jackson Rilei’s goal 15 seconds into the game got the Copper Kings off to a quick start. They went on to score three more goals in the first period, then poured in seven in the second frame to end the game early. Rilei added three assists. Alex Mattila had two goals and two assists. Peter Larson, Scott Loukus and Dean Loukus each scored twice, and Tanner Rowe and Seth Coppo added one each. The Copper Kings outshot the Blue Devils 28-5.

Calumet will face Detroit Country Day in the semifinals Friday at 1:30. Country Day eliminated Grosse Pointe Woods 7-2 in their quarterfinal match. Broadcast coverage will begin at 1:05 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com. Midland Dow and Riverview Gabriel Richard will meet in the other semifinal.

At the FCA March Tournament in Wausau Saturday, the Copper Country Christian School girls defeated Stevens Point Christian Academy 22-17 to advance to the semifinals. The Warriors then lost to Riverside 36-29. Sierra Jackson scored 11 in each game. The boys lost to Riverside 45-24. Noah Bach scored 11 points. Back and Jackson were both named to the All-Tournament teams.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association

Logan Pietila’s goal in triple overtime gave the Michigan Tech hockey team a 4-3 victory over Northern Michigan University Saturday night, and propelled the Huskies into the WCHA semifinals. The Huskies fought from behind all night, with goals by Logan Ganie and Tommy Parrottino keeping them in the contest. Ganie’s second score of the night early in the third period tied the game. Matt Jurusik made a personal-best 43 saves, in a game that was the second-longest in Huskies history, and the 17th-longest on NCAA records.

Minnesota State and Bowling Green have also reached the WCHA semifinals. Seventh-seed Lake Superior State and second-seed Bemidji State will decide their series tonight in Bemidji.

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The Michigan Tech basketball team will play for the GLIAC tournament title this afternoon. The third-seeded Huskies ousted second-seed Grand Valley State 69-53 in Allendale Saturday. Owen White led Tech with 27 points.

MTU will face Northwood for the championship today at 1:00. The fourth-seeded Timberwolves eliminated eighth-seed Northern Michigan University 64-53 on Saturday.

Finlandia University

The Finlandia University softball team closed out its Florida schedule with a pair of victories Saturday. The Lions pounded SUNY-Delhi 11-3, then blanked Martin Luther College 9-0. Both games ended after five innings, because of the mercy rule. Finlandia broke the first game open with a nine-run second inning. Denia Bent had four hits and drove in two runs. Briza Saucedo gave up five hits to earn the win. Bent scattered five hits to earn the shutout in the second contest.

The Finlandia baseball team dropped both of its games against Baruch College Saturday, 14-0 and 15-0.

Great Lakes Hockey League

The Calumet Wolverines defeated the Eagle River Falcons 4-1 Saturday night. Logan Rastello scored twice for the Wolves. Brendan Middleton and Eric Bausano each found the net once. Bryan Miller made 57 saves.


The Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon. Coverage begins at 4:40 on 99.3 The Lift.


The Detroit Pistons lost 111-105 to the Utah Jazz Saturday night. Christian Wood scored 30 for Detroit, and grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Pistons visit the New York Knicks tonight.


In spring baseball yesterday, at Juan Marichal Stadium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Detroit Tigers fell to the Minnesota Twins 7-6. Harold Castro and Jorge Bonifacio homered. Ivan Nova pitched a scoreless first inning. Daniel Norris relieved him, and gave up five runs on six hits before leaving in the fifth.

The Tigers play the Washington Nationals this afternoon.

The Milwaukee Brewers lost 11-2 to the Texas Rangers Saturday. Orlando Arcia hit his fourth home run of the spring. Starter Brett Anderson pitched into the third inning, and gave up three runs. Brent Suter was torched for five runs over two innings.

The Brewers split their squad for games against the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels today.

Great Bear Chase

At the 40th Great Bear Chase on Saturday…
– In the 50k Skiathlon, Brian Gregg of Minneapolis finished more than two minutes faster than Mark Ousdigian of Shoreview, Minnesota. Tres Green of Houghton finished ninth, and Davis Jaszczak of Hancock was 10th. Caitlin Gregg of Minneapolis was the fastest woman.
– In the 50k Classic, Eric Patterson of Duluth claimed the title, with a nearly six-minute margin over Erik Pieh of Saint Paul. Elspeth Ronnander of Saint Paul won the women’s division.
– In the 50 Freestyle, Zachary Nelson of Saint Paul was five-and-a-half minutes faster than Craig Cardinal of Northfield, Minnesota. Anna Engle from Rhinelander took the women’s title.
– In the 25k Classic, Cedric Keller of Houghton claimed the crown, with a 99-second margin over Adam Witkowski of Victor, New York. Hunter Dercks of Houghton placed third, and Christopher Schmidt of Houghton was 10th. Jane Straka from Nashota, Wisconsin won the women’s event. Joan Rundman of Hancock was fourth.
– In the 25k Freestyle, Charlie Grabow of Minneapolis eked out the win over Ethan Erickson of Wyoming, Minnesota by four-tenths of a second. Inga Wing from Minneapolis took the women’s title with a one-second margin over Hannah Panci from Ironwood. Kora Johnson of Houghton placed fifth.
– In the 10k Classic, Andrew Pillifant of Ishpeming edged out Stephen Eles of Houghton by 43 seconds to win the title. Quentin Niemi from Chassell finished fifth. Leandra Bruggink of Marquette won the women’s division. Trisha Colling from Lake Linden was seventh.
– In the 10k Freestyle, Noah Erickson from Wyoming, Minnesota was 80 seconds faster than Nick Gordon of Chanhassen, Minnesota. Anne Straka of Nashota, Wisconsin won the women’s race, with Robin Kisiel from Chassell third, and Jill Moyryla from Calumet ninth.

See full results here.

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