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WestPAC Football Expansion Continues

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High School
In high school volleyball last night…
– Houghton blanked L’Anse 3-0.
– Hancock fell to West Iron County 3-1.
– Calumet swept Negaunee 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-11).
– Chassell v Bessemer – not reported.
– Ontonagon v Ewen-Trout Creek – not reported.

The Western Peninsula Athletic Conference continues to grow. The latest school to join the league for football is Munising. Norway, Bark River-Harris and Lake Linden-Hubbell were admitted for football last summer. All will play league schedules next fall. There are also reports that Iron Mountain has applied, and could be accepted at a league meeting next week. Several other schools from the middle of the peninsula are also said to be interested. The expansion will likely mean that the WestPAC will split into two divisions, based either on geography or school size.

Finlandia
The Finlandia University volleyball team will host Wisconsin-Superior tonight at 6:00 at the Paavo Nurmi Center. Pregame coverage will begin around 5:40 on 99.3 The Lift and TheLift.com.

MTU
Michigan Tech’s hockey jerseys have been ranked as the best in the nation by the website HockeyByDesign.com. Site owner Mark Majewski reviewed the jerseys of all 60 college hockey squads, and absolutely gushed over the Huskies’ uniforms. See his article here.

MTU women’s basketball player Sarah LewAllen is one of five collegiate players to earn a prestigious Team First Award from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. The Team First Award recognizes players who most exemplify putting the team before self, teamwork, commitment, service, and sacrifice.

NHL
The Detroit Red Wings lost 4-2 to the Dallas Stars last night. Justin Abdelkader and Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit. Petr Mrazek stopped 29 of 32 shots in net, and took the loss. The Stars’ final goal was a late empty-netter.  The Wings skate at Arizona tomorrow night. Face-off is at 10:00 on 99.3 The Lift.

NBA
The Detroit Pistons continue their preseason campaign Friday in Milwaukee. We’ll broadcast selected Pistons regular-season games on 99.3 The Lift.

MLB
The only baseball playoff game scheduled for yesterday was rained out. The Cubs and Nationals will make that contest up this afternoon. Chicago leads that National League Divisional Series 2-1.

The American League Divisional Series between the Indians and Yankees will conclude tonight with a deciding fifth game in Cleveland. The winner will meet the Astros for the American League pennant.

Youth Hockey
Registration continues for Saturday’s “Hocktoberfest” corn hole tournament. Registration costs $40.00 per two-person team. Anyone age 12 and older may participate. Proceeds will be used by the 4th Line to support youth hockey in the Calumet area. Register your team on the Hocktoberfest Facebook page, or by calling 369-5758.  Competition begins at 2:00 at the Calumet Colosseum. Spectators are welcome and encouraged.

The Calumet Copper Kings continue their drive for a football playoff berth Friday night at home against the Gogebic Miners. Pregame coverage will begin around 6:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

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