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Round 2 to Redmen

By Julie Goldberg Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette Senior High School boys basketball team overcame an early nine-point deficit Wednesday night to defeat the Gladstone Braves, 54-47, in a matchup of top-five Upper Peninsula Class ABC teams. The Redmen began their comeback ...

Denny Grall column: It’s time to leave the Daily Press again

ESCANABA — It is time to pull a Brett Favre. Retirement beckons once more from this cherished position, seven months after coming out of retirement to fill two openings on the sports desk. Mike Mattson and Avery Bundgaard are ready to take over the reins, which means it is time to skidaddle ...

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press
Rapid River’s Elizabeth Goodacre (23) goes up for a layup over Stephenson’s Emily Johnson (13) Wednesday night at Rapid River.

Slow first half haunts Rockets

RAPID RIVER — The Stephenson girls’ basketball team got off to a fast start Wednesday and held off Rapid River to win 53-43. It was a game of two halves as the Eagles (4-16) ran out to an early lead but the Rockets (7-12) scrapped back with a big second half. “Overall, I thought we ...

Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist KISSIMMEE, Fla. — There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. Unfortunately, those in charge of the game are going about it all the wrong way. Extra inning gimmicks? Seven-inning games? Automatic intentional ...

Bay College sports

ESCANABA — The newly rejuvenated athleteic program at Bay de Noc Community College is making a database of all former Bay athletes to keep alumni and athletes informed of the program. For details on helping compile the alum section, contact athletic director/men’s basketball coach Matt ...

Eskymo Spring Fling scheduled

ESCANABA — Tickets are available for the 34th annual Eskymo Fan Club Spring Fling. Th event is March 18 at Highland Golf Course, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $40 per person if purchased early and are $45 at the door. Tickets are available at the high school’s main office or from ...

Area students enjoy program in Detroit

ESCANABA — Students from Escanaba Upper Elementary and Gladstone’s James T. Jones Elementary recently participated in a Rally For School Health at Detroit’s Ford Field. The program is part of Fuel Up to Play 60, which is sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football ...

U.P. scores

Girls basketball Stephenson 53, RR 43 WIC 58,North Dickinson 40 Boys basketball Marquette 54, Gladstone 47 Negaunee 62, Westwood 44 Engadine 68, Sup Cent 34 Cheboygan 48, DeTour 41 Pickford 64, Rudyard 53

Prep schedule: Thursday-Friday

Tonight’s games Girls’ basketball Big Bay at Manistique, 7:30 Munising at RR, 7:30 Forest Park at BR-H, 7:30 Mid Pen at N Central, 7:30 Gladstone at I Mount, 7:45 C-N at N Dickinson, 8 Friday’s games Girls’ basketball Munising at Manistique, 6 Boys’ basketball Escanaba at ...

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Peacock sparks Eskymos in boys’ win

ESCANABA — Gavin Peacock provided an unexpected third scoring option for the Escanaba Eskymos Tuesday night. Peacock came off the bench when Jared Nash got into early foul trouble and provided a first-quarter spark for the Eskymos, who used that ignition to romp past Gwinn 75-47 in a ...

Mike Mattson | Daily Press
Rapid River’s Cameron Willemsen (23) looks to make a pass Tuesday as Big Bay’s Robbie Ray (52) applies pressure.

Rockets continue hot streak

RAPID RIVER — Memo to those not paying attention to local boys basketball happenings: Rapid River has won five of its last six games. The hot Rockets added to their late-season surge Tuesday night with a 52-47 Skyline Conference win against visiting Big Bay de Noc. Afterward, Rockets’ ...

EagleHerald | Stephen Oman
Escanaba’s Maddy Willis puts up a shot over Menominee’s Morgan Roman in the first half Tuesday in Menominee.

Esky finds boost in 2nd half

By STEPHEN OMAN soman@eagleherald.com MENOMINEE — The Escanaba girls’ basketball team played a strong second half Tuesday and beat Menominee 47-38. Both offenses struggled early, but the Eskymos figured it out in the second half. “I just think the girls came out a little ...

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Braves earn swim honors

GLADSTONE — Gladstone’s Matt LeClaire and five Braves on the girls’ team were rewarded for their standout swim accomplishments by earning All-U.P. laurels. LeClaire was named the Upper Peninsula Male Swimmer of the Year after winning two events Saturday at the U.P. Finals, setting a ...

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press
Gladstone’s Alyssa Polley (2) drives to the hoop past Kingsford’s Jordyn Kriegl Tuesday night at Gladstone.

Big 2nd quarter carries Kingsford past Braves

GLADSTONE — The Kingsford girls basketball team got hot in the second quarter to spoil Gladstone’s senior night 72-63 Tuesday. The Flivvers shot 26-of-48 for 54 percent to the Braves 21-of-53 (40 percent) in this Great Northern Conference game. “I thought we did a good job sharing the ...

Steve Brownlee | Mining Journal
Munising's Cade Contreras, right, enters the lane for a possible layup with North Central's Marcus Krachinski trailing during the first quarter of a Skyline Central Conference game Tuesday night.

Jets cruise past Munising boys’ cagers

By Steve Brownlee Journal Sports Writer MUNISING — The traveling road show known as North Central boys basketball made its only appearance of the season in Alger County on Tuesday night. The fans at Munising High School had to go home duly impressed, even if they weren’t pleased with ...

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Northern Lights YMCA swimmer Anna Rouleau, left, won the high points categor at the Iceberg Invitatoinal. Teammate Carney Saolo finished second overall in the same division.

NLY swimmers shine at invite

WAUSAU, Wis. — Northern Lights YMCA swimmers were among 10 teams that competed in the Iceberg Invitational here Saturday. Nearly 500 swimmers participated. Anna Rouleau, 12, was NLY’s top finisher in 11-12 girls age group. She won the high points category, which included a first place ...

Bot Trot scheduled in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The Sixth Annual Bot Trot will take place March 11 at Gladstone High School. Check-in and late registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K run/walk starting at 10 a.m. The pre-registration is $25 (with T-shirt) and $20 (without T-shirt). The cost is $25 after March 1 and on ...

Cage tourney set

CARNEY — The eighth annual March Madness 12-team men’s basketball tourney will be held March 10-12 at Carney-Nadeau High School. Two divisions will be conducted, with play-in games setting up classes A and B for a double-elimination process. Entry fee is $125 and cash prizes go to the top ...

U.P. scores

TUESDAY Girls basketball Escanaba 47, Menominee 38 Kingsford 72, Gladstone 63 Ishpeming 68, Manistique 38 Negaunee 54, Marquette 53 Westwood 54, Norway 53 Gwinn 33, Iron Mountain 27 Wakefield-Marenisco 63, Watersmeet 47 Sault Ste. Marie 47, Alpena 31 Pickford 62, Rudyard ...