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Whitens heading to WMU

POWERS — North Central standout basketball player Jason Whitens will sign a national letter-of-intent today to attend Western Michigan University. North Central athletic director Joey Pontbriand said Whitens made his official visit Monday to WMU in Kalamazoo and was offered a full-ride ...

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North Central senior Jason Whitens signed his national-letter-of-intent Friday to attend Western Michigan University and play basketball. Joining Whitens for the signing in the front row were his parents Gerald and Faye Whitens. In back row from left are:  Varsity basketball coach Adam Mercier and Athletic Director Joey  Pontbriand.

Whitens signs with Western Michigan

POWERS — Jason Whitens may be headed to Kalamazoo, but his heart will always be in Powers. Whitens, the North Central senior and standout athlete, signed a national-letter-of-intent Friday to attend Western Michigan University and play basketball. He’s heading downstate for a promising ...

Ems field young teams

MANISTIQUE — With two track meets already under their belts, the Manistique Emeralds are looking forward to hosting their invitational which takes place today at 3:45. The Manistique girls placed sixth among nine teams with 41 1/3 points, just seven behind third-place Newberry, in the ...

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Bark River-Harris runner Jace Briggs attempts to return to first base, but is late and tagged out by the Kingsford first baseman in Friday’s first game.

BR-H baseball sweeps Kingsford

BARK RIVER — Coach Al Botwright is going to have a nice weekend. Botwright can thank his Bark River-Harris baseball team after the Broncos swept visiting Kingsford 7-6 and 7-4 in Friday’s doubleheader. “For sure, it will be a good weekend,” Botwright said. “We had two ...

Hermansville run

HERMANSVILLE — The Hermansville Hustle five-kilometer run in memory of Sheila Sanville will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. (CDT) at North Central Elementary School. Entry fee is $25 for the general public, $20 for those age 17 and under and $20 apiece for families of three or more. For ...

Marquette boys and girls win Manistique track invite

MANISTIQUE — Depth was a common denominator for Marquette’s track teams Friday as they swept both ends of the Manistique Invitational. The Marquette boys scored 217 points, followed by Newberry 152 and Stephenson 69. “Again our depth showed,” said Marquette boys’ coach Kyle Detmers. ...

Prep schedule: Friday-Saturday

Today’s games Track Manistique Invitational, 3:45 Tennis Escanaba at Menominee, 4 Westwood at Gladstone, 4:30 Softball Gladstone at Traverse City St. Francis, TBA Baseball Kingsford at Bark River-Harris (DH), 4 Superior Central at Stephenson (DH), 4 Gladstone at Green ...

Gladstone softball edges Traverse City in 7th

TRAVERSE CITY — The Gladstone Braves showed how to finish a softball game Friday against Traverse City St. Francis. Hannah Sharon delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to propel the Braves to a 3-1 victory in the St. Francis Invitational. It was a nice gift for ...

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Recipients of the Eighth Grade Wrestler of the Year Award are from left: Nathan Hermans of Sault Ste. Marie, Collin Arnt of Escanaba and Bradley Hall from Rudyard.

Esky’s Arnt shares eighth grade award

MANISTIQUE — Escanaba’s Collin Arnt was honored Saturday as an Eighth Grade Wrestler of the Year at the Manistique Youth Wrestling Meet. Arnt shared the award with Nathan Hermans from Sault Ste. Marie and Bradley Hall from Rudyard. There was a three-way tie in voting by U.P. coaches of ...

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Linebacker Jarrad Davis (40) runs the 40-yard dash during Florida’s NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, on March 28. The Detroit Lions drafted Davis in the first round with the 21st overall pick.

Lions select Florida LB

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions were thrilled to see all the offensive players taken early in the draft, leaving them with choices on defense that they really wanted. Like Jarrad Davis. Detroit drafted the Florida linebacker with the 21st overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday ...

Esky tennis beats Menominee 6-2

MENOMINEE — The Escanaba boys tennis team had a full squad Friday and defeated host Menominee 6-2. The Eskymos won three singles matches and three doubles matches. “It was the first time we had all our guys there,” Esky coach Tom Penegor said. “It was a good team victory. Last year ...

Packers optimistic, deal No. 29 pick

GREEN BAY (AP) — Ted Thompson wanted to make one thing clear to the NFL’s other 31 general managers Thursday night: Having already traded the Green Bay Packers’ first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to move back, he’s willing to do so again on Day 2 of the draft. “Oh yeah,” ...

Braves’ tennis falls to Westwood

GLADSTONE — Alec Miron, the No. 1 singles player, managed the lone win Friday for Gladstone in a 6-1 tennis loss against visiting Westwood. Miron started slowly and trailed 0-3. But he rallied for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Westwood’s Brett Fredrickson. Sean Holm, at No. 4 singles, also had ...

Chicago trades up for QB

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace made a stunning and bold move to trade up for the quarterback he wanted. He caught just about everyone off guard, including Mitchell Trubisky. The Chicago Bears drafted their latest quarterback of the future in a shocker ...

UPSHOF tickets, banquet set

ESCANABA — Tickets are available for the 46th annual Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. The banquet is May 13 at Island Resort and Casino in Harris. It is the sixth year at this location after being held in Escanaba, Iron Mountain and Marquette in previous years. Tickets ...

Titans draft WMU WR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have given quarterback Marcus Mariota a playmaking receiver by selecting Western Michigan's Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick in the draft. Davis ended his college career as the only Football Bowl Subdivision player with at least 300 ...

Prep schedule

Today’s games Softball Escanaba at Sheboygan, Wis. North Invitational, 10 a.m. Manistique PINK tourney, 10 Gladstone at Traverse City St. Francis Invitational, TBA Baseball Gladstone at Schofield, Wis. D.C. Everest, noon Esky at Kewaunee, Wis (DH), 1 Monday ...

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Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe reacts to a call during the first half of Game 6 against Toronto in Milwaukee.

Raptors blow lead, oust Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The crowd on the road was rowdy. The 25-point lead was gone. The Toronto Raptors were frazzled, in danger of losing a Game 6 in the playoffs again. This time, Toronto found a way to win. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final ...

Young squad at Superior Central

EBEN — After learning many new things in their track opener, the Superior Central girls will try to apply some of their knowledge in future meets. The Cougars, comprised mainly of underclassmen, scored four points in their own invitational by placing fourth in the Dome medley relay at ...