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Manistique’s Tanner Gonzalez beat the odds, won a state individual title and finished his senior season 49-0.

­Focus pays off for Gonzalez

MANISTIQUE — It was a celebration nearly fit for a king last Sunday as the city of Manistique welcomed home its first state champion. Senior Tanner Gonzalez became the first Manistique wrestler to capture a state title by taking a 5-4 double-overtime decision from Dansville’s Johnathon ...

Pistons KO Cavs, LeBron

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter before holding on for a 106-101 victory over the injury-plagued Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. LeBron James had 29 points, 13 rebounds ...

Mike Mattson column: It’s March, time for Madness

ESCANABA — It’s March and the Madness has begun. The high school boys’ and girls’ state basketball tournaments currently are in full swing at the same time. Toss in the end of wrestling, hockey, bowling and competitive cheer and it means your local sports writers are a bit sleep ...

U.P. scores

THURSDAY Girls’ basketball Regional finals Class C St. Ignace 50, Calumet 47 Class D Forest Park 62, Bark River-Harris 54, 2OT Engadine 50, Pickford 48 Boys basketball District semifinal Class B Grayling 51, Sault Ste Marie 48

Dennis Grall | Daily Press
The press box at Big Bay de Noc High School was dedicated in memory of the late Pat Groleau, who died Oct. 28, 2016. He scored 1,926 points for the Nahma Arrows, one of the schools that forms Big Bay, was a 2013 inductee of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, and was a longtime member of the school’s booster club. He was a two-time MVP in basketball at Lake Superior State University.

Big Bay dedicates Groleau press box

GARDEN CORNERS — Pat Groleau made a big impact on the Big Bay de Noc school scene and the eastern shore of Delta County. In a recent game, that impact was memorialized when the high school gym press box was dedicated to Groleau, who died Oct. 28, 2016 en route to watching his grandson play ...

Prep schedule: Friday

Today’s games Hockey State semifinal Division 3 At Plymouth Calumet vs. Fl. Powers, 11 a.m. Boys’ basketball District tournaments Class B Menominee at Gladstone, 7 Class D At Stephenson Bark River-Harris vs. North Central, 8

U.P. scores

FRIDAY Boys basketball District finals Class B Gladstone 58, Menominee 43 Class C Negaunee 67, Ishpeming 37 Iron Mountain 53, Westwood 36 Class D Trout Creek 62, Bessemer 60 Dollar Bay 57, Chassell 45 Cedarville 61, Pickford 39 Engadine 78, Brimley 61 Hockey State ...

For the record

A Thursday sports article misidentified Mid Peninsula boys’ basketball player Evan Hall. The article should have stated Evan Hall led Mid Pen with 15 points.

Prep schedule: Monday

Monday’s games Boys’ basketball Regional tournaments Class B At Sault Ste. Marie Gladstone vs. Grayling, 6 Class C At Escanaba I. Mountain vs. Newberry, 5:30 Calumet vs. Newberry, 7:30 Class D At Negaunee Trout Creek vs. Rapid River, 6 North Central vs. Dollar Bay, 8 At St. ...

Braves get last word on Esky

ESCANABA — Not this year Escanaba. After Esky ended the Gladstone boys’ basketball season the past three years, the Braves were determined it wouldn’t happen again. Gladstone 69, Escanaba 56. “We’ve been hearing a lot about how hard it is to beat a team three times in a row,” ...

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Rapid River’s Logan Hardwick (22) goes up for a shot over Mid Peninsula’s Mitch Barron (34) and Zach Englund Wednesday during a Class D district final at Superior Central.

Rockets end district cage drought

EBEN — It’s been 13 years since the Rapid River boys basketball team won a district title but that drought came to an end Wednesday as it defeated Mid Peninsula 60-50 in a Class D championship. “It feels amazing,” said Rapid River coach Rich Poma. “I can’t put it into words and I ...

Broncos finish off Stephenson

STEPHENSON — Building a large enough cushion proved to be beneficial for the Bark River-Harris boys Wednesday night as they defeated the Stephenson Eagles 68-51 in a Class D district basketball opener. BR-H appeared to be cruising along when it grabbed a 54-31 advantage on a jump shot from ...

Jets cruise against Nordics

STEPHENSON — North Dickinson’s boys mounted an early challenge, but top-ranked North Central found a way to overcome that in a 70-41 triumph over the Nordics in a Class D district basketball opener. The victory puts North Central (21-0) in position to go after its fifth straight district ...

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Members of the Bink’s Coca-Cola Squirt team are bottom row from left, Ben Sands, Cully Hayes, Carson Hughes, and Tanner Murray. Top row from left are, Drake Degnan, Ethyn Anderson, Libby Spreitzer, Alex Schwalbach, Nolan Bink and Owen LaBonte.

Esky Bink’s Squirt team captures tourney at Sault

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Bink’s Coca-Cola Squirt team of the Escanaba Area Junior Hockey Association finished in first place here last weekend at the Hospice Skating For A Reason Tournament. Bink’s Coca-Cola kicked off the tournament Friday afternoon with a 6-0 win against SCCU Coop. On ...

BR-H power-lifters shine at U.P. Championships

NEWBERRY — Three student-athletes from Bark River-Harris recorded strong showings here in last weekend’s U.P. State Power-Lifting Championships. Leading the way was junior Jaelin Lockwood, who set a meet squat record of 180 pounds in the girls’ 114-pound class. In the junior varsity ...

Esky cheer coach resigns from job

ESCANABA — Kris Langlois has resigned his position as varsity competitive cheerleading coach at Escanaba High School. Langlois was at the helm of the Eskymos the past three seasons. Athletic director Nick Nolde said the position will be posted soon. “We are so sad to lose Kris for this ...

Bot Trot Saturday

GLADSTONE — The Sixth Annual Bot Trot five-kilometer run is set for Saturday at 10 a.m at Gladstone High School. Registration starts at 8:30. Entry fee is $25. For details contact Tim Barron (399-2582) or Kelsey Hagenbusch (280-0866), e-mail to tbarron@gladstone.k12.mi.us or visit the race ...

Road race Sunday

ESCANABA — The 33rd Annual Slip-Sliding-Away five-mile fun run is reset for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Escanaba High School. Registration begins at noon in the gym. Entry fee is $3 in advance or $5 on race day. Phone registrations will be accepted until Saturday midnight. Trophies will be awarded ...

U.P. scores

Boys’ basketball District tournaments Class A Traverse City 72, Marquette 60 Class B Gladstone 69, Escanaba 56 Menominee 58, Kingsford 48 Class C Negaunee 65, Munising 41 Ishpeming 70, Gwinn 67 Westwood 50, West Iron 48 Iron Mountain 53, Norway 49 Calumet 54, Hancock ...