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MSU uses big second half to upend Buckeyes

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State shut down Ohio State in the second half despite an injury to Nick Ward. Now the Spartans may be without their standout big man for a while. Ward left in the second half with a broken left hand, but No. 11 Michigan State still rolled to a 62-44 ...

Prep schedule

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Tonight’s games Women’s basketball Bay College at Finlandia, 5:30 Gymnastics Escanaba at Negaunee, 6 Girls’ basketball Big Bay de Noc at Munising, 6 Stephenson at Mid Pen, 7:30 North Dickinson at Rapid River, 7:30 BR-Harris at N. Central, 7:30 Manistique at Iron Mnt., ...

U.P. scores

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Boys’ basketball Carney-Nad. 49, BR-Harris 47 Munising 76, Mid Peninsula 37 Gwinn 60, Manistique 50 Marquette 64, Gaylord 59 Iron Mountain 85, Kingsford 56 Rudyard 88, Cheboygan 64 Girls’ basketball N. Central 70, Sup. Central 30 Gwinn 60, Manistique 36 Houghton 37, ...

Briefs

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Tech quint splits BIG RAPIDS — The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team suffered a 79-53 GLIAC defeat at Ferris State Saturday. Tech (11-13, 6-11 GLIAC) was on the board first when Owen White made a layup in the opening minute. But the Bulldogs (19-9, 11-6 GLIAC) reeled off 13 ...

Gwinn girls trip up Emeralds

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MANISTIQUE — The Gwinn girls basketball team got back on track with a 60-36 win over Manistique here Saturday afternoon. Brooke Mannor led the Modeltowners with 16 points, while teammate Trish McGuire added 15 points and 10 steals. Gwinn, which fell to Gladstone 55-47 Thursday, led by 9-6 ...

Emerald boys’ fall

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MANISTIQUE — The Gwinn Modeltowners boys’ basketball team improved to 6-12 with a 60-50 win here over Manistique. Senior Austin Forbes led all scorers with 20 points and sank four 3-pointers. He also scored his 1,000th varsity point on his first bucket of the afternoon with about 2 1/2 ...

Arsenault leads Jets

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EBEN — Bree Arsenault scored a season-high 20 points and the North Central girls’ basketball team rolled over Superior Central 70-30 here Saturday in a Skyline Central Conference game. Arsenault hit six three-pointers and had six rebounds, six steals and three assists in the win. “She ...

Esky gymnasts finish second at PEAK meet

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MARQUETTTE — The Escanaba gymnastics team traveled to Marquette for the PEAK meet Saturday and placed second among four teams with 118.30 points. Superior 7 took first place at 128.05, followed by Esky, Negaunee (110.95) and Marquette (106.20). “We are so proud of the way our gymnasts ...

Bay men get road win

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CHICAGO — The Bay College men’s basketball team used a big second half to pull away from NJCAA Division 1 Harry S. Truman College 79-65 here Saturday. Kobi Barnes and Christian Alexander dominated inside, as the Norse took advantage of their size. Barnes scored 19 and Alexander chipped ...

Mid Pen falls to Mustangs

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MUNISING — The Mid Peninsula boys couldn’t match Munising’s scoring balance here Saturday night and dropped a 76-37 decision to the third-ranked Mustangs. Munising placed five in double digits in the Skyline Central Conference outing, led by Josh Huotari’s 14 points. Anthony Mattson, ...

Six area wrestlers advance to states

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ESCANABA — Six area wrestlers qualified for the individual state tournament by placing among the top four in their respective weight classes in regional meets Saturday. A pair of Gladstone grapplers met in a Division 3 regional title bout at Kalkaska as Michael Brazeau pinned Lane Matzke ...

BR-H flexes its muscle

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HARRIS — Once it gets rolling, the Bark River-Harris girls basketball team can be tough to stop. The Broncos proved that again with a convincing 70-43 victory over Skyline Central rival Carney-Nadeau here Thursday night. After Carney’s Layla Blahnik-Thoune tripled to tie the score at 18 ...

Taking care of business

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ESCANABA — Different defense, different result. The Escanaba boys adjusted their game plan from an earlier meeting with Houghton, earning a 57-36 basketball victory over the Gremlins here Friday night. Houghton won the first time, 60-52 in the Copper Country Dec. 11. “We played a ...

Tough defense leads Mid Pen past Big Bay

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ST. NICHOLAS — The Mid Peninsula girls found their shooting touch just long enough Thursday night to post a 44-28 basketball victory over the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears. Mid Pen led 15-12 after the opening frame of this Skyline Central Conference match-up, then opened the second stanza with ...

Braves cruise past Maroons

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MENOMINEE — The last time the Menominee boys basketball team played up in Gladstone, the team suffered its seconds biggest loss of the season in a 91-50 blowout that saw the No. 3 ranked Braves put up 65 points in the first half. If Friday’s 71-53 Great Northern Conference loss showed ...

Esky icers get big road win

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HANCOCK — Quite a while had passed since Escanaba posted a hockey victory in Hancock. The Eskymos changed that Thursday night by hanging on for a 6-5 triumph over the Bulldogs at the Houghton County Arena, improving to 11-10 with their third straight win. “This is absolutely a boost for ...

Rockets run away from Wolverines

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RAPID RIVER — After a bit of a slow start, the Rapid River boys’ basketball team kicked it into high gear to blow by Mid Peninsula 63-39 here Friday night. The Rockets led 30-21 at the half before pulling away for a convincing Skyline Central Conference win. “They’re scrappy,” ...

Braves pull away from Gwinn for road win

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GWINN — There are several things that can cause a basketball team to lose a game, but two of the most common are missed shots and foul trouble. That’s what the Gwinn girls team had to deal with Thursday night against Gladstone. The Modeltowners looked to be in control early in the game ...

Tough second quarter dooms Rapid River girls

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CRYSTAL FALLS — The Forest Park girls basketball team outperformed the Rapid River Rockets 59-32 here Friday. The Skyline Central Conference contest was decided by the end of the second half. Rapid River started the second quarter ahead, but a dominant quarter from the Trojans increased ...

Esky girls clip Ishpeming

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ISHPEMING — One bad quarter is what hurt the Ishpeming girls basketball team in a 53-47 nonconference loss to Escanaba on Thursday night. Down by four going into the second quarter, the Eskymos outscored the Hematites 17-7 to go into halftime up 25-19. Despite being hit with foul ...