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Seth Polfus is honored as a finalist for the Award for Excellence on Wednesday at North Central High School. Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton, right, presented Polfus with the honor.

Award for Excellence finalist

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POWERS — North Central senior Seth Polfus has had a pretty remarkable last few months. He was a part of the Jets’ basketball team that won its third straight state title as well as set a state record with 83 consecutive wins. Polfus hit the buzzer beater in the Jets’ double overtime ...

Costly trips for North Central’s championship runs

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ESCANABA — The North Central boys basketball team’s undefeated streak and state titles have been well documented over the years. What people don’t realize is what it costs for the team to take a five-day trip that includes the state quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship game. The ...

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Escanaba junior Taylor Gauthier recently won a Michigan State High School Figure Skating Championship for the third straight year.

Three-peat for Esky junior

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ESCANABA — Junior Taylor Gauthier is one busy student-athlete. Gauthier competes in tennis, girls’ basketball and softball for Escanaba High School. Oh yeah, she’s also a championship figure skater and honor student, too. What gives, Taylor Gauthier? “I honestly have no idea how I do ...

Deeper Eskymos eying Upper Peninsula crown

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba boys tennis team has seen an increase in numbers from last year and head coach Tom Penegor is excited to get the season started. “We’re looking to improve on how we did last year,” said Penegor, who is in his second year of coaching. “The kids are excited and ...

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Escanaba first baseman Savanah Barron, left, attempts a late tag on Negaunee runner Delaney McLaughlin on a pickoff attempt in Wednesday’s first game.

Sizzling bats lift Eskymos past Miners

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ESCANABA — It may be cold outside this week for softball, but it’s not affecting hot-hitting Taylor Gauthier. Gauthier, Escanaba’s junior shortstop, belted four home runs Wednesday to help the Eskymos to a doubleheader sweep over Negaunee in their home opener at Lemerand Field. She hit a ...

Run-starved Escanaba tripped by Marquette

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ESCANABA — Offensive woes continued for the Escanaba baseball team Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to Marquette at the Al Ness Field. The Eskymos managed just six hits. “Everyone is pressing,” said Escanaba coach Kirk Schwalbach, whose team has scored two total runs in its last two games. “We ...

Coaching clinic set for Terrace Bay Inn

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ESCANABA — The 54th Annual Escanaba Football Clinic is set for April 28 at the Terrace Bay Inn. Lowell High School head coach Noel Dean will speak on ‘Six evaluation points I use regarding Lowell football athletes, parents included’ and August football practice organization at 6:30 p.m. ...

Manistique senior wins high jump title

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MARQUETTE — Manistique senior Kelsey Dehanke enjoyed the comforts of competing indoors Wednesday, winning girls’ high jump in the Ishpeming Dome Invitational track meet. Dehanke cleared four feet, 10 inches, with Ishpeming’s Hannah Smith taking second at 4-9 at Northern Michigan ...

Rapid River sweeps Munising in softball

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RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River softball team generated 27 runs in a double-header sweep Wednesday over visiting Munising. The Rockets won the first game 11-1 in six innings and downed the Mustangs 16-1 in a four-inning nightcap. In the opener, Brittany Schwartz pitched a four-hitter with ...

Ladies golf league

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GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Golf Course Ladies League will have an organizational meeting and potluck dinner Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Weather permitting, a 4 p.m. scramble also is being planned. Ladies of the golf course are encouraged to sign up for the meeting/scramble by calling (906-428-9646).

Prep schedule

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Today’s games Golf Manistique, Gladstone at Menominee, 4:30 Tennis Gladstone at Iron Mount, 4:45 Baseball Gladstone at Marinette, 5:30 Friday’s games Tennis Escanaba at Menominee Invitational, 10 a.m. Golf North Central at Norway Invitational, 10 a.m. Softball BR-Harris ...

Clutch hitting lifts Braves past Esky

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ESCANABA — It was not ideal baseball weather Tuesday as the Gladstone baseball team defeated Escanaba 10-1. The rain didn’t seem to bother the Braves as they scored early and often especially in the sixth inning where they scored five runs to put the game away. “We had a few miscues in ...

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North Central’s Carter Holle attempts to reach first base as Bark River-Harris first baseman Ray Cole awaits a low throw. Holle was running after a dropped third strike and was out on the play. The teams split Tuesday’s doubleheader.

BR-H, Jets split baseball DH

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HARRIS — Rivals North Central and Bark River-Harris hooked up in a dandy early-season showdown and split Tuesday’s doubleheader. The visiting Jets captured the first game 4-0 in a Skyline Central Conference contest, while the Broncos won the non-league nightcap 8-7 on Kadin Mustafa’s RBI ...

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Bark River Harris’ Brianna Mlostek steals second base ahead of the throw in Tuesday’s first game against Forest Park. Trojans’ shortstop Maddie Thoreson catches the ball and second baseman Indy Hundley backs up the play.

Broncos sweep Trojans

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HARRIS —The Bark River-Harris softball team displayed its solid hitting and pitching Tuesday in a15-0, 19-1double-header sweep over visiting Forest Park. Both games went three innings in the Broncos’ home opener. “We are excited to get new teams to play,” Broncos coach Jen Goodrich ...

Area duo wins titles at invite

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MARQUETTE — A pair of area track athletes were rewarded for solid efforts as they earned top honors in their respective field events in Tuesday’s Marquette Invitational. Gladstone junior Sydney Mills took first in girls’ long jump with a personal-best leap of 15 feet, 8 1/2 inches and ...

Kingsford sweeps Superior Central

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KINGSFORD — Jacob Henes’ walk-off single in the sixth inning lifted Kingsford past Superior Central 6-5 in the first game Tuesday of a Skyline Conference baseball doubleheader at Lodal Park’s Gary Spigarelli Field. Henes singled home Joe Murvich with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of ...

Gladstone physicals

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GLADSTONE — Gladstone High School will conduct athletic physicals May 24. Forms are available at the high school activities office and the main office at the Junior High School. These physicals are for students who are going to be in grades 6 through 12, and have already had a sports ...

Prep schedule

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Today’s games Track Ishpeming Invitational at Marquette (Superior Dome), 3:45 Softball Munising at RR (DH), 4 Marquette jayvees at Bark River-Harris (DH), 4 Negaunee at Escanaba (DH), 5 Tennis Gladstone at Iron Mount, 4:45 Baseball Marquette at Escanaba, 5 Thursday’s ...

Escanaba’s CJ Barron follows through on a swing against Iron Mountain on Monday at Ranger Field in Iron Mountain.

Eskymos combine to pitch no-hitter

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IRON MOUNTAIN - Three Escanaba pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in a 9-2 win against Iron Mountain on Monday. The Mountaineers’ inaugural game came with successes and a list of things to improve on. With seven freshmen on a roster of 12, the Mountaineers’ plan to build talent ...