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North Central’s Jason Whitens caps off an alley-oop slam dunk during the Jets’ big third quarter in Monday night’s MHSAA Class D regional semifinal at Negaunee’s Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium. North Central held on to beat Dollar Bay 75-73 in a thriller.

Jets get jolt from Bolts

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By Ryan Stieg Journal Sports Writer NEGAUNEE — The North Central Jets have been soaring past each opponent for almost three full seasons, but on Monday their flight to another possible state title experienced some heavy turbulence. However, the Jets did what they’ve always done ...

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Gladstone’s Brad Spindler (24) launches a shot as Grayling’s Justin Nicholas (2) closes in during the first half.

Gladstone KOs Grayling

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SAULT STE. MARIE — Gladstone enjoyed winning a Class B boys district basketball title last week. But a regional championship this week would be even sweeter for the Braves, who took the first step Monday night with a hard-fought 74-69 semifinal win against Grayling at Sault High ...

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Rapid River High School’s Mason Berglund, center right, dribbles the ball past the defense of Ewen-Trout Creek High School’s Tommy Cousineau, right, and Eli Nordine, center left, on Monday night, Mar. 13, 2017, at Lakeview Elementary School.

Rockets blast into title game

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By Ray Bressette Journal Sports Writer NEGAUNEE — The Rapid River defense stood tall Monday night at Negaunee’s Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium, fighting off a potent Ewen-Trout Creek offense for a 63-56 win to advance to the Class D regional tournament championship game at 7 p.m. ...

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Negaunee’s Dre Tuominen shoots against Calumet in a Class C region semifinal Monday in Escanaba.

Speedy Miners advance

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ESCANABA — The Negaunee boys had every intention of setting the pace in a Class C regional basketball opener Monday night and did just that in a 65-43 triumph over the Calumet Copper Kings at Escanaba High School. The victory sends the Miners (19-4) to Wednesday’s champonship game where ...

IM cruises to victory

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ESCANABA — The Iron Mountain boys found their shooting touch in the second half Monday night, posting a 66-37 basketball triumph over the Newberry Indians in a Class C regional opener. Iron Mountain scored 44 points after the intermission after struggling from the floor much of the first ...

U.P. scores

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MONDAY Boys’ basketball Regional tournaments Class B Gladstone 74, Grayling 69 Class C Iron Mountain 66, Newberry 37 Negaunee 65, Calumet 43 Class D Rapid River 63, Ewen-Trout Creek 43 North Central 75, Dollar Bay 73 Hillman 71, Cedarville 50 Pellston 63, Engadine 59 (OT)

Prep schedule: Tuesday-Wednesday

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Tonight’s games Girls’ basketball State quarterfinals Class C At Gaylord St. Ignace vs. Maple City Glen Lake, 7 Class D At Negaunee Forest Park vs. Engadine, 7 Wednesday’s games Boys’ basketball Regional tournaments Class B At Grayling Ludington vs. ...

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North Central defeated Bark River-Harris 79-60 to capture the Class D District 126 title Friday at Stephenson. The Jets, kneeling, from left: Griffin Johnson, Lucas Dombrowski, Hunter Riley, Seth Polfus, Bobby Kleiman and Austin Poupore. Standing: Trenton Schaff, Ryan Plunger, Marcus Krachinski, Jason Whitens, Dawson Bilski and Ben Snyder.

Area teams eye regional title

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ESCANABA — The boys’ basketball state tournament enters the regional stage this week, starting with tonight’s semifinals. It’s familiar waters in Class D for North Central, the defending two-time state champion with a nation-leading 78-game win streak. And it’s uncharted waters for ...

Tight races for fun run in Escanaba

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ESCANABA — It was a relatively tight race for top women’s honors Sunday as 18 seconds separated the first three finishers in the 33rd Annual Slip-Sliding-Away five-mile fun run at Escanaba High School. Michelle McCarthy-Paul of Gladstone and Stephanie Grosvenor of Marquette tied for first ...

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Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., left, looks at the trophy as he and teammates celebrate after defeating Wisconsin 71-56 Sunday for the Big Ten tournament title. Michigan, playing its best basketball of the season, earned a No. 7 seed for the regional in Indianapolis of the upcoming NCAA men’s tournament.

Michigan stuns UW for crown

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Michigan basketball team crammed a lifetime worth of memories into one magical week, and they received a treasured souvenir as a keepsake. After defeating No. 24 Wisconsin 71-56 on Sunday to win their first Big Ten Tournament championship, the eighth-seeded Wolverines ...

Lions reach 3-year deal with Lang, beef up offensive line

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DETROIT (AP) — T.J. Lang is switching sides in an NFC North rivalry — and returning to his roots. The Detroit Lions agreed to a three-year deal with Lang, another significant move to bolster their offensive line in a busy off-season so far. Mike McCartney, Lang’s agent, tweeted news of ...

Prep schedule

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Tonight’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. Negaunee, 7:30 Class D At Negaunee Ewen-Trout Creek vs. Rapid River, 6 North Central vs. ...

Race postponed

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GLADSTONE — The Sixth Annual Bot Trot five-kilometer run, which was scheduled for Saturday, got postponed due to cold and windy conditions. It will be rescheduled

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Bark River-Harris’ Cassidi Stannard drives to the basket against Forest Park’s Jenna Grabowski during the Class D regional final Thursday in Kingsford.

Bronco heartbreaker

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By Burt Angeli Iron Mountain Daily News KINGSFORD — Forest Park and Bark River-Harris waged a classic “it’s a shame somebody had to lose” girls basketball game Thursday. The Skyline Central Conference rivals battled for 40 minutes before the Lady Trojans emerged with a 62-54 ...

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Gladstone players celebrate after Coach Clayton Castor, right, handed them the Class B district trophy Friday.

King of the districts

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GLADSTONE — Menominee swept the Gladstone boys’ basketball team this season and that’s the only motivation the Braves needed in the Class B district championship game. Brad Spindler and his teammates erased a 29-22 halftime deficit and then got their revenge here Friday with a big ...

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North Central’s Bobby Kleiman races past Nick Lippens (15) to the basket.

Jets roll past BR-H for D crown

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STEPHENSON — Seventy eight and counting. That’s where North Central’s nation-leading winning streak stands after defeating Bark River-Harris 79-60 Friday night in a Class D boys’ district basketball final. This marked the fifth consecutive district title for the Jets (23-0), who ...

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Browns get Osweiler, Bears release Cutler

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By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Everyone expected a free agency flurry when the NFL’s year began on Thursday. Predicting what happened with Brock Osweiler was beyond anyone’s projections. One year after signing a four-year deal with Houston, then losing the starting job to Tom ...

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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

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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 ...