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Fedell named to All-U.P. Division 1-3 first team

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ESCANABA — Just a season ago, Peyton Fedell was hidden in the mix of a talented group of guards. As a result, he wasn’t able to see the floor as much as he would have liked and averaged just seven points a game. But this season, Escanaba’s 6-foot-2 senior guard exploded onto the scene, ...

Four area players earn All-U.P. recognition in Division 4

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ESCANABA — Four area boys basketball players received Division 4 All-Upper Peninsula recognition through online balloting Wednesday and Thursday by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Online voting replaced the association’s annual meeting due to the COVID-19 ...

Polfus named D-4 coach of the year

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CARNEY — Well, that’s one way to return to the sideline. After previously not coaching the varsity squad since 2008, Paul Polfus stepped back into that role for the Carney-Nadeau boys this season. As he’s done his entire coaching career, he found a way to be successful. Polfus was ...

MHSAA cancels winter and spring sports seasons

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EAST LANSING — The unfortunate news that everybody had waiting for came down Friday, as the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced it has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 winter and spring sports seasons. The move was made in compliance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ...

Wonders named Mr. U.P. basketball for second straight season

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain junior Foster Wonders and senior teammate Marcus Johnson both accomplished repeats in recognition of their stellar on-court performances during the 2019-2020 boys basketball season, while the Mountaineers also earned team honors. The Upper Peninsula ...

2019-20 All-U.P. Boys Basketball

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UPSSA DREAM TEAM Player School Height Class Foster Wonders Iron Mountain 6-5 Jr. Marcus Johnson Iron Mountain 5-9 Sr. Brad Simonsen Houghton 6-6 Sr. Ashton Janke Dollar Bay 6-3 Sr. Jason Waterman Negaunee 6-0 Sr. Kam Karp Marquette ...

Better days will be coming, rest assured

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“Way up on Bear Creek, watching the sun go down. Well, it makes me feel like I’m on my last go ‘round,” – A.P. Carter — — — MARQUETTE — As the afternoon light dwindled, a drab gloom that had fallen over the scene the night before continued to hang around, as it had all ...

Can I still go fishing during restrictions?

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LANSING — The Department of natural Resources is receiving questions about how COVID-19 is affecting outdoor recreation. Right now, yes, fishing is permitted, and the 2020 season opened April 1. In fact, fishing is one outdoor activity that can be done with proper social distancing — just ...

Forest Legacy Program applications

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LANSING — The value of thriving green spaces where people can spread out and enjoy nature perhaps has never been more apparent than now, as the world adapts to life with COVID-19. In Michigan, some of our most beautiful public land is made possible through the Forest Legacy Program, a ...

Updated Michigan forest road maps now available online

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LANSING — As part of PA 288, the DNR is required to notify the public of changes to state forest road maps. New maps are available online in both an interactive web format and printable map. The maps - updated each year based on data of changing road conditions - show which state forest roads ...

The best in both worlds

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ESCANABA — Playing through pain is one thing. Playing through pain and still putting up all-state numbers is another. That’s what Escanaba senior forward Ethan Silverstone accomplished this past hockey season, as he was recently named to the Division 2 all-state team by the Michigan High ...

MSU A.D. defends Tom Izzo after witness report

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman defended basketball coach Tom Izzo on Thursday after Izzo was accused in an ESPN report of contacting a witness who was part of a 2017 criminal sexual conduct investigation involving one of his players. According to a ...

NBA coaches play the waiting game

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MIAMI (AP) — Orlando’s Steve Clifford figures he’s like every other NBA coach right now: Wake up, go to whatever now serves as the office, study his own team, maybe think about possible opponents, and resume planning. Of course, nobody knows what they’re planning for — or when these ...

Gonzaga, UM top academics-based NCAA tourney bracket

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gonzaga and Michigan stood out in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. The Zags were a No. 1 seed in both brackets released Thursday by The Institute for ...

Division 1 girls all-state basketball

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By The Associated Press Division 1 All-State The 2020 Associated Press Division 1 girls basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of 10 Michigan sportswriters. Player of the Year Aaliyah Nye, East Lansing, Sr. First-Team All-State Whitney Sollom, Hartland, Sr. Aaliyah ...

Gregory ready to lead the Bay women

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ESCANABA — Matt Johnson has been coaching alongside Matt Gregory for the last three seasons. Bay College’s men’s basketball coach and athletic director has had an opportunity to see first-hand the coach and person Gregory is, so when the women’s basketball coach job opened up, Johnson ...

Finding ways to recruit

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ESCANABA — The art of recruiting is a special one. Getting student-athletes to buy into your school, your culture, your way of doing things, your coaching staff and what else you have to offer can be a tough sales pitch for 17- and 18-year-olds who are being asked to trust you with their ...

NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams

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NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference, for a total of 14, next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled due to the new ...

Kamin named to AP all-state second team

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ESCANABA — Nicole Kamin continues to add to her basketball resume. After leading a young Escanaba team to a 13-8 record and its first district title in 20 years, Kamin was named to the Associated Press Division 2 all-state second team Wednesday. The 5-foot-11 junior forward averaged 19.2 ...

NASCAR industry steps up to produce PPE’s in COVID-19 crisis

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The five 3D printers at NASCAR’s Research & Technology center – two delivered in February and installed less than two weeks ago — are typically focused on composite parts and working on an updated stock car. But when racing came to a stop March 13 amid the ...