Tourney finalists

topple Escanaba

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Escanaba team reached the semifinals of the Upper Peninsula Hardball Championship here Sunday, finishing 2-2 with the losses coming to the two finalists.

Team 906 beat Greenville, Wis. 3-2 in its opener as Ryan Boettcher scattered seven hits and and joined Jared Rear with two hits.

Ken Pekarek Jr. had the game-winning RBI single.

Fox Cities Squatches then beat 906 6-2 by scoring four runs in the sixth. Pekarek had an RBI single and Lyle Sexton was the losing pitcher.

906 then rebouinded with a 6-5 victory over Marquette. Boettcher, Brent Chartier and Rear had home runs as 906 built a 5-0 lead, with Boettcher snapping the tie with an RBI single in the seventh to score Tyler Skufka. Justin Popelka scattered 10 hits for the win.

Kenosha, Wis. Langsdorf then won 11-3, with Brandon Punzel getting the loss.

Fox Valley beat Langsdorf in the finals to win the tourney title for the fifth time in the last six years.

Wall of Fame

induction, party

ESCANABA — Five former Escanaba High School football players and coaches will be inducted into the school’s Wall of Fame at halftime of Saturday’s game against Detroit Loyola.

Dick Allingham, the late Gregg Johnson, Jim Rogers, Jerry Rudden and Jay Wiles will be joined by long-time coach Paul Kangas at halftime.

Immediately following the game, the Escanaba Quarterback Club will host an open mixer at the Elks Club. It is open to the public.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is 2:30 at Escanaba Athletic Field.

Allen just misses

finals paddling spot

From Iron Mountain Daily News

Kingsford High School graduate Kelly Allen narrowly missed a spot in the finals of the ICF World Championship canoe races.

She missed a finals’ spot by three hundreths of a second, indicating on her facebook page that her paddle hit a fish midway through the 200-meter race in Portugal.

Peterson sinks ace

GLADSTONE — Brad Peterson notched the second hole-in-one of his golf career Sunday. He used a pitching wedge on the 132-yard 10th hole at Irish Oaks Golf Course.

Jam Dan Scramble

WILSON — The Jam Dam Scramble five-kilometer run is set for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Wilson Junior Academy.

Packet pick-up begins at 8:30. Online registration closes Friday at 11:59 p.m.

Entry fee is $25. Proceeds will go to the Escanaba Women’s Shelter.

For more information contact the race director at

Youth basketball

GLADSTONE — A Fall Training Camp will be available for girls and boys in grades 9-12 at Gladstone High School. Each session, on Sept 8, 15, 22 and 29, is limited to eight players. Grade 9 reports at 9 a.m., grade 10 at 10 a./m., grade 11 at 11 a.m. and grade 12 at noon. Bay College basketball coaches Matt Johnson and Matt Gregory will direct the sessions. For details, contact Johnson at

Prep schedule

Today’s games

Cross country

North Central Invitational, 4

Girls’ tennis

Gladstone at Kingsford, 4

Thursday’s games

Girls’ tennis

Gladstone at Gwinn, 4


Stephenson at Big Bay de Noc, 6

BR-Harris at N. Central, 7:15

Forest Park at Superior Central, 7:15

Mid Pen at Rapid River, 7:30

North Dickinson at Carney-Nadeau, 8