Mid Pen and C-N split and SC, RR lose
Republic-Michigamme at Mid Peninsula
ST. NICHOLAS — The Mid Peninsula boys basketball team had a tough start that didn’t get any easier here as they fell 63-26 to Republic-Michigamme Friday.
The Wolverines were eclipsed by Republic from the field, finishing with 19% efficiency as opposed to 49%.
“We’re super young, and we have one of our best players out for the year,” Mid Pen coach Mark Branstrom said. “That news didn’t help much tonight. It will be a big learning curve. They and I have a lot to work on.”
Mid Pen was led by Bradley VanDamme with nine points.
Logan Hanninen led Republic with 22 points, Derek Koski chipped in 12 and Gabe Dupont collected 11.
Mid Peninsula visits Stephenson Monday.
Republic-Mich. 12 21 15 16 — 63
Mid Peninsula 5 2 11 8 — 26
Republic-Michigamme — Skogman 2, Dupont 11, Erickssn 4, logan Hanninen 22, Raisanen 7, Koski 12, Laqrence; F:12; Fouled out: none; FT: 3-6; 3-point field goals: Hanninen.
Mid Peninsula — VanDamme 9, Richmond 2, McNally 5, Lofquist 2, Temple 2, Cretens 3, Constantino 3; F: 8; Fouled out: none; FT: 7-14; 3-point field goals: VanDamme 1, McNally 1, Constantino 1.
Carney-Nadeau at Forest Park
CRYSTAL FALLS — It was nip and tuck nearly the entire way as the Carney-Nadeau boys basketball team edged out Forest Park 39-36 in Crystal Falls Friday.
It was free throws in the fourth that earned the win for the Wolves (5-3), who were 8-10 from the line in the fourth.
“In the end, we got up by three,” Wolves coach Paul Polfus said. “They tied it up, but we hit some free throws and got a steal. We made another (free throw) to go up three, and that’s where it stayed.”
Tim Hodson led the Wolverines with 11 points.
The Trojans were led by Gavin Johnson with 9.
“I was proud of our kids,” Polfus said. “We battled inside. I give the kids a lot of credit. We were down, and we bounced back. (Forest Park) makes you work hard. I’m happy with the win.”
Trojans’ coach Kurt Lehman said his team had some good moments but still needs work.
“It was a much more balanced game and I thought we showed signs of some good things but we’re just not quite there yet,” Lehman said. ” We took some pretty big strides but missed some big free throws down the stretch and unfortunately that was the difference in the game.”
Tommy Showers and Gavin Johnson each had eight rebounds for Forest Park.
Carney-Nadeau hosts Kingsford Tuesday, while Forest Park, which won the JV game, visits North Central.
Carney-Nadeau 9 10 8 12 — 39
Forest Park 4 10 10 12 — 36
Carney-Nadeau — Koffman 9, Flanagan 8, LaFord 2, Imhoff 9, Hodson 11; F: 9; none; FT: 8-10; 3-point field goals: Koffman 1, Flanagan 2, Imoff 3, Hodson 1.
Forest Park — Johnson 9, Emmers 8, McKissack 4, Rintala 5, Showers 8, Fisher 2; FT: 2-7; F: 11: Fouled out: none; 3 point field goals: Emmers 2 Rintala 1.
Gwinn at Superior Central
EBEN — The Superior Central boy’s basketball team found defeat 46-35 at the hands of the Gwinn Modeltowners Friday night in Eben.
The Cougars stayed within striking distance of the Modeltowners at the end of the first half. Heading into the locker room, they were only down by one, 18-17.
However, a big third from Gwinn gave them a handy lead 36-24 to start the fourth.
Superior Central outscored Gwinn 11-10 in the final quarter, but it wouldn’t be enough to erase the deficit.
The Cougars host the Mid Peninsula Wolverines Tuesday.
Gwinn 10 8 18 10 — 46
Superior Central 8 9 7 11 — 35
Gwinn — James Harnick 13, Love 9, Peterson 8, Jacob Harnick 6, Hill 6, Woods 2, Noah Noble 1, Stieler 1; F: 17; FT: 13-22; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Peterson 2, James Harnick 2, Love.
Superior Central — Kyle Frusti 18, Zach Frusti 9, Maki 6, McLaury 2; F: 19; FT: 4-9; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Zach Frusti 3.
Republic-Michigamme at Mid Peninsula
ST. NICHOLAS — The Mid Pen girls basketball team took earned an early advantage and cruised to a win over Republic-Michigamme 49-26 here Friday.
“It was a little less intense than last night’s game again North Central,” Mid Pen coach Phil Croasdell said. “They didn’t give us any easy shots, but I’m proud of the way we played defense. We’re, fundamentally, looking a lot better than the last two games.”
The Wolverines (5-3) outscored Republic 16-3 in the first quarter and 14-2 in the second to lead 30-5 at halftime.
Their cushion allowed Mid Pen to involve more of their bench.
“Everyone got some playing time,” Croasdell said. “Just communication has been key in the last few games, and it seems like we’re starting to click.”
Daisy Englund led the Wolverines with 13 points and four treys. Landry Koski followed closely with 12 points, and Shae Lampinen collected 12 along with four treys.
“Daisy ran a heck of a game again,” Croasdell said. “Ally Lancour got tons of rebounds (13) for us, and Shae has been shooting the ball well. It’s nice to get the monkey off her back. It looks like she’s come around.
“When you can get three or four girls in double figures, you’re going to win a lot of games.”
Mid Pen travels to Stephenson Monday.
Republic-Mich. 3 2 11 10 — 26
Mid Peninsula 16 14 11 8 — 49
Republic-Michgamme — Ally Radcliffe 8, Jarvey 3, Gransinger 4, Alexa Radcliffe 5, McCracken 2; F: 7; Fouled out: none; FT: 3-6; 3-point field goals: Alexa Radcliffe 1.
Mid Peninsula — Johnson 7, Englund 13, Koski 12, Lampinen 12, McNally 2, Lancour 2, Hemminger 1; F: 8; Fouled out: none; FT: 5-9; 3-point field goals: Englund 4, Lampinen 4.
Norway at Rapid River
RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Rockets girls basketball team lost 53-37 against the Norway Knights Friday night in Rapid River.
The Rockets held a three-point lead, 7-4, at the end of the first quarter. However, the Knights had a huge second, outscoring the Rockets 14-1.
“Norway came to play, it took them a little to warm up,” said Rockets coach Scott Goodacre. “The game was always in reach but we couldn’t get it going the way we needed.”
Natalie Belanger was impressive for Rapid River, once again.
“(It was) another solid outing from Natalie Belanger,” said Goodacre. “This was her fourth game in a row with a double-double. She always comes to play.”
Emily Goodacre had nine points in the fourth quarter but it just wasn’t enough, said coach Goodacre.
The Rockets head to Eben to play the Superior Central Cougars Monday.
Norway 4 14 11 24 — 53
Rapid River 7 1 12 17 — 37
Norway — Clifford 15, Carlson 10, Leiker 8, Popp 6, Chellew 5, Lindsley 3, VanHolla 2, Adams 2, Freudinger 2; F: 16; FT: 9-23
Rapid River — Belanger 15, Goodacre 9, Pilon 7, Poore 5, Thibault 1; F: 20; FT: 4-14; 3-point field goals: Goodacre 2, Poore.
Carney-Nadeau at North Dickinson
FELCH — The Carney-Nadeau Wolves girls’ basketball team (8-0) remained undefeated after a 48-33 win over the North Dickinson Nordics in Thursday nightFelch.
“I thought we played okay,” said Wolves coach Ken Linder. “Our execution on offense wasn’t up to my expectations but our defense was good as usual and pulled us through.
“It feels pretty good (being undefeated). I’m excited about the direction we are heading. We are starting to come into our own”
Tessa Wagner had 26 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocks for the Wolves.
“She definitely carried us tonight,” said Linder.
Ashton Hord had 13 points for the Nordics. Micah Lindholm scored 10, including three tiples.
The Wolves will host Munising Saturday.
Carney-Nadeau — Wagner 26, Linder 6, Ernest 5, Grand 5, Messersmith 4, Kirschner 2 F: 7, FT: 5-13; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Grand.