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Norway native and legendary coach, Ralston, passes at 92

John Ralston, a Norway High School graduate who coached Stanford to two Rose Bowl victories in the early 1970s and spent five seasons coaching the Denver Broncos, died Saturday in Sunnyvale, Calif. He was 92. Born in Oakland, Calif., on April 26, 1927, “Jack” at age 10 moved to Norway ...

UPIR ends season with a bang with 2nd Annual Border Battle

ESCANABA — It was wheels up for 110 racers at the second annual Border Battle at the Advanced Auto Parts Upper Peninsula International Raceway in Escanaba last Saturday. Following heavy rains prior to the race, workers scrambled to remove water from the pit area and prep the ...

Prep schedule

Today’s games Volleyball Maplewood Baptist at Hannahville (DH), 2 Escanaba at Manistique, 7 Carney-Nadeau at Rapid River, 7:30 Bark River-Harris at Superior Central, 7:30 North Central at North Dickinson, 8 Cross country Stephenson Invitational, 4 Manistique at St. Ignace ...

Eskymos sweep Miners

ESCANABA — Every time the Negaunee Miners tried to hit the ball away from Nicole Kamin, it still ended up back in her sights. The Miners were competitive, but in the end Kamin was too much to overcome as Escanaba walked away with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-20) volleyball sweep here ...

Braves hang on to spill Hematites, 3-2

GLADSTONE — The second meeting within less than a week between the Gladstone and Ishpeming volleyball teams almost had a different outcome as the Braves edged out a five-set win against the Hematites 3-2 (25-12, 23-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-12). The final set was tied at 7 with Ishpeming ...

Emeralds finish strong to roll past Gwinn

GWINN — The Manistique High School volleyball team prevailed in what could be an early district tournament preview at Gwinn on Tuesday night. The Emeralds won in four sets, 23-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-15. Modeltowners coach Toni Roberts reported that the MHSAA Division 3 district tourney draw ...

Wolves sweep Broncos

CARNEY — The Carney-Nadeau Wolves quickly became the aggressor here Tuesday night in a 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-7) volleyball rout of Bark River-Harris. Carney scored the first five points and led by as much as 23-7 in the opener. In the second set, BR-H was within 7-6 following a kill by ...

Gladstone girls win against IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Gladstone girls’ tennis team came away with a 6-2 victory over Iron Mountain here Tuesday. The Braves swept doubles matches, and No. 1 and No. 3 both saw a third set. Gladstone’s Olivia Saari and Marnnea LaFave dropped the first set to Iron Mountain’s Megan Murray ...

Eskymos fall on road against Redettes

MARQUETTE — The first time this year’s Marquette Senior High School varsity girls tennis team faced Escanaba, the Redettes won a 7-1 road decision to open the season in August. History repeated itself on Tuesday afternoon, with MSHS again earning a 7-1 win, this time at home. The ...

Black Bears grab first win against Eagles

GARDEN CORNERS — The Big Bay de Noc Black Bears earned their first volleyball victory of the season here Tuesday, taking a 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-10) decision from the Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter Eagles. “I was really proud of all the girls tonight,” said Big Bay coach Angie Paulson. “We ...

Rapid River volleyball picks up first win

NORWAY — The Rapid River volleyball team picked up its first win of the season here Tuesday, edging Skyline Central Conference opponent Norway 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 26-24, 25-23). “Our girls stuck with it and they kept fighting,” Rockets’ coach Kristy Kerstner said. “After the first ...

Prep schedule

Today’s games Girls’ tennis Gladstone at West Iron Cty, 4:45 Thursday’s games Volleyball Maplewood Baptist at Hannahville (DH), 2 Escanaba at Manistique, 7 C-Nadeau at Rapid River, 7:30 BR-Harris at S. Central, 7:30 N.Central at North Dickinson, 8 Cross ...

Briefs

Senior scramble at Sweetgrass HARRIS — Steve Douglas of Terrace Bluff and Larry Bratonia of Gladstone shot 64 for medalist honors in the age 50-64 division in the senior two-man scramble tournament Tuesday at Sweetgrass Golf Club. Scott Neurohr of Nahma and Rick LaFleur of Terrace Bluff ...

Eskymos, Jets top first U.P. grid poll

ESCANABA — After three weeks of the high school football season, two local teams sit atop their respective divisions in the first U.P. poll voted on by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Those teams are Escanaba and North Central, which are both unbeaten. The ...

Balenger shines, Patriots top Braves

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone girls’ tennis team was the second Delta County team to feel like it ran up against a buzzsaw against Westwood here Monday, dropping the match to the Patriots 7-1. Westwood blanked Escanaba 8-0 earlier in the day. Gladstone’s lone win came at No. 1 singles, ...

Patriots blank Esky, 8-0

ESCANABA — The Escanaba girls’ tennis team faced an unscheduled, tough opponent here Monday as the Westwood Patriots overpowered the Eskymos 8-0. The Eskymos fell in each flight in two sets, with No. 1 doubles going to seven games in both sets. However, Esky’s Maddy Ide and Alison ...

Mid Pen tops Munising for first time ever

MUNISING — The Mid Peninsula volleyball team reached new heights here Monday, topping conference rival Munising 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-12) for the first time ever. “Every girl stepped up and played their role perfectly tonight,” Mid Pen coach Emily Kayser said. “This is our first time ...

BR-H sweeps Westwood

ISHPEMING — The Bark River-Harris Broncos won their fourth straight game to start the season here Monday, sweeping Westwood 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-10) in a non-conference volleyball contest. The Broncos started a tad bit slow, but recovered nicely to dominate the third set and complete the ...

Prep schedule

Today’s games Girls’ tennis Escanaba at Marquette, 4 Gladstone at I. Mountain, 4:30 Soccer Hannahville at Munising Baptist, 4 Ojibwe Charter at Big Bay, 4:30 Volleyball Hannahville at Munising Baptist, 6 Ojibwe Charter at Big Bay, 6:30 Manistique at Gwinn, ...

Briefs

Youth basketball ESCANABA — The Escanaba varsity basketball team will be hosting a five-week basketball camp for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade at Escanaba Upper Elementary School every Saturday starting this Saturday. The camp is for kids in the Escanaba and Holy Name ...