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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 ...

Trappers Convention set for July in Esky

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ESCANABA — The annual Upper Peninsula Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo is scheduled for two days in mid-July at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Put on by the U.P. Trappers Association, the event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on ...

Division 3 girls all-state basketball

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By The Associated Press The 2020 Associated Press Division 3 girls basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of Michigan sportswriters. Player of the Year Hannah Spitzley, Pewamo-Westphalia, Sr. First-Team All-State Hannah Spitzley, Pewamo-Westphalia, Sr. Kenzie Bowers, ...

Bucks aim to be ready when season resumes

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks remain confident the coronavirus pandemic won’t put a permanent halt to the season and that they’ll get to resume chasing their first league title in nearly half a century. The Bucks had a league-best 53-12 record when play was suspended ...

Division 2 girls all-state basketball

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By The Associated Press The 2020 Associated Press Division 2 girls basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of Michigan sportswriters. Player of the Year Gabrielle Elliott, Detroit Edison, Sr. First-Team All-State Gabrielle Elliott, Detroit Edison, Sr. Damiya Hagemann, ...

Top 10 boys basketball games of the year

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MARQUETTE — If the first match-up between Escanaba and Marquette wasn’t good enough, the second one played in Marquette Feb. 13 had all of that and more. The stakes were as high as they possibly could be for a regular season game, with the winner guaranteed at least a share of the Great ...

Top 10 boys basketball games of the year

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CARNEY — If we all end up getting robbed of the third chapter of Carney-Nadeau and North Central meeting for a district title, at least we got to see a classic played between the two teams back on Feb. 4 in Carney. This match-up was filled with intensity, clutch plays on both sides, and it ...

Top 10 boys basketball games of the year

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HARRIS — It was the second match-up of the year between the North Central and Bark River-Harris boys. The Jets had come off a tough loss to powerhouse Munising three days prior, and the Broncos were looking to add to their two-game win streak. In their last meeting Dec. 23, the Jets earned ...

Top 10 boys basketball games of the year

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GLADSTONE — Facing arguably the toughest schedule in the entire U.P., the Gladstone boys didn’t have much room for error this season. Playing in both the Mid-Peninsula and Great Northern Conference is something only the Braves do, which means playing multiple games against top teams such ...

Lions sign former Packers’ receiver Geronimo Allison

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with wide receiver Geronimo Allison. The Lions announced the move Sunday. The 26-year-old Allison comes to Detroit from division rival Green Bay. He caught 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns last season. Allison played the ...

Wagner named 2nd team all-state

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ESCANABA — As just a sophomore, Carney-Nadeau’s Tessa Wagner is already racking up prestigious honors. The 6-foot-2 center was named to the Associated Press Division 4 all-state second team Monday. Wagner averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game while shooting 45% from the ...

Athletic trainers step up to fight virus

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Athletic trainers across the country are changing their routines and joining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The National Athletic Trainers Association has partnered with the Go4Ellis platform on an app aimed at helping trainers assist understaffed hospitals. The app was intended ...

Division 4 girls all-state basketball

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By The Associated Press The 2020 Associated Press Division 4 girls basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of Michigan sportswriters. Player of the Year Bree Salenbien, Adrian Lenawee Christian, Jr. First-Team All-State Bree Salenbien, Adrian Lenawee Christian, Jr. Dani ...

Bay hires Gregory as next women’s basketball coach

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ESCANABA — After serving as the interim coach for the final five games of the 2019-20 season, Matt Gregory has officially been hired as Bay College’s next women’s basketball coach. Athletic director Matt Johnson announced the move Friday. Gregory, who served as an assistant coach for ...

Top 10 boys basketball games of the year

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ESCANABA — Entering the season, the Escanaba boys knew they had to do something they hadn’t done in a decade if they wanted to have any shot at winning the Great Northern Conference — beat Marquette. As hard as it may be for some to believe, coming into the season, Esky’s last win ...

Top 10 boys basketball games of the year

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HARRIS — Lost in the fact that this was the game Carney-Nadeau senior point guard Brett LaFord eclipsed 1,000 career points was that this game was actually really good just by itself. The lead changed hands multiple times and it came right down to the closing minutes in this match-up of ...

Top 10 boys basketball games of the year

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RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River boys were on a four-game winning streak, and they were faced with a home game against North Central on Feb. 11. The Rockets fell to the Jets 66-54 in their previous meeting Jan. 20, and they were looking for some revenge. In the first half, it looked like the ...