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The Calumet High School volleyball team’s tournament run ended yesterday afternoon with a heartbreaking 3-2 (25:16, 25:21, 21:25, 18:25, 11:15) loss to Kalamazoo Christian High School in a state tournament the Division 3 semifinal game at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. The Copper Kings easily won the first set, taking an 18-8 lead and holding off a late run by the Comets. Christian found his footing in the second set and led 20-17 before Kaylie Halonen took the lead with six serves. The Comets won a close third set. Calumet opened up a 7-2 lead in the fourth, but Christian scored 20 of the next 24 points to open an unassailable lead. After Christian took a 7-2 lead in the fifth set, the Copper Kings fought back, but couldn’t overcome the deficit.
The Comets meet Pewamo-Westfalen in the Division Three championship game today.
In the other state title matches, Athens plays Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in Division Four. In the second division, North Branch meets Cadillac. In Division One, Bloomfield Hills Marian takes on Northville.
The State High School’s eight-player soccer championship games are being played at the Superior Dome today.
• In Division One, Martin takes on Merrill at 11:00 am.
• In the second division, North Central plays Mendon at 14:00.
In the 11-player semi-final today involving UP teams…
• In Division Eight, Iron Mountain meets Ubly at Petoskey High School.
• Negaunee takes on Reed City at Gaylord High School in Division Six.
The local high school hockey season kicked off last night.
• Houghton beat Escanaba 8-0 in a game that ended after two periods due to the mercy rule. The Gremlins overtook the Eskymoes 34-12. Troy Povich earned the net shutout. Mike Maillette, Gab Carlson and Landon Stevens each scored two goals. Maillette added two assists.
• Hancock lost 3-5 to Alpena.
• Jeffers v Cheboygan – no report.
• Hancock skates in Manistique.
Negaunee and Iron Mountain were yesterday named Large School and Small School Football Teams of the Year by Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters. No local players were included in the Dream Team. Calumet guard Travis Hyrkas and Houghton receiver Gab Carlson were moved to first-team offense. L’Anse tackle Javon Shelifoe, Calumet end Levi Kilpela and Calumet back Aksel Loukus were called up to first team defense.
Michigan Tech’s men’s team overcame Minnesota-Crookston 76-72 last night. Adam Hobson led the Huskies by 19 points. Pete Calcaterra added a career-best 16.
The Tech women’s team plays Minnesota-Crookston today.
The northern men’s team outlasted Concordia-St. Paul 90-86 in overtime last night.
The Wildcats women’s team plays in the state of Southwest Minnesota today.
At the Hope College tournament in Holland, the Finlandia women’s team lost 92-40 to host Flying Dutch. Natalie Bartle scored 24 goals. The Lions play Denison University in the consolation game this afternoon.
The Finlandia men’s team lost 92-75 at Crown College last night. Devin Scheible led a balanced attack with 13 points. The Lions are playing at Martin Luther College today.
The Michigan Tech hockey team scored four goals in the third half and buried St. Thomas 6-2 last night. Kyle Kukkonen netted twice. Blake Pietila made 25 saves. The Huskies are skating again in St. Thomas tonight.
Northern stunned 8th-ranked Minnesota State 3-2 in overtime last night. These teams meet again tonight in Mankato.
Both Finlandia hockey teams lost last night in St. Norbert – the men 7-0 and the women 6-0. The men were overshot 42-9 and the women 58-3. Both series end today.
The Red Wings visit the Blue Jackets tonight. Coverage begins at 6:45am on 99.3 The Lift.
The Pistons lost their sixth straight game last night, 128-121 to the Lakers. Alec Burks came off the bench and led Detroit by 23 points.
The Pistons are visiting the Kings tomorrow night.
• The Lions visit the Giants for a 1:00 game on 99.3 The Lift.
The anticipated Detroit Tigers roster makeover went into full swing yesterday. The team failed to offer arbitration to Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro and Willi Castro and made them free agents. The team agreed on one-year contracts with pitcher Jason Alexander and outfielder Austin Meadows.
The Brewers said goodbye to longtime reliever Brent Suter, who was released from waivers by the Rockies. Pitchers Adrian Houser and Matt Bush signed one-year contracts with Milwaukee.
Upcoming local sports broadcasts:
- Tuesday – Houghton hockey plays in Marquette. Coverage begins at 5:40 a.m. on the voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.
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