|Maroons advance to title game|
|MENOMINEE - Menominee and Kingsford came out with tournament energy Wednesday night but the Flivvers suffered a first-half blackout.|
The Maroons advanced to the Class B, District 64 championship game with a 50-42 victory on their home floor.
Both teams missed a flurry of inside shots, but Kingsford was unable to overcome a 2-of-15 struggle from the floor in the first half.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|M&M overtime delight|
|GAYLORD, Mich. - The Menominee girls shot the tires out of a speeding downstate Cadillac and are rolling into the Class B regional finals. |
Maddy Anderla sank five free throws in overtime and junior Amanda Simmons turned in a career-best effort to help lift the Maroons to a heart-racing 54-52 victory in Gaylord.
Menominee held a 10-point lead before Cadillac put on a furious charge to force overtime.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
|Wolves win with defense|
|CARNEY - Good defense more than offset a bad shooting night by the Carney-Nadeau boys' basketball team Monday night.|
The Wolves beat Stephenson 64-30 in a Class D District 126 opener.
Carney-Nadeau sank just 21 of 72 shots from the field, but the Wolves forced 32 turnovers with their full-court pressure.
"Our defense was key tonight," Wolves coach Jake Polfus said. "We have to learn in tournament time you're not always going to shoot the ball well. I think we played good defense."
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|Rangers claim regional title|
|WAUSAUKEE - Beau DeLaet has played and won a lot of big games over his four-year varsity career in Wausaukee.|
Behind a stellar second-half performance by DeLaet, his Rangers earned a trip to sectional play after a 52-48 victory over Suring Saturday in their WIAA Division 5 regional final.
"We've won several of these games in baseball, but this was my first in basketball," DeLaet said. "The atmosphere is so much louder. Our fans were great to play for tonight."
Monday, March 3, 2014
|Tears, cheers and a trophy|
|MENOMINEE - Tears of relief and joy welled up in the eyes of Allia Stewart as she walked to the free throw line Friday night. |
Four seconds later Stewart and her teammates converged a jubilant group hug after stunning Houghton 48-39 in the Class B district title game.
"We've been a team for so long. We've been together since the fourth grade," said Stewart. "There have been high expectations on us. Last year was disappointing. We all wanted it and we did it tonight."
Saturday, March 1, 2014
|Assists are as good as a basket|
|MENOMINEE - Trying to contain the slick moves of Devon Harris is like trying to squeeze quicksilver.|
Menominee's senior point guard dished off 15 assists and hustled his way to eight rebounds and three steals in the Maroons' 78-42 senior night win over Stephenson Thursday night.
Friday, February 28, 2014
|Maroons advance to title game|
|MENOMINEE - A teeming defensive effort and a poised and efficient offense has carried the Menominee girls into the Class B, District 64 title game.|
The Maroons smothered Gladstone's inside game in a 55-45 victory before a vocal crowd on their home floor Wednesday night.
Menominee (13-7) will face Houghton (19-2) for the district title at 6 p.m. Friday on the Maroons' court.
Every time the Braves tried to work the ball inside, they were covered by Menominee double teams. The defensive pressure locked out the Braves, who sank just 14 of 40 shots.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
|Oconto's extra-special senior|
|OCONTO - Turns out, Laken James' intangibles are even greater than her immense basketball skills.|
The Wisconsin-Green Bay recruit led Oconto to a 60-32 nonconference victory over Marinette Monday night.
Her shooting, ballhandling, passing, rebounding and defensive skills set her apart. So does her knowledge of the game and quest to improve.
"Watching her for four years has really been a special thing," Oconto coach Russ Young said. "Her attention to detail is probably the most impressive thing about her."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
|Cougars sending 7 to state|
|SHAWANO, Wis. - Coleman has won nine team state championships, 29 individual wrestling championships, and countless regional, sectional and tourney titles over the years.|
In a quarter-century of coaching, Kevin Casper didn't recall Coleman having five first-place finishers at sectionals.
Coleman qualified seven wrestlers for next weekend's individual state tourney, to be held at Madison's Kohl Center. Oconto has four state qualifiers but Crivitz was shut out.
Monday, February 24, 2014
|Fischer gets 1,000; Crivitz wins|
|CRIVITZ - Ben Fischer entered his final regular season home game on Friday needing 21 points to become the 10th player in Crivitz history to score 1,000 points.|
It took a lot of work late in the game to get to that mark, but with 8.7 seconds remaining, Fischer sank the second of two free throws to eclipse the mark and lead Crivitz to a 65-53 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.
"I didn't even know how close I was until there were 14 seconds left and coach said I need to score one more point," Fischer said. "I was just worried about winning the game. They kept double-teaming me so I just found open teammates."
Saturday, February 22, 2014
|A blizzard of goals in Houghton|
|HOUGHTON, Mich. - While a blizzard buried their vehicles outside, the M&M Thunder buried the puck early and often inside Thursday night.|
The Thunder blasted Escanaba 8-0 in the first round of the Great Lakes Hockey League at Houghton's historic Dee Stadium.
The game was stopped after two periods due to the mercy rule.
The Thunder will play today at 11:15 a.m. in a tourney semifinal against Houghton - an 8-0 winner over Hancock. The tourney title game will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2014