Eagles Edge Out Patriots

Stephenson WestwoodWestwood's Kevin Millimaki (42) eludes the long arm of Stephenson center Mark Simon (44) to collect two points during second-half action in Saturday’s Class C regional final at Northern Michigan University's Hedgcock Fleldhouse. The Patriots made up a seven-point deficit in the game’s final minute to force an overtime, but Stephenson came away with a 68-66 triumph. (Journal photo by John Wallace).Each year, "March Madness" brings a new group of candidates for "greatest" game ever. It would be impossible to select only one as better than any other, but some have a significance that reaches far beyond the game itself. Such was the case of the 1981 Class C Regional between Stephenson and Ishpeming Westwood.

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Gladiators Top Trojans

GladiatorsBy Jason Juno, Ironwood Daily Globe

All signs pointed to the Cedarville Trojans girls basket­ball team going downstate in 2009. They advanced to the MHSAA Class D state semifinal the year before. They had the all-state player. They had the 15-point lead, 44-29, in the second half of the state quarterfinal on March 17 at Negaunee's Lakeview Gym.

But the Ontonagon Gladiators didn't get the memo, de­spite being the team trailing by that staggering 15-point total. Ontonagon had trailed multiple times in the tour­nament already, though, and survived each time. None of the deficits had been this perilous.

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Ishpeming Shocks Hudson

Mark Marana runs with the ball in the 1975 State ChampionshipIshpeming Quarterback Mark Marana runs with the ball in the 1975 State Championship.November 22, 1975 was a watershed day in U.P. sports. For over 50 years, the best high school football teams from throughout the U.P. had been denied an opportu­nity to play their counterparts in the Lower Peninsula in a true state championship. Rather, there was a mythical championship given out by the State's sports writers. But that all changed in 1975, when the Michi­gan High School Athletic Association held its first of­ficial state championship tournament.

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