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WICFD wins fourth straight
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:27 AM

West Iron County Fire Department friends, family and teammates cheer as their team runs in the Mystery Race during the U.P. Firefighters Tournament in Quinnesec July 25.

Over 200 attend Iron County Football Camp
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:26 AM

IRON RIVER—It’s too early for actual high school football action—practice doesn’t officially start until Aug. 11 and the first games are Aug. 28—but Iron County enjoyed its own little pigskin preview last week when the annual Iron County Football Camp was held.

‘Strongman’ set for this Saturday
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:24 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—Who are the strongest dudes (and dudettes) in the U.P.?
Find out this Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Nylund Food Center here, at the annual U.P. Strongman Contest. It starts at noon, and the public is invited to come over and watch the fun.

Rally for a Cure raises $3,000
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:23 AM

IRON RIVER—Sixty golfers took part July 15 in the annual Rally for a Cure golf event, held at Iron River Country Club and sponsored by its Twilight League.

Italians get offensive, swamp Swedes 23-10
Written by Janet Rohde   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:39 AM

Raise a glass of chianti to the Italians, who dominated the Swedes 23-10 at the annual Wop-Swede Game, played at Runkle Lake Park July 12. Front row, from left: Christian Valesano, David Lesandrini, Herbie Nylund, Bill Santilli, Tony Santilli, Scott Santilli and Phil Robinson. Back row: Bryan LaChapelle Jr., Brian Fabbri, Bob Miller, Troy Margoni, Nick Baumgartner and Bryan LaChapelle Sr.

CRYSTAL FALLS—In 2013, the annual Wop-Swede softball game lasted 12 grueling innings before the Italians eked out an 13-11 win. It was one of the closest games ever in the storied ethnic rivalry.

25 teams join in scramble
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:39 AM

CHICAUGON LAKE—Twenty-five teams took part in NorthStar Health System Volunteer Services’ 23rd annual Going for the Green 18-hole golf scramble, held June 20 at George Young Recreational Complex.

Locals at top of Bass Run results
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:58 AM

And they’re off! Heading out from the starting line, runners began the 5K and 10K Run Your Bass Off race in Crystal Falls on July 13 as part of the local celebration.

CRYSTAL FALLS—A total of 208 runners took part in the annual Run Your Bass Off races at Runkle Lake Park on July 13

Fourth annual Windsor Rodeo Run set July 19
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:45 AM

Fourth annual Windsor Rodeo Run set July 19

IRON RIVER—The Windsor Center is sponsoring the fourth annual Rodeo Run on Saturday, July 19.
The race begins and ends behind the Windsor Center. The two mile run/walk, the 5K run and the 10K run all start at 8 a.m.

Soccer Association catches World Cup fever
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:42 AM

Action is always fast and furious at the soccer fields in Gaastra where teams in the Iron River Soccer Association battle, like in this game last August. The new season will start on July 14, and the teams will follow a World Cup theme this year.

GAASTRA—As apparent to anyone with a television, the World Cup is just about everywhere the last 2½ weeks. The world’s most important and most popular soccer event, which takes place every four years, has been televised in its entirety on ESPN and ABC, with wall-to-wall coverage every day since the tournament started on June 12.

Santilli will coach, speak at U.P. grid All-Star Game
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:39 AM

Retired Forest Park Coach Bill Santilli, shown talking to one of his players during a time-out last season, will coach the West team at the U.P. Football All-Star Game on June 28.