Negaunee Miners Composite Schedule: Week of 2/3/2014
Eric Lori on offense during the Miners’ 66-44 victory on 1/30/2014 on SunnyFM
Due to inclement weather, there was only two games played last week between both teams in Miner Nation. Negaunee defended their home court successfully, winning by double digits in both games. The boys started the week off on Thursday (odd to say) with a dominating 64-44 win over the Gwinn Modeltowners. This game was a six point game with three minutes left to go in the third quarter, and ended up being an 18 point game by the end due to a 12-0 run led by Tyler Jandron for the Miners. All they had to do in the fourth quarter was maintain a lead, which they did, eventually finishing the game up 20. Tyler Jandron led all scorers with 28 points and fellow guard Eric Lori chipped in 17 points on (what he might consider at least) a rough shooting night for the senior. Zane Radloff played a key role in the Miners’ third quarter run with a plethora of defensive plays ranging from steals to blocks and, of course, his standard rebounding numbers.
The Lady Miners defense continued their stifling defense on Friday against the Knights.
The girls finished up the week against the Lady Knights of Norway. This was the second time this season that these two teams matched up, Negaunee coming out on top 43-26 the first time around. The second meeting had the same result as the first, but was won in a different way. Negaunee had some struggles from the field (32% shooting), but was able to shut down the Norway attack once again, winning 39-28. The Miners were led by senior leader Rosalie Anderson & sophomore standout Courtney Finnila in this contest. The key, in my opinion at least came down to free throws. The Miners were able to get to the line consistently throughout the game, resulting in a 13/15 night from the line. Norway struggled mightily when they got to the charity stripe, going 2/8. In an 11 point game, that is the definition of the difference.
This week has a full assortment of games for Miners Nation, as both teams will be pulling double duty. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 2/4 Negaunee Miners @ L’Anse Purple Hornets — Tip-off is scheduled for 7:20pm and pregame will be at 7.
Thursday 2/6 Negaunee Miners @ Iron Mountain — Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45pm and pregame will begin at 7:15.
Co-Captains/Sisters Adena & Rosalie Anderson during the Captain’s Meeting against Norway.
The girls have a trying schedule coming up this week. They’ll face a Purple Hornets team that they beat by one point back on January 14th. That was a great game, but the scheduling did favor the Miners that night. That game was the second of a back-to-back road trip for the Lady Purple Hornets, the first coming in Ishpeming the night before. If the Miners are going to win this one, they’ll need great play all around from the team. They’ll then travel to Iron Mountain to face the Mountaineers, who they dominated the first time around in Negaunee 63-38. This was the largest scoring output by the girls this season, and whether or not the travel had anything to do with the Lady Mountaineers’ struggles that night, will come out this Thursday.
Wednesday 2/5 Negaunee Miners vs. Westwood Patriots — Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm and pregame will begin at 7.
Friday 2/7 Negaunee Miners @ Ishpeming Hematites — Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 and pregame will begin at 7:15.
Tyler Jandron shooting a free-throw en route to his season high 28 point performance vs. Gwinn.
A great week for high school basketball in the area: Negaunee vs. (The city of) Ishpeming. Negaunee has yet to face the Westwood Patriots this year and the Miners need to bring their A-game so as not to get knocked off by a team they should beat. During my announcing this season, I’ve seen Coach Ryan Reichel filming at least six times this year. Westwood will be bringing their best effort, and the Miners need to bring theirs to avoid an upset. Another reason they need to be on their toes, is their game on Friday. It’d be understood why they’d possibly overlook the Westwood game when they know the Hematites are next on the schedule. Easily the best game of the season for basketball fans, the Miners stole one from the Hematites back on January 8th. It will be an electric atmosphere on Friday in Ishpeming.
That’s it guys! Get out and support the Miner Machine. If you can’t make it, be sure to be there in spirit by tuning into 101.9 SunnyFM! GO MINERS!
-Carl Leander Johnson