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Copper Kings Win Quarterfinal: On to Battle Creek

After getting swept by Bronson in the 2016 Class C state semifinals, then-assistant Calumet coach Matt Laho made a promise to his returning players in the Kellogg Arena locker room that they would be back in Battle Creek the following season to compete for a state title. Promise kept. The Copper Kings dominated and then showcased […]

Kings Crowned Regional Champs

Calumet coach Matt Laho always says it’s the good teams who are able to battle back from adversity. In capturing the Copper Kings’ sixth consecutive regional volleyball title, they proved they were a good team. Now, as they continue their postseason run, they’ll look to go down as a great team. Calumet dominated the West […]

Volleyball Regional Headed to L’Anse

Calumet and West Iron County will now meet in L’Anse on Thursday to decide the regional championship.  The match was originally scheduled to be played in Gladstone, but will now be played at 7:15 PM in L’Anse.  The change is a result of a request made to the MHSAA by both Calumet and West Iron Co. […]

Kings Win Regional Semi-Final Over St. Ignace

The Calumet Copper Kings left nothing to chance Tuesday night as they rolled past the St. Ignace Saints 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-14) in a Class C regional volleyball opener at Gladstone High School. Calumet quickly built a 4-0 lead in the opening set, with senior Brooke Karaniemi blocking a shot by St. Ignace senior Linnee […]

Copper Kings Win 6th Straight District Title

Matt Laho admits he felt some pressure when he took over as head coach of the Calumet volleyball program. And how could he not? He was replacing Lisa Twardzik, who built the Copper Kings into one of the top programs in the U.P. during her 20-year coaching career. Calumet won 78 percent of its matches […]

Kings Advance With Win Over Houghton

  Calumet defeated Houghton for the fourth time this season, winning in four sets (25-12, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20) Wednesday in a Class C district semifinal in Calumet. The much-anticipated postseason matchup between the two rivals was the first since 2012. “It’s tough to beat a good opponent four times,” Calumet coach Matt Laho said. “We knew we […]

Copper Kings Gear UP for Huge Playoff Match

The Copper Kings have their pregame routine down to a science. It all starts with a locker room dance party — though their skills clearly lie elsewhere. “None of us are any good,” senior Lea Bjorn said with a laugh. Then, they talk about the upcoming game and have some quiet time to reflect. Somewhere along […]

Calumet Wins District Opener Against L’Anse

The Calumet Copper Kings have traditionally owned late October and early November by winning the last five district and regional volleyball championships.  And they’re off to a flawless start for number six. Calumet swept the L’Anse Purple Hornets in about as dominating fashion as possible (25-9, 25-4, 25-4) Monday in a district play-in game at […]

WestPAC Champions Dominate All-Conference Selections

The West-PAC All-Conference volleyball teams were announced, Tuesday as selected by the area coaches. Calumet senior libero Amber Johnson was awarded West-PAC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second season in a row. She was joined by senior teammate Lea Bjorn, who was named player of the year, and Calumet coach, Matt Laho, […]

Copper Kings Finish WestPAC Schedule Undefeated

At the beginning of the season Calumet coach Matt Laho preached the importance of defense to his team. He said if they wanted to win, the Copper Kings would have to learn to “work hard, get on the floor and sacrifice their bodies.” Something about the speech stuck, and they’ve been playing that way ever since. Their defensive […]

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