LL-H fast break now includes relay baton

KINGSFORD – Luke Monette, Trent Ambuehl, Konrad Klein and Tyler Roose were all part of a Lake Linden-Hubbell boys’ basketball team that pushed the tempo for 32 minutes.

Saturday, they were part of a fast break of a different color.

The four combined for the only win of the day for the Copper Country in the Division 3 boys’ portion of U.P. Track and Field Finals, in the 400 relay.

Three of the four got to take home a U.P. title (the first for a boys’ relay team from Houghton County since 2002) in their last high school competition.

“It’s a great feeling. We practiced long and hard for this moment, and we finally got it,” Ambuehl said.

Roose, a junior, got the baton in the midst of a close battle, but pulled away from teams from Munising and North Dickinson to win in 46.96 seconds.

“Over the entire season so far, we’ve been running between 48, 47, and we had our fastest time. We saw on the board a 46,” Klein said.

The only news that could take any luster off their accomplishment? Their time was one-hundredth of a second short of the school record from 1998.

The Lakes had a strong day as a group, accumulating 52 points for a fourth-place finish in the team standings, six spots better than they did in 2013.

Munising blew out the field with 107 1/2, getting enough points from quadruple winner Andy Cooper (high jump, 200 and both hurdle events) and distance runner Brett Hannah (wins in the 1,600, 3,200 and a second in the 800) that the pair equaled second-place North Dickinson (68 points) themselves.

The same Lakes crew ended up second to Bark River-Harris for the 800 title.

LL-H added 14 to its total in the pole vault, where Blake Dupuis came up just short of Forest Park’s Bill Ragio. Both topped out at 12 feet with Ragio taking the title on misses. Ambuehl was third and Nate Tervo of Dollar Bay fourth in the Copper Country’s strongest event.

Senior Trevor Ongie was third behind Cooper and defending champion Tim Hruska of North Dickinson in both hurdle events.

Right next to the day’s outstanding performers, one could find a strong outing from Chassell’s Zach Cherubini. Cherubini ran a 53.34 in the 400 and high-jumped 5-foot-10, coming away with a pair of runner-up finishes. It took a U.P. record from Big Bay de Noc’s Cole Potvin to beat him in the 400 and an MVP day from Cooper to deny the Panther in the high jump.

Those 16 points put Chassell in 13th overall, with Tervo’s pole vaulting and a sixth from Tom Autio in the 1,600 netting Dollar Bay five points and a 16th-place finish.