Cards of coach Huff and Snowbirds of coach Smith did their part before HUGESki Valley rematch at Gaylord
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By Mike DunnPOSEN – It was anothergood night for the Mio boysand a night that MicahThomey of the Thunderbolts will always remember.The Mio boys made it ninein a row on Friday, Jan. 18,outscoring host Posen 74-36in a North Star League clash.Thomey surpassed the 1,000-point scoring plateau in hisstellar four-year varsity career during the game. Hehit for 13 points to go withnine assists and four boardsin his history-making night. As a team, Mio was hotterthan a Texas prairie in Augustfrom the charity stripe, hit-ting a whopping 20-of-26attempts in the game.Colton McGregor pulledthe trigger on 14 points andDennis Kann III canned 11 to join Micah in double digits.Big Ben Lubitz and BryceDeGrammont delivered 10points apiece to help theThunderbolt cause and SethThomey helped make it allpossible with his pinpoint,surgical passes as he record-ed six assists. Tommy Vaughn was a vacuum down low,grabbing five rebounds.Nick Kincka connected for19 points to lead Posen (4-5,2-5) and Travis Sharpe struck for 10.ON TUESDAY, Jan. 15, theThunderbolts defeatedTawas 46-41.Point guard Seth Thomey twirled the twine for 14points to lead another bal-anced scoring assault and healso made everyone aroundhim better, recording eightassists. Aaron Georgieff with 11points and Big Ben Lubitz with 10 were also in doublefigures and BryceDeGrammont put the grabon six rebounds.Chaz Coffin was deadly from the floor, hitting for 13to lead Tawas.Mio, which improved to 9-0 and 7-0 in the league,played at Hale on Tuesday,Jan. 22, after this issue wentto press. On Friday, Jan. 25,Mio plays host to league foe Atlanta and on Monday, Jan.28, the Thunderbolts arehome again against Lincoln- Alcona.
Thome hits milestone in Mio victor
By Mike DunnGAYLORD – Inland Lakessenior guard DakotahDavedowski, calm as a wind-less sea, made three straightfree throws in the final sec-onds to give the Bulldogs asuper-tense, come-from-behind 46-45 victory at thecourt of Gaylord St. Mary onThursday, Jan. 17.Jubilant I-Lakes coach JoeMahoney laudedDavidowski’s eerily calmdemeanor with the game onthe line. Dakotah’s deliveriesfrom the charity stripe gavethe Bulldogs their first victo-ry of the season.It was a heartbreaking lossfor the Snowbirds, who ral-lied from 18-12, 24-23 and39-35 deficits at the quarterbreaks to finally overtake thedetermined Bulldogs late inthe contest. An old-fashioned three-point play from angular jun-ior forward Charles Strehlgave the Snowbirds their firstlead of the game, 44-43, withless than 40 seconds remain-ing.Nick Harrington added apoint to the lead with a freethrow with 11 seconds to go,putting the Bulldogs twopoints behind on their finalpossession.Davedowski went for the win with the final buzzersounding, launching a shotfrom beyond the arc. Theshot was off the mark but therefs ruled that Davedowski was fouled.Dakotah, who had a splen-did game for the victors, did-n’t go south with the gameon the line, nailing all threefree throws to give theBulldogs the tense, dramaticvictory.Davedowski made the netdance to the tune of 22points in the contest to leadthe battling Bulldogs.Trench-tough Todd Athey tallied 12 while Richard Armbruster hit for eight andNick Howery hit for six as I-Lakes improved to 1-7 and 1-6 in the league.Strehl struck for 20 pointsto pace the Snowbirds of coach Ken Blust. PatO’Connor, who was com-mended by Blust for playing a “smart game,” connectedfor nine points. Willy Canfield canned fourpoints, as did hard-nosedsenior forward Nick Lochinski and Harrington.ON TUESDAY, Jan. 15, theSnowbirds played host tosurging Mancelona and took the Ironmen to the wire in atough 60-55 defeat.O’Connor, Lochinski andStrehl led a very balanced St.Mary attack with 10 pointsapiece. O’Connor also col-lected four steals with hisaggressive defense andStrehl secured five rebounds.Matt Spyhalski producednine points with four steals.Cameron Juneac put some jolt into the attack with eightpoints and the silky-smoothHarrington also tallied eight.St. Mary was down 17points at the half beforestorming back to make agame of it in the second half.“I challenged my guys toget after them at halftimeand that challenge was final-ly accepted in the fourthquarter,” Blust reported. “Ithought our energy was defi-nitely there, causing turnovers and converting. We had our chance to closeout the game, yet a couplemissed rebounds gaveMancelona extra life, and we just couldn't finish out."Blust was especially pleased with the defensiveeffort of Harrington guard-ing Mancelona’s prolificsophomore scorer BrandonDingman.
Davedowski drains late free throws to lift visiting Bulldogs to razor-thin victory at Gaylord
I-Lakes boys edge Snowbirds
By Mike DunnGAYLORD – The stage wasset perfectly for the rematchbetween Ski Valley powersJohannesburg-Lewiston andGaylord St. Mary that took place on Tuesday, Jan. 22, inthe Snowbirds’ gym. Thegame was played after thisissue of the Weekly Choice went to press.St. Mary was seeking toreverse the narrow 50-48defeat at the hands of theCardinals in the first meeting between the teams atJohannesburg on Dec. 12.Much was riding on theoutcome of the game, whichalso served as the annual“Rivals Rally for the Cure”fundraiser for breast cancerresearch. Each year theCardinals and Snowbirdssquare off in the “RivalsRally” game, switching thevenue each time.St. Mary went into thegame with an 11-2 overallrecord and 8-1 in the leagueafter a 72-23 decision overForest Area on Friday. Thestate-ranked Cardinals were12-0 overall and 9-0 in the Ski Valley going into the game.The Snowbirds needed to win to remain in contentionfor the league title and possi-bly forge a co-championship with J-L. The Cardinals need-ed to win to maintain a stran-glehold on the top spot in theconference standings andpave the way for sole posses-sion of the 2013 SVC title.ST. MARY flexed its consid-erable offensive muscles inthe decisive win over Forest Area. Junior sharpshooterKari Borowiak blistered thenets for 19 points and gave astrong all-around perform-ance, also recording sevenrebounds and six assists.Senior backcourt mateChrissy Smith struck for 14points and provided surgical-ly precise passes to helpteammates score, notching seven assists.Long-armed Mary Spyhalski hit for 10 pointsand fighting freshman BekahMyler muscled her way to 11points and six rebounds.Emily Gonyer grabbed 10points for the Warriors.THE Johannesburg-Lewiston, meanwhile, postedback-to-back victories overOnaway and Pellston in thegames leading up to the St.Mary rematch.The Cardinals outscoredvisiting Onaway 70-27 on Wednesday, Jan. 16, as leagueteams started playing eachother the second timearound. On Friday, theCardinals outscored scrappy Pellston 63-31.Hailey Weaver waxed thenets for 16 points to lead the way for the host Cardinals inthe win over Onaway. Senior Abby Schlicher struck for 12points to go with four assistsand five rebounds andBrittney Cherwinski churnedthe twine for 11 points withfour assists.Katelyn Weaver helped thecause with eight points andJulia Nieman recorded six assists. The long arms of Hannah Huff accounted foreight rebounds and fresh-man Maddie Showermanpulled down five, as didMcKenzie Matthewson.Erika Price plugged theiron for six points to lead thevisiting Cardinals of coachMarty Mix. Senior forwardMegan Estep added five.In the win over Pellston, it was “Acetylene Abby” torch-ing the twine for 17 pointsand grabbing five boards tolead the Cardinals. Abby wasalso a fearsome force ondefense, acquiring six steals. Angular senior forwardEmma Dunham collected 14points and seven reboundsfor pesky Pellston, whichscored 21 of its 31 points inthe second half. Tall ToriKirsch tallied seven pointsfor the Hornets and grabbed10 rebounds in the hard-fought defeat. After the J-L game, St. Mary was on the road againstOnaway on Thursday, Jan. 24,and on the road againstBellaire in a rare Saturday clash on Jan. 26. The JV tip-off for that one was slated for5 p.m. After playing St. Mary, J-L was home on Thursday, Jan.24, against Forest Area andthen home on Tuesday, Jan.29, against Bellaire. OnTuesday, Feb. 5, the Cardinalsare home against InlandLakes.
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Thunderbolts outscored host Posen to stay unbeaten as Thomey surpasses1,000-point scoring plateau
J-L, St. Mary girls set the stage
Otsego HOFdinner tickets on sale
Dinner and awardsceremony set forFeb. 16 at EaglesHall in Gaylord
GAYLORD – The annualGreater Otsego County SportsHall of Fame dinner and awardsceremony is slated for Saturday,Feb. 16, at the Eagles Hall inGaylord.The 2012 class of inducteesincludes Tom Johnson andTodd Nowak from Gaylord,David Smith and TedKrumbach from St. Mary, Jeff Shoff from Johannesburg-Lewiston and J-L’s 1984 track-and-field team.Dr. Dennis and Judy Mellonare this year’s DistinguishedService Award recipients.Tickets are $35 per personand children under 10 are free.Contact Dan Smith at 732-1441or David Miller at 732-5495 topurchase tickets.