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Weekly Choice - Section B - October 27, 2011

Weekly Choice - Section B - October 27, 2011

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Football
Playoffs begin this weekend
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011
Real Estate One of Gaylord would like to congratulate the Athlete of the Week
Athlete of the Week
FOR WEEK OF OCT 16 - 22
CHARLEND
HOWARD
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL
The Blue Devils' high- stepping, hard-driving junior harrier earned first-team All-Conference hon- ors on Tuesday with his runner-up fin- ish on the home course in 16:42 and he was third overall in 16:45 in Saturday's prestigious Warrior Invitational.
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Petoskey head coach Kerry VanOrman has guided the Northmen into the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Five teams from Weekly Choice coverage area have earned a 2011 playoff berth
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – There are five football teams from the Weekly Choice coverage area that have made the grade in 2011: Petoskey (8-1) in Div. 3; Grayling (8-1) in Div. 5; Mancelona (9-0) in Div. 7; and Johannesburg-Lewiston (8-1) and Mio (7-2) in Div. 8.
All of the teams are return- ing to the playoffs except for Johannesburg-Lewiston, which missed last season but made it the year before.
Div. 3, Region 1, District 1 Bay City John Glenn (6-3)
at Petoskey (8-1)
Petoskey, the No. 2 seed in its district, is playing host to No. 3 seed Bay City John Glenn (6-3). Cadillac, the No. 4 seed, is playing at No. 1 seed Mount Pleasant on the other side of the district bracket.
For Petoskey, this is the fourth straight season in the
playoffs under coach Kerry VanOrman and the fifth time in the past six seasons. Petoskey finished with an identical 8-1 regular-season mark the past three years in a row. In 2008, the Northmen won their playoff opener and advanced to the district finals. In 2009 and 2010, they lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The last time Petoskey faced John Glenn in the play- offs was in 2007 in the Div. 3 district finals. The Northmen had defeated Ogemaw Heights 21-13 in the opening round before falling to the host Bobcats 27-3. The teams also met in the postseason in 1998 in the Class BB pre- regional game, with Petoskey earning a 13-10 victory.
Div. 5, Region 1,
District 1
Benzie Central (7-2)
at Grayling (8-1)
Grayling is also a No. 2 seed in its district, playing host to No. 3 seed Benzie Central (7-2). On the other
side of the bracket, No. 1 seed Menominee (7-2) plays host to Kingsley (6-3).
For Grayling, this is the third straight year in the playoffs and the seventh in the past nine seasons. The
Photo by mike Dunn
Vikings of coach Tim Sanchez will be seeking to win again at home in the first round of the playoffs, as they did last year with a shutout of Standish-Sterling. Grayling has won its playoff opener and advanced into the sec- ond round of the playoffs three times: in 2003, 2005 and 2010.
This is the second time that Grayling will see Benzie Central in the playoffs. In 2003, the Vikings played Benzie in the Div. 5 district finals and lost 49-15.
Div. 7, Region 1, District 2 Whittemore-Prescott (8-1) at
Mancelona (9-0)
Mancelona is also a No. 2 seed in its district. The Ironmen of coach Dan Derrer, who just completed their first-ever undefeated regular season, will try to win a playoff game at home for the second year in a row when Whittemore-Prescott (8-1) comes calling this Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. On the other side of the district bracket, No. 4 seed Lake City (8-1) visits No. 1 seed Traverse City St. Francis (8-1) at Thirlby Field.
The Ironmen have the chance to be the first team in school history to win 10 games with a victory over
Whittemore, a perennial playoff team that has been in the playoffs 16 times since 1994. This is the fifth straight year the Cardinals have advanced to the playoffs. The past two years they have won their first-round playoff game. This is the fifth time in Derrer’s six seasons as coach that the Ironmen have advanced to the playoffs. This is also the fir
SECTION B SPORTS
CALL - (989) 732-8160 FAX (888) 854-7441 EMAIL - MIKE@WEEKLYCHOICE.COM
Football
Playoffs begin this weekend
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011
Real Estate One of Gaylord would like to congratulate the Athlete of the Week
Athlete of the Week
FOR WEEK OF OCT 16 - 22
CHARLEND
HOWARD
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL
The Blue Devils' high- stepping, hard-driving junior harrier earned first-team All-Conference hon- ors on Tuesday with his runner-up fin- ish on the home course in 16:42 and he was third overall in 16:45 in Saturday's prestigious Warrior Invitational.
(989) 705-8284
www.mainstreetgaylord.com
236 West Main, Gaylord
Photo by Dawn Smith
Petoskey head coach Kerry VanOrman has guided the Northmen into the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Five teams from Weekly Choice coverage area have earned a 2011 playoff berth
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – There are five football teams from the Weekly Choice coverage area that have made the grade in 2011: Petoskey (8-1) in Div. 3; Grayling (8-1) in Div. 5; Mancelona (9-0) in Div. 7; and Johannesburg-Lewiston (8-1) and Mio (7-2) in Div. 8.
All of the teams are return- ing to the playoffs except for Johannesburg-Lewiston, which missed last season but made it the year before.
Div. 3, Region 1, District 1 Bay City John Glenn (6-3)
at Petoskey (8-1)
Petoskey, the No. 2 seed in its district, is playing host to No. 3 seed Bay City John Glenn (6-3). Cadillac, the No. 4 seed, is playing at No. 1 seed Mount Pleasant on the other side of the district bracket.
For Petoskey, this is the fourth straight season in the
playoffs under coach Kerry VanOrman and the fifth time in the past six seasons. Petoskey finished with an identical 8-1 regular-season mark the past three years in a row. In 2008, the Northmen won their playoff opener and advanced to the district finals. In 2009 and 2010, they lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The last time Petoskey faced John Glenn in the play- offs was in 2007 in the Div. 3 district finals. The Northmen had defeated Ogemaw Heights 21-13 in the opening round before falling to the host Bobcats 27-3. The teams also met in the postseason in 1998 in the Class BB pre- regional game, with Petoskey earning a 13-10 victory.
Div. 5, Region 1,
District 1
Benzie Central (7-2)
at Grayling (8-1)
Grayling is also a No. 2 seed in its district, playing host to No. 3 seed Benzie Central (7-2). On the other
side of the bracket, No. 1 seed Menominee (7-2) plays host to Kingsley (6-3).
For Grayling, this is the third straight year in the playoffs and the seventh in the past nine seasons. The
Photo by mike Dunn
Vikings of coach Tim Sanchez will be seeking to win again at home in the first round of the playoffs, as they did last year with a shutout of Standish-Sterling. Grayling has won its playoff opener and advanced into the sec- ond round of the playoffs three times: in 2003, 2005 and 2010.
This is the second time that Grayling will see Benzie Central in the playoffs. In 2003, the Vikings played Benzie in the Div. 5 district finals and lost 49-15.
Div. 7, Region 1, District 2 Whittemore-Prescott (8-1) at
Mancelona (9-0)
Mancelona is also a No. 2 seed in its district. The Ironmen of coach Dan Derrer, who just completed their first-ever undefeated regular season, will try to win a playoff game at home for the second year in a row when Whittemore-Prescott (8-1) comes calling this Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. On the other side of the district bracket, No. 4 seed Lake City (8-1) visits No. 1 seed Traverse City St. Francis (8-1) at Thirlby Field.
The Ironmen have the chance to be the first team in school history to win 10 games with a victory over
Whittemore, a perennial playoff team that has been in the playoffs 16 times since 1994. This is the fifth straight year the Cardinals have advanced to the playoffs. The past two years they have won their first-round playoff game. This is the fifth time in Derrer’s six seasons as coach that the Ironmen have advanced to the playoffs. This is also the fir

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Grayling takes 19-14 leadinto fourth quarter butloses heartbreaker andleague title to hostGladiators
By Mike DunnTRAVERSE CITY – Anotherheartbreaking loss toTraverse City St. Francis. Forthe second year in a row,Grayling led in the fourthquarter against the LakeMichigan Conference rivalGladiators only to see itself on the short end of the score-board when the final buzzersounded.Friday’s game at packedout Thirlby Field – billed asthe Breast Cancer Bowl andfeaturing players from bothsides wearing pink socks andpink sweaters under their jer-seys -- was another dandy between two tough, talented, well-coached teams that wanted desperately to win.St. Francis was able to comefrom behind to claim a 19-14victory, finishing the season with an 8-1 mark and assur-ing itself of a No. 1 seed in theDiv. 7 playoffs.Grayling came into thegame unbeaten and neededa win over the Glads to gain aNo. 1 seed in the Div. 5 play-offs. It didn’t quite happen,so the Vikings of coach TimSanchez finished the seasonat 8-1 and had to settle for aNo. 2 seed.The Vikings still get to hostin the first round of the play-offs, however, as they did last year. They face BenzieCentral (7-2) on the homefield this Friday, Oct. 28, at 7p.m. If Grayling wins, it facesthe winner of the gamebetween No. 4 seed Kingsley and No. 1 seed Menominee.The Vikings trailed St.Francis 14-7 at halftime butroared back to take the lead with a pair of third-quarterTD strikes. Versatile seniorRiley Zigila zipped through aseam created by tackleGriffin Dean and guard Lucas Walesky and burst 10 yards topaydirt to bring the Vikings with a point, 14-13.Grayling took the lead laterin the quarter when seniorQB Zane Tobin airlifted amissile strike to the waiting arms of Double D, DevonDawson, in the back cornerof the end zone to complete a23-yard scoring play. Dawsondid his best “Megatron” imi-tation on the play, leaping high behind a Gladiatordefender like Calvin Johnsonof the Lions to bring downthe ball and give Grayling the19-14 lead.Defensive coordinatorKevin O’Connell’s Carnivoreshad played a whale of a gameagainst the potent Gladiatorsto that point and held St.Francis again on its ensuing possession. A Grayling turnoverallowed St. Francis to gainpossession of the ball againin excellent field position,however, and Byron Bullough was able to sweep to the leftto complete a 28-yard TDand score what would proveto be the final points of theseesaw contest.Sanchez, who is alwaysclassy after game no matterthe outcome, gave credit toSt. Francis after the toughloss.“We had a few opportuni-ties that we couldn’t capital-ize on in the first half,”Sanchez told reporters afterthe game. “We came outstrong in the second half butSt. Francis made a couplemore plays than we did.”Sanchez creditedO’Connell’s Carnivores witha strong effort against a pow-erful foe. The mission afterthe game, he said, was toregroup and get ready for theplayoffs.“I told the kid it hurtstoday,” he said. “That’s whatmakes winning so special, isthat it hurts so much when you lose. Our goal now ismake a run deep in the play-offs. This game will help usdo that. It makes us better.”Tobin, playing in his finalregular-season game, facedconsiderable pressure attimes in the high-stakesatmosphere game playedbefore a loud, mammothcrowd at Thirlby Field. Thelethal lefty connected on 16-of-37 aerials for 149 yardsincluding the TD strike toDawson, who hauled in fivepasses in the game altogetherfor 61 yards.Zigila bashed andslammed his way to 62 yardson 18 carries and junior Joey Schwartz smashed his way to49 yards on seven tries.On the defensive side, All-State defensive end GriffinDean showed up big in thebiggest game of the season,using his long arms and tena-cious presence to pull downenemy ball carriers 18 times.Senior middle linebackerRyan “The Wrecker” Randallflew to the football withabandon, as usual, accumu-lating 17 tackles in the con-test. Unfortunately, he wascarted off the field near theend of the game. If Ryan’sprep career is over, he will begreatly missed in the post-season for his play at centerand linebacker and for hisfiery leadership on and off the field. Walesky also played a whale of a game for the Vikings on the defensive lineand Zigila and ScottParkinson broke up passplays at critical times.For Grayling, this is thethird straight year in theplayoffs and the seventh inthe past nine seasons.Sanchez and the Vikings willbe seeking to win again athome in the first round of theplayoffs, as they did last year with a shutout of Standish-Sterling. Grayling has won itsplayoff opener and advancedinto the second round of theplayoffs three times: in 2003,2005 and 2010.This is the second timethat Grayling will see BenzieCentral in the playoffs. In2003, the Vikings playedBenzie in the Div. 5 districtfinals and lost 49-15.RAVENNA -- Cheboygan went on the road Friday andposted a convincing 47-21victory over Ravenna toassure itself of a winning record. The Chiefs closed outthe rugged 2011 campaign with a 5-4 record.For Cheboygan to finish with a winning record afterstarting the season withback-to-back losses atGaylord and Marquette is acredit to the Chief players as well as coach Jack Coon andhis veteran staff. The inde-pendent Chiefs faced fiveplayoff teams this year andbeat two of them.Cheboygan won atRavenna in typical fashion,controlling the trenches while mounting yard-munching, time-chewing drives. The determinedChiefs rushed for 355 yardsand six TDs in the contest.The success they had on theground set up the play-actionpassing of junior QB DamonProctor, who hit on 8-of-12aerials for 118 yards with aTD strike to Isaiah Woodard.Senior halfback ErynEustice carried the ball seventimes and struck for 114 yards in his final prep game with three TD bursts and healso grabbed two missilesfrom Proctor for 31 yards.Fellow halfback Jake Elmorelaunched himself like he wasshot out of a cannon, motor-ing to 75 yards on just fourattempts with a TD run and aconversion run.Cass Ferguson had a blastin the backfield, too, fighting and forging his way to 52 yards in six tries with a TDand senior co-captain Dylan Wilkinson whammed and whacked his way to 42 yardson eight attempts and alsoscored a TD on the final nightof his notable prep gridironcareer. Dashing Dalton Jarvis juked, jumped and jetted to54 yards in four carries.The glue-fingered Woodard finished with tworeceptions for a team-high 41 yards. Senior tight endJordan Yost, one of theunsung heroes for the Chiefsthis season with his bulldoz-ing blocks, pulled in a passfor 19 yards and swift StanSwiderek hauled in one for 14 yards.The defense of coach DaveSturvist was stiff as a brick  wall much of the time againstthe high-powered Bulldogs,forcing three turnovers along the way.
Vikings suffer first defeat
Chiefs close out onstrong note
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Grayling senior linebacker Riley Zigila (20) goes highto defend a pass Friday at Thirlby Field against theGladiators.
 
Grayling defensive end Griffin Dean (59) and team-mates make a sudden stop at the line of scrimmageon Friday.
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Grayling receiver Scott Parkinson stretches out to make a reception duringFriday’s league war with host St. Francis.
Cheboygan piles up 355 rushing yards, forces threeturnovers to assure winning record
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Ironmen finish with perfect mark 
Mancelona 50, Manistee Catholic 8
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Powerful Eddies pull away in second half; Petoskey closes regular season 8-1, prepares to host John Glenn
by Mike DunnROCKFORD — ThePetoskey football team trav-eled south to Rockford onFriday in search of its firstunbeaten regular season in37 years. The Edwardsburg Eddies traveled north toRockford in search of theirfirst unbeaten regular seasonsince 1953.In the end, it was theEddies who prevailed in thisbattle of two talented, state-ranked foes. Edwardsburg improved to 8-0 with the 24-14 victory while Petoskey slipped to 8-1.Senior running back Joe"Rocket" Robbins had anoth-er explosive game for theNorthmen, though it wasn'tenough to put Petoskey overthe top. Robbins raced 62 yards to score one touch-down and was also on thereceiving end of a 52-yard TDstrike from Quinn Ameel.Louie Lamberti hit bothextra-point tries.Robbins added to his sea-son and career rushing totals with another outstanding showing, motoring to 179 yards on the ground on 22carries.The Eddies' Austin Teterbooted a 23-yard field goal inthe second quarter to give histeam a 17-14 lead it wouldnot relinquish. Lee Williamson found a seamand galloped 64 yards in thethird quarter to push theEdwardsburg lead to 24-14.Petoskey is a No. 2 seed inits Div. 3 district and will faceNo. 3 seed Bay City JohnGlenn on the home field at 1p.m. on Saturday. Glenncomes to town with a 6-3record. Petoskey and JohnGlenn have four wins overfour common opponents:Cadillac, Gaylord, Ogemaw Heights and Cheboygan. Thescores of the four games arepretty similar as well.The other half of the dis-trict bracket pits No. 1 seedMount Pleasant (9-0) againstNo. 4 seed Cadillac (5-3).Petoskey has earned aplayoff berth under coachKerry VanOrman for thefourth straight year and thefifth time in six years.The Northmen have fin-ished the regular season withan 8-1 log for the fourth yearin a row. They have failed to win their playoff opener thepast two years, however, andare seeking to edge JohnGlenn on Saturday andadvance to the Div. 3 districtfinals for the first time since2008. That year, theNorthmen defeated Ogemaw Heights 21-13 in the pre-dis-trict before losing at home toJohn Glenn 27-3 in the dis-trict title game.By Mike DunnMANISTEE – The long roadtrip to Manistee did little tocage the competitive juicesof the Mancelona footballteam on Friday. The Ironmenbecame the first team in theDerrer Era to finish with aperfect 9-0 regular-seasonmark, romping and stomping past host Manistee CatholicCentral 50-8.“It was an important gameand we knew it,” saidMancelona head coach Dan“Boo” Derrer, who has guidedhis team to the playoffs forthe fifth time in his six sea-sons at the helm of the pro-gram. “We needed to win tohave a chance at hosting atleast one playoff game andthat was one of our goals this year. Another goal all along  was to win nine straightgoing into the playoffs.”Unbeaten Mancelona isthe No. 2 seed in its Div. 8 dis-trict and plays host to No. 3seed Whittemore-Prescott onFriday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. TheCardinals come to town withan 8-1 record. If Mancelona wins, it plays the winner of the game between No. 4 seedLake City (8-1) and No. 1 seedTraverse City St. Francis (8-1).Mancelona set about itsbusiness early againstManistee Catholic, earning a22-8 lead by the end of thefirst quarter and a 36-8advantage by halftime.The Ground-and-Poundoffense of the Ironmen,fueled by the strong push upfront from center TristenFleet, guards Dalton Sulz andDakota Orman, tackles TylerCrider and granite-toughNick Hoogerhyde and tightends Eric Tracey andBrandon Scott, paved the way once again. And, once again, it was theDSA Ground Assault Unitchurning up the turf andlighting up the scoreboard.Halfback Wyatt Derrer, full-back Austin Spires and half-back Trevor Ackler cruisedthrough the cavernous holesprovided by the line andpiled up the yardage.The ever-dangerous Derrer– aka “The Sheriff” -- did theearly damage, as usual,crashing to a 1-yard TD toopen the scoring and thendashing 67 yards onMancelona’s next possession.In all, Wyatt galloped to 112 yards in just five carries.The hard-driving, high-stepping Spires, legs churn-ing like pistons, spun andsped his way to a team-high174 yards on 12 carries withTD sprints of 82 and 15 yardsand the dependable Ackler, who ran the ball exceptional-ly well at Manistee, racked up79 yards on eight carries andalso reached the end zonethree times on conversionruns.Junior signal caller KyleSchepperley, the savvy engi-neer of the Ground-and-Pound attack, only threw theball once but found glue-fin-gered tight end Eric Tracey inthe end zone on a pretty fadepass for a 16-yard score.Sophomore Justin Spiresstomped and strode to a pairof second-half TDs covering 1 yard and 4 yards and kickerCraig Conway, cool as anOctober morning, bootedboth extra points.On the defensive side, it was the “Dark Diesel” DaltonSulz doing the slam downsfrom his linebacker post,accumulating a team-higheight tackles along with pen-etrating defensive tackleDakota Orman. Sulz alsorecovered a fumble.Safety Kevin Schepperley and cornerback Justin Spiresalso showed up big, eachrecording four tackles, andstrong safety KyleSchepperley was big into col-lisions and sudden stops,including a seismic take-down of the MCC quarter-back that shook the bleach-ers just a bit.Derrer was also pleased with the play of the reservesin the second half. He notedthe strong play of sophomoreslammer Luke Smigielski atlinebacker and junior strong man D.J. “Cobra” McCondra, who struck like a truck on theD-line.The task for Mancelonanow is to put the regular-sea-son achievements in the pastand concentrate on what’sahead.Boo’s Boys are the first everfrom Mancelona to go 9-0 inthe regular season but they aren’t satisfied yet. Last year’steam was the first ever to winnine games in a season. This year’s team has tied that wintotal with a chance to get atleast 10 with a victory athome against Whittemore.“The kids are excited,”Derrer said. “It’s a new sea-son. What we’ve done in thefirst nine games means noth-ing now.”Derrer said one big key forMancelona is controlling theline of scrimmage on bothsides. Whittemore is a talent-ed, playoff-tested team withan explosive playmaker atquarterback and a good-sized line up front.“They play good, solidfootball,” Derrer said. “They don’t turn the ball over muchand they don’t make a lot of mistakes. We have to play tough defense, move the ball when we have it and avoid alot of penalties.
Northmenlose for first time
Edwardsburg 24, Petoskey 14
Petoskey senior Joe “Rocket” Robbins finds roomFriday behind the blocking of teammates Hunter Stinger (50) and Shane Severn (75).Petoskeydefendersconverge onanEdwardsburgrunner duringFriday’sgame atRockfordHigh School.
 
Mancelona head coach Dan “Boo” Derrer gives instructions to QB Kyle Schepperley during the game atJohannesburg earlier this season.
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