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Main Events
Wrestling: Pine
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MONDAY
Sports History
On this date:
1983 — In his 42nd
game, Edmonton’s Wayne
Gretzky scores
his 100th point
of the season
with an assist in
the Oilers’ 8-3 triumph over the
Winnipeg Jets.
1991 — Kevin Bradshaw of U.S. International scores
72 points to break
Pete Maravich’s
NCAA Division I
single-game scoring record of 69,
but Loyola Marymount sets an
NCAA team scoring record in defeating the Gulls
186-140.
2003 — Jeff Garcia hits Tai Streets
with a 13-yard
touchdown pass
with 1 minute
left, and the New
York Giants botch
the snap on a
41-yard field goal
attempt as time
expires in San
Francisco’s 3938 victory — the
second-biggest
comeback in NFL
playoff history.

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Getting Aggressive

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Reps

Bucks pick up the
pace in 2nd half,
beat McBain
by marc vieau
cadillac news

LEROY — The “big man”
knows he’s got to be a little
more aggressive.
Then again, “big” is a relative term this season when
it comes to Pine River and
the Highland Conference
boys’ basketball race, too.
Still, Dylan Sieting knows
his role.
Sieting helped spark the
Bucks by being the big man
inside in a convincing 64-44
win over McBain in a pivotal league game Friday night.
Sieting is the tallest player
on a short Pine River roster
at 6-foot, 3-inches so he’s the
one on the inside doing the
dirty work.
“I feel like I was more aggressive tonight and that’s
what the coaches have been
wanting me to do,” Sieting
said. “When our guards penetrate, that backside is open
and so that’s my job to roll to
the basket.
“Then I am the anchor on
defense.”
That was a big role on Friday against McBain and will
be all season long against
other Highland teams that
generally don’t have a lot of
size either.
What was just a two-point
game at halftime — the
Bucks led 28-26 — really
turned in the third quarter
because Pine River cleaned
things up first and took control.
“They outhustled us in
the first half and we were
getting beat down the floor,”
Pine River coach Brian
Goodenow said. “That can’t
happen to us.”
The biggest thing Goodenow pointed out, though,
was the rebounding on the
defensive end and limiting
McBain’s chances.
“We kept telling our guys
to get in position and then
when you think you’ve got
it, go one step back,” he said.
“They’re longer than us and
so we’ve got to create space.
“There had to be no more
than one shot opportunity
for them because they had a
ton of putbacks in the first
half.”
With the rebounding
taken care of, Pine River
began hitting shots. The
Bucks took a 37-32 lead on a
3-pointer by Brandon Hoaglund and a layup by Mitchell McDonald with 4:38 to go
in the third quarter.
A layup by McDonald made
it 41-34 with 2:31 remaining
before a putback by Schreoder Vanderhoof stretched the
lead to 43-34 with 1:37 to go in
the quarter.
A layup by Lucas Harris made it 45-34 with 36

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marc vieau | cadillac news

Pine River’s Dylan Sieting shoots the ball over the outstretched arms of McBain’s Hunter Kitson during
Friday’s Highland Conference contest. The Bucks beat the Ramblers 64-44.
seconds remaining in the
third. Pine River opened the
fourth quarter with another
triple by Hoaglund to make
it 48-34 before a McBain free
throw snapped a stretch of
five minutes and 40 seconds
without a point for the Ramblers.
Despite being close at
halftime, McBain coach
Bruce Koopman was not
happy with his team’s performance.
“We got beat by a better
basketball team tonight,”
he said. “They are better
coached and they executed
better … they flat out kicked
our butt.

“We worked hard this
week in practice and I
thought we were ready …
we’re a better basketball
team than this and that
starts with me.”
McBain hit a couple of
shots late but could never
get the deficit lower than 10
points.
Skyler Nelson paced Pine
River with 18 points and
nine rebounds while McDonald had 13 points, four
rebounds and eight assists.
Hoaglund had 15 points and
seven assists while Harris
added five rebounds.
Tyler Sterk paced McBain
with 11 points while Grant

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Team Conf

Overall

Pine River 2-0

4-0

Lake City 2-0

4-1

Evart 1-0

2-0

Beal City 1-0

1-2

NMC 1-1

2-2

Marion 0-2

2-2

Manton 0-2

2-3

McBain 0-2

1-4

Friday’s Games
Clare 69, Beal City 65
Lake City 65, Manton 48
NMC 56, Marion 34
Pine River 64, McBain 44

Gugle scored eight and Kyle
Heuker seven.

TRAVERSE CITY — Call
it starting all over again.
After more than two
weeks off, it certainly felt
like to the Cadillac hockey
team.
The Vikings, who hadn't
played since a win over
Big Rapids on Dec. 18 at
Comerica Park, got back
in action with a 3-0 win
over the Bay Area Reps
Friday night at Centre
ICE.
Cadillac had a game at
Gaylord on Dec. 20 postponed and took some time
off for the holidays.
"It kind of reminded me
of the beginning of the
season where you practice
for three weeks and not
play a game," Cadillac
coach Scott Graham said.
"The guys were chomping at the bit to play someone.
"I thought we were a
little rusty at times but
I thought we responded
well, too, for being off for
a two and a half weeks."
Facing the Reps added a
little more to the equation,
too, because of their style,
Graham added.
"Any time you play the
Reps, it's going to be a
battle because they are
physical," he said.
"I thought we responded
well to that, though."
Friday's game was scoreless until 4:42 remained
in the first period when
Spencer Graham scored
off assists from Levi Rowan and Patrick Briggs to
make it 1-0.
Cadillac went up 2-0 two
minutes later when Ryan
Morse scored off an assist
from Brett Farley.
The score stayed 2-0 until Blake Ford scored off
assists from Farley and
Briggs with 2:30 remaining in the game.
Cadillac controlled the
Reps in the defensive end
and senior goalkeeper
Connor Kassuba kept up
his end in the shutout.
"Connor played well,"
Graham said.
"He did a good job of
controlling the first shot
and we worked well in
front of him to eliminate
quality second and third
chances."
The Vikings (7-1-1
overall) host Traverse
City West in a Big North
Conference contest on
Wednesday before going to
Manistee on Friday for a
non-conference contest.

Clemson outlasts Ohio State

was Clemson's biggest win in a generation.
Boyd threw for 378 yards and five touchMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tajh Boyd threw downs, Watkins had a record-setting night
with 16 catches for 227 yards, and No. 12
for 378 yards and five touchdowns, Sammy
Clemson rallied to beat No. 7 Ohio State 40-35
Watkins had a record-setting night with 16
on Friday for the school's first Orange Bowl
catches for 227 yards, and No. 12 Clemson
rallied to beat No. 7 Ohio State 40-35 in the Or- win in 32 years.
Boyd's 5-yard pass to Stanton Seckinger
ange Bowl on Friday night.
with 6:16 remaining put the Tigers (11-2)
Boyd's 5-yard pass to Stanton Seckinger
ahead to stay on a night when they allowed
with 6:16 remaining put the Tigers (11-2)
ahead to stay. Watkins caught two touchdown 20 unanswered points in wasting an early
11-point lead. Watkins caught two scoring
passes, plus became Clemson's career receppasses, plus became Clemson's career receptions leader and set an Orange Bowl record
tions leader and set an Orange Bowl record
for yardage.
Martavis Bryant caught two more TD pass- for yardage.
Martavis Bryant caught two more TD
es for the Tigers, who won their first Orange
passes for the Tigers, who posted consecutive
Bowl in 32 years.
11-win seasons for the first time in school hisBraxton Miller threw for 234 yards and
tory.
Carlos Hyde ran for 113 more for Ohio State
Braxton Miller threw for 234 yards and
(12-2), which wasted a nine-point second-half
Carlos Hyde ran for 113 more for Ohio State
lead. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer lost for
(12-2), which led 29-20 in the second half but
the first time in five career trips to the Bowl
wound up losing its second straight game
Championship Series.
For the second time in three years, Clemson — after having won each of its previous 24
under coach Urban Meyer, whose record in
fell apart at the Orange Bowl.
Bowl Championship Series games fell to 4-1.
Only this time, the Tigers found a way to
Corey Brown had 116 yards receiving for the
recover. And thanks to Tajh Boyd, Sammy
Buckeyes.
Watkins and plenty of others, the end result
the associated press

wilfredo lee | associated press

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) makes a catch for a
touchdown over Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant (12) and
safety C.J. Barnett (4) during the second half of the Orange Bowl
Friday in Miami Gardens, Fla.