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Athlete of the Week
FOR WEEK OF OCT.13-19

would like to congratulate
the Athlete of the Week

BRYSON DEVERS
MIO HIGH SCHOOL
Devers dashed and slashed his way to
a team-high 174 yards rushing Friday in
the shutout of Hale, including a 70-yard
burst to paydirt among his 3 TDs. He
also had a team-high 14 tackles.

FOR WEEK OF OCT.20-26

STEVEN FITZEK
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL

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The scrap-iron tough junior signal caller
threw for 130 yards and two TDs to
guide the Blue Devils to a 20-13 victory
at Alpena and snap a 21-game losing
streak.

THE PLAYOFFS KICK OFF!
Six area teams compete in pre-district opener this Friday or Saturday

by Mike Dunn

GAYLORD – The “second season” is set to begin this weekend
for the 256 football teams
throughout the state that qualified for the playoffs.
Six teams from the coverage
area of the Weekly Choice will be
in action.
Cheboygan in Division 4,
Grayling in Division 5 and Johannesburg-Lewiston in Division 8 all host their pre-district
games. Inland Lakes in Division
6, Mancelona in Division 7 and
Mio in Division 8 play on the
road.
In Division 4, the Cheboygan
Chiefs of Hall of Fame coach
Jack Coon face a familiar rival.
Ogemaw Heights (6-3) comes to
storied Western Avenue Field to
take on the Chiefs, who finished
a solid 7-2 in spite of playing a
hellacious independent schedule.
Cheboygan is the No. 2 seed in
Region 1, District 1 and Ogemaw
Heights is the No. 3 seed. On the
other side of the bracket, Remus
Chippewa Hills (6-3) visits unbeaten and No. 1 seed Cadillac (90).
The Chiefs have faced Ogemaw
Heights twice before in the playoffs, losing to the Falcons both
times. Last year, the Chiefs lost
41-6 in the opening round of the
postseason and in 2006, the
Chiefs lost a 26-21 heartbreaker
in West Branch in the district
championship game after beating nemesis Kingsford 7-0 in the
infamous snow game the previous week.
Cheboygan owns a 9-5 advantage all-time over the Falcons.
Since the 2005 season, however,
the Chiefs are 3-5 against them.
Coon’s troops will seek to reverse
last year’s defeat at West Branch
and win at home on Saturday
and advance to the district finals
for the first time since 2006.
In Division 5, the high-octane,
super-charged Grayling Vikings
of coach Tim Sanchez play host
to perennial playoff contender
Kingsford (6-3). The Vikings, who
capped another outstanding regular season with a thoroughly
impressive triumph in the Lake
Michigan Conference championship game against Boyne City,
are the No. 2 seed in the district.
On the other side of the
bracket, undefeated No. 1 seed
Menominee (who else?) plays
host to No. 4 seed Houghton (6-3).
If Grayling and Menominee both
win, the Vikings will make the
long trip to the western U.P.
again to take on the Maroons for
the district title for the third
time in four years.
Last year, the Vikings lost in
the pre-district round of the playoffs at Kingsford 36-14. This time
the Flivvers will have to make
the long trip from the U.P.
The Vikings and Flivvers also
met in the playoffs in 2005 in
Grayling and the Vikings won
that won 35-18 to advance to the
regional title game for the first
time in school history.
In Division 6, the hard-battling
Inland Lakes Bulldogs of coach

(photo by bob Speeter.)

Cheboygan junior Liam McNeil (33) sprints toward the goal line Friday during Cheboygan's 48-16 regular-season closing victory over St. Ignace at
Western Avenue Field. the hard-working, hustling Cheboygan Chiefs of coach Jack Coon will host ogemaw heights on Saturday.

Division 4 : Region 1-Disrict 1
Chippewa Hills (6-3) at Cadillac (9-0)
Ogemaw Heights (6-3) at Cheboygan (7-2)
Division 5 : Region 1-District 1
Houghton (6-3) at Menominee (9-0)
Kingsford (6-3) at Grayling (8-1)
Division 6 : Region 1-District 1
Inland Lakes (6-3) at Negaunee (8-1)
Elk Rapids (6-3) at Boyne City (7-2)
Division 7 : Region 1-District 1
T.C. St. Francis (5-4) at West Iron County (9-0)
Mancelona (7-2) at Ishpeming (9-0)
Division 8 :
Region 2-District 2
Hillman (5-4) at St. Ignace (7-2)
Atlanta (5-4) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (7-2)
Region 3-District 1
Mio (7-2) at Beal City (9-0)
Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (6-3) at Coleman (7-2)
Stan Schramm make their first
appearance in the playoffs since
2009 but they have a tough draw.
The Bulldogs, who finished 6-3
after a tough triple-overtime loss
at Mancelona in week nine, are
the No. 4 seed in the district and
take on No. 1 seed Negaunee (81). This is the first time the Bulldogs have ever faced the Miners.
Schramm’s troops are seeking to
advance to the district round of
the playoffs for the second time
in school history. The last time
was 1995.
In the other pre-district game,
No. 2 seed Boyne City (7-2) plays

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host to No. 3 Elk Rapids (6-3) in a
rematch of Lake Michigan Conference foes.
In Division 7, the Ground-andPound Ironmen of coach Dan
“Boo” Derrer return to the U.P. to
take on defending state champion Ishpeming for the second
year in a row and the third time
since 2010. The Ironmen are the
No. 3 seed and the unbeaten
Hematites are the No. 2 seed.
On the other side of this very
tough district, No. 4 seed Traverse City St. Francis (5-4) visits
unbeaten No. 1 seed West Iron
County in Iron River (9-0).

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This is the seventh time in
eight years of the Derrer Era
that Mancelona has made it to
the playoffs. From 2010 to 2012,
the Ironmen have hosted firstround playoff games and won
each time to reach the district
title game. This year, the road is
a little tougher. The Ironmen
have to travel to a notoriously
tough venue at Ishpeming. In
their previous two trips to Ishpeming, the Ironmen have lost
38-6 in 2010 and 32-0 in 2012.
In Division 8, JohannesburgLewiston hosts a pre-district
game for the second year in a
row. The Cardinals, who finished
7-2 and on a six-game winning
streak, are the No. 2 seed and
play host to No. 3 seed Atlanta (54). Ironically, this was the first
regular season in more than four
decades that J-L did not face Atlanta. Now the teams will meet in
the playoffs for the first time. The
Cardinals own a 20-game winning streak against the Huskies,
who last beat J-L in 1992.
Coach Joe Smokevitch’s Cardinals started the season off losing
two of the first three games to
quality opponents but have been
unbeatable since then, putting
their excellent team speed to
good use. In the seven games the
Cardinals have won this year,
they’ve averaged 42 points per
game fueled by the “May Day” attack of sophomore backs Nick
May and Ethan May.
On the other side of the
bracket, No. 1 seed St. Ignace (7-2)
plays host to Hillman (5-4). The
Cardinals are looking to reach
the district title game again this
year and repeat as champs.
Also in D-8, the Mio Thunder-

bolts of coach Jim Gendernalik
travel to the field of unbeaten
and No. 1 seed Beal City. It is a rematch of last year’s pre-district
opener when the Bolts played at
Beal and lost by shutout.
Mio has shown explosiveness
in its seven wins this season and
the ability to put points on the
board in a hurry. During the
seven-game winning streak from
week two to week eight, the Bolts
averaged a whopping 48 points
per game.
On the other side of the
bracket, No. 2 seed Coleman (7-2)
plays host to No. 3 seed Mount
Pleasant Sacred Heart (6-3).

Pre-District Playoffs::
Div. 4, R-1, D-1 Saturday 1 p.m.
Ogemaw Hts. (6-3) at Cheboygan (7-2)
Div. 5, R-1, D-1 Saturday 1 p.m.
\Kingsford (6-3) at Grayling (8-1)
Div. 6, R-1, D-1 Saturday 1 p.m.
Inland Lakes (6-3) at Negaunee (8-1)
Div. 7, R-1, D-1 Saturday 1 p.m.
Mancelona (7-2) at Ishpeming (9-0)
Div. 8, R-2, D-1 Friday 7 p.m.
Atlanta (5-4) at Joburg-Lewiston (7-2)
Div. 8, R-2, D-2 Friday 7 p.m.
Mio (7-2) at Beal City (9-0)

Week 9 Results:
Cheboygan 48, St. Ignace 16
Gaylord 20. Alpena 13*
Kingsley 56, Gaylord St. Mary 0
Grayling 51, Boyne City 13*
Mancelona 28, Inland Lakes 26*
Johannesburg-Lewiston 63, Pellston 19
Lincoln-Alcona 50, Mio 12
Pickford 41, Onaway 6
Ogemaw Heights 13, Petoskey 12 *
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Mancelona 28, Inland lakes 26

Ironmen prevail in OT thriller
by Mike Dunn

MANCELONA – The last
time Mancelona lost at home
to a Ski Valley opponent was
2009 against Inland Lakes.
The Ironmen very nearly fell
to the battling Bulldogs of
coach Stan Schramm again
on Friday.
Even though the Ironmen
and the Bulldogs are not in
the same division now that
the Ski Valley has split, they
are still gridiron rivals who
reflect the same kind of
blue-collar, trench-tough
mentality. That was evident
before a large Parents Night
crowd on Friday at
Mancelona as the teams battled fiercely through three
overtimes before the Ironmen finally prevailed 28-26.
Mancelona concluded the
regular season with a 7-2
mark while the Bulldogs finished 6-3. The Ironmen are
in the playoffs for the seventh time in the eight years
of the Dan “Boo” Derrer
Coaching Era and I-Lakes
advances to the postseason
for the first time since 2009.
The Ironmen are the No. 4
seed in their rugged Division
7 district and travel to the
field of No. 1 seed and defending state champion Ishpeming for a game Saturday
at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs are
also the No. 4 seed in their
Division 6 district and travel
to the U.P. to face talent-rich
Negaunee (8-1), also Saturday at 1.
This is Mancelona’s third
trip to Ishpeming in four
years. The previous two
times the Ironmen have traveled to the land of the
Hematites, they haven’t been
able to generate many
points. Last year in the district championship game,
Mancelona lost 32-0. In 2010,
the Ironmen fell by a 38-6
count in the district finals.
This time, Mancelona and
Ishpeming are facing each
other in the pre-district
round. Derrer knows his
team has to play its best
game but he believes his
players are quite capable of
going to Ishpeming and winning there.
“We’re not going up there
to play; we’re going up there
to win,” Boo said. “They’re
the defending state champs,
the No. 1 ranked team in the
state and nobody gives us a
chance. We’ve got nothing to
lose. It takes a lot of pressure off us; all we have to do
is go up there and play foot-

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I-Lakes Qb todd Athey powers forward for some stiff yardage during Friday’s game at Mancelona.
“You want to play the best,
and we’re playing one of the
best right off the bat. Let’s
go up there and hammer it
out against these guys. I’m
looking forward to it. It’s
also a measuring stick.
They’re one of the best in
the state in Division 6; hey
let’s play ‘em.”
DERRER AND
SCHRAMM both liked getting a stiff test just prior to
the playoffs, which is often a
good preparation for the intensity of the second season.
“It was a tough game,”
Derrer said of the tense victory over the Bulldogs. “I
give them credit. Their kids
came to play and played with
a lot of heart and a lot of
emotion. We started off a little flat but fortunately we
turned things around in
time to win.”
Schramm was pleased
with the way his team battled at Mancelona.
“We played a pretty physical football team, a big team,
and I’m glad we played them
going into the playoffs,”
Schramm said. “We rose to
the occasion and matched up
with them physically. We’ll
play hard and we’ve got
some speedsters on our side
of the ball too.”
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ball.”
The path to an upset victory for Mancelona is to employ the same offensive
strategy that’s been part of
the Ironmen program since
Ike was president. The Ironmen have to move the ball in
small-but-steady increments
to control the clock and
shorten the game. The more
they can keep the chains
moving and keep the
Hematite offense off the
field, the better.
“We want to use some of
the clock and shorten the
game,” Boo reported.
“They’re tough defensively.
They get low to the ground
and they make it tough to
block them. We need to be
content making three-and-ahalf yards a play and getting
first downs. We have to avoid
penalties and when we get
close to the end zone, we
have to find a way to punch
it in.”
The battering ram runs of
fullback Logan Borst combined with the jitterbugging
moves of elusive Chase
Wilcox at halfback and the
breakaway speed of Justin
Spires and the power bursts
of Erik Wheeler have served
the Ironmen well this year
maneuvering behind a big,
strong O-line. The ability of
the Ironmen to move the ball
on the ground will be critical
to their chances of pulling
the upset.
For I-Lakes, a major key is
matching up physically with
Negaunee. Ironically, Negaunee’s lone loss came to
Ishpeming, 28-24. Negaunee
reached the regional final a
year ago and finished 10-2.
“Size and speed,”
Schramm said of the Miners. “They’re big and strong
and fast. Just wondering
how we’re going to match up
physically with them for
four quarters of football.
They’re a very good football
team. They run the power I
(formation) and they’ve got
one of the best backs (Tyler
LaJoie) in the state of Michigan, and he looks like it too.
Their quarterback (Ryan
Syrjala) is good. He can
throw the ball too. They
don’t throw the ball much,
but he’s good.”
Schramm, like Derrer, believes his team has the grit,
toughness, determination
and talent to pull off the
upset.
“I’m confident. We’ve got
some good kids, we’ve got
some good athletes,” he said.

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after two overtimes. Borst
fired through a seam and
barreled to a quick 10-yard
tally to put the Ironmen on
top 26-20. Then Spires sped
around end and scored what
turned out to be the gamewinning points on the conversion run.
I-Lakes answered right
back, reaching the end zone
when hard-charging QB
Todd Athey powered his way
across the goal-line. The
Ironmen stiffened and
stopped the visitors on the
crucial conversion try and
that turned out to be the difference in the seesaw battle.
Spires also tallied in the
first overtime, giving the
Ironmen a temporary 20-14
lead. The Bulldogs fought
back to tie the score when
free-flowing wingback

Daniel Flowers deked a defender and found his way to
the end zone.
Neither team scored in the
second overtime, setting up
the third-overtime heroics of
Borst and Spires.
Borst finished a productive night with 157 yards
worth of real estate in addition to his TD in overtime.
Spires tallied three times, including a short plunge to
paydirt late in the fourth
quarter to help forge a 14-14
tie in regulation. Wheeler
weaved around end for the
two points.
Cole VanWagoner scored
Mancelona’s first TD of the
game on a 1-yard plunge.
Defensively for the Ironmen, it was senior linebacker Luke “Smash Mouth”
Smigielski leading the way

once again, making eight
takedowns. Garrett Derrer
and VanWagoner also had
eight stops each and Boo also
commended the hard-nosed
play of senior Jacob Allen in
the secondary.
The fleet-footed Flowers
flew to a game-high 161
yards rushing on 16 carries
with a TD in the first overtime. Christian Wallace
turned on the afterburners
and set a school record in the
game with an electrifying 98yard touchdown burst. Wallace ended up with 119 yards
of real estate on eight tries.
Athey pounded and powered
his way to 72 yards on 11
tries with two scores on his
stat line. Trevor Mallory, the
rugged two-way warrior for
the Bulldogs, motored to 41
yards in 11 attempts.

JV Football

Young Ironmen of coach Doug Derrer
close productive campaign with 6-3 mark
by Mike Dunn

INDIAN RIVER – The Mancelona JV
football team traveled to Inland Lakes on
Thursday, Oct. 24, and engaged in a smashing gridiron war with the Bulldogs. The
young Ironmen rallied from a 22-6 first-half
deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter
only to have I-Lakes battle back and score
in the final minute of the game to claim a
thrilling 28-24 victory.
The battling Bulldogs took 10 minutes off
the clock while completing their game-winning drive.
The Bulldog defense did a great job of
pursuing Mancelona’s high-powered “Iron
Trio” backfield of Tyler Fults, Chris
“Neon” Nielson and C.J. Short and preventing any of the three to surpass the century
mark in rushing.
Fults still afflicted the Bulldogs with TyFu Fever, however, slashing and crashing

his way to a team-high 79 yards of real estate and scoring on a 2-yard run in the first
quarter and a 2-yard plunge to paydirt in
the third quarter. Fults also flew to two conversion runs.
“Neon” Nielson capped his outstanding
campaign with 53 yards rushing on 12 tries
and lit up the scoreboard with an 11-yard
burst off-tackle in the fourth quarter. He
also bulled his way over for two points to
put Mancelona temporarily ahead 24-22.
Short showed up big once again, pounding and pushing his way to 48 yards of
sonic sieges to cap a productive JV season.
Short was long on defense, too, securing
eight takedowns in the game. Jake
Campeau contributed nine stops and Shane
Young put the shake down on ball carriers
five times.
The young Ironmen of coach Doug Derrer finished with a solid 6-3 record.

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GraylInG 51, boyne cIty 13

Grayling wins LMC crown, hosts Kingsford in playoffs
by DeNNIS MANSFIeLD
buckland News Service

GRAYLING – Both the visiting
Boyne City Ramblers and
Grayling Vikings came into the
Lake Michigan Conference finale
Friday, Oct. 25, unbeaten in conference play.
The winner of the game would
win the conference crown. It was
that simple.
And, the Vikings made a quick
and clear statement which team
would carry that momentum into
the state playoffs by trouncing
the Ramblers, 51-13, to win the

LMC crown.
Grayling (8-1 overall, 6-0 conference) wasn’t a congenial host,
jumping on the Ramblers (7-2
overall, 5-1 conference) for 24
points in the first quarter and another 13 points in the second on
its way to a commanding 37-7
halftime lead.
“We were really pleased with
how much emotion our guys
came out and played with,” said
Grayling head coach Tim
Sanchez. “The defense was able
to create some turnovers and our
offense was able to capitalize
with some early scores.

glue-fingered grayling receiver tyler McClanahan makes a leaping
catch Friday as Maceo Vroman defends for boyne City.
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the Vikings’ tyler McClanahan makes his first tD catch of the night in the end zone between two boyne City defenders. (rob DeForge oFrDSportSphoto.CoM)
“Boyne City is a great football
team, so we will need to capture
this momentum as we go into the
playoffs.”
In all, Grayling defenders
forced three fumbles. That helped
set up the Vikings’ high-powered
offense, which delivered both
through the air and on the
ground.
The Vikings tallied 450 yards in
total offense against the Ramblers, including 237 yards rushing.
Senior Kevin Harris led the
way with 99 yards rushing on just
9 carries, while also throwing one
pass for 62 yards to classmate
Tyler McClanahan for a touchdown.
But, it was senior Michael
Branch who might have done
even more damage, tallying 3 TDs
while carrying the ball 16 times
for 87 yards. Junior Scout Tobin
added 24 yards rushing on 4 carries.
Grayling didn’t need Jake
Swander to put up eye-popping
numbers, considering the

Vikings’ success in running the
ball. The senior quarterback still
had a solid game, completing 8-of13 of his throws for 171 yards and
3 TDs. He also carried the ball 5
times for 27 yards.
McClanahan caught a total of 6
passes for 155 yards and 3 TDs.
Tobin hauled in 1 reception for 48
yards, while junior Danny
Schultz had 2 receptions for 30

grayling senior Charlie harris
steps in front of this pass intended
for bradley Fouchia and makes an
interception Friday.
(rob DeForge oFrDSportSphoto.CoM)

yards.
Defensively, Grayling was led
by senior Nick Swiercz with 7
tackles and a fumble recovery.
When he wasn’t tormenting the
Ramblers on offense, Branch
tacked on 4 tackles, a fumble recovery and had an interception
on defense.
Grayling won’t have long to celebrate winning the LMC. Over
the weekend, the Vikings found
out they’ll be hosting the Kingsford Flivvers in pre-district playoff clash at 1 p.m. on Saturday,
Nov. 2.
Kingsford was only 2-2 against
its rivals in the Great Northern
U.P. Conference, but finished the
season with a strong 7-2 record
overall.
And, the Vikings could see another team from north of the
Mackinaw Bridge. If it tops the
Flivvers, Grayling would face the
winner of the pre-district game
between undefeated Menominee
(9-0 overall, 4-0 conference), the
Great Northern U.P. champion,
and Houghton Lake (6-3 overall).

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Petoskey 12, oGeMaw HeIGHts 13

Northmen playoff dreams slip away at Ogemaw
Petoskey finishes 5-4 after heartbreaking one-point loss
by Andy Sneddon

WEST BRANCH – Excruciatingly, tantalizingly, agonizingly
close.
To an oh-so-crucial win, to the
ultimate goal.
The Petoskey High School football team saw its season come to
a conclusion last week with a
heartbreaking 13-12 loss at West
Branch Ogemaw Heights. The
Northmen needed a win to clinch
a playoff spot, and on Sunday
night, they absorbed the final
blow when theirs was not among
the 256 schools to make the playoff field.
“It was a matter of a couple
plays,” Petoskey coach Kerry
VanOrman said. “It wasn’t from
a lack of effort or our kids (not)
wanting to win. The will to win
was there, the want to win was
there, the effort was there.
“It was very frustrating. We
needed things to go our way and
we didn’t make the plays when
we needed to. It was a heck of a
football game.
“I think, just to be so close, and
not get there, that makes it even
tougher. That’s a hard way to end
a season.”
The Northmen finished 5-4,
and out of the playoffs, for the
second consecutive season. Ogemaw Heights is 6-3 and will play
at Cheboygan, 7-2, in a Division 4
pre-district playoff game 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2.
Petoskey failed to convert on
its two extra-point kicks, the first
on a high center snap that forced
the Northmen to try a fire-drill
two-point conversion that failed.
The second came when sophomore kicker Nathaniel Reed
slipped as he approached the
ball, and his attempt came up

short.
The slip came after the Northmen had drawn to 13-12 on a
Chase Ledingham 30-yard touchdown run with under a minute to
play in the third quarter.
Ledingham was one of 19 seniors playing his final game in a
Northman uniform. He finished
the night with 147 yards on 22
carries, and he became the latest
in a growing line of standout
backs to pass through the
Petoskey program.
“Unfortunately, somebody’s got
to lose that game,” said VanOrman, who completed his 11th season as Petoskey’s coach. “It was
hard on the seniors. They really,
really wanted to go on. That
made it even tougher in the
locker room.
“It’s a good group of kids. It
was tough.”
Ledingham, Shea Whitmore
and Connor Reed were the
Northmen tri-captains, and saying good-bye to that trio – and the
entire senior class – was extremely difficult, VanOrman
said.
“In our locker room after the
game, we acknowledged every
senior individually,” VanOrman
said. “Talking to those kids, from
(Alex) Pionk to (Trevor) Denoyer
to (Chandler) Matelski to (Jeremy) Hiatt to (Connor) Reed –
these guys had been in the program the whole time and were finally starting in their senior
year, and I think it’s a tribute to
them for staying with it.
“I think the lesson there is,
Yeah, you put in the time and
you put in the work on the scout
team — that’s always important
to us — but it does pay off when
you’re a senior and you’ve been
in the program.

“Guys like Steven Snider;
those guys played a big role this
year. I was really proud of them.
These guys, except for Whitmore
and (Ledingham), pretty much
are first-year players from a
starting point of view. It was
‘Thanks for everything you did
for four years.’”
And while Ledingham was a
key contributor during a threeyear varsity career, he perhaps
epitomized the perseverance that
VanOrman said ran throughout
the senior class.
Ledingham returned from a severe groin injury that hobbled
him for much of his junior season, and turned in an outstanding senior campaign.
“He dedicated himself and it
really paid off,” VanOrman said.
“He really worked hard to get
back and get himself healthy and
stronger. He never got injured
again this year (and) he was a
workhorse on both sides of the
ball. He was a heck of a linebacker. He had a phenomenal
year. He’s a good example for a
lot of the younger kids. We’re
going to miss him. I think the
thing about Chase is he’s so humble. He loved the linemen, he acknowledged those guys all the
time.”
Whitmore and Reed were also
critical cogs on both sides of the
ball, Whitmore at linebacker and
tight end, and Reed at linebacker
and fullback.
“Whitmore’s another senior
who had a great year,” VanOrman said. “We moved him to
tight end (from fullback) and he
did a great job for us.”
VanOrman called Reed the
team’s unsung hero, one who
was among the very best leaders
the veteran coaching staff had

ever had at Petoskey.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a
better captain than that kid
when it comes to character and
makeup of what a captain should
be,” he said. “He really set a high
standard for the kids, and they
respected him. … That kind of
kid is really valuable to us, just
because he has all those intangibles. Lot of heart and great leadership skills. He was the
heartbeat for us a lot of times
when we needed that.”
The Northmen began the season with convincing wins over
Sault Ste. Marie and Hastings,
then suffered a three-game losing streak, falling to Big North
Conference champion Cadillac,
league runner-up Traverse City
West, and non-league rival
Cheboygan.
All three of those teams are in
the playoffs, and they finished
the regular season with a combined 21-6 record.
After that skid, Petoskey’s
longest losing streak since 2007,
the Northmen stood 2-3 and
needed to win their final four
games in order to guarantee
themselves a playoff spot.
They nearly did it. They broke
the streak with a monumental
42-37 win over Traverse City Central, then pounded Gaylord and
Alpena to set up the all-or-nothing showdown with Ogemaw on
Friday.
“I’m proud of the way they
held in there after three losses
and really gave themselves a
chance to win,” VanOrman said.
And they had that chance Friday against the Falcons, even in
the waning moments.
Evan Whitmore, Petoskey’s
sophomore quarterback, connected with his brother, Shea

Whitmore, for a 28-yard TD pass
play to give the Northmen a 6-0
lead late in the first quarter.
Ben Hartley, Ogemaw’s speedy
and elusive quarterback, tied the
game with a 27-yard TD run midway through the second quarter.
The Falcons seized a 13-6 lead
when Michael vonKronenberger
took an option pitch from Hartley and scored from 5 yards out
in the third quarter. Brandon
Winter was good on what would
prove to be the all-important
extra point kick.
After Petoskey drew within a
point on Ledingham’s TD run,
the Northmen took possession
with about 8 minutes remaining,
but the drive ended on downs
near the Ogemaw 30 with 2:20 to
play. Petoskey’s defense forced a
punt, but Petoskey could not
mount a scoring drive in the
final minute.
Devin Griffus finished with 129
yards on 18 carries to lead Ogemaw’s rushing attack, while
Hartley completed 5-of-13 passes
for 40 yards.
Kurt Boucher was, as he had
been throughout the entire season, the perfect complement to
Ledingham in Petoskey’s backfield. The junior finished with
103 yards on 21 carries.
The 13 points was Ogemaw’s
second lowest of the season.
Both teams finished 3-3 in the
league, tied for third place along
with T.C. Central.
“Our defense played good
enough to win,” VanOrman said.
“You hold them to 13 points, I
think you’ve done a pretty good
job. We needed to come up with
another touchdown.
“It was a good football game to
watch. It was just a hard one to
lose.”

Petoskey JV Football

Northmen JV squad completes second straight 9-0 season
by Andy Sneddon

PETOSKEY – Another season, another 9-0 in the books
for the Petoskey High School
junior varsity football team.
Brent Murray scored two
touchdowns and Peter Crittenden tossed two TD passes
last week as the Northmen defeated West Branch Ogemaw
Heights, 38-14, at Curtis Field.
The win completed
Petoskey’s second consecutive
perfect season under coach
Dan Lewis and assistants
Brian Lewis, Tim Washburn
and Duane Budreau.
Murray’s TDs came on runs
of 60 and 59 yards, while Crittenden threw a 24-yard TD
pass to Marion Wingster and
a 3-yarder to Kevin Tran.
Philip Schaub also scored on
a 45-yard run for the Northmen.
Tyler Leist was Petoskey’s
leading tackler, while Logan
Fettig, Tran and Marcus Groh
each recovered a fumble.
Murray finished the season
as Petoskey’s leading scorer
with 19 touchdowns and nine
two-point conversions, while
Wingster had nine TDs, one of
which came on a kickoff return, and five two-point conversions.
Nick Gadowski and Aron
Lee scored seven TDs apiece
on the season, while Trevor
Wilson had five. Crittenden
finished the season with eight
TD passes, three rushing TDs,
and he threw for 13 two-point
conversions.
Buddy Gray, Eric Hoch,
Tyler Leist, Travis Buchanan
and Jacob Coats comprised
the starting offensive line.

petoskey high School junior varsity football team members gather to salute the crowd last week at Curtis Field after the Northmen wrapped up a perfect
9-0 season with a 38-14 victory over West branch ogemaw heights. photo CourteSy SCott Moore.
Leist was Petoskey’s top
tackler on the season, while
Murray, Fettig, Schaub, Tran,
Gray and Hoch were among
the defensive standouts. Gadowski finished with a teamhigh three interceptions, two
of which he returned for TDs,
while Schaub had two picks,
one of which he returned for
a score. Fettig led the Northmen with three fumble recoveries.
The Northmen, who
outscored their opponents,
430-151, opened the season
with a 42-14 win over Sault
Ste. Marie, and followed with
wins over Hastings, 36-20;
Cadillac, 58-0; Traverse City
West, 50-24; Cheboygan, 36-6;
T.C. Central, 38-27; Gaylord,
64-24; Alpena, 68-22; and Ogemaw Heights.

petoskey’s trevor Wilson (36) bursts through the line of
scrimmage behind the blocks of tyler Leist (77) and buddy
gray (72) during a 38-14 junior varsity victory over West
branch ogemaw heights at Curtis Field. photo CourteSy
SCott Moore.

petoskey’s brent Murray (10) slips through a tackle during a 38-14 win over West branch ogemaw heights.  the
win capped a second  consecutive 9-0 season for the
Northmen junior varsity squad. Northman kevin tran (8)
trails the play. photo CourteSy SCott Moore.

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FOOTBALL
RESULTS
CHEBOYGAN (7-2)
Aug. 29 – at Gaylord 19-13 W
Sep. 6 – at Marquette 3-35 L
Sep. 13 – ESCANABA 33-21 W
Sep. 20 – at Ludington 42-14 W
Sep. 27 – PETOSKEY 9-6 W
Oct. 4 – ALPENA 28-6 W
Oct. 11 – at Sault Ste. Marie 14-34 L
Oct. 18 – at Benzie Central 41-7 W
Oct. 25 – ST. IGNACE 48-16 W
Playoffs: Nov. 2 – OGEMAW HEIGHTS
GAYLORD (1-8, 1-5)
Aug. 29 – CHEBOYGAN 13-19 L
Sep. 6 – at T.C. St. Francis 7-21 L
Sep. 13 – STANDISH-STERLING 7-34 L
Sep. 20 – OGEMAW HEIGHTS* 7-35 L
Sep. 28 – at T.C. Central* 14-35 L
Oct. 4 – CADILLAC* 0-41 L
Oct. 11 – at Petoskey* 14-42 L
Oct. 18 – TRAVERSE CITY WEST* 0-48 L
Oct. 25 – at Alpena* 20-13 W
GAYLORD ST. MARY (3-6, 1-4)
Aug. 29 – at Hillman 54-55 L
Sep. 6 – at Pellston 33-21 W
Sep. 13 – CENTRAL LAKE* 41-42 L
Sep. 20 – at Onaway* 20-55 L
Sep. 27 – at Forest Area* 42-14 W
Oct. 4 – UBLY 41-22 W
Oct. 11 – at Mancelona* 14-59 L
Oct. 18 –JOBURG-LEWISTON* 14-50 L
Oct. 25 – KINGSLEY 0-56 L
GRAYLING (8-1, 6-0)
Aug. 29 – ROSCOMMON 31-6 W
Sep. 6 – at Houghton Lake 49-14 W
Sep. 13 – CHARLEVOIX* 30-26 W
Sep. 20 – at T.C. St. Francis 14-34 L
Sep. 27 – at Harbor Springs* 42-7 W
Oct. 4 – ELK RAPIDS* 48-28 W
Oct. 11 – KALKASKA* 35-18 W
Oct. 18 – at East Jordan* 33-26 W
Oct. 25 – BOYNE CITY* 51-13 W
Playoffs: Nov. 2 – KINGSFORD
INLAND LAKES (6-3, 3-1)
Aug. 29 – ONAWAY 14-7 W
Sep. 6 – JOBURG-LEWISTON 30-44 L
Sep. 13 – at Pickford* 36-34 W
Sep. 20 – at St. Ignace* 28-39 L
Sep. 27 – RUDYARD* 28-24 W
Oct. 4 – CENTRAL LAKE 56-30 W
Oct. 11 – PELLSTON* 60-0 W
Oct. 18 – MESICK 38-8 W
Oct. 25 – at Mancelona 26-28 L
Playoffs: Nov. 2 – at Negaunee

Gaylord 20, alPena 13

Blue Devils close out with win!
Cleaver’s troops snap 21-game losing streak with
road victory at field of BNC foe Alpena

by Mike Dunn

ALPENA – It’s been a long,
tough season for the Gaylord football team but the 2013 season
ended on a positive note Friday
when the Blue Devils traveled
east to Alpena and tamed the
Wildcats 20-13.
The Blue Devils end with a 1-8
record and 1-5 in the Big North
but they can put the pads and helmets in storage with some good
feelings about next year after putting up a tough battle at Alpena
and coming away with a victory
for the first time in 21 games.
Gaylord’s progress this year in
Will Cleaver’s return to the sidelines can’t be measured in wins
and losses. The underclassmen
now have a year under their belt
learning Cleaver’s sophisticated
offensive schemes, including
starting signal caller Steven
Fitzek, and that bodes well for
2014.
The seniors who have lost the
vast majority of the games they
played in their prep gridiron careers got to walk off the field as
winners for the final time wearing their Blue Devil jerseys.
There were several standouts
for the Blue Devils.
Hard-driving junior running
back Tristan Gregory, who barrels ahead like he is propelled
from a high-pressure hose, tallied
from 5 yards in the fourth quarter
to provide what turned out to be
the game-winning score in the
contest. Gregory powered to the

Collin Watters

Steven Fitzek

end zone behind the escort of
Nick Parker and Mike “Shock
Wave” Shryock.
Earlier in the game, Gregory
changed roles from runner to
passer, taking a pitch from Fitzek
and then tossing an option pass to
streaking sophomore Jack Korte,
who corralled the ball for a critical 31-yard gain on the Blue Devils’ first scoring march. Later in
the drive, Fitzek faked to Gregory
before fading back in the pocket
and launching a missile that gluefingered senior tight end Zach
Pasternak pulled in for a 35-yard
scoring strike and a sudden 7-0
advantage.
The Blue Devils added to the
lead shortly before halftime, courtesy of a pick from opportunistic
junior linebacker Collin Watters.
The takeaway gave Gaylord excellent field position and the Blue
Devils made Alpena pay as Fitzek

Zach pasternak

fired a laser to the fluid Watters
for a 13-yard touchdown.
Gaylord led 13-0 at the half and
13-6 at the end of the third quarter. Gregory’s timely dash to the
end zone proved to be Gaylord’s
final touchdown of the season
and the points that would allow
the Blue Devils to ride home as
victors.
Gregory pushed and pounded
his way to 54 yards rushing.
Fitzek fired on 7-of-11 aerials for
130 yards with the TD strikes to
Pasternak and Watters. Korte,
one of several promising sophomores returning with a year’s
worth of varsity experience,
hauled in three catches for 88
yards. Pasternak, who has been
as reliable as the sunrise this season, had two for 38 yards.
The 14 seniors who went out on
a winning note Friday for the
Blue Devils included Ty Coonrod,

tristan gregory

Robb Trelfa, Leland Huey, Dan
Schober, Zach Pasternak, Brad
Byrne, Matt Kempfer, Zach
Hayner, Lance Cottrell, Zach
Perry, Nate Kwapis, Blake Miller,
Mike Shryock and Nick Parker.
The cupboard is far from bare
for the Blue Devils, however, with
Fitzek, Gregory and Watters
among the returning skill position players along with strongstriding sophomore tailback
Shane Foster and glue-fingered
receiver Lance Chapman. Elusive
running back Cotton Neff, who
was lost early in the season to injury, will be a senior next season.
Wild Man Will Stecker returns in
the trenches along with gritty
nose guard Marcus O’Rourke and
two-way linemen Forest
Madagame and Billie Johnson II,
among others.

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JOHANNESBURG-LEWISTON (7-2, 4-1)
Aug. 30 – at Tawas Area 14-35 L
Sep. 6 – at Inland Lakes 44-30 W
Sep. 13 – MANCELONA* 6-28 L
Sep. 20 – FOREST AREA* 42-7 W
Sep. 27 – at Central Lake* 30-12 W
Oct. 4 – RUDYARD 36-14 W
Oct. 11 – ONAWAY* 32-14 W
Oct. 18 – at Gaylord St. Mary* 50-14 W
Oct. 25 – at Pellston 63-19 W
Playoffs: Nov. 1 – ATLANTA
MANCELONA (7-2, 5-0)
Aug. 29 – ELK RAPIDS 0-35 L
Sep, 6 – ST. IGNACE 20-26 L
Sep. 13 – at Joburg-Lewiston* 28-6 W
Sep. 20 – CENTRAL LAKE* 22-18 W
Sep. 27 – at Onaway* 28-7 W
Oct. 4 – at Pickford 42-6 W
Oct 11 – GAYLORD ST. MARY* 59-14 W
Oct. 18 – at Forest Area* 54-6 W
Oct. 25 – INLAND LAKES 28-26 W
Playoffs: Nov. 2 – at Ishpeming
MIO (7-2, 4-0)
Aug. 29 – WHITTEMORE-PRESCOTT 12-66 L
Sep. 6 – TAWAS AREA 34-19 W
Sep. 13 – at Atlanta* 49-30 W
Sep. 20 – OSCODA 66-6 W
Sep. 27 – at Hillman* 47-26 W
Oct. 4 – at Rogers City 31-6 W
Oct. 11 – AuGRES-SIMS* 55-0 W
Oct. 18 – HALE* 56-0 W
Oct. 25 – at Lincoln-Alcona 12-50 L
Playoffs: Nov. 1 – at Beal City
ONAWAY (2-7, 1-4)
Aug. 29 – at Inland Lakes 7-14 L
Sep. 6 – ROGERS CITY 7-22 L
Sep. 13 – at Forest Area* 18-26 L
Sep. 20 – GAYLORD ST. MARY* 55-20 W
Sep. 27 – MANCELONA* 7-28 L
Oct. 4 – at Pellston 25-0 W
Oct. 11 – at Joburg-Lewiston* 14-32 L
Oct. 18 – CENTRAL LAKE* 14-39 L
Oct. 25 – at Pickford 6-41 L

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Aug. 30 – FOREST AREA 28-20 W
Sep. 6 – GAYLORD ST. MARY 21-33 L
Sep. 13 – Bye
Sep. 20 – at Rudyard* 0-41 L
Sep. 27 – PICKFORD* 0-29 L
Oct. 4 – ONAWAY 0-25 L
Oct. 11 – at Inland Lakes* 0-60 L
Oct. 18 – at St. Ignace* 0-48 L
Oct. 25 – JOBURG-LEWISTON 19-63 L
PETOSKEY (5-4, 3-3)
Aug. 30 – SAULT STE. MARIE 23-7 W
Sep. 6 – HASTINGS 41-14 W
Sep. 13 – at Cadillac* 7-20 L
Sep. 21 – at Traverse City West* 14-31 L
Sep. 27 – at Cheboygan 6-9 L
Oct. 4 – T.C. CENTRAL* 42-37 W
Oct. 11 – GAYLORD* 42-14 W
Oct. 18 – ALPENA* 20-0 W
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cHeboyGan 48, st. IGnace 16

Chiefs get playoff rematch with Ogemaw Heights
“Offensively we still need to
stay in character with what we
are,” Coon said. “I think the mistake that some people make is
they try to do too many new
things (in the playoffs) and they
don’t stay with the girl they
brought to the dance.
“It has been a real learning experience for the coaches. I’ve
been very appreciative of our
team this year to be patient with
the coaches as we’ve allowed this
thing to evolve and allow it to fit
our kids.
“It’s been a real collaboration
between players and coaches this
year to get to a place where we
feel real comfortable and confident in it.”
That comfort and confidence
was apparent last week against
St. Ignace as fullback Nik Bevier
rushed for 144 yards and four
touchdowns on 25 carries, while
Ben Pearson added 110 yards and
two TDs on 15 attempts. John
Granter collected 61 yards on
nine attempts, and Liam McNeil
raced 52 yards for a TD on his
lone carry of the night.
The Chiefs built a 35-3 lead late
in the second quarter, making
the second half all but academic.
The Chiefs held St. Ignace to 44
yards rushing. The Saints threw
for 198 yards – much of it coming
in the second half – and Cheboygan made two interceptions, one
by Pearson, the other by Chris
Demeuse.
Jameson Knolton led Cheboygan’s defense with eight tackles
including two sacks, while
Austin Ginop added seven stops,
Colton Hudak and Nathan
Stempky each made six tackles
including a sack. Trent Jarman
recovered a fumble.
It was, perhaps, Cheboygan’s
best top-to-bottom performance
of the season, and it came
against St. Ignace, a school with
which Cheboygan has had a long
and storied rivalry.
“You can’t explain to people
the rivalry between Cheboygan
and St. Ignace,” Coon said. “It is
a fierce-hitting game that is just
unique in itself. We told the kids
going into it that this game isn’t
important, but it’s the most important game. It’s really quite a
paradox.
“It wasn’t all that important in
the scheme of things to us, but to
the kids in the locker and the
community, it was the most important game. They’d (St. Ignace)
say the same thing.
“They’re going to give you
their best shot. For a Division 8
school, they have some extremely good athletes and some
very good coaching. We always
respect them and we know it’s always going to be a head knocker.
That was the approach that we
took all last week.”

Cheboygan rolls
past St. Ignace
in regular-season
finale
by Andy Sneddon

CHEBOYGAN – Forget the
past, forget rivalries, forget longterm lessons.
Now, it’s all about winning.
The Cheboygan High School
football team closed the book, literally and figuratively, last week
on St. Ignace.
Now, it’s playoff time. The opponent is West Branch Ogemaw
Heights, 6-3, and the Falcons and
Chiefs will square off at 1 p.m.
Saturday at Western Avenue
Field in a Division 4 pre-district
game.
“The way we look at it is it’s a
new year,” said Cheboygan coach
Jack Coon, whose team drilled
overmatched St. Ignace, 48-16, at
week ago at Western Avenue
Field to finish the regular season
7-2 and earn the right to host the
pre-district game. “We’re not
looking to the past. Each year is
different. Each week has been
different.”
Yet there is a history there –
there almost always is – with
both St. Ignace and Ogemaw. It
was the final time for the foreseeable future that Cheboygan and
St. Ignace, which is 7-2 and
headed to the Division 8 playoffs,
will play as the Saints move on
beginning next season to a
schedule that features only Ski
Valley Conference opponents.
Cheboygan has a history with
Ogemaw, too. The most recent
chapter in that series was written last season, when the Falcons
ousted the Chiefs from the playoffs, 41-6, in a pre-district game.
And while Coon and his staff
will look to that game for scouting purposes, the Chiefs won’t
lean on it for motivation.
“Last year’s experience with
Ogemaw has no bearing on this
year’s game,” Coon said. “We’re
looking at the team that Ogemaw
is this year and the team that we
are this year.”
Which has been pretty darn
good. The Chiefs rebounded from
a week-7 34-14 loss at Sault Ste.
Marie to finish the regular-season by flexing their muscles in
relatively easy victories over
Benzie Central and St. Ignace.
Cheboygan’s 7-2 record is its best
regular-season mark since it
went 8-1 in 2008.
“We have been really happy
with the way these guys have ap-

Cheboygan quarterback Luke harrington (5) leads fullback Nik bevier through the line Friday during the Chiefs’
victory. bevier rushed for 144 yards and four touchdowns. photo CourteSy bob Speeter.
proached preparation week to
week,” Coon said. “That’s how
you show respect to your opponent and that’s how you make
sure you perform your best, by
preparing that week for that opponent.”
And Ogemaw, which earned a
playoff spot with a 13-12 win last
week over Petoskey, presents
plenty to prepare for.
The Falcons feature a speedy
attack triggered by quick and
elusive option quarterback Ben
Hartley, while running back
Devin Griffus ran for 129 yards
last week against the Northmen.
Ogemaw has, at times, lined up
Hartley and Griffus side-by-side
in the shotgun formation.
“We’re going to try to simplify
some things from a coach’s perspective,” Coon said. “We need to
simplify things defensively to
handle the dual threat they have
there in the backfield, which is
just a tremendous scheme. They
have great threats in the backfield and capable receivers.”
One key in that simplification
process, Coon said, is in grooming the Chief defense to react,
and react quickly.
“We need to be more assertive
defensively,” he said. “That’s

where our emphasis is going to
be on the defensive side of the
ball.”
Don’t be fooled by Ogemaw’s 63 record. The Falcons play in the
Big North Conference, in which
they tied for third place with
Petoskey and Traverse City Central at 3-3. Ogemaw’s losses came
to T.C. West, 21-8; to Cadillac, 5327; and to T.C. Central, 28-20.
Cadillac is 9-0 and won the Big
North, while West finished 5-4
and is in the Division 1 playoffs.
Cadillac is in the other half of
the district bracket and will play
Remus Chippewa Hills, 6-3, on
Friday in a pre-district game.
The winner of that game will
play the Cheboygan-Ogemaw
winner for the district championship.
One way to neutralize the dangerous Falcon offense which has
averaged 28 points per game, is
for Cheboygan to possess the
ball. Cheboygan’s new pistol
wing-T offense has evolved this
season to a point where Coon
said the confidence level is
where he would like it. And
while quarterback Luke Harrington has proved to be an effective passer out of the scheme,
Cheboygan’s bread-and-butter re-

touchdowns, both to Obermiller.
“He had a pretty good game
offensively,” Gendernalik said
of Obermiller.
But, the head coach said Mio
defenders were consistently
caught out of position by Alcona and were unable to make
plays.
“It was not good,” he added.
“It’s a simple offense that the
run. But, they block it well.”
The problem with the loss to
Alcona could be that Mio will
face a similar, but better, offensive scheme when it travels to
Beal City (9-0 overall) for a state
pre-district football clash at 7
p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
“The good news is we don’t
have to retool,” Gendernalik
said. “It’s a matter of fixing
what we didn’t do last week.”
Beal City was 6-0 against its
rivals in the Highland Football
League. The Aggies capped
their 2013 regular season with a
70-0 victory over Marion.
– report by Dennis Mansfield, buckland
News Service.

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kInGsley 56, st. Mary 0

Mio falls in finale, 50-12
MIO – The coaching staff for
the Mio Thunderbolts were left
scratching their heads after a
50-12 loss to league rival Alcona
on Friday, Oct. 25, while also
having to look forward and prepare to face one of the state’s
top varsity football teams.
Mio, the top team in the
North Star League’s “Old” division, came into last Friday’s
game with a seven-game winning streak. But, the Thunderbolts (7-2 overall, 4-0
conference) simply couldn’t
stop Alcona (9-0 overall, 4-0 conference), which finishes the
regular season undefeated and
winners of the NSL’s “New” division.
“Our biggest problem was we
couldn’t stop them and didn’t
play assignment football at all,”
said Mio head coach Jim Gendernalik. “That caught up with
us.”
Seniors Brad Rhoads and
Chaun Obermiller accounted
for the Thunderbolts scoring.
Rhoads completed 13-of-26 passing attempts for 80 yards and 2

mains the power run game. The
Chiefs have amassed more than a
combined 700 yards on the
ground in their last two starts.

Snowbirds suffer loss in finale
GAYLORD – The St. Mary soldiers of coach Kevin O’Connell
had the heart to take on Class B
non-league rival Kingsley on the
home field Friday but not the
horses. The bigger Stags, needing
a win to automatically qualify for
the state playoffs, powered to a 560 victory over a Snowbird quad
that couldn’t match their opponent in size, depth or speed.
In spite of the season-ending
loss, there were still a lot of positives for St. Mary this season in
the first year under the fiery O’Connell. The Snowbirds finished
3-6, which is a marked improvement for a program that had won
just one game the previous three
seasons. And the Snowbirds were
also exciting to watch, engaging
in high-scoring thrillers with
Hillman and Central Lake while
showing the ability to score from
anywhere on the field.
St. Mary’s chief detonator all

season had been slippery senior
QB Nick Harrington, whose
magic and electrifying moves frequently turned a vanilla option
play into a weaving highlight-reel
touchdown run. Harrington was
sidelined against the Stags, however, except for a few snaps behind center and that greatly
limited St. Mary’s ability to generate big plays.
Rangy senior Charles Strehl
filled in at QB for Harrington and
gave a gritty effort but the Snowbirds had too many turnovers
and weren’t able to score any
points. The Snowbirds lost five
fumbles in the game.
Fullback Cam “Gibby” Juneac
provided the juice from the backfield, bashing and slashing his
way to 103 rugged yards of real
estate. The strong-armed Strehl
connected with Anders Marquard out of the backfield for big
gainers in the first half and
jackrabbit-quick Jack Lochinski
for 80 yards in the second half.

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O’Connell loses some key seniors to graduation, including
Harrington, Juneac, Marquard
and Strehl from the skill positions and blue-collar warriors
Brendan Nowicki and Willie Canfield in the trenches.
There are several quality underclassmen returning, though,
including the beastly Orion
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Cole Loffer and fellow juniors
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d-2 cross coUntry

Petoskey boys
advance,
Gaylord sends 3
Northmen boys take
third in region; Gaylord’s McPherson,
Green make it for boys,
Alexis Smith for girls;
Mandy Paull returns
for Cheboygan
by Mike Dunn

ACME – The Petoskey
boys team earned a topthree finish on Saturday in
the Division 2 regional
cross country meet at the
Grand Traverse Resort, and
the Gaylord boys had two
top-10 finishers who qualified to compete in the state
meet this Saturday, Nov. 2,
at Michigan International
Speedway in Brooklyn.
On the girls’ side,
Petoskey and Gaylord each
had one individual qualifier
as well as Cheboygan.
Freshman Lily Cesario
crossed the finish line in
sixth place in a cruising
time of 20:26.81 and strongstriding sophomore Alexis
Smith surged to a ninthplace time of 20:41.37 to
qualify as well. Junior
Mandy Paull of Cheboygan
made the grade as an individual with her 10th-place
time of 20:50.87
The top three teams in
the regional meet advance
to the state finals and the
top 15 individuals who are
not part of a team.
Tom VanSlembrouck
paced the Northmen with a
solid 11th-place time of
17:55.95. Max Meyerson
(17:59.04) and Mark Smith
(18:17.10) came in 14th and
17th, respectively, to give
Petoskey a potent 1-2-3
punch. Jacob Kromm
(18:31.28) came in 25th and
Quentin Fettig (18:36.12)
was 30th, enabling Petoskey
to put its top five runners in
the top 30. Just 41 seconds

separated Petoskey’s first
five runners.
For Gaylord, seniors Sterling McPherson (17:39.76)
took fifth place with an outstanding individual effort
and Josh Green (17:49.74)
claimed seventh overall to
qualify.
Collin Monusko (18:31.95,
27th), Jack Hervela
(18:43.32, 35th) and Zak Goddard (19:00.18, 46th) rounded
out the top five for the Blue
Devils of coach Jeff Kalember with Justin Desloover
(19:59.99, 71st) and John
Martin (20:22.63, 78th) as the
sixth and seventh runners.
The Gaylord boys came in
fifth place as a team with a
combined time of 1:31:45.
ON THE girls’ side, Gaylord took sixth place in
1:50:31 and Petoskey was
10th in the region in 1:54:31.
Alexis Smith added to the
laurels of her brilliant
sophomore season with her
top-10 finish at region.
Courtney Busch (21:42.34)
took 24th overall for the
Blue Devils followed by
Katelyn Smith (22:11.29,
36th), Savannah Krone
(22:48.90, 49th) and Grace
Porta (23:06.34, 54th). Lauren Pallas (23:11.53, 59th)
and Adrienne Edwards
(23:38.89) were the sixth and
seventh Gaylord finishers
for coach Kalember.
Cesario was simply sensational for Petoskey in her
first appearance in the regional meet, striding to a remarkable sixth-place finish.
Sydney Hopp (21:13.64)
earned 16th place overall
for the Northmen, giving
them a strong 1-2 wallop at
the top. Melissa Myers
(23:07.12, 56th), Jessica Edwards (24:43.09, 81st) and
Makayla Flynn (24:59.78,
82nd) completed the top five
with Alyssa Daly (25:48.87,
90th) and Rebecca LaLonde
(26:21.53, 94th) the sixth and
seventh runners.
On Saturday, the girls’ D-2
race starts at 1:30 p.m. and
the D-2 boys’ race is slated
for 2:30 p.m.

d-4 cross coUntry

J-L girls,
Pellston boys
take titles
I-Lakes girls and boys
teams both take second;
St. Mary’s Bebble claims
second place overall in
girls’ meet
By Mike Dunn
CENTRAL LAKE – In
spite of the raw, blustery
conditions on Friday, the Johannesburg-Lewiston girls
cross country team managed
to edge both Inland Lakes
and Rogers City for the 2013
Division 4 regional championship at Central Lake, winning by the very narrowest
of margins.
The Cardinals accumulated 82 team points to beat
I-Lakes by just one point and
Rogers City by two. There
were some outstanding individual performances as well
as Gaylord St. Mary’s incredible eighth-grader Averi
Bebble pushed to second
place overall with a time of
20:29.0, coming in only to regional medalist Kayle Keane
of East Jordan, who crossed
the finish in 19:09.
Wolverine senior Courtney Whittaker took third
overall in 20:59.0 and Pellston senior Olivia Helmforth
was fifth in 21:02 and qualifying individually along
with Bebble and Whittaker.
For the victorious Cardinals, senior Chloe Johnston
finished eighth in 21:31 with
sophomore Shannon Kievit
taking ninth in 21:50.2 to
form a potent 1-2 punch.
Sophomore Hannah Donajkowski took 29th overall in
24:03 for the Cardinals with
sophomore Katie Heidman
earning 34th in 24:12.6 and
sophomore Sammie Baganz
taking 35th in 24:13.4 to
round out the top five.

Freshman Lexi Passino
paced the runner-up Bulldogs with her strong sixthplace time of 21:15 and
junior Sophie Passino
pushed to 15th in 22:23. Lindsay Smeltzer (24:00) came in
27th for I-Lakes with sophomore Mackenzie Baxter
(24:10) taking 31st and sophomore Lindsey Miester
(24:36.1) taking 38th.
Mya Curth (22:56) took
19th to pace Mackinaw City
and freshman Claire Bastian
(23:18) was 22nd to lead Onaway.
ON THE boys’ side, Pellston won with 93 team
points to edge I-Lakes with
99. Boyne Falls also qualified with 107 points.
Senior Hunter Kilpatrick
had a killer day to pace the
Hornets, taking third overall
in 17:27.8 with senior teammate Connor Kintz taking
seventh in 17:47.4 to give
Pellston two top-10 finishers.
Junior Garrett Robinson
(18:14.8) was close behind in
12th. Junior Zach Prell
(19:03.2) poured it on to take
18th overall for the Hornets
followed by No. 5 runner
Tanner Keller (21:57.7) taking 60th.
For I-Lakes, senior Duane
Vizina completed the final
regional meet of his prep career in fine fashion, taking
fifth overall in 17:32.4. Junior Jacob Drogowski came
in 13th in 18:25.6 followed by
senior Zach Florek (19:30.5)
in 25th, freshman Luke
Passino (19:43.5) in 30th and
senior Duncan Dickinson
(20:02.1) in 33rd.
Onaway junior Joe Traynham qualified individually
with a super showing, taking fourth overall in 17:30.7.
Wolverine junior Mike McNiel motored to an eighthplace time of 17:51.4 to
qualify as well along with
hardworking JohannesburgLewiston senior Andrew
Morehouse, who took ninth
in 17:53.2, and strong-striding senior Adam
Makarewicz of St. Mary,
who was 11th in 18:09.9.

JoHannesbUrG-lewIston 63, Pellston 19

Cards close strong, gear for Atlanta
J-L begins defense of district title this Friday when familiar foe visits
by Mike Dunn

JOHANNESBURG – The mission
on Friday was a simple one for the
young Johannesburg-Lewiston
Cardinals of coach Joe Smokevitch. Go to Pellston and close out
the regular season with a win over
the scrappy Hornets and do it without any injuries.
The Cardinals accomplished
their goal, winning 63-19. Along the
way, Smokevitch was able to get his
reserves plenty of playing time
and that was an added bonus. Remarkably, nine different players
scored touchdowns in the contest
for J-L.
“The kids are just playing really
well right now,” Smokevitch said
in a phone interview on Monday.
“Since the loss to Mancelona (in
week three), the kids have matured
a lot. The young kids have come on
and the seniors have shown great
leadership.”
J-L closed out the regular season
with a 7-2 record and a six-game
winning streak. The surging Cardinals host familiar rival Atlanta in
the first round of the Div. 8 playoffs
this Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.
Ironically, this was the first year
that J-L and Atlanta have not
played each other during the regular season in about 40 years. Atlanta was not able to schedule the
game because of the realignment
of the North Star League. The
Huskies were able to do well
enough to secure a postseason
berth, however, and have the opportunity to come to Johannesburg for
the pre-district round of the playoffs.
In the other district bracket, Hillman (5-4) travels north to St. Ignace
(7-2) to take on the No. 1 seeded
Saints. The winner of the game between J-L and Atlanta will face either Hillman or St. Ignace for the

district title.
The Cardinals are vying for their
second straight district title. After
a sluggish start to the season, including losses to Tawas Area and
Mancelona in two of the first three
weeks, the Cardinals have come
into their own. The 2013 Cardinals
are not as big in the trenches as
some past teams but they have
speed to burn at the skill positions
and they show plenty of scrap and
fight on every snap. There’s an old
saying about the size of the fight in
the dog and that’s applicable to this
year’s Cardinal squad.
“I’m really proud of these kids,”
Smokevitch said. “I said before the
season that 5-4 would probably be
good for us because we’re so young.
But we’ve gotten better and better
every week and the kids have risen
to every challenge. For us to go 7-2
and host a playoff game says a
great deal about their work ethic
and their character.”
It also says a lot about the job
that Smokevitch and his staff have
done in Smokevitch’s first year as
head coach, though he deflects the
praise to the players.
“The kids have put in a lot of
hard work to get where they’re at,”
he said. “Good kids make coaches
look good.”
J-L took control of things early
at Pellston and Smokevitch was
able to rest many of his starters
after the first quarter.
The Cardinals rolled to a 34-0
lead after one quarter and 49-6 by
halftime.
The Cardinals scored six rushing
touchdowns, a passing touchdown,
a touchdown on a weaving 55-yard
punt return by elusive Ethan May,
and an electrifying 69-yard interception return by the Vlasic Vacuum, linebacker Trevor
Pickelmann.
Reserve fullback Jac Bandt

bashed and slashed his way to a
team-high 84 yards rushing, including a 63-yard gallop to the end
zone. Starting fullback Nick May
mashed and maneuvered his way
to 70 yards in seven attempts with
a TD. Hard-driving senior halfback
Dillon Cushman also scored, as did
savvy senior QB Brandon Huff, legpumping fullback Andrew Gross
and halfback “Lights Out” Logan
Huff.
Brandon Huff went to the air
one time in the game but it was a
fruitful connection to glue-fingered
tight end Coalton Huff, who hauled
in a 12-yard tally.
Pellston, to its credit, battled
hard from start to finish. The hardworking, hustling Hornets of
coach Ben Schley could have easily
folded the tent but they didn’t.
After being held scoreless for five
straight games, they scored three
times against the Cardinals and
gave the home crowd for Parents
Night some memorable moments.
Jon Ritter raced to a 30-yard
score in the second quarter for the
host Hornets, who amassed 286
yards rushing in the contest. Ritter
also tallied on a 7-yard burst offtackle in the third quarter and
Justin Price was right on the pointafter try. Matt Rivera rumbled 30
yards to paydirt to close out the
scoring in the fourth quarter.
Cushman was a leading Crusher
on defense for the Cardinals,
recording seven takedowns. Wesley
Olds added some wallop as well,
making seven sudden stops. Chase
Amborski, Brandon Huff and Brad
Kussrow each had fumble recoveries. Dangerous Dan Nieman had a
sack and Pickelmann had a dilly of
a night also with his pick six. Nate
Fox, the frenetic force at nose
guard, stormed through and
blocked a kick.

soccer

Five Chiefs earn All-League honors

CHEBOYGAN – Two Cheboygan players earned
first-team honors on the annual Northern Michigan
Soccer All-League roster this season and three others
were honorable mention.
Christian “Rocket” Rosenberg and Ramsey Villarreal earned first-team recognition for the Chiefs, who

finished 4-6 and in third place in the North Division
standings and went 1-1 in the crossover games, falling
to Big Rapids Crossroads on the road and defeating
Northern Michigan Christian of McBain at home.
Earning honorable mention for Cheboygan were
Brad Reimann, Joe Paquet and Max Pletcher.

Here’s the All-League roster for 2013:

Bellaire

Cheboygan

Houghton Lake

Gladwin

First Team
Denny Hall
Hunter Rowe
Drew Emery
Adam Underwood
Colin May
Honorable Mention
Alex Perkins
Ryan Cybulla
Nic Underwood

First team
Christian Rosenberg
Ramsey Villarreal
Honorable Mention
Bradley Reimann
Joe Paquet
Max Pletcher

First Team
Brendon Hans
Jimmy Garrett
Nathan Shavalia
Garett Stimac
Jared Roll
Honorable Mention
Chi Park
Tom Cochran
Kevin Roll

First Team
Tyler Boylen
Jacob Garafalo
Hayden Scott
Mason Nash
Second Team
Devin Boylen
Karson Russell
Keagan Hover

Big Rapids Crossroads
First Team
Caleb Bennett
Justin Thorne
Andrew Duddles
Honorable Mention
David Hunt
Josh Sprague
Greg Woolen

Burt Lake NMCA
First Team
Alex Vandeyacht
Honorable Mention
Ben Vinz
Josiah Fosmore
Jeffrey Thompson

Clare
First Team
Aaron Stutzman
Honorable Mention
Camden Dice
Jacob Karl
Ryan Whiteman

Fife Lake Forest Area

Harbor Light Christian
First Team
Caleb Wendt
Kirk Muller
Lucas Matthews
Leo Ocanas
Honorable Mention
Hogeon Kim
Taeksung Kim
Jaeseong Chung

First Team
Jeremy Richards
Honorable Mention
Tyler Leffew
Autumn Haddix
Josh Grachow

LeRoy-Pine River
First Team
Ethan Crawford
Honorable mention
Schroeder Vanderhoof
Lucas Harris
Colten Rawson 

Roscommon

McBain NMCS
First Team
John Brouwer
Dylan Lucas
Honorable Mention
Sam Ebels
Abner Vallecillo
Brett Rodenbaugh.

First Team
Karl Hahn
Livius Luethi
Dylan Jaskowski
Honorable Mention
Josh Seams
David Viguilla
Preston Heikinen

Volleyball

Devils outscore Pellston, Grayling in three games; Hornets split
by Mike Dunn

GAYLORD – The Gaylord volleyball team of coach Trista Sitz made
it a clean sweep on the home floor
Monday, outscoring Pellston and
Grayling in a tri-match.
The Hornets of coach Brooke
Groff split, falling to Gaylord and
edging the Vikings.
Gaylord defeated the Hornets in
three games, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12.
In that match, the Blue Devils’
outside hitter Dakota Pelach had
another peach of a night, stroking
eight kills with four assists and
seven digs. Middle hitter Brooke
Stier cast a long shadow as well,
notching seven kills with nine digs.
Cassie Kolka was a cannon at the

stripe, hitting 100 percent of her
serves to go with 23 assists and
nine digs, and Tanner Arkfeld
tagged four kills with seven digs.
In the triumph over the hard-hitting Vikings, Pelach continued to
pound the ball up front, connecting
for 13 kills. Casey Korte was in
“Kill” mode also, creating six kills,
and Brooke Stier and Delaney Eckstein each struck for four kills.
Korte was cool as a western gunslinger at the stripe, generating
three aces. Stier had two aces.
Brandi Wagner covered the back
row like carpeting, acquiring eight
digs while Sydney Kassuba, Lindsey Zaremba and the ubiquitous
Pelach each had seven.
PELLSTON CAME BACK after

the loss to Gaylord to edge
Grayling in three tough games, 2519, 28-30, 15-9.
Mackenzie Wright had the
“Wright Stuff ” up front for the
hungry Hornets, hammering out 20
kills in the two matches, and Abbie
Welch added some wallop as well,
whacking 10 kills. Hanah Carter
covered the back row like syrup on
pancakes along with Mackenzie
and Kelly Lewis. Hanah amassed a
team-high 19 digs while Mackenzie
and Kelly each had 17 and Abbie
notched 15. Lewis and Sammie
Stark each stroked four kills on the
night. Olivia Grant generated three
and Breanna “Seismic” Sisman
struck for two.

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SATURDAY NIGHT Herb seasoned prime rib. Try Bros Bistro,
I-75 Exit 270, Waters. 989-7051800
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Antiques & Collectibles
Small, private collector paying
cash for Baseball, Football cards
before 1970. Gaylord area. 231373-0842

Appliances
KENMORE Smooth top slide in
electric range. Black. $200 obo.
989-370-0518.

Arts & Crafts
Craft show Nov. 16, 9am - 3pm
at Evangelical Free church, 1649
M-32 East. Admission $2. All
proceeds benefit New Life Pregnancy Resource Center.
55th Holiday House Bazaar. First
United Methodist Church, 215
S. Center, Gaylord. November
2, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Crafts, baked
goods, silent auction, luncheon,
visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause,
and much, much more!
www.fumcgaylord.org

Auctions
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Auto parts
1997 FORD F-350 DIESEL for
parts. 7.3 turbo engine. Motor
does not run. $2,000. 989-7325878
Good Year Wrangler SRA tires
275/65/18, great value, set of
4, $500, like new, under 11,000
highway miles, 989-732-4174.

Automobiles
1995 Ford Aspire, $695. Rivertown Auto Group, The Best for
Less 989 VFW Road, Cheboygan,
MI
231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
1995 Ford Mustang. 5 speed,
air. Sale Price $1,295. Rivertown
Auto Group, The Best for Less
989 VFW Road, Cheboygan,
MI 231-627-6700. www.RiverAuto.net
2002 Chrysler Sebring, sunroof.
As low as $149 a Month. Drive
Now Auto Sales, 2215 US Highway 31 N, Petoskey. 231-3473200. www.drivenow123.com
2003 Toyota Echo. 5 speed, air,
great MPG. Payments as low
as $149 a month. Rivertown
Auto Group, The Best for Less
989 VFW Road, Cheboygan,
MI 231-627-6700. www.RiverAuto.net
2004 Pontiac Grand Am, Ram
Air, V-6. As low as $149 a Month.
Drive Now Auto Sales, 2215 US
Highway 31 N, Petoskey. 231347-3200. www.drivenow123.com
2005 Chevy Malibu. As low as
$169 a Month. Drive Now Auto
Sales, 2215 US Highway 31 N,
Petoskey.
231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2005 Dodge Neon. Auto, air,
cruise, rear spoiler. Payments
as low as $139 a month. Rivertown Auto Group, The Best for
Less 989 VFW Road, Cheboygan,
MI
231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2006 Chevy Cobalt. Auto, air,
new tires, nice. Payments as
low as $169 a month. Rivertown
Auto Group, The Best for Less
989 VFW Road, Cheboygan,
MI 231-627-6700. www.RiverAuto.net
2006 Chrysler 300. As low as
$199 a Month. Drive Now Auto
Sales, 2215 US Highway 31 N,
Petoskey.
231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2007 Chrysler Sebring LX. As
low as $169 a Month. Drive
Now Auto Sales, 2215 US Highway 31 N, Petoskey. 231-3473200. www.drivenow123.com
2007 Dodge Caliber R/T. AWD,
Harley Davidson pkg, power
moon roof, leather. Very nice
and great MPG. As low as $179
a month. Rivertown Auto Group,
The Best for Less 989 VFW
Road, Cheboygan, MI 231-6276700. www.RiverAuto.net
2007 Dodge Caliber SXT. 30
MPG highway! Sunburst orange
& gray cloth, a roomy hatchback
w/CD, Satellite Radio, many
airbags, Deep tread UniRoyal
tires & more. $9,949. Dave Kring
Chevrolet-Cadillac, 1861 US 31
North, Petoskey, MI 231-3472585.
2009 Ford Fusion SEL. Less
than 28k miles! Well babied!
Great features like heated
leather, sunroof, steering controls, Bluetooth, 26 MPG highway! One great ride. See it today! $13,949. Dave Kring
Chevrolet-Cadillac, 1861 US 31
North, Petoskey, MI 231-3472585.
2010 Cadillac DYS Luxury Collection. CARFAX 1 owner! Heated and cooled ventilated seats,
heated rear too! Lots of chrome!
Remote start, Sunroof, 17
Chrome alloys w/ only 38k miles!
$24,960. Dave Kring Chevro-

let-Cadillac, 1861 US 31 North,
Petoskey, MI 231-347-2585.
2011 Chevy Camaro 2 SS. 7,000
mile CARFAX 1 owner! Victory
Red & loaded to the MAX! Sunroof, heated leather, remote
start, stripes, Everything you
want in a Super Sport! $29,949.
Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac,
1861 US 31 North, Petoskey,
MI 231-347-2585.
2012 Buick Verano, 16,028
miles, asking $16,500. Call 989785-3929
CASH FOR CARS. Local Dealer
buying good quality used vehicles, Statewide service. We will
pick your vehicle up. Call for a
free appraisal. 231-627-6700.
I BUY CARS! Wrecked or in
need of mechanical repair, 1995
and up. Gaylord area. 989-7329362

business property for rent
DOWNTOWN GAYLORD: Corner of main St. and Elm St.
Beautiful ground floor office
suites available beginning
12/1/13, and 1/1/14. Several
suites in different sizes available.
Rent all or part. 1 yr lease minimum. Copier lease available.
Call Rick at 989-858-3783

Classic Auto
CASH FOR OLD CARS. Please
don’t send to crusher. Michel’s
Collision & Restoration 231-3487066
FOR SALE: 1940 FORD PICKUP. 231-348-7066

Firewood & Woodstove
FIREWOOD, DRY. B. Moeke.
231-631-9600
Heat your entire home, water
and more with an OUTDOOR
WOOD FURNACE from Central
Boiler. Double L Tack Inc 989733-7651

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Fresh Food
WHOLE TURKEY with fixins,
$90. Feed 25 - 30 people. Gobblers of Gaylord, 900 S. Otsego,
Gaylord. 989-732-9005
$6.99 WALLEYE MEAL. Monday all day only at Gobblers of
Gaylord, 900 S. Otsego, Gaylord. 989-732-9005
ASPARAGUS ROOTS, ready
for fall planting. $4.00 per dozen.
989-732-4377.
Black Walnuts unhulled for sale.
Call 231 348 9577. Petoskey
COD ALMONDINE or chicken
marcella, $10.99. Try Bros Bistro,
I-75 Exit 270, Waters. 989-7051800
Now taking deposits on fresh
beef sold by the half, $2.50/lb.
cut and wrapped, 989-370-6268.
DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING.
Take out turkey meals only
$6.00. Regular $11.79. Gobblers
of Gaylord.

Furniture
CLAYTON MARCUS four-piece,
corner sectional couch. Floral
design on light background. Excellent condition, $550.00. 231347-4015
FLEXSTEEL SOFA. Looks new.
Nice Flower pattern on cream
background. Beautiful sofa in
perfect condition. $250. Call
989-732-8160.

guns
BUYING GUNS, any condition.
Collector. Top dollar paid. 231881-2050
Buying old Savage rifles and
any old 22’s, 989-390-1529.
VEPR AND SIGA metal magazines.
US
made.
CSSPECS.com. 386-490-1102

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help Wanted
Advertising Sales – Gaylord,
Grayling, East Jordan – Full or
Part Time Salesperson. Work
your own schedule. Independent
Contractor. Great Commission.
The best candidate will be friendly and enjoy helping local businesses create print advertising
to help them reach consumers
throughout Northern Michigan
with our newspapers and associated products. Must have computer, Internet access and dependable transportation. E-mail
info
to
Dave
at
Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com.
Cook – Part Time Crawford
County Commission on Aging
is accepting applications for a
Cook. Part time 16-21 hours
week. Prepares meals for the
Home Delivered Meal program.
Maintains dining room. Preferred
candidate will have two years’
experience in commercial
kitchen. ServeSafe certified preferred. Application packets for
all positions must be picked up
at 308 Lawndale, Grayling and
returned by 5:00pm 11/13/13.
Direct Service Worker - Positions
available with the Otsego County
Commission on Aging (OCCOA).
Agency looking for caring, compassionate persons with excellent customer service skills. Duties include provision of homemaking, personal care and
respite care to frail, older adults.
Work schedule requires flexibility
for evening and weekend hours.
Seeking workers with current
CNA certification or those interested in participating in training
to secure CNA certification. Dedication to the agency, staff team
and clients expected. Must be a
team player committed to policies
and procedures of the agency.
Applications are available at the
Otsego County Commission on
Aging, 120 Grandview Boulevard, Gaylord and on the agency
website at www. OtsegoCountyCOA.org. Application deadline
for this posting is November 11,
2013. Applications always accepted. EOE.
News Reporter – Boyne City
– Attend and report on local
governmental meetings, school
board and local news reporting.
Experienced writer and photographer a plus. Must have Digital
camera and computer. E-mail
info and samples to Dave at Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com.
News Reporter – Boyne Falls
– Attend and report on local
governmental meetings, school
board and local news reporting.
Experienced writer and photographer a plus. Must have Digital
camera and computer. E-mail
info and samples to Dave at Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com.
News Reporter – Charlevoix
– Attend and report on local
governmental meetings, school
board and local news reporting.
Experienced writer and photographer a plus. Must have Digital
camera and computer. E-mail
info and samples to Dave at Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com.
Winter Seasonal Positions At Mt
McSauba. The City of Charlevoix
is seeking service-oriented professionals who have the ability
to project a courteous and positive public image of the City.
Applicants must be at least 18
years old unless otherwise stated. POSITIONS OPEN UNTIL
FILLED. For further information
visit City Hall or our website at
www.cityofcharlevoix.org. Counter Attendant - 26 hours per week.
$8.00-$10.00/hr. Assists in the
operation of lift ticket office including collection of funds, ski
rentals, and tracking of usage.
Ensure counter and rental area
is organized. Contribute to a
safe work environment and project a courteous and positive image of the City of Charlevoix to
the public. Works indoors in
busy and often noisy area. In-

teraction with children and parents requires maturity to maintain
professional customer service.
Work schedule is based on
weather and includes weekends.
See Counter Attendant job description for further details. Target
for filling position is November
4, 2013.
Winter Seasonal Positions At Mt
McSauba. The City of Charlevoix
is seeking service-oriented professionals who have the ability
to project a courteous and positive public image of the City.
Applicants must be at least 18
years old unless otherwise stated. POSITIONS OPEN UNTIL
FILLED. For further information
visit City Hall or our website at
www.cityofcharlevoix.org. Ski Patrol (On call/back-up; hours vary)
- $9.25-$11.50/hr. Patrol Mt.
McSauba Ski Area to ensure a
safe environment is maintained
and provide emergency assistance to skiers. Model good
safety procedures and maintain
recommended equipment practices. Project a courteous and
positive public image of the City
of Charlevoix to the public. Operates under general supervision
of Mt. McSauba Manager. Works
outdoors in wintry weather conditions (day and/or night). Interaction with children and parents requires patience and maturity. Work schedule is based
on weather, availability of other
Ski Patrol staff, and includes
weekends. See Ski Patrol job
description for further details.
Target for filling position is November 4, 2013.

Globe Clock. Seiko clock in glass
globe, $25. Call 989-732-8160.
Lamps. Nice table lamps. 5
styles. $35 each. Call 989-7328160.
Wood Clock, desk or wall. $20.
Call 989-732-8160.

Land & property
BUCK DYNASTY! 40 ACRES
with old cabin! Little Munuscong
River running right though – not
swamp land- borders State land.
Pickford, MI. Call Roxie Beach
231-838-4656. Prudential Real
Estate 228 E Mitchell St,
Petoskey
LAKE LOT FOR SALE near Okefenokee Swamp in Southern
Georgia. 231-546-3959.
VACANT PROPERTY for
sale. 9 acres (all wooded),
excellent building site 3 miles

from Gaylord, Gaylord
schools. Price $42,900. Land
Contract terms available. Call
989-350-5080.

Lawn & garden
LARGE GAS GRILL. Patio Classic, 4 burner. Top quality, includes
full propane tank. $160. Call
989-732-8160

Manufactured homes
For Rent or Sale on Contract. 3
Bedroom Manufactured home.
$500 down, $500 month. Gaylord
area MSHDA approved 989-9662037
NEW & REPOS: Double-Wides,
16’s, 14’s. Take anything on
trade. Financing available. A
complete line of parts.
www.michiganeastsidesales.net.
989-966-2037

Miscellaneous
$3.99 Breakfast; $5.99 Lunch;
$6.99 Dinner. Homemade specials every day only at Gobblers
of Gaylord, 900 S. Otsego, Gaylord. 989-732-9005
1817 KALAMAZOO pot belly
Wood burning stove, nickel plat-

ed trim. Nickel needs work.
$1,500 obo. Singer sewing machine, never used, all attachments, $300 obo. 231-625-2155
BARB’S
HOMEMADE
DESSERTS. Treat yourself to
the best carrot cake in the USA
at Gobblers of Gaylord, 900 S.
Otsego, Gaylord. 989-732-9005

We can Paint Your House Before Winter-Call now to Schedule
interior & exterior painting, renovations, construction

Brian Taylor, Owner

E-Mail: brian@taylormaderenovations.com

www.taylormaderenovations.com

989-619-3941

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homes for Sale
We sell Energy Star modular
homes, let us build your new
home or replace your fire loss.
See our model, give us a call
for an appointment. Northland
Homes, 989-370-6058.

household
28x24 painting. Beautiful mums
in gold ornate frame, under glass.
$45. Call 989-732-8160
CD or BOOK STAND. Rotates.
Hold hundreds CD’s, DVD’s or
books. Very nice. $75. Call 989732-8160.
GERTA’S DRAPERIES: Everything in Window Treatments Free
estimates and in home appointments. Established 1958. Call
989-732-3340 or visit our showroom
at 2281 South Otsego Ave., Gaylord.

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu
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New technologies help the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu
deliver greater efficiency and connectivity, two of
the most important considerations for customers of
midsize sedans.
“The midsize sedan segment is one of the most
competitive in the industry and by improving the
Malibu so quickly, we’re proving to our customers
that we’re listening and acting on their needs,” said
Chevrolet Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney. “The new and enhanced features make the
2014 Malibu a smarter choice, putting it at the heart
of the strongest Chevrolet passenger car lineup in
our history.”
A new Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine is the
first standard engine in the segment with
stop/start technology. It helps owners conserve fuel
by automatically shutting off the engine when the
car comes to a stop, such as at stoplights, contributing to EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city
and 36 mpg highway – a 14-percent improvement in
city mileage and 6 percent greater highway efficiency. The engine automatically restarts when the
driver takes his or her foot off the brake. It’s the industry’s most refined and simplest stop/start system, with no buttons to push or procedures to
learn, for a seamless driving experience.
Additionally, the 196-horsepower (146 kW) dual
overhead cam, or DOHC, engine features variable
intake valve lift control, or iVLC, which enhances
fuel efficiency, while also enhancing low-rpm
torque, for a greater feeling of power at lower
speeds. It is matched with a six-speed transmission
with improvements that enable additional fuel
economy savings – and a more refined driving experience – compared to the previous model. 
The available Chevrolet MyLink for the 2014 Malibu delivers enhanced connectivity and convenience, with the new Text-to-Voice feature for
smartphone users and Siri for iPhone users. Each
enables voice-controlled connectivity. Text-to-Voice
converts incoming messages to speech, reads them
over the audio system speakers and allows the
driver to reply with preset messages such as, “I’m

the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu’s redesigned center console has a longer armrest, providing greater comfort
and storage room for two cell phones and a pair of
cup holders. the available Chevrolet MyLink for the
2014 Malibu delivers enhanced connectivity and convenience, with the new text-to-Voice feature for
smartphone users and Siri for iphone users. photo “©
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driving and will contact you later.” Users can create
and save their own preset messages when the vehicle is in Park. The feature requires a compatible
smartphone with Bluetooth profile and applicable
text messaging features.
Visit www.gmtotalconnect.com for further information on phone and radio capability. Driver safety
is General Motors’ first priority. A driver’s focus
should remain on driving and texting can usually
wait. So, only text and drive with this voice system
and never text using a handheld device while driving.
The 2014 Malibu is offered in LS, LT and LTZ
models, with pricing starting at $22,965 including
destination, but excluding tax, title, license, dealer
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Logwood Box Stove with firebricks. $ 50. 70 inch Hallmark
collection, triple pecan dresser
with mirror, double pecan bed
frame, $200. Call 989-785-3929
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MERCURY COMMERCIAL
SEWING Machine. Came from
Second Chance. Extra bobbins.
Selling due to health problems
and not enough room. $400 or
reasonable offer. 231-497-0438
PAN FRIED PERCH, 2 PIECE

LUNCH FOR ONLY $7.99. Try
Bros Bistro, I-75 Exit 270, Waters. 989-705-1800
PEPSI – Gaylord Vending can
supply your business or office
with vending machines for Pepsi
drinks and snacks for your staff
and customers. Serving Gaylord,
Petoskey,
Boyne
City,
Charlevoix, East Jordan,
Grayling, Lewiston, Mio and
many areas in Northern Michigan. We offer a full line of popular
snacks and drinks. Locally
owned and operated. Contact
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recreational Vehicles
2004 R-VISION Trail Lite 30 foot
Travel Trailer. Sleeps 6, one
slide, excellent condition, ducted
air and furnace, very clean.
$9,000 obo. Rose City. 248-3325809.
Have your travel trailer or fifthwheel winterized on your site.
$70 within 10 miles of Gaylord.
Included in service : two gallons
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tank. Email or call/text 989 217
1675. (Extra service area available with mileage charge.)
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Awnings, large sofa, lots of storage, double frig, 2 A/C, Ford
motor. Sale Price $13,995. 5
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recreational Vehicles
Used 1996 Coachmen Catalina
Fifth Wheel. Model 285 RK. 28
foot. Awning, slide-out, very open
floor plan, air, rear kitchen. Very
nice condition. Sale Price $7,995.
International RV World, 277 N.
Expressway Court, Gaylord, MI
49735. 989-448-8700. Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm,
Closed Sunday
Used 2001 Sunlite 850 WT Truck
Camper. Furnace, stove, frig.
Sale Price $4,999. International
RV World, 277 N. Expressway
Court, Gaylord, MI 49735. 989448-8700. Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Closed Sunday
Used 2002 Sunlite 2800 SE
Truck Camper. Furnace, Frig,
Stove. Set for 8 foot pickup bed.
Sale Price $5,999. International
RV World, 277 N. Expressway
Court, Gaylord, MI 49735. 989448-8700. Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Closed Sunday
Used 2003 Laredo Fifth Wheel
by Keystone. Model 29 BH. 29
foot bunkhouse. Awning, slideout, triple bunk bed, frig, air.
Sale Price $10,500. International
RV World, 277 N. Expressway
Court, Gaylord, MI 49735. 989448-8700. Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Closed Sunday
Used 2005 Fleetwood Fiesta
Motorhome. Model 31 H.
Awning, generator, tow pkg, air,
HDTV. Very clean, Only 32,000
miles. Excellent condition. Sale
Price $41,900. International RV
World, 277 N. Expressway Court,
Gaylord, MI 49735. 989-4488700. Hours: Monday – Saturday
9am – 5pm, Closed Sunday
Used 2005 Starcraft Pop-Up
Camper. Model 11RT. Hard to
find toy hauler. Sleeps 6, shower,
furnace, outside grill. Sale Price
$5,995. International RV World,
277 N. Expressway Court, Gaylord, MI 49735. 989-448-8700.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am
– 5pm, Closed Sunday

Services
DJ/KARAOKE SERVICE available for weddings, clubs or parties. References and information
at www.larryentertainment.com.
989-732-3933
EFFICIENT HEATING AND
COOLING. Furnaces, Air Conditioning, Sales and Service.
Quality Workmanship 989-3501857
FRED’S TV & APPLIANCE
SERVICE. 33 years experience.
In home service. 989-732-1403
OCD Clean! I recently recruited
Debbie Dustbuster and Cathy
Cleanfreak to my team. THEY
know what it means when you
say, Just clean it. Or, Organize
It! Priced by the job so call me
to set up your free job evaluation.
Homes, businesses, RVs and
boats. Sooooo worth it!!! 989708-7073
PEPSI – Gaylord Vending can
supply your business or office
with vending machines for Pepsi
drinks and snacks for your staff
and customers. Serving Gaylord,
Petoskey,
Boyne
City,
Charlevoix, East Jordan,
Grayling, Lewiston, Mio and
many areas in Northern Michigan. We offer a full line of popular
snacks and drinks. Locally
owned and operated. Contact
us at 989-350-9238, 989-7328160 or e-mail us at GaylordVending@Gmail.com.

Snow removal
8 FOOT WESTERN SNOW
PLOW. Off of 1997 Ford. $1,000
obo. 989-732-5878

storage. Larger units also available. Call 989-732-8160.
BUCK PATH Mini Warehouses
starting at $15 month. 989-7322721 or 989-370-6058
Heated or Cold storage available
for Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall,
989-732-0724

SuV
2001 Ford Explorer, $1,595.
Rivertown Auto Group, The Best
for Less 989 VFW Road,
Cheboygan, MI 231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2003 Buick Rendezvous. Air,
cruise. Sale Price $5,495. Rivertown Auto Group, The Best for
Less 989 VFW Road, Cheboygan,
MI
231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
4WD. As low as $199 a Month.
Drive Now Auto Sales, 2215 US
Highway 31 N, Petoskey. 231347-3200. www.drivenow123.com
2004 Jeep Liberty. Rocky Mountain pkg, 4WD. As low as $199
a Month. Drive Now Auto Sales,
2215 US Highway 31 N,
Petoskey.
231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2005 Chrysler Pacifica. As low
as $199 a Month. Drive Now
Auto Sales, 2215 US Highway
31 N, Petoskey. 231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Leather, loaded, 4x4. As low as
$199 a Month. Drive Now Auto
Sales, 2215 US Highway 31 N,
Petoskey.
231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport.
Trail rated, 4x4, removable hard
top. As low as $199 a Month.
Drive Now Auto Sales, 2215 US
Highway 31 N, Petoskey. 2313 4 7 - 3 2 0 0 .
www.drivenow123.com
2006 Ford Explorer. 4x4, Advanced Trac, tow pkg. Nice.
Payments as low as $199 a
month. Rivertown Auto Group,
The Best for Less 989 VFW
Road, Cheboygan, MI 231-6276700. www.RiverAuto.net
2008 GMC Acadia. Leather, dual
sunroof, rear entertainment. As
low as $249 a month. Drive Now
Auto Sales, 2215 US Highway
31 N, Petoskey. 231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2011 Ford Edge SEL. AWD,
leather, navigation. Payments
as low as $229 a month. Rivertown Auto Group, The Best for
Less 989 VFW Road, Cheboygan,
MI
231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2012 GMC Yukon SLT 4x4.
GMC CERTIFIED Extended
New Car Warranty! Heated
Leather, running boards, third
row seating, remote start, rear
parking assist, blue tooth and
Very Clean! $34,949. Dave Kring
Chevrolet-Cadillac, 1861 US 31
North, Petoskey, MI 231-3472585.
2012 Toyota RAV4 4x4. CARFAX 1 owner! Last owner sure
babied it! Only 26k miles & 27
MPG highway! Hard to beat for
a 4x4! CD, Ash fabric seats &
ready to take on Winter! $21,949.
Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac,
1861 US 31 North, Petoskey,
MI 231-347-2585.
2013 Ford Escape SEL. Ecoboost, leather, navigation, all the
electronic goodies. Sale Price
$23,900. Rivertown Auto Group,
The Best for Less 989 VFW
Road, Cheboygan, MI 231-6276700. www.RiverAuto.net
LOOKING FOR a good used
vehicle? View my inventory at
www.Northcountrycarsandcredit.com or call Cherie at 231-5879550

Storage

trailers

APS Mini-Warehouse of Gaylord
has 5x10 units available for just
$35 a month. No long term contract necessary. In town, safe

Heavy Duty Tent Trailer with
loading ramp. Great for 4-Wheelers or snowmobiles. Call Jack,
989-983-2551

2009 Ford Fusion SEL

New 2013 Interstate 8’ x 24’
Cargo Trailer. Hard to find. V
Nose, ramp, side entrance.
MSRP $7,995. Sale Price
$6,995. Petoskey RV USA, 2215
US Highway 31 N. Petoskey,
MI 49770. Phone 231-347-3200.
Open Galvanized Steel Angle
Iron Utility Trailer by Forest River,
Triple Angle Tongue, 6-1/2’ x 12’
Single Axle w/Gate. MSRP
$2,695. Sale Price $1,595.
Petoskey RV USA, 2215 US
Highway 31 N. Petoskey, MI
49770. Phone 231-347-3200.
New Interstate 1 Griffin 5x10
Dump Trailer, Tandem Axle, Twin
Cylinder, Monarch Pump, Powder Coated Paint, 5200 LB Axles,
Much More. MSRP $6,195. Sale
Price $4,995. Petoskey RV USA,
2215 US Highway 31 N.
Petoskey, MI 49770. Phone 231347-3200.

trucks
2000 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD.
4x4, long bed, tow pkg. As low
as $219 a Month. Drive Now
Auto Sales, 2215 US Highway
31 N, Petoskey. 231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2001 Ford F-150 Lariat. 4x4,
tow pkg, bedliner, sport side
bed, ext cab, leather. Payments
as low as $155 a month. Rivertown Auto Group, The Best for
Less 989 VFW Road, Cheboy-

gan,
MI
231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD.
Z-71, 4x4, bedliner. As low as
$229 a Month. Drive Now Auto
Sales, 2215 US Highway 31 N,
Petoskey.
231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2003 Chevy Silverado LT. 4x4,
leather, bedliner, tow pkg. As
low as $219 a Month. Drive Now
Auto Sales, 2215 US Highway
31 N, Petoskey. 231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT3.
Ext cab, 4x4. As low as $249 a
Month. Drive Now Auto Sales,
2215 US Highway 31 N,
Petoskey.
231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com
2006 Ford F-150 XLT. 4x4, bedliner, tow pkg, FX4 Off Road,
5.4 Triton engine. Sale Price
$13,900. Rivertown Auto Group,
The Best for Less 989 VFW
Road, Cheboygan, MI 231-6276700. www.RiverAuto.net
2010 Chevy Colorado. 4WD,
Ext cab, tow pkg. As low as
$249 a month. Drive Now Auto
Sales, 2215 US Highway 31 N,
Petoskey.
231-347-3200.
www.drivenow123.com

Vans
1995 Dodge Caravan, $995.
Rivertown Auto Group, The Best
for Less 989 VFW Road,

Cheboygan, MI 231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2000 Dodge Caravan, $995.
Rivertown Auto Group, The Best
for Less 989 VFW Road,
Cheboygan, MI 231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2000 Dodge Ram Van. 4 captain
chairs. As low as $199 a Month.
Drive Now Auto Sales, 2215 US
Highway 31 N, Petoskey. 2313 4 7 - 3 2 0 0 .
www.drivenow123.com
2001 GMC Savana 2500 Cargo
Van. As low as $199 a Month.
Drive Now Auto Sales, 2215 US
Highway 31 N, Petoskey. 231347-3200. www.drivenow123.com
2002 Toyota Sienna. 7 Passenger van, dual sliding doors, air,
cruise. Payments as low as $189
a month. Rivertown Auto Group,
The Best for Less 989 VFW
Road, Cheboygan, MI 231-6276700. www.RiverAuto.net
2004 Ford Freestar van, $1,595.
Rivertown Auto Group, The Best
for Less 989 VFW Road,
Cheboygan, MI 231-627-6700.
www.RiverAuto.net
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Seats 7, 4 captain chairs, StowN-Go, power sliding doors, very
nice. Starting as low as $199 a
month. Rivertown Auto Group,
The Best for Less 989 VFW
Road, Cheboygan, MI 231-6276700. www.RiverAuto.net

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Wanted: OUTBOARD MOTORS, any size, running or not.
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