By Mike Dunn

GAYLORD – It was an
eventful week for the Gaylord
girls of coach Frank Hamilla.
League victories at home on
Tuesday and on the road
Friday followed by a game on
the road against tough, tal-
ented non-league foe Clare
on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the
Blue Devils entertained the
home crowd with an impres-
sive 58-50 triumph over Big
North rival Traverse City
Central, but that wasn’t the
biggest news of the night.
Senior captain Mackenzie
Edwards, the Blue Devils’
lethal lefty, passed the 1,000-
point scoring milestone with
her very first basket of the
night. The game was stopped
briefly as Mackenzie received
the game ball from coach
Hamilla and her worthy
accomplishment was recog-
nized by the large, throaty
crowd of Gaylord supporters,
many of them there specifi-
cally to watch Mac make his-
tory [see separate story on
Mackenzie’s milestone in this
“What a great accomplish-
ment for Mackenzie to get
1,000 points,” Hamilla said.
“I’m really proud of her and
so is the whole team. She
worked really hard for this.”
Mackenzie, who is taking
her talents to Lake Superior
State after she graduates in
the spring, became the third
player in the history of the
Gaylord girls program to
reach the coveted 1,000-
point plateau. Shanna Pratt
and Kelli (Krajniak) Parker
achieved the feat before her.
Ironically, Kelli was Mac’s
coach when Mac was
brought onto the varsity as a
freshman and Kelli, a high
school physical education
instructor, remains Mac’s
mentor. Assistant coach Mike
Deerfield also played a key
role in Mac’s progress as a
player over the years.
Mackenzie put points
1,000 and 1,001 on the board
with a signature 10-foot
jumper in the first quarter
and she padded her totals
after that, finally finishing
with a game-high 22 points.
In spite of missing several
weeks with an injured wrist
sustained early on and not
coming back until January,
Mac is still the among the
leading scorers in the rugged
Big North this season. She
was also the leading league
scorer last year and was run-
ner-up the year before that.
Mac also hauled in six
boards against the Trojans
and put seven of her points
on the board in the first quar-
ter as Gaylord assumed a 15-
11 advantage.
Junior Maddie Hamilla
hammered the nets for 10
points, including a rare four-
point play in the first quarter
to help fuel the Blue Devils’
early drive out of the gates.
Maddie also made six
Senior forward Alex
Simmons struck for 10 points
as well and showed up big
under the glass, securing a
team-high seven rebounds
with a typical blue-collar
effort. Fellow senior forwards
Chelsea Fox and Stephanie
Buttrick each generated
seven points and exchanges
bruises with the Central big
girls down low. Chelsea
grabbed six boards and
Stephanie was solid defen-
sively, as usual.
Senior point guard Sarah
Polena was perpetual motion
once again, covering the
floor like a fresh coat of wax.
Polena penetrated with pur-
pose, finding open team-
mates time and time again
for quality shots at the buck-
et. When it was over, Sarah
accumulated a whopping
nine assists.
Hamilla also credited
Lauren Hintz with a solid
effort off the bench, bringing
a jolt of high-octane energy
to the floor.
Jessie Heemstra hit for 19
to pace the Trojans and Tyler
Rawlings rang up 14.
“All in all it was a good
team victory,” Hamilla said.
“When we get this type of
balance we’re hard to beat.
Mackenzie sealed the victory,
making 5 out of 6 free throws
in the final minutes.”
The Gaylord JV girls also
turned in a solid showing,
beating the Trojans 47-41.
Sweet-shooting Sydney
Kassuba connected for 13
points and cornered 10
boards for a double-double
and she also recorded four
steals. Freshman Brandi
Wagner waxed the twine for
12 points and covered the
floor defensively like green
on a grass blade, making an
amazing eight steals. Brandi
also made five assists.
Lindsey Zaremba added
some zip to the attack also,
zooming in for 12 points, and
Julia Chwatum churned out
ON FRIDAY in the annual
“pink” fundraiser for cancer
research at Alpena, the Blue
Devils, wearing pink shorts,
prevailed 49-34 to push their
record to 4-4 in the Big North
and 7-7 overall.
Gaylord trailed by four at
the half but came out strong
defensively in the third quar-
ter and shut the Wildcats
down. Alex Simmons sank a
huge trey to help spark the
Blue Devils in the third quar-
ter. Alex finished the night
with 13 points.
Mac led the way again, this
time making the twine dance
to the tune of 21 points and
she also pulled down 10
boards for a double-double.
Mac also recorded four
assists and three steals. Fox
corralled seven rebounds
and Hamilla hauled in five.
Polena produced five assists.
Christina Kollien connect-
ed for eight to lead the
The Gaylord JV prevailed
again, 42-32.
Devils made the long trip to
Clare for a quick turnaround
game and suffered an 80-54
loss to a very talented oppo-
Mac made 19 on the night
and Simmons struck for 14
with three steals. Polena
pummeled the iron for nine
and dished off four assists.
The feisty Fox put the find on
seven rebounds while Mac
muscled in four boards and
Maddie and Polena each had
“I think Clare was one of
the better teams we faced
this year,” Hamilla reported.
“They were very balanced
with three girls in double fig-
ures and two others with
nine points. We were only
down seven at halftime but
they came out and scored the
first 7 points of the 3rd quar-
ter and took off from there.
“I think playing in Alpena
less then 24 hours before the
Clare game took a toll on us,
but don't take anything away
from Clare,” he added. “They
were a very talented and
well-coached team.”
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against T.C. West this Friday,
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Alpena on road as Mackenzie reaches
scoring milestone
Blue Devils take host T.C. Central in
overtime, fall at home to Alpena
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By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – The Gaylord
boys were hoping to make it
two wins in a row when Big
North foe Alpena came to
town Friday. The Blue Devils,
coming off a tense overtime
victory at Traverse City
Central on Tuesday, Feb. 5,
were looking to keep a good
thing going and gain their
first home victory of the sea-
son at the same time. And it
would have been especially
nice if it could come on
Senior Night.
It didn’t happen, though.
The Blue Devils of coach Tim
O’Rourke battled aggressive-
ly and hard once again but
fell short against the talented
Wildcats, dropping a 60-44
decision. Alpena, which
enjoyed a notable height
advantage, improved to 8-4
overall and 5-4 in the Big
North while Gaylord fell to 2-
13 and 1-7.
Senior guard Tyler Frisch
turned in another fine per-
formance in front of the large
home crowd, firing home 19
points to pace the Blue
Devils. He dialed in four
times from 3-point land in
the contest.
Fellow seniors Zach
Lundell and Cam Taylor each
tallied six points and hard-
working James Dunn and
Bryan Rabine each rang up
four. Senior Tyler Cherry
poured in a triple in the sec-
ond quarter and helped
spark a defensive uprising
that enabled the Blue Devils
to outscore Alpena in the
frame. Chris Stout and Ryan
Chrencik also brought fresh
legs and a fiery intensity to
the floor in the quarter.
The Blue Devils battled,
like always, but didn’t have
an answer for Alpena’s Luke
Cordes, who cracked the iron
for 24 points to lead the visi-
tors. Andrew Marwede
wound up with 14 points.
The Gaylord JV lost a
heartbreaker, 52-51.
ON TUESDAY, the Blue
Devils traveled to Central
and came away with a sweet
41-38 overtime win. The vic-
tory was especially nice
because Central rallied in the
final seconds to edge Gaylord
in the season opener on the
Blue Devils’ court.
It was Gaylord’s second
win of the season and first
league victory.
Frisch found the bottom of
the bucket for 11 points to
lead a balanced Gaylord
scoring chart. Zach
Pasternak added some zap of
his own, zeroing in for 10
points to join Frisch in dou-
ble digits on a night when
points didn’t come in bunch-
es. Stout stoked the nets for
eight points and turned in his
typically tough, blue-collar
Stout was sturdy on
defense, too, and Chrencik,
Cherry and Dunn provided
some suffocating defense as
Ethan Pularski put 11
points on the board for
Central with seven boards
and Colin Lesoski came
down with seven boards.
The Trojans, coming off an
upset of Petoskey the week
before, fell to 3-11 overall and
3-5 in the league.
The Gaylord JV also
secured victory, posting a 57-
45 decision as Blayne Baker,
Marcus O’Rourke, Steven
Fitzek and Collin Watters all
poured in points and Cotton
Neff contributed durable
two-way play.
Gaylord (2-13, 1-7) plays at
T.C. West on Thursday, Feb.
14. On Friday, Feb. 22, the
Blue Devils are on the road
against Cadillac.
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By Mike Dunn
PETOSKEY – The Petoskey
boys of coach Dennis Starkey
won a critical Big North
Conference clash against vis-
iting Traverse City West on
Friday, shooting the lights
out from the free-throw
stripe to edge the talented
Titans by a razor-thin 54-52
The Northmen, who
improved to 13-2 overall and
7-2 in the league, entertained
a large Hall of Fame Night
crowd with the thrilling win.
West slipped to 10-5 and 7-3.
The teams had been tied for
the top spot along with
Cadillac in the league stand-
ings going into the game and
now Petoskey, the defending
champ, remains tied for first
with Cadillac which was 11-2
and 6-2 at the time of this
Senior forward Erik
Davenport was deadly as a
rattler from the stripe, going
5-for-6 in the fourth quarter
as the Northmen kept them-
selves a nose ahead of the
chasing Titans. Davenport
finished another productive
night with 19 points. Erik was
great at finding open team-
mates, too, notching three
Senior guard Sam
Baumgartner was also bril-
liant when it counted the
most, slinging home 3-of-4
from the line in the final
Petoskey trailed 39-38 after
three quarters of the seesaw
battle. The Northmen
assumed the lead down the
stretch behind Davenport’s
hot hand. West twice
trimmed Petoskey’s lead to
just a single point in the final
30 seconds of play but the
resilient Northmen were up
to the challenge each time,
much to the delight of the
Petoskey faithful in the
Baumgartner brought nine
points through the iron and
did his usual deft job of han-
dling enemy pressure.
Hard-nosed junior forward
Joe LeBlanc launched 12
points and steady senior
Quinn Ameel, reliable as the
times tables, hit for 10 and
dialed in twice from long dis-
tance. Adam Bayer, seeing
more floor time than usual
because of Louie Lamberti’s
foul trouble, gave the Titans a
major headache with his
leech-like defensive pressure
and LeBlanc was a bear on
defense as well, covering the
dangerous Jeremiah Williams
like a second coat of skin.
Alex Scott struck for 16 to
lead the Titans and Kendrick
Meyer made 13 and grabbed
six rebounds. Williams waxed
the nets for eight with four
Petoskey bowed to the
Titans in the tight JV game,
59-52. Parker Monley plowed
15 points through the iron
and he was joined in double
digits by Nick Mesnard (12)
and Teddy Tamm (11).
The undefeated Petoskey
freshmen won 51-45 to go to
14-0. Marion Wingster was
flying high for the Northmen,
making the twine tingle to
the tune of 18 points, and
Peter Crittenden cracked the
rim for 13. Brandon Carson
and Parker Goodrich each
garnered nine points.
Petoskey (13-2, 7-2) plays
host to Ogemaw Heights in
another Big North clash this
Friday, Feb. 15.
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By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – A great
achievement for a terrific
young lady.
Gaylord senior Mackenzie
Edwards, a scoring machine
for the Blue Devils during her
four years as a varsity starter,
did something on Tuesday,
Feb. 5, that only two other
Gaylord players before her
ever did. She surpassed 1,000
points for her career.
The only other Gaylord
players to achieve that out-
standing milestone were
Shanna Pratt, who accumu-
lated 1,286 points during her
stellar career, and Kelli
(Krajniak) Parker, who lit it
up for 1,038 points in her
Ironically, it was Kelli
Parker who was coaching the
Gaylord varsity when
Mackenzie came through as
a freshman and decided that
Mac was ready to play on the
varsity right away. Kelli, who
went on to earn All-American
honors at Oakland University
and score 1,000 points in col-
lege, also happens to be
Mac’s gym teacher and men-
Mackenzie’s milestone
moment came in the Big
North game against Traverse
City Central in front of the
frenzied home crowd. The
lethal lefty did what she had
done hundreds of times in
the past, leaping high to
knock down a 10-foot jumper
on her very first attempt of
the game.
Mac not only surpassed
1,000 points for her career,
she also drained 22 points
altogether for the game and
helped the Blue Devils post
an impressive 58-50 triumph.
Mac made seven of her
points in the first quarter as
Gaylord surged to an early
lead. Then she hit 5-of-6 crit-
ical free throws down the
stretch to help her team sus-
tain the lead in the fourth
quarter. A typically effective
night for the senior.
On Friday at Alpena, Mac
made the twine dance for 21
more points, leading all scor-
ers as Gaylord won again, 49-
34. She also hauled in 10
rebounds for a double-dou-
On Saturday, in the loss at
Clare, Mac led all scorers
again with 19 points.
Going into the Big North
game that was played on
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Traverse
City Central, Mackenzie had
1,061 career points, making
her second all time in the his-
tory of Gaylord girls hoops.
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at home vs. T.C. Central; she is third
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Petoskey girls made it 11 and
12 in a row last week, earn-
ing a decision over
Cheboygan on Tuesday, Feb.
5, and then beating Big
North foe Traverse City West
on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The 36-16 victory at the
court of the Titans pushed
Petoskey’s record to a stellar
15-2 overall and 9-1 in the
league. The Northmen are
tied with Cadillac atop the
league standings.
The Northmen winning
streak has been fueled by a
simply suffocating defense.
Counting the 65-20 win over
T.C. Central on Friday, Feb. 1,
and the 47-16 win over
Cheboygan, the Northmen
were giving up a miniscule
average of 17 points per
game this month heading
into the league game at
home against Ogemaw on
Friday, Feb. 15.
With the Northmen giving
up points as grudgingly as
Scrooge giving up nickels,
any points the offense gen-
erates are a bonus.
Senior wing Kelsey Ance
has been a point producer
for Petoskey throughout her
outstanding hardwood
career. On Thursday, she
canned a game-high 12
points to go with six boards
and she also added to the
defensive energy, making
three steals.
Fellow senior Megan
Tompkins cast a long shad-
ow in the paint with her 6-
foot-3 frame, generating
eight points and eight
rebounds, and senior guard
Alyssa VanWerden van-
quished the iron for seven
points and she also pulled
down five rebounds. Liz
Fraser and Jayme Larsen
stoked the defensive fires
with their intense play.
Petoskey led 13-5 at half-
time after limiting the Titans
to just one field goal in the
entire first half, a jumper
from Lauren Ellison.
The Northmen still had
just 13 points with three
minutes left in the third
quarter when Hannah
Scholten finally broke the
spell with a 3-pointer that
was very welcome from
Petoskey’s perspective.
Hannah’s trey opened the
floodgates and the
Northmen pulled away after
Katie Placek, who was
draped all night by persist-
ent Petoskey defender
VanWerden, was limited to
four points for the Titans,
who fell to 6-10 and 6-3. She
also grabbed seven
West won the JV game 27-
17 and also the freshmen
game 33-17.
Makenna Matson scored
11 for the Titan frosh and
Sydney Lesperance
Launched seven points
and latched onto nine
ON TUESDAY, Feb. 5, the
Northmen outscored visiting
Cheboygan 47-16 to win
their 11th straight game and
improve to 14-2.
Petoskey pushed to an 18-
5 first-quarter lead and 27-7
at the half.
Senior wing Kelsey Ance
connected for a game-high
14 points to lead Petoskey
and she also generated four
assists. Fellow senior Alyssa
VanWerden wired in 10
points through the iron,
including a trey, and made
three rebounds.
Rangy Megan Tompkins
tallied eight with seven
boards and slick sophomore
guard Kati Lewis made three
assists. Liz Fraser fueled the
fire from the bench, record-
ing three boards with three
assists, and Jayme Larsen
and Abby Blanchard also
made contributions off the
bench, each hitting four
Holly Socolovitch struck
for six points to lead
Cheboygan (9-6), which
played hard but battled all
night to get open looks at the
bucket against the swarming
Northmen. Bridget
Blaskowski and Brooke
Hancoach each put three
points on the board.
The Chiefs did win the
tight JV clash 26-24 as
Autumn Hodak hit for nine.
For Petoskey, it was Tilly
Koboski collecting 10 and
Megan Sysko muscling down
eight rebounds. Lily Kingma
caged the Chief ball handlers
for six steals.
Northmen win 11th and 12th straight
games, push to 15-2 mark overall and 9-1
in Big North
Petoske girls
keep on winning
By Mike Dunn
Johannesburg-Lewi ston
girls of coach Heather Huff
traveled to the court of
Central Lake, a pretty good
Ski Valley foe, on Thursday,
Feb. 7, and posted a 52-38
The Cardinals, honorable
mention in Class C, pushed
their record to 16-1 overall
and 13-1 in the league with
the regular season coming
to a rapid close. Central Lake
slipped to 8-7 and 5-6.
It was versatile senior
wing Abby Schlicher helped
lead the way for J-L once
again as she nears a notable
scoring milestone.
“Acetylene Abby” smoked
the nets for a team-high 12
points as she turned in
another effective two-way
performance for the
Abby, who will soon sur-
pass the 1,000-point plateau
for her career, is much more
than just a scorer, as her stat
lines always show. In the win
over Central Lake, Abby cov-
ered the floor like a fresh
coat of wax on defense, ter-
rorizing the Trojan ball han-
dlers while securing eight
steals. She also dished off
five assists.
Abby needed 16 points to
reach 1,000 going into the
game at home against
league foe Pellston on
Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Long-armed freshman
center Maddie Showerman
also showed up big at
Central Lake, pouring in 16
points. Junior Brittany
Cherwinski made the twine
churn for nine points of
scoring. Hard-nosed
Hannah Huff hit for five
points and hauled in eight
boards. Katelyn Weaver and
Hailey Weaver also helped
the cause. Katelyn and
Hailey were eager Weavers
under the boards, each gath-
ering in seven rebounds.
Lauren Rogers rang up 15
points for the Trojans and
Haley Patton hit for eight.
ON TUESDAY, Feb. 5, the
Cardinals secured a 69-49
decision at home over
Inland Lakes in a tough,
physical battle.
Schlicher fired in 17
points to lead the J-L scoring
ledger and she also generat-
ed five steals. Cherwinski
tallied 13 with six boards.
Showerman rained down 12
points through the iron and
was into piracy as well as
points, producing five steals.
Hannah Huff hauled in 10
boards with five points and
Katelyn Weaver waxed the
nets for seven points and did
a Windex number down low,
grabbing six rebounds.
Steady, sweet-shooting
senior Sandy Bischoff, who
has been having a solid sea-
son for I-Lakes, scored 20 in
the loss.
The J-L varsity has been
having another super season
under coach Huff’s tutelage
and the JV girls of coach
McVannel have been noth-
ing less than perfect thus far.
J-L improved to 16-0 over-
all and 13-0 in the Ski Valley
with impressive wins over I-
Lakes and Central Lake.
The girls outscored I-
Lakes 63-24 got took care of
the Trojans 52-29.
In the win over the
Bulldogs, it was super soph-
omore Madison Ewing mak-
ing the twine twitch to the
tune of 22 points to lead the
way for the Cardinals.
Maddie also made pinpoint
passes to teammates,
recording six assists, and she
made Bulldog ball handlers
very nervous with her suffo-
cating surround-sound
defense, recording six steals.
Ashley May assaulted the
iron for 11 points to go with
eight boards and Kelsey
Cherwinski churned out
nine points with five boards
and had an eye for open
teammates, notching six
assists. Emily Aisthorpe
tossed in eight points and
wiped the glass clean, taking
in nine rebounds.
After playing host to
Pellston on Tuesday, Feb. 12,
the Cardinals are slated to
play at Mancelona on
Thursday, Feb. 14 before
hosting tough non-league
foe Boyne Falls on Thursday,
Feb. 21, in the final regular-
season game.
Schlicher nears 1,000-point mark as
Cardinals look to finish regular season on
strong note; McVannel’s JV squad remains
J-L girls take
down Trojans
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GAYLORD – The Gaylord
freshmen girls faced a very
tough Clare squad on
Saturday, Feb. 9. Clare
outscored the Blue Devils
Maddy Sides strummed
the nets for 10 points to lead
Gaylord and Alaina Taylor
turned the twine for two.
Lylan Dao was defiant on
defense, covering the floor
like wall-to-wall carpeting
after coming off the bench.
“I’m proud of the
improvements these girls
continue to make,” said
coach Jessi Matelski. “We’ve
played some great teams
but the girls continue to give
their all and improve every
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RUDYARD — In a high-
scoring battle that saw each
team make effective assaults
on the iron, it was host
Rudyard finally prevailing
over Cheboygan 70-64 on
Friday in an entertaining,
seesaw Straits Area
Conference clash.
Leah Jarvie launched 35
points for the victorious
Bulldogs and the Chiefs did-
n’t have quite enough fire-
power in return. Jarvie
jammed 25 points through
the iron in the first half as
Rudyard raced to a 41-38
The game went back-and-
forth through the third quar-
ter and much of the fourth
before Rudyard began to pull
away in the final minutes.
The Chiefs of coach Jason
Purcell slipped to 9-7 overall
and 3-5 in the rugged confer-
Strong-armed senior for-
ward Sammie Buhr busted
the nets for a team-high 16
points for Cheboygan and
she also brought down six
rebounds with her bruising
effort under the boards.
Sophomore guard Brooke
Hancock also fueled the
offensive fires for the Chiefs,
pulling the trigger on 16
points of her own and she
covered the floor like snow
on an evergreen defensively,
recording five steals.
Junior forward Holly
Socolovitch put some “Soco-
Motion” into her deliveries,
securing eight points and she
also showed up big inside,
bringing down eight
rebounds. Fellow sophomore
Bridget Blaskowski blasted
the iron for eight points to go
with three steals and three
assists and rangy Macey
Charboneau rattled the iron
for six points and shook
down 10 rebounds. She also
imposed her angular frame
and long arms on opposing
shooters, making three
The Cheboygan JV
squeezed out a tense 65-21
victory in a real nail-biter.
Kaitlin Dobrowolski drained
12 points to lead the Chiefs
and Brooke Beaubien added
some serious Vitamin B to
the attack, scoring nine.
Brigid Kane raised eight
points through the iron and
Hannah Hudak hit for seven.
Cheboygan (9-7) played at
Alpena on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
St. Mary 50
Bellaire 24
GAYLORD — The St. Mary
girls of coach Dan Smith did
the expected on the home
floor on Thursday, Feb. 7,
earning a workmanlike 50-24
victory over Ski Valley foe
Bellaire. The 10th-ranked
Snowbirds improved to 15-2
overall and 12-1 in the league
with the win.
The cool hand of junior
sharpshooter Kari Borowiak
accounted for a game-high
17 points. Kari also handled
the ball efficiently along with
backcourt mate Chrissy
Strong-armed senior for-
ward Mary Spyhalski spilled a
dozen points through the
twine and long-armed fresh-
man Bekah Myler made nine
points and cleaned the glass
like Windex under the boards
in the second half.
Katie Thornton scored
seven to lead Bellaire.
The Snowbirds (15-2, 12-1)
played host to Forest Area on
Tuesday, Feb. 12, after this
issue went to press. On
Thursday, Feb. 14, the girls
travel to Inland Lakes.
Onaway 63
Pellston 28
PELLSTON – The Onaway
girls of coach Marty Mix used
a balanced scoring attack to
outscore game-but-out-
manned Pellston 63-28 in Ski
Valley play on Thursday, Feb.
7. The Cardinals improved to
13-4 overall and 10-4 in the
Ski Valley. The Hornets of
coach Barb Ingraham slipped
to 4-12 and 3-10.
Junior forward Mariah
Ehrke generated a double-
double for the visiting
Cardinals, rocking the iron
for 10 points and muscling
down 14 rebounds. Senior
guard Kallie Shimel made the
nets shake for a game-high
17 points on the night.
Mix was pleased with the
“total team effort” he is get-
ting from his girls, who are
unselfish and not afraid to
move the ball around to get
the open shot.
“The girls are really buying
into the team concept,” Mix
said. “We’re playing a total
team game right now.”
Abbie Welch waxed the
twine for 12 points to pace
Pellston and Tequara Kiley
connected for seven. Breah
Carter brought her hard-
nosed approach to defense,
recording six steals.
Onaway (13-4, 10-4)
played host to Rogers City on
Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Pellston (4-12, 3-10) trav-
eled to Johannesburg on
Tuesday, Feb. 12. The
Hornets are home on
Thursday, Feb. 14, against
Forest Area and home on
Tuesday, Feb. 19, against
Mackinaw City 63
Ellsworth 33
host Comets of coach Adam
Stefanski did what they had
to do on Thursday, Feb. 7,
taking care of business
against game-but-out-
manned Ellsworth, 63-33.
The win pushed the
Comets to 13-3 overall and 9-
0 in the Northern Lakes
Conference as they prepared
for the much-anticipated
rematch with Boyne Falls,
which took place on Tuesday,
Feb. 12, after this issue went
to press. The Loggers’ only
league loss going into that
game had been their earlier
meeting with Mack City.
Freshman phenom
Chelsey Closs cracked the
iron for 20 points with eight
boards to pace the Comets in
the win over Ellsworth.
Senior All-State guard
Courtney Wallis worked on a
quadruple-double but
wound up falling just a bit
short in two of the four cate-
gories as she generated 14
points and 10 assists to go
with eight rebounds and
seven steals.
Versatile Claudia
Alexander was equally effec-
tive, also hitting for 14 with
10 boards, and Lauren Bell
rang up a dozen points.
Tara Essenberg and Kendra
Warner each tallied nine for
the Lancers (7-7, 5-3).
Harbor Light 49
Alanson 34
ALANSON – The host
Vikings jumped out of the
box quickly on the home
court Thursday, Feb. 7,
against visiting Northern
Lakes Conference foe Harbor
Light Christian but it was the
Lady Swordsmen who fin-
ished strong, posting a 49-34
Destiny Wiertalla drilled 13
points for Alanson, which
was seeking its second win of
the season. The Vikings start-
ed out well and led 11-5 after
one quarter and 19-18 at the
Annie Fila fueled a second-
half comeback for the visi-
tors, however, ringing up 32
points for the game as
Harbor Light improved to 5-9
and 4-5. Shelby Donovan
added 11 points and Emily
Lechowicz latched onto 10
Boyne Falls 45
Wolverine 32
WOLVERINE – The under-
dog Wildcats lost to Northern
Lakes Conference front-run-
ner Boyne Falls, as expected,
but put up a good scrap
against the talented Loggers
on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Boyne Falls eventually won
45-32 but had to work for it.
The Loggers led just 8-6 after
the first quarter and could
never quite pull completely
away from Wolverine in the
second half.
Brooke Bailey blistered the
nets for eight points and
Courtney Whittaker waxed
the twine for eight points to
pace the inspired Wildcats on
their home floor. Wolverine
fell to 4-10 overall and 3-7 in
the league.
Emily Matelski made 15
points to lead the Loggers
(12-2, 8-1).
Onaway 54
Forest Area 19
ONAWAY – Senior guard
Kallie Shimel canned a dozen
points as host Onaway
outscored visiting SVC foe
Forest Area 54-19 on Tuesday,
Feb. 5, in a game that was
very tight right up to the tip-
Mariah Ehrke smoked the
twine for nine points for the
Cardinals and did a Windex
number inside, bringing
down a whopping 16
rebounds. Megan Estep
showed up strong inside as
well, making 12 rebounds.
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GAYLORD – The annual
Greater Otsego County
Sports Hall of Fame dinner
and awards ceremony is
slated for this Saturday, Feb.
16, at the Eagles Hall in
The 2012 class of
inductees includes Tom
Johnson and Todd Nowak
from Gaylord, David Smith
and Ted Krumbach from St.
Mary, Jeff Shoff from
Johannesburg-Lewi ston
and J-L’s 1984 track-and-
field team.
Dr. Dennis and Judy
Mellon are this year’s
Distinguished Service
Award recipients.
Tickets are $35 per person
and children under 10 are
free. Contact Dan Smith at
732-1441 or David Miller at
732-5495 to purchase tick-
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on sale
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set for this Saturday at Eagles
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Ironmen now 10-1 in Ski Valley
By Mike Dunn
Mancelona Ironmen of
coach Rick Duerksen played
four games in a six-day
stretch and won all of them
to push their record to 12-3
overall and 10-1 in the Ski
Included in that stretch
was a razor-thin 62-61 win at
Onaway on Wednesday, Feb.
6, a 67-42 decision over
Central Lake on Friday, Feb.
8, a win over non-league foe
Ellsworth on Saturday and a
57-39 win over Pellston on
Super-sharp sophomore
guard Brandon Dingman
served up big numbers in all
three league wins. (We didn’t
have any info on the
Ellsworth game at press time
and so don’t have any stats
from that one.)
In the narrow, tense win at
Onaway, the dangerous
Dingman drilled 22 points to
help the Ironmen forge a late
comeback. He also generated
10 rebounds and seven
Junior Austin Holton ham-
mered home 14 points and
junior guard Logan Borst
busted the nets for 10 to join
B-Ding and Holton in double
In the win over visiting
Central Lake, Dingman rang
up 28 points to go with nine
boards, four steals and three
assists in front of a huge
Snowcoming Game home
crowd. The players wore their
ultra-cool retro uniforms to
set the atmosphere for the
big night.
Senior Wyatt Derrer, who
had signed his letter of intent
to play football for Siena
Heights University a few days
before, racked up 15 points
to help the cause and strong-
armed forward Brandon
Scott scattered the nets for
11. Griffin Borst was a beast
inside, grabbing 10
Will Brockman, who is
having a whale of a season
for the struggling Trojans,
canned 15 points for the visi-
ON MONDAY in the win
over Pellston, B-Ding drained
the twine for 20 points and
pulled down eight rebounds
and he also delivered four
assists. Griffin Borst blistered
the nets for nine points with
four boards and dependable
point guard Logan Borst
served up sweet dishes like a
Food Network chef all game
long, notching eight assists.
Reliable senior guard Jake
Friedenstab, who was instru-
mental in Pellston’s victories
over league foes Central Lake
and Gaylord St. Mary in the
Hornets’ previous two
games, led the way for the
Hornets once again, scoring
11. Tall Tanner Keller con-
tributed eight points and 10
boards with a blue-collar
effort inside.
“We kept Brandon
Dingman in check until the
tip-off,” said classy Pellston
coach Cliff Hass. “He’s just a
great all-around player and
the Mancelona players under
their role. They’re well-
“We minimized our
turnovers but our shots and
GPS coordinates were on a
different page,” he added.
Pellston (3-12, 3-10) played
at unbeaten Bellaire on
Wednesday, Feb. 13, and is at
Onaway on Friday, Feb. 15.
Mancelona (12-3, 10-1)
plays at Forest Area on
Friday, Feb. 15, and on
Wednesday, Feb. 20, the
Ironmen are home against
unbeaten league leader
Bellaire in a game with big
SVC implications for both
teams. Bellaire is the only
team to beat Mancelona in
league play thus far.
Pellston 53
Gaylord St. Mary 47
PELLSTON – After winning
just one game in their first 12
this season, the young
Pellston Hornets of coach
Cliff Hass earned back-to-
back Ski Valley victories over
Central Lake on Wednesday,
Feb. 6, and over visiting
Gaylord St. Mary on Friday,
Feb. 8.
In the 53-47 victory over
the Snowbirds, Pellston
thrilled the home crowd with
a fourth-quarter rally. The
Hornets trailed by a point,
35-34, after three quarters
but outscored the Snowbirds
19-12 over the last eight min-
utes of play.
“The game went back and
forth and then forth and
back,” reported Pellston
coach Cliff Hass. “We didn’t
panic this time. We played
with poise and composure in
the fourth quarter and we
were fortunate to beat a good
basketball team.”
Senior guard Jake
Friedenstab paced the bal-
anced Pellston attack with 16
points and he also brought
down six rebounds and
added to the Hornets’ defen-
sive intensity, recording three
Pellston also received posi-
tive production from big men
Tanner Keller and Dale Stark.
Keller connected for 10
points with eight boards and
the long-armed Stark struck
for eight points with nine
boards. Austin Wright waxed
the nets for 10 points to join
Friedenstab and Stark in
double figures and point
guard Austin Hamlin helped
generate the offense with his
passing, recording six assists.
For St. Mary, strong-armed
junior forward Charles Strehl
strummed the nets for 16
points with three boards and
smooth-striding junior Nick
Harrington hammered 12
points with four assists and
three steals. Rugged senior
forward Nick Lochinski
launched eight points and
senior guard Matt Spyhalski
sprung for seven with four
assists and four steals.
"We had too many
turnovers on the night,” said
St. Mary coach Ken Blust.
“One bright spot was our
assists on 13 of our 17 field
goals. We allowed a team to
stay with us throughout the
game, and never truly pulled
away like we had in our first
Inland Lakes 56
Onaway 55
dangerous Inland Lakes
guard Dakotah Davedowski
dialed in from long distance
with the game on the line
Friday and drained a clutch
3-pointer to lift the host
Bulldogs over hard-luck
Onaway by a single point, 56-
It was the second game in a
row that Onaway lost in
heartbreaking fashion. In
their previous outing against
Mancelona on Wednesday,
the visiting Ironmen used a
late charge to edge the
Cardinals by a single point,
Dakotah’s downtown con-
nection with just seconds left
to play lifted I-Lakes to 4-8
overall and 4-5 in the Ski
Valley and set off a loud,
spontaneous celebration in
front of the large Snocoming
Night crowd. The Bulldogs
are on a tear, having won four
of their last five games going
into action this week.
Onaway, which has been
having a fine season in spite
of the close defeats, slipped
to 8-6 overall and 6-6 in the
very tough Ski Valley.
I-Lakes led 15-4 after the
first quarter before Onaway
stormed back behind the
strong play of juniors Joe
O’Bradovich and Carlos
Bautista to outscore the
home team 18-5 in the sec-
ond quarter take a 22-20 lead
at the half of the wild, seesaw
In the third quarter, it was
I-Lakes asserting itself again,
outscoring the Cardinals 21-
9 to take a 41-31 lead into the
final eight minutes of play.
The Cardinals, true to
form, closed out strong to
regain the lead in the final
minute of regulation. But the
game is seemingly never out
of reach for I-Lakes if
Dakotah has the ball in his
Dakotah launched one
from 3-point land and didn’t
go south with it, filling the
rim with the directed missile
as the appreciative home
crowd exploded with an ear-
splitting cheer.
Davedowski wasn’t the
only Bulldog showing plenty
of bite on this special night,
though. Nick Howery, who
has also been having a very
solid season for the Bulldogs,
hit for a personal-best 20
points to help lead the way
and he cleaned the glass bet-
ter than Windex, pulling
down 15 rebounds against a
tough, physical aggressive
Onaway squad.
Davedowski drilled 16
points, including the game-
winning trey, and Richard
Armbruster brought down
eight rebounds and covered
Onaway’s bruising battler
Bautista like a second coat of
O’Bradovich and Bautista
each made the twine turn for
13 points to lead the
I-Lakes also won the JV
game, 66-41.
Pickford 59
Gaylord St. Mary 37
PICKFORD – The St. Mary
boys of coach Ken Blust faced
a tough, talented Pickford
squad on Wednesday, Feb. 6,
and suffered a 59-37 defeat at
the hands of the Panthers.
Junior forward Charles
Strehl, who has been putting
together a solid season for
the Snowbirds, strung 13
points through the twine and
showed up big under the
glass, grabbing 14 boards for
a double-double.
Senior guard Matt
Spyhalski sprung for nine
points with four rebounds
and he was a force defensive-
ly, notching three steals. Pat
O’Connor connected for
seven points with four
boards and three assists and
Cameron Juneac tallied five
with three boards. Fluid jun-
ior Nick Harrington hit for
two points and was tough
inside, pulling down five
“Pickford came to play,”
Blust reported. “They were
very aggressive in all facets of
their game.”
Mancelona 62
Onaway 61
ONAWAY – The host
Cardinals of coach Eddy
Szmoniak led nearly all the
way against tough, talented
Mancelona but the Ironmen
were able to forge a late
comeback and win a real
thriller, 62-61.
Fleet freshman guard Joe
Sigsby was very nearly a hero
for the Cardinals but his shot
in the final seconds rolled off
the rim, enabling Mancelona
to leave town with the tense
win in hand.
Andrew Prow, the Cardinal
missile launcher, canned 13
points to lead a balanced
scoring ledger. Joe
O’Bradovich buzzed the
twine for 11 points and bruis-
ing blue-collar battler Carlos
Bautista brought nine points
through the iron and brought
down 13 boards with a typi-
cally tough effort under the
Onaway led 14-8, 36-28
and 48-47 at the quarter
breaks. In the end, though,
the Ironmen were able to
come back and gain a hard-
fought victory.
High-scoring sophomore
sharpshooter Brandon
Dingman led Mancelona
with 22 points.
Bellaire 65
Johannesburg-Lewiston 51
visiting Bellaire Eagles
proved once again on
Wednesday, Feb. 6, why
they’re the front-runner in
the Ski Valley this season. The
Eagles traveled to the court of
Johannesburg-Lewiston and
posted a 65-51 decision over
the scrappy Cardinals.
Unbeaten, seventh-ranked
Bellaire improved to 13-0 and
10-0 in the league while J-L
slipped to 5-9 and 4-8.
The Cardinals played
inspired ball on the home
floor, giving Bellaire a
tougher battle than any other
league team they’ve faced in
terms of how close the final
score was. No other team this
season had been within 15
points of the potent Eagles.
J-L stayed with the Eagles
stride for stride and bucket
for bucket through the first
12 minutes of the game
before the visitors started to
pull away. J-L coach Troy Huff
was rightfully proud of the
effort his troops put forth
against the formidable
Jake Newell jammed the
iron with 12 points and dis-
played excellent floor vision,
notching four assists.
Freshman phenom “Lights
Out” Logan Huff hammered
home 11 points and turned
on the juice defensively,
making four steals.
Coach Huff also noted the
high-octane contributions of
Tyler Tarbutton, Hunter
VanDeKerchove and
Brandon Huff off the bench.
he Cardinals (5-9, 4-8 Ski
Valley), who host Atlanta
Boyne Falls 41
Mackinaw City 39
host Comets battled
Northern Lakes Conference
front-runner Boyne Falls to
the wire on Wednesday, Feb.
6, but the Loggers were able
to leave town with a tight 41-
39 decision in hand.
Boyne Falls improved to
12-1 overall and 8-0 in the
conference while the Comets
slipped to 7-5 and 5-3.
Noah Morse nailed 13
points to pace Mack City and
Matt Rivera rang up 12.
Marcus Matelski made the
twine spin for 17 points with
10 boards for a double-dou-
ble to lead the Loggers and
Brendan Matelski brought 11
through the iron.
Pellston 47
Central Lake 44
Pellston boys held off a late
charge by host Central Lake
to post a tense 47-44 victory.
The hungry Hornets used a
stifling defensive effort to
build a strong 39-25 lead over
the first three quarters only
to have the Trojans come
storming back in the fourth
quarter to cut the lead to a
single point, 43-42, with 25
seconds left to play.
Austin Hamlin and Will
Seldon made some critical
free throws down the stretch,
however, to secure the hard-
fought Hornet win.
Hardworking senior guard
Jake Friedenstab, a two-way
force all season for the
Hornets, fired in 10 points to
lead another balanced scor-
ing ledger f and he also gen-
erated four assists and four
Tall man Tanner Keller
contributed under the glass
once again, cracking the iron
for nine points with eight
boards while Hamlin hit for
10 and Seldon slapped nine
through the twine.
Will Brockman tallied 20
for Central Lake (2-10, 1-9)
Wolverine 46
Alanson 32
McNeil was a machine for the
host Wildcats in their
Northern Lakes Conference
clash with Alanson on
Wednesday, Feb. 6.
McNeil made the net
dance to the tune of 22
points and he was a powerful
force in the paint as well,
securing 14 boards for a
strong double-double as
Wolverine earned a 46-32
decision. He very nearly had
a triple-double as he covered
the floor like snow on an
evergreen defensively,
recording nine steals.
Kyle Frost was hot as a
hearty bowl of piping chow-
der, firing in 12 points for
Wolverine to go with five
assists, and Taylor Shann was
in double figures as well,
scoring 10 as the Wildcats
improved to 6-7 overall and
5-4 in the league.
Kody Wicker connected for
22 points to lead the battling
Vikings and Max Oom put
some “oomph” into the
Viking attack as well, taking
down 10 boards and making
five steals.
Mancy earns league wins over Onaway, CL and Pellston;
Hornets edge visiting St. Mary; Davedowski’s trey lifts Bulldogs
Derrer says yes to
Siena Heights
By Mike Dunn
Mancelona senior running
back Wyatt Derrer is taking
his talents to the next level.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Wyatt
signed his letter of intent to
play football for Siena
Heights University, a blos-
soming NAIA gridiron pro-
gram entering its third year
of competition.
Wyatt capped a brilliant
two-year varsity career with
the Ironmen in the 2012 sea-
son, earning first-team All-
State honors after amassing
more than 1,500 yards rush-
ing with 22 touchdowns.
Wyatt, known for explosive
runs from scrimmage that
often resulted in long sprints
to the end zone, incredibly
averaged more than 10 yards
per carry for the second year
in a row.
In his two-year varsity
career, Wyatt rang up more
than 3,200 rushing yards for
the Ironmen, a school record,
and scored 45 touchdowns
while averaging a whopping
10.5 yards every time he
touched the ball.
Wyatt will likely play in the
backfield for Siena Heights
but Mancelona head coach
Dan “Boo” Derrer said the 6-
foot-1, 185-pound speed
burner with the great field
vision and excellent football
instincts may end up playing
in the secondary, as former
Mancelona star running back
Taylor Borst is doing at Taylor
“He’ll do whatever they ask
him, whether it’s running
back or defensive back,” said
Boo, who is also Wyatt’s
uncle. “Wyatt’s going to work
hard and he’s going to put in
his time in the weight room.
He’s got a lot to offer. He’s
very coachable and a great
athlete. I think this is a good
choice for him and I think
he’ll do well there.”
Ironically, Siena Heights is
in the same conference as
Taylor University so the for-
mer Mancelona gridiron
stars Derrer and Borst, who
both earned first-team All-
State recognition with the
Ironmen, will face each other
in college. Borst, who gradu-
ated in 2011, is entering his
third season with Taylor.
Explosive Mancelona All-State running back takes
talents to blossoming NAIA program in Adrian
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Tense victory over Gaylord, three-goal
win over Saginaw Nouvel give Northmen
school-record 15 wins this season
Petoske" sets school
record for !ins
By Mike Dunn
PETOSKEY – The Petoskey
hockey team established a
school record with the 14th
and 15th wins of the season
last week. On Wednesday,
Feb. 6, the Northmen edged
Big North foe Gaylord 2-1 in
a physical, intense battle
that was also the annual
Pink-in-the-Rink fundraiser
for cancer research. On
Friday, the Northmen trav-
eled to Saginaw and loaded
up the heavy guns in a 5-2
decision over Nouvel.
Petoskey pushed its
record to 15-8. Its previous
record for wins came in
2003-04 when the Northmen
posted a 13-12-1 record.
Senior Brandon
Pomranke helped put the
“Pom-Pow” into the offense
at Saginaw with a goal and
two assists for the
Northmen. Aaron Cook
added to the recipe for suc-
cess with his sweet deliver-
ies, notching three assists.
The Skye Pilot, Skye
Pieffer, powered home an
unassisted goal and
Bryndon Worden, Cam
Ludlow and Kevin Hansen
each hammered home a
solo goal. Ludlow also
recorded an assist, as did
Nick Trombley.
Junior Michael Whittaker
earned the big “W” with his
solid play between the
ON FEB. 6 in the thrilling
Pink-in-the-Rink game
against the battling Blue
Devils, it was senior Tanner
Davis putting the puck in
flight with a sizzling slam-
mer in the third period to
give the Northmen the tense
2-1 triumph.
Gaylord goalie Peter
Lawton kept the game tight
throughout, standing on his
head at different times to
keep the Northmen out of
the nets. Lawton was virtual-
ly impenetrable for most the
game, turning away 34 of 36
shots directed at him.
Tom Crampton put the
Northmen on top early with
a crackling cannon of a
blast, with help from the
D.S. Express, Derek Smith.\
The Blue Devils tied
things up in the second peri-
od when opportunistic
Anthony Tomaski torched
one with assists from Cam
Laug and Seth Muzyl.
The score remained knot-
ted at 1 until Davis delivered
his dynamite in the clutch.
Petoskey’s Pink-in-the-
Rink game raised more than
$2,000 for the McLaren
Northern Michigan
Foundation and the
Kathleen Jontz Breast Health
Petoskey (15-8) entertains
Big North foe Alpena on
Friday, Feb. 15.
Blue Devils get best of Ogemaw Heights, Petoskey in D-2 team district tourney
By Mike Dunn
PETOSKEY – The Gaylord
wrestling team did it again
on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The Blue Devil grapplers of
coach Jerry LaJoie won a Div.
2 team district title for the
fifth straight time with a
sweep at Petoskey. Gaylord
defeated Ogemaw Heights
59-19 in the opening round
and then decisioned host
Petoskey 50-25 in the title
Gaylord had already beat-
en the Falcons and
Northmen during the regular
in Big North action.
The Blue Devils earned a
berth in the team regional
tournament that took place
on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at
Mount Pleasant.
Hard-nosed junior Seth
“Lights Out” Lashuay not
only helped Gaylord earn the
title with his sweep at 112
pounds but he also earned
the 100th win of his notable
prep career to join the presti-
gious Blue Devil Century
Club. Lashuay’s milestone
win came with a tech fall over
Cory Dubke of Ogemaw.
Lashuay also had a pin
against the Northmen.
Tough Tristan Gregory
(189) powered his way to two
points on the night for
Gaylord, as did Jeff Heinz
(135). Shane Foster (171),
Trent Hunt (152) and Matt
Kempfer (125) swept their
two matches along with
Jonah Foote split his
matches at 103 pounds, win-
ning by void against Ogemaw
before losing a narrow deci-
sion to Petoskey’s Trevor
Giallombardo in a spirited
battle. Hunter Worden split
his two bouts at 160 pounds.
Will Volmer (285), Brandon
Ervin (130), Matt Jenkins
(145), Roger Gordon (135)
and Jake Panosso (140) also
won a match for the beastly
Blue Devils.
James Gazarato, Jordan
Haggerty, Mike Kibbe and
Nick Strobel won matches for
ON SATURDAY, Feb. 2, in
the individual Big North
Championships at Alpena,
Gaylord grapplers Lashuay,
Kempfer, Heinz, Hunt, Foster
and Gregory each won league
titles in their respective
Senior strong man Danny
“Raw Meat” Miller earned
runner-up in the league at
heavyweight, quite an
accomplishment considering
he was typically outweighed
by at least 20 pounds.
Warden and Panosso also
earned silver medals for the
Blue Devils in their weights
while the fearsome Foote and
hard-nosed Jenkins each
took third.
Gaylord advances to team regionals
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By Mike Dunn
Johannesburg-Lewiston boys
bounced back from the stub-
born loss to unbeaten, state-
ranked Bellaire with a
thrilling overtime victory at
home over perennial non-
league rival Atlanta on
The Cardinals of coach
Troy Huff, who improved to
6-9 overall and are 4-8 in the
Ski Valley, had lost five of
their previous six games,
including some very close
defeats, but they had played
pretty well in most of those
games. On Monday, they
snapped a three-game losing
streak with the thrilling OT
win over a tough Atlanta
It was actually the fourth
overtime game this season
for J-L, which seemingly isn’t
able to play a game if it does-
n’t come down to white
knuckles and razor-thin mar-
gins. The Cards are now 2-2
in overtime contests.
The score with Atlanta was
knotted at 59 at the end of
regulation but J-L outscored
the visitors 14-13 in the
active extra session to secure
the determined victory.
Lights-out shooting from
the charity stripe from fresh-
man phenom Logan Huff
and cool, calm Coalton Huff
helped put the Cardinals over
the top. Logan scored five of
his team-high 18 points in
the overtime and Coalton
scored six of his 12 in the
extra four minutes.
Logan added seven boards,
three steals and two assists to
his typically efficient stat line
for the game.
Jake Newell nailed nine
points and helped his team-
mates with sharp passing,
notching five assists. Rangy
Wyatt Pellton produced nine
points as well and was into
rejection big time, blocking
five Huskie shots on the
J-L (6-9, 4-8) played at
home on Wednesday, Feb. 13,
against SVC foe I-Lakes. On
Friday, Feb. 15, the Cardinals
play at Central Lake and on
Wednesday, Feb. 20, they are
at suddenly surging Pellston.
Cards win annual rivalry game with Atlanta in
thrilling fashion in front of home fans
J-L boys edge
Huskies in OT
By Mike Dunn
Cheboygan guard Jordan
Fontaine turned the fortunes
of Friday’s Straits Area
Conference clash with stub-
born Rudyard with a late
steal and a subsequent
breakaway bucket.
Fontaine’s fortuitous theft
and deuce helped lift the
Chiefs to a thrilling 72-67 tri-
umph on the home floor.
Cheboygan improved to 7-6
overall and 6-2 in the confer-
ence with the big win while
resilient Rudyard fell to 5-10
and 4-5. The win snapped a
three-game losing streak for
the Chiefs and kept them in
the hunt for the SAC title.
The Bulldogs, who had
battled Cheboygan tooth and
nail all the way through, had
the ball with a chance to tie
as the game clock tolled past
10 seconds remaining in reg-
ulation. That’s when the cat-
quick Fontaine flew to pur-
loin an errant pass and then
take it all the way to the other
end to turn a three-point lead
into an insurmountable five-
point lead.
Cheboygan led by double
digits in the fourth quarter
before the Bulldogs came
battling back to make things
very tight at the end. The
Chiefs trailed 67-65 at one
point but finished stronger to
gain the hard-fought victory.
Slick senior guard Andrew
Dixon delivered some timely
free throws along with senior
guard Damon Proctor. Dixon
drained the iron for 10 points
and Proctor produced eight
points, including a pair of key
Fontaine finished his pro-
ductive night with 14 points
to go with six assists. He
blanketed the floor like wall-
to-wall carpeting on defense,
recording six steals in all,
including the critical theft at
the end.
Junior forward Ben
“Petroleum” Pearson slicked
the twine for 13 points and
pulled down seven boards to
help the cause and fellow
junior forward Nik Bevier
battled ferociously under the
boards, as usual, bringing
down 11 boards to go with
nine points. Luke Harrington
hammered out six points
with three assists.
Garrett Laponsie landed a
game-high 19 points to lead
The Chiefs churned out a
62-48 win in JV action as Zack
Socha zoned in for 20 points
and Brady Hiller brought 14
through the rim. Trent
Jarman jammed home 13
points and Borja Garcia gar-
nered eight points.
Cheboygan (6-9) played
host to non-league foe
Alpena on Tuesday, Feb. 12,
after this issue went to press.
On Friday, Feb. 15, the Chiefs
are home against Rogers City.
Cheboygan boys edge visiting Straits Area rival
Rudyard 70-67 as Fontaine converts steal into
breakaway deuce
Fontaine’s late
bucket lifts Chiefs
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KALKASKA – Senior guard-
forward Scott Parkinson had
what his coach called maybe
his best game of his high
school career, as his team-
high 26 points helped carry
the Grayling boys varsity bas-
ketball team to a critical 76-
56 win over the host Kalkaska
Blue Blazers in a Lake
Michigan Conference
matchup Friday, Feb. 8.
The road win has the
Vikings (11-3 overall) tied for
second in the LMC standings
with Charlevoix (10-2 overall,
as both teams sport 8-1 con-
ference records. Both trail
Traverse City St. Francis,
which remains undefeated at
15-0 overall and 10-0 in con-
ference play.
“We have a huge game on
Tuesday (Feb. 12) versus St.
Francis,” said Grayling head
coach Rich Moffit.
But, to keep pace, the
Vikings needed to beat a
struggling Kalkaska (2-11
overall, 0-10 LMC) squad that
still plays tough, especially at
And, on Friday, that’s
exactly what the host Blazers
did for three quarters.
Grayling opened up a five-
point lead, 16-11, in the first
quarter, but Kalkaska worked
to keep the game close at
half, 35-29. The third quarter
proved again to be a see-saw
battle, with the Vikings
unable to pull away and
heading into the final stanza
with a 51-43 advantage.
That all changed in the
fourth quarter, with Grayling
outgunning Kalkaska, 25-12,
to secure the victory.
"Give the Kalkaska players
and coaching staff credit.”
Moffit said. “They were miss-
ing their key player, but they
still came out and played
with a ton of energy and
Moffit was equally enthusi-
astic about his own team’s
“I was very pleased with
the way that we shared the
ball in the game,” he said. “T-
Mac (junior guard Tyler
McClanahan) did a great job
of distributing the ball. He
made it a point to get our
players involved and it made
a difference in the game.
“Scott Parkinson had per-
haps his best game as a
Viking,” Moffit added. “He
played solid at both ends of
the court.”
Besides his scoring,
Parkinson led the Vikings in
rebounding with 10 boards,
tallied 5 steals and handed
out 3 assists.”
Two other Vikings also
make their presence felt with
double-digit performances.
Junior forward-center Justice
Junttila chipped in 14 points,
4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1
steal, while McClanahan
posted solid numbers in
nearly every facet of the
game with 11 points, 3
rebounds, team-best 8 assists
and 4 steals.
Other contributors for
Grayling included: Jake
Swander with 8 points, 3
boards, 6 steals and 1 assist;
Wes Dean with 8 points, 2
rebounds and 1 steal;
Michael Branch with 5
points, 2 boards and 4 steals;
Carson Burmeister with 2
points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
and 1 assist; Tyler Summers
with 2 points and 1 board;
Matt Burrell with 2 rebounds,
1 steal and 1 assist; and
Richie Sanford with 1
Grayling 49
Elk Rapids 39
It might have not been the
prettiest game, but in the end
it was another win for
Grayling, as the host Vikings
topped LMC foe Elk Rapids,
49-39, on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
In what was a defensive
battle, both teams combined
for only 13 points in the third
"This was a very physical
and competitive game from
the start,” Moffit said. “Both
teams grinded out each pos-
session and were active
Grayling seemed in control
early, working its way to a 15-
8 lead after the opening stan-
za. But, the visiting Elks
looked to chip away at the
Viking advantage, outscoring
Grayling, 12-11, in the sec-
ond quarter and narrowing
the gap to 26-20 at intermis-
The Vikings gained some
more breathing room after
the half, more than doubling
the Elks’ offensive output, of
their way to building an 11-
point lead, 35-24. Though,
that wasn’t saying much,
with Grayling cagers manag-
ing just 9 points in the peri-
“We played very well
defensively in the third quar-
ter, holding Elk to just four
points,” Moffit said.
Both teams got back to
scoring in double figures in
the final stanza, as Elk Rapids
outscoring the host Vikings,
15-14. That wasn’t enough,
however, to change the out-
Despite the game being a
defensive struggle, Swander
had a strong offensive out-
ing, scoring nearly half of
Grayling’s points. The junior
swingman led the Vikings
with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2
steals and 1 assist.
Other contributors for the
Vikings included: Parkinson
9 points, 2 boards, 3 steals
and 2 assists; McClanahan 7
points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
and 1 steal; Branch with 6
points, 7 rebounds and 1
steal; Peyton Zigila with 2
points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals
and 1 assist; Burrell with 2
points; Junttila with 1 point
and 7 rebounds; Dean with 3
rebounds and 2 steals; and
Tyler Powers with 3
rebounds, 2 steals and 2
– Report by Buckland
Vikes bla#e !a" to 20-point !in oer Kalkaska
GRAYLING – The host
Grayling girls varsity basket-
ball team struggled to “make
shots” in its Lake Michigan
Conference matchup Friday,
Feb. 8, against Kalkaska. And,
it showed on the scoreboard,
with the visiting Blue Blazers
leaving Grayling with a 62-38
The loss dropped the Lady
Vikings to 7-8 overall and just
3-7 in conference play. On
the flip side, Kalkaska
improved to 11-3 on the sea-
son and is 8-1 in the LMC,
just a game behind league-
leading Traverse City St.
“Kalkaska is a very good
team but we played them
tough throughout the game,”
Vikings head coach Joe
Powers said. “However, we
struggled to make shots.”
Grayling scored just five
points in the first frame and
11 in the second quarter.
That allowed the visiting
Blazers to open up a 26-16
lead at intermission.
And, Kalkaska started to
run away in the second half
by outscoring Grayling, 21-8,
in the third quarter.
“I was happy with our
effort as we played one of the
league leaders on their home
court,” Powers said. “Being
within 10 in the first half gave
us a shot.
“We really needed to con-
vert on some of our great
opportunities, as we were
down, 11-5, in the first quar-
ter. But, we outshot them, 23-
And, Grayling got shots,
including good lucks at the
basket, according to Powers.
“We were able to have high
quality shots but did not
shoot for a good percentage,”
he added. “We were happy
that we were able to outshoot
Kalkaska with our 70 shots,
but we were only able to
score 38 points.”
The Lady Vikes also won
the battle on the glass, outre-
bounding the Blazers, 42-32.
Senior forward Maddie
Benardo led that fight, ripped
down a team-high 9
rebounds, as well as tallying 7
points, 4 steals and 1 blocked
shot in the loss.
Senior guard Alyssa Morley
had a team-best 8 points, 4
boards, 2 assists and 1
blocked shot for the Lady
Vikes, while sophomore
Samantha Denno chipped in
6 points, 4 rebounds, 3
blocked shots and 1 steal.
Other contributors for
Grayling in Friday’s loss
included: Caitlin Prosser
with 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2
assists and 1 steal; Haley
Whittaker with 3 points, 4
rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists
and 1 blocked shot; Rachel
Money with 3 points and 3
rebounds; Makayla Cragg
with 2 points and 6
rebounds; Hannah Haven
with 2 points, 4 boards, 1
steal and 1 assist; Erica
Umlor with 2 points, 3
rebounds, 2 assists and 1
steal; and Hailey Petty with 1
Elk Rapids 52
Grayling 41
In the end, the Lady Vikes
just couldn’t overcome the
size advantage of the visiting
Elk Rapids Elks in a LMC
clash on Monday, Feb. 4.
The taller Lady Elks wore
down Grayling for a 52-41
“It was a close game
throughout,” Powers said.
“Elk Rapids huge size advan-
tage eventually won out as
their four six-foot or more
girls controlled the boards.
“However, we did a decent
job on the boards even
though six of their players
were taller than our tallest
The two conference rivals
were tied, 13-13, after the
first quarter and the Lady
Vikes trailed by just two
points, 23-21, going into the
locker rooms at halftime.
But, the Elks pulled away
ever so slightly in the second
half, outscoring Grayling, 29-
20, after intermission.
“We had our opportunities
because the girls worked
extremely hard and scrapped
all the way,” Powers said. “It’s
very tough having to play
people that can just simply
reach over the top of you but
our girls had no quit in them.
They fought and worked the
whole game.”
Despite taking the loss, the
Grayling hoopsters fought
the good fight.
“We ended the game even
with rebounds, but part of
that was because we outre-
bounded them on the offen-
sive end, 16-6,” Powers
added. “This led to us getting
25 more shots than Elk
Rapids, outshooting them,
64-39, for the game.
“We were surprised that we
were not able to get to the
free-throw line more, since
we shot only eight free
throws, while Elk was fortu-
nate enough to go to the line
31 times,” he said. “We
played them evenly, but the
difference ended up being
the free-throw opportuni-
Whittaker and Caitlin
Prosser each scored 11 points
to help lead the Vikings.
Whittaker also had 4
rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist
and 1 block against Elk
Rapids, while Prosser tallied
6 rebounds, 3 steals and 1
assist on the night.
Other contributors for
Grayling included: Morley
with 7 points, 4 rebounds
and 1 steal; Denno with 5
points, 5 boards and 2
blocked shots; Haven with 4
points, 1 board and 1 steal;
Umlor with 3 points, 1
rebound, 1 steal and 1 assist;
Cragg with 7 rebounds and 1
assist; Benardo with 2
rebounds and 2 steals; and
Petty with 1 steal.
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Grayling falls below .500 with loss to Lady Blazers
By Mike Dunn
individual district tourna-
ments were held Saturday at
various locations throughout
the state. The top four grap-
plers from each weight class
kept their seasons alive by
advancing to the regional
tournament slated for this
Saturday, Feb. 15.
There were 26 wrestlers
from the coverage area of the
Weekly Choice who made the
grade this year. Gaylord and
Grayling each had seven
advance to the regional
round. Petoskey had two go
and both are district champi-
ons. Cheboygan had one
advance. Onaway had five
earn regional berths and Mio
had four.
There were six district
champions in all. For
Petoskey in Div. 2, Jordan
Haggerty won at heavy-
weight and Scott Kibbe at 103
pounds. For Grayling in Div.
3, Jon Martin (103) and
Brandon Handrich (152) are
champs at their respective
weights. For Onaway in Div.
4, freshman Isaac Nave won
at 103 pounds and for Mio in
Div. 4, Zach Mack trucked
through the competition at
125 pounds.
The champions go into the
regional tournament as No. 1
seeds. Those who finished as
runner-up are No. 2 seeds
while the third-place finish-
ers are No. 3 seeds and the
fourth-place finishers are No.
4 seeds.
Gaylord and Petoskey
competed Saturday in the
Div. 2 district at Escanaba.
The nine wrestlers moving
on from there representing
the Blue Devils and
Northmen compete in the D-
2 regional at Bay City
Grayling and Cheboygan
participated in the Div. 3 dis-
trict at Negaunee. The eight
grapplers representing the
Vikings and Chiefs compete
this Saturday at Kingsley.
Onaway competed at
Ishpeming Westwood on
Saturday and Mio competed
at Manton. The Cardinal and
Thunderbolt grapplers will
be battling it out this
Saturday in the D-4 regional
at Rogers City.
Here is the list of the
wrestlers who have earned a
berth in the regional tourna-
160 – Shane Foster (43-8),
No. 4 seed
189 – Tristan Gregory (43-
8), No. 3 seed
103 – Jonah Foote (35-17),
No. 2 seed
112 – Seth Lashuay (44-6),
No. 2 seed
130 – Jeff Heinz (42-10),
No. 4 seed
140 – Matt Jenkins (28-22),
No. 4 seed
152 – Trent Hunt (49-3),
No. 2 seed
215 – Jordan Haggerty (42-
4), No. 1 seed*
103 – Scott Kibbe (32-15),
No. 1 seed*
189 – Jeff Meyers (30-17),
No. 2 seed
103 – Jon Martin (42-5), No.
1 seed*
125 – Kyle Schmidt (25-10),
No. 3 seed
130 – Zack Cheney (39-10),
No. 2 seed
135 – Ghayge Toomey (28-
9), No. 4 seed
140 – Michael Phipps (26-
19), No. 3 seed
152 – Brandon Handrich
(44-1), No. 1 seed*
285 – Josh McDill (25-10),
No. 3 seed
ONAWAY (5) –
160 – Justin Ahnert (24-19),
No. 4 seed
189 – Casey Watson (22-
11), No. 2 seed
103 – Isaac Nave (30-10),
No. 1 seed*
112 – Joe Traynham (30-4),
No. 2 seed
140 – Morgan Robins (23-
9), No. 2 seed
MIO (4) –
103 – Patrick Stephens (33-
13), No. 3 seed
125 – Zach Mack (38-1),
No. 1 seed*
140 – Harley Foust (34-12),
No. 3 seed
152 – Scott Blamer (26-22),
No. 4 seed
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By Mike Dunn
CHELSEA – The Gaylord
hockey team continued the
strong play it exhibited in the
previous outing at Petoskey a
few days before, taking down
St. Clair 5-3 in the opening
round of the Michigan Public
School Hockey Showcase in
Chelsea on Friday.
The scrappy, hustling,
hardworking Blue Devils,
who had come close different
times before with nothing
but a tie to show for it, finally
got the first win of the tough
2012-13 season and it was
The Blue Devils, who had
struggled to generate quality
scoring opportunities in
recent games, blew out of the
blocks in explosive fashion
on Friday, scoring four times
to take a commanding 4-1
advantage on the score-
board. After a scoreless sec-
ond period, Harrison Quaal
hammered home Gaylord’s
fifth goal in the first 39 sec-
onds of the third period to
make it 5-1. St. Clair scored
twice after that but the Blue
Devils finished on top.
It was shifty sophomore
Mitchell Lawton putting
Gaylord ahead very early in
the contest. “Missile Mitch”
launched a laser just 1:04
into the game, with help
from opportunistic sopho-
more Garrett Richardson and
fellow sophomore Josh
Delaney. Then it was
Richardson ringing up his
first goal of the season three
minutes later to make it 2-0
with help from hustling
sophomore Jackson Deans.
After St. Clair scored to
trim the lead to 2-1, senior
Seth Muzyl slammed one
home to make it 3-1 and then
Anthony Tomaski tagged one
to make it 4-1. Trevor Adams
and Cam Laug earned assists
on Muzyl’s power-play pop
and Tom Lindbert and Muzyl
helped set up Tomaski’s
power play poison.
Sturdy defenseman Robb
Hansen helped Harrison
Quaal with a perfect feed to
earn an assist when Quaal lit
the scoring lamp.
Peter Lawton’s peerless
play between the pipes was
also a huge factor in
Gaylord’s first win.
took on powerful Utica in the
title game of the Chelsea
Showcase and dropped a 7-1
decision. This time it was
Utica gaining a big early lead
and turning the tables on the
Blue Devils.
Alec George had three
goals and two assists for
Utica, including a short-
handed goal in the first peri-
od, and Trevor George had
two assists.
Mitchell Lawton launched
a missile to account for
Gaylord’s lone goal in the
game, with help from reliable
Garrett Richardson.
Gaylord was just 3-for-6 in
penalty killing in the contest
and Utica was 6-for-6.
in the tough 2-1 loss at
Petoskey in what was the
annual Pink-in-the-Rink
fundraiser for cancer
research, Anthony Tomaski
torched one with assists from
Cam Laug and the ubiqui-
tous Seth Muzyl for Gaylord’s
lone goal.
Gaylord goalie Peter
Lawton kept the game tight
throughout, standing on his
head at different times to
keep the Northmen out of
the nets. Lawton was virtual-
ly impenetrable for most the
game, turning away 34 of 36
shots directed at him.
Tanner Davis drilled the
eventual game-winner for
the Northmen in the third
Petoskey’s Pink-in-the-
Rink game raised more than
$2,000 for the McLaren
Northern Michigan
Foundation and the Kathleen
Jontz Breast Health Fund.
Gaylord (1-16-1) plays host
to the Mid-Michigan Storm
of Gladwin this Friday, Feb.
15, and to the Traverse Bay
Reps on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Both games start at 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils close out
the regular season with a
weekend home-and-home
series against Big North foe
Alpena. On Friday, Feb. 21,
Gaylord plays at Alpena and
on Saturday, Feb. 22, the
Wildcats come to the
Blue Devils get best of St. Clair!
Overpowering first period helps propel Gaylord to first win of year; Devils bounce back from
narrow loss at Petoskey
DNR is conducting survey in
Lower Peninsula from Feb. 11
through March 8 to detect
presence of gray wolves
DNR seeks help with wolf surve
Department of Natural
Resources will conduct a
wolf track survey Feb. 11
through March 8 to detect
the presence of gray wolves
in the northern Lower
“Given the low probability
of observing an actual wolf
or its tracks in the Lower
Peninsula,” said DNR
wildlife biologist Jennifer
Kleitch, “it’s helpful to have
as many eyes looking as pos-
sible and that’s why public
reports are so important.”
Wolves began naturally
returning to Michigan’s
Upper Peninsula via Canada
and Wisconsin in the early
1990s. Since that time popu-
lations have increased and
continue to expand their
range. Evidence of range
expansion into the Lower
Peninsula came when a gray
wolf was accidentally killed
in Presque Isle County in
Wolf sightings or tracks
believed to have been from a
wolf, between Feb. 11 and
March 8 can be reported to
the Gaylord Operations
Service Center at 989-732-
3541, ext. 5901. Reports of
observations can also be
submitted online at
Survey teams will respond
to areas where there have
been one or more observa-
tions. Priority will be placed
on recent reports and those
submitted during the survey
“It’s important that obser-
vations are reported
promptly so we can work
with fresh evidence. If the
public finds what they
believe are wolf tracks, they
should preserve the track,
disturbing it as little as pos-
sible, or take a photo of the
tracks with a ruler,” said
Kleitch. “If someone has a
photo of a wolf in the Lower
Peninsula, we’d certainly be
interested in that as well.”
The DNR is partnering in
this survey effort with USDA
Wildlife Services, Grand
Traverse Band of Ottawa and
Chippewa Indians, Little
River Band of Ottawa
Indians and Little Traverse
Bay Bands of Odawa
Information on wolves in
Michigan and links to other
wolf-related Web pages can
be found at www.michi-
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and Sunday; Ellsworth hosts Shiverfest event
Annual Free Fishing Weekend is here
On Saturday, Feb. 16, and
Sunday, Feb. 17, everyone in
Michigan – including resi-
dents and non-residents –
can fish without a license,
though all other fishing reg-
ulations still apply.
These two days make up
the Winter Free Fishing
Weekend – an annual effort
to promote Michigan’s plen-
tiful fishing opportunities.
While many individuals and
families will bundle up and
head out to fish for free on
their own, the Department
of Natural Resources is
pleased to point out that
there are numerous organ-
ized events scheduled
throughout the state to cele-
brate the weekend as well.
Free Fishing Weekend
events are scheduled in vari-
ous locations throughout
the state, including in the
counties of Bay, Clinton,
Gogebic, Ingham, Monroe,
Montcalm, Ogemaw,
Presque Isle, Tuscola, Van
Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne
and Wexford. For more infor-
mation, visit www.michi-
Michigan has celebrated
the Winter Free Fishing
Weekend annually since
1994. With more than 3,000
miles of Great Lakes shore-
line, 36,000 miles of rivers
and 11,000 inland lakes,
Michigan and fishing are a
natural match.
By Doug Derrer
TRENTON – Despite a five-
and-a-half hour bus trip over
treacherous roads, the Bay
Reps hockey team arrived in
Trenton an hour before their
12:40 contest Friday in the
Michigan Interscholastic
Hockey League showcase to
battle Saginaw Heritage. The
Reps dropped a 5-4 decision
in a seesaw affair.
The Reps opened the scor-
ing just 2:42 into the contest
when Nate Wilson deposited
the rebound of a darting
Dakota Derrer shot past the
Heritage net minder. Less
than two minutes later,
Wilson wound up and scored
again with assistance from
Zach Hill and John VanRaalte
to put the Reps up 2-0.
The Hawks would score
two power play goals before
intermission to tie the score
at 2-2 after one wild period.
The Hawks came out flying in
the second period and scored
three goals, the last one with
no time on the clock to take a
5-2 lead after two periods.
Trevor Apsey scored an
unassisted goal for the Reps
with 12:12 left in the game to
pull the Reps within two
goals. Wilson scored his hat
trick goal on the power play
with 9:01 on the clock to pull
the Reps within a goal.
“Nitro” Nick Sicinski and
Apsey assisted on the Wilson
The Reps failed to cash in
on some great scoring
chances during the last nine
minutes and Heritage held
on for a 5-4 win.
On Saturday morning, the
Reps faced off against Allen
Park in their final game at the
MIHL Showcase.
Zach Hill zapped the twine
with a short-handed goal
with 6:01 left in the first peri-
od to give the Reps a 1-0 lead
but Allen Park scored a power
play goal with 1:13 left in the
period to tie the score at 1
heading into the first inter-
The second period would
prove to be the Reps’ down-
fall for the second straight
day as the Jaguars scored four
goals to lead 5-1 headed to
the third period.
Allen Park extended their
lead to 6-1 when they scored
early in the third, but the
Reps responded with power
play goals off the sticks of
Deryk Henderson and zoom-
ing Zach Hill to make the
final score 6-3 in favor of the
The Reps return to action
on Saturday, Feb. 16, when
they travel to Gaylord to take
on the Blue Devils.
Free-throw shooting lifts
Northman past visiting T.C.
West in key Big North battle
Bay Reps
compete in
Benefit dinner for
Chebo"gan goalie
CHEBOYGAN – A benefit
dinner is planned for this
Sunday, Feb. 17, at Mulligan’s
to help defray the medical
and travel costs for the fami-
ly of Cheboygan senior hock-
ey goaltender Nick Watson.
The benefit dinner goes from
2-6 p.m.
The delicious pasta dinner
specially prepared by Chef
Kelly and the crew at
Mulligan’s is only $12 per
person and $4 for children
under 4. There will also be
music and a cash bar as well
as an auction.
Nick, a game battler
between the pipes for the
Chiefs of coach Craig Coxe,
sustained an accidental head
injury in a game against
Alpena early in the season
and is still recovering his
motor skills and suffering
some memory loss.
Though medical insurance
covers the injury, the family
is responsible for travel
expenses and therapies cru-
cial for Nick’s recovery.
The Blueliners and Debra
Coxe, wife of coach Coxe, are
also sponsoring a
Community Skate on Feb. 17
from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at
the Ralph Cantile Arena
where brunch-type finger
foods will be available to
raise more funds. All pro-
ceeds from skate rental, ice
rental and skate sharpening
as well as any donations from
the brunch treats all go to the
Proceeds from Sunday fundraisers go to family of Nick
Watson injured during a game earlier this season
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Daily Word
THURSDAY: Exodus 34:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 14 —for you shall not wor-
ship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—
FRIDAY: Psalm 2:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 11 Worship the Lord with rever-
ence And rejoice with trembling.
SATURDAY: Psalm 95:6-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 6 Come, let us worship and
bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are
the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His
voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the
wilderness, 9 “When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen My
work. 10 “For forty years I loathed that generation, And said they are a people who
err in their heart, And they do not know My ways. 11 “Therefore I swore in My anger,
Truly they shall not enter into My rest.”
SUNDAY: Luke 24:48-53 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 48 You are witnesses of these
things. 49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but
you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”50 And He
led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 While
He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And
they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were contin-
ually in the temple praising God.
MONDAY: John 4:22-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 22 You worship what you do not
know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is
coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and
truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and
those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
TUESDAY: Hebrews 13:7-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 Remember those who led
you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct,
imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do
not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be
strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those
who were so occupied were not benefited.
WEDNESDAY: Psalm 84:9-12 New American Standard Bible
(NASB) 9 Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the
face of Your anointed. 10 For a day in Your courts is bet-
ter than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the
threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents
of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He
withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of
hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Rev. Karen Huddelson · Aaron Hotelling, Director of Music
Special church service
The First Presbyterian Church of Gaylord
is celebrating their 25th anniversary all year long.
On Sunday, Feb. 24 the church has invited
all three pastors back to the service that have served
the church. The Reverend Mary McClure, the Reverend
John Helgeson and current pastor, the Reverend Kate
Huddelson. Everyone is invited to join us for Sunday
morning service.
The church is located at 513 Charles Brink Road.
NEW PHONE NUMBER 989-732-7447 •
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As a child I was brought up in a traditional Catholic family, attending church every Sunday. I
did not attend church because I wanted to, but because it was a requirement of my faith. Once
the church service started the clock watching countdown started. Many thoughts ran through my
mind as the priest delivered the message, none of which were focused on what he was trying to
get across to the congregation. My thoughts were more along the line of; will he use the short ver-
sion of the readings? Who is that cute girl sitting on the other side of the church? Where will we go
for breakfast when the service is finally over? I wonder if I can get my brother in trouble if I poke
him in the ribs and get him to make a fuss? All the while wondering how one hour can drag on so
When I turned eighteen my parents still insisted that I attend church even though attendance
was just a formality I went through to please my mom and dad. It was just a routine that was pret-
ty much the same week after week. One way I had to prove to my parents that I did attend church
was to bring home a current church bulletin each Sunday. I even went so far as to sneak into the
back of the church and take a bulletin without staying for the service. I just did not understand
the importance of what attending church really meant.
Now with the passage of time and a change of location I attend an Evangelical church. I now
attend church every Sunday not because I have to but because I want to. The service is never
repetitive and always exciting. I found that I have an overwhelming desire to become a member
and do all I can do to participate to the greatest extent possible. I love using my Bible to follow
along with the pastor’s message. At times it seems as though the service has just gotten started
only to find out that an hour and a half has gone by, and yet I find that I want it to last longer. To
be fair I need to explain that the real difference between then and now was accepting Jesus Christ
as my Lord and Savior. The old ways are past and I now live to serve the Lord in all ways available
to me. If you have not yet taken the step to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior I would encour-
age you to do so now. The peace of knowing that you will spend eternity in heaven will allow you
to get the most out of the fellowship waiting for you at a full Gospel, Bible believing church. See
you Sunday...
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Bill.
Thoughts on...Describe the worship experience in the church
where you grew up. Is it different or the same in the
church you attend now? How?
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1349 S. Otsego,
GayIord, MI 49735
(989) 732-2477
On the beautiful Gaylord Country
Club. Upstairs master suite with
jacuzzi tub & separate shower with
french doors opening up to a private
porch looking out over the 5th Tee
Box and fairway. Formal dining, large
family room as well as breakfast nook
and den with fireplace on main level
will give you plenty of space to
spread out and relax.
$174,900. MLS #281979
Perfect for your home, your
business or both! Large high
visibility lot. Historic home
with the charm of yesteryear.
Original wood work and
hardwood floors!
$74,000. MLS #281621
Across from Otsego Lake with seasonal
views. Tucked up on top of the hill on 6
private lots, this log/stone cabin is a nice
summer retreat or year round home.
Close to State Park and snowmobile
trails. A home in need of some handy
work, yet a nice buy. Owner may consider
land contract if terms are favorable.
$59,900. MLS #281777
Offers exceptional views of the Lakes
golf course at #17 tee as well as
Michaywe Lake.Beautiful woodwork
including built in cabinets, antique
fireplace surround, dining room china
cabinet. Bookcase lined Den/Office
4500 Sq Ft of Finished living space.
$314,900. MLS #280638
daIe j. smith
Associate Broker
Wendie Forman
Associate Broker GRI,
Property Manager
Heather Guss
ReaItor Associate
Mike Perdue
ReaItor Associate
Bar Dining, seats 140+ Excellent
menu! Kitchen new 2007, all stain-
less with Ansul system and make up
air. Loyal locals and tourist cus-
tomers. Family oriented, present
ownership 18 + years. Retiring from
business, will provide non-compete
30 mile area. Excellent opportunity!
$750,000. MLS #281613
1 home and 3 cabins all newly
remodeled and completely turn
key furnished. 120' of frontage
on All-sports Otsego Lake.
Sugar sand beach and 2 boat
docks. Amazing Value!!
$575,000. MLS #281006
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Chrysler Group LLC
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Chrysler Group LLC has introduced
the limited-edition Mopar 2013 Dart,
marking the fourth special-edition
Mopar-badged vehicle created since
the company partnered with Fiat S.p.A
in 2009. The car was recently on dis-
play at the Chicago Auto Show.
Building on the success of the
Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11
Charger and the Mopar ’12 300, the
limited-edition Mopar 2013 Dart will
be built and customized with Mopar
performance parts and accessories.
Production for a limited run of 500
units will begin this spring at the com-
pany’s assembly plant in Belvidere,
“Our new Mopar ’13 Dart will turn
heads and stand out from the crowd,”
said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO
of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service,
parts and customer-care brand. “For
this special, limited-edition vehicle, we
specifically kept the driver in mind as
we added select Mopar parts and
Inspired by the tuner scene, the
Mopar ’13 Dart is designed for driving
enthusiasts. Powered by a 1.4-liter
MultiAir® intercooled turbo engine
with a manual transmission, the
Mopar ’13 sports a gloss-black finish
with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue
stripes, which mirror each of the three
previous Mopar-themed models.
For enhanced handling, upgrades
include a performance steering-gear
calibration, a 7 millimeter-lowered
suspension and low-profile 40 aspect
performance tires (225/40R18). From
the racing scene, Mopar added a pre-
mium brake kit with slotted rotors.
Engine breathing is enhanced with a
performance-tuned exhaust and to
further optimize aerodynamics and
increase downforce, the custom Dart
features Mopar’s ground-effects kit,
which includes a front-chin spoiler,
one-piece deck-lid spoiler, as well as a
unique and aggressively styled rear
Unique exterior elements include a
Mopar badge in the crosshair grille
and gloss-black 18-inch wheels with a
Mopar logo on the wheel center caps.
The vehicle’s unique interior, featuring
a serialized plate, gives the driver a
custom Mopar Blue leather seat with
black accents. To keep the emphasis
on the driver, the driver seat is Mopar
Blue while all other seats are black
with blue accent stitching.
The centerpiece of the interior is a
floating island bezel that is accented
with Mopar Blue paint and lighting.
The interior is further enhanced with
rich details, including Mopar Blue
accent thread, as well as light-black
chrome and gloss-black elements.
Along with a Mopar serialized badge
on the dash, the special-edition Mopar
’13 includes industry-first wireless
charging for smartphones, a blue-
stitched leather-wrapped steering
wheel with an identically garnished
shifter knob, a bright sport-pedal kit,
premium Mopar carpet floor mats,
door-sill guards and an 8.4-inch navi-
gation screen.
The limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart
will be delivered to each customer
with a personalized owner kit.
Assembled in a custom-made black
case, contents include a personalized
plate with vehicle specifications, the
date of manufacture and the unique
identification number (of 500) of the
vehicle. Along with a Mopar ’13
brochure and other memorabilia, the
kit will include a limited-edition
sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark
Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer
for the Mopar Brand.
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What an extraordinary
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Featured Home
On the Market
How to scout out
the best
place to
call home
Compliments of
Ed Wohlfiel
Part 1 of 2
Once you've become pre-quali-
fied for a loan, you should be
ready to put your house-hunting
efforts into full gear. But don't skip
the important step of scouting out
neighborhoods before you start
your search for the perfect house.
The neighborhood in which you
live will heavily dictate your whole
way of life—things like walking to
a nearby park with your kids,
knowing your kids are attending
good schools, feeling safe when
your children play outdoors,
being close to restaurants and
shopping, enjoying a short com-
mute, and knowing your home
will appreciate at a healthy rate.
Of course one way to get started
in your neighborhood search is to
get in your car and explore, espe-
cially if you're unfamiliar with the
area. Get an idea about the neigh-
borhoods by driving around and
seeing which areas appeal to you.
Walk around, explore, and talk to
some of the residents.
Take note of the general
appearance of the homes. Are
they well maintained? Are they
nicely landscaped?
If you have children, you might
be looking for a neighborhood
with plenty of children around, as
opposed to neighborhoods that
attract more seniors or young sin-
Other factors you'll want to
consider are the schools, crime,
your family's specific needs, and
appreciation - as in how much the
value of the home is likely to
A good Realtor will be very
familiar with all the neighbor-
hoods in the area and should be
able to tell you about the strengths
and weaknesses of the specific
neighborhoods you're eyeing.
The school district
Even if you don't have school-
aged children, buying a home in a
district with good schools will be
in your best interest. When and if
you sell the home at some point in
the future, future buyers with chil-
dren will likely consider good
schools their top priority. And
neighborhoods with good schools
typically attract more buyers.
There are several sites on the
Web in which school reports are
just a few mouse clicks away.
Basically all you do is enter a geo-
graphical area or zip code and it
will display ratings for the school
Ask your Realtor about informa-
tion on schools in the area.
Talk to people in the neighbor-
hood, especially people with chil-
Standardized test scores are
also available on the Internet.
Visit the schools and take a tour
if you have children. It's impor-
tant that your decision isn't based
purely through facts gathered
online. Get a true feeling for what
the school is like.
9584 Chandler Drive, Mancelona
Contact; Gregory P. Tomaski, Front Street Realty LLC, (231) 587-0291 ext. 15
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the period January 27, 2013 to February 2, 2013.
Alcona 0 $0 0 30
Alpena 324 $380,990 4 274
Antrim 0 $55,000 1 49
Cheboygan 255 $836,590 6 406
Crawford 197 $210,500 2 136
Mackinac 252 $97,500 1 68
Montmorency 64 $14,000 1 186
Oscoda 360 $391,000 4 158
Otsego 69 $335,300 5 338
Presque Isle 450 $111,100 2 164
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