By Mike Dunn

GAYLORD – Early in the
regular season, the Gaylord
girls of coach Frank Hamilla
faced Sault Ste. Marie and
lost by 24 points.
On Monday in the Class A
district opener at the
Mongeau Gym, Gaylord
faced the Blue Devils from
above the bridge again and
this time, with the entire sea-
son on the line, it was a com-
pletely different outcome.
Gaylord’s ultra-impressive
61-43 triumph not only
reversed the painful earlier
loss to the Sault but also
secured a berth in the district
semifinals. The surging Blue
Devils, who improved to 11-9
on the season and are peak-
ing at the perfect time,
advanced to a semifinal clash
on the home floor on
Wednesday, Feb. 27, against
Traverse City Central in a
game that was played after
this issue went to press. If the
Blue Devils won, they moved
on to the district finals
against either Marquette on
T.C. West.
When Gaylord faced the
Sault the first time around,
star players Mackenzie
Edwards and Maddie
Hamilla were both sidelined
with injuries. That made
quite a difference as the Sault
took a 53-34 decision.
This time around, with
Mac and Maddie both alive
and well and percolating on
all cylinders and sweet-
shooting, hard-driving senior
forward Alex Simmons at the
top of her game, Gaylord
looked very strong while
completely turning the tables
from the first meeting.
Mac, who recently sur-
passed the 1,000-point scor-
ing plateau in her notable
prep career, was steaming
hot from the floor, making
the twine dance time after
time as she secured a game-
high 24 points with her knif-
ing penetrations through the
paint and her lethal baseline
jumpers. She also pulled
down four boards and
recorded two steals.
The smooth-striding
Simmons was sizzling also,
scorching the nets for 18
points. Alex was dialed in like
a drone missile from long
distance, making the twine
twist four times from 3-point
land. Fellow forwards
Stephanie Buttrick and
Chelsea Fox were beasts
under the boards, scoring six
apiece and battling it out for
every loose ball and rebound.
Fox put the find on six
rebounds in the game and
Stephanie struck for two
Maddie Hamilla hauled
down five boards with two
assists while handling the
Sault pressure with cool effi-
ciency. Senior Sarah Polena,
who is perpetual motion at
the point, was a frenetic field
general on the floor, directing
traffic and setting up team-
mates with one sweet dish
after another. Sarah secured
a whopping eight assists in
the big victory.
“We played good team
ball,” coach Hamilla report-
ed. “We received good contri-
butions from many players.”
Gaylord was deadly from
the charity stripe, connecting
on 18-of-22 overall and a per-
fect 8-for-8 in the fourth
quarter. Hamilla liked how
his team adapted to whatev-
er tactics the Sault employed
to try to stop them.
“Offensively we took what
the Sault would give us,” he
said. “Against the zone they
left the middle open and we
took advantage of that, and
when they adjusted to that
we hit the open shot from the
outside. I couldn't be happier
for the girls; they have
worked hard and deserve the
the Blue Devils made their
final regular-season home
appearance a big one as they
outscored visiting Big North
foe Cadillac 53-38. It was also
Senior Night and Parents’
Night for the Gaylord girls,
who reversed an earlier one-
point loss to the Vikings in
Gaylord closed out the reg-
ular season with a 10-9 over-
all record and a 7-5 mark in
the Big North. Cadillac, the
runner-up in the league to
Petoskey, ended the regular
season 15-5 and 9-3.
Mac was a magician with
the ball, making it disappear
below the rim repeatedly en
route to a game-high 19
points to go with six boards
and three assists. The fiery
Fox found the bottom of the
net for nine points and con-
trolled play under the glass,
pulling down 10 rebounds.
Polena played with pur-
pose and passion, as always,
producing 10 points with
four assists and three steals,
while Stephanie Buttrick
racked up four points and
played suffocating defense
and the stifling Simmons had
the pressure meter stuck at
full volume. Tenacious Terri
Cavender, the collision
maker, put the “mean” in
screen to set up her team-
mates for open looks at the
hoop and she also helped the
Blue Devil close out the wig
win in fine fashion with her
strong presence inside.
Lauren Hintz and Sydney
Gooding also helped the
cause with their contribu-
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By Mike Dunn
CADILLAC – The host
Cadillac Vikings had plenty of
motivation on the home floor
Friday when Big North foe
Gaylord came calling. The
Vikings had to win to remain
in contention for a shot at a
share of the 2013 Big North
Conference title.
Gaylord may have been
playing for nothing more
than pride but coach Tim
O’Rourke’s boys showed up
and hit the floor running. The
Blue Devils played hard for
32 minutes, giving the
Vikings a tough battle in a 47-
40 loss.
Gaylord, which slipped to
2-16 overall and 1-10 in the
Big North, trailed 32-22 after
three quarters of what had
been a defensive dogfight
between two determined
opponents. The Blue Devils,
showing a ton of heart on the
road, rallied from the dou-
ble-digit deficit to pull within
five points midway through
the fourth quarter, 35-30,
when senior forward Bryan
Rabine ripped through the
lane for a running deuce and
senior guard Cam Taylor rang
up a trey.
Cadillac, which improved
to 15-3 overall and 8-3 in the
Big North, isn’t one of the
top-tier teams in the league
for nothing, though. The
Vikings closed strong to pull
out the tense, hard-fought
win and keep itself in con-
tention for league honors.
Rabine rang up 11 points
to lead the Blue Devils.
Nick Paquet produced 14
to pace Cadillac. Wyatt Lucas
and Justin Liptak each scored
Gaylord prevailed in the JV
clash, 42-32, and also won
the freshmen game 54-45.
Gaylord (2-16, 1-10) trav-
eled to Sault Ste. Marie on
Tuesday, Feb. 26. The Blue
Devils’ last regular-season
game is scheduled for
Thursday, Feb. 28, at
Gaylord opens Class A dis-
trict play at home on
Monday, March 4, against
Alpena. The winner advances
to a semifinal clash on
Wednesday against Sault Ste.
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By Mike Dunn
CHEBOYGAN – Cheboygan
started off on strong footing
Friday in the Straits Area
Conference clash with visit-
ing St. Ignace but the Saints
came back to overtake the
Chiefs and post a 63-50 tri-
The win clinched the SAC
title for St. Ignace (12-6, 8-2).
The Chiefs were fighting to
stay in contention for a share
of the title but fell to 8-8 over-
all and 7-3 in league play.
The Chiefs led 13-10 after
the first quarter as senior
Andrew Dixon and Colt
Hudak were on target and
pulling the trigger.
The Saints aren’t SAC
champs for no reason,
though. They came back
hard to outscore the home
team in the second quarter
and take a 27-19 lead into
In the third quarter the
determined Chiefs bounced
back in front of the home
crowd to regain the lead as
Dixon drained the twine and
slick junior forward Ben
“Petroleum” Pearson poured
in a triple.
St. Ignace rallied again in
the exciting, seesaw battle to
regain the lead for good later
in the quarter as Curtis St.
Louis strung together some
impressive scoring.
St. Louis finished with a
game-high 22 points and
center Gage Kreski cashed in
for 17 points while Tyler
Snyder struck for 11.
Dixon and Pearson each
popped 11 points through
the iron and junior strong
man Nik Bevier also busted
the nets for 11. Hardworking
Jordan Fontaine fired in six
points and senior guard
Damon Proctor produced
The Cheboygan JV pre-
vailed 48-36 as Trent Jarman
jammed the nets for a dozen
points and Derek Sturvist
struck for 10. Brady Hiller
and Borja Garcia each
bounced seven through the
Cheboygan (8-8) played at
Charlevoix on Tuesday, Feb.
26. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the
Chiefs close the regular sea-
son at home against Pellston.
Cheboygan opens Class D
district play at Ogemaw
Heights on Monday, March 4,
against Houghton Lake. The
winner takes on host
Ogemaw on Wednesday,
March 6.
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By Mike Dunn
PETOKSEY – It was a
tough, tough way to end an
outstanding season.
The Petoskey girls of coach
Adam Dobrowolski, fresh off
clinching the Big North
Conference title, opened
Class A district play on the
home floor Monday against
perennial district foe
Marquette and suffered a
heartbreaking 53-46 defeat.
The Redettes reversed an
earlier 38-31 loss to Petoskey
and advanced to a semifinal
clash that was played at
Traverse City West on
Wednesday, Feb. 27. The
Redettes also snapped
Petoskey’s 14-game winning
The disappointing loss
does not diminish what the
Northmen accomplished in
the 2012-13 campaign. They
ended the regular season
with a remarkable 17-2
record and the 14-game win-
ning streak and they secured
the Big North title with a stel-
lar 11-1 mark.
Super senior wing Kelsey
Ance, a three-year varsity
starter and one of the top
hardwood players ever to
don the uniform for the
Northmen, capped her bril-
liant prep career Monday
with another fine showing.
She made the twine twitch to
the tune of 20 points and
ended her career just three
points shy of the 1,000-point
Kelsey, an intense two-way
warrior who always brought
more than just her scoring
touch to the floor, also gener-
ated four rebounds and two
steals in her final game.
Fellow senior Megan
Tompkins, another three-
year varsity starter and main-
stay in the middle, tallied 12
points in her final game with
eight boards. The rangy,
long-armed Tompkins also
turned away three shots.
Junior Amanda Stinger and
sophomore Kati Lewis each
tallied six. Stinger struck
once from 3-point land.
Alyssa VanWerden, another
high-impact senior who fin-
ished a notable prep career,
tallied three and turned in
her typical blue-collar effort
Petoskey trailed 15-14, 25-
20 and 41-33 at the quarter
breaks. The Northmen
surged back to trim the
Marquette lead to four points
in the fourth quarter but the
inspired visitors, to their
credit, made their free throws
down the stretch to maintain
the lead and seal the well-
earned victory.
Courtney LaFreniere led
Marquette with nine points,
while Hunter Viitala and
Liana Storm each scored
eight points.
ON FRIDAY, Feb. 22,
Petoskey secured the league
title with a 59-25 decision
over Alpena. Ance made the
nets dance for a game-high
24 points to go with five
boards and the angular
Tompkins tallied 11 with five
blocks. VanWerden waxed
the twine for eight points and
Kati Lewis launched six.
It is the third Big North title
in four years for the
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Visiting Marquette outscores Petoskey
43-46 in opening round of Class A
district tourney
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD — The St. Mary
girls of coach Dan Smith
blew past willing-but-out-
manned Bellaire in a big way
on Monday in the Class D
district opener on the
Snowbirds’ home floor. St.
Mary’s impressive 54-26 tri-
umph over the visiting Eagles
secured a semifinal date on
Wednesday, Feb. 27, against
Ellsworth in a game that was
played after this issue went
to press.
The Snowbirds improved
to 19-2 with Monday’s win
and Bellaire, which has a
decent, hardworking team
this year, ended the season
with a respectable 13-8 mark.
St. Mary simply had too
much height, speed and fire-
power for the visitors.
Coach Smith said his girls
didn’t take a win over
Bellaire, whom they had
beaten twice during the regu-
lar season, for granted but
instead went into the game
focused and ready to work
hard for 32 minutes.
That intensity and work
ethic is part of the reason
why the Snowbirds have con-
tinued to enjoy the success
they’ve had this season and
in recent years.
St. Mary used its suffocat-
ing defense to limit Bellaire’s
looks at the hoop and to
build an early advantage. By
the first quarter, the
Snowbirds led 14-6 and by
halftime it was 28-8.
Strong-armed senior for-
ward Mary Spyhalski helped
spark the balanced scoring
assault of St. Mary with a typ-
ically effective outing. She
scored 14.
Junior guard Kari
Borowiak, fast approaching
the 1,000-point plateau in
her notable prep career, also
blistered the nets for the
Snowbirds. “Crunch Time
Kari” canned 11 with a 3-
pointer and steady, sturdy
senior guard Chrissy Smith
struck for 11 as well. Long-
armed freshman Becka Myler
made eight while Sarah Long
landed six through the iron
and Jada Bebble bounced
four through the hole.
In Monday’s other opener,
Central Lake outscored
Boyne Falls 41-33. The
Trojans took on Alba in the
other semifinal game that
was slated for Wednesday,
Feb. 27. The district finals are
slated for Friday at the St.
Mary gym.
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Inland Lakes boys of coach
Tom Mahoney had quite a
hot streak going as they host-
ed Gaylord St. Mary in a Ski
Valley clash on Friday but it
was the inspired visitors who
eventually took the game, 65-
The Snowbirds of coach
Ken Blust, playing their sec-
ond league game in as many
nights, made one crucial free
throw after another in the
final minutes to pour water
on I-Lakes’ hot streak and
gain the intense, hard-fought
victory. Mostly it was steady,
savvy senior guard Matt
Spyhalski doing the damage
from the charity stripe for the
Snowbirds. He made a
sparkling 10-of-12 attempts
in the final minutes to help
his team maintain a slim
edge on the scoreboard. For
the game, St. Mary hit 18-of-
26 from the line.
St. Mary, coming off a
tough home loss to Forest
Area, improved to 8-10 over-
all and 6-9 in the league
while the surging Bulldogs,
who had won seven of their
previous nine games, slipped
to 7-11 and 6-8. I-Lakes was
coming off an impressive 66-
50 victory over Central Lake
two days before [see report
on that game in Boys’ Hoops
roundup in this issue].
"We knew going into the
game we would be facing a
team that has been playing
very well,” Blust reported. “I
thought we executed very
well, and did a nice job with
our help side defense, pre-
venting their penetration of
the paint.”
Blust commended the
defensive efforts of junior
Nick Harrington, who was
given the unenviable assign-
ment of trying to hold I-
Lakes’ dangerous senior
sharpshooter Dakotah
Davedowski in check. The
deadly Davedowski ended up
scoring 12 but that’s well
under what he has been aver-
aging in recent weeks.
“Overall, this was a good
team win, and I was pleased
on how our players repre-
sented themselves,” Blust
Angular junior forward
Charles Strehl also showed
up big time for St. Mary.
Strehl, who has been St.
Mary’s leading scorer this
season, strummed the nets
for a game-high 24 points to
help his team turn back the
determined Bulldogs and he
also pulled down seven
“Charles played extremely
well and took very smart
shots,” Blust said.
The super dependable
Spyhalski spanked the twine
for 12 points in all to go with
five rebounds and two steals
and fluid junior guard Nick
Harrington also hit for 12 for
coach Blust’s boys with four
Rugged senior forward
Nick Lochinski did the blue-
collar work under the glass,
as usual, putting nine points
on the board with seven
rebounds. Carmen Juneac
jammed six points through
the iron with three assists.
Nick “Howitzer” Howery
loaded up and launched a
team-high 13 points to pace
the I-Lakes’ balanced score
sheet. The dangerous
Davedowski, who has been
tearing it up in the second
half of the season, delivered
12 and hard-nosed, hustling
senior forward Cody Bonilla
bounced 12 through the iron.
Fighting freshman Andrew
Dufek, a young man with a
bright upside, drilled six for
the home team.
ON THURSDAY, Feb. 21, St.
Mary played host to Forest
Area and lost 69-52.
The Snowbirds, playing in
front of a large Parents’ Night
crowd, only turned the ball
over 15 times compared to 21
for the visitors but weren’t
able to match the long-range
Warriors’ firepower from the
Harrington penetrated
through the paint to pace the
Snowbirds with 17 points to
go with two steals. Strehl and
Spyhalski each spilled 11
points through the iron to
join Harrington in double
digits. Spyhalski spread the
wealth around from the
backcourt, generating five
assists, and he recorded four
steals. Strehl strong-armed
five rebounds.
Lochinski and hard-nosed
Willy Canfield each canned
six points and Canfield also
corralled five boards.
Austin Vance advanced 21
through the iron to lead
Forest Area (12-5, 11-4).
I-Lakes outscored host
Central Lake. See a report on
the game in the Boys’ Hoops
I-Lakes (7-11, 6-8) traveled
to unbeaten, state-ranked
Bellaire on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Then on Thursday, Feb. 28,
the Bulldogs get to play
Bellaire again, this time on
the home floor to close out
the regular season. On
Monday, March 4, the
Bulldogs open Class D dis-
trict play at Manistique
against the host Emeralds.
St. Mary (8-10, 6-9) trav-
eled to Mancelona on
Tuesday, Feb. 26, and on
Thursday, Feb. 28, the
Snowbirds close the regular
season at home against
Boyne Falls. On Monday,
March 4, St. Mary opens
Class D district play at
Bellaire against the host
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AUBURN HILLS – The state
wrestling meet will be held
this Thursday through
Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, at
The Palace of Auburn Hills
and eight grapplers from the
Weekly Choice coverage area
have earned a berth this year.
The top four finishers in
each weight class of the
regional tournaments that
were held on Saturday, Feb.
16, advanced to state.
Grayling’s fearsome fresh-
man Jon “Man Eater” Martin
at 103 pounds and scrap-iron
tough senior Zach Mack of
Mio at 125 pounds earned
regional titles and go into
their respective weight class-
es as No. 1 seeds. Martin
competes for the Vikings in
Division 3 and Mack in
Division 4 for the
Thunderbolts. This is Mack’s
second straight year trucking
to state as a No. 1 seed.
Gaylord is represented by
three competitors in the D-2
meet: senior Trent Hunt (152)
and sophomore Tristan
Gregory (189) are No. 3 seeds
and junior Seth “Lights Out”
Lashuay (112) is a No. 4 seed.
Petoskey’s powerful senior
Jordan Haggerty (215)
reached the regional finals
before losing and advances
to state as a No. 2 seed.
Onaway has two represen-
tatives in the D-4 meet.
Senior Morgan Robins (140)
is a No. 3 seed for the
Cardinals and fighting fresh-
man “Ice Man” Isaac Nave
(103) is also a No. 3 seed.
Here are the records of
each wrestler and their first-
round opponents on
Thursday, Feb. 28:
Seth Lashuay of Gaylord
(46-9), No. 4 seed vs. Zeth
Dean of Lowell (34-5), No. 1
seed at 112 pounds;
Trent Hunt of Gaylord (53-
4), No. 3 seed vs. Keith
Bucholtz of Hazel Park (28-
13), No. 2 seed at 152 pounds;
Tristan Gregory of Gaylord
(47-9), No. 3 seed vs. Harun
Bogdanic of Hamtramck (37-
5), No. 2 seed at 189 pounds;
Jordan Haggerty of
Petoskey (44-5), No. 2 seed
vs. Cam Lee of Lansing
Waverly (44-8), No. 3 seed at
215 pounds
Jon “Man Eater” Martin of
Grayling (47-5), No. 1 seed vs.
Trevor O’Connor of Caro (39-
14), No. 4 seed at 103 pounds
“Ice Man” Isaac Nave of
Onaway (33-11), No. 3 seed
vs. Jacob Voss of Addison (40-
9), No. 2 seed at 103 pounds;
Zach Mack of Mio (41-1),
No. 1 seed vs. Collin Haag of
Addison (36-16), No. 4 seed at
125 pounds;
Morgan Robins of Onaway
(27-10), No. 3 seed vs. Justin
Schroeder of Addison (32-
19), No. 2 seed at 140 pounds
Eight from area compete at state
Martin of Grayling, Mack of Mio enter state meet as No. 1 seeds; three from
Gaylord vie in D-2 meet
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – The Gaylord JV
girls of coach Shelly Curtis
lost just one game this sea-
son, on the road to powerful
Big North foe Traverse City
West. The young Blue Devils
later reversed that loss.
The young guns of coach
Curtis bombarded the enemy
iron with a blistering assault
from November to February
and put together a very
memorable campaign, fin-
ishing with an outstanding
18-1 record.
The final notch in the Blue
Devil gun belt came on
Thursday, Feb. 21, at home
against Big North foe
Cadillac. It turned out to be a
real nail-biter as Gaylord pre-
vailed 49-17 in a game that
was razor-close right up to
the tip-off.
“This was a great finish to
our season,” Curtis reported
afterward. “The girls played
great as a team and executed
what we set out to do.
“The girls had a great sea-
son,” she added. “We ended
up 18-1 and our only loss was
to T.C. West by three points.”
On the final night of the
season, it was sweet-shoot-
ing Sydney Kassuba dialing
in from long distance to
secure a game-high 16 points
in the rout of the Vikings.
Sydney was locked in like a
laser from 3-point range,
making the twine dance four
times from beyond the arc.
Reliable Lindsey Zaremba
was zoned in as well, adding
some zip and zonk to the
offense with 13 points of pro-
duction. Feisty freshman
guard Brandi Wagner waxed
the nets for 13 as well and
frenetic freshman Delaney
Eckstein delivered four
The 2012-13 Gaylord JV
roster featured sophomores
Tanner Arkfeld, Aimee
Kilbourn, Julia Chwatum,
Cierra Woods, Lindsey
Zaremba and Sydney
Kassuba along with freshmen
Brandi Wagner, Mallory
Marshall and Delaney
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Gaylord JV girls cap great season
GRAYLING – A slow start in
the Class B District
Tournament opener with the
visiting Cheboygan Chiefs
may have cost the Grayling
girls varsity basketball team
an opportunity to keep the
season alive and advance in
the postseason on Monday,
Feb. 25.
The host Lady Vikes scored
just four points in the open-
ing stanza of what turned out
to be a 55-52 loss to
Cheboygan. The Chiefs (10-
10) advanced to the semifinal
round of the district on
Wednesday, Feb. 27, against
Ogemaw Heights. In the
other half of the bracket,
Kalkaska takes on
Roscommon. The finals are
slated for Friday, March 1, at
7 p.m.
The aggressive Chiefs used
Grayling’s offensive struggles
to forge a 9-4 lead at the end
of the first period, though the
Vikings battled back to nar-
row the gap to just one point,
22-21, at intermission.
The second half turned out
to be a lot like the first.
Cheboygan won the third
quarter, 17-12, with Grayling
again rallying in the fourth
and outscoring the Chiefs,
But, Grayling’s second-half
rally, just like in the second
quarter, wasn’t enough to put
the Vikings ahead.
Versatile sophomore guard
Brooke Hancock hit for 18
points with 6 steals, 5
rebounds and 4 assists to
lead the Chiefs, while Macey
Charboneau added 12 points
and 4 rebounds. Caitlin
McNeil made it a trio of dou-
ble-digit scorers for
Cheboygan by tallying 10
points, 7 boards, 4 assists and
3 steals in the district win.
Sophomore guard Hailey
Whittaker paced Grayling
with a game-high 19 points, 4
steals and 4 assists. And, in
just her second game of the
season, senior guard Jo
Hamlin hit for 14 points.
Other contributors for
Grayling included: Samantha
Denno with 4 points and 4
blocked shots; Maddie
Benardo with 3 points and a
team-best 11 rebounds;
Hannah Haven with 3 points;
Alyssa Morley with 3 points;
Makayla Cragg with 2 points;
and Caitlin Prosser with 2
– Report by Buckland
Lady Chiefs down Grayling
in B District opener
Scott Parkinson of Grayling received a $1,000 schol-
arship as a Michigan High School Athletic Association
Scholar Athlete. Presenting the check at half-time of
the District 63 girls basketball tournament in Grayling
is Barb Costello of the Farm Bureau Agency in
Scott Parkinson
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By Mike Dunn
Johannesburg JV girls of
coach Brett McVannel com-
pleted their third straight
undefeated season last week,
chopping down the game-
but-outmanned young
Loggers of Boyne Falls 57-13
in a tense one that wasn’t
decided until the tip-off. The
impressive victory came on
Thursday, Feb. 21, in front of
a large home crowd for
Sweet-shooting sopho-
more Maddie Ewing capped
a brilliant JV campaign with a
24-point performance in the
finale to go with four steals.
Angular Ashley May had a
huge payday inside as she
patrolled the paint with
power and purpose. Ashley
hauled in a whopping 19
rebounds and tallied 10 for a
Kelsey Cherwinski kissed
the twine for 10 with five
steals and versatile freshman
Sarah Korff collected five
points with four steals and
four assists.
The talent-laden 2012-13 J-
L JV roster features sopho-
mores Ashley Rider, Allison
LaPointe, Emily Aishthorpe
and Maddie Ewing along
with fearsome freshmen
Sarah Korff, Samantha
Morehouse, Kelsey
Cherwinski, Ashley May, Kate
Heidman, Tiffany McDonald,
Caitlyn Bieri, Myah
Courterier and Faith Bartle.
McVannel attributes the
success of this year’s JV group
to the hard work and dedica-
tion of the girls and how they
make basketball a priority.
He also points to the impact
of the well-organized J-L
youth program the girls have
been exposed to coming up
through the ranks.
“They may be involved in
other sports but they make
the time to practice basket-
ball,” he said. “Our girls go to
open gyms and camps in the
“Also a big part to our suc-
cess is our youth program,”
he added. “Without the help
of Heidi Ewing and Jessica
Crane (seventh- and eighth-
grade coaches) I wouldn’t be
able to hit the court running.
The girls get to me in high
school prepared and are
ready for the challenge. Our
youth programs, middle
school and below, is second
to none.”
McVannel said the girls
coming into the high school
program are accustomed to
the school’s winning tradi-
tion and that also is a factor.
“The winning tradition
creates an atmosphere where
the girls feel the need to prac-
tice in the off-season to make
the team or get some playing
time,” he said. “The kids real-
ize that no one has a guaran-
teed spot on the team. I feel
this has made the girls want
to work even harder. And for
the girls who leave me and go
to the varsity with Heather,
they have to work even hard-
er as her program is even
more competitive.”
Some of the girls from this
year’s JV group will make the
big leap to varsity to help
future Hall of Fame varsity
coach Heather Huff next
year. McVannel believes
sophomores Ewing,
Aisthorpe, LaPointe and
Rider have the capability of
making positive contribu-
“I only have three or four
sophomores leaving me and
going to the varsity,” he said.
“I’m confident they will do
very well. Heather has a great
way of getting the best out of
her girls.”
On a personal level,
McVannel said he has a love-
hate relationship with the JV
winning streak that extends
now to three-plus seasons.
“It certainly adds some
stress,” he acknowledged. “As
much as I try not to think
about it, it’s human nature.
After every game I let the kids
enjoy that win, let them enjoy
however many wins in a row
it is, but I also remind them
that when we come back to
the gym the next day, it’s like
we haven’t won a game all
“I tell the kids daily we
have to work hard in practice
and play well in the games
because everyone wants to
beat Joburg.”
The last time the Joburg JV
girls lost was sometime dur-
ing the 2009-10 season. It’s
been 67 in a row since then
and the streak starts fresh
again next November.
J-L soars to win in opener
By Mike Dunn
Johannesburg-Lewiston girls
of coach Heather Huff took
the first step on Monday
toward what they hope is
another long postseason run
in Class C, turning back the
Cardinals of Whittemore-
Prescott by a 63-7 margin in
the district opener at
Whittemore had a tad bit
of difficulty dealing with the
blanketing J-L pressure. The
W-P guards felt at times like
the beach at high tide facing
wave after wave of relentless
pressure and that made it
tough for the visitors to gen-
erate any kind of offense.
J-L, hosting the district
tourney this year, improved
to a sparkling 20-1 and
advanced to Wednesday’s
semifinal against Tawas in a
game played after this issue
went to press. The Cardinals
were looking to avenge the
50-45 loss to Tawas in the dis-
trict finals at Oscoda a year
ago. The winner of
Wednesday’s semifinal
advanced to Friday’s district
final against either Lincoln-
Alcona or Oscoda.
The winner of the
Johannesburg district
advances to the Class C
regional tournament hosted
by McBain and will likely see
Traverse City St. Francis in
the semifinals on Tuesday,
March 5.
Senior sharpshooter Abby
Schlicher was a slasher and
dasher for J-L once again,
generating team-high totals
in points and steals.
“Acetylene Abby” stoked the
twine for 14 points and cov-
ered the floor defensively like
a fresh coat of wax, making
seven steals. She also record-
ed four assists.
Junior Brittany Cherwinski
busted the nets for 10 points
and Katelyn Weaver waxed
the nets for nine.
Pellston 48
Harbor Light 30
ALANSON — Angular
Emma Dunham was a force
inside for Pellston on
Monday in the Class D dis-
trict opener at Alanson.
Dunham dominated down
low, sinking 18 points and
securing 11 rebounds for an
assertive double-double as
the Hornets, seeking to
repeat as district champs,
outscored Harbor Light
Christian 48-30. Emma also
made two blocks.
Pellston, which improved
to 5-14, advanced to the dis-
trict finals on Wednesday,
Feb. 27, against Wolverine,
which defeated host Alanson
41-25 in Monday’s other
The Hornets rallied from
an 18-15 halftime deficit to
perk up at the offensive end
and begin to accumulate
points on the scoreboard.
Pellston outscored the Lady
Swordsmen 33-12 in the sec-
ond half.
Kelly Lewis cracked the
iron for 13 points to help the
Pellston cause and grabbed
four boards and Tori Kirsch
corralled five boards. Brie
Carter was carnivorous on
defense, carving out three
Annie Fila fired in eight
points and Shelby Donovan
added six for Harbor Light,
which finished with a 7-11
Harbor Light coach Eric
Huffman commended the
leadership and effort of sen-
iors Shelby Donovan and
Emily Lechowicz.
Wolverine 41
Alanson 25
ALANSON — Wolverine
earned a berth in the Class D
district finals at Alanson with
a 41-25 decision over the
host Vikings on Monday in
the semifinals. The Wildcats
of coach Gary Matelski
improved to 5-11 and
advanced to the finals
against Pellston on
Wednesday, Feb. 27, after this
issue went to press.
Wolverine was vying for its
first-ever district title in girls
The winner of the Alanson
district goes on to face the
winner of the Onaway dis-
trict on Tuesday, March 5, at
Gaylord. In the other semifi-
nal at Gaylord, the winners of
the Pickford and St. Ignace
districts face off.
Brandi Whittaker blistered
the nets for a game-high 14
points to lead the Wildcats
past Alanson and Gabbie
Ogden garnered nine.
Destiny Wiertalla, who has
quietly put together a solid
season, scored 13 to pace
Alanson, which ended the
season with a 1-18 log.
St. Ignace 94
Mackinaw City 27
ST. IGNACE — The super
senior season and outstand-
ing prep career of Mackinaw
City guard Courtney Wallis
came to an end on Monday
in the Class D district opener
at St. Ignace.
The Comets of coach
Adam Stefanski unfortunate-
ly drew the No. 1 ranked
Saints in the opening round
and suffered a 94-27 defeat.
Courtney, who earned All-
State honors a year ago and
passed the 1,000-point
plateau this season, generat-
ed 17 points in her final
game. Sophomore Lauren
Bell rang up four points.
Mack City closed out the
quality 2012-13 season with a
strong 16-4 record and a 12-0
log in the Northern Lakes
Kelley Wright, one of the
premier players in the state
this year, tallied 28 on a night
when the Saints kept pouring
in the points.
St. Ignace faces Mackinac
Island on Friday, March 1, in
the district championship
game. The island gals are
bracing for gale force winds
from Hurricane Kelley.
Onaway 2
Atlanta 0
ONAWAY – The Onaway
girls of coach Marty Mix did-
n’t make a single shot on
Monday but still won the
Class D district opener
against Atlanta. The
Cardinals, who are hosting
the district this year,
improved to 16-5 with a 2-0
forfeit win over the Huskies,
who have played hard but
struggled with depth this
Mix’s troops played Rogers
City on Wednesday, Feb. 27,
in the semifinals. Hillman
faced Posen in the other
semifinal. The district cham-
pionship game is set for
Friday at 7 p.m.
The winner of the Onaway
district advances to the
regional tournament in
Gaylord, facing either
Pellston or Wolverine in the
opener on Tuesday, March 5.
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3rd & 4th Grade
Girls 2/23/2013
Tara Madej ..................20
Molly Kinser................16
Mia Charbonneau......10
Raychell Fennell .........10
Amanda Korff ...............9
Madison Marsack.........8
Morgan McVannel........8
Callie Brand..................7
Kali Brewer....................7
Delaney Hogle ..............6
Morgan Monchilov.......6
Caitlin Robbins.............6
Abby Zimmerman........6
Calei Coon ....................4
Kaitlyn Deplanche .......4
Mackenzie Hanel..........4
Emily Lauster................4
Sydney Poynter.............4
Bailey Murell.................3
Annmarie Smith...........3
Ruby Dobrzelewski ......2
Mailyn Harbin ..............2
Mya Legel ......................2
Nicole Morehouse........2
Kennedy Neff ................2
Alex Steffes....................2
Autumn Vermilya .........2
Brei Baker......................1
3rd & 4th Grade
Boys 2/23/2013
Quinn Schultz.............28
Leon Sokolowsk.........i24
Conrad Korte ..............20
Austin Kettlewell ........15
Joseph Boswood.........14
Corey Deer ..................12
Joey Huber ..................12
Kole Moore..................12
Austin Vanderveer ......10
Gavin Bebble ................6
Gavin Freeman.............6
Harrison Kalember.......6
RJ Korff ..........................6
Nick Smith ....................6
Daniel Smith.................6
Tanner Beyers...............5
Max Burgan ..................4
Cole Dexter ...................4
Logan Hanel .................4
Tyler Hartz ....................4
Gregory Niedzwiecki....4
Jack White .....................4
Gage Boughner.............3
Justin Boughner ...........2
Kyle Butka .....................2
Kyle Chiles ....................2
Cameron Cosby............2
Stanley Lamberies........2
Ashton Mathias ............2
Robby Priestap .............2
Logan Robbins .............2
Brennan Berkshire .......1
5th & 6th Grade
Girls 2/24/2013
Amara Brewer ...............8
Zoey Pomarzynski ........8
Mckenna Hogle ............6
Alyssa Marsack .............6
Ajaina Day.....................4
Holly Kussrow...............4
Alyce Vermilya ..............4
Breanna Finnerty .........3
Lauren Allen .................2
Chloe House .................2
Caroline Korte ..............2
Taylor Peterson.............2
Lily Schrader.................2
Ashley Wagner ..............2
Helena Wing .................2
LaRissa Stephens..........1
5th & 6th Grade
Boys 2/24/2013
Ethan LaRose..............16
Adam Sobeck..............12
Brennan Isler ..............11
Kyle Bishop.................10
Caleb Hoeh.................10
Brady Hunter ..............10
John White ..................10
Tyler Madej ...................8
Tyler Cherry ..................6
Sam Desloover..............6
Logan Finnerty.............6
Colin Goff......................4
Erik Oldenberg .............4
Jacob Thorold...............4
Tanner Trenary .............4
Jacob Book....................3
Morrison Barnes...........2
Gavin Curtiss ................2
Matt Davidson..............2
Regan Distel..................2
Patrick Dorrance ..........2
Logan Keen...................2
Will Kinser.....................2
Tyler Kwapis..................2
Cordell LaRose..............2
Logan Murell ................2
Jake Pietrzak .................2
Nathanial Rodriguez....2
Ben Smith .....................2
Jonathon Thorold.........2
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McVannel’s young Cardinals
push winning steak to 67
straight after third unbeaten
season in a row
GAYLORD – It wasn’t a win
but it was certainly a good
showing. The Gaylord fresh-
men girls of coach Jessi
Matelski finished out the
sometimes challenging 2012-
13 season on a positive note
on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the
Big North clash with talented
The Blue Devils lost a close
one 38-34.
“The whole team played
amazing,” reported coach
Matelski. “It was a great way
to end the season.”
Battling Brice Hervela and
electric Allison Porta each
tickled the twine for seven
points to pace Gaylord on the
night. Madeline Sides sank
six. Lylan Dao and Alaina
Taylor each tallied four while
Bri Hartley and Alicia Slocum
each struck for two.
“Our starters got in some
foul trouble at the beginning
of the game, so it was great to
see our second unit step up
and play a great game,” Jessi
said. “These girls have
improved greatly since week
one and made me very
Young Blue Devils take Cadillac to the wire before
losing a close one
Gaylord frosh
girls finish well
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For awhile it looked as if
the post-season was all the
Mancelona girls basketball
team needed to pick up their
first win of the year. However,
after playing to an 18-all tie
against Oscoda after two
quarters of Monday night's
girls district opening round
basketball game the Lady
Ironmen struggled in the sec-
ond half, falling 57-35.
“Overall it was not our best
performance but we played
extremely hard,” Mancelona
head coach Ben Tarbutton
said. “That has been our
story for the year. Each game
we improved on something
we needed to but we took a
little step back on something
Though they entered the
contest winless on the sea-
son, it was the Lady Ironmen
that controlled the early por-
tion of the contest, jumping
to an 8-4 lead after the first
quarter behind four points
by Vanessa Bachelor and two
points apiece by Emily Nixon
and Makenzie Wilson, with
the Owls getting field-goals
by Chelsea Keathley and
Katlyn Scott for their only
“I think the three hour bus
ride got us off to a slow start,”
Oscoda head coach John
Negro said. “That and them
having an 0-20 record com-
ing in made our girls a little
Andrea Roussea scored a
basket a minute into the sec-
ond quarter to put the Owls
within 8-6, and Emily Toppi
drilled a three-pointer from
straight-away to give Oscoda
its first lead at 9-8.
On Oscoda's next posses-
sion, Paige Senn put up a
three-pointer and missed,
but Rousseau got the
rebound and put-back bas-
ket to give Oscoda an 11-8
Mancelona answered how-
ever, getting a hoop by
Bachelor to make it 11-10
which Wilson followed with a
pair of free-throws to put the
Ironmen up 12-11.
Tyra Oetting grabbed a
rebound and scored a put-
back basket on Mancelona's
next possession to increase
its lead to 14-11.
Later in the quarter,
Bachelor flipped in a baby-
hook shot off an assist by
Emily Nixon to keep
Mancelona ahead 16-13, and
Wilson hit two more charity
shots late in the half's final
minute to keep the lead at
Oscoda tied the game at
18-18 just before the half
when Tori LaPointe drilled a
three-ball from the left cor-
ner to tie the game at 18-all.
Mancelona appeared to be
headed for a fast-break
opportunity on its ensuing
possession, but LaPointe
hustled back down the court
and alertly batted away a
long pass to help keep the
score at 18-18 at the half.
“We were shooting a lot
instead of driving,” Negro
said. “We only went to the
free-throw line once in the
first half. (In the locker room)
we talked about driving more
and just hustling.”
Oscoda opened the second
half on a 10-1 run to take
control of the game, starting
the half with four points by
Rousseau and a deep two-
pointer by Toppi. Mancelona
added a free-throw by
Bachelor which the Lady
Owls answered with a lay-in
by Carley Brown and a steal
and a quick basket by Toppi
to put the Owls up 28-19.
Wilson hit a layup to bring
Mancelona within 28-21, but
the Owls continued to pad
their lead, getting a pair of
free-throws by Brown to go
back up nine and took a dou-
ble-digit lead on a Chelsea
Keathely put-back basket
midway through the quarter.
“We played well defensive-
ly but we missed some easy
shots and made some passes
that we normally don't
make,” Tarbutton said. “Give
that credit to Oscoda's
defense, we knew they would
be aggressive. As for the sec-
ond half I think we make a
few more mistakes and
Oscoda was able to shake off
the long bus ride. I know how
we would feel being on a bus
for three hours.”
Brown continued her
strong quarter to help further
extend the Owl's margin,
twice scoring baskets after
grabbing an offensive
rebound to help Oscoda take
a 35-23 entering the fourth,
with Mancelona getting a
fast-break basket by Wilson
for its only other points in the
“The second half I was
happy, we got off some better
shots, started moving the ball
and we were driving more
than before,” Negro said.
Nixon hit a two-pointer
early in the fourth and hit a
three-ball late in the game for
the Ironmen's lone field-
goal's in the fourth, as they
were unable to get back into
the game despite making
seven shots from the free-
throw line.
Mancelona was led by
Wilson with 13 points,
Bachelor had 10, Nixon had
eight, Oetting had three and
Kerry Stilson had one.
The Ironmen finish the
season 0-21.
“In my first year of being in
the program I asked a lot
from the girls,” Tarbutton
said. “Our program in the
past was not very good and
really did not develop the
girls' knowledge and skills.
One thing about the girls for
this season is they were will-
ing to try new ideas and drills
to make themselves better.
From day one of not knowing
any offense to game 21 where
I can yell a defense or play
and they can respond imme-
diately shows how hard they
worked this year.”
Oscoda was led by
Rousseau with 12 points,
LaPointe had 10, Brown had
nine, Toppi had seven, Scott
had six, Yates and Chelsea
Keathely both had four,
Megan Walker had three
points and Amanda Gilliam
had two.
Oscoda (8-11) played at
home against Alcona on
Wednesday in its district
semi-final contest with the
finals taking place on Friday
against the winner of Tawas
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By Doug Derrer
to finish the regular season
strong before starting the
playoffs the Bay Reps trav-
eled to Cheboygan and
Manistee for their final two
regular season and league
Dangerous Zach Hill was
zoned in big time for the
Reps in the game at
Cheboygan, scoring a goal in
each period for a hat trick to
lead the Reps to a 4-0 win
over the Chiefs.
Jay “J-2” Jones turned away
19 shots to record the second
straight shutout for the Reps.
John VanRaalte set up Hill's
goal with 10:54 left in the
opening period. Nate Wilson
assisted on Hill's second
period goal and “Nitro” Nick
Sicinski was credited with an
assist on Hill's hat trick goal.
Wilson added a goal in the
third period with Trevor
Apsey and Sicinski assisting
to give the Reps a 4-0 victory.
At Manistee, the Reps led
1-0 heading into the third
period when they erupted for
three goals before the
Chippewas scored on a 5-on-
3 power play with 33 seconds
to prevent the Reps from
recording their third straight
Sicinski slammed home an
unassisted goal with 4:56
remaining in the opening
period to put Bay Area up 1-
0. Nate Wilson whacked two
goals in the third period and
Travis Kirk added a short-
handed goal to put the Reps
up 4-0, before Manistee's
goal with 33 seconds left
made the final 4-1 in favor of
the Reps.
“J-2” Jones was feeling it
for the Reps once again.
Jones stopped 12 of the 13
shots he faced to record the
With their league victories
over Cheboygan and
Manistee, the Reps finished
with a 6-2 record in the
Northern Michigan Hockey
league, good for second place
and only one game behind
Petoskey. This snaps a streak
of four consecutive league
titles for the Reps.
The Reps took regular-sea-
son record of 12-13 into the
playoffs when they opened
play against Traverse City
West on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at
Howe Arena.
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shutout win over Petoskey in
pre-regional at Cheboygan
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Ironmen rebound, defeat visiting J-L
By Mike Dunn
Mancelona boys of coach
Rick Duerksen rebounded on
Friday in a big way from the
tough loss to unbeaten,
state-ranked Bellaire a few
days before, defeating visit-
ing Ski Valley foe
Johannesburg-Lewiston 84-
The victory pushed
Mancelona’s record to 14-5
overall and 12-3 in the league
while the Cardinals of coach
Troy Huff, who saw their
four-game winning streak
snapped, slipped to 9-10
overall and closed out the Ski
Valley with a 7-9 mark.
Once again it was super
sophomore guard Brandon
Dingman doing the damage
for the Ironmen from the
floor. B-Ding exhibited his
versatility as he rang up a
game-high 22 points to go
with seven rebounds, four
assists and three steals as
Mancelona put the 56-40 loss
to Bellaire behind it.
Strong-armed senior for-
ward Brandon Scott also
helped the cause, blistering
the nets for 17 points and
bringing down five boards.
Griffin Borst garnered 15
points to join Dingman and
Scott in double figures and
he also grabbed five
Junior Logan Borst was big
into piracy for the Ironmen
on this night, covering the
floor like a fresh coat of wax
as he recorded a whopping
eight steals.
J-L battled hard, like
always, but could not match
the artillery strikes of the
high-powered Ironmen.
Freshman phenom “Lights
Out” Logan Huff sizzled from
the floor, as usual, firing in 15
points to pace the J-L scoring
charts, and hard-nosed Jake
Newell nailed 11.
Mancelona (14-5, 12-3)
finished the regular season at
home on Tuesday, Feb. 26,
against St. Mary. The
Ironmen open Class C dis-
trict tournament play at
Lincoln-Alcona on Monday,
March 4, against Lincoln-
Alcona. The winner of that
game advances to a semifinal
game on Wednesday, March
6, against Oscoda.
J-L (9-10, 7-9) closes out
the regular season at home
on Thursday, Feb. 28, against
Fairview. The Cardinals open
Class C district play at
Lincoln-Alcona on Monday,
March 4, against Tawas. The
winner advances to the semi-
finals on Wednesday, March
6, against Whittemore-
Alpena 64
Petoskey 51
ALPENA – The Petoskey
boys traveled to Alpena on
Friday for a Big North clash
and suffered a 64-51 setback
to the surging Wildcats.
Alpena, which won its sixth
straight, improved to 14-4
overall and 7-4 in the league
while the Northmen fell to
14-3 and 8-3.
After the loss at Alpena,
Petoskey slipped into a three-
way tie atop the Big North
standings with Cadillac and
Traverse City West.
Senior sharpshooter Sam
Baumgartner slung a game-
high 17 points through the
iron to pace Petoskey and fel-
low senior Quinn Ameel con-
nected for 13 and angular
Erik Davenport delivered
eight. Hard-nosed junior for-
ward Joe LeBlanc busted the
nets for six.
Long-armed Luke Cordes,
who is having a whale of a
season for the Wildcats,
wrapped 16 points through
the twine and tough Tyler
Pintar also tallied 16. Kam
Fitzek fired in 11.
Petoskey (14-3, 8-3) played
at Boyne City on Tuesday,
Feb. 26. On Thursday, Feb. 28,
Petoskey entertains Gaylord
in the final regular-season
game for both teams.
Petoskey can clinch at least a
tie for the Big North title with
a win over the Blue Devils.
Petoskey has a tough draw
in its Class A district opener,
facing Marquette on the road
on Monday, March 4. The
winner plays Wednesday,
March 6, against either
Traverse City West or T.C.
Bellaire 65
Onaway 38
BELLAIRE – The unbeaten,
state-ranked Eagles had all
they could handle from
scrappy underdog Onaway in
the early going on Friday but
righted the ship in the sec-
ond half and ultimately pre-
vailed by a 65-38 margin.
Bellaire (17-0, 14-0) won
the Ski Valley title outright
with the hard-fought win.
The Cardinals of coach Eddy
Szymoniak fell to 11-8 and
concluded league play with
an 8-8 mark.
Hard-nosed junior forward
Carlos Bautista was a blue-
collar battler under the
boards for the visiting
Cardinals, as usual. He
canned 14 points to pace
Onaway and fellow junior
forward Joe O’Bradovich
vanquished the iron for
Tyler Thornton and Mitch
Teetzel teed it up from long
range time after time to lead
Bellaire. They each scored 15
while Drew Bailey and James
Schrader each scored eight.
Onaway (12-7) opens Class
D district play at Rogers City
on Monday, March 4, against
the host Hurons. The winner
advances to the semifinals on
Wednesday against Posen.
Mio 64
Posen 49
POSEN – Mio remained
unbeaten and secured the
North Star League title on
Friday at the court of Posen,
posting an impressive 64-49
victory over the Vikings. The
high-powered Thunderbolts
improved to 17-0 overall and
closed out the league portion
of their schedule with a per-
fect 14-0 log.
Mio led 28-21 at the half
and 44-34 after three quar-
ters. Posen slipped to 6-12
and 4-10 with the loss.
Mio (17-0, 14-0) faced
Whittemore-Prescott at
home on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, the
Thunderbolts hosted
Lincoln-Alcona in the final
regular season game of the
Inland Lakes 66
Central Lake 50
surging Inland Lakes
Bulldogs of coach Joe
Mahoney won yet again on
Wednesday, Feb. 20, securing
a 66-50 victory over host Ski
Valley foe Central Lake. It was
the seventh win in nine
games for red-hot Bulldogs,
who improved to 7-10 overall
and 6-7 in the conference.
Once again it was the
deadly shooting of Double-
D, Dakotah Davedowski,
leading the way for I-Lakes.
Dakotah was dialed in from
downtown like True North on
a compass, rocking the iron
for a game-high total of 21
points. Dakotah dashed the
twine five times from 3-point
range in the first half and had
six treys altogether.
Tough Todd Athey, who
gives the Bulldogs a potent 1-
2 offensive punch along with
Davedowski, tallied 17 on the
night and rugged Richard
Armbruster was armed and
dangerous as well, delivering
a double-double with 12
points and 10 boards.
Will Brockman, who is qui-
etly having a very solid sea-
son, scored 15 to pace the
Trojans (3-15, 1-13)
Lewiston 52
Pellston 42
Johannesburg-Lewiston boys
of coach Troy Huff earned a
Ski Valley victory on the road
on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The
Cardinals traveled to Pellston
and secured a hard-fought
52-42 decision.
J-L led 12-7, 21-16 and 38-
28 at the quarter breaks.
“Poor shooting stalled our
offense,” said Pellston coach
Cliff Hass. “Every time we
made a run, Joburg has an
answer for it.”
Wyatt Pelton put 14
through the iron to lead J-L
and freshman phenom
“Lights Out” Logan Huff
hammered out 11.
Tall Dale Stark struck for 14
points to pace Pellston and
was a strong presence in the
paint, pulling down eight
boards and blocking four
shots. Senior guard Jake
Friedenstab fired in 12 points
with seven boards and big
man Tanner Keller was a tiger
under the glass, taking down
11 rebounds.
Pellston (3-15, 3-13) played
at home on Tuesday, Feb. 26,
against St. Ignace. The
Hornets close out the regular
season at Cheboygan on
Thursday, Feb. 28.
Pellston hosts the Class D
district tournament. The
Hornets face either Harbor
Light Christian or Wolverine
on Wednesday, March 6, at 6
p.m. The winner advances to
the district finals on Friday,
March 8, against Alanson or
Burt Lake Northern Michigan
Onaway 68
Rogers City 61 OT
Onaway boys of coach Eddy
Szymoniak were taken to
overtime at the court of non-
league foe Rogers City on
Wednesday, Feb. 20, but the
Cardinals still found a way to
The Cardinals, who
improved to 11-7 this season,
outscored the host Hurons
10-3 in the overtime to
secure a hard-fought 68-61
It was another big night for
junior forwards Joe
O’Bradovich and Carlos
Bautista, who have given
Onaway a ballistic 1-2 punch
all season long. “Joe O” made
the twine twitch to the tune
of 26 points and he was a
bruising force under the glass
also, grabbing 13 rebounds
for a healthy double-double.
The battling Bautista also
brought some big-time scrap
to the floor, recording 21
points and bringing down 12
rebounds for a double-dou-
ble of his own.
Bellaire 56
Mancelona 40
MANCELONA – Unbeaten,
state-ranked Bellaire proved
once again why it is the
cream of the crop in the Ski
Valley this season, outscoring
host Mancelona 56-40 on
Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The Ironmen of coach Rick
Duerksen came into the
game with a strong 11-2
record in the league but
could not prevent the talent-
ed Eagles from sweeping
their two games this season.
Bellaire improved to 16-0 and
13-0 and clinched the Ski
Valley title outright with the
The Eagles did a great job
of corralling Mancy’s high-
powered sophomore guard
Brandon Dingman, targeting
him on virtually every pos-
session and limiting the ever-
dangerous shooter to 10
points, far below his season
average. Dingman did deliver
three assists and take down
six boards.
Griffin Borst put some
growl into the Ironmen
offense, making the twine
turn for 21points and he also
grabbed six rebounds.
Mitch Teetzel tallied 17 to
lead the visiting Eagles and
Denny Hall hit for 15.
Mancy pushes to 12-3 mark in SVC with win; Petoskey boys bow
at Alpena; Mio clinches NSL title
By Mike Dunn
record-setting season for the
Petoskey hockey team came
to an end at the rink of
Cheboygan on Monday.
The Northmen had the tall
task of facing high-powered
Sault Ste. Marie in the Div. 3
pre-regional opener. The
Blue Devils from above the
bridge fired away offensively
and played smothering
defense while securing a 5-0
The Blue Devils (18-8)
advanced to a semifinal
clash against the host Chiefs
(10-12-1) on Wednesday,
Feb. 27, after this issue went
to press. The winner of that
game advanced to the
Region 18 championship
game at Gaylord on
Saturday, March 2.
Petoskey closed out with a
solid 15-11 record, setting a
school record for wins in a
season. The Northmen also
captured the Northern
Michigan Hockey League
title and finished 4-6 in the
Big North.
The Northmen had
power-play opportunities
throughout the game
against the Sault but could
not light the lamp against
the fourth-ranked team in
Div. 3. In fact, the aggressive
Blue Devil defense cut off
the passing lanes so effi-
ciently that Petoskey was
able to generate just 10 shots
on goal the entire game.
Chase Gamelin scored
twice for the victors while
Ryan Dolsky, Eric Hillock
and Chris Hazen each added
solo goals. Nick McKenzie
was McMarvelous in the
nets for the Sault.
Michael Whittaker did a
nice job between the pipes
for Petoskey as well in spite
of the defeat. Whittaker
faced 38 shots from the
swarming Blue Devils and
turned away 33 of them.
The Petoskey players who
wore their hockey uniforms
for the final time on Monday
included forwards Aaron
Cook, Tanner Davis, Cam
Ludlow, Skye Pieffer,
Brandon Pomranke and the
D.S. Express, Derek Smith;
defensemen Ken Forton,
Kevin Hansen, Nik Kolodziej
and Nick Trombley; and grit-
ty goalie Breanna Merriam.
Goalies Adam McCain
and Whittaker are among
the returning players for
coach Brent Ward and assis-
tant coach Jim VanAntwerp.
Other underclassmen from
this year’s roster include for-
wards Bryndon Worden,
Luke Pomranke, Dameon
Spencer, Ben
Schwartzfisher, Tom
Crampton, Mike Forton and
Dylan Jensen along with
defensemen Zack Gadowski,
Cody Rogers and Tim Sysko.
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Devils fall in back-to-back games against BNC foe Alpena; Raymond rings up
three goals in the losses
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – The Gaylord
hockey team staged a furious
rally against visiting Alpena
on Friday, Feb. 22, at the
Sportsplex in the final regu-
lar-season game of the sea-
son but it wasn’t quite
enough to turn the tables.
Alpena posted a 5-4 victory
over the Blue Devils to com-
plete a sweep of their home-
and-home series. On
Thursday, Alpena won at
home over Gaylord by a 7-1
Gaylord trailed the visiting
Wildcats 4-0 on Friday after
Jared Kwiatkowski, who was a
thorn in the Blue Devils’ side
in both games, scored his
third goal of the game just
2:30 into the second period.
From that point, though, the
game belonged to the bat-
tling Blue Devils.
Gaylord rallied to outscore
the visitors 4-1 the rest of the
Defenseman Cam Laug lit
the scoring lamp for the first
time this season with a rock-
et blast for an unassisted goal
to start off the Blue Devil
scoring, much to the delight
of the Gaylord faithful in the
bleachers. That was followed
by a precision power play
pop from tenacious Trevor
Raymond and Garrett
Richardson added a third
goal in the period as the Blue
Devils trimmed the lead to 4-
In the third period, it was
the hardworking Raymond
ringing up his second goal of
the game and third goal of
the home-and-home series
to tie the score at the 8:30
mark. It was another power-
play zinger for the reliable
Raymond, who had help
from scrappy senior Sam
Black and Cam Laug. It was
Black’s eighth assist of the
season and Laug’s ninth.
Alpena managed to score
again, however, when Kam
Russell managed to light the
lamp with just 90 seconds left
to play, enabling the Wildcats
to leave with the tense 5-4
Even though the outcome
was not a “W” it was a strong
comeback for Gaylord and
gave the Blue Devils some
momentum going into the
pre-regional game that was
played on Tuesday, Feb. 26,
against Cadillac.
Gaylord goalie Peter
Lawton settled down and
played brilliantly after the
first period. Lawton faced a
whopping 41 shots in the
game and turned back 35 of
them. The Blue Devils
stopped Alpena on 5-of-6
power plays.
Gaylord delivered 22 shots
on the net and scored twice
on power plays.
“Missile” Mitch Lawton
secured his eighth and ninth
assists of the season in the
game. Raymond scored his
fifth and sixth goals of the
ON THURDAY, Feb. 21, in
the 7-1 loss at Alpena it was
Raymond rocketing one
home in the first period to
account for Gaylord’s lone
score. Jackson Deans earned
his sixth assist.
The unflappable Lawton,
who was eligible for haz-
ardous duty pay after the two
Alpena games, stopped 34 of
41 shots zoomed his way.
Gaylord (3-18-1) faced
Cadillac in the Feb. 26 pre-
regional game on the Vikings’
home ice. If the Blue Devils
won, they advanced to the
semifinals in Cadillac against
Alpena on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The winner of that game
advances to the Region 18
finals at Gaylord on March 2
against the winner of the
Cheboygan pre-regional
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GRAYLING – The Grayling
boys basketball team secured
the second spot in the Lake
Michigan Conference stand-
ings for the 2012-13 season
with a 54-50 victory over rival
East Jordan on Friday, Feb.
But, the home win didn’t
come easily. The Vikings (14-
4 overall, 11-2 LMC) needed a
23-point third quarter to
erase an East Jordan lead.
Both teams scored 10
points to open the game,
with the visiting Red Devils
(4-13 overall, 2-12 LMC) then
forging ahead, 26-20, at half-
“We struggled at both ends
of the court in the first half,”
said Grayling head coach
Rich Moffit. “I thought we
came out flat emotionally
and we were tight in front of
a large ‘Snowgoing’ crowd.”
That wasn’t the case in the
second half, as Grayling
exploded and outgunned
East Jordan, 23-13, in the
third quarter, giving the
home team a 43-39 advan-
tage. It was all the Vikings
would need, as each hoops
squad hit for 11 points in the
final period of play.
“We had a big third quar-
ter,” Moffit said. “Tyler
Powers sparked us with eight
points in the quarter and
some solid defense. Matt
Burrell hit a big three in the
third also and displayed a
role in our third-quarter
Despite getting into early
foul trouble, senior guard-
forward Scott Parkinson hit
for a team-high 16 points to
lead the Vikings. The senior
cager also had 4 rebounds, 4
steals, 1 assist and 1 blocked
shot on the night.
Juniors Jake Swander and
Justice Junttila each hit for 9
points in the win. Junttila
ripped down a team-best 9
rebounds to go with 2 steals,
while Swander tallied 4
boards, 1 steal and 1 assist
against East Jordan.
Other contributors for
Grayling included: Powers
with 8 points and 1 steal;
Tyler MClanahan with 7
points, 1 rebound, 3 steals
and 2 assists; Burrell with 3
points; Peyton Zigila with 2
points, 2 boards and 1 steal;
Wes Dean with 4 rebounds
and 2 steals; Carson
Burmeister with 2 rebounds,
1 steal and 1 assist; and
Michael Branch with 2
Grayling 73
Charlevoix 48
With tournament play
looming, Moffit said his team
might have played its best
game of the year in beating
the host Charlevoix Rayders,
73-48, on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
With the two LMC squads
tied at 10-10 after the first
period, the Vikings got in
high gear to put up 24 points
in the second and take a 36-
27 lead into the locker room
at halftime.
That lead only got bigger,
as Grayling dominated the
third period, 19-8, and
outscored the Rayders, 37-21,
in the second half.
“Our best game of the year
versus a quality opponent,”
Moffit said. “I was very
pleased with our energy on
the court and especially on
the glass versus a team that is
much bigger than us.”
“We have to keep getting
better,” he added. “It is get-
ting close to tournament
Swander led a quartet of
Viking cagers in double fig-
ures with 16 points, 3
rebounds, 3 steals and 2
assists. McClanahan had 12
points, 2 boards, 4 steals and
3 assists in the win.
Junttila and Parkinson
each tallied 11 points on the
night. Junttila again had a
strong night on the glass with
11 rebounds, 3 assists and 1
steal. Parkinson added 4
boards, 4 steals and 1 assist,
as well.
Other contributors for the
Vikings included: Branch
with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1
steal and 1 assist; Burmeister
with 6 points, 1 rebound, 3
assists and 1 steal; Dean with
5 points, 4 rebounds and 2
steals; Zigila with 2 points, 2
rebounds, 2 steals and 1
assist; Tyler Summers with 2
points; Powers with 2 boards,
2 steals and 1 assist; and
Burrell with 2 rebounds.
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GRAYLING – The visiting
East Jordan Red Devils were
able to make a slim first-
quarter lead stand in a hard-
fought 46-44 win over the
Grayling girls varsity basket-
ball team in Lake Michigan
Conference battle Friday,
Feb. 22.
The Red Devils (7-11 over-
all, 6-8 LMC) forged a three-
point advantage, 11-8, at the
end of the first quarter
Friday. And, that’s all they’d
The two teams battled to a
virtual stalemate the rest of
the way, with the host Lady
Vikes (8-13 overall, 4-10
LMC) cutting East Jordan’s
lead to just two, 23-11, at
“This game was nip-and-
tuck the entire game, as both
teams played very evenly,”
said Grayling head coach Joe
Powers. “It was a well played
game that came down to the
final possession but we were
not able to capitalize.”
Both teams totaled 23
points in the second half.
“It was a tough fought bat-
tle, as we tried to overcome
their significant size advan-
tage,” Powers said. “I thought
our girls did very well in neu-
tralizing the boards because
their girls are so tall.
“Almost all of the stats were
even, as East Jordan shot the
ball a little better,” he added.
“And even though we outshot
the opponent again and had
more possessions, we just
needed one more basket to
Grayling got a boost from
the return of senior guard Jo
Hamlin, who tallied a team-
high 9 points in a very limited
role in her first game of the
Sophomore forward
Samantha Denno added 8
points, 5 rebounds and 4
steals for the Lady Vikes,
while sophomore guard
Hailey Whittaker ended the
night with 6 points, 2
rebounds, 4 steals and 2
Other contributors for the
Lady Vikes on Friday includ-
ed: Hannah Haven with 4
points, 1 rebound, 1 steal and
1 assist; Makayla Cragg with 4
points and 1 rebound; Caitlin
Prosser with 3 points, 5
rebounds, 2 assists and 1
steal; Maddie Benardo with 3
points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
and 1 assist; Erica Umlor
with 3 points; Rachel Money
with 2 points and 1 board;
Cierra Prosser with 2 points
and 2 assists; and Alyssa
Morley with 4 rebounds, 2
assists and 1 steal.
Grayling 69
Charlevoix 66
Grayling was able to rally
and come out on top, 69-66,
in a see-saw battle against
conference rival Charlevoix
on Wednesday, Feb. 20
“Charlevoix was a very fun,
fast-paced game,” Powers
said. “As both teams pressed
the entire game, there was
constant action.”
The visiting Lady Vikes got
the better of Rayders in the
first half, outscoring the
home team by two points in
both the first and second
quarters on their way to a 33-
29 lead at halftime. The con-
ference rivals exploded in the
second stanza, combining
for 44 points.
But, Charlevoix rallied in
the third quarter, thanks to a
15-1 run that helped put
them ahead, 44-34, at one
“It wasn't as if we weren't
getting quality opportunities;
we just were getting baskets
to fall,” Powers said. “So, I felt
pretty good with the way our
girls were playing.
“We called time out and
then started to claw back.”
Grayling’s efforts got the
hoops team back to within
three, 49-46, to start the
fourth quarter. And, the Lady
Vikes completed their come-
back by outgunning the
Rayders, 23-17.
“I liked how we were play-
ing and we could tell the
Charlevoix girls were getting
tired, mentally and physical-
ly,” Powers said. “We were
able to get the lead back and
stretch out our lead to
Denno had what might
have been her best offensive
game of the season with 20
points, 6 rebounds and 1
blocked shot to lead Grayling
to the win, with a quartet of
Vikings scoring in double fig-
Whittaker had a nice all-
round performance with 12
points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists
and 3 steals. Cragg chipped
in 12 points, 1 rebound, 1
steal and 1 assist, while the
always reliable Benardo bat-
tled her way to 11 points, 7
rebounds and 2 steals.
“This was a very satisfying
game as we made our shots
this game,” Powers added. “It
was nice to see the girls’ hard
work pay off and avenge a
previous nine-point loss with
a victory on Charlevoix's
home court. The girls
deserved this win.”
Other contributors for
Grayling included: Money
with 6 points, 2 assists, 1
board, 1 steal and 1 blocked
shot; Haven with 6 points, 2
rebounds and 1 steal; Morley
with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4
assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked
shot; Umlor with 4 rebounds
and 1 assist; and Caitlin
Prosser with 4 rebounds, 4
assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked
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THURSDAY: 1 Peter 3:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 You husbands in the same way, live with your
wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a
fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
FRIDAY: Daniel 4:27-28 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 27 Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to
you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to
the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.’28 “All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar
the king.
SATURDAY: Joshua 1:7-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful
to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or
to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. 8 This book of the law shall not depart from
your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all
that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9 Have I
not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is
with you wherever you go.”
SUNDAY: James 1:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for
once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love
MONDAY: Deuteronomy 8:11-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord
your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding
you today; 12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in
them, 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that
you have multiplies, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who
brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
TUESDAY: Deuteronomy 28:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the
Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your
God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and over-
take you if you obey the Lord your God: 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the
country. 4 “Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring
of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and
your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come
out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.
WEDNESDAY: Deuteronomy 28:8-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 8 The Lord will command the blessing
upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the
Lord your God gives you. 9 The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if
you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 So all the peoples of the earth
will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will be afraid of you. 11 The Lord will make
you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the pro-
duce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open
for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work
of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 The Lord will make you
the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the
commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, 14 and do not
turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other
gods to serve them.
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Gaylord Evangelical
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“A Higher Call Men’s Conference” will once again be taking place here at the
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year’s event will be the best one yet as it features Jeff Struecker, whose story
was featured in the motion picture, “Black Hawk Down;” Chad Williams, a for-
mer Navy SEAL; and Ryan Sharpe, who will share his riveting story of when his
young son almost died.
I’m sure that Jeff, Chad and Ryan will have some amazing things to share
with the hundreds and hundreds of men who will attend this year’s conference.
But what if you had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of men and share
with them one piece of advice that you would like every man to hear – what
advice would you share? My piece of advice to men would be this – “Follow
hard after God!” That’s what our world needs today! That’s what our country
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churches need today! That’s what our families need today! We need men who
don’t take their faith lightly but who “follow hard after God!”
In the Bible, Joshua was a leader in Israel like this. Not only did Israel serve
God as long as Joshua was their leader, but even after his death the Bible says
in Joshua 24:31 that as long as there were leaders in Israel who remembered
and had rubbed shoulders with Joshua, Israel continued to follow God. Joshua
was a man who took his faith seriously. He “followed hard after God” and the
result impacted people while he was alive and even after he had died. I want to
be a man like that! I hope you do too! One thing that can help all of us men to
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Ford achieves
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The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is off to a
fast start after achieving an all-time sales
record in December 2012, helping Ford
to record hybrid sales and market share,
as Toyota lost nearly eight points of share
in the segment. Ford’s launch of the new
C-MAX hybrids and Fusion Hybrid this
past fall led the company to deliver
record-setting hybrid sales in December,
resulting in a nine percent market share
gain to 16 percent. In the same period
Toyota’s share of the hybrid vehicle seg-
ment fell eight points, from 68 percent to
60 percent.
Ford sold more hybrids in the fourth
quarter of 2012 than in any other three-
month period in the company’s entire
history with 19,554 units sold, besting its
own previous hybrid vehicle sales record
by more than 193 percent. An all-time
record of 3,244 Fusion Hybrids were sold
in December, compared to the previous
mark of 3,010 in August 2010. Nearly 70
percent of new Fusion Hybrid owners
are new to the Ford brand, while Toyota’s
conquest rate for its Camry Hybrid is
only 53 percent.
“We’re bringing new hybrid buyers
into the market, many of whom wouldn’t
be considered traditional hybrid buyers,”
said Amy Marentic, marketing manager,
Global Small and Medium Cars. “There’s
a sense hybrid buyers represent a prag-
matic or green ethic. Fusion Hybrid is
scoring with these audiences, but the car
also puts some excitement into the seg-
ment through design; it shows hybrids
can have beautiful and sophisticated
styling. This, in turn, means different
Not only are most buyers new to the
Ford brand, early data suggest Fusion
Hybrid is appealing to younger buyers
outside the traditional hybrid vehicle
demographic. Ford reports new Fusion
Hybrid buyers are five years younger
than buyers of the previous Fusion
Hybrid, dropping to 48 years old from an
average of 53 years old. Moreover, 22
percent of Fusion buyers are under the
age of 35.
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selling markets are San Francisco, Los
Angeles and Washington, D.C., but Ford
reports stronger sales in the more tradi-
tional buying areas of the Central,
Southeast and Great Lakes regions –
areas not known for strong hybrid sales.
In these areas, retail sales more than
tripled in December compared to the
previous year.
Fusion Hybrid continues to have the
fastest turnover rate (the number of days
cars sit on dealer lots waiting to be sold)
of any vehicle in the Ford lineup. Fusion
Hybrid turns over in just 10 days on
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On the beautiful Gaylord Country
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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
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$174,900. MLS #281979
Perfect for your home, your
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visibility lot. Historic home
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Original wood work and
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$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
In need of the following positions:
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MARCH 11th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 4 p.m.
MARCH 12th 1 - 4 p.m., 6 - 9 p.m.
Jason Woodcox, Assessor
Bagley Twp. Hall
2896 U.S. 27 South, Gaylord
MARCH 11th 3 - 9 p.m.
MARCH 13th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sally Nowak, Assessor
Dover Twp. Hall
2985 Marquardt Rd., Gaylord
MARCH 12th 2 - 5 p.m.; 6 - 9 p.m.
MARCH 14th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 1 - 4 p.m.
Sally Nowak, Assessor
Charlton Twp. Hall
10900 M-32 East, Johannesburg
MARCH 11th 3 - 9 p.m.
MARCH 12th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Debbie Dunham, Assessor
Elmira Twp. Hall
2035 Mt. Jack Rd., Gaylord
MARCH 11th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
MARCH 15th 3 - 9 p.m.
Fred Lindroth, Assessor
Otsego Lake Twp. Hall
10584 Old 27 South, Waters
MARCH 12th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
MARCH 13th 3 - 9 p.m.
Sally Nowak, Assessor
Chester Twp. Hall
1737 Big Lake Rd., Gaylord
MARCH 11th 3 - 9 p.m.
MARCH 12th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mary Sanders, Supervisor/Assessor
Hayes Twp. Hall
71 Hayes Tower Rd., Gaylord
MARCH 19th 1:30 - 7:30 p.m.
MARCH 20th 1:30 - 7:30 p.m.
305 East Main St., Gaylord (New City Hall)
Debbie Dunham, Assessor
MARCH 11th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 4 p.m.
MARCH 12th 3 - 9 p.m.
Vernon Kassuba, Assessor
Corwith Twp. Hall
8170 Mill St., Vanderbilt
MARCH 11th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 4 p.m.
MARCH 13th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 6 - 9 p.m.
Matthew Nowak, Assessor
Livingston Twp. Hall
3218 Old 27 North, Gaylord
The Otsego County Township Boards will hold a public hearing on the proposed township
budget for fiscal year 2013-14 at the respective township halls.
HEARING. The hearings will be held at these scheduled March meetings for the purpose
of allowing the public an opportunity to present written or oral comments concerning the
proposed budgets. The budgets are available for public inspection by
appointment with the township clerk.
BAGLEY TWP. James Szymanski March 11 7:00 pm
CHARLTON TWP. Ivan Maschke March 14 8:00 pm
CHESTER TWP. Melissa Szymanski March 12 6:00 pm
CORWITH TWP. Debbie Whitman March 6 7:00 pm
DOVER TWP. Janet Kwapis March 13 5:30 pm
ELMIRA TWP. Susan Schaedig March 14 6:30 pm
HAYES TWP. Richard Ross March 5 6:00 pm
LIVINGSTON TWP. Elizabeth Mench March 18 6:30 pm
OTSEGO LAKE TWP. Lorraine Markovich March 21 6:30 pm
By Jim Akans
Absolutely beautiful! This custom-built, contemporary style brick home
located on 150 feet of spectacular frontage along Long Lake, located south
of Cheboygan, offers incredible luxury both inside and out.
Featuring approximately 2,000 square feet of impeccably appointed liv-
ing space, the superbly designed floor plan of this home includes three
generously sized bedrooms and three baths, including an elegant and
large main level master suite. Interior amenities abound, highlighted by a
main living area with soaring cathedral ceiling and stately stone fireplace,
an adjoining gourmet kitchen with custom oak cabinetry, the warmth of
oak trim throughout, a fully finished walk-out lower level that includes a
huge game room with full wet bar, and so much more.
As one can imagine, the lake views are stunning from the interior
spaces, as well as from the exquisite brick paver patios, and from virtually
any vantage point on the well over one-half acre landscaped grounds.
There is even a guest cottage with workshop area on the property…so
friends and family that come for a visit can easily stay on site while enjoy-
ing the best that Northern Michigan has to offer.
This extraordinary custom-built lakefront estate is a rare and exception-
al find indeed, and is listed at $564,900. Call Roger Kopernik today for a
private showing. (231) 597-8000 or email
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1738 S. Otsego Ave., P.O. Box 641 Gaylord, MI 49735
Nice – Well Maintained
Rentals Available
2 and 3 bedrooms
with Full Basement and Attached Garage. Sun Room, Hardwood
Floors, Central Air and Big Fenced in Yard. Quiet Neighborhood
Close to School and Downtown. $115,000. MLS #280748
Laminate and
Tile Floors,
Newer Lighting,
Oak Trim,
Newer Slider,
Stainless Steel
Newer Washer-
Dryer in Unit (no sharing with neighbors).All Close to Town
and all the Action. $46,000. MLS #278793
On Newer
3 bdr 2.5
from 6.5' walls and 10 1/2' roof insulating fabrication. Lots
of Storage. Close to Gaylord and Deeded Access to Otsego
Lake. $139,900. MLS #281428
A Square 160 Acres
with Trees, Hills,Trails,
Water, Grazing Land,A
Pole Building and a
Gorgeous 2 Story
Country Home. Need
I Say More? Okay,
How About 4
Bedrooms, 3 Baths,
Master Suite, Hardwood Floors, Fireplace,Woodburner, Zoned
Radiant Heat,Full Walkout Basement, Huge Deck on One Side of
Home, Covered Wrapped Around Deck on Two Other Sides,
Huge Pole Bldg with 14 Foot Doors for RV Storage.
$680,000. MLS #272584
Red Cedar Log
Home with
Newer Steel Roof
and 300 Feet of
Ausable River
Frontage. Master
Suite, Hot Water
Heat plus
Fireplace Upstairs
and Wood Stove
in Walkout Basement. Detached 2 1/2 Car Garage for Vehicles-Toys. Small
Trout Pond too.All on 2 Acres Surrounded by State Land.
$119,000. MLS #282596
3 Bed, 2 Bath Ranch on Big Lot East of Gaylord.Attached 2 1/2
Car Garage and Full Basement with Unique Room for the
Creative Side (workshop, painting, exercise, etc.) New Carpet
and Paint. Peaceful Country Sub not far from Gaylord.
$89,900. MLS #280904
North of Vanderbilt in Woodland Hills sub. Great Building Site
or Hunting Parcel. $17,500. MLS #281401
Featured Home
On the Market
Should I
Compliments of Ed Wohlfiel
Part 1 of 2
For homeowners aiming to
sell their home and buy another,
it's the classic real estate, which
came first, the chicken or the
egg, question -- buy or sell first?
If you sell first, you may find
yourself under a tight deadline
to find another house, or be
forced in temporary quarters. If
you buy first, you may be sad-
dled with two mortgage pay-
ments for at least a couple
months. You may need the
money from the sale of your
original home in order to pre-
qualify for a loan for your new
home. You may be facing a job
relocation and need to sell
There are many variables
involved; there is no universal
correct answer. It basically
comes down to your specific cir-
Dan Gregor, a Realtor in
Pickerington, Ohio, says there is
generally less pressure when
you sell first.
"It really comes down to risk,"
Gregor said. "It's whether you
want the risk of owning two
houses, or possibly none at all."
Gregor says that if you have
the money to make two mort-
gage payments, the pressure is
off. But if you need to sell your
house in order to qualify for a
loan, then you have no choice --
you'll have to sell first.
"You can write contingent
contracts, but if you really want
the home, you'll pay a premium
-- that's if the seller will even
entertain a contingent offer," he
And if you go ahead with a
contingent offer, then you may
end up settling for less for the
house you're selling in an effort
to get it sold quickly.
Gregor says for most people,
the stress level is lower when
you sell first.
"You have time to get pre-
approved for your mortgage and
see all the housing options in
the price range you'd like to
buy," he said.
When your selling house is in
contract, he suggests you pick
the three best homes of those
you've viewed and prepare to
make an offer on the one that
best meets your needs.
"The absolute worst that can
happen is the right home isn't
available," Gregor said. "You
end up in a short-term rental
with the cash in your pocket and
pre-approved financing for the
balance you need. So you look
like a cash buyer when you
make an offer on the home you
finally decide on."
5114 Hiawatha Drive, Cheboygan
Contact; Roger Kopernik, Exit Realty Paramount, Cheboygan, (231) 597-8000
Custom contemporary brick
home with Long Lake frontage
Real Estate

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