By Mike Dunn

GAYLORD – Choosing a
top-10 list of sports stories is
always a subjective process
and it’s not easy to do. There
were many notable team and
individual achievements in
2013, as there are every year,
so picking a handful to recog-
nize was a real challenge.
Readers are bound to agree
with some picks and disagree
with others. I’m not saying
my picks are the right ones;
only that these are the ones
that stood out to me as I went
through the 52 papers the
Weekly Choice published in
the calendar year.
There’s no question that
the top story related to sports
in 2013 was the tragedy that
took the lives of the Grayling
golf coach Jason Potter and
Viking athlete Louis Menard
on April 29. I intentionally
didn’t include that out of
respect for the families
involved.
MY TOP STORY for 2013
was the remarkable playoff
run of the St. Mary girls bas-
ketball team of coach Dan
Smith. The Snowbirds not
only repeated as district and
regional champs in March
but suffered a narrow two-
point defeat in the Class D
quarterfinals for the second
year in a row.
The Grayling football team
of coach Dan Smith exor-
cised some demons of past
years with a thrilling home
playoff victory against peren-
nial U.P. power Kingsford in
the Div. 5 playoff opener at
home. It was the first time
the Vikings have beaten a U.P.
rival in the playoffs since
2005 and the first time in
Coach Tim Sanchez’s four
years as head coach. That’s
our No. 2 story.
The No. 3 story is a tribute
to the grit, guts and determi-
nation of Mio senior wrestler
Zach Mack, who posted a 45-
1 record in the final season of
his outstanding prep career
on the mats and placed his
name prominently in the
record books by winning the
125-pound state title with a
second-period pin over
rugged Matthew Elliott of
Fife Lake Forest Area.
I have included more
information on the top three
stories later in this article.
The rest of the top 10 list
includes the amazing feat of
Petoskey’s amazing senior
Louis Lamberti, who repeat-
ed as the Div. 2 state high
jump champion, clearing the
bar at 6-foot-7 to again beat
out a very tough field under
the toughest of circum-
stances; St. Mary junior
Caylee Lawnchak beating out
everyone to capture the indi-
vidual state championship in
the annual National Archery
in Schools Program (NASP)
state tournament with a
score of 292 out of 300 with
22 bull’s-eyes; the
Cheboygan baseball team of
coach Kevin Baller taking a
school-record 24 wins and
claiming the Chiefs’ first-ever
district title in the sport
behind the seed-throwing
efforts of hurlers Damon
Proctor and Stan Swiderek,
then advancing to the
regional finals behind
Proctor’s shutout over
Gladwin and very nearly
wresting the title from
defending champ Chippewa
Hills behind Swiderek’s two-
hitter; the Onaway baseball
team rallying to edge Rogers
City 7-6 in the district semifi-
nals before powering past I-
Lakes to win the school’s first
district title in 13 years as
lefty Andrew Prow produced
a school-record 14 strikeouts
in a complete-game effort;
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Continued on page 2
Top Stories of 2013
ST. MARY GIRLS MAKE RUN
Snowbirds of Coach Smith
return to Class D
hardwood quarterfinals in
top story; Grayling home
playoff victory on gridiron
and Mio wrestler’s state
title are top 3 stories
Top Sports Stories
of 2013
1
St. Mary girls basketball team of coach Dan Smith repeats as
district and regional champ, loses narrowly again in Class D
quarterfinals
2
Grayling defeats visiting U.P. rival Kingsford 42-25 in D-5 grid-
iron playoff to advance to district finals for third time in four
years
3
Senior Zach Mack of Mio claims 125-pound state wrestling
title, finishing with sparkling 45-1 record
4
Senior Louis Lamberti of Petoskey repeats as state high jump
champ, clearing 6-foot-7 in Div. 2 state meet
5
St. Mary junior Caylee Lawnichak wins individual state NASP
archery title, scoring 292 out of possible 300 with 22
bull’s-eyes
6
Cheboygan baseball makes school history, wins 24 games and
advances to regional finals
7
Onaway baseball claims district title as lefty Prow sets school
record with 14 K’s
8
Gaylord girls basketball team wins first district title since 1995
and first ever for girls competing in Class A
9
Petoskey freshman phenom Tommy Rousch earns All-State in
both discus (168-4) and shot put (52-1.25), taking third and
sixth place, respectively
10
Cheboygan junior golfer Andrew Purcell captures individ-
ual D-3 district and regional titles
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Owners Gary & Mary Ann Stempien
the Gaylord girls basketball
team of coach Frank Hamilla
winning nine of their last 12
games and peaking at the
perfect time to generate
back-to-back-to-back upset
victories over Alpena, T.C.
West and T.C. Central to win
the Blue Devils’ first district
title since 1995 and the first-
ever district title in Class A;
Petoskey’s strong-armed
freshman Tommy Rousch
earning All-State in both
throwing events in the D-2
state meet, taking third place
in the discus with Herculean
heave of 168 feet, 4 inches
and sixth place in the shot
put with a distance of 52 feet,
1.25 inches; and Cheboygan’s
stellar junior golfer Andrew
Purcell winning individual
D-3 district and regional
titles, firing a round of 77 at
the Cheboygan Country Club
in the district tourney and
shooting 75 at the Lakeside
Links in Ludington in the
regional tourney.
Here’s a review of the top
three stories:
THE ST. MARY GIRLS fin-
ished 18-2 in the regular sea-
son, losing only at
Johannesburg-Lewiston and
Mount Pleasant Sacred
Heart. The Snowbirds
stormed through the district
and regional competition,
pushing their record to 23-2.
They rolled past Leland 60-28
in the regional semifinals
before outscoring tall-and-
tough Bear Lake 39-23 in a
hard-fought and physically
intense regional title game
played at Buckley.
One of the constants
throughout the season for St.
Mary was the scoring punch
of junior guard Kari
Borowiak, who was reliable
as the times tables as she sur-
passed the 1,000-point
plateau as a junior. She was-
n’t alone, though. Senior cen-
ter Mary Spyhalski was a
blue-collar battler in the
paint who wasn’t afraid to
bang bodies down low; sen-
ior guard Chrissy Smith was a
two-way force offensively
and defensively as well as
being a super ball handler
and smart passer; hardwork-
ing senior Sara Long was a
dependable physical pres-
ence inside; freshman Bekah
Myler brought height and
physical toughness to the
floor; and Jada Bebble terror-
ized opposing ball carriers
and was poison from the
perimeter.
St. Mary faced talented
Climax-Scotts (19-5) in the
Class D quarterfinals at Reed
City. The Panthers jumped to
a quick lead, hitting their first
eight shots from the floor.
The Panthers also did a good
job of keeping Borowiak from
penetrating or getting any
kind of open looks at the bas-
ket.
Coach Smith switched to a
1-3-1 zone late in the first
quarter with his team down
15-4 on the scoreboard and
that was a pivotal move as
the Snowbirds surged back to
pull within a point, 21-20,
before halftime.
Borowiak, who kept draw-
ing defenders like magnets,
was able to find Spyhalski
and Myler inside to help
spark the comeback.
Chrissy Smith made the
twine dance from downtown
at the start of the third quar-
ter to give St. Mary a 23-21
advantage. The Panthers ral-
lied behind the strong play of
All-Stater Janae Langs later in
the quarter, however, and
took a 37-29 lead into the
final period.
The Snowbirds went down
with both fists flying. A steal
and breakaway bucket by
Borowiak ignited a run that
eventually brought the
Snowbirds to within a point,
38-37, with 2:25 remaining.
Langs responded with
another penetrating drive to
make it 40-37, however, and
then she hit the two biggest
points of the game, nailing
both ends of a one-and-one
with just 23 seconds left to
make it a five-point game,
42-37.
Smith drained another
triple to cut the lead to 42-40
with 5 seconds left but that
was as close as the Snowbirds
would get.
Myler came off the bench
to score 14 and lead the way
for the Snowbirds. Smith
sank 12, including three
treys, to go with four
rebounds and three assists.
Spyhalski spanked the nets
for 10 points, including eight
in the first half, and she also
hauled in six rebounds. Sara
Long secured five boards and
Kari recorded eight assists.
Langs scored 19 to pace
the Panthers.
GRAYLING FINISHED the
regular season with an 8-1
record. The Vikings of coach
Tim Sanchez had faced
Kingsford the year before in
the opening round of district
play and suffered a 36-14 set-
back. This time around,
though, the No. 3 seed
Flivvers had to come to sec-
ond-seeded Grayling and on
a sun-soaked autumn after-
noon the Vikings entertained
the overflowing home crowd
with an electrifying win in a
battle of high-powered
offenses.
In the first half, senior sig-
nal caller Jake Swander
teamed with fellow first-team
All-State receiver Tyler
McClanahan on TD connec-
tions of 11, 50 and 9 yards as
Grayling established a 28-13
lead on the scoreboard.
The visitors closed the gap
to 28-19 on their first posses-
sion of the third quarter but
the Vikings answered right
back as Swander fired his
fourth TD pass of the game, a
missile that leaping Grayling
receiver Brandon Latusek,
who had a phenomenal
game, wrested away from a
Kingsford defender in the
corner of the end zone.
Kingsford trimmed the
lead to 35-25 with a long
scoring pass early in the
fourth quarter but the
Vikings sealed the deal with a
game-clinching 18-play, 80-
yard march culminating in
Swander’s 3-yard burst up
the middle behind the escort
of plowing lineman William
“Rock-a-Bye” Romain with
2:25 left to play.
Swander, who hit on 18
passes and finished with 263
yards through the air to go
with his four TDs, had key
hook-ups of 19 yards with
Danny Schultz, 16 yards to
McClanahan and 13 yards to
Latusek on a fourth-and-11
play in the red zone.
Grayling amassed nearly
600 yards of total offense in
the game, generating one
explosive play after another
through the air or on the
ground. The Vikings’ top two
runners, Michael Branch and
Kevin Harris, both finished
with more than 150 yards
rushing as they launched
their way through the over-
matched Flivver defense.
Branch also tallied on a 10-
yard TD burst around end.
Sanchez was especially
pleased with the play of the
O-line – featuring center
Justice Junttila, guards
Emmett Helsel and Romain,
and tackles Noah Kolka and
Tyler Wyman – which formed
a black wall of defiance
around Swander on pass
plays and consistently
opened canyon-like holes for
Branch and Harris.
McClahanan, playing in
the final game of his brilliant
prep career, hauled in 10
aerials for 191 yards and the
three first-half TDs and he
also had 10 tackles with an
interception near the goal-
line as a safety on defense.
Branch led the way defen-
sively with 11 stops from his
linebacker post and Romain
racked up nine stops with
two sacks.
Harris, in addition to his
slashing effort running the
ball, booted all the extra
points and thundered most
of his kickoffs into the end
zone.
MIO SENIOR wrestler Zach
Mack capped his brilliant
four-year mat career with the
Thunderbolts in the best way
possible, capturing the state
title in the 125-pound weight
class at The Palace of Auburn
Hills.
Mack, a four-year state
qualifier, barreled through
the competition in the Div. 4
state meet like a Mack truck,
capturing four straight
matches. Mack whipped
Matthew Elliott of Fife Lake
Forest Area via a second-
period pin in the state finals
to secure the title.
After icing Collin Haag of
Addison in the opener, Mack
faced two very tough oppo-
nents en route to the finals,
edging rugged Hunter
Malchus of Bronson 2-1 in
the quarterfinals and then
outscoring Carter Ballinger
of Jonesville 11-9 in a wild,
seesaw semifinal clash.
Mack finished his out-
standing senior season with a
sparkling 45-1 record. He was
also a district and regional
champion. In his stellar
career with the
Thunderbolts, Zach
advanced to the state meet
all four years and earned All-
State honors three times,
including a fifth-place finish
a year ago at 125. Zach
earned a whopping 175 vic-
tories in his four years.
* Petoskey senior 215-pound grappler
Jordan Haggerty battles to a fourth-place
finish in the D-2 state meet to earn All-State
* Gaylord’s rugged senior Trent Hunt earns
eighth place at 152 pounds in the D-2 state
meet to earn All-State honors
* Grayling freshman Jon “Man Eater”
Martin finishes eighth to earn All-State at
103 pounds in the D-3 state wrestling finals
* Johannesburg-Lewiston girls capture
Class C district hoops title, fall to TCSF in
regional semifinals to finish with 22-2 record
* Mio boys go 21-2, capture district title
before falling to Beal City in regional opener;
Micah Thomey surpasses 1,000 points, earns
All-State honors
* Grayling boys win third straight district
title, advance to regional finals again in Class
B, finish with 19-6 record
* St. Mary archers are runner-up in annu-
al state tournament, advance again to NASP
national tournament in Kentucky
* Johannesburg-Lewiston
baseball falls by one run to
Atlanta in district final as
crazy bounce hits baserun-
ner Brandon Huff to short-
circuit seventh-inning rally
* Mancelona baseball team
rallies to win two suspended
games and share SVC title
with Onaway; Ironmen also
capture fifth straight district
title
* Mio softball wins third straight district
title, advances to regional finals before los-
ing to Ubly
* Cheboygan girls soccer team posts 15-
game winning streak, wins third straight dis-
trict title before losing 5-4 to Muskegon
Oakridge in regional semifinals
* J-L’s Shannon Kievit, the only athlete
from local area to qualify at state in three
individual events, earns All-State with her
fifth-place time of 1:01.88 in the 400 dash
* Gaylord’s Trae Hill finishes fifth in 400
dash in 50.21 seconds in the D-2 state meet
and teammate Nate Fischer is sixth in the
800 run (1:56.69) as both earn All-State
* Defending champs Triebold and LaJoie
capture Au Sable Canoe Marathon for sixth
straight year
* Ben McMurray, 26, rallies in final mile to
edge out Dave Smith, 29, by a mere 18 sec-
onds and win 33rd annual Mellon Triathlon
at Otsego Lake County Park
* Slippery senior QB Nick Harrington runs
wild, scores all five TDs as St. Mary rallies
past Pellston 33-21 to win first game on grid-
iron in two years
* Johannesburg-Lewiston football wins
home playoff opener, battles St. Ignace to
wire in D-8 district title game under first-
year head coach Joe Smokevitch
* Gaylord’s determined sophomore Alexis
Smith earns top-10 finish in D-2 state cross
country finals
* Onaway volleyball goes undefeated in
league play, repeats as district champs but
loses All-Stater Mariah Ehrke to ankle injury
in finals
* Pellston volleyball repeats as district
champ, defeats short-handed Onaway in
regional semifinals
* The “Celebrate Grayling Recovery” event
raises $7,600 for the Viking golf team in the
wake of the spring tragedy
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Other notable sports eents, listed chronologicall!:
KINGSLEY – Steve Ernst
isn’t one to stand pat.
It’s not his personal style,
and it isn’t the style he wants
to see from his Cheboygan
High School boys basketball
team.
The Chiefs fell to Kingsley,
60-54, in the championship
game of the Kingsley
Invitational and stand 3-3.
Cheboygan returns to the
court on Tuesday, Jan. 14,
with a non-league game at
Gaylord.
“We’re trying to develop a
style of play that can win you
games around the state of
Michigan,” said Ernst, who
last year led Lansing
Christian to the Class D state
semifinals. “We’ve got a
choice. We can either adjust
to how the games are called
and have an unrealistic ver-
sion of basketball, or play at a
fast, exciting pace.”
The dilemma faced by
Ernst and the Chiefs, who
opened the tournament with
a 67-36 semifinal win over
Kalkaska, is that fast-paced
style of play is netting an
unmanageable number of
foul calls.
And the Chiefs don’t have a
deep bench to withstand foul
trouble. They played last
weekend’s tournament with-
out point guard Eric Sturvist.
Kingsley went to the free
throw line 36 times, 18 of
which came in the fourth
quarter, in its championship-
game win over the Chiefs.
Cheboygan went to the line
just nine times.
The Stags made 16 of their
36 attempts, including 7-of-
18 in the final period when
they rallied from a deficit.
Tyler Case’s 3-pointer with
about two minutes to play
broke a 52-52 tie and put the
Stags ahead for good.
“We certainly didn’t play
our best basketball,” Ernst
said. “It was a bad loss. Bad
coaching loss for us at
Kingsley. It was one (in
which) I should have done a
better job and figured out
how to win it.
“Kingsley has a nice kids
and they play hard, nothing
against them, but it’s one we
should have won. You’re
never going to win if the
other team shoots 18 free
throws and you shoot one (in
the fourth quarter). And we
were trying to go to the bas-
ket. We weren’t settling for
outside shots. We’ve got to do
a better job adjusting to the
style.”
Stacy Almquist scored 26
points to lead the Stags (2-2),
while Luke Harrington had
21 points and Ben Pearson
added 13 for the Chiefs.
Pearson scored 31 points
and Harrington added 21 in
Cheboygan’s semifinal win
over Kalkaska, and both
earned a spot on the all-tour-
nament team.
Almquist and Tyler Newell
of Kingsley were also named
to the all-tournament team
along with Will Noble of
Kalkaska and Joe Stiles of
Houghton Lake.
Kingsley topped Houghton
Lake, 52-38, in the other
semifinal. The Blazers
defeated Houghton Lake, 78-
62, in the consolation game.
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CHEBOYGAN – The last
thing Cheboygan High
School hockey coach Craig
Coxe needed was the injury
bug to bite his team.
Yet that’s exactly where
Coxe and the Chiefs found
themselves last weekend
when they hosted the
Cheboygan Holiday
Showcase at Ralph G.
Cantile Arena.
The Chiefs, playing with-
out five players because of
injuries, opened the event
with a 4-2 loss to the Bay
Area Thunder, then followed
with a 6-2 loss to Midland
Dow.
Dow is ranked third in the
Division II state poll, and
12th overall regardless of
class.
“We were down to three
lines and four (defense-
men),” Coxe said. “My kids
competed great. I was
extremely proud of them. It
was 3-0 going into the third
period (against) Dow and
my guys never gave up, kept
working hard. They’re (the
Chargers) are a very good
hockey club. You’re not
ranked 12th in the state if
you’re not. I think it’s impor-
tant to challenge your play-
ers and that makes them
hockey players.”
The Chiefs gave it a valiant
effort in both games, Coxe
said, but were simply over-
matched by the Chargers.
The effort – but not the
breaks – was there against
Bay Area as well, he said.
“The game on Friday
against Bay Area, we defi-
nitely outplayed them,” said
Coxe, whose team outshot
the Thunder, 27-20. “It was
one of those games where
you outplay your opponent
and unfortunately don’t win.
Both of their coaches came
up to me, at separate times,
and said they didn’t deserve
to win, that we outplayed
them.
“There were times where
we got the puck in the front
of the net and the bounces
didn’t go our way, we just
couldn’t get the puck across
the red line.
“The guys played well. We
hit a couple of posts.
Sometimes you work hard
and it just doesn’t go your
way. It’s unfortunate.
“I feel bad for the kids that
they work that hard and end
up losing the game. One of
those things where you’ve
just got to keep working hard
and good things will come.”
Nate Stempky and Ramsey
Villarreal scored for the
Chiefs in their loss to Bay
Area. Zack Schley picked up
an assist. Quaid Brooks
made 16 saves in goal for the
Chiefs.
Parker Beauchamp and
Dakota Bell scored the
Chiefs’ goals against Dow.
Gavin Armstrong, Stempky,
Bell and Austin Christie each
had an assist. Cheboygan
netminder Kaleb Wood
made 28 saves.
The goals for Bell and
Villarreal were the first of
their respective varsity
careers.
The Chiefs are 5-9 and
have lost four straight. Coxe
said they expected to get at
least two of the injured,
Adam Jeannotte and DJ
Sayers, when they go this
weekend to the New Years
Tournament at Michigan
Tech in Houghton. The
Chiefs are scheduled to play
Escanaba on Friday, Jan. 3,
and Painsdale Jeffers on
Saturday, Jan. 4. Escanaba is
ranked eighth in Division II.
“We’ve lost some games,
but we’re playing well,” Coxe
said. “It’s going to turn
around. That’s what I tell my
guys. don’t get frustrated. It’s
hard not get frustrated when
you’re playing hard and not
winning, but it’ll come
around. Bad luck or bad
mojo or whatever you want
to call is isn’t going to last all
year. It’s something you’ve
got to work through.
“They keep working hard
and working hard in practice
and as far as a coach, I can’t
ask for anything more.
They’re sticking together
and still working, keeping a
good attitude.”
Long trip to Michigan Tech next for Cheboygan
Short-handed Chiefs drop two
in ‘challenge’
By Doug Derrer
TRAVERSE CITY – The Bay
Area Reps participated in the
Traverse City Central Scott
Miller Memorial Holiday
Tournament during their
Christmas break and went
toe-to-toe with some of the
state’s top-ranked teams.
In their Dec. 26 match the
Reps took on Salem, the
11th-ranked team in Division
I, and used stellar defense
and outstanding goal tending
in taking down the Rocks 1-0.
The game was scoreless
through two periods as the
Reps managed 13 shots on
net and Salem just 7, but 31
seconds into the third period
Travis Kirk scored a power
play goal to give the Reps
their only goal in the 1-0 vic-
tory. Zack Bargy and Trevor
Apsey assisted on what
proved to be the only goal of
the well-played contest.
Salem came to life after the
Rep goal and fired 13 shots at
goalie Jay Jones, but he was
impregnable, keeping them
all out of the net to earn the
amazing shutout win.
Looking to advance to the
finals, the Reps would have to
get by Saginaw Heritage,
ranked No. 17 in Division II,
in the second round of the
tournament.
The Hawks took a two-goal
lead late in the first period
before Chase Joppich scored
for the Reps with 2:19 to go in
the opener to get the Reps
within a goal.
Dangerous Andrew
Dzierwa, who assisted on the
Joppich goal, then tied the
score at 2 when he beat the
Heritage netminder with a
sizzling slammer with 3:54
left in the second period. R.J.
Deneweth assisted on the
tying goal.
After a scoreless third peri-
od the teams headed to over-
time and the Hawks scored
just 1 minute and 31 seconds
into OT when a shot deflect-
ed off a skate in front of the
Reps’ netminder and found
its way into the goal to give
Heritage an exciting 3-2 win.
With their OT win,
Heritage advanced to the
tournament finals to take on
University of Liggett and the
Hawks would take home the
tournament championship
with a 5-4 win.
Toledo St. John’s Jesuit, the
third-ranked team from that
state, would be the Reps’
third-round opponent. After
taking a 1-0 lead after one
period, the Titans would
jump all over the Reps in the
middle period and score four
goals on their way to a 5-0
win.
Despite their 3-6 record
the Reps have shown steady
improvement against some
of the best teams in the state
and they start the New Year
with a pair of home games on
Friday, Jan. 3, against
Cadillac and Saturday, Jan. 4,
versus Grandville.
Reps shock
Salem in Miller
tourney!
Kirk’s cannon blast is only
goal as Reps take 1-0 win in
tourney opener; Jones is
masterful in nets
Hockey
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By Mike Dunn
SAULT STE. MARIE –
Johannesburg-Lewi st on
graduate Stephanie Fisher, a
red-shirt junior for the Lake
Superior State women’s bas-
ketball team, found her
range at the perfect time to
help the Lakers earn their
first and only win of the sea-
son so far.
On December 12, the
Lakers traveled to the court
of Malone University in
North Canton, Ohio for a
GLIAC clash and left town
with a stunning 73-71 victory
in hand. Lake State went into
the game with an 0-6 record
and 0-2 in the conference
while Malone brought a 4-2
record to the floor and 0-2 in
the GLIAC.
The 5-foot-7 Fisher started
and played 30 of 40 minutes
in the contest and drilled the
nets for a career-high 27
points to lead all scorers. Not
only that. She came back
into the game with 4:29
remaining and her team
trailing 64-60 and scored
nine of her team’s final 13
points.
Fisher, a former All-State
Cardinal prep star known for
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electrifying play, was locked
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arc, draining two straight 3-
pointers to tie the score at 66
with 3:36 left. Her free throw
with 15 seconds remaining
put the visiting Lakers on top
71-68. The Pioneers came
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er, when Selana Reale was
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with 5 seconds to go and
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The Lakers brought the
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hand. The junior launched
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found nothing but the bot-
tom of the net, giving LSSU a
dramatic road triumph.
Fisher was on the floor for
39 minutes in the Lakers’
next game, a tough overtime
loss to Walsh on December
14, and she scored 18 points
with five rebounds, two
assists and two blocked
shots.
Through 10 games, Fisher
is leading the Lakers with
11.5 points per game and she
is averaging 24.4 minutes.
Two outstanding 2013
graduates, guard McKenzie
Edwards of Gaylord and for-
ward Kelsey Ance of
Petoskey, are also playing for
the Lakers. They are making
the formidable transition
from high school to the
speed of the college game as
true freshmen and both are
seeing playing time and con-
tributing as reserves.
Lake State, which returned
recently from a two-game
tournament in Hawaii, plays
again on Thursday, Jan. 2,
against Lake Erie.
Fisher finds range in Lake
State victory
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FREELAND – Nick Strobel
placed second as six
Petoskey High School
wrestlers earned medals
Saturday at the Freeland
Invitational.
The Northmen are sched-
uled to partake in the
Hastings Invitational on
Saturday, Jan. 4, and will
wrestle at Alpena in a Big
North Conference dual
meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
The Northmen are 9-0 in
duals.
Petoskey coach Nate
Gross took just seven
wrestlers to Freeland, and
six came away with medals.
Several sat out the tourna-
ment because of family hol-
iday obligations. The short-
handed Northmen man-
aged to place 11th of 18
teams in the tournament.
Also for Petoskey, sopho-
more Trevor Giallambardo
placed third at 103 pounds;
Trevor Denoyer finished
fourth at 189; Cam Plath
(152) and Dakota Vieau
(171) each finished fifth;
and Jordan Marihugh was
sixth at 215.
Austin Linn went 1-2 for
the Northmen at 140.
Strobel, wrestling at 145,
improved to 16-2 with his
tournament finish. He lost,
8-7, to Hunter Gasper of
Standish-Sterling in the
championship match.
Gasper is ranked third in
the state at 140 pounds in
Division III.
Strobel upended Brett
Green of Caro, 7-3, in a
semifinal match. Green had
handed Strobel his only loss
of the season – before
Saturday’s loss to Gasper –
earlier this season at the
Caro Invitational. Green is
also ranked in the top 10 in
the state individually.
“He’s a great athlete and I
think he can beat anybody,”
Gross said of Strobel, a sen-
ior. “I expect him to do well.
We expect him to win just
about every time. He’s a
three-sport athlete (football,
wrestling, baseball), so he
doesn’t just focus on
wrestling. He puts more
time into baseball than any-
thing. We’re thrilled with
him.”
Strobel held a 7-5 lead on
Gasper heading into the
third period on Saturday,
then “got turned,” Gross
said. “It was kind of a des-
peration move on (Gasper’s)
part that worked.”
Giallmbardo finished 2-1
on the day, defeating Ryan
Christiansen of Essexville
Garber in the third-place
match, and improving his
season-long record to 16-2.
His loss on Saturday came
on a pin to Trevor O’Connor
of Caro. His other loss this
season came to unbeaten
Dominic LaJoie of Gaylord.
Denoyer finished 2-2 on
the day, falling, 2-1, to Chris
Vandriessche of Essexville
Garber in the third-place
match.
Both Plath and Vieau
went 4-1 in the tournament.
Plath defeated Paul Streeter
of Sanford Meridian, 6-4, in
the fifth-place match; Vieau
downed Erik Partlo of
Midland Dow, 5-4, in his
fifth-place match.
Vieau’s lone loss of the
day came to Skylar Ley of
Caro, the top seed, in a
quarterfinal.
Marihugh finished 2-2.
He was pinned by Dustin
Leslie of Freeland in 1:53 in
the fifth-place match.
The 11th –place showing
at Freeland was a solid
result, considering that the
Northmen entered just
seven wrestlers in a possible
13 weight classes.
The Northmen opened
the season by winning the
Big Rapids Duals, then
placed seventh at the Caro
Invitational, and third at the
Hudsonville Invitational.
Strobel, Giallombardo
and Mike Kibbe (125) each
placed first in their respec-
tive weight classes at
Hudsonville. Nine of the 10
Northmen who competed
earned a medal.
“I’m pretty happy,” Gross
said. “It’s a nice team. They
work well together. There’s
not a huge division.
Wrestling is getting 14 guys
to get along and work for
one goal.”
Strobel leads six
Petoskey medalists at
Freeland Invitational
Northmen enter ‘second half’
9-0 in duals
ADRIAN — Former
Gaylord hockey standout
Matt Zaremba has done his
part in helping Adrian
College post an outstanding
18-4 record to date. The
hardworking, hard-driving
5-foot-8, 180-pound
defenseman has played in
all 22 games and has added
zip to the offense and some
zoom and boom to the
defense.
Zaremba, who graduated
from Gaylord in 2009 after a
stellar career on the ice for
the Blue Devils, has scored
five goals and assisted on
two others while engaging
in the hard-nosed physical
play for Adrian that charac-
terized his efforts in a
Gaylord uniform.
The Bulldogs, who are on
top of the Great Lakes
Collegiate Hockey League
standings with a sparkling
14-2 mark, play again on
Friday, Jan. 10, at Kent State
University.
Matt, the son of Jim and
Tammy Zaremba of
Gaylord, is majoring in
business management.
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Former Gaylord star is force on
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Hockey
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Nestled on a rise overlooking the Cheboygan
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acre of property AND it is situated on a quiet
street that is just a short distance to downtown.
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square feet of beautifully appointed living
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Real Estate
Buying a Home
with Resale
Value
Compliments of
Ed Wohlfiel
Part 1 of 2
Buying a Home with a View
Homes with a pleasant view of
the horizon often sell at a premi-
um above similar homes with-
out the view. However, if a view
is important to you, buy it most-
ly for your own pleasure and not
as an investment. Though you
may place a considerable dollar
value on the view, future buyers
may not be so like-minded. It
may take you longer to find a
buyer when it comes time to
resell the house. Or you may end
up dropping your price to more
nearly match other sales prices
in the neighborhood.
In short, if you are buying a
house with a view, try to pay as
little extra as possible.
Otherwise, you might not get
your money back.
Lot and Landscaping
Even though most real estate
value is usually concentrated in
the building, the lot is impor-
tant, too. Obviously, it should be
as level as possible. Assuming
the property is in a typical
neighborhood, the lot should be
rectangular – no odd shaped lots
or oddly situated lots.
Yard sizes are smaller in mod-
ern homes than in older homes,
but there should still be a
decently sized front and back
yard. Do not buy a house where
the entire back yard is taken up
by a swimming pool, for exam-
ple.
Do not purchase an over-
landscaped property, either. You
would normally pay a premium
for that, which you may not be
able to recover when you sell.
You will get your best value if the
house is moderately landscaped
or under-landscaped for the
area. You can always improve
the landscaping during your
ownership by improving the
grass and adding bushes and
trees. Just do not spend too
much.
House Size
In each residential neighbor-
hood, houses will vary in size
and rooms, but they should not
be too different. If resale value is
an important consideration, you
should not buy the largest
model in the neighborhood.
When determining market
value, the homes nearest to
yours are most important. If
most of the nearby houses are
smaller than your house, they
can act as a drag on apprecia-
tion.
On the other hand, if you buy
a small or medium house for the
neighborhood, the larger homes
can help pull up your value. This
is one of those times where
determining your “wants” versus
your “needs” can be extremely
important. Buying what you
need in a more prestigious
neighborhood may provide
more financial reward than get-
ting what you want in a less
desirable neighborhood.