By Mike Dunn

GAYLORD – The Gaylord
girls of coach Frank Hamilla
pushed their record to 4-1
overall and 2-0 in the Big
North with a tense 40-36
overtime victory at home
over Traverse City West on
Thursday, Jan. 9.
The battling Blue Devils
trailed most of the game but
poured it on in the fourth
quarter to forge a 32-32 tie,
then outscored the visiting
Titans 8-4 in the extra ses-
Leading scorer Brandi
Wagner showed up big down
the stretch, draining a pair of
critical 3-pointers back-to-
back to give Gaylord the lead
in the overtime, and then she
hit a pair of key free throws in
the final seconds to clinch
the victory.
Brandi blistered the nets
for 15 points to go with four
assists and four steals.
Maddie Hamilla was also in
double figures, taming the
twine for 13 points, and she
also came up with a critical
basket down the stretch,
draining a 3-pointer in the
final minute to forge the 32-
32 tie.
T.C. West had the chance to
win in regulation but the
Blue Devils held one last
“We won it on the defen-
sive end,” Hamilla said. “We
struggled offensively and
were behind for most of the
game. Late in the game, we
finally tied it on Maddie’s 3-
pointer and then Brandi
caught fire for us in the over-
“Our intensity on defense
was great; we picked them up
full court in the second half
and it paid big dividends for
us,” he added.
Lindsey Zaremba was
zoned in for seven points to
help the Gaylord cause.
Joslyn Rider and Lauren
Hintz each added a deuce.
Sydney Gooding secured five
rebounds and played rugged
defense down low. Sydney
Kassuba and Lauren Hintz
each hauled in three
rebounds and Kassuba also
issued two assists.
Mikaela Ray and Paris
Wagner each scored 10 to
pace the Titans.
The Gaylord JV girls of
coach Shelly Curtis also
turned in a solid perform-
ance, securing a 32-22 win.
The young Blue Devils rallied
from a 15-3 halftime deficit
to outscore the visiting Titans
29-7 in the second half.
“We struggled in the first
half couldn't seem to find the
basket , “ Curtis said. “We
made some adjustments and
came out in third quarter and
had a 14-2 run and then con-
tinued in the fourth quarter
with a 15-5 run. The girls
played really well together in
the second half and played
great defense.”
Coach Curtis lauded the
suffocating play of Adrienne
Edwards, who shut West’s
best player down. Shelby
Curtiss and Maddy sides gave
great minutes tonight off the
High scorer was Casey
Korte corralled the nets for 11
points to lead the young Blue
Devils in the scoring column.
Mallory Marshall made 10
and Adrienne Edwards
chipped in with 5 as Gaylord
pushed its record to 4-1.
Gaylord played at Sault Ste.
Marie on Tuesday, Jan. 14. On
Friday, Jan. 17, the Blue
Devils play another key Big
North game at home against
Cadillac. On Monday, Jan. 20,
the Blue Devils host Petoskey.
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By Andy Sneddon
It’s been a nice storyline:
Veteran coach of a tradition-
laden program which is off to
a fast start while using a
largely inexperienced lineup.
This week, the picture of
the Petoskey High School
boys basketball team will
become much more clear as
the Northmen embark on
trips to Cadillac and Alpena.
“Not only are they two of
the best teams in the league,
but our guys are going to find
out what it’s like to play on
the road,” said longtime
Northmen coach Dennis
Starkey. “Those are long trips
and it’s a completely different
situation than playing at
The Northmen entered the
week 6-1 overall, 3-0 in the
Big North Conference. They
were slated to play at
Cadillac, 3-2, 2-1, on Tuesday,
and are scheduled to go to
Alpena, 3-1, 1-1, on Friday,
Jan. 17.
The Vikings and Wildcats
were expected to contend for
the league championship.
But the fact that Petoskey
was the last unbeaten team
in conference play heading
into this week may have sur-
prised some based on the
fact that the relatively young
and inexperienced
Northmen entered the sea-
son with so many question
“We’ve made a lot of
improvement as the season
has gone on,” Starkey said.
“Early (in the year) we were
making too many mistakes,
especially on the offensive
end in not taking care of the
ball. We’ve made significant
improvement in that.”
The young Northmen have
taken advantage of a number
of factors, among them the
fact that six of their first
seven games have been on
their home floor, and the
combined record of their first
seven opponents is 13-36.
Only Brighton, which beat
the Northmen, 53-49, on
opening night, had a winning
mark (4-3) entering this
That said, the Northmen
are winning the way most
Starkey-coached teams have
in his near three decades at
Petoskey: Solid defense, bal-
ance and unselfish play.
“We’re getting contribu-
tions from a lot of guys and
our energy has been very
good,” Starkey said. “This is a
good practice team. There
haven’t been any letdowns.
They just come to play. And
we’ve shot the ball well. We
have guys who can shoot and
so far it’s been enough to
carry us.”
Senior Joe LeBlanc scored
20 points and a pair of soph-
omores, Aron Lee and Evan
Whitmore, added 17 and 13,
respectively, to lead the
Northmen to a 62-48 Big
North win last Friday over
West Branch Ogemaw
The Northmen jumped to
a 15-0 first-quarter lead and
were never seriously threat-
That win came three nights
after Petoskey held off
Traverse City West, 56-50.
Nick Mesnard scored 13
points, LeBlanc and Jason
Bur added 10 apiece, and
Whitmore and Lee finished
with nine each.
The Northmen led 48-46
with just over two minutes to
play when Mesnard found
LeBlanc inside for a bucket to
make it 50-46, then Mesnard,
Whitmore and Bur hit two
free throws each down the
stretch to hold the Titans at
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Northmen run win streak to 6,
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By Andy Sneddon
Ah the fickle nature of high
school sports in general, and
the game of hockey in partic-
Just when things appear to
be turning in the right direc-
tion …
The Petoskey High School
hockey team finally broke
through with its first victory
of the 2013-14 season when it
topped Cheboygan, 3-2, last
week at the Chiefs’ Ralph G.
Cantile Arena.
The high from the emo-
tional victory, which ended
an 11-game winless streak,
lasted just two days as
Petoskey fell to the Bay Area
Reps, 2-0, on their home ice
at Griffin Arena.
“That win gave them a lit-
tle more confidence,”
Petoskey coach Brent Ward
said. “It’s a little easier to stay
positive after a win, obvious-
“Friday (against Bay Area)
it seems like they kind of for-
got their way. They took it to
us. They played a hard, phys-
ical game and we got caught
standing around and watch-
ing a little bit and you can’t
do that. Every game you’ve
got to play every shift to the
best of your ability.
“There’s little battles all
over the ice that you’ve got to
win, and if you don’t win the
little battles there’s a good
chance you’re not going to
win the game.”
The Reps held a 30-7
advantage on shots on goal
over the Northmen, 1-9-3,
and Petoskey did not register
a shot on goal in the first
Goalie Michael Whittaker
made 28 saves to help keep
Petoskey in the game.
Whittaker posted 40 saves in
Petoskey’s win over
Cheboygan two nights prior.
“Michael Whittaker played
an outstanding game for us
(against Cheboygan),” Ward
said. “Cheboygan really came
at us late in the third (period)
and they had some good
opportunities throughout
the game.”
Whittaker’s effort “is what
we expect of him and what
he expects of himself,” Ward
said, “and he carried that
over to Friday (against Bay
Area) and played a strong
game. We’ve got to give him
some more help by getting
more shots ourselves.”
The Northmen capitalized
on enough of their shots to
beat the Chiefs. Nick
Gadowski scored goals 45
seconds apart to tie the game
and then put the Northmen
in front. The second came
with 8:30 remaining in the
Bray Spicer also scored,
while Kyle Sitkins and Mike
Forton each had an assist for
Austin Christie scored both
goals for the Chiefs. Adam
Jeannotte and Zack Schley
each had an assist. Quaid
Brooks made 23 saves in goal
for the Chiefs, 5-10, who have
lost seven consecutive
games, several in the fashion
that they lost to Cheboygan:
They outplayed and outshot
their opponent, only to come
up empty.
“We pretty much dominat-
ed the entire game, but we
ran into a goalie (Whittaker)
that played real well,”
Cheboygan coach Craig Coxe
said. “We knew he was a good
goalie, we’ve played against
him before … and we just
couldn’t get the puck behind
Of Cheboygan’s seven con-
secutive losses, four have
come by two goals or less.
The other three have came
against Midland Dow,
Escanaba and Dearborn
Divine Child. Dow and
Escanaba are ranked fourth
and fifth, respectively, in the
Division II state coaches poll,
while Divine Child is ranked
fifth in Division III.
The loss to Petoskey stung
that much more in light of
the fact that it came on home
ice, and the Chiefs had beat-
en the Northmen, 5-3, in the
“I really feel bad for them
because they’re working so
hard,” Coxe said of his play-
ers. “Even though we’re going
through a bad stretch here,
they’re not quitting, they’re
still working hard, they’re
staying positive, and I could-
n’t ask anything more of
them. Hopefully we can stay
that way because this is a
tough one to swallow.”
The Northmen, 1-9-3, were
scheduled to play host to
Traverse City West on
Wednesday at Griffin Arena,
and then go to Cadillac on
Friday, Jan. 17. Both are Big
North Conference games. On
Saturday, Jan. 18, the
Northmen play host to the
FNV Griffins at Griffin Arena.
The Griffins are a co-op pro-
gram featuring players from
Freeland, Saginaw Nouvel
and Saginaw Valley Lutheran
high schools.
“We are moving forward,”
Ward said of his Northmen.
“As tough as it may seem in
the win-loss column, we’re
still moving in the right direc-
tion and we want to keep
going, keep guys healthy, and
keep moving forward and
continue to get better each
week until the end of the sea-
The Chiefs play host to Big
Rapids on Saturday at Ralph
G. Cantile Arena.
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By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – The St. Mary
girls of coach Dan Smith
rebounded from the tough
home loss to Mount
Pleasant Sacred Heart with a
pair of hard-fought victories.
The Snowbirds edged Ski
Valley rival Bellaire, ranked
seventh in Class D, on
Friday, Jan. 10, and rallied to
outscore Harbor Springs 53-
44 on the road on Monday,
Jan. 13.
The Snowbirds edged the
visiting Eagles 28-19 in a
physically intense, defensive
showdown. The win enabled
St. Mary to stay unbeaten in
league play and remain atop
the league standings.
Bellaire (4-2, 4-1) came into
the game ranked seventh in
Class D by the Free Press
and St. Mary was ranked
ninth. The Eagles were com-
ing off a narrow 48-44 victo-
ry over perennial league
power Johannesburg-
The Snowbirds, who
improved to 6-1 overall and
5-0 in the league with the
win over Bellaire, were
ranked sixth by the
Associated Press in their first
poll of the season and ninth
by the Free Press.
They played like a top-10
team in the tough win over
Bellaire, limiting the explo-
sive visitors to just six points
in the first half with their
speed down the floor and
their suffocating, pressur-
ized defense.
Senior Kari Borowiak, who
has already surpassed the
1,000-point scoring mark
and will graduate as one of
St. Mary’s all-time leading
scorers, stoked the twine for
11 points and was the only
player on either team to
reach double digits. Long-
armed sophomore Bekah
Myler produced seven
points and was a physical
presence down low, as usual.
Caylee Lawnichak and
Giorgi Nowicki also made
key contributions to the win,
hitting key buckets and
scoring four points apiece.
Renee Lalone led the
Eagles with six points.
ON MONDAY at the court
of Class C foe Harbor
Springs, the surging
Snowbirds struggled a bit
out of the gates but came
storming back in the second
quarter to take control of
things and eventually
outscore the hustling Rams
by a 53-44 margin.
Borowiak blistered the
nets for 22 points and she
also spread the wealth
around, serving up more
sweet deliveries than a box
of Whitman’s Samplers as
she issued eight assists.
Myler added her usual mus-
cle to the attack, notching 11
points and grabbing seven
boards, and Giorgi Nowicki
generated six points and
helped fuel her team’s sec-
ond-quarter run.
Stephanie Sylvain and
Shallon Grawey each struck
for 12 to lead Harbor Springs
and they also combined for
13 rebounds.
Harbor Springs handed
the St. Mary JV its first loss of
the season, 48-37.
Alex Hunter hit for 10
points and Maggie Schultz
sank eight for the young
St. Mary (7-1, 5-0) played
at Mancelona on
Wednesday, Jan. 15, and is
home against Inland Lakes
on Friday, Jan. 17. On
Wednesday, Jan. 22, the
Snowbirds are home against
Central Lake.
St. Mary girls
clip Eagles,
rip Rams
Snowbirds edge Bellaire in battle of ranked
opponents, rally past Harbor Springs
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GRAYLING – A furious
fourth-quarter rally by the
Grayling girls varsity basket-
ball team fell just a couple
points short of a win, as vis-
iting Houghton Lake held on
for a hard-fought 54-53 win
Monday, Jan. 13.
The host Lady Vikings,
now 3-2 overall, outgunned
Houghton Lake, 26-15, in
the final eight minutes of the
non-conference clash. But,
that wasn’t enough to erase a
lead the Bobcats had built
over the previous three
quarters of play.
Houghton Lake built a
modest 12-9 advantage in
the first quarter, but then
limited Grayling to just four
points in the second to surge
to a 26-13 halftime lead.
The loss was only negative
in what was otherwise a
superlative night by
Grayling’s Brittany Nielson,
who was impressive in all
facets of the game with 19
points, 11 rebounds, 2
assists, 7 steals and 1
blocked shot.
Makayla Cragg added 14
points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist
and 3 steals for Grayling,
while Cierra Prosser tallied
10 points, 6 rebounds and 1
assist in the loss.
Other contributors for
Grayling included: Erica
Umlor with 6 points, 1 assist
and 6 steals; Courtney
Hatfield with 2 points, 2
assists and 3 steals; Katie
Vierling with 2 points; and
Tandy Mitchell with 1
rebounds and 2 steals.
Sarah Garrett led
Houghton Lake in the win
with 18 points.
Elk Rapids 60
Grayling 54
The host Elk Rapids Elks
outscored the visiting Lady
Vikings for the first three
periods of play Friday, Jan.
10, on their way to a 60-54
win in a clash between the
two Lake Michigan
Conference squads.
Grayling (1-2 conference)
finally got the better of Elk
Rapids (4-2 overall, 2-1 con-
ference) in the final stanza,
23-21. But, by then, the Elks
had already forged a solid
39-31 advantage heading
into the fourth quarter.
Samantha Denno led the
Lady Vikes with an impres-
sive 19 points, 11 rebounds
and 4 steals. Umlor also had
a solid night with 14 points,
2 rebounds, 4 assists and 3
steals, and Prosser added 10
points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
and 7 steals in the loss.
Also contributing for the
Lady Vikings were: Hatfield
with 6 points, 2 boards, 1
assist and 3 steals; Nielson
with 2 points, 3 boards and 3
steals; Leslie Reilly with 2
points; Cragg with 1 point, 3
rebounds, 1 assist and 1
steal; Money with 3 assists
and 3 steals; Vierling with 1
rebound and 1 steal; and
Mitchell with 1 assist.
– Report compiled by
Buckland News Service.
Lady Vikes fall
short in bid to
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FIFE LAKE – Sometimes, a
big lead isn’t all what it seems
to be. A team gets compla-
cent, stops running its plays
and suddenly finds itself in
But, that wasn’t the case for
the Mancelona girls varsity
basketball team Friday, Jan.
10, when the Lady Ironmen
topped Ski Valley Conference
rival Forest Area, 50-38.
Mancelona (3-3 overall, 2-
2 conference) dominated the
action early, leading 17-4
after the first quarter and
moving out to a 30-15 advan-
tage at intermission.
That allowed first-year
head coach Ben Tarbutton to
rest his starters and find
some additional playing time
for his bench, including two
players recently moved up
from the JV team.
“The girls did really well,”
Tarbutton said. “We were
wondering how they would
play when they were expect-
ed to win.
“We still had too many
turnovers (28),” he added.
“But, our free throws (9-for-
18) were good.”
Eilenne Naniseni spear-
headed Mancelona’s attack
early on and ended the night
with 16 points, 18 rebounds,
2 steals and 2 assists.
“Eilenne had a good dou-
ble-double and an all-round
good game with blocks and
assists,” Tarbutton said.
Emily Nixon also was a
solid all-round performer for
Mancelona with with 8
points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals,
5 assists and 1 blocked shot.
Tyra Oetting added 9 points,
4 rebounds and 3 steals in the
Other contributors for the
Lady Ironmen included: Sara
Hittle with 7 points, 4
rebounds and 2 steals; Ashley
Joseph with 7 points, 3
rebounds and 3 steals;
Megan Morris with 2 points,
3 rebounds and 1 steal; Jill
Smigelski with 1 point, 4
boards, 3 steals and 4 assists;
Tori Reicheldefer with 4
rebounds and 3 steals; and
Hannah Hardy and Shelby
Busby, each with 1 rebound.
The chance to see some of
his other players on the floor
couldn’t have come at a bet-
ter time, as Tarbutton and the
Lady Ironmen are slated to
play a pair of tough confer-
ence games against Gaylord
St. Mary’s (6-1 overall, 4-0
conference) and
Johannesburg-Lewiston (5-2
overall, 3-2 conference).
“I’m looking forward to a
hard week this week to see
where our team is at and
where we need to improve,”
Tarbutton added.
Onaway 35
Mancelona 31
Mancelona struggled in
35-31 loss to rival Onaway on
Wednesday, Jan. 8, possible
due to being shorthanded.
The Lady Ironmen had to
play without one of their
starters in Smigelski, who
was ill. And, Nixon was
forced to the bench with
early foul trouble.
Even then, Mancelona was
able to battle its way to a
slim, 6-5, lead in the first and
held a four-point lead, 15-11,
at halftime.
Onaway, however, rallied
and tied the varsity hoops
clash at 24-24 by the end of
the third quarter. The lead
then changed hands several
times in the final eight min-
utes, but a pair of turnovers
in the last 30 seconds allowed
Onaway to secure the win.
Despite foul trouble, Nixon
led the Lady Ironmen with 10
points, 9 rebounds and 2
blocked shots.
Also contributing for
Mancelona were: Oetting
with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 7
steals and 3 assists; Hittle
with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 2
steals and 1 assist; Naniseni
with 4 points, 11 rebounds, 1
assist and 1 blocked shot;
Reicheldefer with 2 points, 1
rebound and 3 steals; and
Morris with 2 rebounds.
– Report compiled by
Dennis Mansfield, Buckland
News Service.
Buckland News Service
ELK RAPIDS – It was not a
good week for the Grayling
boys varsity basketball team,
which suffered a pair of loss-
es to Lake Michigan
Conference rivals. That
included a 61-49 defeat at
the hands of the host Elk
Rapids Elks on Friday, Jan.
The winning formula for
the Elks was a simple one.
They outscored the visiting
Vikings (4-2 overall, 2-2 con-
ference) in first three quar-
ters of play, building a 32-25
lead at intermission.
“On a positive note, we
forced Elk Rapids into 27
turnovers with our defensive
pressure,” Grayling head
coach Rich Moffit said.
“However, we were not able
to convert many of the
turnovers into points for us.”
Grayling was only able to
chip away slightly at the lead
in the third period when it
was one point better, 11-10,
than Elk Rapids. The whit-
tled the gap to just 51-47 late
in the game, but hopes of a
bigger rally soon faded as
the Elks dominated the final
eight minutes, 19-13.
“We struggled to knock
down open shots in the
game, plus we shot poorly
from the free-throw line,”
Moffit added. “(But) I saw a
number of positive things in
this game.
Several Viking players had
positive nights. Justice
Jauntily posted a double-
double in leading Grayling
in both scoring and
rebounding with 13 points,
11 rebounds and 1 steal.
Geoff Wilson also hit for
double figures against the
Elks with 10 points, 7
rebounds and 2 steals.
Other contributors for
Grayling also included: Tyler
McClanahan with 9 points, 2
rebounds, 2 steals and 4
assists; Scout Tobin with 9
points, 2 rebounds and 1
steal; Michael Branch with 3
points, 5 rebounds and 2
steals; Matt Burrell with 3
points, 3 rebounds and 1
steal; Carson Burmeister
with 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1
steal and 2 assists; Peyton
Zigila with 1 rebound and 2
steals; and Emmett Helsel
with 3 rebounds and 1 steal.
Boyne City 64
Grayling 54
A fast start wasn’t enough
to overcome a solid finish by
Boyne City, as the visiting
Ramblers topped the
Vikings, 64-54, on
Wednesday. Jan. 8.
“We started out of the gate
very fast, jumping out to a
20-11 lead,” Moffit said. “We
played with a lot of energy at
both ends of the court and
we were able to force Boyne
into a number of turnovers
The Vikings held Boyne
City to just nine points in the
opening period but found
themselves trailing at half-
time, 27-26, as the Ramblers
doubled their offensive out-
put in the second stanza.
The game remained up for
grabs going into the fourth
period, with the teams tied
at 41-41. Grayling couldn’t
protect its home floor, how-
ever, as the Ramblers put up
10 more points, 23-13, in the
final eight minutes to earn
the win.
“Boyne was able to force
us into a number of turn
overs which resulted in
Rambler points,” Moffit said.
“On the positive side, we
were able to force Boyne
City into 28 turnovers.”
Jauntily was the only
Viking cager to score in dou-
ble digits, hitting the
Ramblers for 17 points, 6
rebounds and 1 steal.
Wilson, Branch and
Burrell combined for 27
Grayling points, as each tal-
lied 9 for the game. Branch
also chipped in with 5
points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal
and 2 assists, while Burrell
had 3 rebounds, 1 steal and
1 assist and Wilson added 5
rebounds, 1 steal and 1
Also contributing for the
Vikings were: Burmeister
with 7 points, 1 rebound, 2
steals and 2 assists;
McClanahan with 5 points, 2
rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists
and 2 blocked shots; Tobin
with 2 points, 1 board, 2
steal and 1 assist; Helsel with
3 rebounds; and Zigila with 2
rebounds and 1 steal.
Vikings fall twice to
conference foes
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GAYLORD — The annual
Greater Otsego Sports Hall
of Fame banquet will be
held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at
the Eagles Hall on
Wisconsin Ave.
The Class of 2014 features
three-time state-champion
skier Anna (Estelle) Jarvis
and dominating wrestler
Bob Powell from Gaylord
High School; premier pitch-
ing star and Detroit Tigers’
draftee Steve Nowak and
All-State basketball and
softball star Amanda
(Squires) Murray from St.
Mary; scoring machine Jim
Loshaw from the Vanderbilt
High School basketball
team; and the outstanding
Johannesburg Central High
School girls’ basketball
teams which went unbeat-
en from 1957 to 1960.
In addition, longtime J-L
football public address
announcer Tom Zick and
clock manager John Righi
will receive the
Distinguished Service
Tickets are $35 per person
and include a prime rib din-
ner. For information or to
purchase tickets, call Tom
Johnson at 989-614-1298,
Jeff Shoff of Design One at
732-6059, or Kim
Samkowiak at 989-370-
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By Mike Dunn and Andy
Mackinaw City girls of coach
Adam Stefanski bounced
back quickly from the heart-
breaking overtime loss to
Boyne Falls the game before,
outscoring visiting Alanson
46-16 in a Northern Lakes
Conference clash played on
Friday, Jan. 10.
Junior forward Lauren Bell
stepped up big for the
Comets, who are playing
without the services of tal-
ented sophomore Chelsey
Closs for the remainder of
the season. Bell struck for 19
points and did a Windex
number on the glass, pulling
down 11 rebounds for a dou-
Strong-armed sophomore
Lily Alexander also helped
the cause, joining with Bell to
dominate play inside much
of the time. Lily launched 13
points and pulled down nine
boards for a near double-
double. Blaine Yoder blis-
tered the twine for eight
points and senior point
guard Brooke Yoder delivered
up more sweet deliveries
than a florist, issuing nine
Stefanski was pleased with
the Comets’ strong play in
the paint and also his team’s
ball movement.
Alyssa Silveus paced the
Vikings with 10 points.
Mackinaw City (7-2, 5-1)
traveled to Alba for a
Northern Lakes Conference
game on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the
Comets are home against
Ogemaw Heights 34
Petoskey 29
PETOSKEY – Another slow
start helped to doom the
Petoskey High School girls
basketball team in a Big
North Conference game last
week with West Branch
Ogemaw Heights.
The Northmen could
muster just four first-half
points in falling to the
Falcons, 34-29.
Kati Lewis scored 12 points
to lead the Northmen, who
slipped to 1-5 overall, 1-1 in
the league.
Petoskey was scheduled to
play at Cadillac on Tuesday,
and will play host to Alpena
on Friday, Jan. 14. Both are
league games. The Vikings
entered the week 7-1 overall
and 4-0 in the Big North.
They were one of two
remaining unbeaten teams
in the conference. Gaylord, at
2-0, is the other.
The Northmen are sched-
uled to play at Gaylord on
Monday, Jan. 20.
Marci Meier and Haley
Izworski scored seven points
each to lead Ogemaw
Heights in its victory over the
The Falcons are 2-4, 2-3.
Pickford 68
Pellston 28
PICKFORD – The Pellston
girls faced a tough challenge
at the court of perennial U.P.
hardwood power Pickford on
Monday, Jan. 13. The Hornets
fell to 1-6 with a 68-28 defeat.
Kelly Lewis landed 18
through the iron to lead the
Hornets and Ember Hahn
hauled in nine rebounds.
Onaway 49
Pellston 34
PELLSTON – The Onaway
girls of coach Marty Mix trav-
eled to the court of Ski Valley
rival Pellston on Friday, Jan.
10, and secured a 49-34 deci-
Devin Bristley busted the
nets for a team-high 13
points as the Cardinals, who
had a hellacious early sched-
ule, pushed their record to 5-
3 overall and 4-3 in league
play. Jade Galer and Lexi
Szymoniak also helped the
Cardinal cause, draining the
nets for 10 points apiece.
The Cardinals led by just a
point going into the second
quarter but pulled away a bit
after that, taking a 21-16 lead
into intermission and a 37-23
lead after three quarters.
Dependable Hanah Carter
connected for 13 points to
pace the hardworking
Hornets of coach Steve
Pellston played host to
Bellaire on Wednesday, Jan.
15, and Onaway traveled to
Forest Area on the same
Onaway 35
Mancelona 31
ONAWAY – Onaway broke
away in the fourth quarter to
finally outscore a much-
improved Mancelona squad
on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in a
tough Ski Valley clash. The
Lady Ironmen of coach Ben
Tarbutton, who were winless
a year ago, have been playing
everybody tough this season
and that was true at Onaway.
The score was tied at 24
after three quarters before
the Cardinals were able to get
any kind of separation on the
“We came back with a lot
of intensity in the fourth
quarter to finally win,”
reported veteran Onaway
coach Marty Mix.
Lexi Szymoniak stroked
the nets for 13 points to lead
the way for the Cardinals.
Central Lake 40
Pellston 34
PELLSTON – The Pellston
girls faced tough Ski Valley
foe Central Lake on the road
on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and
suffered a 40-34 setback in a
physically tough battle.
Kelly Lewis and Hanah
Carter each launched
11points through the iron for
the Hornets of coach Steve
Kirsch and Breah Carter con-
nected for eight.
Kirsch was pleased with
his team’s effort against the
talented Trojans but not
happy with the number of
Boyne Falls 37
Mack City 35
BOYNE FALLS – It was a
battle of league unbeatens
on Wednesday, Jan. 8, as
Mackinaw City traveled to
the court of Northern Lakes
Conference rival Boyne Falls.
The host Loggers were able
to pull out an intense 37-35
victory to push their record
to 5-0 in the league and put
themselves in sole posses-
sion of first place in the
standings, at least for now.
The Comets fell to 4-1 in the
league and saw their 17-
game league winning streak
Katherine Watchorn and
Brooke Yoder each waxed the
nets for nine points to lead a
balanced scoring chart for
Mack City and reliable
Lauren Bell was a two-way
force, ringing up eight points
and covering the floor defen-
sively like wet on water,
notching eight steals.
Mack City plays host to
Boyne Falls on Thursday, Feb.
6, in a much-anticipated
rematch with the two powers
of the Northern Lakes
Sarah Morse provided the
muscle inside for the Mack
City JV as she pulled down a
whopping 16 rebounds in a
32-18 win over Boyne Falls.
Inland Lakes 36
Forest Area 26
FIFE LAKE – The Inland
Lakes girls earned a hard-
fought 36-26 decision over
host Forest Area on
Wednesday, Jan. 8. Alli Furst
fired in 11 points to put the
bite into the Bulldog attack
and Keahna Depauw con-
nected for 10.
Onna Hulwick led all scor-
ers with 12 points for Forest
Area and Cami Campbell
added eight.
Mack City girls bounce back
Bell rings up 19 as Comets outscore Alanson; Petoskey
falls to Falcons; Onaway outscores Pellston
Girls Hoops
Mancelona boys varsity bas-
ketball team remains one of
the top teams in the Ski Valley
And, it helped that the
Ironmen (5-1 overall, 3-0
conference) took care of
business at home last week,
topping visiting Pellston, 61-
43, on Friday, Jan. 10.
The hoops clash was origi-
nally slated for Tuesday, Jan.
7, but was postponed due to
weather and school cancella-
The delay didn’t seem to
hurt the Ironmen.
Mancelona started out some-
what slowly, leading 16-13
after the first eight minutes.
But, that became a more
comfortable bulge of 34-22 at
As he’s usually done this
season, Brandon Dingman
paced Mancelona’s attack
with 24 points and 10
rebounds. While in his junior
year, Mancelona head coach
Rick Duerkson said the third-
year varsity player should get
his 1,000 point this week.
“He’s just a pure scorer,”
Duerkson added. “And, we
have five starters who are
pretty strong.”
Dingman had plenty of
support with a pair of team-
mates also in double figures.
Logan Borst tallied 11 points
and 4 steals in Friday’s win at
home, while Griffin Borst had
10 points and 11 boards.
Justin Spires just missed a
double-double, hitting for 9
points and hauling in 10
This week could be key in
setting up the race for the
conference crown. The
Ironmen were set to play on
the road at both Onaway (4-
1, 3-0 conference) on
Tuesday, Jan. 14, and then
Forest Area (3-2, 2-1 confer-
ence) on Thursday, Jan. 16.
“This week will tell us a lot,
as far as where we’re at,”
Duerkson said. “When the
season started, I thought we
had a good chance, along
with two or three other
“I didn’t think Onaway
would be as good as they
have been, but they have
some good players.”
Mancelona 66
Central Lake 48
What looked to be a see-
saw battle Wednesday, Jan. 8,
turned out to be another
impressive win for the host
Ironmen, as they topped SVC
foe Central Lake, 66-48.
Mancelona started the
game with a 5-0. But that was
answered by the visiting
Trojans, who battled back to
tie the score at 7-7. The
Ironmen then went on
another run and finished the
opening stanza up 13-7.
The drama – and hopes of
a possible upset by Central
Lake – faded in the second
quarter, as Mancelona
surged to a 37-13 halftime
Dingman again powered
the Ironmen attack with 32
points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
and 4 steals.
Griffin Borst added 13
points, 7 rebounds and four
assists, with Logan Borst tal-
lying 7 points and 6 assists
against the Trojans.
– Report compiled by
Buckland News Service.
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By Mike Dunn
Johannesburg-Lewi ston
girls of coach Heather Huff
turned up the heat big time
in back-to-back road wins
over Ski Valley foe Central
Lake on Friday, Jan. 10, and
non-league foe Boyne Falls
on Monday, Jan. 13.
The Cardinals rebounded
big time from the tough 48-
44 loss to talented league
rival Bellaire on Wednesday,
Jan. 8, with a 71-41 bom-
bardment of Central Lake
and a 77-28 shellacking of
Boyne Falls.
The Cardinals improved
to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the
Ski Valley with the wins.
In the game at Boyne Falls,
it was senior sharpshooter
Brittany Cherwinski churn-
ing out 22 points and pulling
down eight boards to lead
the way for J-L and she was
joined in double digits by
Julie Nieman and Maddie
Showerman, who each
dropped 10 points through
the iron. Showerman nearly
had a double-double as she
also grabbed eight
Madison Ewing, Hailey
Weaver and Abbie May each
rang up eight points on a
night when J-L’s blanketing
defensive pressure created
scoring chances at the other
end. Ashley May and
McKenzie Mathewson
helped control play in the
paint, pulling down six
rebounds apiece. Kelsey
Cherwinski shined in the
backcourt, turning out five
points, five assists and five
rebounds and she covered
the floor like carpeting on
defense, securing seven
In the win over Central
Lake, the Cardinals pulled
away in the second half after
leading by just five points,
24-19, at halftime. The
Trojans, who are pretty good
this year, came into the
game with a 5-2 record and
4-1 in the league.
Showerman led the
assault on the Trojan iron,
raining down shots with fre-
quency and accuracy as she
scored 20 points to go with
four steals and seven boards.
Super sophomore Kelsey
Cherwinski continues to
make her mark in her first
varsity season. Kelsey con-
nected for 13 points and
pulled down five rebounds.
Senior Brittany Cherwinski
busted the nets for nine
points and Julie Nieman also
put some jolt into the attack,
finishing with eight points
and five boards.
Ashley May, another
tough sophomore on the J-L
varsity roster, also helped
the cause, making six points
and muscling down eight
In the 48-44 loss to
Bellaire, Brittany Cherwinski
and Maddie Showerman
each struck for 14 points to
lead J-L. The Eagles, who
were ranked ninth in Class D
prior to the game, improved
to 5-1 overall and 4-0 on the
league with the win, though
they lost to league-leading
St. Mary in their next game.
Madalyn Balon had 18
points and seven rebounds
for Bellaire, while Tiarre
Clovis contributed 10 points
and seven rebounds and
Leighton Koepke added
eight points and four
The JV squad of coach
Brett McVannel earned a
tight 36-34 victory over
Bellaire as Sarah Korff con-
nected for 11 points with
four steals to lead the way
and Haley McVannel hit for
nine points with three
assists and three steals.
Kaitlyn Huff canned six
points and showed up big
down low, hauling in nine
rebounds. McKenzie
Richardson and Makenzie
Sides each tallied five for the
young Cardinals, who are 5-
2 overall and 2-2 in the Ski
J-L (6-2, 3-2) played at
home on Wednesday, Jan.
15, against Inland Lakes and
traveled to Mancelona on
Friday, Jan. 17.
Cardinals cruise past Central Lake, Boyne Falls
after dropping close decision to Bellaire
J-L girls rebound
from loss
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PETOSKEY – They are a
combined 31-1 in dual meets
and both are unbeaten in the
Big North Conference.
Gaylord and Petoskey were
to square off in a wrestling
dual Wednesday at Petoskey
High School. It is a meet that
will go a long way in deciding
the eventual league champi-
The Blue Devils entered
20-1 and ranked fifth in
Division II by Michigan
Grappler. The Northmen
were 11-0. The Blue Devils
are the five-time defending
league champions, and the
teams are in the same
Division II team district,
scheduled for Thursday, Feb.
6, at West Branch Ogemaw
Ogemaw was also sched-
uled to partake in
Wednesday’s meet at
Gaylord easily swept
Traverse City West and
Traverse City Central in their
league-opening double-dual
last week, while Petoskey
topped Alpena, 56-18, to
improve to 2-0 in the league
The Blue Devils defeated
Central, 75-0; and topped
West, 69-6. The lone points
surrendered by Gaylord on
the night came on a void
against West at 160 pounds.
In the Blue Devils’ win over
West, Shane Foster (215),
Dominic LaJoie (103), Jon
Martin (119), Seth Lashuay
(125), Jacob Panosso (135),
Tristan Blanzy (140), Jeff
Heinz (145) and Matt Jenkins
(152) won by pin.
The most exciting match of
the evening came at 171,
where Gaylord’s Forest
Madagame took a 3-2 sud-
den-death victory over Zac
Madagame, Tristan
Gregory (189), Foster, Mike
Shyrock (285), Trent Lashuay
(112), Martin, Seth Lashuay,
Matt Kempher (130),
Panosso, Heinz and Jenkins
each won by pin against the
Trojans, while Blanzy took an
8-3 decision.
The Blue Devils were
scheduled to wrestle in the
Bay City Duals last Saturday,
but did not attend because of
In Petoskey’s win over
Alpena, Nick Strobel took an
exciting 8-5 decision at 145
and was named the
Northmen wrestler of the
Other Petoskey winners
were Austin Linn, Dylan
Koeningsknecht, Cam Plath,
Dakota Vieau, Trevor
Denoyer, Trevor
Giallombardo, Gage Paul,
Scott Kibbe and Mike Kibbe.
Scott Kibbe, 119, was the
Northmen wrestler of the
meet in the victory over
Other Petoskey wins
against the Cardinals came
from Rob Kibbe, Linn,
Strobel, Plath, Denoyer, Drew
Wilson and Giallombardo.
On Saturday, Petoskey will
host the Petoskey Duals
beginning at 9 a.m.
Roscommon, Rogers City,
Manistee, Traverse City St.
Francis and Flint
Northwestern are scheduled
to round out the field.
Also on Saturday, the Blue
Devils are scheduled to wres-
tle at the Dexter Invitational.
Three Blue Devils and one
Northman are ranked indi-
vidually in Division II by
Michigan Grappler.
LaJoie is ranked fifth at
103, while Gregory and
Foster are ranked third and
fourth, respectively, at 189.
Giallombardo is ranked sixth
at 103.
Teams enter week a combined 31-1; Blue Devils ranked fifth
Unbeaten Northmen, once-beaten Galord square off on the mat
By Mike Dunn
Mackinaw City boys of coach
Austin Krieg pushed their
record to 5-1 overall and 3-1
in the Northern Lakes
Conference with wins over
Alanson and Engadine on
Thursday, Jan. 9, and
Monday, Jan. 13.
Noah Morse paced a bal-
anced scoring assault with 18
points in the 73-37 win over
Alanson and Jonah Robbins
rang up 27 points and was
locked in like radar from 3-
point range, hitting 6-for-6,
as he led the way in the 72-59
win at Engadine.
Noah and Jonah weren’t
the only ones flooding the
nets for the prolific Comets,
In the big non-league win
at Engadine, Jake Bell struck
for 10 points to help the
Comet cause and Noah
served up 10 as well.
Forrest McArthur tallied 19
to lead the Eagles.
ON THURSDAY, Jan. 9, in
the win over league foe
Alanson, Matt Rivera rocked
the iron for 17 points to join
Noah in double figures while
Jonah made the twine jump
for 12 points and Zach Smith
sank 10.
Coach Krieg was pleased
with how the Comets pushed
the ball up the floor and gen-
erated lots of scoring
The Comets (5-1, 3-1)
played at Alba on Tuesday,
Jan. 14. On Thursday, Jan. 16,
they play at Vanderbilt and
on Wednesday, Jan. 22, they
are home against Wolverine.
Pellston 56
Gaylord St. Mary 31
PELLSTON – The host
Hornets earned a hard-
fought 56-31 decision over
Ski Valley foe St. Mary on
Thursday, Jan. 9, as Conner
Kilpatrick generated a team-
high 16 points and Austin
Hamlin turned in a tough
double-double, hitting for 12
points and pulling down 12
boards. Tanner Keller was a
physical force inside for the
Hornets as well, hauling in 12
Coach Larry Cassidy was
pleased with his team’s
defensive pressure in the
The St. Mary boys of coach
Ken Blust had a difficult time
finding an offensive rhythm
in the game. Rangy senior
Charles Strehl stoked the
nets for a game-high 17
points and he also grabbed
nine rebounds but he was the
only Snowbird to reach dou-
ble figures.
Levi Milan helped the
cause with eight points and
two assists and silky senior
guard Nick Harrington, in his
first game back, contributed
five assists with three points.
Senior strong man Orion
Beningo also pulled down
five rebounds. This was St.
Mary’s first game without
reliable senior forward Cam
Juneac, who is out for the
season with a torn ACL.
St. Mary played host to
Atlanta on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The Snowbirds are home
against Bellaire on Thursday,
Jan. 16.
Pellston played a makeup
game at Mancelona on
Friday, Jan. 10, and dropped
a 41-43 decision to the
league-leading Ironmen (see
separate story in this issue).
Tanner Keller connected for
19 points to pace the Hornets
and Conner Kintz collected
12 points.
The Hornets (2-4, 2-2)
played at Central Lake on
Tuesday, Jan. 14, and are
home against Onaway,
another tough league foe, on
Friday, Jan. 17.
Onaway 50
Inland Lakes 35
Onaways boys of coach Eddy
Szymoniak fought off a tough
challenge at the court of Ski
Valley rival Inland Lakes on
Thursday, Jan. 9, outscoring
the scrappy Bulldogs 50-35.
Onaway remained unbeat-
en in the league, pushing its
record to 3-0 and 4-1 overall
while the hardworking
Bulldogs fell to 0-5.
Joe Sigsby sank 11 points to
pace a balanced scoring
ledger for the visiting
Cardinals and senior wing
Joe O’Bradovich jammed the
twine for 10. Fellow senior
forward Carlos Bautista con-
nected for eight points and
was a strong presence inside,
gathering in nine rebounds.
I-Lakes coach Joe
Mahoney was pleased with
the hard-nosed effort of his
Onaway faced visiting
Mancelona on Tuesday, Jan.
14, in a much-anticipated
battle of league unbeatens.
I-Lakes traveled to Forest
Area on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The
Bulldogs play at
Johannesburg-Lewiston on
Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Johannesburg-Lewiston 55
Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s 37
Johannesburg-Lewiston boys
secured their first victory of
the season on Thursday, Jan.
9, outscoring visiting Lake
Leelanau St. Mary’s by a 55-
37 margin.
The Cardinals, who were
off a full three weeks because
of Christmas break and post-
ponements from the frigid
weather, were rusty as a mus-
ket at the start but they bat-
tled back from a narrow first-
quarter deficit to take a 27-21
lead by halftime and then led
the rest of the way.
Logan Huff was lights out
in the second half to lead J-L,
scoring all 19 of his points.
Huff was hotter than
jalapeno stew in the fourth
quarter, knocking down 12 of
his team’s 13 points.
Sophomore Brandon Huff
also showed up big, account-
ing for 15 points and clean-
ing the glass for nine
rebounds. Chad Garton
brought his usual energy off
the bench, sinking six points
and playing bark-tight
defense. Rugged Nate Fox
brought down seven
The J-L JV also won a close,
one, 27-25.
The Cardinals played host
to Ski Valley league power
Bellaire on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
On Thursday, Jan. 16, the
Cardinals are slated to play at
Central Lake and on Tuesday,
Jan. 21, they are home
against Inland Lakes.
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Cheboygan got some scoring
punch from a pair of unlikely
sources and did a solid
defensive job on Charlevoix
star Madeline Boss Monday
in taking a 53-35 non-league
girls basketball win from the
Macey Charboneau scored
14 points and Ashley
Hempenstall added 12 to
pace the Chiefs, who
improved to 3-4 and next
face St. Ignace at home on
The Saints, who last year
won the Class D state cham-
pionship, are 8-2 and ranked
fourth in Class C.
“We’ve been preaching to
the girls to be more aggres-
sive,” Cheboygan coach
Jason Purcell said after
Monday’s win at Charlevoix.
“We have a tendency to be
passive sometimes. It’s the
first time for Macey and
Ashley to (score) in double
figures this year.
“We needed that, we need-
ed some people to step up
and be offensive threats. The
more people we get involved,
the harder we are to guard.”
The 53 points was a sea-
son-high for the Chiefs, and
it came on the heels of a 47-
21 loss 10 days prior to
Kingsley. The 21 points was
Cheboygan’s season-low.
“Really the whole team did
a heck of a job because we
had four girls with two fouls
(each) by the end of the first
quarter so we played the
entire second quarter rotat-
ing the kids with two fouls,
basically,” Purcell said. “Our
bench came in and did a nice
Charlevoix wasn’t as fortu-
nate when it came to the foul
department. The Rayders’
top player, Madeline Boss,
picked up two early fouls and
was severely limited for most
of the night. She eventually
fouled out and finished with
just six points. She entered
the game averaging in double
figures in both scoring and
Olivia Storm scored eight
points to lead the Rayders.
Brooke Hancock added
seven points and 10
rebounds for the Chiefs,
while Carolyn Clark finished
with six points, seven boards.
Next for the Chiefs is a
Straits Area Conference game
with the Saints, who may be
as good if not better than
they were a year ago when
they won their second state
title in three years and their
fourth since 1999.
“It’s always a good test,”
Purcell said. “We always play
them at about this time of
year and then we finish up
our (regular season) in St.
Ignace, and it’s the Pink
Game. The gym will be
packed and it’s a tournament
environment. Usually it’s
pretty competitive.
“You find out what you’re
made of. The one thing is
when we have had success
against them is that you have
to attack the press. You have
to attack it and play concepts
and take what they give you.
You’ve got to play hard, that’s
No. 1.”
Chiefs warm up for mighty St. Ignace with a win at Charlevoix
Cheboygan gets balance in team-effort non-league victory
MIO – The Mio girls varsi-
ty basketball team improved
to 3-2 overall on the season
with a solid 44-36 win over
North Star League rival
Hillman on Friday, Jan. 10.
Mio seemed in control
early on, forging an 11-6
advantage by the end of the
first quarter. But, Hillman
rallied and cut the score to a
single point, 18-17, at inter-
The Lady Bolts then
staged a rally, of sorts, of
their own after halftime by
outgunning Hillman, 16-10,
in the third quarter and
heading into the final eight
minutes of regulation with a
34-27 lead.
“The team did a great job
defending and move the ball
around to score,” said Mio
head coach Helen DeFlorio.
“I was happy everyone
“Everyone did what was
asked of them before they
game. They were prepared
for the win.”
Jalen DeFlorio had an
impressive outing with a
double-double that includ-
ed 15 points and an out-
standing night on the glass
with 17 rebounds. Her sister,
Cassidy DeFlorio, added 7
points and 4 boards for Mio.
Hillman’s Jensen
Tchorzynski led all scorers
with 17 points and Vanessa
Schook chipped in 9 points
in the loss.
– Report by Buckland
News Service.
Lady Bolts shoot down
Hillman, 44-36
MIO – The Mio boys varsi-
ty basketball team just didn’t
beat visiting Oscoda on
Monday, Jan. 13. The
Thunderbolts won big, top-
ping the visiting team by a
whopping, 62-26.
Mio (5-1 overall) not only
dominated at the offense
end of the floor, but held
Oscoda (5-2 overall) to sin-
gle digits in every quarter.
The Thunderbolts used
the overall effort to run out
to a 13-4 advantage in the
opening stanza and led by
and impressive 49-18 at
Ben Lubitz paced Mio’s
attack with 26 points, as
Charles Auten helped by hit-
ting for another 12 points in
the victory.
Akil Jones and Kyle
Charters each scored 9
points for Oscoda.
The victory came just four
days after the Bolts suffered
their lone loss of the season,
as they fell to North Star
League foe Hillman, 58-55,
on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Again, Mio jumped out
early and held a 13-7 lead in
the first quarter. But,
Hillman took control of the
game by outgunning the
Bolts, 24-14, in the second
stanza for a 31-27 edge at
– Report compiled by
Buckland News Service.
Mio wins big over
Oscoda, 62-26
The Department of Natural
Resources today announced
the 2014 lake sturgeon fish-
ing and spearing season on
Black Lake (Cheboygan
County) will begin at 8 a.m.
on Saturday, Feb. 1. All
anglers must register to par-
ticipate in the lake sturgeon
The 2014 total harvest limit
for Michigan is five lake stur-
geon. To reduce the chance
of exceeding the harvest
limit, officials will close the
season when one of two sce-
narios occurs:
1. Once the fifth fish
has been harvested, or once
four fish have been harvested
at the end of any fishing day.
2. Fishing hours are 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. each day of the
season. The season will
either end at 2 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 5, or when
one of the above scenarios is
met, at which point anglers
will be notified on the ice by
DNR personnel that they
must immediately stop fish-
ing for lake sturgeon.
Anglers 17 years of age or
older must possess a valid
all-species fishing license. In
addition, all anglers must
possess a lake sturgeon tag,
available for free from all
license vendors. Anglers
must have both of these prior
to registering for the Black
Lake sturgeon season.
The 2014 angler registra-
tion process will be similar to
what was enacted in 2013.
Anglers need to only register
once for the entire season. An
early registration will be held
at the DNR Onaway Field
Station from 2 to 8 p.m. on
Friday, Jan. 31. This station is
located approximately 5
miles north of Onaway on
Route 211. Anglers can pick
up their spearing identifica-
tion flags at this time and
learn more about season
logistics and sturgeon popu-
lations from the DNR.
Anglers unable to partici-
pate in the Friday registra-
tion may register only at the
registration trailer at Zolner
Road ending on Black Lake.
Morning registration begins
at 7 a.m. each day of the sea-
son. Anglers are highly
encouraged to register on
Friday, Jan. 31.
Anglers will be issued a
disposable flag at registration
that must be displayed each
day at the entrance of the
angler’s shanty.
An angler who harvests a
lake sturgeon must immedi-
ately tag the fish and contact
an on-ice DNR employee and
register the fish at the Zolner
Road trailer registration site
on Black Lake. Registration
may include an examination
of internal organs and
removal of a piece of fin tis-
sue for DNA analysis and
Recent changes in registra-
tion logistics were developed
to allow greater participation
by anglers while protecting
the population of lake stur-
geon in Black Lake from
overharvest. In addition, the
DNR and Michigan State
University have been deter-
mining annual population
estimates of adult fish from
the spring spawning run,
which allows officials to set a
safe harvest level. The har-
vest limit in 2014 is lower
than the 2013 limit.
“Our ongoing research
efforts on spawning Black
River sturgeon have yielded a
better population model to
annually estimate the adult
sturgeon spawning popula-
tion,” said Ed Baker, DNR
research biologist. “A 2013
survey by DNR revealed
recent stocking efforts in the
lake have been fruitful, and
we anticipate some of these
fish will enter the spring
spawning run in a few years.
Once this occurs we antici-
pate an increase in future
safe harvest levels for
Rehabilitation of lake stur-
geon in the Cheboygan River
watershed is a cooperative
effort involving the DNR, the
Black Lake Chapter of
Sturgeon for Tomorrow,
Michigan State University
and Tower-Kleber Limited
For more details, anglers
may call the DNR Gaylord
Operations Service Center at
989-732-3541 or visit
Annual season set to begin Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. with total harvest limit of five
DNR allows supplemental feeding of deer because of heavy snowfall
Sturgeon season on Black Lake upcoming
Feeding deer allowed in southern U.P.
Due to heavy accumulated
snowfall, the Michigan
Department of Natural
Resources will allow supple-
mental feeding of deer in the
southern Upper Peninsula by
permitted groups and indi-
viduals beginning
Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Supplemental feeding is
only allowed in the southern
U.P. during years when accu-
mulated early winter snow-
fall reaches a depth that is
predictive of winter stress,
while permitted feeding is
allowed annually from
January 15 to May 15 in the
northern counties found
within the Lake Superior
The supplemental feeding
provision for the southern
U.P. pertains to: Delta,
Dickinson, Iron, Mackinac,
Menominee and Schoolcraft
counties, and south of the
T43N-T44N boundary line in
Chippewa and Marquette
Sportsmen’s groups or
individuals in these counties
who would like to obtain a
supplemental feeding permit
should contact DNR Wildlife
Division staff at the Baraga,
Crystal Falls, Escanaba,
Marquette, Shingleton,
Newberry or Sault Ste. Marie
“This winter has started
out substantially more severe
than last winter, which took a
large toll on the deer popula-
tion in the U.P., resulting in
reduced reproduction and
high fawn mortality,” said
U.P. Regional Wildlife
Supervisor Terry Minzey.
“While supplemental feed-
ing can have unintended
negative consequences, such
as auto collisions, over-
browsing, and disease trans-
mission, we recognize folks
want to help deer through a
harsh winter,” Minzey said.
“Those who obtain a supple-
mental feeding permit must
follow provisions that
attempt to minimize any
negative impacts.”
Once a permit is granted,
recipients must adhere to the
following regulations:
•Feeding is only allowed on
private land with landowner
permission, or on non-state-
owned public land with land
administrator permission.
Supplemental feeding is not
allowed on state land.
•Feed must be placed at
least one-quarter mile from
the nearest paved public
road, at least one mile from
domestic farm animals, and
at least one mile from wheat
or potato fields, commercial
fruit orchards or commercial
plant nurseries or tree farms.
•Feed can consist only of
grains, second cut alfalfa and
clover, and pelletized food
materials containing no ani-
mal protein. The feed must
be scattered on the ground at
a depth not to exceed three
inches. If individuals choose
to feed corn, the DNR recom-
mends it be mixed as a minor
component (25 percent or
less) of the recipe, which
should help protect deer
from dying by acidosis.
•Anyone issued a supple-
mental feeding permit must
report to the DNR, no later
than May 30, the quantity
and type of feed used, dates
and duration of feeding, and
other required information
specified in the permit.
To learn more about deer
management in Michigan,
For Upper Peninsula DNR
office contact information, go
The Department of
Natural Resources (DNR)
encourages hunters to start
dreaming of spring by pur-
chasing their spring turkey
hunt applications today.
The DNR reminds hunters
that spring turkey hunting
applications are on sale now
through Feb 1. The applica-
tion fee is $4. Applications
and licenses may be pur-
chased at any authorized
license agent or online at
The 2014 spring turkey
season runs from April 21
through May 31, with hunts
lasting from seven to 41
days, depending on the hunt
unit. Hunters may purchase
a license for just one hunt. A
total of 114,140 licenses are
available in the drawing for
quota hunts, including
49,140 general licenses and
65,000 private-land licenses.
Information about spring
turkey hunting can be found
"Hunters looking for the
greatest flexibility may wish
to purchase a Hunt 234
license. This license will be
available beginning in
March (no application
required). The Hunt 234
license is valid from May 5-
31 and includes all open
areas of the state except the
public lands of southern
Michigan," said DNR upland
game bird specialist Al
Stewart. “New this year,
hunters may purchase Hunt
234 through May 31.”
Beginning March 3, appli-
cants can check whether
they were drawn for a
license at
drawings. Any leftover
licenses will be sold until the
quota is met in each hunt
unit and hunt period.
Beginning March 1, a base
license is required for every
resident and nonresident
who hunts in Michigan.
Hunters may purchase their
spring turkey license only
after they have obtained a
base license for the year. An
application may be pur-
chased prior to obtaining a
base license.
Spring !rke# applicaions
on sale no"
BOYNE FALLS – The first-
ever Michigan Inland Lakes
Convention will be held May
1-3 at Boyne Mountain
Resort in Boyne Falls. This
convention presents an
opportunity for lake enthu-
siasts, lake professionals,
researchers, local govern-
ment officials and other
interested individuals to
participate in three days of
educational presentations
and discussions, in-depth
workshops, tours, exhibits
and much more.
The 2014 Michigan Inland
Lakes Convention is brought
to you by the Michigan
Inland Lakes Partnership,
launched in 2008 to pro-
mote collaboration in an
effort to advance steward-
ship of the state’s more than
11,000 inland lakes. The
convention is a cooperative
effort between many public
and private organizations:
Michigan Department of
Natural Resources,
Michigan Chapter of the
North American Lake
Management Society,
Michigan Lake and Stream
Associations, Inc., Michigan
State University Extension,
Michigan Natural Shoreline
Partnership, Michigan
Department of
Environmental Quality, and
Michigan State University
Institute of Water Research.
Convention sessions will
cover a wide variety of topics
including aquatic invasive
species management and
control; natural shoreline
management; Cooperative
Lakes Monitoring Program
training; and the latest in
lake research, riparian rights
and water law.
Registration for the con-
vention opened Jan. 6. For
more information, including
how to register, visit
Inland Lakes Convention
in Bone Falls
The Department of Natural
Resources invites everyone
to take advantage of the
upcoming annual Winter
Free Fishing Weekend on
Saturday and Sunday, Feb.
15-16. On those two days,
residents and non-residents
can fish without a license,
though all other fishing regu-
lations still apply.
Michigan has celebrated
the Winter Free Fishing
Weekend every year since
1994 as a way to promote
awareness of and better con-
nection to the state's vast
aquatic resources and fishing
opportunities. With more
than 3,000 miles of Great
Lakes shoreline, tens of thou-
sands of miles of rivers and
streams, and 11,000 inland
lakes – Michigan and fishing
are a perfect match.
“Michigan is home to
many fun and family-friendly
outdoor activities during the
colder months – and fishing
is definitely among the most
popular,” said DNR Director
Keith Creagh. “Our Winter
Free Fishing Weekend is a
great time for people to get
outdoors and explore the
state’s broad range of Pure
Michigan fishing opportuni-
ties. There’s something for
everyone – on your own, with
a friend or with the whole
To encourage involvement
in this year’s Winter Free
Fishing Weekend, organized
activities are being scheduled
in communities across the
state. These activities are
coordinated by a variety of
organizations including con-
stituent groups, schools,
local and state parks, busi-
nesses and others. A full list
of these events – as well as
tools to assist communities
that want to plan and pro-
mote local events – can be
found online at www.michi-
Free Fishing
slated for Feb. 15-16
The Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) would like to
inform anglers about new viral
hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS)
regulations that went into
effect Thursday, Jan. 9. The
changes result in simpler regu-
lations for anglers who pur-
chase and use minnows as bait
by removing the retail sales
receipt provision. Anglers will
now no longer be required to
possess their bait receipts
while fishing and retail min-
now sellers will no longer be
required to provide anglers
with detailed receipts for min-
VHS is a serious viral disease
that has spread into the Great
Lakes region and caused large-
scale fish kills. VHS was first
identified in the Great Lakes in
2005 and has caused mortali-
ties in a number of fish species
in the Michigan waters of Lake
Huron, Lake St. Clair, St. Clair
and Detroit rivers, Lake Erie,
and inland in Budd Lake near
Harrison and Base Line Lake
near Pinckney. It has also been
found in Lake Michigan waters
of Wisconsin. The DNR active-
ly monitors for VHS through-
out the year and as other areas
are identified positive for VHS,
they will be listed online at
Receipts were previously
used for educational and
enforcement purposes to
direct anglers to places where
their bait could be used based
on purchase location and
whether or not it was certified
as disease-free. VHS regula-
tions have been in effect for
several years and, after careful
review, the DNR determined
the retail receipt provision
could be removed because
anglers are more knowledge-
able about the risks associated
with baitfish use.
There is no known treatment
for VHS, so preventing the
spread of disease is the best
way to protect Michigan’s fish.
Anglers can help prevent the
spread of VHS by keeping the
following tips in mind when
using baitfish:
•Learn to identify the
species of baitfish you are
using. Species known to be
susceptible to VHS and typical-
ly used as live bait include
emerald shiners, spottail shin-
ers and white suckers. Other
species occasionally used as
bait that are susceptible to VHS
include bluntnose minnows,
trout perch, gizzard shad,
shorthead redhorse and silver
•Request that your local bait
store sell certified disease-free
•Purchase and use only cer-
tified disease-free baitfish.
•Never move live fish
between bodies of water.
•Disinfect your bait bucket,
livewells and bilges between
uses with a bleach solution
(half-cup of bleach to 5 gallons
of water) or allow equipment
to dry thoroughly before using
in a different body of water.
•Properly dispose of all bait
containers including worms and
soil, crayfish and minnows in a
trash receptacle.
Protecting Michigan’s world-
class water resources is every-
one’s responsibility for now
and future generations. All
boaters need to drain their
livewell(s) and bilge of their
boat upon leaving the water-
body because it’s the law.
New viral disease regulations are simpler and less stringent regard-
ing minnows and other baitfish
First-ever Michigan convention slated for May
1-3 at Boyne Mountain Resort
Anglers no longer need bait receipts
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January 11, 2014
Molly Kinser ..........................18
Caitlin Robbins .....................16
Autumn Vermilya..................15
Kaitlyn Deplanche ................14
Kate Mumford.........................9
Nora Bailey ..............................8
Emily Heffner ..........................8
Delaney Hogle.........................6
Bailey Murrell ..........................6
Abbie Weber ............................6
Jacquelyn Harbin....................4
Sydney Grusczynski................3
Gabrielle Hanel .......................3
Mallory Donakowski...............2
Serena Hogle ...........................2
Piper Johnson..........................2
Meghan Keen ..........................2
Jayden Jones ............................1
3rd & 4th Grade Boys
January 11, 2014
Gavin Freeman......................19
Austin Vanderveer.................19
Donavon Blust ......................12
RJ Korff...................................10
Daniel Smith .........................10
Joseph Zaremba....................10
Gavin Bebble...........................9
Cole Dexter..............................8
Jayden Hendrian.....................8
Bryce Harding .........................6
Braxton Law ............................6
Philip Sadenwater...................6
Jack White................................6
Liam Lowm..............................5
Riley McVannel .......................5
Daniel Reynolds......................3
Logan Cherry...........................2
Ashton Mathias.......................2
Mitchell Mumford...................2
John Powers.............................2
Robby Priestap........................2
Parker Willbee .........................2
Nicholas Thaxton....................1
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January 12, 2014
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GRAYLING – Patrick Ruddy’s double-double
helped lead the Grayling boys JV basketball team
to a 56-41 victory over visiting Elk Rapids on
Thursday, Jan. 9.
Ruddy tallied 16 points and grabbed 12
rebounds in the win.
Other key contributors for Grayling were Trent
Hickman with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 steals,
while Blake Gregory had 9 points and 3 steals in
the victory.
Grayling 50, Boyne City 29
Before Ruddy’s double-double, it was Troy
Summers who stepped up to power the Vikings’
attack in a 50-29 win against Boyne City on
Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Summers hit for 11 points and had 11 boards on
the night. Ruddy nearly set up a chance for back-
to-back double-doubles by also scoring 11 points
in the home win. But, in a solid effort, he fell short
with only 9 rebounds.
Also for the Vikings, Spencer Kent had 9 points,
5 rebounds and 4 steals.
Ruddy helps
lead Grayling
to JV win
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Tim was born and
raised in Cheboygan,
Michigan and now is
the pastor of Hope
Lutheran Church in
rural Sawyer and St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church, Butte, North Dakota.
I’m a greenhorn pastor serving two small churches in rural
North Dakota, I am faced with the reality of small numbers.
Over the decades farms have gotten larger while the popula-
tion has declined. There are four ghost towns within twelve
miles of our home. These ghost towns all have abandoned
church buildings in them.
As I frequently drive by these decaying structures I find
myself reflecting on the attendance numbers of the churches I
serve. We’ve increased a bit and yet I am tempted to worry.
And whenever I worry, I try to come up with solutions to the
problems I think we have. I start imagining programs and
events that could bring in more people to our towns and also
into our churches.
But then the Holy Spirit flags me regarding my worrying and
regarding my planning. Jesus said, “Don’t worry about tomor-
row” and, “But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteous-
ness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” (World
English Bible)
Before I worry and before I plan I am to seek God’s king-
dom. What is God’s Kingdom? God’s kingdom is wherever and
whenever Jesus Christ is in charge. The way I seek God’s king-
dom is to seek the will of the ruler of that kingdom. My con-
versations with the ruler of the kingdom can be summed up in
to two parts: “Lord, change my worry into trust in you. Lord,
lead us into what we should do.”
Jesus said that our Father in heaven has counted the hairs
on our heads and that he cares for every little sparrow that
falls to the ground. I am sure, then, that He cares for every
country preacher and that he cares for the numbers we worry
about. He knows your future. He cares for you and he can lead
you from worry. Talk to him.
Thoughts on...How important is prayer??
Ver# Important. The
most important thing a
person cold do.
Harold Shattuck
It's the ke# to commni-
cating "ith God. It
mo!es the hand of
God. God cares so
mch for s, He "ants
s to commnicate
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He sho"s His lo!e.
Sally Lowry
Daily Word
THURSDAY: 2 Samuel 24:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 25 David built there an altar to the Lord and
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague
was held back from Israel.
FRIDAY: 1 Kings 8:46-50 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 46 “When they sin against You (for there is no man who
does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to
the land of the enemy, far off or near; 47 if they take thought in the land where they have been taken captive,
and repent and make supplication to You in the land of those who have taken them captive, saying, ‘We have
sinned and have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly’; 48 if they return to You with all their heart and
with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and pray to You toward their land
which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your
name; 49 then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven Your dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
50 and forgive Your people who have sinned against You and all their transgressions which they have trans-
gressed against You, and make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they
may have compassion on them
SATURDAY: 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night
and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 If I
shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence
among My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15
Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.
SUNDAY: Matthew 21:21-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 21 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say
to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say
to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And all things you ask in prayer, believ-
ing, you will receive.”
MONDAY: Acts 16:25-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and
singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly there came a great
earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened
and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his
sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud
voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trem-
bling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I
do to be saved?”
TUESDAY: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 1 Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of
the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; 2 and that we will be rescued from per-
verse and evil men; for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from
the evil one.
WEDNESDAY: James 5:13-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must
pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of
the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer
offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins,
they will be forgiven him.
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1349 S. Otsego,
GayIord, MI 49735
(989) 732-2477
daIe j. smith
Associate Broker
Wendie Forman
Associate Broker GRI,
Property Manager
Heather Guss
ReaItor Associate
Mike Perdue
ReaItor Associate
4 bedroom, 3 bath home
in the City. Stainless ap-
pliances, granite counter-
top, living room flat
screen rotates, 4 zones
baseboard H/W heat. Garage is 26 x 24 finished, with heat. Outstanding Family Home -
Great Location - Great Value!
$119,000. MLS #287319
Completely remodeled like
new 3 Br 1 Ba ranch home
with extra large family
room, open kitchen and living area, plus a two car garage with unfinished bonus room.
Unfinished basement plumbed for 2nd bathroom, yet offers plenty of space and conven-
ient living on this double lot just west of Gaylord. New well one year ago. A must see,
spacious property with very nice attention to detail throughout.
$144,900. MLS #286972
LAKE 27 - Two times the value with this
combo Lakefront home and guest cabin fea-
turing over 110' of sandy frontage on Beau-
tiful and Pristine Lake 27! Main home is a
neat and clean chalet with covered porch
and 3+ bedrooms and a partial basement.
Small cabin is 594 sq' and is a perfect guest
home after a little fixing up. Great fishing
and boating, close to golf, ski and snowmobile trails. Great Value for two properties!
$187,900. MLS #284854
add to the charm in this cute 4
Bedroom ranch home with the
feel of the country mere miles
outside of town. Full Finished
basement, 2 car attached
garage and tons of storage.
Great Value!!
$99,000. MLS #283087
on beautiful Wildwood
Lake. This home features 3
large bedrooms and a full
basement with walk out
overhead door for easy ac-
cess to store the water
toys. Great location for year round activities including superb fishing and snowmobil-
ing. Property needs some finishing, yet is a great value for a lakefront home!
$134,900. MLS #284380
the views from this gor-
geous 7.6 rolling
acreage that adjoins rails
to trails, fully fenced,
partially wooded, pas-
ture, with fenced coral
has separate 4' well, and
like new 36x44 barn that sits high on the hill, 5 stalls including 1 foaling stall.
$69,000. MLS #284890
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This week’s feature listing is a wonderful opportu-
nity to establish the family home in a gorgeous coun-
try setting yet just a few miles from downtown
Onaway and schools.
The nearly 1,600 square foot home offers three
spacious bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, a large
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tiful kitchen. There is even a room that has been set
up in half of the attached heated garage that could
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the new owner would like to continue using the
space as a beauty salon, the equipment is negotiable
with the home sale.
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or that includes a metal roof, and an open deck on
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3 Bed, 1 Bath usable
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Contact; Carol Steiger, RE/MAX NORTH, Cheboygan, (231) 627-9991
Wonderful home in country
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Real Estate
Signs That
You’re Ready
to Buy
Compliments of
Ed Wohlfiel
Figuring out whether you’re ready to
buy a house — whether you’re a renter
or are aiming to move up or size down
— can be a daunting task. But there
are signs that will indicate whether
you’re ready to take the buying plunge.
If you are thinking about buying,
you’re not alone. So are you ready to
make the move? You might be if you:
1. Are familiar with the market. If
you’ve been paying attention to how
much houses are listed for in the
neighborhoods you’re eyeing and have
a realistic view of how much a house
will cost you, you’re in good shape.
But if you’re dreaming about that big
corner house with no clue about its
asking price, you may want to spend
some more time becoming familiar
with the market and how much hous-
es are going for.
2. Have the money for a down pay-
ment and closing costs. The down
payment is a percentage of the value
of the property. Freddie Mac says the
percentage will be determined by the
type of mortgage you select. Down
payments usually range from 3 to 20
percent of the property value. Also,
you may be required to have Private
Mortgage Insurance (PMI or MI) if
your down payment is less than 20
percent. Closing costs include points,
taxes, title insurance, financing costs
and items that must be prepaid or
escrowed and other settlement costs.
You can expect to pay between from 2
to 7 percent of the property value.
Generally, buyers will receive an esti-
mate of these costs from your lender
after you apply for a mortgage.
3. Know how much you can afford.
Freddie Mac says that as a general
guide, your monthly mortgage pay-
ment should be less than or equal to a
percentage of your income, usually
about a quarter of your gross monthly
income. Also, your income, debt and
credit history go into determining how
much you can borrow. As a general
rule, your debt -credit card bills, car
loans, housing expenses, alimony and
child support — should not be more
than about 30 to 40 percent of your
gross income.
4. Know what additional expenses
will come with owning a home. This
includes homeowners insurance, utili-
ty bills, maintenance costs — roofing,
plumbing, heating and cooling.
5. Have your credit in good shape
and make sure your credit report is
accurate. Potential lenders will view
your credit history — how much debt
you’ve accrued, how many accounts
you have open, whether your pay-
ments are made on time, etc. — to
determine whether they’ll give you a
loan. You should get a report from
each of the three credit reporting com-
panies: Equifax, Experian, and Trans
6. You haven’t made any recent
major purchases, particularly a vehi-
cle. If you do, you may have a harder
time getting a loan — or it could
potentially lower the amount you’ll be
approved for.

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