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By Amy Hubbell Of The Enterprise staff
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Page 8, Section 1 Thursday, December 23, 2010
Norsemen plan visit to Breslin
Suttons Bay will be playing quite an away game next week — an overnighter. The Norsemen have been invited to participate in the Meijer Holiday Hoops Classic Tuesday at the Breslin Center — a place that has become familiar to the players. “I think it’s an advantage, for sure,” said Suttons Bay coach Todd Hursey, recalling that the Norsemen played their last two games of the 2009-10 season in the Breslin in the Class C semiﬁnal and ﬁnal matchups. They ended up runer-ups. “And we were in (MSU coach Tom) Izzo’s team camp this summer, and got to play on the Breslin ﬂoor.” The team will be boarding a Dean Transportation bus — the company is a sponsor of the Hoops Classic, and is providing free buses — on Monday afternoon, and will spend the night at a hotel in East Lansing. The Norsemen plan to take in some of the games played earlier in the day; their matchup with highlytouted Saginaw Buena Vista won’t start until 6 p.m. What does Hursey know about Buena Visita? “I know they took Okemos, which is probably a top-ﬁve Class A school, into overtime in the ﬁrst game of the season,” said Hursey. “They have a 5-8 guard named George Goodman who scored 30 points. He’s a shooter and a scorer, and does it all. They’re all athletic.” While most eyes will be on Norseman Dwaun Anderson, a four-star college recruit who has already signed scholarship papers to attend MSU, Goodman’s matchup with Suttons Bay guard Noah Reyhl will have a major impact on the outcome. Reyhl was also given the difﬁcult assignment of covering Michael Talley in Suttons Bay’s Class C ﬁnal game with Melvindale. Talley is now placing for Duquesne University. “(Reyhl) did a pretty good job on Talley last March,” recalled Hursey. The Hoops Classic has become a place for the state’s better teams to show their talent, and has drawn other teams from northern Michigan. Both Cadillac and Traverse City St. Francis played in the 2008 Classic. “I’m learning that this tournament is a pretty big deal,” said Hursey. Suttons Bay and Buena Vista are rated among the top ﬁve Class C teams in the state. The Norsemen are 4-0. To raise money for their trip, Suttons Bay players hosted an alumni game Sunday. Student tickets and bus transportation for everyone are still available for the Buena Vista game. Contact athletic director Doug Periard at 271-4123 or 8660013 for further information.
Glen Lake basketball’s Matt O’Brien has earned a place among an elite group—a handful of Lakers to have reached the 1000-point scoring mark. O’Brien was recognized Monday after the national anthem before the Lakers’ non-conference contest against McBain Northern Michigan Christian. “I knew I was at 950 at the beginning of the season, but I hadn’t really thought about it,” O’Brien said, reﬂecting on his four-season varsity career. He was presented with the game ball from the Lakers’ previous contest, their home-opener against Frankfort Dec. 16, in which he surpassed the milestone. O’Brien, son of Fred and Sharon O’Brien, was one of the leading scorers in the county last year and has averaged 16.3 points per game in this season to date. “I knew he was getting close, but I didn’t realize it (during the Frankfort game),” said coach Todd Hazelton, who along with assistant coach Brad Fosmore are 1,000-point Glen Lake scorers. Hazelton’s career total was 1,200; Fosmore’s, 1,650. “Matt’s the ﬁrst guy I’ve coached to
ONE THOUSAND-POINT scorer Matt O’Brien handles the ball during the Lakers’ win over Frankfort.
dad, who is a longtime teacher at the school. “Obviously, he’s wrong.” And his pedigree goes deeper into Laker history, as his grandfather Harold O’Brien coached Glen Lake to its ﬁrst state championship in 1959. Harold and Helen O’Brien are regular visitors to Laker games. O’Brien is also a 2-time all-state golfer, which he said is much different than basketball’s “ in your face” competitiveness. “My favorite sport is whatever I’m doing at the time,” he said. “Golf is more relaxed, but it’s still competition.” O’Brien has been accepted at the University of Michigan, Hope College and DePauw University. But he is seriously considering Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., a Division 3 school where he may be able to play both basketball and golf. For the moment, he’s thinking about the remainder of his high school career. “We’ve got to prove ourselves,” he said.
reach the 1,000-point mark. He’s got some great teammates and that makes a big difference,” Hazelton said. One of those teammates is Mike O’Brien who is playing his second season on the varsity. O’Brien has a reputation of being a jokester, as well as a good student. His accumulative GPA stands at 3.9. “I’m know I’m 150 points away from coach’s total,” he teased. “I think it would be funny if I caught up with him.” With 16 regular season contests left in the season, the mark is easily within reach. O’Brien’s dad, Fred, was also a standout basketball player for Glen Lake. “He always brags about having a better jump shot than me,” Matt said of his
Laker alumni gathering
Game will feature top Glen Lake players, coaches
It will be like a family reunion Monday as alumni from Glen Lake School return to the hardwood for the inaugural alumni holiday basketball tournament. More than 30 former Laker players are scheduled to face one another in two games—women at 6 p.m. with the men to follow around 7:30 p.m. Glen Lake history will dominate the evening, with all-state and coaching hall of game members back on the hardwood. Legendary Glen Lake coach Don Miller will emcee the event and coach one of the male teams. The other team will likely be led by former Laker coach Paul Christiansen. Two women’s team will be coached by former Laker coaches Bill Sandveit and Jeff Barrett. Among female participants expected are Michigan State All American Liz (Shimek) Moeggenberg — a former Miss Basketball for Michigan winner — and Laura Wiesen, one of the county’s all-time female point-scorers who went on to play at Northwestern University. Also scheduled to return are Paula Sandveit, Amanda Lautner, Kaelyn Thayer, Kayla Murphy, Erin Attwood, Annie Attwood, Sandy (Zywicki) Hlavka, Therese (Drzezwiecki) Rosinski, Dani Frost , Jenny Leach, Donna King and Tanya (Wilcox) Flores. Males will be divided into two teams coached by Miller and Christiansen. Participants include: Laker coach Todd Hazelton and assistant coach Brad Fosmore, who were both 1,000-plus scorers during their high school careers at Glen Lake; Ross Hazelton, Brian Fosmore, Bob Sutherland, Todd Stachnik, Todd Ciolek, Andrew and Chris Milliron, Jack Drow, Kyle Klumpp, T.J. Shimek, Aaron and Michael King, Jason Homa, John Zientek, Brent Garvin, Joey Galla, Aaron Nemeskal, Zach Hawkins and Ryan Dyksterhouse. “It should be quite the event,” said Bob Ewing, who is helping to organize the alumni tourney as a fundraiser for the Laker basketball program. “It’s a good opportunity to see folks you haven’t seen in a long time.” Current Glen Lake basketball players—male and female down to the grade school level—will be helping out during the event.
Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door. Proceeds from the tournament and concessions will help support the Laker basketball program. Additional alumni who would like to play can contact Ewing at 218-0435 or King at 228-5704.
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