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Bullying in schools is a rapidly escalating national problem that has reached epic proportions. Statistics reveal that as many as one out of four teens are bullied, over 282,000 stu- dents are physically attacked in sec- ondary schools across the nation each month, and that approximately 60 percent of students identified as bullies in grades six to nine had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24. Bullying is a big problem, and recently, 1989 Gaylord High School graduate, Michael Collins teamed up with David Zawicki to establish “Gloves-On,” a national anti-bullying organization that has garnered tremendous media attention across the country. Gloves-On is dedicated to helping people “put on their gloves” and discover and wear their
strengths, foster integrity through actions, and give back to organiza- tions that support self-expression, firmness, moral compassion and courage. It is about empowering both children and adults to share their strengths and make a difference through their unity in reducing the incidents of bullying. Collins states that he and business partner Zawicki were initially inspired by a tragic series of suicides that occurred about a year ago involving nine school age children who had been victims of bullying. “At that time,” he recalls, “many non profits and celebrities stepped up and said this was becoming an epidemic in our country and some- thing needed to be done. I had went through a bulling experience in mid- dle and high school, and 20 years later I realized it was time to step
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By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – There are five
football teams from the
Weekly Choice coverage area
that have made the grade in
2011: Petoskey (8-1) in Div. 3;
Grayling (8-1) in Div. 5;
Mancelona (9-0) in Div. 7;
and Johannesburg-Lewiston
(8-1) and Mio (7-2) in Div. 8.
All of the teams are return-
ing to the playoffs except for
Johannesburg-Lewi ston,
which missed last season but
made it the year before.
Div. 3, Region 1,
District 1
Bay City
John Glenn (6-3)
at Petoskey (8-1)
Petoskey, the No. 2 seed in
its district, is playing host to
No. 3 seed Bay City John
Glenn (6-3). Cadillac, the No.
4 seed, is playing at No. 1
seed Mount Pleasant on the
other side of the district
For Petoskey, this is the
fourth straight season in the
playoffs under coach Kerry
VanOrman and the fifth time
in the past six seasons.
Petoskey finished with an
identical 8-1 regular-season
mark the past three years in a
row. In 2008, the Northmen
won their playoff opener and
advanced to the district
finals. In 2009 and 2010, they
lost in the first round of the
The last time Petoskey
faced John Glenn in the play-
offs was in 2007 in the Div. 3
district finals. The Northmen
had defeated Ogemaw
Heights 21-13 in the opening
round before falling to the
host Bobcats 27-3. The teams
also met in the postseason in
1998 in the Class BB pre-
regional game, with Petoskey
earning a 13-10 victory.
Div. 5, Region 1,
District 1
Benzie Central (7-2)
at Grayling (8-1)
Grayling is also a No. 2
seed in its district, playing
host to No. 3 seed Benzie
Central (7-2). On the other
side of the bracket, No. 1 seed
Menominee (7-2) plays host
to Kingsley (6-3).
For Grayling, this is the
third straight year in the
playoffs and the seventh in
the past nine seasons. The
Vikings of coach Tim
Sanchez will be seeking to
win again at home in the first
round of the playoffs, as they
did last year with a shutout of
Standish-Sterling. Grayling
has won its playoff opener
and advanced into the sec-
ond round of the playoffs
three times: in 2003, 2005
and 2010.
This is the second time
that Grayling will see Benzie
Central in the playoffs. In
2003, the Vikings played
Benzie in the Div. 5 district
finals and lost 49-15.
Div. 7, Region 1,
District 2
(8-1) at
Mancelona (9-0)
Mancelona is also a No. 2
seed in its district. The
Ironmen of coach Dan
Derrer, who just completed
their first-ever undefeated
regular season, will try to win
a playoff game at home for
the second year in a row
when Whittemore-Prescott
(8-1) comes calling this
Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. On
the other side of the district
bracket, No. 4 seed Lake City
(8-1) visits No. 1 seed
Traverse City St. Francis (8-1)
at Thirlby Field.
The Ironmen have the
chance to be the first team in
school history to win 10
games with a victory over
Whittemore, a perennial
playoff team that has been in
the playoffs 16 times since
1994. This is the fifth straight
year the Cardinals have
advanced to the playoffs. The
past two years they have won
their first-round playoff
game. This is the fifth time in
Derrer’s six seasons as coach
that the Ironmen have
advanced to the playoffs.
This is also the first time
Mancelona and Whittemore
have ever faced each other.
Div. 8, Region 2,
District 1
Mio (7-2) at
Frankfort (7-2)
Mio and Frankfort are both
perennial Div. 8 playoff
teams. The Thunderbolts of
coach Jim Gendernalik are
the No. 4 seed this year and
Frankfort is the No. 1 seed.
On the other side of the
bracket, No. 3 seed Beal City
(6-3) travels to No. 2 seed
Johannesburg-Lewiston (8-
Mio is hoping to duplicate
last season’s playoff run,
where they were a No. 4 seed
with a 5-4 record but defeat-
ed Hillman and Cedarville to
win the district title and
advance to the regional finals
against eventual state champ
XSacred Heart. The
Thunderbolts have made the
playoffs 15 times since 1995
and Frankfort has been in the
playoffs 24 of the past 26
The teams faced each
other in the playoffs once
before in 2009, with
Frankfort earning a 21-14
victory in a tense battle.
Div. 8, Region 2,
District 1
Beal City (6-3) at
Lewiston (8-1)
After missing the playoffs
last year with a 4-4 record,
Johannesburg-Lewiston put
it all together in a big way this
season under head coach
John Bush. The No. 2 seed
Cardinals play host to peren-
nial gridiron power Beal City
(6-3) on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7
p.m. On the other side of the
bracket, No. 4 seed Mio (7-2)
plays at No. 1 seed Frankfort
This is the first time the
Cardinals have ever faced
Beal City. This is the 12th year
in a row the Aggies have
made the postseason, who
won the Div. 8 state title two
years ago. Both teams are
physically tough and run-ori-
ented. J-L will have an advan-
tage in size and depth but
Beal City is a little bit quicker
and the Aggie players have
more experience in the post-
season. It should be a whale
of a battle.
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Grayling takes 19-14 lead
into fourth quarter but
loses heartbreaker and
league title to host
By Mike Dunn
heartbreaking loss to
Traverse City St. Francis. For
the second year in a row,
Grayling led in the fourth
quarter against the Lake
Michigan Conference rival
Gladiators only to see itself
on the short end of the score-
board when the final buzzer
Friday’s game at packed
out Thirlby Field – billed as
the Breast Cancer Bowl and
featuring players from both
sides wearing pink socks and
pink sweaters under their jer-
seys -- was another dandy
between two tough, talented,
well-coached teams that
wanted desperately to win.
St. Francis was able to come
from behind to claim a 19-14
victory, finishing the season
with an 8-1 mark and assur-
ing itself of a No. 1 seed in the
Div. 7 playoffs.
Grayling came into the
game unbeaten and needed
a win over the Glads to gain a
No. 1 seed in the Div. 5 play-
offs. It didn’t quite happen,
so the Vikings of coach Tim
Sanchez finished the season
at 8-1 and had to settle for a
No. 2 seed.
The Vikings still get to host
in the first round of the play-
offs, however, as they did last
year. They face Benzie
Central (7-2) on the home
field this Friday, Oct. 28, at 7
p.m. If Grayling wins, it faces
the winner of the game
between No. 4 seed Kingsley
and No. 1 seed Menominee.
The Vikings trailed St.
Francis 14-7 at halftime but
roared back to take the lead
with a pair of third-quarter
TD strikes. Versatile senior
Riley Zigila zipped through a
seam created by tackle
Griffin Dean and guard Lucas
Walesky and burst 10 yards to
paydirt to bring the Vikings
with a point, 14-13.
Grayling took the lead later
in the quarter when senior
QB Zane Tobin airlifted a
missile strike to the waiting
arms of Double D, Devon
Dawson, in the back corner
of the end zone to complete a
23-yard scoring play. Dawson
did his best “Megatron” imi-
tation on the play, leaping
high behind a Gladiator
defender like Calvin Johnson
of the Lions to bring down
the ball and give Grayling the
19-14 lead.
Defensive coordinator
Kevin O’Connell’s Carnivores
had played a whale of a game
against the potent Gladiators
to that point and held St.
Francis again on its ensuing
A Grayling turnover
allowed St. Francis to gain
possession of the ball again
in excellent field position,
however, and Byron Bullough
was able to sweep to the left
to complete a 28-yard TD
and score what would prove
to be the final points of the
seesaw contest.
Sanchez, who is always
classy after game no matter
the outcome, gave credit to
St. Francis after the tough
“We had a few opportuni-
ties that we couldn’t capital-
ize on in the first half,”
Sanchez told reporters after
the game. “We came out
strong in the second half but
St. Francis made a couple
more plays than we did.”
Sanchez credited
O’Connell’s Carnivores with
a strong effort against a pow-
erful foe. The mission after
the game, he said, was to
regroup and get ready for the
“I told the kid it hurts
today,” he said. “That’s what
makes winning so special, is
that it hurts so much when
you lose. Our goal now is
make a run deep in the play-
offs. This game will help us
do that. It makes us better.”
Tobin, playing in his final
regular-season game, faced
considerable pressure at
times in the high-stakes
atmosphere game played
before a loud, mammoth
crowd at Thirlby Field. The
lethal lefty connected on 16-
of-37 aerials for 149 yards
including the TD strike to
Dawson, who hauled in five
passes in the game altogether
for 61 yards.
Zigila bashed and
slammed his way to 62 yards
on 18 carries and junior Joey
Schwartz smashed his way to
49 yards on seven tries.
On the defensive side, All-
State defensive end Griffin
Dean showed up big in the
biggest game of the season,
using his long arms and tena-
cious presence to pull down
enemy ball carriers 18 times.
Senior middle linebacker
Ryan “The Wrecker” Randall
flew to the football with
abandon, as usual, accumu-
lating 17 tackles in the con-
test. Unfortunately, he was
carted off the field near the
end of the game. If Ryan’s
prep career is over, he will be
greatly missed in the post-
season for his play at center
and linebacker and for his
fiery leadership on and off
the field.
Walesky also played a
whale of a game for the
Vikings on the defensive line
and Zigila and Scott
Parkinson broke up pass
plays at critical times.
For Grayling, this is the
third straight year in the
playoffs and the seventh in
the past nine seasons.
Sanchez and the Vikings will
be seeking to win again at
home in the first round of the
playoffs, as they did last year
with a shutout of Standish-
Sterling. Grayling has won its
playoff opener and advanced
into the second round of the
playoffs three times: in 2003,
2005 and 2010.
This is the second time
that Grayling will see Benzie
Central in the playoffs. In
2003, the Vikings played
Benzie in the Div. 5 district
finals and lost 49-15.
RAVENNA -- Cheboygan
went on the road Friday and
posted a convincing 47-21
victory over Ravenna to
assure itself of a winning
record. The Chiefs closed out
the rugged 2011 campaign
with a 5-4 record.
For Cheboygan to finish
with a winning record after
starting the season with
back-to-back losses at
Gaylord and Marquette is a
credit to the Chief players as
well as coach Jack Coon and
his veteran staff. The inde-
pendent Chiefs faced five
playoff teams this year and
beat two of them.
Cheboygan won at
Ravenna in typical fashion,
controlling the trenches
while mounting yard-
munching, time-chewing
drives. The determined
Chiefs rushed for 355 yards
and six TDs in the contest.
The success they had on the
ground set up the play-action
passing of junior QB Damon
Proctor, who hit on 8-of-12
aerials for 118 yards with a
TD strike to Isaiah Woodard.
Senior halfback Eryn
Eustice carried the ball seven
times and struck for 114
yards in his final prep game
with three TD bursts and he
also grabbed two missiles
from Proctor for 31 yards.
Fellow halfback Jake Elmore
launched himself like he was
shot out of a cannon, motor-
ing to 75 yards on just four
attempts with a TD run and a
conversion run.
Cass Ferguson had a blast
in the backfield, too, fighting
and forging his way to 52
yards in six tries with a TD
and senior co-captain Dylan
Wilkinson whammed and
whacked his way to 42 yards
on eight attempts and also
scored a TD on the final night
of his notable prep gridiron
career. Dashing Dalton Jarvis
juked, jumped and jetted to
54 yards in four carries.
The glue-fingered
Woodard finished with two
receptions for a team-high 41
yards. Senior tight end
Jordan Yost, one of the
unsung heroes for the Chiefs
this season with his bulldoz-
ing blocks, pulled in a pass
for 19 yards and swift Stan
Swiderek hauled in one for 14
The defense of coach Dave
Sturvist was stiff as a brick
wall much of the time against
the high-powered Bulldogs,
forcing three turnovers along
the way.
Vikings suffer first defeat
Chiefs close out on
strong note
T.C. St. Francis 20, Grayling 19
Cheboygan 47, Ravenna 21
Grayling senior linebacker Riley Zigila (20) goes high
to defend a pass Friday at Thirlby Field against the
Grayling defensive end Griffin Dean (59) and team-
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Grayling receiver Scott Parkinson stretches out to make a reception during
Friday’s league war with host St. Francis.
Cheboygan piles up 355 rushing yards, forces three
turnovers to assure winning record
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Powerful Eddies pull away in second half; Petoskey
closes regular season 8-1, prepares to host John Glenn
by Mike Dunn
Petoskey football team trav-
eled south to Rockford on
Friday in search of its first
unbeaten regular season in
37 years. The Edwardsburg
Eddies traveled north to
Rockford in search of their
first unbeaten regular season
since 1953.
In the end, it was the
Eddies who prevailed in this
battle of two talented, state-
ranked foes. Edwardsburg
improved to 8-0 with the 24-
14 victory while Petoskey
slipped to 8-1.
Senior running back Joe
"Rocket" Robbins had anoth-
er explosive game for the
Northmen, though it wasn't
enough to put Petoskey over
the top. Robbins raced 62
yards to score one touch-
down and was also on the
receiving end of a 52-yard TD
strike from Quinn Ameel.
Louie Lamberti hit both
extra-point tries.
Robbins added to his sea-
son and career rushing totals
with another outstanding
showing, motoring to 179
yards on the ground on 22
The Eddies' Austin Teter
booted a 23-yard field goal in
the second quarter to give his
team a 17-14 lead it would
not relinquish. Lee
Williamson found a seam
and galloped 64 yards in the
third quarter to push the
Edwardsburg lead to 24-14.
Petoskey is a No. 2 seed in
its Div. 3 district and will face
No. 3 seed Bay City John
Glenn on the home field at 1
p.m. on Saturday. Glenn
comes to town with a 6-3
record. Petoskey and John
Glenn have four wins over
four common opponents:
Cadillac, Gaylord, Ogemaw
Heights and Cheboygan. The
scores of the four games are
pretty similar as well.
The other half of the dis-
trict bracket pits No. 1 seed
Mount Pleasant (9-0) against
No. 4 seed Cadillac (5-3).
Petoskey has earned a
playoff berth under coach
Kerry VanOrman for the
fourth straight year and the
fifth time in six years.
The Northmen have fin-
ished the regular season with
an 8-1 log for the fourth year
in a row. They have failed to
win their playoff opener the
past two years, however, and
are seeking to edge John
Glenn on Saturday and
advance to the Div. 3 district
finals for the first time since
2008. That year, the
Northmen defeated Ogemaw
Heights 21-13 in the pre-dis-
trict before losing at home to
John Glenn 27-3 in the dis-
trict title game.
By Mike Dunn
MANISTEE – The long road
trip to Manistee did little to
cage the competitive juices
of the Mancelona football
team on Friday. The Ironmen
became the first team in the
Derrer Era to finish with a
perfect 9-0 regular-season
mark, romping and stomping
past host Manistee Catholic
Central 50-8.
“It was an important game
and we knew it,” said
Mancelona head coach Dan
“Boo” Derrer, who has guided
his team to the playoffs for
the fifth time in his six sea-
sons at the helm of the pro-
gram. “We needed to win to
have a chance at hosting at
least one playoff game and
that was one of our goals this
year. Another goal all along
was to win nine straight
going into the playoffs.”
Unbeaten Mancelona is
the No. 2 seed in its Div. 8 dis-
trict and plays host to No. 3
seed Whittemore-Prescott on
Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. The
Cardinals come to town with
an 8-1 record. If Mancelona
wins, it plays the winner of
the game between No. 4 seed
Lake City (8-1) and No. 1 seed
Traverse City St. Francis (8-
Mancelona set about its
business early against
Manistee Catholic, earning a
22-8 lead by the end of the
first quarter and a 36-8
advantage by halftime.
The Ground-and-Pound
offense of the Ironmen,
fueled by the strong push up
front from center Tristen
Fleet, guards Dalton Sulz and
Dakota Orman, tackles Tyler
Crider and granite-tough
Nick Hoogerhyde and tight
ends Eric Tracey and
Brandon Scott, paved the
way once again.
And, once again, it was the
DSA Ground Assault Unit
churning up the turf and
lighting up the scoreboard.
Halfback Wyatt Derrer, full-
back Austin Spires and half-
back Trevor Ackler cruised
through the cavernous holes
provided by the line and
piled up the yardage.
The ever-dangerous Derrer
– aka “The Sheriff” -- did the
early damage, as usual,
crashing to a 1-yard TD to
open the scoring and then
dashing 67 yards on
Mancelona’s next possession.
In all, Wyatt galloped to 112
yards in just five carries.
The hard-driving, high-
stepping Spires, legs churn-
ing like pistons, spun and
sped his way to a team-high
174 yards on 12 carries with
TD sprints of 82 and 15 yards
and the dependable Ackler,
who ran the ball exceptional-
ly well at Manistee, racked up
79 yards on eight carries and
also reached the end zone
three times on conversion
Junior signal caller Kyle
Schepperley, the savvy engi-
neer of the Ground-and-
Pound attack, only threw the
ball once but found glue-fin-
gered tight end Eric Tracey in
the end zone on a pretty fade
pass for a 16-yard score.
Sophomore Justin Spires
stomped and strode to a pair
of second-half TDs covering
1 yard and 4 yards and kicker
Craig Conway, cool as an
October morning, booted
both extra points.
On the defensive side, it
was the “Dark Diesel” Dalton
Sulz doing the slam downs
from his linebacker post,
accumulating a team-high
eight tackles along with pen-
etrating defensive tackle
Dakota Orman. Sulz also
recovered a fumble.
Safety Kevin Schepperley
and cornerback Justin Spires
also showed up big, each
recording four tackles, and
strong safety Kyle
Schepperley was big into col-
lisions and sudden stops,
including a seismic take-
down of the MCC quarter-
back that shook the bleach-
ers just a bit.
Derrer was also pleased
with the play of the reserves
in the second half. He noted
the strong play of sophomore
slammer Luke Smigielski at
linebacker and junior strong
man D.J. “Cobra” McCondra,
who struck like a truck on the
The task for Mancelona
now is to put the regular-sea-
son achievements in the past
and concentrate on what’s
Boo’s Boys are the first ever
from Mancelona to go 9-0 in
the regular season but they
aren’t satisfied yet. Last year’s
team was the first ever to win
nine games in a season. This
year’s team has tied that win
total with a chance to get at
least 10 with a victory at
home against Whittemore.
“The kids are excited,”
Derrer said. “It’s a new sea-
son. What we’ve done in the
first nine games means noth-
ing now.”
Derrer said one big key for
Mancelona is controlling the
line of scrimmage on both
sides. Whittemore is a talent-
ed, playoff-tested team with
an explosive playmaker at
quarterback and a good-
sized line up front.
“They play good, solid
football,” Derrer said. “They
don’t turn the ball over much
and they don’t make a lot of
mistakes. We have to play
tough defense, move the ball
when we have it and avoid a
lot of penalties.”
lose for first time
Edwardsburg 24, Petoskey 14
Petoskey senior Joe “Rocket” Robbins finds room
Friday behind the blocking of teammates Hunter
Stinger (50) and Shane Severn (75).
converge on
runner during
game at
High School.
Mancelona head coach Dan “Boo” Derrer gives instructions to QB Kyle Schepperley during the game at
Johannesburg earlier this season.
Photo by Dawn Smith
Photo by mike Dunn
Boo’s Boys are first from Mancelona to go 9-0 in regular season; DSA
Ground Assault Unit romps and stomps
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J-L closes out regular
season on strong note
against game-but-
outmanned Snowbirds
By Mike Dunn
Mary had the heart but not
the horses on Friday in the
annual renewal of the cross-
county rivalry game with
Johannesburg-Lewiston. The
Snowbirds of coach Denny
Youngedyke didn’t have the
depth or the size to compete
in the trenches against a
healthy, strong Cardinal
team that appears poised to
make a playoff run this year.
J-L prevailed 62-12 to close
out the regular season with
an 8-1 log and 6-1 in the Ski
Valley. The young Snowbirds
finished with 1-8 and 1-6
J-L (8-1) now meets peren-
nial gridiron power Beal City
on the home field this Friday,
Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Beal City (6-
3) is not as dominant or as
deep as it has been in past
years but the Aggies are still
plenty tough. Their three
losses have been to playoff
teams Clare, Lake City and
The Cardinals of coach
John Bush go into the post-
season playing at their best,
which is always the way you
want it to be.
The O-line of center Sean
Aisthorpe, guards Blake Huff
and Dakota Finnerty, tackles
Garrett Koronka and Logan
Miller and tight ends Nick
Michael and Gunnar Owens
was in Battering Ram Mode
once more for the St. Mary
game, pushing the play for-
ward down after down.
Junior fullback Mitch
“Howitzer” Hardy was the
chief recipient of the Cards’
bulldozing force up front,
mashing, bashing and dash-
ing to 220 rushing yards and
scoring on TD bursts of 14
and 80 yards. Halfback Brian
VanCoillie (13 carries for 107
yards) and junior QB Alex
Payne (seven carries for 104
yards) added their churning
legs to the stampede along
with halfback Dillon Kibby
(six carries for 57 yards) as J-
L racked up 539 yards rush-
ing in the game.
VanCoillie reached the end
zone on runs of 3 yards, 21
yards and 1 yard. Payne
scored J-L’s first two TDs of
the game from 45 yards and
11 yards and Kibby busted
loose for an 18-yard score
early in the third quarter.
Jake Newell (three carries for
29 yards) also tallied on a 13-
yard burst off-tackle and
Dillon Burns tore up the turf,
motoring for 31 yards in two
St. Mary speedy senior tail-
back Pat Switalski capped an
excellent season with a game
effort for the Snowbirds.
Switalski found a seam and
raced 48 yards to score the
first points of the game, giv-
ing the visiting Snowbirds a
sudden 6-0 lead less than two
minutes into play.
Senior QB Gabe Nowicki
scored St. Mary’s second and
final TD of the season,
pounding his way over from
2 yards in the final minute of
the first half. The Snowbirds
stayed competitive with J-L
for the first half, trailing just
29-12 at intermission.
Defensively for J-L, safety
Brett Kortman was into pira-
cy, making two picks. “Drill
Master” Drake Skowronski
recorded a team-high 14
tackles and senior Blake Huff
participated in 12 tackles
with a tackle for loss, a sack
and another blocked kick.
Because of an editorial
glitch, the game report for
the Cardinals’ week-eight
victory over non-league foe
Atlanta did not make it into
the paper last week.
Here is a portion of the
appears Johannesburg-
Lewiston is playing its best at
the best possible time. With
the regular season rapidly
winding down, the Cardinals
are controlling play on both
sides of the ball and ramping
up the power output on
The Cards defeated visiting
non-league foe Atlanta by a
64-0 score on Friday. It was
only the second home game
of the season for J-L and it
was played in a misty rain.
For coach John Bush and the
boys, though, it was still real-
ly nice.
“We finally got some home
cooking,” Bush said with a
laugh after his team, which
had played six of its first
seven games on the road,
improved its record to 7-1. “It
was nice for everybody play-
ing in front of the home
The Cardinal defense was
like a suffocating red-and-
white blanket, limiting the
high-powered Huskie offense
to just 171 net yards while
keeping the pressure on tal-
ented junior QB Garrett
Badgero and not allowing
him to connect for explosive
plays to Justin Klein and
Trenton Janiga.
Dylan Helms, Brad
Kussrow and Blake Huff each
had sacks and Jake Newell
had an interception and 40-
yard return for a touchdown
as the Cardinals posted the
shutout. Senior defensive
end Gunnar Owens, who had
a big night on both sides of
the ball, participated in nine
tackles with a tackle for loss.
“Drill Master” Drake
Skowronski was in session
from his linebacker post, tak-
ing part in 12 tackles with a
tackle for loss and Wyatt
Pelton, who is quietly having
a whale of a season in the
trenches, took part in nine
On the other side of the
ball, the Cardinals stamped-
ed to 478 rushing yards with
nine different players carry-
ing the ball behind the bull-
dozing front wall of center
Sean Aisthorpe, guards
Dakota Finnerty and Blake
Huff and tackles Garrett
Koronka and Logan Miller
along with tight ends Nick
Michael and Owens.
Junior fullback Mitch
“Howitzer” Hardy followed
his blocks and blasted to 152
of those yards on just seven
carries and showed his
breakaway speed on scoring
bursts of 75 and 51 yards.
Senior Brian VanCoillie
cruised to 92 yards on eight
tries with finished in the end
zone on first-quarter runs of
5 and 3 yards and fellow half-
back Dillon Kibby dashed
through seams to acquire 57
yards on three carries with a
first-quarter TD sprint of 37
Junior QB Alex Payne,
engineer of the complex
Cardinal ground assault, kept
the ball six times for 64 yards
with second-quarter TD runs
of 2 and 13 yards. Newell (6
rushes for 32 yards) scored
from 7 yards and Owens, who
had a smashing game as a
blocker from his tight end
post, spent some time
behind center and did a good
job, Bush said. On one play,
Owens raced 53 yards to set
up a TD. He also ran in for a
In the second half, “Mighty
Mac” Joey McGuire bridged
the time behind center with
Dillon Burns and Jake
Lawrence taking turns plow-
ing ahead.
The final points of the
game came from the boom-
ing right leg of senior Nick
Michael, who launched a 32-
yard field goal through the
uprights. Michael also nailed
the extra point after the
Cards’ first three TDs of the
For Atlanta, Badgero hit on
9-of-15 aerials for 78 yards
and Seth Teets was 4-for-5 for
55 yards. Janiga pulled in four
passes for 42 yards and Josh
Barrett had four catches for
33 yards. Klein had one
reception for 23 yards. Jason
Ferguson was the Huskies’
leading ground gainer with
41 yards on eight carries.
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Pre-District Playoffs:
Div. 3, Region 1, District 1 -- Bay City John Glenn (6-3) at Petoskey (8-1)
Div. 5, Region 1, District 1 – Benzie Central (7-2) at Grayling (8-1)
Div. 7, Region 1, District 2 – Whittemore-Prescott (8-1) at Mancelona (9-0)
Div. 8, Region 2, District 1 – Mio (7-2) at Frankfort (7-2)
Div. 8, Region 2, District 1 – Beal City (6-3) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (8-1)
Atlanta 40, Big Rapids Crossroads 0
Cheboygan 47, Ravenna 21
St. Johns 42, Gaylord 0
Johannesburg-Lewiston 62,
St. Mary 12
T.C. St. Francis 20, Grayling 19
Inland Lakes 34, Pellston 18
Mancelona 50, Manistee Catholic 8
Mio 66, Rogers City 6
Onaway 27, Central Lake 6
Edwardsburg 24, Petoskey 14
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DiviSioN 1
1. Rockford (4) (8-1) 49
2. Detroit Catholic Central (1) (8-1) 45
3. Utica Eisenhower (8-1) 39
4. Grand Haven (8-1) 36
5. Plymouth (8-1) 25
6. Canton (7-2) 24
7. Northville (8-1) 18
8. Clarkston (6-3) 17
9. Grand Blanc (7-2) 10
10. Brighton (8-1) 8
Others receiving votes: 11, Lake
Orion 2. 11, Ann Arbor Pioneer 2.
DiviSioN 2
1. Farmington Hills Harrison (5) (9-0) 50
2. Lowell (8-1) 45
3. Muskegon (7-2) 38
4. Midland (8-1) 34
5. Warren DeLaSalle (7-2) 29
6. Oxford (7-2) 27
T7. Birmingham Brother Rice (5-4) 12
T7. Wyandotte Roosevelt (8-1) 12
9. Walled Lake Western (8-1) 11
10. Port Huron (8-1) 8
Others receiving votes:
11, Mattawan 4. 12,
SouthgateAnderson 2. 12, Bay City
Western 2. 14, Fenton 1.
DiviSioN 3
1. Mt Pleasant (4) (9-0) 49
2. Grand Rapids Christian (1) (9-0) 46
3. Battle Creek Harper Creek (9-0) 39
4. Orchard Lake St. Mary (7-2) 35
5. DeWitt (8-1) 29
6. Redford Thurston (9-0) 24
7. Mason (8-1) 21
8. Carleton Airport (8-1) 13
9. East Grand Rapids (6-3) 8
10. Zeeland East (8-1) 5
Others receiving votes:
11, Petoskey 2. 11, Stevensville
Lakeshore 2. 13, Riverview 1. 13,
Chelsea 1.
DiviSioN 4
1. Marine City (5) (9-0) 50
2. Zeeland West (9-0) 45
3. Battle Creek Pennfield (9-0) 40
4. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (8-1) 35
5. Detroit Crockett (8-1) 27
6. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (9-0) 24
7. Marysville (8-1) 22
8. Croswell-Lexington (8-1) 9
T9. St Clair Shores SouthLake (8-1) 8
T9. Edwardsburg (8-0) 8
Others receiving votes: 11, Paw Paw
3. 12, Detroit Douglass 2. 12, Detroit
Country Day 2.
DiviSioN 5
1. Lansing Catholic (5) (9-0) 50
2. Millington (9-0) 45
3. Portland (8-1) 40
4. Almont (8-1) 35
5. Menominee (7-2) 26
6. Reed City (9-0) 24
7. Grand Rapids West Catholic (7-2) 18
8. Grayling (8-1) 12
9. Dowagiac (8-1) 11
10. Jackson Lumen Christi (6-3) 7
Others receiving votes: 11, Olivet 3.
12, Freeland 2. 13, Ann Arbor Gabriel
Richard 1. 13, Alma 1.
DiviSioN 6
1. Ithaca (4) (9-0) 49
2. Montrose (9-0) 44
3. Iron Mountain (1) (9-0) 42
4. Muskegon Oakridge (8-1) 35
5. Grass Lake (9-0) 30
6. Shelby (8-1) 23
7. Montague (7-2) 15
8. Clare (8-1) 13
9. Warren Michigan Collegiate (9-0) 12
10. Madison Heights Madison (7-2) 5
Others receiving votes: 11, Vassar 3.
12, Hemlock 2. 13, Constantine 1.
13, Grandville Calvin Christian 1.
DiviSioN 7
1. Saginaw Nouvel (5) (9-0) 50
2. Detroit Loyola (9-0) 41
3. Hudson (9-0) 38
T4. Traverse City St Francis (8-1) 32
T4. McBain (9-0) 32
6. Pewamo-Westphalia (9-0) 24
T7. Union City (9-0) 16
T7. Harbor Beach (9-0) 16
9. Mancelona (9-0) 14
10. Royal Oak Shrine Catholic (8-1) 9
Others receiving votes: 11, Iron River
West Iron County 2. 12, Watervliet 1.
DiviSioN 8
T1. Mendon (3) (9-0) 47
T1. Muskegon Catholic Central (2) (8-1) 47
3. New Lothrop (9-0) 40
4. St Ignace (9-0) 33
5. Saugatuck (9-0) 32
6. Crystal Falls Forest Park (7-1) 18
7. Iron Mountain North Dickinson (8-1) 15
8. Climax-Scotts (8-1) 14
T9. Frankfort (7-2) 8
T9. Fowler (7-2) 8
Others receiving votes: 11,
Johannesburg-Lewiston 6. 12,
Mt Pleasant Sacred Heart 5. 13,
Hillman 2.
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St. Johns defense is
dominant; Gaylord
closes 2011 campaign
with 2-7 mark
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – The host Blue
Devils closed out the regular
season at home on a tough
note, taking on a talented St.
Johns team bent on improv-
ing its playoff position. The
Redwings dominated the
play defensively, limiting
Gaylord to eight first downs
and just 97 net yards of
offense in a 42-0 victory.
The Blue Devils finished
the 2011 campaign with a 2-7
mark and St. Johns improved
to 7-2.
Game senior signal caller
Trevor Huff faced serious
pressure in the pocket from
the visitors, limiting his abili-
ty to find open receivers. Huff
was sacked twice and hurried
several times. He hit on 3-of-
13 passes for 48 yards,
including a 35-yard hook-up
with fellow senior Troy
Gahm. Chris Crenshaw had
two catches for 13 yards.
The Blue Devils struggled
to maintain a consistent run-
ning attack against the large,
mobile front seven of the
Punter Josh Kates ran the
ball twice for 30 yards,
including a 19-yarder for
Gaylord’s longest rushing
play from scrimmage. Gritty
Kyle Fahler pounded the ball
between the tackles but met
resistance, netting 16 yards
on nine carries. Crenshaw
carried twice for seven yards
and fullback Robb Hansen
bulled to four yards on four
It was just a tough, tough
night for Gaylord. The Blue
Devils trailed 35-0 at the half
but only permitted the visi-
tors seven points in the sec-
ond half.
Brad Cordes connected
with receiver Austin Koneval
for first-half TD strikes of 25,
11 and 9 yards to lead St.
Johns. Mason Sauls scored
on runs of 1 yard and 5 yards.
It was the final game for
Gaylord seniors Caleb Tomes,
Alex Webber, Matt
Copenhaver, Jay Lindgren,
Cody Morris, Gordon Hoyem,
Willis Gelow, Craig
Richardson, Jeff Guethlein,
Eric Mason, Mitch Vasicek,
Lance Mercer, Spencer
LaRose, Adam Becker, Chaz
Moore, Travis Chojnacki,
Curtis Darling and Kyle
Firman in addition to Huff,
Gahm and Kates.
St. Johns 42, Gaylord 0
The Gaylord offense under the direction of QB Trevor Huff breaks the huddle Friday against St. Johns.
Photo by SaRah FReeman
Blue Devils fall in season finale
By Mike Dunn
up big numbers Friday in the
final game of the regular sea-
son, romping to a 66-6 tri-
umph over host Rogers City
in a non-league tilt. The
Thunderbolts of coach Jim
Gendernalik improved to 7-2
and went into the Div. 8 play-
offs as the No. 4 seed in their
Mio travels to the field of
No. 1 seed Frankfort (7-2) for
a pre-district contest this
Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. On
the other side of the bracket,
No. 3 seed Beal City (6-3) vis-
its No. 2 seed Johannesburg-
Lewiston (8-1).
Multi-talented Mio quar-
terback Grant Price has
amassed 1,036 yards passing
and 1,209 yards rushing this
season and has thrown for 15
TDs and rushed for 20 scores.
Price was right all game long
against the winless Hurons,
firing four completions for 50
yards and running the ball 16
times for 181 yards worth of
real estate. He crossed the
goal line four times and he
also had three successful
conversion runs.
D.J. Burden, Micah
Thomey, Aaron Fox, Clarence
Smith and Bryson Devers
also scored for the
Thunderbolts on this night
and Thomey also caught
conversion passes twice.
Devers delivered 73 yards on
just four carries with a 73-
yard TD sprint; Fox fired out
for 57 yards on six attempts
with a 22-yard TD burst;
Burden blasted to 35 yards
on five tries with a 17-yard
TD scamper; Smith smashed
and dashed to 41 yards on
three tries with a 21-yard TD
journey on his stat line; and
Thomey carried twice for 18
yards with a 10-yard TD run.
When Price went to the air,
he hooked up with glue-fin-
gered Tod Rondo twice for 14
yards and with Dennis Kann
for 30 yards.
On the defensive side, ball-
hawking Seth Thomey
showed up big once again for
the Thunderbolts, making his
sixth interception of the sea-
son and also recovering a
fumble. Fox flung himself at
opposing ball carriers like a
human projectile all game
long, coming up with a team-
high 10 stops. Price, who is
also a high-impact contribu-
tor on defense, had eight
tackles and Rondo had six to
go with an interception.
Aaron Georgieff recorded a
Mio is hoping to duplicate
last season’s playoff run,
where they were a No. 4 seed
with a 5-4 record but defeat-
ed Hillman and Cedarville to
win the district title and
advance to the regional finals
against eventual state champ
Sacred Heart. The
Thunderbolts have made the
playoffs 15 times since 1995
and Frankfort has been in the
playoffs 24 of the past 26
The teams faced each
other in the playoffs once
before in 2009, with
Frankfort earning a 21-14
victory in a tense battle.
onaway, 27
central Lake 6
Onaway Cardinals of coach
Earl Flynn hate to see the
2011 season end. Onaway
continued its strong play of
recent weeks with a convinc-
ing 27-6 victory at Central
Lake, closing out a remark-
able season with a 5-4 record.
After starting the season
with three straight losses at
home to Gaylord St. Mary,
Mancelona and Pickford, the
Cardinals won five of their
last six games, including road
victories at Forest Area,
Inland Lakes and Central
Lake. Onaway was picked to
finish next-to-last in the pre-
season coaches poll and
actually finished third in the
final Ski Valley standings with
a 4-3 record.
“We have been getting bet-
ter each week and have fin-
ished on a positive note,”
said Flynn, who did an amaz-
ing job of keeping the players
focused and turning the sea-
son around. “I am more
proud of this game than any
game that I have been a part
of as a coach. We did what we
had to do. Great ending of
the season.”
Once again, it was running
back Jason Sigsby playing a
major role in the outcome,
stomping, slashing and
sprinting to 188 yards on 15
carries and scoring three of
the Cardinals’ four touch-
downs in the game. Senior
QB Alex Fullerton, who blos-
somed behind center as the
season went along, powered
to 35 yards of real estate on
11 carries and he also scored
a TD in the final game of his
prep gridiron career.
Onaway’s defense also
showed up big at the field of
the Trojans, limiting their
explosive playmakers to just
one touchdown. “Big
Bopper” Bobby Lupu
launched himself at enemy
ball carriers all game long
from his linebacker post, cre-
ating sudden impacts and
bringing plays to an end with
swift finality. He finished
with a team-high 12 tackles.
Defensive end Bryer
McGinn made 10 stops and
penetrated into the backfield
like a knife slicing through
butter. He recorded two
sacks. Trey Leach and
Christian Tollini each had
nine takedowns and Sigsby
made six stops.
“Our defense stepped up
bug tonight,” Flynn reported.
“We shut them down inside
our 10-yard line on two occa-
sions, turning the ball over to
our offense. This was a great
win for our program!”
atlanta 40
bR crossroads 0
ATLANTA – The host
Huskies ended the 2011 cam-
paign on a positive note,
defeating visiting Big Rapids
Crossroads Academy 40-0.
Atlanta, which finished with
a respectable 4-5 record,
intercepted four passes on
the night and recovered a
fumble while posting the
Junior signal caller Garrett
Badgero had another big
night in the pocket for
Atlanta, hitting on 12-of-18
missiles for 157 yards and a
pair of TD strikes to Trenton
Janiga, including a scoring
play covering 39 yards. Josh
Barrett hauled in four passes
for 22 yards and Danny
Palmer pulled down one pass
for 27 yards.
When Badgero wasn’t put-
ting the ball in the air, he was
tucking it and keeping it him-
self, rolling up 44 yards of
real estate on four carries
with a 19-yard TD burst to his
credit. When Badgero wasn’t
heaving the pigskin or run-
ning with it, he was handing
off to Josh Barrett, Jason
Ferguson or fullback Jake
“Thumper” Cumper.
Barrett blasted to a team-
high 83 yards on six carries
with a pair of conversion
runs and Ferguson flew to 65
yards on six attempts.
Cumper thumped, bumped
and stomped to 14 yards on
four carries and scored on a
9-yard power plunge up the
middle. Dependable Justin
Klein only carried the ball
twice but one of those runs
resulted in a 1-yard plunge to
paydirt. Reserve QB Seth
Teets tramped to 25 yards on
two carries.
On the defensive side for
the Huskies, linebacker
Brock Baum had another
dynamite performance,
exploding to the ball and
making 12 tackles. Teets was
equally effective, also taking
part in 12 takedowns with a
fumble recovery and a sack.
Klein and Ferugson each
made seven tackles and
Cumper recorded six. Jered
Teets, Jason Chambers,
Randy McKenzie and Klein
had interceptions.
inland Lakes 34
Pellston 18
Lakes closed out the 2011
campaign on the home field
Friday with a 34-18 victory
over game Ski Valley rival
The Bulldogs of coach Stan
Schramm, fueled by a potent
ground attack featuring the
slashing runs of Jordyn
Smeltzer and the sizzling
slams of fullback Shane
Bacon and senior QB Riley
Southwell, improved to 4-5.
Pellston battled hard, like
always, and finished the sea-
son with a 1-8 mark.
Inland Lakes led 8-0 at
halftime before outscoring
the visitors 22-18 in the sec-
ond half.
Senior Brian Jurek capped
an outstanding prep gridiron
career with another strong
performance for the Hornets,
amassing 154 yards on 18
carries and scoring a TD in
his final game. Dangerous
Jake Friedenstab slashed and
sprinted to 40 yards on 13
tries with a TD run, and he
also broke loose for an 82-
yard kickoff return. Feisty
fullback Josh VanTilburg
bulled his way to 27 yards
rushing on eight carries.
Hornet signal caller Austin
Wright was right on target
four times in the contest,
connecting twice with
trench-tough tight end Mike
Schaefer for 46 yards, and
twice with Friedenstab for 11
Defensively for the
Hornets, Travis Matthews
was a truck traveling down-
hill from his linebacker post,
making a dozen slamming
stops. Nate Boda and
Schaefer each made eight
tackles and Jared Reimann
racked up seven.
Jurek ratcheted up the
pressure from his safety post,
making seven stops with an
interception, and Nick
Kasubowski and VanTulburg
each made five tackles.
“Despite the tough season
there were some positives,”
said veteran Pellston head
coach Dave Brines. “The kids
hung in there, came to prac-
tice and gave what they had.
A special thanks to the sen-
JV: inland Lakes 20
Lewiston 14
was a thrilling Ski Valley JV
game that wasn’t decided
until the final minute of play.
Inland Lakes’ running back
Daniel Flowers flung himself
across the goal line to score
from 3 yards out with 52 sec-
onds left, breaking a 14-14 tie
with host Johannesburg-
Lewiston and giving the visit-
ing Bulldogs a tense 20-14
J-L, which finished the sea-
son with a 2-6-1 mark, trailed
14-8 at halftime but tied the
score at 14 in the third quar-
ter when halfback Dillon
“Crusher” Cushman crashed
into the end zone for his sec-
ond TD of the night.
The Cardinals battled hard
but came up short in the final
JV game of the season.
“We fought hard but
turnovers were the key,” said
J-L coach Joe Smokevitch.
“Our two turnovers led to two
touchdowns for Inland
Pablo DeLos Santos scored
the first two I-Lakes TDs of
the game on runs of 34 yards
in the first quarter and 15
yards in the second quarter.
“Crusher” Cushman, who
closed out the 2011 cam-
paign with a flourish,
amassed 124 yards on 25 car-
ries and scored both J-L TDs,
including a 7-yard burst off-
tackle late in the first quarter.
Cushman followed that with
a conversion run.
Cam Nickert also sur-
passed the century mark
once again for J-L, accumu-
lating 104 yards of real estate
on 18 attempts and Dan
Nieman delivered 22 yards
on four tries.
J-L generated 260 yards of
offense and the Bulldogs had
183 net yards. Neither team
could mount a passing attack
against the other team’s
Cushman came up big on
the defensive side for J-L,
taking part in eight tackles
with a fumble recovery and
an interception. Coalton
Huff, who engineered the
complex J-L ground assault
at quarterback on offense,
collected 10 tackles on the
night from his safety post.
Inside linebacker Cam
“Wham” Nickert covered the
field like fertilizer, taking part
in 19 tackles and Chase
Amborski made 12. “Lunch
Truck” Logan Hipsher added
a fumble recovery to his nine
tackles and Trevor
Pickelmann pounced on a
fumble and also blocked a
“All in all, it was a great
year for our JV team,”
Smokevitch said. “We were
very inexperienced, which
led to some growing pains.
We are a much better team
than we were at the start of
the year.”
Frosh: gaylord 50
St. Johns 14
ST. JOHNS – The Gaylord
freshmen put an exclamation
point on a productive 6-3
season with a 50-14 rout of
host St. Johns on Thursday,
Oct. 20. The young Blue
Devils of coach Jerry LaJoie
rocked, rolled and romped
their way to an impressive
road victory in the final game
of the 2011 season.
Cotton Neff was durable as
rawhide for the Blue Devils,
contributing to the fabric of
victory with a high-impact
performance on both sides of
the ball. Cotton found the
end zone three times run-
ning the ball behind the
booming blocks of Travis
Windish, Will “Wrecker”
Stecker, Billy Johnson and
company, and he caught a
TD pass as well.
Mitchell Lawton also
helped the cause big time,
grabbing two TD passes.
Lawton was “Light’s Out”
with his place-kicking as
well, booming six extra
points through the uprights.
Jeff Heinz was a hammer
for the Gaylord defense, as
usual. Other key contributors
for coach LaJoie’s troops were
Sam Rinke, Johnson, Neff
and Windish, who was
moved to linebacker because
of injuries and was big into
collisions all game long.
Mio wins BIG over Hurons
Thunderbolts storm to lopsided victory; Onaway wins again; Badgero leads Huskies; I-Lakes edges Hornets in finale
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Pellston JV competes
in tourney
Young Hornets fall in bracket play in
Gaylord JV tournament; Lewis is Light’s
Out at service stripe
GAYLORD – The Pellston
JV volleyball team competed
in Saturday’s JV tournament
at Gaylord. Although the
young Hornets fell in bracket
play, there were still some
positives from the day for
coach Heidi Burkhart and the
Kelly Lewis was simply
“Light’s Out” from the service
stripe, hitting 98 percent of
her attempts while racking
up 21 service points and a
whopping 13 aces! Kelly also
creamed 10 kills and was a
top serve-receiver for coach
Abbie Welch whistled five
aces from the stripe with 15
points and was an arsenal
supplier as the setter, secur-
ing 40 assists on the day with
98 percent efficiency in her
Mackenzie Wright wreaked
havoc up front once again,
rapping out a team-high 23
kills with three blocks and
she was a top serve-receiver
and passer also.
Outside hitter Logan Spray
was a spigot of sizzling
spikes, securing six kills.
Kayla Baker produced nine
points with three aces and
was also a top passer and
serve-reciever for the young
The Pellston JV close out
the 2011 campaign on
Thursday, Oct. 27, in a non-
league match at Cheboygan.
By Mike Dunn
BOYNE CITY – The Pellston
volleyball team competed
Saturday in the Boyne City
Invitational, posting a 3-2-1
mark and advancing to the
semifinals against powerful
Pellston defeated Grayling
25 -23, 25 -20 and Cheboygan
25 -10, 25 -13 in pool play,
lost to Petoskey 21-25, 13-25
and split with Kingsley 18-25,
25-24. The Hornets then beat
Harbor Springs 25-16, 26-24
in the quarterfinals before
being knocked out of the
tourney with a 23-25, 23-25
loss to Kingsley in a very
competitive match.
Libero Abby Bodzick was
named the team MVP for the
tourney for her masterful
work in the back row. Abby
covered the floor like a fresh
coat of wax, accumulating 45
digs on the day.
It was the Friendly Fire up
front that helped fuel
Pellston’s push to the final
four. Senior outside hitter
and All-State candidate
Tayler Friend was a flaming
fury at the net, scorching 56
kills on the day with four
blocks. Fellow senior Shelby
Hughey was in slam mode as
well, making 24 kills with
three blocks and Logan
Klienhenz collected 15 kills
with two blocks. Tori Kirsch
tagged 12 kills with three
blocks and she also recorded
11 assists.
Senior setter Samantha
McNitt was simply super
once again, sending up
launchable missiles to the
Hornets’ heavy hitters to the
tune of 91 assists! The well-
rounded McNitt also notched
seven aces and was good on
56 of 57 serve attempts and
she had 30 digs to boot.
Emma Dunham delivered
39 of 42 serves with three
aces. Logan Klienhenz was
also locked in at the stripe,
launching seven aces, and
Tori Kirsch was a terror to
foes as well, totaling six aces.
Pellston pushes its record
to 39-10-5.
“Even though we didn’t
make it to the finals, we had a
good day,” said Pellston
coach Chris Myers. “The
competition was good and
we played pretty well.
Serving and passing needs
some work but we kept at it
all day. Some huge positives,
staying in games that we fell
behind in early and working
through the mistakes togeth-
er and getting past them. I
am proud of our effort
Hornets vie in Boyne tourney
Bodzick is team MVP as Pellston posts 3-2-1 mark, advances to semifinals
Blue Devils boys, girls both take second in
annual Warrior Invitational; Howard,
Fischer are 1-2 punch for boys
By Mike Dunn
REMUS – The Gaylord
cross country team fared well
on Saturday in the annual
Warrior Invitational hosted
by Chippewa Hills High
The Gaylord boys had a
huge race, coach Jeff
Kalember reported, pushing
No. 3 ranked Ionia all the way
to the finish. Ionia had its top
five runners among the top
seven finishers to score just
21 team points but Gaylord
also had a nice spread among
its top five, with three finish-
ers in the top eight and all
five in the top 13.
Juniors Charlend Howard
and Nate Fischer continue to
forge a formidable 1-2 punch
for the Blue Devils and coach
Kalember. Howard, fresh off a
runner-up finish in the final
Big North meet of the season
earlier in the week, was third
overall in Saturday’s Div. 2
meet, crossing the finish line
in a time of 16:45.83, and
Fischer was fourth in
16:48.81. Senior Jake
Pasternak was eighth in 17:12
with senior Sean Hope earn-
ing 12th in 17:44 and junior
Ian Callison taking 13th in
17:46. Rounding out the top
seven for the Blue Devils
were freshman Collin
Monusko (18:09, 20th) and
sophomore Josh Green
(18:15, 22nd) with Sterling
McPherson (18:21) in 24th
and junior Chris Ryan (18:24)
in 25th.
“The boys had a huge race,
pushing third-ranked Ionia
all the way to the finish,”
Kalember said. “The great 1-2
punch of Howard and
Fischer is now closely fol-
lowed by Pasternak. Ian
Callison held on for a good
finish and the race of the day
went to No. 5 man Sean
Hope, now solidly down into
the 17s.
“Last week at the Big North
finals Sean was 2 minutes
behind Charlend and Nate,”
he added. “Today he was only
59 seconds back. This is a
huge confidence booster for
him and the boys heading
into the regional meet at
The Gaylord girls also
brought home the runner-up
trophy in the Div. 2 meet.
Fremont won with 42 team
points but Gaylord was close
behind with 56. The Blue
Devil gals placed their top
five in the top 14 and their
varsity seven in the top 21.
Senior Megan Borgeson
led the way for Gaylord,
securing seventh place over-
all in a time of 20:51 with
hardworking junior Geena
Duff coming in tenth in 21:01
followed by junior Maria
Warren (21:16) in 12th, senior
Paige Hypio (21:21) in 13th
and junior Katelynn Dreyer
(21:33) in 14th. Not far
behind were No. 6 runner
Noelle Warren (21:50, 16th)
and Ellen Seidell (21:54,
21st). Senior Nicole Wehner
(22:19) was 29th and junior
Megan Stempky (22:43) was
“The girls had a great race
with lots of season-best
times,” Kalember reported.
“The 1-5 spread was only 40
seconds. We got much closer
to Fremont, and we'll be
fighting with them for the
third spot at regionals, hop-
ing to qualify for the state
“Before the race I talked
with the girls about setting
themselves up for a good
race by starting strong
instead of heading to the
middle of the pack. They did
just that and were all in the
top 20 in the first mile. With
some rest this week and a
nice peak we have a shot at
the third qualifying spot for
the state finals next weekend
at Benzie's regional.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 18,
Gaylord hosted the final Big
North Conference jamboree
meet of the season at the
Gaylord Country Club.
Howard came in second
overall on the wet course in
an excellent time of 16:42,
securing the second spot
overall among boys in the
conference and also earning
first-team All-Conference
recognition along with team-
mate Fischer, who came in
seventh in 17:16.
Gaylord harriers running strong
Cross Country
The Gaylord boys display the runner-up trophy they earned Saturday in the
prestigious Warrior Invitational hosted by Chip Hills.
The Gaylord girls display the runner-up trophy they earned Saturday in the
annual Warrior Invitational held north of Remus.
Photo by JeFF kaLembeR
Photo by JeFF kaLembeR
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• Wash children's hands
often, especially before they
eat and before nap and bed
• Keep play areas clean.
Wash bottles, pacifiers, toys,
and stuffed animals regularly.
• Keep children from chew-
ing window sills or other
painted surfaces.
• Clean or remove shoes
before entering your home to
avoid tracking in lead from
• Make sure children eat
nutritious, low-fat meals high
in iron and calcium.
In addition to day-to-day
cleaning and good nutrition:
• You can temporarily
reduce lead hazards by taking
actions such as repairing
damaged painted surfaces
and planting grass to cover
soil with high lead levels.
• To permanently remove
lead hazards, you must hire a
certified lead "abatement"
contractor. Abatement (or
permanent hazard elimina-
tion) methods include
removing, sealing, or enclos-
ing lead-based paint with
special materials. Just paint-
ing over the hazard with regu-
lar paint is not enough.
When remodeling your
home it is particularly impor-
tant to be aware of lead-
based paint and take the
proper measures to keep your
family safe. *If not conducted
properly, certain types of ren-
ovations can release lead
from paint and dust into the
5475 Sandalwood Circle, Elmira
Contact; Gregory P. Tomaski, Front Street Realty, LLC, Mancelona, (231) 587-0291
A Retreat for all Seasons in
Lakes of the North
Real Estate
By Jim Akans
Nestled amid the hardwood forest, this wonderful, low-mainte-
nance, story and a half home located in the fabulous Lakes of the
North community is truly a welcoming retreat for all seasons.
The home features approximately 1,450 square feet of well-designed
living space. That includes three bedrooms (one on the lower level
and two on the second), two full baths, a large living room and sepa-
rate family room area, main level utility room and a fantastic kitchen
and dining room area. The kitchen area is highlighted by gorgeous
hardwood flooring, a spacious layout, and an abundance of wood cab-
inetry to accommodate the most demanding of storage needs.
Outdoors, the home is situated on a large lot beautifully accented by
mature shade trees. A real surprise is a wonderful 30 x 48 drive
through vehicle and storage barn, complete with wood furnace. With
plenty of room for keeping vehicles (and snowmobiles) out of the
weather, this could also make a great workshop space as well. The
home also features a large covered front porch, the perfect spot for sit-
ting back and enjoying the spectacular natural surroundings.
This exceptional retreat is located in the extraordinary Lakes of the
North community, where homeowners enjoy year-round resort style
amenities. Those include clubhouses, swimming pool, two private
lakes, a golf course, horse stables, a restaurant, an airstrip, and some
of the DNRE snowmobile trails in the lower peninsula…all within
easy reach of this home.
The retreat for all seasons is listed at $124,800 - Call Gregory P.
Tomaski today for a private showing. (231) 587-0291 or email gpt-