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The MHSAA seeding problem

March 8, 2016 On Saturday, as I was preparing to take in the Houghton/Hancock Region 17 championship game at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, I was approached by a friend of mine with the same complaint I had been... more »»

Remembering a clutch player

March 3, 2016 Sooner or later, a person reaches the age where attending funerals becomes more common than going to weddings. I reached that unenviable position a few years ago. more »»

Something in water at E-TC

February 24, 2016 This past Saturday afternoon saw good evidence of the seemingly endless pool of basketball talent produced in the Ewen-Trout Creek School system. more »»

Recalling when districts were special

February 17, 2016 There was a time when the high school district basketball tournaments were the biggest thing in a Michigan sports season. If you remember those days, you're very likely past the age of 50. more »»

Houghton hockey rising

February 16, 2016 When I was running around interviewing high school hockey coaches before the season began, one theme kept creeping into every interview: The state of hockey at Houghton. more »»

Veteran presence needed

February 9, 2016 In order to build a successful sports team, you often need a specific number of factors to work out. more »»

Affluenza did in the all-star games

February 3, 2016 There are any number of reasons that all-star games in professional sports have all but lost their meaning. more »»

Dawg days of winter

February 2, 2016 Being a hockey fan first and a sports enthusiast second, I cannot help but smile this week after the weekend earned by both current and former members of local teams whose nicknames are dog-relate. more »»

Chess games by coaches are intriguing

January 27, 2016 Probably one of the most overlooked part of any athletic contest is the ongoing chess game between the coaches. Over the years, I've had the chance to watch some of the all-time coaching greats. more »»

To All-Star or not to All-Star

January 26, 2016 About a year ago today, I was preparing for my NHL All-Star adventure in Columbus, Ohio. What an adventure it was. more »»

A hallowed U.P. mark about to fall

January 21, 2016 By all accounts, one of the most hallowed records in Upper Peninsula prep sports history could fall this winter. St. more »»

In Phillips, we trust

January 19, 2016 Being a sports writer for Daily Mining Gazette, I have the Michigan Tech hockey beat, and I would argue there is almost no better place to be right now as current head coach Mel Pearson continues to... more »»

50 years later, 2 similar teams

January 13, 2016 Just the other day, someone remarked to me about how things have changed on the Copper Country sports scene in the past 50 years. more »»

Sports streaks (good or bad) fascinate us

January 6, 2016 Sports fans in this country are fascinated, some would say obsessed, with winning and losing streaks. If you don't believe that, look at the National Basketball Association this season. more »»

Lions, Tigers must reboot

December 30, 2015 Another year is just ahead for sports fans. And it wouldn't be unfair to say that 2015 was very disappointing for many fans in Michigan, particularly in professional sports. more »»

Holiday distractions

December 29, 2015 I hope you all had a wonderfully Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukka. more »»

Older gyms had lots of character

December 24, 2015 Just recently while covering a basketball game in Lake Linden, a longtime fan remarked about the gym's size. “Not too many gyms this small any more,” he said. more »»

‘Cub’ was an unforgettable sports guy

December 16, 2015 The publication “Readers Digest” used to have a section entitled: “The most unforgettable person I ever met.” The late Denny Myllyla was certainly one of those kind of people. more »»

Confidence building

December 15, 2015 As a sports writer during the height of the winter season, I often find myself in numerous gyms and ice rinks each week. more »»

College playoff gets it right

December 9, 2015 It required a little bit of juggling but the College Football selection committee appears to have come up with a winner. more »»



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