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Tying up the loose ends of a year/Paul Peterson

December 19, 2012
By Paul Peterson - For the Gazette , The Daily Mining Gazette

During the course of a sports year, there are several stories that go to press.

Many are done under the stress of a deadline, and more than a few in the late evening hours. As a result, some facts can get blurry or sometimes obscurred.

In the past year, there were three stories that ended up in that category for myself.

In March, I did a story on the all-time leading boys basketball scorers in the Copper Country. Because some schools have had several players who have surpassed the 1,000-point barrier, a cutoff of the top three or four had to be implemented.

In the case of Dollar Bay High, there have been at least 10 players who surpassed 1,000 points.

One of those, Rob Reed, was inadvertently left off the list when the story ran.

Reed, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound center, totaled 1,317 points in his career. His coach Jim Bronczyk remembered him as "the kind of player who did a lot of good things."

"Robby (Reed) could muscle inside or step outside and hit the 15-footer," said Bronczyk, who recorded 393 wins in his coaching career. "And he was very nimble on his feet for a big guy."

In mid-summer, there was a story on the late Leo Durocher of Stanton. Durocher, a .400 lifetime hitter, is considered by many to have been the finest baseball player ever produced up here.

But he was also an excellent hockey player, who played defense for the CLK Wolverines and Copper Country Chiefs.

Chiefs general manager Paul Lehto, whom I didn't get a chance to talk to while doing the story, later told me that Durocher was a key man on road trips as well.

"Leo made sure that the rest of the players on our team made it to church on Sunday morning," Lehto told me. "And that wasn't always the easiest thing to do after a Saturday night game."

In August, the Houghton team in the Over 50 Softball League finished a remarkable playoff run by upsetting South Range in the finals by a 7-1 score.

Houghton - the last-place team in the league during the regular season - rode the stellar pitching of Steve Dunstan in the playoffs. Dunstan gave up just nine runs in three games.

I would have normally covered the championship game (with a picture and story), but unfortunately my camera equipment and computer were still at my apartment at Heritage Manor.

Heritage Manor, you may know, was the scene of a fire the day before the Over 50 championship game.

And that's the main reason no one ever saw anything on Houghton's run to an unexpected title.

By the way, I didn't recover my camera and computer until a couple of weeks later.



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