Sports columns

The best interview that wasn’t done

Just a recently, a local sports fan asked me who were the most interesting people I have ever interviewed.Pondering for a few moments, I answered that interviewing Sparky Anderson, Warren Spahn and the duo of Herman Gundlach and Dominic Vairo all were in the tossup category for that ...

Baseball is back

After a few weeks of quiet, we are back to multiple sports taking place at the same time, meaning we are back to our busy schedules each week, which is fine by me. I have been excited and happy to start catching some baseball games throughout the area.I have seen all five local teams: Houghton, ...

New Lions GM faces acid test

It would be difficult to find a team in the National Football League that has bungled the annual college draft more often than the Detroit Lions.This is the team that has consistently made selections that boggle the mind.They once picked quarterback Andre Ware in the first round, ignoring the ...

The thrill is gone for some sports

Chalk it down to old age or whatever, but I recently missed two events I would have never dreamed of passing up just a few years ago.One was the Masters golf tournament, the other was the home opener for the Detroit Tigers.Now, I have no idea why I followed the Masters so avidly all those ...

Weather always has the last say

It was just a few weeks ago that a mid-March thaw had spring sports coaches and players thinking about a rare early start.As I pen this column today, there are snow flurries flying outside. The temperatures are in the low 20s and there's a bitterly cold wind coming out of the west.It's what I ...

Now the fun begins

It may seem mean to those sports which are just starting up like baseball and softball, but I am back with another hockey column this week. The National Hockey League regular season just ended, and I have to say, it really and truly did not end the way I thought it might.There were so many ...

Tigers could be good or bad

Depending on which national baseball publication you believe, this year's edition of the Detroit Tigers either will win the whole thing, or fall on their faces.If that sounds like hedging, well, it's the truth.Any team that can field a lineup that includes Miguel Cabrera, J.T. Martinez, Ian ...

The dead sports season has arrived

My first experience with the dead season in local sports took place in early April of 1981.It was my first full year as sports editor at the Daily Mining Gazette and what a year it had been.It started in the fall with football, which had several highlights on the local and collegiate scene.In ...

All-U.P. selections are always talking points

Ah, All-U.P. basketball awards, nothing riles up local towns and fanbases more than those selections. With Wednesday's meeting set to decide this year's class, it reminded me how the All-U.P. basketball selections made by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association draw more ...

NCAA tourney showing its appeal

This past weekend showed why the NCAA men's basketball tournament has become one of the top sporting events in this country.There were three buzzer-beating shots; the greatest comeback in NCAA hoops history; and all the ingredients that have made this such a dramatic made-for-primetime ...

The hardest trophy to win

There have been many pieces of hardware passed out recently to hockey teams and basketball teams at the high school and college levels. Many local teams have brought home certain pieces for the first time in several seasons. Others earned trophies for the second or third time in recent years, ...

Changing of the guard is imminent

It had to be one of the most intriguing winter sports seasons I can recall.I'm talking about the just completed prep hockey and girls and boys basketball seasons.For one thing, you had Hancock High bring home a state championship in hockey - the second ever accomplished by the Bulldogs.Now, ...

It’s about time

Two local hockey teams accomplished something truly special over the past two weeks. For the first time in 40 years, the Michigan Tech Huskies won a share of the MacNaughton Cup for the first time since 1976. The Hancock Bulldogs won the Division 3 state championship for the first time since ...

Nothing better than March Madness

Right now, we're in the beginning of one of my favorite times of the sports season: March Madness.If you want excitement and really big games, March Madness has it all.Look at this past week alone.Some 3,000 hockey fans crowded into the MacInnes Student Ice Arena Saturday afternoon to watch old ...

The MHSAA seeding problem

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 hearing all week, and in reality, for the last three weeks: The MHSAA really needs to seed their ...

Remembering a clutch player

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. And since, I've seen a number of former teammates - and opponents - pass on.When that happens, I find myself reflecting on past ...

Something in water at E-TC

This past Saturday afternoon saw good evidence of the seemingly endless pool of basketball talent produced in the Ewen-Trout Creek School system.At Michigan Tech, Dillon Gordon's 16 points helped the Huskies men's squad to an upset win over Lake Superior State. And just a mile across Portage ...

Recalling when districts were special

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.If you're older than that, you can remember when as many as three district games were played on a single ...

Houghton hockey rising

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. For the previous three seasons, the Gremlins had been the gold standard by which all four other local schools measured their ...

Veteran presence needed

In order to build a successful sports team, you often need a specific number of factors to work out. You need some young athletes (think Dylan Larkin or Marcus Mariota), some younger veterans (Von Miller or Sidney Crosby), and some grizzled veterans who can still give you key contributions when ...