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A treasure trove of Niagara information

March 20, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Kerry Grippen, also known as Wisconsin’s finest newspaper columnist not named Bob McGinn, never lets me or his readers down.

If I need something Niagara-related, “Grip” has the answer. Allow me to provide a few examples.

When Appleton Xavier High School soccer standout Ashley Bovee signed on with Loyola University Chicago, “Grip” had the family background. Ashley is the daughter of Niagara High School graduates Robin (Pilon) and Marty Bovee and granddaughter of Anita and Jan Bovee and Cindy and Randy Pilon.

Pulaski won Wisconsin’s Division 2 boys basketball state championship with a Niagara connection. Starting senior forward Spencer Lawniczak is the son of Niagara grad Kris Turrie, a standout on the 1984 Badgers who posted a 22-0 record before falling in the sectional finals. Spencer’s grandparents are Julie Turrie of rural Niagara and Bruce Turrie of Aurora.

Oshkosh North, with guard point guard Nathan Neveau, bowed to unbeaten Germantown in the WIAA Division 1 tourney. Nathan, son Brian and grandson of Niagara great Ray Neveau, has helped his team reach Madison the past two years.

A Niagara name — Joe Doucette — caught my attention in the WIAA girls basketball state tournament. The Colfax coach isn’t related to the Doucettes from Niagara but did face the Badgers in the 1994 state tournament.

A Becky Turrie free throw lifted Niagara past Colfax in the state semifinals. Doucette, in his 27th season with 500 career wins, did advance to the state finals Saturday but fell to three-time champion Algoma 46-30.

As always, thanks “Grip.”



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