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Scuttle leftovers, March 15, 2014

March 15, 2014 - Burt Angeli
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Stephenson all-stater Tiffany Wangerin holds nine school records for scoring, rebounding, steals and three-pointers, and nearly had another for assists.

Noted Coach Mark Simon: “She’s been the face of our program. She deserves everything she gets.” ...

From Coleman wrestling coach Kevin Casper, after the Cougars won a fourth Wisconsin state title in the past five years and 10th overall: “When you say ‘Green Bay,’ you say Packers. When you say ‘Coleman,’ you think ‘state wrestling champions.’” ...

Escanaba’s Bob McGinn, Milwaukee JournalSentinel’s award-winning pro football scribe, checked in with NFL personnel executives on Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Couple comments didn’t flatter the Packers’ unrestricted free agent center: “Centers don’t need to be especially talented ... If he’s starting for you, you’re always going to want better.” ...

Cedarville (Ohio) University women’s basketball, with former Florence star Kari (Flunker) Hoffman the chief assistant, recovered from a 3-7 start to finish 18-10 on the season.

Kentucky Wesleyan scored the final 10 points in overtime to defeat Cedarville, 99-95, in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference semifinal.

"We couldn't be more proud of our players,” said Cedarville Coach Kirk Martin, who traveled to Florence to sign Kari to a letter of intent during her playing days. “To remember back how we played in November and December and then to play as we played against a very good team was very satisfying.

“Way, way too many tears in the locker room, but most of those tears had nothing to do with the loss. It was more about a sisterhood, who will never take the floor together again. We are hard. Smart. Together." ...

From Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, on why basketball coaches except pros, should play everybody in games: “The best coaches are the ones who find a way to include everybody. And the worst ones are small minds who stop seeing the kids at the end of the bench.” ...

Resi Stiegler, 28, once considered a rising star in USA skiing before injuries took their toll, fell during her second slalom run at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Stiegler, from Jackson Hole, Wyo., finished 29th out of 90 skiers in the giant slalom — second among Americans. She’s gone through 11 major surgeries in her career.

Stiegler is the daughter of Ironwood native Carrie (Domin) Stiegler ...

From Boston Red Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski, often described as the “meanest guy in baseball:” “When I play for those three hours, it’s about playing, it ain’t about being friends. Your best friend in the world can be out there pitching, I’m trying to get a hit off him. It’s about getting a hit or trying to win.”

From Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: “Chicago Cubs, 2014 World Series contenders? Hey, don't laugh. Vladimir Putin just got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, didn't he? ...

Norway’s Ed Weiland, writing for HoopsAnalyst.com, describes the NBA draft pictures as “muddled after Joel Embiid (Kansas center) at the top. “What is clear is that assuming most of the draftworthy players head to the pros, the 2014 draft should be a pretty good one,” Weiland said. “This class is very deep on the perimeter and should deliver solid prospects deep into round one.” ...

Emory University studied Twitter to determine the cities most and least receptive to having Michael Sam, the openly gay draft prospect, on their team.

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Chicago was among the most receptive and Green Bay in the least category ...

Giancarlo Stanton, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound slugger with the Miami Marlins, on the Boston Red Sox winning last year’s World Series: “It seemed from afar, they believed in themselves. They never approached any game like ‘how can we win today?’ They approached it, ‘we’re going to win today.’ It seemed like they had a lot of fun going on that journey with everyone kind of together pulling in the same direction. Maybe it’s cliché, but that works.” ...

Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, may be on the trading block.

“Porcello is once again at the back end of the Tiger rotation,” Cafardo wrote. “While still young and promising, the Tigers need more consistency in the rotation. The Tigers took lefty Robbie Ray in the Doug Fister deal, but Ray is likely not quite ready to make the jump.”

From Davie Ricky, talking to to NBCsports.com, after nose tackle B.J. Raji turned down an $8 million-a-year deal from the Packers a year ago and got offered only $4 million this time: “How’s that discount double-check treating you, Raji?” ...

Iron Mountain’s Steve Mariucci, head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2003 to 2005, offered his condolences to the family of team owner William Clay Ford.

"Everybody who ever coached for him, or every front office person, or even every player, their intention was to win a championship for William Clay Ford Sr.," Mariucci said on NFL Network. “He brought so much to the state and city.” ...

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