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Advanced fitness class prepares Kingsford girls for grueling tennis matches

September 16, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Kingsford No. 4 singles Santina Bianco outlasted Menominee's Jessica Nutter in a "90-minute battle of all-out intensity."

"I'm in pretty good shape because of my advanced fitness 2 class," Santina said after the "deceiving 6-2, 6-0" girls tennis decision. "Our coach (Mark Shanks) tells us to keep the ball in play until the other player makes a mistake."

Marinette EagleHerald sportswriter Tom (Richie) Kaeser said the Bianco-Nutter match was an "hour and a half of fancy footwork and sideline-to-sideline aerobics."

Must be a pretty darn good teacher in that Kingsford advanced fitness class. That would be Santina's mom, Kelly ...

That was former Iron Mountain High School and Lake Superior State volleyball star Brittany Newberry watching the Mountaineers last week.

"It's always nice to have Brittany sitting on the bench and chirping in my ear," quipped her ageless mother (49 last week!) and Mountaineer coach Jeanne Newberry.

Britt, one of 10 Division II athletes chosen to represent the United States at an international tournament in Italy May 22-June 4, showed up at Mountaineer practices and wowed the girls with her rocket-like hitting ...

Rest easy, Packer backers: Iron Mountain's Steve Mariucci forecasts a Super Bowl with Green Bay and New England.

Although the NFL Network and former NFL head coach picks the Patriots to win.

If you want a laugh, check out NFL Network's Web page to see fans pulling "Mooch" into the stands for a "Lambeau Leap" demonstration. Mariucci and his NFL Network crew were in Green Bay on Thursday ...

From Packers coach Mike McCarthy, asked by U.P. Hall of Famer and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pro football writer Bob McGinn if he would allow his sons to play football: "I definitely would allow my sons to play football. But I'd be very involved in how they begin to play. I believe in sports being taught the right way. There's some things that don't belong in youth sports." ...



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