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Area grads leading high school football teams with unbeaten records

October 6, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Football teams coached by Iron Mountain's John Novara and Niagara's Matt Molle owned perfect records entering games against formidable foes last night.

Novara's Portland Raiders took on once-beaten Lansing Catholic while Molle's Seymour (Wis.) Thunder faced state powerhouse West DePere.

"We know that we have a lot of tough opponents coming up, so we have to keep on improving and not be satisfied where we're at,'" Novara told the Lansing State Journal recently.

Portland has qualified for the state playoffs the past 10 years.

Seymour's defense stands out, with four foes scoring fewer than seven points.

"They earned their way (to 6-0)," Molle told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "That's always a good thing."

Check "Scoreboard" for results. This column was published before the games concluded ...

Steve Mariucci, Iron Mountain native and NFL Network analyst, commenting on his Twitter page about the Packers-Seahawks final play: "Is there one person on earth that thinks Golden Tate really caught that pass? Anybody at all?" ...

For a great look at a big-time high school football program, I recommend the book "Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and its Team" (St. Martin's Press).

Author Drew Jubera followed Valdosta, Georgia, and new coach Rance Gillespie's efforts to rebuild tradition.

Valdosta junior defensive back Randy Cook might be echoing the players in today's Twin City rivalry: "When we go out to play, we're playing in somebody else's footsteps and we have to play as good or better. I'm always thinking, 'Somebody else stepped foot on this field before I did and they probably won - probably won big.' I have to win as big as them." ...

Division One college basketball coaches have been keeping close tabs on Forest Park standout Lexi Gussert.

Purdue's Sharon Versyp was in the crowd at Iron River to see the Trojans and West Iron County play volleyball. The Big Ten coach took a private jet from West Lafayette, Ind., to Iron Mountain.

Lexi has been drawing the attention that Niagara's Anna DeForge (Nebraska) and North Dickinson's Todd Lindeman (Indiana) received during their sterling prep basketball careers ...



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