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Here's hoping for another volleyball match with Bobcats against Badgers

October 20, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

I hope to be watching Florence and Niagara square off again this volleyball season.

But it will take some doing. Both are on the road tonight for regional championships.

If Florence knocks off Wausaukee and Niagara ousts Wabeno, they will meet Thursday in Lena in a sectional semifinal.

Both Florence and Niagara are at the top of their games. The Bobcats, other than the Lakeland tourney, and Badgers have not lost a match in October.

Niagara, playing with skill and enthusiam to sink Suring in a regional seminal Thursday, looked like the Florence team from 2010 that reached the sectional finals.

In late August, Niagara needed five sets to edge Florence. The Bobcats won the opener 36-34, with the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association still checking to see if that's some sort of record.

Besides the rival schools, it's a meeting of area coaching greats in Florence's Trudy Rochon and Niagara's Carol St. Arnauld.

"Carol and I have a great relationship," Trudy said after the regular season marathon. "We love each other.

"But when we're playing each other we only hug when it starts and when it's over. In between, we're not going to look at each other."

Please check out my blog at for stories on Amanda Ferguson, racer that burned up Norway Speedway this summer; Drew Vanderlin, Michigan Tech star now with the Green Bay Packers; Kurt Coduti, football standout in the Michigan Tech Hall of Fame; Bill Rademacher, Menominee great inspires the Maroons, and Dr. David J. Young, author of the interesting book "Arrogance and Scheming in the Big Ten: Michigan State's Quest for Membership and Michigan's Powerful Opposition." ...

Look for Michigan State video producer and former TV6-Marquette personality Dave Ellis on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."

He's been ordered by game show producers to not say a word on the outcome or lose his winnings ...

From Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times: "I found it interesting that Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts described his team's 2012 season as ''disappointing.'' Kind of like describing the Great Chicago Fire as ''warm.''

The Cubbies lost 101 games in 2012 ...



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