Capt. Todd John Beales, who piloted a C-130 cargo plane with Tommy Izzo's Michigan State Spartans, wrestled at Norway High School because the Air Force Academy suggested he take up a contact sport.
"Smart kid, good kid," said Bob Madigan, Norway High School wrestling coach at the time.
Beales, who moved to Norway at age 7 and left for Plymouth (Wis.) after his junior year of high school, also played tennis and first trombone in the band. The student council vice president earned Eagle Scout status by designing and building nature trail signs at Strawberry Lake.
The son of John and Karen Beales also found time to deliver The Daily News.
Beales graduated from the Air Force Academy in June 2004 with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and received his master of business administration from Colorado State in 2010.
With Michigan State at Ramstein Air Base in Germany for a game with UConn, Beales and co-pilot Scott Lichtwardt gave Tommy's Spartans a ride on their C-130.
Beales' flight history shows one tour of Iraq and three of Afghanistan.
Amherst, which defeated Northern Elite Predators (Niagara, Goodman and Pembine) in the state playoffs and Lancaster for Wisconsin's Division 5 title, posted just one win in a senior-less 2009 campaign.
Amherst fielded 15 seniors this season.
The Falcons, with Caleb Glennon replacing all-stater Chris Zblewski (ankle) at quarterback for the finals, spilled Lancaster 19-7 ...
Taco Bell's World Series promotion was a hit with the Iron Mountain eatery.
"Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" resulted in 271 free Doritos Locos Tacos distributed locally. Taco Bell promised free tacos for a stolen base in the World Series and the Giants' Angel Pagan did the honors in Game 2.
Thanks to Corky, one of The Daily News premier ad reps, for tracking down the information ...
Brad Dickson, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the nine youth football coaches in Florida facing charges for gambling on their league's games: "If these guys bet their mortgage on how a 5-year-old was going to perform, I think they're good to cop an insanity plea." ...