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ScuttleBu(r)t

Mountaineer posts first coaching victory on Iron Mountain floor

December 8, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Iron Mountain's Ben Olsen chalked up his first coaching victory on his old home floor.

Olsen, Gwinn's first-year girls basketball coach, piloted the Modeltowners past the Mountaineers 49-47. Olsen, a long-range marksman in his high school days, graduated from IMHS in 2000.

Abby Gerhard's 15 points and 16 boards led the Mountaineers.

"We didn't match her energy," Olsen said. "But we just continued to scrap and play hard." ...

The U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association no longer names one player to both offensive and defensive first-teams.

Exhaustive research from Matt "Sweets" McCarthy indicates only two area players made All-U.P. first-team on offense and defense in the past 40 years - 1968, Norway's David Vielmetti, guard and linebacker; 1998, North Dickinson's Jared Ferguson, running back and linebacker.

Today's players can make All-U.P. on offense or defense, but not both. They can be selected to a special teams berth along with offense or defense ...

BOOK MARKS ... History buffs and college football fans will appreciate "When Saturday Mattered Most: The Last Golden Season of Army Football" (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press). Author Mark Beech recounts the 1958 Black Knights unbeaten season. Football great Pete Dawkins was a superb hockey defenseman who was "capable of consistently playing 60 minutes." The book also mentions Ironwood's Brock Strom and his impact on Air Force football ...

For complete book reviews, go to ironmountaindailynews.com and look under sections ...

Norway's John Ralston attended the 18th annual San Jose Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner.

Ralston, a former college and pro football coach, was once honored by the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame ...

My sympathies to the family of Aldo Carollo, 93, who passed away Tuesday.

The 1938 Iron Mountain High School graduate is the father of Bill Carollo, a former pro football referee who now supervises Big Ten Conference officials ...

From Leslie Smith on "Giving Thanks for My Dogs:" "No treat is too small or too boring or too familiar or too flavorless." ...

My boys in Vegas don't think much of Big Ten football. None of the seven Big Ten teams in bowl games are favored to win including area favorites Michigan, five-point underdog to South Carolina; Michigan State, 1.5 to TCU, and Wisconsin, six to Stanford.

Took last week off to visit Vegas. Please check out my blog at ironmountaindailynews.com for the trip highlights ...

 
 

 

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