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Iron Mountain's state championship coach concerned with complacency

December 14, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Iron Mountain's John Novara has coached Portland High School to 90 victories in 14 seasons including Michigan's 2012 Division 5 state title.

So what happens down the road?

"In my mind right now I'm thinking we don't want to get complacent," Novara told the Lansing State Journal. "They always say once you get there, that's the easy part, staying there is the hard part.

"So we'll talk to the kids after we relish this win a little and talk to the kids about what got us here and continue those things and maybe add to it a little bit."

Portland (13-1), a school near Lansing with 10 straight winning seasons, held off West Catholic 12-9 for the state title ...

Novara played Mountaineer varsity football under Coach Tom Wender. Rick Olds and Charlie Novara, John's dad, tutored him at the jayvee ranks.

During this season's state playoffs, Portland ran one of Brick's plays, a "quick X pass," for points ...

"1641 Parkview" can relax during the 2013 college football season.

Veteran Lansing journalist Tim Staudt thinks Michigan State "can just about fall out of bed next fall and be 7-1 after eight games."

Staudt, writing in the Lansing State Journal, figures a record "absolutely no worse than 8-4 and with some decent improvement, better than that." ...

UW-Marinette men's basketball coach George Hayes, looking to keep his team academically eligible, sends the Buccaneers to the library two nights a week for 90 minutes.

"The biggest question is always will we be able to keep everybody for the full year," said Hayes, whose roster shows players from China, Chicago, Milwaukee and other locations ...

Iron Mountain's Julie (Greenleaf) Siegler helped out at the Big Ten Championship football game in Indianapolis pitting Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Julie, who also assisted with last year's Super Bowl, was in charge of Nebraska's band and cheer at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wisconsin routed the Cornhuskers to reach the Rose Bowl.

"Kids were gloomy by the end of the night but they had a good time," said Julie, a regular when it comes to promoting Indianapolis sporting events ...



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