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Trojans, Badgers to renew basketball rivalry

May 25, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Wrirter , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Forest Park and Niagara, after a 44-year absence, will meet again in boys basketball.

The Trojans and Badgers square off Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Niagara. My research, with the help of Dobie Anderson and Kerry Grippen, indicates Forest Park and Niagara last met on Jan. 17, 1970.

In the 1970 encounter, Eric Larson's 27 points powered the Trojans past the Badgers 106-63. Tony Marusich chipped in 22 points; Dale Hawks, 20, and Dave Bertola, 18. Badgers' Bill Alsteen led all scorers with 31 points.

Forest Park added Niagara to the 2013-14 boys basketball schedule after Florence dropped one of its games with the Trojans. The Bobcats made the move, according to AD Jim Uren, because the Northern Lakes Conference will seed its teams half way through the season. The last week of the season, NLC will dedicate two nights where the one-through-four and five-through-eight seeded teams play.

By the way, came across a couple interesting notes while checking on the Forest Park-Niagara basketball series.

Carney's Ron Solberg must have been a heck of a basketball coach. With Todder Lindeman tearing up the U.P. basketball circuit in 1969, Carney checked the Channing star to 16 points in a 76-63 decision.

All-America Travelin' Yankees girls professional basketball once played at Niagara. No word on the results but how could Niagara lose with Phil Neveau and Leon Waitrovich in the lineup? ...

Looks like local college hockey ref Ryan (Spike) Gordon will be kept busy this winter even with the CCHA folding.

Gordon, Oak Crest Golf Course pro during the summer, will likely work Western Collegiate Hockey Association games at Northern Michigan, Michgan Tech and Lake Superior State. There's also a chance of Big Ten hockey at Wisconsin.

He's been a playoff-tested CCHA ref and linesman for eight years ...

Kudos to the Iowa Elks Association for donating $8,500 and helping reunite Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach of Madison, Wis., with his bomb-detecting dog Casey, a yellow lab.

"We have a motto in our association that as long as there are veterans, the Elks will strive to help them," Iowa Elks Association president Tom Maher told the Wisconsin State Journal ...

I like Wisconsin's Big Ten Conference football chances in 2014. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State are missing from the Badgers' schedule ...

From Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, talking defense with Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "The first rule in baseball is catch the ball. I don't care how good your pitching is, I don't care how good your hitting is, if you can't catch the ball and you give the other team four, five outs, you're going to get your butt beat." ...



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