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Stambaugh star salutes his Ironwood Area Hall of Fame football team

August 17, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Wayne Melchiori's unbeaten 1965 Ironwood High School football team entered the Ironwood Area Sports Hall of Fame last week.

"The '65 team was like a college team," Melchiori, a Stambaugh High School star in the late 1940s, told The Daily Globe. "We had great players and great coaches."

Those Red Devils outscored eight foes 191-31 including a 12-6 home decision over Iron Mountain in the second game of the season. The Mountaineers, hurt by two major pre-season injuries, scored on a Larry Gauthier run. Jeff Zambon picked off a Red Devil pass.

"The offense went wild after the third game," Melchiori noted. "No team worked harder, practiced harder, trained better or had more fun than this team."

Guy Kangas, a member of the '65 football team who also starred in basketball, was also enshrined.

"People say, 'Don't sweat the small stuff,'" he said. "But we won because we sweated the small stuff." ...

Gil Brandt of found a record that will never be broken. Green Bay Packers won 23 straight preseason games from 1959 to 1963. Next with 14 are the Bears and Chargers ...

Iron River's Fred Jacobs is back.

"Joggin' Jake," also known as Fast Freddy and Steady Freddy, completed Saturday's Paavo Nurmi Marathon in 3 hours, 42 minutes. Not bad for a guy recuperating from back surgery.

"Granted, I didn't know what to expect but all runners caught a break in the cooler weather," said Fred, noting 48 degrees at race start in Hurley, Wis. ...

Bartt Davis of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, after six-year-old Spencer Conn of Grayson, Ga., hit five home runs on consecutive pitches over two games: "No word on whether Conn has been tested for enhanced levels of Flintstones vitamins." ...

Kingsford grads Ryan O'Dette and Andy Mattord, mechanics for Bob Tasca's NHRA Mustang funny car, head to Brainerd, Minn., this week after spending a few days at home.

"I've said it many times, I have the best car and best team of my career right now," said Tasca, taking seconds in recent stops at Denver and Seattle. "I think we haven't won at Brainerd yet and I think we should change that."

Tasca, ninth in the Funny Car season standings, stands just three points out of eighth.

"It's a dogfight in our class," Tasca noted ...



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