Iron River's Nick Baumgartner visited the White House last week.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted members of the U.S. Winter Olympics and Paralympics teams that competed at Sochi, Russia.
"It was so rad," Baumgartner said on Facebook. "It was a long but awesome day with so many great emotions.
"I got to shake hands with President Obama and Michelle gave me some great words and a very heartfelt hug."
Baumgartner is a two-time Winter Olympian in snowboardcross.
"Being an Olympian is truly an honor," said Baumgartner, who also attended an awards show for the Olympians. Thank you everyone for believing in me. I am stoked to go for another Olympics and show people what is possible through hard work and determination." ...
When Negaunee's Allison Carlson won the U.P. Division 1 girls tennis championship this past fall, she also mentioned playing ice hockey.
Can she ever.
The 16-year-old collected 18 goals and three assists to lead the Marquette Sentinels at the USA Hockey 16-and-under Tier II Girls National Championships. The Sentinels fell to the Boch/Charles River, Mass., Blazers 2-1 victory in the finals at Amherst, N.Y.
Carlson entered the nationals with 71 goals and 28 assists in 46 games.
The Negaunee High School junior downed Kingsford senior Hannah Tresedder for the U.P. No. 1 singles title.
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, 42, grandson of Packer coaching legend Vince, spoke recently at The Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere.
Pro football coordinators often take the next step to head coach. Could we have another Lombardi running the Packers?
"Coaching with his name has got its challenges," Joe Lombardi told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "To do it here ... listen, you guys have a pretty good coach here (with Mike McCarthy). I don't think you'll be looking for another one for awhile." ...
Congrats to Bark River's Greg Ives, crew chief for Chase Elliott on the Nationwide Series.
The 18-year-old Elliott, son of 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott, captured his first Nationwide victory in six starts at Texas Motor Speedway ...
Tennis star Maria Sharapova, asked whether she considers herself pretty or tough: "Pretty tough." ...
hands. She is an aggressive player on the court." ...
From the late actor Mickey Rooney, 93, on wagering on horse racing: "I