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ScuttleBu(r)t Leftovers, March 25, 2017

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel of Kingsford had been playing well until a healthy scratch for recent games. During a recent media session with LA Kings “Insider” Jon Rosen and others, Coach Darryl Sutter was asked if Gravel, defending well one-on-one, had ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Young Flivvs learning, winning

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Kudos to Coach Ryan Grondin and his Kingsford fourth-grade boys basketball team. The young Flivvers racked up a 30-3 record en route to winning six tournaments in Michigan and Wisconsin this season. One of the players’ dads expressed appreciation to Grondin. “Ryan ...

NMU turns out All-American swimmers

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University swimming and diving team finished a historic season last week, bringing home hardware and accomplishments the program hasn’t seen in nearly two decades. The Wildcats hard four competitors reach All-American status last week at the NCAA Division ...

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Kingsford’s Adelaide McRoberts rules the pool

IRON MOUNTAIN — Adelaide McRoberts made team history in the YMCA state swim meet at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer, Wis.. With the three-day state meet allowing participants to swim in five individual events for the first time, the 10-year-old from Kingsford took first in ...

Battle of unbeatens to settle Class D title

By Dennis Grall EAST LANSING — The Buckley Bears are making their state championship debut this morning, and they realize an immense task awaits. The Bears (26-0) meet two-time reigning Class D state champion North Central (27-0) at 10 a.m. at Michigan State University's Breslin Center. ...

Jets win third straight Class D state title

EAST LANSING — Record-setting North Central won a third straight Class D state boys basketball championship Saturday. The Jets, who scored a state-finals record 38 points in the first quarter, defeated Buckley 78-69 at Michigan State’s Breslin Center. North Central (28-0) will take a ...

MHSAA Second Half Photo

North Central’s Bobby Kleiman drives to the basket during Saturday’s Class D Final. (Middle) The Jets’ Marcus Krachinski tries to block a shot by Buckley’s Denver Cade.

North Central era ends with Class D 3-peat

EAST LANSING – For the last three seasons and 83 straight games, Powers North Central’s boys basketball team has been perfect. And for the first eight minutes Saturday, as these Jets played together for the last time, they couldn't have been much better. Buckley never recovered completely ...

Courtesy Photo/Cardinal Stritch University

Kingsford’s Maria Wiltzius signs a college basketball letter of intent to Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee as Wolves head coach John Pfaffl looks on.

Wiltzius to extend hoops career

MILWAUKEE — Former Kingsford High School and Gogebic Community College standout Maria Wiltzius has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. “Stritch has a lot of opportunities in Milwaukee with my major of sports ...

Norway Speedway to start 76th year on May 26

NORWAY — Norway Speedway has released its schedule for the 2017 racing season at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. This will be the 76th year that the cars have raced at the fairgrounds’ one-third mile asphalt track. “The speedway does business as the Dickinson County Racing ...

Packers add free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed free agent tackle Ricky Jean-Francois, adding depth to a defensive front depleted in the offseason. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Jean-Francois spent the last two seasons with the Washington Redskins. A seventh-round draft pick by San ...

Tech football to play 11 games

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech football’s upcoming season will feature some familiar opponents and new additions due to the realignment of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Tech’s schedule will expand to 11 games this season and will feature two non-conference battles ...

North Central's Seth Polfus is hoisted in the air by teammate Bobby Kleiman Thursday as the Jets celebrate an 84-83 double overtime conquest of Southfield Christian in a Class D semifinal game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Polfus made the game-winning basket with point two seconds left. (Dennis Grall/The Daily Press)

Overtime Magic: Polfus’ layup at the buzzer in 2OT sends Jets to finals

EAST LANSING — The North Central Jets extended their national-best winning streak to 82 straight games Thursday night, but not until a video replay confirmed that Seth Polfus converted the game-winning basket just a skosh before the final buzzer in the second overtime. The Jets squeezed ...

Michigan guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12) shoots over Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey (5) during the first half of a regional semifinal of the NCAA tournament on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Oregon ends Michigan’s NCAA tournament run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Dorsey's teammates call him "Mr. March." Yeah, that fits. Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon held on to end No. 7 Michigan's dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal ...

Tribute to Hap

IRON MOUNTAIN — Before I needed mass quantities of Grain Belt and chocolate, and a one-eyed therapy cat named Simon for job stress, I had Edmond Henry Rondeau. He went by Hap. I started at the Iron Mountain News, now Daily News, some 40 years ago. Hap was there to welcome me, with already ...

Jets face Southfield Christian in semifinals

EAST LANSING — It’s rare that Michigan’s smallest schools are the headliners of the MHSAA’s Boys Basketball Finals. But as the final weekend of the tournament starts tonight, the evening session’s first game arguably is the most intriguing matchup of the entire event. Two-time ...

Jets back at Breslin for state semifinals

ESCANABA — North Central has made it back to the Final Four in the Class D boys’ basketball state tournament. The unbeaten, top-ranked Jets were favored in all 26 of their previous games. But Game 27, according to North Central coach Adam Mercier, has the Jets shooting for an upset win ...

MHSAA Second Half Photo

North Central teammates carry Seth Polfus down the court after his game-winning shot Thursday.

North Central to play for third straight state title

EAST LANSING – Seth Polfus might still be giggling and shaking his head. He couldn’t believe it either. Southfield Christian was going to be the greatest threat so far to Powers North Central’s nation-leading 81-game winning streak. Anyone closely following the Jets’ record-setting run ...

North Central's Jason Whitens (30) drives to the basket against Hillman in a MHSAA Class D state quarterfinal game Tuesday in Sault Ste. Marie. (Rob Roos/The (Soo) Evening News)

Boys Basketball: North Central beats Hillman, advances to state semifinals

SAULT STE. MARIE — There’s no place like the Breslin Center for Jason Whitens and Marcus Krachinski. Whitens, Krachinski and the top-ranked North Central boys’ basketball team are returning to the Michigan State University arena again after beating third-ranked Hillman 74-61 in ...

Iron Mountain’s Carson Wonders was named to the Associated Press Class C all-state first team on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Wonders, above, is shown shooting a three-pointer against Gwinn on Friday in Iron Mountain. He made 12 triples in a 72-43 win, tying him for third place in the MHSAA record book for three-pointers made in one game. (Adam Niemi/The Daily News)

Beecher’s Ellison named AP Class C player of the year

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Malik "Mighty Mouse" Ellison received a FaceTime call on the night of Feb. 28. The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Beecher point guard was fresh off an emotional high of dropping a Flint area record 63 points and 11 assists, in a thrilling 108-104 triple-overtime loss to New ...