West Iron County star opens eyes at Tech spring game


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Iron River’s Max Maloney was a standout in Michigan Tech’s spring football game Saturday.

The sophomore defensive end posted six tackles (two sacks) along with forcing a pass interception.

Maloney, according to Bryce Derouin of The Mining Gazette, recorded a tackle for a 3-yard loss on an option play when he made the stop after forcing the pitch while maintaining containment.

“I thought Max had a really good day,” new MTU Coach Steve Olson said. “He struggled the last Saturday with some of the bootleg and contain stuff, and he really did a nice job of playing off blocks and putting on pressure today.”

In assessing the Huskies prior to the spring game, Olson said the former West Iron County star has been making progress.

Lineman Hilding Beaudoin (Kingsford) is one of nine defensive starters back for MTU.

“That’s one of the positions that we’re most experienced and deepest at,” Olson said. “There shouldn’t be a lot of big fallout if we were to get somebody hurt or had to come out of the game — you wouldn’t notice a big falloff on the defensive line.”

The tight end position is open with Ian Wienke (Kingsford) graduating. Olson said Ian’s brother, Aidan, could contribute there.” …

With Miles Bridges staying with Tommy Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans and joining a bumper crop of recruits, my boys in Vegas have made MSU and Kentucky as the 2018 NCAA title favorites at 10-1 …

Special NMU spring football game for the Lefebvre family of Iron Mountain. Dean Lefebvre was the referee while his son, defensive lineman Jacob, played in the game …

New Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett always had a friendly parting reminder when dealing with the New England Patriots media.

According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, Bennett once shouted: “Don’t drink and drive, you don’t want to end up in your own papers.”

Norway has filled a week three varsity football opening with Sturgeon Bay, a Packerland Conference member with 387 students. The Clippers, who won the 2004 WIAA Division 4 state title, last made the playoffs in 2012.

Norway needed the game when the Gogebic Miners (Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco) joined forces with Ironwood and left for the West PAC. A Friday or Saturday date has not been set for the Ronberg Field game with Sturgeon Bay. …

From Chicago media giant Chet Coppock: “I will argue this until closing time. Jack Brickhouse wasn’t just good or great, he was the single most versatile broadcaster in Chicago history. Nobody comes within a loud foul or striking distance.”