Two’s enough for track title


ScuttleBu(r)t …

Coleman, with just two boys at the state meet, took WIAA Division 3 track and field honors for a second straight year in La Crosse.

The Cougars relied on seniors and cousins, Gunnar Patz and Josh Pillath. They scored 43 points to best Rosholt, 39, and Spencer, 29.5.

“It’s not the number, it’s the quality of the competitors,” Coleman Coach Keith Long told Jody Korch of The EagleHerald.

Pillath won state titles in the 110 hurdles (14.95) and 300 hurdles (38.76 seconds), placed second in the discus and wound up eighth in the high jump (6-feet-2).

Niagara’s Adam Parent ran a school-record 39.85 last year to beat Pillath and win the D3 300 hurdles state title.

Patz was second in the 100 dash (11.62) and third in the 200 (22.85).

Both Pillath (track, decathlon) and Patz (football) are headed to the University of North Dakota. …

Kingsford’s Kevin Gravel and the Los Angeles Kings will play in the first NHL preseason game at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

The Kings and expansion Vegas Golden Knights will clash on Tuesday, Sept. 26 …

Sounds like a “Star Wars” theme to the UP Ladies Golf Association major tournament June 26-27 at Pine Grove Country.

“May The Course Be With You” promotes the ladies best ball and scramble, a tournament that I call the UP Dual.

Ishpeming’s Karen Plaisier and Iron Mountain’s Becky Cecconi have dominated recent tournaments.

Pine Grove hosts another major this weekend in the UP Men’s Best Ball …

Brad Dickson,, on the Nebraska baseball team losing to Yale and Holy Cross in the NCAA regionals: “Losing to Yale and Holy Cross is something that’s acceptable only on “College Week” on “Jeopardy.” …

Dr. Mykle Jacobs joined military veterans and others from around the country in a marathon ball game.

Vying to break a world record, they played baseball nonstop for more than 74 hours in an effort to raise money for a veteran’s advocacy organization.

The game, between two teams of 28 players, came to a close around 10:20 a.m. Memorial Day after 74 hours, 26 minutes and 52 seconds. It started at 7:40 a.m. Friday at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., home of the Gateway Grizzlies minor league team.

They aimed to surpass their own 2015 record of 70 hours, 9 minutes and 24 seconds. Dr. Jacobs was a member of the Blue Team which beat the Gray Team in the 292nd inning, 396-255.

Dr. Jacobs is the grandson of Norma Simone of Iron Mountain and the late Myke and Rosa Jacobs …

UP Arctic Blast takes a deceiving winless record into this afternoon’s Northern Lights Football League game at Norway’s Ronberg Field.

“Our record (0-3) certainly doesn’t tell the story,” said a team representative. “We have been short some games, and have played all of them very close.”

The Blast and defending league champion Wisconsin Ravens will meet at 2 p.m. …

Ryan Van Dyke, who led Marshall past Kingsford in the 1996 Class BB football state championship at the Silverdome, was featured in the Lansing State Journal.

The story focused on Van Dyke’s injury-plagued Michigan State career. Van Dyke’s one-yard run in the final two minutes lifted Marshall past the Flivvers 14-13.

Van Dyke (6-foot-5, 223), recruited by all the top college programs, also quarterbacked Marshall to the 1997 state finals …