Football co-op forming group for parents

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Northern Elite Predators’ Ben Laarman, one of the area’s most innovative coaches, has created a “parents’ council” for the Niagara, Pembine and Goodman football co-op.

“The idea is to pool our ideas and resources to propel the Predators football program to the next level,” Laarman said on Facebook.

The council will meet “two to three” times before the start of the season …

I’d feel better about the Green Bay Packers’ chances with Forest Park’s Dave Graff and Gerard Valesano coaching.

The Trojans applied principles from the Dick Mettlach and Bill Santilli championship seasons to wax Portland St. Patrick for the Eight-Player Division 2 state title.

I visited Crystal Falls on Saturday night for the “welcome home” celebration. Look for a report this weekend …

Kingsford’s Kevin Gravel collected a pair of assists Sunday when the Ontario (Calif) Reign defeated San Jose 4-1.

The AHL defenseman has a goal and three assists on the season.

The Reign (5-7) stand seventh in the AHL’s Pacific Division …

After watching the girls from Niagara and Goodman-Pembine struggle to score 15 points in the first half Monday, I was thinking that a shot clock would not be all that helpful …

West Iron County head coach Mike Berutti commended his hard-working staff in helping the Wykons to the West PAC title and Division 8 state semifinals.

“There’s not enough said about those guys,” said Berutti in saluting Jim Kralovec, Chris Thomson, Kevin Leonoff, Kevin Grundy and Chris Soha. “It takes everybody, eyes from all over, ideas from all over.

“I can’t say enough about these guys and the time they dedicate away from their families all year long. Our hat’s off to our coaches.”

Florence, moving to eight-player football in 2018, has lined up five games. Bobcats coach Kent Walstrom says North Dickinson, Carney-Nadeau, Menominee Indian, Phillips and Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy are on board.

The rumor mill has Laona-Wabeno dropping to eight-player in 2019 …

From the late great Pancho Segura, 96, regarded as having the greatest forehand in the history of tennis: “I played with the speed of a bullet. Great eyes, great hands, great under pressure. I was a fighter, a killer. I hated to lose to anyone. My concentration was so intense. I could do anything with the ball.”

Off to the “desert” next week with D. Roy for keno, sun and war won ton soup. Hope to see Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., play basketball. Maybe I can convince the program loaded with future Division 1 college players to beef up their schedule with North Central and Iron Mountain …

Happy Thanksgiving, sports fans …