Frankfort by ferry for WIC game?


ScuttleBu(r)t …

Frankfort has a 400-mile trip to Iron River for today’s Division 8 regional final with West Iron County. Kick-off is 12:30 p.m.

Panthers coach Matt Stapleton joked to the Traverse City Record-Eagle that “it would be quicker for the team to jump on the S.S. Badger in Ludington, take the ferry across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin and drive north to Iron County.”

“We love the UP, so we can’t wait to get up there and play football,” Stapleton said. “It’s going to be a haul. We have to get into condition to play the best teams, and we’re going to have to play our best for a chance to play in the (state) semifinals.”

By the way, with Stapleton a popular name in these parts, we checked with the Frankfort coach and he wasn’t aware of any family ties here.

Frankfort’s two losses this season came at hands of playoff teams Muskegon Catholic Central and Maple City Glen Lake …

From dejected Packer backer Jake in Wisconsin, calling The Dan Patrick Show after watching his team struggle Monday with the Detroit Lions: “So this is how a Bears’ fan feels?”

Former Felch baseball manager and player Andy Anderson was saddened to hear about the death of Craig Lindeman.

“Damn good guy, damn good ball player,” said Andy, recalling Craig reporting to the Felch Rangers as a teen-ager some 50 years ago.

Craig Lindeman also starred for the Channing Railroaders. As I was reminded often when promoting his brother Todder, “you know Craig could hit the ball farther.”

From comedian Joan Rivers, on the magic words to get her daughter to eat: “Mommy didn’t make it.”

Iron River’s Jamie Angeli joined high school coaching legend Bob Hurley and other speakers for the USA Basketball Academy Clinic at Iona College.

The former Kingsford and Norway high school boys basketball coach called the session a “great milestone in my long coaching career.”

“When I first started coaching, I was consumed with X’s and O’s, and the strategies associated with the game,” said Angeli, now the women’s basketball coach at City College of New York. “It took me awhile but I finally learned it’s more about being organized, disciplined and developing relationships with your players, and getting the most out of your team.”

The Daily News remains stunned over the passing of Linda Lobeck, a dedicated reporter who covered a variety of topics for this paper.

Over the past 30 years, we’ve also known Lindy as a wonderful wife to her husband Pat, mother to Ryan and my godson Matt, and grandmother to Madelyn.

My deepest sympathies to her family. I’m hoping to have additional thoughts on The Daily News website this weekend …