UP rebound record about to tumble


ScuttleBu(r)t …

There’s folks out there that keep track of the UP high school basketball scoring leaders. Didn’t know that rebounding was also on somebody’s agenda until seeing that Ewen-Trout Creek’s Jake Witt is about to break the record.

Bryce Derouin of The Mining Gazette in Houghton reports that Wayne Johnson of Gladstone grabbed a UP-record 997 rebounds from 1973 to 1976. Witt, bound for Michigan Tech next season, stands at 996.

Next in line are St. Ignace’s John McKinnon, 972 from 1968 to 1970; Gage Kreski, 904 from 2013 to 2016; and Leo Donovan, 883 from 1967 to 1970. Former North Central star Jason Whitens is sixth with 770 from 2014 to 2017.

The 6-foot-7 Witt will likely break the rebound record on Tuesday, Jan. 2, when the Panthers host Calumet.

That got me to wondering if I should check our files. Iron Mountain’s Albert Galeazzi and Bob Fredy had a bunch of rebounds in their day.

Forest Park’s John Casanova has to be up there. I’ve got him for 372 rebounds in one season but not a career total.

Anybody else from our area deserve recognition for career rebounding? …

Hard to grumble about the cold weather these days when the late goaltending great Johnny Bower played hockey in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with temperatures of 45 degrees below zero.

“We froze everything you can think of,” Bower said …

Former Eagle River (Wis) Northland Pines star Austin Ramesh, who played at 225 pounds in high school, now tips the scales at 255 in his fullback role for the University of Wisconsin.

“His blocking, the way he is attacking defenders, is eye-popping,” Badgers assistant John Settle told the Wisconsin State Journal. “That catches your eye.”

Noted Travis Wilson of Wisconsin Sports Network, “Austin Ramesh is third in state history with 5,939 rushing yards. Why not run the fullback counter with him.”

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, asked how he deals with cold-weather games: “I’m from (Beloit) Wisconsin.”

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post said Sweets, Kuba and 78,000 other fans were subjected to “inhumane scheduling” for Saturday night’s bitter-cold Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau Field.

“Consider that both of Saturday’s visiting teams play in a domed stadium,” wrote Mushnick, noting Indianapolis played at Baltimore earlier in the day. “So why weren’t these games scheduled to be played in Indy and Minneapolis?”

With the Press-Gazette mentioning the possibility of the Packers and Rams playing in London next year, how about a “gofundme” site to send Sweets and Kuba to England? What could possibly go wrong? …

Happy New Year! …