WIC’s Shamion admires late coaching great


ScuttleBu(r)t …

West Iron County’s new girls basketball coach played for one of the area’s all-time coaching greats.

Eric Shamion, who has Wykons girls basketball off to a 4-2 mark, started for Chuck Greenlund’s 1991 Class C state boys basketball finalists.

“His coaching philosophy had a profound effect on me, especially when we slowed the game down and the opposing fans would yell “BORING, BORING,” Shamion said. “He preached patience at every practice and game.”

The late Chuck Greenlund, a UP Hall of Famer, coached WIC boys basketball and football teams to prominence.

“He was so well respected and had such a great reputation that kids at West Iron couldn’t wait to play for him,” Shamion said. “I was proud to play for “Coach Chuck.”

Eric Shamion’s Wykons are playing in Charles Greenlund Gymnasium. Girls, anything less than 100 percent effort would be disrespecting the name …

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Pat McKenzie, coach of nationally-ranked Division 3 basketball team St. John’s (Minn.), is the son of Packers team physician Pat McKenzie.

Dr. McKenzie was a point guard on four national tournament teams at St. John’s …

From Brad Dickson, “This year’s bowls include the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl and the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. To me, this is enough reason to ban football.”

Ouch! Former Packers defensive backs Casey Hayward (Chargers) and Micah Hyde (Bills) made the Pro Bowl. That’s a weak spot for the Packers.

The Packers, according to the informative, are nine-point underdogs to the Vikings tonight. That’s the largest spread against the Packers at home since December 1988 when the Packers (10.5 point dogs) stunned the Vikings 18-6 with Randy Wright at the controls …

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