ScuttleBu(r)t … Competition advantage to IMHS foe

ScuttleBu(r)t …

When it comes to competition, Maple City Glen Lake (22-2) has the edge over Iron Mountain (23-1) in tonight’s Class C boys basketball quarterfinal at Petoskey.

So says Brett A. Sommers of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

“The Mountaineers won the Mid-Peninsula Conference, but it seems a stretch to compare the league’s difficulty with that of the Northwest Conference’s trio of champions (Glen Lake, Frankfort, Buckley),” Sommers wrote. “No doubt the Lakers are tested. They can prove they are better with a trip to the semis.”

But not so fast. Iron Mountain didn’t have a cupcake schedule, facing the likes of Escanaba, Norway, Kingsford and West Iron County outside of the MPC.

Glen Lake shut down three conference champs and Whittemore Prescott (regional finals) in the postseason. Class D state quarterfinalist Buckley pinned both of the losses on the Lakers. Xander Okerlund, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, is a 1,000-point career scorer …

From Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, on Michigan State’s tourney loss to Syracuse: “This felt like one where a coach lost a chess match. (Spartans coach Tom) Izzo also didn’t quite have all the components we thought he would when the season began. This team was better on paper than it usually was in person.”

Iron Mountain’s Brooke Fornetti finished her successful freshman season at Alma College in the USBC Sectionals at Smyrna, Tenn.

Fornetti posted a total of 971 pins for 131st. She bowled a 219 in her third game …

Boston-area coach John DiBiaso retired after 304 wins in football and 503 in basketball.

Asked by the Globe what he told the team after his final game, a loss in the boys basketball state semifinals, the Everett coach replied: “Pass in the uniforms. Coach wants to go home and eat.”

Former New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has signed with the Packers.

“With all due respect to the fine people of Green Bay, Wisconsin, there’s not much else to do there for the Packers players other than focus on football,” wrote Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “It might be the ideal spot for the 28-year-old Wilkerson, who was a dud (eight sacks in his last 28 games) after signing a blockbuster five-year, $86 million deal (with $37 million in guarantees) before the 2016 season.”

The recent Winter Games in South Korea brought back memories of the UP Community Schools Winter Games for one reader.

Since I didn’t ask for permission to use his name, let’s just say he won the gold for ping pong in 1975.

If memory serves, host cities for the UP Winter Games would house visiting athletes …