Popp paces Mines baseball


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Billy Joe Popp’s son is tearing the cover off the baseball for the history-making Colorado School of the Mines program.

Joe Popp, a junior from Clarkston, Mich., playing left field for the Orediggers, sports a .411 batting average with eight home runs, seven doubles and 33 RBI

Several family members were in Golden, Colo., to watch Popp lead Mines past seventh-ranked Colorado Mesa 12-6 and Colorado Christian 10-6. The son of an Iron Mountain grad had five hits and four RBI in the two games.

The Orediggers (22-8 overall, 15-5 RMAC) took over first place in the RMAC standings for the first time in program history. They also cracked the NCAA Division II national rankings at No. 23 …

From Loyola psych major Sydney Kamuda, joking with the Chicago Tribune about Sister Jean: “If she doesn’t get canonized, I will start a riot.”

A fundraiser to erect a statue of wrestling great “Da Crusher” has reached nearly $40,000, according to Milwaukee’s WTMJ.

AWA greats Baron von Raschke and Jim Brunzell attended the event.

“A proud man! A family man! A decent human being,” Raschke shouted to the crowd. “They want to honor him with a statue in his old neighborhood. His old stomping grounds! And believe me, he stomped quite a bit.”

Iron Mountain athletic director Joey Pontbriand races Sunday, April 22, in the rescheduled Icebreaker 100 super late model at Dells Raceway Park.

This is Wisconsin’s first asphalt super late model race of the year, according to racing writer Joe Verdegan …

There’s a great example of the financial hardships experienced by Iron River’s Nick Baumgartner and other Olympic athletes by HBO Real Sports.

Although HBO doesn’t mention Nick, it does talk to his snowboard cross teammate Jonathan Cheever who takes plumbing jobs to earn money. By the way, Nick pours concrete in his spare time.

While Cheever spends 30 grand out of pocket and maxes credit cards to compete, United States Olympic Committee hauls in millions of dollars and hands out little to the athletes.

“I expected a lot more support,” said Cheever, who gets $1,500 and health insurance from the USOEC …

No surprises for area high schools when the MHSAA moves from classes to divisions in volleyball and basketball.

For 2018-19, Kingsford will be Division 2 (413-891 students); Iron Mountain, West Iron County and Norway, Division 3 (217-412) and Forest Park, North Central and North Dickinson, Division 4 (216-below).

Norway, at 220 students, is four away from Division 4 ..