ScuttleBu(r)t: DeForge to headline ‘Athlete’

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Niagara basketball great Anna DeForge will be the featured speaker for the Hometowne Athlete of the Year banquet Wednesday, June 5, at Recreation Lanes. The banquet recognizes the area’s premier high school athletes.

The date, according to coordinator Mike Caruso, works out well for the former University of Nebraska and WNBA star as she has a basketball camp planned for that time.

The busy Caruso, emcee for the UP Sports Hall of Fame banquet, is the Twin City source for tickets for the May 11 event at the Island Resort and Casino. Kingsford’s Chris Hofer and North Dickinson’s Todd (Indiana) Lindeman are among the inductees …

Utah Jazz public address announcer Dan Roberts, telling the Deseret News why working an NCAA regional didn’t make him nervous: “If I can say Antetokounmpo 15 times in a game, I can say your guys’ names.”

Gil Brandt, the former Dallas Cowboys exec now working in the media, reports that St. Norbert College kicker Spenser Thompson-Meyers “had a great workout” during his recent pro day in De Pere, Wis.

With Green Bay Packer personnel in attendance, Thompson-Meyers connected on 11 of 14 field goals before missing from beyond 50 yards.

Eight NFL teams have been around this season checking on the NFL prospect. He has a workout with the Raiders and Niners later this month in California.

Thompson-Meyers is second in the SNC record books behind Kingsford’s Bob Forstrom for extra-points in a season (56- to 52). Former Niagara coach Bob DeKeyser is the SNC special teams coordinator …

Kingsford’s Kevin Gravel returned to the ice in Edmonton’s final regular season game Saturday. The 27-year-old defenseman had been a healthy scratch since Feb. 16, a stretch of 23 straight games. He’s a free agent this summer..

Gravel wound up registering three assists in 36 games this season …

San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich may have set a record for being tossed just 63 seconds into a game with Denver. Negaunee’s Mark Ayotte handed out the first technical foul and officiating partner David Guthrie sent “Pop” packing with the second technical.

Popovich, according to The Associated Press, appeared livid over a non-foul call and called timeout to argue with the officials …

In Michigan State’s Final Four loss to Texas Tech, Sparty made its fewest shots (15) in a game since 2012 …

Former Forest Park Coach Ward Helakoski guided Mattawan to a perfect record this season before bowing to DeWitt 51-38 in a Division 1 regional semifinal.

Ward’s Wildcats (21-1) had a couple NCAA Division 1 prospects in Dexter Shouse and 6-foot-10 Nolan Foster …