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Marquette umpire's Triple-A season highlighted by ejecting Mudhens

October 14, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Marquette's Adam Hamari experienced a "fun season" umpiring baseball's Triple-A International League.

Hamari, a level away from the majors, worked round one of the IL playoffs between Charlotte and Indianapolis. Not bad for just his second year in Triple-A.

"Nothing really eventful (occurred this season)," Hamari said.

Although home plate umpire Hamari did toss four Toledo Mudhens - manager Phil Nevin, pitchers Drew Smyly and Bruce Rondon and acting manager AJ Sager - in a mid-August throwing situation.

Toledo Blade reported that Will Rhymes of the Durham Bulls "briefly stood in place at home plate admiring" a home run. Smyly took exception by plunking Nevin Ashley, which drew Hamari's hook.

Look for Hamari officiating high school basketball this winter ...

Bob Gigl, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about his late daughter Brittney's spirit playing volleyball: "It was OK to get beat but not to lose. You lose by not playing hard. But if you get beat, you got beat. Give your all and whatever happens, happens."

Nicolet High School plays a volleyball tournament in her memory ...

John Novara's Portland Raiders and Matt Molle's Seymour (Wis.) Thunder both suffered their first losses of the football season last week.

Unbeaten West De Pere stretched its winning streak to 35 games with a 12-7 decision over Seymour.

"Isn't it funny, you've got a couple teams that are scoring about 40 or 50 a game, and nobody can score," Molle told The De Pere Journal. "But, that's the way good football should be played. That's what happens."

Jack Swain, playing like Charlie Novara, scored four touchdowns and intercepted two passes in powering Lansing Catholic to a 41-32 win over Portland and a third straight league title.

The Raiders regrouped after trailing 35-12 at halftime.

"It was really just our kids settling down," John Novara told the Lansing State Journal. "We rebounded and didn't make as many mistakes in the second half." ...

I'm going to call it a draw in time-of-possession during last Saturday's Iron Mountain-Kingsford football game. The rivals each had the ball for a little more than 23 minutes ...



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