Penn State's top softball pitcher has ties to Niagara.
Freshman pitcher Marlaina Laubach shows team highs for pitching appearances (23), starts (17), wins (9) and ERA (3.47). One of those victories came against nationally-ranked LSU.
"Marly" is the daughter of Colleen (McCarthy) Laubach, who holds 1988 Niagara High School records for the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Colleen also played volleyball, recalled Badgers coach Carol St. Arnauld, noting she was a member of the first conference championship team in 1987.
Marlaina holds Northhampton (Pa.) High School records for shutouts (14) and strikeouts (262) along with single-season wins (23).
"Graduating with a degree from an amazing university like this one is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it will allow my future job search to be broad," she said on the team Web site.
Penn State owned a 14-24 record (5-8 Big Ten) entering this week's games. Might be able to see her pitch Saturday when the Big Ten Network airs Penn State and Minnesota at 4 p.m. ...
A dedicated coach and versatile broadcaster are among the U.P. Hall of Fame inductees tonight at the Island Resort & Casino.
Terry Duval achieved most of his coaching success at Escanaba, but the Kingsford grad has certainly made an impact assisting the Norway football program. I'm sure the Knights would like a few more wins, but a player who doesn't get something from working with Terry Duval isn't paying attention.
I'm just glad the Hall of Fame committee overlooked Duval's high school track career, highlighted by Iron Mountain's Doug Schupp and John Pucci blocking his way in the big 880 run.
Iron Mountain's Mike (Carr) Caruso has covered a variety of events and also stands out for his Larry King-style of conducting interviews. If that isn't enough to be enshrined, Mike is a lock for beating Todder Lindeman for a Felch "Hardball" MVP award and winning a pro wrestling battle royale at Niagara High School.
Congrats to Terry, Mike and all of the inductees. I plan to be there unless my stay at the Packer Pro Shop "Tent Sale" runs long ...
Iron Mountain's Tommy Izzo has been mentioned repeatedly as an NBA coaching candidate for the Minnesota Timberwolves. One reason is Izzo and Timberwolves boss Flip Saunders are pals.
John Feinstein of the Washington Post says Izzo is "too smart" to leave Michigan State for the NBA.
"He's 59, which isn't old but isn't necessarily a time when you want to dive into a new job that is going to be uphill from the start," Feinstein wrote. "Plus, as he says, he likes going to college football games on fall Saturdays. You don't get to do that very much if you're coaching in the NBA." ...
Norway's Brady Grayvold will be among the Warhawks at Miller Park Sunday.
Five UW-Whitewater national championship teams will be recognized before the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs. The Warhawk football, men's basketball, gymnastics and men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams will be on the field prior to the first pitch.
Brady started at cornerback for the Whitewater football team that won its fifth national title in seven seasons ...
Niagara's Anna DeForge now shares the state record for three-point field goals in a girls basketball state tournament game.
Chloe Pustina, a three-year starting point guard at Cuba City, drained five triples in a WIAA Division 4 state semifinal girls basketball game over Eau Claire Regis at the Resch Center.
Anna also hit five against Pecatonica in 1993. "Wisconsin's finest columnist not named Bob McGinn" also points that she scored 35 points in that game, a record at the time.
Thanks much to Niagara grad Jim Bousley for other information ...
Oliver Goss, a Tennessee teammate of Manistique's Mike Nagy, earned low medalist for amateurs at The Masters. The Australian shot a 10-over 298.
Escanaba native Casey VanDamme is director of instruction for the Vols ...
From Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: "