Trojans need to slow down Shamrocks in finals


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Forest Park will be out to contain Portland St. Patrick’s Ned Smith in today’s Eight-Player Division 2 state championship at the Superior Dome.

Smith, a little-used reserve last season, ran for 213 yards and three scores when the Shamrocks socked Kinde North Huron in last week’ssemifinals.

“We have to stop their speed,” Graff said. “We can’t allow them to sneak behind us or find a seam on a counter.”

From Central Florida’s 7-foot-6 Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall, a 21-year-old basketball player from Senegal: “Life is short. You’ve got to leave your mark. You’ve got to do something that matters. I want to do something that matters.”

Friday’s paper featured a picture with Forest Park tight end Jonah Logan taking off with a touchdown pass in the Eight-Player Division 2 state semifinal with Pickford.

Running along with Logan on the sidelines is Forest Park statistician Darryl DeNell, a guard on the Trojans’ 1975 and 1976 state championship 11-player teams.

“Darryl’s excitement is catchy,” said Graff. “I bet he can still pull out and lead the sweep.”

Brett Meyers returned to Florence on Thursday. The Crivitz girls basketball coach, who once led the Bobcats’ program, was on the receiving end of some good-natured jabs from his former colleagues.

“It’s a tough crowd up here,” Meyers said with a grin …

Daily News editorial assistant Chris Tomassucci, relentless in his pursuit of free pocket schedules for the readers, has landed the Detroit Red Wings. Thanks much to the Iron Mountain Welcome Center for its help …