ScuttleBu(r)t: MSU coach congratulates FP star


ScuttleBu(r)t …

Michigan State women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant was among the many saluting Lexi Gussert for having her Forest Park number 22 retired in a ceremony at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.

“What a huge deal and well deserved,” Merchant said of Gussert, an MSU grad assistant and Spartan captain during her senior season. “You have done amazing things the last four years as a Spartan and even greater things are ahead for you in your future.”

“Alexis” wore No. 10 her freshman and sophomore varsity seasons at Forest Park. After Kaitlin Shamion graduated and yielded No. 22, Lexi filled that number for her junior and senior campaigns.

“I was number 22 growing up but it wasn’t available my freshman year,” said Lexi, who thanked Forest Park for an “unbelievable feeling.”

Forest Park girls basketball head coach Jackie Giuliani was an assistant during Lexi’s memorable high school career.

“Lexi’s message to put technology aside, work towards your goals, live in the moment and make memories with the ones around you was exceptional and will not be forgotten,” Giuliani said. “You are an amazing role model.”

With No. 22 not available at Michigan State, Lexi wore her brother Andrew’s No. 24 …

While researching the 1989 archives on Florence’s state championship season, I came across the Kingsford boys basketball junior varsity winning the conference. None other than Carl F. Lemin Jr. piloted those Flivvers to a 19-1 ledger …

Johnny Sauter, lined up to race this summer at Norway Speedway, has lost his NASCAR Truck Series ride for 2019.

Florence’s Dave Kallmann, top-notch writer and photographer for the Milwaukee JournalSentinel, noted that GMS Racing informed Sauter of the “purely financial” decision Wednesday. The 2016 series champion had six wins among his 14 top-five results in 2018 …

Iron Mountain’s Ryan (Spike) Gordon, a college hockey referee when not in his other role as realtor, worked the NMU-Alaska hockey games last week in Fairbanks.

With temps down to minus 32, “Spike” was dressed like Nanook of the North, donning a big fur hat for outside of the arena …

Tommy Izzo thought it was a “joke” that Penn State suspended Coach Pat Chambers for one game for shoving one of his players.

How times have changed. Michigan State’s basketball coach told The Athletic that a youth football coach from his Iron Mountain days once smashed a clipboard over his helmet during practice.

“And I probably got it worse when I got home,” Izzo added ,,,

Toledo kicker Jameson Vest, who scored over 400 points in four years, has signed on with Perla Sports Management.

Iron Mountain’s John Perla also represents New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz. The NFC scoring leader had 136 points with 28 field goals and 52 PAT …