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ScuttleBu(r)t: UP shrine expecting big crowd

ScuttleBu(r)t

ScuttleBu(r)t …

Former North Dickinson basketball star Todd Lindeman and retired Kingsford High School football coach Chris Hofer are drawing a bigger-than-anticipated crowd for tonight’s UP Sports Hall of Fame banquet at the Island Resort and Casino.

Lindeman and Hofer are among the 10 inductees. There’s about 300 people expected although that large number could be attributed to those wanting to hear always-entertaining master of ceremonies Mike Caruso …

Congratulations to Linda Guy on her retirement from The Daily News. The “Contardi Girl” was the lynchpin of the classified department …

Great to see Adam Bruce back on the athletic field.

The Gladstone distance running star, who cut short his wrestling season for hip surgery in late January, won the 1600 (4:53.14) and 3200 (10:41.79) in his season debut Tuesday.

“I was real nervous coming in here,” Bruce told John Vrancic of The Daily Press. “Coming back three months earlier than planned, I didn’t know what to expect. Although, I think I did a lot of maturing through it all. I couldn’t have done this without everybody.”

Bruce earned a couple titles this season at Kingsford, taking the cross country meet at City Park and the Ray Mariucci Invitational outstanding wrestler award. I interviewed Adam after both events, feeling better about the world’s future on both occasions …

Comedian Frank Caliendo does a Steve Mariucci impersonation. Caliendo has got the former NFL head coach’s frenetic hand motions down perfectly but he needs work on the voice.

Caliendo’s Mooch voice sounds more like Westside of Iron Mountain than Northside …

Paul Peterson of The Mining Gazette, noting the retirement of long-time Ontonagon basketball coach and UP Hall of Famer Dick Franti who won more than 700 boys and girls games: “In a business where you see coaches come and go with the regularity of a north wind off Lake Superior, Franti was unique.”

Happy Mother’s Day, sports fans …