ScuttleBu(r)t: Ricky Mike to help out Flivver QBs


ScuttleBu(r)t …

Thought my eyes were failing me Monday when I showed up for Tom Wender’s Yooper Football Camp at the Flivver Field practice site.

Former Iron Mountain and NMU football star Ricky Mike Popp was there helping out. But on his head was a Kingsford cap.

“No pictures, no pictures,” joked Ricky Mike, brother of Billy Joe and son of Bernice and Sugar.

Turns out Ricky Mike, now retired and living in the area, will be tutoring Flivver quarterbacks this fall.

“We’re happy to have Rick,” said new Kingsford head coach Mark Novara.

Yooper Football Camp drew over 50 participants including downstate Richmond’s Brandon and Zach Schorman, sons of former Iron Mountain great Bryan Schorman. Brandon is an All-Blue Water Area Conference pick at quarterback and Zach was named at receiver.

Bryan was a standout receiver at Central Michigan University who could have also played college basketball.

As St. Ignace Coach Doug Ingalls mentioned during a Mountaineers’ basketball state tournament run, “Iron Mountain goes from pretty good to great when Schorman is on the floor.”

Area’s next big football camp is July 15-17 at West Iron County. Mike Berutti has legendary coach Buck Nystrom among the instructors …

There’s a great photo out there with UW-Green Bay’s Tony Bennett defending Northern Iowa’s Nick Nurse in a 1989 college basketball game.

Both wound up coaching basketball teams to championships this season — Bennett with Virginia and Nurse with the Toronto Raptors …

Kingsford has filled out its 2019 varsity football schedule with Red Wing, Minn. The Wingers will be making the 300-mile trip to Flivver Field on Friday, Oct. 11.

Wisconsin schools — Menasha, Shiocton, Hortonville and Wausau East — are Kingsford’s other non-conference opponents …

Portland High School senior Jacob Veale was named the Lansing State Journal’s offensive player of the year in football. The all-state back, son of Iron Mountain grad and Portland AD Kevin Veale, rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Raiders coached by Iron Mountain’s John Novara …

From Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: “The Department of Homeland Security set up a fake university in Farmington Hills, Mich., to target immigrant students who were staying in the U.S. without proper authorization.

“And the ruse looked so authentic, insiders say, that the school now appears on four SEC nonconference football schedules next fall.”