ScuttleBu(r)t … Two more state titles for VanderLende

Rockford senior Ericka VanderLende stood out again at the MHSAA Division 1 track and field meet.

The daughter of Forest Park grad Ingrid (Peterson) and Greg VanderLende won the 1,600 (4:41.00) and 3,200 (10.24.57) and finished runner-up in the 800.

“I was really happy to complete all three events and not completely fall apart at the end, so I could get all the points I could for my team,” VanderLende told the MHSAA. “I was really happy to get two PRs (personal records) and then just come back and finish strong in my last race ever for Rockford.”

The future University of Michigan distance runner won the 1,600 a year ago and placed runner-up in the 3,200. Grand Haven’s Gabby Hentemann ran a 2:08.70 to beat VanderLende in the 800 …

Belated Father’s Day message from the late basketball coaching great Jim Valvano: “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me.”

Media legend Stan Fischler, friends with the late Don Ruck when the Iron River man was working in the NHL front office, sized up the Stanley Cup as “The Big, Bad Blues bopping the formerly Big, Bad Bruins at every turn.”

“In the end, Boston could not handle the hits and were literally beaten at their own big, bad game,” Fischler said on Twitter. “Simple but true.”

From Golden State’s Draymond Green, a former Michigan State star who considers himself the best defensive player in the NBA: “I think, as a competitor, if you’re trying to do something meaningful, if you don’t have the mindset that you’re the best ever, you failed already. That’s been my mindset since I can remember. That will be my mindset as long as I can remember anything — that I am the best ever at what I do.”

Only a true pro wrestling fan would appreciate the ceremony unveiling the bronze statue of Reggie “The Crusher” Lisowski in South Milwaukee.

During a two-day event that drew thousands, former pro wrestlers Baron von Raschke and Kenny “Sodbuster” Jay were among the speakers; turkey necks could be found at the concession stand; and Crusher’s statue has him holding a keg of beer.

I was there at Green Bay’s Brown County Arena in 1972 for the greatest wrestling match of all time — Crusher vs. Dusty Rhodes. Don’t believe I ever sat down during the match or slept that night …

NHL analyst and former hockey star Jeremy Roenick, appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, was asked about players on the “all bar” team.

Roenick mentioned Eagle River, Wis., native Craig Ludwig, a visitor to our area on at least a couple occasions. The defenseman would bring a cooler of beer for himself to softball tournaments, and everybody else was on their own …

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