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Scuttle leftovers, July 27, 2013

July 26, 2013 - Burt Angeli
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Ben Leiker, in perhaps his biggest coaching challenge, guides Norway’s eighth- grade girls basketball team this season.

Ben will also stick with Norway’s varsity boys basketball, which captured the district title last season ...

Congrats to Breitung Township’s Lenita Erickson and her stallion, Crue S.R., winning the Friesian Western Pleasure-Open Division at the 94th annual Santa Barbara (Calif.) National Horse Show this month.

Lenita, a singer and TV producer among her many other endeavors, has warned family and friends she’ll be home in early September. Never a dull moment with Lenita around ...

Long Saturday for Jim Bal in the Little League junior-senior baseball tournament at Marion Park. Jim managed Norway’s juniors to a shutout victory, turned in a solid job umping the plate for the plate for the seniors and raked the home plate area after the final game concluded around 9 p.m. ...

Packer Hall of Fame kicker Chris Jacke, discussing the woes of Mason Crosby with packersnews.com: “I know Mason went through some problems. That’s what I felt he was doing, he was actually thinking himself into a miss instead of just letting his body, and what his body knows how to do from doing it for so long, just to go do it.” ...

Tendinitis of the left leg has sidelined Escanaba’s John Vrancic from the U.P. distance running circuit. Vrancic is the U.P. media’s track & field authority along with distance runs ...

What’s wrong with college football? Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has 34 assistants ... From Brad Dickson, Omaha World Herald: “Dennis Rodman now has his own signature brand of vodka called Bad Boy Vodka. There’s just something about an unofficial U.S. ambassador to North Korea with green hair, 50 tattoos, 40 body piercings and his own brand of vodka that makes me a wee bit skittish.” ...

Tyus Jones, a highly-regarded point guard from Minnesota’s Apple Valley, looks to be headed to Duke instead of Michigan State.

Although St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Charley Walters called Sparty the “front-runner” for DeLaSalle forward Reid Travis ...

Detroit Free Press, investigating Oakland University and former women’s basketball coach Beckie Francis, won’t hear from Escanaba’s Olivia Nash.

The downstate school ordered players not to talk to the Free Press. Nash is a 6-foot-1 sophomore at Oakland ...

From the “Ziggy” comic cube: “I’m feeling old today. I just realized that I’m the only person I know that still owns a phone without a camera, and a camera without a phone.” ...

From columnist Norman Chad, on why he prefers bowling to golf: “If you happen to step over the foul line in bowling and your buddy sees it, he’ll probably let it pass. In golf, complete strangers call in rules violations on PGA pros ... It is next-to-impossible for an errant bowling ball to hit a fellow bowler or spectator in the head ... A bowling ball can last a lifetime. A golf ball might last until the first water hazard.”

Former baseball relief pitching greats John Hiller and Ken Sanders seem to take the same approach to golf.

“In golf, there isn’t a shot I can’t hit,” Sanders told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I just don’t know when I’m going to hit it.”

Sanders saved 61 games in three seasons with Milwaukee. He also pitched for seven other teams ...

Retired Detroit Tigers pitching ace Jack Morris says don’t give up on the city that recently filed for bankruptcy.

"They've been through a lot of testing times over the years -- in '68, they went through the riots. It's always been a city that's been depressed," Morris told Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "But this is just another setback.

"I'm very confident that Detroit will survive it. And maybe the (first-place) Detroit Tigers baseball club will be part of the reason for the comeback. They'll get through it."

Former Green Bay Packers tight end Gary Knafelc was a bouncer in his dad’s Colorado tavern as a youth. Before going on to a playing and announcing career in Green Bay, he played offense and defense from 1951 to 1953 at the University of Colorado.

"I think I averaged about 57 minutes a game of playing time," Knafelc told the Denver Post ...

 
 

 

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