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Newberry motivated for half-marathon; Popp playing D1 volleyball

October 4, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Emily Popp, daughter of Laura and Iron Mountain grad Billy Joe Popp, leads the Division 1 Holy Cross women's volleyball team in digs with a 4.45 per set mark. The freshman also ranks 84th nationally in digs per set.

Emily's Clarkston (Mich.) High School volleyball team posted two unbeaten league seasons. Her dad (Billy Joe, back then) was a premier IM running back.

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The Worcester, Mass., school took marks of 6-8 overall, 1-2 Patriot League into Friday's match with American ...

Michaela Newberry, an Iron Mountain High School record-breaking sprinter, ran her first half-marathon in the Sault Area Chamber Chase. The 13.1-mile course crosses the International Bridge.

The Lake Superior State University student trained little for the distance but still claimed her age group (20-24) in 2 hours, 20 minutes, 25 seconds.

Michaela, who could barely move the following day, was inspired to keep running by thinking of her late friend and Mountaineer volleyball manager Jill Mellon ...

Robert Hudson, once cut from his junior high team, has earned a basketball scholarship to Division 2 Ferris State.

"It all comes down to putting in the hard work and how much you love the game," said the son of Mike and 1976 Iron Mountain grad Roberta (Bobbie Bujold) Hudson.

Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., profiled the 6-foot-6 freshman from Schaumburg who grew a few inches from those 5-foot-6 junior high days. A concussion and torn MCL in his left knee as a junior also slowed the top three-point shooter. He averaged 15 points per game last season for Conant High School

The story indicated his mom's brothers played basketball in Iron Mountain with current Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci ...

Packer great Paul Hornung, talking to the Milwaukee JournalSentinel about legendary quarterback Bart Starr: "Those years in Green Bay will always be remembered. It was a winning time. And Bart was really the No. 1 cause for it, as well as the coach." ...

Tommy Izzo's Michigan State Spartans landed a great prep school point guard in Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn.

Why MSU for "Tum Tum"? He liked "that dude" Tom Izzo.

By the way, feel mighty old with Tom's daughter, Raquel, an MSU freshman ...



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