Norway's Brady Grayvold described Wisconsin-Whitewater's Division III national title run as "quite the emotional rollercoaster."
"It felt like something I've never experienced before," said the Warhawks starting cornerback. "The atmosphere was crazy there and we were treated like royalty all week from the hotel to the food we ate to being transported to and from the stadium."
Whitewater, with Grayvold picking off a school-record ninth interception of the season, whipped Mount Union 52-14 in Salem, Virginia.
"It felt good to win something like this and especially in the fashion we did it in," said Grayvold, who went to the endzone with his theft. "Statistically speaking, we are one of the best, if not the best defense in the history of Whitewater football. It felt good stopping an offense such as Mt. Union."
For the 2013 season, Grayvold added 61 tackles and 10 pass break-ups to his record-setting interception mark.
"It's not just one person getting (turnovers)," Grayvold told madison.com. "Everybody is a big part of it."
Grayvold transferred from Northern Michigan to Whitewater in 2012. He registered two interceptions and 23 tackles in nine Whitewater games last season.
A stronger dedication to off-season training contributed to Grayvold's success.
"He is one of those guys you are really happy for," Whitewater Coach Lance Leipold said. "He paid the price to put himself in this position, and it has paid off for him." ...
From late night TV host Conan O'Brien: "It's amazing how fast the gift of a Hickory Farms taffy log can be turned into a weapon by an unappreciative wife." ...
Emily Popp challenged Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.) volleyball records in her first season with the Division 1 program.
The daughter of Laura and former Iron Mountain High School standout Billy Popp wound up second all-time in digs (4.56) per season - just a hair behind the record-holder at 4.57.
Popp, a freshman libero from downstate Clarkston, tallied 429 digs on the season - third all-time.
Her brother, Joe, filled a variety of roles for Division 1 football state champion Clarkston. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior, a back-up running back and defensive back, also returns punts and holds for kicks.
Clarkston clipped Detroit Catholic Central 32-14 for the title ...
From actor Jeff Daniels, a big fan of all Michigan sports teams including the heart-breaking Lions: "If you want me, I'll be in therapy." ...
Mighty nice of the Huotaris to name their new pooch after the late great media wizard Pete Frecchio. Petey is the from local Almost Home Animal Shelter
Anybody from the area in the Michigan State Marching Band? Those band members, more than 300, have nearly a six-mile march in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day
Ryan (Spike) Gordon officiated a high school hockey game outdoors last week at Comerica Park.
"Unreal," said the Oak Crest Golf Course pro, who was given a tour of the Detroit Tigers baseball stadium
Gordon also referees college hockey games. Comerica is the site of this week's 49th annual Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament involving Michigan Tech
From Mike Huguenin, College Football 24/7, on Michigan (7-5) playing Kansas State (7-5) in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: "A mediocre team from the Big Ten meets a mediocre team from the Big 12. That, ladies and gentlemen, is why there is a crying need for 35 bowls."
If you must watch, it's 9:15 p.m Saturday on ESPN
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