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Former Nordic hoops star still has 'game'

February 8, 2014
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Kingsford girls basketball coach Mike Cross, short a player and looking for somebody to imitate Forest Park star Lexi Gussert in practice, turned to the school staff for help.

Lisa Harry, Kingsford track coach and eighth-grade teacher, filled the bill superbly.

"We haven't had the numbers and I'm done being the '10th girl," quipped Cross, who finally fielded a full roster this week. "Lisa Harry has been helping us out and running with them.

"Lisa Harry still has game. We couldn't stop her."

As Lisa Roell, she starred for North Dickinson and once topped the U.P. in scoring. She played at the University of Minnesota ...

From Brad Dickson, "NBA Commissioner David Stern is stepping down after 30 years. In his tenure Stern presided over 30 NBA Finals, thousands of miraculous shots, hundreds of last-second victories and two traveling calls." ...

UW-Whitewater and the other college football national champions -Florida State, North Dakota State, Northwest Missouri State and Grand View - finished with a combined 73-0 record.

Norway's Brady Grayvold, a stellar cornerback, helped Whitewater to a fifth Division 3 crown in seven years ...

For a mere $295, one can purchase the 94Fifty smart basketball. Nine motion-tracking sensors "catalog useful metrics like dribble force, arc, backspin and ball speed," according to All this information is then sent to a smartphone app.

Methinks it would be a lot cheaper to learn about basketball just watching Daner Paquette play ...

Madeline Walsh, daughter of Kathy and 1981 Iron Mountain grad Tom Walsh, wore No 15 for Lehigh University women's soccer because "it was my dad's football jersey number" with the Mountaineers.

Walsh, one of two true freshmen to letter with the Bethlehem, Pa., school, played in 15 games and started six.

By the way, I approve of Madeline's favorite food - "Pasta, in any form."

Her brother, Aidan, was a back-up quarterback for Illinois 8A football state finalist Wilmette Loyola Academy ...

From U.S. ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson: "Hopefully, girls are like, 'Yeah, I want to ski. Maybe they try ski jumping and don't like it. That's totally fine. Start soccer or any sport. Just get out there and know you have the opportunities. Just try it." ...



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