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Officials cite ‘number of factors, all good,’ for downturn in five years

County youth crime drops By Julie Mack

K A doctoral candidate celebrates during Western Michigan University’s commencement Saturday. (James Buck/


Taking a lesson from Mom

Graduates following the lead of their first great teacher — Mom — were among 1,883 students to graduate Saturday during Western Michigan University’s 309th commencement. Details, A3 KALAMAZOO

K-College president taking sabbatical

Kalamazoo College will have an acting president — Provost Michael McDonald — during winter quarter. The college’s Board of Trustees has granted President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran a 10-week sabbatical for the January-to-March quarter. Her plans include traveling to Thailand and Singapore to meet with alumni and prospective students. Details, A4 KALAMAZOO COUNTY

ALAMAZOO — The fight broke out when Jalissa Paige called Jasmine Bloodworth’s nephew “ugly.” Fists flew before Jalissa, then 16, stabbed Jasmine twice in the chest, dropping the 17-year-old to the sidewalk, killing her. It was 2007 — a year when Kalamazoo teens were killing teens. Jasmine was one of five teenage homicide victims in a ninemonth span, horrifying local residents. “There was a reaction from the community that this had to stop,” Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said. “People were dying.” Hadley, who was named police chief the following year, remembers walking into a department in the midst of a crackdown on juvenile violence, what he now calls a “very reasonable reaction to the events in 2007, to the homicides and violent crime.” In 2008, Kalamazoo County’s juvenile arrest rate was twice the state average and the highest rate among the state’s urban counties. However, in the five years since one of its worst bouts of youth violence, Kalamazoo County has seen a marked downturn in juvenile crime. An analysis by The Kalamazo Gazette/MLive. com shows the county’s rate of juvenile arrests and court

A court security officer digitally fingerprints a boy at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home. (Steph Anderson Chambers/

COMING TUESDAY Police focus less on arrests, more on relationships

Joe Morton, of the Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center, meets with youths in a juvenile residential treatment program, ON-TRAC.

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cases still are above the state average. But arrests, delinquency petitions and juvenile home admissions are at their lowest levels in recent memory. Over the next several days,

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New milestone for Los Bandits co-founder: KVCC graduation at age 60 By Yvonne Zipp

In 1991, there were two milestones in Rene Meave’s life: He enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and he co-founded the band Los Bandits de Michigan with Guillermo Martinez. The band, which specializes in a distinctive “Michiganstyle Tex-Mex,” took off, playing at regional festivals and around Michigan. College, on the other hand, fell by the wayside, Meave said, losing out to work, music and raising a family. His three daughters ended up graduating and going on

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to get this done’ — because there’s no one to worry about, just me,” Meave, of Plainwell, said during a phone interview. Last December, Meave decided it was time. A friend helped him apply for financial aid, and he re-enrolled. “On Jan. 7, I went back to school at Valley,” he said. To graduate, Meave needed 30 credits. He ended up earning 36 in one year. At age 60, Meave will be one of nearly 600 Kalamazoo Valley Community College stuRene Meave, 60, co-founder of the band Los Bandits de dents graduating today, with MIchigan, plays a song he wrote called “South of Oklahoma” an associate of arts degree. before a class at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

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“I work with a lot of kids. I tell them, ‘School is the way. You can’t live the way I live anymore. You’ve got to get an education,’” said Meave, who came to Michigan at age 15 as a migrant farmworker. He said he figured maybe the best way was to show them. “If this old guy can do it,” he said, they certainly can. He and Martinez formed the band, he said, after seeing teenagers in the Latino community dropping out of school as soon as they legally could. Los Bandits, he said, was a way to use humor and music to teach cultural sensitivity to young people. “This was the only way out,” he said of education. “The message sunk in with me: I need to go back and show people. I have to finish this.” It wasn’t easy, Meave said, especially in the beginning. Even the college’s intranet was baffling at first, he said. He took 14 credits for the winter semester and one of the courses, physical geography, was a particularly tough combination of math and science. He said instructor Matthew

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“You think you’re never going to get through, but you do. I’m hoping I can inspire others.”

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Borr, a fellow musician, came up to him about two months into the class and offered to help. “He said, ‘Look, you can do this. Let me help you. ... Don’t quit. Do not quit,’” Meave said Borr told him. Borr introduced Meave to tutors at the Learning Center. “Sure enough, they welcomed me with open arms. I spent the entire winter at the library at the KVCC main campus, tutoring and in classes,” said Meave. “I lived in the library.” When spring came, he had passed every class. “It changed my feeling about the whole thing,” he said. “I’m too close to stop anymore. I’m not stopping for anybody.”

becomes to get through it,” he said. “First of all, decide you want to do it. There are people who will help you if you ask for it. The hardest thing for me was to ask for help. I’ve been so reliant on myself for my entire life.” Meave said he would like to continue taking classes and work toward a degree in music therapy. As for his immediate plans? Rene Meave, 60, explains a guitar warm-up sheet in a group guitar class at Kalamazoo Valley “I’m going to go back to work,” Community College. Meave, a nontraditional student who moved to Michigan as a migrant he said. farmworker at age 15, is graduating today from KVCC. (Erin Gignac/ He said he already has applied for 20 jobs. I was completely flabbergast- and their own dreams.” “It’s done a lot for me,” he get through, but you do,” ed at all the different informasaid of his time at KVCC. “It’s Borr, who is a part-time said Meave, whose ex-wife tion. I’m totally sympathetic,” instructor of geography and given me an opportunity to and three daughters will be he said during a phone intertake care of myself and not also teaches at Western in the audience rooting for view. “I give a lot of credit to depend on anyone.” Michigan University, said he him today. “I’m hoping I can ‘ONE OF THESE SPECIAL GUYS’ him. My class is difficult all on loves the diversity of ages and inspire others.” The location of today’s Borr said he pointed Meave its own,” let alone as part of a graduation ceremony also experience at KVCC. Of education, he said, “it in the right direction and full load. “It’s a big melting pot of opens the door to other possi- has a special meaning for tried to give him the tools he To earn 14 credits in one all these personalities and bilities in your life, which you Meave. needed. The work, Meave did semester would take a stu“I knew Dr. (James W.) goals and dreams, and that’s never even thought of — other himself. dent upward of 50 hours a Miller. When I was younger, what makes it fun to teach at worlds other than the little “Rene’s one of those special week, Borr estimated. we worked together on many KVCC,” said Borr. piece of the earth that you guys — I could tell right off “That’s above the norm. It’s different projects,” Meave have. I’m a little teary-eyed DOOR TO ‘OTHER WORLDS’ the bat. He asked a lot of ques- possible to do — obviously, said. that I’m not going to be there tions, and he put in a lot of Rene did it,” he said. “He’s “’You’ve got to go back to Meave said that he hopes next semester.” work,” Borr said. “I saw him obviously good at setting his story helps other people Being surrounded by much school,’ he used to tell me. in the library all the time.” goals and achieving them. ‘One class. Two classes,’” who might be thinking about younger, much more tech“I really take it upon myself He’s also a smart guy, so that Meave recalled. “I think about going back to school. savvy students was not easy, to try to guide certain stuhelps a lot, too. In a way, it’s that all the time. “It’s been a long journey, he said. dents. I was there at one point easy to help people who are “Finally, I get to walk in and boy, emotional, too. You “The older you are, the in time. I took geography, and motivated by their own goals Miller Auditorium.” think you’re never going to more you wait, the harder it



Police: Missing Martin teen located in good condition By Emily Monacelli

Kristy LaFountain, a Martin teen missing since Wednesday afternoon, was in good condition after being found in Kalamazoo. LaFountain, 16, was classified as a runaway and turned over to her family. “An attempt will be made to identify those who knowingly aided in her flight and will be held accountable,” state police Trooper Eric T. Desch, of the Wayland post, said in a news release. “It is important to note that the investigation determined that none of her classmates assisted her.”

Investigators used conventional policing methods and computer searches of social networking sites to try to find LaFountain, Sgt. Matt Rogers said Friday. LaFountain sent a Facebook message to family members Wednesday saying she was safe “but far away,” authorities said. However, she had come home from Martin High School on Wednesday and did not have a cellphone, vehicle, money or additional clothing. Details, such as where in Kalamazoo LaFountain was found, were not immediately available.

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spent a lot of time thinking about students this past week. Western Michigan University students, to be exact, and the importance of practical, on-the-job experience combined with classroom learning. On Wednesday, I gave the final exam to the news-writing class I taught this semester. On Thursday, I met with fellow members of the interim board that is putting together the framework for student media groups at WMU. This work comes in the wake of last year’s passage of a student fee to help fund the Western Herald, WIDR and Young Broadcasters of Tomorrow.

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Later in the day Thursday, we at the Kalamazoo Gazette/ said farewell to Erin Gignac, who is the immediate past editor in chief of the Herald and has been interning with us since she graduated last spring. This week, we will say goodbye to a pair of other WMU interns as we

prepare to welcome new ones. As I reflect on the week and Saturday’s commencement, the importance of how classroom learning and practical work experience mesh together is ever more clear to me. Twenty years ago this month, I took my final classes on campus at WMU. I enjoyed my classes at Western and, for the most part, I learned a lot from my professors and instructors. But it was the practical, handson experience I got at the Western Herald that best prepared me for a career in journalism. I was so pleased when WMU students voted last spring to assess a

fee to help pay for student media on campus. I believe the organizations are going to grow stronger and become even better labs for students to learn while delivering relevant news, information and entertainment to the WMU audience. Creating a practical lab, combined with rigorous classroom learning and access to real-world experience, will help prepare graduates who will be sought after by employers. The media world is one that is rapidly evolving, and WMU is well-positioned to keep up with — and even get in front of — those changes as it, too, is shaping its future for student media.

Even students who don’t end up pursuing careers in journalism or media still wll be better prepared for having spent time in such a practical learning environment. There’s a lot to said for media literacy these days. In an era when opinions are plentiful, spin is everywhere and marketing seems to be taking over, it is more important than ever for citizens to know how to sift through and evaluate information. A graduate who has spent some time on the inside, whether at a student media organization or at an internship, will become a smarter media consumer — and there’s lifelong value in that education.


WMU’s 309th commencement includes graduates inspired to follow Teacher No. 1

In Mom’s footsteps By Al Jones


f it’s true great teachers inspire, it shouldn’t be surprising at least a few of those who graduated Saturday from Western Michigan University were following in the footsteps of their first great teacher — Mom. “The truth is, I knew she would be a teacher because she was born to be a teacher,” Gina Gancarz said of her daughter, Brooke GancarzStolarz. Gancarz-Stolarz, 25, was one of 1,883 students to graduate during Western Michigan University’s 309th commencement, held at Miller Auditorium. A ceremony for the WMU College of Education and Human Development, along with the College of Health and Human Services, was at 9 a.m. Degrees were conferred in two afternoon ceremonies for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Extended University Programs and the Haworth College of Business, and then for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation and Fine Arts. “When she was a little girl, she wanted to own a store with a cash register,” Gina Gancarz said of her daughter, but added, “She grew up in my classroom.” Gancarz is a third-grade teacher at Mary A. White Elementary School in Grand Haven. Her daughter’s path to a career in education had twists and turns. “In high school, she did an internship in my classroom and then in another,” Gancarz said. Gancarz-Stolarz was not sure what she wanted to be when she started at Central Michigan University — psychology or social work, her mother said. “She started at Central (Michigan University),” Gancarz said. “She has a twin brother, and he was at Eastern (Michigan University), and she missed him. She transferred to Eastern, and when he graduated, she was engaged, so she wanted to come home and commute. She finished her degree, and she really liked the education program.” Now, Gancarz-Stolarz is getting her feet wet in the field. “Right now, she’s going to do subbing in the Grand Haven, Grand Rapids and Musekgon areas,” she said.

Brooke Gancarz-Stolarz, center row, third from right, and other Western Michigan University graduates watch a slide show Saturday at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. WMU graduated students from the College of Education and Human Development and College of Health and Human Services at a 9 a.m. ceremony during the university’s 309th commencement. (James Buck/

Alexandria Barthol receives her diploma during WMU’s graduation.

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“I’m just so proud of her. She’s going to be a really good teacher, too.” Gancarz-Stolarz got married this summer before starting a student-teaching assignment.

Angelique Bridges

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cer.’ I didn’t have to push her. She would come home with the accomplishment. She would go after it herself. She’s a go-getter.” After four years as an undergraduate, Angelique Bridges will continue at WMU ‘LINE OF SOCIAL WORKERS’ to earn a master’s degree as Angelique Bridges appears she pursues a career in marto be finding her future in her riage and family counseling. past. “I already knew what I “We come from a line of wanted to be, looking at social workers,” said her my grandmother,” Coretta mother, Coretta Bridges, of Bridges said. But she doesn’t Detroit. think her daughter knew Bridges has been a social what she wanted to be until worker for the Detroit Public she started at WMU. Schools for 16 years. In the “I think it was in her first evenings, she also works as year of school,” Bridges said of a crisis hotline operator for her daughter. Wayne County. She has bachWorking for the graduate elor’s and master’s degrees in degree was a recommendasocial work from Wayne State tion from Mom, who said, “I University. support her, whatever she “We were always inspired does.” But she also told her, by my grandmother,” she said. “You’re not going to get rich “We watched her. She was in this area. Get your master’s very compassionate and inspi- degree.” rational.” That will allow her to rise Bridges said her daughter into administration and highnever told family members er-paying work. what she wanted to be but WMU was among the always was busy. schools to accept Angelique “She always had ambiBridges as she graduated tion to be something, that’s from Detroit’s Divine Child for sure,” Bridges said. “She High School. would come home and say, “We came up here. We ‘Hey, Mom, I tried out for loved it,” her mother said. “We cheer, (or) I tried out for socgot a good feeling about it.”

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When Alexandria Barthol reached her senior year at Dexter High School and said she wanted to be a high school teacher, her mother was surprised. Barthol never had said what she wanted to be. “She was into sports, basketball,” and school did not come easily for her, said her mother, Dee Dee Willis, of Dexter. “She struggled through school, so this is a huge accomplishment for her,” Willis said, trying not to get emotional before her daughter’s graduation Saturday morning from WMU’s College of Education and Human Development. “She realized that she really loved English, and she could help those kids — find those kids who were struggling like her and show them they can get through it.” Barthol is skipping a generation to become a family legacy. Her mother is a florist, but her maternal grandparents were teachers. Her grandmother taught at the

elementary school level in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Her grandfather taught English at Eastern Michigan University. Barthol, 22, has been gaining experience. She finished a student-teaching assignment Thursday at Kalamazoo Central High School, and students threw her a surprise congratulations party. She received a degree in secondary education Saturday. APPLAUDING FAMILIES

WMU President John Dunn told the morning’s graduates they had to do only two things Saturday: “To enjoy the day and allow us to honor you. And secondly, to reflect and say thanks to those — and you know who best they are — who contributed to you academically, personally and professionally.” He had the graduates stand and applaud their families. Among graduates expected Saturday was Ammar M. Kamel, the first to graduate from a group of eight Iraqi students who started at WMU

in 2008, sponsored by the Iraqi government. Kamel was to graduate from WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences with a doctorate in computer science. University spokeswoman Cheryl Roland said WMU has added more Iraqi students each year since 2008 and now has more than 60. Echoing the comments of Dunn, WMU Trustee Kenneth Miller said, “Western is a truly international institution.” He said it is the study place for students from 105 nations, including China, Saudia Arabia, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. He also congratulated 47 graduates who are military veterans. Sixty-three students received doctorates Saturday. In all, students were expected to receive 1,883 degrees, including 1,411 bachelor’s, 435 master’s, one specialist and 36 doctorates, WMU announced.



KVCC commencement marks student’s ‘first graduation’ Former college dropout makes honor society, shows she can ‘follow through’ By Yvonne Zipp

When Amanda Scharrer was a junior at Battle Creek Central High School, she said she racked up more than 200 absences in one year — so many she wasn’t able to graduate on time. “I went to school every day. I just didn’t go to class. I don’t know if my teachers even knew who I was. It was so hard to suck it up and go an extra semester,” Scharrer said.

After graduation a semester late, she enrolled at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek. She was the first member of her family to enroll in college, and she passed her classes the first semester. But after her second semester, Scharrer Scharrer dropped out. “I just didn’t feel taken care of,” she said. “After a year, I just stopped going.” For the next five years, Scharrer said, she worked retail jobs at Arby’s, Family Dollar and Radio Shack. In

the meantime, her younger sister enrolled in college, first at Kellogg Community College and then Grand Valley State University. “I just couldn’t see myself doing that forever. I knew I had to find something and get a degree,” she said. In January 2012, she enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Her second college experience was far different from the first: After obtaining higher than a 3.5 grade point average, she was invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and she got an on-campus job as a Student Strengths Ambassador. Today, Scharrer is graduat-

ing with an associate degree in communication. In January, she is enrolling at Western Michigan University, where she plans to study organizational communication and gender and women’s studies. “I’m proving to myself and my family and people who were, like, ‘She’s not going to follow through.’ I’m, like, ‘Oh yes, I will,’” Scharrer said. After the first year, Scharrer said, her family was persuaded that this time, she was determined not to quit. “They tell me how proud they are all the time now,” she said. Although it took her longer to graduate, Scharrer said she

doesn’t wish for a do-over. “I don’t think I would take it back. I don’t think I was ready for college right after high school. The experiences helped shape me,” she said. For Scharrer, today will be the first time she dons a cap and gown. Although most of her family members, who live within a two-block radius in Battle Creek, will be able to attend, her mother, who is disabled, can’t get out in the cold. Scharrer said she is going to bring her mom a DVD of the ceremony, so they can watch it together. “I didn’t even go to my high school graduation. This is like my first graduation,” she said.

“You just have to make opportunities for yourself — take advantage of resources out there,” she said. Scharrer said she ultimately would like to get her master’s degree. “I was always a daydreamer. Now, instead of daydreaming, I make goals and plans of action: OK, I’ve got to make my future happen,” she said. “I’m totally cool with being in school a bajillion more years.” KVCC’s commencement ceremony is at 4 p.m. today at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium. No tickets are required.

We’re so happy to be in Michigan.

Kalamazoo College President Eileen WilsonOyelaran smiles as incoming freshmen gather at Stetson Chapel for a convocation ceremony in 2012. Wilson-Oyelaran was granted a 10-week sabbatical. ( file)


Kalamazoo College president to go on sabbatical in January By Yvonne Zipp

Tobochnik will serve as acting provost, the college said. Kalamazoo College Wilson-Oyelaran will return President Eileen Wilsonto campus for the spring quarOyelaran has been granted a ter, which begins March 31. 10-week sabbatical by the colThe last president to be lege’s Board of Trustees, the granted a sabbatical was college announced Friday. David Breneman, president “I’m very grateful for of Kalamazoo College from the sabbatical opportunity 1983 to ’89, said Jeff Palmer, granted me by the Board of associate director of commuTrustees,” Wilson-Oyelaran, nications. who became president of the In 2011, 19 percent of colcollege in July 2005, said in lege and university presidents a statement. “The sabbatireported sabbaticals as a concal provides a much-needed dition of employment, accordopportunity to catch up on ing to “The American College reading and thinking. I am President,” an annual survey particularly interested in the by the American Council on impact that innovations in Education. technology will have on teachDuring her sabbatical, ing and learning and what Wilson-Oyelaran plans that might mean for K.” to travel to Thailand and Wilson-Oyelaran will be Singapore, where she will away during the winter quar- meet with alumni and ter, which runs between early prospective students. In January and the end of March, Thailand, she will visit the the college said in a news Kalamazoo College study release. During her absence, abroad program to assess Kalamazoo College Provost the facilities and program Michael McDonald will serve offerings and will accompany as acting president, and Dow Kalamazoo students as they Distinguished Professor in carry out their Integrative the Natural Sciences Jan Cultural Projects, a key

ponent of their study abroad experiences. She also is slated to deliver the 2014 Casanova Lecture at Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies in California, where she earned her master’s and doctorate degrees. Wilson-Oyelaran was named president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in February and will continue to serve her oneyear term, the college said.

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A good, honest, hardworking farmer turned 105 years old Wednesday. Walter Horn, known as “Walt,” celebrated his birthday Wednesday at Bowman House, an assisted living community in Three Rivers with pizza, balloons, a little music and a big cake. His secret to long life? “Eat a lot and work hard,” Horn said. The only thing bothering him Wednesday was the weather, which was giving him aches and pains in his leg, the beginnings of arthritis. The Bowman House calls it “Arthur.” “He’s in excellent shape,” Arlene Parsons, activities director, said. “One hundred five is worth celebrating.” Cards have streamed in from family members, whose biggest lesson in life is to be honest and true, he said. “Go along, and do the best that you can,” he said. “Try to treat everybody the best you can. You might not do it all the time, but you try

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Walter Horn celebrated his 105th birthday Wednesday at the Bowman House, an assisted living community in Three Rivers. (Courtesy)

and married when she was 19. Together, they settled on farmland east of U.S. 131 in SchoolcraftTownship. “I wanted to farm,” he said. WALTER HORN “I wanted to raise corn and soybeans.” to anyway.” His red 1913 Ford pickup Horn was born in Three was nothing special — it was Rivers on Dec. 11, 1908. He his first car — but it got the grew up with six siblings job done. Horn was happy and went to school in Texas farming and raising their two Corners, which is where he children, who both live in the met his wife, Vera Horn. Schoolcraft area. His most vivid memory and “Family is what matters the passionate pursuit was their most to me,” he said. “That’s young love. the thing that went through “I was interested in marrylife with me.” ing a girl I had gone with,” he Vera died three years said. ago, and Walt is one of two Love at first sight, to be remaining siblings. He’s got exact. nothing to hide, nothing to “He said when he saw Vera, hold back, he said. he knew she was the one, and “If I live tomorrow, good. If he dated her until her married I live another 20 years, good,” her,” Parsons said. he said. “I follow the Lord’s They dated for six years will.”


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A German educator’s take on area schools


So what did Thiel think? “First, it was so quiet,” said Thiel, who spent several hours at the school. “And all the doors to the classrooms were open. That would be a no-go in Germany. But this building, it was so quiet, it was amazing.” Thiel first spent time in a kindergarten class during reading and writing instruction. The teacher set up different stations, and the students rotated between them — reading with the teacher, copying words onto a worksheet and spelling out words with plastic letters.

“You had a lot of people working together on one family. That (is) much more collaboration than what I have in Germany, much more intensive.” KERSTIN THIEL, A GERMAN EDUCATOR AND SOCIAL WORKER VISITNG KALAMAZOO TO OBSERVE AMERICAN SCHOOLS

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Especially impressive, Thiel said, was how the teacher read a story to some children while monitoring the others. “She had her eyes on all the groups all the time,” Thiel said. Thiel also observed a fifthgrade social studies lesson, in which the teacher talked about the role of the U.S. Congress in making federal laws. Thiel especially liked how the lesson was made relevant to students by comparing laws with school rules. Thiel said the instructional content in both classrooms appeared to be above what would be taught in a German classroom for that age group. “It was a high level,” she said about the Lincoln instruction.

given a five- or 10-minute break every 45 minutes, Thiel said. “I do think schoolchildren should get a break to move around and go outside” occasionally, she said. At Portage Northern, Thiel watched as a district social worker and other school officials figured out a plan for a struggling student. “You had a lot of people


•The 26 kids in the fifthgrade class definitely seemed on the high side. •She liked how the fifthgraders took a few minutes to pick up the classroom. •She was a little shocked at the pace of the students’ school day. In Germany, students are

working together on one family,” she said. “That (is) much more collaboration than what I have in Germany, much more intensive.” She also was struck by the group’s open-mindedness: After sharing their impressions of the boy’s situation, people were willing to change their minds about a possible solution. Plus, she said, “they

showed me things we would never had shown to a foreigner in Germany.” Thiel, who is working out of Kalamazoo’s HispanicAmerican Council during her time here, said she knows there are problems in the education system here, as in Germany, especially for low-income and immigrant families. “I know it’s not an excellent

education system for all,” she said. Nonetheless, she has a great impression of the caring and dedication of Kalamazoo-area educators; the level of order maintained in local schools and the transparency of public education. “Everybody was so kind,” she said, and the adults working with students “try so hard. ... It was very good.”

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Juvenile justice KALAMAZOO COUNTY

Quarter of youth arrests tied to retail theft By Julie Mack

About one in four arrests of juveniles in Kalamazoo County are for retail theft, compared with fewer than one in 10 for serious, violent crimes, according to a Kalamazoo Gazette/ analysis of juvenile crime statistics. From 2008 through 2012, juvenile arrests overall in the county dropped 44 percent, and the declines occurred in almost every category in that five-year period. Arrests for retail theft dropped 38 percent, assault arrests were down 43 percent, cases of juvenile vandalism, burglary and larceny were cut by half and arrests for drugs and alcohol offenses dropped by almost a third. Overall, the county recorded 561 juvenile arrests in 2012, down from 994 in 2008, according to data reported by local law enforcement agencies to the Michigan State Police. Under Michigan law, youths are considered juveniles until they turn 17. Juvenile court authorities

“We want to keep kids out of the system the best we can. I would never advocate for a kid to get into the system.”



Number of Kalamazoo County juvenile arrests by offense Retail theft


said some retail theft cases are serious, involving teens hauling “shopping carts full” of goods from stores. But the data also include the more mundane shoplifting cases. In 2012, police agencies in Kalamazoo County recorded 139 juvenile arrests for retail theft, with 103 of those arrests occurring in Portage, the county’s retail hub. The second-largest category of arrests in 2008 and 2012 was nonaggravated assault, which involves a physical confrontation without a weapon or serious injury. There were 94 arrests for such assaults in 2012, down from 176 in 2008. Arrests involving drugs or alcohol form the third-largest category among juveniles, with 82 reported in 2012 and 116 in 2008.

Although the county tends to have a high juvenile arrest rate compared with other urban counties, it is midpack among urban counties when it comes to serious, violent crimes. No juvenile in the county has been charged with homicide since 2007, and other violent offenses — rape, robbery and aggravated assault, in which a weapon was used or someone was seriously injured— accounted for 38 juvenile arrests in 2012, about 7 percent of the total. By comparison, 44 juveniles were arrested last year for curfew violations — 40 of them in Portage, according to state police data. Beth Moeller, intake supervisor for Kalamazoo County Circuit Court’s Family Division, said she was aware


Nonaggravated assault

the county has a higher rate of intervention with young people than the average in Michigan. However, to her, that’s not a bad thing. “We try to deal with problems when they start, rather than ignore them and waiting until it gets to be a bigger problem,” Moeller said. ”A lot of those arrests, the kids aren’t going into the system, and they’re not going to have a formal record.” Suzanne Darling, Kalamazoo County court administrator, said the best strategies are those that keep juveniles out of the criminal justice system altogether. “We want to keep kids out of the system the best we can,” Darling said. “I would never advocate for a kid to get into the system.”




Curfew violation


Burglary/larceny Disturbing peace/Disorderly conduct Motor vehicle theft Aggravated assault Trespassing Obstructing police/justice Vandalism Sex offense Robbery Weapons offense Health/safety Gambling Arson Miscellaneous

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Police and juvenile justice system officials offer a few theories about why arrests and delinquency cases are down: •A “community policing” approach by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety under Hadley that encourages

(Mark Bugnaski/

get kids to the point where they can get to that pot of gold. I can’t help but think it’s having a positive impact.” Still, the drop in juvenile crime represents a “combination of things,” Hadley said, voicing a common sentiment among city and county leaders. “It’s about the whole community organizing around kids and trying to get them headed in the right direction,” he said. STATE AND NATIONAL TRENDS

Declines in juvenile arrests and detentions are trends occurring throughout Michigan and nationwide, especially as more communities adopt community policing and less punitive strategies

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Youth Specialist Anthony Hughes talks with a young person in the holding room at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home.

behavioral issues. •The impact of The Kalamazoo Promise, universal college scholarship program for graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools. There is widespread agreement programs for children have improved considerably since The Promise was introduced in November 2005. KPS has stepped up efforts such as teaching conflict resolution skills and connecting troubled teens to mental health services, while more children are engaged in positive activities outside school, such as programs run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo. “The Kalamazoo Promise is a beacon of hope for the youth in this community,” Hadley said. “People realize we need to


SOURCE: Michigan State Police


officers to build relationships with community members and downplays arrest numbers. “You can solve a whole lot of problems without making arrests,” Hadley said. •An evolving philosophy nationwide — and implemented in Kalamazoo County — on how to most effectively address juvenile delinquency. In the 1990s, many thought cracking down hard on petty crime would send a message. But in the past decade, “we’ve found that hitting kids with a hammer over the head isn’t effective long term” in keeping them out of the prison system, said Travis Faulds, director of the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home. The emphasis now is on taking a “therapeutic” approach instead of a punitive one to juvenile



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The Kalamazoo Gazette/ will take an indepth look at the numbers and also explore the theories for the decline in juvenile delinquency. County data show from 2008 to 2012: •Arrests of juveniles — youths younger than 17 — dropped by 44 percent, including a 57 percent decline in the city of Kalamazoo. •Juvenile delinquency petitions filed in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court’s Family Division dropped 21 percent. •Criminal trials in family court involving juveniles dropped 74 percent, from 257 to 68. •Admissions to the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home dropped 40 percent, and admissions of blacks dropped 50 percent. Kalamazoo-area officials said there is no single reason for the downward trend. “It’s a number of factors, all good,” said Suzanne Darling, Kalamazoo County court administrator. “Some of it is intentional, and some of it is not.” The intentional part involves a “concerted effort to try to deal with kids” outside of the formal criminal process, she said. But it also appears, she added, “kids are behaving better, although we don’t know why.”

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for dealing with juvenile delinquency. But the drop here has been especially steep: Kalamazoo County’s 44 percent drop in juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2012 compares with 32 percent statewide. In addition, Michigan saw its youth population decline during that time — the 10-to16 age group is down 6 percent — while that age group grew in Kalamazoo County by 4 percent. However, Kalamazoo County still has a juvenile arrest rate that is considerably higher than the state average. Statewide in 2012, there were 17 juvenile arrests per 1,000 youths age 10 to 16. In Kalamazoo County, the arrest rate was 25 per 1,000

juveniles, according to data reported to the Michigan State Police. The disparity is even more stark when looking at arrests among black teens, the Gazette analysis shows. In 2008, a black juvenile in Kalamazoo County was three times more likely to be arrested compared with the state average for that group. By 2012, the county’s arrest rate for black teens had dropped in half, from 149 to 73 per 1,000 juveniles, but still was almost twice the state average of 39. For now, local officials are concentrating on the fact that numbers are moving in the right direction. In fact, there hasn’t been a Kalamazoo County juvenile charged with homicide since Jalissa Paige pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January 2008, a month before her 17th birthday. Paige, now 22, is serving a 12-to-25-year sentence at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti. Charles Warfield, president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a professor of education at Western Michigan University, said it “hurts his heart” when young people get caught up in the criminal justice system. He said he is pleased to hear the numbers are going down. “Let’s find out what’s making an impact and do more of it,” Warfield said. Identifying and addressing systemic issues linked to juvenile crime such as poverty and dysfunctional family life is a far better approach than locking kids up, he said. “If you don’t find out who’s throwing kids in the water,” Warfield said, “you’re never going to have enough money to pull them out.”


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Cold and snow didn’t stop more than 300 people from donning Santa Claus suits and taking part in Saturday’s annual 5K Santa Run and 1-mile fun walk in downtown Paw Paw. It was a sea of red as each participant was given a fivepiece Santa suit to wear during the event, put on by the Paw Paw Area Rotary Club, that began at 9 a.m. at Paw

Paw Middle School. The suits included pants, a jacket, a belt, a hat and, of course, a white beard. For some, such as Kalamazoo resident Jonathan Zolp, it was a fun way to get in some running. “I really just started getting into running this year,” Zolp said, “so I figured why not?” Kalamazoo resident Jeff Nordquist, who finished first in the run, said it was just another way to run with his friends. “Some friends came down from Grand Rapids to run with me,” Nordquist said.

Santa Run participants start the 5K Santa Run outside Paw Paw Middle School on Saturday. Frigid temperatures didn’t stop the more than 300 participants from running the third annual event. (Chuck Miller/

“Seems like a nice tradition. It’s unfortunate I didn’t hear about in the past years.” Regardless of whether they were running to win or just for fun, the event filled downtown Paw Paw with holiday cheer. “I listened to Christmas music the whole way,” Portage resident Anne Schnurstein said. “It was superfun. Now, it’s a new tradition.” At right, Portage resident Anne Schnurstein walks out to the starting line of the Santa Run 5K. It was Schnurstein’s first time running, but she said she plans to do it again. At left, Ron Schuman, of Ottawa, stands inside Paw Paw Middle School wearing red and white socks after finishing the race.



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Theater arts professor Ed Menta, of Kalamazoo College, kneels down with a candle listening to others speak at a vigil held for Nelson Mandela inside the Stetson Chapel of Kalamazoo College. (Chuck Miller/ KALAMAZOO

Sports, Mandela’s vigil, sledding among photo top picks

Above, WMU goalie Frank Slubowski skates after being scored on by the University of North Dakota on Dec. 6. Far left, Portage Nothern senior Brandon Bye puts up a shot in warm-up. Portage Northern defeated Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 65-43 Tuesday. At left, Heritage Christian Academy students Anneke and Landon Vels were mourned at a funeral service at Calvary Baptist Church in Kalamazoo on Dec. 7. (James Buck/

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Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive. com photographers looked back over their assignments from the past week to select some of their favorite and most meaningful photos to write about. Here are their thoughts on making this week’s best-of collection.

went out to shoot some sledding photos at a local park. I was freezing, but I still had a blast capturing some photos, and it was cool to see how much the kids there loved it.


On goalies: I am an ice hockey goalie, and I always like photographing goaltenders in any sport. There’s so much action and emotion — it’s really a special position. WMU hockey goalie Frank Slubowski makes some monster saves between the pipes, and I like trying to capture the peak-action shots of his saves. This time, though, I got one that’s more emotional — a frustrated look after a goal scored. I know the feeling. On mourning: I covered a very moving funeral this past week where a family mourned the loss of two of their children. The outpouring of emotion and kindness to one another was really amazing. I captured some of the worship and praise offered inside the service — even though they were mourning, they were celebrating, too. At one point, I looked out a window and saw this beautiful hawk sitting up in a winter tree, watching us. Life is all around us, even in death. On basketball: The Portage Northern boys basketball team playing against Loy Norrix in the season opener Tuesday night was worthy of a photo gallery. CHUCK MILLER, MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST INTERN

On Mandela candlelight vigil: With the sad death of Nelson Mandela, Kalamazoo College held a candlelight vigil at the Stetson Chapel in his honor. I loved the light inside.

The candles mixed with ambient window light made for some moody light, helping the

photos fit the emotions of the moment. On sledding: Winter has

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Woman dies in apartment fire; probe continues Investigation into a fatal fire continues at The Cloisters apartments and condominiums on West Main Street. Authorities will not release the name of the victim until after an autopsy, Todd Kowalski, Kalamazoo Township fire marshal, said. The woman’s body was recovered from the burned apartment at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, about four hours after the fire was reported, Kowalski said. It appears the fire began in the woman’s apartment, one of four surrounded by condominiums in the complex, since that was the area heaviest involved in flames, Kowalski said. It was among several fires last week that displaced area residents.


Flesher Field upgrades get boost with $300K grant New play area, picnic shelter and gazebo to be added By Fran Wilcox


Oshtemo Township received word Tuesday it was awarded a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for Phase 2 improvements to Flesher Field. The project’s total cost is $455,300. Phase 2 includes a new play area, new picnic shelter, new roof on the current picnic shelter, landscaped garden area with a gazebo and path and relocation of two wiffleball fields. “Phase 2 is really the fun

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tion projects, she said. This is the third trust fund grant for park projects for which the township has applied and received in four years. In December 2012, the township received a $300,000 MNRTF grant and committed $135,300 in matching funds for Phase 1, which included reconfiguring the parking lot and entry drive, building a new, accessible restroom building and installing a new, 1.7-mile paved loop trail. Future Phase 3 improvements will include softball field relocation, soccer field improvements, a hard surface water play area and forest management and trail improvements with an esti-


part,” township Supervisor Libby Heiny-Cogswell said. “Phase 1 was more structural and safety oriented. In 2014, we should be able to accomplish Phase 2, as well.” The Department of Natural Resources received 142 applications requesting almost $50 million in MNRTF funds and awarded $8.6 million for park development, as well as $19 million for land acquisi-

mated project total of about $370,000. At Tuesday’s township board meeting, the board accepted a pledge from the Oshtemo Rotary Club to donate $20,000 toward a new roof on the Rotary pavilion, to be paid over four years. Rotary board member Steve Kinney said the club previously pledged $20,000 for the park project and paid it off ahead of schedule within three years. “This (pavilion) is something the Rotary has built, and we want to see it maintained and match the rest of the park,” Kinney said. Heiny-Cogswell called the donation an “absolutely tremendous” contribution.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted 6-1 to adopt a five-year parks and recreation master plan for 2014-2018. Township administrator Karen High said the township spent almost a year on the plan, which is required to apply for an MNRTF grant in addition to other grants. The current five-year plan, covering 2009-2013, was the township’s first five-year parks and recreation master plan. Trustee Nancy Carr voted against adoption of the plan. She had announced her intention to abstain because she did not know enough about the plan, but was told she could only abstain if she had a conflict of interest.


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Early retirement impact highlighted in city budget talks


TJ Duckett’s group raising funds for fire victims By Aaron Mueller

Former NFL player and Kalamazoo native TJ Duckett and his nonprofit organization are working to help the 15 people displaced in an

Otsego apartment fire. The early Wednesday fire at Brookside Terrace apartments destroyed eight units and injured two people. Duckett’s New World Flood organization and State Farm

insurance agent Jeremy Weitting are partnering to organize a fundraiser for the people affected by the fire. All proceeds of the fundraiser will go toward outfitting and feeding the families, accord-

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pension fund the $3.8 million it used for the ERI plus interKalamazoo’s public safety est throughout five years for a department will start 2014 total of $4.5 million. with 39 fewer officers on So far, the city has repaid the street than in 2008, $1.8 million, but a cell tower Kalamazoo Department of lease buyout included in the Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley proposed 2014 budget would told the Kalamazoo City allow the city to pay the balCommission on Thursday. ance next year. Of those reductions, 33 City Manager Jim have occurred as a result of Ritsema’s proposed 2014 the city’s Early Retirement budget includes reductions Incentive effort and proposthat would patch a $2.9 milling not to fill five vacant publion deficit in the proposed lic safety positions in 2014. $143 million budget, including Hadley’s department now has a net decline of 10 citywide 210 sworn officers on staff. positions, primarily through At the same time, Hadley not filling vacancies, and said, the department parincreases in recreation fees, ticipated in a study on central sewer and water fees and dispatch, upgraded its inforinspection fees. mational technology infraRitsema also recommends structure and continued to reducing the city’s parks offer youth leadership acadeand recreation department’s mies, among other initiatives. operational budget by $80,000 Hadley said the way the and transferring funding for city moves forward in the the city’s historic preservanext two years will have a tion coordinator’s position significant impact on how his to Community Development department delivers public Block Grant funds in 2014. safety services. The position might be phased “If we had any further out in 2015. reductions in staff my comfort One-time budget adjustlevel would be diminishing ments include having a public rather quickly, because we safety forfeiture fund pay for don’t want to get into reactive $750,000 in expenditures mode where we’re just able to instead of having that expense respond to calls for service,” in the general fund. Hadley said. The proposal also includes With diminished staffing, using $500,000 from a cell proactive programs such as tower lease buyback deal to community-oriented policing repay the city for 2014 and suffers, he said. 2015 costs related to the city’s “If staffing diminishes in the Early Retirement Incentive, future, those are the things and another $317,000 to cover that are going to become very lost cell tower lease revenue vulnerable because we do for the city’s General Fund. have a fundamental responRitsema has made a comsibility to respond to calls for mitment to tackle city legacy service,” Hadley said. costs. Retiree health care He was among four city alone will cost the city $8.2 department heads who told million, including $6 million commissioners Thursday how from the general fund, in 2014. the early-retirement offer has The city faces another changed their departments $5.5 million in cumulative and how they have realigned deficits from 2014 to 2019, to meet core services. despite the money saved City administration estithrough the ERI and promates the Early Retirement posed cuts for 2014. Incentive, offered as a way to A root cause of that strucshave a $6 million deficit, has tural deficit is legacy costs, saved the city $6.5 million in Ritsema said. “I understand the general fund while helpthe other side of that probing the city avoid laying off lem,” he said. “It’s people’s 100 employees. lives; it’s what they were More than 200 city employ- anticipating when they left ees took the early-retirement this organization. I get all that, offer, and city officials hired and that’s why this is going to replacements for all but about be a big nut to crack, but I’m 100 of those positions. confident that we can do it.” Public Services saw the The Kalamazoo City bulk of retirements, with 91 Commission will hold a public of 222.5 employees taking the hearing at its 7 p.m. Monday offer. Of those who left, 54 meeting in city commission positions were back-filled. chambers at Kalamazoo City The city plans to repay the Hall, 241 W. South St.

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‘Kalamazoo Kid’ surprises kids at annual event By David Drew

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter surprised about 200 kids Thursday at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Jeter made a surprise appearance at his Turn 2 Foundation’s annual Turn 2 Holiday Express. Jeter, 39, grew up in Kalamazoo and was a star baseball player at Kalamazoo Central. He is a longtime fixture in Major League Baseball

and in the Yankees’ infield since 1995. The hundreds of Kalamazoo-area kids, ranging in age from 8 to 10, wrapped up an evening full of learning activities throughout the museum with one-on-one meetings with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Jeter, who handed out gift bags and shook hands. The Kalamazoo Kid, as Jeter is referred to around the area, said seeing the emotion on the faces of the children never gets old.

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Jeter surprised about 200 kids Thursday night at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, as part of a Turn 2 Foundation event.

New York Yankees infielder Derek Jeter, center, a Kalamazoo Central High School graduate, visits a Turn 2 Foundation holiday event at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on Thursday.

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An 18-year-old Colorado high school student with an apparent grudge against a teacher wounded a classmate with a shotgun before killing himself, shocking a state that still is trying to make sense of mass shootings at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater. Students at Arapahoe High School on Friday alerted the targeted teacher, who quickly left the building. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson identified the gunman as Karl Halverson Pierson, a senior who participated in debate activities. Robinson said Pierson previously had an altercation with the teacher. He did not elaborate. The wounded classmate, a 15-year-old girl, was in critical condition with a gunshot wound, Robinson said. Two other students were treated for minor injuries and released.

Military officers accompany the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it arrives Saturday at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa. Mandela will be buried after funeral services today. (AP)


Mandela makes final journey home before funeral today in South Africa By Christopher Torchia

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QUNU, South Africa — Nelson Mandela came home Saturday. A hearse carrying Mandela’s body drove into his hometown in rural South Africa ahead of burial today, returning the country’s peacemaker to the place where he had always wanted to die. It was in Qunu that Mandela roamed the hills and tended livestock as a youth, absorbing lessons about discipline and consensus from traditional chiefs. From there, he embarked on a journey — the “long walk to freedom” as he put it — that thrust him to the forefront of black South Africans’ struggle for equal rights that resonated around the world. As motorcyclists in uniform and armored personnel carriers escorted the vehicle carrying Mandela’s casket to the family compound, people lining the route sang, applauded and, in some cases, wept. “When I saw the hearse passing, I couldn’t hold my excitement. I felt like I was holding him by the hand,” said Norma Khobo. “It was very exciting, I saw him!” The vehicle carrying Mandela’s casket, covered with a national flag, arrived




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Bells tolled 26 times to honor the children and educators killed one year ago in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School as churches held memorial services Saturday and President Barack Obama observed a moment of silence. The bells rang 26 times at St. Rose of Lima church in Newtown beginning at 9:30 a.m. — the moment the gunman shot his way into the school Dec. 14, 2012 — and names of the 20 children and six educators were read over a loudspeaker. Connecticut’s governor also directed that flags in the state be lowered to half-staff. People pause Saturday while church bells ring in honor of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Newtown residents asked people to honor the victims on the one-year anniversary in quiet, personal ways. (AP)

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A bombing killed at least two U.N. peacekeepers in Mali and seriously wounded several others in the troubled northern city of Kidal, U.N. officials said Saturday. A car packed with explosives detonated in front of a bank guarded by the peacekeepers, an intelligence official in northern Mali said. The explosion blew open the doors of houses in the area. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, said the fatalities were two Senegalese peacekeepers. Abdallah Ag Ibrahim, a resident of Kidal, said the bank crumbled and a U.N. armored personnel car caught fire.

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Mandela, tearfully embraced at Mthatha airport when the casket arrived. Mandela had been imprisoned for 27 years for opposing racist apartheid and emerged in 1990 to forge a new democratic South Africa by promoting forgiveness and reconciliation. He became president in 1994 after South Africa’s first all-race democratic elections. The late president died in his Johannesburg home Dec. 5 at age 95. His body lay in state for three days last week, drawing huge crowds of South Africans who mourned his death and celebrated his successful struggle against apartheid. When Mandela’s body arrived at Mthatha airport, soldiers in full dress regalia, male and female, were stationed on foot on either side of the road as cows grazed nearby. Local residents lined the route, shielding themselves from the sun with umbrellas.

at the family compound under cloudy skies at 4 p.m. It was accompanied by an enormous convoy of police, military and other vehicles, and a military helicopter hovered overhead. According to Xhosa tribal tradition, Mandela was honored as a leader by placing a leopard skin on the coffin, replacing the flag. Mandela’s journey started Saturday with pomp and ceremony at an air base in the capital before being flown aboard a military plane to this simple village in the wide-open spaces of eastern South Africa. At the Mthatha airport Mandela’s casket was welcomed by a military guard and placed in a convoy for the 20 mile voyage toward Qunu. Residents and people who had traveled for hours thronged a road leading to Qunu, singing and dancing as Mandela T-shirts were distributed. “We got up this morning at 2 a.m. and drove from Port Elizabeth — it’s about seven hours — and we got here now. We’re waiting to show our last respects to Madiba,” said Ebrahim Jeftha, using Mandela’s clan name. Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, and his former wife, Winnie Madikizela-

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Quilt trail complete, includes several at one barn site By Tom Haroldson


Along the back roads in southern Kalamazoo County and around downtown Vicksburg, colorful artwork provides a rainbow contrast to the white snow globelike scenes. The Vicksburg Quilt Trail is complete; two dozen painted barn quilts along a trail documented in a new and updated brochure and website. It also is available at several restaurants, the Vicksburg Depot Museum and other locations in Vicksburg. The final quilt actually is several barn quilts. Called the Quilt Gallery, it features four barn quilts in a single location at 11428 Portage Road. Not only is the Vicksburg Quilt Trail the only such attraction in Southwest Michigan, but its four quilts in one location is a first for any quilt trail in the state. Hugh and Kitch Rinehart, project coordinators for the Vicksburg Historical Society who have worked on the project for a year and a half, said it has been worth it. “The entire committee has had a wonderful experience the past 11/2 years creating this tourist attraction for our town, and none of us will look at a barn the same again,” the Rineharts said in a release at the completion of the project. Barn quilts are painted squares of wood with quilt designs of various colors and shapes. There are more than 6,000 barn quilts in 45 states and Canada. Six quilt trails are in Michigan. Each property or barn owner chooses the design, often using a personal experience or family interest as the design choice. “We send a huge thank you to the many volunteers who helped create this form of public art over the past two years, as well as to the community for their involvement and support,” they said. While the Rineharts got the ball rolling on the trail, it was quickly backed by the Vicksburg Historical Society and other groups and individuals in the Vicksburg area. The Vicksburg Quilt Trail initially was conceived as a way to draw tourists to the area, and to that end it has been successful, Kitch Rinehart said. The couple frequently gets calls from people wanting to know more about it, where to get a map and even to add their own barn quilt. The trail also caught the attention of author Suzi Parron, who has written the definitive book on quilt trails, “Barn Quilts and the America Quilt Trail Movement” in 2012. She visited with the Rineharts last summer to include the Vicksburg attractions in her second book that will feature more of the newer trails in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, the cover of her 2014 calendar features a Vicksburg barn quilt. The quilt of Kathy Shook Mitchell, “County Fair,” on 42nd Avenue south of W Avenue in Fulton, is featured. It may be seen, and purchased, for $10, at Since the word got out, people have been seen traveling the trail and taking pictures of each of the barn quilts. Last summer, a local bicycle group traveled the quilt trail as an outing, and in the fall, the Vicksburg Quilt Trail became a new color tour destination. “It’s bigger than we hoped, bigger than we have anticipated,” Kitch Rinehart said.

The Vicksburg area features one of the state’s quilt trails, including the Quilt Gallery, at 11428 Portage Road, the first multiple barn quilt location in Michigan. Barn quilts are painted squares of wood with quilt designs of various colors and shapes. There are more than 6,000 barn quilts in 45 states and Canada. The Vicksburg Quilt Trail committee is part of the Vicksburg Historical Society and includes, from left, Gil and Darlene Lynn, Hugh and Kitch Rinehart and Keith and Karen Holt. (Courtesy)

“Our goal was to have 12 for a calendar.” But as word got out and people wanted to have their own barn quilt, it grew to the size of two calendars. “It is amazing that a village the size of Vicksburg (2,000 people) has so many talented quilters,” Kitch Rinehart said.


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Worth designated for assignment

With the 40-man roster at full capacity, the Detroit Tigers designated 28-year-old utility infielder Danny Worth for assignment Friday to make room for veteran right-hander Joba Chamberlain. The move was necessary as the Tigers needed to create an open spot for Chamberlain, who agreed to a one-year deal with the club early Friday. “We felt we had some depth there and had to make a decision,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said during Chamberlain’s introductory teleconference. With the recent addition of utility player Steve Lombardozzi, Worth — who was out of options — was considered a long shot to make the Tigers’ 25-man roster out of spring training. Acquired in the deal that sent starting pitcher Doug Fister to Washington, Lombardozzi is expected to be the Tigers’ primary backup to Jose Iglesias at shortstop. “I thought it would be hard for (Worth) to make the club this spring,” Dombrowski said. Hernan Perez, who will likely open the season in Triple-A Toledo, and touted prospect Eugenio Suarez also provide the Tigers with depth at the position. “We liked Danny, but with Lombardozzi coming on board, we felt we had some depth there and had to make a decision,” Dombrowski said. The Tigers have 10 days to put Worth through waivers or trade him. If he’s not claimed on waivers or traded, the Tigers would be able to option him to the minor leagues. A look at payroll. B3 RED WINGS

Weiss will be out past Christmas The Detroit Red Wings don’t know yet the extent of center Stephen Weiss’ groin injury, but general manager Ken Holland said Saturday that he will be out until at least after Christmas. That means Weiss will miss at least six more games. “He had an MRI (Friday); Dr. (Doug) Plagens is going to look at the pictures tonight, and there’s a chance we might send him in for another opinion to one of these groin specialists,” Holland said. “You got a guy that had groin issues 3-4 weeks ago, came back, felt great, now we got groin issues. We got to be sure.” Weiss, who missed six games last month due to a groin pull, is on short-term injured reserve. Meanwhile, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg skated before practice Saturday, the first time he has been on the ice since the Dec. 1 game at Ottawa. Zetterberg (herniated disc) is not eligible to come off long-term injured reserve until Dec. 28. “Z’s doing better every day,” Holland said. “We’re cautiously optimistic he’ll be ready to go on 28th.” Holland said Dec. 28 the target date for defenseman Danny DeKeyser and center Darren Helm to return from their shoulder injuries, but indicated they might be back before then. Gustavsson key now, B3




Monday’s prime-time game at Ford Field against Baltimore is critical for slumping Lions’ playoff chances

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The most recent Monday Night Football game in Detroit was Oct. 10, 2011, which resulted in a 24-13 Lions victory. Detroit hosts the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens this week. (AP file) By Kyle Meinke

ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions desperately need a win, mathematically and otherwise. Baltimore does, too. The stakes are higher than they’ve been all year, for both teams. One coach’s job could depend on it. And they’ll duke it out in prime time on national TV at what sure is to be a raucous Ford Field. In other words: Detroit’s game Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens amounts to a de facto playoff. “The playoffs start in a couple weeks. But for us, the playoffs are starting now,” Lions tailback Reggie Bush said. “Every game is kind of win-or-go-home. We have to understand the unique opportunity, the situation that we’re in right now. “To be in a position to clinch the division, that’s something that hasn’t been done here in a long time, and also understanding that we still have three games left to go. It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere here on Monday.” Detroit has skidded to a 7-6 record after losing three of its past four games. Its five-week run as the sole leader of the NFC North ended after Chicago pulled even last week. Green Bay (6-6-1), not to be forgotten, is nipping at their heels, a half-game behind both teams. The Lions continue to control their destiny by virtue of their headto-head tiebreaker over the Bears. But with a loss — any loss — that no longer is the case. “It’s definitely a must-win for us,” defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. “We want to be where we want to be, and we want to be in control of that. It’s a must-win for us. It’s

UPDATE Next game: Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:30 p.m. Monday at Ford Field TV: ESPN More: A guide to the game, B6

though it has gotten here in antithetical fashion. While Detroit has skidded into a playoff race, rather than run away with it, Baltimore has played itself into one by winning four of its past five games. Baltimore occupies the final wild card spot in the AFC, and, like Detroit, needs a victory to control its fate. “We have clawed our way back Coach John Harbaugh has the Ravens to where we are now,” said Ravens fighting for a wild-card spot after they coach John Harbaugh, who spent started the season 3-5. (AP file) part of his childhood growing up in Ann Arbor. “If we are going to get in, coming down to the very end. we will have to claw our way in, and “Coach had a great analogy for us. that’s where we are at.” You’re in the World Series. You’re That this game comes on Monday the closer who comes into the game Night Football only ratchets up the and you have to get three outs. We frenzied subplots surrounding it, got three outs we got to knock out, and the stakes attached to its outand it starts with the Ravens.” come. Detroit, in some ways, will be Toss in the frenetic crowd atmoan organization at the crossroads sphere — Chicago false-started nine when Baltimore visits. With a win, it times due to the deafening noise for would take a significant step toward Detroit’s last home Monday night securing its first division title in 20 game in 2011 — and this matchup years. has all the fixings to be a spectacle. With a loss, its season would be “Monday night has a certain feel imperiled, and so too would be this to it, and a certain vibe,” receiver entire coaching regime. Nate Burleson said. This won’t be a win-or-go-home “It creates a stage that I think is game for the Lions, but just about parallel to the playoffs, especially everything else is at stake. when you have two teams that are “There is very little margin of fighting to make their push for the error when it comes to the finish postseason. like this,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz “This is one of those games, if I said. “We have to relish that opporwas at home, I definitely wouldn’t be tunity. We will.” doing anything else. I’d be clearing The Ravens (7-6) will have simimy schedule to sit back and enjoy lar imminent playoff implications, the show.”

No. 1 rallies past U-M By Brendan F. Quinn

ANN ARBOR — John Beilein stood at a podium Friday and refused to overhype a Saturday meeting with No. 1 Arizona. Michigan’s coolheaded coach swore it was just another game. “We’re anxious to get to this game and see where we are,” he said. Well, here’s where Michigan is: The Wolverines squandered an eight-point lead with 7 minutes, 55 seconds remaining Saturday and were left shell-shocked following a 72-70 loss to the topranked team in the country. The Wildcats stole the win and U-M’s hopes of a marquee early season victory by outscoring the Wolverines 22-12 down the stretch. “We were right there,” Beilein said Saturday. “With a break or two, we win the game.” Or with a late bucket or rebound. Michigan converted three field goals over the final 8:44 and grabbed two rebounds, on either end of the floor, in the final 7:17. With 2:32 remaining, Arizona’s Rondae HollisJefferson, scoreless for the game’s 37-plus minutes, gave the Wildcats their first lead since the 15:05 mark of the first half on a layup and a free throw. The teams traded leads the next four possessions before an Arizona offensive rebound — a backbreaker for Michigan all game — all but ended things. Getting a stop with less than a minute to go, U-M allowed Arizona’s T.J. McConnell to run down a long rebound in the corner. McConnell got the ball to Nick SEE U-M, B2

NEXT GAME What: Michigan vs. Stanford When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Brooklyn, N.Y. TV: Fox Sports 1

Michigan’s Nik Stauskas looks for a basket around Arizona’s Rondae Hllis-Jefferson and Aaron Gordon. (Melanie Maxwell/



Terry ‘all for’ redshirting with Spartans winning By Diamond Leung

against Ohio State, helping mimic Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller along with freshman INDIANAPOLIS — receiver Trey Kilgore. Michigan State quarterback “I grew up a big Braxton Damion Terry prepared for the season as if he were going Miller fan,” Terry said. “This week was kind of different. I to play but took a lot of hits. Hopefully, it ultimately transferred out there, and we redshirted got the win.” while Terry said he was sore after sophomore a week of going through live Connor practices, but that he knew Cook took what was coming after having the startpreviously played in practice ing job and Terry as Michigan quarterback carried the Devin Gardner. Spartans to the Rose Bowl. “This is all for the seniors,” Holding a rose on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium after the Terry said. “I know I tried my hardest like everyone else in Big Ten championship game last Saturday, Terry described practice just to get them prepared. Everything’s all good. his season spent on the sideWe won, so I’ll do anything it line. “I’m just down for whatever takes.” Coach Mark Dantonio in the team needs me to do,” the preseason spoke of a fourTerry said. “As long as we’re quarterback race and ended winning right now, I’m not up starting Cook and using complaining, and I’m all for Andrew Maxwell and Tyler it.” O’Connor as backups while Terry did contribute to Terry redshirted. Michigan State’s 34-24 win


Narduzzi ranks 28th nationally among assistant coach salaries By Josh Slagter

EAST LANSING — Pat Narduzzi is due for another raise. Whether that’s because he decides to remain at Michigan State as the Spartans’ Narduzzi defensive coordinator or if he becomes a head coach somewhere remains to be seen. Narduzzi is the 28th highest-paid assistant coach in the country, according to the spreadsheet released by USA Today. Narduzzi’s base salary is $557,208, which includes an annual retention bonus, with Michigan State’s entire assistant coaching staff totaling $2,410,483 in salary. Here’s how the rest of the MSU staff’s pay breaks down:

•Dave Warner, co-offensive coordinator, running backs — $279,000 •Jim Bollman, co-offensive coordinator, tight ends — $262,000 •Harlon Barnett, secondary — $230,075 •Mike Tressel, linebackers/special teams — $230,075 •Brad Salem, quarterbacks/recruiting coordinator — $218,125 •Mark Staten, offensive line — $214,000 •Terrence Samuel, wide receivers — $209,000 •Ron Burton, defensive line — $202,000 Mark Dantonio’s 2013 salary of $1.95 million ranks 51st nationally and ninth among Big Ten head coaches. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has indicated he’s working on putting together a package to try to keep Dantonio’s staff intact.


Mattison, Borges among nation’s top 10 highest-paid assistants By Nick Baumgardner

ANN ARBOR — Michigan has lost 10 football games during the past two years. But the Wolverines’ struggles aren’t due to a lack of wallet power. USA Today Mattison unveiled its annual look at the country’s highest-paid assistants. Michigan defensive coordinaBorges tor Greg Mattison and offensive coordinator Al Borges both rank in the top 10. Mattison, per the report, will collect $851,400 in 2013. Borges, meanwhile, is looking at a net of $709,300. Mattison is the fourthhighest paid assistant in college football. Borges is the ninth-highest paid assistant. Both coaches rank Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in coach pay within the Big Ten.

Michigan’s defense ranked No. 38 nationally this season, after ranking 13th in 2012 and 17th in 2011. Michigan’s offense ranked No. 84 nationally in 2013. Borges’ offense ranked No. 79 in 2012 and No. 42 in 2011. Borges received a new three-year contract and an 86 percent raise after the 2011 season. In total staff pay, Michigan’s $3.072 million dedicated to assistant coaches ranks second in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State. Michigan’s number ranks 14th nationally. Here are the reported salaries for the rest of Michigan’s coaching staff: •Wide receivers coach/ recruiting coordinator Jeff Hecklinski: $234,350 •Offensive line coach Darrell Funk: $215,000 •Defensive backs coach Curt Mallory: $214,450 •Special teams/tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno: $214,400 •Running backs coach Fred Jackson: $214,000 •Linebackers coach Mark Smith: $214,000 •Outside linebackers coach Roy Manning: $205,000

NO. 5 MSU 67, OAKLAND 63

Appling leads MSU past Oakland was energetic around the basket with a variety of tip opportunities and five offensive rebounds. In general, he played with passion. •Payne scored 16 first-half points and was able to use his overwhelming size and athleticism to impose his will on offense and on the boards. He had some trouble matching up against center Corey Petros on defense, but was generally unstoppable when he wanted to be. •Alvin Ellis III provided some nice minutes while Gary Harris did not dress. The freshman had a dunk in transition, a blocked shot and overall looked comfortable on the court. That’s a good sign considering Harris could miss even more time.

Spartans trailed for much of the game By Diamond Leung

AUBURN HILLS — The sloppy play that led to Michigan State’s first loss showed up at times Saturday, but what the Spartans needed to beat Oakland 67-63 was for Keith Appling to clean it all up. Appling keyed the run that allowed No. 5 Michigan State to finally pull away from Oakland at The Palace of Auburn Hills. He hit the goahead 3-pointer, assisted on a Branden Dawson basket that beat the shot clock and then converted a 3-point play to give MSU a 58-53 lead. The senior point guard finished with 21 points after being hampered in the team’s loss to North Carolina from taking a hard fall that left him going at half-speed. Against Oakland, he was back to his old self, and he had help in a game in which leading scorer Gary Harris was sidelined with a sprained right ankle. Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson both had double-doubles, with Payne coming through with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dawson matched his career high with 13 rebounds to go along with 16 points. The Spartans survived the back-and-forth game that fea-


Michigan State center Adreian Payne dunks the ball for two of his 20 points Saturday. (Mike Mulholland/

tured plenty of lead changes up until Appling got hot. Duke Mondy led all scorers with 24 points for Oakland. HIGHLIGHTS

•Dawson was plenty

active on the court unlike what he’s been of late, as it was clear that he responded to coach Tom Izzo’s efforts to motivate him since the North Carolina loss. He matched his career high in rebounds,

•Valentine missed each of his seven field goal attempts, including all four of his 3-point looks, and later in the game gave way to Ellis, who was playing better. •Michigan State committed 17 turnovers, with Appling coughing up six of them and Dawson at times being careless with five turnovers. •The defense held 3-point shooting star Travis Bader in check, but couldn’t stop Mondy, who scored 24 points. NEXT GAME What: North Florida at MSU When: 7 p.m. Tuesday TV: BTN


Butt says ‘the sky’s the limit’ at tight end By Nick Baumgardner

through hell and back with Michigan strength and condiANN ARBOR — Jake Butt tioning coach Aaron Wellman. should have spent his January He came here to play. And watching high school basketthat was that. ball games and eating bad “I didn’t want to sit out, I cafeteria food with his friends love football too much, I had in Pickerington, Ohio. to see the field,” Butt said. “I Instead, he spent the early knew the only way to do that part of his new year with steel was to come in early. dumb bells, nutrition plans “I hold myself to a high and a strength coach screamstandard, so I expected this. ing in his ear. ... (Against Notre Dame), I got Why, exactly had he signed thrown in the fire there, and up for this? that was probably the best “That first workout,” Butt feeling of my life.” recalled. “I came in, and I After enrolling early this really struggled through it.” year, Butt will enter this offSome 10 months later, he season with one full session of finally got the answer to why, winter conditioning, one full exactly, he skipped the final session of spring practice, a semester of his high school full season, bowl prep and a Michigan’s Jake Butt catches a pass in the first quarter against career to enroll early at bowl game under his belt. Ohio State. ( file) Michigan. That’s, basically, twice as Because the sacrifices Butt entered his first year at Butt’s emergence this fall much as most true freshmen he made in January turned Michigan as a scrawny, 6-foot- was something neither offen- ever see. into production on the field 6, 209-pound prospect with sive coordinator Al Borges As for next year? as a true freshman, as the potential. He’ll leave it some nor head coach Brady Hoke He says the possibilities are Wolverine rookie tight end 37 pounds heavier, at 6-foot-6, expected, as his low weight endless. enjoyed a true breakout per246-pounder with 11 percent when the winter began almost “The sky’s the limit. One formance in a narrow loss body fat and an appetite for certainly had him on the path day, I hope I can do the whole against Ohio State — going for much, much more. for a redshirt season. thing. Hand in the ground on 85 yards and a touchdown on “(The coaching staff) wants Butt wasn’t having that, runs, pass sets, and then just five catches. me at 255, but I think I can get however. He didn’t enroll keep running routes. I want to He finished the regular sea- to 260, I’m a skinny 246 right early to sit out a year. He be 260, get stronger and just son with 17 receptions for 202 now,” Butt said. “I can put on didn’t skip the easiest part take over the whole tight end yards and two touchdowns. more.” of a high schooler’s life to go position.”



Johnson, who calmly sank two free throws with 24.6 seconds left, giving the Wildcats a 67-66 advantage. “That was a key play,” Beilein said. Michigan (6-4) would never lead again. Arizona (11-0) outrebounded U-M 37-24 and gathered 17 offensive rebounds. Sophomore forward Brandon Ashley led four double-digit scorers for the Wildcats with 17 points. Glenn Robinson led Michigan with 20 points, 16 in the first half. Caris LeVert, conversely, scored 11 of his 16 points in

the second half. Before squandering its lead, LeVert was the story of the second half for U-M. The sophomore scored 10 straight points over seven minutes and capped the effort by tossing an alley-oop to a streaking Robinson. Two Robinson free throws later, Michigan held a 53-46 lead, but Arizona kept coming. The Wildcats opened the half making nine of their first 12 shots. Robinson was the best player on the court in the first half. His 7-of-7 shooting on two 3s, one mid-range jumper and four scores at the rim, had Crisler buzzing. The sophomore’s step-back 3-pointer with 2 seconds until halftime sent U-M into the locker room

with a 37-28 lead. “One of the reasons Glenn was successful, and this is really key for us, was that we were able get stops defensively and run the floor — that’s a big part of what he does so well,” Beilein said. “We couldn’t get a lot of stops (in the second half). We really didn’t do anything differently than we did in the first half (offensively).” Arizona shot 55.2 percent from the field (16-29) after halftime and made 10-of-11 second-half free throws. The loss was Michigan’s 11th straight to a top-ranked team, a streak dating back to a 104-61 loss to Duke on Dec. 9, 2000. U-M is now 2-24 all-time against AP No. 1 teams.

Michigan returns to action next Saturday against Stanford in Brooklyn. HIGHLIGHT

•A huge turnout from Michigan students — despite finals week looming — offered a great environment for an early tip-off at Crisler Center. Many students began lining up outside the arena at 7 a.m., battling snow, wind and cold. LOWLIGHT

•In a game Michigan needed a strong performance from its frontline, Mitch McGary was mostly quiet through his 24 minutes. The sophomore finished with eight points and four rebounds and continually was scored on down low.


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Cheeks and Jennings check out the video By David Mayo

to-back gauntlet. Tonight at 6, they host the AUBURN HILLS — For an Western Conference-leading hour after Saturday’s pracPortland Trail Blazers, who tice, Detroit Pistons coach had a 19-4 record going into Maurice Cheeks and point a Saturday night game at guard Brandon Jennings Philadelphia. holed up in video study. Monday, the Pistons travel Andre Drummond to Indiana to take on the dropped by to sponge inforleague-leading Pacers (20-3). mation too, but it clearly With Damian Lillard, was a moment for a former LaMarcus Aldridge and the championship point guard to Blazers’ waves of shooters try seeing the game through coming to town, the topic of the eyes of the point guard he slowing an offense which now coaches, one day after a entered Saturday second in near-meltdown in the fourth the league at 106.4 points per quarter of a 103-99 victory game, and with a streak of 10 over Brooklyn. consecutive 100-plus-point A day later, Cheeks still games, surely came up. was confronting the all-tooBut Cheeks was honed frequent lack of offensive in on how the Pistons close flow in fourth quarters, offensively Saturday, and he when the Pistons’ philosophy said he liked the receptiveis to use Rodney Stuckey and ness of Jennings, the team’s Jennings as centerpieces. leading scorer (17.1 points The Pistons’ minus-2.2 per game) and playmaker fourth-quarter scoring (7.6 assists per game). margin is the NBA’s second“We looked at Brandon worst, often because of struc- from before, and we thought tural breakdowns which don’t he was just a scorer,” Cheeks show until late in games. said, referring to Jennings’ Hence, Cheeks, a 1983 days with the Milwaukee NBA champion with the Bucks. “He’s so much more Philadelphia 76ers, spent than a scorer. He’s just such some extra weekend time a willing learner.” with Jennings to iron out PISTONS NOTES some unsightly wrinkles for which the point guard bears •In the Pistons’ first 17 ultimate responsibility in games, Kyle Singler averany era. aged 6.8 points and shot 23.5 “I know when I was playpercent on 3-pointers (8 of ing, if I didn’t get a guy in 34). In the last seven games, a certain spot, at a certain Singler has averaged 11.3 time, my coach would be points and shot 50 percent on me,” Cheeks said. “He on threes (10 of 20). That wouldn’t be on Doc (Julius helps when the Pistons, Erving) or Moses (Malone). the league’s second-worst He ain’t gonna yell at them, 3-point-shooting team at he’s gonna yell at me. So, I 31.4 percent, find the intehad to take on that responrior clogged by defenses sibility. It’s the same thing sagging on their big men with Brandon, he’s got to and closing driving lanes. take on that responsibility.” “You’re going to get that at Cheeks likened the task times, even when I’m on the to an NFL quarterback court,” Singler said of the responding to a teammate’s often-limited working space, playbook failures. “just because when we put “When you see those really the ball in Stuckey’s hands, good quarterbacks, and they teams are going to surround get upset and they call timethe defense around him, out, that’s because somebecause he wants to score body’s not in the position, the ball, and that’s where we and they’re going to take want the ball to be.” the brunt of it, so they call •Will Bynum played an timeout,” Cheeks said. “It’s extended three-on-three the same thing. And I tell game after practice Saturday Brandon it’s the same thing. and said he hopes to return “He’s the quarterback of at some point during this that team, and he’s got to back-to-back, but is uncertake ownership of running tain. He already returned too our team and getting us quickly from his hamstring into our precise things that injury once, played two we’re going to run. And if games, then missed the last we miss a shot running our nine. Bynum has missed 14 offense, so be it. But we’ve of the last 16 games. got to know exactly what we’re doing and where we’re going.” UPCOMING GAMES Precision becomes even Today: Portland at Detroit more important for the TV: 6 p.m., FSD Pistons (11-13) as they open a Monday: Detroit at Indiana five-game week with a back- TV: 7 p.m., FSD

Joba Chamberlain

Rajai Davis

Nick Castellanos

Ian Kinsler

New Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan. (AP)


Show me the money It appears the Tigers payroll will be similar to last season’s By Chris Iott

The Detroit Tigers are not cutting payroll. But they aren’t adding much either. The Tigers reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain on Thursday for $2.5 million. They still might make moves this offseason, but they headed to the winter meetings seeking help in left field and in the bullpen and made moves in both spots. It is possible that the Opening Day roster is all but set at this point. How much will their current roster cost them? The Tigers had an Opening Day payroll of about $148.7 million in 2013, according to Baseball Prospectus. That ranked them fifth in the majors. The Tigers have a projected Opening Day payroll of $157.5 million for 2014. That’s an increase of $8.8 million over 2013. Of course, each team in the majors is due about $26 million in additional television revenue starting this season, so the Tigers should improve the bottom line by increasing their payroll by substantially less than that $26 million figure. The Tigers still could make another move or moves this offseason, but it seems unlikely that the projected Opening Day payroll will change much. Are the Tigers going through a tran-


Here is a list of the projected Opening Day roster for the Detroit Tigers along with their salaries. A few notes on the salaries listed below: •Salaries are estimated for the six Tigers players who are eligible for arbitration based on the numbers used by MLB Trade Rumors. •Salaries for players who are making around the league minimum simply are listed as $500,000. That number could be off slightly for each individual player, but there’s no point quibbling over $10,000 or $20,000 here or there. We’re trying to estimate the big picture as best we can. •Jose Iglesias is not yet eligible for arbitration but also is not a minimum-salary player. He just wrapped up a four-year contract worth about $8.25 million. He likely will get a slight raise over the $2.06 million he made last season.

$2.1 million — Jose Iglesias $500,000 — Nick Castellanos TOTAL: $80.6 million Starting rotation $20 million — Justin Verlander $15.8 million — Anibal Sanchez $13.6 million — Max Scherzer (estimate) $7.7 million — Rick Porcello (estimate) $500,000 — Drew Smyly TOTAL: $57.6 million Bullpen $9 million — Joe Nathan $2.5 million — Joba Chamberlain $1.9 million — Phil Coke $700,000 — Al Alburquerque (estimate) $500,000 — Bruce Rondon $500,000 — Luke Putkonen $500,000 — Ian Krol TOTAL: $15.6 million

Starting lineup $22 million — Miguel Cabrera $16 million — Ian Kinsler $14 million — Torii Hunter $12 million — Victor Martinez $5.3 million — Austin Jackson (estimate) $5 million — Rajai Davis $3.7 million — Alex Avila (estimate)

Bench $1.7 million — Andy Dirks (estimate) $1 million — Don Kelly $500,000 — Steve Lombardozzi $500,000 — Bryan Holaday TOTAL:$3.7 million

sition period from “win at all costs” to “compete for division titles while watching the bottom line”? It’s entirely possible. But the situation might become more clear in a year. At that point, Scherzer will be a free agent and Cabrera will be one year away

from free agency. The Tigers likely will make a run at re-signing Scherzer, but if they aren’t successful in doing so, will they invest a substantial amount of money elsewhere? Will they try to lock up Cabrera for the long term? Time will tell.

PROJECTED: $157.5 million


With Howard out, Wings lean on Gustavsson By Ansar Khan

“Last year was a tough year for him with the injuries. DETROIT — Jonas When he got healthy, it was Gustavsson has been a bit of a must-win every night, so a savior for the Detroit Red (coach) Mike Babcock went Wings with Jimmy Howard with Jimmy Howard every not in peak form. night, and he was dialed in.” Now, Gustavsson will be Holland said Howard was invaluable, since Howard is moving gingerly on Friday, out two-to-four weeks with a two days after getting hurt sprained left MCL. in practice. He has not been Gustavsson is 8-1-2, with placed on injured reserve, but a 1.93 goals-against average he won’t be back before Dec. and .933 save percentage. The 28. The injury jeopardizes his club has earned 18 of a poschance to play in the Jan. 1 sible 22 points in his starts. Winter Classic and possibly This is what the Red dashes his hopes to make the Wings hoped to see from U.S. Olympic team. Gustavsson when they signed “He’ll see how he feels in a him to a two-year, $3 million week,” Holland said. “Knee contract on July 1, 2012. But sprains are harder on a goalie, an injury-plagued, lockoutbecause they bend the knees shortened 2013 season limited so much and put pressure on Gustavsson to four starts, rel- it.” egating him to after-thought Gustavsson is ready to status as Howard started 56 assume a greater role. This of 62 games. is the best he has felt in some “He has been a big story for time. us; he gives us a chance to win “You always try to feel good every night,” general manager about what you do even if you Ken Holland said. “In this day win or lose; you try to take and age, you need to have two all the positives with you,” goalies going. The days of one Gustavsson said. “On the guy playing 70 games are over. other hand, you can’t be too

cocky going into a game. “It’s so little between success and failure, especially at this level. But I’ve been feeling good, and I’m going to try to push myself. That’s what I need to keep feeling good.” Gustavsson has inspired confidence in teammates and coaches. “He looks extremely good this year,” Daniel Alfredsson said. “It’s one of those things where he’s been healthy for a stretch again and starting off good, with some confidence. He’s playing poised, he’s aggressive when he needs to be, and it looks like he’s comfortable.” Said Babcock: “He’s 8-1-2; pretty hard to argue with that. He’s been excellent. He’s given us an opportunity, and obviously we’re not afraid of (Petr) Mrazek either; he’s a good goalie.” Mrazek will back-up Gustavsson, and likely get an occasional start, while Howard is out. Mrazek has three career NHL starts, posting a 5-0 win at Edmonton on Nov. 1 in his lone appearance with the Red

Wings this season. Gustavsson said a chance to make the Swedish Olympic team for the second time is in the back of his mind but not at the expense of losing focus on his job with the Red Wings. “If you play good, you get some opportunities, you get a bigger chance to make the (Olympic) team,” Gustavsson said. “But there are a lot of (Swedish) goalies over here now. It wasn’t like my first year when I made the Olympic team (2010); we had maybe only two or three guys from Sweden playing in the NHL. The competition is tougher this time, but of course it’s something I would like to be a part of.” Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers is Sweden’s top goalie. Gustavsson appears to be a shoo-in for one of the other two spots.


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Lions pleased with how Reiff has handled tough assignments By Kyle Meinke

ALLEN PARK — Riley Reiff hasn’t been spectacular in his first season as a starting left tackle in the NFL. But he hasn’t committed many egregious errors either. Break down the numbers however you will, but Matthew Stafford has been sacked fewer times than any other starting quarterback, and such a stat would never be possible without a reliable left tackle. “He always gets the toughest matchup each week, especially in our division,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “He’s played really consistent. The whole group has. “He’s played really consistent. This is really his first year playing. He played one start last year, and then we used him in our tight end

role. This is really his first full season as a starter in the NFL. (But) he feels more like a veteran than a rookie.” Reiff has had some notable matchups, including twice against defensive end Julius Peppers, of the Chicago Bears. He had to pick up Clay Matthews a lot against Green Bay, and also matched up against Calais Campbell, who is having a terrific season at end for Arizona. Now, he’s expected to draw Baltimore’s All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs in Monday night’s showdown against the Ravens at Ford Field. Suggs was the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2011. “He’s a really good player — has been for a long time,” the tight-lipped Reiff said. “We just watch a lot of film and try to execute the game plan. He’s always around the quarterback.”



BASKETBALL Noon — College: St. John’s vs. Syracuse. Fox Sports 1 2:30 p.m. — College: La Salle at Villanova. Fox Sports 1 4:30 p.m. — College: Chicago State at DePaul. Fox Sports 1 6 p.m. — NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons. FSD 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Western Michigan at Missouri. ESPNU

FOOTBALL 1 p.m. — NFL: Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns. Fox 4 p.m. — NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins. CBS 4:25 p.m. — NFL: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys. Fox 8:20 p.m. — NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers. NBC

GOLF 1 p.m. — Franklin Templeton Shootout, Final Round. Golf Channel 2 p.m. — Franklin Templeton Shootout, Final Round. NBC HOCKEY 5 p.m. — NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings. FSD Plus

SOCCER 8:30 a.m. — English Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Manchester United. NBC Sports Network 11 a.m. — English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool. NBC Sports Network 3 p.m. — NCAA College Cup, Final: Notre Dame-New Mexico winner vs. Virginia-Maryland winner. ESPNU 6:48 p.m. — Fútbol Mexicano Primera División Final, Vuelta: Club América vs. Club León. Univision

WRESTLING Noon — College: Ohio State at Penn State. Big Ten Network MONDAY

BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Mississippi Valley State at Northwestern. Big Ten Network 7 p.m. — Men’s College: GardnerWebb at Duke. ESPNU 7 p.m. — NBA: Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers. FSD

FOOTBALL 8:25 p.m. — NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions. ESPN TUESDAY

BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Men’s College: North Florida at Michigan State. Big Ten Network 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Jimmy V Classic, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh. ESPN 7 p.m. — Women’s College: Jimmy V Classic, Connecticut at Duke. ESPN2 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Florida Gulf Coast at South Florida. ESPNU 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Yale at Providence. Fox Sports 1 9 p.m. — Men’s College: Jimmy V Classic, Florida vs. Memphis. ESPN 9 p.m. — Men’s College: Missouri State at Louisville. ESPN2 9 p.m. — Men’s College: Wichita State at Alabama. ESPNU 9 p.m. — Men’s College: Ball State at Marquette. Fox Sports 1

HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. — NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings. FSD 7:30 p.m. — NHL: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers. NBC Sports Network

SOCCER 2:30 p.m. — FIFA Club World Cup: Semifinal, TBA vs. Bayern München. Fox Sports 1 WEDNESDAY

BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Delaware at Ohio State. Big Ten Network 7 p.m. — NBA: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat. ESPN 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Texas at North Carolina. ESPN2 7 p.m. — Men’s College: North Carolina State at Tennessee. ESPNU 7:30 p.m. — NBA: Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics. FSD 8 p.m. — Men’s College: San Francisco at St. John’s. Fox Sports 1 9 p.m. — Men’s College: Stanford at Connecticut. ESPN2 9 p.m. — Men’s College: LSU at Texas Tech. ESPNU 9:30 p.m. — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets. ESPN

HOCKEY 8 p.m. — NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers. NBC Sports Network

SOCCER 2:30 p.m. — FIFA Club World Cup: Semifinal, TBA vs. CA Mineiro. Fox Sports 1 THURSDAY

BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Iona at Dayton. NBC Sports Network 7:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Carquest Auto Parts Classic, Duke vs. UCLA. ESPN 8 p.m. — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder. TNT 9:30 p.m. — High School: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) at Arsenal Tech (Ind.). ESPN

Scoreboard 10:30 p.m. — NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors. TNT



10 p.m. — Royal Trophy, Day One. Golf Channel


HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. — NHL: Calgary Flames at Detroit Red Wings. FSD VOLLEYBALL 7:30 p.m. — Women’s College: NCAA Tournament, First Semifinal. ESPN2 9:30 p.m. — Women’s College: NCAA Tournament, Second Semifinal. ESPN2 FRIDAY

BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Nicholls State at Indiana. Big Ten Network 7:30 p.m. — NBA: Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons. FSD 8 p.m. — NBA: Houston Rockets at Indiana Pacers. ESPN 9 p.m. — Men’s College: NebraskaOmaha at Minnesota. Big Ten Network 10:30 p.m. — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN

FOOTBALL 7 p.m. — College: NCAA Division III, Final. ESPNU 8 p.m. — College: NCAA FCS Division, First Semifinal. ESPN2

GOLF 10 p.m. — Royal Trophy, Day Two. Golf Channel

OLYMPICS 8 p.m. — U.S. Trials: Women’s Ice Hockey, Canada vs. United States. NBC Sports Network SATURDAY

BASKETBALL Noon — Men’s College: Georgetown at Kansas. ESPN Noon — Men’s College: Belmont at Kentucky. ESPNU Noon — Men’s College: East Carolina at North Carolina State. FSD 2 p.m. — Men’s College: Maine at Providence. FSD 2 p.m. — Men’s College: Youngstown State at St. John’s. Fox Sports 1 3 p.m. — Men’s College: Governor’s Holiday Classic, Hampton at James Madison. NBC Sports Network 3:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Gonzaga vs. Kansas State. ESPN2 4 p.m. — Men’s College: Michigan State at Texas. CBS 4 p.m. — Men’s College: Rider at Villanova. Fox Sports 1 5 p.m. — Men’s College: Davidson at North Carolina. ESPNU 5:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Illinois at Missouri. ESPN2 5:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Governor’s Holiday Classic, Virginia Commonwealth vs. Virginia Tech. NBC Sports Network 6 p.m. — Men’s College: Louisville at Florida International. Fox Sports 1 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Big 12-SEC Challenge, Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M. ESPNU 7:30 p.m. — NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons. FSD Plus 7:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Gotham Classic, Notre Dame vs. Ohio State. ESPN2 8 p.m. — NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls. WGN 8:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, Michigan vs. Stanford. Fox Sports 1 9 p.m. — Men’s College: New Mexico at Marquette. ESPNU 11:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Colorado vs. Oklahoma State. ESPN2

FOOTBALL Noon — College: NCAA Division II Championship Game. ESPN2 2 p.m. — College: Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Colorado State vs. Washington State. ESPN 2 p.m. — College: NCAA FCS Division, Second Semifinal. ESPNU 3:30 p.m. — College: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Fresno State vs. USC. ABC 5:30 p.m. — College: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Buffalo vs. San Diego State. ESPN 9 p.m. — College: R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Tulane. ESPN

GOLF 10 p.m. — Royal Trophy, Final Day. Golf Channel

HOCKEY 7 p.m. — NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs. FSD

SOCCER 7:45 a.m. — English Premier League: Liverpool vs. Cardiff City. NBC Sports Network 10 a.m. — English Premier League: Manchester United vs. West Ham United. NBC Sports Network 1:30 p.m. — English Premier League. NBC

VOLLEYBALL 9:30 p.m. — Women’s College: NCAA Tournament Final. ESPN2

WRESTLING 9 p.m. — College: Penn State at Iowa. Big Ten Network

OTHER 9 p.m. — Kickboxing: Glory 13, Tokyo. Spike








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0 .538 286 276

New England



N.Y. Jets



0 .462 226 337

Buffalo South

4 W

9 L

0 .308 273 334 T Pct PF PA




0 .615 313 316




0 .385 292 318




0 .308 201 372

Houston North

2 W

11 L

0 .154 250 350 T Pct PF PA




0 .692 334 244




0 .538 278 261




0 .385 291 312

Cleveland West

4 W

9 L

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0 .786 535 372

Kansas City



0 .769 343 224

San Diego



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0 .308 264 337










0 .615 334 301




0 .538 357 348

at Boston 7:30 p.m. FSD

vs. Tampa Bay 5 p.m. FSD+

vs. Anaheim 7:30 p.m. FSD

N.Y. Giants



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Washington South

3 W

10 L

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New Orleans


0 .769 343 243



0 .692 298 188

Tampa Bay



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Atlanta North

3 W

10 L

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0 .538 346 321




0 .538 368 360

Green Bay



1 .500 316 326

Minnesota West

3 W

9 L

1 .269 315 395 T Pct PF PA




0 .846 357 205

San Francisco



0 .692 316 214




0 .615 305 257

St. Louis



0 .385 289 308

x—clinched playoff spot y—clinched division WEEK 15 Thursday San Diego 27, Denver 20 Today Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m. WEEK 16

THURSDAY Detroit Tampa Bay

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Boston Toronto Brooklyn

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14 13 15 17

.440 .381 .348 .292

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16 L




Charlotte Washington

16 12 10 9

6 11 13 12

.727 .522 .435 .429

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Orlando Central Indiana

7 W 20

16 L 3


Detroit Chicago

11 9


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9 5

13 18

.409 10 ½ .217 15

Southeast Miami Atlanta

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WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts 34 23 6 5 51 30 21 6 3 45 30 21 9 0 42 34 18 11 5 41 31 15 11 5 35 32 15 14 3 33 34 14 15 5 33

GF GA 129 93 106 70 87 71 79 80 90 93 74 90 90 100

W L OT 22 7 5 22 7 4 20 6 6 19 10 5 18 8 5 13 15 4 11 20 3

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Cleveland Milwaukee

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Tampa Bay won shootout 1-0 1st PERIOD—1, Detroit, Quincey 1 (Nyquist, Franzen), 15:04. Penalties—Palat, TB (holding), 15:41; Ericsson, Det (tripping), 18:09. 2nd PERIOD—2, Tampa Bay, Kucherov 3 (Brown), 19:16. Penalties—Barberio, TB (holding), 3:06; Ericsson, Det (holding), 9:46. 3rd PERIOD—None. Penalties—Palat, TB (hooking), 1:24; Tatar, Det (closing hand on puck), 13:21; Sustr, TB (interference), 16:32; Abdelkader, Det (hooking), 19:17. OVERTIME—None. Penalties—None. SHOOTOUT—Detroit 0 (Datsyuk NG, Alfredsson NG, Tatar NG, Bertuzzi NG, Nyquist NG, Franzen NG), Tampa Bay 1 (Purcell NG, Kucherov NG, Filppula NG, Carle NG, Johnson NG, St. Louis G). SHOTS ON GOAL—Detroit 8-6-10-5—29. Tampa Bay 6-10-11-0—27. POWER-PLAY OPPORTUNITIES—Detroit 0 of 4; Tampa Bay 0 of 4. GOALIES—Detroit, Gustavsson 8-1-2 (27 shots-26 saves). Tampa Bay, Bishop 16-5-2 (29-28). A—19,204 (19,204). T—2:50. Referees—Graham Skilliter, Mike Hasenfratz. Linesmen—Tim Nowak, Lonnie Cameron.

Philadelphia New York

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Pacific Anaheim Los Angeles San Jose Vancouver Phoenix Calgary Edmonton

Brooklyn Detroit



Central Chicago St. Louis Colorado Minnesota Dallas Nashville Winnipeg

BROOKLYN (99) Anderson 2-4 0-0 5, Garnett 2-8 0-0 4, Evans 1-2 1-2 3, Williams 7-13 6-7 22, Johnson 5-16 0-0 12, Blatche 7-15 6-9 20, Plumlee 1-1 2-2 4, Pierce 5-9 0-0 12, Livingston 0-1 0-0 0, Teletovic 6-10 0-0 17. Totals 36-79 15-20 99.



L OT 10 1 12 3 13 7 15 3 15 3 17 1 15 6 19 5

Pts 49 48 46 43 41 30 25

GF GA 108 87 93 65 106 79 92 81 103 97 83 102 91 117

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Thursday Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 1, SO Colorado 4, Winnipeg 3, SO Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 2 Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1 Ottawa 2, Buffalo 1 St. Louis 6, Toronto 3 Nashville 3, Dallas 1 Calgary 2, Carolina 1, OT Phoenix 6, N.Y. Islanders 3 Boston 4, Edmonton 2 San Jose 3, Minnesota 1 Friday Florida 3, Washington 2, SO Pittsburgh 3, New Jersey 2 Vancouver 4, Edmonton 0 Saturday Calgary 2, Buffalo 1, OT Los Angeles 5, Ottawa 2 Dallas 6, Winnipeg 4 Chicago at Toronto, late Pittsburgh at Detroit, late Tampa Bay at New Jersey, late Montreal at N.Y. Islanders, late St. Louis at Columbus, late San Jose at Nashville, late Carolina at Phoenix, late Minnesota at Colorado, late Boston at Vancouver, late

at Toronto 7 p.m. FSD

at Texas 4 p.m. CBS (BB)


Sunday Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Denver at Houston, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 4:05 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. New England at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday Atlanta at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m.

W 22 17 13 14 14 15 12 9

vs. Calgary 7:30 p.m. FSD

N. Fla. 7 p.m. BTN (BB)



GP 33 32 33 32 32 33 33 33

vs. Charlotte vs. Houston 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. FSD FSD+



Metropolitan Pittsburgh Washington Carolina Columbus Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers New Jersey N.Y. Islanders


vs. Stanford at Brooklyn 8:30 p.m. FS1 (BB)

Today Philadelphia at Washington, 3 p.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit, 5 p.m. Florida at Montreal, 6 p.m. Calgary at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Chicago, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Monday Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Columbus, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE L OT Pts GP W 32 22 8 2 46 33 19 11 3 41 31 18 10 3 39 33 15 9 9 39 33 16 14 3 35 34 13 15 6 32 33 11 17 5 27 33 7 23 3 17


vs. Baltimore 8:25 p.m. ESPN

DETROIT vs. Portland at Indiana 6 p.m. 7 p.m. PISTONS FSD FSD DETROIT RED WINGS




Atlantic Boston Montreal Tampa Bay Detroit Toronto Ottawa Florida Buffalo


WESTERN CONFERENCE Pct L W Southwest .818 4 18 San Antonio .667 8 16 Houston .565 10 13 Dallas

3 5½

New Orleans Memphis Northwest

11 10 W

10 12 L

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6½ 8 GB

Portland Oklahoma City

19 18

4 4

.826 .818

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Denver Minnesota Utah

13 11 6

9 12 19

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L.A. Clippers




Phoenix Golden State

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9 11

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Thursday Brooklyn 102, L.A. Clippers 93 Portland 111, Houston 104 Friday Cleveland 109, Orlando 100 Indiana 99, Charlotte 94 Toronto 108, Philadelphia 100 Boston 90, New York 86 Atlanta 101, Washington 99, OT Detroit 103, Brooklyn 99 Oklahoma City 122, L.A. Lakers 97 New Orleans 104, Memphis 98 Chicago 91, Milwaukee 90 San Antonio 117, Minnesota 110 Phoenix 116, Sacramento 107 Utah 103, Denver 93 Houston 116, Golden State 112 Saturday L.A. Clippers at Washington, late L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, late Cleveland at Miami, late Atlanta at New York, late Toronto at Chicago, late Portland at Philadelphia, late Milwaukee at Dallas, late San Antonio at Utah, late Today Houston at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Memphis, 6 p.m. Portland at Detroit, 6 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Denver, 8 p.m. Monday Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Miami, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Chicago, 8 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

PISTONS 103, NETS 99 FRIDAY DETROIT (103) Smith 3-13 4-6 10, Monroe 10-18 2-4 22, Drummond 8-11 6-8 22, Jennings 3-14 2-3 8, CaldwellPope 2-4 0-0 6, Singler 5-8 5-5 16, Stuckey 7-13 3-5 17, Harrellson 1-1 0-0 2, Billups 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 22-31 103.

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3-Point Goals—Brooklyn 12-23 (Teletovic 5-6, Pierce 2-4, Williams 2-4, Johnson 2-7, Anderson 1-1, Blatche 0-1), Detroit 3-10 (Caldwell-Pope 2-3, Singler 1-2, Billups 0-1, Smith 0-1, Jennings 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Brooklyn 44 (Blatche 12), Detroit 57 (Drummond 13). Assists—Brooklyn 24 (Williams 9), Detroit 23 (Smith 6). Total Fouls—Brooklyn 25, Detroit 21. Technicals—Garnett, Brooklyn defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls— Blatche. A—15,159 (22,076).


NO. 1 ARIZONA 72, MICHIGAN 70 SATURDAY ARIZONA (11-0) McConnell 2-4 0-0 5, Gordon 7-11 0-0 14, N. Johnson 3-9 6-6 14, Ashley 8-16 2-2 18, Tarczewski 5-10 4-4 14, York 1-6 1-2 4, Mayes 0-0 0-0 0, Hollis-Jefferson 1-5 1-1 3. Totals 27-61 14-15 72. MICHIGAN (6-4) Robinson III 8-9 2-3 20, McGary 2-3 4-4 8, Walton Jr. 0-3 1-2 1, Stauskas 4-11 5-5 14, LeVert 6-15 1-1 15, Albrecht 3-4 1-2 10, Horford 1-2 0-0 2, Irvin 0-1 0-0 0, Morgan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 14-17 70. Halftime—Michigan 37-28. 3-Point Goals—Arizona 4-10 (N. Johnson 2-4, McConnell 1-1, York 1-3, Gordon 0-1, Ashley 0-1), Michigan 8-17 (Albrecht 3-4, Robinson III 2-2, LeVert 2-5, Stauskas 1-4, Walton Jr. 0-1, Irvin 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds— Arizona 37 (Tarczewski 9), Michigan 24 (Stauskas 6). Assists—Arizona 14 (McConnell 5), Michigan 9 (Albrecht 4). Total Fouls—Arizona 18, Michigan 17. A—12,707.

NO. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 67, OAKLAND 63 SATURDAY MICHIGAN ST. (8-1) Dawson 7-13 2-4 16, Payne 7-16 5-6 20, Appling 6-10 6-7 21, Trice 2-8 0-0 6, Valentine 0-7 0-0 0, Byrd 0-0 0-1 0, Gauna 0-0 0-0 0, Ellis III 2-3 0-1 4, Schilling 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 13-19 67. OAKLAND (2-9) McCune 0-3 0-0 0, Petros 5-7 1-2 11, Bader 5-20 4-4 18, Mondy 10-17 1-1 24, Felder 1-5 2-2 4, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 2-4 1-1 6, Baenziger 0-4 0-0 0, Neely II 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 9-10 63. Halftime—Oakland 31-30. 3-Point Goals—Michigan St. 6-16 (Appling 3-4, Trice 2-5, Payne 1-3, Valentine 0-4), Oakland 8-27 (Bader 4-14, Mondy 3-5, Williams 1-3, McCune 0-1, Felder 0-1, Baenziger 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Michigan St. 41 (Dawson 13), Oakland 32 (Mondy, Petros 6). Assists—Michigan St. 14 (Appling, Valentine 4), Oakland 12 (Bader, Felder, Mondy 3). Total Fouls— Michigan St. 14, Oakland 17. A—13,873.

MEN’S MAJOR SCORES EAST Bryant 90, Navy 80 Dartmouth 76, Jacksonville St. 46 Fordham 79, Howard 60 Longwood 99, Bluefield St. 73 Maryland 66, Florida Atl. 62 Pittsburgh 91, Youngstown St. 73 Princeton 81, Penn St. 79, OT Richmond 71, Coppin St. 49 Rider 79, Wagne 58 Robert Morris 67, Duquesne 63 Rutgers 89, UNC-Greensboro 72 St. Bonaventure 102, Iona 89 St. Francis (N.Y.) 67, Canisius 51 St. Peter’s 83, Seton Hall 80, OT UMass 80, N. Illinois 54 MIDWEST Butler 76, Purdue 70 Indiana St. 74, UKMC 63 Jackson St. 57, Evansville 51 Louisville 79, W. Kentucky 63 Marquette 86, IUPUI 50 Nebraska 79, Arkansas St. 67 N. Iowa 77, VCU 68 Notre Dame 79, Indiana 72 Ohio 72, Alabama A&M 47 Omaha 82, Nevada 80 Toledo 77, Sam Houston 61 Valparaiso 80, Loyola Mary 73 Wichita St. 70, Tennessee 61 Wisconsin 86, E. Kentucky 61 SOUTH E. Carolina 84, N. Carolina A&T 71 Florida Gulf Coast 83, Samford 51 Georgia 84, Lipscomb 75 Georgia St. 79, Old Dominion 73 New Orleans 104, Champion Bapt. College 35 N. Carolina 82, Kentucky 77 NC State 82, Detroit 79 Northwestern St. 116, Louisiana 76 Ole Miss 72, Mid. Tennessee 63 Southern Miss 96, St. Catherine (Minn.) 60 SOUTHWEST Arizona St. 97, Grambling St. 55 Incarnate Word 83, McMurry 56 N. Arizona 63, Grand Canyon 61 Oklahoma 101, Tulsa 91 Oklahoma St. 70, Louisiana Tech 55 Texas A&M 73, McNeese St. 60 FAR WEST Air Force 62, UC-Riverside 52 California 67, Fresno St. 56 S. Dakota St. 85, Belmont 72 Saint Mary’s 82, Boise St. 74 Washington 85, Idaho St. 66

WOMEN’S MAJOR SCORES EAST Colgate 68, Robert Morris 61 Drexel 62, St. John’s 55 George Washington 75, Morgan St. 60 James Madison 79, Prairie Valley A&M 50 LIU-Brooklyn 67, Monmouth 52 Rhode Island 63, Vermont 50 Richmond 80, Charleston 73 W. Virginia 82, Marshall 51 MIDWEST IPFW 96, SIU-Edwardsville 71 Louisville 108, Austin Peay 53 Nebraska 63, Creighton 38 Northwestern 90, Loyola (Ill.) 57 Ohio 70, Notre Dame College 52 SOUTH Alabama A&M 69, Murray St. 62 Chattanooga 86, UNC-Greensboro 53 Clemson 88, S. Carolina St. 46 Gardner Webb 68, Wofford 57 Lou.-Lafayette 71, New Orleans 42 N. Carolina 100, Charl Southern 49 Tennessee 103, Troy 64 UL-Monroe 92, Alcorn St. 54 Winthrop 79, High Point 72 SOUTHWEST N. Arizona 85, Texas-Arlington 65

Oklahoma St. 75, S. Florida 56 Tulsa 81, Abilene Chr. 61 FAR WEST Colorado St. 67, SD-School of Mines 47 Fresno St. 76, Portland 67 Loyola Mary 71, UNLV 67 N. Dakota 88, N. Dakota St. 83 Oregon 113, Portland St. 78 Sacramento St. 99, UC-Irvine 94 San Francisco 76, Boise St. 70 Santa Clara 64, Utah Valley 61 Seattle U. 74, Montana St. 63 Stanford 73, Gonzaga 45 Utah 82, BYU 74, 2OT Wyoming 71, Ball St. 51



CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION PLAYOFFS QUARTERFINALS FRIDAY Towson 49, Eastern Illinois 39 SATURDAY North Dakota State 48, Coastal Carolina 14 Eastern Washington 35, Jacksonville St. 24 New Hampshire (9-4) at Southeastern Louisiana (11-2), late SEMIFINALS FRIDAY, DEC. 20-SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Towson (12-2) vs. Eastern Washington (12-2) North Dakota State (13-0) vs. New Hampshire or Southeastern Louisiana

DIVISION II PLAYOFFS SEMIFINALS SATURDAY Lenoir-Rhyne 42, West Chester 14 Northwest Missouri St. 27, Grand Valley St. 13 CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY, DEC. 21 At Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Ala. Lenoir-Rhyne (13-1) vs. Northwest Missouri St. (14-0), Noon

DIVISION III PLAYOFFS SEMIFINALS SATURDAY Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40 Wisconsin-Whitewater 16, Mary Hardin-Baylor 15 AMOS ALONZO STAGG BOWL FRIDAY, DEC. 20 At Salem Stadium Salem, Va. Mount Union (14-0) vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-0), 7 p.m.

NAIA PLAYOFFS CHAMPIONSHIP THURSDAY, DEC. 21 At Barron Stadium Rome, Ga. Cumberlands (Ky.) vs. Grand View (13-0), 4:30 p.m.


FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT SATURDAY At Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course) Naples, Fla. Purse: $3 million Yardage: 7,271; Par: 72 SECOND ROUND 64-60—124 Harris English/Matt Kuchar 67-61—128 Retief Goosen/Freddie Jacobsen 70-61—131 Ian Poulter/Lee Westwood 64-67—131 Charles Howell III/Justin Leonard Chris DiMarco/Billy Horschel 68-64—132 Sean O’Hair/Kenny Perry 64-69—133 Rory Sabbatini/Scott Verplank 69-64—133 Jonas Blixt/Greg Norman 72-63—135 Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker 71-65—136 Jason Dufner/Dustin Johnson 68-69—137 Graham DeLaet/Mike Weir 73-64—137 Mark Calcavecchia/Chad Campbell 72-66—138

NELSON MANDELA CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY At Mount Edgecombe Country Club Durban, South Africa Purse: $1.38 million Yardage: 6,612; Par: 71 THIRD ROUND Dawie Van der Walt, South Africa 67-62-66—195 Matthew Baldwin, England 67-62-68—197 Jorge Campillo, Spain 70-59-68—197 Romain Wattel, France 64-67-67—198 Oliver Bekker, South Africa 64-66-69—199 John Hahn, United States 69-66-65—200 Jaco Ahlers, South Africa 66-68-66—200 Adrien Saddier, France 66-67-67—200 64-66-70—200 Branden Grace, South Africa 68-66-67—201 Merrick Bremner, South Africa Also Daniel Im, United States





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BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE DETROIT TIGERS — Designated 3B Danny Worth for assignment. Assigned SS Dixon Machado outright to Toledo (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with INF Brian Bocock, OF Johermyn Chavez and RHP Cory Wade on minor league contracts. NATIONAL LEAGUE NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with RHP Bartolo Colon on a two-year contract. FOOTBALL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE HOUSTON TEXANS — Released TE Jake Byrne. Signed TE Brad Smelley from the practice squad. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed WR Griff Whalen from the practice squad. Released CB Jalil Brown. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Placed CB Josh Robinson on injured reserve. Released OT Mike Remmers. Signed RB Joe Banyard and CB Robert Steeples from the practice squad. Activated S Harrison Smith from injured reserve. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Placed S Tyvon Branch on injured reserve. Signed DT Ricky Lumpkin from the practice squad. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Released DB Brandon Jones from the practice squad. Signed DB Ross Ventrone to the practice squad. HOCKEY NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE NHL — Suspended Toronto F David Clarkson two games for a head shot on St. Louis C Vladimir Sobotka during Thursday’s game. BUFFALO SABRES — Recalled LW Matt Ellis from Rochester (AHL). CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Assigned G Jason LaBarbera to Rockford (AHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Returned F Jack Skille to Springfield (AHL). COLLEGE MARQUETTE — Announced the resignation of athletic director Larry Williams. TEXAS — Announced the resignation of Mack Brown football coach effective January 1.

— The Associated Press; all times Eastern



Texas: Brown steps down

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6), pictured in an Oct. 10 game against the New York Giants, will start today against the Cleveland Browns. Cutler has missed the past four games with a severely sprained ankle. (AP file)


Cutler starting again as Bears visit Browns

By Tom Withers

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — The Chicago Bears were in a tailspin, their playoff hopes getting blown around as if caught in the brutal, whipping winds off Lake Michigan. Backup quarterback Josh McCown rescued them, maybe saved their season. His reward? A demotion. McCown returns to a reserve role today behind starter Jay Cutler as the Bears (7-6), coming off a win over Dallas on Monday, visit the Browns (4-9). Cleveland still is smarting after a final-minutes collapse — aided by some questionable officiating — last Sunday in New England and a 27-26 gut-wrenching loss to the Patriots. Cutler has missed the past four games with a severely sprained left ankle, but was cleared to play Thursday and will be back in the lineup. All McCown did while filling in was pass for a career-high 348 yards and throw four touchdown passes against the Cowboys; post the league’s third-highest QB rating in seven starts; and guide the Bears back into contention in the NFC North. Bears coach Marc Trestman made it clear that when Cutler was healthy, he will play. That time has come. “Josh has done exactly what we’ve asked him to do, he’s performed very, very well as a backup and he understands his role,” Trestman said. “We’ve got a very close quarterback room, guys are resolute in terms of how we operate and how we work. We all feel very, very

good about the way we put this thing together.” Cutler will have to shake off any rust against a defense itching to rebound after failing to close out games the past two weeks. “We definitely feel like we’ve got a lot to prove,” Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “We felt like we played pretty good for three quarters, and then that last five minutes of the game, it just swung back and forth. We’ve got to do a better job of when we have a lead, we’ve got to hold onto it and not give it up.” As the Bears welcome back Cutler, the Browns can only hope quarterback Jason Campbell can deliver a performance close to the one he pulled off against Bill Belichick’s defense. Campbell, who spent last season as a backup with Chicago, passed for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns last week. Campbell’s impressive outing has spawned speculation he might be in the mix to start next season, even if the Browns take a quarterback high in May’s draft. Here are five things to keep an eye on when the Browns play their home finale against the Bears: GREAT GORDON: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon didn’t think he was Pro Bowl worthy. Four games have changed his mind. Gordon has 774 yards receiving in the past four games, the best stretch in NFL history. Last week, Gordon abused Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, who couldn’t handle the receiver’s size or speed. Gordon had seven catches for 151 yards, including an 80-yard touch-

down in which he left Talib in his dust. ROAD AHEAD: To make the playoffs, the Bears have to avoid another bump in the road. They have lost their past two road games — at St. Louis and Minnesota — and haven’t won away from Soldier Field since Nov. 4. After visiting Cleveland, the Bears go to Philadelphia before playing their final home game against Green Bay. FORTE’S FORCE: With 1,073 yards rushing and another 518 receiving, Chicago’s Matt Forte has established himself as one of the league’s most versatile backs, and one the Browns know they have to slow down. “He’s deadly whether he’s catching the ball or running the ball,” Jackson said. “So, we got some things lined up for him that we think we can take advantage of. At the same time, you can’t stop a guy like that, you can hope to contain him. He’s that good.” HOME COOKING: In their previous home game, the Browns gave up a late lead and were beaten by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who scored a touchdown in the final minute. Cleveland is trying to finish with a .500 record at home and avoid its sixth consecutive double-digit loss season and 12th season of at least 10 losses in 15 years. BEAR FACTS: Defense, once as much a Chicago staple as deep-dish pizza, is in short supply these days. The Bears rank last in the league in rushing defense, allowing 157 yards per game. Chicago has allowed 198 yards rushing or more in five of the past seven games.


Rodgers ready to play, coach not ready to play him The Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — While saying Aaron Rodgers feels ready to play, coach Mike McCarthy it was tough to break the news to him that he wouldn’t be taking snaps on Sunday. “Hey, it’s not the easiest thing to sit there and tell your franchise quarterback he can’t play in the game when he wants to play in the game,” McCarthy said after practice Friday. “This is clearly a decision that’s made in the best interest of Aaron Rodgers.” Rodgers has been sidelined since he broke his collarbone early in Green Bay’s loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and took some reps with the firststring offense in team drills Wednesday and Thursday. But still not enough to apparently sway the decision to have him play in a critical game for the Packers. This will be the sixth straight game

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) practiced on a limited basis this week, but wasn’t cleared to play by Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Rodgers hasn’t played since breaking his collarbone against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. (AP file)

Rodgers misses. “Frankly, it’s been a difficult morning going through the conversation with Aaron and (team) Doctor (Pat) McKenzie,” McCarthy said. “(Rodgers) feels like he’s

ready to play. He’s had a good week of preparation. (But) he did very little today. “He’s very disappointed. He’s frustrated. But speaking with Doctor McKenzie, this is the right decision.”

Matt Flynn will make his third straight start in place of Rodgers as the Packers (6-6-1) try to stay in contention for the NFC North title with three games left. They are one half game behind division coleaders Detroit and Chicago, both 7-6. Flynn rallied Green Bay from a halftime deficit of 11 points to a 22-21 win over Atlanta last Sunday, snapping the Packers’ five-game winless streak. “I thought Matt had his best practice today of the two weeks of full preparation,” McCarthy said. “Yesterday was not our best practice as a football team, but I thought Matt Flynn was very sharp today, and he obviously took all of the reps.” McCarthy repeatedly has announced since Rodgers resumed practicing before the Thanksgiving loss at Detroit on Nov. 28 that what has kept the quarterback from playing again is that he hasn’t been medically cleared.

Texas says coach Mack Brown has stepped down Saturday and that the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 30 will be his last game with the Longhorns. Brown led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship and ranks second at the school in career victories. He’s stepping down after 16 seasons — and one tumultuous week of reports and speculation that this was coming. He is 158-47 at Texas, but 30-20 the last four seasons, including 19-17 in the Big 12. The 62-year-old Brown was hired at Texas from North Carolina in 1997 and was credited with reviving a dormant program. Texas had a run of dominance from 2001-2009 when the Longhorns went 101-16. He is one of the highest-paid coaches in the country at $5.4 million this year. In a statement released by the school, Brown said he was brought to Texas to “pull together a football program that was divided” and that he leaves comfortable that he did that. “It’s been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change,” Brown said. The school scheduled a Sunday news conference for 1 p.m today.

Navy makes it 12 in a row over Army

Keenan Reynolds ran through steady snow and swirling wind into the NCAA record book and Navy beat Army 34-7 on Saturday for its 12th consecutive victory in the series. Reynolds has 29 rushing touchdowns, breaking the single-season mark for a quarterback previously held by Ricky Dobbs (Navy, 2009) and Collin Klein (Kansas State, 2011), both of whom had 27. Reynolds ran 30 times for 136 yards on a frozen, snowcovered field for Navy (8-4). Army finished 3-9. NFL

Bears’ Briggs still out against Browns A struggling Chicago Bears defense will wait at least one more week to get seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs back after fracturing his left shoulder.

Belcher’s body exhumed

The family of former Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher has had his body exhumed so that his brain can be examined for possible clues about why he killed his girlfriend and himself last year.

No. 12 Wichita St. improves to 10-0 Tekele Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half and No. 12 Wichita State beat Tennessee 70-61 on Saturday as the Shockers got off to the best start in school history at 10-0. HOCKEY

Bruins’ Thornton suspended 15 games Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was suspended for 15 games without pay by the NHL on Saturday for punching and injuring unsuspecting Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik. Thornton went after Orpik during a stoppage in play Dec. 7, slew-footing him to the ice and punching him twice. Orpik sustained a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Earlier, Orpik hit Boston’s Loui Eriksson, knocking him out of the game with a concussion. Thornton was assessed a game misconduct. Orpik hasn’t played since the game.

Oilers trade goalie to Blackhawks

The Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Jason LaBarbera to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for future considerations. LaBarbera, 33, will be assigned to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. BASEBALL

Royals sign Infante

Second baseman Omar Infante has agreed to a fouryear, $30 million contract to play for the Kansas City Royals, according to several published reports. GOLF

Man on probation for shooting golfer A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 for shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke a bedroom window at his home. Jeff Fleming, 53, was put on probation for up to five years in Washoe County District Court. He had faced as much as 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after he earlier pleaded guilty to a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon. The unidentified golfer who struck Fleming’s house took a drop and was attempting to play his next shot on the Lakeridge Golf Course in September 2012 when Fleming fired a shotgun at him. The golfer was treated at a hospital for minor injuries to an arm and both legs. SOCCER

Construction death in Brazil again

A construction worker fell to his death Saturday from the roof of a World Cup stadiNo. 4 Wisconsin um being built in the jungle city of Manaus, marking the still perfect latest setback to hit Brazil Ben Brust scored 20 points before it hosts football’s to lead four Wisconsin playshowcase event next year. ers in double figures and the It was the second death at fourth-ranked Badgers beat the Arena Amazonia in less Eastern Kentucky 86-61 on than a year, and the third Saturday to improve to 12-0. fatality in a World Cup stadium in less than a month. No. 18 UNC tops Brazil already had made headlines a week ago No. 11 Kentucky Marcus Paige scored 21 of because of fan violence his 23 points in the second in the final round of the half and James Michael Brazilian league, and again McAdoo had 20 points, help- earlier this month after ing No. 18 North Carolina World Cup organizers said beat No. 11 Kentucky 82-77 that none of the six stadion Saturday. UNC is 7-2. ums that had to be done by Kentucky is 8-3. the end of the year would be delivered on time. Andrade Gutierrez, the No. 22 UMass is 9-0 construction company buildCady Lalanne scored ing the Arena Amazonia, 16 points to lead No. 22 said in a statement Saturday Massachusetts to an 80-54 that 22-year-old Marcleudo victory over Northern Illinois de Melo Ferreira fell some on Saturday and stay unbeat- 115 feet (35 meters) in the en at 9-0. early morning accident. COLLEGE BASKETBALL



Detroit (7-6) vs. Baltimore (7-6)

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. Where: Ford Field TV: ESPN. For more on the game, go to



Keep your eye on these when watching Monday’s game

It’s the turnovers, stupid


Bill Clinton told us in 1992 that it was the economy, stupid. It helped win him a presidency, but not a football game. For the Detroit Lions: It’s the turnovers, stupid. Eliminate them, and maybe they can win a game. Detroit has gobs of turnovers the past four weeks — 15, for those counting at home — and they’ve dearly cost the Lions. Opponents scored 40 points off those 15 turnovers, which, according to ESPN, is a league high. On the season, Detroit has 11 turnovers inside the opponent’s 30-yard line, which has quashed some of their best scoring chances. No other team has as many as six. The Lions have a top-five offense, but can’t maintain leads because they squander too many of their own scoring chances while giving too many to the opposition. Their season will sink if a cure isn’t discovered.

Bottle up the run


Detroit’s secondary is always bad, and now it’s thin, too, with Darius Slay not expected to play because of a torn meniscus and Chris Houston uncertain because of a toe injury. The Lions, as always, must stop the run to have any shot at getting stops defensively. Detroit has been very good against the run this season, but was gashed by LeSean McCoy for 217 yards last week in the strange, snowy conditions. Lucky for them, Baltimore’s Ray Rice doesn’t have that kind of firepower this year. Baltimore is 29th in rushing this year, with only 82.3 yards per game.

Catch the darn ball


Detroit’s second-half letdowns and surrendered fourth-quarter leads aren’t a product of just the turnovers. There are the dropped passes, too. Lots of them. The Lions lead the free world in drops with 38. Baltimore doesn’t do a whole lot exceptionally well. In fact, looking at the Ravens’ statistical profile, it’s sort of hard to figure out how they’re actually 7-6. But they’re seventh against the run, which is their trademark. So the Lions need to have their passing game working. You can bet they’ll go for it, too, after Baltimore’s smack talk this week about Calvin Johnson’s age. Reggie Bush and the Lions will look to hang on to the football against the Ravens. (AP File)


Baltimore might not have a run game, but it has found something in receiver Torrey Smith. He already has career-highs with 55 receptions and 963 yards this season, and is closing in on the franchise single-season reason record. He’s done much of his damage deep, averaging 17.5 yards per catch. That’s fifth most in the NFL, just behind Calvin Johnson’s 18.0 yards. Detroit’s secondary problems are well documented, and you can bet Baltimore will try to stretch the field with Smith. — Kyle Meinke

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Backs against the wall (again) and a prime time game? This is when the Lions shine. The Ravens aren’t as good as their record suggests, so I’m going to go out on a limb and predict a double-digit victory for Detroit.


The Lions struggled in the snow in Philadelphia, but expect the run defense to re-establish itself against the Ravens’ anemic ground game. Ray Rice has been one of the league’s best backs the past several seasons, but he’s averaging only 3.0 yards per carry this year. Where Baltimore remains potent is with the deep ball. The Ravens have tallied 13 pass plays of 40 or more yards, the second most in the NFL. The Lions have allowed 14 such plays, the second worst in the league. By taking so many deep shots, the Ravens expose quarterback Joe Flacco, who has been sacked 41 times. The difference might be in the red zone, where the Lions have been stout — allowing touchdowns on only 40 percent of opponents’ trips. Edge: Lions


Jeremy Ross has emerged as a reliable, possibly even electric return man for the Lions. But Tandon Doss has been a dynamite option for the Ravens all season, averaging a league-leading 15.6 yards on punts. On kickoffs, Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones ranks third in the NFL with a 28.7-yard average. Beyond the return game, the Ravens have Justin Tucker, the NFL’s best kicker. In his second season after going undrafted out of the University of Texas, he has made 27 consecutive field goal attempts and converted a staggering 92.2 percent in his short career. Edge: Ravens COACHING

In five seasons with the Ravens, John Harbaugh has gone to the postseason and won at least one playoff game each year. That includes a

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The Lions are indoors, have Reggie Bush back and will have a deafening crowd behind them. Plus, they’re angry, and Baltimore won’t like that. Detroit has a better chance of routing the Ravens than losing.

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As long as wide receiver Calvin Johnson is active, the Lions field one of the best offenses in the NFL. But the Ravens counter with an assignment-sound, physical defense, capable of holding Detroit in check. Baltimore is eighth against the run and 14th against the pass. It will be tough sledding for Detroit running backs Reggie Bush (if he plays) and Joique Bell against Baltimore’s 3-4 front, which could leave the Lions’ hopes resting on the arm of quarterback Matthew Stafford. Detroit’s potent red zone offense (61.2 percent touchdown rate) also will be challenged by a defense that clamps down inside the 20. The Ravens allow a touchdown less than 40 percent of the time. Edge: Lions

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Detroit Lions rookie Devin Taylor began the season on the inactive roster. But Jason Jones’ seasonending injury forced Taylor into a reserve role, and a subsequent injury to Ezekiel Ansah put him in Taylor the starting lineup for two games. He has responded well, registering 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Taylor, a rookie fourthrounder out of South Carolina, is known for his unusual fashion sense around the locker room. MLive beat writer Kyle Meinke asked about that and a few other topics in this week’s Q&A.

You were wearing a Sonic The Hedgehog hat the other day. You’ve had blue hair and red hair and some crazy shirts, and you wear a ton of bracelets. Where does all this stuff come from? I just have a creative mind, I guess. I haven’t actually started with tattoos and all that stuff, so this is a way for me to express myself I guess without getting too crazy.

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Super Bowl victory last season. Even with a significant roster turnover this year, Harbaugh still has Baltimore on track to return to the postseason. In five seasons with the Lions, Jim Schwartz is 29-48 with one playoff appearance and zero postseason wins. Edge: Ravens INTANGIBLES

The last time the Lions hosted a game on Monday night, the raucous Ford Field crowd baited the Chicago Bears into nine false start penalties. That doesn’t bode well for the Ravens, who lead the league in false starts coming into the contest. Those 5-yard infractions can be devastating against a defense that ranks first in the NFL on third down. Edge: Lions — Justin Rogers

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What kind of pressure will there be for Monday night if the Pack AND Bears win on Sunday????” — VISIONMAN


Olympics BOBSLED

American women on top of the world United States sweep medals as Sochi Olympics near The Associated Press

Shaun White, shown during the halfpipe competition at the 2010 Olympics, is back in training for the upcoming Vancouver Games. White, who has won two Olympic gold medals would love to add the first slopestyle medal. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


With addition of slopestyle at Sochi, White again the favorite

A golden opportunity By Nancy Armour

style is making its Olympic debut in Sochi, White has had to put the disciWith two Olympic gold medals, more pline on hold as he prepared for previthan a dozen titles at the X Games — ous Winter Games. He didn’t hit a jump Winter and Summer for close to two years before Vancouver, — and crossover appeal in fact. When he returned, he found he’d that makes sponsors fallen far behind. drool, Shaun White “I had to learn these new tricks,” knows everyone will White said. “I set out to do that and right be coming after him in as I completed that and won a major Sochi. contest in Europe, the sport took anothSo, what else is new? er little turn. People were doing these “I can’t tell you the double flips in the beginning, and now White last time I didn’t feel they’re doing triple flips.” hunted,” he said. “Ever At the Winter X Games last January, since I was a kid, I was someone to beat. not only did White not win, he finished Maybe I wasn’t ‘the guy,’ but I was some- a distant fifth. He didn’t even make it to body to be looked at as a threat. But for the starting line at the Winter Games me, that was always something that in New Zealand in August, crashing in inspired me. I knew that they were look- training. ing toward me and I was looking toward “It’s hard for me to even think about them, and I knew that would help me anything else, in a sense. I don’t know get to the place I needed to learn new the last contest I went to where I wasn’t tricks and to progress in the sport.” trying to win,” he said. “I don’t really The only difference now is that White look at any other spot but that. That’s will be chased in two events. In addition what I’m striving for.” to a third straight gold in snowboardA LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN ing, White is hoping to become the first Olympic champion in slopestyle. In this fantasy league, Peyton “That’s such a huge challenge for me, to Manning and Adrian Peterson go do halfpipe and slopestyle,” he said. “It’s a undrafted. Instead, the top picks are rarity in the sport to do both disciplines, players like Aksel Lund Svindal, of as well as do them at the Olympics. ... Norway, or Ted Ligety, of the U.S. That’s what I love about this sport. Every Now, those skiers really can score single time around there’s something points for a team. brand new that presents itself.” A few years ago, U.S. skier Steven In slopestyle, snowboarders move Nyman was sitting around the lodge in through rails, big jumps and bumps on Lake Louise, Alberta, on a minus-30 their way down the hill. As dominant as degree day. Rather bored, he started White is in the halfpipe, it would seem throwing around ideas with teammate to follow that he’d be unbeatable in Nolan Kasper, when they hit on the conslopestyle, too. Not exactly. cept of a ski version of fantasy football. Oh, he was once. But because slopeWith the help of his brother, Nyman The Associated Press

created a fantasy ski league that’s soaring in popularity. When he first launched his site, only a handful of players took part. Last year, he had 7,000 players sign up, and this season it’s already jumped to 15,000. “This is going great,” said Nyman, who’s planning to go mobile with the site so players can pick their skiers on their phones. “I don’t make any money doing it. People yell at me all the time, accuse me of cheating. Why? I don’t know. But it’s just fun.” BURKE NAMED TO BIATHLON TEAM

Tim Burke is going to the Sochi Olympics. The first American in 26 years to win a medal at the biathlon world championships was one of the first three athletes named to the Sochi team by U.S. Biathlon. Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee also earned spots at the Winter Games. The U.S. has never won an Olympic medal in biathlon, a sport that combines cross-country skiing with rifle marksmanship and traditionally has been dominated by the Europeans. But the Americans have been inching closer to the podium over the last five years. First came Leif Nordgren’s bronze medal at the Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships in 2008, followed the next year by Jeremy Teela’s bronze at a World Cup event — the best result for an American at a World Cup in 17 years. PASSPORT, PLEASE

Lithuania’s president has granted citizenship to U.S. ice dancer Isabella Tobias, allowing her and Deividas Stagniunas to represent the Baltic country at the Sochi Olympics.


Vonn to skip St. Moritz, expected to be ready for Olympics The past World Champion still is recovering from broken bones in a crash

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, reacts in the finish area following her run at the women’s World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta last week. (AP Photo)

By Howard Fendrich

The Associated Press

Mapping out her Olympics preparation after a threerace test, Lindsey Vonn will skip this weekend’s World Cup stop at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and is planning to return to the circuit in a downhill at Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21. The 29-year-old American returned to competition at Lake Louise, Alberta, last week, 10 months after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in that leg during a crash at the world championships. She also had a setback when she partially re-tore one of those surgically reconstructed ligaments in a fall during practice on Nov. 19. Vonn finished 40th in a

downhill Friday in her World Cup season debut, then 11th in another downhill Saturday, and fifth in a super-G on Sunday. Asked after that last event what those 72 hours of racing told her, Vonn replied: “It tells me that I do need a couple more starts. I want to make sure that I get on the podium at least once, if not win, before ... Sochi. For me, mentally, I really want to have that in my back pocket.” She also indicated she did not think she needed much more in the way of World Cup work before heading to the

Olympics, which start in less than two months. “I know that I’m skiing well, so I know that I don’t need to push myself and try to push the limits of my knee to race as many as races as I can. ... I’m ready for Sochi,” Vonn said. “I may race in one or two races, something like that.” She added the she wanted to limit her schedule so as to “take the risk away from any long-term damage on my knee.” The races she’ll miss at St. Moritz are a super-G and giant slalom. She’s won the

downhill at Val d’Isere three times — in 2005, 2006 and 2010. After that initial victory there, Vonn was awarded a cow by local farmers. Vonn won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games, including a gold in the downhill, and she is a four-time overall World Cup champion. Her 59 race wins are three shy of the World Cup career record. Vonn explained that she would work with her coaches to figure out when to race ahead of going to Sochi. “We take everything day to day and week to week with her. There won’t be nearly as much volume, because the one thing we don’t have to do with Lindsey is teach her how to ski,” U.S. Ski Team women’s speed coach Chip White said at Lake Louise. “We’re just going to try to make sure that the training and racing that she does is quality and trying not to take an unnecessary risk with her.”

Standing arm-in-arm atop the medal stand, the six women chanted in unison. “U-S-A!” “U-S-A!” “U-S-A!” No U.S. women’s bobsled team had swept the podium in a World Cup race in nearly 13 years — until last weekend, when the American dominance was on full display. Elana Meyers and Aja Evans won their second gold medal in two days, and Jamie Greubel and Lolo Jones tied for second with Jazmine Fenlator and Lauryn Williams to complete the U.S. sweep. And with the Sochi Olympics less than two months away, here’s a very good sign for the U.S.: Out of the 18 medals awarded in bobsledding and skeleton at Park City, against the best racers in the world, American sliders took 10 of them. Said 2010 Olympic bobsled gold medalist Steven Holcomb: “It was a good day.” A good weekend, to be precise. A very, very good weekend, to be more precise. The last time American women’s bobsledders swept a World Cup race was Feb. 17, 2001, in Park City, when Jean Racine, Bonny Warner and Jill Bakken were the pilots going 1-2-3. “It feels great to be on the podium,” said Jones, who won her second World Cup medal as a push athlete. “With bobsled, you never know when you are going to be on the podium and how long it will be before you are back on again. It makes you cherish the moments when you are doing well. Our drivers are doing outstanding this year.” A schedule quirk calls for certain sliding disciplines

The United States’ Elana Meyers, front, and Aja Evans won the gold medal at the Park City, Utah, World Cup races. The team led a U.S. women sweep of the event — less than two months from the start of the Sochi Olympics. (AP Photo)

to race twice at various World Cup stops this winter, and in Park City, women’s bobsled was due for the double-up. So, after winning gold Friday night, Meyers and Evans were back at it early Saturday and finished two runs in 1 minute, 38.61 seconds, good enough for a 0.63-second margin of victory. Greubel and Jones finished in 1:39.24, the same time as Fenlator and Williams, an Olympic gold medalist and former world champion in track who was making her World Cup debut. Early reviews for the sprinter-turned-bobsledder — Williams was recruited to the sport by Jones, the twotime Olympic hurdler for the U.S. — were smashing. “I’ll tell you something: Lauryn Williams is a rising star in what I see in bobsledding,” longtime bobsled analyst John Morgan said during the race broadcast. “She’s got the build for it, the speed, the explosion. ... Lauryn Williams, welcome to bobsledding.”


Athletes find online funding By Rick Maese

The Washington Post

For all of the millions of dollars swirling around the corporation-cloaked Olympic Games, athletes for years have scrounged through the couch cushions to help finance their dreams. They hold rallies, visit hometown businesses, host fundraising pasta dinners. Bill Kerig knew of the challenges facing athletes, particular those who compete in pricey winter sports. In 2010, he was making a documentary on ski jumper Lindsey Van and was struck by how much time Van spent searching for money. He couldn’t shake the image of Van standing behind a table at a farmers market soliciting donations with a couple other Olympic hopefuls. “I was offended for them,” Kerig said. “These are world champions begging for two dollars to do what they love. ‘Anything you have would really help.’ I thought, where’s the crowd-funding for athletes?” Kerig had used online crowd-funding to help finance his film, “Ready to Fly.” In recent years, sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo had proven to be a successful, efficient fundraising tool, particularly for those in creative fields. Kerig launched specifically for athletes, and still in its nascent stages, it already has proven to be a

boon for Sochi-bound athletes and future Olympians. Van, who is expected to represent the United States when women’s ski jumping makes its Olympic debut in February, said her travel, equipment and lodging for a year carries an $85,000 price tag. She set a modest $13,000 goal on RallyMe but instead raised more than $20,000 with the help of 60 donors who simply had to log in and click a few buttons to contribute. “It’s a lot easier to get $20 from 100 people than it is to get $100 from 20 people,” said Van, 29. She was able to scale back hours at her parttime job in Park City, Utah, and focus energy on training instead of fundraising. “I wish we would’ve had it sooner,” she added. Online fundraising has become increasingly popular. Last year, crowd-funding raised $2.7 billion for various campaigns worldwide, an 81 percent increase over the previous year, according to a report from crowdsourcing. org, an independent organization that monitors crowdfunding online. RallyMe, which gives athletes 92 cents of every dollar raised, has raised more than a half-million dollars for athletes since formally launching last November. Kerig estimates the site features about 100 Olympic hopefuls — nearly one-third of its network of “rallies.”


Outdoors “They (the four campgrounds) don’t bring in a lot of money, but they also don’t require a lot of money to run them. We have a population who likes to use them.” ANNA SYLVESTER, THE DNR’S NORTHERN MICHIGAN FIELD OPERATIONS SECTION CHIEF FOR PARKS AND RECREATION DIVISION

The four state forest campgrounds slated to open will offer simple amenities such as these found at Reed and Green Bridge State Forest Campground on the Big Two-Hearted River. (Howard Meyerson/


In response to ‘requests from the public,’ state officials to make room in the budget for recreation

Four or more state forest camps to re-open


ampers who like rustic state forest campgrounds will have a few more choices in 2014. State officials are planning to reopen at least four of 12 that were closed in 2009 because of budget constraints. It’s an idea they began talking about earlier this year — and a welcome indication things are improving for the state’s rustic campground program. “We’ve had requests from the public to open them,” said Anna Sylvester, the DNR’s northern Michigan field operations section chief for Parks and Recreation division. “They (the four) don’t bring in a lot of money, but they also don’t require a lot of money to run them. We have a population who likes to use them.” “No sweeter words ... ” the saying goes. The 2009 closures were followed by an attempt to close 23 more in 2011. The program long had been underfunded and the camps were neglected. It was low-hanging fruit when budget cuts had to be made. But the 2011 closure effort ran into stiff headwinds in the state legislature and the idea was dumped by then-DNR director Rodney Stokes, who called for more creative ways to run the program, including finding others to manage its parts and pieces. Both events also occurred before money from the state’s recreation passport sales began flowing into the financially strapped program, which then shifted from DNR’s forest, mineral and fire management division to the DNR’s parks and recreation program, where it has received more attention. The four campgrounds that are slated


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to reopen include Muskrat Lake in Oscoda County, Twin Lakes in Cheboygan County, Lake Marjory in Otsego County and Thunder Bay River in Alpena County. None is very large, which is part of the charm of state forest campgrounds. They are less crowded and noisy than state park campgrounds and typically attract tent campers or those with small RVs, providing only a place to park, tent pad, picnic table, fire-ring, outhouse and pumped water. Thunder Bay River State Forest Campground has 10 sites along the Thunder Bay River. There is good fishing there for panfish, bass and northern pike. It’s not far from the popular Norway Ridge Pathway, which offers seven miles of hiking. The 1.5 mile WahWah-Tas-See Trail onsite can be accessed by foot or mountain bike. The campground also is canoe-accessible for those who are paddling the Thunder Bay River. Sylvester said it now will be operated by an Alpena-based private concessionaire who took it on this past summer as an experiment. Muskrat Lake State Forest Campground has 13 campsites. It will cater to the off-roadvehicle crowd. The lake has good fishing for panfish, pike and bass. The campground also

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provides direct trail access to 25 miles of motorcycle and ATV trail, along with 12 miles of trail for full-sized ORVs. The push to reopen it came from the off-road community. “There aren’t many campgrounds dedicated to ORVs, which is one reason to reopen it,” Sylvester said. “There are a lot of trails in that area.” Twin Lakes State Forest Campground has 12 campsites. It offers good fishing for bass, bluegill, splake and pike. Good hiking is found six miles away on the state’s Black Mountain 30-mile pathway complex. Those trails are open for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. There also is a 1.3-mile barrier-free paved trail through the forest. Twin Lakes is being reopened because of popular demand, Sylvester said. Lake Marjory State Forest Campground has 10 campsites. It is on top of a bluff overlooking the lake. The campground is just a few minutes from Otsego Lake State Park. It is being reopened with the idea of it taking overflow from the state park when it is full. The lake



Copper Peak jump looks for comeback to world stage By Andrew Krueger

The Associated Press

It has been nearly 20 years since athletes soared into the sky off the Copper Peak ski jump near Ironwood. But change is in the air. The board that operates the western Upper Peninsula landmark is backing a new plan it hopes will put Copper Peak back on the international stage and attract athletes from around the world for ski jumping — and not just in the winter. “This is really big news for ski jumping in the United States,” said Bryan Sanders, a 1992 U.S. ski jumping Olympian and member of the Copper Peak board. “This

there has bass and panfish. Other good fishing is found nearby. Once those four are open, campers will have 132 rustic state forest campgrounds to choose from across the state. There are others, too, that may be reopened next year. Sylvester said DNR staffers are working through an internal process to determine their status. A likely candidate is The Forks State Forest Campground on the Boardman River in Grand Traverse County. It has eight campsites and offers good brown trout fishing on the river. The 11.5-mile Muncie Lake Pathway is nearby. That pathway is open for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. “It is primarily a canoeing and fishing campground, but there is a real demand for it,” Sylvester said. Other possibilities include Big Oaks State Forest Campground in Montmorency County and Cedar River State Forest Campground in Menominee County. Both would be opened as equestrian camps. “We hope to open Big Oaks next summer,” Sylvester said. “And we are trying to get a rule change so that horses can be unloaded from trailers at Cedar River. We want to make it more user-friendly for equestrians. The goal is to have that done by next May.” And a worthy goal it is. The current effort to reopen the closed campgrounds is good to see. It says the agency now is clearly listening to the people it serves, and the state forest camping program is finally getting the attention it deserves.

The Copper Peak ski jump just launched a plan to attract major athletes for ski jumping year-round. (AP file)

makes us relevant again on the world scene.” Two key components of the plan are transforming Copper Peak from its present status as a ski-flying hill to a ski-jumping hill, and bringing summer ski jumping to the venue by 2016.

Copper Peak, which opened in 1970, features a 267-foot steel jump structure built atop a 365-foot rock outcropping about 10 miles northeast of Ironwood. Ski flying is similar to ski jumping but takes place on larger hills that allow for longer jumps. Copper Peak was the only ski flying hill in the Western Hemisphere — and one of just six in the world — but it was too small for that circuit. So, the Copper Peak board, at the suggestion of and with backing from the Federation of International Skiing, wants to make the transition to the largest ski-jumping hill in the world.

In conjunction with the switch from ski flying to ski jumping, the plan envisioned by FIS and the Copper Peak board includes the addition of summer ski jumping. How does summer ski jumping work? The landing zone “is essentially skiing on plastic — a specially designed surface that looks like spaghetti that you stack up like shingles on a roof,” Supercynski said. It approximates snow, allowing skiers to glide along as they land. The jump itself would be outfitted with ceramic tile or a refrigerated ice surface — that’s still to be determined — that athletes would glide down to make their runs.

Major snowmobile trail closes because of land-lease issue Trail runs between Old-27 in Otsego County, Lakes of the North in Antrim County By John Tunison

A heavily used snowmobile trail connecting the Gaylord area to other trails near Mancelona has been closed because of a landlease issue. A snowmobile club that leased the land for the trail recently lost the right to operate on the private land, state Department of Natural Resources officials said.

The trail, Snowmobile Trail No. 4, runs between Old-27 Highway in Otsego County to Lakes of the North in Antrim County. DNR officials describe it as a “major east-west trail connecting the Gaylord-area trails with the Jordan Valley and Blue Bear trails.” They advise snowmobilers to avoid riding the trail until a new route can be established. Leaders with the snowmobile club continue efforts to work with landowners to find an alternative route or permanent easement to reopen the trail.

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K-Central keeps Lakeshore at bay Kalamazoo Central’s Corrie Vaughn and Davarious Williams had 10 points each in a 55-52 win over visiting Stevensville Lakeshore on Friday. Lakeshore outscored K-Central 31-22 in the second half but its comeback attempt fell short. “We got a little stagnant in the second half,” K-Central coach Ramsey Nichols said. “They got some key buckets and closed the gap. It was a seesaw in the second half, but we maintained the lead. All the guys really played well, including our bench.” Lakeshore’s Mitch Meyer had a team-high 14 points. More coverage, C2


Lawton wins its home invitational Lawton went 5-0 and had nine wrestlers go undefeated at its host invitational on Saturday. Lawton’s Julian Torres (112 pounds), Blake Parker (119), Nate Porter (125) and Kyle Barcovich (135) all were 5-0. Also going 5-0 for the Blue Devils was: Cole Menk (135), Chris O’Donnell (152), Brody Conner (171) and Jason Craig (189). Barcovich, a junior, won his 100th match. Lawton’s closest match was against the Hesperia B team, a 47-26 victory. Hesperia went 4-1. Plainwell’s Cam Owens went 5-0 at 140. More coverage, C4

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Outlook: Looking good Schoolcraft shuts down K-Christian; Eagles hope to build on last season’s 18-0 regular-season record By David Drew

KALAMAZOO — Schoolcraft boys basketball coach Randy Small seems cautiously optimistic about his team. After withstanding a handful of runs from a feisty Kalamazoo Christian team, the Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 67-43 victory on the Comets’ home floor Friday in the Kalamazoo Gazette/ Game of the Week. Small said his team still has work to do, but he said he liked the overall performance a little more than Tuesday’s 46-45 win at Vicksburg. “It was an improvement over Tuesday,” Small said. “I thought Tuesday was too fast of a game to start with. We worked a little harder over the last few days trying to maintain some poise and slow things down a little bit.” Two wins are a far cry from last year’s 18-0 regular-season record, especially with Schoolcraft playing without the services of Luke Ryskamp. But the Eagles in two games have shown there is life without a superstar. In fact, the Eagles showed a lot of life on the defensive end against K-Christian (0-1), where Small said he hopes his players hang their hats. Schoolcraft’s aggressive trapping defense forced the Comets into 22 turnovers, which led to a handful of breakaway layups. Small seemed pleased with the defensive effort, but he said it will be important for his team to rebound — which it did fairly well Friday — and move the ball — which led to eight 3-pointers for the Eagles. “We didn’t do those well against Vicksburg,” Small said. “We have to do those things. We’ll shoot the ball better as the season progresses, but you can’t rely on it every night. I thought we were consistent enough (Friday), and it kept us in the game in the first half.” SEE SCHOOLCRAFT, C2

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Schoolcraft senior Trevor Stoddard shoots in front of Kalamazoo Christian senior Brennan Heidema on Friday. Stoddard had 11 points in his team’s win. (James Buck/


Broncos hockey finds success on road vs. Minnesota-Duluth For

DULUTH, Minn. — Western Michigan rode a big second period to a 5-3 win at Minnesota-Duluth in front of 6,330 spectators Friday at AMSOIL Arena to earn the team’s first conference road win of the season. Colton Hargrove netted two goals for the Broncos (7-73, 3-4-0 National Collegiate Hockey Conference). David Killip, Chase Balisy and Justin Kovacs also scored.

MinnesotaKenney Duluth took Morrison an early 1-0 finished lead on a with a power play career-best goal by Justin plus-5, Crandle at and Lukas 14:35 in the Hafner Hargrove Morrison first period. made 20 Crandall saves in the punched in his own rebound win. The Broncos’ defense after a save by Hafner. clamped down after being The lead didn’t last long, as outshot 11-6 in the first period and allowed just 12 shots dur- Killip netted his first goal of the season 1 minute, 16 secing the final two periods.

onds later. Killip fought off his man in the corner and rushed to the slot to roof a rebound on a shot by Mike Cichy. Cichy and Aaron Hadley picked up their first assists of the season on the goal, and Hadley tallied his first collegiate point. Sammy Spurrell took the lead back for UMD at 17:48 in the first period on an odd-man rush after a pass from Charlie Sampair deflected off his leg and into the net.

Balisy tied the game at 2-2 at 2:29 in the second period. Dennis Brown kept the puck from going out of the zone and found Kovacs along the boards. The junior forward took the puck into the right circle, faked out UMD goalie Matt McNeely and found Balisy to the right of the goal with an open net. The goal was Balisy’s second of the season. — WMU athletics contributed to this report


Boys Basketball ROUNDUP

P-Northern comes up short in overtime

Portage Northern’s Max Schuemann made an improbable last-second shot to force overtime, but visiting Benton Harbor escaped with a 62-57 victory Friday night. Schuemann drained a desperation heave from just beyond his own foul line, capping a 21-point fourth quarter for Northern (1-1) and setting up a four-minute extra session. However, Benton Harbor’s Cortez Moore scored five of his game-high 31 points in overtime for the win. Northern had an opportunity to go ahead with about a minute left in overSchuemann time, but an errant dribble canceled a potential chance at a layup. Although they couldn’t complete the rally, the Huskies scored 39 points in the second half to erase an 11-point deficit. “It takes a lot of energy to come back like we did,” Northern coach Jim Horn said. “The biggest thing was (Benton Harbor) competed at a high level, and we were up and down. We had our chances, but give them credit, they’re a good team.” Moore was dominant throughout, scoring at least five points in every quarter. The senior forward had nine points in the fourth and also took care of Benton Harbor’s ball-handling duties. “Moore was a differencemaker for them,” Horn said. “He pretty much did what he wanted to do. He did it all.” Benton Harbor’s defense was stifling in the second quarter, when the Tigers outscored Northern 14-2 to take temporary command of the game. “We got back into the game in the second half, but they took us out of our offense early,” Horn said. “They beat us in rebounding, too, especially at the offensive end.” Patrick O’Keefe paced Northern with 15 points, while Adam Ashbaugh added 13. Quelin Dean and sophomore Aaron Snow piled up 11 apiece Battle Creek Central 94, Loy Norrix 63: Despite having 22 offensive rebounds and shooting 8 of 16 from the 3-point line, Loy Norrix couldn’t overcome its 27 turnovers. Marcus Torres led Loy Norrix (0-2) with 14 points, and Terrehl Kelley added eight. St. Joseph 52, Portage Central 43: A.J. Gibson led St. Joseph (2-0, 1-0 SMAC West) with 13 points. Austin McCullough led Central (0-2, 0-1) with 11 points. Plainwell 71, Allegan 51: Plainwell senior Carter Yaw scored a careerhigh 37 points. Plainwell (1-0, 1-0 Wolverine East) held a 50-46 lead after three quarters. The Trojans used a

Schoolcraft senior Caleb Proksch looks to make a move against Kalamazoo Christian. (James Buck/


Seniors determined to leave mark on Schoolcraft program


By David Drew

to have to work together to achieve our goals,” Proksch said about the mentality of the seniors. “We’ve been playing ALAMAZOO — together for a long time. We have some Caleb Proksch said good chemistry on the team. We believe the seniors on the we can do a lot.” Schoolcraft boys basThe Eagles (2-0) forced K-Christian (0-1) into 22 turnovers. Santman and ketball team entered Pelton lead the way with four steals. the season with chips K-Christian put together a few nice on their shoulders. stretches and pulled within five points, The Eagles are without Luke 31-26, a few minutes into the third Ryskamp, who helped the program to quarter. The Eagles responded with a three Kalamazoo Valley Association 7-0 run and closed the third on a 10-3 titles, a state title in 2011 and a trip to run to take a 50-39 lead into the fourth the quarterfinals last season. There quarter. probably are teams on Schoolcraft’s “We want to stay the same schedule that think the Eagles will be Schoolcraft team that we’ve always vulnerable this season without a been,” Stoddard said. “That’s how we’re 20-point, 10-rebound player. going to play it.” Proksch, Trevor Stoddard, Kyle Proksch made four 3-pointers en Santman, Phil Pelton and the other five route to a game-high 15 points. Eight Schoolcraft seniors are determined to players scored for the Eagles, with show that is not the case and write their seven scoring at least six points. own legacy this season. Schoolcraft coach Randy Small said If Friday’s 67-43 win over Kalamazoo playing with balance will be important Christian was any indication, the Eagles to his team this year. will use an aggressive defense and crisp “We’re going to have to learn to play ball movement as building blocks. without Luke,” he said. “We’re not going “We knew coming in, we were going to be able to replace him with one guy. I

think we’ll be a little bit more balanced. “I think, sometimes, the guys looked for Luke a little bit too much last season. Sometimes, that put a lot of pressure on Luke. Having a little bit more balance might make it harder for teams to defend us. Last year, when teams took away Luke, we struggled at times.” Pelton led the team with eight assists. Small suggested maybe the biggest advantage for this year’s group of veterans is their chemistry. The Eagles looked confident on the floor Friday and seemed to believe in what they were doing no matter the situation. Passes looked crisp, and the trapping defense almost always was on time and suffocating. “As Caleb said, they have a lot of chemistry,” Small said. “They like to play with each other, and they like to share the ball. I think we saw some of that (Friday). They are very unselfish. I like the makeup of it. They get along well. I think that will carry over well to the court. I think that will allow some of them to address each other not so nicely during a game without offending anyone. I think that’s important because you need that from your seniors.”


they really stepped up their game. We have to compete better. There were times CONTINUED FROM C1 when we competed hard and good things happened, and Schoolcraft led 10-8 after there were times when we the first quarter and 28-21 at didn’t compete as hard and halftime. Schoolcraft would go on a The Comets made a handrun. We have to continue to ful of strong pushes through the first three quarters to cut work hard.” K-Christian scored the first double-digit deficits in half and climb back into the game. bucket of the fourth quarter, but the Eagles flew away They pulled within four points a few minutes into the from there using a 12-0 run. Schoolcraft senior Caleb third quarter. Proksch scored a game-high K-Christian coach Jerry 15 points to lead the Eagles, Mastenbrook said he liked who were 28 for 59 from the the fight in his team, but the Comets must develop consis- floor. Fellow seniors Trevor Stoddard and Kyle Santman tency moving forward. had 11 points each. “We still have a lot of Stoddard said defense answers to come up with yet,” he said. “Giving up 67 points, was the key to withstanding K-Christian’s attempts to get we can’t do that. Schoolcraft came in and played very well back into the game. “We like to play good (Friday), I thought. I saw defense and push the ball,” them Tuesday, and I thought

Kalamazoo Christian senior Jason Westrate, right, shoots over Schoolcraft’s Alec Craig, left, and senior Caleb Proksch. (James Buck/ MLive)

he said. “It was a good effort, but you can always play better. K-Christian was good. They had some good shooters. They played some good defense. It was a good game.” The Comets made 17 of 48 field goal attempts and were led by 10 points from Kevin

Wunderley, who limped off the court early in the second half with a knee injury and did not return. After the game, Mastenbrook said he wasn’t sure how serious the injury was, but he hoped to have his sharp shooter back in the lineup this week.

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21-5 scoring advantage in the fourth to capture the win. Tristan Canales led Allegan (0-2, 0-1) with 17 points, followed by Ryan Drozd with 16. Paw Paw 80, Vicksburg 75: It was a backand-forth battle from the beginning, as Vicksburg led by two points at halftime. The Bulldogs built their lead to 49-45 through three quarters, thanks in large part to the 12 3-pointers the team made, including four from Solomon Barwegen. The game remained close throughout the entire fourth quarter, as Paw Paw was able to take its first lead of the game with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. The Redskins outscored Vicksburg 25-16 in the fourth, sealing the victory with an offensive rebound, a pair of steals and several clutch free throws in the final seconds. Barwegen led Vicksburg with 26 points, and Mitchell VanSchoick connected on three 3-pointers to go along with his 11 points. Nick Klingel recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds for Paw Paw (1-1), and Sean Brennan added 12 points. Christian Brian led the team with seven assists. Gull Lake 57, Sturgis 49: Gull Lake’s Odell Miller scored 23 points. Jeremiah Mansfield, Joey Stap and Wes Mink added nine points each. Sturgis’ Jack Scheske led the Trojans with 24 points. Edwardsburg 64, Three Rivers 35: Karle Trenton led Three Rivers (0-2, 0-1) with 10 points. Dante Razzano had a game high 17 points for Edwardsburg (2-0, 1-0). Otsego 85, Comstock 45: Otsego had four players score in doublefigures, including Seth Dugan with 17 points and A.J. Atwater with 16. McLane May added 12 points and Kwanya Gilmore recorded 10 points. Chad Paddock made three 3-pointers and led Comstock with 18 points. Parchment 43, Battle Creek Pennfield 42: Parchment’s Payton Pitts scored with 13 seconds left on Friday to give the Panthers a come-frombehind win. Pitts, a junior, scored on a putback to finish a game in which Parchment trailed by as many as eight points. He finished with six points. Clay Whitehead had 14 and Jack Binegar 13. Hackett Cc 61, GalesburgAugusta 42: Kalamazoo Hackett’s Dane Preston made four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points. “3s are kind of a part of our repertoire,” Hackett coach Todd Meert said. “We were pretty hot from beyond the arc (Friday).” Jack Dales added 13 points for Hackett (2-0, 1-0 KVA), followed by Mark Allwardt with 10. The Irish made 10 3-pointers. Austin Douglas led Galesburg-Augusta (1-1, 1-1) with nine points.


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Parchment with 17 points and six steals. Meredith Stutz added 15 points and eight rebounds. Keeley Hinton had 13 points, and Kendyl Hinton had 10 points and seven assists. GALESBURG-AUGUSTA 49, HACKETT CC 22: Kati Thompson led GalesburgAugusta with a game-high 12 points, 10 of which came in the first half. She also had nine rebounds. Leah Savage scored all nine of her points in the first half. Carrie Radomsky led Hackett with 10 points. PITTSFORD 41, CLIMAX-SCOTTS 23: Mary Smith had 10 points for Climax-Scotts, and Taylor Macomber scored seven. LAWRENCE 41, FRIDAY LAWTON 36: Freshman Daelynn Jackson-Peek ST. JOSEPH 42, notched her first career PORTAGE CENTRAL 29: St. double-double with 11 points Joseph outscored Portage and 11 rebounds. Central 25-9 in the first half. Clare Lycan led Lawton Robyn Priebe scored 12 with 10 points, and Tori points, and Randi Dortch Kerns added nine. added 11 points to lead St. GOBLES 45, Joseph (1-3). SAUGATUCK 35: Gobles Jessica Dornoff led had three players in double Portage Central with 12 figures: Mollee Nason scored points, five rebounds and 13, Michaela DeKilder, 11 and four steals. Ellen Doyle, 10. BENTON HARBOR 57, SOUTH HAVEN 54, PORTAGE NORTHERN 42: BERRIEN SPRINGS 25: Portage Northern started South Haven’s Bobbie the game on an 11-0 run and Goodwin led the Rams with led 20-12 at the end of the 17 points and nine rebounds. first quarter. A 15-6 scoring Alaina Johnson added 14 edge in the second by Benton points and three assists for Harbor gave the Tigers a South Haven, which used a 27-26 halftime lead. Benton 16-4 third quarter run to put Harbor extended its lead the game away for good. thanks to a 12-3 edge in the Jesse Forraht led Berrien third. Maddie Franks led Portage Springs with 11 points. DELTON KELLOGG 35, Northern with 18 points. NILES 51, MATTAWAN 38: VERMONTVILLE MAPLE VALLEY 19: Kristen Mohn Emma Toner led Mattawan led Delton Kellogg with 15 with 15 points and 12 points. rebounds, and Brooke Ditto DECATUR 57, added eight points, seven HARTFORD 20: Decatur’s rebounds, four assists and Lexi Cerven had a gamethree steals. high 15 points, and Brianna PLAINWELL 32, Surdell added 10 points. ALLEGAN 24: Sarah Morrell Mariah Mireles had nine led Plainwell with 15 points, points for Hartford. including 11 in the first half. MENDON 67, Tarah Brennan led Allegan BUCHANAN 43: Brooke with 11 points. Howard scored a game-high GULL LAKE 62, STURGIS 26: Gull Lake held 31 points for Mendon. Madison Prillwitz led Sturgis to eight points in the first half and only allowed 18 Buchanan (2-2) with 13 points, and Brooke Wesner in the second. Mackenzie Latt led Gull had 12. OLIVET 59, Lake with 17 points, and CONSTANTINE 13: Hayley Sierra Showerman scored 11. Ten players scored for the Walkowski led Olivet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and Blue Devils. 10 assists to record her first Gretchen Inman paced triple-double of the season. Sturgis with 10 points, and Aleena Janousek added 12 Jessica Cline. points and 10 rebounds. THREE RIVERS 62, Deshea Payton led EDWARDSBURG 47: Teagan Constantine with seven Reeves finished with 16 points and four rebounds. points, 21 rebounds and 10 BANGOR 54, blocks for Three Rivers. FENNVILLE 52: With the It was the third career game tied 52-52, Bangor’s triple-double for Reeves. Sarah Adams found Kylie Linsey Masnari recorded Wisniwski with a long pass, a double-double, scoring and Wisniwski scored the 11 points and grabbing 14 final of her 12 points on a rebounds. layup with six seconds left. Three players scored Chelsea Byrd had a gamein double figures for high 18 points for Bangor Edwardsburg, led by Alexis (2-1) but rolled her ankle Blake’s 15 points. with six minutes remainSCHOOLCRAFT 39, ing in the game. Cheyenne KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN 34: Senior Mary Catherine Morris Schultz also had 12 points for Bangor. recorded nine points, 10 Sydney DeJonge led rebounds, four steals and two Fennville (1-1) with 17 points, blocks for Schoolcraft. and Brianna Rogers added 10. Renee Maring led MARTIN 53, Kalamazoo Christian with BLOOMINGDALE 40: Andrea eight points. Brown led Martin with 17 PARCHMENT 67, BATTLE points, and Olivia Gorton had CREEK PENNFIELD 40: 11 points and 12 rebounds. Payton Wood led Kaylee Ryan scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers to lead Battle Creek Central to a 53-45 victory over host Loy Norrix on Friday. Shai Sandifer led Loy Norrix with 10 points, and Aviance Alexander added nine. “We started out slow,” Loy Norrix coach Clinton Taylor said. “We were leading by five, then Aviance hurt her knee. She was driving to the basket and collided with another player. “When she went down, we needed somebody to step up, but we were a little rattled. We played well for stretches, but they were too short.

Comstock’s Ari Stewart, center, tries to get through Otsego’s Sophie Wieber, left, and Allie Thiel on Friday at Otsego. Thiel led the Bulldogs with 14 points as they topped Comstock 45-24. (Paul Morgan/


Otsego, Metz put on pressure By Paul Morgan

“I know I have to step up, be a leader and do the little things like on defense OTSEGO — Even though she is a and rebounding,” Metz said. “The next four-year varsity player and the tallest tallest person on our team is at my person on the team, Otsego’s Amanda shoulders, so a lot is on my shoulders, Metz probably won’t lead the Bulldogs like rebounding and blocks, which are in scoring every night. my specialty.” Rebounding, blocked shots and The Bulldog guards know they can defensive pressure, now, that’s another gamble on defense, because if they miss story. a steal and an opponent heads for the With the 5-foot-11 Metz anchoring basket, Metz is there to help out. a tough full-court press, as well as a “Part of our game plan was to be very good half-court defense, Otsego out on Ashley Cross and Ari Stewart forced Comstock into 22 turnovers and because they are great shooters,” beat the Colts 45-24 Friday night in a Koshar said of the Comstock duo. “If Wolverine Conference East Division they got inside, we could funnel them game. toward Amanda. “Amanda is a volleyball player, really, “Her job is to stay out of foul trouble and she doesn’t devote a ton of time to (Metz had one) and she did a good job of basketball,” Otsego coach Tony Koshar doing that (Friday).” said, “but she works her tail off all the Having had six seniors graduate from time and is very active. last season’s district championship “She was frustrated (Friday) with her team, Koshar knew the early games game from an offensive standpoint, but could be tough as his players started to I told her, ‘If you were only about scorestablish their roles. ing, we’d be in trouble. You do so many “I think we’re starting to jell,” he other things.’” said. “We lost those six seniors, and Metz had four points on 1 of 10 shoot- even though we have a lot of talent on ing. However, she had 15 rebounds and the team, we all have to figure out our three blocked shots. Junior Allie Thiel places and we’re starting to do that. led the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-1 Wolverine East) “We haven’t reached our peak yet. We with 14 points, and junior Sarah White can shoot the ball, and we haven’t shot added 10 points. well yet.”



Stevensville Lakeshore too much for K-Central

Stevensville Lakeshore capitalized on late free throws to slice into Kalamazoo Central’s early lead in its 62-57 victory Friday in Kalamazoo. Morgan Kaiser scored 27 points to lead Lakeshore. “It came down to free throws in the fourth quarRobeson ter. We had our opportunities, but their inexperience showed,” Central coach Dan Thompson said. Central senior Asia Robeson led a freshmen- and sophomore-laden squad

with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. Freshman Toshanae Owens added 14 points and 12 rebounds. “Both are performing very well, but for the most part, the majority of our minutes are with freshmen and sophomores,” Thompson said. Central (2-1, 1-1 Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference West) will host Portage Central at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, while Lakeshore (3-0, 2-0) will host Mattawan. Thompson said he thinks he will keep the same starting lineup for the next game, but his decision will be final when he sees “who earns a starting spot” in the next few practices.


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Jessica Beebe scored 16 points Friday to lead Paw Paw to a 60-45 win against host Vicksburg. Paw Paw started the game fast, putting Vicksburg in an early 30-17 hole after the first half, thanks in large part to a 14-2 run in the second quarter. “In the second quarter, we started getting some balanced scoring, and everyone got involved,” Paw Paw coach Gary Mitchell said. “All three of my big girls played a big role for us.” Olivia Holmes connected on three 3-pointers to lead Vicksburg with nine points, and Jessi Kelley added eight points. Liz Weddon and Brianna Wines scored seven points each.




“They ran a halfcourt trap, and we just made some bad decisions” VICKSBURG COACH PAUL GEPHART

“They ran a half-court trap, and we just made some bad decisions,” Vicksburg coach Paul Gephart said. “They pressed up, but it wasn’t anything that we shouldn’t have adjusted to. “They also had significant size advantage inside and were able to score some points down low. We switched up between four different zones, and that helped us with the rebounding.”


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Thanks to a fierce press, Otsego shot well at the start of the game as it zoomed out to a 9-0 lead. Comstock scored its first basket with 3:11 left in the first quarter. “That’s been one of our issues is that we’ve been a slow starting team,” Koshar said. “We did emphasize that a bit, and our full-court press did bother them and led to some easy baskets.” After that torrid start, things cooled off, the Bulldogs hit just 6-of-28 floor shots in the first half. However, they held the Colts (1-2, 1-1) to just 11 firsthalf points. “Even from the first game through this game, we’ve progressed so much and gotten so much better,” Metz said. Comstock is a young team with Cross being the only senior, so coach Justin Ansel knew games like Friday’s would happen. “We just have to get through some things, but I don’t think a game like this puts us back at all,” he said. “If there is a team which shakes off this type of game, it’s this team. “We have a tough game against Three Rivers next Tuesday, but I don’t think we’ll look back on this game at all.” Cross and Stewart each had seven points to lead the Colts.

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Cincinnati Cyclones snap K-Wings’ streak For

KALAMAZOO — The Cincinnati Cyclones came into Wings Stadium on Friday night and did something no team had done since Nov. 27: defeat the Kalamazoo Wings in regulation. Cincinnati snapped Kalamazoo’s four-game winning streak and six-game (5-0-0-1) points streak with a 5-2 victory. Elgin Reid put the K-Wings on the board by lifting a wrist shot over Rob Madore 8:23 into the first period. About two minutes later, Cincinnati responded. With a ruckus in front of him, goalie Jordan Binnington was unable to stop a Wade Megan deflection, resulting in the equalizing goal. On a two-man advantage, Kalamazoo gave up the lead 16:18 into the first period, when the Cyclones scored on a shot from Logan Shaw. Cincinnati increased its lead to two goals midway through the second period


with a goal from Josh Shalla 9:18 into the period. Josh Birkholz put the game out of reach in the third period. Coming in on an odd-man rush, Birkholz, who was hooked, lifted the puck past Binnington while falling to extend the Cyclones’ lead to 4-1. Attempting a comeback midway in the period, Ludwig Blomstrand used a quick wrist shot from atop of the left circle to cut Cincinnati’s lead to two goals. Josh McFadden tacked on an empty netter with 2.7 seconds remaining to close out the scoring. — The K-Wings provided this report


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Napoleon Don Anderson Invitational 1. Gibraltar Carlson 209; 2. Dexter 198.5; 3. Napoleon 180; 4. Flat Rock 153; 5. Bath 120; 6. Clinton 118; 7. Comstock 96; 8. Adrian 85.5; 9. Olivet 81; 10. Manchester 73; 11. Napoleon B 63; 12. Morenci 40; 13. Pittsford 18; 14. Clinton B 12; 15. Flat Rock B 11; 16. Adrian B 9; 17. Manchester B 0. Bosse Invitational 1. Mason County Central 191; 2. Three Rivers 125.5; 3. Holton 96.5; 4. Hart 95; 5. Manton 92; 6. Martin 74; 7. Ludington 61; 8. Zeeland West 49; 9. Montague 36; 10. Kalkaska 18. HOCKEY Portage Northern 2, Kalamazoo United 1 BOYS BOWLING Comstock 27, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 3 Kalamazoo Hackett 18, Vicksburg 12 Otsego 17, Plainwell 13 Richland Gull Lake 21, Mattawan 9 GIRLS BOWLING Kalamazoo Hackett 16, Vicksburg 14 Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 26, Comstock 4 Otsego 25, Plainwell 5 BOYS SWIMMING At City Sprints Jenison; 1. Mattawan 277; 2. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 233; 3. Manistee 217; 4. Wayland Union 177; 5. Middleville Thornapple Kellogg/Hastings 160; 6. Ionia 137; 7. Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills 121; 8. Eaton Rapids 90; 9. Ludington 30; 10. Grand Rapids West Catholic 27; 11. Grand Rapids Union 22; 12. Muskegon Catholic Central 8. COMPETITIVE CHEER CCCAM at Otsego 1. St Joseph 731.1; 2. Portage Northern 691.7; 3. Richland Gull Lake 680.8; 4. Otsego 677.4; 5. Paw Paw 676.8; 6. Portage Central 659.6; 7. Plainwell 645.6; 8. Delton Kellogg 631.6; 9. Kalamazoo Central 628.0; 10. Hamilton 625.3; 11. Wayland Union 622.9; 12. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 596.7; 13. Allegan 553.8. FRIDAY BOYS BASKETBALL Battle Creek Central 94, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 63 Benton Harbor 62, Portage Northern 57 Centreville 74, Benton Harbor DREAM Academy 67 Edwardsburg 64, Three Rivers 35 Fennville 71, Bangor 53 Flint International Academy 62, Marcellus Howardsville Christian 56 Hartford 65, Decatur 59 Kalamazoo Central 55, Stevensville Lakeshore 52 Kalamazoo Hackett 61, Galesburg-Augusta 42 Kalamazoo Phoenix 74, Kalamazoo Heritage Christian Academy 63 Lawrence 53, Lawton 37 Martin 60, Bloomingdale 23 Mattawan 55, Niles 46 Olivet 66, Constantine 63 Otsego 85, Comstock 45 Parchment 43, Battle Creek Pennfield 42 Paw Paw 80, Vicksburg 75 Plainwell 71, Allegan 51 Richland Gull Lake 57, Sturgis 49 Saugatuck 67, Gobles 19 Schoolcraft 67, Kalamazoo Christian 43 South Haven 59, Berrien Springs 46 St Joseph 52, Portage Central 43 Vermontville Maple Valley 42, Delton Kellogg 41 Watervliet 50, Marcellus 48 GIRLS BASKETBALL Bangor 54, Fennville 52 Battle Creek Central 53, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 45 Benton Harbor 57, Portage Northern 42 Decatur 57, Hartford 20 Delton Kellogg 35, Vermontville Maple Valley 19 Galesburg-Augusta 49, Kalamazoo Hackett 22 Gobles 45, Saugatuck 35 Hillsdale Academy 42, Colon 14 Lawrence 41, Lawton 36 Martin 53, Bloomingdale 40 Mendon 67, Buchanan 43 Niles 51, Mattawan 38 Olivet 59, Constantine 13 Otsego 45, Comstock 24 Parchment 67, Battle Creek Pennfield 40 Paw Paw 60, Vicksburg 45 Pittsford 41, Climax-Scotts 23 Plainwell 32, Allegan 24 Richland Gull Lake 62, Sturgis 26 Schoolcraft 39, Kalamazoo Christian 34 South Haven 54, Berrien Springs 25 St Joseph 42, Portage Central 29 Stevensville Lakeshore 62, Kalamazoo Central 57 Three Rivers 62, Edwardsburg 47


MONDAY BOYS BASKETBALL Climax-Scotts at Pittsford, 7 p.m. Colon at Hillsdale Academy, 7 p.m. BOYS BOWLING Vicksburg at South Haven, 4 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Martin at Centreville, 7 p.m. GIRLS BOWLING

Vicksburg at South Haven, 4 p.m. TUESDAY BOYS BASKETBALL Bangor at Watervliet, 7 p.m. Battle Creek Lakeview at Richland Gull Lake, 7:15 p.m. Berrien Springs at Allegan, 7:15 p.m. Bloomingdale at Hartford, 5:30 p.m. Coloma at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m. Constantine at Parchment, 7:30 p.m. Covert at Kalamazoo Phoenix, 6:45 p.m. Edwardsburg at Otsego , 7:15 p.m. Fennville at Marcellus, 5:30 p.m. Galesburg-Augusta at Vermontville Maple Valley, 7:30 p.m. Gobles at Lawton, 5:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Central at Portage Central , 7:15 p.m. Kalamazoo Christian at Delton Kellogg, 7:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Hackett at Battle Creek Pennfield, 7:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Heritage Christian Academy at Kalamazoo Home School, 7:30 p.m. Martin at Decatur, 5:30 p.m. Mendon at Marcellus Howardsville Christian, 7:30 p.m. Saugatuck at Lawrence, 5:30 p.m. Schoolcraft at Olivet, 7:30 p.m. South Haven at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m. St. Joseph at Portage Northern, 7:15 p.m. Stevensville Lakeshore at Mattawan, 7:15 p.m. Sturgis at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:15 p.m. Three Rivers at Comstock, 7:15 p.m. Vicksburg at Dowagiac, 7:15 p.m. BOYS BOWLING Allegan at Otsego, noon Sturgis at Jonesville: Sturgis, 3:30 p.m. BOYS SWIMMING Battle Creek Harper Creek at Portage Northern, 6 p.m. Kalamazoo Central at Plainwell, 6 p.m. South Haven at St. Joseph, 6 p.m. Sturgis at Otsego, 6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Allegan at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m. Bangor at Watervliet, 7 p.m. Battle Creek Pennfield at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:30 p.m. Bloomingdale at Hartford, 5:30 p.m. Comstock at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m. Delton Kellogg at Kalamazoo Christian, 7:30 p.m. Dowagiac at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m. Fennville at Marcellus, 7 p.m. Galesburg-Augusta at Vermontville Maple Valley, 6 p.m. Gobles at Lawton, 7 p.m. Kalamazoo Heritage Christian Academy at Factoryville Christian, 6 p.m. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m. Martin at Decatur, 7 p.m. Mattawan at Stevensville Lakeshore, 7:15 p.m. North Adams-Jerome at Colon, 7 p.m. Olivet at Schoolcraft, 7:30 p.m. Otsego at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m. Parchment at Constantine, 7:30 p.m. Paw Paw at South Haven , 7:15 p.m. Plainwell at Coloma, 7:15 p.m. Portage Central at Kalamazoo Central, 7:15 p.m. Portage Northern at St. Joseph, 7:15 p.m. Richland Gull Lake at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:15 p.m. Saugatuck at Lawrence, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BOWLING Allegan at Otsego, noon Sturgis at Jonesville, 3:30 p.m.



EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Div. Wheeling Reading Elmira North Div. Cincinnati Evansville Kalamazoo Fort Wayne Toledo

GP 22 19 21 GP 23 20 20 20 20

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South Div. GP South Carolina22 Florida 24 Orlando 24 Greenville 23 Gwinnett 23

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GA 62 67 38 48

Pacific GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Ontario 23 16 3 1 3 36 70 52 Stockton 22 12 8 0 2 26 69 64 San Francisco 24 8 13 2 1 19 46 76 Las Vegas 22 8 13 1 0 17 53 74 Bakersfield 20 6 13 0 1 13 42 68 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss.


Mattawan coach: moving finals to MSU ‘really good move’ By David Drew

opportunity to play our finals at Bailey Park for the last 24 seasons and grateKALAMAZOO — The Michigan ful to the athletic directors, additional High School Athletic Association staff and volunteers who annually announced Wednesday its decision to helped make our events an impressive move the baseball and softball state showcase,” MHSAA executive director semifinals and finals to Michigan State John E. Roberts said in a news release. University in East Lansing, beginning “We’ve reached a time now when in 2014. many of our college facilities have been The final two rounds in both sports upgraded, and we have many more had been played at Bailey Park in options to consider for our finals than Battle Creek since 1990. In 2014, basewe did decades ago. ball finals will be at McLane Baseball “We believe Michigan State Stadium at Kobs Field, and the softball University offers us the best situation finals will be at Peter F. Seccia Stadium and an opportunity to continue playing at Old College Field. our finals for both sports at adjacent Another change is the semifinal venues.” rounds in each sport will be played The Mattawan softball team has Thursday and Friday, and all four cham- won the Division 1 state championship pionship games in each sport will be two of the past three seasons, and the played Saturday. Previously, semifinals Wildcats have played in the quarterfifor both sports were played on Friday nals at Michigan State the past three and multiple games in each sport were years. played simultaneously. Mattawan coach Alicia Smith said “We are pleased to have had the she considered the move to East

Lansing “a really good move for softball and baseball.” “Battle Creek has the history,” Smith said. “You always wanted to get to Battle Creek. The atmosphere there was always electric. We’ve played in the quarterfinals at MSU the last three years, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous facility.” Smith said she thinks breaking up the semifinal action into two days could help alleviate the sometimes overwhelming crowds that roamed around the different fields at Bailey Park. She said playing in East Lansing also creates a more centrally located finals site for teams coming from all over the state. From a competitive standpoint, Smith said she doesn’t see a big difference and thinks her players would say the same thing. “Once you’re on the field, you’re not really worried about much other than the game,” she said.


Three Rivers wrestling finishes second at invite

Three Rivers scored 125.5 points to place second at the Bosse Invitational, finishing 65.5 points behind tournament winners Mason County Central on Saturday. Three Rivers’ Bailey Miholer defeated Ludington’s Logan Sorenson 10-8 in the final of the 171-pound weight class. Evan Griffieon (103), Jordan Blades (119), Shawn Brew (160) and Dallas Recker (285) placed second in their respective weight classes. Brock Christle (112), Mike Vidmar (125), Ben Vanscoik (130) placed third for the Wildcats. Martin scored 74 points to place sixth, led by secondplace finisher Sam Smith (145). WRESTLING

Host Fruitport tops Schoolcraft: The host team won the Fruitport Invitational, as the Trojans went 5-0 on Saturday. Fruitport had wins over Schoolcraft (43-24), Cedar Springs (50-12) and Kent City (45-30). “We gave Fruitport a nice run with our youth,” Schoolcraft coach Rob Ling

said. “They had a little more experience than we did, but I really like where we’re at after (Saturday).” Schoolcraft finished 4-1, including wins over Kent City (48-30) and Cedar Springs (37-31). Teddy Edwards (215 pounds) and Zachary Wamser (171) had undefeated days for Cedar Springs, as the Redhawks went 3-2. Jordan Ringler (103), finished 4-1. “I was really impressed with how my freshman carried themselves,” Cedar Springs coach Nick Emery said. “Jordan (Ringler) had four pins for us (Saturday). We’re really looking forward to having a good year.” P-Northern goes 1-3: Davison remained undefeated after winning four matches in the Gibby Duals, which were Saturday at Carleton Airport High School. The Cardinals, ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 1, beat Tecumseh (59-16), Brighton (40-26), Niles (66-9) and Portage Northern (66-3) to improve to 15-0 overall. Portage Northern finished 1-3, with its lone win coming against host Carleton Airport (60-12).

Notable Portage Northern wrestlers were Jacob Heaps (145) at 4-0, as well as Brett Bloomberg (189) and Matthew Heaps (119), who both went 3-1. HOCKEY

P-Northern slips past Kalamazoo United: Portage Northern broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and held on to earn the 2-1 win against visiting Kalamazoo United on Saturday. Robert Lacroix scored the long goal for United, and Jake Atkins had the assist. “Compared to some other league games, this is definitely a step in the right direction,” United coach Wayne Pushie said. “I’m pretty pleased with how we played.” Devin Ziegler made 25 saves for United. Portage Northern’s gamewinning goal came off a 2-on-1 about halfway through the second period. An attempted pass was deflected by a United stick and got past Ziegler. BOYS BOWLING

Comstock routs Loy Norrix: Comstock swept all four games to win for the secondstraight weekend with a 27-3 victory over Loy Norrix on

Saturday at Rainbow Lanes in Paw Paw. Freshman Mason House led Comstock with games of 214 and 195 for a series total of 409, and Kevin Kreg added a 202 game and a 371 series for the Colts. Freshman Conner Thomas bowled a 214 game and a 394 series to lead Loy Norrix. GIRLS BOWLING

Otsego upends Plainwell: Otsego swept each regular game and baker game to beat visiting Plainwell 25-5 on Saturday. Shelby Weaver led Otsego with a 338 series, and Mical’ee Frampton rolled a 337. “Our team Baker Games were some of the best we have had,” Otsego coach Wendy Lovett said. “Our captains, Shelby Weaver and Mical’ee Frampton, really came through in the individual games with outstanding performances. We had some timely marks in the first and second games that helped to give us the win.” Emily Goodrich, of Plainwell, rolled a 345 series, the best total by any bowler participating in the contest. Kaelynne Miller had a 321.

General excellence December 15, 2013 sections a, b, c  
General excellence December 15, 2013 sections a, b, c