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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Olympic champion Evan Lysacek won the 2010 Sullivan Award, becoming the fourth figure skater to be honored as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Lysacek also won the USOC Sportsman of the Year award earlier this year after winning gold at the VancouEvan Lysacek ver games last year. He is the first Olympian since gymnast Shawn Johnson in 2009 to win the Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union, and the first skater since Olympian Sarah Hughes in 2002. “It’s humbling to see my name amongst those on the impressive list of past Sullivan Award winners, especially Sarah Hughes who has always inspired me in my own skating,� said Lysacek, who is from Naperville, Ill. The other figure skaters to win the award were Dick Button in 1949 and Michelle Kwan in 2001. The Sullivan Award has been handed out since 1930 to the most outstanding U.S. amateur athlete of the year based on athletic accomplishments, leadership skills, character and sportsmanship. Do you know someone who is a good sport? Why not share their ‘Good Sport’ with our readers? Just give us a call at 231-843-1122, x314.

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‘To do that with eight kids who all contributed, and to get this on top of it, it’s just an

overwhelming feeling.’ Todd Erickson Manistee Catholic girls basketball coach on his team’s 23-1 finish and being named Coach of the Year

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ON DECK

THE SPORTS SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 GIRLS BASKETBALL: State quarterfinals (see schedule on page B2) JUNIOR HIGH WRESTLING: Newaygo at O.J. DeJonge, 4 p.m. JUNIOR HIGH WRESTLING: Mason County Central at Hart, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 BOYS BASKETBALL: Regionals (see schedule on page B2) JUNIOR HIGH VOLLEYBALL: West Michigan Conference Tournament semifinals, finals at Shelby, NA THURSDAY, MARCH 17 GIRLS BASKETBALL: State semifinals (see schedule on page B2) FRIDAY, MARCH 18 GIRLS BASKETBALL: State semifinals (see schedule on page B2) JUNIOR HIGH WRESTLING: Mason County Central at West Michigan Conference Tournament at Hart, NA

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Saber’s Erickson AP ‘D’ Coach of the Year A special season for Erickson

BY LLOYD WALLACE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS It’s a big jump from high school basketball to the Division 1 level, but coach Al Becker of Central Lake says he’s confident that his star player, Jasmine Hines, can do it. “I think she’ll play at that level and pretty well,� Beckers says of the Michigan Statebound Hines, who heads this year’s Associated Press Class D All-State team. “She’s not going to see the double and triple teams that she sees every game in high school. “She’ll be going one-onone with somebody her own size, and they’re not going to move her in the paint, she’s so physically strong.� The 6-foot, 3-inch Hines is a first-team all-stater for the fourth year in a row and the AP’s Class D Player of the Year for the second time. The rest of the team consists of Christina Branch of Wyoming West Michigan Lutheran, Marissa Burke of Watersmeet, Janae Langs of Climax-Scotts, Heather Lantis of Hillsdale Academy, Lauren Robak of Waterford Our Lady of Lakes, Mara Ryynanen of Chassell, Sarah Theut of Marine City, Emily Veenstra of Ellsworth and Morgan Warfield of Camden-Frontier. The

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Manistee Catholic Central coach Todd Erickson today was named the Associated Press Class D Coach of the Year. Erickson, who has been the varsity girls coach at Catholic Central for 18 years, guided the Sabers to a 23-1 record this season. coach of the year is Todd Erickson of Manistee Catholic Central. Mason County Eastern junior Alyssa Bryan received an honorable mention. Hines averages 30 points, 15 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots for the top-ranked Tro-

jans. She holds state records, boys or girls, for the most career points and the most points scored in a single season and enters today’s game only 11 points short of 3,000. Hines’ strength is formidable. “Everybody thinks dou-

bling or tripling her will wear her down, but it doesn’t happen,� says Becker. “We’ve had teams hold her to three points at the half but their kids are so tired, they can’t do it anymore. SEE ERICKSON, B3

Hines is Miss Basketball DETROIT (AP) — Jasmine Hines is already running out of room to add achievements to her college applications. Monday, she picked up another. The Central Lake senior was named the state’s 30th Miss Basketball, finishing with 2,080 points in voting done by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. St. Ignace’s Nicole Elmblad was second with 1,473 points while Rebecca Mills of Midland Dow had 1,240 points. “I was shocked when Coach called me yesterday to tell me that I won,� Hines said. “I saw Brenna Brankston play in the finals the year she won Miss Basketball, and ever since then, I’ve wanted to win this. It is a dream come true.� The Miss Basketball trophy comes after she has set the state’s single-season and career records in both scoring and rebounding. If she scores 11 points in Tuesday’s state quarterfinal game against Portland St. Patrick, she’ll become the first player of either sex to reach the 3,000-point mark. “There are a lot of great players in the state, so you never know who is going to win, but Jasmine definitely deserves this,� coach Al Becker said. “Her numbers speak for themselves, but they

REGINA H. BOONE | AP PHOTO

Central Lake senior Jasmine Hines poses after receiving the 30th annual Miss Basketball award given by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, in conjunction with the Detroit Free Press, Monday in Detroit. don’t show her dedication. (One day) after practice, she decided she needed

more work, so she spent 30 minutes on her own, running. “There are other days that she spends a couple hours working in the gym on her shot.� The only thing still missing from Hines’ basketball resume is a state championship. Central Lake has gone 89-9 during her career, but lost in the semifinals last season. “Winning this trophy was my dream, but the ultimate goal is to win the state title,� she said. “That’s the way I want to end this.� Unless Central Lake gets upset by Portland St. Patrick, Hines will end her highschool career at the Breslin Center — the same arena she will play this fall as a freshman at Michigan State. If things had been slightly different, though, she could have been representing the Spartans in a different sport altogether. Hines is a two-time state champion in the shot put and was on this year’s AllState volleyball team. She also carries a 4.0 grade-point average and is the vice president of her senior class and the National Honor Society. “She’s a very special person,� Becker said. “She has put in a lot of work in her life to make things work out like this.�

MANISTEE — Todd Erickson is seldom at a loss for words, especially when it’s discussing the Manistee Catholic Central girls basketball team. But the veteran Sabers coach, who just completed his 18th season guiding the varsity, GREG GIELCZYK found himself looking for the right thing to say after learning he’d been named Associated Press Class D Coach of the Year. “Overwhelming,� was one of the few words Erickson managed to get out after the fact it was true finally sunk in. “I had only told my wife (Jan) and (long-time assistant) Mike (Welsh). I said that if I don’t hear it from somebody else, I’d hate to put my foot in my mouth. But, that’s tremendous.� Everything about this season was unexpected for the Sabers, who came into the season with eight players on the varsity and very little height. Yet they made a surprising run, going 16-0 in the Western Michigan D League to win the title and finishing 20-0 overall before hitting the tournament. Still considered underdogs by many despite their unblemished record and No. 6 ranking in the state, the Sabers rolled to two more victories in the districts and claimed their first crown since the 2008 season. Following a regional semifinal win over Buckley in a grueling affair that found the Sabers trailing the Bears in the fourth quarter only to rally for a thrilling win, they faced top-ranked and 24-0 Central Lake. A bad second quarter in which the Sabers were outscored, 22-7, dropped them in a hole from which they were unable to dig out. SEE GIELCZYK, B3

Prep hockey

LeClaire earns first-team all-league honors BY GREG GIELCZYK DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER MANISTEE — One of the advantages of finishing higher in the Northern Michigan Hockey League standings this season was that Manistee High cooperative hockey team coach Jon Raatz could nominate more players for All-Conference honors. Coaches weren’t permitted to vote for their own players, but that wasn’t any problem for the Chippewas who had five players recognized in all. Senior team captain Nolan LeClaire of Mason County Central, who led the team in goals scored and total points, was named to the First Team.

Veteran goaltender Austin Wilson, a sophomore from Ludington, and Mason County Central junior Sam Lipps were put on the Second Team. Honorable mentions went to Nolan LeClaire Keegan Nowaczyk, a sophomore from Ludington, and Ludington senior Wesley Olson. “Nolan has a real quick release on his shot, and works hard on both ends (of the ice),� Raatz said. “He was one of our least penalized players of those who played regularly, with four

penalty minutes (on two minors) the entire season.� In his second year as the Chippewas’ primary netminder, Wilson’s statistics were a little off this year but he always worked hard. When he’s on his game, Wilson is capable of standing up against any team’s offensive charge. “He’s fundamentally sound, and he’s a big reason for any success that our team gets,� Raatz commented. Olson will be missed next season. A versatile player, Olson alternately was used at center, wing and on occasion moved back on defense and quarterback the team. “We could double-shift him,� Raatz

remarked. “He was a very hard worker in the corners, and was a strong forechecker. He wasn’t afraid to move up when he was on defense, and jump into the offense. “He made our opponents play with their heads up, because if they had their heads down with the puck on their stick when Wes was in the area, they knew they were going to get hit.� Lipps was the team’s best playmaker, leading the team in assists for the second year in a row and was the No. 2 scorer behind LeClaire. Taking advantage of his quickness, Lipps had numerous breakaways during the season. SEE LECLAIRE, B3

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