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GIELCZYK: ‘I’m still having fun’ FROM PAGE B1


Ludington Men’s 8-Ball League Tournament winners at the Ludington Moose Lodge last weekend were, from left, Ken Nelson, Dan McCallum and Frank Longmore. Nelson won the Super Match, the overall championship.

But that loss in the regional final in no way detracted from what the Sabers had accomplished in getting to that point. “To do that with eight kids who all contributed, and to get this on top of it, it’s just an overwhelming feeling,� Erickson said. “It makes everything that much more special.� Erickson coached the girls junior varsity for four years before making the step up to the varsity. Counting the three years he coached junior high, one season with the girls team, Erickson has been at it for 25 years altogether. Catholic has had some good seasons in the past, including one year when the Sabers advanced to the state semifinals. It was that year Erickson was named Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Coach of the Year. But this year was special. “You know, it’s still unbelievable,� Erickson said of the undefeated regular season. “I don’t really think it’s sunk in yet. At the dinner (Sunday), the girls were up-beat. I told them that everything they did was something to be proud of, and don’t ever look back on what we could have had. We kept to our game plan,

ERICKSON: Season was a special surprise FROM PAGE B1

City tournament LAST WEEK (FIRST ROUND): Bud’s I def. Alley VIII; Alley II def. Sportsman’s I; Alley I def. Eagles; Sportsman’s II def. Bud’s IV; Moose Lodge II def. Michael’s II; Pomorski’s II def. Alley VI; Charlie’s I def. Alley VII; Moose Lodge I def. Danish Brotherhood I

TEAM: (Division 1) Rack ’Em, 281; Bud’s Bodacious Broads, 271; Soaring Eagles, 234; Sportsman’s Shooters, 217; Moose Misfits, 207; Sand Bar I, 156. (Division 2) Bud’s Select, 246; Charlie’s Girlz, 223; Pomorski’s I, 203; Sportsman’s I, 201; Bud Ice, 190; Alley I, 187. (Division 3) NASCAR Chiks (Alley) 223; Bud’s Ball Breakers, 215; Alley Catz, 195; Pomorski’s II, 172; Sand Bar Cue Tease, 167; Charlie’s Chix, 157. INDIVIDUAL: Brenda Aderhold, .771; Nancy Miszewski, .731; Robin Towns, .712; Sue Weinert, .702; Kandi Fugere, .692; Raye Schar, .690; Jacki Osgood, .690; Bonnie Villadsen, .674; Nannette Fiers, .652; Kelly Thomas, .652. THIS WEEK: Moose Misfits @ Rack ’Em (Moose); Pomorski’s II (Alley) @ NASCAR Chiks (Alley); Pomorski’s I (Eagles) @ Sportsman’s; Bud Select @ Alley I; Bud’s Bodacious Broads @ Soaring Eagles; Sportsman’s Shooters @ Sand Bar I; Charlie’s Girlz @ Bud Ice; Bud’s Ball Breakers @ Charlie’s Chix; Sand Bar Cue Tease @ Alley Catz.

The 5-9 Warfield, a senior, was good for 21.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.8 assists a game for Camden-Frontier, which was 15-3 in the regular season. Manistee Catholic Central finished its regular season with a 20-0 record for the first time in Todd Erickson’s 18 years as the team’s varsity coach. He did it with a balanced team and a roster of only eight players that included two freshmen and two sophomores. “We don’t have one kid that is going to give us 20 points a night. In fact, I don’t know if we had a kid score 20 this year,� says Erickson. “For us to say we have one dominant player, the answer is no.� Catholic’s season, which ended with a loss to Central Lake in the regional tournament, was a pleasant surprise to Erickson. “We had a fun time, we really did. We just kept playing and we never talked about our record or the ratings.�

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and Magglio Ordonez added two hits, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Monday. It was the first home run of the spring for Martinez, who

signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Tigers in the offseason. Detroit starter Rick Porcello bounced back from his only shaky outing of the spring, allowing one run and five hits while striking out three in 4

2-3 innings. Washington starter Jason Marquis also had a good day, striking out four while allowing three hits and one run over five innings. Brennan Boesch had two hits and an RBI for Detroit.


INDIVIDUAL: Dave Englebrecht, Pomorski’s II, .826; Norb Castonia, Bud’s I, .783; Doc Bergeson, Moose Lodge I, .783; Russ Cormany, Alley II, .773; Bruce Gunberg, Bud’s I, .772; Kevin Sniegowski, Moose Lodge I, .761; Ken Nelson, Charlie’s I, .761; Dave Swanson, Bud’s I, .761; Lenny Guerra, Moose Lodge I, .727; Ken Nelson, Charlie’s I, .725.

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nior who made the first team as a junior. She averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3.4 steals and two assists a game. Robak helped Waterford Our Lady to a state championship last year and has led the Lakers by averaging 19.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 steals a game. The 5-9 senior has committed to Oakland University. Ryynanen, a 5-11 senior, averaged 19.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 steals for Chassell and finished with over 1,500 career points. Theut shot 49 percent from the field and 74 percent at the free-throw line for Cardinal Mooney, which ended the regular season at 14-5. The 5-9 junior averaged 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals. Ellsworth finished its regular season with an 18-2 record with Veenstra, who is 6-2 and a junior, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. The team’s losses were to Central Lake and Hines.

Martinez connects, Tigers win

TEAM (FINAL STANDINGS): (Division 1) Bud’s I, 339; Moose Lodge I, 331; Alley II, 294; Charlie’s I, 286; Alley I, 284. (Division 2) Bud’s IV, 267; Michael’s I, 260; Charlie’s II, 241; Moose Lodge II, 237; Sportsman’s II, 236. (Division 3) Pomorski’s II, 276; Michael’s II, 237; Bud’s II, 214; Bud’s III, 204; Sportsman’s I, 175. (Division 4) Alley VI, 218; Alley IV, 204; Eagles, 203; Alley VII, 184; Pomorski’s I, 169. (Division 5) Alley V, 211; Danish Brotherhood I, 167; Alley VIII, 156; Danish Brotherhood II, 137.

THIS WEEK (SECOND ROUND): Bud’s I @ Alley II; Alley I @ Sportsman’s II; Pomorski’s II @ Moose Lodge II; Moose Lodge I @ Charlie’s I.

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“She has averaged 30 points a game for the last four years. She’s had games where she’s scored 17 or 20, but those are games where her scoring isn’t needed. Has anybody held her down? No. In last year’s state semifinals, she scored 31 of our 39 points and she was triple teamed all night.� Branch, a 6-1 junior, averaged 18.4 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocked shots for West Michigan Lutheran. The 5-9 Burke averaged 13.3 points, four assists and was a strong defender with three steals per game for Watersmeet which was 20-0. Langs, a 5-4 sophomore guard, was good for 15.4 points, 6.7 steals, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game for Climax-Scotts, which had a 17-3 record-season record. Hillsdale Academy won all 20 of its games in the regular season behind Lantis, a 5-9 se-



Winners in the portion of the Ludington Men’s 8-Ball League Tournament at The Alley last weekend were, from left, Tom Ruggero, Steve Nelson and Jamie Bentz.

and they (Central Lake) just played a little better than we did.� Erickson expressed his appreciation for the work his assistants, Welsh and Phil Johnson, did this season. “If I didn’t have Mike and Phil, it all wouldn’t have been possible this year,� Erickson said. “This wasn’t just me. It was everybody that helped me. Mike has been with me 14 years or so and Phil’s probably been with me five. It was a good mix. “It’s just huge. It’s very nice. It kind of makes you speechless at times.� Erickson plans to be coaching next year. He hasn’t put any timetable on when he’ll finally step down. He said he considered retiring two years ago when LeeAnn Bialik came back to coach the junior varsity. But after she had another child, she asked Erickson to stick around for another year. “I’m still here,� Erickson said. “I’m still enjoying it. I could go at any time and I wouldn’t have any regrets. I’m still having fun. If the timing is right, when it happens, it happens. But right now we’ve enjoyed another good year and good support from our fan base. It’s been fun.�

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LECLAIRE: Team’s cumulative GPA was 3.28 for Academic All-State honors FROM PAGE B1

The Chippewas look to capitalize on that next year, using his speed to the outside to get things set up. As a special teams player up front, Lipps centered the Chippewas’ power play and was a forechecker when they were short-handed. “It’ll be his fourth year on the team, and he’s going to bring that experience and leadership,� Raatz said. For the second year in a row, the Chippewas achieved Academic All-State honors with an cumulative 3.28 grade point average. Nick Kaczynski and Matt Rutowski of Ludington received individual Academic All-State honors. Kaczynski’s four-year GPA of 3.998 and Rutowski’s was 3.655. Manistee has some big skates to fill with nine seniors graduating, but Raatz is looking forward to the challenges ahead as the Chippewas strive to climb in the league standings after a third place tie this year and a 12-12-1 record. The Chippewas will have

two experienced defensemen coming back in Jordan Truxton (Hart), who’ll be in his third season, and Luke Johnson (Ludington). “We’re going to be young

on defense next year and it’ll be important that Jordan lead the team and Johnson use that year of experience,� Raatz said.

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