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Reports say school job already offered to the other candidate BY MONICA SCOTT THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS


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GRAND RAPIDS — Views on how Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster could or should effect the U.S. nuclear industry are as polarizing as a debate between such politically opposite firebrands as Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher. In one corner, there are those like Don Williams, a “seriously pro-nuke” retired Hope College professor, who has studied the industry and advocates for more nuclear energy. He doesn’t think what happens in Japan should have any bearing on U.S. nuclear policy. “But it will,” he concedes. “Those poor people over there, they planned on a 25-foot tsunami and they got a 30-foot one. What are the chances of that?” Williams said. He views nuclear energy as a safe, clean way to develop a solid base of always-available electricity that doesn’t pollute the air and isn’t weather-dependent, as wind and solar power are. “I don’t think there is any more reason to worry than there ever was,” he said. “I think they are very safe.



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My high confidence level has not changed.” In the opposite corner are those like Michael Keegan, chairman of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes and a resident of Monroe, home to the

Fermi 2 nuclear plant, which shares a design with one of the most damaged reactors at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex. On Monday, he went to a local pharmacy to pick up an iodine pill that

could help prevent thyroid cancer as a result of exposure to radioactive materials such as those in a nuclear plant. He fears a radioactive cloud could originate in Japan if the situation there isn’t brought under control. “I think we are in for a major disaster, which is going to unfold over months and years,” he said. The situation in Japan is a further sign, according to Keegan, that nuclear plants should be decommissioned due to risks that outweigh their benefits. “The hubris of thinking everything is OK and we’ve got everything covered and it’s not a concern is going to come back to bite the industry,” SEE ISSUES, A2

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Commitment, teamwork, friendship are the legacy left by Wes Leonard ICKSBURG — There will be no state championship banner hoisted to the rafters this spring in Fennville High School. But there will be stories that will last generations about a group of boys who walked off the basketball court like men. In the week they’ve grieved the loss of standout teammate Wes Leonard, the cheers have come

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GRAND RAPIDS — Superintendent Bernard Taylor announced Monday he withdrew his name from consideration for the top job in the Syracuse, N.Y., schools, but district officials there say the position already had been offered to another finalist. Richard Strong, Syracuse school board president, said his board on Wednesday plans to appoint Sharon Contreras, chief Bernard academic officer of Taylor the Providence, R.I., school district, to replace the retiring Syracuse superintendent. Strong said they were in negotiations with Contreras for the past week. “The board felt both candidates were solid, really good candidates, but the consensus was for Ms. Contreras,” said Strong, noting the fact she has not held a superintendent’s post was only a small issue for some on the seven-member board. Strong said he was impressed with Contreras’ track record of collaboration. He said she and Taylor were charismatic in their own ways and demonstrated success with improving student achievement. “She seemed more collaborative,” Strong said. Taylor, 51, who arrived in Grand Rapids in 2006 from the Kansas City School District, and Contreras met with the Syracuse community in separate receptions earlier this month. Barry Lentz, a Syracuse parent who attended both receptions, said the community wanted its next superintendent to be “authentically collaborative” in building relationships. After the receptions, he said he favored Contreras and liked that she spoke about collaboration during her community presentation.


Bring it in: Fennville Coach Ryan Klinger encourages his team during a timeout Monday in the Class C Regional playoffs against Schoolcraft.

early and often for the Fennville boys basketball team. It has been a raucous and heartfelt show of support that has continued over the course of four games. Fans were no less enthusiastic

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sounded. The chant — “Blackhawk Power” — is, in fact, reversed in nature. Because, as Fennville fell to Schoolcraft, 86-62, in the Class C regional semifinals, one thing stood out above all else. The past week has not been about “Blackhawk Power,” so much as the power of the Blackhawks. The national media has turned its eyes to West Michigan since March 3, the day Leonard, Fennville’s 16-year-old two-sport star, died after scoring the game-winning basket in Fennville’s final regular-season game. Millions from coast to coast have since read stories and watched footage of this team — and

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“I’d say in a given week I probably only do about 15 minutes of real, actual work.” Mike Judge’s 1999 cult comedy “Office Space” — about corporate drones who rise up against their employer — contains dozens of quotable lines, few of them clean enough to print here. The film plays at 8 tonight in Wealthy Theatre, which is showing funny movies throughout LaughFest. More info:

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he said. “We’ve got to wean ourselves. The liability created by nuclear power is tremendous.” Williams said the industry has a good track record, learning from mistakes and nearmisses and constantly adapting procedures to ensure public safety. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is expected to hold hearings to address the safety of the industry next week. “The details of this tragedy are still unfolding,” he said. “The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is scheduled to testify before the Energy and Commerce Committee next week, and we will use that opportunity to explore what is known in the early aftermath of the damage to Japanese nuclear facilities, as well as to reiterate our unwavering commitment to the safety of U.S. nuclear sites.” At the Palisades nuclear plant in Covert Township, south of South Haven, workers are paying attention to the situation but are confident in the plant’s safety, Mark Savage, the communications manager there, said. Palisades is designed to

withstand the strongest earthquake known to have struck the region in modern history, he said. Problems in Japan developed largely because of the tsunami that followed the earthquake, disabling backup generators needed to operate plant cooling systems in the event of an emergency. “Could it happen here?” Savage asked. “The answer is very unlikely because, No. 1, we are not in an earthquake-sensitive zone. No. 2, we are not susceptible for tsunamis and we have a different style of building that was designed especially for earthquakes, tornadoes or a plane crash.” Keegan agreed, but said there are risk factors, including terrorism, an electrical grid failure, tornadoes and other weather phenomena. The possibility of disaster — however remote — means plants such as Palisades should be replaced, he said. “I’m not saying (something bad) is going to happen, I’m saying there is always that potential,” Keegan said. “They talk about miniscule possibilities, but I believe with the hubris and cavalier attitude of the nuclear industry, they are going to sow the seeds of their own demise.” E-mail:


Grand Rapids School Board President Senita Lenear said she was relieved the district didn’t have to launch a superintendent search, given the academic and financial issues facing the district. She said board members look forward to Taylor’s continued leadership. “It’s a good thing to have consistency and stability at a time like this,” Lenear said of the district’s projected $25 million loss in operating revenue next school year. “We can focus.” In his statement, Taylor talked about academic gains made during his five years in Grand Rapids and continued challenges on that front, as well as facing the worst budget crisis of the decade. “After much prayerful reflection and thanks to a lot of support and encouragement locally, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the Syracuse superintendent position,” wrote Taylor, who had a death in the family and could not be reached for comment. Taylor was recruited to apply

Calvin College seminars discuss nuclear dangers BY GARRET M. ELLISON THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — Radiation spewing from a crippled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan forced people there to stay indoors today and prompted concern in the U.S. as some legislators called for a halt on construction of new nuclear plants. As the world watched the unfolding catastrophe at the plant in Japan’s Fukushima province, energy systems professor Matt Heun held a pair of seminars at Calvin College on Monday in which he addressed the issues. In Heun’s seminar, chemistry professor Ken Piers suggested there are opportunity costs to consider when constructing safety features such as radiation filters for a “very rare event.” “Should we spend the money

for the job. He has maintained he is not unhappy in Grand Rapids, nor is he concerned about potentially losing majority board support with the May school board elections. He told The Press he was drawn to the Syracuse job by the opportunity to work with the Say Yes to Education program, which pledges to secure college tuition for every Syracuse high school graduate. News that Taylor is staying drew mixed reviews. Some in the community and on the board feel he has made great strides with tight budgets by being bold and innovative, but others find his management style controlling and lacking transparency. “We invite the superintendent to reconsider his views on collaboration and look at the challenges ahead as an opportunity to engage both teachers and parents as necessary partners in reforming our practices,” said Paul Helder, head of the teachers union. E-mail:


Team members sleep over so family isn’t alone VICKSBURG — Wes Leonard’s parents sobbed as they talked to the media for the first time since their son died earlier this month after making a game-winning shot for Fennville High School. Gary and Jocelyn Leonard spoke with The Associated Press on Monday night after Schoolcraft beat Fennville, 8662, in a Michigan Class C basketball regional playoff game. “You won’t get over it, but you’ve got to get through it,” Jocelyn Leonard said after she and her husband visited Fennville’s locker room. “We couldn’t get through it without everybody helping us.” The 16-year-old Leonard died of cardiac arrest March 3 because of an enlarged heart. “He’s what every parent would wish for,” Gary Leonard said. “Losing him so sudden is just so hard. I don’t even know how to describe it.” Every night since his death, members of the team have spent the night at the Leonards’

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End of the run: Fennville coach Ryan Klinger, left, holds back his emotions Monday as Jocelyn Leonard pats him on the shoulder before entering the locker room to speak to the team after Fennville’s 86-62 loss to Schoolcraft.

house. “They don’t want us to be alone,” Jocelyn Leonard said. “Their families have loaned them to us. They sleep on the floor because I can’t let anyone in his room.” The family plans to create a cause in Wes Leonard’s name to encourage others to avoid similar deaths with screenings. “We’re going to do something

learned a thing or two from this group of teenagers. “I don’t think our team understands the ramifications down the road and what they’ll be able to draw from this,” Fennville coach Ryan Klingler said after the loss, the team’s first of the season. “For 15-, 16-, 17-yearold kids, to be able to do what they did, I think down the road they will have the strength that could be almost unbroken.” It was noted across the country, but most notably in Fennville, where a community of 1,400 filled Hope College’s DeVos Fieldhouse three times last week before doing the same Monday at Vicksburg. It caught the attention of the undefeated and secondranked Schoolcraft team, which advances to the regional finals.

“They lost, but they went out on top in my book,” Schoolcraft senior Blake Krum said. And the team caught the attention of a national championship coach just up the highway, who stepped away from his duties last week to meet with the Blackhawks and then reemphasized his admiration again Monday in East Lansing. “They have a chance — how they play, how they act, as parents and how they handle it — to maybe save other lives, or maybe help other people, or maybe help us appreciate and realize,” Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo said. “And I think that’s what they’ve done. The nation has fallen in love with Fennville.” It’s hard to play undefeated basketball for an entire


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“The probability of it is low, except that we’re seeing it now.” Schalk said Unit 1 was taken down for maintenance at Cook on Saturday, unrelated to the situation in Japan. “We’re following the situation,” Schalk said. “It will give the entire industry an opportunity to learn.” Viktoria Mitlyng, public affairs officer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said companies must document how their plants would withstand a disaster worse than the worst-case-scenario historical to the area, before they can get a license to build. In the Midwest, “we wouldn’t have a tsunami, but there could be tornadoes, flooding or earthquakes,” she said. “Even if there’s damaged fuel and there’s a certain degree of meltdown, the containment buildings are designed and constructed in such a way that even a tsunami or huge earthquake will not compromise its integrity, and it will remain as a barrier.” E-mail:

about prevention,” Jocelyn Leonard said. The Leonards said their 13-year-old son, Mitchell, got a clean bill of health from a cardiologist on Monday. More than 3,500 people — including about 70 members of the media, including a crew filming a documentary — were at Vicksburg High School to witness Fennville’s loss.

Fennville Area Fire Chief Lowell Winne watched from the baseline, near Fennville’s bench, and raved about a young man he got to know as his middle school football coach. “Its a huge loss for our community because Wes made everybody around him better,” Winne said. “When Wes walked in a room, it lifted everybody up because they wanted to be like him, and he usually made them smile.” Before Schoolcraft (23-0) pulled away in the second quarter, Vicksburg High School volunteer Adrienne Groff pumped her right fist in a steamy gym to passionately root for a team she didn’t have a connection to just a month ago. “How could you not cheer for them?” she asked. “They’re America’s sweethearts.” After the Leonards’ first interview since their son’s death, they made a point of thanking, among others, the Fennville school district; the community; basketball coach Ryan Klingler and his wife, Becky; athletic director Tony Petkus; board of education vice president Loren Barnes; and superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer. “They protected us and let us have our grieving time,” Jocelyn Leonard said.


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danger of a Japan-style disaster hitting one of Michigan’s three operating nuclear power plants. “It’s too soon to tell about the situation in Japan, and we should take a measured approach and response once we know all the facts,” said Bill Schalk, spokesman for Indiana Michigan Power Co., which operates the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in the Berrien County town of Bridgman. Also in Michigan, the Palisades Power Plant, operated by Energy Nuclear Operations Inc., is located near South Haven, and the Fermi Unit 2 nuclear plant, operated by Detroit Edison Co., is south of Monroe. Schalk said they are monitoring the Japan situation at “an industry level.” The Palisades and Cook plants are pressurized water reactors, different from the boiling water reactors that are melting down in Japan. The Fermi unit is a boiling reactor. “The risk of a big thing happening is there,” Heun said about nuclear power plants.

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on things like better evacuation systems in case there is a gas release?” he asked. “The thing about disasters is, you never seem to anticipate the actual failure mode that causes them, by definition,” Heun said. “It’s a tough and thorny issue to navigate.” Japan’s nuclear crisis followed the large earthquake off its coast Friday that sparked a devastating tsunami that left thousands dead or missing. The tsunami crippled safety systems for each of the Fukushima plant’s four nuclear reactors. Cooling system failures have led to evacuations and resulted in release of radioactive gases. Jitters over the unfolding crisis have led some U.S. legislators to call for a halt to nuclear energy construction. Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday said the U.S. needs to “put the brakes” on building new nuclear plants until “we understand the ramifications of what’s happened in Japan.” Nuclear industry spokesmen reject that kind of immediate response and said there’s no



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season. It’s far more difficult to bury a friend. But to combine both, and under an agonizing spotlight? These boys — particularly seniors Adam Siegel and DeMarcus McGee and junior Xavier Grigg, who have handled the brunt of the attention during the past two weeks — must be commended for probably the most memorable district title in school history. And there will be a legacy. Klingler said afterward that Leonard’s legacy, outside of his jump shot or his ability to throw a spiral, was in his smile. “That smile is something he brought to a classroom, a locker room, probably

church,” Klingler said. “If you were around him, he changed how you felt. You’d probably end up with a smile on your face.” The story of the 2010-11 Fennville boys basketball team is coming to a close, but it has not yet ended. Its final chapter is to put the finishing touches on its own legacy, which it began to write March 4, the first day it carried on without its fallen teammate. That legacy, which has only begun to come into focus, is one that has drawn the appreciation of an admiring community. And it’s one that would make Wes Leonard proud. E-mail:

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House approves Ford statue

The U.S. House on Monday approved a resolution to formally accept a statue of former President Gerald R. Ford. Cannon Township native Brett Grill was commissioned in 2008 to sculpt the statue, funded by the Gerald R. Ford Gerald R. Foundation. It Ford is one of two to honor Michigan leaders at the Capitol, replacing a likeness of Zacharia Chandler, a 19th-century mayor of Detroit, prominent abolitionist, four-term U.S. senator and secretary of the interior under President Ulysses S. Grant. The other Michigan statue honors Lewis Cass, Michigan’s territorial governor, U.S. senator and a secretary of war. All members of Michigan’s House delegation, including West Michigan Reps. Justin Amash and Bill Huizenga, cosponsored the resolution to accept Ford’s statue into the rotunda. A formal presentation ceremony for the Ford statue is planned May 3.

Homeless vets get reinforcements NEW CENTER WILL EXPAND CARE SERVICES FOR EX-SERVICE MEMBERS IN NEED At work: Derick White, once a homeless veteran, sorts books at his job at Goodwill Industries. His goal is to help other homeless veterans get back on their feet.


GRAND RAPIDS — Army veteran Derick White knows what it means to be down and out. “It was rough out there,” he said. He came to West Michigan in 2007 after losing work in Atlanta, staying in homeless shelters near downtown Grand Rapids. After heart surgery, he wound up at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. In 2009, White, 52, talked with a housing specialist with the




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A Wyoming girl placed third in a state poetry-reciting contest. Brittni Eller, a sophomore at Grand River Preparatory High School, was the highest local finisher in Poetry Out Loud at Michigan State University. Other local students who made the finals of the annual Michigan Humanities Council program were Zachary Anzivino, Grand Rapids Catholic Central; Evie Atwater, Forest Hills Central; Michael Ronan, the Leelanau School; Carley Van Neuren, Wellspring Preparatory High School; and Crystal Zimmerman, Jenison. Students from Forest Hills Central — Lauren Treiber in 2010 and Charles White in 2008 — twice have won the 6-year-old state contest. A Detroit Cass Tech student got $200 and a trip to next month’s national finals in Washington, D.C., for winning this year’s event. GRAND RAPIDS

Suspect admits fraud

A worker at a Marathon gas station pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in food-stamp fraud. Tuyen Khanh Nguyen pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker, who set sentencing for June 22. Nguyen, who may be subject to deportation, faces up to five years in prison. He is a nephew to Hai “Henry” Bui and his wife, Thao Thi Trinh, co-owners of the Marathon C-store at 1405 Burton St. SE. The couple and his brother, Cuong Thahn “John” Bui, also are charged. The government said workers let customers redeem food stamps and Women, Infant and Children benefits for cash, cigarettes, phone cards, gasoline and other ineligible items with a 100 percent markup, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler wrote in as indictment. The government has seized $260,000 from the defendants and has begun forfeiture proceedings.



GUN PLAIN TOWNSHIP Authorities in southwestern Michigan say Benjamin K. Selby, 15, was killed when his all-terrain vehicle flipped on a turn and landed on top of him. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department said the crash happened Sunday in a field in Gun Plain Township, about 35 miles south of Grand Rapids. Police said family members pulled the ATV off the teen and administered CPR but couldn’t save him. Police said he was wearing a helmet.

Department of Veterans Affairs and learned he qualified for a subsidized apartment. In September of that year, he moved into his own place. He now is working for Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, taking classes from the University of Phoenix with plans to one day help other veterans. “I mean, it’s been a blessing, a real blessing,” White said. Veterans Administration officials expect to help more veterans like White with the announcement

Rising star’s humble moment earns her the last laugh in a most-dignified way


Grooving to the music: Fifth-grader Malcolm Emmanual dances to “The Michael Jackson Experience” program on a Wii station in his classroom at Dickinson Elementary, one of four schools in the FIT Initiative.

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GRAND RAPIDS — At 10 a.m., Champagne Clark and her Dickinson Elementary classmates get up and get moving. On a recent day, they were mimicking the moves of Michael Jackson to some of his classics, including “Beat It” and “Bad.” Bouncing, spinning and jumping around to the “Michael Jackson: The Experience” Wii dance game meets the 30 minutes of structured physical activity that’s part of the $1 million FIT initiative, funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “The exercise helps get your heart pumping, and it’s fun,” said Champagne, 10. “The exercise also gets our brains working.” Michigan State University teamed up with the Blues and Grand Rapids Public Schools to lead the health initiative to reduce childhood obesity

Dancing along: Dickinson Elementary teacher Jenifer McFarlane leads her fifth-grade class in a FIT Initiative exercise.

by increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and collaborating with school staff and parents. “Childhood obesity is not caused by one single thing, and it’s not going to be ended by one single thing,”

The FIT initiative was launched during the 2009-10 school year. The $1 million, three-year program, funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield and led by Michigan State University, involves four Grand Rapids elementary schools. Its key objectives are to: Ê Promote a healthy lifestyle by exposing schools and their communities to healthy foods and physical activities. Ê Improve basic knowledge and attitudes about the value of physical health and nutrition. Ê Partner with existing health and fitness programs to increase impact. SOURCE: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

said Tracy Thompson, outreach specialist for MSU’s College of Human Medicine. “It takes effort at the school, in the community, as well as parents themselves to commit SEE FIT, A4

Plea deal reached in YouTube case 21-year-old will stay off sex offender registry BY JOHN S. HAUSMAN PRESS NEWS SERVICE

MUSKEGON — No state prison, no sex offender registration: The deal is done for Evan Daniel Emory. Only the jail time, probation and community service remains. Emory pleaded no contest Monday to a reduced felony count. Under the plea deal, Emory will serve 60 days in jail, two years of probation and 200 hours of community SEE YOUTUBE, A4

Faces jail time: Evan Emory, right, talks with his attorney, Terry Nolan, before pleading no contest Monday. With the plea, Emory will serve 60 days in jail, two years of probation and 200 hours of community service.



his is the sort of story that might be pocketed or refrigerated if only to remind us that “somebodys” were at one point in their life “nobodys.” It reminds us of the importance of character, how you hold yourself when no one — or everyone — is looking. It comes to you compliments of Patricia Ryan, whom I met a few weeks ago while talking to a group of senior citizens at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish on the city’s Southeast Side. The point of my talk was purposely nothing special — in fact, to honor the everyday people in our midst, who by doing the right thing and leading lives of dignity, contribute just as much to the fabric PRESS FILE PHOTO of humanity. Hollywood gold: Those are This woman’s grace the sorts of people about in an embarrassing whom I most situation won her enjoy writing. an admirer for life. They include women who still hang laundry on a line. Guys who put in a full day’s work but consider their best hour a twilight game of catch with their kid. Patricia Ryan met a woman like this many years ago. It was during the late 1950s, and Ryan was working for a Detroit advertising agency. Ryan staffed the public relations department of the firm, which represented Dodge and Chrysler. The car companies happened to be sponsors of a TV show during that era that featured this actress. It was Ryan’s job to set up a press conference so members of the media might have access to the actress, who was touring the nation to promote her show. “We had the press meet at the Book Cadillac hotel,” remembers Ryan, adding of the star that “she appeared looking oh-so youthful and bright in a pretty dress and petticoats underneath, and clear plastic high-heeled shoes. “Pure Hollywood class,” Ryan recalled. The room had been stocked ahead of time with iced water, coffee and





Slaying exam turns to defense

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HUDSONVILLE — Prosecutors last week began to weave a web of blame around Joshua Hambley, strengthened by statements from his mother and his girlfriend about his alleged slaying of John Dargis. Today in Hudsonville District Court, Hambley’s defense attorney was to try to disentangle his 18-year-old client, who faces life in prison if convicted of killing his friend. Hambley, 18, is accused of beating to death Dargis, a Zeeland classmate, on Feb. 24. A preliminary hearing begun last

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today of plans to open an expanded center for area homeless veterans. By July, the VA expects to open new facilities in leased space at 620 Century Ave. SW. It will replace the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Service Center, opened in August 1997 at 353 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids. With 6,280 square feet, the new center will more than double the space of the existing center, add room for group sessions, classes and community sessions. It also will allow for expanded home-based health care and add space for donated clothing and household goods used to assist homeless veterans. “It is a big need,” said Daleth Jean-Jules, homeless coordinator for the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. In fiscal year 2010, the Grand Rapids center assisted 536 veterans and recorded a total of 3,269 visits. As troops come home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jean-Jules expects that number to increase. “We expect that we will only see more because of the current economic climate and the various veterans coming home in the next year or two.” It is estimated that one in five veterans of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from


night. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served for at least three years, and onethird were stationed in a war zone. They are predominantly male, from urban areas and often suffer from mental illness, alcohol or substance abuse. U.S. Navy veteran Reggie Howard, 49, was homeless for several years in Grand Rapids before receiving help in 2007 at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. He received treatment for depression and substance abuse, then got his own place in a transitional housing program. He was hired in the housekeeping department for the Battle Creek center, working his way up to his current job as peer support specialist. Now he wants to see others get the same chance.

week was to continue today, after which a judge is to decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to Circuit Court. Dargis’ body was found by Hambley’s mother, Kathy Markin, in the wooded area behind her Zeeland Township mobile home. The day before, she told police, her son asked for plastic bags and a shovel before disappearing into the woods. Hambley’s girlfriend testified Hambley called her during the attack and complained it was taking Dargis longer to die than he anticipated.

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other goodies. Tables and chairs were set, and hookups provided, for radio, TV and newspaper reporters expected to flock to the event. The star of the moment appeared eager and receptive. But not a single reporter showed up. Instead of huffing and puffing about her own self-importance, the star did something very unHollywood, at least by today’s standards. She smiled. She joked. And she stuck around, kibitzing with the very people who had tried so hard to arrange some face time for this lovely woman. Ryan recalls slipping out of the event to make frantic

calls to media outlets, but to no avail. “We were just drained from the tension,” she said. On the other hand, the actress seemed unruffled. “She was polite, cheerful, talkative and gracious throughout the embarrassing event,” Ryan said. “My co-workers and I were dreading every moment, but she held us up with chatter and ‘don’t-worry-thesethings-happen’ talk.” Like I shared earlier, this was somewhere in the neighborhood of 55 years ago. Still, Ryan has never forgotten the example this actress set, when she could have pouted or brooded over the lack of attention showed, but instead carried herself with aplomb.


“I remember her sterling character whenever I see and hear about the so-called stars of today who have traded in their character for booze, drugs and greed,” Ryan said. Ever since that day, Ryan has paid special attention to the woman for whom no reporters showed. Not surprising, then, that Ryan will be in the audience tonight viewing an icon who was all but shunned one day a half-century ago, but will have thousands eating out of her hand in downtown Grand Rapids at DeVos Place, helping to headline Gilda’s LaughFest. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Betty White.

Class choreography: Jazz Johnson, center, and Michelle Gonzalez, right, lead Jenifer McFarlane’s Dickinson Elementary fifth-graders in a dance exercise.



to changes.” Thompson said tackling the problem on all three fronts is what’s different about FIT, which is in its second of three years. Besides Dickinson, students from Campus, Buchanan and Cesar E. Chavez elementary schools have been getting new tools to practice healthier lifestyles. A healthy eating coach eats lunch with students and talks to them about nutritious choices and portion sizes. “This program is not attached to weight but health,” said Jenifer McFarlane, Champagne’s teacher, who said students still have gym class. “I think the experience is making a difference because it’s increasing their awareness of healthier foods and they love exercising.” McFarlane said the students’ moms also are doing Zumba dance classes with the teachers. She said students’ parents have to embrace healthy living for the program to work. “This is a very comprehensive program,” said Cle


Budget amendment averts fire layoff THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

THORNAPPLE TOWNSHIP — A last-minute budget adjustment by the township clerk spared a fire department layoff that some department

employees were prepared to protest. Firefighters were poised to argue their case to maintain their three full-time members in addition to the full-time chief. But Monday, Clerk Sue

Vlietstra offered a surprise budget amendment. “We really have a good team of people working and I would like to see that continue,” she said, offering a plan to keep the fire position previously slotted for layoff. She said more exact numbers for expenses helped her prepare the amendment that costs the township an extra $3,150 from the proposed 2011-12 budget to maintain the firefighter.

Jackson, senior community liaison for Blue Cross Blue Shield. “Obesity really is becoming an epidemic and is a major contributor to heath care costs. This program is about promoting access to physical activity and access to healthier food options, because if you don’t have access to those two elements, it’s not going to help.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two-thirds of American adults and 15 percent of American children are overweight or obese, putting them at risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Disease related to excess weight costs the U.S. about $150 billion per year in direct medical costs. Michigan has the 10th-highest adult obesity rate and the 41st-highest childhood obesity rate among the 50 states, according to a national study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Last year, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled a plan for reducing childhood obesity within a generation, including a call for marketing healthier food. Thompson said they are

working with corner stores in school neighborhoods to support an increase in the availability of healthy, fresh, affordable foods. She said Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing also is working with the city of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department to introduce a health curriculum into its after-school programs. Teachers already have a curriculum to incorporate both movement and health education into their regular class day. “The goal is to get students to incorporate these healthy foods into their diets for their entire life,” said Thompson, who said a tracking and evaluation plan is in place for the three-year pilot. Jackson said program success, to Blue Cross, is an increase in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors associated with healthy living and an increase in physical activity on a daily basis. He said the program, with its strong community component, is set up to be sustainable after next school year. E-mail:





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service. He will not have to register as a sex offender. If Emory successfully completes probation, he will be allowed to withdraw his plea to the felony and plead to a misdemeanor instead. That will keep his record clear of a felony conviction. Emory is the 21-year-old Ravenna-area man who posted on YouTube an edited video that made it appear he was singing a sexually graphic song to a class of first-graders at Ravenna’s Beechnau Elementary School, including closeups of their faces seeming to react to the lyrics. Emory said he meant it as humor. Muskegon County Circuit Judge William Marietti scheduled sentencing for April 12. Emory will remain free in the meantime. The judge continued Emory’s $5,000 signature bond, which includes a provision that Emory avoid contact with minors — in person or electronically. The reduced charge is unlawful posting of an Internet message with aggravating circumstances. That’s a potential five-year felony, but state sentencing guidelines would not lead to a sentence that strict in

the case of Emory, who has no criminal record. Emory was charged with manufacturing child pornography, a potential 20-year felony. Conviction on that original charge would have required him to register as a sex offender for 25 years. The deal went through in a smooth courtroom proceeding shortly after 2 p.m. But it was not your everyday Muskegon County court case: The jury box was packed with representatives of local and national TV news outlets, including “Inside Edition.” The charge to which Emory pleaded usually is applied to cases of intentional harassment over the Internet. But Emory’s lawyer, Terry Nolan, said Emory did not agree that he intended to harass anyone — only that harassment was the consequence of his actions. At least one parent of a child in the video said his daughter had been teased at school over being seen in the video and had suffered emotional trauma as a result. “I was extremely outraged,” said Stephen Hellman of Ravenna. “My daughter came home crying because she was recognized.”




Snyder: Emergency financial managers rare, effective Governor wants to sign revamped system into law this week BY DAVE ALEXANDER PRESS NEWS SERVICE

MUSKEGON — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking for expanded powers for emergency financial managers, equating the system of rescuing troubled schools and local governments with private companies getting help through bankruptcy. Snyder said he wants to sign

the revamped system into law this week if the state House and Senate can come to a compromise on different details in two versions of the bill. The governor said on Monday he wants the declaration and appointment of emergency financial managers to be rare but, when needed, he wants a system that will be swift and effective. “The best equivalent to look to is what would happen if you had a bankruptcy situation,” Snyder said in a telephone interview with the Press News Service during his one-hour morning commute from Ann Arbor to Lansing.

“In many respects, we are roughly in that same situation,” Snyder said. “It really is a financial disaster. The goal there is how to Rick Snyder go through it as quickly as possible and get it back to a normal operating procedure.” The current emergency financial manager law needs to be changed to allow the state to consult with financially troubled cities, townships and school districts before a crisis arises, Snyder said. The idea

is if a financial manager is needed, the time taking over a public entity would be quick, he said. “My goal is to have an early warning system so you never really need an (emergency financial manager),” Snyder said. “If you have an EFM, you’ve reached a failure point. You need a plan to put into place to do difficult things but to do them before you reach that status.” Changes to the law have been criticized by Democrats, labor leaders and urban municipal officials because once taken over by the emergency financial manager, elected officials

could be removed from office and contracts, including labor agreements, dissolved. Certain versions of the bill caused opposition in what the emergency financial manager could be paid and whether a company instead of an individual can be appointed. Snyder said the idea of appointing a company or corporation to take over the city or school is no longer in the bill, but he said he would not discuss specifics until the Legislature comes up with a final bill. The emergency financial manager has been imposed in “less than 1 percent” of the

state’s schools and local governments, Snyder said. However, the governor’s proposed budget makes some dramatic cuts in state-shared revenues to local governments and perpupil state aid to schools that could throw other governments and schools into financial crisis. Snyder said he has two specific suggestions on how local governments and schools can overcome the state funding cuts. He said he will provide more details on his proposals for government reform in an address next week and a talk on school reform in April.


GRAND RAPIDS — Organizers of a statewide blitz to drum up support for rallies and other shows of opposition to Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget offered their own ideas for sharing the sacrifice Monday but avoided any specific proposals for more taxes. In Grand Rapids, Doug Kerr didn’t mind taking on the issue. “Why isn’t anyone talking about an income tax increase? I’m in poverty. I make $20,000 a year, and I can give more,” said Kerr, who will turn 29 in April and has a young child. “If everybody has to suffer, we can all suffer together.” Kerr was among a dozen people who turned out for the Grand Rapids stop in Progress Michigan’s statewide tour aimed at highlighting what they consider inequities in Snyder’s state budget proposal. They gathered in front of Solidus Design at Hall Street SE and

Fuller Avenue. A handful of speakers representing teachers, corrections workers and retirees renewed the charge that Snyder’s spending plan favors corporations over students, the middle class and senior citizens. “We know these are tough times in Michigan. We also believe that real solutions must go beyond cuts alone and include reforms and revenue,” said Steve Reck of the Service Employees International Union Local 517M, representing about 4,500 state employees in Lansing, who introduced the speakers. The Grand Rapids stop was one of 10 statewide. The group hopes to build interest and participation for more rallies at the Capitol, where lawmakers are close to finalizing legislation to grant authority to emergency financial managers to take over struggling cities and schools. Also in labor organizers’ sites are bills that would repeal prevailing wage laws for employees on public projects and another measure that would prevent teachers from receiving step-increases in pay during contract talks. “Politicians have it backwards

by giving indiscriminate tax breaks of $1.7 billion to businesses,” Reck said. Jim Emmert, a Grand Rapids retiree, explained why he opposes taxing pensions. Currently, public pensions are exempted from taxes, as is most private pension income. Studies have shown Michigan is one of only four states with an income tax that exempts pension income. “Some of us are making a decision about whether we will buy our medicine or buy our food,” Emmert said. “It does sound pretty fair if everyone is going to pay a flat tax of 4.25 percent. However that $1,275 tax on my $30,000 income makes a lot bigger hole in my pocket than the $3,400 tax will be on the person making $80,000. Proponents of taxing pensions point to the unfairness of taxing the income of senior citizens who are working and exempting pension income. A 2009 Pew Center study identified Michigan as one of 10 cash-strapped states with growing, aging populations contributing little to the services demanded.

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GRAND RAPIDS — The triple disaster in Japan — earthquake, tsunami and evacuation from nuclear power plant areas — will be “immensely taxing” on the Japanese Red Cross, said David B. Meltzer, senior vice president of the American Red Cross. But at least Japan has resources as a highly developed nation, and the Red Cross there not only has relief workers, but hundreds of doctors and nurses on staff to respond immediately. It was different in Haiti, Meltzer said. Meltzer was in town Monday to talk to the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, giving an update on relief and recovery efforts 14 months after an earthquake devastated Portau-Prince. Considering that rubble lies in the city among remains of victims and hundreds of thousands still are homeless, casual observers may think recovery is slow. But Meltzer said to consider this: Haiti’s earthquake killed about 25 percent of the workforce of an already weak government. Of 27 government buildings in the capital city, 25 were destroyed. The quake made about 1.5 million people homeless in an impoverished country. “A city that took decades or centuries to build was destroyed in a day, and it’s both the political and economic capital of the country,” he said. Meanwhile, the American Red Cross and other relief agencies prevented further disaster. There was no mass starvation and no major outbreak of communicable diseases. A recent 50 percent increase in the price of rice, a staple, has not led to malnutrition, he said. “The conditions, while tough, did not result in a second disaster. So we’ve done a good job in the largest

Donors warned of fund scams THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — In the wake of the earthquake that struck Japan Friday, the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan is warning of potential fraudulent charities that could try to scam donors. It urged donors to visit charity to research relief organizations and ensure they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and meet standards for accountability. Donors should use caution when giving online, and see if an organization’s website clearly defines what they are able to do to address immediate needs. urban disaster since World War II,” Meltzer said. The American Red Cross provides free, clean water for 316,000 people a day in Haiti, where a third of the people lacked access before the quake. “We hope to leave people better off than they were before the quake,” Meltzer said. “Recovery has always taken awhile,” he said. “In Kobe, Japan, it took seven years to recover from an earthquake — in an industrial country. It can’t be rebuilt in a year.” The Red Cross’s recovery program after the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean ended on time and on budget, he said, and many people had homes or plumbing for the first time. “So we know it’s possible to recover,” he said. E-mail:

St. Cecilia joins ArtPrize Musicians will be part of this year’s competition BY JEFFREY KACZMARCZYK THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — ArtPrize 2011 is welcoming St. Cecilia Music Center as a display site for the third exhibition and competition this fall. The 128-year-old cultural institution plans to focus on live music and performance for the exhibition founded in 2009 by Rick DeVos. Performance art has been a small part of the first two events, and organizers hope to expand it for the third ArtPrize. “We sometimes call ArtPrize the world’s largest excuse to get creative,” DeVos said. Venue registration for ArtPrize 2011 opened Monday for stores, banks, factories, hospitals, restaurants and museums interested in hosting artwork for the exhibition opening Sept. 21. St. Cecilia Music Center joins the seven returning exhibition centers as the first to be listed as participating venues on ArtPrize’s website. “We’re thrilled to be a new exhibition center to ArtPrize and in particular to bring music in a new way,” said Cathy Holbrook, executive director of St. Cecilia. St. Cecilia is seeking to host musical acts of a wide range of genres, both indoors in its historic building and in a tent outdoors in its parking lot at Ransom Avenue and East Fulton Street. “We hope it’ll be a little like the feeling of Festival of the Arts,” Holbrook


Center stage: The auditorium at St. Cecilia Music Center will host musical performances in a wide range of styles as part of ArtPrize 2011.

said. St. Cecilia hopes to have a live performance by each of its entries during the first week and first round of voting during ArtPrize. Whether a live performance will be a requirement has yet to be decided. But participating artists will be required to submit audio and video recordings in advance, and St. Cecilia will create a “listening station” for registered voters to sample work from all of the entries before casting votes that will help determine the winners of nearly $450,000 in prize money. The eight exhibition centers for ArtPrize 2011 all will be open for free during ArtPrize’s official hours. In addition to St. Cecilia, the other seven exhibition centers are Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Valley State University, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Women’s City Club and the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Cathedral Square. E-mail:

Sex assault brings prison term BY JOHN AGAR THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — A former Rockford Ambulance paramedic was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen and taking explicit photos of the boy. Louis Kalozi last spring took the teen on a trip to Hammond, Ind., where he took advantage of him, authorities say. When the teen’s mother found out that he had molested her son, she confronted Kalozi, who “made a dramatic exit” and said he would kill himself. Police eventually arrested Kalozi for a gun charge, sexual assault and child pornography. During a police search of Kalozi’s computer, investigators found child pornography and images of the undressed victim.

In a sentencing memo, the defense said Kalozi, 48, had been molested as an 11-year-old by a church janitor but never reported the incident or received treatment. “Mr. Kalozi has Louis Kalozi committed crimes which are all too common for victims of sexual abuse. He understands the seriousness of his conduct and the fact that he now will be punished,” attorney Scott Graham wrote. The government told U.S. District Judge Janet Neff that Kalozi deserved a long sentence. Once he is released from prison, Kalozi will be on supervised release for 10 years. E-mail:

GALLARDO — Emma Gallardo, age 81, of Wyoming, went to be ENDINGS with her Lord on Sunday, March 13, 2011. She was preceded in death by CLARK — Harold G. Clark, Jr., age 57, her husband, Marcelino; her daughter, of Greenville. Elaine Gallardo; and sister, Celia Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, (800) 270-5691 Sepulveda. She will be lovingly reGAMELIN — Harry Joseph Gamelin Jr., membered by her children, Larry and Linda Gallardo, Nancy Gallardo, aged 72, of Grand Rapids. Diane Gallardo; grandsons, Allen, Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, 534-8656 Jason, Christopher Gallardo; great KULCZYSKI — Victor A. Kulczyski Sr., grandchildren, Andrew Gallardo, age 73, of Holton. Kiera Patterson, Ema-Leigh Gallardo Crandell - Fremont, (231) 924-0800 and Davion; sister, Dora Rodriguez; many nieces and nephews. Funeral SHOFFNER (BELT) — Mrs. Emma M. services will be held Thursday 11:00 Shoffner (Belt), 87, of Grand Rapids. a.m. at Abundant Life Church of God ARSULOWICZ BROTHERS, WEST, (616) 458-1297 (Wyoming), 4041 Byron Center Ave. SINKE — Mr. John Sinke, aged 94, of SW, with Pastor Dale Cross officiatWyoming. ing. Interment Grandville Cemetery. Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel 243-0176 Those who wish may make memorial WILLISON — Ms. Mary Jane (Willson- contributions to the National Kidney Sella), age 69, of Grand Rapids. Foundation or American Diabetes Beuschel Funeral Home, 785-3863 Association. Relatives and friends may meet the family Tuesday 2 to 4 ZIELKE — Mr. Ralph Charles Zielke, p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday age 68, of Cedar Springs. 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 p.m. at The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, 866-1515 Matthysse-Kuiper–DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville), 4145 Chicago Drive. Condolences may be sent onBITUARIES line at



BAKHUYZEN — Rena (Trijntje) Bakhuyzen (Booi), age 90, of Grandville, passed on to glory to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday evening, March 12, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dirk in 1998; son and daughter, Dirk II and Janna in 1954; son-in-law, Larry Holst in 2004; and great grandson, Ethan Bakhuyzen in 2005. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Simon and Linda Bakhuyzen, Lambertus and LaVonne Bakhuyzen, Rena Holst, Tina and Frederick Droski, Dirk Jr. and Phyllis Bakhuyzen, Henry and Laura Bakhuyzen, Mary and Dan VanOeveren, Gerald and Kim Bakhuyzen; 25 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; brother, Henk Booi of The Netherlands; sisters-in-law, Alice Poelman of Centennial, CO, Willie Bakhuyzen of Canada; brother-in-law, Hank and Martee Bakhuyzen of Kalamazoo; many nieces and nephews in the states and in The Netherlands. When Rena was still able to drive, her ministry was to visit those church members who were confined to their homes or in care facilities. Private burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial Celebration will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Roosevelt Park Community CRC, 811 Chicago Drive SW, Wyoming with Rev. Reginald Smith officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville), 4145 Chicago Drive. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all the caregivers of Cambridge Manor and Sunset Home Health who consistently provided excellent and compassionate care to Rena during her illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Potter’s House School or Cambridge Manor, a nonprofit program of Baruch Senior Ministries. Condolences may be sent online at

FLORES (BENNETT) — A Memorial Service for Fay-Lynn Bennett Flores will be Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested toward funeral expenses. ARSULOWICZ BROTHERS WEST MORTUARY 585 Stocking N.W.

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GENAUTIS — Geraldine Louise (Spencer) Genautis, age 69, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 14th, with her loving three children by her side. Geraldine was born and raised in Grand Rapids. She was a graduate of Creston High School. Gerry was a devoted mother and grandmother. Geraldine will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren: Pam (Bruce) Wittenbach and their children, Shelby, Samantha and Auston; Vickey Cochran and her son, Chase; John Genautis and his children, Abbie and Jonathan. Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Helen Spencer; her husband and father of her children, John Genautis; and her special friend of over 30 years, Chuck Arnold. Gerry was homebound in recent years and she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and faithful canine companion, Devon. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Ave. NE with Pastor John Frey as celebrant. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Memorials can be made to Kent County Humane Society. Gerry’s children would like to especially thank all of the nurses and caregivers who so lovingly and compassionately cared for her over these past several months. A special thank you to her family, friends and neighbors, who cared for and supported Gerry for several years. We are eternally grateful to you all.

H E G E D U S — Glenna Elaine Hegedus, (Jan. 7, 1930 – Feb. 26, 2011), former resident of Muskegon and Grand Rapids, was born in Muskegon to Martin and Vertie Looyengoed. She married Joseph Hegedus on November 9, 1957 at Sacred Heart church in Muskegon Heights. She spent most of her life in Michigan before retiring to Sun City, AZ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Hegedus in 1986. She is survived by her children, Mark Hegedus, Amy Pitak (Charlie), Shari West (Tim), and Paul Hegedus; siblings, Robert (Darlene) Looyengoed, Janet Cavalier and Dale Looyengoed; and several grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen church in Grand Rapids followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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KENT — Mr. John H. Kent, age 95, of Casnovia, MI, died Sunday, March 13, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 10, 1915 to Francis and Mary (Dangl) Kent. John married Rose Videtich on June 21, 1941. He was a life time member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council #4404 of Casnovia/Kent City, the Michigan Farm Bureau, and the National Electrical Contractors Assoc. John had owned and operated Kent Electric Co. before retiring. Survivors include his wife, Rose; his eleven children, John Kent of Grand Rapids, Mary (Stuart) Goodfellow of Kent City, Rosanne (Tom) Stream of Conklin, Richard (Nikki) Kent of Casnovia, Linda (Howard) Miller of Howell, Frances (Dewey) Shaw of Casnovia, James (Sandra) Kent of Hancock, Robert Kent of Newaygo and Mark (Jaimi) Kent of Casnovia, Therese Kent of Grand Rapids, and David (Gayle) Kent of Cape Town, South Africa; his 25 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Ruth Bartels of Zeeland, Margaret Goldschneider of Florida, Helen Wright of Fruitport, and Mary Jane (Russell) Winsemius of Muskegon; and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by a grandson, Eric John Goodfellow, a brother, Howard Kent and two sisters, Florence Van Tongren and Esther Breeden. The Funeral Liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Conklin and burial will follow in its cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moss Ridge Golf Club at 13545 Apple Ave., Ravenna, and where the Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. Visitation also at the church one hour prior to Mass. Memorial donations to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Pachesny-Jend, (231) 722-2488

KINDER — Mrs. Catherine “Kate” A. Kinder, aged 88, of Wyoming, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, her daughters, Mary McGee and Margaret Merizon and her son, Patrick Kelly. Surviving are her children, Patricia McNamara, Jack and Faith Kelly, Cathy and Jack Ortman, Colleen and Dan Vasquez; a son-in-law, Mark Merizon; 24 grandchildren and many great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mrs. Kinder was a retiree of the General Motors Trim plant on Alpine Ave. N.W. and a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. A service to commemorate her life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, Van Strien – Creston Chapel, 1833 Plainfield N.E. with Rev. Michael Alber officiating. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation would be appreciated. To read more of Catherine’s life, share a memory or sign the online register book please visit

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Amway Japan President John Parker announced Monday that Amway Japan Limited and parent company Amway will provide 100 million yen, or approximately $1.2 million, in cash and product donations to support relief efforts in Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The donation will come from the company, its distributors and employees. It will be dispensed in partnership with distributors and relief agencies in the region, especially those which focus on children in keeping with Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children. Amway is matching donations from its global employees and distributors up to $250,000, through March 21. Amway North America is accepting online donations for The Red Cross at WYOMING

Resale proposal hearing

A Planning Commission hearing is planned for 7 p.m. today on a proposal to permit resale shops throughout the city. City code now prohibits secondhand stores in many zones, but officials report increased demand for usedgoods sales by retail landlords and prospective tenants. “I was shocked at how busy they were,” said Doug Kochneff, chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, who toured several resale shops. “Obviously, the price is right and there’s a need.” The DDA initially was hesitant about opening Wyoming Town Center to more used goods. But the board now supports the current proposal, which would allow resale shops with a special-use permit and a 250foot minimum distance from other secondhand stores.


Kindel emphasizes regional focus Furniture company pulls out of International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C. BY SHANDRA MARTINEZ THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — The venerable Kindel Furniture Co. is breaking with tradition and shaking up its marketing strategy. The Grand Rapids furniture maker is pulling out of the semi-annual International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C. For decades, the century-old company has been a fixture at what is billed as the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show. Now, instead of showcasing its furniture for a week in April and October in North Carolina, the company’s strategy is to reach out directly to interior designers who buy its pieces. The focus will be on smaller, regional

trade shows and store events. “It was a very expensive endeavor to rent space for a year and show twice a year,” said Amy Wolbert, Kindel’s vice president of marketing. Meanwhile, Hekman Furniture Co., a division of Zeeland-based Howard Miller, is sticking with High Point. Hekman moved out of its space — upstairs from Kindel’s 9,000-squarefoot space — two years ago but didn’t go far. The company relocated its 35,000 square feet of showroom space to the Market’s main building to be more visible to retail buyers and interior designs. “We see High Point as a viable option,” said Dan Masters, president of the family-owned business. “We still write a lot of business at the market and put a lot of attention there.” Kindel is betting that using several different approaches, such as smaller shows, slick ads and a public relations campaign, will produce better results than two weeks at High Point. This week, Kindel will be showcasing its latest offerings in New York City at the Architectural Digest Home Show and in May at the International

The small things: Keighly Karel, above, works on a claw foot at Kindel Furniture Co. on Eastern Avenue SE, in Kentwood. Left, Bill Bloemendaal hand carves a chair. PRESS PHOTOS/ JON M. BROUWER

Contemporary Furniture Fair. Kindel is also partnering with boutiques that sell its furniture for major events. “We feel that being in New York is going to get us closer to our customers

and major market,” Wolbert said. Kindel hired the New York City public relations firm Susan Becher and Associates for 2011 to develop SEE KINDEL, A11




RAND RAPIDS — While statistics show millions of dollars and hours are wasted while workers indulge in the college basketball extravaganza known as March Madness, many businesses in Grand Rapids embrace it.


Company invests $1.24M

Knape and Vogt Manufacturing Company is investing $1.24 million to move its John Sterling Corporation operations to the KV headquarters and manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids and the distribution facility in Wyoming. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation estimates the facility will bring 213 jobs to Michigan by 2016 and increase government revenue by more than $2.7 million. The company is receiving a Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credit for the investment.

The First Four round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship begins today. The second round, which entails 32 games from noon to 9:55 p.m., happens on Thursday and Friday. A study by consulting company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. has crunched the numbers to show how the sporting event impacts business activity. Challenger predicts 8.4 million business hours will be spent watching college basketball. It multiplied that figure by the average private-sector hourly earnings, which is $22.87 per hour, estimating inactive workers during March Madness costs businesses $192 million. Rob McCarty and his co-workers at The Image Shoppe on

Diamond Avenue SE will bring their workloads to Peppino’s Downtown Grille and Pizzeria for a work-in fundraiser on Friday to watch a slew of college basketball games. “Most people used it as a way to do team building. It was a good opportunity for people to take the team out for pizza and watch games,” said Steve Faver, director of the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the fundraiser’s beneficiary. “There are other benefits to people having a good time,” said McCarty, “What might not be good for one business is great for others. This is great for our friends at Peppino’s, who are getting business they normally wouldn’t have.” The tournament is more than welcome at Open Systems Technologies, 605 Seward Ave. NW. The staff calls in food caterers for basketball-shaped cheese wheels and decorates the office for their annual NCAA Tournament tip-off party. “It’s not a distraction whatsoever, it’s our bosses’ favorite event,” marketing director Alyson Sack said. She said the company expects around 400 people to celebrate the sporting event at their offices during work hours on Thursday. SEE MADNESS, A11



Quicken trial nears end

Attorneys for Quicken Loans portrayed former employees who are suing the company for overtime pay as greedy and dishonest during closing arguments Monday in a trial that will determine if the company shortchanged more than 300 people who peddled mortgages over the phone. The trial, which began Feb. 8, has centered on whether work at the online mortgage giant was primarily sales, which would qualify the brokers for millions in overtime under federal law. Quicken, however, claims an overtime exemption for administrative work in the financial industry should apply.





Atomic adds 30 jobs

Atomic Object LLC, a software development service company, plans to add 30 high-paying jobs to its company here within the next five years. Atomic is receiving a state MEGA tax credit to support a new growth that will create new internal divisions and building infrastructure improvements. The company will invest $983,000 for the project. Atomic employs 26 people.

Manufacturer to create 180 jobs in Michigan Multi Packaging Solutions Inc. receives $865,119 tax credit BY URSULA ZERILLI THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

HOLLAND — Multi Packaging Solutions Inc., a national packaging and printing manufacturer, is expanding its facilities and creating about 180 jobs in Michigan after receiving a $865,119 state tax credit. MPS hopes to welcome 63 employees in the first year of the expansion and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation expects the project

to create 180 manufacturing jobs by 2014. The company, which was established in 2004, has experienced growth in its pharmaceutical carton business. To meet growing demands, MPS is investing about $5.3 million into expanding the Steketee-Van Huis Inc. branch in Holland and Digital Imaging Group in Allegan. Cartons and labels are produced at the locations. SVH was founded in 1928 and is a subsidiary of MPS. It employes 94 people. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority credit, along with possible city tax abatements from Holland and Allegan, allowed MPS to expand in

Michigan instead of in one of four competing states. Spreading the expansion among existing locations in other states would have saved the company more than $4 million in capital investment. The company chose to stay in Michigan because of a proven workforce and savings from the credits. Four of Multi Packaging’s 14 facilities are located in Michigan. “We’ve invested significant capital in these facilities over the last five years to upgrade and enhance our capabilities in response to customer needs,” said Company President Dennis Kaltman. “Our expansion in Allegan and Holland reaffirms our commitment to expand in the state of

Michigan to support our next phase of growth.” The MEGA credit will be spread over a four-year span. An estimated $300,000 in leasing costs, among other costs, will be alleviated with the credit. Allegan is considering a $128,000 12-year property tax abatement and Holland is considering a $141,491 12-year property abatement or a $182,318 six-year personal property tax abatement. The company expects job growth at other locations such as The John Henry Co. in Lansing and The Printery in Holland as well. E-mail:




New options: Willy Olund with his wife Carla, left, and manager Julie Stevens will produce gluten-free food products, including pizza crust, in their Holland facility.

Pizza maker opens gluten-free kitchen Willy O’s Pizza & Grille will make hot, frozen, and take-and-bake BY MYRON KUKLA THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

HOLLAND — There’s some hot news baking up for food lovers who can’t eat wheat and certain grains because of gluten intolerance, know as celiac disease. Willy Olund — co-owner of Willy O’s Pizza & Grille of South Haven — is taking his international award-winning, gluten-free pizzas into mass production at a commercial kitchen in Holland. “Everybody loves our glutenfree crusts. We’ve got stores that want to carry it and restaurants that want to serve it, so we’re opening Willy O’s Gluten-Free Products,” said Olund of the 5,000-squarefoot commercial kitchen that starts production Monday at 592 Myrtle Ave.

Get it hot, or cold

The facility will have a retail store where people can buy their gluten-free pizza hot out of the oven, frozen or as “take and bake.” Cost for a one-topping pizza ranges from $8.75 for a small to $13 for a large. The retail store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Company co-owner and Willy’s wife, Carla Olund, said the kitchen also will produce and sell dips like spinach and artichoke and bean dip, frozen packaged meals, pasta and baking flour — all gluten free from Willy’s secret recipes. “The problem with glutenfree pizza dough is it isn’t tasty and doesn’t get crisp. It took us two years to develop one that bakes right and tastes great,” said Willy Olund, who opened Willy O’s Pizza at 08960 M-140 in South Haven in 2008.

Award-winning reputation

In 2010, his pizzas took first place in the non-traditional pizza category and second for best pizza at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas. That won him a spot on the World Pizza Championship Team made up of the best 50 pizza chefs in the world in Lecce, Italy last November, where he took home top honors for his gluten-free pizza. “There are not many people in the world who have the talent and poise like Willy does. His pizza-making skills, especially



in gluten-free, are top notch,” said teammate Tony Gemignani, nine-time World Pizza Champion and founder of the World Pizza Champions.

Celiac disease

People with gluten intolerance, known as celiac disease, cannot digest grain-based products made from wheat, rye, barley and oats. They are toxic to their systems and can produce symptoms including diarrhea, weight loss, malnutrition and other gastrointestinal disorders. The disease is hereditary and can lead to other fatal diseases, such as stomach cancer and lymphoma, according to the celiac disease website, www. It is estimated one in 133 people suffer from the disease. Willy Olund’s search for the best gluten-free flour and pizza recipes began because his family has a history of celiac disease. Carla Olund said they developed their recipe by experimenting with different combinations of other nongluten grains — there are more than 50 of them — to create Willy O’s secret recipe.

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All about teamwork: After perfecting an international prize-winning gluten-free pizza for their Willy O’s Pizza & Grille restaurant in South Haven, Carla and Willy Olund are opening a Holland factory to produce and sell gluten-free products nationally.



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While commercial production for stores and restaurants still is a few months off, the Olunds already have interest from Nature’s Market in Holland and Saffron Gluten Free Market in Grand Rapids and restaurants like Spectators in Saugatuck. They also have a national food service chain wanting to carry the product. “Most gluten-free pizza on the market tastes like cardboard. Willy O’s makes a very delicious gluten-free crust that is awesome,” said Diane Slayer, co-owner of Nature’s Market. Having new outlets for gluten-free products is good news for people who have celiac disease, said Chris Flood, Nutrition Education Coordinator for South Haven Community Hospital and head of the South Haven Celiac Association. “People who have celiac disease have to be very careful of what they order when they eat out,” she said Flood, who has the disease, is a big fan of Willy O’s glutenfree pizza and deserts. “I use gluten-free products and I’d say Willy is going to become known as a pioneer in the field of gluten-free products. Going into national production will be great for people who suffer from celiac disease,” she said.


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Attention to detail: Gordon Evans, above, uses a CNC machine to make parts at Kindel Furniture Co. on Eastern Ave. in Kentwood. Bill Bloemendaal, left, hand carves a chair. PRESS PHOTOS/JON M. BROUWER


the company’s relationship with editors and bloggers who cover the upscale design industry. The company’s marketing budget also includes a national advertising campaign to showcase its furniture, especially its Dorothy Draper Collection and new HB Home Collections in glossy magazine ads. Kindel ads will appear in three issues of the trade magazine Interior Design beginning this month and in six issues of Elle Décor magazine starting in May. “Increasing brand awareness will help us become more visible to the interior designers,” Wolbert said. While the company continues to make its trademark reproductions, Kindel is creating classic designs with modern twists as well. “It’s not your grandmother’s Kindel,” said Wolbert. “Since we’ve been around for more than 100 years, there’s an impression that Kindel is old and stuffy. It’s not.” Kindel has undergone its own evolution in recent years, from new leadership to last summer’s merger with The Taylor Co., a Wyoming manufacturer of high-end, wooden and veneered components that supplies Kindel and other furniture manufacturers.

Kindel has since moved its operations into Taylor’s Wyoming plant at 4047 Eastern Ave. SE, where it now employs 113 workers. The company continues to make all of its furniture in West Michigan, with a growing number of the pieces custom-made. With Taylor’s products now part of the mix, there’s a chance

the next big furniture show for Kindel will be NeoCon in Chicago, where many West Michigan office and health companies showcase their latest designs in June. “That is definitely something we are considering for the future,” Wolbert said. E-mail:

A study by OfficeTeam found 57 percent of office managers agree that when it comes to March Madness, as long as celebrating is in moderation, it’s OK. Losing $192 million to the annual competition seems painful, but the study notes it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the 3.7 billion hours the American workforce puts in each week. Challenger claims information technology teams see the real impact in terms of bandwidth usage. Corporate Technologies LLC Director Matt Clarin said as demand increases for 24-hour media access, more people are expected to work after they leave the office. Employers are less likely to squawk about personal browsing — or game watching — when they are calling workers after business hours anyway. Jim Martin, owner of JRM Technical Services, has received some March Madness calls, but they are not from business owners. “(Residents) want to speed their computers up to watch the game,” Martin said. E-mail:

“It’s not a distraction whatsoever, it’s our bosses’ favorite event.” — Alyson Sack, marketing director

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Radiation levels fuel panic



SOMA, Japan — Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors today after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami. In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from four reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima state, one of the hardest-hit areas in Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that has killed more than 10,000 people, plunged millions into misery and pummeled the world’s third-largest economy. Although Kan and other officials urged calm, today’s developments fueled a growing panic in Japan and around the world amid uncertainty over what would happen next. The International Atomic Energy Agency said today that Japanese officials told it the reactor fire was in the storage pond — a pool where used nuclear fuel is kept cool — and that “radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere.” In the worst case scenario, the reactor’s core would completely melt down, a disaster that could spew large amounts of radioactity into the atmosphere. Officials just south of Fukushima reported up to 100 times the normal levels of radiation this morning, Kyodo News agency reported. While those figures are worrying if there is prolonged exposure, they are far from fatal. Tokyo reported slightly elevated radiation levels, but officials said the increase was too small to threaten the 39 million people in and around the capital, about 170 miles away. Closer to the stricken nuclear complex, the streets in the coastal city of Soma were empty as the few residents who remained there heeded the government’s warning to stay indoors. Kan and other officials warned there is danger of more leaks and told people living within 19 miles of the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex to stay indoors to avoid exposure that could make people sick. “Please do not go outside. Please stay indoors. Please close windows and make your homes airtight,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told residents in the danger zone. “These are figures that potentially affect health. There is no mistake about that.” Weather forecasts for Fukushima were for snow and wind from the northeast this evening, blowing southwest toward Tokyo, then shifting and blowing west out to sea. That’s important because it shows which direction a possible nuclear cloud might blow. The nuclear crisis is the worst Japan has faced since the atomic bombing

Knife-wielding bank suspect killed by officer

LANSING — Lansing police said an officer shot and killed a knifewielding woman they found while answering a call about a bank break-in. Police said the incident happened about 3:30 a.m. Monday. First Lt. Dan Pekrul said three officers found the woman inside the bank and said she lunged at one of them. Pekrul said that officer shot her.


Search: Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members on Monday search for victims of Friday’s tsunami in Miyako.

Mourning: Relatives of tsunami victims console each other Monday outside an emergency morgue in Iwaki City, Japan.

of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. It also is the first time such a grave nuclear threat has been raised in the world since a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, exploded in 1986. About 70,000 people already had been evacuated from a 12-mile radius from the Dai-ichi complex. About 140,000 remain in the new warning zone. Workers were desperately trying to stabilize three reactors at the power plant that exploded in the wake of Friday’s quake and tsunami, after losing their ability to cool down and releasing

LANSING — Michigan wildlife officials are asking people not to interfere with members of American Indian tribes who use spears or other traditional means of catching fish this spring. The Department of Natural Resources says two 19th-century treaties allow tribes in Michigan to establish their own fishing regulations. A legal agreement in 2007 between the state and five northern Michigan tribes defined their inland hunting, fishing and gathering rights. Department fisheries division supervisor Nick Popoff said people who


Diamond, Cooper, Waits lead rock class

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits led this year’s class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, joined by piano maestros Leon Russell and Dr. John and “Wall of Sound” singer Darlene Love. AP PHOTO:

Leon Russell: Backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday in New York.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The driver of a bus in a horrific weekend crash that killed 15 people in New York City should not have been able to get behind the wheel because he once used an alias with police when he received several traffic violations, two state officials said Monday. Ophadell Williams was ticketed in 1995 for speeding and twice for driving without a license, using the alias of Erik Williams, the officials said. His driving privileges, under the alias, were suspended when the 40-year-old driver didn’t address the charges. The revelations about Williams — a convicted felon with a 20-yearold manslaughter conviction — prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to launch an investigation into how Williams was able to hold a valid commercial driver’s license. A 15th person died Monday in the Saturday morning crash.

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‘Battle: L.A.’ tops box office

“Battle: Los Angeles” topped the domestic box office this past weekend with a $36 million opening. The two other new films this weekend — “Red

some radiation. Since the quake, engineers have been injecting seawater into the reactors as a last-ditch coolant. A fourth reactor that had been shut down before the quake caught fire today and more radiation was released, Edano said. The fire was put out. Even though the fourth reactor was shut down, the fire there was believed to be the source of the elevated radiation. “It is likely that the level of radiation increased sharply due to a fire at Unit 4,” Edano said. “Now we are talking about levels that can damage human health. These are readings

think they see illegal activity can report it at 800-292-7800.

35 years for ‘reign of terror’

DETROIT — The former president of a Detroit motorcycle club has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a judge who says the group caused a “reign of terror” in the city. A lawyer said the punishment for Joseph Whiting, 56, could become a life sentence because of his health problems. Known as “Little Joe,“ Whiting was one of six members of the Highwaymen convicted last summer of a racketeering conspiracy.

Riding Hood” and “Mars Needs Moms” — didn’t fare as well. “Mars,” which cost $150 million to produce, earned $6.8 million in its debut. The film landed in the No. 5 spot. “Rango,” in its second weekend, earning about $23.1 million for the No. 2 spot. “Red Riding Hood,” starring Amanda Seyfried, opened to about $14.1 million, well below expectations. “Red Riding Hood” came in at No. 3, followed by “The Adjustment Bureau,” which earned about $11.5 million in its second weekend.

Aflac dumps duck actor

Aflac Inc. said Monday it has fired Gilbert Gottfried, the abrasive voice of the insurer’s quacking

taken near the area where we believe the releases are happening. Far away, the levels should be lower.” He said another reactor whose containment building exploded Monday had not contributed greatly to the increased radiation. Edano said that reactor, and another, Unit 3, had stabilized, but the status of Unit 2 was unclear. Temperatures in two other reactors, units 5 and 6, were slightly elevated, Edano said. “The power for cooling is not working well and the temperature is gradually rising, so it is necessary to control it,” he said. Officials said 50 workers, all of them wearing protective radiation gear, were still trying to pump water into the reactors to cool them. They say 800 other staff were evacuated. The fires and explosions at the reactors have injured 15 workers and military personnel and exposed up to 190 people to elevated radiation. In Tokyo, slightly higher-than-normal radiation levels were detected today but officials insisted there are no health dangers. “The amount is extremely small, and it does not raise health concerns. It will not affect us,” Takayuki Fujiki, a Tokyo government official said. The death toll from last week’s earthquake and tsunami jumped today as police confirmed the number killed had topped 2,700, although that news was overshadowed by the nuclear crisis. Officials have said previously that at least 10,000 people may have died in Miyagi province alone.

Man kills self after robbery

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Russians are hiking the price of rocket rides for U.S. astronauts — to nearly $63 million. The price goes up in 2014 for an astronaut to fly to and from the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The old contract charged less than $56 million apiece.

Wis. unions rush to reach deals

MADISON, Wis. — School boards and local governments across Wisconsin are rushing to reach agreements with unions before a new law takes effect and erases their ability to collectively bargain over nearly all issues other than minimal salary increases. The law doesn’t go into effect until the day after Secretary of State Doug La Follette publishes it and it doesn’t supersede contracts already in place. La Follette said Monday that he will delay publication until the latest day possible, March 25. The Democrat opposed the bill. “This is the biggest change in Wisconsin labor management history in 50 years,” La Follette said, describing his reasoning for holding off on its enactment.


Gadhafi rules by day, rebels by night

TOBRUK, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi’s warplanes, artillery and mortar shells can control huge swaths of territory by day, including oil ports, rebel supply routes and even hostile towns. Rebels say anti-government forces can still return in darkness to take advantage of Gadhafi’s thin supply lines and overstretched ground troops. The eastern port city of Brega has gone back and forth with the setting of the sun and is key to the battle for Libya’s oil centers — so key that both sides claimed control Monday.

DETROIT — A man suspected in the holdup of a restaurant is believed to have committed suicide. Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the man fired several shots at an officer Monday before he took his own life. Haddad said at least two men robbed the Starters restaurant about 9 a.m. An employee called 911 and gave a description of their car. Dearborn officers tried to stop the car two miles away in Detroit. Two men ran from the car. One was caught. The other ran into a neighborhood before shooting himself.

CAIRO — The European Union’s foreign policy chief says a no-fly zone over Libya should be on the table at a proposed summit of the EU, Arab League and African Union to discuss developments in the Middle East. Catherine Ashton says all options should be discussed, including a no-fly zone. The Arab League has asked the U.N. to impose the flight ban to try to stop Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi’s airstrikes.

duck in the U.S., after the comedian posted jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Twitter over the weekend. The tasteless tweets are particularly problematic for Aflac because it does 75 percent of its business in Japan. One in four homes in Japan buys health Gilbert insurance from Gottfried Aflac. The tweets were removed from Gottfried’s Twitter feed Monday after Aflac announced it would stop working with him. Gottfried has voiced the duck in numerous Aflac commercials since 2000.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 78. Actor Judd Hirsch is 76. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 70. Rock singer-musician Sly Stone is 68. Actress Park Overall is 54. Movie director Renny Harlin is 52. Model Fabio is 50. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 48. Actress Kim Raver is 42. Actress Eva Longoria is 36. Eva Rapper-musician Longoria (Black Eyed Peas) is 36. Rock musician Ethan Mentzer is 28. Actress Caitlin Wachs is 22.

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A little sunshine for campaign cash During Sunshine Week, Michigan needs laws that will disclose who is spending on elections


t’s Sunshine Week – and not just because there have been more frequent sightings of that mysterious yellow orb in the sky. Sunshine Week is a national initiative of the American Society of News Editors. The time was established to celebrate and safeguard a cornerstone of democracy: open and transparent government. The people’s business, the people’s money, all of it should be available to the people. What follows is one of a series of editorials The Press will publish this week exploring government openness in Michigan. The focus today: the state’s shadowy campaign finance system. From 2000 to 2010, $65 million in mystery money was spent on campaigns for Michigan Supreme Court and governor, according to figures collected by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a watchdog group that monitors election spending. The money paid for so-called “issue ads” that support a candidate without explicitly saying so. The ads skirt the usual disclosure requirements for campaign spending because they don’t use U.S. Supreme Court-defined magic words such as “vote for” or “vote against.” Yet those advertisements are designed to influence votes every bit as much as ads that explicitly ask for support. The undisclosed cash is spent by organizations such as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Democratic Party, the Republican Governors Association and other interest groups. Their efforts to skirt the law have created a world of shadow spending that makes a mockery of finance

WHY IT MATTERS Ê People should know who is paying for campaign advertisements, and Michigan laws currently don’t require full disclosure. disclosure requirements. In fact, that shadow world in some cases is bigger than the world of traditional campaign funding. For instance, in Supreme Court races over the last decade, $21 million of undisclosed money was spent, according to Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Compare that to $15 million spent in those races that fell under hard disclosure requirements. Voters should know who is supporting candidates. Right now they don’t. As Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers seek ways to reform government, this should be an obvious and urgent area to tackle. Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township, oversees a new Reforms, Restructuring and Reinvention Committee. That would be an ideal place to change Michigan’s woefully inadequate laws on campaign finance disclosure. There once was general agreement that if the law didn’t require strict campaign spending limits, it should at least require that the sources of funds be known.. The current system provides neither limits nor disclosure. That’s democracy in the dark, and it doesn’t work well. During Sunshine Week, lawmakers and the governor should start the process of bringing a lot more light to Michigan’s campaign finance laws.

THE PUBLIC PULSE TV show’s theme encourages behavior

It is baffling to me that our culture is surprised and appalled by Charlie Sheen’s behavior (“A larger issue,” Press, March 8). We have a man whose ludicrous sexual exploits, substance abuse and narcissistic bad behavior are on constant display for all to see — including the children in his life. Am I speaking of Charlie Sheen’s personal life? Nope. Cue the laugh track — I’m referring to the basic plot line of his famous sitcom, “Two and a Half Men.” Perhaps Charlie has gotten the message that Americans think this behavior is OK. Could it be the $250 million that the show brings in each year? Good riddance to a television show that is no laughing matter. BRENDA SLOTERBEEK/Grand Rapids

Millionaires are spared some ‘pain’ The Press had an article about how Gov. Rick Snyder plans to spread the pain around for new taxes. The article stated that a couple with $1 million would pay $3,500 more in new taxes under Snyder’s new plan (“Does ‘shared sacrifice’ really spread pain around?” March 4). A retired couple making $77,500 would pay $2,600 in new tax liability. Please check my math, but I believe that comes to 0.4 percent more taxes for the millionaires and 3.4 percent more for the poorer retired couple. That means the poorer couple is paying almost 10 times more new taxes than the millionaires. That is not sharing the pain!


Facebook excuses aren’t enough Nancy Stroosnyder says we need to look on Congressman Amash’s Facebook to understand his nonvoting history (“Amash explains votes on Facebook,” Pulse, March 7). This reminds me of the alleged comments of Queen Marie Antoinette. Told that the French people were starving, she reportedly replied, “If they have no bread, let them eat cake!” Many people in Mr. Amash’s congressional district don’t have the bread to buy the computers or the monthly Internet payments

WRITE THE EDITOR The Press welcomes letters in three ways. Write: Public Pulse, The Grand Rapids Press, 155 Michigan St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 E-mail: - no attachments, please Fax: 222-5212 All letters are subject to condensation and editing and should not exceed 200 words. The Press will not acknowledge receipt of letters. Space is offered for comment, not publicity. Writers must furnish their address and phone number. Writers are allowed one letter each 60 days. All submissions become the property of The Press; submissions may be published or otherwise reused in any medium.

Shrinking middle-class working families don’t have time to dally on Facebook! They are starving for real representation in Congress, not lame excuses on Facebook. If, indeed, Mr. Amash’s has only minutes to read the bills, I suggest he take a speed-reading course. We are paying him a six-figured salary! He should be well prepared to do the work of a legislator. It’s time he served all the people in the district, not just those in his elite circle of ideological Facebook friends. If he continues to put his narrow, self-serving philosophy above the needs of his district, we followers of the founding fathers will see that he has plenty of time to spend on Facebook’s FarmVille.


sidewalks. For the millions of dollars it will cost, service to some of the metro area does not seem very cost-effective to me. Mr. Kempter, if you want to use the Rapid, then do so at your expense, not ours. Don’t ask those of us who don’t live on the bus line to make it easier or more convenient for you. After all, we don’t ask you to help fund our grocery bills when we shop for groceries, do we?

JOHN NORMAN/Grand Rapids

Sheen, his show not entertaining Charlie Sheen needs a muzzle. Lady Gaga lays an egg before the Easter Bunny. Lindsey Lohan has been to court more times than Perry Mason. That’s entertainment? Hollywood is gone-with-the-wind, and “the media” harpoons us with incessant bag-of-wind coverage of these three stooges (no offense to Larry, Curly and Moe). Turning to The Grand Rapids Press Your Life section for refuge, I am faced with the face of Charlie Sheen (“A larger issue,” Press, March 8)! Help. I’m having a senior meltdown: “What does Charlie Sheen’s meltdown say about American culture?” This, folks, is culture? That poor excuse for flatulent humor, “Two and a Half Men” is more likely named “Two and a Half Wits.” It’s not funny. That’s my two cents worth. In Hollywood, all that glitters is not gold lame.


Buses remain inaccessible to some

NPR funding is a luxury

I am writing in response to Mr. Kempter’s letter saying this helps the entire area (“Support of transit millage helps entire area,” Pulse, March 6). He may be correct if you live on a bus line, but not everyone does. The home I own in Grand Rapids is about 1.5 miles from the closest bus line. The area where my home is has over 150 condos occupied by mostly senior citizens and no bus service, but you suggest we help fund it. The closest service is found at Knapp’s Corner, and walking there would be practically impossible for most seniors, especially on roads where there are few, if any,

I like NPR when I travel and I listen to it on the radio. However, as a taxpayer, I can no longer afford to pay for this luxury (“NPR official blasts tea party in hidden-camera video,” Press, March 9). Therefore, I see no reason for my government to continue paying for something I cannot afford, especially something that is obviously a luxury. Perhaps if the government stops funding this broadcast, people will rally and be willing to donate in order to keep it on the air. WCSG has never received government help and, behold, it is still on the air.


Why we’ll miss the sweetheart and his cluttered desk WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP


ulogies for David Broder are still tumbling from the fingertips of friends and fans. He was the dean of political journalists, a man both generous and gracious, a reporter’s reporter. Humble. All true. But what I haven’t heard him called yet is sweetie pie. He was that, too. A sweetheart — a kind, unpretentious presence in a world increasingly bereft of such qualities. Unlike so many who have written of Broder in the past several days, I didn’t know him well, didn’t grow up at his elbow, didn’t stalk his shadow. I did know of him, as did anyone in this business. And I did meet him a few times, the first as part of The Washington Post’s recruitment strategy. When I was invited to join the Post’s syndicate (The Washington Post Writers Group) five years ago, I was ferried around to meet two of the stable’s eminences — George Will and Broder. More or less, it

was akin to securing an audience with the pope. I leave to readers to decide which of these two gentlemen would agree with that assessment. If Will’s office, housed in a federalist building in Georgetown, is the Vatican, Broder’s was the catacombs. Stacked with newspapers, magazines and books, it was a hobbit hole for the insatiably curious. In today’s vernacular, he would be considered a hoarder. In the old-school world of newsrooms, he was merely a reporter surrounded by the bounty of his passion. One needn’t have known Broder personally to mourn his passing. He didn’t only represent the sort of reporting and analysis that made him a household word; he symbolized a now-bygone era and corresponded to a time when a reporter was a reporter (and proud of it). A “journalist” was what a reporter became at the end of his road. This is to say, he preceded the



OPINION age of celebrity journalism and the narcissistic culture that drives the rapacious pursuit of attention. It was the work that attracted and defined Broder, not the fame that came to him, anyway. The thrill for reporters of Broder’s mold was to see one’s byline in the paper, to get the scoop and, most important, to get it right. He was, in other words, the uncelebrity. Certainly Broder was known. Having appeared on television for decades, he was a recognizable figure. A regular on “Meet the Press,” he appeared on the set more than 400 times. But as wellknown as he was, he was also an inconspicuous observer who moved quietly among everyday Americans without leaving fingerprints.

In today’s culture of personality, where journalists are often as much a part of the story as the events they cover, Broder remained true to his role as surveyor rather than subject. It wasn’t about him. How rare and refreshing when so many clamor for the spotlight. So much has changed since the young David Broder began his job. The the ink-stained wretches didn’t speak of “journalism careers” in those days. Among the things missing — and forever-to-be-missed by those of a certain age — is the sensory experience of putting out a daily newspaper: The clatter of typewriters, the swoosh of hard copy being sucked through vacuum tubes — a thenmodern invention that was swifter than copy boys — the perfume of coffee, cigarette smoke and, yes, even a little alcohol around some desks. The smell and feel of newsprint that still leaves ink smudges on your fingertips. A newspaper engages the senses as no other medium. A collaborative

act of creation, it is, like birth, both massively difficult and incomparably satisfying. A little miracle every day. This is the world from which Broder emerged. And though few rue the day when computers replaced typewriters, or when copy editors’ red pens were replaced by those other miracles — the highlight and delete functions — we do regret the loss of something human in that process. The sensory delight and din of creation have been muted by numbing efficiency. Thus it was a palpable pleasure to enter the inner sanctum of Broder’s world. Alas, his office was cleared out a couple of years ago as part of a renovation. Too bad. It would have been nice to know that there was one place left on the planet where a messy desk wasn’t cause for human resources to issue a new decree, but was a monument to the creative chaos that once fueled the passions of a great reporter. And a sweetheart. E-mail:







Ultimate Sport Show begins Thursday You’ll find the latest in outdoor gear, travel information, fishing boats and more at the Ultimate Sport Show at DeVos Place, John 303 Monroe Ave. Gonzalez NW. Nearly 100 exhibitors will be on hand. Hours are 3-9:30 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for ages 6-14 and free to those 5 and younger. More info: or

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Helping build families: Kevin and Jessica Lyons, of Grand Rapids, adopted Abby, 3, from South Korea, and Joey, 6, from Guatemala. Jessica Lyons is president of Families for International Children, a local parent support group. The organization is hosting an adoption fair this Saturday.

LaughFest, the festival of seriously funny stuff that celebrates the 10th anniversary of Gilda’s Club, runs through Sunday. Here’s what’s happening tonight and Wednesday: TONIGHT 6:30 p.m. — Kids Joke Night, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, free 7:30 p.m. — Bud Light Comedy Jam, The Orbit Room, free 8 p.m. — Movie: “Office Space,” Wealthy Theatre, $7 7:45 p.m. — “An Evening With Betty White” (simulcast), DeVos Performance Hall, $12.50 9 p.m. — Laughing Hours, Bar Divani, free WEDNESDAY 10 a.m., 1 p.m. — Dan Zanes and Friends, St. Cecilia Music Center, $7, $10 10 a.m., 7 p.m. — Laughter Yoga, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, free Noon-10 p.m. — 19 Holes Mini Golf, UICA, $5/$8 5:30 p.m. — Art In Laughter, Bar Divani, $32.50 7 p.m. — Best-Of-TheMidwest, The B.O.B., $12.50 7 p.m. — Murder Mystery, San Chez, free 7:30 p.m. — Stephen Lynch, DeVos Performance Hall, $17.50, $27.50 8 p.m. — Barely Friends, Dog Story Theater, free 8 p.m. — Movie: “Shaun Of The Dead,” Wealthy Theatre, $7 9 p.m. — TGIFriday’s Flair Show, TGIFriday’s Downtown, free 9 p.m. — Lil’ Gentlemen, Dog Story Theater, free 9 p.m. — Laughing Hours, Z’s Bar & Restaurant, free 10 p.m. — Open Improv, Dog Story Theater, free More info: 735-HAHA,




hen Kevin and Jessica Lyons, of Grand Rapids, brought home their son, Joey, now 6, from Guatemala, the announcement they sent to family and friends had some extra-meaningful wording. “It said, ‘In our hearts, he was ours. We simply had to bring him home,” Jessica Lyons said. As president of Families for International Children, a local parent support group, Jessica Lyons and other adoptive parents want to help families adopt from a foreign country, so they’ve organized an adoption fair for Saturday. “We wanted to have the fair for people who were feeling that nudge to adopt, and also for people who have already adopted children,” she said. Seminars at the free event include “Overview of Special Needs Adoption:

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: The First United Methodist Church, 227 E. Fulton St. Details: Admission is free. Go to Adopt from China in One Year,” plus sessions on parenting transracially adopted children, single parent adoption, adopting older children and special needs children. “The No. 1 question on everyone’s mind is ‘How can we afford to adopt?’” Lyons said. The session called “Affording Adoption” promises to show parents how to use grants, loans, employer benefits, the Adoption Tax Credit, fundraising and other resources and ideas. “People have done some really creative things to afford it,” she said. When Joey was 21/2, the Lyons flew to the other side of the world for their next adoption: daughter Abby, now 3, from South Korea. SEE ADOPTION, B3

Russian woman finds career bringing families together BY MYRON KUKLA



ENISON — Siberian-born Alla (Goncarova) Dickson found her calling as an adoption specialist in 1994 when she acted as a translator for a Michigan family seeking to adopt a Russian orphan. “God led me to a life of helping families and children come together,” said Dickson, 50. She’s the adoption coordinator with Adoption Associates Alla Dickson of Jenison and head of its Russian adoption program. Dickson works with 80 to 100 clients a year on domestic and international adoptions.

“Each family is special, each child is special,” said Dickson of the 18- to 30-month process of bringing families and children together. With a master’s degree in art, language and literature from the Soviet Union College, Dickson came to West Michigan with the help of one of the first adoption families she worked MORE with. Adoption AssoÊ Adoption ciates helped her get resources in a green card, open a West Michigan, bank account, learn to drive and start to find B3 a home. Since then she has been a fixture with the agency, using her knowledge of the language, Russian adoption processes and court systems to bring together more than 900 children over the years. RULE


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Former New York comedian, now a Michigan resident, to be at DeVos Wednesday


Sugarbush festival

Celebrate maple syrup season with Sugarbush at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW. A trail tour is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $3. Syrup and maple candy are available in the general store 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The festival culminates March 26 with a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon at CA Frost Elementary School, followed by festivities until 5 p.m. at the center. More info:

IF YOU GO International Adoption Fair


New son: Lisa and Jackson Fox adopted Danya, 10, center, from Russia two years ago. The Foxes, who have two biological children, Isaiah, 13, left, and Joslyn, 11, wanted to adopt from Russia after hosting a student from Belarus.



Stephen Lynch: The songwriting comedian is “the spawn, the fruit of their blessed union” of a former priest and a nun, he says.

GRAND RAPIDS — New York City-turned-Michigan-based comedian Stephen Lynch sees LaughFest as a great opportunity to test his new songs on “the guinea pig audience of Grand Rapids.” Lynch, who now resides full time with his Kalamazoo born-and-raised wife Erin on a lake near Ann Arbor, was born in Abington, Pa., but raised in Saginaw where his mother still

resides. He also is a graduate of Western Michigan University and was married on the beach on Lake Michigan near South Haven. “I can sort of pack the crowd with people that I know who will be hopefully more forgiving,” Lynch said during a recent phone interview, calling from what once was his summer vacation home. Then, without missing a beat, he thought better of the situation. “You know, I say that, and then I realize that my friends are not those people. They’re the kind of people who will laugh at me when a joke bombs,” he said. “What am I thinking? I should have done this as far away from Michigan as possible.” Of course, if they’re laughing, does it really matter why?

IF YOU GO Stephen Lynch When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of LaughFest Where: DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW Tickets: $17.50-$27.50, Van Andel Arena or DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster outlets, 800-7453000,; 18-andolder show More info: 735-4242, laughfestgr. org “There’s a difference. You can tell the difference,” Lynch said. “It’s an evil, cruel laugh that just cuts through your bones.”





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If you find it confusing to choose the proper dog food for your faithful canine, you aren’t alone. Mark Poveromo has made the question of what to put in Fido’s bowl a little easier with a book called “To Your Dog’s Health! Canine Nutrition and Recent Trends Within the Pet Food Industry.” The book is a clearly written, concise look at the many choices consumers face. Poveromo is a strong proponent of purchasing the best food you can afford for your pet. Chapters discuss food selection, ingredients, alternative foods, feeding a raw diet, feeding a cooked human-food diet (complete with recipes), the use of supplements such as CoQ10, glucosamine, chondroitin and liquid vitamins and minerals, and treating medical issues, such as kidney

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problems and cancer, with diet. Poveromo has master’s degrees in nutrition and environmental science and has spent many years testing out his theories on his own pets. He has had 11 Labrador retrievers at one time. The former science teacher also is the owner of Thomaston Feed in Thomaston, Conn., a purveyor of holistic pet food since the early ’90s. “Despite the economic downturns, educated pet owners now realize there is a direct correlation between nutritional health and decreased vet


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Lynch, 39, has carved a prominent career as a guitar-wielding comic, performing the humorous, adultonly tunes for audiences around the country. Lynch described it as a “musical, vaudeville-y, variety thing” filled will songs, dances, karaoke numbers, sketches, movie clips and audience participation. “It’s sort of a grab bag of things. At its essence though, it’s music. And hopefully, songs that people find amusing,” he said. Occasionally, Lynch will bring a full band with him for bigger shows, such as when he performed at Carnegie Hall last year. “I got the band together for that, ’cause you sort of have to really upfunk your musicality when you’re performing at a place like Carnegie Hall. Just me with a guitar or a piano is — I mean, I guess Bob Dylan did it, so I shouldn’t complain,” he said. His Grand Rapids show Wednesday as part of LaughFest will not include a full band, because the songs are too new. “I just want to try these songs out without the pressure of having to teach them to other people,” he said. “That’ll come later.” After a Comedy Central special helped get his career moving, Lynch recorded a number of albums, including his debut “A Little Bit Special,” “Superhero,” “The Craig Machine” and his last album “3 Balloons.” He also has a live performance album, “Live at the El Rey,” and played the title role in Broadway’s “The Wedding Singer,” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

E-mail: Global adoption: Henry and Liz Kingma, of Grand Rapids, with their children, Meili Jiang Xinyi, 5, left, and Willem Maas Fangrong, 3, whom they adopted from China.

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bills,” he says. Although the raw diet still is the most controversial way to feed a pet, more and more people are embracing it. Pet-food companies have jumped on the bandwagon, and it now is possible to purchase pre-made nutritionally balanced raw food for your furry companions. Poveromo said he has seen his raw-food sales increase from 2 percent in 2006 to 27 percent today. While he discusses all methods of feeding in his book, he is careful not to endorse any particular product or method. He hopes the book gives readers an understanding that pet foods are not all what they claim or seem to be. “Consumers should ... not just take for granted the foods that are recommended to them from advertisements or, for that matter, their vets,” he says.

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Kingmas couldn’t imagine their lives without him and his big sister. “Henry and I both wanted to adopt kids before we knew each other,” she said. “We felt that we would adopt special needs, because these kids have a harder time finding a home. Honestly, we just didn’t feel like it was a big deal.” The Kingmas, who gave their Chinese son two Dutch names from their — and now his — heritage find people sometimes treat them as if they have done something heroic. “We don’t feel that way at all,” she said. ‘People say, ‘He’s really lucky you wanted him,’ and we say, ‘We’re the lucky ones to have him.’ We wanted a family, and this is who God chose for us.” The Kingmas will be among a group of adoptive parents (representing international adoptions from China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Korea, and Russia) who will speak on various parent panels. FFIC hopes the event will draw anyone with even the slightest interest in adopting. “We want people to be aware that there are children all over the world that need a home,” Jessica Lyons said. “Families are built in different ways, and our family, for one, was created with a love that runs deeper than biology.”

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“My husband and I have always loved to travel, and so we embraced the travel and embraced the different cultures,” Lyons said. “We have ‘Taco Tuesday’ and ‘Stir Fry Thursday’ every week, so we try to incorporate their ethnic foods, although tacos are not exactly Guatemalan food.” Kevin Lyons is Polish, so the family also celebrates Pulaski Days, and their global little ones have danced to the polka music of their adoptive culture. “Abby loves paczkis (the Polish Fat Tuesday treat)!” her mother said. Adopting globally not only enriches one’s family with other cultural foods and traditions, it also sometimes opens hearts to caring for children with special needs. Henry and Liz Kingma, of Grand Rapids, believe providence led them to China and their children, Meili Jiang Xinyi, 5, and Willem Maas Fangrong, 3. Both children were born with bilateral cleft lips and palates. Willem may also have a slight developmental delay. The little boy, who arrived home in Grand Rapids last January when he was almost 2, definitely had some catching up to do. “He could not even sit up, and he was almost 2,” Liz Kingma said. “He was quite malnourished, not talking, not healthy. He’s come a long way in one year.” No matter Willem’s challenges, the

Since finishing “The Wedding Singer” in 2006, Lynch has been constantly touring. He and his wife eventually decided they were tired of noisy and hectic New York City and opted for Michigan, where “life is slower and easier.” “So we have a big, giant apartment that’s just sitting empty (in NYC),” Lynch said. “I’m not, fiscally, the brightest guy in the world, I think.” He took the fall and winter of 2010 off to start “furiously writing.” He’s finished 10 to 12 new songs for a new record. “That’s always the most fun part of my job — recording new stuff and trying it out on the road. My show in Grand Rapids will feature — it won’t be all new stuff — but I’m really gonna try out a lot of the songs I’ve been writing in my little studio space for the last two or three months,” Lynch said. Lynch’s shows are not child-friendly, so don’t bring them, “unless you’re a terrible parent, then, really, I don’t give a (expletive),” Lynch joked. Lynch said despite the grueling schedule of a Broadway show, he would love to try his hand at a Broadway stage again if the right thing came along. “It would make my mother very happy if I did that again,” he said, unsure if she would be attending his LaughFest show. “I tend to try to dissuade family members from coming, because they make me extra nervous,” he said. “But if she wants to go, I’ll get her a halfpriced ticket.” E-mail:



After a Tennessee woman put her adopted child on a plane by himself with a note to ship him back to Russia last year, adoptions from Russia actually increased, said Adoption Associates Executive Director Jane Bareman. “That was an isolated event in the world of adoption. That just should never happen,” she said. After hosting a Russian child for a summer program three years ago through Adoption Associates Host of Hopes program, Lisa and Jackson Fox, of Grand Rapids, decided they wanted to add to their family that includes biological children Joslyn, 11, and Isaiah, 13. In 2009, they adopted then 8-year-old Daniil, a Russian orphan boy they named Danya. The Foxes made two trips to Russia to meet Danya. In February 2009 — after 25 days in Russia — they brought him to Grand Rapids. A bright 10-year-old, Danya is a fourth-grader in Grand Rapids schools. His favorite subject is math,

and he is active in soccer and hockey. While they had prepared for Danya’s adoption and knew what to expect, there were adjustments in the Fox household. Lisa Fox says adoption can be challenging and frustrating. “The child has to go through a grief process when adopted, grief over the loss of what they knew, their language, their culture everything they knew and were attached to — even the smells — is gone and changed,” she said. Adopted children, like biological children, also test parents. “They do things that are intended to test the boundaries of your love. ‘If I do this will you still love me? What about now? And now?’” Lisa Fox explained. The Foxes have gotten to know Russian culture and traditions. “We make different Russian foods like borsht, beef stroganoff and pierogies and celebrate Russian (Eastern Orthodox) Christmas,” Lisa Fox said. E-mail:


Dreams coming true: Alla Dickson is reflected in the glass-encased pictures of children adopted through Adoption Associates in Jenison. Dickson is the Russia program coordinator.

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Children, links adoptive families through educational and social activities, Ê Adoption Associates Inc., Ê Adoptive Parent Support Group — Kent County, 866-968-7411. Ê Michigan Association of Single Ê Adoptive Family Support Network Adoptive Parents, pages.ivillage. Grand Rapids, post-adoption com/masap. organization, 458-7945, Ê Ottawa Area Adoption Ê Chinese Culture Group of Greater Consortium, parent support group Grand Rapids: educational/cultural for challenging, adopted children group, (pre- and post-adoption), ages 2-12, contact Bettye Jo Bell,, 355-7720 Ê Christian Advocates For Adoption, Ê Redeeming Hearts: post669-0655, adoption support/prayer ministry, Ê Families For International

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GRAND RAPIDS — In classical music, string quartets, like new business startups, come easily and go just as easily. Even in established quartets, membership sometimes is a revolving door. The Ying String Quartet beat the odds for nearly 18 years, with all four founding members, helped by the fact they are siblings. “We all were astounded we made it that far,” violist Philip Ying said.

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A departure

Two years ago, first violinist Timothy Ying decided he wanted to pursue a new career, so the three remaining members, violinist Janet Ying and cellist David Ying, welcomed violinist Frank Huang into the quartet in residence at Eastman School of Music in Rochester. “He was freelancing in New York, and we convinced him to join our quartet,” Philip Ying recalled. But previously, Huang had been taking auditions in hopes of becoming an orchestra concertmaster. Even after he joined the Ying Quartet, one orchestra wouldn’t give up. “The Houston Symphony made him an offer he couldn’t refuse,” Ying said. What’s more, Huang was from Houston, so it was an opportunity to go home. “So that was an unexpected turn of events,” Philip Ying said. Just one year later, the quartet engaged violinist Ayano Ninomaya at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, and that foursome will appear Thursday in St. Cecilia Music Center as part of St. Cecilia’s Classical Series. Ninomaya, a top prize-

Longtime ensemble: The Ying Quartet will perform Thursday at St. Cecilia Music Center.

IF YOU GO Ying String Quartet When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Where: St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE Tickets: $30 and $35 adults, $10 students, 459-2224, winner in the 2003 Naumburg Competition and the 2006 Tibor Varga Competition, was on the quartet’s short list the year before, so they were happy to have her as part of the new Ying Quartet. They do mean new. “We felt very strongly, if even one member changes, the whole quartet changes,” Ying said. “We wanted to make sure she felt it was her quartet — not 25 percent her quartet, but we want everyone to feel like it’s 100 percent their quartet.” The Ying Quartet, originally


G — General audiences, all ages admitted PG — Parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children PG-13 — Parents strongly cautioned, some material may be inappropriate for those younger than 13 R — Restricted; younger than 17 requires accompanying adult NC-17 — No one younger than 17 Press critics rate movies using a four-star system: ?— don’t bother ?? — passable, but barely ??? — worth watching ???? — don’t miss it

127 HOURS (????) — Danny Boyle directs this harrowing true story about a stranded hiker whose hand is trapped between a boulder and a canyon wall — with James Franco, Amber Tamblyn. Rated R: language, some disturbing violent content/bloody images. 94 min. (John Serba) THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (???) — Light, twisty thriller about a mysterious consortium attempting to keep a man and woman apart — with Matt Damon, Emily Blunt. Rated PG-13: brief strong language, some sexuality, a violent image. 106 minutes. (John Serba) BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (? 1/2) — Hostile aliens attack California in this sci-fi extravaganza — with Aaron Eckhart, Michael Pena. Rated PG-13: intense sequences of war violence, language. 116 minutes. (James Sanford) BEASTLY (???) — Reinvention of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story finds a modern-day high schooler transformed into a monster to find his true love — with Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens. Rated PG-13: language including crude comments, brief violence. 95 minutes. (James Sanford) BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON — Third “Big Momma” movie puts FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his stepson in drag and fat suits to investigate a murder at an all-girls school — with Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson. Rated PG-13: some sexual humor, brief violence. 107 minutes. BIUTIFUL (?? 1/2) — Dark drama about a Barcelona man dying of cancer and struggling to feed his children — with Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez. Rated R: disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity, drug use. Subtitled. 148 minutes. (John Serba) BLACK SWAN (????) — Unsettling thriller about a ballerina who begins hallucinating while preparing for the lead role in “Swan Lake” — with Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey. Rated R: sexual content, violent images, language, drug use. 108 min. (John Serba) CEDAR RAPIDS (???1/2) — Offbeat comedy about a straight-laced insurance salesman who cuts loose at a weekend

Animated fun: Gnomeo, left, voiced by James McAvoy, and Juliet, voiced by Emily Blunt are shown in “Gnomeo and Juliet.” convention — with Ed Helms, John C. Reilly. Rated R: crude and sexual content, language, drug use. 87 minutes. (John Serba) THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (???) — Third film in the “Narnia” franchise puts the Pevensie children on a sea adventure with Prince Caspian — with Georgie Henley, Ben Barnes. Rated PG: some frightening images, sequences of fantasy action. 115 min. (James Sanford) DESPICABLE ME (???) — Animated story of a supervillain who changes his tune after he adopts three orphan girls — with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel. Rated PG: rude humor, mild action. 95 minutes. (John Serba) DRIVE ANGRY 3D — Action film about a man seeking revenge for his daughter’s murder — with Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard. Rated R: strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity, pervasive language. 104 minutes. THE EAGLE (??) — Epic adventure about a Roman commander venturing into enemy territory to save an iconic golden eagle representing his country’s empire — with Channing Tatum. Rated PG-13: battle sequences, some disturbing images. 114 minutes. (John Serba) THE FIGHTER (????) — A boxer on the rise contends with his crackaddicted brother/trainer, his buttinsky family and a new girlfriend in this drama/ comedy — with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale. Rated R: language throughout, drug content, some violence, sexuality. 114 min. (John Serba) THE FRONTIER BOYS — Faith-based film about four high school basketball players whose lives are shattered when one ends up in a coma; filmed in Holland and Charlevoix — with Rebecca St. James. Not rated. 112 minutes. THE GENESIS CODE (??1/2) — Faithbased film about two college students trying to find common ground between science and religion; filmed in Grand Rapids — with Logan Bartholomew, Kelsey Sanders. Rated PG: some innuendo. 120 minutes. (John Serba) GNOMEO AND JULIET (? 1/2) — Animated Shakespeare adaptation featuring anthropomorphic garden gnomes — with the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt. Rated G. 84 minutes. (Andrew Jefchak) THE GRACE CARD — Faith-based

from Chicago, made its first national splash in the early 1990s as resident quartet of Jessup, Iowa, a farming community of 2,000. The quartet performed in school, churches, banks and even people’s homes, as part of a residency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. A collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet, an ensemble rooted in jazz, led to a national tour and a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover recording their album “Four + 4.”

In residence at Harvard

From 2001 to 2008, group members were artists in residence at Harvard University, during which their 2007 Telarc recording of three Tchaikovsky string quartets was nominated for a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance. The quartet’s program on Thursday includes Beethoven’s Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No.

drama in which a cop, angry and depressed after his son’s death, finds a sympathetic friend in his new partner — with Michael Joiner, Louis Gossett Jr. Rated PG-13: violence. 103 minutes. THE GREEN HORNET (??) — Update of the 1940s serial and ’60s TV show about a masked crusader and his sidekick fighting crime — with Seth Rogen, Jay Chou. Rated PG-13: sequences of violent action, language, sensuality, drug content. 108 minutes. (John Serba) GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (??) — Modern interpretation of Jonathan Swift’s classic story puts a travel writer on an island inhabited by tiny people — with Jack Black, Emily Blunt. Rated PG: brief rude humor, mild language, action. 88 min. (James Sanford) HALL PASS (???) — Two married men are given free rein by their wives to engage in extramarital activities for one weekend; comedy — with Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis. Rated R: crude and sexual humor throughout, language, nudity, drug use. 105 minutes. (James Sanford) HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART ONE (???) — The penultimate chapter of the franchise finds young wizard Harry gearing up to fight the evil Lord Voldemort — with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson. Rated PG-13: some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images, brief sensuality. 146 min. (John Serba) I AM NUMBER FOUR (??1/2) — A mysterious teen hides the truth of his identity to avoid being sought by a murderous enemy in this sci-fi story — with Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant. Rated PG-13: intense sequences of violence and action, language. 110 minutes. (James Sanford) THE ILLUSIONIST — Oscar-nominated animated film about an old-fashioned stage performer nudged out of the spotlight by rock stars — with the voices of Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin. Rated PG: smoking. 80 minutes. IN MY SLEEP — Indie thriller about a parasomniac man who suspects he unknowingly murdered a friend while sleepwalking — with Philip Winchester, Lacey Chabert. Rated PG-13: sexual content, violence, bloody images. 90 minutes. JUST GO WITH IT (?1/2) — Comedy about a lovestruck man who asks a woman to pretend to be his ex-wife in order to make him more attractive to a young hottie — with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston. Rated PG-13: frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references, language. 116 minutes. (John Serba) JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER (??) — The ubiquitous teen pop sensation is the star of this concert film/ documentary. Rated G. 105 minutes. (John Serba) THE KING’S SPEECH (????) — Faced with being the voice of Britain during World War II, King George VI works with a speech therapist to overcome his speech impediment — with Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush. Rated R: some language. 118 min. (John Serba) LITTLE FOCKERS (?1/2) — Third film in the “Meet the Parents” comedy franchise

1, plus two quartets whose middle movements later became better known as full-scale, stand-alone orchestral works. The quartet will play Anton Arensky’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35, which the Russian composer wrote a year after Tchaikovsky’s death as a memorial, using a theme of Tchaikovsky’s for the middle movement. The ensemble also will play Samuel Barber’s only String Quartet, Op. 11, whose middle movement the composer orchestrated into the Adagio for Strings, a well-known work heard frequently in many film scores, including “Platoon” and “Lorenzo’s Oil.” “It’s a real challenge to play in a string quartet, because you don’t have the resources for its climax,” Ying said. “You have to find the same way to give it the emotional impact with just four players.” Email:

— with Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro. Rated PG-13: mature sexual humor throughout, language, some drug content. 98 min. (James Sanford) MARS NEEDS MOMS — Animated comedy about a boy whose mother is kidnapped by Martians — with the voices of Seth Green, Joan Cusack. Rated PG: sci-fi action, peril. 88 minutes. MEGAMIND (??1/2) — A supervillain faces a lack of fulfillment after he vanquishes his heroic foe in this animated comedy — with the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey. Rated PG: action, some language. 96 min. (John Serba) OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS — Two different programs feature the live-action and animated shorts nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. 106 minutes and 85 minutes. (Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts) RANGO (???1/2) — Animated comedy/Western in which an average chameleon passes himself off as a hero to the denizens of a small desert town — with the voices of Johnny Depp. Rated PG: rude humor, language, action, smoking. 107 minutes. (John Serba) RED RIDING HOOD (??) — Reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale puts the titular young girl in love with a woodcutter and stalked by a werewolf — with Amanda Seyfried. Rated PG-13: violence and creature terror, some sensuality. 100 minutes. (James Sanford) TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT — An aimless man pursues his dream girl in this romantic comedy set in the 1980s — with Topher Grace, Anna Faris. Rated R: language, sexual content, drug use. 114 minutes. TANGLED (???) — Animated Disney story revisits classic fairy-tale character Rapunzel, who is freed from her tower prison by a handsome bandit — with the voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi. Rated PG: brief mild violence. 100 min. (John Serba) TRON: LEGACY (??1/2) — The heir to a successful technology corporation travels to a virtual reality to find his long-lost father in this sequel to the 1982 sci-fi saga — with Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund. Rated PG: sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief mild language. 127 min. (John Serba) TRUE GRIT (???1/2) — A John Wayne Western becomes a Coen Bros. comedy as the filmmakers tell the story of a 14-year-old girl who hires a crusty U.S. marshal to avenge her father’s murder — with Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges. Rated PG-13: some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images. 110 min. (John Serba) UNKNOWN (??) — Thriller about a man who awakens from a coma to find someone else has assumed his identity — with Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger. Rated PG-13: some intense sequences of violence and action, brief sexual content. 113 minutes. (James Sanford) YOGI BEAR (??) — The picnic basket-stealing bear from old Hanna Barbera cartoons returns in this combination animation/live-action adventure — with the voices of Dan Aykroyd. Rated PG: some mild rude humor. 80 min. (James Sanford)

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Donald Trump gets ‘Comedy Central Roast’ TUNE IN TONIGHT


In an age when celebrity trumps everything, Donald Trump gets his own “Comedy Central Roast” (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central). Back in the olden days in a place I liked to call Planet Earth, roasts were reserved for revered, or at least feared, comedians. They offered a chance for wise guys

known for cruel barbs, like Don Rickles, to be on the receiving end of his colleagues’ vicious wit. Or at least a couple thousand dirty jokes. Now, we live in a world where mere celebrity status obliterates all distinctions. That’s how we get spectacles like Elton John appearing on “Inside the Actors Studio.” The singer/songwriter has many arrows in his quiver. A talent for acting is not among them.

Seth MacFarlane will host the Trump roast. He’s a rather perfect choice for the job, as his “Family Guy” franchise is not so much a comedy, or even a coherent story, but a frantic delivery system for an onslaught of disjointed gags about popular culture. Expect much the same here tonight. Another sign that the roast has degenerated into mere hype is the fact that the “Roast of Donald Trump” has a PG rating. Time was, no comic

worth his or her salty mouth would be associated with anything so mild.

Other highlights

Ê Speaking of Trump, the star of a recent “Celebrity Apprentice” wraps up the first season of “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” (9 p.m., WE). Ê At the risk of repeating myself, it has always struck me as a bad sign when a hit show trends toward relentless

reliance on guest stars. Just last week, Gwyneth Paltrow returned to “Glee” (8 p.m., Fox ) . To n i g h t , Kathy Griffin and Loretta Devine guest star as harsh and opinionated judges at the singDonald Trump ing regionals. And as has been widely reported, Griffin has modeled her character on a certain former Alaska governor and TLC reality star.






Can MSU flip the switch?


Penguins’ Crosby returns to practice

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby returned to the ice Monday for the first time since missing 29 games with a concussion. But if you’re looking for the Pittsburgh captain’s return date, it’s still anyone’s guess. “I have no clue,” Crosby said. “I’m not thinking too far ahead as far as a time frame. I just want to get better. This is part of the way to do that. I’m just kind of taking that step and seeing how it goes.” Crosby, who last played Jan. 5 in an 8-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, practiced in full gear for about 15 minutes at the Consol Energy Center. It was a light workout. He participated in a skating drill around some cones, and took a few shots on net, as well. COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Oklahoma coach fired

Oklahoma fired coach Jeff Capel on Monday after he followed a trip to the NCAA tournament’s regional finals with the program’s first backto-back losing seasons since 1967. He was 96-69 in five seasons with the Sooners, but just 27-36 during the past two after Blake Griffin entered the NBA draft early and became the No. 1 overall pick. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said his decision was based not on one factor, but on the “totality” of the program, which landed under NCAA investigation again just as its probation was about to end, encountered a severe attendance drop and frequently lost players to early departures. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tressel offers apology

Standing before a room jammed with some of his most loyal admirers in Canton, Ohio, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel apologized several times during his first public speaking engagement since being suspended and fined for violating NCAA rules. “I sincerely apologize for what we’ve been through. I apologize for the fact I wasn’t able to find the ones to partner with to handle our difficult and complex situation,” he said. “I also apologize because I’m going to have some sanctions. But the mission doesn’t change. That’s the pledge I have to you. The mission I’ve always had is we make sure we help young people change their lives.”

Spartans would relish two-game NCAA situation BY DAVID MAYO THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS


Tight defense: Fennville’s Adam Siegel struggles to pass as Schoolcraft’s Tyler Dow blocks his path during the Class C regionals Monday night at Vicksburg. Fennville’s season ended with an 86-62 defeat.



VICKSBURG — The Fennville basketball team captured a nation’s attention while dealing with the tragic death of its best player and playing in the state tournament, but couldn’t catch up to a Schoolcraft team that was also unbeaten and dreaming of a championship. “We have great sympathy for them, but both teams had dreams, both teams had goals and unfortunately their’s took a turn,” said Schoolcraft coach Randy Small after his Eagles fashioned an 86-62 win against the Blackhawks Monday night in a Class C regional semifinal before an overflow crowd of 3,500. “As our kids talked in the locker room before the game, I don’t think they wanted anything but our best effort, because they were going to give us their best effort.” Schoolcraft (23-0) advances to Wednesday’s regional final. Fennville (23-1) heads home to continue grieving Wes Leonard, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder who died March 3 in the hours after a game in which he made the winning basket. “I think we will need to remain pretty close, this ending doesn’t change us a whole lot,” Fennville

Boys regional scores CLASS A

Ê Lansing Eastern 74, East Kentwood 62 Ê Kalamazoo Central 60, Jackson 57 Ê Muskegon 59, Petoskey 54 Ê Hudsonville 57, Grand Rapids Northview 49


Ê Hemlock 60, Fremont 40 Ê Muskegon Heights 67, Howard City Tri-County 50 Ê East Grand Rapids 60, Hudsonville Unity Christian 45 Ê Grand Rapids Christian 47, Holland Christian 38


Going up: Fennville’s Xavier Grigg puts up a shot against Schoolcraft’s Luke Ryskamp in Monday’s game.

Ê Schoolcraft 86, Fennville 62 Ê White Pigeon 62, Bridgman 48 Ê Western Michigan Christian 56, Clare 55 Ê Ithaca 59, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 41

coach Ryan Klingler said. “Whether it’s just us getting together to hang out, or visiting the (Leonard family), now is the time more than any when we need to remain together and still kind of lean on each other. I need to

Ê Tri-unity Christian 75, Kalamazoo Phoenix 60 Ê St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran 72, Climax-Scotts 62 Inside: More high school regional basketball coverage, C2-C3




Skater wins Sullivan

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 Vancouver Games last year. He is the first skater since Olympian Sarah Hughes in 2002 to win the Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union. OLYMPICS

500 days to London

London is preparing to mark the 500-day countdown to the 2012 Olympics with the launch of ticket sales for the first home games since 1948. With today marking 500 days until the opening ceremony on July 27, 2012, organizers will open applications for the 6.6 million tickets. — Press wire services

Emotional ending: Fennville students, above, react as their team fell behind against Schoolcraft. At right, Xavier Grigg is comforted by Mitchell Leonard, Wes Leonard’s younger brother, after the game.

EAST LANSING — Michigan State might find, after a season of unmet expectations, that flipping the switch in the NCAA tournament rarely works. Unless you’re Michigan State. That’s the conundrum in dismissing the 19-14 Spartans as 10th-seed cannon fodder. The only Spartans ON THE AIR who haven’t played in Ê Southeast a Final Four are firstRegional: year players. Michigan State And coach Tom (19-14) vs. UCLA Izzo, who annually (22-10), 9:20 gauges his own menp.m. Thursday tal rewiring by sunon TBS nier days and bird chirps, is the master of the two-day turnaround, if Michigan State can get past Thursday’s 9:20 p.m. opener against UCLA in Tampa, Fla. “Like coach always says, if we win that first game, he’s going to win the second one for you,” Delvon Roe said. “Just get through that first game.” Izzo is 16-3 when coaching the second game of an NCAA tournament weekend, with losses in SEE MSU, C4


Ê MSU women earn No. 4 seed in NCAA tournament, draw Northern Iowa, C5 Ê NCAA women’s bracket, C5

U-M expects up-tempo style from Vols BY MICHAEL ROTHSTEIN PRESS NEWS SERVICE

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan men’s basketball team drew a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament and, with it, a game against Tennessee, the No. 9 seed out of the SouthON THE AIR eastern Conference. The two schools Ê West haven’t played in basRegional: ketball in more than Michigan (20-13) 20 years, and their vs. Tennessee m o s t we l l - k n ow n (19-14) 12:40 battle was the 1997 p.m. Friday on Heisman Trophy race truTV between Charles Woodson and Peyton Manning. But this is basketball and the NCAA tournament. So here are a few things to know about Tennessee (19-14) entering Friday’s game in Charlotte, N.C.


Guillen, Zumaya doubtful for opening day Injuries could sideline two regulars for Tigers BY DICK SCANLON PRESS NEWS SERVICE

VIERA, Fla. — It’s becoming more obvious neither Carlos Guillen nor Joel Zumaya will be on the Tigers’ roster when Detroit opens the regular season March 31 against the Yankees in New York City. Zumaya is in his second week of a two-week shutdown with a sore elbow. Guillen, who had microfracture surgery on his left knee last

Carlos Guillen

Joel Zumaya

September, has yet to play, and with 16 days before the season opener, “the clock’s definitely ticking,” according to manager Jim Leyland. “I want him to be 100 percent when he comes back, so whenever that is,

it’s fine. I’m not rushing anybody,” Leyland said. “I’m just saying, there was a point, when I thought there was a good chance he could be the opening day second baseman. I would have to question that. “If you do bring him back now, you can’t play him every single day on it. You might be able to get him some at bats by way of the DH, but you’ve still got to play the field and run the bases as well. I’m not frustrated about it, I’m just making the point.” Zumaya pitched one inning this spring before being sidelined. “He’s feeling better,” Leyland added, “but walking around, and bending your elbow and everything, is different from feeling better when


Ê Newcomer Victor Martinez hits first homer with Tigers in spring training win, C6 he’s throwing 98 miles an hour.”

Cuts expected today

The Tigers were expected to make their first round of cuts early today. “These are all no-brainers,” Leyland said, “but the timing’s right because we have three home days and we’ve got to do some fundamental work.” After batting practice the next few days, the Tigers will go down to a lower field at Tigertown and work on plays that require signals.





Hudsonville finds rhythm




Forceful: Hudsonville’s Cody VanDoord drives against Northview’s Kyle Beimers on Monday night in a Class A regional semifinal at Rockford.

R O C K F O R D — Hudsonville boys basketball coach Eric Elliot, after the first 10 games of the season, never could have imagined his team playing for a Class A regional championship. The young Eagles team struggled to find itself and faltered to a 3-7 record the first third of the season. But Hudsonville players settled into their roles, and have won 12 of their past 14 games, including a 57-49 win against Northview on Monday night in a regional semifinal at Rockford High School. The Eagles (15-9) will face OK Red Conference foe Muskegon for the regional title at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rockford. The

Big Reds beat Petoskey 59-54 in the region’s other semifinal played at Reeths-Puffer High School. “We are extremely young. We have nine juniors, so there was a little bit of a learning curve,” Elliot said. “Of course, we never expected playing for a regional championship, but we knew we had talent on this team and the kids worked extremely hard.” The Eagles showed their talent in the first half, especially the second quarter. Hudsonville had a 12-11 lead heading into that quarter. It opened the second quarter on a 12-3 run and led 31-24 at the break. In that quarter, they did not commit a turnover and missed only four shots from the field. Junior post player B.J. Van Loo had a solid second quarter, scoring seven of his

‘D’ crucial for GR Christian

Pioneers use up-tempo offense to knock off Unity Chr. BY DEAN HOLZWARTH




Missed opportunities

While clinging to a 41-38 edge late, GR Christian had two key steals and Holland Christian misfired on a chance to tie it. GR Christian freshman Drake Harris scored six of his team’s final eight points, which included two free throws, an

Get out of the way! Holland Christian’s Luke Brower, left, is guarded by Grand Rapids Christian’s Kurt Hoekstra in a regional semifinal.

Standing strong: Grand Rapids Christian’s Kavon Frazier, left, pressures Holland Christian’s Alex Nienhuis on Monday.

offensive rebound and putback and a two-handed dunk in the final minute of regulation. “The crowd was into it, and I had to put that one down,” said Harris, who finished with 10 points. “That capped off the game really nice, and we just came together as a team tonight. “We didn’t come out strong in the first half, but we came back and played tougher defense at the end of the game. We’ve played in games like this all season.” Holland Christian (9-15) didn’t play like a team that won six games in the regular season. The Maroons, who lost 61-53 to GR Christian two weeks ago, shot 56 percent from the field and made 5-of-9 3-pointers against the OK White Conference champions. But Holland Christian had 21 turnovers — seven in the final quarter.

“In the third quarter, we relaxed and realized we could play with them,” first-year Holland Christian coach Kevin Koeman said. “But they upped their intensity in the fourth quarter and got back to their full-court pressing. “But the guys played really well, and I couldn’t be more proud of this game. I felt like they came so much further than the last time we played them.” Spicer said he had concerns about playing Holland Christian a second time. “When I left their gym the last time, I told my coaching staff that they were much better than their record, so we knew what was in store tonight,” he said. “I’m pleased with our kids for their ability to answer the bell, but I can’t say enough about how classy Holland Christian is and the good job their coaches did with getting them


ready to play.” Jordan Dale, a junior, also had 10 points for the Eagles, who shot 30 percent but had nine offensive rebounds and 18 steals. Holland Christian senior Tyler Dykstra had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks.

Next up: EGR

GR Christian beat EGR twice during the regular season, but Spicer said it won’t matter Wednesday. “You can throw all the records out because its East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Christian,” Spicer said. “They are right around the corner from us. Its a neighborhood rivalry, and we’re going to do what we can to be ready for that team. They are playing a lot better, so we’re going to have to step up.” E-mail:

Lansing Eastern too much for East Kentwood Falcons threaten in second half, but Quakers hang on CLASS A BY STEVE KAMINSKI THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

CALEDONIA — Lansing Eastern has a Mr. Basketball candidate in senior forward LaDontae Henton, but East Kentwood discovered Monday night the Quakers hardly are a one-man show. The Quakers defeated East Kentwood 74-62 in a Class A regional semifinal at Caledonia High School. Lansing Eastern junior forward Frederick Edmond played the biggest role in ending the Falcons’ season. Edmond had a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. He had

12 points in the first quarter as Lansing Eastern led the entire game. “(Edmond) had a great game,” said East Kentwood coach Jeff Anama, whose team finished 19-5. “He got loose on the boards three or four times. They have many good players on that team, and he was the one guy who got them going tonight. “It seemed like in the first half, every time there was a loose ball, he picked it up and put it in. Every time there was an offensive rebound, he was the one who put it in.” He n t o n , wh o e n t e re d Monday’s game averaging 28 points and 16 rebounds per game, finished with 16 points. Lansing Eastern sophomore guard Charles Tucker also finished with 16 points. Edmond, Henton and Tucker helped the Quakers to a 32-23 halftime lead. East Kentwood fought back

game-high 20 points in the quarter, including seven in a row to cut Northview’s deficit to one (41-40) heading to the fourth quarter. Northview took its first lead since late in the first quarter 2 minutes into the fourth, but Hudsonville answered. Hudsonville scored the next 11 points and kept the Wildcats at bay the rest of the way. “I figured they would make a run,” Elliot said. “We’ve seen them (a 76-59 Hudsonville loss at the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament in December) and know how scrappy they are and know Kapustka has a huge heart. We knew they weren’t going to go lightly.” Northview, which won 12 of its past 13 games entering Monday’s contest, finished with a 17-7 record. E-mail:

EGR pressures its way to regional final

Eagles gain momentum in second half to top Holland Christian

GRAND RAPIDS — With his team struggling to score throughout the second half of Monday’s Class B regional semifinal against Holland Christian, Grand Rapids Christian coach Mike Spicer urged his team to focus on their strength. Defense. The Eagles held Holland Christian to four points in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 47-38 victory on their home floor at Quest Center. GR Christian (22-1) advances to Wednesday’s regional final against East Grand Rapids, which defeated Unity Christian 60-45. “I told them in one of the timeouts that the game would be won with defense,” Spicer said. “We missed some layups (in the second half), and you are going to miss shots, but we dug in and got a couple stops and a couple rebounds, and we were able to pull it out.” Th e E a g l e s o ut s co re d Holland Christian 16-4 in the final quarter after the Maroons had seized momentum in the third quarter with a 12-0 run to take the lead.

team-high 19 points. He also had five of his game-high 16 rebounds. “That quarter was key,” Elliot said. “For us to take care of the ball is huge, but that’s huge for any team. For us to play like that in the second allowed us to get a cushion over Northview and gain some confidence.” Northview coach Trevor Chalmers was impressed with the Eagles. “They shot the ball extremely well in the first half,” Chalmers said. “We struggled offensively, we weren’t clicking and they were. But they’ve been clicking for a while. They hit 9-of-13 3-pointers Friday against Grandville.” Northview’s offense began to click in the third quarter and made a run with the help of junior point guard Darren Kapustka. Kapustka scored 10 of his

in the second half, cutting the deficit to 38-35 with 1:38 left in the third. The Quakers, 18-6 and ranked No. 6 in Class A, had one more run, though, to take control for good. Lansing Eastern outscored the Falcons 14-2 in the final minute of the third quarter and first 2 minutes of the fourth. “We might not have been clicking on all cylinders but, as long as we are clicking on two or three cylinders, we can be pretty good,” Lansing Eastern coach Rod Watts said. “LaDontae is such an unselfish player, and he did a great job finding guys tonight. We do a pretty good job of sharing the ball. If you take one guy away, you will find somebody else. (Edmond) averages about 15 points a game, and coming over here, people just know about LaDontae, and they might know about (Tucker). But they are not going to know about

No. 25 (Edmond).” Jeremiah Williams scored 18 points to lead East Kentwood. M i c a h G a te s a d d e d 1 3. Williams had 14 of his points in the fourth, including a 3-pointer with a little more than 1 minute left that pulled the Falcons to within 68-57. However, backto-back dunks by Henton and Herb Alford iced it for the Quakers. “This is a historic season for our guys,” Anama said. “They won the OK Red Conference championship for the first time in 21 years, and they got to a regional. They won 19 games, which hasn’t been done forever. So this is a fantastic group of seniors who got us to this point. “This is a hard locker room to leave because they have been fantastic to work with. We are going to remember these seniors for a long time.” E-mail:

GRAND RAPIDS — The East Grand Rapids boys basketball team knew it had to play at a different speed in order to move on in the state tournament. That gear was overdrive. The Pioneers forced Unity Christian into an up-tempo game in Monday’s Class B regional semifinal and raced to a 60-45 victory at Grand Rapids Christian’s Quest Center. East Grand Rapids (14-9) will face OK White Conference rival Grand Rapids Christian in the regional final at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “We knew we had to dictate tempo because they are more of a methodical team that wants to slow it down and get the ball inside,” Pioneers coach Jared Redell said. “We had to change the game and speed it up to get easy baskets, and we had to get out and pressure.” The backcourt tandem of senior Deon Jobe and junior DeAndre Grady combined for 20 points and eight steals in the win. The Pioneers recorded 16 steals as a team, many of which led to layups. Redell said his team usually doesn’t press frequently, but he increased his rotation to 10 players to maintain constant pressure. “We don’t pressure like that because we don’t play enough guys to pressure all the time, but we knew we had to against them, so we went 10 deep tonight,” he said. “Our game plan was to always be running and pressure defensively.” East Grand Rapids’ defensive intensity played a part in a season-high 25 turnovers by Unity. The high number of miscues


surprised Unity coach Scott Soodsma, who said his team’s ability to take care of the ball hadn’t been a problem. “I thought if we couldn’t have turned the ball over tonight, then it would’ve been a lot closer,” Soodsma said. “We’ve been a really low turnover team all year, and we just turned the ball over too many times tonight. “We just didn’t make good decisions with the basketball tonight for whatever reason, and some of that was because of their quickness and they got after it.” EGR struggled offensively in the first quarter and mustered only seven points on 3-of-15 shooting. The Pioneers trailed 12-7 in the second quarter before reeling off 11 consecutive points. They forced three turnovers in the final 2 minutes of the half and led 24-17 at intermission after a 6-0 run. EGR stretched its lead to 17 in the third quarter. “At halftime, we talked about how we made a good run to end the second quarter and we wanted to continue that,” Redell said. “I thought we did a really good job of coming out in the third quarter.” Unity Christian (13-11) chipped away at the deficit and got to within 50-42 with 3 minutes remaining on an Alec Capel 3-pointer and Mitch Sytsma layup. “We had an easy one there and missed one that would’ve cut it to six, but that’s the way it happens,” Soodsma said. “And we had a chance to go up even more in the first half, but we missed some layups and free throws.” Jobe finished with 16 points and was 6-of-8 from the field. Grady had 14 points and six rebounds. Austin Howell, a junior, added eight points and nine rebounds for the Pioneers. Sytsma led Unity with 10 points and six rebounds. E-mail:

Taking flight: East Grand Rapids’ DeAndre Grady goes for the layup against Unity Christian in the Pioneers’ 60-45 win against Unity Christian. Grady had 14 points and six rebounds. PRESS PHOTO/ ADAM BIRD





Rockford’s Bennett seeded sixth at 174 BY JEFF CHANEY

Ben Bennett is right on track to do what has never been done before on the Central Michigan University wrestling team — be a four-time All American. Last year as a freshman, Bennett took sixth at the NCAA Division I finals in Omaha, Neb. He comes into this year’s tournament in Philadelphia this weekend as the sixth seed in the 174-pound weight class. Still, the former Rockford three-time state champion wants more than to be a four-time All-Americ a n fo r t h e Chippewas. Ben “Personally, I Bennett feel I fell a little short of my expectations last year,” Bennett said. “For other people, I may have met them and did better, but I expect a lot of myself and I’m hard on myself. But I think that is good. I’m never satisfied, and my ultimate goal is to win a national championship. Placing is good, but after you have been on the podium, anything less that winning, it would not be my goal.” Bennett enters the tournament with a 27-5 record, and of those five losses, four have come against ranked opponents, including one to topranked Jonathon Reader of Iowa State. Bennett also is on a bit of a roll, winning 13 of his past 14 matches with the lone loss being a controversial defensive fall in a dual meet at Ohio. Overall in his career for the Chippewas, he is 53-13. Central Michigan coach Tom Borelli is not surprised with the early success of his prized sophomore, and expects another big tournament this weekend. “I’m not amazed with what he’s done,” Borelli said. “This is the way he’s always been. Winning senior nationals and being a three-time state champ, he’s always been a kid that handles big tournaments just like another tournament.” But Borelli also knows Bennett is in a tough weight class that also including Penn State’s Ed Ruth and Cornell’s Mack Lewnes, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the weight class, respectively. “He’s going to have to wrestle his matches, regardless of who he wrestles,” Borelli said. “It is a good weight class, but I think he will have a good tournament. But everybody that is looking to win a national title has to wrestle a good tournament.” Bennett, who will be one of four Chippewas who made this year’s tournament, is ready to go. He loves the atmosphere that the NCAA tournament brings. It all kicks off with first-round action Thursday morning. Bennett opens his tournament with a match against Alex Caruso of Rutgers. Lowell’s Jackson Morse, who wrestles at Illinois, also qualified. He is unseeded in the 157-pound weight class. Bennett can’t wait to get things going. “It’s an awesome tournament and an awesome experience,” Bennett said. “You are in an environment with the craziest wrestling fans with all the best wrestlers. If you are in to wrestling, you have to experience it one time. We train 10 months out of year, and everyone has a goal to be at this tournament and have success. It would crush me not to be able to compete. This is what I have trained for, and I’m ready.”



Tri-unity uses clutch foul shooting to advance

Central wrestler has big goals for NCAA THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS



Little room: Fennville’s Reid Sexton tries to shoot over Schoolcraft’s Tyler Dow, left, as Kody Chandler looks on in Monday’s regional game at Vicksburg.



lean on them. And they need to lean on me.” Schoolcraft leaned on 62 percent field-goal shooting, including 72 percent in the second half. But it was turnovers that turned the game. The Eagles had 12 while Fennville finished with 23. Klingler gave Schoolcraft credit for playing very hard in the game. “Theyarealotlikeus,andthey defended us pretty hard,” he said. “They started hitting shots and it was kind of tough to slow them down. That’s why they are No. 2 in the state.” Schoolcraft was led by senior guard Kody Chandler and sophomore forward Luke Ryskamp, who each scored 23 points and had five assists. Senior guard Blake Krum had 18 points, and Tyler Dow, a three-year starter like Chandler, had 16 points. Fe n nv i l l e wa s l e d by s e n i o r f o r wa r d s A d a m Siegel and DeMarcus

McGee. Siegel had 17 points and McGee 16. Xavier Grigg, a junior guard who moved into a starting role after Leonard’s death, scored 14 points. “It would have been easier with Wes,” Siegel said. Chandler, who was on the Schoolcraft team that lost in the state finals in 2009, said he never has played against a team that showed so much heart. “Early in the game, we didn’t have that much of lead and it was clear they were here to play,” he said. Klingler said the Blackhawks didn’t talk about the loss afterward. “We talked about how proud — the coaches, the Leonard family, the Fennville community — is of these guys and how they have drawn a lot of people closer together,” he said. “We talked about walking out of here with our heads held high. The strength they have show in the last week and a half has been unbelievable.” E-mail:

Hines named Miss Basketball THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

D E T RO I T — Ja s m i n e Hines already is running out of room to add achievements to her college applications. M o n d a y, she picked up another. The Central Lake senior was named the Jasmine state’s 30th Miss Hines 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. The Miss Basketball trophy comes after Hines has set the state’s single-season and career records in scoring and rebounding. If she scores 11 points in today’s quarterfinal against Portland St. Patrick, she’ll become the first player of either gender to reach the 3,000-point mark. “Winning this trophy was my dream, but the ultimate goal is to win the state title,” she said. Hines has committed to play at Michigan State next season.

BATTLE CREEK — Immediately after Kalamazoo Phoenix guard Jalen Coleman, who wore No. 10, fouled out of Monday night’s Class D regional semifinal at Battle Creek Central, Tri-unity Christian scored 10 consecutive points on its way to a 75-60 victory against the Fury. Coleman, whose game-high 19 points included five 3-pointers, led the Fury to a 7-0 lead to open the game and helped bring Phoenix back to within five, 61-56, with a little more than five minutes remaining But when he fouled out with 5:06 remaining, the third-year program wasn’t the same. “This was definitely one of our harder games this year, but we got the run at the end when we needed it,” Tri-unity senior Jordan Buffum said. “We definitely should have put them away earlier. We should have played better defense, but everyone was hustling and doing their best.” The Defenders (21-2) outrebounded the Fury 40-23 and shot 90 percent (19-of-21) from the free-throw line.


Out of reach: Tri-unity’s Nate Rosenbaum, left, defends against Kalamazoo Phoenix’s Tyren Sheppard.

“This was a tough game for us because we were in foul trouble all night,” Tri-unity coach Mark Keeler said. “I am really happy with the way the guys responded, though. We go about nine deep and we needed those guys tonight. (Senior guard) Mike Boon stepped up at end and we put (sophomore forward) Joey Blauwkamp back in at the

right time, and Jordan (Buffum) played well, too.” Junior guard Eric Zudweg stepped up when Tri-unity needed him in the first half. He hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to bring the Defenders back from their early deficit. Zudweg, who is one of four Defenders who have older brothers who played on state championship teams, finished with five 3-pointers and 17 points. Tri-unity will face St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the regional final. Michigan Lutheran (19-4) defeated Climax-Scotts 72-62 in Monday’s second regional semifinal. “Tri-unity has a lot of history and is a well-seasoned program, but my guys weren’t intimidated,” Phoenix coach Josh Brown said. “They rebounded more effectively than we did tonight. They just got the better position.” Kalamazoo Phoenix (14-3) also got 19 points from forward Darryl Laird. Buffum scored 13 for Tri-unity and sophomore guard Daniel Cole added 12, including 8-of-9 shooting from the line. E-mail:

Long-range shooting derails Covenant Christian’s run BY STEVE VEDDER THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

RAVENNA — The bad feeling started midway through the first half for Covenant Christian’s boys basketball team and didn’t get much better. The reason for the Chargers’ uneasiness was largely because of Ithaca’s uncanny ability to hit a flurry of 3-pointers early in the teams’ Class C regional game Monday at Ravenna. Ultimately, that torrid shooting is why Covenant Christian fell to the Yellowjackets 59-41. Ithaca shot 50 percent from 3-point range (8-of-16) in the first half and the Chargers never recovered in finishing their season with a 14-10 record. “I had a bad feeling in my gut when they started hitting like that while we were missing bunnies inside,”


Covenant Christian coach James Haveman said. “It was a disappointing night, no question.” The barrage of 3-pointers helped Ithaca to an 18-10 lead after one quarter and 31-14 with 4:30 remaining in the first half. Covenant Christian cut the lead to 36-23 at the half, but never got any closer than 36-27 in the first minute of the third quarter. The Yellowjackets, who average four 3-pointers per game, finished with nine. “As the season has gone on, we’ve made a lot more and more consistently,” Ithaca coach Jim Thompson said. “We told the kids, if we came out and played physical and got after it, we’d be in business. We had that shot and we took it.” Four players hit 3-pointers, including four by Charles Schnetzler, who finished with

18 points. Jordan DeBoer had 12 points to lead Covenant Christian and Zach Kuiper had eight. Ithaca (18-6) moves into We d n e s d a y ’ s r e g i o n a l championship game against Western Michigan Christian, a 56-55 comeback winner against Clare in Monday’s opening game. Haveman said the Chargers knew Ithaca could hit 3-pointers, but never expected his team to give up eight in the first half. While Ithaca made only one 3-pointer in the second half, Covenant Christian hurt itself with seven turnovers in the third quarter. “I don’t really have an explanation why we didn’t seem to have energy,” Haveman said. “I know when you start making turnovers, you begin to feel a little urgent.” E-mail:

West Michigan Lutheran senior repeats as Class D all-stater Branch earns basketball honor; will play at Ferris BY STEVE VEDDER THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

Christina Branch could have transferred or failed to improve as a basketball player in her four years at West Michigan Lutheran. Instead, Branch is a repeater on the Associated Press Class D Christina all-state team. Branch West Michigan Lutheran coach Bryan Sinner said after Branch averaged in double figures in scoring and rebounding as a freshman, there were other

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programs that would have been happy to accept her as a transfer from a school in which at that time had less than three dozen students. But Branch elected to stay and help the Mustangs to championships in their first two seasons in the Alliance League. She scored more than 1,300 career points and became the first female athlete at the

school to accept an athletic scholarship. She’ll play at Ferris State next season. “She could have left us. I’m sure there were a lot of schools who pulled at her,” Sinner said. “It showed her and her mother’s commitment and leadership skill to stay.” Branch averaged 18.4 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and three assists per


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Strong support system: Basketball standout Allen Durham, right, of Grace Bible College, thanks his teammates for their great season and NCCAA Division ll National Championship during a celebration Monday in the college cafeteria.

championship in six seasons. It seemed as if the school’s total enrollment of 200 students filled the cafeteria. “It’s a nice way to do it,” Bailey said of sharing cake with the students, faculty, administration and families in attendance. “I like that these guys get some credit for all of the hard work they put into it.” Grace Bible (31-7) set a school record for most wins in a season. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the nation since January 2009, also set a record for most regular-season wins (25) and

stretched their NCCAA-II record to 58 consecutive wins during the past four seasons. The team posed for pictures Monday and placed its order for championship rings. It has special T-shirts printed that read: Back-to-Back-to-Back National Champions. Rya n K ro m b e e n , a junior from Grandville, can’t wait to add more rings to his collection. The challenge, he said, is to pursue a fourth national championship to commemorate each of his four years at the school. “Yeah, that is the goal,” he

said. “I’ve got two of them on right now and we get to order our (third) rings today. “I want to get another one next season.” The only thing missing from the celebration was the NCCAA-II trophy. “I think we forgot the championship trophy,” Bailey said with a chuckle. “The thing we went out there for, we might’ve forgot it. I’m pretty sure we left it in the gym. I’m sure we’ll find it and get it back up here.” E-mail:

Davenport beats Walsh on boards in semifinal Panthers prepare to face familiar foe in final BY TERRY HERSOM THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Even for a top-ranked and undefeated women’s basketball team, firing on all cylinders wasn’t really to be expected for its first national tournament semifinal. Davenport University, which leads the NAIA Division II in 3-pointers, was 4-of-18 from behind the arc. Then, there were those 17 first-half turnovers. It certainly wasn’t how coach Mark Youngs’ team played the past 36 games. But Davenport rode its rebounding skills to withstand an upset bid by fourth-

ranked Walsh and win 68-55 Monday night at the Tyson Events Center. Davenport senior guard Kallie Benike had 20 points and 1 5 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive boards. “She’s 5-8, and the girl has got about a 12-inch vertical jump,” Youngs said jokingly. Kallie “She attacked Benike the ball. She’s led us in rebounding for four years.” Said Benike: “You don’t really think about stats when you’re playing. You just think about winning and losing. What it came down to is I didn’t want to lose. “Walsh has a really good team. We have a great team.

It came down to who wants it. Twelve-inch vertical, 40-inch vertical, whatever. Who’s going to go and get the ball?” Davenport (37-0) faces No. 2-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) in the title game at 7 tonight. The Panthers gave Northwestern (33-1) its only loss earlier this season — 89-80 on Dec. 29 in Grand Rapids. Walsh (30-5) and Davenport battled back-and-forth well into the second half, with the Panthers leading 40-39 with 12 minutes remaining. Kristi Boehm, who finished with 12 points, gave her team a spark, igniting an 11-0 run on a 3-pointer with 11:50 remaining. Riana Hensley, a 6-3 junior transfer, had two of her teamleading four steals in a crucial spurt that gave the Panthers a 51-39 lead with 10 minutes left. “I think we just let up for a couple up minutes and they

went up double-digits,” said Cara Bedard, who led Walsh with 20 points and 15 rebounds. “It’s hard to come back against the No. 1 team in the nation.” Jessie Miller, a senior guard, had 14 points for the Cavs, who were riding a 25-game winning streak. The streak included a 22-0 mark since Miller, plagued by knee injuries, returned 12 games into the schedule to use up the one semester’s eligibility she had left. “We made a couple of turnovers, and we weren’t able to get it back and get in the flow offensively,” Walsh coach Laura Wartluft said. “I think the biggest thing that was really a hindrance was their offensive boards (Davenport’s 24 to Walsh’s 14). That was huge.” Walsh will move to NCAA Division II next season. E-mail:


the 2009 national championship game to a superior North Carolina team, a 2007 secondround loss to North Carolina at Winston-Salem, N.C., and a 2003 regional final loss to Texas at San Antonio. The Spartans and UCLA have combined to appear in the past six Final Fours, although the senior-less Bruins’ last one was in 2008, when their oldest players were in high school. The Spartans have been in the last two. And they expressed surprising confidence that they could reach a third consecutive Final Fours after drawing a young opening opponent, then a potential Saturday matchup against No. 2 Florida, whose 77-74 win last year against MSU was aided by the Spartans’ season-worst 23 turnovers. Draymond Green said when

the Spartans talk about benefiting from NCAA tournament experience — their seniors are 11-3 in tournament games, the most wins of any active class in college basketball — it isn’t just the games, but also time management, the regimented open-practice and media schedules, the beyond-prying- Draymond eyes practices, Green and the copious hours of study. “It can mentally drain you,” Green said. “I think the experience of it all really helps. “It’s definitely more than just going out and playing the game, because everything leading up to the game is really what makes the game. It’s the film sessions, the practices,

the walk-throughs, how you approach things, how you carry yourself, all those different things that go into it, that you have to show the freshmen, because there’s no joking around. There’s none of that stuff that you may do in the regular season. It’s a whole different approach.” Green, after Sunday night’s selection show, said he would begin his video study of UCLA later that night. “There is no tomorrow, so if you wait until tomorrow, there won’t be one,” he said. The constant in the Spartans’ NCAA tournament is Izzo, who has presided over the school’s 14-year streak of tournament appearances, including a national title and six Final Fours in the past 12 years. “There’s nothing better than March, there really isn’t,” he said. “And there’s nothing

better than having to work when you know, probably, (it means) two or three points in a tournament game. It might be an inbounds play, it might be a free-throw cut out, it might be some of those things that you can control. “Unfortunately, it might be a missed free throw, or a couple of shots like (Penn State’s Talor) Battle hit (in MSU’s Big Ten tournament loss), that you can’t control. So what you try to do is control the things that you can control and see where it takes you.” Roe said MSU has developed a day-to-day mindset that serves them well in tournament play. “Winning a game against UCLA doesn’t mean that you’ve won the tournament,” he said. “OK, you won, now move on, who’ve you got next?” E-mail:


Tennessee is going to attempt to beat Michigan in transition. The Volunteers like to push the ball offensively and create havoc defensively. They force turnovers on 20.8 percent of opponents’ possessions and average a little more than five possessions more per game than Michigan, indicating its style. Scotty Hopson is Tennessee’s go-to player.

Cornerstone heads to NAIA D-II final Hudson scores 18 points, four 3-pointers against Florida school


WYOMING — The entire Grace Bible College men’s basketball team gathered in front of a packed cafeteria Monday on the campus of the small Christian school and received a standing ovation in appreciation of the Tigers winning their third consecutive national championship this past weekend. It’s a moment Allen Durham will never forget. “It’s very special,” said Durham, a senior forward, who led Grace Bible to a 76-56 victory against Valley Forge Christian on Saturday in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II championship game in Springfield, Mo. “This is great. We’ve had great fan support all year. It has been a tremendous run for us.” Durham, a former Wyoming Park star, earned NCCAA-II player of the year honors. He proudly displayed all three national championship medals around his neck for the welcome-home reception. “I’ve been blessed with so muchtalentaroundme,”Durham said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more than what’s happened. It’s a great group of guys and a great team. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.” Gary Bailey, the NCCAA-II coach of the year, thanked the audience for supporting the Tigers and sharing in the celebration of the men’s basketball program’s fourth national


said 28.8 percent of Tennessee’s possessions end up with the ball in the 6-foot-7 guard’s hands when he is on the court. He also takes 31.4 percent of the Volunteers’ shots when he’s in the game. For Michigan to beat Tennessee, limiting Hopson is going to be a key. Tony Jones is a name to know. The Volunteers’ associate head coach is a Detroit native who graduated from Concordia-Ann Arbor. He

took over when Bruce Pearl was suspended for the team’s first eight SEC games, and there’s a good chance Jones leads his own program soon. Tennessee has its own impact freshman in forward Tobias Harris. The Dix Hills, N.Y., native was a McDonald’s All-American last year and has averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds this season. While Hopson is Tennessee’s go-to guy, Michigan is going to need

to be plenty concerned with the 6-foot-8 Harris. Michigan might have a bunch of NBA names on its roster, but Tennessee has one as well. Renaldo Woolridge is the son of former NBA allstar Orlando Woolridge, but the junior doesn’t figure much into the Tennessee rotation. He hasn’t played since January and is more known in Knoxville for his aspiring career as a rapper with the handle Swiperboy.

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Wes Hudson has felt as if he is reliving his glory days at Wayland while starring at the NAIA Division II national tournament. The freshman guard had an exceptional night shooting Monday, hitting fo u r 3 - p o i n t goals to trigger No. 3-seeded Cornerstone’s 82-52 semifinal win against No. 2 seed North- Wes Hudson wood (Fla.). The Golden Eagles (33-4) face defending national champion Saint Francis (28-9) at 10 tonight in the championship game. Hudson hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half en route to an 18-point night. His performance would have been his career-high at Cornerstone as recently as a week ago, but ranks second to his 20-point outburst in the first round. He said had a feeling his shooting was going to stand out at the tourney at College of the Ozarks. “I said to all the guys, ‘I like these hoops. This kind of reminds me of high school,’ ” Hudson said. “They were all laughing at me. My high school gym wasn’t very nice and was old. This is a great gym, but it is old-school. “Tonight, my shot was feeling good during warm-ups and I was so geeked up about the game. I made my first layup. That’s always good to get going like that. Then, they left me open on a 3-pointer and I made it. My shot was feeling good, so I kept shooting. Hudson played for two

district championship teams at Wayland. Cornerstone coach Kim Elders said Hudson’s success falls in line with how he played in the postseason as a high-schooler. “When we recruited him, these are the things we expected from him,” Elders said. “He’s a big-time player. We knew he could shoot it and shoot it deep. He’s doing a lot of good things.” Said senior forward Kelvin DeVries: “He’s always poised and under control.” Cornerstone found plenty of openings against Northwood (33-4). The Seahawks’ pressure and defense away from the ball gradually decreased as the Golden Eagles’ lead increased. Cornerstone faced little resistance while making 10-of-18 3-pointers, shooting 57 percent overall and winning the battle of the boards 37-25. “We knew they were capable of coming back,” Hudson said. “We had some dumb turnovers, but hunkered down and bounced back from that by hitting some shots again. Then, they lost their intensity.” DeVries also had four 3-pointers in his 14-point night. A dozen Golden Eagles scored. Cornerstone and Saint Francis have a rich history. The Cougars ousted the Golden Eagles from last season’s tourney. Cornerstone won this season’s matchup 92-89 in overtime. “Last year, Saint Francis got hot at the time and I feel like we’re doing that now,” DeVries said. We’re playing our best ball of the season. We’re taking care of all the little things, which leads to big wins. The ball is bouncing the right way for us.” DeVries, taking note of tonight’s starting time, said he is confident the Golden Eagles’ fans will stay up late to watch them on CBS College Sports Network. “Maybe they’ll have to move back some classes Wednesday morning,” he said. E-mail:

New TV deal changes how fans watch tourney Four stations will broadcast games THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — For all you college basketball fans who’ve moaned over the years that you could do a better job of switching among NCAA tournament games than CBS — here is your chance. If a team leads by 30 points Thursday afternoon while another game is tied in the final seconds, CBS won’t budge. Viewers will hold all the power in their remote controls. The NCAA tournament’s new 14-year, $10.8 billion TV deal with two media companies radically changes how a nation of bracket-fillers will watch March Madness. Every game will be broadcast nationally in its entirety, spread across four networks — old standby CBS, plus three Turner cable channels in TNT, TBS and truTV. “That’s going to take some getting used to, but it’s a better programming option for the viewer at home and the basketball fan,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in an interview with The Associated Press. “More work on his or her part to find the game, but they get to decide what game they want to watch. In the past, I think we did a very good job of moving around, but it was our decision.” To which fans might say: Sounds great, but what’s truTV? It’s the channel formerly known as Court TV, available in 80 percent of American homes, according to Nielsen. That is a bit less than the 87 percent for the much-better-known TNT and TBS, which also have the distinction of airing other sports including the NBA and

Major League Baseball. Even TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley, who will work the studio show as part of the partnership, grilled his boss last week about truTV not being available in many hotels. Turner Sports chief David Levy explained truTV was in more homes than ESPNU or ESPNews. His point: Any NCAA deal to put the tournament on four networks would almost certainly include at least one channel with somewhat limited reach. “One reason why we invested in this was to get people to know where truTV was,” Levy told the AP. “That’s part of the reason why you put the kind of money up that we are.” With 13 more seasons on the deal, McManus and Levy are confident viewers will get the hang of finding truTV and flipping among four networks. For now, the challenge is to alleviate growing pains. Announcers will encourage fans to switch to closer games on other channels. The scores — and networks — of the three other contests will always sit at the top of the screen. March Madness on Demand, which still will stream games for free online, will allow fans to enter their zip code and provider to tell them exactly where truTV is. Levy believes social networking will be a big help, too. There will be no regionalization. In the past, fans in, say, western Pennsylvania always could watch Pittsburgh’s games on CBS. On Thursday, the top-seeded Panthers’ opener will be on truTV everywhere. McManus and Levy said they weren’t too concerned about the effect on hometown fans who don’t get the cable channels, since they can still watch for free online.





No drama for Michigan St. women U-M women play Spartans knew they were in NCAAs, the only question was opponent BY DAVID MAYO THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

EAST LANSING — Michigan State’s women had a relaxed Monday evening at Breslin Center, in a cozy environment with a couple hundred fans, and the assurance that their NCAA tournament berth was assured. When their name popped up quickly as a No. 4 seed, with a game Sunday against No. 13 seed Northern Iowa in Wichita, Kan., the already painless wait became speedy, too. “My first thought was ‘Boy, that was quick,’ ” Spartans star Kalisha Keane said. The first-round game in the Dallas Region is Sunday. MSU (26-5), the Big Ten Conference regular-season champion, will make its third co n s e c ut ive to u r n a m e n t appearance during the four years Suzy Merchant has been coach. “In the past, I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in what conference tournaments are doing,

THE MATCHUP Michigan State vs. Northern Iowa NCAA women’s tournament, first-round game When: 7:45 p.m. Sunday at INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. Records: Michigan State 26-5, Big Ten Conference regularseason champion; Northern Iowa 27-5, Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champion and who’s upsetting who, that may adjust where you’re at,” Merchant said. “I think our big focus is we felt like we did our body of work prior to that and whatever was going to happen was going to happen.” The Spartans were hoping for seeding respect last year, when they were a No. 5, but lost a first-round game. They just wanted to get in to the 2009 tournament, when they went to the Sweet Sixteen. This year, it was a more matter-of-fact approach that ended with their draw of Northern Iowa (27-5), which qualified for the tournament as the Missouri Valley Conference champion, where it finished 17-1 and won the title by five games. “The first time we got to the tournament, in my sophomore year, it was more a sigh of relief,” Keane said. “The second year, same thing, but we didn’t win the Big Ten regular

season or tournament, so we didn’t really know. This year, it was business.” The MSU-Northern Iowa winner advances to face the winner between No. 5 seed Wisconsin-Green Bay (32-1), one of five teams in the field with at least a 20-game win streak, and No. 12 seed Arkansas-Little Rock (23-7) in Wichita. Forward Cetera Washington said the Spartans’ experience in the NCAA tournament is the difference between a team happy to hear its name called on Selection Monday, and one that knows “what it takes to get where we want to be.” “There will be no easy games in the NCAA tournament,” Washington said. “Everyone’s coming to play. You win or go home and no one wants to lose.” Merchant agreed that Keane, Washington, guard Brittney

Thomas and forward Lykendra Johnson — three seniors, and the fourth-year junior Washington — give the Spartans veteran leadership going into the tournament. “I just think that the leadership that we’ve had, the body of work, to be the Big Ten champion in a league like this, and to be as consistent as they’ve been, shows something special about them, and so I expect they’ll carry that right over into the NCAA tournament,” Merchant said. Merchant said she knew very little about Northern Iowa as of Monday night, except that she happened to watch a video of the Panthers in preparation for their only common opponent, Iowa, which beat both teams at Iowa City, and lost to MSU in East Lansing. After video coordinators cut up Northern Iowa, they will jump into second-round preparation on both Green Bay and Arkansas-Little Rock. In the coming days, there won’t be much time for anything except evaluations, practices, meetings, travel and games. “I just kiss my husband and my two boys good-bye,” Merchant said. E-mail:

UConn women, as expected, top seed in tournament THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Connecticut’s path to a third consecutive national championship could include a renewal of the most heated rivalry in women’s college basketball. For Geno Auriemma to match Tennessee coach Pat Summitt with an eighth national championship, he might have

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have to face Tennessee during its record 90-game winning streak that was ended by Stanford on Dec. 30. The two pre-eminent teams in the sport broke off their annual matchup in 2007 in a testy split. Baylor and Stanford were the other two No. 1 seeds. It was the second consecutive No. 1 seed for the Cardinal, who fell

to UConn in the title game last season. “I think if it’s a four-horse race, there are some dark horses,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I don’t think there is a clear-cut favorite. Last year, they (UConn) were a clear-cut favorite.” “We’re not a clear-cut favorite.”

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Elite Eight


ANN ARBOR — Veronica Hicks kept her eyes peeled on the television for the better part of an hour Monday night, hoping the drought was finally ending. The Michigan senior guard watched as one bracket filled up and then another, hoping, as time passed and the NCAA women’s basketball tournament field shrunk, the Wolverines’ name would suddenly pop up. But after nearly 50 tensionfilled minutes, Michigan was left out of the 64-team field. U-M accepted a bid in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. “I would be lying to you if I told you they weren’t disappointed,” Michigan coach Kevin Borseth said, describing the mood in the room where his team watched Monday night’s televised announcement. Michigan (17-12) will play Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday in the WNIT. The WNIT appearance is Michigan’s second in a row. The Wolverines won four consecutive games to reach the tournament semifinals last year before dropping a 76-59 decision to Miami. For Hicks, the Wolverines’ lone senior, the frustration of failing to earn an NCAA berth hit the hardest. Hicks said she believed the Wolverines deserved a spot in the tournament for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Michigan knocked off four Top 25 opponents during the year and twice beat five-time defending Big Ten champion

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Women’s NIT first-round game

When: 7 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Michigan University Records: Michigan 17-12; Eastern Michigan 22-12

Ohio State. But, after earning the third seed in the Big Ten tournament, the Wolverines suffered a disappointing 55-47 quarterfinal loss to Illinois, which entered the tournament as the lowest seed. Still, Hicks believed the Wolverines had done enough. “I was confident and pretty hopeful,” Hicks said. “But it wasn’t up to us. I mean it was up to us as far as winning. But for the committee, we just didn’t do enough.”

CMU to face Illinois State

The Central Michigan University women’s basketball ended a 27-year postseason drought after being named to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament on Monday. Illinois State (20-10) hosts CMU (20-10) in an openinground game at 8:05 p.m. Thursday. “It’s another positive step that this program has taken,” coach Sue Guevara, the former women’s coach at Michigan, said in a statement. It is the third postseason appearance for CMU, which qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1983 and 1984.

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Kansas St. (21-10)

Texas Tech (22-10)

Purdue (20-11)

St. John’s (21-10)


Georgetown (22-10)

North Carolina (25-8)

Princeton (24-4)

Fresno St. (25-7)

Connecticut (32-1) Hartford (17-15)

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Stanford (29-2) UC Davis (24-8)

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DePaul (27-6)


Navy (20-11)


Iowa St. (22-10)


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14 Spokane, Wash. - Saturday Louisville (20-12) 7 Vanderbilt (20-11) 10 Cincinnati - Sunday

Indianapolis April 5

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Durham, N.C. - Saturday

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Tennessee (31-2)



Xavier (28-2)


S. Dakota St. (19-13)


Cincinnati - Sunday

April 3

Baylor (31-2)

Stetson (20-12)

Prairie View (21-11)

Knoxville, Tenn. - Saturday

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West Virginia (23-9)

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Georgia Tech (23-10)


Bowling Green (28-4)

Knoxville, Tenn. - Saturday

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Green Bay (32-1)


UALR (23-7)


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Texas (19-13)

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Houston (26-5)

Waco, Texas - Sunday

Columbus, Ohio - Saturday

Wichita, Kan. - Sunday

Ohio St. (22-9)

Michigan St. (26-5)



UCF (22-10)

UNI (27-5)



Oklahoma (21-11)


James Madison (26-7)

Columbus, Ohio - Saturday

Georgia (21-10)


Middle Tenn. (23-7)


Auburn, Ala. - Sunday Florida St. (23-7)



Gardner-Webb (23-10)

Samford (25-7)


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Charlottesville, Va. - Sunday Arizona St. (20-10)

Rutgers (19-12)

Temple (23-8)

Louisiana Tech (24-7)

Salt Lake City - Saturday

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Auburn, Ala. - Sunday

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Miami (Fla.) (27-4)

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Notre Dame (26-7)

Texas A&M (27-5)



Utah (18-16)

McNeese St. (26-6)


Salt Lake City - Saturday

5:15 PM

12:15 PM


4:05 PM

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Wichita, Kan. - Sunday

7:45 PM


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Marquette (23-8)

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Montana (18-14)

Durham, N.C. - Saturday Duke (29-3)


Spokane, Wash. - Saturday

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University Park, Pa. - Saturday


13 Albuquerque, N.M. - Saturday Iowa (22-8) 6 Hampton (26-6)

Gonzaga (28-4)

University Park, Pa. - Saturday


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Penn St. (24-9) Dayton (21-11)

Kentucky (24-8)

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Albuquerque, N.M. - Saturday

College Park, Md. - Sunday Maryland (23-7)

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Storrs, Conn. - Sunday


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THE MATCHUP Michigan at Eastern Michigan

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to go through her Lady Vols, who earned the top seed in the Dayton region. The Huskies earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Monday night. If both come through their regions, UConn and Tennessee could meet again in the national semifinals at Indianapolis. Auriemma’s Huskies didn’t

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on the schedule? The Griffins also play five times at Van Andel Arena in a grueling eight-day span starting Wednesday. After that, though, they play at home only once over their final eight games. It’s enough to make your head spin. It certainly won’t be easy, but the Griffins would be the first to concede that missing the postseason for the third time in the past four years easily can be classified as underachieving.




RAND RAPIDS — On Feb. 27, the Grand Rapids Griffins sat in last place in the North Division. For some teams, that might signal a figurative end to the season. Management could start planning for next season while the coaching staff desperately tried to find ways to motivate the players, who either would be fighting for a new contract or sleepwalking through the remainder of the schedule. But that’s not how the Griffins roll. Instead, they have responded by becoming the hottest team in the American Hockey League. The Griffins are 10-2-1-3 in their past 16 games, and have won six of their past seven. After going 3-0-1-0 in a recent four-game road trip, they have climbed into fifth for the first time since Jan. 18 and sit just three points behind third-place Hamilton for a guaranteed playoff spot.

Tight playoff race

Grand Rapids also is only four points behind secondplace Toronto and six behind first-place Manitoba in the tightly-packed North. After four and a half months, the Griffins finally are playing the way they were expected to at the start of this season. But there still is plenty of work left to be done. Even though the Griffins have been on a roll, the process of moving up in the standings has been slow. All of the teams in front of them have won at least five of their past 10 games, making

NHL talent on roster


Blocking the way: Jordan Pearce of the Griffins blocks a shot by Colton Sceviour of Texas during a game last month. Pearce has been on a roll for the Griffins, with nine wins in his past 13 starts. He has company in goal after the Red Wings assigned goalie Joey MacDonald to Grand Rapids.

UP NEXT Griffins vs. Barons Next game: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Van Andel Arena Radio: WOODAM (1300), WOOD-FM (106.9)


Current position: 5th in AHL North with 74 points Games remaining: 13 (6 home, 7 road) Scenario: Grand Rapids needs to finish at least third in the AHL North to be assured of a playoff spot. continued success a necessity for Grand Rapids. Fifth place won’t get them into the postseason. Fourth

most likely isn’t going to cut it either, since the fifth-place team in the West Division is poised to cross-over and take the North’s fourth spot. For the Griffins, it’s third or go home. The schedule makers certainly haven’t done the Griffins any favors. Only six of their final 13 games are against North Division opponents. All four teams in front of them have more, including Hamilton with 11, preventing the Griffins from possibly gaining some valuable swing points. Instead, the Griffins have seven games remaining against the West, which they have a 16-17-2-4 record against this season. Against the North, the Griffins are 16-8-0-4. Guess who they would prefer to see

Grand Rapids’ roster has NHL-caliber talent, with Jan Mursak, Tomas Tatar and Cory Emmerton all making their Detroit Red Wings debuts this season, and Jamie Tardif and Ilari Filppula making strong cases for their own promotions. Veterans like Chris Minard and Jamie Johnson are coming on strong, and the goaltending of Jordan Pearce has been invaluable. The Griffins are healthy, focused and complete, now that the Red Wings finally have returned goalie Joey MacDonald. Everything is in place for one last push for the playoffs. Of course, the Griffins wouldn’t be in this situation if they had taken care of business earlier in the season. But they’re closer to first than they are to last. This is the reality that the Griffins find themselves in, and they have more than enough talent, skill, leadership and experience to drive them into the playoffs. The uphill climb remains steep, but it looks like they might be peaking just in the nick of time. E-mail:


Healthy team forces roster decisions Rafalski, Osgood return after long absences BY ANSAR KHAN PRESS NEWS SERVICE

DETROIT — Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock soon will have a luxury he hasn’t experienced all season — a healthy 23-man roster. With it, comes tougher lineup decisions. Defenseman Brian Rafalski will return to the lineup Wednesday at home against the Washington Capitals, after missing eight games with back spasms. Goaltender Chris Osgood was activated Monday from injured reserve. Babcock said he hasn’t decided when Osgood will play. Right wing Patrick Eaves also is available for Wednesday’s game, after sitting out nine games with a groin injury. The only player who likely won’t be available the next two games is defenseman Ruslan Salei, who returned to California to be with his expectant wife. “Once we know who’s available, we’ll decide on the roster after that,” Babcock said. Rafalski, who was paired

with Jakub Kindl in Monday’s practice, will provide a boost on the top power-play unit. “It’ll help us all over,” Babcock said. “I think he’s one of the best defensemen in the league, and if he can be healthy we’re a way better hockey club. We’ve been playing faster, but we play way faster when Rafi’s in because the puck gets going so much.” Rafalski’s power-play partner, Nicklas Lidstrom, said: “Having that right-hand shot, you can use him on one-timers or (passing) back and forth on the blue line.” Rafalski has missed 19 games because of injuries. He said 13 games is enough to get prepared for the playoffs. Osgood’s last appearance was in a 5-3 win at Edmonton on Jan. 4. He had surgery for a sports hernia Jan. 11. “I’m as close as I can get now,” Osgood said. “I feel real good. Just keep practicing hard and be ready. My goal is to be fully ready for the playoffs, where Mike won’t hesitate to use me if he has to.” Asked how many games he needs to play to get up to speed before the postseason, Osgood said, “Doesn’t matter. My goal is if he needs me in the playoffs I’ll be 100 percent ready, just like I was two years ago.” Babcock would not reveal

UP NEXT Red Wings vs. Capitals

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena TV, radio: FSD, WJRW-AM (1340), WHTC-AM (1450)

how he plans on using his goalies the rest of the season. “Whatever gives us the best chance to win, that’s what we’re going to do,” Babcock said. The club reassigned Joey MacDonald to the Grand Rapids Griffins. With Eaves back, the club must scratch two healthy forwards each game. “You never like to give anybody bad news that they’re not in the lineup, but the great thing about being a Red Wing is it’s never about ‘me,’ it’s about the Red Wings, it’s about winning,” Babcock said. “Does that make those decisions easy? Absolutely not. “It’s easy for you to say to a guy, don’t take it personally, and he’s thinking to himself, ‘What do you mean it’s not personal? It’s about me, it’s personal.’ The bottom line is it’s about the team.”

SPOTLIGHT NHL Tonight’s best bet San Jose (39-23-8) at Dallas (37-24-8), 8 p.m. The Pacific Division-leading Sharks are only four points ahead of the Stars. Monday’s star Marian Hossa scored two power-play goals less than 3 minutes apart to ignite a five-goal outburst by Chicago in the second period, and the Blackhawks rolled to a 6-3 win against San Jose.

— Press wire services

Modano working way back

Mike Modano has no goals and three assists in eight games since returning from his wrist injury. “I thought he had a setback in the last game (5-3 win Saturday at St. Louis), in his own mind, wasn’t as good,” Babcock said. “Those things are going to happen. You have expectations for yourself. You got to understand, No. 1, is that you’re 40; No. 2, is that you’ve had three months off. “We’re ecstatic with him, you got to be ecstatic with yourself, cut yourself a break.”

Colts owner wants talks, not litigation THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Irsay thought NFL owners and players were getting closer to a new collective bargaining agreement last week. Now the Colts owner is pleading for everyone to get out of the courts and back to the negotiating table. Irsay said Monday he’s “optimistic” the league will not lose the 2011 season or next year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis because of the current lockout,

though he is “disappointed” that players have resorted to making their case through the legal system. “I think we have our differences, but I feel there’s a framework for a deal,” Irsay said. “I was disappointed Friday because I felt when we came with another proposal, we really had a chance to continue to mediate, negotiate and do the things to get a deal done. There’s work to get done, it can get done, but it’s not going to get done through the courts.”

Though players and team officials are barred from contacting one another and players cannot use the team’s workout facilities, Irsay insisted team employees would not be treated any differently during the work stoppage. That means no furloughs, no layoffs and no pay cuts. “I look at someone who’s making $40,000 or $50,000 a year, who has rent to pay, and I just don’t see it for me, as an owner, to be asking them for anything,” he said.

Irsay doesn’t feel quite the same way about the players’ association, though. On Friday night, Irsay chided the dissolution of the NFLPA, calling it a “sham.” The weekend did not change his view. “In terms of being decertified and that sort of thing, that is something where you have to negotiate in good faith and you can’t decertify with the intention of coming back and certifying,” he said. “That’s something under law that you cannot do.”


Tigers newcomer catches on fast Detroit pitchers impress Martinez BY DICK SCANLON PRESS NEWS SERVICE

VIERA, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers’ excellent spring pitching has not surprised catcher Victor Martinez. “That’s why I came over here,” Martinez said after hitting his first home run in a 4-2 Grapefruit League victory against the Wa s h i n g t o n Nationals. “I saw the team had great talent and a great pitching staff and they’re Victor young. To be Martinez that young and know what they’re doing out there, that’s impressed me.” Rick Porcello was impressive Monday, but said the respect the staff has for the veteran catcher is mutual. “We’re still trying to get used to each other, but I really like him behind the plate,” said Porcello, who gave up one run on five hits in 42/3 innings. “He’s extremely positive, which for me, as a pitcher, I like a lot. Obviously, he’s been around for a number of years, so he’s got a feel for what pitches to throw. The biggest thing is there’s a guy back there that I trust. When he puts down a

pitch, I’ve got confidence that’s what I’m going to go with. He knows the league pretty well.” The 32-year-old Martinez has been in the American League for nine years, primarily with Cleveland before being traded to Boston in 2009. It remains to be seen how many pitches Martinez will call for Porcello. The Tigers will use him mainly as a switch-hitting designated hitter behind Miguel Cabrera in the lineup. Manager Jim Leyland made that clear again on Monday. “He’s just a professional hitter. He’ll get his share of hits,” Leyland said. “I just want him to knock in runs; that’s what we got him for.” Martinez has been catching a lot in spring training, getting a crash course on the Tiger staff. “I didn’t come to spring training to put up big numbers,” he said. “I’m just trying to get comfortable at the late before the season starts. “It’s nice when you get a hit, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t really worry about homers. I worry about putting the bat on the ball. After that, you can’t control what happens.” Martinez’ home run came in the sixth inning off Todd Coffey, with Brennan Boesch on base and a lot of help from a strong wind. Just another good swing, according to Martinez. “We still have two weeks to go,” he said. “Right now, I just want to take the most at bats I can before the season starts.”

Lineups keep Pistons guessing Kuester has used 17 starting combinations this season BY CHRIS IOTT PRESS NEWS SERVICE

AUBURN HILLS — The always-changing lineup rotation used by Detroit coach John Kuester has players guessing when they might play. Tracy McGrady started at power forward Saturday night, the first time he has played the position since high school. Does he expect to find himself in the same spot Wednesday when the Pistons host the Toronto Raptors? “The rotation around here changes daily, so you just don’t know,” McGrady said after practice Monday. “Coach likes to mix things up around here. So I don’t know.” What about Ben Wallace? He has not played since Feb. 23, three days before he started a nine-day absence from the team because of the death of his brother. Wallace has been back with the team for a week and still has not seen played. Wallace was asked Monday if he expects to play soon. “I expect to play whenever my number gets called,” he said. Someone else asked whether he expected to play Wednesday.

UP NEXT Pistons vs. Raptors

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills TV: FSD Plus

“I don’t know,” he said. “Y’all going to be at the game? I guess we’ll find out at the same time.” Kuester has shuffled the starting lineup and the rotation regularly this season. The five he sent out Saturday night to start the game against the Denver Nuggets — Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, McGrady and Greg Monroe — was the 17th different starting lineup he has used this season. All 13 players who have played for the Pistons this season have started at least one game. Eleven of those players also have had a “did not play-coach’s decision” at some point. “We’ve had a number of factors,” Kuester said. “We’ve had situations where injuries have occurred and guys had to step up. It’s searching for the right combination on a continual basis. “When you’re in the boat we’re in right now, we’re trying to give a lot of guys opportunities.”

SPOTLIGHT NBA Tonight’s best bet Dallas (47-19) at Portland (37-29), 10 p.m. Both teams are bound for the playoffs. The Mavericks have the second-best record in the West, but trails San Antonio by 61/2 games in the Southwest Division, and will have to settle for the fourth seed. Portland currently is sitting with the seventh seed. Monday’s stars Chris Bosh scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade scored 29 as Miami avenged its worst loss of the season by rolling past the NBA-leading Spurs 110-80. The Heat have won three in a row and moved within two games

of Eastern Conference frontrunners Boston and Chicago. Over the top Kevin Durant scored 32 points in Oklahoma City’s 116-89 victory against Washington. It was the 25th time this season that Durant, the NBA scoring leader, scored at least 30 points. Durant is averaging 28 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Look out for the Nets Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Deron Williams added 16 and made the clinching 3-pointer as New Jersey won its fifth in a row, beating Boston 88-79. It is the Nets longest winning streak in three years.

— Press wire services







Boston vs. Detroit at Lakeland, 1:05 Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Oakland (ss) at Phoenix, 4:05 Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, 4:05 Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, 1:05 Florida vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, 1:05 Houston vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, 1:05 Atlanta vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, 1:05 L.A. Angels vs. San Diego at Peoria, 4:05 Texas vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, 4:05 Oakland (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, 4:05 Milwaukee vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, 4:05 Washington vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, 7:10 San Francisco vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, 9:40


St. Louis vs. Detroit at Lakeland, 1:05 San Fran. vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, 4:05 Tampa Bay vs. Florida at Jupiter, 1:05 Boston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, 1:05 N.Y. Mets vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, 1:05 Toronto vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, 1:05 Washington vs. Houston at Kissimmee, 1:05 L.A. Angels vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, 4:10 Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, 7:05 Colorado vs. Texas at Surprise, 9:05 Milwaukee vs. Seattle at Peoria, 10:05 Kansas City vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, 10:05


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E—Porcello (1). DP—Detroit 3, Washington 1. LOB—Detroit 2, Washington 10. 2B—Ordonez (1), C.Iorg (3). HR—V.Martinez (1). SB—Morgan (5), Desmond (2). IP


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April 7—at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. April 8—at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. April 9—at Lansing, 2:05 p.m. April 10—Lansing, 1 p.m. April 11—Great Lakes, 6:35 p.m. April 12—Great Lakes, noon April 13—Great Lakes, 6:35 p.m. April 14—Great Lakes, 6:35 p.m. April 15—at South Bend, 6:30 p.m. April 16—at South Bend, 6:30 p.m. April 17—at South Bend, 2 p.m. April 18—Fort Wayne, 6:35 p.m. April 19—Fort Wayne, 6:35 p.m. April 20—Fort Wayne, noon April 21—Lansing, 6:35 p.m. April 22—Lansing, 6:35 p.m. April 23—Lansing, 1 p.m. April 25—at Dayton, 7 p.m. April 26—at Dayton, 7 p.m. April 27—at Dayton, 7 p.m. April 28—at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. April 29—Lansing, 6:35 p.m. April 30—Lansing, 1 p.m. May 1—at Fort Wayne, 3:05 p.m., May 2—at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. May 3—at Fort Wayne, 11:05 a.m. May 4—at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m. May 5—at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m. May 6—at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m. May 7—Dayton, 7 p.m. May 8—Dayton, 1 p.m. May 9—Dayton, 6:35 p.m. May 10—South Bend, 6:35 p.m. May 11—South Bend, 11 a.m. May 12—South Bend, 6:35 p.m. May 13—at Lake County, 7 p.m. May 14—at Lake County, 7 p.m. May 15—at Lake County, 1 p.m. May 17—at Bowling Green, 12:05 p.m. May 18—at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m. May 19—at Bowling Green, 8:05 p.m. May 20—Fort Wayne, 6:35 p.m. May 21—Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. May 22—Fort Wayne, 1 p.m. May 23—Fort Wayne, 6:35 p.m. May 24—Bowling Green, 11 a.m. May 25—Bowling Green, 11 a.m. May 26—Bowling Green, 6:35 p.m. May 27—at Lake Coumty, 7 p.m. May 28—at Lake Coumty, 7 p.m. May 29—at Lake Coumty, 1 p.m. May 30—at Lake Coumty, 1 p.m. May 31—Quad City, 6:35 p.m. June 1—Quad City, 7 p.m. June 2—Quad City, 7 p.m. June 3—Cedar Rapids, 7 p.m. June 4—Cedar Rapids, 7 p.m. June 5—Cedar Rapids, 1 p.m. June 7—at Peoria, 8 p.m. June 8—at Peoria, 8 p.m. June 9—at Peoria, 8 p.m. June 10—at Burlington, 7:30 p.m. June 11—at Burlington, 7:30 p.m. June 12—at Burlington, 3 p.m. June 14—at Bowling Green, 8:05 p.m. June 15—at Bowling Green, 8:05 p.m. June 16—at Bowling Green, 8:05 p.m. June 17—Lake County, 7 p.m. June 18—Lake County, 7 p.m. June 19—Lake County, 1 p.m. June 21—All-Star Game at Quad Cities June 24—at South Bend, 7:30 p.m. June 25—at South Bend, 5:30 p.m. June 26—at South Bend, 2 p.m. June 27—South Bend, 7 p.m. June 28—South Bend, noon June 29—South Bend, 7 p.m. June 30—Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. July 1—Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. July 2—Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. July 3—at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. July 4—at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. July 5—at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. July 6—at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. July 7—at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. July 8—at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. July 9—Bowling Green, 7 p.m. July 10—Bowling Green, 1 p.m. July 11—Bowling Green, 7 p.m. July 13—at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m. July 14—at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m. July 15—at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m. July 16—at Beloit, 8 p.m. July 17—at Beloit, 3 p.m. July 18—at Beloit, 1 p.m. July 20—Kane County, 7 p.m. July 21—Kane County, 7 p.m. July 22—Kane County, 7 p.m. July 23—Clinton, 7 p.m. July 24—Clinton, 1 p.m. July 25—Clinton, 7 p.m. July 27—Lansing, 7 p.m. July 28—Lansing, 7 p.m. July 29—Lansing, 7 p.m. July 30—at South Bend, 5:30 p.m. July 31—at South Bend, 2 p.m. Aug. 1—at South Bend, 7 p.m. Aug. 2—at Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 3—at Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 4—at Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 5—at Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 6—Great Lakes, 7 p.m. Aug. 7—Great Lakes, 1 p.m. Aug. 8—Great Lakes, 7 p.m. Aug. 9—Great Lakes, 7 p.m. Aug. 10—Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 11—Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 12—Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 13—at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m. Aug. 14—at Great Lakes, 2:05 p.m. Aug. 15—at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m. Aug. 17—at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. Aug. 18—at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. Aug. 19—at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. Aug. 20—South Bend, 7 p.m. Aug. 21—South Bend, 1 p.m. Aug. 22—South Bend, 7 p.m. Aug. 23—South Bend, 7 p.m. Aug. 24—Lake County, 7 p.m. Aug. 25—Lake County, 7 p.m.

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47 28 26 23 12

18 38 39 44 53




x-Boston New York Philadelphia New Jersey Toronto

47 34 34 23 18









.712 — .523 121/2 .500 14 .348 24 .273 29


47 42 38 28 16


.723 — 29-4 18-14 .424 191/2 17-15 11-23 .400 21 17-16 9-23 .343 25 16-17 7-27 .185 35 8-25 4-28

19 31 34 43 48


x-Miami Orlando Atlanta Charlotte Washington


21 27 28 38 50

28-6 19-13 18-14 16-17 22-11 12-23 17-16 4-27 13-22 5-24




.691 — 26-9 .609 51/2 24-11 .576 8 19-12 .424 18 17-16 .242 30 15-21

21-12 18-16 19-16 11-22 1-29




x-San Antonio Dallas New Orleans Memphis Houston


54 47 39 38 35


14 19 31 31 34


44 41 37 36 17

23 27 29 33 51






.794 — .712 6 .557 16 .551 161/2 .507 191/2


Oklahoma City Denver Portland Utah Minnesota



31-3 24-10 23-11 24-10 19-14


23-11 23-9 16-20 14-21 16-20



.657 — 23-9 .603 31/2 27-7 .561 61/2 21-10 .522 9 20-15 .250 271/2 12-23 PCT


21-14 14-20 16-19 16-18 5-28



L.A. Lakers 49 20 .710 — 24-8 25-12 Phoenix 33 33 .500 141/2 18-15 15-18 Golden State 30 38 .441 181/2 21-13 9-25 L.A. Clippers 26 43 .377 23 18-15 8-28 Sacramento 17 49 .258 301/2 10-25 7-24 x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division


New Jersey 88, Boston 79 Oklahoma City 116, Washington 89 Memphis 105, L.A. Clippers 82 Denver 114, New Orleans 103 Miami 110, San Antonio 80 Houston 95, Phoenix 93 Utah 112, Philadelphia 107, OT Sacramento 129, Golden State 119 L.A. Lakers 97, Orlando 84


New York at Indiana, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 8 p.m. Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m.


Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Indiana at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Miami, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Utah, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Dallas at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.





Detroit Chicago Nashville Columbus St. Louis

69 70 69 68 69

41 38 35 32 31

20 24 24 27 29




Vancouver Calgary Minnesota Colorado Edmonton PACIFIC

71 71 70 68 70

46 36 35 26 23




16 26 28 34 38

70 69 70 69 69

39 39 36 37 37

23 25 23 24 27





227 232 177 188 193

199 196 161 206 207






8 5 11 8 5



42 40 36 32 27

68 70 70 68 70

197 192 202 193 195

183 168 200 193 202






219 201 198 146 194

91 88 76 68 65

7 8 4 4 11

19 22 30 32 32


86 83 83 82 79


Philadelphia Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers New Jersey N.Y. Islanders


90 84 80 73 71

9 101 233 167 9 81 214 203 7 77 178 188 8 60 191 239 9 55 172 231


San Jose Los Angeles Phoenix Dallas Anaheim


8 8 10 9 9


182 171 171 174 221

Boston Montreal Buffalo Toronto Ottawa

68 69 69 70 69

38 38 34 30 25

21 24 27 30 35




85 83 76 70 59

205 184 203 184 157

164 172 201 218 215








9 7 8 10 9

BASEBALL 1 p.m. — Spring training: Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles. MLB Network 4 p.m. — Spring training: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB Network COLLEGE BASKETBALL MEN 6:30 p.m. — NCAA tournament: UNC Asheville vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. truTV 7 p.m. — NIT tournament: Dayton at College of Charleston. ESPN2 7 p.m. — NIT tournament: Coastal Carolina at Alabama. ESPNU 7:30 p.m. — NIT tournament: Harvard at Oklahoma State. ESPN 9 p.m. — NCAA tournament: Fairfield at Colorado State. truTV 9 p.m. — NIT tournament: New Mexico at UTEP. ESPN2 9 p.m. — NIT tournament: Boston College at McNeese St. ESPNU 11 p.m. — NIT tournament: Kent St. at St. Mary’s (Calif.). ESPN2 GOLF Noon — Tavistock Cup. Golf Channel NHL 7:30 p.m. — Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres. Versus SOCCER 3:30 p.m. — UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich vs. Inter Milan. FSD 9:30 p.m. — MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC. ESPN




2 1 1 3 5 Marquis 0 3 3 3 1 Coffey L,0-1 0 0 0 1 1 Slaten Clippard 1 0 0 0 0 Storen 1 0 0 0 0 Blown save—E.Gonzalez (1-1). Balk—Porcello. Umpires—Home, Jeff Nelson; First, Hunter Wendelstedt; Second, Ed Hickox; Third, D.J. Reyburn. A—4,267 (7,200).


y-Chicago Indiana Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland







Detroit 4, Washington 2 San Diego 7, Chicago White Sox 6 Seattle 5, Chicago Cubs 3 Minnesota 9, Florida 0 Philadelphia 7, Houston 6 Baltimore 8, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 1, Atlanta 1, 10 inn. Texas 5, L.A. Dodgers 4 Cleveland 9, Oakland 8 Milwaukee 12, San Francisco 8 Colorado 3, Cincinnati 2 Boston 2, N.Y. Yankees 1

Rhymes 2b J.Azcona 2b A.Dirks cf Ordonez rf A.Garcia rf Boesch lf J.Johnson lf V.Martinez c B.Holaday c Jh.Peralta dh D.Kelly 3b A.Ciriaco 3b R.Strieby 1b C.Iorg ss A.Diaz ss


Aug. 26—Lake County, 7 p.m. Aug. 27—at Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 28—at Dayton, 4 p.m. Aug. 29—at Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 30—at Dayton, 7 p.m. Aug. 31—at Lake County, 7 p.m. Sept. 1—at Lake County, 7 p.m. Sept. 2—at Lake County, 7 p.m. Sept. 3—Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. Sept. 4—Fort Wayne, 1 p.m. Sept. 5—Fort Wayne, 1 p.m.



Washington 70 40 20 10 90 189 171 Tampa Bay 70 39 22 9 87 210 211 Carolina 69 31 28 10 72 196 209 69 29 28 12 70 194 223 Atlanta 9 65 173 191 69 28 32 Florida Two points for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss.


BASEBALL 1 p.m. — Spring training: St. Louis Cardinals at Detroit Tigers. FSD 1 p.m. — Spring training: Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves. ESPN


Atlanta at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. Carolina at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Nashville, 8 p.m. San Jose at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.


Milwaukee Houston Texas Peoria Chicago San Antonio Okla. City Rockford

67 70 66 67 67 67 67

37 34 35 34 32 32 30


65 69 68 68 69 65 66 66

36 38 35 36 35 36 34 27


24 26 24 25 25 26 31



18 25 23 25 25 25 25 30

5 9 6 5 8 5 3

Los Angeles at Seattle FC, 9:30 p.m.



4 1 4 2 3 3 2 4

7 5 6 5 6 1 5 5

83 82 80 79 79 76 75 63

183 197 183 190 228 201 200 168



Manchester Portland Connecticut Worcester Providence Springfield Bridgeport EAST


69 65 67 67 67 67 66


40 40 33 31 30 30 22

21 18 26 24 32 32 36



159 180 184 186 225 197 195 204


2 5 2 4 3 2 3

6 2 6 8 2 3 5

88 87 74 74 65 65 52

227 235 186 182 171 198 176

185 189 184 203 218 216 231


W-B/Scrntn 65 46 18 0 1 93 213 151 Hershey 69 41 22 1 5 88 219 179 Norfolk 66 34 19 8 5 81 221 177 Charlotte 67 36 23 2 6 80 219 204 Binghamton 66 34 25 3 4 75 212 187 Albany 66 28 34 1 3 60 174 223 Syracuse 65 24 34 3 4 55 158 203 Adirondack 65 22 33 4 6 54 151 211 Two points for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. No games scheduled



Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Springfield at Manchester, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Binghamton at Adirondack, 7 p.m. Albany at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Hamilton at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Manitoba, 8:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL At New York April 28-30



2-14 4-12 4-12 4-12 5-11

At The McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz. Temple (25-7) vs. Penn State (19-14), 2:10 p.m. San Diego State (32-2) vs. Northern Colorado (21-10), 30 minutes following At The Verizon Center, Washington Connecticut (26-9) vs. Bucknell (25-8), 7:20 p.m. Cincinnati (25-8) vs. Missouri (23-10), 30 minutes following



1. Ohio St. (51) 32-2 1,611 1 2. Kansas (14) 32-2 1,574 2 3. Duke 30-4 1,472 5 4. Pittsburgh 27-5 1,406 3 5. Notre Dame 26-6 1,332 4 6. San Diego St. 32-2 1,322 7 7. North Carolina 26-7 1,189 6 8. Texas 27-7 1,069 10 9. Connecticut 26-9 1,019 21 10. BYU 30-4 977 8 11. Kentucky 25-8 928 15 12. Syracuse 26-7 922 11 13. Purdue 25-7 903 9 14. Louisville 25-9 874 14 15. Florida 26-7 840 12 16. Wisconsin 23-8 619 13 17. Arizona 27-7 516 16 18. St. John’s 21-11 433 17 19. Utah St. 30-3 333 23 20. Xavier 24-7 270 18 21. Kansas St. 22-10 240 19 22. West Virginia 20-11 178 20 23. Washington 23-10 176 NR 24. Texas A&M 24-8 152 NR 25. Vanderbilt 23-10 130 NR Others receiving votes: Georgetown 129, Temple 124, Cincinnati 115, Old Dominion 65, Richmond 47, UNLV 38, Gonzaga 30, Butler 18, Villanova 17, Belmont 13, Missouri 13, George Mason 10, Memphis 7, Clemson 4, Colorado 3, Marquette 3, UCLA 3, Long Island U. 1.


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At UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio


No. 16 Seed Southeast: UNC Asheville (19-13) vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (19-16), 6:30 p.m. No. 12 Seed East: UAB (22-9) vs. Clemson (21-11), 9 p.m.


No. 16 Seed East: Texas-San Antonio (19-13) vs. Alabama State (17-17), 6:30 p.m. No. 11 Seed Southwest: Southern Cal (19-14) vs. Virginia Commonwealth (23-11), 9 p.m.



1. Carolina 2. Denver 3. Buffalo 4. Cincinnati 5. Arizona



Milwaukee at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Oklahoma City at Peoria, 8:05 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Manitoba, 8:30 p.m.




Opponents PCT

.574 .516 .578 .582 .465


147-109 132-124 148-108 149-107 119-137

At St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. West Virginia (20-11) vs. UAB-Clemson winner, 12:25 p.m. Kentucky (25-8) vs. Princeton (25-6), 30 minutes following


At The Verizon Center, Washington Butler (23-9) vs. Old Dominion (27-6), 12:40 p.m. Pittsburgh (27-5) vs. UNC Asheville-ArkansasLittle Rock winner, 30 minutes following At St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. Florida (26-7) vs. UC Santa Barbara (18-13), 6:50 p.m. UCLA (22-10) vs. Michigan State (19-14), 30 minutes following At The Pepsi Center, Denver BYU (30-4) vs. Wofford (21-12), 7:15 p.m. St. John’s (21-11) vs. Gonzaga (24-9), 30 minutes following At The McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz. Wisconsin (23-8) vs. Belmont (30-4), 7:27 p.m. Kansas State (22-10) vs. Utah State (30-3), 30 minutes following





At The United Center, Chicago Notre Dame (26-6) vs. Akron (23-12), 1:40, p.m. Texas A&M (24-8) vs. Florida State (21-10), 30 minutes following Purdue (25-7) vs. St. Peter’s (20-13), 7:20 p.m. Georgetown (21-10) vs. Southern Cal-Virginia Commonwealth winner At The BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. Kansas (32-2) vs. Boston University (21-13), 6:50 p.m. UNLV (24-8) vs. Illinois (19-13), 30 minutes following


169 194 170 177 207 185 216



Portland at Toronto FC, 2 p.m. New York at Columbus, 4 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Chicago, 4 p.m. Vancouver at Philadelphia, 4 p.m. D.C. United at New England, 4:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. San Jose at FC Dallas, 9 p.m. Colorado at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m.

191 201 190 183 203 163 186

minutes following At Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland George Mason (26-6) vs. Villanova (21-11), 2:10 p.m. Ohio State (32-2) vs. UTSA-Alabama State winner), 30 minutes following Xavier (24-7) vs. Marquette (20-14), 7:27 p.m. Syracuse (26-7) vs. Indiana State (20-13), 30 minutes following

At The Pepsi Center, Denver Louisville (25-9) vs. Morehead State (24-9), 1:40 p.m. Vanderbilt (23-10) vs. Richmond (27-7), 30 minutes following

Houston at Seattle FC, 10 p.m.

80 78 77 76 74 73 66

COLLEGE BASKETBALL MEN 6:30 p.m. — NCAA tournament: UNC Asheville vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. WBBL-FM (107.3), WKZO-AM (590) 9 p.m. — NCAA tournament: Fairfield at Colorado State. WBBL-FM (107.3), WKZO-AM (590)




1 1 1 3 2 4 3

146-110 125-131 130-126 131-125 132-124 134-122 138-118 139-117 115-141 138-118 116-140 120-136 117-139 116-140 122-134 106-150 121-135 126-130 120-136 124-132 124-132 124-132 129-127 121-135 126-130 128-128 133-123



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Manitoba Toronto Hamilton Lake Erie Grand Rapids Abbotsford Rochester

.313 .375 .375 .375 .375 .375 .375 .375 .438 .438 .500 .500 .563 .625 .625 .625 .625 .625 .688 .438 .750 .813 .875 .688 .688 .750 .625

New England at Los Angeles, 8 p.m.



5-11 6-10 6-10 6-10 6-10 6-10 6-10 6-10 7-9 7-9 8-8 8-8 9-7 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 11-5 7-9 12-4 13-3 14-2 11-5 11-5 12-4 10-6


Washington at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver, 10 p.m. St. Louis at Anaheim, 10 p.m.


0-0 0, Justin Mitchell 0-2 2-4 2, Onur Embil 1-1 0-0 3, Oleksandr Doroshkov 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 19-58 9-14 52. CORNERSTONE (33-4) Kelvin DeVries 5-9 0-0 14, Bryan Pasciak 2-3 2-2 6, Caleb Simons 2-5 0-0 4, Dominic Allen 1-3 0-1 2, Ronald Bates 2-3 1-1 6, Anthony Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Bryce Semple 1-1 0-0 2, Justin Yoder 3-8 2-2 9, Jake Plite 3-4 0-0 6, Wes Hudson 5-6 4-4 18, Ted Albert 2-4 1-2 5, Dan Possehl 0-1 0-0 0, Shane Tiemeyer 0-1 0-0 0, Derek Kingshott 2-2 4-4 8. Totals 29-51 14-15 82. Halftime—Cornerstone 41, Northwood, Fla. 20. 3-point goals—Northwood, Fla. 5-24 (Agne 2-5, Tryon 1-1, Embil 1-1, Keeton 1-7, Davis 0-1, Dunn 0-3, Calhoun 0-3, Horstmann 0-3), Cornerstone 10-18 (Hudson 4-5, DeVries 4-8, Bates 1-1, Yoder 1-3, D.Allen 0-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Northwood, Fla. 25 (Horstmann 6), Cornerstone 37 (Simons 8). Assists—Northwood, Fla. 8 (Calhoun, Horstmann 2), Cornerstone 14 (Pasciak 4). Turnovers—Northwood, Fla. 14, Cornerstone 17. Total fouls—Northwood, Fla. 16, Cornerstone 16.






1. Connecticut (37) 32-1 973 1 2. Stanford (2) 29-2 928 2 3. Baylor 31-2 890 3 4. Tennessee 31-2 873 4 5. Xavier 28-2 803 5 6. Duke 29-3 782 6 7. Texas A&M 28-5 721 8 8. UCLA 27-4 697 7 9. Notre Dame 26-7 684 10 10. DePaul 27-6 612 9 11. Miami 27-4 564 11 12. Michigan St. 26-5 512 12 13. Wis.-Green Bay 32-1 465 13 14. North Carolina 25-8 461 14 15. Florida St. 23-7 410 15 16. Maryland 23-6 367 16 17. Kentucky 24-8 348 17 18. Ohio St. 22-9 315 18 19. Marist 29-2 248 19 20. Gonzaga 28-4 217 20 21. Oklahoma 21-11 157 21 22. Georgetown 22-10 141 23 23. Georgia Tech 23-10 110 24 24. Marquette 23-8 83 25 25. Iowa 22-8 67 NR Others receiving votes: Houston 57, Penn St. 57, West Virginia 33, Iowa St. 21, Texas Tech 19, Louisiana Tech 13, Kansas St. 7, N. Iowa 7, Temple 7, Rutgers 5, Bowling Green 4, Princeton 4, BYU 3, Fresno St. 3, Georgia 3, St. John’s 3, James Madison 1.






32-1 774 1 1. Connecticut (30) 2. Stanford (1) 29-2 736 2 3. Baylor 31-2 711 3 4. Tennessee 31-2 690 4 5. Xavier 28-2 651 5 6. Duke 29-3 611 6 7. Notre Dame 26-7 569 7 8. Texas A&M 27-5 567 8 9. UCLA 27-4 535 9 10 469 27-4 10. Miami 11 437 11. Wisconsin-Green Bay 32-1 12 436 27-6 12. DePaul 13 396 26-5 13. Michigan State 14. North Carolina 26-8 378 14 15. Florida State 23-7 344 15 16. Kentucky 24-8 304 16 17. Marist 30-2 253 17 18 241 23-7 18. Maryland 19 201 28-4 19. Gonzaga 20 174 21-11 20. Oklahoma 21 157 22-10 21. Georgetown 22. Ohio State 22-9 120 24 23. Marquette 23-8 102 23 24. Houston 26-5 56 22 25. West Virginia 23-9 38 25 Others receiving votes: St. John’s 24, Northern Iowa 19, Georgia Tech 17, Iowa 15, Rutgers 15, Louisiana Tech 10, Penn State 7, Louisville 5, Texas Tech 5, Iowa State 4, Syracuse 2, Gardner-Webb 1, Middle Tennessee 1.


FIRST ROUND 6. Cleveland 7. San Francisco 8. Tennessee 9. Dallas 10. Washington 11. Houston 12. Minnesota 13. Detroit 14. St. Louis 15. Miami 16. Jacksonville 17. a-New England 18. San Diego 19. N.Y. Giants 20. Tampa Bay 21. Kansas City 22. Indianapolis 23. Philadelphia 24. New Orleans 25. Seattle 26. Baltimore 27. Atlanta 28. New England 29. Chicago 30. N.Y. Jets 31. Pittsburgh 32. Green Bay a-from Oakland

Toronto FC at Vancouver, 6:30 p.m. Seattle FC at New York, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Columbus at D.C. United, 8:30 p.m. Portland at Colorado, 9 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 2 Chicago 6, San Jose 3 Vancouver 4, Minnesota 2

4 p.m. — Spring training: San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox. MLB Network 9 p.m. — Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers. MLB Network COLLEGE BASKETBALL MEN 6:30 p.m. — NCAA tournament: Texas-San Antonio vs. Alabama State. truTV 7 p.m. — NIT tournament: Nebraska at Wichita State. ESPN2 8 p.m. — NIT tournament: Bethune Cookman at Virginia Tech. ESPNU 9 p.m. — NCAA tournament: Southern Cal vs. Virginia Commonwealth. truTV 9 p.m. — NIT tournament: Mississippi at California. ESPN2 10 p.m. — NIT tournament: Long Beach St. at Wash. St. ESPNU COLLEGE LACROSSE WOMEN 6 p.m. — Georgetown at Johns Hopkins. ESPNU EXTREME SPORTS 1 p.m. — Winter X Games Europe: men’s ski superpipe final. ESPN2 NBA 7:30 p.m. — Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons. FSD Plus 8 p.m. — Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat. ESPN 10:30 p.m. — Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors. ESPN NHL 7:30 p.m. — Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings. FSD


At Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina (26-7) vs. Long Island University (27-5), 7:15 p.m. Washington (23-10) vs. Georgia (21-11), 30


At The BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. Texas (27-7) vs. Oakland (25-9), 12:15 p.m. Arizona (27-7) vs. Memphis (25-9), 30 minutes following At Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C. Michigan (20-13) vs. Tennessee (19-14), 12:40 p.m. Duke (30-4) vs. Hampton (24-8), 30 minutes following



Coastal Carolina (28-5) at Alabama (21-11), 7 p.m. Coll of Charlestn (24-10) at Dayton (22-13), 7 p.m. Vermont (23-8) at Cleveland State (26-8), 7 p.m. Harvard (23-6) at Oklahoma St. (19-13), 7:30 p.m. Murray St. (23-8) at Missouri State (25-8), 8 p.m. UTEP (25-9) at New Mexico (21-12), 9 p.m. Boston Coll. (20-12) at McNeese St (21-11), 9 p.m. Fairfield (24-7) at Colorado State (19-12), 9 p.m. Kent St (23-11) at St. Mary’s, Calif. (25-8), 11 p.m.


Texas Southern (19-12) at Colorado (21-13), 7 p.m. Nebraska (19-12) at Wichita State (24-8), 7 p.m. Fla. Atlantic (21-10) at Miami (19-14), 7:30 p.m. Wis.-Milw. (19-13) at N’western (18-13), 8 p.m. Beth-Cookmn (21-12) at Va. Tech (21-11), 8 p.m. Mississippi (20-13) at California (17-14), 9 p.m. Lg Beach St. (22-12) at Wash. St. (19-12), 10 p.m.



Buffalo 75, Quinnipiac 68


Ohio (18-15) at Marshall (22-11) 7 p.m. Furman (22-10) at E. Tennessee St. (22-11) 7 p.m. Jacksonville (19-11) at E. Carolina (18-15) 8 p.m. Rider (23-10) at Northern Iowa (19-13) 8 p.m. North Dakota (19-14) at Air Force (15-15) 9 p.m. N. Arizona (19-12) at Santa Clara (19-14) 10 p.m. Portland (20-11) at Hawaii (18-12), midnight


Pepperdine (18-11) at Oklahoma State (16-14) Portland State (20-11) at Wyoming (22-8) Butler (20-13) at Wisconsin (15-14) Wichita State (17-14) at Kansas (20-12) Delaware (19-11) at Toledo (23-8) Loyola-Md. (20-12) at Old Dominion (20-10) Liberty (22-10) at Charlotte (23-9) Appalachian St. (25-6) at South Carolina (17-14)


Semifinals—Monday Cornerstone 82, Northwood (Fla.) 52 St. Francis (Ind.) 67, Ozarks (Mo.) 64 Championship—Today St. Francis (Ind.) vs. Cornerstone, 10 p.m.


NORTHWOOD, FLA. (33-4) Jonathan Dunn 2-9 0-0 4, Melvin Calhoun 0-5 1-4 1, Courtney Walters 2-3 2-2 6, Patrick Horstmann 2-8 0-0 4, Thierno Agne 3-9 0-0 8, Tyrone Davis 4-10 2-2 10, JT Tryon 1-1 0-0 3, Noah Keeton 4-10 0-0 9, Melkior Baranovic 0-0


LANSING EASTERN (18-6) Herb Alford 2 0-0 4, Fredrick Edmond 12 1-2 25, Steve Haney 2 2-2 6, LaDontae Henton 5 6-8 16, Brian Morton Jr. 3 1-2 7, Charles Tucker Jr. 4 8-8 16. Totals 28 18-22 74. EAST KENTWOOD (19-5) Fred Brown 3 1-2 8, Christian Craft 5 2-3 14, Micah Gates 5 3-6 13, Brayden Miller 1 0-0 2, Tavon Robinson 2 3-4 7, Jeremiah Williams 6 5-7 18. Totals 22 14-22 62. Lansing Eastern East Kentwood

19 12


WALSH (30-5) Kayla Kovach 1-5 0-0 2, Cara Bedard 8-10 4-5 20, Amanda Bennett 3-5 0-0 6, Jessie Miller 6-22 0-0 14, Katie Berry 1-2 2-2 4, Daniella Ciccarone 1-5 1-2 3, Ciera Burkes 0-0 0-0 0, Darlene Woolf 2-4 0-0 4, Kristi Yoder 1-1 0-0 2, Mandi Swickard 0-0 0-0 0, Tatianna Hall 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 7-9 55. DAVENPORT (37-0) Jeannie Carlson 1-6 2-2 4, Riana Hensley 3-13 2-2 8, Kristi Boehm 3-12 5-6 12, Carrie Grubius 2-6 1-2 5, Kallie Benike 7-13 4-4 20, Raina Chambers 0-0 0-0 0, Karli Harris 1-3 1-1 3, Karlee Despres 1-5 0-0 3, Abby Neff 4-6 0-2 8, Julie Janish 0-0 0-0 0, Barb Clayborn 0-1 2-2 2, Leah Sevcik 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 23-67 18-23 68. Halftime—Davenport 29, Walsh 27. 3-point goals—Walsh 2-10 (Miller 2-9, Bedard 0-1), Davenport 4-18 (Ka.Benike 2-2, Boehm 1-4, Despres 1-4, Neff 0-1, Sevcik 0-1, Boehm 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Walsh 37 (Bedard 15), Davenport 44 (Ka.Benike 15). Assists—Walsh 14 (Berry 6), Davenport 11 (Boehm, Grubius, Ka.Benike 2). Turnovers—Walsh 30, Davenport 23. Total fouls—Walsh 20, Davenport 15.


30 25

74 62

3-point goals—East Kentwood 4 (Craft 2, Williams 1, Brown 1). Total fouls—Lansing Eastern 21, East Kentwood 17.


PETOSKEY (4-2) Eli Gooding 2 0-0 4, Zak Lewis 1 7-8 10, Nick Manzer 5 2-2 12, Jake Mullin 1 0-0 2, Joe Robbins 2 0-0 4, Cory Starkey 8 6-10 22. Totals 19 15-20 54. MUSKEGON (18-6) E’montae Briggs 1 1-2 4, Najee Brown-Duren 0 1-2 1, Courtney Hill 9 2-4 24, Juwan Loudermill 4 6-9 14, Jhamonte Melton 1 0-0 2, Todd Mitchell 2 3-9 7, Travell Oakes 3 1-2 7. Totals 20 14-28 59. Petoskey Muskegon

11 10

13 14

14 22

16 13

54 59

3-point goals—Petoskey 1 (Lewis 1), Muskegon 5 (Hill 4, Briggs 1). Fouled out—McDaniel, Starkey, Lewis. Total fouls—Petoskey 20, Muskegon 19.


7 8

17 9

18 12

18 16

6 13

12 10

16 8

4 16

NCAA DIVISION I POLL Compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online PVS

1. North Dakota (42) 28-8-3 991 1 2. Boston College (7) 28-7-1 953 2 3. Yale (1) 25-6-1 874 3 4. Michigan 25-9-4 848 5 5. Denver 23-10-5 772 6 6. Miami 21-9-6 757 7 7. Merrimack 24-8-4 650 9 8. Notre Dame 23-11-5 619 8 9. Union 26-9-4 602 4 10. New Hampshire 21-9-6 584 10 11. Minnesota-Duluth 22-9-6 571 11 12. W. Michigan 18-11-10 417 15 13. Colorado College 21-17-3 368 16 14. Nebraska-Omaha 21-15-2 318 12 15. Dartmouth 18-11-3 298 18 16. Boston University 19-12-8 244 13 17. Maine 17-12-7 222 14 18. Rensselaer 20-12-5 117 20 19. Wisconsin 21-16-4 98 19 20. Cornell 15-14-3 58 NR Others receiving votes: Minnesota 39, Rochester Institute of Technology 30, Alaska-Anchorage 23, Northeastern 20, Ferris State 18, Air Force 4, Bemidji State 3, Colgate 1, St. Cloud State 1


Matt Loomis, Aaron Shelp (7), Zak Gonzalez (8) and Mike Allen; Michael Clark and Tyler Bokinsky. W—Clark; BB-4, SO-7. L—Loomis (1-2); BB-3, SO7. 2B—Davenport, Brandon Bongard; Grace (Ind.), Nate Wottring. SB—Grace (Ind.), Kyle Knapp.


At Caledonia Monday: Lansing Eastern 74, East Kentwood 62; Kalamazoo Central 60, Jackson 57

22 12

9 13

9 10

60 45

38 47

56 55

41 59

3-point goals—Covenant Christian 2 (DeBoer 1, Kuiper 1), Ithaca 9 (Schnetzler 4, Brown 3, Rayburn 1, Gadlen 1). Turnovers—Covenant Christian 15, Ithaca 10. Total fouls—Covenant Christian 15, Ithaca 11.


FENNVILLE (23-1) Pete Alfaro 2 0-0 5, Shane Bale 0 0-0 0, Elijah Bradford 0 0-0 0, Eddie Canberos 0 0-0 0, Josh Capps 0 0-0 0, Xavier Grigg 5 0-0 14, DeMarcus McGee 7 3-6 18, Louie Ortiz 0 0-0 0, Reid Sexton 3 0-0 7, Adam Siegel 7 1-1 15, Travis Simmons 0 0-0 0, Jordan Vanderbok 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 4-7 62. SCHOOLCRAFT (23-0) Kody Chandler 8 3-3 23, Benny Clark 0 0-0 0, Tyler Dow 7 0-0 16, Bryan Jones 3 0-0 6, Blake Krum 9 0-0 18, Jonathan Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Jacob Lenning 0 0-0 0, Jacob Marshall 0 0-0 0, Luke Ryskamp 11 0-0 23, Joe Savage 0 0-0 0, Cameron Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Trent Skippers 0 0-0 0. Totals 38 3-3 86. Fennville Schoolcraft

21 19

5 15

15 27

21 25

14 14

14 20

60 75

3-point goals—Kalamazoo Phoenix 6 (Coleman 5, Roman 1), Tri-unity Christian 6 (Zudweg 5, Vega 1). Turnovers—Kalamazoo Phoenix 23, Wyoming Tri-unity Christian 22. Fouled out—Coleman. Total fouls—Kalamazoo Phoenix 17, Tri-unity Christian 19.


LANSING CHRISTIAN (7-17) Jonathon Brooks 7 7-9 21, Austin Cattley 4 0-0 11, Steve Hofman 1 0-2 2, Jay Noyola 4 2-2 11, Jordan Terry 4 4-4 13, Dave Zerka 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 13-17 60. MUSKEGON CATHOLIC CENTRAL (16-9) Adam Callow 2 5-5 10, Cari Campbell 11 4-7 28, Tyler DePung 2 3-4 7, Dale Rezny 1 2-2 4, Jason Ribecky 8 8-9 24, Bryant Westra 0 1-2 1. Totals 24 23-29 74. Lansing Christian Musk Catholic Central

18 10

18 16

11 26

13 22

60 74

3-point goals—Lansing Christian 5 (Cattley 3, Noyola 1, Terry 1), Muskegon Catholic Central 3 (Campbell 2, Callow 1). Total fouls—Lansing Christian 16, Muskegon Catholic Central 17.


All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted




13 18

17 21

Morenci vs. Athens at Jackson Bay City-All Saints vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes at Waterford Mott Central Lake vs. Portland St. Patrick at Benzonia-Benzie Central Bark River-Harris vs. Brimley at Escanaba

COVENANT CHRISTIAN (14-10) Braden Copple 1 0-0 2, Brandon Daling 2 0-0 4, Jordan DeBoer 5 1-1 12, Zach Kuiper 3 1-2 8, Collin Mulder 3 0-0 6, Ben Noorman 3 1-2 7, Jared Noorman 0 2-2 2. Totals 17 5-7 41. ITHACA (18-6) David Brown 3 3-6 12, Luke Capen 2 1-2 5, Markes Gadlen 1 0-0 3, Jake Greene 1 0-0 2, Luke Rayburn 1 0-0 3, Charles Schnetzler 4 6-6 18, Lucas Slater 5 6-6 16. Totals 17 16-20 59. 10 18

15 20


3-point goals—Muskegon Western Michigan Christian 6 (Burris 4, Lewis 1, Gordon 1), Clare 4 (Ardis 1, Vida 1, Adkins 1, Jenkins 1). Total fouls—Western Michigan Christian 12, Clare 13.

Covenant Christian Ithaca

Kalamazoo Phoenix Tri-unity Christian

Sand Creek vs. Niles Brandywine at Hudson Saginaw Valley Lutheran vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett at Saginaw Heritage Pewamo-Westphalia vs. Flint Hamady at Lowell St. Ignace vs. Kalkaska at Sault Ste. Marie


7 16

KALAMAZOO PHOENIX (14-3) Jalen Coleman 6 2-6 19, Darryl Laird Jr. 2 2-5 4, Marcos Roman 1 2-2 5, Tyren Sheppard 9 1-3 19, Willie Smith Jr. 4 1-1 9, John Timmons 2 0-2 4. Totals 24 8-19 60. TRI-UNITY CHRISTIAN (21-2) Joey Blauwkamp 2 2-2 8, Joel Boersen 0 2-2 2, Mike Boon 3 2-2 8, Jordan Buffum 5 3-4 13, Daniel Cole 2 8-9 12, Jon Osantowski 1 0-0 2, Durant Vega 3 2-2 9, Doug Venema 2 0-0 4, Eric Zudweg 6 0-0 17. Totals 24 19-21 75.


WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN (17-7) London Burris 7 0-0 18, Jeff Curtis 0 0-1 0, Jaylyn Gordon 3 0-0 7, Omari Lewis 10 6-6 27, Bernard Smith 0 2-4 2, John Waller 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 8-11 56. CLARE (14-9) Shane Adkins 2 2-3 7, Taylor Ardis 1 0-0 3, Jackson Gross 2 2-2 6, Chase Grove 2 0-0 4, Taylor Jenkins 4 0-0 9, Brent Luplow 1 0-0 2, Zach Thomas 0 1-2 1, Tanner Vida 2 0-0 5, James Wezensky 9 0-1 18. Totals 23 5-8 55. 8 14


Catholic Central vs. Three Rivers at Grand Rapids Christian Dearborn Divine Child vs. Olivet at Marshall Goodrich vs. Detroit Country Day at Linden Gladstone vs. Hemlock at Houghton Lake

At Vicksburg Monday: Schoolcraft 86, Fennville 62; White Pigeon 62, Bridgman 48 Wednesday: Finals, Schoolcraft vs. White Pigeon, 7 p.m. At Ravenna Monday: Western Michigan Christian 56, Clare 55; Ithaca 59, Covenant Christian 41 Wednesday: Finals, Western Michigan Christian vs. Ithaca, 6:30 p.m. STATE SCORES Det Consortium 86, Madisn Hts Bishop Foley 55 Flint Beecher 55, Laingsburg 48 Hanover-Horton 49, Albion 45 Hillsdale 63, Addison 44 Lincoln-Alcona 72, Harbor Springs 61 McBain 63, Elk Rapids 47 Melvindale Acad for Bus And Tech 68, Det Allen 33 Monroe St. Mary 47, Manchester 36 Negaunee 68, Rudyard 54 New Haven 65, Saginaw Nouvel 54 Norway 59, Ironwood 47 Saginaw Buena Vista 94, Harbor Beach 51

19 13

CLASS D At Battle Creek Central Monday: Tri-unity Christian 75, Kalamazoo Phoenix 60; St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran 72, Climax-Scotts 62 Wednesday: Finals, Tri-unity Christian vs. St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran, 7 p.m. At Webberville Monday: Fulton 57, Big Rapids Crossroads 45; Muskegon Catholic Central 74, Lansing Chr 60 Wednesday: Finals, Fulton vs. Muskegon Catholic Central, 7 p.m. STATE SCORES Adrian Lenawee Chr 66, Hillsdale Academy 54 Allen Pk Intr-City Bapt 56, Ann Arbor Ctl Acad 45 Auburn Hls Oakld Chr 54, Sterlg Hts Pkwy Chr 37 Baraga 95, Ewen-Trout Creek 75 Burton Genesee Chr 58, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 54 Cedarville 87, Pellston 50 Detroit Westside Chr 50, B’fld Hills Roeper 32 Eben Jct Superior Central 74, Powers North Ctl 62 Leland 45, Bellaire 42 Manistee Catholic Ctl 61, McBain N Mich Chr 54 Posen 61, Rogers City 49 Saginaw Mich Luth Sem 55, Akron-Fairgrove 43

Grand Haven vs. East Lansing at Lansing Eastern Canton vs. Midland at Davison Detroit Pershing vs. Inkster at University of Detroit-Mercy Detroit Renaissance vs. Warren Regina at University of Detroit-Mercy, 5 p.m.

At Central Montcalm Monday: Hemlock 60, Fremont 40; Muskegon Heights 67, Tri County 50 Wednesday: Finals, Hemlock vs. Muskegon Heights, 7 p.m. At GR Christian Monday: East Grand Rapids 60, Hudsonville Unity Christian 45; GR Christian 47, Holland Christian 38 Wednesday: Finals, East Grand Rapids vs. GR Christian, 7 p.m. STATE SCORES Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 77, Olivet 72 Cadillac 51, Standish-Sterling 35 Dearborn Divine Child 51, New Boston Huron 34 Detroit Community 60, Detroit Douglass 54, OT Detroit Country Day 69, Detroit Osborn 35 Dowagiac Union 70, South Haven 64 Flint Powers 80, Saginaw Swan Valley 53 Grayling 59, Kingsford 47 Lansing Sexton 66, Williamston 42 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 49, Marysville 35 Sturgis 43, Charlotte 40 Yale 60, Bridgeport 57

W. Michigan Christian Clare

7 6

12 14


Semifinals—Monday Davenport 68, Walsh 55 Northwestern (Iowa) 86, Morningside 81 Championship—Today Davenport vs. Northwestern (Iowa), 8 p.m.

2 5

13 11

3-point goals—Holland Christian 5 (Maas 2, Schepers 1, Dykstra 1, Hill 1), GR Christian 3 (Crow 2, Staten 1). Total fouls—Holland Christian 12, GR Christian 13.


000 00x

57 49

HOLLAND CHRISTIAN (9-15) Tyler Dykstra 6 2-2 15, Luke Folkerts 0 1-2 1, Graham Gugino 1 0-0 2, Ben Hill 1 0-1 3, Connor Leppink 0 1-2 1, Jon Maas 3 0-0 8, Alex Nienhuis 0 1-2 1, Nate Schepers 2 0-0 5. Totals 13 5-9 38. GR CHRISTIAN (22-1) Justin Crow 2 0-0 6, Jordan Daley 5 0-0 10, Kavon Frazier 0 3-4 3, Matt Grasmeyer 2 0-0 4, Drake Harris 3 4-4 10, Wuoi Mach 2 2-4 6, Jaylin Staten 2 3-4 8. Totals 16 12-16 47.


002 130

16 9


Regional finals—Monday Midwest: Michigan Tech 69, Wis.-Parkside 57 South: Arkansas Tech 85, Delta State 77 South Central: NW Missouri St. 82, Ctl Okla. 70 West: Cal Poly-Pomona 68, Grand Canyon 61 Central: Metro State 50, Adams State 35 Atlantic: Shaw 74, Johnson C. Smith 54 Southeast: Clayton State 76, Lander 60

000 001

10 16

3-point goals—Hudsonville 3 (Besteman 2, VanLoo 1), Northview 5 (Kapustka 3, Rich 2). Turnovers—Hudsonville 8, Northview 5.

Holland Christian GR Christian


19 13

3-point goals—East Grand Rapids 2 (Grady 1, Ditmar 1), Unity Christian 1 (Capel 1). Fouled out—Ditmar (EGR). Vegter (HUC). Total fouls—East Grand Rapids 14, Unity Christian 15.


Davenport Grace (Ind.)

12 11

East Grand Rapids Unity Christian

UMBC (20-11) at Florida (18-14) Drexel (19-11) at Florida Gulf Coast (27-3)


Tenn. Tech (20-12) at W. Michigan (20-12) 7 p.m. Iona (22-11) at Valparaiso (23-11) 8 p.m. Oral Roberts (19-15) at SMU (17-14) 8 p.m. Idaho (18-13) at San Francisco (17-14) 10 p.m.

Hudsonville Northview

EAST GRAND RAPIDS (14-9) Matt Alt 2 2-2 6, Cory Ditmar 2 2-2 7, DeAndre Grady 6 1-2 14, Marcus Hall 3 3-4 9, Austin Howell 4 0-0 8, Deon Jobe 6 4-4 16. Totals 23 12-14 60. UNITY CHRISTIAN (14-11) Eric Brower 1 0-0 2, Alec Capel 2 0-0 5, Tyce Clement 4 0-2 8, Alec Jolman 2 2-2 6, Payton Ponstein 2 0-0 4, Mike Stepanek 1 0-1 2, Mitch Sytsma 4 2-4 10, Travis Vegter 2 4-4 8. Totals 18 8-13 45.




HUDSONVILLE (15-9) Luke Besteman 6 3-6 17, Jake Bull 1 0-0 2, Blake Hibbitts 4 1-1 9, Hunter Prince 3 0-0 6, Shane Trevino 2 0-2 4, B.J. VanLoo 7 4-4 19. Totals 23 8-13 57. NORTHVIEW (17-7) Darius Calvert 2 1-1 5, Darren Kapustka 7 3-4 20, Kevin Rich 4 1-2 11, Jack Riegling 1 1-2 3, Ryan Ruschmann 3 4-4 10. Totals 17 10-13 49.


UC Riverside (19-12) at Colorado (15-15) California (17-15) at Cal Poly (18-12) UC Santa Barb (19-11) at Southern Cal (19-12) Nevada (21-10) at St. Mary’s Calif. (19-12) Arizona (21-10) at Utah State (17-14) Denver (19-11) at BYU (23-8) Central Michigan (20-10) at Illinois St. (20-10) Kent State (20-9) at Duquesne (22-8) Rice (18-13) at Missouri State (23-10) Lamar (25-7) at Arkansas (19-11) Southern (20-11) at Tulane (22-10) Oral Roberts (21-10) at TCU (22-10) Lehigh (21-10) at St. Bonaventure (20-11) Monmouth, N.J. (23-9) at Syracuse (22-9) Michigan (17-12) at Eastern Michigan (22-12) UNC Wilmington (23-8) at Richmond (18-11) Creighton (18-12) at Northwestern (18-13) Alabama (16-14) at Memphis (21-11) Auburn (15-15) at Tennessee Tech (23-7) Boston College (18-12) at Yale (14-14) VCU (19-11) at St. Joseph’s 19-11) Morgan State (17-14) at Virginia (16-15)


Wednesday: Finals, Lansing Eastern vs. Kalamazoo Central, 7 p.m. At Rockford Monday: Hudsonville 57, Northview 49; Muskegon 59, Petoskey 54 Wednesday: Finals, Hudsonville vs. Muskegon, 7 p.m. STATE SCORES Bay City Western 55, Saginaw 47 Clarkston 54, Flint Northwestern 40 Clintn Twp Chpwa Vly 45, Harrsn Twp L’Ans Crse 39 Detroit Catholic Central 67, Ann Arbor Huron 54 Detroit Cody 65, Detroit U-D Jesuit 57 Detroit Southeastern 52, Livonia Stevenson 45 Eastpointe E Detroit 50, Warren De La Salle 47, OT Orchard Lake St. Mary 61, Hartland 42 Rochester Adams 71, Pontiac 68 Romulus 74, Lincoln Park 53 Southfield 69, Birmingham Brother Rice 51 Taylor Kennedy 59, Ypsilanti 52


62 86

3-point goals—Fennville 8 (Grigg 4, Vanderbok 1, McGee 1, Alfaro 1, Sexton 1), Schoolcraft 7 (Chandler 4, Dow 2, Ryskamp 1). Assists— Fennville 19 (Alfaro 4, Siegel 4), Schoolcraft 21 (Chandler 5, Ryskamp 5, Dow 4). Turnovers— Fennville 23, Schoolcraft 12. Total fouls—Fennville 7, Schoolcraft 10.


ALL-STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jasmine Hines, Central Lake, 6-3, Sr. Janae Langs, Climax-Scotts, 5-4, So. Emily Veenstra, Ellsworth, 6-2, Jr. Sarah Theut, Marine City Cardinal Mooney, 5-9, Jr. Morgan Warfield, Camden-Frontier, 5-9, Sr. Heather Lantis, Hillsdale Academy, 5-9, Sr. Christina Branch, W. Michigan Lutheran, 6-1, Sr. Marisa Burke, Watersmeet, 5-9, Sr. Mara Ryynanen, Chassell, 5-11, Sr. Lauren Robak, Waterford Our Lady, 5-10, Sr. COACH OF THE YEAR: Todd Eriksen, Manistee Catholic SPECIAL MENTION (nominees receiving two or more votes from the 10-member panel): Karli Jacob, Gaylord St. Mary; Kelsie Blamer, Mio; Natalie Markell, Morrice; Lexi Gussert, Crystal Falls Forest Park. COACH: Al Becker, Central Lakes. HONORABLE MENTION (nominees receiving one or no votes from the 10-member panel): Jenna Green, St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran; Elizabeth McKee, Leland; Alyssa Bryan, Mason County Eastern; Maggie Farrell, Muskegon Catholic; Erica Hansen, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart; Breagh Beaton, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; Nicole Schneider, Portland St. Patrick; Mikayla Terry, Lansing Christian; Jamie Davis, Hillsdale Will Carleton Academy; Jaime Madalinski, Bark River-Harris.


BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Optioned 1B Joe Mahoney to Norfolk (IL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Optioned RHP Anthony Carter, RHP Freddy Dolsi, INF Eduardo Escobar and OF Stefan Gartrell to Charlotte (IL). Optioned RHP Kyle Cofield and RHP Nate Jones to Birmingham (Southern). Re-assigned RHP Brandon Hynick and RHP Miguel Socolovich to their minor-league camp. CLEVELAND INDIANS—Optioned RHP Zach McAllister and OF Nick Weglarz to Columbus (IL). Reassigned 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, 2B Jason Kipnis, C Juan Apodaca, RHP Alex White and RHP Zach Putnam to their minor league camp. MINNESOTA TWINS—Optioned RHP David Bromberg, RHP Eric Hacker, RHP Anthony Swarzak, and OF Rene Tosoni to Rochester (IL). Optioned RHP Deolis Guerra, INF Chris Parmalee and OF Joe Benson to New Britain (EL). Reassigned RHP Kyle Gibson, RHP Yorman Bazardo, C Jair Fernandez, C Chris Herrmann, INF Ray Chang, INF Brian Dozier and INF Justin Huber to their minor-league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES—Assigned RHP D.J. Mitchell the their minor league camp. Announced RHP George Kontos was returned to the team per Rule 6 after the San Diego Padres had previously selected him in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft. SEATTLE MARINERS—Optioned LHP Edward Paredes, INF Mike Carp and OF Greg Halman to Tacoma (PCL). Optioned RHP Chaz Roe to Tacoma. Re-assigned LHP Chris Seddon to their minor league camp.


CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with C Ryan Hanigan on a three-year contract. Reassigned LHP Philippe Valiquette, RHP Daryl Thompson, C Yasmani Grandal, OF Danny Dorn, C Chris Denove, LHP Jeremy Horst, LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP Matt Klinker and RHP Justin Lehr to their minor league camp. COLORADO ROCKIES—Optioned RHP Edgmer Escalona, RHP Juan Nicasio and RHP Cory Riodan to their minor league camp. Re-assigned LHP Trevor Reckling, RHP Loek Van Mil, OF Angel Castillo, OF Jeremy Moore, OF Mike Trout, OF Travis Witherspoon, INF Gabe Jacobo, INF Efren Navarro, INF Darwin Perez and INF Jean Segura. HOUSTON ASTROS—Reassigned LHP Douglas Arguello, INF Koby Clemens, INF Brian Dopirak, C Rene Garcia, RHP Sammy Gervacio, OF Jon Gaston, OF J.D. Martinez, INF Jiovanni Mier, INF Jose Carlos Thompson to their minor league camp. Optioned RHP David Carpenter, RHP Cesar Carrillo, RHP Jorge De Leon, RHP Arcenio Leon, INF Jimmy Paredes to their minor league camp. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Optioned RHP Carlos Monasterios to their minor league camp. Reassigned LHP Wilkin De La Rosa to their minor league camp. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Optioned RHP Daniel Moskos, LHP Tony Watson, OF Gorkys Hernandez and OF Alex Presley to Indianapolis (IL). Optioned LHP Jeff Locke, LHP Aaron Thompson and RHP Ramon Aguero to Altoona (EL). Reassigned INF Chase d’Arnaud, INF Brian Friday, and OF Andrew Lambo to their minor league camp.



PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS—Signed C Chris Johnson for the rest of the season.


ATLANTA THRASHERS—Recalled D Noah Welch from Chicago (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS—Assigned G Joey MacDonald to Grand Rapids (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS—Re-assigned F Ryan Potulny and D Derek Smith to Binghamton (AHL). Named Peter Ambroziak head of hockey development.


CHICAGO WOLVES—Reassigned D Matt Krug to Elmira (ECHL).

GRP general excellence entry #3  

The Grand Rapids Press general excellence entry for MPA

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