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"We don't have anybody that's going to go out there MIAMI (OHIO) NORHT GLENDALE, Ariz. — and score us a whole bunch Dave Tippett is a defensive- of goals. We've got a group minded coach but he doesn't of guys here that find a way limit players on the back end to win. When everybody to focusing simply on one contributes and when the 'D' can chip in here and there end of the ice. In fact he demands of- obviously that helps out." The Coyotes allowed fense from his defensemen. T OHIO UNIV. Their production has 196 goals this season, the <AP> FBC MAC LOGOS HELMETS 2009 082109: NCAA been an important part of the fewest in the Western Conhelmets of the Mid-American Conference; 1c x 1 inches; 4 Coyotes' surprising turn- ference but only 15 fewer mm; stand alone; WJC,MMS; ETA 4 p.m. </AP> around season, and it carried than they scored, resulting in tightly contested games Phoenix in its first-round Game 1 victory over the De- most nights. Phoenix played troit Red Wings on Wednes- 42 games that were decided day night. Game 2 is Friday. by one goal and prevailed in Derek Morris and Keith 29. The players believe that Yandle accounted for two of has prepared them well for the Coyotes' three goals and the playoffs in which games are often decided by one or three of their five assists. To have further success two plays, as was the case in News Photo by Chris Dobrowolski in the postseason, Tippett Wednesday's 3-2 victory. Alpena seniors, from left, T.J. Hoes, Ashley Giordano and Kyle Phillips sit with their letters-of-intent, which they LOGOS <AP> NHL W his "All season we've been signed Thursday at Alpena High School. said, it is imperative de-FIX 092601: colors; Western Conference team playing pretty tight games, fensemenCORRECTS continue to put the logos; with related stories; 1 1/4 inches; 32 mm; puck in the net. ETA 6 p.m. </AP> that's what we've prepared "They have to be part of ourselves for," Yandle said. "We know how to react our scoring committee," he in those games," Tippett said. "All our defense has an said. "As the game went on I TERN CONFERENCE accountability to play de- thought we got better as the fense, and they have an ac- game got tighter." To counter, the Red countability to play offense. l Division We need that push on the of- Wings know they have to fensive side of the game. We get a better performance the expect them to be involved rest of the series from their are true scholar-athletes.” By CHRIS DOBROWOLSKI in just about every rush. For- power play and penalty kill Phillips, who plans to major in accounting, said he News Sports Editor tunately this year we've cap- units. Detroit, which was Thursday was a day that was both exciting and relieving learned a lot about the recruiting process after seeing his italized on a lot of those ninth and 10th in the regular brother go through it two years ago. That gave him a glimpse season in those categories, for the Phillips, Hoes and Giordano families. chances." Detroit Red Wings St. Louis Blues went 1 for 6 AllJackets three saw one of their kids sign to play athletics at the into what coaches are looking for from prospects. He looked Phoenix's defensemen Predators respectively, Nashville Blue Columbus scored 40 of the team's 211 with a man advantage collegiate level — Phillips for football at Northwood, Hoes into following his brother to Dayton, but decided to stay for baseball at Adrian College and Giordano for tennis at closer to home and pick a school where he would have a goals and led the NHL most Wednesday. west Division "The plus is we're getting Saginaw Valley State — in a signing event held at Alpena chance to play earlier. of the season before being <AP> NHL W LOGOS FIX 092601: “Two of their receivers have been on the all-conference (chances)," Todd Bertuzzi High School. passed by Vancouver colors; Western Conference team CORRECTS(42) team the last three years,” Phillips said. “I think "It's 32just said. Giordano will be a member of the Cardinals’ logos; with related stories; 1 1/4 inches; mm; a matter of in the final week. ETA 6 p.m. </AP> I have go and have success there if I work hard.” bearing down on them." squad after leading the Wildcats on the court With the Coyotes playing Hoes likes everything about Adrian, from the The Red Wings also over the last four years. a defensive-centered system coaches, the campus, the facilities to the fact the “I’m really honored to sign a letter-ofand with no go-to scorer, killed only one of Phoenix's program is one of the best in the country. A busigoals are a premium for this four power plays, a stark intent for tennis,” said Giordano. “It’s been one WESTERN CONFERENCE ness graduates from the school have a high percontrast to the way they my goals since fifth grade. Most of my scholof team. Colorado Avalanche Edmonton Oilers Vancouver Canucks Minnesota Wild centage of job placement, too. arship is a full-tuition academic scholarship, so "We need that third and Coyotes, see page 3B just being able to play is good enough for me.” “I’m going to come in, work hard and hopefourth wave," Morris said. Division fully start by my sophomore year,” said Hoes. Central Division Hoes is making the jump from playing It will be a busy summer for Hoes, who figcatcher for Alpena to the Bulldogs, who are ures he’ll play roughly 80 games between the ranked 15th in the nation. “I’ve been working since I was a little kid to be able to varsity season, Babe Ruth and County League ball. “I’m going to play a lot of baseball, lift to get stronger play college baseball. It’s a big deal for me. I’m happy about and work on my fundamentals,” said Hoes. it.” Hoes’ father, Tim, credited Steve Zann and Eric MacKenPhillips heads to the collegiate football ranks just like his older brother Jared, who has suited up for Dayton the past zie, both former catchers at Alpena High and the college khawks Detroit Red Wings St. Louis Blues Nashville Predators Phoenix vs. Detroit level, for helping his son get where he is. Columbus Blue Jackets Ducks Kings 3, Detroit San two Jose years. Sharks Dallas Stars Phoenix Game L.A. 1: Phoenix 2 Coyotes “They’ve worked with him the last three years anytime “I’ve been playing football since the second grade. It Today: at Phoenix, 10 p.m. he’s asked, and even when he didn’t ask. Working on catchgrew on me and has become my passion. To continue to play Sunday: at Detroit, 3 p.m. Northwest Division ing drills has really benefitted him a lot,” Tim said. is a dream come true.” Tuesday: at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Editors: These logos are licensed x-April to you for 23: use in editorial news atanPhoenix, 10context p.m. only. Other uses, Giordano plans to go into history and music at SVSU. Alpena athletic director Tom Atkinson said the schools ncluding as a linking device on a Web site, or in an advertising or promotional piece, may violate x-April 25: at Detroit, 2 p.m. She will go through two weeks of training and conditioning all three selected are a perfect fit. this entity's trademark or other intellectual property rights, and may violate your license from AP. x-April 27: at Phoenix, TBD “These three all made excellent choices at the appropriNext, see page 3B ate levels of competition,” he said. “I’m proud to say they all AP Sports Writer

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the losing pitcher with nine strikeouts. “The first game was a great game, ROGERS CITY — Before Thurs- lots of action on both sides, great day’s doubleheader got underway, plays, and terrific defense. Our guys hit the ball extremely Gaylord head coach well,” said Pontoni. “I Mark Pontoni yelled to think that’s one of things his team in the dugout, Mighty Ducks Dallas Stars L.A. Kings Phoenix Coyotes San Jose Sharks true about baseball is that “Let’s go have some rallies happen because fun.” kids build on each others’ Their first game of a Editors: These logos are licensed to you for use in an editorial news context only. Other uses, confidence. These kids doubleheader against the including as a linking device on a Web site, or in an advertising or promotional piece, may violate like each other and they City Hurons at this entity's trademark or other intellectual property rights, and may violate your license fromRogers AP. all support each other and Schalk Memorial Field it all shows on the field, was nothing short of it. too.” Trailing 4-1, the Blue The fun ended there Devils’ bats exploded in Rogers City 8-16, for the Blue Devils. In the the fourth inning as they Gaylord 9-2 second game, the Hurons’ went on to score six runs stingy defense kept Gayto rally from behind and take the lead for good as they edged lord out of the game and solid pitchout the Hurons for a 9-8 victory in the ing led them to a 16-2 mercy rule win to split the series. News Photo by Yvette Lanier first meeting. In the bottom of the third inning, Gaylord pitcher Chad Samkowiak Gaylord baserunner Chris Cuello crosses home plate as Rogers City catcher Matt Mertz, right, waits for a throw got the win, throwing five strikeouts. the Hurons scored nine runs and didduring Thursday’s baseball games at Rogers City. Rogers City’s Levi Ellenberger was n’t look back. News Sports Writer

The Blue Devils walked eight Rogers City players in the game. Big hitters for the Hurons in the second game were Greg Tulgestke with a double and triple, Sidney Marx had a double and two RBIs, Pat Quaine had a single and an RBI sacrifice. Teammates Alex Jozwiak and Matt Mertz both singled. For the Blue Devils Alex Mee had seven of the team;s 11 RBIs in the doubleheader. Rogers City head coach Howard Madsen said it’s still early in the season and though he was pleased with the hitting, there are still some areas they need improve on. “It’s still early, we’re still making mistakes,” Madsen said. “I was kind of happy with the way we were putting the bat on the ball. We’re not too pleased with our defense; our pitchers are pitching well enough to win. But we need to catch the ball and throw the ball better.”

Onaway softball captures first two Ski Valley wins

ONAWAY — Onaway notched its first two Ski Valley Conference wins of the year Thursday, whipping visiting Mancelona 14-1 and 6-0. Amanda Pomranke led the way for Onaway (5-0) in the first game. She pitched five innings of three-hit ball, striking out nine and walking two. Offensively, she went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three stolen bases. Two of Pomranke’s RBIs came on a home run into the wind. Joining Onaway’s hit parade was Allie Nave, who was 2-for-2 with a triple and four stolen bases; Kortni Hyde, who doubled among two hits; Brooke Szymoniak, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs; and Emily Estep, who had an RBI triple among her two hits. Estep was the winning pitcher in game 2. She allowed two hits, struck out nine and walked two. Pomranke went 2-for-4 with

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two RBIs, while Nave was 2-for-3 with three stolen bases and Szymoniak was 2-for-3. Onaway is at Pellston on Monday. Gaylord 3-3, Rogers City 2-1 ROGERS CITY — Despite getting good pitching in both games Rogers City’s bats were quiet in a pair of losses to Gaylord in softball action on Thursday. The Blue Devils won the first game 3-2 in seven innings on the international tiebreaker, then took the second game 3-1. Rogers City (2-2) was held to three hits in the first game and one in the nightcap. Logan Schuiteman took the loss

in the opener, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out six. Katie Darga was the losing pitcher in the other game, allowing three hits and fanning nine. Nikkie LaLonde had a triple, Linnea Brege doubled and Sara Carpenter singled in the first game. Amanda Lenard had Rogers City’s only hit in the second game. Hillman 12-21, Vanderbilt 1-3 VANDERBILT – The Hillman Tigers kept Vanderbilt’s bats silent on Thursday. Hillman’s Maci Shook threw a no-hitter, striking out 13 batters in a 12-1 mercy win over Vanderbilt to take the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Amanda Kennard notched her first pitching win in a 21-3 blowout of Vanderbilt. Kennard pitched four innings with seven strikeouts on five hits. The Tigers had 13 hits in game two. The Tigers improved to 3-2

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TRACK Onaway boys take first, girls third at Joburg JOHANNESBURG — It was another big day for the Onaway boys track team as the Cardinals won a tri-meet against Pellston and host Johannesburg-Lewiston on Thursday. Onaway scored 99 points, well ahead of Joburg (39) and Pellston (36). The Cardinals won 13 of the 16 events, led by four first apiece from Beau March and Jan O’Bradovich. Bryan Tucker and Lane Viehl had three firsts each. Individually, March took the discus (91-10 1/2) and the 800 (2:16), while O’Bradovich had firsts in the long jump (18-7), high jump (5-10) and 200 (24.4). Tucker’s wins came in both the hurdles events, tak-

ing the 110 in 17.1 and the 300 in 44.88. For Viehl, it was the distance races as he placed first in the 1,600 in 5:05 and the 3,200 in 11:15. Other first-place finishes came from Logan Wilkinson in the shot put (35-8); Josh Costa in the 400 (59.13); and the 3,200 (9:30) and 1,600 relays (4:00.8). Adam Bess added seconds in the long jump (17-6 3/4) and the 100 (12.4), Costa picked up a second in the high jump (5-6) and Kyle Moreau was the runner-up in the 800 (2:21). The 800 (1:46) and 400 relays (48.1) were second as well. The Onaway girls ended up taking third at the meet, finishing one point behind second place Pellston. Payton Lupu was the Cardinals’ top performer with wins in Preps, see page 3B


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