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NMU notebook: National Signing Day, Pink Wave, hoops, hockey, soccer, swimming, sarcasm

February 7, 2013 - Matt Wellens

MARQUETTE — I think the reason I love National Signing Day so very much is because it throws sports like football and soccer right into the middle of the winter sports season. It’s a welcome distraction from basketball, hockey, swimming, skiing, etc.

Now what’s the code again to indicate that first paragraph is sarcasm again? Does support the sarcasm font? Where’s that darn webmaster when you need him?

Sarcasm aside, National Signing Day does help break up what can be a long winter sports season, but it does take a one-man college beat writer/editor like myself away from the in-season sports.

While I was able to hit up the Wildcat hockey team and write precedes on Tuesday before the storm hit, basketball and a few other sports got lost in the dust.

And I’m not done yet with fall sports recruiting.

NMU soccer coach Matt Granstrand will be announcing his recruiting class in the near future and it will have a distinct Scandinavian flavor to it. Sorry, but there’s no one from Finland for Yoopers to get excited about.

Granstrand hoped to announce his class yesterday, however, there was a delay in completing the paperwork for one international recruit. Once that is complete, he will announce his class.

Personally, I think Matty was just trying to be kind and let me catch my breath.

There’s little time to rest, though, this weekend. Starting tonight, the Wildcat men’s and women’s basketball teams host Grand Valley State at the Berry Events Center. Men tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the women follow at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Wildcat hockey team hosts Ferris State at 7:35 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Pink Wave crashes into the BEC with men’s hoops at 11 a.m., women’s hoops at 1 p.m. and hockey at 7:35 p.m., all against Ferris State.

Oh, and the GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championships are going on in Canton, Ohio this week. Competition began Wednesday with two NMU relays taking fourth place.

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