Sports Columns

Bowling tournaments to reappear with crocuses

We’re getting back to bowling tournament time again, both for teens and adults. The teens — and post-teens — get in on the act first, with a pair of tournaments tentatively scheduled the week after high school season wraps up. On Saturday, March 11, a Junior Gold qualifying ...

How attached is too attached?

Sports are something to be marveled at. It’s one of the few things that can thrill you, scare you, motivate you, depress you, rack your nerves and give you a happiness that can be hard to describe. I know it does that to me because I write about it for a living. However, sports can ...

Lucas Solka, Josh Larson red hot on bowling lanes in Ishpeming

Two bowlers were red hot on consecutive nights last week at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. It started on Tuesday when 18-year-old Lucas Solka, bowling in his first season out of high school, rolled a perfect 300 game in the Tuesday Major League. Then a night later, a relative newcomer to ...

Big-time college coaches need to walk the walk

College football coaches love their slogans. In fact, they really love them. They use them in press conferences, pregame speeches or even just interacting with the general public. In some ways, it brings teams together as well as the community. Actions truly do speak better and louder ...

Armchair Quarterback

You know it’s a good NFL playoff weekend when it’s easy to find lots of reasons why every team in action can and should win. This week the odd team out would seem to be the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I’ve still heard more than one so-called expert explaining why they will beat the New ...

Future of bowling in good hands

Bowling’s future is in good hands, which might not seem possible with bowling leagues shrinking along with TV coverage of the sport. But look at the popularity of high school bowling, where 18 teams are competing this season in the Upper Peninsula Bowling Conference. It’s popularity all ...

Unsung hero gets his chance

There are a lot of people who help a team become successful. The players and coaches may get the glory, but people behind the scenes also contribute to every win a team may earn. Equipment managers have one of these positions. They sit quietly in the bowels of stadiums and arenas, unnoticed ...

Unsung hero gets his chance

There are a lot of people who help a team become successful. The players and coaches may get the glory, but people behind the scenes also contribute to every win a team may earn. Equipment managers have one of these positions. They sit quietly in the bowels of stadiums and ...

Texans join contenders in Playoffs, Part 2

Well, now that the NFL playoffs have weeded out all the pretenders — wait a minute, what are the Houston Texans doing here? — it’s time for the survivors to put on a few classic shows for us this weekend. It’s pretty difficult to ask for four out of four sensational contests, though ...

Young bowler Matt Kilberg adds perfect 300 game to elite collection

Last month, Matt Kilberg attained the first major feat attained by most quality bowlers. But he did it as his second major accomplishment of his adult bowling career. The 20-year-old Ishpeming resident bowled a perfect 300 game to open his Tuesday Major League session at River Rock ...

A new year brings the same ol’ stuff

A new year is upon us, but some things are still the same. Last weekend, the Detroit Lions had a chance to nail down their first division title since 1993, but they fell short on their own turf against the Green Bay Packers. To cap off that disappointment, Detroit attempted the saddest ...

Winter makes its presence known in NFL playoffs

Weather might be the best bet in the opening round of the NFL playoffs this weekend. Pittsburgh is hosting the Dolphins of balmy Miami in what’s expected to be temperatures in the teens. Matthew Stafford has to lead the Detroit Lions, even with his messed-up throwing hand, in what may ...

Windahl follows tradition

It’s all in the family for Western Michigan University student Tyler Windahl. Windahl, a 2014 graduate of Negaunee High School, bowled his first perfect 300 game during a session of the Tuesday Major League at River Rock Lanes the week before Christmas. He’s home on semester break right ...

Contenders often don’t play like it

Here we are in the final week of the regular season, the weirdest, wackiest and sometimes most wonderful week on the NFL schedule. I used to think I could pick games by placing teams into one of three camps — those that have clinched a playoff spot, those that desperately need a win, and ...

Brenda Carlson on hot streak on the lanes

She might be checking her mail soon for an AARP application, but that doesn’t mean Brenda Carlson is slowing down. If anything, the Negaunee resident is speeding up if you look at the last two months. Carlson, 49, bowled her third career 700 series and second in a month on Dec. 13 at ...

Packers-Lions should be for all the marbles

The NFC North will almost certainly come down to next week’s Green Bay-at-Detroit showdown. There’s only two scenarios that might prevent that — first, if the Packers lose to visiting Minnesota on Saturday and Detroit can win at Dallas on Monday night, then the division goes to the ...

Hall of Fame honors: Marquette County bowling association recognizes 4 in 2016

Sunday afternoon was a red-letter, or more accurately, a red-plaque day at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. That was when the second annual hall of fame class was inducted by the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association. Presiding was association President Pat Gingras, with yours ...

Could Lions’ dream really come true?

Brace yourselves Detroit Lions fans, because the unthinkable could happen in a few weeks. The Motor City Kitties are sitting atop the NFL’s NFC North at 9-4, two games ahead of both Minnesota and Green Bay and have recently become a trendy pick to contend for the conference title in ...

Lions’ fans victimized by schedule

For the first time this season, a Detroit Lions game won’t be available on local cable or broadcast television. That’s because the Lions and Green Bay Packers are playing separate games at the same time, 1 p.m. Sunday, and both games are being carried by the same network, ...