Sports Columns

Bowlers surprise themselves

Surprise probably won’t begin to describe what happened to a pair of River Rock Lanes bowlers recently. Jim Kipling, 61, of Ishpeming Township rolled his first 300 game during the Monday Northern Electric Automotive Industrial League on March 13. Though Kipling is one of the top ...

Is Kaepernick worth it? Yes, if you’re brave enough

Pro quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a controversial figure and that’s putting it mildly. Last season when he decided to kneel down during the national anthem, he was taking a figurative stand against the injustice he saw toward African-Americans in this country. As soon as he started his ...

Problems abound in Plymouth

The IIHF World Championships are coming to the Detroit area, but there may not be an American team on the ice. That is because the U.S. women’s hockey team has threatened to boycott the tournament that will be held in Plymouth starting March 31. The women have said that they want better ...

Bowling balls have gone through evolutions, revolutions

Without high school bowling, U.S. Bowling Congress honor scores or information about the Marquette County Bowling Hall of Fame, I thought about offering some insight on technical information about the game today. Then I realized I haven’t been keeping up with all the new balls coming out, ...

Coaches: Go against the Norm

When the high school basketball playoffs begin every winter, coaches all over the country try to inspire their teams by watching the movie “Hoosiers” together. The story of a plucky small-town basketball team pulling off a series of upsets on its way to a state championship has been ...

Men haven’t been quiet on bowling lanes with 300s, 800s

Now that the high school bowlers have completed some stellar seasons, I’ll play catch up on several adult men who have created their own news on the lanes. Mike Trickey, 60, of Marquette shot a perfect 300 on Feb. 13 during the Monday Northern Electric Automotive Industrial League at River ...

Baylor still doesn’t get it

You knock them right in the face. That’s what Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey said last Saturday during the Bears’ Senior Day celebration. Baylor has endured the after-effects of a scandal after football players allegedly committed 52 sexual assaults over the course of four ...

Marquette, Ishpeming-Negaunee advance to state high school bowling finals

Marquette Senior High School and the Ishpeming-Negaunee cooperative had almost equal numbers of qualifiers from MHSAA regional bowling tournaments into this weekend’s state finals. And they along with Westwood and L’Anse all had close calls for making the cut. The teams were spread ...

Simpsons, softball still provide yuks

The world sucks right now. It seems like every time you turn on the television or get on social media, you’ll either end up so depressed or upset that you want to throw something across the room. It just wears on you and you want to find something good just to get away from it all. For ...

UConn excellence good for basketball

Sportswriters and sports fans love winning streaks and even losing ones to a lesser extent. It makes for a compelling story and it’s entertaining to keep track of whether either will continue or come to a halt. If a men’s college basketball team were to win 100 games in a row, it would ...

Bostonian complaints ring hollow

Last Sunday, the Evil Empire won again. With the help of some fortunate bounces and Kyle Shanahan’s massive fourth-quarter brain lockup, the Patriots ended up winning their fifth Super Bowl and reminded everyone that a team from Atlanta will almost always flop in the ...

February a big month on ESPN

ESPN bowling commentators call it Big February. While it’s the first time I’d heard the term, it sounds accurate. Three of the four PBA majors are live on ESPN the next three Sundays, with several other bonus events thrown in. The Players Championship finals are on at 1 p.m. this ...

Here are the answers to Super Bowl LI

Later today, America’s sports spectacle will take place again and millions of fans around the world will tune in even if they have no clue what teams are playing. It’s an event where even the most casual sports fan can find something entertaining in it, even if it is just the TV ...

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 ...