Sports Columns

Solka puts exclamation point on senior year

Even though his season may have three weeks left to it, Lucas Solka can still say he went out on top.The Ishpeming-Negaunee high school senior bowled nine out of 14 games over 200 as he survived a marathon Saturday to win the Upper Peninsula Bowling Conference boys singles finals at Bowl-A-Rama ...

Wildcat women showing promise

T hinking out loud on a cold February morning:Troy Mattson would no doubt have liked his Northern Michigan University women's basketball team to be better than its 12-3 overall record and 11-8 GLIAC mark this season.But the Wildcats' head coach has to be pleased with what his team has managed ...

Stephens inspires 1st-time 300 shooter

Considering the timing, it might seem like Justin Stephens took inspiration from the 300 bowled on Tuesday at Red Rock Lanes in Ishpeming.That was because Stephens turned around the next night and pulled off the same feat in a league at Superior Lanes in Marquette.But if anything, the ...

‘Prop’ bets best enjoyed with humor

There must be a cottage industry in figuring out what all of the "prop" bets are and how to make money at them for the Super Bowl.I tried a Google online search of "prop bets 'super bowl'" and got 10 pages of results - as a start.Even on that 10th page I saw a result listed as "Bet on Beyonce? ...

Stephens shoots 4th ‘3’ of season

You could forgive Justin Stephens if he's excited for the 11th annual Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association tournament to begin in about two weeks.Stephens, 37, just rolled his fourth perfect 300 game of the season on Wednesday at Superior Lanes in Marquette.He opened with his ...

Should NBA change free throw rules?

There's no getting around it: Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons is horrible shooting free throws.In his last 13 games prior to Wednesday night's contest against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Pistons' center had made just 26.9 percent of his charity stripe attempts.In the last two games of ...

Celebrity athletes to hit lanes

Wanna see a really tall pro basketball player try to roll a bowling ball down a lane?Then tune into the Pro Bowlers Association Chris Paul Celebrity Invitational on ESPN the last Sunday afternoon in February.That's the blurb I wanted to get out right away, since non-bowlers may not get much ...

Coaches need to chill out

High school basketball coaches have a lot on their plates during games.They have to have winning strategies, call out plays depending on what their opponents do and make timely substitutions.Coaches also - right or wrong - review each call made by the game referees as to whether they agree or ...

Should be another great weekend of playoff football

Not withstanding the disappointment if you're a Green Bay Packers fan, we might've gotten the best of both worlds in last weekend's NFL playoff games - competitive contests with the better teams winning.Good competition is obvious in our enjoyment of those games. Having the better teams win - ...

Miller’s best shot results in another 300

Jeff Miller wasn't going to miss his second 300 game in five weeks because of a lack of effort."The 12th ball I threw a little bit hard, but I made sure I got a lot on it," the 53-year-old Ishpeming resident said of the final ball of the Wednesday Industrial League at Superior Lanes last ...

Packers could have another home game

Originally I wanted to be up to the minute and address the announcement that the St. Louis Rams and maybe San Diego Chargers or Oakland Raiders will move to Los Angeles.But you don't want to hear any more about that do you? I know I don't after watching unending coverage of it the past two ...

Changes in offing for Lions

It's going to be an interesting offseason for the Detroit Lions, something fans of the NFL club have come to expect.Though they took care of one issue Friday by hiring Bob Quinn from the New England Patriots as their new general manager, the Lions still have to determine head coach Jim ...

Holiday Doubles sends good lanes cheer

Four accomplished bowlers took the top prizes at the annual Holiday Doubles tournament held during league play in the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association.The three-week tourney, which wrapped up the weekend before Christmas, allows a bowler in county USBC leagues to pair up with ...

Stephens pulls off unique lanes ‘twofer’

Only a bowler of Justin Stephens' caliber could put what he did Wednesday into perspective."It's not the same pressure as if I had them the first two games," was what he modestly said about bowling back-to-back perfect 300 games to end his Industrial League series at Superior Lanes.Opening the ...

Spartans swamped by Tide

When Michigan State lost to Alabama 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl Thursday night, it caught many by surprise.Not necessarily that the Spartans lost. Most pundits had the Crimson Tide beating MSU on New Years eve for the right to play in the national championship contest.It was how thoroughly Alabama ...

Packers reek with their success

The word in the grapevine is that a number of Green Bay Packers fans going to Sunday's game against Minnesota aren't happy with the last-minute move to make it a night game.All I can say is if you rooted for a team like the Detroit Lions, there'd be no worry about that.Enough said, so on to ...

Ball change pays quick dividends for Thiel

Greg Thiel is way too young to assume he might not ever bowl another perfect 300 game.But the 40-year-old Harvey resident might've been thinking that for awhile, at least until Dec. 11, when he rolled his fifth career 12-striker in the Friday 800 Mixed League at Superior Lanes.It was going on ...

Blame should be spread around after Beckham Jr. incidents

There's enough blame to go around for everybody to receive some of it with the Odell Beckham Jr.-Carolina Panthers mess of last Sunday.I admit I haven't listened to or read every last scrap of information about this situation only because I get tired of hearing about it over and over and over ...

First bowling hall of famers have day of memories

Sunday afternoon was a nice little get-together for current and former bowlers of many ages at Red Rock Lanes and Banquet Center in Ishpeming.But for President Pat Gingras and the rest of the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association board, it was the culminating moment after more than ...

Let’s give out some gifts for Christmas

With Christmas right around the corner, it's time for jolly old Santa Remsburg to pass out some gifts to:Mark Dantonio - A Cotton Bowl victory over Alabama so the Michigan State Spartans advance to the national championship college football game.Jeff Blashill - A deep Stanley Cup playoff run ...