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NMU Sports Notebook: Skiing, hoops, Thurber, Godfrey, snow

January 31, 2013 - Matt Wellens

MARQUETTE — The ever-changing winter weather in Marquette County this week has wreaked havoc on high school sports schedules, throwing me off the Northern Michigan University athletics beat and into sports editor mode here at The Mining Journal coordinating coverage and adjusting schedules.

Thank goodness the Wildcat hockey team is on a bye this week.

Coming Friday, I'll have a preview of the Central Collegiate Ski Association meet hosted by NMU on Saturday and Sunday at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming.

Today, you may have seen the two previews for the Wildcat men's and women's basketball showdowns against Michigan Tech on Saturday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.

Here's links to other happenings around the NMU sports complex, which like the rest of Marquette is accumulating snow drifts at an annoying rate.


Not sure if you saw this one coming — because I sure didn't — but NMU hockey senior forward Matt Thurber was named the CCHA Player of the Month for January after scoring two goals and nine assists. January was not only a good rebound month for NMU, which went 5-2-1, but for Thurber, who missed games in November and December due to a violation of a team rule.



It's been a good week for the NMU ski team, and not just because two days of snow followed a freaky meltdown on Tuesday. First, NMU sophomore Kyle Bratrud competed for Team USA at the World Junior Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, with the closing ceremonies taking place Sunday. He led the U.S. in the 20-kilometer skiathlon, which is a combination of the classic and freestyle disciplines.

Today, NMU junior Erik Soderman was named the CCSA Skier of the Week after winning the classic race and finishing third in the freestyle at the Saints Invitational in Minnesota.

Oh, and it's also still snowing, so the 'Cats have that going from them, which is nice.


NMU will be inducting four new members to its sports hall of fame in April, including former athletic director Ken Godfrey. It's at the same time as the NMU Student-Athletes Awards Banquet.



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