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Sports Den: A new Marinette ace

June 28, 2008
By Dennis Grall -

ESCANABA - The Menominee Maroons have always been a primary rival for prep teams from Escanaba, and to a lesser degree from Gladstone.

Because of geographics, those Delta County teams don't have much of a connection with another nearby team, which happens to be Menominee's prime rival.

That does not mean Marinette should be left out in the cold when discussing prep standouts, one of whom graduated this month.

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Taylor Garceau, who played against Escanaba in basketball and baseball and against Gladstone in baseball, has put his name among the tops in Marinette history - Jug Girard, Erv Kunesh, Mike Dieters, Jim Magnuson, Rich Schoener, Jim Francour and Jeff Messenger come to mind.

Garceau was a three-sport all-star in the Bay Conference, and was player of the year in basketball. He owns the school's single-season scoring record of 498 points, he batted .394 and had a 0.49 ERA pitching in baseball, and caught 40 passes for 736 yards and eight touchdowns, with 113 receptions for 1,960 yards in his career.

Garceau played in the state All-Star basketball game last week, getting nine points, seven rebounds and four steals in the North's 71-61 loss in the Division 2 game. He will attend Madison Area Technical College.

Speaking of best in the Twin Cities, Syd Wells continues to build on her golf legacy.

The 2002 U.P. Sports Hall of Fame inductee recently played in the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Erin Hills, Wis. She missed the cut against some of the country's top amateurs, but at 46 she was old enough to be the mother of many players in the field (average age was 22).

Wells shot 84-79 to miss the cut by three strokes, after earning medalist honors at the state qualifier in May at Erin Hills.

One of the entrants was 10-year-old Allisen Corpuz, the youngest player to ever compete in a national golf event. She finished at 169, six strokes behind Wells.

The reigning U.P. Ladies Golf Association champion (Wells has eight titles) enjoyed the experience, even though she had only played one competitive round entering the meet.

"I enjoyed testing my game against some great young talent and a tough test of golf," Wells told the Eagle-Herald of Marinette.

"As if the course isn't difficult enough (it may host a U.S. Open), the wind was really a factor," Wells said, noting gusts near 30 mph that reportedly snapped a flag stick.

Wells finished second in the Brown County Amateur Sunday, a stroke back of University of Wisconsin golfer Kelsey Verbeten. Wells shot 73-73 - 146.



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