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Eskymos hit the ice

September 4, 2010
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - Escanaba High School hockey coach Charlie Elliott and five of his players participated in the Hockey Excellence Program at Chelsea this summer. The three-day camp was for the state's top prep players and was conducted by Bob Mancini, a former coach for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

Danny Williams, Austin Young, Ryan LaMarch, Nick Vandermissen and Cody Cousineau played in the games.

"It was a real good few days for all of us down there," said Elliott.

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Dennis Grall, sports editor

Elliott also reported that Williams, who will be a junior, has been selected to play in three tournaments for the Northern Michigan All-Stars in the Metro Detroit Hockey League. It is a preseason league for high school players.

* Sam Hofer is a former Upper Peninsula Golf Association champion and has been playing golf for 45 years.

He finally recorded his first hole-in-one recently, and what impeccable timing. He pocketed $10,000 for getting his ace during the DAR Scramble at Menominee North Shore Golf Club. He aced the 177-yard eighth hole with a 5-iron.

"It was the best 5-iron I've hit in my life," he said.

Hofer and his group, along with the group on No. 6 tee, joined for a raucous celebration that included a jump into the nearby pond.

* Pete Rouleau birdied the final two holes to win his first Portage Lake Country Club men's championship. He was one-down to Tony Bilich when he rallied.

Rouleau, a former Michigan Tech University hockey player, recently was named golf coach at Finlandia University.

* Barb Blewett beat defending champion Karen Plaisier to win the women's championship at Wawonowin Country Club. Plaisier won the U.P. Ladies Golf Association championship earlier this month at Manistique.

* John Tiziani is back on the sidelines, signing up as an assistant football coach at Ishpeming High School. Tiziani is varsity boys basketball coach at Ishpeming. He was head boys basketball and football coach at Marquette before joining the Hematites last year.

His sister, Gail Whitney, lives in Escanaba.

* Former Northern Michigan University hockey standout has joined the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame.

"I don't consider myself a hall of famer in anything," Drake told the Marquette Mining Journal.

Drake played for NMU from 1988-92 and helped the Wildcats win the NCAA championship in 1991. He played 1,009 games in the National Hockey League with several teams, including Detroit, and helped the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup.

He now lives in Traverse City and coaches a youth hockey team.

* A former Wausaukee, Wis. High School football player is taking a long shot at making a National Football League roster.

Adam Tadisch has received tryouts with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins since his Arena Football League season with the Cleveland Gladiators ended two weeks ago. He is a 6-foot-8, 325-pound lineman who played at North Dakota State, and was in Green Bay's training camp in 2007.

You may have seen Tadisch on a YouTube video that has been wildly popular. It shows him catching a pass on a short delay route against Spokane July 10 in which he ran over two defenders and broke five tackles, culminating with a dive into the end zone from the two-yard line.

The video was selected video of the day July 22 by Sports Illustrated.com.

* Joann Pocino of Iron Mountain Pine Grove has been a steady participant at area golf tournaments this year and has been caught several times by this photographer.

Despite that publicity, her husband easily trumped her notoriety by getting his picture in Sports Illustrated's July 26 issue. Larry Poncino, a retired National League umpire, is shown giving the heave-ho to Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox. SI did a story on Cox, the record holder for ejections.

The Poncinos live on Lake Louise east of Norway. Also on that lake are former Daily Press editor Peggy Bryson and her husband Dick, along with three of their daughters, and Roger Robinson of Escanaba.

* A father-son tandem worked together in the Wishigan League baseball semifinals recently.

Kingsford manager Gary Miller was pressed into mound duty when four regulars were not available. Catching the 44-year-old hurler was his son, Jake. It was Gary's first mound effort since pitching for Florence High School in 1984.

He was the losing pitcher in a 3-2 loss to eventual champion Marinette, yielding four hits, striking out four and walking two before leaving in the seventh inning.

 
 

 

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