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Esky alum West has vital college post

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September 18, 2010
Daily Press

ESCANABA - Jamie West, a former All-U.P. punter at Escanaba High School, is working in the athletic department at High Point University.

West is Compliance and Academic Assistant for the small NCAA Division 1 school near Winston-Salem, N.C. He received the job offer while completing his Master's degree in Sports Leadership at University of Central Florida.

West was a graduate assistant of compliance at UCF, where Todd Dagenais of Escanaba is head women's volleyball coach.

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Dennis Grall, sports editor

His role includes making sure all players, coaches and staff members are educated and up to date with all NCAA rules and regulations. His department is responsible for reporting any rules violations to the NCAA.

He also makes sure student-athletes remain on track to graduate and maintain their grades to remain eligible.

* Three former Upper Peninsula champions are among three U.P. club titlists.

Four-time U.P. Ladies Golf Association winner Becky Cecconi won the Pine Grove Country Club title in Iron Mountain.

Two-time former U.P. Golf Association champion Mark Clements of Ishpeming won the men's championship at Wawonowin Country Club, beating Jared Koski 2-and-1.

Michele Miller won her seventh women's championship at Portage Lake Country Club in Houghton. She shot 77 in the final round and finished 11 strokes ahead of the field. She won the U.P. Ladies Golf Association title in 1997 in Gladstone.

K.C. Bjorne recently won his second men's championship at Marquette Golf Club. He beat Brock Micklow on the Greywalls course in the finals and also beat 10-time former champion Dennis Hruska in a semifinal match.

Micklow beat 2009 champion Scott Erickson in the semifinals.

* Dale Phillips of Marquette will join the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Sunday. The induction is at Central Michigan University.

The 2009 U.P. Sports Hall of Fame inductee guided Marquette High School to 45 Upper Peninsula titles in cross country (26 girls, 19 boys) and 12 U.P. track titles (11 girls) and Westwood to one girls title.

Phillips has spent 38 years as a coach.

* Marquette Junior Hockey Corp. received a $2,500 grant from Michigan Amateur Hockey Association for the group's Skill Development Program.

The program is for boys and girls aged 4-8.

It will help provide equipment and cut the registration fee to $85 for the beginners.

Marquette was a plus-48 in new growth in the junior ranks last season.

* Pete Banaszak returned to Crivitz, Wis. Friday night as the school retired his football jersey No. 40.

A three-time M&O Conference all-star running back and 1962 graduate, Banaszak played football at the University of Miami and spent 13 years with the NFL's Oakland Raiders. He played in two Super Bowls, the No. 2 loss to Green Bay and No. 11 win over Minnesota. He ran for 3,772 yards and caught 121 passes for 1,022 yards, and scored 51 touchdowns.

He was part of one of the most notable plays in NFL lore, recovering Kenny Stabler's fumble with 10 seconds left and then pushing the ball forward into the end zone, where it was recovered by Dave Casper of Chilton, Wis. to help beat San Diego 20-14.



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