Farewell thoughts and notes from a final column

ESCANABA – Retirement has taken place again but there were still a few items that had to be taken care of before I could officially depart. That is why you’re stuck with one more column, to go with several stories I put together the final couple of days.

As mentioned earlier, it’s been a tremendous pleasure to return here for the past seven months to help fill some vacancies at the Daily Press. It’s been a blast, but it is time for sports editor Mike Mattson and sportswriter Avery Bundgaard to take over the sports desk, along with my long-time assistant John Vrancic, who is simply the best part-time guy in the business.

With that trio on board, the Daily Press is in very capable hands and I look forward to watching them do an excellent job. They are ready and willing to make their contribution and I am very comfortable with the direction they will follow for you. I’m sure you will also enjoy their work. Now for a couple of final farewell notes.

* Rod Perry is a somewhat unknown to most fans on the PGA Tour. But he is well known to a Delta County family.

Perry is married to the former Jaclyn McNutt, whose parents Paul and Julie (Demeuse) McNutt live in Perkins. Her brothers, Jason and David, live downstate.

The Perrys live in Port Orange, Fla., where Rod is head golf professional at Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club.

Rod Perry, 43, is a two-time winner of the PGA Stroke Play championship, taking titles in 2013 and 2015. The native of York, Pa. and Mississippi State University graduate made his PGA Tour debut in 1996.

* The new Michigan Tech Huskies logo was ranked 10th in the Best New Primary Logo of 2016 category in the Creamer Awards.

The new Toronto Maple Leafs logo was the top choice. Michigan Tech’s logo was the top collegiate pick and was the only university listed until Elon’s logo in 20th place.

“It’s a great honor for our new logo to be listed among the best out there,” Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret said. “It validates all the hard work we put in over the last couple of years to get a logo that represents who we are as Huskies. There were so many people involved in the process and I am grateful for the work that they put in.”

* Upper Peninsula schools in the eight-player division have an additional scheduling area to find opponents with seven schools in northeastern Wisconsin forming a new league for 2017.

Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly Catholic Central) co-ops with Lena and is the nearest eight-player team to this area. Catholic Central is a former member of the old Wolverine Conference.

Green Bay N.E.W., Menominee Indian and Oneida Nation are near Green Bay, with Sevastopol, Gibraltar and Bowler/Gresham also in the league.