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Skippers Basketball Starts Up

Savannah Wilcox

Business/Advertising Editor

The Men’s basketball team is starting up again with Coach Dale Vos for the 2010-11 season. After finishing up with a 27-8 overall record, 12-4 in the league, the team has high hopes for another successful season.

We have a good group of young men who are working hard. A lot of inexperienced players will be playing important roles, so how quickly they develop will determine a lot of our success,” Coach Dale Vos said.

The Skippers’ biggest competition will be against Mott, Henry Ford, and Oakland CC, who with SC4 are the top four teams in the Eastern Conference of the MCCAA. Mott CC, the conference champion and ranked third in the nation amongst community colleges, lost only a single game last year.


Last year, the Skippers finished in second for the Eastern Conference just under Mott CC. Even with 6 returning players, it is unknown how the season will play out.

Delta and Macomb have new coaches, so there are some unknowns there. Alpena, Kirtland, and Schoolcraft will be much improved,” Vos said.

Returning for the Skippers are: Terrence Keaton, Alan Sharp, Kyle Brown, AJ Burton, and Tory Villolovos. Villolovos played during the 2008-09 season for the Skippers and is returning for another year.

We intend to compete for a league championship, that is our goal for the regular season, we will set post season goals at the appropriate time,” Vos said.

The Men’s next home game with be Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Rochester CC. Tip off of the Women’s game will be at 5:30 p.m., with the Men’s game following at 7:30 p.m. Admission for regular home games is $3 per adult, $1 per student, and free for children under the age of 8. Season passes may be purchased for $15. Contact the Business Office in room 220 of the Main Building for more information.

Thank you Cincinnati State

Thank you Cincinnati State

Daniel Pettee

Staff Writer

Cincinnati’s loss is our gain. Brittany Williams will play for the Lady Skippers this season after transferring to SC4 from Cincinnati State Community College.

Williams, 20, was born in Detroit, Michigan and played for the Allen Academy in high school.

Brittany Williams practicing for the upcoming basketball season, Sept. 28, 2010. Photo by Dan Petee

According to Williams she has played shooting guard ever since she started playing basketball when she was five years old.

When Brittany is not playing basketball she enjoys skateboarding, cooking pasta, going to the movies, and hanging out with her friends. Williams is a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice.

Williams was not satisfied with the basketball program at Cincinnati State and sought out Coach Carrie Lohr and inquired about playing for SC4.  Coach Lohr looked into her character and her academic ability and invited her to join the Lady Skippers.

According to Assistant Coach Bob Banks, Williams chose SC4 because of fellow Lady Skipper Portia Forbes, whom she became friends with while playing against each other in the Amateur Athletic Union. Williams signed with SC4 this season because she wanted to play with someone she knew.

Coach Banks said Williams will fill the role that Megan Johnson, former Lady Skipper from 2008 and 2009 had last season.  Banks said, “While MJ was a good defender because she played smart defense, Brittany has the advantage of being taller than Megan.”

Banks said “She’s tough, physically…she can play 2-5, big post, and she can stretch the defense.  She’ll be a great contributor to the team.”

According to Williams she likes SC4 better because the people are friendlier, and she knows where to go to get help with her work.

Williams is looking forward to the beginning of the basketball season on Nov. 1.

Williams’ expectations this year and every year are the championship.

Williams is practicing and conditioning for the Lady Skipper’s first practice on Oct. 1 and their first scrimmage game coming on Oct. 5.

Local talent stays local

Local talent stays local

Thomas Pregano

Sports editor

It’s always a great story to hear that three local women’s softball players will stay local, for at least two years anyway.

Three girls, Alissa Dawson, Riana Schmid and Amanda Tacabery, will be playing this spring for the Lady Skippers Softball team.

Alissa Dawson, 18, a freshman from Imlay city, chose St. Clair Community College, because according to her she wanted to continue playing softball. Dawson has been playing since she was 5 years old.

Dawson is taking general classes at SC4 and is not sure about a major. Dawson likes to hang out with friends and work out every day when she is not playing softball.

Dawson will patrol the outfield this year for the Lady Skippers and according to Head Coach Ron Matthews is the best outfielder he has ever had.

Matthews said, “She has a good arm and hits the ball really well.”

Riana Schmid, 18, also a freshman, chose SC4 because she didn’t want to go away to school just yet.

Scmid is majoring in Radiology right now but according to her she will be changing it. Schmid said, “I’m not sure what I will major in.”

Schmid has been playing softball since she was 7 or 8 years old. Scmid played third base at the high school level and she will continue to play the hot corner and a little first base according to Matthews.

Matthews said, “She has a power stick looking for her to bat behind Ashley Valle” according to Matthews Valle got walked a lot last year, with Scmid behind her Valle will see better pitches.

Amanda Tacabery 18 also a freshman from St. Clair High School majoring in physical therapy also wanted to stay close to home. She will be one of the Lady Skippers catchers this spring.

According to Matthews, Tacabery is a strong girl, with a good arm and a good bat.

All in all, with the recruiting of these 3 girls by Matthews, and the decision to stay local, SC4 and Port Huron will be the winners this year.

Skippers gains first Conference win

Skippers gains first Conference win

Savannah Wilcox

Business/Advertising Editor

The SC4 Lady Skippers volleyball team, 1-2, 5-8, has earned their first win by defeating Schoolcraft Community College women’s volleyball team last Thursday night. After starting the season off with two losses, they took the match from Schoolcraft in a 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 defeat at SC4. “It was a fun night, and the girls played better than they did (last) Tuesday night against Macomb,” Coach Chuck Weisner said.

It wasn’t much of a battle after the first match, as the Skippers bumped their score, and led the entire rest of the game. Chipping in for the Skippers was Kelly David, a setter for the team who finished the game with 34 assists, and 13 passes. David also led the team in blocks, with 3 blocks. With 7 kills each, Jillian Verbeke and Amanda Curley threw some numbers on the scoreboard.

“I think our team has a lot of potential to be great, and we are just starting out so we aren’t quite used to playing together just yet,” Captain Kim Deland said. The girls had a rough start with their first two games, but certainly mopped the floor with Schoolcraft on Thursday.

After the game, coach Weisner had the girls stick around for a 45 minute practice. “I told the girls if we beat Schoolcraft in three, we would practice after the match,” Weisner explained, “I told them they could have the weekend off,” The girls’ next game will be against Mott Community College Lady Bears volleyball team on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Mott Community College, the game begins at 7 p.m. The team’s next home game will be Sat., October 9, 2010 at 10 a.m. against Delta College, as well as two games against Alpena Community College on October 9, beginning at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission costs are $3 for adults, $1 for students, and children under 8 are allowed in free.

Skippers get spiked during home opener

Skippers get spiked during home opener

Rachel Olivia Kobylas

Staff Writer

The Oakland Community College Raiders set the ball over the net during the Home Opener, Thursday, Sept. 9. Photo by Rachael Kobylas

“It’s hard to put last year’s expectations on this year’s team,” said Dale Voss, St. Clair County Community College’s Athletic Director.  The Skipper Volleyball team has brought home quite a few championships including nationals in the past and in Voss’ opinion the team is always, “pretty solid.”

After a triple game defeat at home, Thursday, Sept. 9, the Oakland Community College Raiders beat out the SC4 Skippers with a final score of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-23. Even with the hard hit right off the start, Skipper Volleyball Coach Chuck Weisner said, “We are not confident yet, but we will get there.  Once these girls get their confidence going, watch out!”  He also made note that the defeat was a difficult one as the Raiders had opportunities to play quite a few games where the Skippers were just starting into their games and tournaments; this was game 6 for them in the season thus far.

Kelly David, 19, of the Skipper team felt the team needs to “communicate more.  We lost because of little errors.  We lost some momentum and we need to pick it back up.” Some of their momentum can be seen and heard on the court with their loud “CH-CH-BOOM” cheer that the team uses, as David says, “to get loud and crazy and get excited about what we do.”

About upcoming games, Coach Weisner says he will be taking a different approach, “I think we will get there, but right now we are playing not to lose instead of playing to win.”  The team is on their way to their next tournament at Muskegon Community College, Sept. 10 and 11.

Port Huron, are you ready for some football?

Port Huron, are you ready for some football?


Thomas Pregano

Sports Editor

With the recent loss of the Ice hawks professional hockey team, everyone thought all was going to be quiet in McMorran arena this year.

No more guest appearances at games from names like Ted Lindsay, George “the Animal” Steele, or even Mickey Redmond.

McMorran was doomed to be empty this year with no other sports team in the building.

Logo Courtesy Port Huron Predators

Enter Rachael Brusate, owner of the Port Huron Predators of the Continental Indoor Football League.

Rachael, originally from Algonac currently resides in Port Huron. According to Brusate she is a huge football fan and has been putting the team together for about four months.

The Predators are a professional football team that is one of six teams in the CIFL. The league is looking to sign more teams by the season start in mid February of 2011.

The team’s General Manager is Greg Thomas, formerly of the Port Huron Pirates of the CIFL, and the Head Coach is Doug Warren.

Warren is a local here in Port Huron; Graduating from Port Huron High in 1991.Warren went on to St. Clair Community College and Western Michigan University and majored in Business Management.

Logo Courtesy Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Coach Warren played for the Port Huron Pirates, formerly of the CIFL from 2006 and 2007. Warren went on to play for the Saginaw Sting in 2008 also with the CIFL.

Warren began his coaching career as the defensive line coach for Port Huron High from 2000 to 2006. After his playing career he was then the defensive line coach of the Sting (saginawsting.com).

The Predators already have two players signed and are looking to sign more at their open tryouts Sept. 18th at Port Huron High School and Oct. 16 at Port Huron Northern High School.

The team is looking to sign local talent 18 years old and up. Since St. Clair Community college doesn’t currently have a football team it’s an option for former high school student athletes

With the addition of the Predators and the Fighting falcons Hockey team, Mcmorran arena will be anything but quiet this year.

Baseball, turkey legs and apple dumplings?

Baseball, turkey legs and apple dumplings?

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-chief

The American classics, baseball, hotdogs and apple pie have given way to SC4 men’s baseball players selling turkey legs and apple dumplings to raise funds for a spring break trip to Florida and a trip to Kentucky, Oct. 8 through Oct. 10.

SC4’s Assistant Baseball Coach Larry “Coach Mo” Mousurak, Fort Gratiot, cooks chicken Sept. 11. Photo by Twana Pinskey

According to the Michigan Renaissance Festival’s website, the festival is best known for their full-contact jousting events. Festival attendees such as Mark Benka, 45 of Sterling Heights, come as much for the food as they do the entertainment. “The kids love the turkey legs” said Benka.

Weekends since Aug. 21, and continuing through Oct. 3, the players, coaches and family members of the SC4 men’s baseball team work at the Michigan Renaissance Festival Concessions, selling food to raise money for Spring break and exhibition games.

According to Head Coach, Denny Dwyer, the players have worked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every weekend since Aug. 21, including the three day Labor Day weekend.

“They amaze me. They work so hard;” said Dwyer. He explained there are days the players put in12 hour shifts at the festival. Dwyer explained the extra earnings will pay for items on road trips, such as costs for outside practices.

Crowds lined up to place orders for turkey legs and apple dumplings prepared by SC4 men’s baseball players, Sept. 11. Photo by Twana Pinskey

SC4 baseball coach, Larry Mosurak, supports the players by volunteering his time to grill chicken at the festival. “As coaches, we jump around and fill in to help be sure they get breaks;” said Mosurak. “Coach Mo” as he is known to his players, explained they are there to guide the players through the process of what comes with a job. “I wish there were other ways to do this;” replied Mosurak. He explained the players have worked 7 weekends in a row, three of which are three day weekends. He said if you add to that practice, school and family responsibilities, it is a lot.” It really pays off;” said Mosurak.

“I think it is cool. Whatever they have to do to raise the money is ok by me;” said Mark Benka. Benka supported the students’ efforts, explaining it was good to see young people working to achieve a goal.

Fifth time is the charm

Fifth time is the charm

Robert Kroll

Guest Writer

As a former student and current instructor here at SC4 I have spent my share of time in the Port Huron area. I still go to many of the same places now as I did when I was a student and I am always curious about why I can’t find a parking spot.

I have also maintained a healthy fascination/confusion in the McMorran arena and their seeming lack of knowledge about giving the people what they want.

Among many things, I am stumped at the arrival of the most recent hockey team at the arena. I have always heard that Port Huron is a “hockey town.” I have always found this hard to believe though because this is now the fifth hockey team that McMorran has hosted since 2000. I’m not sure what qualifies a town as a “hockey town,” but I’d like to think a team’s longevity would be a factor.

Aside from hockey, I feel that McMorran is a great place to see a live show. I am very excited for the “Rocky Horror Show” coming up at the end of the month and loved seeing Third Eye Blind back in March. They aren’t exactly one of my favorite bands, but it was great to see something like that in Port Huron.

I know that the Third Eye Blind show had issues in regards to promotion and attendance. I was sad to see that the arena wasn’t as packed as it could be. At the same time, I wasn’t surprised in the slightest. If the people who run the arena can’t maintain a hockey team, how can they promote a concert?

The problem with events at McMorran appear to be that they think they know what the people want and expect them to come.

What about just giving the people what they want?

Looking through old issues of the Erie Square Gazette years ago I came across old stories of how Kiss, Rush, and Aerosmith had played at McMorran. These issues dated back to the 70s when all of these bands were on the verge of becoming some of the most popular music acts of their time.

Reasonably speaking though, McMorran probably can’t book any of those bands now. Sure they might be able to play an “intimate” show there, but those bands usually play at venues that hold over 15,000 people.

What McMorran does have though is the ability to start getting acts that are on the verge of breaking through, again.  It would be wise to start looking into acts that play at the Fillmore or Fox Theatres in Detroit. Shows frequently sell well in those venues and they are easily twice the capacity of McMorran. There should not be anything that can stop McMorran from having the kind of booking power of those venues.

I don’t know what to say about sporting events though. I have little to no knowledge about sports. If Port Huron is indeed a “hockey town,” it may need more than just a team and a few public relations events to spark interest.

With the “Rocky Horror Show” and the other sports teams coming for this season, McMorran has a good chance of giving the people what they want and one less thing for me to be confused about.

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Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

Cody Kimball

Webmaster

The Port Huron Icehawks, following in the footsteps of the Flags, Bordercats, Beacons, and Flags, again, are no more. After 3 seasons, Mike Reed, Media Relations Coordinator, announced that the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League will be “discontinuing its hockey operations in Port Huron”.

Kinney Entertainment, the company that owns and manages the Icehawks, and whose name is semi-hidden in the logo of the team, expressed gratitude to the fans, staff, and members of the team, with the assurances that the Icehawks will not be going anywhere else to play.

Port Huron's hockey has "A New Hope",in the Falcons Photo by Cody Kimball

The loss of one of the largest aspects of McMorran Place’s entertainment schedule, and revenue streams, comes just 2 weeks after the announcement of the loss of the Miss Michigan Pageant, to Ann Arbor.

These losses, coupled with less than desirable attendance for events like the Third Eye Blind concert, and the questionable response to the “Blue Water Fest” have some concerned about the future of McMorran Place, and of Port Huron tourism and entertainment industries in general.

Downtown businesses are upset about the management of the Blue Water Fest, and many have signs in their windows addressing the issue.

We value you and thank you for the many positive relationships we formed here, and encourage you to participate as much as you can in the many community events at the McMorran.” said Dave Goetze, Vice President and Business manager of Kinney Entertainment, in a press release.

The reality is, we live in a challenged economy in our community,” said Goetze, “and the entertainment dollars were not there to sustain a professional hockey team long term.”

The Icehawks are being replaced by another hockey team the “Port Huron Fighting Falcons” which will play for the North American Hockey League. The team will debut in the 2010-2011 season, and season tickets are now available.

Somewhere in a sort of cyberspace-limbo, the Port Huron Icehawks website now bears a solemn message, “Thanks for all your support and understanding.”

Hook, line, spiker!

Hook, line, spiker!

Savannah Wilcox

Business Editor

Thomas Pregano

Sports Editor

As the Lady Skippers Volleyball Team approaches their 2010 season, they will have a valuable piece of the puzzle returning.

The team is in action again this year with a roster full of talented athletes to prepare for a championship season. Coach Chuck Weisner stated, “All of the girls have great attitudes, and very good volleyball skills. On paper we are better than we were last year, and last year we were champions with a 13-1 record.”

Leading the Pack Photo by Tom Pregano

Returning sophomores are Taylor Dziewit from Almont, Amber Mallory from Linden, Hannah Jones from Port Huron, Jessica Anderson from Durand, and Kim Deland from Marysville. Kim Deland, Amber Mallory, and Taylor Dziewit are the team’s captains this year. “These girls are fantastic leaders, and they set great examples for their teammates as well,” Coach Chuck Weisner said. The girls are working on their relationships off the court as well as on the court in order to amount to a well working group. “Our team has a lot of potential to be great. We are just starting out so we aren’t quite used to player together yet, but once that aspect of the team comes together we will be unstoppable,” captain Kim Deland said.

The Skippers also recruited 7 new freshmen; amongst the 7 are 3 standout players from the thumb, Amanda Curley, Kelly David, and Ellery Owen. Amanda Curley was awarded Miss Volleyball in 2009 for the Blue Water Region while playing for Marysville High School during her senior year. Another sparkle on the roster is Miss Kelly David who helped take her Beal City High School volleyball team to the State Finals last year. Also recruited from Lapeer East High School, Ellery Owen took the Lapeer Eagles to the State Quarter Finals. When asked about the level of play which the girls possess, Weisner said, “All the girls on this team were either the top player on her team, or 1 of the top 2 players.

Coach Weisner stated, “We have almost a perfect blend of sophomores and freshmen on the team, as long as we block and play great defense, we will be fine.”

Dziewit was a member of a Lady Skipper’s team that won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference Championship and went all the way to the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association District E Volleyball Tournament losing to Columbus State Community College.

In 2009 Dziewit was named to the MCCAA all region team, all MCCAA team, Eastern Conference first team, and All Freshman Team.

With all of her accomplishments Dziewit remains modest by saying her expectations for this year are to have fun overall.

The Skippers first game is Thursday, September 9th, at 7 p.m. against the Oakland Community College Raiders.

The volleyball team starts their 2010 season with a tournament at Owens Community College Sept. 3 and 4 and return home return for their home opener Thursday Sept. 9 at 7 a.m. against Oakland Community College.

All Lady Skipper Volleyball games are played in the gym. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students and children eight and younger are free.