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Skippers set lofty goals for golf season

Garrett Gavin

Staff Writer

When you think of sports at SC4, the golf team may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, the team is at work for the young season and has enjoyed some early success.

They are currently the 24th ranked community college golf team in the country. Coach Dale Vos is excited with his team’s performance so far this season.

“The golf team is off to a good start. We have had 3 matches; at Mott Community College we finished second out of nine teams, at Oakland we finished third out of nine teams and at Grand Rapids we finished fifth out of 12 teams.”

Considering that Mott (18), Oakland (13) and Grand Rapids (3) are all ranked in the top 20 nationally, that is an impressive start to the season.

The Skippers are led by two sophomore golfers, Kris Bock and Matt Massad, who finished 22nd and 27th in the 2009 NJCAA Region 12 Division 2 individual rankings.

The team will look to these two for both leadership and performance this season. Bock is currently the 17th ranked player in the Region 12 individual standings, with an average score of 78.7 through three rounds of golf.

Coach Vos has not lowered his expectations for this young team, setting in the new season.

“Our goal is to win the MCCAA Eastern Conference. We are working hard and improving daily.”

If the Skippers were to win the conference, it would mark the first time since 2001 that they were able to accomplish this. SC4 will return to action on Friday, April 23 at the St. Clair County Community College Invitational, in Fort Gratiot. Tee time is scheduled for 10 a.m.

A whirling good time

“Hot Tub Time Machine” © MGM and United Artists Production Finance LLC
“Hot Tub Time Machine” © MGM and United Artists Production Finance LLC

Garrett Gavin

Staff Writer

   Don’t expect an Oscar nomination, but “Hot Tub Time Machine” is an entertaining movie with quite a few laughs along the way.

   The Movie chronicles the story of four friends who aren’t exactly living the lives they thought they would.

   Adam (John Cusack) has just been dumped; Jacob (Clark Duke) plays Adam’s nephew who thinks the only thing to life is playing video games in his basement; Craig (Craig Robinson) has a wife who cheats on him; Lou (Rob Cordry) is a party animal who just can’t find the party anymore.

   Concerned by Lou’s reckless ways, Adam, Craig and Jacob bring him to a ski resort where they had partied over twenty years before, to help Lou move on.

   Shortly after checking in, the four decide to take their party to the hot tub with some help from the hotel repair man (Chevy Chase). 

   When they wake up from their excessive drinking, the guys don’t really know what happened the night before, but something seems different. Shortly after, they find out what has changed. It’s 1986.

   Once they get over the shock of traveling through time, the guys decide that they want to change some of the things that have happened to them over the years. 

   Adam, Lou, and Craig want to warn themselves so that they can avoid both physical and emotional pain. Jacob, however, was not yet born in 1986 and wants to change as little as possible to ensure he will still be born. 

   Each character provides a comical situation that makes the movie work. This may have been the best comedy of the year so far, provided you can accept the ridiculous plot. 

   If you like the comedy these actors have done in the past, then this would be a use for you.

Lady Skippers: Playoff bound

Garrett Gavin

Staff Writer

The SC4 women’s basketball team has enjoyed a great deal of success this season, finishing the regular season with a 20-7 record and the number two seed in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association East District Tournament.

When asked why she felt they have played so well, Coach Carrie Lohr pointed to team chemistry as one of the most important elements.

“This team has really jelled together from the first day I brought them all together on campus in late August,” Lohr said. “They have been willing to push one another and support one another through the peaks and valleys of the season.”

The Lady Skippers have had some very impressive wins this year, but Lohr believes that the best game they have played this year actually came in a losing effort.

“Honestly, one of the best games we played this season was a loss to Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI,” said Lohr. “We played rock solid, everyone. We lost by four points and Schoolcraft has consistently been a nationally ranked powerhouse all season and have spent a majority of the time ranked number one nationally.”

The district playoff will be held March 5 to 7 at Owens Community College in Owens, Ohio, with the winner advancing to the National Championship tournament.

SC4 will face Delta College on March 5 at 3 p.m., a team they have defeated twice so far this season.  As with any team going into the playoffs, the Skippers know they will have to play even better if they want to advance.

“Our focus is on defensive intensity,” Lohr said. “We must play for the full 40 minutes. We are a better team when we do just that. At this point in the play-off, we are facing a higher seed tonight in Schoolcraft College. The reminder here is we are the underdog. We have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. We need to go for it.”

A Weekend in the Soo

Garrett Gavin

Staff Writer

   As you can imagine, February in the Upper Peninsula can get pretty bitter.

   However, the locals seem to embrace this time of the year as this weather gives them the opportunity to enjoy winter sports such as ice fishing and snowmobile races.

   “We love this time of the year,” said Lake Superior State University sophomore Dane Henderson. “It gives us a chance to get out here on the river and catch a few fish.”

   Most of the fishermen were catching whitefish, with a good amount of success, too.

   “We’ve caught about 80 of them for the winter,” Henderson added, referring to him and his two friends he was with. “That’s a pretty good number. Even though I caught about 60 of them.”

   Another event that was going on was the 42nd annual International 500, one of the largest snowmobile races in the world.

   The event was won by racer Jeff Leunberger for the second consecutive year. This was the first time in the history of the race that an Arctic Cat snowmobile had taken the checkered flag.

   In addition to the race, there was also a freestyle event that the spectators could enjoy. “This is a really great place to bring the family,” said Erin Stevens of Newberry. “There’s something that everybody can enjoy.”

   One of the attendees of the event was Rick Snyder, who recently kicked off his campaign for the Michigan Gubernatorial election later this year.

   Snyder arrived in a customized motor home covered in signatures of thousands of supporters and was more than happy to supply markers to anyone else interested in signing.

   The night life is also something that people may be surprised by, with an array of clubs and bars for people to visit. 

   “It’s not as remote as people might think,” said Julie Barnes, a senior at LSSU. “We have a lot of fun up here.”

   If you are looking for a fun weekend where you can experience something different from your ordinary life, Sault Ste. Marie is a great place to do that. Just bring your boots.

Skippers Sail, Down Delta

The SC4 women’s basketball team defeated Delta College, 75-69, in a Saturday afternoon game. The Skippers maintained a lead throughout the game, but they never managed to pull away. Their biggest lead came at the fifteen minute mark in the second half, when they were up 49-38.
Delta managed to whittle the lead down to one with about eight minutes left, but was not able to get any closer thanks to tough defense and accurate shooting from the Lady Skippers. The fate of the game was sealed when Megan Johnson made two free throws with under a minute to go; putting St. Clair up 72-65. She finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for the game.
Shaking off a slow first half was Chanel Putnam, who scored 14 in the second half to finish with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists.
“I just tried to focus on protecting the ball and slowing myself down to run the offense,” said Putnam.
Putnam was not surprised with the teams outside shooting; they knocked down 11 three-pointers for the game.
“We’re a good shooting team; it’s something we rely on,” Putnam said.
The St. Clair men’s game was less eventful, as they handled the Delta men’s squad, 97-81. The Skippers had a strong first half, leading 50-32 at the break.
SC4 seemed to back off a bit in the second half and Delta took advantage of it, trimming their deficit to six with 13 minutes left in the game. At this point, sophomore G/F Erick Mack Jr. took things into his own hands, hitting on three triples down the stretch. He had 28 points to go with 5 rebounds on the day. Kieon Arkwright had 18 points and five assists; Jake Stark scored 12 points and had 4 assists.

Helping with the Haiti Earthquake Disaster

Since the nation of Haiti was struck with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, people and organizations from across the globe have coordinated a massive relief effort. However, there is still a need for more support to provide things such as food, water, shelter and medical support.
To get some information on how to help, contact the American Red Cross of Port Huron. As of now, they are only requesting monetary donations rather than food or water, due to shipping costs. There are several payment methods available to those who want to contribute.
You can donate at www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or show up in person at 615 Pine Street. You can also text “Haiti” to 90999 on your mobile phone to make a 10 dollar donation that will automatically be added to your phone bill. To find other charities that are helping you can visit www.guidestar.com, where they have a directory service for charities across the country.
While many people have shown great generosity, there have been some reports of scammers taking advantage of that. Make sure to protect yourself by following a few simple rules:
Never give out personal information. Scammers will try to find out as much about you as they can to use it against you.
Do not respond to e-mail requests for donations. This could be any individual trying to take your money.
Choose a reputable charity. Make sure that the organization you are giving to is known as a legitimate charity.