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Rise and fall of SC4 basketball

Savannah Wilcox

Staff Writer

The SC4 girls started the day with an 81-59 win, while the boys lost to Mott Community College 85-77 on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Lady Skippers stomped Mott’s women’s basketball team, as Mott only had six able players to compete.

“We were expecting another extremely talented post player to be on the team, but she was not here today for whatever reason,” said Coach Carrie Lohr about Mott’s shortage.

The win was important for SC4 as the team achieved their twentieth win this season. “We’ve worked hard to get to this point, and I’m proud of my team we had a great year,” Coach Lohr said. All of Coach Lohr’s girls scored against the Bears.

“It is important for all of us girls to score, to show that we all play as a team, and that we don’t depend on one person to score all of our points,” said sophomore Chanahl Putnam who paced the SC4 girls with five assists and nine points.

The high scorers for the Lady Skippers were Jessica Stevenson with 14 points and Jackie Highstreet with 11 points.

The SC4 boys, however, lost to the Bears, 85-77, after an impressive effort by both teams. The Skippers had a slow start after tip-off, and battled the Bears (No. 2 ranked in MCCAA) respectively through the entire game.

“We didn’t play as well as I would have liked, but I have to say they (SC4) played through the whole game, and never gave up,” said Coach Steve Schmidt of Mott. “They really played to their best ability, and made my team play to that ability as well.”

The Skippers held the Bears to a six point lead (46-40) at the end of the first half, but the Bears continued to stretch the lead, leaving the Skippers sinking into an inevitable loss.

Although Sc4 fought back in the ending minutes of the game, it was not enough to conquer the Bears offense in this match.

Kieon Arkwright led the Skippers with 23 points, and Alan Sharp added 16 points coming off the bench. For the Bears, Doug Anderson led with 20 points and shook the gym with three athletic dunks.

O. D.‘s Rant 57-11

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

Let ‘em play, let ‘em play, let ‘em play …

Now that’s old time hockey. The Olympics provided a stage for what purists call the way the game should be played.

Few whistles, hard hitting, tight checking… all that was left out was a few droppings of the gloves.  Oh, I forgot no Bettman and no NHL Toronto High Court Tribunal to dictate which team should have extra advantage… oops, I mean whether it was a goal or not.

The final game’s outcome would have hurt much worse if Mike Babcock wasn’t the coach of Team Canada. Mike is a class act who takes both wins and defeats as a true professional.

There are the cretins out there well play the “Nah Nah you lost” card against us U.S. fans. But hey, scoring with 24 seconds left to send it to overtime makes the game a victory in my book.

Both teams were winners. If only anyone but that classless Crosby scored the winning goal.  You have got to admit the Devil got his due, but we got a game for the ages. No whining just good, hard hockey.

Speaking of whiners. O.D. has not only covered but has been a spectator at many events in many diverse sports.

Yet, even he was appalled at the antics of the Oakland women’s basketball coach in last Wednesday’s 66-55 SC4 victory. Throwing fits then rolling over when chastised by refs, acting out. This is how you teach values to your players?

That is only what was viewed from the stands. If only the SC4 players could tell their tales.   Oh, that’s because our team comports themselves as professionals.

Even Bobby Knight would blush.

Congrats, Lady Skips in coming within seven against number one ranked Schoolcraft, Friday.  The next day, Schoolcraft humbled Western Conference and number 14 Lake Michigan College, 85-54. Which leads me to, why wasn’t SC4 ranked?

As to men’s basketball, pending Wednesday’s District 9 quarterfinals result against Alpena, the Skippers should be heading to Mott Community College in Flint on March 5 and 6 for the NJCAA District 8 and 9 semi-finals and championships.

With Henry Ford and Mott ranked nationally in the top five, what an opportunity to attend some highly competitive basketball and support a Skippers basketball squad that should also be ranked.

All right, O.D. will admit when he was wrong. The 2010 Winter Olympics were absolutely fabulous. The camera work allowed home spectators to feel a part of the action. O.D. does not have H.D. but felt like he was there.

Yes, those athletes put in the dues to get there. Only when the professional status gets crossed does this humble reporter tremble.

But O.D. was right about curling which is becoming more and more popular. The U.S. performance was sadly lacking yet the competition overall was superb.

Those who decry the sport because it is different, well, some of those have yet to learn that T.P. is for something besides tossing on a neighbor’s house.

So Johnny Damon (demon?)  is a Detroit Tiger. Wasn’t he the guy who said he would never be a Yankee and now claims to be such a factor in their purchased title?

I used to be a fan until he whored off to New York and went corporate. Remember C,S,N&Y’s “Almost Cut My Hair?” That’s what happens when you trim those locks for a few dollars more.

And they got rid of Curtis Granderson?

Just a reminder that O.D. has gone global.  More rantings can be found on www.bareman25.blogspot.com.

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.”

Skippers down Oakland

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   Not in our house. The week before Oakland handled the Skippers easily to split the league series. The return match for the opening MCCAA tournament game was a much different story. 

   The SC4 Lady Skippers downed the Oakland Raiders, 66-55 on February 24 to avenge last week’s 15 point defeat.

   The first half was a tale of tenacious Lady Skippers’ defense followed by an icy touch at the other end of the court.

   “I have never been associated with a team that had five defensive stops due to shot clock violations,” SC4 Coach Carrie Lohr said. “We had five in the first half then went cold on the offensive side. You can’t fault our players from trying to get some quick shots in.”

   SC4’s biggest lead was four as the half ended with the Lady Skippers in front 24-20.

   The second half was wider open from both a scoring and physical perspective. The Lady Skippers took advantage of their fast break speed to surge to leads as much as 18 in the second half. Oakland battled back to cut the lead to 62-55 on a series of three pointers.

   SC4’s Chanahl Putnum nailed five points and SC4’s Jessica Stevenson shot four clutch free throws in the final minutes to seal the victory. Oakland play became more physical as the time melted away.

   “I was a little disappointed in the Oakland play as the game ended,” Lohr said. “I think their frustration got the best of them. That was unexpected in a team of that stature.”

   SC4 players were satisfied with the result.

   “Our entire team including our bench worked together,” SC4’s Jessica Stevenson said.  “We were a family out there and that’s what we needed to win the game.”

   Stevenson’s 21 points would lead the Lady Skippers. Lady Skippers’ Jackie Highstreet added 18 points and a team-leading twelve rebounds.

   “Our team did a great job in keeping our composure at the end,” SC4’s Megan Johnson said. “We were gunning for them after last week’s game and we were ready for them.”

   The Lady Skippers face number one in the nation Schoolcraft Friday for the MCCAA Eastern Conference title.

   “I think that Schoolcraft is not too worried about us,” Lohr said. “But I’m excited by our play tonight. If we can bring that emotion to Friday’s game I think we will be competitive.”

Icehawks chopped by Lumberjacks

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   Tuesday was one of those nights where the Hawks soared early. However, Muskegon deflected Port Huron’s claws just long enough to grab momentum.

   Two crucial plays not only gave the Lumberjacks the lead but stymied the Hawks’ fury.

   Muskegon downed Port Huron, 6-2, on Tuesday, February 23 at McMorran Arena.

   “The difference of the game was two minutes,” Port Huron’s Coach Stan Drulia said. “The first shift of the second period we have total possession and they score a third goal.

   “Then there was the kicked in goal at the end of the second. The kick was plain as day. That cannot count. I don’t know what the referee was thinking … what he was looking at.”

   Icehawks’ Ian Turner was also amazed at the call.

   “That puck was kicked in,” Turner said. “I think the referee was the only one in the whole building that missed it. It’s frustrating. There’s nothing we could have done to win that game.”

   The Lumberjacks scored early on a first minute goal.

   “The shot hit Lovie’s (Jamie Lovell) stick and changed direction,” Drulia said. “The shot was from 20 feet out. Larry (Sterling) was positioned for one angle and the puck changed direction.

   “I thought we dominated the first period,” Drulia continued. “We could have had a dozen tonight. I thought it could have been 5-1 for us after one.”

   Muskegon added a second goal before the end of the first period. Port Huron did not score on 15 shots while the Lumberjacks scored two on only ten attempts.

   The puck bounced Muskegon’s way throughout the first ten minutes of the second period, notching three more goals for a 5-0 lead. With ten minutes left in the second Port Huron goalie Adam Russo replaced Larry Sterling in net.

   After surrendering another goal, Port Huron finally tallied on the score board with two minutes left in the second period. The Hawks added one more in the third but it was too little, too late. 

   “As smart as we played most of the time,” Drulia said. “We gave up the possession of the puck three times for three goals. You’re not going to win games like that.”

   Unlike some recent defeats, heads were held high in the dressing room. Turner felt it just wasn’t the Hawks’ night.

   “We played well,” he said. “It’s not the result you want to see but we just have to come out and play better the next game.”

   The Muskegon Lumberjacks return to McMorran to battle the Hawks on both Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6. Game time for both matches is 7:30 p.m. For further Icehawks information, visit  www.porthuronicehawks.com.

Skipper’s Chop Down Lumber Jacks Twice

Thomas Pregano

Business/Advertising Manager

The men’s and Lady Skippers’ basketball teams both beat the Alpena Lumberjacks, Wed. night on Feb. 10. The Lady Skippers won 69-45 and the men’s team won 94-80.

The Lady Skippers started out their game on an 11-0 run and looked like they were going to run away with the game. The Lady Skippers took full advantage of the long bus ride the Lumberjacks took.

With a good first half by sophomore guard Jessica Stevenson, from Chesterfield, scoring 7 points and great rebounding efforts by sophomore guards Megan Johnson and Alysia Cole, they did just that ending the first half 31-14.

“We got our chemistry back, there were a couple of games we just weren’t playing as a team and we noticed it,” said Johnson. “We worked really hard the week before in practice and I think we accomplished our goal.”

In the second half the Lumberjacks woke up scoring 31 points and making a game of it, but the Skippers proved to be too much.

“Every year I love coming up here to play against the Skippers. They are a class act and they never run up the score,” Head Coach Bobby Allen said.

The Skipper men’s team came out with the same amount of intensity on a 20-9 run. Kieon Arkwright, sophomore guard from Flint, led with 11 points in the half and sophomore forward Jake Stark, Richmond, right with him with 11 as well.

Stark said, “The first half we played defense. We got offensive and defensive rebounds.”

The second half was all Alpena scoring 53 points with the help of good shooting and rebounding. “If we would have played like that in the first half, this would have been a heck of a ball game,” said Frank McCourt, head coach of the Lumberjacks.

Both teams are back in action at home Sat. Feb. 20 at 1p.m. and 3 p.m. versus Mott Community College.

O. D.‘s Rant 57-10

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

I nearly changed the name of the column to Rah Rah’s Rant. Because O.D. is excited.

Pending Wednesday’s outcome with Oakland Community College, the 11 nationally ranked SC4 men’s basketball team could be playing for a slice of the MCCAA Eastern Conference pie.

Saturday, February 20, the 5 ranked Mott Bears will come to town. The game will tip off at 3 p.m. following the Lady Skips at 1 p.m.

Last term, the volleyball team played for first, now the Skippers could be sending another banner to the rafters.

I told Mr. Vos after the volleyball victory that we should be aiming for three banners this year.  With the Lady Skips standing at only two losses that could very well happen. We may not be Big Ten but these student athletes put out just as much, if not more, effort.

Speaking of the Big Ten, rumors (OK maybe pipe dreams) abound that the University of Texas may join the Big Ten.

Imagine the Big Ten suddenly treated with respect again.

Imagine the rivalries…like waking up in bed with…

A Gary Bettman voodoo doll. Hey, the Saints fans were carting around Manning ones. Can someone get me the address of the manufacturer? I would tie it together with a Sid “the DUH” Crosby one and dunk it in Lake St. Clair. Hmmm, Satanic carp, anyone?

Speaking of the Super Bowl, the game was great, the commercial bashed men like a red-headed O.D. and I wished I was there for the party. Their voodoo must work when you see the replay of the Favre and Manning interceptions.

Hmmm, send those dolls by priority mail, will ya?

Yawn, the Olympics have begun. I lost all interest when the professional athletes began to compete in a corporate sponsored showcase. Profits not competition have become the point.

Already there has been a real tragedy. But this real tragedy will quickly be forgotten in the mudslide of sound bytes about whose daddy died yet the rich skater/skier/whatever overcame such overwhelming difficulties (like the million dollar sponsorship) to win a medal that will soon have corporate logos stamped on the back.

Not to mention that every fourth year the Olympics decimate the NHL schedule. Forget my beloved Red Wings, the NHHELL jams together the schedule to get 80 games into the same span of time. Can’t lose a dollar, eh? Just the quality.

Will curling be back? That is one sport I do enjoy. There aren’t too many corporate grants for Scottish shuffleboard on ice. Add a few brewskis and let’s just wait to drop the gloves… uh, I mean stones.

Just a reminder that O.D. has gone global. More rantings can be found on www.bareman25.blogspot.com.

Lady Skippers Douse Firebirds

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

The Lady Skippers basketball team let it rain against the Kirtland Firebirds, 67-52, on Feb. 6. The floor was dry in the first five minutes, however, with the score resting at 7-3.

Toward the middle of the first half, the Lady Skippers picked up the slack with points from turnovers and the bench. The score at halftime had the Skippers leading by a comfortable 18 point margin, 38-20.

What might not have been comfortable was the number of fouls committed by the half. The Lady Skippers racked up 10 fouls in the first half as well as the second.

With that great power came great responsibility, especially from freshman forward Jackie Highstreet of Algonac. Highstreet came off the bench and dropped 13 points and snagged six rebounds.

“At times it was rough out there, but I had to stay focused,” Highstreet said. “We had a goal to get to 40 points and we almost made it. Coach was proud of our hard work on the court.”

The starters also made noise with sophomore guard Chanahl Putnam, Almont, and sophomore guard/forward Megan Johnson, St. Clair, leading the way. Putnam had 13 points and Johnson had seven points along with four boards.

“We focused on defensive strategies to build up our offense a little bit,” said Johnson. “A win is a win but it was a rough game. There were defensive goals we didn’t meet but we can pick it up.”

Picking it up is what the Lady Skippers have been doing towards the final stretch of the 2009-2010 season. Coach Lohr and company have their sights on a conference title as the women improved to a 12-2 Michigan Community College Athletics Association Eastern Conference record.

They now trail number one ranked Schoolcraft by only one game in the conference and have only two games left.

Support is what the Lady Skippers need to build momentum heading into the Eastern Conference tournament, so support your women’s basketball team this weekend.

Icehawks’ Struggles Continue

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   Friday hosted another night of ‘should have, could have’. The Port Huron Icehawks dropped their sixth game in seven attempts.

   The lowly Flint Generals outshot the Hawks 35-27.

   Worse, the 3-1 Feb. 12 defeat was not the sort of Valentine gift Port Huron needed.

   “Flint came out and dominated us in the first period,” Port Huron goalie Larry Sterling said. “There is no way Flint should ever be able to dominate us. They are just not as good as us.”

   Flint scored a power play goal six minutes into the opening period.

   “The first goal was scored on an offensive zone penalty,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. “Give Sterling credit. He made at least four or five brilliant saves to keep us in the game.”

   In the second period, Port Huron’s Brandon Kaleniecki scored his third goal in seven games, six seconds into a Flint power play.

   The Hawks were unable to sustain pressure and the Generals regained the lead before the buzzer sounded to end the second.

   “We have to pay a price to score goals,” Drulia said. “We are not paying that price.  Some guys are trying to do too much and some guys are not doing enough.”

   The slump affects the way players handle the pace of the game.

   “You are going to have surges throughout the game,” Drulia said. “You have to handle the ebbs and flows. The guys have to weather the opponent surges and be smart. When there’s the opportunity to get the puck down the ice you got to get it deep.”

   With seconds remaining in the third period, ex-Hawk Bryan Smolinski sealed the victory with an open net goal.

   The loss had Hawk Tab Lardner shaking his head.

   “This is very frustrating,” Lardner said. “It will take some doing to get out of this slide. We have to stay positive and go from there.”

   Sterling did not see this game as just a loss of two points.

   “It’s hard to erase a game like this because we’re fighting for each point,” he said.  “Muskegon and Fort Wayne are playing well. In a race like this we cannot afford to drop two points to a team like Flint. We just cannot do it.”

   The first-place Muskegon Lumberjacks visit McMorran on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Game time is 7 p.m. Ex-Detroit Red Wing and Bruise Brother Joe Kocur will sign autographs during the first period. For further Icehawks information, visit   www.porthuronicehawks.com.

Homerun for Skippers

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   “The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love,” said Bryant Gumbel, sports caster and television journalist.

   SC4 Skipper’s men’s baseball team is giving back by sharing their love of baseball with children half way around the world in Honduras.

   Beginning Feb. 23 and continuing until March 12, the Skippers’ men’s baseball team, Phi Theta Kappa Lambda Mu, in calibration with Erie Square Gazette, will be sponsoring “Out of the Park Honduras Bound,” a collection  of used baseball gloves and softballs for the children of La Villa School for boys in Comayagua, Honduras.

   “I’m real excited about getting to do this;” said Skipper’s head coach Denny Dwyer. “It gives our kids a worldwide perspective on the impact of baseball and kids in other countries.”

   Megan Meyer, Director of Volunteering Housing at Apufram International’s Volunteer house in Comayagua, said, “Our little boys will play baseball with rocks and sticks if they can’t find tennis balls to use.”

   Meyer said the children often injure themselves while using the rocks. Meyers went on to explain that when using tennis balls, the kids will swat the ball with their hand because they have no bats.

   “The lack of the most basic equipment doesn’t keep the children of La Villa from participating in baseball,” Meyer stated.

   Head coach Denny Dwyer, along with the Skippers, and some of their assistant coaches recently watched a presentation about these children and wanted to pay it forward by getting involved in the collection of baseball equipment.

   Collection boxes will be outside SC4 Athletic Director Dale Vos’s office, at Phi Theta Kappa’s office and at the Erie Square Gazette from Feb. 23 through March 12.

   Further information can be obtained by calling the Erie Square Gazette Office, 810-987-5733.