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Young Eskymos Kick Off 2012 Baseball Season

The Escanaba Eskymos have just three seniors on their roster, but heavy plenty of young talent as the 2012 high school baseball season begins Tuesday evening. Escanaba will host the Marquette Redmen in the first game under new head coach Kirk Schwalbach.

"Senior Night" ceremonies won't take long, with only Alex DeHaan, Austin Young, and Ian DeMarse making up the Class of 2012. But the Eskymos do have talent in returning junior starters Nick Vandermissen and Dave Falish. The addition of sophomore Ben Kleiman to the pitching rotation will help, and sophomore Travis Heller's bat will be a welcome addition to the line-up. (Pictured: Sophomore Devin Olsen digs in during a scrimmage in late March)

The Eskymos have a busy week this week, with single games both Tuesday and Wednesday, and doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. You can hear all of the Eskymo games live on WCHT-AM (600), and on-line at www.rrnsports.com.

Delta County Softball Teams Succeed In Dome

Delta County's three high school softball teams had a successful weekend at the ninth annual Northern Michigan University "Spring Swing" softball tournament.

The Rapid River Rockets won all three of their games, the Escanaba Eskymos went 2-1, and the Gladstone Braves went 1-1-1, with their only loss coming to the Rockets. And the Escanaba junior varsity team won all three of its games in the two-day event.

(Pictured: Rapid River's Neena Brockway at the plate during last summer's regional)

On Saturday, the Escanaba Eskymos topped the Negaunee Miners, 3-2, as Codi Jenshak's infield hit with the bases loaded won it. The Eskymos later lost to the Gladstone Braves, 5-1. The Braves, in turn, tied Sault Ste. Marie, 8-8, then later fell to Rapid River, 2-1. For the Rockets, their first Saturday game was an 8-2 win over Marquette as Averi Kanyuh homered and Neena Brockway won in the circle.

MANISTIQUE 5, HOUGHTON 4---The Manistique Emeralds beat the Houghton Gremlins, 5-4, Saturday at the Dome. The Emeralds came from a 4-1 deficit, scoring three of their runs on suicide squeezes. "Yeah, we played a little small ball," Emeralds Coach Dave McNeil said. "It was fun. We went 2-1 this weekend. Good start." Earlier in the day, Manistique lost to Rudyard, 16-2, after beating Newberry Friday.

CLICK HERE  to see the scores from Friday and Saturday games.

Rockets Open Softball Season With 10-1 Win

The 2012 high school softball season got under way Friday with the ninth-annual Northern Michigan University Spring Swing Softball tournament at the Superior Dome.

The Rapid River Rockets beat the Superior Central Cougars, 10-1, as Shannon Wolf hit two home runs and Heather Sanderson added an inside-the-park homer. Savannah Stenlund, Neena Brockway, and Averyi Kanyuh combined to throw a four-hitter on the mound. The Rockets had 16 hits in the game.

ESCANABA 6, MARQUETTE 1---The Escanaba Eskymos opened the season on a positive note Friday, beating the Marquette Redettes, 6-1, at the Dome. Codi Jenshak picked up the win on the mound. The Eskymos will play two more games on Saturday.

ESCANABA JV 16, STEPHENSON 2---The Escanaba Junior Varsity team topped the Stephenson Eagles varsity team, 16-2, Friday night. Brittany Bruce and Jessica Gill both hit home runs for Escanaba. Sam Connor and Jaymie Frappier each pitched two innings in the mercy-shortened game.

MANISTIQUE 8, NEWBERRY 5---The Emeralds won their season-opener, but suffered a huge blow in pre-game warm-ups when sophomore Vanessa McNamara jumped up to catch a fly ball. McNamara caught the ball, and flipped over the outfield fence. When she landed, she broke her arm. "She is our most passionate player out there," Emeralds Coach Dave McNeil said. "Even in practice, she never gives up on any play. That was a fluke accident. We'll have to wait and see how bad it is."

Borseth To Coach UWGB Women's BB....Again

Kevin Borseth will return to coach the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball program. Borseth was introduced as the head coach of the Phoenix at a news conference on Thursday in Green Bay. He coached UWGB from 1998-2007, and UWGB had a 216-62 record in that time. He left for the University of Michigan, and had a 87-73 record with the Wolverines between 2007-2012. Borseth coached the Michigan Tech Huskies in the 90's, and had a 225-97 record. CLICK HERE  to see the story and watch the video. (UWGB Sports photo)

Kallio Leads Atlanta To National Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Atlanta Knights won the USA Hockey Junior A Tier III National Championship on Tuesday afternoon, beating the Long Island (NY) Royals, 4-3, in Rochester, Minn. 

Escanaba High School graduate Brent Kallio scored the first two goals of the game and then the Knights held on from there. Kallio finished the tournament with seven points (3G, 4A) in five games. He had a goal and two assists in the Knights' 6-1 win over the Chicago Bulldogs in last Thursday's opener. And he had two assists in the national semifinal win over Billings (Mont.) Monday.

"It's pretty hard to put my exact emotions into one word," Kallio said after the title game. "It is the craziest feeling of happiness that I've ever had in my life."

Atlanta won all five of its games in the national tournament, beating Chicago, Helena (Mont.), Billings (Mont.), and Long Island twice.

Kallio is a 2010 Escanaba High School graduate. In two seasons with the Eskymos between 2008 and 2010, Kallio had 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points. He then played with the Alpena (Jr. A) Thunder before moving to Atlanta the following year.

"I didn't think I was going to play hockey after high school," Kallio said. "Then I got a call and they said I should try out. I was skeptical at first, but I had to give it a shot. And look at me now!"

Kallio still has one more year of junior eligibility remaining, and he says he may return to Atlanta next year. Or college? "I'm keeping my options open," he said.

CLICK HERE  to watch video of one of Kallio's (#26) assists at nationals

Pictured above: Brent Kallio scores one of his two goals in Tuesday's national championship game against Long Island (NY). And then celebrates with the championship trophy after the 4-3 win. (Mary Kallio photos)

Welcome To The RRNSports.Com Video Vault!

Click the below links to see video replays from recent local sporting events!

MARCH 25, 2012: Carney-Nadeau Boys Return Home From Final Four
CLICK HERE  to see the boys arrive home via a police and fire escort.
CLICK HERE  to see Coach Jake Polfus's comments on video.
CLICK HERE  to see senior Dylan Lanaville's comments on video.
CLICK HERE  to see senior Luke Moreau's comments on video.

MARCH 13, 2012: Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball vs Iron Mountain
CLICK HERE  to see Negaunee's Tyler Jandron score a clutch basket.
CLICK HERE  to see Iron Mountain's Josh Beauchamp make a late three.
CLICK HERE to see the game's final seconds as Iron Mountain tried to win it.

MARCH 12, 2012: Gladstone Braves Girls Basketball vs Freeland Falcons
CLICK HERE  to see Gladstone's student section go crazy during the game.
CLICK HERE  to see Gladstone's Jammie Botruff score on a driving layup.
CLICK HERE to see Gladstone's Erin Boddy nail a three-point basket.
CLICK HERE  to see Freeland's Tara Padgett score off a Jankoska pass.

MARCH 8, 2012: Gladstone Braves Girls Basketball vs Ludington Orioles
CLICK HERE  to see the Braves girls celebrate with their trophy.
CLICK HERE  to see Jammie Botruff nail a wide-open 'three'.
CLICK HERE  to see Whitney Wells pick off a pass and score.
CLICK HERE  to see Katie Becker knock down a three-pointer.

MARCH 7, 2012: Escanaba Eskymos Boys Basketball vs Sault Ste. Marie
CLICK HERE  to see Austin Neveau get a steal and Sam Molnar get a layup.
CLICK HERE  to see Esky's Ben Kleiman sink a long jump shot.
CLICK HERE  to see Esky's Dakota Tryan get a Jamie Hiltunen pass and score.
CLICK HERE  to see Blue Devil senior Riley Angeli nail a three-point basket.

MARCH 7, 2012: Gladstone Braves Boys Basketball vs Menominee Maroons
CLICK HERE  to see Gladstone's Jared Vuksan score on a three-point play.
CLICK HERE  to see Gladstone's Cody Frazer score a reverse lay-up.
CLICK HERE  to see Gladstone's Kyle Kleiman score from under the bakset.
CLICK HERE  to see Menominee's Bobby Olsen score on a leaner underneath.

MARCH 6, 2012: Gladstone Braves Girls Basketball vs Gladwin Flying G's
CLICK HERE  to see the Jammie Botruff get a hoop, steal, and another hoop.
CLICK HERE  to see Gladstone's Erin Boddy score a baseline basket.
CLICK HERE  to see Gladstone's Jenna Leisner get an easy lay-up.

MARCH 5, 2012: Rapid River Rockets Basketball vs Engadine Eagles
CLICK HERE  to see Rapid's Zack Pavlat streak to the hoop for two.
CLICK HERE  to see Rapid's Jake Pearson get a rebound and hoop.
CLICK HERE  to see Rapid's Hayden Hardwick bury a three-pointer.
CLICK HERE  to see Rapid's Darrell Kohli bury a three-pointer.

MARCH 4, 2012: Escanaba Eskymos Hockey vs Traverse City Central
CLICK HERE  to see Escanaba's Dan Williams score to cut the deficit to 2-1.
CLICK HERE  to see Escanaba's Ryan Meintz score the game-tying goal.
CLICK HERE  to see Escanaba's Nick Vandermissen almost win it at the end.
CLICK HERE  to see Traverse City's Cooper Macdonnell score the OT winner. 

MARCH 1, 2012: Escanaba Eskymos Hockey vs Marquette Redmen
CLICK HERE  to see Ryan Meintz score a goal to give Escanaba a 2-0 lead.
CLICK HERE  to see Marquette's Shawn Cornock score a power play goal.
CLICK HERE  to see Ben Lasecki score a goal to clinch the game for Escanaba.
CLICK HERE  to see Austin Young make a save off of Marquette's Forest Folker.

RRN Sports.com U.P. Sports Briefs:.

Gladstone Little League Registration Dates Set
The Gladstone Little League has set its registration schedule for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. Registration will take place this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Middle School, Rapid River High School, and at the Soo Hill School.

Northern Michigan Track Team Wins Invitational
The Northern Michigan University outdoor track and field team won the three-team St. Norbert Twilight meet at Schneider Stadium on the campus of St. Norbert College Thursday evening. As a team, the Wildcats scored 85 points to beat out St. Norbert (56) and Michigan Tech (35). NMU won 11 events and broke a school record. NMU junior Mallory Celaya broke the 3,000-meter steeplechase record for the second time this season, winning the race in 11:07.62. CLICK HERE  to read the details from the meet.

Tech Women's Assistant BB Coach Stream Resigns
Michigan Tech assistant women’s basketball coach Sarah Stream has resigned her position to start her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin in May. “Being a part of this Huskies program for the past eight years has meant so much to me and words can’t describe how fortunate I have been,” said Stream, a Westwood High School graduate. “I’m sad to be leaving, but excited for this next step in my life.” Stream led the Huskies to three NCAA Elite Eight appearances...two as a player, one as an assistant coach.

Northern Michigan To Host Volleyball Tournament
The Northern Michigan University volleyball team will host a four-on-four volleyball tournament in Vandament Arena on Saturday, April 14 for players of all ages. The tournament is free of charge with a guarantee of three matches and will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is space for 12 teams to sign up. The Wildcats will have three teams of players from the current roster. To guarantee a spot in the tournament RSVP with head coach Dominic Yoder by calling 227-2378 or E-Mailing dyoder@nmu.edu. The deadline for registration is April 10.

NMU To Add Four People To Its Sports Fall Of Fame
The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members on Saturday, April 14th in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. Former assistant football coach Jim Driscoll is one inductee. The others are former All-American basketball player Kris (Manske) Johnson; 1975 national champion football player Maurice Mitchell, and 2005 NCAA National Champion Nordic Skier Lindsay Williams. Tickets are $20
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Upcoming Sports Broadcasts On RRN Stations 

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012
ESCANABA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL vs MARQUETTE REDMEN, 5:15 p.m., on WCHT-AM (600) and on-line streaming at rrnsports.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
ESCANABA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at NORWAY KNIGHTS, 5:00 p.m., on WCHT-AM (600) and on-line streaming at rrnsports.com.

DETROIT RED WINGS HOCKEY: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS at NASHVILLE PREDATORS, GAME ONE....7:40 p.m. on WGLQ-FM (97.1)


THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
DETROIT PISTONS BASKETBALL at CHARLOTTE BOBCATS, 6:40 p.m., on WCHT-AM (600).


FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
ESCANABA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL vs RUDYARD BULLDOGS, 4:00 p.m., (TWO GAMES) on WCHT-AM (600) and on-line streaming at rrnsports.com.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, 8:00 P.M. on WCMM-FM (102.5)

DETROIT RED WINGS HOCKEY: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS at NASHVILLE PREDATORS, GAME TWO....7:10 p.m. on WGLQ-FM (97.1)

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
ESCANABA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL vs SHAWANO HAWKS, 12:00 p.m., (TWO GAMES) on WCHT-AM (600) and on-line streaming at rrnsports.com.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, 6:30 P.M. on WCMM-FM (102.5)


SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012
DETROIT RED WINGS HOCKEY: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS vs NASHVILLE PREDATORS, GAME THREE....11:40 a.m. on WGLQ-FM (97.1)

NASCAR TRUCKS SERIES RACE FROM ROCKINGHAM, 12:45 P.M. on WCHT-AM (600)

DETROIT PISTONS BASKETBALL vs CHICAGO BULLS, 5:00 p.m., on WCHT-AM (600).