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By Mike Dunn
Mancelona boys of coach
Rick Duerksen were in the
hunt for the Ski Valley
Conference championship
until the final week of the
season before finally finish-
ing as runner-up to unbeaten
Bellaire in the highly com-
petitive league.
The presence of multi-tal-
ented junior guard Brandon
Dingman was one major rea-
son why the Ironmen were a
force to be reckoned with on
the hardwood again this year.
The smooth-striding,
fluid-flowing 6-foot-2 junior
made the twine dance to the
tune of an eye-popping 27
points per game this season
as he eclipsed the 1,000-
point scoring plateau and
put himself in position to
become Mancelona’s all-time
leading scorer next year.
For his efforts, the danger-
ous Dingman has been
named the Top Choice Player
of the Year in boys basketball.
He is the first player from
Mancelona to earn the
Serving as team captain of
the 2014 Dream Team along
with Dingman is senior for-
ward Joe O’Bradovich of
Other members of the 2014
Dream Team roster include
senior guard Luke
Harrington of Cheboygan,
sophomore wing Ben Lubitz
of Mio, senior wing Noah
Morse of Mackinaw City, sen-
ior forward Joe LeBlanc of
Petoskey and rangy senior
wing Charles Strehl of
Gaylord St. Mary.
The 2014 Coach of the Year
is Dennis Kann of Mio [see
separate story in this issue]
after leading the
Thunderbolts to 19 victories,
a runner-up finish to
Hillman in the North Star
League and a Class C district
championship. Joining Kann
on the 2014 coaching staff is
Eddy Szymoniak of Onaway,
who guided the Cardinals to
a remarkable turnaround
season featuring a 17-6
record, including a 12-4 mark
in the rugged Ski Valley, and a
berth in the Class D district
finals with Hillman.
Dingman, like all excep-
tional players, was more than
just a twine-tamer on the
court. He also handled the
ball efficiently, made smart
decisions, and contributed
under the boards as well as
defensively. He finished with
5.8 rebounds, 3 assists and
2.5 steals per game in addi-
tion to his prolific point
In addition to earning
Player of the Year honors,
Dingman also received sev-
eral other accolades, includ-
ing first-team All-Ski Valley
and All-Region along with
Special Mention All-State in
Class C from the Michigan
Associated Press and fifth-
team All-State from the
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Top Choice Boys Hoops
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points per game; O’Bradovich of
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Brandon Dingman (11), Mancelona*
Joe O’Bradovich (12), Onaway*
Luke Harrington (12), Cheboygan
Joe LeBlanc (12), Petoskey
Ben Lubitz (10), Mio
Charles Strehl (12), Gaylord St. Mary
Noah Morse (12), Mackinaw City
Carlos Bautista (12), Onaway
Seth Thomey (12), Mio
Tyler McClanahan (12), Grayling
Justice Juntilla (12), Grayling
Ben Pearson (12), Cheboygan
Logan Huff (10), Johannesburg-Lewiston
Collin Watters (11), Gaylord
Alanson – Brett Williams, Kody Wicker
Alba – Brandon Milbocker
Cheboygan – Derek Sturvist
Gaylord – Zach Pasternak
Gaylord St. Mary – Nick Harrington
Grayling – Michael Branch
Inland Lakes – Mike O’Connor
Johannesburg-Lewiston – Brandon Huff,
Nathan Fox
Mackinaw City – Jonah Robbins, Matt Rivera
Mancelona – Griffin Borst, Logan Borst
Mio – Bryce DeGrammont
Onaway – Joe Sigsby
Pellston – Austin Hamlin, Connor Kintz
Petoskey – Aron Lee, Evan Whitmore,
Jason Bur
Wolverine – Mikie McNiel
Dennis Kann, Mio;
Eddy Szymoniak, Onaway
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brandon Dingman, Mancelona COACH OF THE YEAR: Dennis Kann, Mio
By Ben Murphy
MIO – They came up a bit
short in the North Star
League championship race
and in regionals, but regard-
less, the Mio Thunderbolt
boys' basketball team, under
head coach Dennis Kann had
a good run. Mio lost just one
NSL game and cruised
through districts before get-
ting handed a heartbreaking
loss to Beaverton in the
regional semi-finals, finish-
ing the year 19-3. With this is
in mind Kann was named the
Weekly Choice basketball
coach of the year.
“It all starts with commu-
nity,” Kann who is 171-62
after 12 years of coaching the
Bolts said of keys to the
strong program. “It starts
with the parents supporting
us coaches and the kids hav-
ing the ability to get into the
gym. I think you put all that
in with the coaches that we
have and the knowledge we
are able to bring it all togeth-
er and make it successful.”
Kann is no stranger to suc-
cess on the basketball court.
As a 1989 graduate at the
school, he was part of varsity
teams that went 67-5 and
won the class 'D' state cham-
pionship in 89. From there
he played college basketball
at Central Michigan
University and Oakland
University and played pro-
fessionally overseas.
Kann then assisted at Mio
for 10 years before serving as
the head coach the last 12.
With all that in mind, Kann
knows better than anyone
the importance of basketball
tradition at the school.
“It means a lot,” he said. “I
think that what makes it spe-
cial to me is being able to
come back and put in the
time and effort with the kids.
I think it helps with the kids
being able to relate to some-
body who has had success.
Mio lost a small but talent-
ed senior class, including
Micah Thomey and Kann's
son Dennis Kann III coming
into this year, but the coach
still wasn't surprised that his
team did as well as they did
this year.
“The saying success breeds
success, I really believe that,”
Kann said. “The kids put a lot
of effort in. We changed some
things up that we were doing
in order to fit our team better
this year. That's one thing as
a coach, you have to be able
to adjust on what type of kids
you have. I thought we did
some things that we didn't
even do the previous years
and that was an important
part of our success. The kids
put the time in to earn some-
thing new and put in hard
Even if Mio wouldn't have
had the success they've
encountered, Kann feels he'd
be able to keep going just for
the sake of teaching.
“For me, it's just being able
to work with the kids,” he
said. “I love coaching in
games too, it's definitely
exciting, it gets my adrena-
line going. I like being able to
give back to the kids and give
what was given to me from
the coaches that I had.”
Still, the coach admits win-
ning never gets old.
“I like being competitive,”
he said. “Our teams are
always competitive because
I'm competitive. Put it all
together and that's the rea-
son for doing it.”
Detroit Free Press.
Dingman, 16, is the son of
Kurt and Michelle Dingman
of Mancelona. Brandon’s
older brother Shayne was a
standout track and cross
country athlete for the
Ironmen is now doing both
for Siena Heights University
Brandon hopes to follow in
Shayne’s footsteps and com-
pete at the college level in
basketball after his prep
career ends next year.
With the future in mind,
Dingman diligently devoted
time and energy in the off-
season to developing the
non-shooting aspects of his
“I put in tons of time (dur-
ing the off-season) working
on defense and on jumping
and securing rebounds,” he
said. “I also worked on a lot
on ball handling and pos-
sessing the ball. I had a few
games this year where I had
too many turnovers but on
the whole I improved and
that’s what I was looking for.”
Dingman completed the
2013-14 season with more
than 1,300 total points in his
three years on the varsity.
The school record of 1,385
points is well within reach
and, barring injury, should
be overtaken sometime early
next season.
The young man acknowl-
edged his personal stats but
deflected praise from himself
and instead talked about his
coaches and teammates.
“Everybody worked really
hard and we came together
in a big way this year,” he
said, noting that the Ironmen
took a huge step forward in
terms of their level of play
this season.
“The major thing about
this year is we’ve been able to
play with teams we haven’t
played with before,” he said.
“We beat East Jordan in over-
time and they went on to the
quarterfinals. We came real
close to beating Bellaire. It
didn’t matter who we played
or where we played, we went
into the games confident we
could win.”
O’Bradovich earned All-
State recognition from the
Detroit Free Press, among
other honors, after a stellar
season in which he averaged
22.4 points and 10.3
rebounds while setting
school records for points in a
game (48) and points in a
season (518), breaking the
records previously held by
the legendary “Magic” Marty
The senior also surpassed
1,000 points this season,
reaching the milestone with
a 3-pointer in the fourth
quarter on the same night in
late February in which he set
his school-record 48 points
in an 83-59 win over Rogers
City. Mix had held the record
with 44 points in a game.
The hardworking 6-foot-2
Harrington, who is probably
the most improved player of
anyone else on the entire Top
Choice team, averaged 21
points and 3 assists while
helping the Chiefs to earn an
11-8 record and secure the
Straits Area Conference
Morse, an honorable men-
tion Class D All-State selec-
tion, surpassed the 1,000-
point scoring plateau in the
first game of the playoffs
against Engadine. For his
four-year varsity career,
Noah flooded the nets for a
total of 1,044 points altogeth-
er. This season, he averaged
19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.1
steals and 2.5 assists for the
Comets, who finished with a
solid 16-6 record.
The 6-foot-4 Lubitz moves
with a fluid grace on the floor
and makes contributions in
all phases of the game. His
shooting, ball handling and
defensive pressure were key
factors in the Thunderbolts’
14-1 record in the North Star
League and the team’s 19-3
overall record. Lubitz lubri-
cated the nets liberally, aver-
aging 21.6 points and 3.8
assists while playing point
guard, shooting guard and
small forward. He was hon-
orable mention All-State for
both the Michigan AP and
the Free Press.
The 6-foot-4 LeBlanc was a
steady force this season for
the Northmen of coach
Dennis Starkey. The senior
averaged 14.5 points per
game and shot a sparkling 41
percent from the floor while
helping the Northmen to
achieve a 14-7 record and an
8-5 mark in the very tough
Big North Conference.
The rugged, rangy 6-foot-4
Strehl showed up every night
with a blue-collar mentality,
as his stats reveal. The scrap-
py senior averaged 18.4
points and 10.1 rebounds
and finished with 350 points,
notable achievements con-
sidering the Snowbirds of
coach Ken Blust were fre-
quently short-handed
because of injuries and
opposing defenses focused
their efforts on keeping
Strehl under wraps.
The Top Choice second
team features senior forward
Carlos Bautista of Onaway,
senior guard Seth Thomey of
Mio, senior guard Tyler
McClanahan and senior for-
ward Justice Juntilla of
Grayling, senior forward Ben
Pearson of Cheboygan, jun-
ior forward Collin Watters of
Gaylord, and sophomore
guard “Lights Out” Logan
Huff of Johannesburg-
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Kann led Mio to 19 victories, runner-up finish in North Star League
and Class C district championship
First Team
Jessica Walter, Midland, 5-11, Sr. G
Marte’ Grays, Detroit King, 6-2, Sr. F
Candice Leatherwood, Farmington Hills
Mercy, 5-6, Sr. G (captain)
Jasmyn Walker, Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-
10, Sr. G
Cierra Rice, Grosse Pte. South, 5-8, Jr. G
Second Team
Bailey Thomas, Marian
Hannah Orwat, Grand Ledge
Paige Aresco, Canton
Tinara Moore, Southgate
Kerri McMahon, Novi
Third Team
Lauren Hung, Waterford Kettering
Sydnee McDonald, Flint Carman-Ainsworth
Cori Crocker, Grand Ledge
Taylor Craymer, Grand Haven
Makenna Ott, Haslett
Fourth Team
Samantha Thomas, Marian
Sade’ Lemons, Sterling Heights
Amber Jamison, Rochester Adams
Micah Robinson, Ann Arbor Huron
Taylor Jones, Mercy
Fifth Team
Cierra Bond, Romulus
Lindsay Orwat, Grand Ledge
Hannah Stoll, DeWitt
Cassie Breen, Woodhaven
Casey Bowdell, Allen Park
Sixth Team
Lindsey Hernden, Romeo
Riley Fealko, Port Huron Northern
Leah Charrette, St. Clair Shores Lakeview
Allie Miller, Saginaw Heritage
Karson Tripp, Haslett
Honorable Mention
Shannon Wilson, Bloomfield Hills
Taylor Hunley, Canton
Amanda Merz, Grand Haven
Rachel Winters, Canton
Breanna Mobley, Lansing Waverly
Sam Bauer, Mercy
Amani Echolls, Farmington
Allie Gorcyca, Mercy
Brittany Gray, Marian
Dominique Zigo, White Lake Lakeland
Mardrekia Cook, Muskegon
Cara Horst, Clio
Kara Holinski, Marian
Alyssa Copley, Holly
Cami Bidinger, Anchor Bay
Emily Hranchook, L’Anse Creuse
Erin Nelson, Harper Woods Regina
Hunter Vittala, Marquette
Imani Taylor, Swartz Creek
Jada Woody, Plymouth
Janiece Levelston, Muskegon
Jessica Murphy, Oxford
Kaitlyn Smith, Holly
Kamrin Reed, Holt
Kierra Fletcher, Warren Cousino
Ka-Leah Ryan, Battle Creek Central
Kimmy Bilinski, Traverse City West
Kristen Nelson, Farmington Hills Harrison
Leah Humes, Bay City Central
Leah Somerfield, Greenville
Meechi Thompson, East Lansing
Mikayla Martinie, Holland West Ottawa
Mya Udell, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
Natalie Peterson, Brighton
Nina Foster, Lansing Everett
Paige Hallock, Greenville
Siyeh Frazier, Detroit Renaissance
Tara Lierman, Holt
Tess Weatherly, Howell
Bre’nae Andrews, Grosse Pointe South
Tyra Jones, Detroit Cody
Aliezza Brown, Grosse Pointe South
Ariel Bethea, Ann Arbor Huron
Rio Dudgeon, Macomb Dakota
Jada Woody, Plymouth
Taiye Bello, Southfield Lathrup
Amber Stephens, Farmington Hills Harrison
Lauren Tewes, Waterford Kettering
Dominique Foley, Ypsilanti Lincoln
Becca Richards, Port Huron Northern
Claudia Reid, DeWitt
Noel Hernandez, Wyoming
Logan McCane, Rockford
Haley Muller, Grand Rapids Christian
Aubreigh Steed, Lowell
Caroline Streeter, Grandville
Hannah Evo, Fenton
First Team
Maddy Seeley, Alma, 5-8, Sr. G.
Allie Dittmer, Eaton Rapids, 6-1, Sr. C
Teagan Reeves, Three Rivers, 6-2, Sr. C (cap-
Lindsay Winter, Clare, 5-7, Sr. G
Tania Davis, Goodrich 5-5, Jr. G
Second Team
Asia Doss, Detroit Country Day
Kendyl Hinton, Parchment
Elisa Jurmu, Houghton
Hayley Walkowski, Olivet
Kalabrya Gondrezick, Benton Harbor
Third Team
Ellie Juengel, Midland Bullock Creek
Paige Villemure, Flat Rock
Sarah LewAllen, Notre Dame Prep
Ally Haran, Flint Powers
Emilee Kott, Manistee
Fourth Team
Nicole Urbanick, Dearborn Divine Child
Cassidy Vredevoogd, GR South Christian
Payton Birchmeier, Corunna
Tierra Orban, Marshall
Tori Patton, Armada
Fifth Team
Morgan Giddings, Muskegon Oakridge
Madison Valko, Marysville
Madison Geers, Mason County Central
Presley Hudson, Wayland
Autumn Goggin, Kingsley
Sixth Team
Chloe King, Standish-Sterling
Michelle LaFave, Escanaba
Nastassja Chambers, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep
Michela Coury, Flint Powers
Francesca Buchanan, Sparta
Honorable Mention
Alexis Ayala, Durand
Allie Grys, Portland
Ashley Overbeek, Hamilton
Alyzia Dilworth, Gran Rapids Catholic
Amber Larson, Kingsford
Ausrey Tomaszewski, Manistee
Blair Arthur, Allegan
Bridget Hintz, Elk Rapids
Chavon Tiggs, Flint Southwestern
Corinne Wezensky, Clare
Lauren Clem, Stevensville Lakeshore
Emily MacArthur, Whitehall
Hailey Richardson, New Boston Huron
Halee Nieman, Midland Bullock Creek
Jayshonna Blackshire, Muskegon Oakridge
Jessica Beaudry, Gladstone
Jodi Schwark, Macomb Lutheran North
Kenzie Galloway, Coldwater
Keri Frahm, Frankenmuth
Kristen Mohn, Delton Kellog
Linsey Masnari, Three Rivers
Maddie Dailey, Hastings
Megan Swick, Grosse Ile
McKenzie Breimayer, Belding
Micaela Ellis, Ferndale
Morgan Villemure, Flat Rock
Sammie McCarthy, Coopersville
Sarah Morrell, Plainwell
Sarah Swartz, Ionia
Tyara Green, Detroit CMA
Kalle Martinez, Bay City Glenn
Kate Tobin, Grosse Ile
Hannah Guy, Remus Chippewa Hills
Hannah Yesmunt, Shepherd
Ayren Parrish, Charlotte
Sarah Schultz, Williamston
Alexis Sevillian, Goodrich
Isabella O’Brien, Goodrich
Kim Charney, Yale
Kylee Barrett, Croswell-Lexington
Megan Guitar, Croswell-Lexington
Destiny Pitts, Country Day
Taryn Taugher, Freeland
Jenai LaPorte, Bay City Glenn
Sarah Morrell, Plainwell
Ellery Mast, Holland Christian
First Team
Claire Denecker, Blissfield, 6-0, Sr. F
Michaela DeKilder, Gobles, 5-10, Sr. F
Rachel McInerney, Saginaw Nouvel, 6-1, Sr. C
Kelley Wright, St. Ignace, 5-10, Sr. F
Reyna Frost, Reese, 6-0, Jr. F-C
Second Team
Aaliah Hill, Flint Hamady
Karina Cole, Lincoln-Alcona
Laurel Jacqmain, Saginaw Nouvel
Brooke Howard, Mendon
Emily Severn, New Lothrop
Third Team
Lola Ristovski, Grosse Pointe Woods
University Liggett
Amber Thomas, Madison Heights Madison
Meredith Hamlet, McBain
Jade Madison, New Buffalo
Miara Okie, Sandusky
Fourth Team
Madison Showerman, Johannesburg-
Abbey Ostman, St. Ignace
Mikayla Duflo, Carson City-Crystal
Kayla Deering, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port
Ashley Overbeek, Hamilton
Fifth Team
Cambria Handy, Britton-Deerfield
Rachel Hintz, Elk Rapids
Madissen Swanson, L’Anse
Bri Alspaugh, St. Louis
Addie Schumacher, Beal City
Sixth Team
Elizabeth Dauphinais, Ishpeming Westwood
Kristin Doxen, Bishop Foley
Tristen Moore, Shelby
Bailey Freeland, Kent City
Jessica Spencer, Ishpeming
Honorable Mention
Alex Elliot, Homer
Bailey Manis, Homer
Brandi Boehm, Kent City
Brittany Cherwinski, Johannesburg-Lewiston
Ciara Sundermann, Springport
Ellen Doyle, Gobles
Emily Hinsman, St. Ignace
Emily VanVliet, Grandville Calvin Christian
Janae Wolfe, Beaverton
Jasmyn Parker-Urban, Beaverton
Jemauree Neal, Muskegon Catholic
Jillian Bulloch, Concord
Jordan Peplinski, Maple City Glen Lake
Jordan Schneider, Beal City
Juliana Phillips, Traverse City St. Francis
Karli Herrington, Hemlock
Kassy Nelson, Le Roy-Pine River
Lauren Zeerip, Hesperia
Lexi Rowe, Calumet
Maggie Eising, Lake City
Mackenzie Kelly, Marlette
Madeline Boss, Charlevoix
Michelle Davis, Reading
Nia Ahart, Grosse Pointe Liggett
Rachel Palen, Three Oaks River Valley
Rainy McCune, Boyne City
Robyn Pruitt, Saginaw Arts & Sciences
Sarah Garrett, Houghton Lake
Sarah Miller, Blanchard Montabella
Skye Willer, Brown City
Tammy Lee, Niles Brandywine
Tori Christiansen, Carson City-Crystal
Victoria Hedemark, Dansville
Jessie Manders, Manchester
Jalisha Terry, Flint Hamady
Erika Wendling, Breckenridge
Paige Gotham, Reese
Kassidy Blough, East Jackson
Alyssa Webb, Sandusky
First Team
Korynn Hincka, Posen, 6-1, Sr. C
Katie Theut, Marine City Cardinal Mooney,
5-11, Sr. G
Sara Hansen, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart, 5-6,
Sr. G (Captain)
Hana Vesela, Brimley, 6-3, Sr. C
Kristen Massey, Novi Franklin Road
Christian, 5-6, Sr. G
Second Team
Kari Borowiak, Gaylord St. Mary
McKenna Kelly, Frankfort
Audrey Oswalt, Athens
Lucia Westrick, Clarkston Everest
Mikayla Terry, Lansing Christian
Third Team
Leighton Koepke, Bellaire
Mary Yojtho, Lake Michigan Catholic
Averi Gamble, Mt. Pleasant Sacred heart
Vanessa Freberg, Eben-Superior Central
Taylor Richards, Fruitport Calvary Christian
Fourth Team
Libby Munoz, Leland
Allison Fuller, Athens
Tiffany Wangerin, Stephenson
Madison Southers, Marine City Cardinal Mooney
Nadia Salman, Bloomfield Hills Roeper
Fifth Team
Charity Godbold, Southfield Christian
Chantal Murdick, Twining Arenac Eastern
Alexis Barr, Cedarville
Emileigh Ferguson, Bear Lake
Annie Fila, Harbor Light Christian
Sixth Team
Elisa Chambers, Kingston
Courtney Wolf, Morrice
Brittany Turin, Ontonagon
Emily Matelski, Boyne Falls
Jensen Tchorzynski, Hillman
Honorable Mention
Lexi Szymoniak, Onaway
Allysha Beal, Athens
Alysha Heck, Manistee Catholic
Chelsey Closs, Mackinaw City
Frankie Mattson, Munising
Hailey Lawson, Camden Frontier
Hannah Harrington, Bear Lake
Jenna Boyl, Kingston
Madelyn Balon, Bellaire
Hailey Maas, St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran
Pauline Lausten, Frankfort
Jensen Tchorzynski, Hillman
Momo Neal, Muskegon Catholic Central
Brooke Schutte, Twining Arenac Eastern
Makayla Craun, Colon
Tiny Hunter, Wyoming Potter’s House
Lauren Higgins, Marine City Cardinal Mooney
Teslyn Tyner, Eben-Superior Central
Riley Terwilliger, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart
Abby Andrews, Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner
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By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – St. Mary sen-
ior Kari Borowiak and
Johannesburg- Lewi st on
sophomore Maddie
Showerman added to the
laurels of their respective
basketball seasons last week
when they were chosen as
part of the annual Detroit
Free Press All-State team.
Three other area players
were honorable mention
picks of the Free Press.
Johannesburg-Lewiston sen-
ior Brittany Cherwinski, who
capped her outstanding four-
year varsity career, was hon-
orable mention in Class C.
Junior Lexi Szymoniak of
Onaway, who earned a dou-
ble-double in 18 of 22 games
for coach Marty Mix, was
honorable mention in Class
D along with junior Chelsey
Closs of Mackinaw City, who
was having a stellar year for
coach Adam Stefanski before
being sidelined by an injury.
The 5-foot-6 Borowiak
helped to lead St. Mary to a
17-2 regular-season record
and 19-3 overall and to
repeat as Ski Valley champi-
ons. She was picked for the
Free Press second team and
listed among the top six play-
ers in the state in Class D.
Borowiak was also a first-
team All-State selection of
the Michigan Associated
Press and the Weekly Choice
Player of the Year.
Borowiak, who will be tak-
ing her game to Concordia
University in Ann Arbor next
year, averaged a healthy 19.2
points per game in spite of
frequently being double-
teamed or being the subject
of box-and-one defenses.
She also averaged 5 steals
and 4.8 assists. She finished
her career with 1,446 total
points, second on St. Mary’s
all-time scoring charts.
Showerman, a versatile
second-year varsity starter
for coach Heather Huff,
helped the Cardinals to
another strong season on the
hardwood, finishing with 15
wins in spite of a relatively
young roster. She was a
fourth-team pick in Class C.
She averaged 13.9 points and
7.2 rebounds per game.
Showerman also earned
honorable mention All-State
recognition from the
Michigan Associated Press.
Borowiak of St. Mary and Showerman of J-L earn All-State honors;
Cherwinski of J-L, Closs of Mack City and Szymoniak of Onaway are honorable mention
Girls Hoops
Two players earn Freep All-State
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First Team
Justin Tillman, Detroit Pershing, 6-7, Sr. F
Jaylen Johnson, Ypsilanti, 6-9, Sr. F
Kenny Goins, Warren Mott, 6-8, Sr. F (cap-
Jaleel Hogan, Mt. Pleasant, 6-6, Sr. C
Cassius Winston, U-D Jesuit, 6-1, So. G
Second Team
Aaron Foster-Smith, Taylor Truman
Kenny Carpenter, Detroit Cass Tech
Cameron Morse, Flint Carman-Ainsworth
Mar’Qywell Jackson, Detroit East English
Dante Hawkins, Holland
Third Team
Kris Clyburn, Romulus
Brent Hibbitts, Hudsonville
Daryl Bigham, Detroit Southeastern
Algevon Eichelberger, Saginaw
Jeron Rogers, North Farmington
Fourth Team
Drew Cushingberry, Romeo
Tyler Johnson, Howell
Evan Marquardt, Midland Dow
Nick Owens, Clarkston
Leonard Harper-Baker, Detroit Southeastern
Fifth Team
Justice Green, Flint Carman-Ainsworth
Jake Daniels, Holly
Joeviair Kennedy, Muskegon
Akhemji Williams, Rochester Adams
Armand Cartwright, Bloomfield Hills
Sixth Team
Xavier Tillman, Grand Rapids Forest Hills
Michael Nicholson, Clarkston
Andy Marwede, Alpena
DeQuandre Dentmond, Lansing Eastern
Isaac Everette, Westland Glenn
Honorable Mention
Alec Myers, Flushing
Andrew Meacham, Northville
Brian Orr, Macomb Dakota
Cameron Link, Cedar Springs
Chauncey Bryant, Clio
Daniel Dixon, Grosse Pointe South
DaRohn Scott, Grand Rapids Christian
Davon Taylor, Canton
Deleon Brown, Grand Rapids Christian
Derek Murphy, Warren Mott
Derek Ditto, Mattawan
Mory Diane, Detroit Pershing
Devon Daniels, Kalamazoo Central
Dominique Foley, Ypsilanti Lincoln
Elijah Collier, Roseville
Edward Smith, Okemos
Eric Cass, St. Clair Shores Lakeview
Frank Vukaj, Davison
George Spencer, Belleville
Ja’Christian Biles, Oak Park
James Moore, Okemos
Jeremiah Harris, Temperance Bedford
Joe Bowser, Battle Creek Central
John Rexroth, Farmington Hills Harrison
Jordan Nobles, Canton
Jordan Welser, Pinckney
Kevin Hayes, Birmingham Brother Rice
Keyon Addison, Saginaw
Noah King, U-D Jesuit
Luke Diekevers, Jenison
Will Roberson, Muskegon
Marcus Tumblin, Muskegon Mona Shores
Marquavian Stephens, Swartz Creek
Mafiaion Joyner, Battle Creek Central
Doug Bradfield, Mason
Matt Place, Lapeer West
Michael Johnson, Jackson
Odell Miller, Richland Gull Lake
Raynard Pounley, Monroe
Cassell Jones, Grand Ledge
Brian Bowen, Saginaw Arthur Hill
Sam Black, Pinckney
Mike Laster, Detroit Cass Tech
Tate Brawley, Niles
Alex Frascone, Utica Eisenhower
Marcus Moore, Lansing Waverly
Tawaun Chestnut, Warren Woods Tower
Trevon Avery, Grand Blanc
Donquall Jackson, Holt
Michael Fomby, Lansing Waverly
Xavier Cochran, Ann Arbor Huron
Tyler White, St. Joseph
Tyrone Acuff, Detroit King
First Team
Edmond Sumner, Birmingham Detroit
Country Day, 6-5, Sr. G
Latin Davis, Milan, 5-9, Jr. G
Darrell Davis, Detroit Douglass, 6-5, Sr. G
Khari Willis, Jackson Lumen Christi, 6-0, Jr. G
Austin Davis, Onsted, 6-10, So. C
Second Team
Jalen Brooks, Cadillac
Nick Perkins, Milan
Kyle Steigenga, Holland Christian
Dilon Aten, Wayland
Mikhail Myles, Corunna
Third Team
Jaire Grayer, Flint Southwestern
Austin LeVan, Millington
Seth Dugan, Otsego
Cortez Moore, Benton Harbor
Markese Mayfield, Wyoming Godwin Heights
Fourth Team
Chance Stewart, Sturgis
Jason Penn, Ferndale University
Terrell Hales, Douglass
Chad Samuels, Reed City
Grant Smith, Goodrich
Fifth Team
Tony Poljan, Lansing Catholic
James Towns, Detroit Henry Ford
Tanner Eubank, Paw Paw
Bryce Windham, Monroe St. Mary CC
Anthony Howard, Imlay City
Sixth Team
Drake Baar, Comstock Park
Jordan VanDort, Zeeland West
Kody Ambrose, Mason County Central
Maceo Baston II, Country Day
Joe Mitrzyk, Standish-Sterling
Honorable Mention
Aaron Anthony, Dundee
A.J. Atwater, Otsego
Alex Bialik, Manistee
Jon Wassink, Grand Rapids South Christian
Andre Dunnaway, Carrollton
Austen Gentner, Yale
Alex Barnabe, Algonac
Brandon Edwards, Muskegon Orchard View
Cody Kegley, Yale
Connor Bluhm, Bay City Glenn
Delaney Blaylock, Godwin Heights
Derrek Clyde, Bay City Glenn
Dylan Decker, Tawas
Zach Gustafson, Portland
David Rinbkey, Almont
Doug Freeman, Buchanan
E.J. Fink, Plainwell
Ishmael Holloway, Benzie Central
Joey Lesniak, Imlay City
Jake Grimes, Battle Creek Pennfield
Jake Schmidt, Richmond
Jalen Martin, Harper Woods
Chandler Park
Dylan Carla, Alma
Jared Ocampo, Clawson
Jeff Minehart, Delton Kellogg
Kevin Dey, Buchanan
Dylan Carr, Alma
Kohl Roberts, Napoleon
L.S. James, Wayland
Matt Russell, Whitehall
Henry Speight, Carrollton
Matt Subject, Leslie
Deonte Hopkins, Flint Northwestern
Michael Wilks, Hudsonville Unity Christian
Nick Brown, Grant
Peter Firlik, Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Quinn Tyson, Big Rapids
Reese Middleton, Perry
Riley Lewis, Williamston
Sammy Denno, Grayling
Scott McCormick, Carleton Airport
Skeeter Ballagh, Stockbridge
Travis McConnell, Macomb Lutheran North
Todd Moore, Clintondale
Tony Jackson, Warren Fitzgerald
Tyler Krim, Fremont
Wyatt Munson, Millington
First Team
Luke Meyer, Addison, 6-10, Sr. PF
Tyler Jandron, Negaunee, 6-2, Sr. G
Nick Spitzley, Pewamo-Westphalia, 6-2, Sr. G
Bernard Smith, Western Michigan Christian,
6-5, Sr. C
Gage Kreski, St. Ignace, 6-2, So. G.
Second Team
Josh McFolley, Mt. Clemens
Aaron Sydnor, Muskegon Heights
Corey Redman, Boyne City
Colin Lake, Ottawa Lake Whiteford
Pakiya Ellis, Detroit Allen
Third Team
Lane Simon, Pewamo-Westphalia
Brad Schaub, Marlette
Jason Beckman, Shelby
Luke VanBoxel, Montague
Ryan Wade, Laingsburg
Fourth Team
Eddie Tornes, Muskegon Heights
Connor Vandecaveye, Blissfield
Michael Winowiecki, Saugatuck
Eli Kraft, Harbor Beach
Amariontez Ivory, Flint Beecher
Fifth Team
Ronald Booth, Detroit Consortium
Malik Taylor, Montrose
Branden Bisher, Hillsdale
Dorian Armstrong, Mt. Clemens
Paul Zwemmer, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port
Sixth Team
Alex White, Homer
Jermaine Jackson Jr., Mt. Clemens
Brandon Dingman, Mancelona
Noah Bacchus, East Jordan
Ben Lubitz, Mio
Honorable Mention
Evan Fedewa, Pewamo-Westphalia
Aaron Hayes, Memphis
Alex Bartle, Brown City
Luster Johnson, Detroit Consortium
Antonio McMillan, Montrose
Brendan Ballard, Unionville-Sebewaing
Byron Bullough, Traverse City St. Francis
Eric Lori, Negaunee
Carter Lee, Maple City Glen Lake
Cole Walker, Elk Rapids
Jared Walton, Coleman
Dylan Decker, Tawas
Davon Payne, Madison Heights Madison
Demarco Dickerson, Detroit Loyola
DeWayne McKinney, Vestaburg
Alex Almquist, Hancock
Drew Zuidema, North Pointe Christian
Ethan Apsey, Hemlock
Gerald Blackshear, Mt. Clemens
Grant Gage, Carson City-Crystal
Jake Allen, Erie Mason
Jake Krueger, Kent City
Jake Rider, Quincy
Jason Williams, Detroit Allen
Javarian Smith, Oakland Christian
Joe Gales, Mendon
Jordan Born, Galesburg-Augusta
Ryan Tillman, Beal City
Jacob Ham, Sanford-Meridian
Jordan Peplinski, Maple City Glen Lake
Josh Appold, Saginaw Valley Lutheran
Keegan Giles, Breckenridge
Jarid Walton, Coleman
Kyle Clark, St. Charles
Aaron Overhiser, Fennville
Lamont Morrison, Vassar
Jamil Demps, Flint Hamady
Malik Meadows, Wyoming Lee
Ryan Carson, Boyne City
Simeun McGee, Flint International
Shea Sommers, Elk Rapids
Spencer Johnston, Beaverton
Trenton LaVergne, Lincoln-Alcona
Nick Pepin, Madison Heights Bishop Foley
Sychar Sterling, New Haven
Mitchell Moore, White Pigeon
Skyler Nelson, Leroy-Pine River
Shawn Lindsey, Lakeview
Tim Cairnduff, Morley-Stanwood
Trenton Lavergne, Lincoln-Alcona
First Team
Devin Conley, Litchfield, 6-9, Sr. F
David Loney, Frankfort, 6-3, Jr. F
Evan Kraatz, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist, 5-
11, Sr. G (captain)
Brandon Childress, Baldwin, 6-3, Jr. F
Marcus Matelski, Boyne Falls, 6-2, So. G
Second Team
Demarco White, Southfield Christian
Nick Hincka, Posen
Ben Stasewich, Munising
Mike Warren, Fruitport Calvary
Denny Hall, Bellaire
Third Team
Kyle Abrego, Peck
Alex Doyle, Battle Creek St. Philip
Nick Robak, Waterford Lakes
Travis Vincent, Powers-North Central
Jordan Terry, Lansing Christian
Fourth Team
Colt Tefft, Litchfield
Lindsey Hunter IV, Southfield Christian
DeShawn Brooks, Westside Christian
Dan Stenback, Cedarville
Kris Crosby II, Traverse City Christian
Fifth Team
Joe Duncan, Cedarville
Mason VanPamel, Hillman
Luke Barber, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist
Grant Holbein, Adrian Lenawee Christian
Joe O’Bradovich, Onaway
Sixth Team
Dalton Trefil, Fulton-Middleton
Marlo Brown, Southfield Christian
Griffin Lewis, Morrice
Reilly Merrill, Bear Lake
Brett Maser, Au Gres-Sims
Honorable Mention
Adam Callow, Muskegon Catholic
Adam Kline, Waterford Lakes
Alex Outinen, Painsdale-Jeffers
Anthony Kaminski, Taylor Baptist Park
Garrett Kraatz, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist
Austin Hearns, Franklin Road Christian
Brad Brittingham, Colon
Brooks Hyble, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart
Charles Strehl, Gaylord St. Mary
Aaron Orban, Suttons Bay
Ben Feliczak, Manistee Catholic Central
Christian Eckert, Burr Oak
Curtis Russell, Kent City Algoma Christian
Emmanuel Stokes, Genesee Christian
Ethan Riddell, Camden Frontier
Jeff Hilliard, Kentwood Lutheran
James Schrader, Bellaire
Justin Bates, Bay City All Saints
Keenan Campinen, Carney-Nadeau
Kyle Aldrich, Carney-Nadeau
Kyle Case, Kinde-North Huron
Max Walz, Jackson Christian
Nate Crane, Akron-Fairgrove
Nick Klassen, Wyoming Tri-unity Christian
Nick Maguire, Akron-Fairgrove
Noah Kalthoff, Hillsdale Academy
Ryan Schaffer, Huron Valley Lutheran
Ryan Stewart, Parkway Christian
Sam Sweet, Walkerville
Shane Beaune, Brimley
Tristan Haener, Peck
GAYLORD – Four players
from the coverage area of the
Weekly Choice have been
selected as part of the 2014
Detroit Free Press All-State
boys basketball team.
Junior Brandon Dingman
of Mancelona and sopho-
more Ben Lubitz of Mio
made the grade in Class C
while senior forward Joe
O’Bradovich of Onaway and
senior Charles Strehl of St.
Mary were picked in Class D.
The four players are also part
of the Top Choice All-Area
boys basketball team that
appears in this issue.
The 6-foot-2 Dingman,
who is also the Weekly
Choice All-Area Player of the
Year, averaged a whopping 27
points per game this season
as Mancelona won 15 games
and finished as runner-up to
unbeaten Bellaire in the
rugged Ski Valley Conference.
“Dead-Eye” Dingman also
recorded 5.8 rebounds, 3
assists and 2.5 steals per
In addition to being
named to the Detroit Free
Press team, Dingman was
also a Special Mention All-
State pick of the Michigan
Associated Press along with
being first-team All-Ski
Valley, among other honors.
The 6-foot-4 Lubitz, who
plays small forward as well as
the backcourt for the
Thunderbolts of coach
Dennis Kann, averaged 21.6
points and 3.8 assists while
helping Mio to post a 19-3
record, finish as runner-up in
the North Star League and
capture a Class C district
O’Bradovich, a beast under
the boards for Onaway, aver-
aged 22.4 points and 10.3
rebounds while setting
school records for points in a
game (48) and points in a
season (518), breaking the
records previously held by
the Cardinal legend Marty
Mix. O’Bradovich also
eclipsed the 1,000-point
plateau this year, quite an
achievement considering he
missed time the previous two
seasons to injuries.
The rangy 6-foot-4 Strehl
also averaged a double-dou-
ble this season, putting up
18.4 points per game and
pulling down 10.1 rebounds
for the Snowbirds of coach
Ken Blust.
The full Detroit Free Press
All-State boys and girls ros-
ters from all classes can be
viewed elsewhere in this
Dingman of Mancy, Lubitz of Mio, O’Bradovich of Onaway, Strehl of St. Mary make Free Press
All-state roster
Boys Hoops
Freep names four area players
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Crappie are among the
most difficult pan fish to pat-
tern, because of their ten-
dency to suspend in the
water column, except in the
spring. During this time,
crappie move to shallow
water –
sometimes in water only a
couple feet deep – to spawn,
so there isn't a lot of water
column to suspend in.
Crappies are suckers for
both minnows and jigs. The
easiest way to fish for them is
to suspend the bait (either a
minnow or a jig) under a
bobber, halfway between the
surface and the bottom,
around any sort of cover –
weeds, brush, dock pilings ...
Anglers who prefer a more
active approach can cast with
jigs and swim them back or
fly fish with minnow-imitat-
ing streamers. Just think
shallow in spring.
For more information on
crappie fishing, visit their
page on the Michigan Fish
and How to Catch Them
– The third suspect involved
in the illegal killing of a
cougar in Schoolcraft
County in December has
pleaded no contest to tak-
ing/possession of an
endangered species.
Todd Anthony Richard,
40, of Burt, appeared in
court Monday to enter his
plea and was sentenced to
$625 in fines and costs,
along with 24 hours of
community service for his
role in the poaching inci-
During sentencing,
93rd District Court Judge
Mark Luoma made clear
that he did not believe the
cougar killing was a case
of self-defense. Last
month, Troy Anthony
Richard and Theodore
Robert Richard pleaded
guilty to their involve-
ment in the case.
Anyone with informa-
tion on any other poach-
ing case is encouraged to
call the DNR's Report All
Poaching (RAP) Line 24
hours a day, seven days a
week at 800-292-7800.
Information can be left
anonymously; anyone
providing information
leading to an arrest and
conviction may be eligible
for a cash reward funded by
the Game and Fish
Protection Fund.
To learn more about
cougars in Michigan, which
are classified as an endan-
gered species under state
law, visit
By Mike Dunn
ONAWAY – It’s official.
Onaway’s hard-slamming
senior outside hitter Mariah
Ehrke, one of the most prolif-
ic scorers and high-impact
players ever to don the uni-
form for the Cardinals, has
signed her letter of intent to
play for Alpena Community
The signing of the high-
powered Ehrke, which
occurred on the same day as
Alpena’s hard-hitting Taylor
Genschaw made her com-
mitment to the Lumberjacks,
appears to be a boon for the
ACC program and coach
John Dietlin. The
Lumberjacks will certainly be
able to match artillery with
nearly anyone next year.
Ehrke was a human
firestorm at the net for
Onaway, wreaking havoc on
opposing defenses with her
crisp, surgically-sharp deliv-
She leaves Onaway with
her fingerprints all over the
record books. In her senior
season alone, she broke her
own school record for kills
with 592 to go with a .237
attack percentage, 612 digs
(second on the team), 72 aces
and 33 blocks. She earned
first-team All-State recogni-
tion as one of the top eight
Class D players in the entire
state in addition to being
named to the All-Region
Dream Team and first team
All-Ski Valley. She was also
the Weekly Choice Player of
the Year.
Ehrke posted a remarkable
total of nine school records
in her brilliant varsity career,
including 22 kills in a match;
an .800 attack percentage in a
match; 1,637 attacks in a sea-
son; 592 kills in a season; 4.32
kills-per-set in a season;
4,519 attacks in her career;
1,419 kills in her career; 2.804
kills-per-set in her career;
and 2,115 digs in her career.
As Coach Steve Watson
pointed out, Ehrke was the
kind of player who made
everyone around her better
and that can be seen in how
well the Cardinals fared
when Ehrke was on the floor.
During the four years that
Ehrke was a starter at
Onaway, she played on teams
that established 18 new team
records out of 23. Onaway
won three straight district
titles, two Ski Valley titles in a
row, the school’s first-ever
regional championship in
volleyball, and a berth in the
Final Four.
Watson also lauded Ehrke’s
“As good as she is as a vol-
leyball player, she's more
impressive as a person,” the
coach said in an article print-
ed in December in conjunc-
tion with Ehrke being named
Player of the Year. “Family,
religion, academics – these
things are the driving forces
in her life. She's the kind of
person you want your kids to
have as their best friend.
She's the kind of girl I want
my own daughters to be like
when they grow up.”
Mariah, the daughter of
Holly and Darin Ehrke of
Onaway has also been cho-
sen to compete in the presti-
gious Gold Coast
Tournament of Down Under
Sports in Australia in the
summer of 2014.
She and Shaylee Smith of
Pellston, who are familiar
foes during the season and
have faced each other many
times, will both be represent-
ing the U.S. and traveling to
Brisbane this summer to par-
ticipate in the once-in-a-life-
time experience.
Ehrke to play for Alpena CC
Onaway’s slamming outside hitter will stay close
to home while taking her career to the next level
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Cougar kill suspect
pleads no contest
Third suspect in Upper Peninsula cougar
poaching case enters plea in 93rd District
On Monday evening, April
14 at 7:00pm, the Mackinaw
Area Historical Society will
present Charlie Vallier as
guest speaker at the
Mackinaw Area Public
Library. He will present a pro-
gram about the history of
snowmobiling and the story
behind the Top of the Lake
Snowmobile Museum, locat-
ed on the north side of US-2
across from the business dis-
trict in Naubinway,
Their Mission Statement
has been to establish a facili-
ty to preserve and display for
the public the history of
snowmobiling, including
snowmobile related memo-
rabilia and literature, as well
as to provide an educational
center and meeting center
for the Naubinway Land of
Echoes Tribal Elders, and a
community welcome center
for the Naubinway/Engadine
Merchants Association.
They currently hold two
major antique snowmobile
events a year which are an
attraction for the whole fam-
ily. The Annual Top of the
Lake Swap Meet and the
Antique and Vintage
Snowmobile Show and Ride.
In 2003, Show regulars met
to discuss how they could
show antique snowmobiles
inside a facility. In 2006 they
held their first organized
meeting, followed by many
others in which they learned
how to form a non-profit
organization, create a busi-
ness plan and mission state-
ment and elect a board of
directors. In 2007 they
acquired a Laundromat
building and, after 6 weeks of
renovations, moved into
their first museum.
Just recently, in February,
2014, they held their Grand
Opening of a brand new
museum which they had dili-
gently been working on since
they first acquired 1 acre of
land, just north of the
Naubinway business district,
back in July of 2010. The
groundbreaking was held in
May of 2013 and they moved
in on October 19, 2013. In
order to achieve the reality of
their new museum they
worked in partnership with
the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of
Chippewa Indians; were able
to secure a substantial grant
from the Michigan Council
for Arts and Cultural Affairs;
and acquired a building loan
from a regional bank which is
being paid back through
donations from museum
The Top of the Lake
Snowmobile Museum
opened in 2007 with 62 sleds
owned by nine people along
with some interesting mem-
orabilia. Now they have 82
sleds owned by 40 people, 9
donated to the museum,
along with a wide variety of
donated memorabilia. They
have also had 6 sleds donat-
ed to the museum to use as
raffle fundraisers. All funds
received from donated items
at their fundraisers are then
used for museum operation.
Future goals include more
displays, a library available to
visitors, and office space for
the local Communities
Association and the local
Land of Echoes Tribal Elders.
The program will be held at
the Mackinaw Area Public
Library on Monday, April 14,
2014 beginning at 7:00 pm.
Refreshments will be offered
following the program.
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VANDERBILT – The State of
Michigan has announced a
settlement with Golden
Lotus, Inc. resolving a 2008
sediment release on the
Pigeon River which killed
thousands of fish.
Golden Lotus, Inc. owns
Song of the Morning Ranch,
located in Vanderbilt. The
property includes a large
reflecting pond created by
the Lansing Club Dam,
where a gate malfunction in
June 2008 caused a rapid and
large sediment release. The
release killed numerous fish
species, including brown and
brook trout.
A lawsuit filed against
Golden Lotus, Inc., by the
Department of Natural
Resources and the
Department of
Environmental Quality, with
Michigan Trout Unlimited
and the Pigeon River Country
Association serving as inter-
vening plaintiffs, sought to
recover lost public trust dam-
ages and to provide a mecha-
nism to permanently fix
problems with the dam.
The settlement reached in
Otsego County Circuit Court
requires Golden Lotus, Inc. to
work in coordination with
the DNR and DEQ to perma-
nently draw down the
impoundment behind the
Lansing Club Dam, prevent
significant discharges in the
future, and provide mitiga-
tion for the damages caused
in 2008.
Golden Lotus was fined
$120,000 in mitigation and
damage costs, to be paid over
eight years. The organization
will pay an additional
$30,000 if it fails to submit to
the state a plan for additional
river restoration within two
years of the date of the settle-
“I appreciate the good faith
efforts made thus far by
Golden Lotus and the organi-
zation’s demonstrated com-
mitment to restoring the
Pigeon River,” said DNR
Director Keith Creagh. “This
settlement represents a
thoughtful resolution that
will allow Golden Lotus to
continue to operate while at
the same time protecting and
enhancing one of Michigan’s
world-class natural resources
for current and future gener-
“We are pleased to see this
long-standing litigation
resolved,” said DEQ Director
Dan Wyant. “The terms of
this agreement are a win for
Michigan’s environment, the
ranch, and the thousands of
people who enjoy the Pigeon
River each year.”
The impoundment draw-
down is scheduled to begin
this spring and will be moni-
tored closely to ensure water
quality is protected. The
draw-down and termination
of all dam operations will
return the river to its natural
course and reduce the struc-
ture’s negative effects on
downstream river reaches.
The draw-down is the first
step to what all parties
believe will be a more com-
prehensive river restoration
project to come. The cooper-
ative nature of this settle-
ment will be a key ingredient
to all future restoration activ-
State, Vandy ranch
reach agreement
Court settlement reached regard-
ing 2008 sediment release will pro-
tect, enhance Pigeon River
GRAYLING – Looking for
an opportunity to get outside
and give back to Michigan's
natural resources? On
Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m., volunteers will
gather in Grayling to plant an
acre of jack pine seedlings.
The jack pine forest pro-
vides the primary nesting
habitat for the rarest member
of the wood warbler family,
the Kirtland's warbler. Very
restrictive habitat require-
ments result in nests in just a
few counties in Michigan's
northern Lower and Upper
peninsulas, in Wisconsin and
the province of Ontario and,
currently, nowhere else on
Earth. Kirtland's warblers are
ground-nesters that prefer
jack pine stands more than
80 acres in size, where the
nest can be concealed in
mixed vegetation of grasses
and shrubs below the living
branches of 5- to 20-year-old
"Birding is a rapidly grow-
ing hobby and a growing
market - in 2011 birders
spent $41 billion on trip-
related expenses in the
United States," said Abigail
Ertel, Kirtland's warbler
coordinator for Huron Pines,
citing a recent U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service report. "The
Kirtland's warbler is one of
the rarest songbirds in North
America, and northern
Michigan is the place to see
this amazing species, which
creates an opportunity for
local communities and the
state to benefit economical-
Biologists, researchers and
volunteers observed 2,004
singing males during the offi-
cial 2013 Kirtland's warbler
survey period; 2,063 males
were observed in 2012. In
1974 and 1987, when the low-
est survey numbers were
recorded, only 167 singing
males were found.
"Huron Pines is excited to
be partnering with the DNR
to organize the jack pine
planting day," said Ertel. "We
have a strong history of
working with the DNR to
accomplish conservation
projects, and this volunteer
event is a great way to cele-
brate this work while provid-
ing an exciting, hands-on
learning experience for
everyone involved."
To join in on the fun,
please register to attend at
www. h u r o n p i n e s . o r g .
Volunteers will meet for this
free event at 9 a.m. at Staley
Lake Road in Grayling, just
steps from the Au Sable River.
Volunteers should bring
gloves and appropriate
footwear and expect moder-
ate physical activity. A
reminder with location and
event details will be emailed
to participants before the
Water, coffee and snacks
will be provided. There will
be sack lunches and a free
gift from Gates Au Sable
Lodge. Tshirts and e-sub-
scriptions to Michigan Out-
of-Doors magazine also will
be available, provided by
Michigan United
Conservation Clubs (MUCC).
Additional support is pro-
vided by MUCC, Gates Au
Sable Lodge, Fairmount Sand
Mining Company and Saving
Birds Thru Habitat.
For more information on
the Kirtland's warbler, visit
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Help to preserve Kirtland’s warblers
Volunteers are sought to plant jack pine seedlings on May 3 to
preserve nesting habitat of rare song bird
GAYLORD – With the
arrival of spring, wild ani-
mals are giving birth and
hatching the next genera-
tion. Baby red foxes
appeared in dens during the
last days of March and the
first days of April. The first
litters of cottontails will
appear soon. Great-horned
owls have already hatched
and are growing up in stick
nests high above the ground.
Mourning doves have made
nests, and some have
already laid eggs.
As springtime brings an
increase in sightings of
nestlings and baby animals,
the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) encour-
ages Michigan residents to
get outside and enjoy the
experience of seeing wildlife
raising its young, but
reminds them that it is
important to remain at a dis-
"These are magical
moments to witness but,
unfortunately, sometimes
the story has a different end-
ing when people take baby
wild animals out of the
wild," said DNR wildlife
biologist Erin Victory.
“Please resist the urge to try
to help seemingly aban-
doned fawns or other baby
animals this spring. Some
people truly are trying to be
helpful, while others think
wild animals would make
good pets, but in most cases
neither of those situations
ends well for the wildlife.”
"We appreciate the good
intentions of those who
want to help, but the ani-
mals are better off left alone
than removed from the
wild," Victory added.
Victory explained that the
species that are most prob-
lematic are white-tailed deer
and raccoons. “Deer seem so
vulnerable and helpless, but
really they stay still because
that is a mechanism to let
them be undetected.
Raccoons seem cute and
cuddly, but they grow up to
be mischievous and aggres-
sive. It’s best to just leave
them alone.”
It is not uncommon for
deer to leave their fawns
unattended for up to eight
hours at a time. This behav-
ior minimizes the scent of
the mother left around the
fawn and allows the fawn to
go undetected from nearby
predators. While fawns may
seem abandoned, they
almost certainly are not. All
wild white-tailed deer begin
life this way.
Most mammals have a
keen sense of smell, and if
humans touch them, their
parents will abandon them.
Other wildlife, such as birds,
should not be handled
either. Adult birds will con-
tinue to care for hatchlings
that have fallen from their
nest, and although most
birds do not have a strong
sense of smell, if people
move them, the adults may
not be able to locate and
care for them.
The DNR advises:
* It is illegal to possess a
live wild animal, including
deer, in Michigan. Every day
an animal spends with
humans makes it less likely
to be able to survive in the
* Many baby animals will
die if removed from their
natural environment, and
some have diseases or para-
sites that can be passed on
to humans or pets.
* Some "rescued" animals
that do survive become
habituated to people and are
unable to revert back to life
in the wild.
* Eventually, habituated
animals pose additional
problems as they mature
and develop adult animal
behaviors. Habituated deer,
especially bucks, can
become aggressive as they
mature, and raccoons are
well-known for this, too.
"Licensed wildlife rehabil-
itators are trained to handle
and care for wild animals.
They know the peculiarities
of diet for the birds and ani-
mals they assist. They also
know how to release them so
they can survive in the wild,"
said Victory, "If you know of
a deer or other animal that
has truly been orphaned –
and remember, most are not
– a licensed rehabilitator
may be able to help."
For a list of licensed reha-
bilitators visit www.michi-
gandnr.com/dlr or call your
local DNR office.
DNR: Leave wildlife in the wild
Enjoy springtime baby animal sightings but resist
temptation to remove wildlife from their habitat
On-line at www.weeklychoice.com
Cheboygan River: Anglers
are beginning to catch the
occasional steelhead.
Alpena: The boat ramps
are frozen in so it is going to
be a while before boats can
get out. The only fishing in
the area would be for panfish
through the ice on the
Thunder Bay River: Is still
frozen below the 9th Street
Dam however the ice is not
safe for ice fishing.
Fletchers Pond: Was pro-
ducing bluegill and sunfish.
Some caught the occasional
perch and crappie.
Au Sable River: Is finally
open from the Dam to the
mouth. The Rea Road access
and the Whirlpool are open
for launching. A 4-wheel
drive is still needed but a few
more days of warmer weath-
er will make it easier to
launch. Steelhead have been
caught in the deep holes
along the bends. Spawn, wax
worms, spinner baits and
small spoons have been
working well. Keep an eye on
the flow as it continues to
pick up with rain and melt
off. Anglers should avoid the
ice shelves as they are not
stable. The parking lot at the
mouth is open but the skid
piers are not in.
Tawas: Ice anglers inside
the state harbor are catching
small perch. Off Jerry's
Marina, a few walleye were
caught near Buoy #4 and off
the mouth of the river during
the evening hours.
Tawas River: Is open.
Steelhead and suckers have
been caught in the lower
Rifle River: Sucker dippers
are setting up near Omer, but
they may have a hard time
until the ice flows move
downstream. Suckers are in
the river and are hitting on
crawlers. Just find some open
Torch Lake: Is producing
Atlantic salmon, whitefish
and burbot.
Munising: Those fishing
the bay reported catch rates
as fair to poor. Because of
rain, there was deep slush on
top of the ice which made
travel difficult. The ice was 20
to 40 inches thick in most
areas. Most are targeting
coho as they make their way
into the bay. Some are still
looking for splake, whitefish
or smelt. A few salmon were
caught between Sand Point
and the Anna River. Anglers
used jigging spoons 20 to 30
feet down. The best chance
for a legal size splake has
been off Sand Point or in
front of the Anna River when
using minnows. Smelt are in
the bay however catch rates
were poor. Fishing activity in
Trout Bay was slow.
Munuscong: Nothing has
changed. A few perch were
caught near Grassy Island
and west of Dan's Resort.
Cedarville and Hessel:
Perch fishing was slow and
will be until spring gets here.
Steelhead fishing is picking up
Rain and warmer temperatures has increased steelhead fishing; ice is slowly melting on many inland lakes
DNR Fishing Report
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Call Monday or Tuesday for interview.
1349 S. Otsego,
GayIord, MI 49735
(989) 732-2477
daIe j. smith
Associate Broker
Wendie Forman
Associate Broker GRI,
Property Manager
Mike Perdue
ReaItor Associate
What a fabulous way to live! This All sports lakefront home
has so much to of fer from the beautiful hardwood f loors to
the soaring vaulted ceilings. 2 master suites, views from the
12' sliding doors to the lake, main bath with heated tile f loor,
tiled shower surround, marble top sink with glass basin.
Granite kitchen countertops and custom appliances fronts to
match cabinetry. Dining area with 2 doorwalls. 2nd level mas-
ter suite of fers beautiful windows with shutter treatments
and skylights in the bedroom and 3/4 bathroom. $169,900
Lake 27-Two times the value with this combo Lakefront
home and guest cabin featuring over 110' of sandy frontage
on Beautiful and Pristine Lake 27! Main home is a neat and
clean chalet with covered porch and 3+ bedrooms and a par-
tial basement. Small cabin is 594 sq' and is a perfect guest
home af ter a little f ixing up. Great f ishing and boating, close
to golf, ski and snowmobile trails. Great Value for two
properties! $187,500
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By Jim Akans
This week’s feature listing is truly a Great
Lakes paradise. Located east of Cheboygan, this
three-bedroom, three-bath custom home features
just over 2,200 square feet of impeccably
appointed living space, with nearly 1,400 square
feet on the main levels and the remainder in the
professionally finished basement area.
Among the many highlights is an open floor
plan that gives fantastic Lake Huron views from
just about anywhere in the home. There are
beautiful knotty pine ceilings throughout, a gor-
geous stone fireplace in the main living area,
wood floors, a stunning gourmet kitchen with
rich wood cabinetry, tongue and groove wood
ceiling with recessed lighting and wood floors.
The home also features central air conditioning,
and a huge bonus room with two bedrooms and
a bath above the
large attached
Of course, the
incredible Lake
Huron views and
sandy beachfront are
the ultimate capper
to this Northern
Michigan retreat par-
adise. The home has
both upper and
lower decks that
provide the perfect
spots to relax and
enjoy the panoramic
beauty of lakeside living in the north.
This amazing northern Lower Michigan offer-
ing is listed at $324,900 - call Roger Kopernik
today for a private showing. (231) 597-8000 or
email [email protected]
Office: 989-732-1707 Toll Free: 800-828-9372
1738 S. Otsego Ave., P.O. Box 641 Gaylord, MI 49735
North of Vanderbilt in Woodland Hills
sub. Great Building Site or Hunting
$15,500MLS #281401
Custom Prow Front Ranch-Kitchen redone
in 2006-New Cabinets- Tile ceramic floors -
Lighting- All stainless steel appliances-
Natural gas Furnace with pellet stove for
low heating costs. - Black top Driove-
Fenced in backyard - Beautifully landscaped
with irrigation system. Many extras and a
Great Location!
$179,000MLS #286694
Seller Just Invested More than $7K in New
Kitchen Cabinets and Flooring in this
Sprawling 3 Bed, 2 Bath Grayling Ranch.Two
New Additions in last 10 Years. New Roof,
Furnace, Central Air, Hot Water Heater, and
Windows too. Hardwood or Pergo Flooring or
Cushy Carpet Throughout. Maintenance Free
Vinyl Siding, Maintenance Free Covered Front
Porch, Freshly Painted Spacious Back Deck to
Enjoy Roomy, Fenced-In Back Yard.This
Gorgeous Home Sits on a 5 Block Crawl and
is Clean as a Whistle.
$108,500MLS #285904
Filled with Maples and Basswood.
Electric, Septic and Partially Built Cabin
on Site. Sits Off Beaten Path but Close to
Gaylord, Petoskey, Boyne City. Main Snow
Machine Trail 1/2 Mile Away. Great Deer
Haven too.
$34,900MLS #288353
Feature Home
On the Market
8353 Cordwood Trail, Cheboygan
Contact; Roger Kopernik, Exit Realty Paramount, Cheboygan, (231) 597-8000
Lake Huron home near Cheboygan
offers great views and sandy beach
Real Estate
Why Isn’t
My Home
of Ed Wohlfiel
Part 3 of 3
Here are some of the
most common reasons
buyers are turned off by
a particular house, so
make sure these are
addressed before lop-
ping thousands of dol-
lars off the asking price:
Put on a good show
This is the second
biggest reason a home
isn’t selling. Buyers
often talk of “connect-
ing” to a house. This is
not likely to happen if
your house is not com-
pany-coming-over clean
and ready to show like a
model. This goes for the
outside as well. If you
don’t want to put the
effort into doing this,
then you’d better adjust
your price to compen-
sate because buyers will
only consider your
house because it’s a
good deal, not because
it “speaks to them.”
Can’t buy what they
can’t see
If you make it difficult
for people to see your
property, then chances
of a sale at the price you
want drops consider-
ably. Selling can be a
nuisance, but it’s a nec-
essary one. If you don’t
allow a lockbox or
require appointment-
only showings, you are
the culprit to the house
not selling.
Out of your hands
It’s not always the
seller’s fault that a
house isn’t selling.
Sometimes the market
changes and buyers dis-
appear. Maybe a new
home development has
opened nearby and they
are “stealing” the cus-
tomers. Or maybe
you’ve received bad
advice from your agent.
Any of these can affect
whether your house
sells, which means you
need to consider the
reasons and make the
necessary adjustments.
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