Green Bay wins Gold Medal title
HERMANSVILLE – Harry Boyce helped Green Bay Dickey’s Barbecue Pit gain the separation it needed in the second half Sunday night in a 76-66 basketball triumph over Crystal Falls McNeil’s Oilers in the Class A men’s title contest of the 75th Annual Gold Medal tournament.
Boyce scored 22 points, including a 21-foot jump shot from the right wing to give Green Bay a 55-49 cushion with 11 minutes, 40 seconds remaining.
His trifecta was part of an 8-0 run, enabling the winners to snap a 49-49 deadlock.
“That run allowed us to step up our defense,” said Boyce, who was selected the tourney’s Outstanding Player. “Anytime you get a run like that, it gets everybody excited about playing defense. It’s all about being able to weather the storm up here. This tournament is always competitive. Everybody in this gym can shoot.”
Orlando Anderson added 13 points. Kyle Kruger and James DeVault, who had three dunks in the contest, had 11 each.
Boyce set up DeVault with his first dunk on a fast break for a 27-25 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. DeVault then dazzled the crowd in the Hermansville Community Club gym with a pair late in the second half.
Former Michigan Tech cager Ali Haidar, named Outstanding Player in Class A, paced McNeil’s with 29 points. Point guard Terry Clement added 20 and Darrin Kudwa had 16.
“Adam Lemorande did a great job on their big guy (Haidar),” said Boyce, who also plays professional ball in the Dominican Republic. “We have to give their guys credit. They kept playing.”
Prior to the contest, Frank Rodman of Hermansville was honored and received a plaque for his many years of service to the tournament.
Rodman, who has attended the tournament every year since 1947, served as the tourney’s manager from 1952-68.
His brother, Joe Rodman, was tournament director from 1936-42. The tourney wasn’t held the next three years because of World War II. The event resumed in 1946 when Frank was still fulfilling his military obligations in the Phillippine Islands.
Green Bay reached the title contest with a 55-44 semifinal victory over Escanaba Ludington Grill. Mike Hill led the winners with 16 points. Kruger tallied 14. Anderson hit 12 and Boyce had 11.
McNeil’s won the other semifinal by edging Hermansville Luft’s Advertiser 68-64.
Kudwa scored 23 points for McNeil’s. Haidar hit 14. Clement added 12 and Steve Schahczenski had 10.
Jake Polfus paced Luft’s with 18. Joe Simon tallied 14 and Tyler Kazmierkoski and Ryan Reichel had 11 each.
Ludington Grill opened with a 54-52 triumph over Carney Juice Promotions Saturday night. Andy Herro led the winners with 20 points. Tyler Price scored 17 for Carney.
In Class B, Polfus hit 28 points in the title contest as Powers Lee’s Grenery topped Norway Gallino Seamless Gutters 78-61. Kazmierkoski added 17 and Joe Pontbriand and Mitch Horn had 10 each.
Matt Miller scored 18 points for Gallino’s. Outstanding Player Zach Molnar hit 16, followed by Ryan Rohloff 14, Kurt Schomer 11 and Bryan Arnold 10.
Rohloff hit 16 in Lee’s 62-50 semifinal conquest of Wallace Gary’s Quality Foods. Molnar had 13. Brett Parrett scored 13 and Tom Granquist had 11 for Gary’s.
In another semifinal, Kazmierkoski tossed in 30 and Reggie Nofke added 24 in Gallino’s 86-78 triumph over Norway Team 6. Bryce Bilski led Team 6 with 25. Pat Flood hit 14, Kyle Bellefeuil tallied 13 and Jordan LaPlant had 11.
In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Malnor’s 13 points was enough to pace Lee’s past McNeil’s Oilers 67-42. Wes Austin added 10. Ted Williams scored 13 and Rob Anderson had 12 for McNeil’s.
Mike Polfus scored 29 for Gallino’s in a 76-42 rout of Ludington Grill. Kazmierkoski tallied 19 and Pontbriand collected 18.
Bryce Bilski tossed in 36 points and LaPlant had 20 to lead Team 6 in an 86-75 victory over Menominee McDaddy’s Pub. Schanczenski hit 34 and Sam Larson had 20 for McDaddy’s.
Tom Granquist’s 21 points led the way for Gary’s Quality Foods in a 69-65 triumph over Juice Promotions. Brett Branstrom added 14. Price had 23 for Juice Promotions.
In the women’s division, this turned out to be a special weekend for coach Mariah Dunham and senior members of the Baraga High School girls’ basketball team.
Comprising the team known as the Baraga Has Beens, Dunham and company earned the women’s title Sunday night in a 54-47 conquest of Florence, Wis. Auto Parts.
Dunham, selected the Outstanding Women’s Player for the second straight year, scored 30 points this time.
“This was a real good time for me to hang out with our seniors,” said Dunham, a former Northern Michigan University cager. “We also brought an eighth-grader with us. This was a real good game. In the second half, we were able to control things a little better.”
Dunham opened the second-half scoring by driving the baseline for a short jump shot and a 30-22 lead.
Florence Auto Parts, comprised of past and present Norway High School athletes, trimmed its deficit to 37-35 on Megan Kangas’s 20-foot jumper from the right wing midway through the second half.
Baraga responded with a 9-0 run, gaining a 46-37 advantage on a short jumper by Dunham with 7:40 left to play.
Katie Schojth began that run by draining a shot from the corner, followed by back-to-back 3-point shots by Bridgette LaPointe, who finished with nine points.
“That gave us a little momentum,” said Dunham. “I think that also took the wind out of their sails. Although, they kept battling which was real nice to see. It was a little nerve-wracking early in the game. They have a couple quick guards who were hitting some shots.”
Kangas finished with 17 points and Bailey Grayvold added 12 for Florence, which held an early 8-5 lead.
Dunham hit 29 points in Baraga’s 61-54 semifinal conquest of Crystal Falls McNeil’s Oilers. Alicia Tollefson scored 22 for McNeil’s.
Kangas scored 13 as Florence turned back Hermansville PLD Warehousing in the other semifinal. Emily Lehto had eight for PLD.
Dunham’s 21 points and LaPointe’s 18 led Baraga in Saturday’s 67-52 quarterfinal victory over Hermansville Rochon CTR 44. Shelle Rochon hit 16 and Rikki Gingras added 12 for CTR 44.
Kangas hit 11 and Grayvold had 10 as Florence cruised past Powers Moraska Saw 57-25 in another quarterfinal.
Lehto scored 25 points and Breanne Stroud added 13 as PLD opened with a 63-46 triumph over Keweenaw Bar. Kelsey Anonich led Keweenaw with 19. Rachel Ekert had 13.
Tollefson scored hit nine points as McNeil’s topped Kimberly, Wis. Coleman Crane Engineering 37-31. Jessica Roell had 10 for Coleman.
In the Class D men’s final on Sunday, Brett Branstrom hit 14 points and Outstanding Player Tyler Veraghen added 11 as Powers Big R defeated Carney Juice Promotions 59-53.
Tom Granquist scored 16 and Mike Polfus had 14 for Juice Promotions.
Veraghen scored 18 points in a semifinal contest on Saturday as Big R edged Menominee Duby Park 54-51. Aaron Pettit hit 19 and Dave Miller had 18 for Menominee.
Polfus tossed in 40 points in the other semifinal Friday night as Juice Promotions rolled past Marinette Marine 114-87. Wade Schetter added 17. Nate Matkowski scored 26 and Ryan Carlson had 19 for Marinette.
Daggett Kakuk Construction was crowned Class EE champion Sunday night, topping Norway Lofholm Lumber 67-52.
Tyler Price hit 23 points. Ben Kitkowski tallied 19 and Outstanding Player Sam Larson had 13.
Geoff Smart scored 17 and Brady Grayvold added 10 for Lofholm’s.
Price scored 22 points and received Outstanding Player honors in Class E Saturday night, leading Juice Promotions to a 79-69 victory Powers Moraska Saw in the title game. Ben Kitkowski added 13. Derek Pistulka scored 31 and Gage Webster had 17 for Powers.
John Swanson scorched the nets for 51 points Sunday morning, leading Niagara, Wis. Bob’s Country Bar to the Recreation Division title with a 76-71 triumph over Felch Solberg’s Supper Club. Eric Schemmel paced Solberg’s with 18. Jansen Baij and Dave Anderson had 14 apiece.
Schemmel’s 12 points was enough to help Solberg’s edge Norway Thirsty Whale 49-45 in Saturday’s semifinal. Brent Schupp had 11 for Thirsty Whale.
Bob’s gained its title-round berth by taking a forfeit from Niagara Euro League.
In another late Friday contest, Outstanding Player Joe Pontbriand tossed in 32 points, leading Norway Jeffrey John Seamless Gutters in an 84-72 conquest of Carney Tom’s Disposal in the Class C title game. Mitch Horn added 22.
Polfus led Tom’s with 20. Brock Bower hit 18 and Kitkowski had 16.