Bob Whitens, supported by exemplary basketball accomplishments, enters the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame tonight.

Whitens coached North Central to the 1984 Class D boys basketball state championship. He also deserves Hall of Fame enshrinement for contacting four daily newspapers after each game, making his nights even longer with furnishing stats and answering the same questions.

As a high school player during the 1957 season, Bob dropped in 22 points per game when Hermansville captured the Class E state title.

There’s also a strong baseball background, according to Hall of Fame banquet emcee Mike Caruso. The 1966 Hermansville Redskins more than held their own in the Wishigan League with a heart of the order featuring player-coach Bob Whitens, John Constantini and Caruso.

By the way, that team’s “bat boys” included the Whitens’ sisters, Debbie and Natalie, and former Iron Mountain Public Schools Superintendent Scott McClure …

From defensive tackle Warren Sapp, to the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame: “If they ain’t laughing at your dreams, you ain’t dreamin’ big enough.” …

From comedian Argus Hamilton, on the Cubs’ plans to erect a huge videoboard at Wrigley Field: “Don’t you need to score runs before you need a 6,000-square-foot scoreboard?” …

NMU can’t go wrong picking Jim Kaminsky to run the men’s basketball program.

Kaminsky, during his UW-Superior coaching days, was sharp enough to bring in Mountaineers and brothers, Frank and Paul Jerks.

“This is an area I’m familiar with,” Kaminsky said of recruiting in Michigan …

Note to Little League baseball skippers: Minnesota Twins coach Rick Anderson prefers his pitchers throwing two-seam fastballs.

“You throw two-seam, you get sink, and sink creates ground balls,” Anderson told Charley Walters of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “Guys who throw four-seam in the upper part of the strike zone will get more fly balls.”

What about Kevin Murdock and his Kingsford American Legion pitchers?

“A couple try, but we are still working on throwing strikes.” Murdock said …