‘Big-play’ Grayvold named pre-season All-American defensive back

ScuttleBu(r)t …

Norway’s Brady Grayvold, who picked off nine passes in UW-Whitewater’s 2013 national championship football season, has been named to The Sporting News NCAA Division 3 pre-season All-American team.

“Defensive backs Brady Grayvold and Marcus McLin possess big-play ability,” wrote Mike Goens of the Florence (Ala.) Times Daily.

Grayvold, a 5-foot-11, 197-pound cornerback, transferred from NMU to Whitewater.

That publication also ranked Whitewater No. 1 in the country, noting 10 starters back on offense and five on defense “that created 34 more turnovers than the Warhawks surrendered.” …

Seems like New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his brothers were well prepared for sports.

His childhood home featured a baseball field (325 feet down the lines), a pool, a hot tub, a full tennis court and regulation basketball hoops and hockey nets.

That doesn’t quite compare to ol’ Scuttle’s youth where the Seventh Street Gang in Iron River traveled down the alley to Golas’ Field …

Norway’s mastery over Rudyard continued in this season’s Division 4 baseball regional championship.

The Knights own an 8-2 tourney record over the Bulldogs since 2008.

“Norway always comes out ready to play,” Rudyard Coach Ron VanSloten said. “Their coaching staff and kids do things the right way.”

Tony Adams’ Knights downed Rudyard 5-3 in the regional final …

Couple things in common with Niagara’s coaching Neveaus – basketball’s Phil and baseball’s Dean. They both know their stuff and bring in top-notch assistants.

Dean has Channing great Todder Lindeman with Ryan Allred and Brian Stec. Phil and Jimmy Hoogland turned out some stellar Badger girls basketball teams …

Marquette’s Adam Hamari, a baseball umpire who worked the plate in the past two ESPN Sunday night games, could be almost anywhere this summer.

In addition to traveling the country with a Major League Baseball crew, he could be in New York to review challenges or return to the AAA International League.

“I’m very proud. He has worked hard at it,” Adam’s dad, Darryl, told Cremsburg of The Mining Journal. “It’s almost harder to get into (MLB) umpiring than to become a player, since there aren’t that many spots open.”

Adam has been subbing for MLB umps on vacation and sick leave …

From Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: “Lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammals, according to one study. Coming in a close second: Chicago Cubs.”

Norway’s Ed Weiland, columnist for HoopsAnalyst.com, calls Kansas center Joel Embiid “the top prospect” in the NBA Draft.

Weiland also has high regard for small forwards Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.

“These two are the reason the 2014 draft was labelled ‘legendary’ before either played a minute of college ball,” wrote Weiland.

From Brad Dickson, Omaha.com: “Reportedly, the Oklahoma football stadium will undergo expansion to bring the capacity to about 88,000. Or, as something that size is called at Michigan and Ohio State, “a laundry room.” …

Happy Father’s Day!