BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Stars show character

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Kingsford’s Jake Allen caught the attention of the West coaching staff during last week’s U.P. Football All-Star Game in Marquette.

Allen, a linebacker, was the West recipient of the character award. Adam Prisk of Ishpeming and Jeremy Bell of Negaunee shared the honor for the East.

West head coach Bill Santilli of Crystal Falls applauded Allen’s efforts throughout the week of preparation.

“Jake worked his butt off at practice every session while maintaining the utmost respect for his teammates and coaches,” said Santilli, citing Allen for courtesy and self-discipline. “What a pleasant young man to be around.

“In addition to his outstanding personal qualities, he’s a heck of a football player.”

Prisk, grandson of Norway’s Cherie and the late John Marcotte, wears a cochlear implant to deal with deafness. He helped the Hematites win a pair of state football titles, making big plays on both sides of the ball.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Cherie said.

Prisk and the East squad defeated the West 41-24 in a sauna-like Superior Dome …

Robbins Sports Surfaces, with a plant in Ishpeming, saluted the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs for playing on one of their portable basketball floors. The Spurs have been with Robbins since the 2000 season.

The Charlotte Hornets recently unveiled a new Robbins All-Star Plus portable basketball floor featuring over 250 honeycomb shaped stencils …

From Brad Dickson, Omaha.com: “The Harlem Globetrotters have drafted Johnny Manziel. I look for the ‘Trotters to cut Manziel – he’s too much of a showboat.” …

From British pro golfer Roger Chapman, telling the Chicago Tribune about England’s quick exit from the World Cup: “We invented the bloody game. The passion doesn’t seem to be there. It looks as though (the players) want to just go on holiday basically.” …

Sorry to hear that health issues will force veteran Major League Baseball umpire Gary Darling to retire. Darling has vacationed in the area with former MLB umpire Larry Poncino of Lake Louise. One of my bigger thrills was talking baseball with Larry and Gary at Pine Grove Country Club a few years back …

From Escanaba native and award-winning Milwaukee Journal pro football scribe Bob McGinn: “If forced to take a premature position, my guess would be that the Packers won’t gain much game-changing impact from their nine-man draft class this season and will realize only a modest amount when the final tally is made a decade from now.” …

Here’s hoping for a safe and quiet Fourth …

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