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Friday, March 18, 2011

How is your bracket?

We want to know... How is your bracket doing?
I am hanging in there, but my Southeast region is in shambles.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bracket Reminder...

Just a reminder to everyone about your NCAA Tournament brackets.
Both the Tribune Sports Blog Tournament and the Tribune Newspaper Tournament entries are due at noon Thursday.
Sign up for the Blog Contest by contacting Paul Adams at and he will give you a password to get into It takes about 10 seconds to go to the bracket pulldown and start your bracket.
From there, you can look at everyone's picks (including mine) and make fun of them on the message board.
Winner gets a $40 gift certificate to an area eating establishment.

The Newspaper contest can be played at Click the NCAA bracket icon and you are all set.
Winner of that one gets $100 to any of the sponsors on the NCAA page.

Questions about either contest can be directed to
Good luck - and let the games begin!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New football coaches in the area...

Word has spread about the future of 3 area football programs and their coaches.
What is true is that Bad Axe, Lakers and Ubly will have new varsity football coaches come this fall.
Dave Rowland is out at Bad Axe, George Gardy is out at Lakers, and Bill Sweeney is out at Ubly.
Gardy retired earlier this year. Sweeney resigned earlier this week. The reason for Rowland's dismissal is not clear.
The Tribune, in the near future, will have stories on each departure and what it means to the programs.

All Knights Long: BV tops HB

REESE — Never mind Harbor Beach’s 94-51 setback to Saginaw Buena Vista here Monday night in the Class C regional semifinals.
Despite the loss, coach Ron Wruble is proud of a team which could have threw in the towel just 11 days ago.
“We have some talent, but that is not why we are where we are at,” Wruble said. “These kids work their tails off — and that’s the main reason why we’ve won.”
Two Thursdays ago, the Pirates suffered a crushing home loss to Sandusky, ruining their chances at back-to-back Greater Thumb East championships.
Wruble, though, coached them through that, eventually leading them to three tournament victories en route to their second straight district championship.
“I would have been very disappointed if this team didn’t come away with at least something, with the way they have worked and the season they had,” Wruble said.
Here Monday night, the Pirates stayed close for a quarter, but eventually wound up playing right into Buena Vista’s wheelhouse. The Knights racked up 34 second-quarter points, turning a tight 15-13 edge into a commanding 49-24 bulge at the half.
“That's a great basketball team and they were hitting everything,” Wruble said. “We played the first quarter like we played all season. We scrapped and fought hard for buckets. But that's a skilled and athletic Buena Vista team.”
Nobody showed off their skills more than Buena Vista senior George Goodman, who poured in 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second quarter, sparking a 14-2 run for the Knights over the first 2:30 of the period. 
From there, the shellshocked Pirates had little chance to keep pace with a team whose goal is a state championship.
Last season, the Knights picked up an 81-65 decision over the Pirates in the regional title game. From there, though, they lost to eventual state champion Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology in the quarterfinals.
Buena Vista, coached by 1996 Owendale-Gagetown graduate Austin Brinkman, has a chance for another regional crown when it takes on New Haven in the finals Wednesday. New Haven picked up a 65-54 win over Saginaw Nouvel in Monday’s other semifinal matchup.
Besides Goodman, Buena Vista had Malik Houston with 18 points while Dwayne Farris added 14, Derrick Washington 13 and George Smithers 10.
Harbor Beach had Andrew Siemen with 12 points while Sean Sorenson added 11, Aaron Ginther nine and Scott Grekowicz eight.
Like last season, Harbor Beach loses eight seniors — Grekowicz, Sorenson, Ryan Arntz, Doug Booms, Kyle Booms, Ryan Maurer, Dustin Mazure and Kevin Kraft. The Pirates, though, will return three starters next year, as well as several key reserves.
Harbor Beach finishes 17-6.

Harbor Beach senior guard Scott Grekowicz drives to the basket against Saginaw Buena Vista’s George Smithers (34) and George Goodman (5) during the second half of the Class C regional semifinals Monday night in Reese.
Harbor Beach's Sean Sorenson drives around Buena Vista's Evellis McGee.

Harbor Beach's Eli Kraft and Aaron Ginther battle for a loose ball.
Harbor Beach’s Dustin Mazure is fouled by Saginaw Buena Vista’s Malik Houston in the second half. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Harbor Beach nips USA for district title

HARBOR BEACH — Harbor Beach coach Ron Wruble’s confidence in freshman point guard Eli Kraft never waned.
Even after Kraft missed the first of two foul shots with 1.7 seconds to play in a tie game here Saturday afternoon in the Class C district championship between the Pirates and Unionville-Sebewaing Area, Wruble knew Kraft was going to come through.
“He was going to stick it — he was going to shoot it with confidence,” Wruble said. “I don’t think missing the first one mattered to him.”
Wruble was right. Kraft knocked in the second free throw, giving the Pirates their second straight district title and making for the winning margin in their thrilling 39-38 decision over the Patriots.
“Really, any of the five guys we had on the floor at that time, we would have been just as comfortable,” Wruble said. “Eli, for a freshman... He’s so mentally tough.”
While Kraft’s free throw — and USA’s unsuccessful last-gasp attempt from midcourt — sent Harbor Beach’s fans into a frenzy, it was simply a stunning end for the Patriots, who thought the foul on Kraft should have been a non-shooting foul — or not a foul at all.
“When we tied it up we decided we were going to break down the last 30 seconds into intervals,” said USA coach Mark Gainforth, whose team had several fouls to burn in the final minutes before the Pirates were in the bonus. “We were kind of arm-barring him the whole time trying to get a call earlier before he was shooting...”
Nevertheless, Kraft drove into the lane and threw up a wild shot as the whistle blew.
“They had so many fouls to give that I was even wondering if they would even let us dribble at all,” Wruble said. “That last time we knew that when they made contact we wanted to try to get a shot up. It worked out for us.”
USA did have its chances. The Patriots led by six with 4:50 left, and were in the double bonus with 3:38 to play. The problem? They hit on just 6-of-13 free throws in the deciding fourth quarter.
“We had opportunities the whole fourth quarter to put the game away, but we didn’t,” Gainforth said. “When we’re good from the foul line, we’re really good. When we’re bad, we’re really bad.”
For Harbor Beach, Sean Sorenson dropped in 16 points, including four first-half three-pointers. Kraft added nine while Andrew Siemen netted eight, including a huge three-pointer with 1:35 to play which gave Harbor Beach a 38-37 lead.
“Actually, I think the shot of the game was Siemen’s three,” Gainforth said. “Was that a good shot? I don’t know, but he can make shots from out there. If that doesn’t go in the game might have been over.”
USA’s Jake Holland hit 1-of-2 free throws with 1:06 left to tie it at 38.
Holland led USA with a game-high 23 points while Andrew Botello and Dakota Gangler chipped in five apiece.
Harbor Beach led 10-8 after one quarter and 16-14 at the half. Sorenson had 14 of Harbor Beach’s 16 first-quarter points while Holland had 12 of USA’s 14.
“It was basically Sorenson vs. Holland in the first half,” Wruble said. “When we went man-to-man and kept switching off, Eli wound up guarding (Holland) quite a bit (in the second half). Eli’s 5-foot-10 on a good day and Holland is about 6-6. He was physical with him and actually slowed him down a little.”
USA led by as many as seven points in the third quarter, settling for a 30-25 advantage heading to the final eight minutes.
“The kids did a nice job of keeping their composure,” Wruble said. “We have been in every game this year, so that right there helped us out late in the game.”

Harbor Beach with the Class C district championship trophy.

Blog NCAA Contest is back

The Tribune sports blog is having its annual NCAA Basketball Contest again this year.
This is a separate contest from the Huron Daily Tribune's NCAA Contest which the paper runs.

The Blog Contest is run through CBS Sportsline.
Like in years past, you need to contact Paul Adams at for a password to get into the CBS Sportsline website and to set up your bracket.
This year's prize is a $40 gift certificate to any area eating establishment.
Good luck.