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For the first time in a quarter century, a local team has won the title at the annual Coca Cola International Frisbee Tournament. The Shottle Bop team claimed the right to drink from the Julius T. Nachazel Memorial Cup yesterday, defeating the local Monte Carlo squad in two straight games in a breezy championship series. Shottle Bop advanced to the title match by eliminating the Worms, which included members of the powerful Boomtown Saints team. Monte Carlo dispatched the DM Dragons from Marquette in the losers’ bracket finals to gain its berth.
Members of the Shottle Bop team include Will Blau, Stephen Dudenas, Carter Nettell, Alex Nettell, Justin Dudenas, Kyle Suvanto, Ron Blau, and Scott Brooks. The Monte Carlo squad includes locals Tyler Turcotte, Tyler Brunet and Cameron Murray, along with Tim Meyer from Illinois and Trevor Bratonia from Marquette, who was last year’s tournament MVP.
This year’s Healy Family Most Valuable Player Award went to Will Blau of the Shottle Bop team. The Jon Davis/Dan Thornton Spirit of Guts Award went to Jonathan Luedke of Appleton.
According to guts Frisbee historian Dennis Walikainen, the last local team to win the IFT was the Breakers in 1998. The last all-local finals was in 1978 with the Library Bar defeating Paul’s American Pie.
The Tigers couldn’t hold an early lead, and fell to the Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings yesterday. A home run by Riley Green, and RBI singles by Miguel Cabrera and Spencer Torkelson gave Detroit a 3-0 advantage after five innings. Starter Tarik Skubal did his part, holding Toronto scoreless over four innings. The Jays got one off Reese Olson in the seventh, then tied the game with a two-run homer by Danny Jansen off Alex Lange in the ninth, and scored the game winner off José Cisnero in the 10th.
The Tigers head into the All Star Break with a record of 39-50, in third place in the American League Central Division. They return to action Friday night at Seattle. Coverage will begin at 9:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
Detroit cleared a roster spot by designating center fielder Jake Marisnick for assignment yesterday. If he’s not claimed by another team, he can accept an assignment to Toledo, or become a free agent. The move opens a place on the 40-man roster for reliever Trey Wingenter, who has been brought off the injured list, and assigned to Toledo.
Jesse Winker singled home the game’s only run in the first inning, and the Brewers held on to shade the Reds 1-0 yesterday. Wade Miley allowed four hits over six scoreless innings, and three relievers completed the shutout.
Milwaukee reaches the All Star break with a record of 49-42, in second place in the National League Central Division. Their season resumes Friday at Cincinnati..
On the opening night of the MLB draft, the Pirates selected LSU pitcher Paul Skenes. His teammate, outfielder Dylan Crews, went to the Nationals with the second selection.
The Tigers turned in a bit of a surprise with the third pick, selecting high school outfielder Max Clark, from Franklin, Indiana. Clark is the 2023 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, hits for contact and has good speed and a strong arm. With the 37th selection, Detroit grabbed Pennsylvania high school infielder Kevin McGonigle, another contact hitter. The Tigers completed day one by taking University of Nebraska second baseman Max Anderson, who was the 2020 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, with pick 45.
The Brewers used the 18th pick to take Wake Forest third baseman Brock Wilken. They then took New York high school pitcher Josh Knoth with pick 33, and Nebraska-Omaha third baseman Mike Boeve with pick 81.
The remaining 18 rounds of the draft will take place today and tomorrow.
Twilight League Baseball
Garnet Garage won the Copper Country Twilight Baseball League’s annual Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament yesterday, edging Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker 4-3 in the championship game. Garnet dispatched Houghton Building Supply-Stanton 5-1 in the semifinals. Coldwell Banker advanced with a 9-8 win over Northern Driveline.
Fast Pitch Softball
In Copper Country Fast Pitch Softball League play tonight…
• At the Bone Yard in Lake Linden, Superior Service faces REL at 5:30, and Tervo Agency plays Gold Standard at 7:15.
• At the Chassell field, JB’s takes on Superior National Bank at 7:15.
Slow Pitch Softball
In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League action this evening…
• At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Kopper’s plays Superior Lube at 6:15, then takes on Downtowner Two at 7:30.
• At the Hancock Driving Park, McGann’s/Northern Auto meets Bucko’s/Labatts at 6:15, then faces Pat’s Foods/Bucko’s at 7:30.
The long-anticipated trade of forward Alex DeBrincat from the Senators to the Red Wings has been completed. DeBrincat, who played high school hockey at Farmington Hills, has 187 goals and 186 assists in 450 NHL games with the Senators and Blackhawks. The Wings immediately signed him to a four-year contract extension. In exchange, Detroit gives Ottawa forward Dominik Kubalik, defensive prospect Donovan Sebrango, a conditional 2024 first-round pick, and a 2024 fourth-round selection.
In Copper Country Horseshoe League play tonight…
• Calumet One faces Dreamland One at the Dreamland Bar.
• Eva’s Hideaway hosts Mohawk Superette at Eva’s Hideaway.
• Bucko’s Party Store meets Calumet Electronics at Ahmeek Park.
• Ahmeek Fire Department takes on L and L at the Calumet Dam.
• Luigi’s Bar faces Houghton Building Supply at Agassiz Park.
Former Jeffers High School and Michigan Tech runner Jonathan Kilpela dominated Run the Keweenaw this weekend.
Yesterday, Kilpela took the title in the 25k Carl Olson Memorial Adventure Run, finishing nearly two-and-a-half minutes ahead of Andy Liebner. Kristen Monahan was the top women’s finisher, with Anabel Needham placing second. See full results here.
• Kilpela won the 6k Mount Baldy Hill Climb, 19 seconds ahead of Liebner. Monahan turned in the fastest women’s time, with Needham second. See full results here.
• Kilpela also turned in the fastest time in the 10k Challenge, 25 seconds ahead of Liebner. Needham claimed the women’s title, 39 seconds better than Monahan. See full results here.
Results from yesterday’s 50k Ultra were not posted.
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