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Miller, Sickler, Franti Named to U.P. Hall – Saturday Sports Wrap

Verlander
Verlander

Tigers Top Rockies
Justin Verlander turned in eight strong innings, as the Tigers defeated the Rockies 4-2 last night. Verlander gave up eight hits, but was strong when he needed to be. Colorado finally broke through for two runs in the seventh, but Verlander then struck out D.J. LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon to end the threat. Rajai Davis drove in two runs and score two as he made his first start in center field since Austin Jackson was traded.

The Tigers continue that home set against the Rockies tonight. Rick Porcello will start against Tyler Matzek. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on AM 1400, WCCY.

Price
Price

The Royals also won yesterday, so Detroit’s lead over Kansas City in the American League Central Division remains at four games.

New Tigers’ pitcher David Price is expected to arrive in Detroit today. He likely will make his first start on Tuesday, which would have been Drew Smyly’s turn in the rotation. Smyly, who was sent to the Rays as part of the Price trade, is scheduled to make his first start for Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Austin Jackson was hitless in his first game for the Mariners last night. He walked once and struck out twice.

Peralta
Peralta

Brewers Crunch Cardinals
The Brewers opened a critical series at Saint Louis with a 7-4 victory last night. Wily Peralta pitched into the seventh, and earned his 13th win of the season. Milwaukee scored single runs off National League All-Star Game starter Adam Wainwright in the second, third and fifth innings, then chased him out of the game while scoring four runs in the sixth.

The Brewers play at Saint Louis again this evening. Kyle Lohse will start against Justin Masterson. Lohse moved up in the rotation to cover for Jimmy Nelson, who is suffering from a blister on his pitching hand.

The Pirates won yesterday, so Milwaukee leads the National League Central Division by two-and-a-half games over Pittsburgh, and three over Saint Louis.

Pietila and Kero Named Tech Hockey Co-Captains
MTU 2014-2015 Hockey Captains
Senior forwards Blake Pietila and Tanner Kero will serve as co-captains for the Michigan Tech hockey team this season. Alex Petan and Cliff Watson will be assistant captains. The Huskies open play October 9th against Lake Superior State.

Miller, Sickler, Franti Elected to Hall of Fame
UP Sports Hall of Fame LogoCopper Country athletic greats Don Miller, Wayne Sickler and Dick Franti are among the 10 athletes in named in the 2015 Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame class.

Miller was the most successful hockey coach in Houghton High School history. He founded the program in 1969, and led the Gremlins to five regional titles, three state title games, and one state championship. In 1997, he was named national hockey coach of the year.

Sickler won 10 varsity letters at Calumet High School in the late 1950s, and was named to the All-State Football Team as an end twice. He went on to earn several honors while playing football at Northern Michigan University. After graduating, he coached football at Munising, then returned to Calumet, where he coached football, and served as athletic director. He was named U.P. Coach of the Year once, and Athletic Director of the Year twice. Sickler is already a member of the Calumet High School and Northern Michigan University Halls of Fame.

Dick Franti passed the 500 career win mark as a girls’ high school basketball coach at Ontonagon this past season. He also has 245 career wins as a boys’ coach. In 32 seasons on the bench, first at Bergland, and now at Ontonagon, only two of his teams have not finished a season with a winning record.

This year’s other inductees are:
– Krista Clement from Saint Ignace, who led the Saints to a Class C state title in 2000, and became the first Upper Peninsula athlete to be named Miss Basketball. She was a four-year captain of the University of Michigan basketball team;
– Paul Feldhausen of Iron Mountain, who spent three years in the NFL;
– Carly (Benson) Harrington, who was an all-state basketball player at Carney-Nadeau, and went on to set a school record for three-point shots in a season at the University of Michigan;
– Jack Hooper, a championship ski jumper and golfer from Iron Mountain;
– Becky Iverson of Gladstone, a standout golfer who spent 14 years on the LPGA tour;
– Hugh “Muzz” Murray from Sault Saint Marie, a hockey pioneer who is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame;
– Steve Swanson, who became the only National Mine High School alumnus to play a Division One college sport when he pitched for Central Michigan University.

The class of 2015 will be inducted May 9th at a dinner at the Island Resort and Casino.

Copperman Triathlon LogoCopperman Triathlon Today
The Copperman Triathlon begins this morning at 9:00 at Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor. The Copperman includes a half-mile swim in Lake Fanny Hooe, a 23-mile bike along the shores of Lake Superior and a five-mile run. For full details, click here.

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