Morning Sports for Friday, April 25th:
MLB: Tigers Stop Sox
Max Scherzer struck out 10, as the Tigers outscored the White Sox 7-4 yesterday afternoon. Scherzer gave up two runs over six innings. The Sox made it close by adding two more off Joba Chamberlain in the top of the eighth… but Detroit added two insurance runs in the bottom of that inning. Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs. Rajai Davis homered, and drove in two. The Tigers begin a weekend series at Minnesota tonight. Rick Porcello will pitch against Kevin Correia. Hear the first pitch at 8:10 on AM 1400, WCCY. Full details from yesterday’s game are here.
The Brewers had yesterday off, and open a weekend home series against the Cubs tonight. Former Cub Matt Garza will start against Carlos Villanueva.
Finlandia Softball Opens GSAC Tourney
The Finlandia University softball team opens play at the Great South Athletic Conference tournament in Georgia today. The Lions are seeded third, and will face sixth-seeded Trinity Washington University at noon. The Lions will play a second game at 4:00 this afternoon against either second-seeded Salem College or seventh-seeded Rust College.
Red Wings Fall to Bruins
Captain Henrik Zetterburg returned to the ice for the Red Wings last night… but Detroit fell to the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Jonas Gustavsson made his playoff debut in goal for the Wings, because Jimmy Howard had the flu. He made 37 saves… but couldn’t stop Jarome Iginla’s tip-in late in the first overtime period. Detroit trails the best-of-seven opening round series three games to one… and faces a must-win contest in Boston tomorrow afternoon. Faceoff is at 3:00 on AM 1400, WCCY. Full details from last night’s game are here.
Finlandia Names Men’s Hockey Coach
Another day… another new coach at Finlandia. Dane Litke has been named the head coach of the Finlandia University men’s hockey program. Litke won an NCAA title as a player at North Dakota in 1997… where he was a two-time team captain. His coaching experience has come in junior hockey… with the Bismarck Bobcats and the Janesville Jets of the American Hockey League. Litke was named AHL Coach of the Year with the Jets in the 2009-2010 season.
Kero Named Husky Hockey MVP
Hancock’s Tanner Kero has been named this year’s Merv Youngs Award winner as the most valuable player on the Michigan Tech hockey team. Kero scored 25 points on the season, with a team-high 15 goals. Cliff Watson earned the Gitzen Loutit Memorial Award as the team’s outstanding defensive player. The Elov Seger Memorial Award for the team’s most improved player went to freshman Reid Sturos. Fellow newcomer Shane Hanna earned the Norbert Matovich Award as the team’s outstanding freshman. For the third straight season, the Rick Yeo Unsung Hero Award was presented to forward Dennis Rix. The Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award was given to senior Daniel Holmberg.
MTU Tennis Opens Conference Tourney Play
The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team begins play at the GLIAC Tournament in Midland tomorrow. They’ll face top-seeded Northwood in their opening match.
MTU Volleyball Adds Transfer
The Michigan Tech volleyball team has added another new player for next season. Rosie Aumann from Racine, Wisconsin, transfers to Tech from Kishwaukee College in Illinois… where she was a two-time team captain.
NMU to Induct Four into Hall of Fame
Northern Michigan University will welcome four new members into its Athletic Hall of fame tomorrow. Trout Creek native Shana Decremer Ojala led the Wildcats women’s basketball team to the Elite Eight in the 1995-1996 season, after transferring from Michigan Tech. She’s a member of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame, as is her grandfather, Ben Manning. Hockey goalie Tuomas Tarkki, cross country and Nordic skiing standout Lindsey Weier Dehlin, and longtime team physician Dr. John Lehtinen round out this year’s class.
L’Anse Alum Takes Over Butler Women’s Hoops
Former L’Anse basketball standout Kurt Godlevske has been named the interim head women’s basketball coach at Butler University. Godlevske was an All-Stater for the Purple Hornets in the late 1980s. He played college ball at Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan… and later returned to L’Anse as head boys’ coach from 2000 to 2002. He joined the staff at Butler as an assistant last year, after a successful run as head coach at Bedford North Lawrence High School in Indiana. Butler head coach Beth Couture was fired by the university on Wednesday.
Sisu Shuffle Tomorrow
The annual Sisu Shuffle will be held tomorrow morning at the Portage Health main campus in Hancock. The Shuffle is a fun, non-competitive 5k run/walk. The shuffle is free, and several participants will win some nice prizes. Registration will open at 10:15, and you can begin shuffling at 11:00.
Youth Soccer Sign-Up Deadline
Today is the final day for players age 12 and older to sign up for the CCSA Recreational Soccer this summer. Registration closes at 6:00 this afternoon. Sign-up for younger players continues until May 24th. To register, click here.
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