SportsPen Bracket Show – March 14

The SportsPen went live from Super One Foods Marquette on Wednesday for the annual Bracket Show. Blake was joined by Seth Wells from TV6, Ryan Stieg from the Mining Journal, NMU men’s basketball assistant coach Charles Belt and Westwood girls basketball coach Kurt Corcoran.

The conversation veered from brackets to food to waxing at times, but it was still one of the most entertaining shows of the year.

 

Grant Potulny discusses WCHA awards

By Blake Froling

NMU hockey coach Grant Potulny won WCHA Coach of the Year and Atte Tolvanen won Goaltender of the year.

In Potulny’s first season at the helm for the Wildcats, they finished the regular season 21-12-3, a 9-win improvement from last year. NMU also earned the 2 seed in the WCHA playoffs and advanced to the championship game, where they will take on Michigan Tech on Saturday night.

Tolvanen compiled a 23-9-1 record with a 2.25 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

VIDEO: Grant Potulny previews WCHA Championship

By Blake Froling

NMU hockey coach Grant Potulny previewed the Wildcats’ matchup with Michigan Tech (Saturday, 7:07 p.m. ET, Berry Events Center) in the WCHA Championship game.

The original question was “How excited are you to play Michigan Tech?” and notice how he dances around that. The last thing he wants to do is say the wrong thing and give a rival even more motivation.

The Jump: What it takes to go from high school basketball to college

By Blake Froling

So you think you’re a pretty good high school basketball player, huh? Good enough to play at the next level, right? Well you better listen up, because the transition isn’t a layup. Continue reading The Jump: What it takes to go from high school basketball to college

Are basketball skills eroding among young players?

By Blake Froling

We hear the refrain from coaches all the time: “Back in my day…”

You’re going to hear it some more here.

I talked with local high school basketball coaches to see what skills they thought young players were lacking as they reached high school. What did they have to focus on the most in practice? Why is this happening? Most coaches didn’t hesitate in their answer. They’ve thought about this before and discussed it with their peers. Continue reading Are basketball skills eroding among young players?

Lions are locked in, for better or worse

By Blake Froling

A sudden realization hit us during Monday’s episode of the SportsPen.

Sam Ali from ABC 10 and I were talking about the Lions, and how the expectation was that they need to make the playoffs and win a game. Then, Sam asked me, “Who gets fired if they don’t? Does anyone?” Continue reading Lions are locked in, for better or worse

Pistons season preview

By Blake Froling

We all know where the Pistons stand in the NBA hierarchy: not good enough to win a title, not bad enough to get a top-3 pick in the draft. Most likely, the Pistons won’t inch any closer to either of those extremes this season. That doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the race for the playoffs, even if that means a likely first-round exit. Here are three questions that will be answered in the coming months. Continue reading Pistons season preview