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.
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.
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?
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