Rachel Zerbe and Blake Froling had their breakdown of the Elite Eight, including their questioning of Florida State’s end-of-game strategy against Michigan. They also try to determine what Miles Bridges’ legacy will be at Michigan State when he leaves for the NBA. Rachel and Blake also look at the startling contrast in the number of draft picks the Packers and Lions have, and if Detroit is destined for another mediocre season. Finally, the two give the highlights from the Greek Freak’s “60 Minutes” interview.
March 23 – Apparently, Seth Wells can see into the future.
Back in November on the SportsPen college basketball preview show, Seth, a noted Michigan fan and TV6 sports reporter, was confident in his Wolverines. Despite the lack of optimism from national experts, he made a bold prediction: Michigan would make the Elite 8.
Turns out, he was right. Here’s the audio of the hot take:
Now might be a perfect time for him to buy a few lottery tickets.
March 9 – Pandemonium swept through the Negaunee gym on Friday night.
Up 53-52 in the final seconds of the district championship game, Ishpeming’s Hart Holmgren stood at the free throw line with a chance to extend the Hematites’ lead over Westwood. He could not. Watch the rest here (video courtesy Local 3, audio from Blake Froling and Dave Boase of ESPN UP).
March 20 – Northern Michigan University men’s basketball coach Bill Sall talked about the young players in his program and the ones about to join his program.
Hart Holmgren is a senior at Ishpeming High School who averaged 21.6 points per game and 6.1 rebounds.
Carson Wonders starred at Iron Mountain High School and redshirted this season for NMU.
March 22 – Dollar Bay boys basketball coach Jesse Kentala joined Blake Froling and Jake Durant on the SportsPen Thursday afternoon ahead of the Blue Bolts’ matchup with Southfield Christian.
March 20, 2018 — On Tuesday, ESPN UP producer and Dollar bay boys basketball assistant coach Thomas Dunstan stopped by the studio to preview the Blue Bolts’ game against Cedarville. We also talked about the landscape of UP Class D basketball now that the North Central dynasty is over.
By Blake Froling
Mick McCabe, longtime high school sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press, wrote a great profile about the Chassell girls basketball team and their improbable run to the state finals at Calvin College. Continue reading Freep profiles Chassell girls basketball team
NMU and Michigan Tech players and coaches addressed the media following the Huskies’ 2-0 victory over the Wildcats.
Blake Froling and Ryan Stieg preview the WCHA Championship Game between Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech.
March 16 – Michigan Tech hockey coach Joe Shawhan joined the SportsPen ahead of the WCHA championship game between his Huskies and his former team, the Northern Michigan University Wildcats.