Interview: Thomas Dunstan, Dollar Bay boys basketball assistant coach

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.

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.