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Yoopers on ESPN

June 6, 2009
Daily Press

ESCANABA - The Upper Peninsula is getting some national attention from ESPN.

Maybe you've seen the ad that began running this week with Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and ESPN announcer Scott VanPelt.

VanPelt mentions the movie Fargo to Mauer, a St. Paul native, who says Fargo is in North Dakota.

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Dennis Grall
Daily Press sports editor

VanPelt then says "Yooper," but Mauer says that is in Michigan, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, U.P., Yooper.

Too bad Mauer didn't mention Kevin Tapani, a former Twins pitcher from Escanaba as an example of a Yooper.

It shows ESPN's humor, which was also displayed several years ago promoting Nimrod Nation in Watersmeet.

*l Bob McGinn is finished a book on the history of the Super Bowl.

The extremely limited edition, high-priced book will not be available until fall. He did extensive research and interviews for articles on each of the 43 Super Bowl games and will have 25 top 10 lists.

McGinn is an Escanaba native who is the Milwaukee JournalSentinel beat reporter for the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame last year.

* Scott Hebert of Traverse City continues to earn national recognition in golf.

The Escanaba native finished third in the PGA Professional Player of the Year rankings in 2008, missing second place by 15 points. Hebert had 950 points while Rich Schuller of Chester, Va. had 965.67. Sonny Skinner of Sylverster, Ga. was tops with 1,349.8.

Hebert won the PGA Professional National Championship at Reynolds Plantation last year, then competed in the PGA Championship for the second straight year.

* Two years ago Erin Holmberg of Big Bay de Noc made a big splash as an eighth-grader in the U.P. Track Finals when she set four Division 3 records (400, 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs).

Last week another eighth-grader had a splendid day. Jamie Dompier scored 28 of Chassell's 32 points in Division 2. She set a U.P. division mark of 26.47 in the 200 dash and just missed a U.P. mark in the 100 in 12.89. She was second in the 400.

She set school records in each race.



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