ESCANABA - A group of friends have banded together to form a wonderful tribute to the late Bob "Cubby" Carlson.
Shortly after his death in 2005, a group of friends decided to honor his memory to endow a perpetual scholarship in his name with the Ontonagon Area Scholarship Foundation.
Carlson, a native of Gladstone and former football player for the Braves and Northland College, was principal and football coach at Ontonagon when he died at school.
The group's goal was $10,000, and in 2006 they set up a one-day golf outing as the primary fund-raiser. The first event was won by four college students who played for Carlson, and they promptly donated their winnings to the scholarship fund.
Each subsequent winner has also donated their winnings.
The goal was met after this year's tourney, and the first Bob Carlson Award will be presented at graduation in spring.
Generous donations from professional athletes and organizations have helped bring in funds. PGA golfer Steve Stricker and his father-in-law, U.P. Sports Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Tiziani, UPSHF inductee and Michigan women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth and the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have supplied items.
Tom Strong, a top PGA official from Ontonagon, provided a round of golf for a foursome at TPC Sawgrass for the most recent outing. It was won by Carlson's son, Troy, in a drawing.
Congressman Bart Stupak, a lifelong friend of Carlson, has also been influential, playing in the tourney and providing financial assistance.
In addition, he provided that $2,500 will be awarded for an additional Carlson memorial scholarship for a span of 10 years from the B.J. Stupak Memorial Fund.
l Al Erickson of Escanaba will spend some time with his old cronies Oct. 23-24.
The UPSHF inductee will gather with his Western Michigan University baseball teammates in Kalamazoo for the 50th anniversary of the 1958 and 1959 Mid-American Conference champions and NCAA World Series participants.
l Cheryl Fletcher, a native of Kingsford, married an Olympian from New Zealand earlier this year.
Fletcher and tri-athlete Bevan Docherty dated for five years and now live in Boulder, Colo., where he trains. He finished third at the 2008 Summer Games in Bejing and was second in the 2004 Games in Athens.
l A former National Hockey League goalie is at the state police post in Calumet.
Dieter Kochan landed that spot after graduating from recruit school recently. The former Northern Michigan University goalie (1993-97) played 21 games in the NHL for Tampa Bay and Minnesota over a four-year span.