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College sports swing into spring

The Sports Den

April 3, 2010
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - The St. Norbert College baseball team posted a 5-5 record on their spring trip to Florida, and three Escanaba products helped secure the final victory.

The Green Knights beat Anderson, Ind. University 8-7 by scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Sophomore Garrick Fisher and freshman Ryan Way of Escanaba started the rally with singles, then sophomore Chris Hillesheim was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the winning run.

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Dennis Grall, sports editor

Hillesheim, known for his ability to get hit by pitches while playing American Legion baseball in Escanaba, also drilled a two-run home run in the second inning.

Trevin Hillesheim is a senior pitcher for the Green Knights.

* Northern Michigan University's women's track team has already held an outdoor meet thanks to the balmy spring.

NMU took top honors March 27 in a five-school meet at St. Norbert College, taking 16 of the 20 events.

Senior Erin VanEnkevort of Bark River-Harris opened her final season by winning the 800-meter run (2:25.41) and was part of the winning 4x400 relay.

Senior Angie Leckson of Garden, just a week removed from her final basketball season, won javelin (117-feet-4) and shot put (40-) and was third in discus (112 feet).

Freshman Brooke Granquist of North Central took 400 hurdles (1:12.53). and was part of the runner-up 4x400 relay.

* The Division 3 college basketball player of the year's roots are in Menominee.

Steve Djurickovic of Carthage College is the D3hoops.com player of the year and a first-team All-American after a brilliant junior season.

His mother, the former Becky Johnson, played basketball at Menominee and coached at North Park, Ill. College and Kenosha Bradford High School. Her parents, Bob and Carolyn Johnson, still live in Menominee.

His dad, Bosko, is the Carthage men's basketball coach and is co-Midwest region coach of the year.

The 6-foot-3 Djurickovic is a three-time College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin first-team all-star. He led the CCIW in scoring (24.2) and assists (7.3). He has 2,002 career points, just 112 shy of the school record.

Former Stephenson High School standout Mel Peterson is fourth in CCIW scoring history with 2,542 points.

* New bleachers are being erected at Pederson Ball Park in Marinette for the upcoming high school and American Legion baseball seasons.

Escanaba and Gladstone are among teams that play there. The former bleachers were old when I played for Marinette Legion in the early 1960s.

 
 

 

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