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Rain hampers Wagner project

June 9, 2010
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - The NASCAR project operated by Escanaba native TJ Wagner at Central Michigan University recently was a victim of poor weather.

Wagner said his project finished in third place among five schools that were in line for a trip to Charlotte, N.C. for an all-star race.

The April 24 event was plagued by day-long rain, Wagner said. "No one really left the dorms. It was focused on kids passing by."

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He said about 200 students attended. He expected 500 to 800.

Wagner has landed a summer intern job with the Detroit Pistons, working in brand management. He deals with summer camps, such as the one hosted by the Pistons in Rapid River next week, and tours.

The NASCAR project included hosting a marketing program at CMU. He worked with M&M Candies, sponsors of the No. 18 car of Kyle Busch, for the Talladega race.

* Twin brothers Dan and Dave Ellis of Negaunee have qualified for the 99th Michigan Amateur golf championship. They just finished their sophomore seasons on the Michigan State University golf team.

The brothers tied for second place at Arbor Hills Golf Club in Jackson with 2-over-par 74.

Also in the tournament is Eric Johnson of Marquette, a junior co-captain at Western Michigan University. He was exempt from qualifying.

The State Am is June 22-26 at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club in Clarkston.

* Duane Raffin, a native of Iron Mountain and a state Hall of Fame coach, died March 29 in Holly. Raffin was 76.

He coached football (1961-65), track (1961-90) and cross country (1966-98) at Holly. His cross country teams won four state titles, nine regional titles and 35 league titles. He was national cross country coach of the year in 1976 and 1978.

* Former West Iron County basketball coach Kent Meyer is a vendor at Miller Park in Milwaukee, hawking ice cold beer and bearing the nickname "The Iceman."

Meyer, 62, has been serving suds for 15 years, starting at County Stadium. He has also worked Green Bay Packer games at Lambeau Field at different times over a 14-year span.

He has a distinctive and hearty yell "YOOOOOOOOOOOOH" to get attention of the fans.



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