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Top 31 Moments in the UP! #29 – Little Dribblers star on the basketball court

July 10, 2013

little dribHey Sports Fans! Sorry for the delay on the countdown, I have been traveling the country by plane and by car exploring new places and new lifestyles as I went to Lafayette, Louisiana to visit my brother in doctorate school. So let’s keep the countdown going and start with number 29 about the NMU Littler Dribblers camp on April 16, 2013.

Every year, the NMU Women’s Basketball puts on a Little Dribblers camp to teach the fundamentals of basketball to young children. This two day events is really cool for youngsters to go to the PEIF on NMU’s campus and show off their basketball talent with the women’s team.

What I loved so much about this event was the gym was absolutely packed with basketball players. It looked like their was over 300 kids in a small gym working on passing, shooting, dribbling, and teamwork. (See Video Below)  So when I got a chance to put down the camera after getting all the excellent footage, I picked up a basketball and decided to shoot some hoops with the campers.

My main goal coming to the Upper Peninsula was to be involved with the community and learn more about people and their wonderful stories. So after a few minutes, I started to build up a fan base with a lot of the children. They all wanted to play basketball games against me and they wanted to steal the ball and score over me as if I was the “Jolly Green Giant.” (I’m not a giant but I can do work with a basketball in my hand)

Seeing the kids smile and laugh and tell their parents that they played with the nice sports man from TV 6 was a moment I won’t forget and I know the kids will remember that for a very long time. When I was done playing, I wanted to do interviews with some of the participants to get their reaction on the fun day to put on the 11pm news.

Once I talked to one camper, a big group of children surrounded my camera and microphone and they all wanted to talk to me about the day of activities. Normally, kids don’t want to go on camera because they are shy and usually don’t know what to say with the light shinning in their faces. But when my TV 6 mic flag was showing, it was like I was the Beatles entering the stage to play on the Ed Sullivan show. That was as cool as it gets.

And when you get that much love, it always sticks in the back of your mind. I love the game of basketball so much and I know those kids went home smiling knowing they loved basketball as well.

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Top 31 Moments in the UP! #30 – Two Dunks for the Price of One

July 3, 2013
Photo by Grandpa Camo

Photo by Grandpa Camo

Hey sports fans, I hope you enjoyed #31 on my countdown and want more exciting moments from the Upper Peninsula through the past year. For #30 I am going to jump to higher moments in High School Basketball.

The date was December 10, 2012. It was a cold and snowy night in the Upper Peninsula and I was trying to find out what game I should shoot for the 11 o’clock news. I thought, let’s get some Republic Hawks highlights because the station didn’t really cover a lot of Republic games. So I thought that night was perfect to showcase some different talent.

When I got to the gym in downtown Republic,  the Hawks were trailing North Central and the rising Jets 33-15 at the half. At that point I thought to myself, this is going to be a rough game to shoot for highlights. But I was completely WRONG!

Because the half started out with some nice defense from the Jets as Josh Granquist came up with the steal and the nice lay in at the other end. And then, the wings started to spread for both teams. Off a North Central miss, Jonathan Lygdman would get the ball up court and slam the orange in the basket for the two handed flush. Through the camera lens I was like, “WOAH!! DID THAT JUST HAPPEN????” I was very impressed by the big fella. It was a great play!

But the Jets wanted to lift off on the road and seal the deal as they started a break of their own a few minutes later and Tyler Polfus passed the ball to a wide open Caleb Martin who then flushed it down with two hands!!! The North Central bench on their feet going crazy and I thought to myself, “Did I just see two dunks in a game?” And the answer was, “Yes, yes I did see two dunks in a game in the Upper Peninsula.”

That was one of the most memorable and impressive displays of athleticism I have seen in my time in the Upper Peninsula. It was rare to see a kid dunk it here in the UP, but to see two guys sky to the rim and finish was remarkable. I don’t think I have even seen a high school game that entertaining and full of excitement.

I will post the video below of my highlights from that night. Let’s just say, I got very excited for a moment that might not happen again for a very long time…