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Regional champs
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:56 PM

For the second straight year, Forest Park’s girls basketball team has won the Class D regional championship. This week, they travel to the state quarterfinals in Escanaba March 12 … and maybe to the state finals in East Lansing after that. Front row from right: Adel Isaacson, Maria Stankewicz, Gina Graff, Sierra Robarge, Kelsi Hendrickson, Ronnie Jaeger, Melina Doering, Susie Toivonen. Back row: Coach Jeff Syrjanen, team manager Hannah Cross, Samantha Nylund, Jessica Bawyn, Kendra Campbell, Lexi Gussert, Rachel Roose, Mary Grandahl, Kaitlyn Bradley and Assistant Coach Jackie Giuliani. Full details in sports.
KINGSFORD—The Lady Trojans’ tourney journey continued at top speed last week, as Forest Park’s girls team made short work of the field at the Class D regional tournament here, defeating Lake Linden-Hubbell 65-25 on March 5 and North Central 73-38 on March 7.

FP boys win D127 district title
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:55 PM

Forest Park’s boys basketball team celebrates their District 127 title with their loyal cheerleaders after the trophy presentation March 8. Team members are Austin Snell (3), L.J. Burns (4), Mitch Bal (10), Hank Steiro (14), Zach Painter (in civvies), Jeff Johnson (23), Raymond Tomasik (25), Lee Graff (30), Cameron Davis (32), Chris Hilberg (33), Derek Aberly (35), Brett Smithson (42), Austin Carlson (44) and Jeff Willman (50). In back are Coaches Chris Nocerini, Dave Graff and Jason Price.
BESSEMER—After two wild nights of action at the aptly named House of Noise, meet your new District 127 boys basketball champions: the Forest Park Trojans!

Familiar finale for Wykons
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:54 PM

NORWAY—A strong third quarter and a steady parade to the free throw line in the final minutes gave Norway all it needed to defeat West Iron 50-45 in the championship game of the boys District 95 tournament here March 6.

Gremlins end West Iron girls’ year at regionals
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:53 PM

MARQUETTE—Year in and year out, Houghton’s girls basketball team is always among the best. The Gremlins lived up to their reputation here March 5, shooting 52% from the floor to bury West Iron County 70-40 in a Class C regional semifinal game.

Lady Trojans dominate District 127 field
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 3:38 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 05, 2013 3:40 PM )

Forest Park’s girls hold their third straight District 127 championship trophy. Front row, from left: Ronnie Jaeger, Adel Isaacson, Maria Stankewicz, Samantha Nylund, Sierra Robarge, Kelsi Hendrickson, Susie Toivonen, Melina Doering. Back row: Kaitlyn Bradley, Gina Graff, Rachel Roose, Kendra Campbell, Lexi Gussert, Jessica Bawyn, Mary Grandahl, Assistant Coach Jackie Giuliani, team managers Claudia Nocerini and Hannah Cross and Coach Jeff Syrjanen.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Too much! Too easy!
As expected, Forest Park girls team had no trouble at all winning its third straight Class D District 127 championship on their home court last week.

Wykon girls earn 3rd straight district title
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 3:38 PM

IRON MOUNTAIN—You’ve seen that pose before. The one with the West Iron girls basketball team triumphantly holding the District 95 trophy.
They did the pose for the third straight year Feb. 27. After getting past Stephenson 33-31 in the semifinals Feb. 25, they defeated Iron Mountain 45-30 in the title game. This week, they go to Marquette for the Class C regionals.

FP’s crazy February ends
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 3:35 PM

CRYSTAL FALLS—That crush of games during February—10 in four weeks—is finally over for Forest Park’s boys team. It’s time for tournament basketball.
The Trojans closed out their regular season with a 61-41 loss at North Central on Feb. 26, followed by a 64-42 win at home over Republic-Michigamme on Feb. 28.

Hems blast WIC in finale
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 3:35 PM

IRON RIVER—Yes, that score you saw last Tuesday was correct: Ishpeming blew apart West Iron’s boys team 92-43 on their home floor Feb. 26.
It’s hard to know what to make of that 49-point loss. It’s even harder to come up with a reason why it matters.

Carney edges FP in season finale
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:08 PM

As a Carney player leaps up, Forest Park’s Lee Graff bounces a cross-court pass on the run to a teammate during the Trojans’ game against the Wolves Feb. 22.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Forest Park lost by one point at home to Carney-Nadeau Feb. 22, but make no mistake about it: The loss shows how far the Trojans have come this season, nearly knocking off the Class D power for the second time this season.

IM gets past WIC in D95 preview
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:07 PM

IRON RIVER—Call it a dress rehearsal, if you want.
West Iron’s boys team took on Iron Mountain Feb. 19 in a clash of teams that will meet again March 4 in the District 95 tournament at Norway.