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Tourney time in CF men’s league
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:42 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—It’s tourney time in the NCAA, the NIT—and in the Crystal Falls Men’s Basketball League, too.
And you don’t have to wait several weeks for the Final Four! It’s already here!

Lady Trojans’ title quest stopped just short
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:14 AM

Forest Park coaches and players manage a game smile after receiving the runner-up trophy following the state Class D championship game at the Breslin Center March 15.
EAST LANSING—Before long, Forest Park’s girls will be thinking about the first 861 minutes of their 2013-14 basketball season and not on the final three minutes.
But not right away.
The Lady Trojans came oh so close to completing an undefeated season and winning the Class D girls state championship at the Breslin Center here March 15.

Lady Trojans welcomed home
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:13 AM

The Forest Park Lady Trojans basketball team and coaches pose with the district, regional and state runner-up trophies earned en route to a 26-1 record this season.  Also displayed were a pair of team photos, two basketballs and a plaque celebrating senior Lexi Gussert’s selection as Miss Basketball 2014. (Kevin Zini photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS— After an exhausting, exhilarating and emotionally draining trip from nearly one end of Michigan to the other, the Forest Park girls basketball team finally arrived back home Saturday around 9 p.m.

Gussert named Miss Michigan
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:12 AM

Lexi Gussert sits up against the Miss Basketball trophy awarded by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan on March 12 in Detroit. Gussert became just the second girl from the U.P. to be given the award. (photo courtesy of Detroit Free Press)
CRYSTAL FALLS— Her name, really, is Alexis Jo.
But nobody actually calls her that. Maybe just her parents Scott and Kathy, when they’re are mad at her.

Jets’ overtime shot stops Trojans at regionals
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:11 AM

ESCANABA—After his team’s loss to North Central at the end of the season, Forest Park boys Coach Chris Nocerini said he just wanted one more shot at the Jets.

Lady Trojans: Destination Lansing
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:32 AM

The Lady Trojans pose with their third consecutive regional tournament trophy after defeating Superior Central March 6.
KINGSFORD—After over three months and 24 games in the wading pool of U.P. high school basketball, Forest Park’s girls fearlessly step off the ledge this week and into the deep water.
It’s sink or swim against much better teams than the Lady Trojans have seen all season. If they can keep their heads above water for three more games, they will be holding a state championship trophy by the end of the week.

FP boys repeat as D127 champs
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:31 AM

EWEN—After surviving a challenging first game, Forest Park’s boys had smooth sailing at the Class D District 127 tournament, held last week at Ewen-Trout Creek High School.

Wykons fall in district opener
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:31 AM

IRON RIVER— Four minutes into their Class C District 95 boys basketball clash March 3, the West Iron County Wykons stared right into the abyss.

Lady Trojans demolish Dist. 127 tourney field
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 10:20 AM

Lexi Gussert surveys the court after taking a pass during the first half of Forest Park’s district title game against Wakefield-Marenisco Feb. 28. The Lady Trojans advanced to Class D regional action this week in Kingsford.
WAKEFIELD—Usually, the road from Crystal Falls to East Lansing doesn’t come anywhere close to Wakefield. But it did last week for Forest Park’s girls basketball team.

Jets’ 2nd qtr rally stops FP
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 10:19 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—For most of the first half, the end-of-season battle between North Central and Forest Park Feb. 25 was a back-and-forth battle, with four lead changes and eight tie scores.