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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
FOOTBALL Pair ready to play key roles for Wolverines
GAMES OF By Mike Pryson
email@example.com — 768-4963 Jackson-area standouts make contributions on kicking team
what it’s like to be a college
football player at this level,”
THE WEEK Doug Rogan knows what
it’s like going from being the
Pomarico, a redshirt junior
from Lumen Christi, is the
team’s punter, place-kicker,
punt return specialist and the
Rogan said. “Coach (Rich)
Rodriguez always says it’s
easy for people to make their
It might be hard to be- big fish in the small pond long snapper for punts and key man on kickoff returns. own opinions based on what
lieve, but the 2010 high to doing whatever he can place kicks, and Rogan, a red- “I didn’t expect to come they see on Saturdays, but
school regular season to survive and thrive in the shirt junior from Grass Lake, to Michigan and start as a they don’t see what goes into
crosses the halfway point ocean that is big-time college is the new holder for extra- freshman,” Rogan said. “That it the other nine months that
tonight. football. point tries and field goals. would be unreasonable. The we’re working.”
Time for teams with Tom Pomarico has been Neither envisioned their level of competition is such At Michigan, Rogan is
hopes of conference cham- down that stream, too. paths colliding exactly like a step up from high school. listed as a 6-foot-1, 188-pound
pionships or postseason On Saturday, the two for- this when they arrived on the POMARICO ROGAN You don’t know it is unless wide receiver on the roster.
berths to step on it. mer Jackson-area high school Michigan campus in 2007. you experience it. It’s unbe-
Here are the tastiest football standouts will team honors as a wide receiver lievable.” See STANDOUTS, on B2
nuggets on tonight’s menu: up to play key roles for the Doug Rogan at Grass Lake. He caught 63 Rogan did not let a lack of
University of Michigan foot- passes for 1,266 yards and playing time change his focus I Inside: Michigan State play-
Manchester (3-1) ball team against Bowling Rogan came to the Wolver- scored 18 touchdowns his se- or his drive. ers see offensive coordinator
at Addison (3-1) Green in Ann Arbor. ines after earning all-state nior year. Rogan also was the “Nobody really knows as rock of team, B3
I The buzz: Talk about
Manchester sports the
area’s top passing game, DETROIT TIGERS — WHO’S NO. 1?
led by quarterback Nate
Bossory (1,103 yards pass-
ing) and receiver Brandon
Casey (25 catches, 419
yards), while Addison
boasts the leading ground-
gainer in the area in Mark
Wajda (584 yards).
These two teams have
won or shared the Cas-
cades Conference title
each year since 2003.
Addison is still unbeaten
and tied with Michigan
Center at 3-0 in the league,
while Manchester (2-1
in the conference) is in a
must-win situation as far
as its hopes to snag an-
other conference title.
at Reading (4-0)
I The buzz: Springport,
one of the state’s great
turnaround stories, gets a
shot at derailing the Read-
ing express tonight.
And the express has
been on a roll this season,
outscoring its opposition
by a lopsided 161-6 count.
Reading, ranked sixth in Di-
vision 7 by The Associated
Press, has won 21 straight
Springport, 1-8 a year
ago, is ranked 12th in Divi-
sion 7. The Spartans lost
last year’s game with Read-
at Leslie (3-1)
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I The buzz: Leslie,
another one of those 1-8 The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera is one of five probable candidates for the American League’s MVP.
teams from a year ago in
Does Miguel spell M-V-P?
the midst of a turnaround
season, can make a lot of
friends in the Southern
Michigan Activities Asso-
ciation by knocking off the
lone remaining unbeaten
team in conference play.
A win would also seem to
put Leslie in prime position
for a postseason berth with
Tigers’ Cabrera vying to become team’s first position winner since ’40
winless Albion and Erie
Mason coming up on the By Steve Kornacki the playoffs since Rodriguez is tied for second in the AL
schedule. Citizen Patriot News Service did it with the Texas Rang- with 45 doubles and ranks AL MVP candidates
Hillsdale has scored 96 ers seven years ago. third with a .326 batting av- With more than half of the MLB season in the
points the last two weeks DETROIT — Miguel Ca- There is not a clear-cut erage and 35 home runs. books, five players, including Tigers first baseman,
in wins over Western and brera is trying to accomplish choice for the award this His 31 intentional walks Miguel Cabrera are in the hunt for AL MVP.
Stockbridge. something that has not been season. are three shy of the AL re-
Player Pos. Team Avg. HR RBI Runs RP
done since Hank Greenberg Cabrera is in the hunt cord set in 1957 by Ted Wil-
Grass Lake (2-2) did it in 1940 and Alex Ro- along with Texas Rangers liams. He also leads the M. Cabrera 1B DET .326 35 120 105 190
at Napoleon (2-2) driguez accomplished it in center fielder Josh Hamilton, league with 190 runs pro- R. Cano 2B N.Y. .320 28 104 99 175
2003. New York Yankees second duced (runs scored plus J. Bautista OF TOR 264 49* 114 101 166
I The buzz: Rebounding The Detroit Tigers’ first baseman Robinson Cano, RBIs minus home runs).
Napoleon is trying to get to baseman is attempting to Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Konerko, sitting in front of J. Hamilton OF TEX .361 31 97 94 160
three wins for the first time become the club’s first posi- Jose Bautista and Chicago his clubhouse locker at U.S. P. Konerko 1B CHI .313 37 105 87 155
since 2006. tion player to win American White Sox first baseman Cellular Field on Sunday, * Runs produced are calculated by adding runs
The Pirates will try to League MVP honors since Paul Konerko. was asked which player he’d scored and RBIs before subtracting home runs.
reach that threshold against Hall of Famer Greenberg 70 Cabrera leads the major vote for.
Grass Lake, which has years ago and the first to win leagues with 120 RBIs and a ** As of Wednesday
scored 57, 56, 47 and 39 the award on a team missing .418 on-base percentage. He See CABRERA, on B3 RP — Runs produced
points in winning the past
four games in the series.
Lake could really use a win
with games against tough- HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS
ies Manchester at home
and Union City on the road
still on the horizon.
The Warriors are coming
off back-to-back losses to
Jackson dominates, looking forward to county rivals
Addison and Michigan Cen-
ter. After losing its opener
By Josh Olson
firstname.lastname@example.org — 789-1250 Vikings improve to 8-3 on the season
against Dundee, Napoleon
has won two of three With nine seniors in its Krupa said. “Most of these is played Sept. 30 at Holt.
against league foes. lineup, the Jackson High kids I’ve known since el- Jackson will also get a shot at
School boys tennis team is ementary school, so this is two county rivals — Lumen
I Float on over: There hoping to end the final weeks kind of a special group for Christi and Western — be-
are four homecoming of the season on a high note. me. I’ve known all of them fore the season ends.
games on tonight’s sched- The Vikings defeated for so long, and it’s been a “It doesn’t get much bet-
ule: Lansing Everett at Northwest 8-0 on Thursday, good year.” ter than that,” Krupa said of
Jackson, Hanover-Horton at dropping just three games to Earlier this week, Jackson highly anticipated matchups
Michigan Center, Concord improve to 8-3. Singles play- ended the regular season against Western and Lumen
at Homer and Vandercook ers TR Krupa, Austin Huynh in third place in the Capital Christi. “We’re excited to
Lake at East Jackson. and Tyler Hensley and the Area Activities Conference play them. Basically, every-
— Mike Pryson No. 1 doubles team of John Blue Division — behind only thing from here on in is im-
Marsh and Evan Boyers all state-ranked East Lansing portant.”
CITIZEN PATRIOT • NICK DENTAMARO
earned 6-0, 6-0 victories to and Okemos — with a 3-2 re- Hensley carries a 13-3 re-
I Football picks: Check out lead Jackson. cord. The Vikings will look to cord at No. 3 singles, while Jackson’s Tyler Hensley sends back a volley to North-
how the sports staff picked “This is a great group of improve their standing when west’s Craig Judy during the No. 3 singles match on
this week’s games, B2 guys,” Jackson coach Tony the conference tournament See VIKING, on B2 Thursday at Northwest.