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03/16/2015 Negaunee High School, Negaunee, MI - The spring rain had come on a mild March day, when the Munising Mustang boys basketball team played the North Central Jets in exciting playoff action. The Mustang boys had been a dominant force throughout the majority of the season, only having been defeated in one game, and the North Central Jets had been equally dominant. Both of the teams had already won their divisional playoffs, and now the bigger games of the regional playoffs had begun. Munising and North Central had faced-off only one other time during the regular season, and the Jets won the game, thanks to a highly-debatable call from the refs. The opening tip-off was won by the Munising Mustangs, and Garrett Blank nailed a huge three-point shot for the first three points of the game. Speed would be a huge determining factor in who would be able to win this contest, as Mustangs’ announcer Mike James noted. The Jets played with a loose man-to-man defense, and the Mustangs fell back on their trusty full-court press. Garrett Blank fell hard and appeared hurt, however, he was able to get back up and walk it off. With under two minutes left, the Jets had the lead, however, Munising was able to retake the lead by a score of nine to six. Nick Cercone hooped a long three point shot that put the Mustangs further ahead as the end of the quarter buzzer sounded.

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First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 14
North Central Jets: 8

The fans for both the Munising Mustangs and the North Central Jets were out in full force, and the Negaunee High School Gymnasium was filled with cheering fans. “Big” Ben Stasewich looked to continue his excellent season when he had five rebounds and four points in the first quarter alone. The action heated-up as the Jets went on an eight-point scoring run that tied the score at 16-16 with just over five minutes left in the first half. The Jets took the lead when one of their players hit a three-point shot which put the score at 19-16. Munising made some ground up when one of their players hit a two-point jump shot which brought them to within one point of the Jets. The Jets went on a 13-2 run in the second quarter, which brought them to a 23-18 lead, with just minutes left in the first half. Adding to the Mustangs problems, Alex Hill had three fouls, and so he had to be subbed-out to prevent him from fouling out of the game. The Jets’ Bilski had 12 points through the first quarter and half of the second, thanks in part to the numerous fouls the referees had called. With just over one minute left in the half, the Mustangs had cut the Jets’ lead to just four points, but Munising was unable to get any closer to North Central before the end of the first half.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 24
North Central Jets: 28

Halftime was a welcome reprieve for the Munising Mustangs, as the first half of play had been filled with fast-paced action, and both teams needed the rest. Nick Cercone had seven points in the first half, and he looked to help the Mustangs make a comeback by continuing to put points onto the board. Munising’s ball movement was fantastic in the third quarter, which allowed the Mustangs to overtake the Jets by a score of 30-28. Andy Cooper had a great would-be steal when he was able to knock the ball away from a key Jets player, but Cooper was called immediately for a foul, much to his chagrin. The large number of fouls continued to be a problem for both teams into the second half of play, and the fans continued to chant their encouragement. The referees seemed to be leaning in favor of the North Central Jets when Ben Stasewich was fouled hard, but he was called for traveling instead. With one minute left in the third quarter, a Jets player hit a hook-shot which put North Central ahead by a score of 36-34.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 34
North Central Jets: 38

The last quarter between the Munising Mustangs and the North Central Jets was sure to be the most action-filled quarter yet. The fervor in the stands wound to a roar as the two teams fought for the honor to play downstate, and the palpable tension was made worse by the fact that the score had remained so close throughout the game. North Central had moved ahead of the Mustangs by two points with five minutes remaining in the game that would decide the Mustangs’ season. With a time of just over two minutes left in the game, the score remained tight, but the Jets had the advantage by a score of 43-39. With 1:30 remaining, the crowd noise was nearly deafening, and the Mustangs fans cheered their hearts out, hoping to inspire a Mustangs comeback. Despite the immense effort put into the game by Munising, they were unable to surpass the North Central Jets score and win the game.

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Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 44
North Central Jets: 48

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03/13/2015 Rapid River High School, Rapid River, MI - It was another gorgeous day, with sure signs that spring was well on its way, when the Munising Mustang boys varsity basketball team took on the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears in Munising’s second playoff contest of the season. The Mustangs had faced the Black Bears earlier in the season, but this was sure to be a different game entirely, and the atmosphere of the playoffs gave both teams a chance at winning. Munising was able to win the opening tip-off, and they followed that up by scoring the first two points of the game. The Black Bears answered immediately on their next drive, when they responded with two points of their own. Austin Kelto intercepted a pass from the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears, and he scored a jump shot to put the Mustangs ahead by a score of 10-2, halfway through the first quarter. Nick Cercone came into the game, and he helped the Mustangs’ defense when they were able to stop the Black Bears at the time line, which prevented them from scoring and coming-back into the game. The Black Bears were doing their best to fight back, but Munising made sure that they wouldn’t be able to do that. With a 13-6 lead in the game, Munising quickly shut down a scoring-run that gave the Black Bears four points in a row. With just a minute left in the quarter, the Munising Mustangs held the Black Bears off from making another scoring run, which could have tipped the momentum in favor of Cooks-Big Bay De Noc.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 18
Big Bay De Noc Black Bears: 9

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The fans in the Rapid River Gymnasium were thoroughly divided between the Munising Mustangs and the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears, and as tensions elevated, a technical was called on the Black Bear’s coach Bob Pederson. Nick Cercone made both of the free-throws from the technical, but the fans were audibly displeased. Referees in the game did their best to get things back under control, and the number of foul calls reflected the high tensions in the gym. “big” Ben Stasewich was able to rebound a missed Mustangs’ jump shot, and he was able to put the rebound in, to make the score 27-15 in favor of Munising. The Munising Mustangs’ Colin Immel nailed a long three-point shot, which put the Mustangs further ahead of the Black Bears with three minutes remaining in the first half. Despite the difference in the score, the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears never stopped fighting, and their courage was visible when they made a fast-break lay-up through the tough Mustangs’ defense just before the end of the half.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 41
Big Bay De Noc Black Bears: 22

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Fast action, was the name of the game for the first half of the basketball game between the Munising Mustangs and the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears. The high-scoring contest was a game of fouls, as the tensions between the two teams wore thin, and both teams were in the double bonus at the end of the first half. Garrett Blank started the quarter off by scoring the Mustangs’ first two points of the half on a fast-break lay-up that saw him sprint the entire length of the court. As the number of fouls mounted, players on each team had to be concerned about fouling-out of the game, because both teams needed every one of their players available. Garret Blank continued his great play when he hit a long three-point shot to make the score 50-29, still in favor of Munising. With just over one minute left in the third quarter, the score remained 50-31, as both teams defenses held their ground.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 53
Big Bay De Noc Black Bears: 31

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The last quarter between the Munising Mustangs and the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears was anticipated to be a fitting finale to what was a hard-fought game for both teams. The first three quarters saw Munising in the lead, but they were having to hold off the Black Bears from making a comeback, similar to what the Munising Mustang girls had been dealt in their loss the previous night. Andy Cooper was taken to the ground hard and had a Black Bears player fall on top of him, but he sprang back upright and appeared unhurt, thankfully. Munising advanced their score to 60-36 when the Black Bears appeared “tired and sluggish after three and a half tough quarters” in the words of Mustangs’ announcer Mike James. The action between the two teams continued to increase in physicality, as players for both teams found themselves on the floor often. As the final minute of the game wound to a close, the Munising Mustangs continued their excellent defense, when “big” Ben Stasewich grabbed a lose rebound and put it home to put even more distance between themselves and the Black Bears.

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Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 68
Big Bay De Noc Black Bears: 45

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03/12/2015 Kingsford High School, Kingsford, MI - The Munising Mustangs regional championship game against the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans was sure to be an exciting contest, as both teams came into the night with outstanding records. Munising’s record was an incredible 23 wins and one loss, and the opposing Trojans had a record of 20 wins and four losses. The opening tip-off was won by Munising Mustangs, but the ball was quickly stolen from them. The Trojans then scored the first points of the game on a fast-break lay-up. On the Mustangs’ next drive, they were unable to score again, but the Trojans scored a three-point shot to put them at a score of five to zero early in the first quarter. Munising was able to get onto the scoreboard when Frankie Mattson was fouled and scored two free-throws. The Mustangs tied the score with under four minutes left in the quarter, and they looked to keep their scoring-run going. Frankie Mattson continued her excellent play when she flat out rejected a Trojans’ jump shot, and that gave her five total points in the quarter, as well as one blocked-shot and one steal. With only one minute remaining in the first quarter, the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans found themselves trailing the Munising Mustangs by a score of 13 to seven.

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First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 13
Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans: 7

The stands were filled with cheering fans, as the Munising Mustangs were leading the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans in the regional championship playoff game in Kingsford, MI. Both teams had some foul trouble, with each team having more than one player with multiple fouls at the start of the second quarter. Melissa Ackerman had three fouls midway through the quarter, and this put the Mustangs at a disadvantage. Frankie Mattson continued her outstanding play when she was fouled multiple times, and she was able to make several free-throws that bolstered Munising’s score even further. With three minutes left in the first half, Marissa Immel stole the ball from the Trojans and fed Bailey Downs for a quick lay-up. As the first half of play came to a close, the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans looked as though they might be able to come back when they were able to score four points in a row, but the Mustangs strong defense was able to stop them.

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Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 23
Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans: 17

Halftime at the Kingsford High School Gymnasium saw the Munising Mustang girls looking refreshed, and they seemed to be in control of the game. However, their opponents, the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans had other plans, as they did their best to fight their way back in front of the Munising girls. Frankie Mattson had nine total points in the first half of the game, and she looked to continue that success into the second half. The Trojans used their halftime break to regroup and refocus, and they appeared to be coming back from their deficit when they scored the first points of the second half. The Mustangs, however, answered immediately when they were able to make a jump shot to make the score, the Munising Mustangs 25 and the Trojans 19. Fouls continued to be a problem for both teams, and the referees had no intention of letting the game get out of their control. The Trojans were able to fight their way back into contention, when they scored a jump shot that put their score at 23, and the Munising Mustangs score was 27, which was much too close for the Mustangs’ comfort. The Munising fans that packed the Kingsford gym came alive when the Mustangs were in trouble of being overtaken, and the Munising players needed all the help they could get to defeat the Trojans. With just one minute left in the third quarter, Peyton Bonneville re-entered the game, and was able to draw a foul which gave possession of the ball to the Mustangs, but Munising was unable to score before the end of the quarter, however.

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Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 27
Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans: 23

The final quarter of play started with the Munising Mustangs in control of the ball and doing their best to hold off the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans in an intense game of high school basketball. The Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans went on a huge scoring run when they scored eight straight points to put the Trojans ahead of the Mustangs by a score of 31 to 27. The noise was deafening as the Kingsford High School Gymnasium was filled with the parents and fans of both teams. Peyton Bonneville brought the Mustangs closer to the Trojans when she scored a jump shot for two, and she was fouled, but missed the free-throw attempt which put the score at 31 Trojans and 29 Mustangs. The Trojans answered by scoring another tough jump shot, which put them four points in front of the Mustangs, but it was definitely still within reach for Munising. Frankie Mattson scored a lay-up from a great in-bounds pass with under three minutes left in the game, to bring the Mustangs to within two points of the Trojans by a score of 33 for the Trojans and 31 for Munising. Crystal Falls-Forest Park was able to score on a quick lay-up, but the next play saw a Munising player fouled, and she answered with two good free-throws. Melissa Ackerman tied the score at 35-35 with one minute left on an amazing rebound. With 45 seconds left, the Trojans scored two points to make the score 37 Trojans and 35 Mustangs, and the next play saw a Trojans player fouled in the back court, which gave control back to the Trojans. With eight seconds left in the game, number 12 for the Trojans fouled a Mustangs’ player, but the Mustangs were unable to surpass the tough Crystal Falls-Forest Park team. With three seconds left, the Trojans scored two free-throws, which was the final nail in the coffin for the Mustangs.

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Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 39
Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans: 36

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03/11/2015 Rapid River High School, Rapid River, MI – It was another gorgeous day when the Munising Mustang boys varsity basketball team played the Mid Peninsula Wolverines. The Mustangs entered the night with a regular season record of 19 wins and one loss, and the Wolverines had a record of three wins and 17 losses. The game was sure to be an exciting contest, and the game did not disappoint. The tip-off was won by Munising’s “big” Ben Stasewich, and then Mustangs the drove to the opposite basket for a quick, two-point lay-up, for the first points of the game. The Munising Mustangs came out of the gate with a bang, scoring 12+ points in the first part of the quarter. The Mid Peninsula Wolverines had a much more difficult time, however, dealing with the Mustangs’ tough defensive play. The first quarter ended with the Mustangs thoroughly in control of the game.

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First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 25
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 3

The Munising Mustang’s fans were delighted with the first quarter, and they showed their school spirit by cheering the Mustangs on to victory. Austin Kelto started the second quarter by stealing the ball from a Mid Peninsula Wolverines player, and he was able to then drive to the net and score a lay-up for two points. Minutes later, the ball was again stolen from the Wolverines, this time by Garrett Blank, to stop a strong Mid Peninsula drive. Munising continued to dominate the game when Alex Hill fed Ben Stasewich for a jump shot, bringing him closer to his 1,000th point in his varsity basketball career. Just before the buzzer signaling the end of the first half sounded, the Munising Mustangs started looking toward their next game when they began substituting out some of their biggest players to let the younger ones get some valuable playoff experience.

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Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 48
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 9

The second half of action started with the same intensity for the Munising Mustangs, who were heavily in control of the game. Colin Immel pushed the Mustangs even further toward victory when he rejected a Mid Peninsula Wolverines player who was attempting a jump shot. Halfway through the third quarter, “big” Ben Stasewich scored the final two points that put him over the 1,000 points mark, and the stands erupted with applause and cheers. It took several minutes for the commotion to subside, and when it did, Stasewich was handed a game ball. After that, he turned toward the crowd, and waved, to a response of thunderous applause. Thanks to a running clock, the quarter ended while Ben Stasewich was taking some free-throws, which brought the Mustangs to a score of 61 to the Wolverines 10.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 61
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 10

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The final quarter of play began with a running clock, and the Munising Mustangs far in front of the Mid Peninsula Wolverines. Despite the difference in the score, it was obvious that the Mid Peninsula High School players had not given-up hope. In the beginning of the final quarter, the Wolverines went on a five-point scoring run, to make the score the Munising Mustangs 61 and the Mid Peninsula Wolverines 15. This only demonstrated the heart that the Wolverines had played with the entire night, despite what seemed to be an over-powered Munising Mustangs team. Jason Lindbeck aided the Mustangs in their victory by putting several points on the board, and contributing heavily to the Mustangs’ dominant defense. With just seconds left in the game, the Mustangs had a lead of 75-23, and and that was how the game ended.

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Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 75
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 23

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03/10/2015 Kingsford High School, Kingsford, MI - It was a gorgeous, warm spring day when the Munising Mustang girls basketball team took on the Bark River-Harris Broncos in divisional playoff action. Mustangs’ announcer Mike James was there to bring all the action to you live on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com. The Mustangs had just come off of a big win against the Rapid River Rockets the previous week, and as Munising progressed further in the playoffs, the action was sure to get more and more exciting! Munising had a record of 19 wins and one loss during the regular season, and the Bark River-Harris broncos came into the night with a regular season record of 18 wins and three losses. Both teams’ records indicated that this would be a hard-fought battle. The opening tip-off was won by the Munising Mustangs’ own Marissa Immel, but they were unable to fight through the tough Bronco defense to score any points. On the Broncos’ very next possession, they were able to score on a fast break lay-up for the first two points of the game. The Munising Mustangs found themselves up against a tough Bark River-Harris defense, which kept Munising’s scoring to a minimum in the first half of the first quarter. With a few minutes left in the first, and a score of six to one in favor of the Broncos, the Mustangs looked to retake control of the game by relying on their own strong defense. With under two minutes left, Munising had fought their way back to a score of eight to five, but the score was still in favor of the Broncos. With one minute left in the quarter, Munising managed to tie the score at eight to eight, and this brought some life back into the Mustangs’ fans. With seconds left in the quarter, Frankie Mattson was able to steal the ball from a Broncos player right under their basket, but she was open-court fouled immediately before the quarter ended.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 10
Bark River-Harris Broncos: 8

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Second quarter action started with the Munising Mustangs in control of the ball, however, they were unable to score on their first possession of the quarter. On their next possession, Kianne Wendt helped the Mustangs to score two points, but the Broncos answered back right away to make the score 12-12, two minutes into the second quarter. The referees made it apparent that the game would be closely watched, as was made obvious by the numerous fouls called on each team. With four minutes left in the first half, the Munising Mustangs found themselves behind by a score of 15-16, which they were not used to seeing. The next play saw Bailey Downs feed her teammate for a quick lay-up to take the lead back for the Mustangs, but only by one point by a score of 19-18. As the first half wound to a close, Marissa Immel went “coast to coast” for a lay-up and two big points.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 24
Bark River-Harris Broncos: 18

The Second half of the game started with the Munising Mustangs in control of the in-bounds pass, but they turned the ball over to the Bark River-Harris Broncos’ full-court press. The very next play saw the Broncos again steal the ball from Munising, and this allowed them to tie the score at 24-24, only just over a minute into the second half. Fouls continued to be a problem for both teams, and the Mustangs’ Marissa Immel was in foul trouble with three fouls late in the third quarter. A scrum for the ball resulted in the Bark River-Harris Broncos having control of the ball with one minute left in the quarter, as they fought to stay ahead of the Mustangs buy a small, three-point lead. With fifty seconds left, Bailey Downs scored two points to bring the Mustangs closer to the Broncos as the game approached its final quarter.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 30
Bark River-Harris Broncos: 33

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The Munising Mustangs started the final quarter of play by scoring four quick points to take the lead by a score of 34-33. As the action heated-up, the referees continued to do their best to keep the game under their control, calling several fouls despite the audible disapproval from the crowd. Frankie Mattson had played the entire game foul-free, but in the fourth quarter, that came to an end. With a lead of 39-34 and just over five minutes left in the game, the Munising Mustangs finally began to put some distance between themselves and the Bark River-Harris Broncos. Melissa Ackerman had to take a seat with three minutes left in the game due to her fouls, and the Mustangs did their best to not let the loss affect their play. Both teams had players in foul trouble, but that was just a sign of the tough game that both teams had played. With two minutes left in the game, the Mustangs had accumulated a six-point lead over the Broncos, and as the score clock wound down, the Broncos’ play became more and more frantic, as they realized that their season would soon come to a close. Both teams played a great game, and that was evident due to the fact that these two teams had displayed great sportsmanship throughout the entire game, despite the tough play. With two point two seconds, Marissa Immel was flagrantly fouled for two free throw attempts, and this sealed the game for the Munising Mustangs.

Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 48
Bark River-Harris Broncos: 45

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03/06/2015 Superior Central High School, Chatham, MI - On a beautiful, warm March day, the Munising Mustangs took on the Rapid River Rockets in third-round divisional playoff action. It was sure to be an intense game as your Mustangs came into the night with a record of 19 wins and one loss, and the Rockets had a record of 5 wins and 16 losses. Defense seemed to be the name of the game that night, as the scoring was held to two to zero in favor of the Mustangs in the beginning of the quarter. Melissa Ackerman contributed to the Mustangs’ lead when she knocked the ball away from a Rockets player, which led to a three on one fast break and quick two points for Munising to make the score 9-5.  The Rockets were able to quickly tie the score at nine to nine, and that’s how the quarter ended.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 9
Rapid River Rockets: 9

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The intense action that the first quarter saw continued in the second quarter as the Munising Mustangs looked to take control of the game against the Rapid River Rockets. The Mustangs opened the second quarter by scoring three quick points on a play where Marissa Immel made a jump shot and was fouled for one extra. With the help of those three points, Munising went on a 7-0 scoring run, that was only ended when a Rockets player was able to make a jump shot to make the score 16-11. The crowd roared as the fans cheered their Mustangs on to victory! With just one minute left in the first half, Bailey Downs intercepted a Rockets’ pass and drove to the hoop, only to be fouled for two. Kianne Wendt scored with two seconds left in the half to make the score 22 to 11 in the Mustangs’ favor.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 22
Rapid River Rockets: 11

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The first half saw exciting action as the Munising Mustangs fought their way ahead of the Rapid River Rockets at the end of two quarters of play. Frankie Mattson started the scoring off by making a lay-up for two quick points in the first minute of the half. The Rapid River Rockets started the night with a small line-up to begin with, but their roster got even smaller when one of the Rockets’ players fell hard and injured her ankle. The Mustangs started the second half by going on a 12 to three point scoring run, and the Rockets weren’t able to answer. In the third quarter, the Mustangs’ “tenacious” defense, so named by Mustangs’ announcer Mike James, held the Rockets to just five total points as a team.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 38
Rapid River Rockets: 16

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Join Mike James for all your Munising Mustangs action live on AM1400 WQXO.

As the final quarter began, the Munising Mustangs were leading the Rapid River Rockets, but the Rockets never gave up hope of winning, which made the action all the better for the packed stands. The referees seemed to be keeping a very close eye on the game, as the Rockets put the Mustangs into the double bonus in the fourth quarter. It was all the Rockets could do to stop the juggernaut that was the Munising Mustangs’ offense, as Munising went on scoring run to put even more distance between the two teams. Despite the difference in score, the Rockets continued to give it their best, and their sportsmanship was commendable. With just a minute left, the Rockets had fought back to a score of 32, but that was still not nearly enough to defeat the Mustangs 44 points. The game ended with the Mustangs firmly in control of the game, as they looked to the next phase of the playoffs.

Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 49
Rapid River Rockets: 32

Listen – Full Game – Munising Mustangs defeat the Rapid River Rockets on Friday, March 6th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies.mp3

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Munising, MIMarch 5, 2015 – Congratulations Jeanie McDuffee, winner of the Trip to London giveaway!

Jeanie and a friend will head to London, England and enjoy five days, four nights hotel accommodations at the luxurious Radisson Blu Edwardian London Hotel, theatre tickets, passes to the Tower Bridge exhibition, afternoon tea for two at Fortnum & Mason, hop-on hop-off bus tickets, and much more!

Congratulations Jeanie!

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03/04/2015 Superior Central High School, Chatham, MI - It was another cold winter day when the Munising Mustang girls varsity basketball team was set to play the Mid Peninsula Wolverines in an exciting, second-round playoff game. The Mustangs’ record for the season was an impressive 19 wins and one loss, where as the Wolverines had a record of 10 wins and 10 losses. Munising had a bye in the first round of the playoffs, so they came into the game well-rested. The tip-off was won by the Mustangs, and Marissa Immel drove the ball down the court. With four minutes and ten seconds left in the first, the score was tied at four to four. Bailey Downs had an impressive defensive play when she was able to steal the ball from the Wolverines and give control of the ball to the Mustangs with two minutes left. The Wolverines were able to keep the score tied throughout the first quarter, so the quarter ended in a stalemate.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 7
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 7

The stands were filled as your Munising Mustang boys took on the Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The stands were filled!

The second quarter of play started with a tied score, and an anxious crowd. The Munising Mustangs seemed to be the better of the two teams. However, the Mid Peninsula Wolverines were giving them more trouble than they could handle when they scored a quick two points to move ahead of the Mustangs by a score of 9-7. The Wolverines moved ahead of the Mustangs, with a score of 11-7, but Kelsea Ackerman was able to steal the ball and score on a lay-up. This seemed to give Munising a much needed boost in confidence, as they scored a three-pointer and a jump shot on two different play in a row to move in front of the Wolverines. With just a few seconds left in the quarter and a score of 16 to 14, the Wolverines pressed the Mustangs’ defense, but they were unable to score any further points before the halftime buzzer sounded.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 16
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 14

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The Munising Mustangs entered the court after halftime with a renewed view of the Mid Peninsula Wolverines, who had kept the game very close through two quarters. The Wolverines had the in-bounds pass, but the Mustangs’ full-court press was too much for Mid Penn to overcome and score. Frankie Mattson, with six minutes left in the quarter, stole the ball from a Wolverines player and made a smooth lay-up for two fast points. With just over five minutes left, the Munising Mustangs went on an impressive scoring run to make the score 22-14 and put some distance between themselves and the Wolverines. Again, the Mustangs’ full-court press dominated an opponent, in the Mid Peninsula Wolverines, in deep distress. As the third quarter came to a close, the Wolverines were having a difficult time even getting the ball across the time line, unlike the first, where they were able to stay close to the Mustangs.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 27
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 19

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Thanks Munising Mustang Fans!

Superior Central High School Gymnasium was filled to the brim with cheering fans supporting the Munising Mustangs and the Mid Peninsula Wolverines in second-round playoff action. The first half of play saw a close contest, however, as the game progressed further, the Mustangs were able to pull away from their opponent. Peyton Bonneville had a great defensive play when she was able to make a quick steal from the Wolverines and get the ball to the her teammate before falling to the ground. The Wolverines fought their way back and were able to give the Mustangs a good scare, but Munising kept their composure and answered point-for-point. “It seemed to be a game of scoring runs”, as Mustangs announcer Mike James surmised, with one team scoring several points in a row and the other answering right back. With just under a minute left in the game, the Munising Mustangs were in the lead with a score of 35-30, but the Wolverines looked to fight their way back into the lead. Both teams were in the double bonus, so every foul during the intense action at the end of the game led to free-throws, but the Wolverines were unable to surpass the Mustangs for the win.

Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 42
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 32

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The Marshland Bookstore is operated by SNHA, a non-profit organization that supports the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The bookstore is the primary source of income for SNHA. Net profits from bookstore sales are used to fund interns and various Refuge programs.
SNHA is searching for a bookstore manager who could spend 5-10 hours per week working at the Visitor Center during the open season (May 15 to October 20). A few off season hours would be required to order items in preparation for opening in the Spring and to conduct end of the season inventory. Prior business experience would be beneficial, but training will be provided.
Qualifications include some computer knowledge, good communication skills and a willingness to work well with Refuge staff, interns and volunteers.

Benefits: This is considered a volunteer position however a $1,200 stipend will be paid by SNHA.

Key Responsibilities:

· Learn Anthology (the point of sale & inventory control software that operates the cash register)

· Order items that meet established guidelines

· Receive items and enter in Anthology

· Prepare invoices to be paid by SNHA Treasurer

· Serve as co-chairman on the bookstore committee

· Report to the SNHA Board of Directors and the Refuge liaison

· Help increase profits

Interested applicants should contact: Tom Kenney, Seney Natural History Association President. Phone: (906) 748-0374 or email: tomkenney125@gmail.com

The mission of Seney Natural History Association is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the natural history and natural environment of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, by working in cooperation with refuge staff to support this mission.

The Seney Natural History Association (SNHA) is a non-profit organization that has helped fund programs at Seney National Wildlife Refuge since 1987. Profits from the Visitor Center’s bookstore sales, membership dues and generous donations help the Association accomplish its mission.

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–The Munising Mustangs Boys play on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com with Mike James!

03/03/2015 Munising High School, Munising, MI – It was a snowy and mild day when the Munising Mustangs were set to play the Newberry Indians in Munising, MI. The Mustangs came into the night with a record of 18-1, and the Indians had a record of 7-11 before the contest started. Both teams had their sights set upon the MHSAA playoffs, starting in just under a week for the boys. The tip-off was won by the Newberry Indians, who then attempted to move the ball down the court and score, but were unsuccessful. The Munising Mustangs then took control of the ball, but were also unable to convert the opportunity into any points. Austin Kelto scored the first points of the game on a quick lay-up, but those points were quickly followed by two points on a jump shot for the Newberry Indians. On the next play, Ben Stasewich got a rebound off of a Nick Cercone jump shot, and he was able to score two more quick points on a lay-up to make the score the Munising Mustangs four and the Newberry Indians two with just over five minutes left in the first.Austin Kelto nailed a long three-point shot to give him a total of seven points through the first quarter. “Big” Ben Stasewich continued to play extremely well, when he was fouled and scored two free-throw points, just before the quarter ended.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 19
Newberry Indians: 8

Munising Mustang boys basketball vs Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

Munising Mustang boys basketball vs Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The action continued into the second quarter, as the Munising Mustangs continued to do their best to move further ahead of the Newberry Indians. The Mustangs employed their trademark full-court press, which seemed extremely effective in stopping the Indians’ offense. Andy Cooper contributed greatly to the Mustangs’ defense with multiple steals from the Newberry Indians. Alex Hill had a great play, when he was able to rebound a long, missed dunk from Andy Cooper and score two points on a lay-up. The Mustangs continued to play a fairly foul-free game, as opposed to the Newberry Indians, who put Munising into the double bonus in the second quarter. Colin Immel was integral to the Mustangs’ success, as he fed Alex Hill a great pass, before Hill nailed a jump shot to add two points to the Mustangs’ score. As the first half neared its close, the Newberry Indians coach seemed to have been able to light a fire under the Indians’ players, who seemed to find some hidden strength to match the Mustangs point-for-point for a time. Before the end of the first half, the Indians had accumulated a total of nine fouls as a team, which was one reason for the Mustangs’ lead.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 43
Newberry Indians: 16

The stands were filled as your Munising Mustang boys took on the Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The stands were filled as your Munising Mustang boys took on the Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

Both the Munising Mustangs and the Newberry Indians seemed to be revitalized by the halftime break, as both teams came out of their locker rooms with what seemed to be renewed vigor. The Mustangs looked to hold the Indians off, but Newberry was doing their best stay in contact on the scoreboard. The Newberry Indians continued to have foul trouble into the second half of play, and multiple players on the Indians team were in serious foul trouble in the third quarter. The rebounding game was dominated by the Mustangs players for the majority of the contest, as it seemed that Munising was just too strong for the Indians. With just one minute left in the third quarter, Colin Immel fed Nick Cercone who then made a tough, quick jump-shot for two points.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 61
Newberry Indians: 29

The stands were filled as your Munising Mustang boys took on the Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The stands were filled as your Munising Mustang boys took on the Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

As the final quarter started, the Munising Mustangs had accumulated a significant and comfortable lead over the Newberry Indians. The Mustangs benched their starters and let their younger players gain some much needed, real-time experience, as they will be invaluable assets during the playoffs. The Newberry Indians continued to fight admirably, but the Mustangs were just too strong. Michael Graves received a pass from Garret Blank and drove to the basket, only to be fouled before making two free-throws. As each of the seniors took a seat on the bench, the stands erupted with applause as they left the court for the final time in Munising. Brett Johnson helped the Mustangs on their way to victory when he was able to make a great steal from the Indians. As the game wound to a close, the Sean Sutherland made a nice floating lay-up to move the Mustangs even further ahead of Newberry. Tyler Tweedale and Jason Lindbeck worked in tandem to wear down the Indians’ defense, as Lindbeck was able to make a nice jump shot to get on the board. Everyone on the Munising Mustangs team was able to get on the scorecard, in a game that was a great show of talent. When the final buzzer sounded, the Munising Mustangs congratulated the Newberry Indians in a great show of sportsmanship as the stands saluted the players on a great regular season.

Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 74
Newberry Indians: 39

The final score after your Munising Mustang boys took on the Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The final score after your Munising Mustang boys took on the Newberry Indians on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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Alger County, Michigan - The sight and sound of sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a lek (dancing/breeding ground) is one of nature’s true spectacles. Males stomp their feet as fast as they can, causing their tails to rattle. At the same time they inflate purple neck sacks, called gular, which produce a unique sound. Meanwhile the females sit back and watch carefully to select their mate. The romance is fleeting and the hen will be left to raise the young on her own. Couple this show with the early morning light of dawn and you have the backdrop for a wonderful and unforgettable morning.

As a citizen scientist you will be asked to hike one mile at first light to make it to the blind by dawn. Like the saying goes “The early bird gets the …” well in the grouse world we are going to have to say hen. After reaching the blind you will take weather readings then rest for a bit before you begin to count. For one hour you will count the dancing grouse and the non-dancing grouse for one minute every ten minutes. The rest of the time is yours to watch, photograph, or video tape the grouse. Stay as long as you like before you hike out again.

Participants are required to watch a video and pass a short quiz prior to participating in the survey.  Several dates are still available!  Because of the nature of the study, we will try to pair people up into teams if you do not have a partner. However, a partner is not required to participate.  For more information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/seney/events/STGR_survey.html or to sign up contact Sara Giles by email: Sara_Giles@fws.gov or call (906) 586-9851 x10.

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03/02/2015 Munising High School, Munising, MI - Your Munising Mustang boys were set to play the Mid Peninsula Wolverines on a beautiful early March day. The Mustangs were in for a tough fight, and it was sure to be an exciting game! The Mid Peninsula Wolverines won the toss, but were unable to score on their first drive. The Mid Peninsula Wolverines were able to stay with the Munising Mustangs for the majority of the first quarter. However, toward the end of the quarter, “big” Ben Stasewich drove to the basket and was fouled for three quick points. On the next play, Stasewich made another great play when he flat-out rejected a Wolverine player to allow the Mustangs some space. With one minute left in the first, Andy Cooper nailed a three-point shot from downtown to move the Mustangs even further ahead of the Wolverines.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 17
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 9

Munising, MI, home of your Munising Mustangs!

Munising, MI, home of your Munising Mustangs!

The Munising Mustangs continued their domination that was the first quarter by starting off the second quarter by scoring three fast points on another long three-pointer. Nick Cercone continued to play well, with five total points through the first quarter and into the second. Garrett Bland did a great job helping the Mustangs’ defense, contributing multiple times to steals. With 2:33 left in the half, the score was 36-10, and the Mustangs’ domination continued as Andy Cooper stole the ball from the Wolverines two plays in a row. The half ended with the Mustangs heavily in control of the game.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 41
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 14

Your Munising Mustangs Cheer Team!

Your Munising Mustangs Cheer Team!

Your Munising Mustangs came out of the locker room with just as much intensity as they had in the first half, but the Mid Peninsula Wolverines seemed to bounce back into the action. Halftime must have been a needed reprieve, because the Wolverines went on a 13-10 scoring run halfway through the third quarter. Michael Graves nailed a long field goal to give the Mustangs two more quick points with three minutes remaining. The Mid Peninsula Wolverines seemed to have foul trouble throughout the first half and into the second half of play, and this put the Mustangs into the double bonus, which only increased the Mustangs’ lead.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 53
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 30

Halftime at Mustang Nation!

Halftime at Mustang Nation!

As the final quarter of action began, the Munising Mustangs’ Nick Cercone continued to dominate the Mid Peninsula Wolverines, along with “big” Ben Stasewich and several other Mustang players. The Wolverines appeared worn-out, but they continued to give it their all, despite the difference in the score. Garrett Blank continued to be a monster on defense, shutting down the Wolverine players time and time again. With the Mustangs looking ahead to the playoffs, the game came to a close as both teams continued with their excellent sportsmanship.

Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 73
Mid Peninsula Wolverines: 44

The final score between your Munising Mustang boys and the Mid Peninsula Wolverines!

The final score between your Munising Mustang boys and the Mid Peninsula Wolverines!

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015, Crossroads Bar & Grill, Marquette, MI - It was a beautiful, warm day at the Crossroads Bar and Grill, where the UP Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show was going on Saturday, February 28th and Sunday, March 1st. Major Discount and Nancy were there Saturday to bring you all the vintage snowmobile action. There were all sorts of awesome antique and custom sleds, all on display for you! So, we hope you joined Major D and Nancy at the Crossroads Bar and Grill, and remembered to bring your helmet! There was everything from frozen turkey bowling to multiple awards for different categories of snowmobile, and there was even fun for kids of all ages! The final weekend of February was the UP’s largest swap meet for snowmobiles! Also, for all the glass-pack fans, there was a new “loud pipe” category award for the individual sled that could create the most decibels! Your Saturday was jam packed with fun during the UP Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show at the Crossroads Bar and Grill!

Take a gander through all the pictures that were taken during the 2015 Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show at the Crossroads Restaurant on Saturday, February 28th! What a successful event at the Crossroads! Relive the entire Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show with Major Discount by checking out the audio links below!

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  Listen — 2015 Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday, February 28th at the Crossroads in Marquette with Major D and Nancy #1 on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com 02/28/15
    Listen — 2015 Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday, February 28th at the Crossroads in Marquette with Major D and Nancy #2 on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com 02/28/15
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    Listen — 2015 Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday, February 28th at the Crossroads in Marquette with Major D and Nancy #6 on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com 02/28/15

Seney, Michigan - All films will be shown in the Visitor Center Auditorium at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. All shows are open to the public and are free of charge. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cookies will be provided by the Seney Natural History Association. Please bring a mug. Watch previews of this year’s films on the Seney Website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Seney/Events.html.

If evening activities are cancelled due to weather at Three Lakes Academy or the Tahquamenon Area Schools, the makeup night will be Tuesday, March 31th at 6:30 p.m.

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located off M-77, five miles south of Seney, or two miles north of Germfask.

2015 Winter Film Festival at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

2015 Winter Film Festival at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

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–The Munising Mustangs Boys play on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com with Mike James!

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Warm-ups in Munising, MI.

02/27/2015 Munising High School, Munising, MI - Your Munising Mustang boys returned to the court on a beautiful late February day. Despite the gorgeous conditions outside, the Mustangs looked to take on the Manistique Emeralds.  This game seemed especially important due to the fact that the Munising Mustangs had just suffered a painful loss two games ago, because of a questionable call from the referees. This was important due to the fact that the Mustangs were playing at the same venue where the loss happened, with the same referees. The tip-off was won by “big” Ben Stasewich, who moved the ball over to Andy Cooper, but the ball was stolen by the Emeralds who scored the first two points of the game. A give-and-go between Ben Stasewich and Alex Hill resulted in two quick points to make the score the Mustangs 7 and the Emeralds 5 with six minutes left in the first quarter. The Munising Mustangs came out of the gate with zero fouls in the first seven minutes of play, as compared to the four of the Manistique Emeralds. Nick Cercone had a great start to the night, accumulating seven points with just one minute left in the quarter.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 18
Manistique Emeralds: 14

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Warm-ups in Munising, MI.

 

The Munising Mustangs found themselves with their hands full with the Manistique Emeralds who nearly matched the Mustangs point for point in the first quarter. The speed of the Emeralds gave the Mustang players the most trouble, but Ben Stasewich was an integral part of the Mustangs defense, having two blocked shots in the first quarter, along with the five points he had. The Munising Mustangs, however, showed their true colors when they went on a nine-point, unanswered scoring run to make the score 27-17 with just over five minutes left in the half. The Mustangs found themselves in the double bonus, due to the Emeralds’ nine total fouls, and the Mustangs looked to continue their success. Andy Cooper slammed the ball through the hoop with one minute, thirty seconds left in the quarter. On the Emeralds’ in-bounds pass, Colin Immel was able to steal the ball and feed Andy Cooper the ball again, which he layed-up for two more quick points. The Mustangs continued their success into halftime, and the Manistique Emeralds looked-forward to the needed rest.

Second Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 42
Manistique Emeralds: 19

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It was a busy night at the Mustangs’ gymnasium!

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It was a busy night at the Mustangs’ gymnasium!

As the Munising Mustangs took to the court after the halftime break, they appeared focused on winning the game and moving into the finals with the best record that they could. The Manistique Emeralds found themselves the victims of the Mustangs’ excellent defensive play. The Emeralds were unable to stop the Mustangs’ full-court press, and the Mustangs took advantage of that fact. Austin Kelto made an amazing pass to a charging Andy Cooper, who then was able to make an easy lay-up to make the score the Munising Mustangs 47 and the Manistique Emeralds 19. The Mustangs extended their lead to 53-21 when Colin Immel nailed a long three-point shot from downtown with two minutes left in the third. Andy Cooper had another great defensive play, with a steal from the Emeralds, which he then fed Nick Cercone with for an easy lay-up to make the score 58-21 with thirty seconds left.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 58
Manistique Emeralds: 24

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Munising fans got a good look at future Mustangs players at halftime!

During the second and third quarters, the Munising Mustangs went on a 40-10 scoring run, and they looked to continue their success in the final quarter. Early in the fourth, the Munising Mustangs had a great allie-oop play, but the Mustang player who scored the basket was fouled, so the points were not counted. The foul put the Mustangs into the double bonus again, which they used to their advantage. Willy Seymore made a great defensive play when he stole the ball from the Emeralds, and he followed it up by driving to the basket for two points on a lay-up. The Manistique Emeralds found themselves victims of the Mustangs’ rebounding prowess, which was evident from the score difference, but the Emeralds effort was admirable. The sportsmanship that the Emeralds had was also apparent, as they continued their clean play, despite the difference in score. Willy Seymore kept his scoring success rolling, when he made a long three-point shot with under one minute and thirty seconds left in the game.

Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 80
Manistique Emeralds: 33

Listen – Full Game – Munising Mustangs defeat the Manistique Emeralds on Friday, February 27th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies.mp3