Munising, Michigan Radio –  Shifting sands along the shoreline of Lake Superior have built up to effectively impede the launching of trailered watercraft at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s Sand Point boat access site.  In the past, the park has removed accumulated sand when necessary.  Management actions to maintain the site are currently being reviewed for compliance with state and federal regulations and adherence to National Park Service management policies.  This access site is identified in the park’s General management Plan, and the park intends to maintain it as a shallow water access site, providing free public access to Lake Superior for watercraft that are appropriately sized to utilize the location.

Superintendent Mike Pflaum says “We are aware of the public concern with the Sand Point boat access maintenance and we are carefully considering how to proceed. We want to ensure that our actions are in compliance with law and policy and that the outstanding natural resources of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are well protected. We expect to have a plan developed by May 15.”

While this process is taking place, the Sand Point access site is open to public use, although trailered watercraft will have difficulty launching due to significant sand accumulation and at times may not be able to successfully launch.

Design Your Perfect U.P. Home

Hiawatha Log Homes indoor staircase - make sure you save some room for it!

Hiawatha Log Homes indoor staircase – make sure you save some room for it!

Munising, MIApril 28, 2015 – When you sit down to design your dream home, make sure you’re taking everything into account. With so many details to remember, it’s easy to lose track of the small things.

Your Most Important Features

It’s easy to get caught up in all the details, but make sure you keep your most important elements in focus. Do you want a large gallery? A massive fireplace? A grand view of the lake?

Pick one or two “must have” features of your new home and focus on those during the design process. Have you always wanted a tower room overlooking the lake where you can sit, relax, and maybe write the next Great American Novel? Focus on that and design your new home around it.

Make a beautiful stonework fireplace the centerpiece of your dream home.

Make a beautiful stonework fireplace the centerpiece of your dream home.

 

Make Some Room

If you’re building a two-story home, you’ll have to account for stairs. Sometimes when making the initial design sketches, homeowners will forget to leave enough space for the stairs. Each and every staircase in your new home will require square footage—remember to leave enough space for handrails and landings.

Building codes also affect your home’s layout. Elements of stair geometry and the size of handrails ensure safety. In order to pass inspection, your home’s stairs must fit the building code.

Take your furniture into account when planning your new home - make sure everything will fit!

Take your furniture into account when planning your new home – make sure everything will fit!

 

Keep Traffic Flowing

The flow of air, people, and pets affects the comfort of your home. Make sure you have plenty of space for stairs, but also keep your furniture in mind. Measure your dining room table, living room furniture, and beds.

If you want some extra counter space in your kitchen, consider leaving room for a center island. Little touches like plants and small end tables can make a big difference in the flow of a room.

Make your bedroom cozy with help from the experts at Hiawatha Log Homes in Munising

Make your bedroom cozy with help from the experts at Hiawatha Log Homes in Munising

 

Work With The Experts

Help is just a phone call away. The professional designers at Hiawatha Log Homes can go over your ideas and help you plan out the perfect floor-plan for your dream home. They’re committed to giving you exactly the log home you want, with your most important elements front and center. Give them a call today at 387-4121.

And don’t forget to enter to win a $7,500 Oulu Sauna Kit from Hiawatha Log Homes and Great Lakes Radio!

Munising, MI – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 527,897 visitors to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 2014 spent $21,906,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 312 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $22,175,200.

“Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Mike Pflaum. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally, with 235, 6000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Michigan and how the National Park Service works with Michigan communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/michigan.

Munising, MI – The Munising Vanguard Singers will perform their Annual Spring Sing concert on Saturday, April 25, 7:00 pm at the American Legion in Munising. The Escanaba Remnants Barbershop Chorus along with the Grace Notes will also be performing at the concert.

Tickets can be obtained from any Vanguard member for $7.00, or at the door the evening of the concert. For more information, call Paul at 906-235-1357

A new dream home in the works by Hiawatha Log Homes

A new dream home in the works by Hiawatha Log Homes

Marquette, MIApril 16, 2015 – Make your dream home a reality. Hiawatha Log Homes in Munising can turn your dream into a brand new, custom designed, state-of-the-art log home. No two Hiawatha Log Homes are the same!

New customers can save thousands of dollars during the month of April with the Preliminary Design Giveaway Program. When you commit to the purchase of a new home, Hiawatha will put the cost of the preliminary design right back in your pocket.

So imagine the home of your dreams and sit down with the design experts at Hiawatha Log Homes today. You’ll be involved with the process from start to finish, so you know you’re getting exactly the home you’ve always wanted. Let them put their 150 years of collective experience to work for you. With Hiawatha’s state-of-the-art technology, you’ll even be able to do a 3-D fly through of your new home before it’s completed.

No matter how big or small the project, Hiawatha Log Homes will sit down and turn your ideas into reality. Even if you’re only looking for a small cabin or camp home, Hiawatha Log Homes has the technology and experience to make your dream come true.

The logs are harvested red pine and white cedar from the U.P. forests and milled on-site in Munising, so you know you’re getting quality Upper Peninsula materials and craftsmanship. The logs are precisely milled to within 1/32 of an inch so they’ll fit snugly together and save on your heating and cooling costs. CEO Joe Esbrook invites you to come out to the plant to see Hiawatha’s experts in action.

Turn your dream of owning a new log cabin home, cabin, camp, or sauna into a reality! Call Hiawatha Log Homes at 877-275-9090 or visit them online at Hiawatha.com today.

Speaking of saunas, don’t forget to sign up for the chance to win a $7,500 Hiawatha Oulu Lodge Sauna Kit!

Win a $7,500 Cedar Log Sauna Kit from Hiawatha Log Homes and Great Lakes Radio!

Win a $7,500 Cedar Log Sauna Kit from Hiawatha Log Homes and Great Lakes Radio!

Joe Esbrook, CEO of Hiawatha Log Homes sat down with Eric Scott on 103FXD to talk about the giveaway and why you should contact Hiawatha Log Homes in April to build your new log home!

Munising, MI – Laura Rotegard, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Rotegard, currently the Superintendent of Albright Training Center in the Grand Canyon, begins her new assignment May 17, 2015.

“We are proud to have Laura as the next superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore,” stated Midwest Regional Director Cameron Sholly. “Her ability to achieve positive results and her proven dedication to the National Park Service will be a tremendous asset to the visitors, communities and the park staff.” Sholly added, “Laura is respected throughout the agency for her work in resource protection and as an inclusive leader who has fostered productive partnerships with state parks, federal agencies, communities, schools and businesses.”

Rotegard said, “ I look forward to sustaining a collaborative management approach at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that creates meaningful connections for our visitors while honoring this fascinating region of the Great Lakes. I am privileged to join the park staff, incredible park neighbors, partners and the gateway communities of northwest Michigan in preserving this special place.”

Rotegard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and completed the USDA, Executive Leadership Program. She began her NPS career at Grand Teton National Park as a maintenance seasonal employee overseeing contractual work funded by the Park Restoration and Improvement Program (PRIPS). She has also worked at Rocky Mountain National Park as an interpreter and Landscape Architect; as a Western Team Planner for six years with the Denver Service Center; Acting Superintendent at Women’s Rights National Historical Park; Superintendent at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site; and as the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first community planner and Management Assistant. It was at Blue Ridge Parkway she helped the parks eight-partnership organizations achieve greater productivity. As Superintendent of Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana, she strengthened the entire operation of this working ranch to achieve better public service while lowering fixed costs.

Rotegard enjoys exploring the woods with her dogs and her husband, Bob Kraft. Both volunteer for and support creative and humanitarian ventures.

www.nps.gov

The Midwest Region encompasses 61 park areas in 13 states (Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, and North and South Dakota), and has been headquartered in Omaha since the mid-1930s.

Laura Rotegard has been selected as Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Laura Rotegard has been selected as Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

We hope you had an amazing night at Gwinn Furniture Outlet's $6,000 Bedroom Set Giveaway at Red Rock Lanes In Ishpeming on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015!

We hope you had an amazing night at Great Lakes Radio and Gwinn Furniture Outlet’s $6,000 Bedroom Set Giveaway at Red Rock Lanes In Ishpeming on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 Red Rock Lanes, Ishpeming, MI – It was an exciting night to be at Red Rock Lanes in Ishpeming, thanks to Gwinn Furniture Outlet’s $6,000 Bedroom Set Giveaway! My name is Joe, and I work for the amazing people at Great Lakes Radio! Last night was my first giveaway experience, and I have to say that I was blown away by the sheer number of people that turned out for the contest! I run the board for WQXO’s sports broadcasts, and I put Munising Mustangs’ announcer Mike James on the air. Yesterday was the first time that I got to meet Mr. James in person, and I have to say that he is just as nice in person as he is over the air! He has a towering stature, but he’s incredibly kind and personable! It was so great to get to meet him, and I can’t wait until the Mustangs start playing next season!

I also got to see the Mama Russo’s team in action! They brought in the most amazing spread of fine Italian food one could imagine! There was lasagna, sausage, pasta, and so much more, and, thanks to the great staff of Red Rock Lanes in Ishpeming, there was just about anything to drink! Congratulations to Brian Lillie on winning Gwinn Furniture Outlet’s $6,000 Bedroom Set Giveaway! Gwinn Furniture Outlet wanted to cure someone’s “bad night’s sleep”, and that’s exactly what they did for Brian! He’s going to be enjoying some fine new cedar log furniture, so he’s assured to sleep like a baby!

I just wanted to thank the super staff and management at Great Lakes Radio, Gwinn Furniture Outlet, and Red Rock Lanes for a great night! I had a blast, and I know that I’m already going to be at the next one! I just hope they have some great prizes again! I hope you had an amazing night, just as I did, and I hope to see you at the next giveaway!

See all the photos from the giveaway here!

Brian Lillie, Winner of the $6,000 Dream Bedroom Giveaway!

Brian Lillie (Center), Winner of the $6,000 Dream Bedroom Giveaway!


Everybody lined up outside of Red Rock Lanes

Everybody lined up outside of Red Rock Lanes

Ishpeming, Michigan  –  April 2, 2015  –  Everyone knows Great Lakes Radio loves to party! Our latest Grand Prize Winner is  Brian Lillie!  Brian Lillie won the White Cedar Dream Bedroom Suite, a $6,500 value from Gwinn Furniture Outlet at our giveaway party at Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center in Ishpeming.

Amy and Dennis registered all the guests and kept the line moving quickly. It was nice to see people smiling and chatting while they waited to get to their seats.

Once everyone was in the banquet center, Walt Lindala welcomed everyone and started the party right giving out a few door prizes! DeeDee released the tables for dinner, and everyone lined up again for some delicious food from Mama Russo’s!
 

The friendly folks from Mama Russo fed everyone!

The friendly folks from Mama Russo fed everyone!

 

The staff from Mama Russo’s is always so friendly, and they serve the best Italian food! Everyone has their favorites and there is always plenty to go around.

With bellies full of Mama Russo’s wonderful food, our potential winners got to play a bean bag toss to get their finalist tickets! There were so many gifts given away and BioLife Plasma Services gave away a a $50 Visa Gift Card to Tony Laurin.

After the game, we gave away a few more door prizes and started picking finalists. Six lucky finalists stood up at the front of the room holding the station envelope they chose and hoped that the Grand Prize was in their envelope.

On cue, the finalists opened their envelopes! Many great gifts were inside, including two Super One Foods gift baskets, a $225 Pro-Package from Hoover’s Auto Body in Marquette, an awesome Leinenkugel’s fire pit from Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, and a $200 gift certificate from Meyer Yamaha in Ishpeming. Brian Lillie chose the Sunny FM envelope and won the GRAND PRIZE! Congraulations, Brian Lillie.
 

What a great night. We love to meet our loyal listeners and it’s so much fun to give prizes out and see everyone having a good time.

Thanks to the following sponsors for helping to make our giveaway a success: Dale at Gwinn Furniture Outlet, Honor Credit Union (Negaunee, Marquette & Gwinn), Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center, BioLife Plasma Services, Synergy Fitness, Venice Pub & Pizzeria, the Bayou and Chocolay River Brewery, Big Valley Ford in Ewen, Hudson’s Classic Grill, Mama Russo’s Homemade Products & Catering, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, a division of Bayside Beverages, Meyer Yamaha in Ishpeming, Super One Foods, Hoover’s Auto BodyAuto Armor of Marquette, and special thanks to MC Sports for donating the games.

LISTEN: Major Discount talks to Brian Lillie, winner of the Dream Bedroom Giveaway!

CLICK HERE to see the pictures from the party!

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.

Your Munising Mustangs play live on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

Listen – Full Game – Munising Mustangs lose to the North Central Jets on Monday, March 13th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies.mp3

Your Munising Mustangs play live on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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

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

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 Munising Mustangs play on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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

The Munising Mustang boys defeated the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears on Friday, March 13th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The Munising Mustang boys defeated the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears on Friday, March 13th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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

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

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

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.

The Munising Mustang boys defeated the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears on Friday, March 13th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The Munising Mustang boys defeated the Cooks-Big Bay De Noc Black Bears on Friday, March 13th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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

Listen – Full Game – Munising Mustangs defeat the Big Bay De Noc Black Bears on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies.mp3

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

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.

Your Munising Mustang girls warming-up for their game against the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

Your Munising Mustang girls warming-up for their game against the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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.

The Munising Mustang girls warm-up against the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

The Munising Mustang girls warm-up against the Crystal Falls-Forest Park Trojans on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 on 1400am GTO Good Time Oldies and WQXO.com!

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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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

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