Certain area high schools are known for excellence in specific sports.  At Mason, wrestling has always been a big deal.  But never have the Bulldogs sent two members of the same class to division one scholarships-- until this year.  Friday, a ceremony at the school featured L. J. Helbig signing his scholarship papers to attend Wyoming... and Jacob Burge alongside signing with North Carolina State.  Combined they'll make Mason another power this winter.

     Are there too many ESPN channels?  ESPNU is seen by few around here and yet that's where Monday's CBE Classic semi-finals will be seen.  Michigan State, 2-0 faces Missouri at 9:30pm.  The earlier game features second ranked UCLA against Maryland.  There is a consolation and championship game Tuesday with the final game at 10pm to be seen on ESPN2.  The Spartans then return for a Breslin Center game next Saturday at 4:30pm against Oakland University.

     Too bad there's not a Big Ten hockey league.  Minnesota and Wisconsin are both members of the WCHA.  They're in town for the Hockey Showcase next week end, some of the best college action of the season.  Quite a statement from MSU coach Rick Comley after Thursday's game that Miami of Ohio is better than previously ranked number one North Dakota.  It's amazing to me that a MAC school like Miami can be ranked number one in the nation in any sport let alone hockey.

     Skate with the Spartans, a neat event, is next Tuesday at 7pm at Munn.  If your kids skate, bring them, skates and cameras to Munn to meet the various MSU players for an hour that night.

     Update on MSU veteran PA announcer Jerry Marshall, who has worked MSU hockey and baseball games for years.  He has been moved to the long term care unit at Lansing's St. Lawrence hospital complex after three weeks in Sparrow Hospital.  Jerry is struggling after suffering a stroke more than three weeks ago and it was a period of several hours before he was treated.  Friends say that has hindered his situation.  There is no word on when he might be healthy enough to be released, but he is unable to speak.


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