Prep hoops recap: Brethren defeats Bear Lake


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Garret Mobley (left) and Jake Griffis (right) prepare to tip off on Thursday night. 

Garret Mobley (left) and Jake Griffis (right) prepare to tip off on Thursday night. 

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BEAR LAKE – The Bobcats defeated Bear Lake Thursday night, 54-46. 

Brethren’s Connor Wojciechowski led the way with 16 points, three assists, five rebounds, and eight steals, while freshman guard Jack Meszaros had 15 points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block. 

Garret Mobley added 12 points, 12 boards, and four blocks. 

For Bear Lake, Jake Griffis scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, and swatted six shots. Keegin Johnson tacked on six points, one assist, two rebounds, and one block, whereas Cole Merrill ended the night with three points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. 


The Bobcats are scheduled to face Baldwin on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The Lakers travel to Walkerville Friday night (Jan. 21), where tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.



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Lake Tahoe after fire and before snow: Photos and travel tips


Lake Tahoe is in limbo.

Between California and Nevada. Between summer and winter. Between a rough 2021, in which the Caldor fire blackened more than 220,000 nearby acres, and a COVID-shadowed 2022 that’s anyone’s guess.

In the coming days and weeks, storms will likely bring enough precipitation to start the ski season in earnest, bringing skiers, boarders and tourist dollars in large quantities while blanketing the slopes (and scorched earth) with snow.

But I couldn’t wait for that. I headed north in November, when the landscape was full of aspen leaves, spawning salmon, empty beaches, early snow flurries and rain puddles — transition everywhere. I took these 25 images as I circled the lake (with two detours). On the way, I learned a few things that might improve your next visit, whenever that comes.

First: Though miles of charred trees mar the landscape south of the lake, visitors from Southern California may barely notice them. This is because firefighters stopped the flames before they reached water’s edge and because the most visible roadside damage is along portions of Highway 50 (which leads to Sacramento) that northbound drivers can easily avoid.

Along Highway 395, the most common driving route to Tahoe from Southern California, I did see trees killed by the Tamarack fire (68,637 acres, contained Oct. 26) but only on the 10-mile stretch between Wild Oat Mountain and Dead Horse Flat, Nev.

What I mostly saw drawing nearer to Tahoe’s south shore was autumn splendor. Especially at Emerald Bay.

South Shore

Sunrise over Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay sometimes comes with billowing clouds and rainbows.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

There are no guarantees when you make an impulse decision on the road, but it’s good that I rose early to catch sunrise over Emerald Bay.

Sunrise over Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay sometimes comes with billowing clouds and rainbows.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

As I arrived at Inspiration Point, the clouds burst and the sun appeared, peeking up from beyond the Nevada shore. Sunbeams and raindrops everywhere. Only a handful of families and individuals were there to see it. We shared smug smiles.

Sunrise over Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay sometimes comes with billowing clouds and rainbows.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Whatever season you arrive, make time for Emerald Bay State Park. Also, as you gaze across the water, consider that Lake Tahoe never freezes over. At its greatest depths, experts say, it’s 39 degrees year round.

At Lake Tahoe, you sometimes catch a rainbow rising from the water or mushrooms rising from the forest floor.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

More advice: If you stop by Camp Richardson on the south shore, perhaps to grab a bite from Beacon Bar & Grill, you might catch a rainbow rising from the water (and your own shadow).

Mushrooms popping up from the ground at Lake Tahoe.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Look down at Camp Richardson too. You might find mushrooms emerging from the cold, moist forest floor.

WHERE THE FIRE WAS

Along Highway 50 south of Lake Tahoe, repair work and blackened trees are a common sight.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

I did take two detours from Tahoe. The first was onto Highway 50 between the hamlets of Meyers and Kyburz, about 20 miles south of the lake where some of the worst Caldor fire damage is visible from the road. I did this so that you don’t need to. Along the ashen slopes and roadside, workers were felling dead trees, then cutting, stacking and hauling them as civilian traffic slowly crept past. A man with a flag waved motorists through, then stopped traffic, then waved another batch through. If you’re driving to the lake from the south, it’s easy to avoid this by using Highway 395.

Along Highway 50 south of Lake Tahoe, repair work and blackened trees are a common sight.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Here’s another look along Highway 50. This ridgeline near Echo Summit was also part of the Caldor fire, which was reported Aug. 14 but wasn’t 100% contained until Oct. 21.

Blackened trees along Highway 89 near Emerald Bay are remnants of the Emerald fire of 2016.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

These blackened trees and sparse slopes along Highway 89 might look like fresh damage, but they’re remnants of the Emerald fire of 2016, which burned fewer than 200 acres in a highly visible spot.

TRAVERTINE HOT SPRINGS AND MONO LAKE

Travertine Hot Springs, open for soaking, are found just south of Bridgeport along Highway 395, north of Mono Lake.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

See the knees? My second detour from Tahoe was a 100-mile side trip to Mono Lake, and on the way I stopped at Travertine Hot Springs. It’s off a dirt road just south of Bridgeport along Highway 395. In some of these natural hot tubs, you can adjust the temperature by placing pebbles to divert the incoming hot spring water.

The knees shown above belong to Opie Owens, 32, who was unwinding in one of the tubs after catching 13 Phish concerts in 16 days. He seemed to have his temperature just right.

Visitor Opie Ownes of Florida was unwinding after catching 13 Phish concerts on the band's West Coast tour.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

I pulled off my shoes and soaked for 15 minutes in a neighboring tub before hitting the road again. Owens wished me well and looked upon me with benign pity as if I’d just ordered take-away French fries in a Michelin-star dining room.

By the way, locals say the dirt road to these springs gets buried when serious snow comes. I wouldn’t try it in winter.

And on the subject of warnings …

Bridgeport along Highway 395 north of Mono Lake.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

The decade is young, but I believe this is the most expensive gasoline I’ve ever pumped in these United States. This was Bridgeport.

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve off Highway 395 in California's Eastern Sierra.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Here’s Mono Lake, which every Angeleno probably ought to see because so much of our water has been diverted from its Eastern Sierra tributaries. The formations at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve are the stuff of strange dreams (and classic-rock album covers).

Boulders and aspens line the Walker River near the town of Walker.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Along the Walker River, between Bridgeport and Topaz Lake on Highway 395, I stopped just to tramp among the aspen leaves and granite boulders.

The Heavenly ski resort on Lake Tahoe's south shore narrowly avoided the Caldor fire of August and September.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

If you start circling Tahoe at the south shore’s California-Nevada border, your first stop is the Heavenly ski resort and village. I did no skiing. After a mostly snowless November and early December, precipitation arrived with a storm this week, leading the resort to announce that it would open several lifts and runs on Dec. 11. I missed that and had to settle for the sight of an idle gondola. Still, Heavenly Village was stirring to life. I especially liked my dinner at Azul Latin Kitchen. Holiday lights were twinkling. All we lacked was snow. (As of Dec. 9, the gondola was carrying sightseers only, but on that day, a storm brought several inches of snow. Skiers, it won’t be long.)

The Sierra at Tahoe ski resort, 18 miles to the southeast, has deeper challenges to reckon with. Facing substantial fire damage, management has said that “we have set our sights on resuming operations in early 2022.”

On Lake Tahoe's south shore, visitors can learn about the region's falling aspen population.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

The Taylor Creek Rainbow Trail, just off Emerald Bay road (Highway 89), was another impulse move. On the nature trail and boardwalk there, visitors can browse the wetlands and learn about the region’s falling aspen population. (Apparently nimrods with Swiss army knives aren’t the only problem.) But the big surprise was in the water.

Each fall, visitors also have a chance to see kokanee salmon spawning, a phenomenon in which the fish turn red.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Each fall, kokanee salmon spawn in Taylor Creek. It’s a phenomenon in which The fish turn red, struggle upstream to lay eggs — and die. I showed up in the middle of this epic struggle with thousands of red fish (and dead fish) everywhere, accompanied by the scent of fresh salmon.

The salmon then struggle upstream to lay eggs and die.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

It was a bittersweet spectacle of nature in transition. I probably shouldn’t admit that it made me hungry.

Near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Palisades Tahoe ski resort (formerly Squaw Valley).

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

About seven miles from the lake’s north shore, I spent a night at the Palisades Tahoe ski resort, which you may know under another name. It was Squaw Valley until September when management cast off the old name, acknowledging it was derogatory and offensive.

There I wandered through another slowly waking resort village, this one more isolated than Heavenly, with only a few restaurants and shops open. For company, I had a naked mountain — the granite formation known as Tram Face looming to the west (soon to be covered by snow, let’s all hope). In recent days, more of the village has opened, and the resort has its beginner terrain in operation with lessons available. The resort’s aerial tram is running Friday through Sunday but only for sightseeing so far.

In early November, the Village at Palisades Tahoe was preparing to open for ski season.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

In the Palisades Tahoe village at one of Tremigo restaurant’s fire pits, I found Cathy Colpitts (gray hat) and her golden retriever K.T. along with Danielle Ginty (purple hat) and her golden retriever Rosie.

Early season snow falls at Alpine Meadows area of Palisades Tahoe resort near the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

In the Alpine Meadows area of Palisades Tahoe, I caught a few minutes of snow — a hint of the winter to come. By the time I was a few miles down the road (and a little closer to sea level), the flakes had turned to rain.

Truckee is an old railroad town near Lake Tahoe's north shore.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Truckee, an old railroad town near Lake Tahoe’s north shore, has been born again as a destination for tourists and Bay Area people with second homes. Like every other community around the lake, it’s punctuated this year by signs reading not only “THANK YOU, FIREFIGHTERS” but “HELP WANTED” because a pandemic-fueled housing shortage has made it difficult for service workers to find anywhere to live. Hence this sign at JAX at the Tracks Diner: “The world is short-staffed. Be kind to those who showed up.”

JAX at the Tracks, a refurbished diner, is one of the most popular restaurants in the town of Truckee.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

JAX is one of the most popular restaurants in Truckee, but its counter seats were all empty because of COVID precautions.

The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee units login cabin style with industrial chic.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

You see a lot of real and fake log cabins around the lake. You don’t see a lot of structure likes the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, whose style is part cabin, part industrial chic. It’s the marriage of cedar and cement at last. The hotel has 40 rooms and a well-regarded restaurant, Stella, and it was my favorite lodging find of the journey. (I paid about $175, but once the skiing season starts, rates jump much higher.)

The Truckee River, sporting fall color, runs through downtown Truckee.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

One great pleasure of driving River Road (Highway 89) north from Tahoe City is the way you play peekaboo with the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe’s only outlet.

It runs north from the lake, cuts through downtown Truckee (where I took this picture). Then, with Interstate 80 following its path, it continues for another 80 miles or so, twisting through Reno, then emptying into Pyramid Lake, Nev. Maybe come spring that will be the next road trip.

A photo from Lake Tahoe.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

On the last afternoon of the Tahoe trip, under pounding rain, I pulled over at Donner Lake, a few miles from the mountain pass where the Donner Party had its winter unpleasantness 175 years ago.

Everyone else had taken refuge inside except these two, who lingered a long while, watching the stippled surface of the water. Maybe they were thinking about how rough 2021 has been or how much they’re counting on 2022. Or maybe they were reminding themselves that in this neck of the woods, just about any year that isn’t 1846 is a good year.





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9 Fantastic Winter Activities On Lake Erie In Ohio


Along the northern edge of Ohio, you will find the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Vast views of crashing winter waves and lake effect snow have drawn visitors from all over the world to explore here during the months that Old Man Winter rules the weather. Winter is not a time to hide inside; it is a time to strap on some snowshoes to explore and then to enjoy a warm crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate with piles of whipped cream.

Getting to Lake Erie, even in winter, is usually accessible via a road trip, but if you’re the flying type, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is right on the lake. Cleveland is the perfect base to start your winter activities on Lake Erie.

Frozen Brandywine Falls during winter
Brandywine Falls (RobDemPhoto / Shutterstock.com)

1. Find A Frozen Waterfall

Bundle up for some opportunities for beautiful hikes to frozen waterfalls. Northeast Ohio is home to multiple waterfalls that can completely freeze over during winter. These falls are roaring with water during the warmer weather, but there is a whole different atmosphere surrounding these water-filled ice displays in winter. Stand patiently and listen to the quiet interspersed with water sounds and loud cracks as winter settles in over the falls.

Two of the most notable ones are Brandywine Falls and the Great Falls of Tinkers Creek Gorge.

Food and wine at Laurentia Winery in Ohio
Laurentia Winery (Tamara Davis / Shutterstock.com)

2. Visit The Wineries In Ashtabula County

Winter in the Grand River Valley is magical. Lake effect snow blankets Ashtabula County with a stunning display of sparkly snow, giving the landscape a brilliant blanket of white. Sprinkled throughout the county are the wineries of Ashtabula. It is said that there is something extraordinary about these wineries during the winter months. Upstairs in the winery, guests enjoy crackling fires while the barrels of aging wine are in the wine cellars. Inside, find a quiet gathering of friends sipping wine while warming up from the winter chill. 

Fun fact: It is not unusual to drive up to the wineries to park beside a snowmobile.

Pro Tip: While you are there, explore the stunning covered bridges around snow-covered Ashtabula county.

3. Watch The Walleye Drop

Head to the Walleye Capital of the World on New Year’s Eve to watch Wylie the Walleye drop at midnight. Brave the cold and count down the New Year with the locals for this spirited event. Before the walleye drop, take the “Bar Swim” loop on one of the heated luxury buses that swim around Port Clinton, taking you out for some themed specialty drinks to warm you up before the drop. After Wylie drops, the night sky bursts to life with a stunning display of fireworks.

Ice fishing huts on Lake Erie
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4. Go Ice Fishing

In winter, if the weather conditions are right, Lake Erie becomes home to colorful ice shanty villages with structures big and small. Ice anglers and professional guides measure the ice thickness and wait for the perfect moment to get out and catch the perch and walleye. While you can go ice fishing right off the mainland, up your game a little and charter a flight to Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island for a once-in-a-lifetime experience off the shores on one of the islands. Book a quiet stay at a bed and breakfast where you will practically own the island.

Pro Tip: Hop aboard Island Air Taxi to take your winter trip over to the islands.

Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse
Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse (Amy Nichole Harris / Shutterstock.com)

5. See Ice Covered Lighthouses And Ice Gardens

Lighthouses on the shores of Lake Erie bring visitors from all around during “tourist season,” however, in winter, the crowds are smaller, and the display is beyond anything you have ever seen. If you’re lucky, some winter wind will kick up the waves on Lake Erie so you can marvel at the ice-encased lighthouses. My personal favorite is the West Pier Lighthouse in Cleveland. In 2010, we had a year where this lighthouse was absolutely breathtaking.

While the lighthouse is photogenic, don’t miss Mother Nature’s stunning ice display along the shores. Every branch, rock, or outcrop becomes a piece of art as water and wind create something new to see every year. Frozen gardens change daily, and with the chaotic winter weather, you never know what you might see.

Pro Tip: If you time it just right, you might be able to see a phenomenon called ice balls formed along the shores.

6. Stay At Geneva-on-the-Lake

Geneva-on-the-Lake is hopping in summer, but visitors who like it a little more quiet come in the winter to enjoy the beauty of the lake from a different perspective. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowbiking in Geneva State Park keep you active before heading back to your lodging for the night. Grab dinner at the Crosswinds Grill for a farm-to-table experience that is off the charts. The Crosswinds Grill is located at The Lakehouse Inn, a boutique destination that offers unique winter experiences. After a day of winter play, relax with a spa treatment and enjoy your cold-weather escape.

Pro Tip: If the weather is cooperative, take a walk on the state park beach and look for pieces of sea glass.

7. Play Indoors At Kalahari Waterpark

If you are a kid at heart, Sandusky, Ohio, has warm winter fun waiting for you indoors at Kalahari Resort. As the doors slide open to let you in, you are hit with the tropical warmth when it is freezing cold outside. Pre-book a cabana near the wave pool for your stay and sip some delicious drinks poolside before heading off to the spa for a hot chocolate facial. It is not all about water in this premier resort; the food served here is beyond fantastic. Extreme milkshakes, mammoth burgers, and the Italian kitchen is a foodie’s dream. After all your fun during the day and you still have some energy, play a round of mini bowling or hit a game of putt-putt at the glow-in-the-dark course.

Pro Tip: Stop at the Candy Hut for a piece of chocolate-covered bacon sprinkled with sea salt — it is to die for.

Maumee Bay State Park in Ohio
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8. Walk The Boardwalk At Maumee Bay State Park

Birding along the shores of Lake Erie is one of my favorite things to do, and taking a walk along the trails at Maumee Bay State Park is always high on my list of places to go any time of the year. In winter, this boardwalk becomes an open door to see some of Ohio’s native wildlife and migrating birds. On one occasion, as I was walking through, a group of deer came crashing through the marsh, sprinting by without a care in the world, that is until they saw me. They stopped to give me the ‘what-are-you-doing-here’ glare before heading deeper into the woods. 

If you fall in love with the gorgeous state park, you don’t have to leave; book a room at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge to enjoy the lake views from your lakeside room, where you can enjoy all the wild waves and icy blasts in comfort. Sink down into the hot tub before bed to warm your bones after your day of birding and wildlife watching.

If you want some more birding while in the area, take the Lake Erie Birding Trail through the Western Lake Erie Marshes. This driveable trail takes you through some of the beautiful parks along the lake, where you might see majestic eagles, great blue herons, white egrets, and maybe some swans. 

Pro Tip: Visit during the Biggest Birding Week in America to see the colorful warblers as they migrate through the Lake Erie region.

9. Drive The Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail Scenic Byway

If the weather conditions are perfect, you can drive the Lake Erie Scenic Byway from one end of Ohio to the other, stopping at small towns along the route and enjoying the metropolitans, too. Visit coffee shops, wineries, and historic stops as you meander your way along the coast of Lake Erie. 

About halfway along the route, you will land in Sandusky, where I like to spend a little time when I drive through. I don’t care how old I get; I enjoy going to the Merry Go Round Museum, where I can ride the restored carousel a few times. If you visit here, take time to look at all the hand-carved animals, some dating back to the turn of the century.

Finish your drive with dinner at Tony Packo’s, an iconic restaurant along the shores of Toledo. Since 1908, Tony Packos has been serving up its Hungarian food with delicious hot dogs served on its famous buns. Wander around the original location and check out all the signed buns from the famous people who have dined here; Burt Reynolds was the first celebrity to do it while filming The Rainmaker.

Pro Tip: DO NOT start this byway without the byway map and app!

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Lake County News,California – Caltrans urges drivers to avoid travel to Sierra


Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin is urging motorists to avoid nonessential mountain travel until weather conditions improve.

Caltrans has closed 45 state highways since December 24 due to record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada.

While Caltrans has reopened 29 highways — including Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50, the main gateways to Lake Tahoe — roadway conditions remain challenging with extensive delays and chain controls in effect.

“The safety of the traveling public is always Caltrans’ top priority,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Please avoid traveling to the Sierra unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, make sure you’re prepared.”

Under the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, or CalOES, has activated the State Operations Center to monitor storm conditions and coordinate all necessary assistance.

Caltrans is coordinating with CalOES, the California Highway Patrol, local law enforcement, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service to respond to changing conditions and keep roadways safe for travel.

In response to the record snowfall, Caltrans has redirected all available crews into the mountains to reopen roadways, bringing operators from as far away as the Bay Area to assist.

The department has 1,350 field staff clearing mountain highways, working 24/7 in 12-hour shifts, and has deployed more than 600 snowplows statewide.

Caltrans has recorded more than $22 million in storm damage to state highways during the current winter storm, not including snow and fallen tree removal costs. Hundreds of trees have fallen onto highways, slowing the snow removal process.

Caltrans shared the following safety tips for motorists who must travel to the mountains:

• Before heading out, check Caltrans QuickMap for the latest road closure and chain control information.
• Carry chains and be ready for winter driving conditions.
• Make sure your vehicle is in good working order by checking your brakes, wipers, antifreeze, heaters, and exhaust systems before you leave.
• Do not try to go around highway closures by using secondary roads.

And when you’re on the road, please remember:

• Slow down and Be Work Zone Alert as Caltrans crews, California Highway Patrol officers, and other emergency responders are out trying to help control traffic and clear the roads.
• “Don’t Crowd the Plow” — tailgating or trying to go around snow plows can result in potentially dangerous situations.
• Have an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, water, food, a shovel, gloves, a flashlight, and sand or kitty litter to provide traction in case your vehicle becomes stuck.
• Bring cash in case power is unavailable for credit card transactions.
• Keep your phone charged in case you need it in an emergency.



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Nevada governor to declare emergency due to snow, storm conditions affecting travel in Lake Tahoe area


Gov. Steve Sisolak plans to declare a state of emergency due to snow and storm conditions affecting travel in the Lake Tahoe area of northern Nevada.

A statement released Tuesday night by Sisolak’s office said the emergency declaration will allow state officials to order vehicles traveling in on mountain highways to turn around and return to lower elevations until weather conditions subside and the roadways are safe to use.

“This will help prevent motorists from becoming stranded overnight on the roadways, potentially running out of gas in subfreezing temperatures without access to emergency services,” the statement said.

It said U.S. 50 and State Routes 207 and 28 were experiencing long delays and dangerous conditions and that authorities need to be able to clear the roadways to make room for emergency vehicles and snow plows.



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Prep roundup: Grand night for TC Christian’s Broderick; Glen Lake tops Elk Rapids 50-46 | Sports


TRAVERSE CITY — Brock Broderick needed 27 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

By the end of the first quarter Tuesday, the senior varsity boys basketball star for Traverse City Christian needed just seven after dropping 20 points in the first eight minutes.

“It didn’t take much from there,” TC Christian head coach Rene LaFreniere said. “He was on a mission.”

Broderick completed the mission and finished the contest with a game-high 40 points as the Sabers went on to beat Leland 74-38.

“It just feels good to surpass it so I don’t have to worry about that,” Broderick said. “We can just keep going, now.”

Tuesday was the first time LaFreniere coached Broderick in live-game action. The senior certainly impressed his coach.

“That’s a heckuva way to start off,” LaFreniere said. “It wasn’t just offensively. He was hustling all over the floor on defense, he was talking, getting rebounds. He set the pace for the game, and the rest of the guys followed suit.”

Broderick said he is feeling good about his squad’s potential this year, bringing in a senior-laden group that has been playing together for a while.

“We’ve got a kind of a soccer squad,” Broderick said. “We’re scrappy. We’re fast. We’ve got a few big guys. If we keep going with that chemistry, we could be really good.”

The Sabers (1-0) take on Onekama next Tuesday. The Comets (0-1) host Glen Lake on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Glen Lake 50

Elk Rapids 46

Glen Lake: Luke Hazelton 20 points, 15 rebounds; Henry Plumstead 8 points, 4 assists; Ethan Steffke 8 points.

Elk Rapids: Jack Spencer 14 points; Spencer Ball 10 points, 5 steals; Joshua Lavely 9 points, 5 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Lakers (1-0) travel to Northwest Conference foe Leland on Friday. The Elks (0-1) have a week layoff before heading to Charlevoix to open Lake Michigan Conference play.

Charlevoix 41

Gaylord 39

The Rayders won on a last-second tip-in from Jack Gaffney.

Charlevoix: Caleb Stuck 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists; Evan Solomon 16 points, 2 rebounds; 2 assists.

Gaylord: Luke Gelow 17 points.

UP NEXT: The Rayders (1-0) play Traverse City St. Francis in Lake Michigan Conference action next Tuesday. The Blue Devils (0-1) hosts Cadillac to open the Big North season Friday.

Grayling 86

Harrison 43

Grayling: Ethan Kucharek 17 points; Nate Persing 17 points; Dylan Cragg 11 points; Fletcher Quinlan 12 points.

UP NEXT: The Vikings (1-0) travel to Mancelona for a nonconference game Thursday.

Manton 47

Kingsley 38

Manton: Carson Danford 13 points; Johnathon Traxler 11 points; Lucas McKernan 6 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists; Nolan Moffit 11 rebounds.

Kingsley: Brett Peterson 14 points, 8 rebounds; True Beeman 6 points.

UP NEXT: Manton (1-0) heads to Evart to open Highland Conference play Friday. The Stags (0-1) take on Onekama in a Northwest Conference tilt Friday.

Central Lake 60

GT Academy 29

Central Lake: Drayten Evans 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; Garrison Barrett 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; Dylan Sanderson 6 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals.

UP NEXT: Central Lake (1-0) plays at Mancelona on Tuesday.

Frankfort 36

Manistee 22

No stats reported.

UP NEXT: Manistee (0-1) hosts Muskegon Catholic Central in Lakes 8 Conference play Friday. Frankfort (1-0) heads to Suttons Bay for Northwest Conference action Friday.

Manistee CC 47

Onekama 45

Manistee Catholic Central: No stats reported.

Onekama: Caden Bradford 20 points, 3 assists; Adam Domres 11 points, 9 rebounds; Mason Sinke 8 points, 8 rebounds.

UP NEXT: Onekama (0-1) welcomes in Kingsley on Friday for Northwest Conference play. The Sabers (1-0) travel to Brethren on Thursday for a West Michigan D League tip.

East Jordan 58

Mancelona 48

East Jordan: Preston Malpass 20 pts; Ethan Antaya 14 points; JJ Weber 11 points.

Mancelona: Oumar Sy 22 points; Trace Miller 11 points, 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Red Devils (1-0) stick with nonconference play as they take on Gaylord St. Mary on Thursday. The Ironmen (0-1) play at home against Grayling Thursday, also in a nonconference tilt.

Boyne City 68

St. Ignace 50

Boyne City: Alex Calcaterra 16 points; Mason Wilcox 14 points; Scott Haley 11 points; Gavin Hewitt 11 points; Jack Neer 10 points.

UP NEXT: The Ramblers (1-0) travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Friday.

Cadillac 55

Lake City 34

No stats reported.

UP NEXT: The Vikings (1-0) host Alpena in a rescheduled Big North Conference game on Dec. 17. The Trojans (0-1) travel to Houghton Lake for Highland Conference play Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

TC Central 55

Benzie Central 16

Traverse City Central: Catelyn Heethuis 15 points; Bryce Roy 8 points; Ashlen Hill 8 rebounds; Sophie Simon 5 rebounds. Every TC Central player scored. Head coach Jen Dutmers said freshman Jakiah Brumfield “set the tone defensively” and that the entire team was patient on offense, adding it was a “great win.”

Benzie Central: No stats reported.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (1-1) host Marquette on Friday. The Huskies (0-3) travel to Buckley on Friday.

TC St. Francis 58

Frankfort 42

Traverse City St. Francis: Maggie Napont 22 points; Colleen Hegewald 16 points; Gwyneth Bramer 16 points.

Frankfort: No stats reported.

UP NEXT: The Gladiators (2-1) open Lake Michigan Conference action against Kalkaska on Friday. The Panthers (1-2) host Suttons Bay in Northwest Conference play on Friday.

Bellaire 46

Burt Lake NMC 13

Bellaire: Charlie Boyce 18 Points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 10 steals; Jacey Somers 18 Points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals; Maddie Evans 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals.

UP NEXT: Bellaire (2-0) travels to Gaylord St. Mary on Dec. 14.

Glen Lake 48

Elk Rapids 41

Glen Lake: Maddie Bradford 16 points, 8 rebounds; Grace Bradford 10 points, 8 rebounds; Gemma Lerchen 8 points 7 rebounds; Jessica Robbins 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals; Olivia Mikowski 6 points.

Elk Rapids: Logan Reasoner 12 points, Morgan Bergquist 10 points.

UP NEXT: The Lakers (3-0) host Leland on Friday. The Elks (1-1) travel to East Jordan on Friday.

Gaylord 57

Charlevoix 20

UP NEXT: Gaylord (2-0) travels to Cadillac on Friday for Big North Conference play. Charlevoix (0-3) takes on Boyne City at home Friday.

St. Ignace 53

Boyne City 19

Boyne City: Grace Dawson 11 points; Morgan Deming 4 points; Brook Williams 4 points.

UP NEXT: Boyne City (0-2) travels to Charlevoix on Friday.

TC St Francis JV 40

Frankfort JV 27

TC St Francis JV: Hunter St. Peter 5 points; Sophie Hardy 6 points; Sophia Ellalasingham 6 points; Adrianna Spranger 19 points.





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Lions travel for final weekend of 2021, face Lake Forest | News, Sports, Jobs



CHICAGO — After a tough 2-0 loss to the Hamline Pipers last Tuesday, the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team took a little time off. The four-day break was just what the doctor ordered, according to head coach Joe Burcar.

Players took advantage of the chance to get away from the rink. Some joined teammates who live locally for a Thanksgiving day feast. Others flew home to friends and family.

Timing was everything.

“The timing of that couldn’t have been better,” he said. “We did see some guys over the break that were staying here who worked out or skated, but there were guys that just literally got away, kept their gear here. I think it was the best thing that could happen right now.”

A couple of days back from break, Burcar feels that the locker room was a cheery place for a team that sits 1-9 on the season to this point.

“I mean, the spirits were high on Monday for practice. Tuesday, they were high again,” he said. ” I just think it came at just a timely, timely point for us in the season. Yeah, we haven’t had the success, but there was frustration last week too. We just know, deep down, we’re better than what we’ve proven so far. That break just immensely, just mentally, physically, we needed it.”

The Lions lost sophomore winger Cameron Conover to injury against the Pipers. Multiple others are battling injuries of some kind, but still, having a chance to breathe before hitting the road for the last time in 2021 was what the team needed.

“The frustration was there, but you can’t live on that every day,” said Burcar. “We move forward. Practice has been great this week. Sometimes you get down the road and just keep your team focused and corraled together makes a difference. I think it was the best thing that we could have had right now.”

Burcar, who along with his staff meet with the team captains every day and various numbers of players throughout the week, feels that the players know they have more to give, but also that they feel good about the progress they are making on the ice, despite the lack of results to this point. He describes the meetings as upbeat.

Facing the Foresters

The Lions hit the road this weekend to face the Lake Forest Foresters.

The Lions and the Foresters are set to have their opening faceoff at 5 p.m. Friday at the Lake Forest College Ice Arena in Lake Forest, Illinois. Puck drop for the series finale is 2 p.m. Saturday.

A traditionally strong program in the NCHA, the Foresters are off to an uncharacteristically slow start this season. After sweeping Saint Mary’s to open the season, the Foresters have gone 1-5-1 since with losses to Aurora three times and Manhattanville twice.

The Foresters went through a coaching change in the offseason. Head coach Sean O’Malley served as an assistant coach with Lake Forest for seven years before taking the reigns prior to this season.

“The biggest thing with them is they had a coaching change,” Burcar said. “The coaching change was just an assistant stepping up, so he was in the program for a few years. But, anytime you change the head coaching position, there’s going to be some culture, there’s going to be some change. I think they came out the gates okay, but again, they’ve only played nine games.”

Senior Josh Giacomin has team-highs in assists (6) and points (8) and game-tying goals (1). Sophomore Ben Perkins is also off to a good start with three goals, which ties him for the team lead, and five points.

“I think for us it’s a good opponent. I think we match up well,” said Burcar. “We’ve done the film over and over, and I like the fact that we’re going there. I really like the matchup right now with them.”



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West Lake Road North opens for travel | Mobile County Alabama News


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) — The newly-constructed West Lake Road North in west Mobile County opened for travel on Wednesday, Nov. 24, according to Mobile County Engineering.

Opening this new road should ease traffic congestion near schools and new subdivisions in the area. West Lake Road North also provides an alternate route for accessing Dawes Intermediate School and Hutchens Elementary School, which are located on West Lake Road, officials said.

“The population is shifting and there’s much development in west Mobile County. New roads are needed and many more are planned,” said Commissioner Randall Dueitt.

“West Lake Road North demonstrates the Pay-As-You-Go program works to build the infrastructure needed to support growth in the County,” he added.

This construction project was funded by the 2014 Pay-As-You-Go program. Pay-As-You-Go is a method of financing road and bridge improvements with no new taxes and no borrowed money. Funds are collected in advance of each road program.

Since 1977, Mobile County’s Pay-As-You-Go has funded more than $933 million in local road improvements and has been approved by voters each of the 18 times it has appeared on a ballot. Mobile County Pay-As-You-Go projects may be viewed at: http://www.mobilecountyal.gov/…/public-works-engineering/





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Following in George Clooney’s footsteps: Inside the luxurious Hilton Lake Como


Steam rises from the rooftop infinity pool which looks out across Lake Como as we enjoy a few lengths. A family is relaxing in the hot tub while a seaplane skims the still water and church bells chime. It is November but the sky is a shade of strong blue.

Italy was not an obvious choice for a long weekend break. The lively, somewhat chaotic scene that makes it so attractive ordinarily was not what we were after – relaxation was.

Yet after just a 90-minute flight from London to Milan and a 45-minute train ride to Lake Como, plus five minutes by taxi to the hotel, you can be sipping an aperitif and taking in views to die for.

There are 'views to die for' from Hilton Lake Como, The Mail on Sunday's Sarah Hartley says. Above is the hotel's stunning rooftop infinity pool

There are ‘views to die for’ from Hilton Lake Como, The Mail on Sunday’s Sarah Hartley says. Above is the hotel’s stunning rooftop infinity pool

Hilton Lake Como’s 'masterstroke', says Sarah, is that it occupies prime space just back from the waterfront

Hilton Lake Como’s ‘masterstroke’, says Sarah, is that it occupies prime space just back from the waterfront

Sarah recommends a boat trip on Lake Como - you'll pootle past 'jaw-dropping, unimaginably beautiful 16th Century villas'

Sarah recommends a boat trip on Lake Como – you’ll pootle past ‘jaw-dropping, unimaginably beautiful 16th Century villas’

Como is known for giving visitors a sense of eerie calm, penned in as it is by hillsides and the Alps beyond. And in low season, everywhere is taking a deep breath out.

The days when Como was a global leader in silk production are over, but the heritage remains.

Hilton Lake Como’s masterstroke, built in and around a former silk factory in 2018, is that it occupies prime space just back from the waterfront with what feels like a modern Asian vibe around a glass lounge and internal gardens. And it has bagged every hotel’s post-lockdown craving: tip-top staff.

Cool loft duplex suites are popular with couples who can retract their glass roof and star-gaze in bed, says Sarah

Cool loft duplex suites are popular with couples who can retract their glass roof and star-gaze in bed, says Sarah

Value: B&B rooms cost from €180 (£150) a night at Hilton Lake Como

Value: B&B rooms cost from €180 (£150) a night at Hilton Lake Como

Space is the buzzword. Cool loft duplex suites are popular with couples who can retract their glass roof and star-gaze in bed, while interconnecting suites with balconies are a bonus for families.

And it’s a hub for corporate functions and weddings – 1,000 guests descended on Como from India with a month’s notice for one summer wedding.

The hotel’s luxurious amounts of room immediately put you at ease, so it’s not hard to relax in the wide and spacious Satin restaurant at breakfast or stroll the light and airy halls – a relief for those with wheelchairs or buggies.

Unlike most hotels around the Lake Como, the Hilton is open all year

Unlike most hotels around the Lake Como, the Hilton is open all year

Hilton Lake Como's Satin restaurant, above, is where Sarah ate breakfast

Hilton Lake Como’s Satin restaurant, above, is where Sarah ate breakfast

If clouds descend, says Sarah, retreat to the comfort of the Hilton's adults-only spa with pool (above), sauna and steam, where treatments include the signature Silk Touch massage

If clouds descend, says Sarah, retreat to the comfort of the Hilton’s adults-only spa with pool (above), sauna and steam, where treatments include the signature Silk Touch massage

Unlike most hotels around the lake, this place is open all year (as is the rooftop pool) and must be spectacular at New Year – although, according to locals, it’s just as stunning in April when azaleas light up the hillside.

If clouds descend, retreat to the comfort of the adults-only spa with pool, sauna and steam, where treatments include the signature Silk Touch massage.

Wend your way down the few minutes from the hotel to the lake to find the elegant Villa Olmo, where dogs scamper through ornate public gardens and its statues run to the water’s edge. Follow the path past swans, feed ducks with leftover focaccia, spot herons and take part in the passeggiata, Italians’ staple evening stroll, along the beautiful waterside.

Hilton Lake Como's 'luxurious amounts of room immediately put you at ease', writes Sarah

Hilton Lake Como’s ‘luxurious amounts of room immediately put you at ease’, writes Sarah

Reaching Hilton Lake Como is a cinch - the journey from London involves a 90-minute flight, a 45-minute train ride and five minutes in a taxi

Reaching Hilton Lake Como is a cinch – the journey from London involves a 90-minute flight, a 45-minute train ride and five minutes in a taxi

With any luck you’ll catch sight of a seaplane gliding gently down – or take a trip yourself with Aero Club Como (from €240, aeroclubcomo.com). Want to hop on a Vespa? The hotel can arrange it, alongside picnic bike rides and private boat tours. Further along the marina, a flotilla of yachts marks the elegant Yacht Club Como, one of the oldest in Italy.

Besides Hollywood star George Clooney, who bought Villa Oleandra in 2001, the other luminary at Como is Alessandro Volta, the city’s favourite son and pioneer of electricity, credited as the inventor of the electric battery. This explains the extravagant lighting everywhere, from the parks to the flowery clusters in the hotel.

Looming over the lake shore is what looks like a concrete water tower but on closer inspection is a monolithic First World War memorial, commissioned by the fascists in the 1930s.

For a chilled Lake Como experience take the slow boat to Torno, pictured. Its church and villas are romantic, says Sarah, and in low season it’s quiet

For a chilled Lake Como experience take the slow boat to Torno, pictured. Its church and villas are romantic, says Sarah, and in low season it’s quiet 

The Volta Temple is a museum dedicated to Alessandro Volta, Como's favourite son and pioneer of electricity, credited as the inventor of the electric battery

The Volta Temple is a museum dedicated to Alessandro Volta, Como’s favourite son and pioneer of electricity, credited as the inventor of the electric battery

Sarah's verdict: 'While the big-ticket hotels [at Lake Como] such as Villa D’Este and The Mandarin Oriental are knockout for one night, Hilton Lake Como’s low-key luxury makes for a longer no-stress, no-drive escape'

Sarah’s verdict: ‘While the big-ticket hotels [at Lake Como] such as Villa D’Este and The Mandarin Oriental are knockout for one night, Hilton Lake Como’s low-key luxury makes for a longer no-stress, no-drive escape’

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Sarah Hartley was a guest of Hilton Lake Como, where B&B rooms cost from €180 (£150) a night. EasyJet flies to Milan Malpensa from Gatwick, with one-way fares from £29.50. Trains from the airport to Como San Giovanni station cost €16 (£13) return.

From the quay, choose from fast or slow boats that call at stops up and down the lake, passing dozens of jaw-dropping, unimaginably beautiful 16th Century villas. Buy tickets first – you’ll soon be reminded of the Italian style of queuing, so get them early.

Bellagio, arguably the area’s most enchanting town, draws dawdling hordes to its maze of cobbled streets, so for a chilled experience take the slow boat to Torno. Its church and villas are just as romantic, but in low season it’s quiet so you can step on to the quayside at Piazza Casartelli and linger over an aperitivo at the Il Belvedere hotel, or join locals for pizza at Bar Italia next door.

Back in Como, instead of tea, have a gelato before browsing designer boutiques such as Armani and Fendi in the streets surrounding the 14th Century Duomo, which is the real star here. Take time to admire the tombs, paintings and startling blue ceiling which mirrors the blue of the lake. Stroll back for dinner at the glass Terrazza 241 rooftop restaurant and bar, run with brio by Vincenzo. His special creation is the smoking Negroni (don’t try making it at home!), and don’t miss Lago di Como gin served with rosemary and dried orange.

Jaded taste buds will be refreshed with a short menu, including seafood gnocchi with black squid ink. The children’s menu may be predictable, but the pesto pasta and penne al ragu were fine-dining good.

It’s a mellow place to kick back. Live guitar or saxophone add to the low-light vibe at dinner, where couples and families mix easily, although babysitting is offered.

While the big-ticket hotels here such as Villa D’Este and The Mandarin Oriental are knockout for one night, Hilton Lake Como’s low-key luxury makes for a longer no-stress, no-drive escape.



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