Ferris names Bronkema coach
BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State has named McBain’s Andy Bronkema as its new men’s basketball coach.
Bronkema, a two-time collegiate All-America at Cornerstone University, has spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach at Ferris State, including the last three years as the program’s top assistant.
An introductory press conference is scheduled for Monday.
Bronkema has served as the program’s interim head coach since the May resignation of former head coach Bill Sall, who accepted the head coaching position at Northern Michigan.
Ferris State finished 14-13 last season, reaching the GLIAC postseason tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years. The Bulldogs return 11 players from that team.
Bronkema played football, basketball and baseball at McBain. He was part of 14 championship teams and helped the Ramblers to a state basketball title in 2002 in addition to a state football runner-up effort in 2001.
Hockey team finishes 4-1
GRAND RAPIDS — A District 7 hockey team made up of players from across northern lower Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie finished 4-1 in the 12U division at the summer Meijer State games on June 21-24.
The team fell in the gold medal game against District 6 (Grand Rapids) in a double overtime 4-3 shootout loss. In the semifinals District 7 beat District 1 (at large) 3-2 in overtime on a goal by Cadillac’s Jacob Cook. The other wins came over District 4 (Orchard Lake) 4-2, District 8 (Upper Peninsula) 12-2 and District 5 (Saginaw) 3-2.
Players on the team included: Andrew Rickenberg, Chris Deneweth, Caleb Barsheff and Dan Russell of Traverse City; Hayden Thomas of Williamsburg; Christian Montgomery of Boyne City; Cook and Austin Pendrick of Cadillac; Kyle Hebner of Harbor Springs; Sam Gorno of Gaylord; Cooper Black, Owen Limback, Alex Cosbitt and Colby Plowman of Alpena; Chase Tallaire of St. Ignace; and Matt Thurston, Jarred Krull and Jack Pattison of Sault Ste. Marie.