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November 6, 2013

Sports in Brief: 11/06/2013

Iceman rider who died was professor

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Ken Johnson was identified as the rider who died of an apparent heart attack while competing in Saturday’s Iceman Cometh.

An obituary for Johnson appeared on the Olivet Nazarene University web site on Monday, two days after Johnson died in the last few miles of the annual 30-mile cycling event between Kalkaska and Traverse City. Johnson was the chair of the school’s Department of Engineering. He joined the faculty at Olivet Nazarene in 2012. The 43-year-old graduated from the school in 1993.

“We are heartbroken this morning as we process the loss of a dear friend,” said the university’s president, John C. Bowling, in the web site article. “Ken was deeply faith-driven and a tremendous professor who inspired greatness from his students and everyone around him. He was respected and loved by all who knew him.”

Johnson leaves behind a wife, Jennifer, and four children, Sydney, Erick, Luke and Bethany.

Player of week honors for 2 Hounds

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Hounds’ Scott Luca and David Krejcik were honored by the Midwest Junior Hockey League with Player of the Week awards.

Luca earned the league’s Defenseman of the Week award and Krejcik was the Goaltender of the Week.

Luca, in his second year with the Hounds’ defense, tallied six points in three wins over the Bloomington Jr. Blaze including two goals in Saturday’s game. Krejcik was in goal for all three of the wins over the Blaze, stopping 80 of the 83 shots he faced. Krejcik was just named the league’s Goaltender of the Month of October on Monday.

Buckley hires two new varsity coaches

BUCKLEY — Buckley filled two vacancies for its varsity boys and girls basketball coaches when it announced the hiring of Blair Moss as the new boys coach and Dan Harris as the girls coach.

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