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.
Moss was the boys varsity coach at Benzie Central before coming to Buckley.
Matt Reed will be taking over the junior varsity boys position.
Harris was previously a junior high basketball coach and has been involved in the school for several years.
The girls open their season on Dec. 3 at Northport and the boys’ first game is Dec. 9 at Manton.
Blisster-Foot fun run is Saturday
The third annual Blisster-Foot fun run is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Blissfest Festival Farm on 3695 Division Road in Harbor Springs.
The event is sponsored by the Blissfest Music Organization.
All runners and walkers are welcome and there is no charge for the event. There will be prizes for running fast and best running costume.
A potluck and kids running games will follow the race (bring table service to make this a zero waste event).
The Bliss Farmhouse will be open for congregating, food preparation and rest rooms.
If weather permits there will be a fire at the drum kiva and hayride for kids during the race.
Blisster-Foot t-shirts will be available for the first 25 runners to finish. Bring a blank t-shirt to trade for the logo shirt.