|Jack Hall Blog|
|ESCANABA, MI--DECEMBER 4, 2013-2:57 A.M.|
The Escanaba High School hockey program suffered with poor records for most of the past 19 years that I have been involved with broadcasting the team's games. And wins over the Marquette Redmen were extremely rare, so much so that when they teams skated to ties on two occassions over the past few years, the Eskymos considered those ties to be wins.
But, the tide has turned, and for now, the Eskymos are the better team. Escanaba beat Marquette, 8-0, Tuesday night, to extend the Eskymo winning streak over the Redmen to five games, going back to the 2011 playoff shocker at the Wells Sports Complex.
I guess it shows that, in the end, what comes around, goes around. Even if it takes many years. I hope you will go to www.rrnsports.com and check out the details from Tuesday night's game, and to see photos taken by Lisa Dagenais and videos taken by Mike Dagenais and Josh Nelson. Their help is appreciated!
Also....I know I'm late, but...congratulations to Escanaba's Bailey Lamb for being chosen as Honorable Mention to the Associated Press Division Three/Four All-State Football Team.
And...The MIVCA Region Two All-Region Volleyball Team has been announced. Gladstone's Callie Jensen, Lexi Hongisto and Jessica Beaudry all made the Regional team...as did Escanaba's Ashley Cook, Rapid River's Savannah Stenlund, and Mid Peninsula's Kelsey Shope. Congrats, girls!
|ESCANABA, MI--DECEMBER 3, 2013-12:52 A.M.|
I am late in doing this, but I want to welcome Susie Larson to the Radio Results Network family. She has taken over as our morning news anchor on WGLQ Magic 97 and on WCMM Moose 102.5.
Susie has a good sense of humor, and has caught on quick to how we bring you the news every day on our RRN stations. I'm sure that you will all like her!
I also want to...again, belatedly...wish Heidi Rae the best of luck in her new job down in Green Bay. It's a good career move for her, and I am sure she will do well at that all-news radio station. Heidi was a big help to me the last nine months in digging for news stories.
And...this day is going to be a long one for me. You all know that I am up all hours of the night and I work afternoons and evenings. Well, Susie needs me to cover her, so I will be on the air at 6:00 a.m.
It could get messy! Also, I hope I can stay awake long enough to broadcast the Escanaba Eskymos vs Marquette Redmen hockey game tonight. It's our home opener, with the faceoff set for 7:00. Hope to see a big crowd on hand! Or listen to my broadcast on AM-600 and on-line at rrnsports.com.
|ESCANABA, MI--DECEMBER 2, 2013-12:30 A.M.|
You gotta hand it to Jeff Olson and the Ishpeming High School football team for staying focused and showing those Detroit kids how football is played here in the U.P.
Last year, no one gave Ishpeming a chance to beat Detroit Loyola in the Division Seven state championship game. But the Hematites pulled off an emotional 20-14 upset that sent shockwaves around Michigan's high school football circules.
Well, this weekend, the two teams met again at Detroit's Ford Field. This time, Ishpeming was an even bigger underdog.
Loyola had toughed up its regular season schedule, got a new quarterback to transfer to the all-boys school, and the Bulldogs rolled past every playoff opponent by a wide margin. Loyola's lockerroom chalkboard had a sign that read: "Remember Ishpeming", as a motivation to win this time.
Well, Ishpeming did it again, racing to a 22-0 lead and winning, 22-12.
This championship was different for Ishpeming. Last year's was emotional, with the suicide of Olson's son Dan in everyone's minds, and the very public battle to convince the MHSAA to let Eric Dompierre play his senior season.
This championship was all about business. And about proving that last year's title was no fluke. Yep, we all chant "U.P. Power" up here. And we do it for a reason!
|HERMANSVILLE, MI--NOVEMBER 29, 2013-2:11 A.M.|
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with my mom, dad, sister, and girlfriend. Yes, we had turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pies to eat. But just being able to spend a few hours with them was awesome, especially with Mom, who is recovering from her recent stroke.
As many of you did, we watched football in the Hall House in Hermansville. I must admit that I snickered a bit as I watched the Packers get thoroughly dismantled. My girlfriend Becky was not as amused! She is a Packer-backer, while I love my Chicago Bears!
Well, the turkey is barely digested, but now I am heading downstate for some Escanaba High School Hockey. The boys will face the Alpena Wildcats in Alpena at 7:00 tonight and 1:00 Saturday afternoon. Friday's game is on Kool 105.5 FM; Saturday's is on AM-600.
Hope you can tune in! Go Eskymos!
|ESCANABA, MI--NOVEMBER 28, 2013-1:50 A.M.|
I must admit that I take a lot for granted. And it shouldn't have to be Thanksgiving for me to be thankful for the people in my life...or even for the fact that I myself am alive.
But like many of you, I get busy in my daily routine, and sometimes I don't take the time to savor the little things. And I guess I sometimes don't realize that it can all go away in an instant.
This year, I'm even more thankful for the health of my mom, after she suffered a stroke last month. The fact that she has recovered from it is a blessing in of itself. I am also thankful to have Becky, who is still with me even though I can be pretty tough to be around at times.
I am thankful to have the job at the Radio Results Network for 19 years, as of today. It can be stressful and things don't always go smoothly, but I wouldn't work anywhere else. The job has allowed me to have the opportunity to get to know boys and girls from the time they are 10 and 11 years old, and I get to watch them grow up and be friends with them as they become adults.
Could I get that kind of connection broadcasting in a big city? Maybe, but something tells me that it just wouldn't mean as much. I feel safe here. I am thankful for that, too.
All of you have something to be thankful for, no matter how depressing your life might seem from time to time. I hope you all enjoy the day with friends and family.
If you are alone on this holiday, why not head over to the Escanaba High School? The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at noon today. I am told that it is more than just turkey and the fixings. It is a chance for fellowship. Everyone is welcome there.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
|ESCANABA, MI--NOVEMBER 27, 2013-2:50 A.M.|
There's something to be said for living in a small town. You get to experience things that just cannot happen in big, metropolitian areas.
Simple things, like a couple hundred people heading to the base of a Christmas Tree, and waiting in the cold for it to be lit.
That happened last night in downtown Escanaba. Hundreds of people stood in 17 degree weather, with winds making it colder, because they wanted to be there. We all gathered there for an hour or so, because we love the holidays, and we love our community.
Dozens of little kids were running around the Centre Court area. Literally. It was tough to not trip over them as I walked around taking pictures. Santa Claus and the Grinch showed up, and the kids loved it. The Escanaba DDA put on an event where people could get limo rides up and down Ludington Street. Horse-drawn buggy rides as well. All for no money. Just come.
When people ask me why I don't go to a bigger radio station somewhere else, or try to broadcast for a college or pro sports team, this is one example I give.
I am content. Actually, I am happy being here in the U.P. To me, no amount of money or public popularity can replace what I get when I can be with real people at events like this.
|ESCANABA, MI--NOVEMBER 26, 2013-1:55 A.M.|
We have a lot of fine police officers here in the Upper Peninsula.
They are men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us from criminals. In Escanaba, the Public Safety Department has had a number of high-profile cases in the past year that show just how talented and competent they are.
First, there was the day when officers rescued the poor 14-year-old boy who was held captive inside a small room for several years. Tortured and raped. By his own mother and her boyfriend. I believe that this boy is better now thanks to the officers' work.
Then, there was the case of Subway Restaurants being robbed across Wisconsin. About two dozen of them, and the suspect kept getting away. Except when the thief came here to Escanaba to rob our Subways, our alert officers noticed a vehicle parked in an unusal spot. The resulting arrest led to praise from Wisconsin State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in a special news conference down in Green Bay.
Then, there was the case of a missing El Paso, Texas, family. Escanaba Police got the call from Texas to look for them, and within hours, our officers found the Farrey family at the Eagle's Nest Motel. Unfortunately, the family's youngest, a five-month-old, was found dead in a New Mexico desert. But it was Escanaba Police who made the arrests. The El Paso Police had nothing but high praise for our cops' work.
And then Monday afternoon, officers were called to a southside Escanaba home because a man barricaded himself in his home and threatened to kill himself. He had numerous firearms in the home. The Escanaba officers talked and talked and talked to this guy, with a lieutenant finally convincing him to send the standoff.
And it ended, peacefully. Nobody lost their life. These are just a few examples of the kind of work that the Escanaba Public Safety Department does.
We don't like it when one of the officers is behind us with blue and red lights flashing because we've been speeding. But, it's good to know that these professionals are there when we need them.
|GREENVILLE, MI--NOVEMBER 25, 2013-3:16 A.M|
I just want to say what a pleasure it has been to be the radio voice of the Rapid River Rockets football team these last three Novembers.
A state championship game in two of them, state semifinals in the other. This experiment with "eight-man" football literally saved the sport from being dropped in Rapid River, and it led to great excitement in the community for these playoff runs.
And although the Rockets lost to Peck, 67-32, in Friday night's state championship game, the kids walked off of the artificial terf at Greenville's Legacy Field with their heads held high. They have accomplished so much, every single kid and every single coach, and that's not just on the field itself.
Much like the Rapid River girls basketball teams of the late 1990's and early 2000's with the Boyer girls lighting it up, these boys, led by All-UP quarterback Jake Pearson, were also ambassadors for our community. Complete class on and off the field. They treat others with respect.
I am proud to be associated with the Rapid River High School program, from Superintendent Jay Kulbertis and Athletic Director Rick Pepin, all the way down. In my opinion, they are all winners, no matter the score.
|RAPID RIVER, MI--NOVEMBER 22, 2013-1:01 A.M.|
On the road again! It's time for me to head downstate to Greenville to broadcast the state championship game for the Rapid River High School football team against the Peck Pirates.
This will be quite a challenge for the Rockets. Both teams are 12-0. Both teams have a star player. Quarterback Jake Pearson had 2,525 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns for the Rockets, plus he had 1,005 passing yards and 15 more touchdowns.
Peck has a running back named Cody Abrego, who rushed for 2,121 yards and 35 touchdowns. He scored seven touchdowns in last week's game. Their quarterback, Tristen Haener, has a strong, accurate arm.
I am excited to be able to broadcast this game, and hopefully, our guys come home with a trophy! It was a great turnout for the team's pep rally Thursday afternoon, so literally the whole community is behind the Rapid River Rockets.
I hope you will tune in to the broadcast tonight at 6:45 on Kool 105.5 FM, NewsTalk 600 AM, and on-line at www.rrnsports.com
. I will do my best!
Also...I want to wish the Escanaba Eskymos hockey team good luck in Houghton tonight. I hate missing ANY of my team's games, as this will be my 19th season of broadcasting Eskymo hockey. But I will be with you guys next week down in Alpena. Go Eskymos!
|ESCANABA, MI--NOVEMBER 21, 2013-1:55 A.M.|
Well, I was hoping to have better news about five-month old Jackson Farrey. But I think most of us probably thought that it would come to this: the little boy has been found dead.
There are a lot of unanswered questions. Why did the boy's mom and dad drive 1,600 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Escanaba last Friday? Why was their 19-month-old child with them at the Eagle's Nest Motel, but the five-month old was nowhere to be found?
The little boy's remains were found on Wednesday in the New Mexico desert, about 40 miles outside of El Paso. Police are not saying how the boy got there, and an autopsy is being done to determine an exact cause of death.
His father, 22-year-old Army Specialist Jeffery Farrey, was picked up for being AWOL from the Army. And Wednesday night, he was charged with "injury to a child by omission". In other words, he had a duty to protect his son and did nothing to help. The mother, 20-year-old Jenna Farrey, is still in the Delta County Jail on a probation violation charge.
The plight of this infant the past few days has tugged at the heartstrings of people young and old in our community. On my personal Facebook page, the picture of this little boy was "shared" nearly 1,000 times in 24 hours. Of course, that was when he was still "missing".
I hope that justice is swift for whoever murdered that defenseless baby!
On a much happier note, I hope to see a big crowd at the Rapid River High School this afternoon. A big pep rally will be held to send the Rockets football on its way downstate for the state championship game. Doors to the high school gym open at 2:00 and everyone in the community is invited to come meet the players and coaches!
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