If you want to drive your car into the Curtis Field parking lot at a Petoskey High School football game, it will cost you an extra $3 this year.
Petoskey athletic director Gary Hice has instituted a $3-per-car parking fee, payable at the gate, for the 2012 season. The fee will be on top of the $5 ticket for admission to the game. The fee will apply to the south lot, located behind the visitor’s side of the field, where Northmen supporters have tailgated for years.
Hice said the fee is another way to help in this day and age of strained budgets and he said that the money likely will go into a fund to help pay for improvements to the stadium, or, perhaps, “something in the future.”
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
On your computer
MHSAA.tv is an outstanding source to view high school athletic events.
The site features tons of complete video from just about every state tournament that the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors.
Several area schools will have at least one of their football games broadcast on the site this season. The broadcasts are available shortly after the game ends, so you can go to the game, then go home, get on your computer, and watch it again.
Petoskey’s football home opener with West Branch Ogemaw Heights on Friday, Aug. 31, is scheduled to be carried on Friday.
Charlevoix is on the docket for two of its games this season, Sept. 21 against Charlevoix, and Sept. 28 against Traverse City St. Francis.
Two Inland Lakes games are also scheduled to be shown: Sept. 7 against Pickford, and Oct. 12 against Rogers City.
The site has a vast catalog of past games and tournaments in virtually every sport. Among the videos posted are Petoskey’s 1-0 victory over Dexter in the 2008 Division II boys soccer state championship game.
Belvedere Golf Club professional Marty Joy completed his Hickory Hundred last week, rasing more than $13,000 in pledges for the nationally recognized Charlevoix Junior Golf program.
Joy, 42, began his day at sunrise and played five full 18-hole rounds, then closed with 10 more holes to get to 100.
He shot 75 from the white tees, 76 from the greens, 78 from the blues, 85 from the blacks, and 69 from the reds during his complete rounds.
Playing 100 holes in a single day is an accomplishment in and of itself, though I have a lot of buddies who would gladly attempt it every day if they could.
What makes Joy’s feat all the more remarkable, and the fact that he was able to post such solid scores, is that he plays the event using hickory-shafted golf clubs from the 1930s, hence the name.
The clubs are equipped with leather grips, not the tacky synthetic-material types used today, and feature miniscule, by relative standards, sweet spots on the club face. That puts ball-striking at a premium, and a player — pro or amateur — doesn’t get near the distance he or she might get with modern-day equipment. In short, the clubs Joy uses in such an event are immensely less forgiving than those used by you and me.
The lone drawback, Joy said, is the fact that he cannot wear a golf glove when he is playing, which means blisters and sore hands are a possibility.
“Playing with hickory clubs, you don’t wear a golf glove,” he said. “Leather on leather slips.”
Joy is a member of the Society of Hickory Golfers, and he is a regular on the group’s yearly circuit of events, including the Belvedere Hickory Open which is played annually at his course in Charlevoix in late June.
Soccer on the air
WJML-AM 1110 in Petoskey will carry Petoskey High School boys soccer broadcasts this season.
WJML’s Marty Scott said the station will carry all Big North Conference games involving the Northmen that are played outside Petoskey.
The station’s initial broadcast came Tuesday when the Northmen went to Gaylord and won, 6-1.
The Northmen play on the road at Cadillac today, Thursday; at Traverse City West on Thursday, Sept. 13; at T.C. Central on Thursday, Sept. 27; at West Branch Ogemaw Heights on Thursday, Oct. 4; and at Alpena on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Scott said the station also plans to carry every Northmen state-tournament game, home or away.
Petoskey to charge fee to park inside Curtis
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