SHORT TAKES: Ferris State on the hockey map

By Daily News • Last Updated 1:00 pm on Monday, April 09, 2012

Hats off to the Ferris State Bulldogs.

Those words came from Boston College coach Jerry York, whose Eagles won the NCAA national championship hockey showdown Saturday night.

It was a 4-1 heartbreaker for Ferris State, a newbie to the highest echelons of college hockey, who trailed 2-1 most of the game. The final score was in no way representative of the fierce battle that ensued for the championship. Boston College has been in the college hockey big leagues for many years. FSU was a decided underdog.

The Bulldogs fought Boston College down to the wire, and Ferris State proved it can play with the best. Congratulations to FSU and its national coach of the year, Bob Daniels.

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The 2012 Masters, professional golf’s premier event, was exciting and dramatic enough to have been scripted by Hollywood.

In the end, Tiger Woods was nowhere to be seen; and the ever-popular nice guy Phil Mickelson took himself out of contention with a horrendous triple bogey. South African Louis Oosthuizen and American Bubba Watson finished the regulation 72 holes tied at 10 under par.

On the second hole of the sudden death playoff, Watson hit what appeared to be a curve-ball out of the woods and onto the green. Oosthuizen rimmed the cup in his only chance of survival, and a very emotional Bubba Watson two-putted his way to the prized Green Jacket. Oosthuizen had put himself in the lead earlier with a spectacular 2-stroke double-eagle.

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Speaking of eagles, here’s an eagle alert: A bald eagle has been reported in the vicinity of Baldwin Lake. We have no further information on the sighting yet, but people in the area should remain eagle-eyed.

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While we celebrate the achievements of great athletes, let’s also think of special needs athletes and their nonathletic buddies who need the opportunity to experience new social relationships, a chance to test their physical prowess in a campground setting, and some time away from home in a safe place.

Greenville’s Camp Wah Wah Tay See is that special place that gives special opportunities to special people in this area. But the camp needs financial help. Imagine what it’s like for the kids and their parents who live every day with challenges most of us neither know nor understand. If you can help, please do.

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