What goes around really comes around/Paul Peterson
After spending nearly 68 years on this planet, I can tell you that there are at least two immutable truths.
1. Politicians at the national level are, for the most part, as crooked as a dog’s hind leg; and 2. What goes around does come around, especially in the world of sports.
Take the Dollar Bay High girls basketball program. The Bays are closing in on their first Copper Country Conference since 1983 – a notable length of time for any athletic program.
It isn’t that that DBHS hasn’t had some good talent over the years. They have just been unfortunate enough to run up against strong programs from other schools in the league, notably Ontonagon and Chassell.
Back in the early 1980s, Dollar Bay was on a winning streak of its own under then-coach Harvey Filppula.
Filppula-coached teams were noted as being fundamentally sound. In short, they didn’t beat themselves.
And Filppula was able to draw on some pretty good talent from his own household, daughters Karen and Laura.
Karen was a 5-foot-2 guard who possessed a lot of skills. She would gain All-U.P. honors as a junior and senior and score more than 1,000 points in her career.
If I was to compare her with a local present-day ballplayer, I believe it would be Madi Swanson, the do-it-all guard from L’Anse.
Laura Filppula was a 5-7 forward, who while not as talented as her older sister, could rebound and score from short range. She would also collect All-U.P. laurels as a senior.
The late 1970s and 1980s represented a great sports era in Dollar Bay.
The DBHS boys basketball team ruled the CCC under coach Jim Bronczyk, winning 58 straight games in the conference at one point.
Players like Keith Kentala, Gary Lee Wiitanen, Greg Ozanich, Craig Ongie, Rob Forget and others were talented all-around hoopsters.
“We are DB” was a rallying cry that was heard throughout the Upper Peninsula.
Current Bays’ girls coach Steve Krahling has a team this season that also features two sisters, Julia and Carli Daavettila.
Julia, a senior, is a solid candidate for Most Valuable Player in the league. She’s a stellar all-around player who does everything well.
Younger sister Carli is a promising sophomore who has shown the potential to be very good in the future.
But that’s the way it works in sports. If you wait long enough, what goes around … does come around.