Jack Hall Blog
AKRON, OHIO--AUGUST 1, 2014-10:10 P.M.
When I travel and stay in a motel, the most important thing to me is the Internet access.
That's because I absolutely need it to do my job of updating our news and sports pages while on the road. Well, the last couple of days were a nightmare while staying at the Days Inn in Clare. Their Internet was down for nearly all of my stay there.
 
They told me a lot of things, like there was a storm on Monday and it knocked out their routers. They'd have the Internet fixed Thursday night. Never happened. I had to go to Big Boy, and then use Grant Garling's router to get basic information posted.

That Days Inn was a nice hotel. Everything was good. My room had a sweet air conditioner, it was clean, next to plenty of businesses. But the one thing I needed, Internet, I did not have, and I had to spend time at Big Boy last night and Bob Evans today to get my work done!

The good news is that the hotel I am in now, the Clarion Inn in Akron Ohio, is doing well as far as the Internet is concerned. This motel is very busy because of the Junior Little League Central  Regional Tournament, and the NFL Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton.
 
I am getting an early start for bed tonight. Hope you will tune in at 8:00 AM Saturday for the Escanaba Junior Girls against Franklin Wisconsin. The game will be on FM 105.5 and rrnsports.com. Hope you can tune in!
 
Then, Trent and Dallas will broadcast the American Legion Baseball state finals from Gladwin. Escanaba faces Gladwin at 11 am and the winner faces Gladstone in the state championship game at 2:00. Listen in on AM-600 and www.rrnsports.com. One note: the first hour, between 11:00 and noon, will only be broadcast on the Internet. At noon, you can also listen on the radio.

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI--JULY 29, 2014-2:22 A.M.
Hey, everyone! I have a few details on our radio coverage for Little League and American Legion tournaments this weekend.

The Escanaba Junior Girls (age 13-14) will play in the Central Regional Tournament in Akron, Ohio. All of the girls games will be on WGKL-FM Kool 105.5. Please spread the word. If you try to listen on AM-600, you will not hear the girls. They are on 105.5 FM.

The girls' first game is at 8:00 AM Saturday morning against Franklin, Wisconsin. Because they are using the old-school double elimination bracket, I cannot tell you when the girls play on Sunday. It will be either at 11:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

The Esky girls games will also be streamed over the Internet at www.rrnsports.com. But I must tell you one thing. If the girls are playing in the 11 a.m. game on Sunday, you will NOT be able to listen on the Internet until 11:45 or so. That's because we have church services that are played on our Internet stream and people depend on being able to hear them.

We will also be covering the Escanaba Cubs and Gladstone Indians baseball teams at the American Legion State Tournament in Gladwin.
As of now, I can tell you that the Cubs' game at 9:00 a.m. Thursday and the Indians' game at 3:00 Thursday afternoon will be broadcast on AM-600 and on rrnsports.com. And I will broadcast the 9:00 a.m. game on Friday if we have a local team involved.

Right now, I am trying to organize getting someone to broadcast the rest of the Legion tournament, as I have to go to Ohio to cover the girls. I will keep you updated.

And lastly, the Escanaba 9-10 Little League girls softball team plays its state tournament games in Tecumseh, near the Ohio border, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Unfortunately, we will not be able to broadcast the girls' games. I will have game recaps at RRNsports.com.

We are doing the best we can to cover our kids. No other radio station will do anything. Thanks to our sponsors for giving us the cash to do this, and to my co-workers at RRN for doing extra work while I travel to give you as much coverage as I can.

---later, Jack 

INDIAN RIVER, MI--JULY 28, 2014-1:09 A.M.
Well, that was unexpected.
 
Sweet, but unexpected. Who would have thought that the Escanaba Junior Girls (age 13-14) would win a state Little League championship?
 
Nothing against the girls. They themselves were surprised. And very emotional. They knew they were a good team, but good enough to win a state title?
 
Many of the girls were in tears after they beat Rockford, 4-0, to win the state title in Indian River. That's because, as catcher Halary Miney put it, they had been so close so many times before and had never won the trophy.
 
And this weekend, after they lost to Indian River and fireballer pitcher Cloe Mallory, 10-0, this state championship was only a dream.
 
But Indian River got upset by Rockford in the semifinals, 3-1. That happened as the Esky girls warmed up for their semifinal against St. Clair. Or, more accurately, TRIED to warm up. Because every time a cheer would come from the other field, our girls would stop and ask what's up? And when Indian River lost, that gave the Esky girls some confidence.
 
And they pounded out 14 hits against St. Clair, and then faced Rockford. I could tell that the girls were loose and having fun. They were dancing around in the dugout and on the field as the music was played over the public address system. And when they got two runs in the first inning and Hannah Edington showed that she would not be hit, well, it was party time.
 
And it was a big party on Sunday at Lemmerand Park as the girls came home with their state championship trophy. And now, it's on to the Central Regional in Akron, Ohio, next weekend.
 
Can they do it? Can they win it and make a trip to the World Series? Many people would say 'no'. But they were wrong about the girls winning states too. Go Esky!
 
---later, Jack

GAYLORD, MI--JULY 25, 2014-1:56 P.M.
Well, the Escanaba Junior Girls Little League All-Stars did it. They've made it to the state's Final Four. They beat Constantine, 10-0, today. Taylor Gauthier hit a three-run homer and Maddy Kolich made two diving catches in right field. Hannah Edington threw a four-hitter.

Gladstone Indians won over Hancock, 5-0, at the American Legion Baseball U.P. Finals in Marquette today. Nice job pitching by Christian Tackman.

Kingsford Senior Boys Little League All-Stars lost today, however, to Onstead, 9-8. So they are eliminated from the state tournament.

It's real busy down here, but I'm also having fun. Hope you are enjoying the broadcasts!

--later, Jack


ESCANABA, MI--JULY 23, 2014-2:28 A.M.
I want to send my congratulations, and condolences, to Nick Nolde.

He has been hired as the new Athletic Director at the Escanaba High School.
 
Nick is a 1998 EHS graduate, played under an Eskymo uniform, and has administrative experience at Bark River-Harris High School the last couple of years. But none of that will compare to what the job that he has signed up for will require from him...and from his family.
 
There are long hours. That is the "condolences" remark!
 
Things you do during the day as an AD...assigning officials for games, making schedule changes when the weather gets rough, making bus and motel arrangements when Eskymo teams head to tournament play. There's scheduling (and re-scheduling) officials to work games. Dealing with media calls. Dealing with discipline when a kid gets caught drinking, or cutting class.

Then after all of that is done, the AD often has to be there at night when the game is going on. That can take come time, for example, basketball often has three games: freshmen, JV, and varsity. Gymnastics meets rarely get done in less than three hours. Wrestling, too.

I would not do the job of an athletic director for anything...or like my friend Mike Dagenais says..."all the tea in China". And that is a lot! A high school athletic director's job is a thankless one, with some parents and some coaches always sniping at you, it seems.

I have known Nick Nolde since he was a teenager. He is a good friend. And I can tell you that he will work hard at this job. Hopefully, you will all give him a chance and help him.
 
I am heading downstate again Wednesday night. I will be on the air Thursday morning at 11:15 for the Escanaba Junior Girls state tournament game against Milan. Hope you will tune in on WCHT-AM (600), and on-line at www.rrnsports.com.

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI--JULY 22, 2014-1:36 A.M.
Folks, I was so tired when I got back to town Sunday night that I updated RRNSports.com for the Escanaba Senior Girls, and then went to bed. So, no blog update!

Well, tonight, I finally had a night to myself, with no game to broadcast and no sports web site to update. I still did some arranging for the next tournaments to be broadcast, and I had a busy couple of hours posting important news stories on radioresultsnetwork.com.
 
One of them was a good news story, as a 13-year-old Escanaba girl who went missing for more than 24 hours was found safe and sound Monday night. Hope that she can get the help that she needs, and the family support that she needs to deal with her problems.
 
I want to give a high five to the Escanaba Senior Girls softball team. Those 15 and 16 year old kids are disappointed that they didn't win the state championship. Just like the Gladstone 11-12 year-old girls the week before. Both lost in the state championship game.
 
But just think of how many Little Leagues around the country never get to experience a state tournament, let alone being one of the last two teams playing in the Final. Our girls are respected across the state, and indeed, around the Central Regional.

Ron Plum will have coverage of the Escanaba 9-10 girls in their sectional against Ironwood the next couple of nights on WCHT-AM 600 and rrnsports.com. Then on Thursday, I will be downstate again with the Escanaba Junior Girls. Here we go again!
 
---later, Jack

CANTON, MI--JULY 18, 2014-1:41 A.M.
Well, I am on the road again.
 
This time with the Escanaba Senior Girls (age 15-16) at the state tournament in New Boston, located about a half-hour outside of Detroit.

I did not do a blog Wednesday night/Thursday morning. I was so tired after broadcasting a great state championship softball game with the Gladstone Major Girls and Freeland, and then driving home. When I got home at 9:00 p.m., I had to go to the radio station and write up all of the news stories for the Thursday morning news.
 
Then, I went home at about 11 p.m., and updated RRNSports.Com with the information from the girl's loss to Freeland. I got to bed at 1 a.m., and had to be up again at 5 a.m. to go to the radio station to do the live morning show on Magic 97 and Moose 102.5.
 
When that was over at 9 a.m., I interviewed Bay College President Laura Coleman, and did some more news before going home for a three-hour nap.
 
Then, it was on the road again at 1:30 p.m. for Detroit. I arrived here at the Holiday Inn in Canton at just after 9:00 p.m., and could finally relax a little bit.
 
I listened to my Intern Trent Schwalbach do a great job of broadcasting a 14-inning game between the Escanaba Cubs and Gladstone Indians, won by the Indians, 4-3. And I ate some very unhealthy but tasty sliders from the nearby White Castle restaurant!
 
This "on-the-go" stuff is very tiring, but also, very exciting. So many people at the radio station help to make it happen, and our sponsors give us the cash to do what very few radio stations do for youth sports in this country. Hope you will tune in at noon as the Escanaba girls begin their state tournament!

---later, Jack

GAYLORD, MI---JULY 16, 2014-1:00 A.M.
Well, I am here in Gaylord for another day. Heavy rains flooded the softball fields in Boyne City on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of the Major Little Leagiue Softball state championship game between Gladstone and Freeland. We will try again Wednesday.

I am starting to think that this is a conspiracy on the part of the Gaylord hotels and other businesses. I mean, it was a couple of years ago that I got stuck here in Gaylord for an extra day when a snowstorm postponed the Escanaba Eskymos hockey team's regional championship game against Traverse City Central. Haha. History repeats itself!

I want to thank the staff at the Gaylord Quality Inn for their accomodations as I have had to not only take care of sports, but also, all of the news for all five of our RRN radio stations. It has been interesting to do all of this from a motel room, and I thank Ron and T.J. and Boston and Dan at the radio station for the logistical work I needed back home to get the job done.
 
Now, let's go get a state championship, girls! The game is at 3:00 Wednesday and I will be on the air on AM-600 and rrnsports.com. Go Purple!
 
---later, Jack

GAYLORD, MI--JULY 15, 2014-2:11 A.M.
Very interesting experiment to broadcast the U.P.'s news from a hotel room in Lower Michigan.

I wish the Internet connection were better so I sounded more clear, but I was still able to at least get the news stories to you while also covering the Gladstone Little League softball team's state tournament games here in Lower Michigan.
 
The state championship game between Gladstone and Freeland is set for 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. Hope you will tune in on AM-600 and rrnsports.com! It will be fun!
 
---later, Jack

GAYLORD, MI--JULY 14. 2014-1:46 A.M.
It has been a while since I've done a blog entry. Sorry about that. I have been very busy with baseball and softball broadcasts, and doing a lot of traveling to cover these games.

Right now, I am at the Quality Inn in Gaylord. I broadcast the Gladstone Major Girls state tournament games in Boyne City the past two days, and I will be with the girls Monday afternoon at 3:00 in the state semifinals against a talented Rogers City team.
 
But this is a unique situation. With both Susie Larson and Don Curran gone on vacation, I am the only news broadcaster. But I am also the person who has to cover the state softball tournament down here, because Ron Plum has to work his morning music shift on Kool 105.5 and be the Sports Guy on Magic 97 and Moose 102.5.
 
Ron has also been broadcasting Little League tournament games in Iron Mountain, Escanaba and Gladstone. He is working hard.
 
Well, anyway, we also have Mike Daniels on vacation and Jay Fisher on sales calls in Green Bay. So, the radio station is on a skeleton staff to the level that I have never seen before.
 
And to top it off, Ron has jury duty on Tuesday.

So, I am here in Gaylord, and I am the only person to broadcast the news of the day. And so I am doing it via the Internet, from this motel room. I am sorry if it sounds a little different than what you're used to, but I think it will work out OK. At least, I hope so.

Check out my photos here of a motel room turned into a news room!
 
---later, Jack

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