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About Dylan Savela

Dylan is a sports writer for the News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

Maksym caps career with Titans

Maksym caps career with Titans

At her core, Julia Maksym is a competitor. That trait can translate to success or lead to heartbreak, as wins are expected and losses are hard to accept. But competitors — like Maksym — are defined by their determination through it all. The 2010 Manistee graduate recently reached the finish line of her decorated softball career, […]

North Muskegon team wins Splash

North Muskegon team wins Splash

MANISTEE — Tournament Trail made its second of three scheduled stops in Manistee over the weekend, and by all indications the summer fishing series is poised to finish the season strong. “This tournament was up a few boats, which was good to see,” said Tournament Trail’s Scott MacDonald of the annual Salmon Splash, which kicked […]

Chips sharpen focus this summer

Chips sharpen focus this summer

As soon as he was hired as head coach, Todd Erickson hit the ground running last year with the Chippewas. “We shot off the hip the whole summer,” he recalled earlier this week at Manistee’s team camp. “It was just from them not knowing (our coaching staff), and us not knowing them.” The new merger […]

Sabers use summer to fill roles

Sabers use summer to fill roles

During a lengthy district dynasty, high school basketball teams are sure to see turnover in personnel. But as graduates depart, Manistee Catholic Central has had a knack for retooling and retaining its success. The Sabers — winners of four straight Class D titles — have been busy this summer reassigning roles and preparing for another […]

Chips, Sabers polish skills in camp

Chips, Sabers polish skills in camp

MANISTEE — Manistee High School was bustling with basketball on Monday as sneakers squeaked, whistles echoed, and scoreboards lit up for the first time this summer. Scores, however, don’t hold much weight in late July. “I don’t even look at it,” said Manistee girls coach Todd Erickson. “You can’t forget that it’s summer basketball. You’re looking […]

Ott takes over Manistee Swim Team

Ott takes over Manistee Swim Team

Malstrom steps down after 26 years as coach Since she was 7, Morgan Ott has had a home away from home with the Manistee Swim Team. From a fresh-faced swimmer to a veteran of the pool, she’s seen the summer program swell in numbers and success. Ott, however, holds the bonds she’s shared along the […]

Saints hope to recharge with break

Saints hope to recharge with break

The Manistee Saints typically keep up a steady grind throughout the summer. This season, however, the midway point has been marked by a two-week break, and Saints manager Phil Kliber hopes it helps the team finish strong. “We’ve never really done it before, so we’ll see how it works out,” he said of the hiatus. […]