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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.

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. […]

SAVELA: Giving in to World Cup fever

SAVELA: Giving in to World Cup fever

Time was ticking down in the final game of my short-lived soccer career, and it was running out on my dream of scoring a goal. I was in fourth grade, had played nearly three full seasons of soccer, and with two left feet didn’t have a single statistic to my name. Until that day. I […]

Saints hit road before halfway point

Saints hit road before halfway point

After four road games this weekend, the Manistee Saints will be off until returning to Rietz Park on July 12. So, manager Phil Kliber hopes to enter the break on a good note. “We’ve never really done that before,” he said of the upcoming two-week hiatus between games. “I usually want to play right through […]

Verdict III wins Budweiser Pro/Am

Verdict III wins Budweiser Pro/Am

MANISTEE — The fish were plentiful and so were the payouts over the weekend in the Manistee County Sport Fishing Association’s annual Budweiser Pro/Am, which is the first of three stops in Manistee on the Tournament Trail.  Ludington’s Verdict III netted its fair share of both as captain Tim Pratcshler’s team won the pro division of […]