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Panama senior co-captains Natalie Angeletti, left, and Kylie Schnars hoist the trophy after winning the Section VI Class D championship over Sherman on Saturday at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.
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No matter what happened Saturday, Panama senior Natalie Angeletti knew it would be her last game on the court at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.

Might as well go out on top.

Angeletti, a volleyball and basketball star for the Panthers, won her eighth Section VI championship overall while playing on the Falconer Street campus as No. 1 Panama beat No. 2 Sherman, 54-32, in the Class D title game that capped a tripleheader of action.

“It feels so good. It never felt better,” Natalie Angeletti said postgame. “I couldn’t be more blessed and more thankful to have this opportunity.”

“It’s special. It was emotional for us as we came in here. She had a realization that this was her last game here,” added Jeff Angeletti, Panama’s head coach and Natalie’s father. ” … For it to work out this way, we couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Panama’s Kylie Schnars puts up a layup during Saturday’s Section VI Class D final against Sherman at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.
P-J photo by Matt Spielman

Freshman Mandy Brink led the Panthers with 19 points to go along with four assists and four steals while Angeletti chipped in 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots.

“She has been huge,” Natalie Angeletti said of Brink. ” … She has given us that extra boost.”

“She’s a difference maker. You have to account for her,” Jeff Angeletti added about his young point guard. ” … She plays beyond her years.”

Panama now awaits the winner of Tuesday’s Section V Class D crossover final between Elba and Pavilion. After losing to Franklinville in each of the last two seasons, Angeletti’s team will return to the Far West Regional for the first time since three straight trips to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four from 2015-17.

“You have to focus on the task at hand,” Jeff Angeletti said. ” … We’ve been having some team nights watching some things. We have our hands full with whoever comes out of Section V.”

Panama’s Natalie Angeletti, left, defends Sherman’s MacKenzie Gratto during Saturday’s Section VI Class D final at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.
P-J photo by Matt Spielman

The regional will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rush-Henrietta High School.

“I think the sense of urgency is really hitting,” Natalie Angeletti added. ” … We’re working as hard as we can.”

A sloppy start for both teams turned into a 16-3 first-quarter lead for the Panthers as they went on a 12-0 run fueled by three Sherman turnovers.

“I think that boost was so vital, we really needed it,” Natalie Angeletti said. “They were catching up, so I think it gave us a good little run.”

The Wildcats kept their deficit under double digits heading into halftime, but Panama essentially put the game away on its first four possessions of the third quarter.

Sherman’s Jenna Fisher, left, attempts to put up a shot over Panama’s Kylie Schnars (24) during Saturday’s Section VI Class D final at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.
P-J photo by Matt Spielman

“We came out a little shell-shocked,” Sherman head coach Emily Eckwahl said. ” … They came out on fire in the third quarter.”

Angeletti had a pair of buckets inside while senior Kylie Schnars and Brink hit 3-pointers as the Panthers’ lead ballooned to 18 before Sherman junior MacKenzie Gratto’s first bucket of the game put an end to the run.

“Their posts altered a lot of shots for us,” Eckwahl said, “not just from our posts but on dribble penetration too.”

Panama led by 16 entering the fourth quarter before a pair of Schnars free throws and a Kylee Odell 3-pointer pushed its lead up to 21. The Wildcats never got closer than 18 the remainder of the way.

“These girls have been so close,” Jeff Angeletti said. ” … We got that monkey off our back for our community, and for Nat and Kylie who’ve been here forever.”

Sherman’s Jenna Fisher is trapped by Panama’s Madelyn Lisciandro, left, and Kylee Odell, right, during Saturday’s Section VI Class D final at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.
P-J photo by Matt Spielman

NOTES: Sophomore Madelyn Lisciandro had six rebounds and three assists; Schnars had four blocked shots and three steals; Odell, a senior, had four steals and three assists; and Angeletti had three assists for Panama, which shot 22 of 58 (37.9%) from the field, including 4 of 15 (26.7%) from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 12 times. … Gratto had eight rebounds and three blocked shots while senior Maggie Myers had six rebounds and three assists for Sherman, which shot 11 of 49 (22.4%) from the field, including 5 of 23 (21.7%) from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 16 times. … Myers and Angeletti were named the Intense Milk/Cross Training Athletics Character Athletes of the Game for their respective teams.


Luden 0 0 0, JFisher 2 0 5, Lindsey 0 1 1, Myers 4 2 12, PGratto 0 0 0, Lewczyk 1 0 2, MGratto 2 0 4, Sands 2 2 8, HFisher 0 0 0. Totals 11 5 32.


Brink 7 3 19, Lyon 0 0 0, Odell 3 1 8, Angeletti 9 0 18, Bailey 0 0 0, Watson 0 0 0, Morton 0 0 0, Lisciandro 0 0 0, Schnars 3 2 9, Harvey 0 0 0. Totals 22 6 54.

3-point goals–JFisher, Myers 2, Sands 2, Brink 2, Odell, Schnars.

Sherman 5 10 10 7 — 32

Panama 16 7 18 13 — 54

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Three people injured in Ishpeming crash today | News, Sports, Jobs




A four-car accident backed up traffic in the eastbound lane of U.S. 41 in Ishpeming near Northiron Church and the Ishpeming Armory on this afternoon. No further details are known at this time. (Journal photo by Ashley Hendrix)

ISHPEMING — Three people were injured as a result of three-car accident near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Malton Road at the Ishpeming/Negaunee border today.

According to Ishpeming Police Chief Steve Snowaert, two passenger cars and a truck were involved in the crash, which took place at around 12:35 p.m. A fourth vehicle was damaged by debris from the accident.

The occupants of the two smaller vehicles were transported to UPHS-Marquette. Their condition is currently unknown. The occupants of the truck and the fourth vehicle were uninjured, Snowaert said. Traffic was reduced to two lanes until about 3 p.m. as a result of the crash.

The Michigan State Police crash reconstruction unit was on the scene to assist, he said.

Snowaert is asking anyone who may have seen the crash to contact the IPD at 906-486-4416.

“We are still gathering information,” Snowaert said. “So from our standpoint, if anyone witnessed the accident, we would like to hear from them.”

IPD was assisted at the scene by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the Negaunee Police Department, the Negaunee Fire Department, the Ishpeming Fire Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

See Friday’s edition of The Mining Journal for more information.

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Conservative MP quits government job over free school meals




Mr Bradley defended the support the government offers to poorer families and attacked the Labour, saying: “You’d think a truly ‘caring’ Labour party could recognise the huge difference between the majority of kids on [free school meals] who are not wealthy by any stretch, but who have good parents and are managing, and impoverished kids who are desperate.”

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Remembering a legacy | News, Sports, Jobs




Photo courtesy of Peoples Bank Theatre
Left to right: Rita Stephan, Hunt Brawley, Kathy Mattea, and Dan Stephan smile in the green room below the Peoples Bank Theatre stage in 2017 before her second show in the Marietta theater.

From children in tutus to acrobats dropping from the rafters, the memories that one local patriarch has made possible for generations to come will not easily be forgotten.

And neither will he.

“It’s just hard to accept that he’ll not be back in here for another show,” said Hunt Brawley, executive director of the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. “Dan was there through all of it … there are so few projects where you can point to somebody and remove him from the equation and it doesn’t happen. But this, it would have never happened without him.”

Dan Sanders Stephan Sr., 83, of Williamstown, passed away Monday.

A Marietta High School and Marietta College graduate, Stephan Sr. made marks on the community through the family businesses distributing periodicals and retail support of news distribution through Peoples News.

He was even a director of the Williamstown Bank.

But his public legacy?

“I think the theater is his legacy to the most extent,” said Dan Stephan Jr. as he recalled the years of faith and work his father dedicated to saving, renovating and embedding new life into the Hippodrome, Colony and most recently named Peoples Bank Theatre on Putnam Street two doors down from Peoples News.

“He was the theater,” said Brawley. “He’s done everything to make the theater happen, right from the very beginning.”

Stephan Sr. shared numerous memories over the years in the theater of his childhood and adolescence watching acts and movies within the seats of the venue.

He purchased the property in the 1980s with the eye on reopening its closed doors.

“He bought the theater in 1988 and held it for a while thinking he’d restore it and realized it would take more money than just one person,” said Brawley. “I met Dan in 1999 or 2000.”

And at that point, Brawley explained, the theater’s structure was part of a Community 2020 visioning process for Marietta.

“I just remember sitting with a group of people and everyone having all of these ideas of what should be done with the theater and I remember thinking, well, ‘who owns the theater?’” Brawley recalled. “I guess I was entrusted with that task and called him up and he suggested that we meet with Carol Wharff at the community foundation.”

Of the original six that started meeting, and by 2004 were the founding board members when Stephan Sr. donated the property to the nonprofit, four have now passed on, Brawley said.

But while the public celebrated the Jan. 8, 2016, successful reopening and in the last four years since have attended recitals, parties, nationally and internationally-acclaimed acts and celebrations of faith and history within the walls of the theater, it was those smiles, laughter and cheers that kept Stephan Sr. entering the doors.

“I think he came more to see the reactions, to see the families here together,” recalled Brawley, his right eye glistening as memories of his friend struck him Wednesday.

Brawley and Stephan Jr. recalled multiple stops and starts throughout the visioning, planning, designing and financing stages of the theater’s restoration.

“He just always remembered going to the Colony Theatre and the place being such a joy from way back when,” said Brawley.

And those years of work from 2000 to 2015 were not easy years, Brawley noted.

“We lost twice, nearly lost the third time, but we kept crawling forward,” he explained. “Dan could have sent me packing years ago, after the recession, really anytime.”

But with faith in the vision for sharing similar family experiences and childhood with generations to come, Stephan Sr. never gave up.


That persistent vision saw a small reward near the end of construction when a signature painted across a concrete block wall beneath the stage was found five years ago.

The signature was of Dan Stephan Sr.’s father, Floyd Stephan, dated 1933, three years before Stephan Sr. was born.

“I remember he always said he knew there was a reason he was doing this when he saw that,” said Stephan Jr.

Stephan Sr. shared that memory on the night he was surprised at the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner in 2017, with the recognition of Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year award.

“My dad was in a minstrel show in 1932 with the high school and they performed when the theater was the Hippodrome,” explained Stephan Sr. “And now people are enjoying the music, the arts and the interaction that I did there growing up.”

Now, three generations of Stephan family members have signed the wall beneath and are surrounded by more than 1,000 signatures of large national acts, private wedding parties, local solo musicians and young aspiring artists in the chorus dressing room beneath the stage.

But Stephan Sr. was a humble man, often passing on the praise directed his way with a hug and a smile.

“It wasn’t me that brought the (Peoples Bank Theatre) to life,” he said. “It was the community that embraced it through the renovations and then … by continuing to come to the shows and buy tickets.”

In lieu of a large ceremony or funeral, the family asks in accordance with the patriarch’s wishes that donations be made to the Hippodrome Colony Endowment Fund at the Marietta Community Foundation, 100 Putnam St., Marietta, in memory of Dan Stephan Sr.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at

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