2016-09-22 / Outdoors

MSU baseball team climbs dunes, hooks into lakers out of Fishtown

Also watch MSU top Notre Dame


MSU BASEBALL players were all smiles Sunday morning after landing 36 fish, mostly lake trout, Son charters out of Fishtown. The award winners, from left, are Cory Young with the “ugliest” fish, a cisco; Caleb Sleeman with the smallest legal fish, a 10-inch coho; Brandon Hughes with the biggest fish; and Dan Chmielewski with the most fish, two big lake trout. MSU BASEBALL players were all smiles Sunday morning after landing 36 fish, mostly lake trout, Son charters out of Fishtown. The award winners, from left, are Cory Young with the “ugliest” fish, a cisco; Caleb Sleeman with the smallest legal fish, a 10-inch coho; Brandon Hughes with the biggest fish; and Dan Chmielewski with the most fish, two big lake trout. Outfielders caught and no hitters struck out when the Michigan State University baseball team was taken on charter fishing trips Sunday out of Leland.

And more than Fishtown played host, as team members also raced down and up the sand dunes at Pierce Stocking overlooks.

It was all part of a weekend trip to Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties for the team that included a baseball practice and scrimmage Saturday at Wuerfel Park courtesy of Solon Township residents and Traverse City Beach Bums owners John and Leslye Wuerfel.

Members of the Grand Traverse MSU Alumni Club helped organize the weekend.

“We had 35 players and coaches from the Michigan State baseball team,” said Elmwood Township resident and club member Mike Borkovich, the county sheriff. His son, Walter, is a pitcher on the team.

The scrimmage was also about recognizing area veterans.

“They were up doing a three-day stay that included a scrimmage at Wuerfel Park in honor of veterans,” Borkovich added. “Go-Green, Go-White” T-shirts were provided the vets courtesy of the alumni club.

That occurred Saturday, and was followed by a trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The evening ended at Buffalo Wild Wings in Traverse City to watch a 35-28 MSU victory over Notre Dame.

Players and coaches were up early the next morning to meet with seven charter boat captains in Fishtown.

“They caught a total of 36 fish, which were primarily lake trout,” recalled Borkovich. Awards were given for the longest, smallest legal fish, most fish and “ugliest” fish caught, which was a cisco whose head had been injured.

Players were provided “Fishigan State” T-shirts after the charters.

“We all had fun,” Borkovich said.

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