No, it hasn't exactly been a stellar season thus far for the Lake Michigan Admirals, a Berrien County-based professional basketball team that on Saturday night fell to 0-6 on the season.
But at least its heart is in the right place. That was evident at halftime, when Stevensville resident Dave Lange, 28, dropped to his knee on the gym floor at St. Joseph's Lake Michigan Catholic Middle/High School and proposed to his girlfriend, Micah Deam.
Fortunately for him, Deam deemed him worthy.
"Yes, it would have been (embarrassing) if she'd said no," Lange said Monday.
A security worker at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Lange said he'd known Deam since the two attended Lakeshore High School but it was just more than a year ago that they began dating. He selected an Admirals game for the setting for his proposal, he said, because they're fans of the team and because a friend, Dave Londot, an employee of the Admirals, helped set up the very public proposal.
Deam's expression was one of surprise when Londot led her out onto the floor so Lange could pop the question. Lange said that before he sneaked up behind Deam and Londot with ring in hand, he added to the mystery by asking Deam why she'd been selected and what she had won.
Although Deam often manages to figure out beforehand his plans, she didn't this time, he said.
"She said (afterward), 'I never thought you'd have done that,'" he said.
The Admirals compete in the American Basketball Association's Premier League and, according to Lange, have yet to jell as a team. But with nine games still to play there's plenty of time yet, just as there is for Lange and Deam.
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