Flint Olympian Games coming to a close

FLINT — While the playoffs for sports such as basketball and softball don’t start until Monday, the rest of the 56th annual Flint Olympian Games came to a close last weekend. This includes the youth tennis, which was scheduled to take place last Thursday, but was forced to reschedule to last Friday because of the extreme heat.

Coming out on top in the 12U girls’ division was Madison Hall, in 16U Loren Nelson took the gold with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Megan George and Sara Croel grabbed the silver by downing Allahna Hawkins, 6-0, 6-0. In 17U, Grand Blanc’s Sabrina Dass bested Erika Finkbeiner, 6-0, 6-0. For the boys, it was Kairo Noronha who earned the Gold in 14U competition, Joe Kircher claimed the 16U title with victories of 6-4, 0-6, 6-2, and, 6-1, Grand Blanc’s Sabrina Dass returns a backhand during the regular season. 6-1, against Michael Sawicki and Adam Vincent, respectively, and, snatching up the 17U championship was Logan Finkbeiner. The only other boys participant to end up atop the podium was 12U athlete Malachi Noronha, who got the better of Gabriel Hand, 6-2, 6-2, and Myles Hall won the silver by taking out Emmanuel Fletcher, 6-1, 6-3.


The arrows were flying on Sunday at the Flint Bowmen Archery Club in the Target Round as the 6U girls’ titles went to Kenzie Jacobson on the barebow and Rylee Brasseur in the freestyle. In girls’ 7-10U action MacKenzie Brasseur came in first for the freestyle, Carolyn Hager took the freestlye limited crown and winning the boys’ 7-10U freestyle limited title was Bryce Daly. John Reid then won the adult men’s freestyle division with a score of 562 and snatching up the girls’ 13-17U freestyle, freestyle limited and barebow championships were Sarah Strickland, Anna Hagler and Lindsay Covert, respectively.

The field round was another story altogether and was highlighted by first-place girls’ 8U performances from Jacobson on the barebow and MacKenzie Brasseur in the freestyle and in boys’ 8U competition Mitchel Groth was victorious on the barebow, Gerren Jarbeau claimed the freestyle category and the freestyle limited winner was Devin Alexander. Maddy Blachura also stood atop the podium in the girls’ 9-12U barebow, a feat equaled in the freestyle and freestyle limited by Julia Hagler and Sarah Bowen, earning 9-12U boys’ gold were Andrew Echelbarger (freestyle) and Nate Robertson (freestyle limited) and the girls’ 13- 17U victor was Strickland.

In adult men’s, Joe Ardif shot a 276 in the freestyle limited, while Michael Bregaud, John Reid and Thomas Crasseur all came in at 280 for the freestyle, Michael Alexander put up a 272 on the crossbow and Theresa Brasseur laid down a 58 on the adult women’s barebow. Tiffany Alexander posted a 204 in the adult women’s freestyle limited and Amy Studebaker outclassed the field in the adult women’s freestyle with 264.


Phoenix Gymnastics in Fenton hosted the gymnastics portion last Saturday, where Kalyn Meiers placed first in the 8-9 year old division with an all around score of 37.25. Alli Dolan grabbed that same position in the 10 year olds category with an all around score of 37.55, Hannah Onjaleijh laid claim to the 11 year olds title with a mark of 37.6 and Rachel Dolan brought home the gold with a score of 37.695 in the 12-13 year olds competition. The 14 plus action was just as heated, as Reagan Douglas edged out the rest of the field by charting an all around score of 37.95, Adrian Saad and Kiera Chaffin were both listed as placing first in the tumbling part of this event and pocketing gold for Toddler Tumbling were Violet Howald and Cassie Ward.


In the 18U action, sitting atop the girls’ upper league standings is Mayhem Black, which consists of players from Genesee County, Corunna’s Rowe PSC is second and the Fellowship Lodge squad featuring players from Flint Southwestern high school and middle school are third. That puts the Chapman Concrete team consisting of talent from Swartz Creek high school and middle school in the fourth spot followed by the Avalanche from Grand Blanc, the Powers Chargers, Chippewa (Clio) and LakeVille.

The 18U middle lower softball standings are somewhat similar now that Mayhem Red is the current leader with players from places such as Genesee County, Clarkston, Port Huron, Dewitt and Bay City, Creek Auto and the Linden Eagles are second and third and holding down the fourth slot is Montrose. With talent from Genesee County and Birch Run, it’s the Firestix that are fifth and rounding out the standings in sixth place is Flushing.


Davison’s Tony Conway shot a 71 last Friday to win the Men’s 18 and over division, Flint’s Glen Drake was a distant second at 82 and placing third with an 89 was Swartz Creek’s Bradley Jerome. Grand Blanc’s Adam Jones also qualified to compete at the 55th Annual CANUSA Games, which take place in Michigan this year and begin on Aug. 7 with a torch run that starts at City Hall at 9 a.m.

Another facet of these games is the 35th Annual Flint Olympian Games/CANUSA Games Golf Tournament fundraiser tomorrow at Brookwood IMA. The format will be a four-person mixed scramble, the field will be separated into men’s, women’s and mixed divisions and cost is $100 a player or $400 a team. The action begins from 8:15-8:45 a.m. with registration followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. dinner will be served and awards and prizes will be issued. Details: 810-760-5252, 810-397- 8991 or e-mail tsitko@flintschools.org.

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