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Linden’s Simmerson (No. 15) misses at the plate during Flint Olympian action on Tuesday.

Linden’s Simmerson (No. 15) misses at the plate during Flint Olympian action on Tuesday.

FLINT — With the softball playoffs for the 56th annual Flint Olympian Games having started on Monday and the championship games taking place yesterday after we went to press, this year’s regular-season was one filled with madness and Mayhem in all three divisions. This includes the 15U Mayhem, who beat out Linden, American Associates, the Bendle Tigers, the Clio Mustangs and Phillips RV for first place in their age group.

The Mayhem Black were just as successful in 18U middle/lower league play, coming in second was Rowe PSC and the Powers Chargers were third. That left Fellowship Lodge #490 in the fourth spot, Chapman Concrete was fifth and grabbing the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, were the Avalanche, LakeVille and the Chippewas.

As for the Mayhen Red, that squad ruled the 18U upper league standings despite the best efforts of teams such as Creek Auto, the Firestix and the Linden Eagles. That left Montrose in the fifth slot and rounding things out was Flushing.

In adult tennis competition, on July 21 the big winner was Jim Neubauer, who took gold in the Men’s Open division followed by Erin Bracciano and Kris Mindlin, as well as downing Mindlin, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, for the Men’s 35 and over title. Neubauer also got the better of Mindlin, 6-1, 6-2, to win the Men’s Open championship and Bracciano was third with a 6-0, retired, win over Kevin Smith, Kevin George stood atop the Men’s Open Back Draw field after posting a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Stephen Pollack and a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of David Rowe, who beat Justin Thomas, 6-3, 6-2, to grab the bronze medal.

Because the swimming had 62 total events taking place from July 16-18 at Flint Southwestern Academy, standouts in the girls’ age 11-12 competition include Emily Moriartey winning the 100 breast in 1:32.34, Mateline Chorley swam the 100 fly in 1:25.13 and Moriarety tied Maddison Koresh at 31.67 in the 50 free. In girls’ 8U action, it was Mackenzie Hummel who was victorious in the 25 free in 18.03, Abigail Merz posted a 39.04 in the 50 free and Hailee Frame topped the field in the 25 fly in 24.35. The girls’ 10U events were just as heated as Megan Sieloff finished the 50 fly in 44.62, as well as the 100 IM by clocking in at 1:30.12, and Hallie Pruitte came out on top in the 50 backstroke in 43.13.

The boys’ 8U swimming was also a hotbed of contention that featured Connor Cooper coming out on to top in 42.44 in the 50 free, Rich Clayton completed the 25 breaststroke in 31.37 and the 25 backstroke was won by Ryan Gray with a mark of 22.65. Garren Cooper, on the other hand, managed to claim the boys’ 10U title in the 50 free in 32.32, the 50 breaststroke at 48.16 and the 100 IM in 1:43.53. Proving to be the cream of the 11-12 boys’ crop with a 1:53.10 in the 50 fly was Keyshawn Brown, Connor Donahue was first in the 50 backstroke at 44.38 and with a time of 1:07.91 Trevor Purman wore the crown in the 100 free.

Standing out from the crowd in the girls’ 13-14 events was Natalie Gallamore with victories in the 100 free in 1:00.94, 100 fly in 1:06.47 and the 200 free in 2:10.66. The boys’ 13- 14 division had eerily similar results, as Max Whitmore won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:23.84 and the 50 breaststroke in 37.31, which Kay Whitmore complimented by posting a 35.2 in the 50 backstroke and a 1:18.79 in the 100 backstroke. Michael Spears was also on his game in boys’ 15-18 competition with firstplace showings in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.73, the 100 fly at 1:01.78 and the 200 IM in 2:24.08. The only other age category for the swimming was the men’s and that featured several head-to-head matchups between Brian Greenless and Garrett Purman.

On July 12 in boys’ 21-and-under bowling, Quinton Burnett put up a 727 to roll his way to first place, Shamonica Simon laid down a 690 to claim the girls’ 21-and-under title and edging out Jordan Nunn by 20 points with a score of 679 in the boys’ 15U division was Brendan Adams. Imari Blond won the girls’ 15U category after knocking down 423 pins.

There were big hopes for the volleyball portion of the Flint Olympian Games on July 9-10, but because there was only enough of a turnout to hold the 18U contests, Genesee was the lone champion followed by Smoked Ink and Carman-Ainsworth.

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