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Football training sessions offered in Auburn Hills

AUBURN HILLS — Training sessions for high school football players will be offered on Sundays beginning Jan. 30 at the Auburn Hills Sports Dome. The sessions are designed to prepare players for the 2011 season as well as for SPARQ, Michigan Preps and NUC testing protocols. Players will be taught drills and techniques used to prepare college seniors for the NFL combine. To register, go to or contact Coach Jaime Jackson at 248-535-7404. — D.N.

Mountain Cats poised to strike

BURTON — The Great Lakes Junior Hockey League’s Michigan Mountain Cats class B squad will start the new year Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Alice Noble Arena in Ohio against the Wooster Oilers with a roster that includes Lapeer’s Zachary Collins and Kade Morrison, Columbiaville’s Jonathan Arms and Kyle Parker of Metamora. With the team returning home to Ice Mountain on Jan. 21 to host St. Louis before playing at the Wayne Ice Arena on Jan. 22 against the Michigan Ice Dogs, other area products currently suiting up for the Mountain Cats B squad include David Salazar and Anthony Munoz of Flint, Goodrich’s Jaycob Trainor and Davison’s Charles Rushlow and Brandon Csutoras. — M.S.

Warriors kick off new year

FLINT — With a roster that features Lapeer goalie Robert Tadazak, the Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League began 2011 yesterday at the Perani Arena and Event Center against the Traverse City North Stars before hosting Port Huron Saturday at 7 p.m. and playing at the Hardees Iceplex against the St. Louis Bandits on Jan. 21. — M.S.

Drop-in programs offered at Iceland Arenas

FLINT — Adult pick-up hockey and Stick- N-Puck programs are available on a drop-in basis at Iceland Arena. Stick-N-Puck is for players ages 7-14, who must have their own helmet, skates and gloves. Cost is $8 and a signed waiver is required. Sessions are Sundays from 3-3:50 p.m. Adult pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays at various times and is intended for players 16 or older. Full equipment and signed waiver are required. Cost is $10, with goalies paying just $2. — L.P.

Basic Skills curriculum offered for beginners

FLINT — Recreational and competitive skaters can learn to play hockey, speed skate or figure skate at Iceland Arenas Mondays and Saturdays. The ALL-STAR Program features the USFS Basic Skills curriculum, designed for skaters of all ages and abilities and is progressively structured for the skater from beginner to advanced. ALL-STAR Learn to Skate Hockey, Figure Skating & Speed Skating are also available.

Classes are offered year round and participants can join anytime. Pro-rated fees are offered. The Greater Mid Michigan Skating Club provides USFS badge testing during one class monthly. Par ticipants will be given an USFS log book to keep track of their level and progress. The eight-week sessions cost $80 for one day, or $120 for both. Sessions run Mondays 6-6:50 p.m. and Saturdays 11-11:50 a.m. — L.P.

Wayne State University to offer softball camps

DETROIT — Wayne State University will be offering a developmental hitting, pitching and catching camp that will be offered to kids in grades 4-12 in the area.

The hitting camp will take place Jan. 9, with pre-registration of $35 and $40 at the door. The hitting camp is limited to the first 80 campers to register. The pitching camp will be offered to pitchers and catchers in grades 4-12 at a cost of $100 for the four Sundays starting Jan. 16 and going until Feb. 6.

The Wayne State developmental softball camp has been around for 29 years, with many campers transitioning into successful high school and college players.

Details (313) 577-7513 or (586) 864- 4233, or e-mail or — B.B.

Boys travel basketball tryouts on tap

SWARTZ CREEK — Fourth-grade boys are wanted for a travel basketball team that will play its games at the Cage in Swartz Creek. The team will practice 2-3 times per week in a Lapeer gym when available. The season starts Jan. 8 and will go until the beginning of March. Cost will be determined by the number of players participating. Required of the players is the ability to learn the fundamentals and gym shoes. Details: Mike Butterfield 810-441-1529. — B.B.

Cold is Cool Passport

STATEWIDE — Fourth graders in the state are reminded that the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport is available at 20 participating ski areas in the state. The program was established by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association to give every fourth grader the opportunity to ski for free. The program gives kids up to three free lift tickets or trail passes. Details: or call MSIA at 248-620-4448. — L.P.

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