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Several former Cavs playing college football

NATIONWIDE — The Carman- Ainsworth football team is currently on its way to the state playoffs, and as the program looks to reach new highs, it is easy to forget what the Cavaliers have already accomplished. There are several former Carman-Ainsworth football stars who are playing some level of college football across the country.

At Norfolk State in Virginia, Tremondae Branch is a redshirt sophomore who plays the defensive line, while Bobby McFadden is also a redshirt sophomore, playing offensive line at Eastern Michigan. Cameron Stover and Devon Simpson remain teammates to this day, now at Chowan University in North Carolina. Stover is a junior quarterback and Simpson is a sophomore at linebacker.

Also reuniting as teammates at Michigan Tech is junior offensive lineman Aaron Brandt and freshman defensive lineman Shahid Muhammad. There is also a Cavalier trio at Northern Colorado, and a recent one at that. Last year’s starting quarterback at Carman- Ainsworth, Shane Barron, is at Northern Colorado with high school teammates Myles Overton and Brandon Lenoir. All three are freshmen, and Overton plays defensive tackle while Lenoir is a defensive back. — B.P.

Carr, Cowboys lose heartbreaker

DALLAS — Although this has been a season of ups and downs for Brandon Carr and the Dallas Cowboys, the team continues to fight. After putting together a comeback win over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, 19-14, the Cowboys made a huge comeback, but couldn’t finish it off in a 29-24 loss at home to the New York Giants this past Sunday. The Cowboys are now 3-4 overall, which has them in third place in the National Football Conference-East behind the 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles and the 6-2 New York Giants. The Washington Redskins sit below Dallas at 3-5.

Cornerback Brandon Carr, a Carman- Ainsworth graduate, has been starting for Dallas this year after they signed him to a large contract following his impressive stint with the Kansas City Chiefs. So far this year, Carr has made 19 tackles and deflected away three passes. Carr and the Cowboys return to action on Sunday night, traveling to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons at 8:20 p.m. — B.P.

UM-Flint hockey suffers first loss of season

FLINT — The University of Michigan- Flint hockey team took it’s first loss of the season on Saturday at home, falling to the GOLD squad from Adrian College, 7- 2. Scoring the goals for UM-Flint were Grand Blanc’s Dan Cowan and Burton’s Matt Murdock. The loss puts UM-Flint at 6-1-0 overall thus far. Michigan-Flint will now prepare for a home game against cross-town rival Kettering University on Friday at Perani Arena. Then on Sunday, UM-Flint hits the road to take on Delta College at Bay County Civic Arena in Bay City. — B.P.

MESA Panthers Stellar at Michigan FC Fall Showcase

WIXOM — The MESA Panthers U17 Girls Soccer team vaulted themselves to the top of their division Oct. 21 after posting three more victories in as many tries they went undefeated at the Michigan FC Fall College Showcase. Their first game was against a familiar foe, the Bloomfield Force, which the Panthers shut out, 2-0.

In game two, the Panthers put on a clinic against a very skilled Rockford team, winning, 5-0.

The third game had an international flair against the Canadians, who got on the board first putting the Panthers down a goal in the early going. The Panthers fired right back tying the score then pulling ahead for good, 6-3.

The defense was strong giving up just three goals the whole tourney. The Panthers ended the event with the highest goal differential of any team with a +10 rating. The Panthers will be in Indianapolis where they will be participating in the Indiana Champions League College Showcase. — L.P.

Winter is right around the corner

FLINT TWP. — A snowmobile safety class created by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is available at Carman-Ainsworth high school on Dec. 13 from 6-9:30 p.m. for $15. This home-study course features required equipment, Michigan’s snowmobile laws, first aid, clothing, safe snowmobile handling and more. Students must be 12 or older by Feb. 1, those who complete this class and pass the written test will be issued a Snowmobile Safety Certificate and students need to submit their social security number and pick up the class book at either the The Learning Community or the C-A Administration building. Course also includes a follow-up regarding high points and survival skills as taught by Conservation Officers.

All classes offered by the Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth youth enrichment program are open regardless of where you live. Details: 810-591-2880, 810-591-3276 or 810-591-3620. — M.S.

Season winding down

BURTON — In the freshman division of the Mid Michigan Rural Football League on Oct. 20 Bentley beat Atherton at Home, 31-25, Bendle won at Swartz Creek, 20-0, and Bendle II was victorius, 26-12, at Clio II. The junior varsity games saw Bentley get edged out at home by Atherton, 8-6, Bendle came out ahead at Clio, 13-8, and Bendle II had a bye. The varsity contests featured Bentley getting downed at home, 26-12, by Lake Fenton II and Bendle had a bye. — M.S.

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