Sports Shorts

Carr, Cowboys lose backto back games

DALLAS — Following a 29-24 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday, the Cowboys got back to the field this past Sunday in a close-knit contest at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football. Dallas was in the game throughout the entire contest, but couldn’t finish Atlanta off in a 19-13 loss at the Georgia Dome. The Cowboys are now 3- 5 overall, which has them in third place in the National Football Conference-East behind the 3-5 Philadelphia Eagles and the 6-3 New York Giants. The Washington Redskins sit below Dallas at 3-6.

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 21 tackles and deflected away four passes. Carr and the Cowboys return to action on Sunday afternoon, traveling to division rival Philadelphia at 4:25 p.m. — B.P.

UM-Flint hockey wins pair of weekend blowouts

FLINT — The University of Michigan-Flint hockey team was in action on Sunday in Bay City against Delta College, overpowering the home squad, 9-3. Several UM-Flint players found the back of the net, including Nate Robson, Matt Murdock, Dan Cowan and Will Dawson, who each tallied once. Mark Look recorded a hat trick.

Michigan-Flint picked up an even more dominant victory on Friday against crosstown rival Kettering University, downing the Bulldogs, 10-1, to claim the first ever Carburetor Cup, which will be awarded annually to the winner of the contest. Cowan picked up a hat trick on the night and Dawson scored a pair of goals, as well. Murdock, Look, Matt Kraemer and Steven Hooper all rippled the mesh once apiece. Kirk Allen was between the pipes, allowing just one goal.

Now at 8-1-0, UM-Flint will now get ready to face Indiana University-Purdue University of Fort Wayne in back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game will be held at Flint Iceland Arena while Saturday’s contest will take place at Perani Arena. — B.P.

Snowmobile safety class on tap in area

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.

Winter activities coming soon to area park

BURTON — For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum, 2142 N. Genesee Road, will offer cross country skiing once there is three inches of snow accumulation, but the trails are not groomed, pets are not allowed and biking and jogging are only permitted on the gravel service drive. The visitors center is also open from Wednesday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to sunset, and while the facility will be open on Dec. 24 and 31, it will not be available on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Other features at For-Mar include a designated picnic area and the Foote Bird Museum is open on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. There are no admissions fees. Details: 1- 800-648-7275. — M.S.

Sledding on it’s way

BURTON — Once there is a three inch accumulation of snow, Davison Roadside Park, 616 Davison Road, has a beginners sledding hill that is open to the public from 8 a.m. to sunset, but snow on the ground is not a definite indicator of frozen terrain. The park also has a picnic area, pavillions for rent and a strict no-alcohol or illoegal substances policy. Details: 810-736-7100. — M.S.

Youth football season concludes

GRAND BLANC — The final freshman standings for the Mid Michigan Rural Football League 2012 season show Grand Blanc II finishing second in Div. A at 5-1 behind Frankenmuth, 5-0, but tied with Oakland Christian at 5-1 and ahead of Swartz Creek II with a record of 4-2. The freshman B division was won by Carman- Ainsworth, 6-0, followed by Flushing and Grand Blanc IV in second at 5-1, Grand Blanc III claimed Div. C at 6-0 and in Div. D, Grand Blanc was third at 3-3 behind Birch Run, 6-0, and New Lothrop, 3-2-1. Topping the E and F divisions were Frankenmuth II and Kearsley II.

Even though Grand Blanc did not have any varsity squads this season, in junior varsity action, Grand Blanc II went 3-3 to come in fifth in the A division, Grand Blanc IV was also fifth in the B division at 3-3, Grand Blanc III was 5-1 to took the runners-up spot in Div. C and finishing seventh in Div. D at 2- 3-1 was Grand Blanc. Division E and F were won by Millington and Caro II, both of which went 6-0. — M.S.

Coaches needed

DRYDEN — Dryden is seeking a varsity bowling coach and a seventh-grade boys’ basketball coach. Applications may be completed through the Dryden Community Schools web page employment link. Contact athletic director Al Margrif at amargrif@dryden. for further details. — D.N.

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