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Hockey team splits weekend games

FLINT — With former Carman-Ainsworth varsity coach John Jepson joining Michigan Warriors head coach Moe Mantha’s staff this season, the team played a pair of North American Hockey League home games against Port Huron recently. While both matchups were hard-fought throughout, on Saturday Michigan lost to the Fighting Falcons, 4-3, in a shootout after coming back from a 3-2 deficit in the third off the stick of Martin Gruse with help from Jon Farkas at the 15:00 minute mark. Also scoring for the Warriors in regulation was Jake Hopfner at 11:50 of the first and Brock Labelle at 19:38 of the second and coming up short in the shootout were Darren McCormick, Labelle, AJ Marcinek, Zack Sjazner and Connor Lyons. For Port Huron, Lapeer product Max Milosek went 43-of-46 in net to earn the decision.

The night before, Michigan topped Port Huron, 4-2, despite going 0-for-3 on the powerplay by winning the shooting war 40-31. Tying the game for the Warriors at 1-1 was Gruse at 19:46 of the first period on the pass from Lyons, setting the scene for goals by Levi Erkkila 37 seconds into the second and Labelle unassisted almost seven minutes later. Michigan’s Shawn Badali then rounded out the scoring at 17:12 unassisted as part of these two teams trading goals to end the evening’s offense before the third quarter came and went without any changes to the scoreboard.

Presently, the Warriors are last in the NAHL’s eight-team North Division with a record of 4-14- 2, placing them behind Jamestown at 15-3-2, Soo 13-5-3, Port Huron 12-9-1, Johnstown 9-6- 6, Kalamazoo 11-8-1, Springfield 9-9-2 and Janesville 7-10-3. Sjazner leads Michigan in points this year with five goals and four assists in 19 games played, Hopfner has three goals and five assists in 20 games and Lyons has seven points on five goals and two assists. The Warriors were in action yesterday on their home ice against Kalamazoo at Flint’s Iceland Arena and on Saturday and Sunday the team is at Pullar Stadium to Face the Soo Eagles. — M.S.

Youth football season wraps up

BURTON — The final freshmen standings for the Mid Michigan Rural Football League 2012 season show Bendle placing fifth in Div. A at 3- 3, Bentley went 1-5 to come in seventh, Atherton was eighth at 0-6, and in the C division, Bendle II was fourth with a record of 3-3 behind Grand Blanc III, 6-0, Fenton II, 5-1, and Holly II, 3-2-1. Going undefeated to claim the other freshmen titles include Carman-Ainsworth in Div. B, Birch run in the D division, Frankenmuth II in Div. E and Kearsley II in the F division.

On the junior varsity level Bendle took second in the A division at 5-1, Atherton went 1-4-1 to finish seventh and Bentley was eighth at 1-5, and Bentley II was fourth at 3-3 in Div. C, which was won by Holly II at 6-0, followed by Grand Blanc III, 5-1, and Carman-Ainsworth II, 4-2. The rest of the junior varsity champions included Carman-Ainsworth at 6-0 in Div. B, Birch Run took the D division at 5-0-1, Millington was 6-0 in Div. E and Caro and Mt. Morris were undefeated in the F division.

The varsity standings featured Bentley and Kearsley tying for the A division title at 6-0 and Bentley went 2-4 to come in seventh and Millington and Montrose were undefeated in Div. B. — M.S.

Coming soon: Winter activities

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.

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 illegal substances policy

There are no admissions fees for either venue. Details: 810-736-7100 or 1-800-648- 7275. — M.S.

Free to tryout for team

FLINT — The Zero Gravity Volleyball Club of the Amateur Athletic Union is holding tryouts tomorrow at Hill Road Hoops from 5-7 p.m. This is a new team and will be headed up by Powers head volleyball coach Sara Duda. Details: e- mail or go to — M.S.

Making it official

GRAND BLANC — The Genesys Banquet Center will host the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall Of Fame Banquet on Dec. 1 starting with social time from 4-:30-5:30 p.m. followed by dinner. Teams inductees include the 2007/2008 Mott Community College basketball squads, the 1982 Cantilli and Grossi Connie Mack baseball teams and the 1947 Dye High School football squad. There will also be individual inductees such as Bill Frieder, Jim Massar, Bernie Borden, Bob Stallcup, Lee Johnson, Jack Seltzer and Lamar Edwards. — M.S.

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