Sports Shorts

Area squad wraps up youth football season

FLINT — In their final matchup of 2012, the Flint City Derby Girls roller derby team lost to the Glass City Rollers from Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 27at the Perani Arena and Event Center, 173-68. The FCDG Grand Funk Hellcats also competed earlier that evening against the Brighton Roller Dolls and were defeated, 202-46. For 2013, the Derby girls start in Lansing against the Mitten Mavens on Feb, 23, on March 23 the squad has a home match against an opponent to be announced and on April 20 the Downriver Roller Dolls from Woodhaven come to Flint. — M.S.

Honors being given

GRAND BLANC TWP. — 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.

Junior tennis team league on serve

GRAND BLANC — The USTA and Genesee Valley Sports Center are teaming up to bring Genesee County its first Jr. Team Tennis League. League coordinator Renee Hand said if you love playing tennis you’re going to love it even more as part of a team. The Genesee County USTA Jr. Team Tennis League is available in the 18 & Underage division at the Intermediate skill levels. USTA Jr. Team Tennis is all about building playerss game while building a team.

Those interested can join the league as a school of six to eight players. Schools can also have more than one team. With each team consisting of an equal mix of boys and girls, or individuals can sign up where they will be put into a team of their own.

To learn more join in on the Free High School Tennis Play Days (match play) and registration events on Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16 from 12-1:30pm at Genesee Valley Sports Center on Hill Rd. Pizza and pop will be provided afterwards and advance registration is required!

The league will begin on Jan 6, 2013 and will run to February 24. All matches will be played on Sundays between 1-5pm.

Each team must be registered before the match days begin on Jan 6 to be put on the league schedule. Players are asked to come to the free play days to register or call Hand, USTA Jr. Team Tennis League coordinator at 810-238-9691 or email — L.P.

Fourth graders ski for free

CLARKSTON — The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has established a statewide program, which provides every fourth grader in Michigan the opportunity to ski for free. The “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport gives kids up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at each of the 20 participating ski areas.

The “Cold is Cool” program is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan children by offering outdoor winter activities. It has been approved as an “advocate” for The President’s Challenge program, which encourages regular activity among children and adults. For more information, or to sign up for the challenge, visit, and click on the President’s Challenge link.

In order for fourth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. Applications for the Cold is Cool Passport are sent to all Michigan schools. Parents can also pick up the applications at participating MSIA ski shops and online at Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.

Participating ski areas include: Alpine Valley of White Lake; Big Powderhorn in Bessemer; Blackjack Resort in Bessemer; Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs; Boyne Mountain of Boyne Falls; Caberfae Peaks of Cadillac; Cannonsburg Ski Area of Cannonsburg; Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon; Crystal Mountain of Thompsonville; Hanson Hills of Grayling; The Homestead of Glen Arbor; Mt. Brighton of Brighton; Mt. Holiday in Traverse City; Mulligan’s Hollow of Grand Haven; Nub’s Nob of Harbor Springs; Shanty Creek Resorts of Bellaire; Snow Snake Ski & Golf of Harrison; Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones; Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles; and Treetops Resort of Gaylord.

The Cold is Cool Fourth Grade Ski & Ride Passport has blackout dates at some of the participating ski areas, which are noted on the application. Details: visit and click on Cold is Cool or call MSIA at 248-620-4448.— L.P.

Hockey team splits games

WATERFORD — On Nov. 10, Burton native/head coach Steve Howard took the Flint Junior Generals to Oakland County for a NA3HL contest at the Metro Jets, which the squad lost, 8-2, after falling behind 2- 0 and 5-1 at the end of the first and second periods. Scoring Flint’s first goal on the powerplay at 8:23 of the second was Edward Osowski on the assist by Nicholas Gnagni and 39 seconds into the third, Grand Blanc’s Jacob Howie connected with a manadvantage with help from Davison’s Nicholas Goettel and Eric Jones.

The night before, it was another story altogether for the Junior Generals, who parlayed a five-goal third period into a 6-1 victory at Battle Creek. Once again, Howie lit up the rink for Flint with a hat trick that started on the powerplay at 13:38 of the first period on passes from Lucas Diarmid and Goettel to tie the game at 1-1. It wasn’t until the contest was 82 seconds into the third that Howie gave the Junior Generals their initial lead of the night by hit nothing but net yet again on the assists by Diarmid and Alex Compean. That set the scene for goals by Brett Lepek at 6:44, Gnagni at 7:32 and Garza at 9:41 with a man-advantage with help from Goettel and Howie.

Just when the game looked like it was all but over, Howie was able to score one last time for Flint at 19:33 on passes from Diarmid and Goettel as goalie Ted Barile stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced to earn the decision. Currently, Osowski leads the Junior Generals in points with 12 goals and 10 assists in 16 games played, Howie and Swartz Creek product Andrew Lay have 19 points each and Goettel is fifth on the squad with a goal and 15 assists. — M.S.

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