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FLINT TWP.— Gerald Holmes, a 6-foot-1, 199 lb. senior running back for the Carman-Ainsworth varsity football team, was named First Team All State by the Associated Press for Div. 1 and 2. In 2012 Holmes led the Cavaliers to a record of 8-1 overall, 5-1 Saginaw Valley League-South in the regular season, as well as a playoff appearance that saw Carman-Ainsworth get edged out by Grand Blanc, 30-26. — M.S.

Former Cavs assistant retires

CROSWELL — Jason VanDermass, who spent the 2002 season as a part of the Carman-Ainsworth varsity football coaching squad, recently stepped down after serving as the head coach of the Croswell-Lexington varsity football team from 2002-06 and 2008-12. In that time the former Cavalier led the Pioneer’s to a record of 79-28. The squad also qualified for the playoffs in all but VanDerMass’ first year.

Vandermass currently lives in Goodrich and is the son-in-law of Martians’ varsity football head coach and former National Football League offensive lineman Tom Alward, who was drafted by the New York Jets out of the University of Nebraska in 1975 before suiting up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the next season in the team’s initial year of existence. — M.S.

Area icers down but not out

FLINT — With former Carman-Ainsworth head coach John Jepson now working as an assistant coach for the Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League, they’ll start a four-game home-stand on Dec. 7 by hosting Soo and Port Huron will be at Flint on Dec. 8, 14 and 15.

Currently Michigan is 6-15-4 after 25 games played this season, leaving the squad in last place in the eight-team North Division behind Jamestown with 34 points, Soo has 31 and Kalamazoo is third with 29. That puts Johnstown in fourth with 28 points, Port Huron has 27 and Springfield and Janesville are tied for sixth with 22. Fueling this effort for the Warriors with a team-high 12 points each are Zach Szajner and Martin Gruse, Brock LaBelle has five goals and five assists and Connor Lyons is fourth on the squad with nine points. — M.S.

Junior Gens heat up ice

DAVENPORT, Ia. — In a rare weekday showdown, the Flint Junior Generals of the NA3HL lost to Quad City Monday morning, 4-2, despite outshooting the Junior Flames, 47-26. Flint actually jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this one off the sticks of Christopher Skordilis and Trevor Benaglio shorthanded on assists by Ian Teal, Edward Osowski, Davison’s Nicholas Goettel and Lapeer’s Ryan Running, but it was all downhill for Burton native/head coach Steve Howard’s team from there. Running was 22-for-26 in net to get pinned with the decision for the Junior Generals.

Sunday was just as heartbreaking for Flint, considering Phillip Gardner made it a one-goal game at 4-3 with help from Nicholas Gnagni and Lucas McDiarimid in St. Louis with just over five minutes left in the third period. The Junior Generals were never able to bridge that final gap, though, leaving goalie Ted Barile with the loss despite making 35 saves on 39 attempts. Also scoring for Flint was Gnagni on the power play at 13:22 of the first and Brett Lepek at 12:53 of the second.

Flint next hosts Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday. — M.S.

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