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Junior hockey team wins two over weekend

FLINT — In NA3HL action at Iceland Arena on Sunday the Flint Junior Generals proved to be less than gracious hosts by beating the Cleveland Lumberjacks, 4-2. Eric Jones opened the scoring for the Junior Generals with firstperiod goals at 6:17 on passes by Swartz Creek’s Andrew Lay and Adam Beuthin and then again at 15:33 with a man advantage on the assists from Austin Fletcher and Dewin Osowski.

While Cleveland’s Fred West did manage to help tie the game at 2-2 after scoring at 17:33 of the first on the power play, as well as unassisted less than a minute into the second, James Odom simply waited until the 19:06 mark on the assists by Brett Lepek and Casey Barile to put Flint back on top, 3-2. Austin Fletcher then gave the Junior Generals a slightly greater advantage with exactly 90 seconds left in regulation on passes from Lay and Osowski. In goal for Flint Anders Franke was 28-for-30 on save opportunities to earn the decision.

It was more of the same last Saturday, as the Junior Generals downed Cleveland, 4-1, by using a solid defensive strategy that kept the Lumberjacks off the scoreboard until the third period. Lucas Diarimid got the offense going for Flint at 16:40 of the first with help from Grand Blanc’s Jacob Howie and Davison’s Nicholas Goettel with a man advantage. In the second is when the Junior Generals scored the rest of their goals, starting at 6:26 off the stick of Jayson Lottes on the assists by Howie and Nicholas Gnagni. Next up for Flint was Lay on the power play on passes by Adriann Larsson and Fletcher at 14:49, which, in turn, allowed Goettel to connect on his team’s final score just 16 seconds later with help from Phillip Garza and Gnagni with a man advantage.

With these victories the Junior Generals once again find themselves in sole possession of second place in the East division at 14-8-2-1, placing the team behind Cleveland with a record of 17-7-0-0, but ahead of Three Rivers with 28 points, Toledo has 27 points and Metro and the Michigan Mountain Cats have 22 and 15 points. Howie now leads the squad in individual points with 13 goals and 17 assists, Osowski has 12 goals and 15 assists and Lay is fourth with seven goals and 17 assists. The Junior Generals next take the ice tomorrow and Sunday at Toledo prior to making a two-game stop in Cleveland on Jan. 5-6. — M.S.

Where are they now

LOS ANGELES, CA. — Born March 14, 1964, Jeff Hamilton graduated from Carman-Ainsworth in 1982 prior to getting selected in the 29th round of that year’s Major League Baseball Player Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The third baseman then became part of the Dodgers minor league development system in 1983 by hitting .335 for Lethbridge of the Pioneer League before posting a .199 batting average with Lodi of the California League later that same year. After those rookie league tours of duty, Hamilton moved up to Class A in 1984 and posted a .260 batting average with Vero Beach of the Florida League in preparation for breaking out the next season in Class AA ball with San Antonio of the Texas League in 1985, where he hit .332 by going 125-for-377 with 13 homeruns, 14 doubles and 59 runs batted in.

That put the former Cavalier on the path to suiting up for Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League to compete for the Dodgers AAA affiliate for parts of the 1986, 87, 91 and 92 seasons. In between those minor league stints, Hamilton played part or all of six different years at the Major League level from 1986-91 for Los Angeles and managed 282 hits, 124 RBI, 111 runs, 61 doubles, 24 homeruns, three triples and a .948 fielding percentage in 1,205 at-bats.

While the most games the 6-foot-3, 190 lb. right-hander played for the Dodgers in a single season was 151 in 1989, highlights for Hamilton include going 5-for-23 with three walks, two runs and a RBI in the 1988 National League Championship Series against the New York Mets, which he followed by going 2- for-19 against Oakland in the World Series during that very same postseason run. As for the rewards, according to, Hamilton earned a total of $1,253,500 in his time with the Dodgers. This included salaries of $465,000 in 1990, $431,000 in 1991 and $150,000 in 1989. — M.S.

One-time running back stillplowing through opposition

WASHINGTON D.C. — On Nov. 27, Carman-Ainsworth grad and former Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers fullback John Runyan celebrated a victory in his role representing New Jersey’s third district when President Barack Obama signed into law the republican Congressman’s Veterans Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Bill, H.R. 4114 the Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of 2012.

“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed so much, putting their lives on the line to defend the United States,” said Runyan, “A simple COLA is the least we can do for them. This COLA will help ease the burden facing millions of disabled veterans. In the 113th Congress, I will continue to fight for a yearly COLA for disabled veterans and also continue my fight to make this adjustment automatic, like the Social Security COLA.”

Currently, Runyan serves on the the House Armed Services Committee, House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. The former University of Michigan running back is the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA), as well. — M.S.

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