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The MESA Panthers won ths KISS College Showcase on June 23.

The MESA Panthers won ths KISS College Showcase on June 23.

MESA Panthers win college showcase championship

KALAMAZOO — After going 4-0 against highlyranked U-17 teams from Illinois, the MESA Panthers brought home the trophy at the KISS College Showcase on June 23.

MESA notched a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blast, then blanked Midwest United, 3-0, to move on to the championships against last year’s winner, Windy City Pride 45, ranked No. 5 in Illinois. In the final game, against the Palatine Celtics from Illinois, the Panthers had five different scorers out of the six goals scored. Goals from Leah Johnson, Jessie Malgalski, Katelyn Wilkowski, Allison Cialkoszewski and Alayna Hilgendorf, gave MESA the 6-1 victory. MESA also had help from two guest players. The Panthers had 13 goals for and only one goal against for a goal differential of +12 in the four games. It was the Panthers’ 34th tournament championship and 354th victory. Keeper Kyra Harrison had three shutouts in four games. — L.P.

Ezekiel Harris

Ezekiel Harris

Former Cavalier gearing up for final year

ANN ARBOR — With the University of Michigan’s men’s soccer team getting ready to start its current season on Aug. 30 at home against Loyola-Chicago, Carman-Ainsworth grad Ezekiel Harris helped lead the Wolverines to a record of 11-10-1 overall, 3-2-1 Big Ten, in 2012. Highlights from last year for the 6-foot, 175 lb. senior defenseman include scoring on a header against Ohio State on the assist by Fabio Villas Boas Pereira from the corner on Sept. 30 and against Michigan State on Nov. 3 he took three shots. Ezekiel tore off two shots apiece on Oct. 30 against Detroit, Oct. 23 verses Bowling Green and Oct. 9 against Oakland University, as well.

As a sophomore, Harris was on the field for all but one of the Wolverines’ 20 games because of a yellow-card accumulation and scored a total of three goals. This included charting goals in backto back games against Ohio State and Penn State, the second of which was the game winner. His freshman campaign featured 14 starts and 20 games played for the Carman-Ainsworth product with one assist.

In his time as Cavalier, Harris was a threeyear letterman who posted 49 goals and 20 assists over the course of his prep career. — M.S.

Color race in Davison

DAVISON — The first Color Me Davison 5K Fun Run will be held at 6 p.m. July 11 at Jack Abernathy Regional Park. The event combines a standard fivekilometer run/walk with six color stations that douse participants in non-toxic, colored powders at various points in the race.

The non-competitive, family friendly event will wind through the trails of the scenic park and leave participants with a uniquely colored T-shirt as a souvenir. At the end of the race, participants can have their shirts dipped in vinegar to set the colors permanently.

Registration fees are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Kids 3 and under are free, but with no T-shirt. Online registration is available at www.active.com or www.advancedphysicaltherapy.com. Registration forms are also available at Advanced Physical Therapy, 2138 Fairway Dr., inside the athletic club. Details: Davison Chamber of Commerce, 810-653- 6266. — D.N.

Cops In The Park with Officer Szmansky, Aug. 18-30

SWARTZ CREEK — Mark the date for August 18 – 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to keep the kids busy during the summer months. Arts and crafts, games and sports offerings will be available for all ages, no limit at Elms Road Park. — L.P.

Dragons to host volleyball camp on July 17-19

SWARTZ CREEK — Swartz Creek’s volleyball program will host its second camp of the summer July 17-19 at the high school. The camp runs 2-1/2 days, five sessions from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. is lunch on your own for the first two days and 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the last day. Cost of $100 includes a t-shirt. The camps are run by the high school coaches and alumni, including former players with posthigh school club or collegiate playing experience from Mott Community College, Western Michigan University, and Olivet College. Details: coach Nellie Guajardo atngujardo@swcrk.org L.P.


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