Area product coaching in Div. 1
FLINT — Carman-Ainsworth grad Shimmy Gray-Miller is currently in her second season as an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska’s women’s basketball team. This year the former Lady Cavalier has helped guide Nebraska to a record of 15-5 overall, 5-3 Big Ten as of Feb. 4. This includes wins at Iowa, 80-67, on Feb. 1, on Jan. 29 the Lady Cornhuskers beat Michigan at home, 84-51. The team edged out Minnesota in overtime, 88-85, on Jan. 16. Nebraska took the court yesterday in Madison at Wisconsin and on Saturday the Lady Cornhuskers host Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena. — M.S.
Now open: Local registration for national event
DETROIT — On Feb. 22 at Calihan Hall the University of Detroit Mercy is hosting its annual free National Girls and Women in Sports Day starting at 10 a.m for girls 6-13 years old. The format for this event will feature UDM varsity athletes from almost every team hosting sports and skills clinics with a hands-on approach. All attendees will then go to UDM’s women’s basketball game against Wright State at 2 p.m. and participate in a halftime presentation alongside the UDM cheer and dance squads. There will be a free bag lunch provided for athletes, as well. Details: 313-993-1700 or jonathan. firstname.lastname@example.org. — M.S.
Junior Gens win a pair
TOLEDO — In North American Tier III Hockey League action last Saturday, the Flint Junior Generals won at Toledo, 2-1, after beating Toledo at home last Friday at Iceland Arena, 6-0. In that initial victory last Friday, Flint posted two goals in each period and Anders Franke stopped all 10 shots he faced in net. Scorers for Flint included Brett Lepek, Connor Durgan (2), Mark McGee and Zach Koonce (2) and charting assists were Oliver Lindstrom (2), Nick Gnagni, Cody Wright, Justin Fisher (2), Ryan Burr, Luke Dmytro, Brit Brothen, Lepek, Durgan and Jordy Makranyi.
On Saturday, the Junior Gens got a first period power-play goal from Fisher with help from Reno de Hondt and Josh Koepplinger at 3:46 that McGee followed at 8:18 of the second on passes by Fisher and Burr. Toledo’s Zac Armstrong then rounded out the scoring at 16:22 of the third on the assists from Tyler Zalecki and Donnie Nagle. Between the pipes for Flint, Franke made 29 of 30 save attempts to get the victory. The Junior Generals, 36-3-2, are in Fraser to play the Michigan Mountain Cats on Feb. 12. — M.S.
Junior hockey event on the horizon
TROY — The North American Hockey League is holding its Top Prospects Tournament on Feb. 17-18 at the Troy Sports Center, 1819 E. Big Beaver Road. This event is designed to give players more exposure to professional and college hockey scouts and will include a 20-player team from each of the NAHL’s divisions (North, South, Central and Midwest). The US National Under-17 team and a squad made up of top players that are eligible for the 2014 National Hockey League entry draft will compete at this event, as well. This event is now in its seventh year and is expected to draw over 200 scouts. Details: www.nahl.com. — M.S.