Sports Shorts




Getting it right

In last week’s Sportsview, the number of EEE cases reported were statewide, not just in Lapeer County. — L.P.

Stanley Cup coming to Polar Palace

LAPEER — Hockey fans will want to mark Friday, Dec. 17 on their calendar as the Stanley Cup, Hockey’s most prestigious and coveted trophy will be brought to the Polar Palace Arena in Lapeer as part of the Lapeer Loggers All American Hockey League team’s community fundraiser. The cup will be on display prior to and after the game that begins at 7:30 p.m. Fans can pay $5 to have their photo taken near the Stanley Cup, with all proceeds going back to the Lapeer Cancer Center. For specific times on when the cup will be on display visit www.lapeerloggers.com. — L.P.

Football training sessions offered in Auburn Hills

AUBURN HILLS — Training sessions for high school football players will be offered on Sundays beginning Jan. 30 at the Auburn Hills Sports Dome. The sessions are designed to prepare players for the 2011 season as well as for SPARQ, Michigan Preps and NUC testing protocols. Players will be taught drills and techniques used to prepare college seniors for the NFL combine.

To register, go to www.coachjacksonspeed.

com or contact Coach Jaime Jackson at 248-535-7404. — D.N.

Skaff continues to raise funds for water cause

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth senior swimmer Erick Skaff will spend most of Thursday, Dec. 30 in the high school pool as he begins a 704 lap swim at 1 p.m. to raise funds for water.org that helps provide clean water for people across the globe. Skaff has set a goal to swim 10 miles 17,600 yards in the Carman-Ainsworth pool. The public is invited to come cheer Skaff on and/or to donate to the cause. Skaff continues to raise donations and says he will take a few breaks, but will not leave the pool until he has completed his 704 laps.

“I want to help people that don’t have access to the clean water that I have daily,” Skaff said.

To learn more about his cause visit www.firstgiving.org/swimming4water. — L.P.

Iceland Arenas drop-in programs

FLINT — Adult pick-up hockey and Stick-NPuck programs are available on a drop-in basis at Iceland Arena. Stick-N-Puck is for players ages 7-14, who must have their own helmet, skates and gloves. Cost is $8 and a signed waiver is required. Sessions are Sundays from 3-3:50 p.m. Adult pick-up is Mondays and Wednesdays at various times and is intended for players ages 16 or older. Full equipment and signed waiver are required. Cost is $10, with goalies paying just $2. — L.P.

All-Star Learn to Skate

FLINT — Recreational and competive skaters can learn to play hockey, speed skate or figure skate at Iceland Arenas Mondays and Saturdays. The ALL-STAR Program features the USFS Basic Skills curriculum, designed for skaters of all ages and abilities and is progressively structured for the skater from beginner to advanced. ALL-STAR Learn to Skate Hockey, Figure Skating & Speed Skating are also available.

Classes are offered year round and participants can join anytime. Pro-rated fees are offered. The Greater Mid Michigan Skating Club provides USFS badge testing during one class monthly. Participants will be given an USFS log book to keep track of their level and progress. The eight-week sessions cost $80 for one day, or $120 for both. Sessions run Monday, 6-6:50 p.m. and Saturdays 11-11:50 a.m. Winter sessions runs through December 18. — L.P.

Roller derby match set for Mt. Morris Twp. rink

Mt. MORRIS TWP. — Roller derby will roll into Skateland Arena, 8460 N. Dort Hwy., on Dec. 18 when the Mid Michigan Derby Girls take on the JackTown Rollers at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. Advance tickets cost $6 and can be purchased from an MMDG skater or at Skateland Arena, The Dive Shop at G-402- Corunna Rd., The Locker Room at 213 N. Main St. in Davison or

online at www.midmichiganderbygirls.com.

Tickets at the door will cost $8. — D.N.

Horse racing season returns

SWARTZ CREEK — Sports Creek Raceway kicked off its 25th season of live horse racing on Friday, Nov, 26.

Last year’s 34-day live race meet at Sports Creek went against the trend of declining attendance and handle throughout the state. Sports Creek hopes to continue last season’s momentum during the 32-day meet that will run through Feb. 6, 2011.

Hazel Park and Northville Downs reduced their number of days of racing by 20 percent or more, but Sports Creek Raceway elected to keep a similar schedule with racing on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.

Sports Creek Raceway will be exporting its races to race tracks and other simulcasting locations around the world again this season and offers an outstanding night or afternoon of entertainment including live and simulcast horse racing action that patrons can bet on, a fabulous restaurant overlooking the track, great food and drinks plus, plenty of indoor grandstand seating. — L.P.

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