Sports Shorts

Soccer team crowned fall champs

AREAWIDE — The U12 MESA Blitz girls soccer team finished the fall 2010 season undefeated and in first place in the Mid Michigan Youth Soccer League. The team ended its season at 7-0-1 and allowed just one goal in fall league play. The fall season included a tournament championship in Traverse City and is the team’s best defensive season to date. The Blitz posted 12 shutouts in their 16-game season. This is the team’s sixth consecutive MMYSL title and 14th team championship. Details: — 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.

Drop-in programs offered at Iceland Arenas

FLINT — Adult pick-up hockey and Stick- N-Puck 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 16 or older. Full equipment and signed waiver are required. Cost is $10, with goalies paying just $2. — L.P.

Basic Skills curriculum offered for beginners

FLINT — Recreational and competitive 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 Mondays 6-6:50 p.m. and Saturdays 11-11:50 a.m. — L.P. Warriors up and down

FLINT — With the North American Hockey League’s Michigan Warriors beating Port Huron 3-1 on Dec. 18 before losing the very next day at home to Traverse City 4-3 in overtime, the team begins 2011 with a 7 p.m. rematch against the North Stars on Jan. 5 at the Perani Arena and Event Center. Now 30 games into the current season, Michigan is 17-10-3 for 37 points, tying the Warriors for third place in the eight-team North Division with Traverse City (18-11-1) behind St. Louis (23-8-4) with 50 points and Motor City (20-8-1) with a mark of 41. Janesville (17-10-2) and Springfield (17-15- 2) are also in the title race with 36 points each followed by Chicago (7-20-4) and Port Huron (1-26-1). — M.S.

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. — L.P.

Cold is Cool Passport

STATEWIDE — Fourth graders in the state are reminded that the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport is available at 20 participating ski areas in the state. The program was established by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association to give every fourth grader the opportunity to ski for free. The program gives kids up to three free lift tickets

or trail passes. Details: www.goskimichigan.

com or call MSIA at 248-620-4448. — L.P.

Have an item for print?

SWARTZ CREEK — If you have a short you’d like printed in paper, send the details to Sports Editor Lisa Paine at, including date, location, details and contact number for more information. Deadline for submissions is Monday at noon. Photos are considered as long as they are high resolution, unedited and in JPG or BMP format.

If you have a story idea on a college athlete, current coach or volunteer relating to sports, we’d like to hear from you also. All story ideas are considered at the discretion of the editors. — L.P.

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