Sports Shorts

Winter Ice Show Extravaganza on the slate

FLINT — Sanctioned by the US Figure Skating in cooperation with the Greater Mid Michigan Skating Club. The First Annual Winter Ice Show Extravaganza takes place on January 22 at 2 p.m. at Flint Iceland Arenas. The show will feature local skating talent including U.S. Jr. National competitors. Also skaters from Flint Iceland Arenas Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Hockey will be included. — L.P.

Mite Tourney set for March 4-6

FLINT — The 28th Annual EMHA Mite hockey tournament has been booked for March 4-6 at Iceland Arenas. Divisions include Mite AA, Mite A, Mite B, Mini-Mite and Cross-Ice. Teams are guaranteed four games, there is no gate admission and no curfews. Championship team and all finalists will receive awards and MVP awards and tournament gifts are provided. This is a USA Hockey and MAHA sanctioned tournament. Cost is $875 per team and must be paid by Feb. 1, $895 after Feb. 1. Final registration deadline is Feb. 14. Details: Jim Hammond, 810-287-9931. — 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.

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

Time to hit the links

BURTON — The IMA Brookwood Golf Club, 6045 Davison Rd., is hosting its sixth annual Wine, Women and Chocolate event on Feb. 12 from 1-6 p.m. and a $50 advanced registration is required. Offerings include a 5k snowshoe, cross country ski and walking course featuring hospitality tents with hot chocolate, coffee, tea, cookies, fruit, soup, chocolate and wine. Participants must be 21 and wine tasting begins at 2 p.m. Also available is a Women’s Warm Up from 9-11 a.m. for $20 that is open to women of all ages. Details: or 810-249-7060. — M.S.

Upcoming events at Perani

FLINT — With the Shrine Circus having just headlined at the Perani Arena and Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Rd., last weekend, several other events are scheduled to follow that may be of interest to area enthusiasts, including the Indoor Motorcycle Ice Races on Saturday at 7 p.m. presented by The Hurley Navigator Fund For Breast Cancer & Boulis Racing. Perani will also welcome the Flint Gun and Knife Show Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., as well as Monster Truck Racing on Jan. 28-29. Details: or 810-744-0850. — M.S.

Live Harness Racing

SWARTZ CREEK — Sports Creek Raceway offers live harness racing Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. until February 6, 2011.

Sports Creek also offers simulcasting seven days a week, noon until midnight. Details: — L.P.

Session 3 deadline extended

SWARTZ CREEK — The registration deadline for the seventh- and eighth-grade level at the Cage Sports has been extended to Jan. 25. Session 3 play began on January 8 and runs through March 20. Players are guaranteed 10 games, 11-13 depending on how far they advance in the playoffs. Levels available are for grades 1-8. Details: — L.P.

Next Level Training on slate

SWARTZ CREEK — Basketball players looking to take their game to the next level are reminded that the Next Level Training by Swartz Creek High boys’ coach Jeremy Trent will take place at Cage Sports Jan. 16, 23 and 30 and Feb. 13 and 20. The session is open to kids in grades 3-5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and those in grades 6-8 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per session at the door or $70 for all sessions if prepaid by Jan. 16. Details: or 810-630-2243. — 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: or call MSIA at 248-620-4448. — L.P.

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