Sports Shorts

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.

Special film commemorates figure skating tragedy

FLINT — The U.S. Figure Skating Association is releasing the film “Rise” as a one-night-only event in theaters nationwide on Feb. 17, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed the U.S. World Figure Skating Team on Feb. 15, 1961. The tragedy, which initially devastated the sport, has now become a symbol of hope as it has launched the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, which continues to help both start and maintain the careers of today’s most well-known skaters so they can pursue their dreams. Proceeds will benefit the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund.

Ice legends Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan serve as the storytellers for the film, and Evan Lysacek has signed on as the spokesperson.

The event will be broadcast live from the Best Buy Theater in New York City’s Times Square to over 500 movie theaters nationwide at 8 p.m. Pre-show features will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. Locally, the film will be shown at Showcase Cinemas Flint West, 1591 S. Graham Rd. — D.N.

Cheer Classic on the slate

GRAND BLANC — On Jan. 29 over 45 teams will participate at the 14th Annual Bobcat Cheer Classic begininng at 9:15 a.m. with the middle school and freshman squads, followed at 1:15 p.m. with the junior varsity and varsity competitive cheer teams. Format consists of three rounds that progressively increase in technical difficulty and this year the event will sponsor a community service project that will send all coffee proceeds to “My Heart Supports the Troops”, which sends care packages overseas to members of the American military. Details: http:// grandblanc. high. — M.S.

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.

Macker returns with new date

BURTON — The annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament has been moved to June 25-26 at the Courtland Center Mall parking lot area. This is the fifth year for the Macker in Burton and the organizing committee is seeking sponsors, volunteers and vendor help. To sign up for this year’s tournament log on to To volunteer contact 810- 743-1500. — L.P.

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.

On your mark, get set, go

BURTON— The Burton 5k Run and Walk has been scheduled in association with the Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30, and starts at Atherton High School, where the event was previously held from 1997-2004. Details: 810- 743-1500 or — 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.

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