Sports Shorts

Flint, Sarnia to host preseason game

FLINT — The Flint Firebirds and Sarnia Sting are proud to announce that the two clubs will play a neutral site pre-season game at McMorran Place on Sunday, Sep. 20. The game in Port Huron. will get underway at 5 p.m. and serve as both teams’ final exhibition game before the 2015- 16 Regular Season.

The Firebirds, who recently relocated to the City of Flint are excited about the opportunity to play in Port Huron. This event marks the first time an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) game was played at McMorran Place since September of 2002 when the Sarnia Sting squared off against the Saginaw Spirit in their inaugural season. “We are looking forward to bringing OHL hockey back to Port Huron for this exhibition game with Flint. Port Huron is a fantastic hockey city with a lot of history in the game. We are also pleased to announce that this game will be included for our loyal season ticket holders in their package. It will be fun to kick off a new rivalry with Flint in a special way,” adds Sting Head Coach and Co-Owner, Derian Hatcher. Individual tickets for the exhibition game can be purchased through the McMorran Place Box Office. The Box Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Tursday and Friday from 12:00-4 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 12-6 p.m. The phone number is 810-985-6166. — K.W.

Events in Frankenmuth

FRANKENMUTH — Two big athletic events are taking place Saturday Michigan’s scenic “Little Bavaria.” The annual Bavarian Inn Experience, with a cash prize purse of $8,000, ranks as one of the Midwest region’s premier triathlon venues. It features Olympic and Sprint Triathlon events beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Cass River and continuing across the picturesque countryside. A pair of “aquabike” events have been added this year, too. Olympic Triathlon athletes will be tested with a 1,500-meter swim, a 40,000-meter bike ride, and 10,000-meter run while Sprint Triathlon participants will go all out for about half those lengths. Aquabike events include a 1,500-meter swim and 40,000-meter bike ride for participants on the Olympic side while Sprint athletes will contend with a 500-meter swim and 20,000-meter ride. The Bavarian Inn Experience ends at noon with an awards ceremony that is open to the public at the Festival Platz followed by a celebration with chicken dinners, brats and beverages for purchase. Also that day, beginning at 11 a.m., the state’s strongest men and women will test their mettle and muscular power as Frankenmuth hosts its third Michigan Strong Man Competition. The contest takes place at the Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop parking lot in downtown Frankenmuth, and includes five feats of physical fortitude – from car and truck lifting, to toting cement-filled beer kegs. And, there’s the classic contest from the World’s Strongest Man event from 1988 – the Kern’s Sausage Hold, where athletes “meat” their match by trying to hang on to a huge row of hanging sausages. Visit to learn more. — K.W.

Softball tryouts

LAKE FENTON — Tryouts will be held for the Adrenaline girls’ fastpitch softball squad Aug. 7-9 at Lake Fenton High School, 4070 Lahring Road in Linden. The teams will range from 10U to 18U. Go to for times, pre-registration and coaches information. — K.W.

Riverdawgs to hold tryouts

BAY CITY — The Saginaw Riverdawgs softball teams will hold tryouts at the Bay City Western High School softball fields Aug. 8-9. The schedule for tryouts on Aug. 8 is: 10U from 9-11 a.m., 12U from 1-3 p.m., 14U from 3-5 p.m., 16U from 11-1 p.m. and 18U from 9-11 a.m. The schedule for tryouts Aug. 9 is: 10U from 4-6 p.m., 12U from 2-4 p.m., 14U from 12-2 p.m., 16U from 10-12 p.m. and 18U from 4-6 p.m. — K.W.

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