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, Mich. 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, Thursday and Friday from 12:00-4 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 12-6 p.m. The phone number is 810-985-6166. — L.P.

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.

MSU players holding clinic

FLINT — Former Michigan State University players will be helping area kids get ready for the 2015 football season at an upcoming clinic to be held at Atwood Stadium. The free clinic is being held in conjunction with a fundraising event to benefit the Hurley Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network. The clinic will be held on Aug. 15 and will give participants a chance to see the upgraded Atwood field located at 701 University Ave. in Flint. The football clinic is being led by former MSU player William Cooper with Dig Deep Training. He will be joined by other fellow Spartans including Keith Nichol. The free two-hour clinic will allow aspiring football stars to learn more about the game from former college players. There is no cost to attend, but any children who participate must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the clinic runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The clinic is open to children ages 6 to 13. Kristopher Johns and his wife Vanessa Ferguson are spearheading efforts to raise funds to purchase a piece of specialty equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and are coordinating the clinic in conjunction with a fundraiser for Hurley. After the football clinic, starting at 2:30 p.m., MSU fans are invited to join Sparty at the Brick Street Bar & Grill in Grand Blanc located at 1223 E. Grand Blanc Rd. Sparty will be posing for pictures with fans. Nichol will also be on hand for autographs. The cost is $20 per family with all proceeds going toward the fundraising efforts for the Hurley NICU.

Additional information about the clinic is available about Dig Deep Training at Information about the fundraising efforts for the panda warmer, visit the project’s page on Facebook at or e-mail Donations can be made online at — K.W.

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