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Lapeer Oldtimers compete at Michigan Senior Olympics

TROY — The Lapeer Oldtimers 60+ hockey team competed at the Michigan Senior Olympics at the Troy Sports Center, Jan. 31- Feb. 3, going 2-2-2.

Team members include John Bishop of Attica, Bill Gibbons and Doug Francek of Lapeer, Jerry Paga of Dryden, Tom RaCosta of Columbiaville, Bruce Bergum and Jim Layman of Davisburg, Dave O’Connel of Birch Run, Bill Richards and Rob Hill of Goodrich, Paul Busque and Mike Owens of Flint, Bill Abdella of Davison, Brad Kelly of Swartz Creek, Ron Olinick of Clio, Ward Clarkson of Corunna and Bill Dunckley of Grand Blanc. Francek said the highlight of the tournament was having hockey legend Ted Lindsay present the team with its medals and chat them up in the locker room. He’s near the front row in the trench coat. Lapeer beat the OPC Mavericks, 1-0, Team Bruno, 2-0, tied with the Sting, 1-1 and Westbrook, 1-1, then lost to Fisher and fell out of the finals, 3-0. — L.P.

Derby girls raise funds, awareness

MT. MORRIS — The Mid Michigan Derby Girls, with players from all over Greater Flint and Lapeer County, invite the public to its game on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Skateland Arena, 8460 N. Dort Highway at 6 p.m. The Derby Girls take on the Lansing Mitten Mavens in a joint effort to raise funds for the non-profit Shelter of Flint and Team Wii.

The good old fashioned roller derby match will help homelessness in the area and support Team Wii, a cycling team that is raising awareness for the fight against cancer.

Advanced tickets are $6 and are available from team members, at Skateland, at the Locker Room in Davison or online at Tickets at the door are $8 and kids under the age of 12 are admitted for free. — L.P.

8-man flag football on tap

OXFORD — An 8-man flag football tournament has been slated for April 9. The adultonly double elimination tournament costs $120 per team. Second game on requires a $35 ref fee. Deadline to enter is March 28. Details: Rod at 1-248-627-4815. — L.P.

Metal Bat World Series

STRUTHERS, OH. — The 2011 CABA 18U Metal Bat World Series will take place July 17-24 at the Bob Cene baseball complex in Struthers, Ohio.Teams can find information at or contact Ken Quinn 330- 770-7157. — L.P.

Crim set to celebrate 35th anniversary

FLINT — The Crim Festival of Races will mark its 35th year this August when the race hits the bricks of Saginaw Street. Online registration is open until April 1 with the online fee waived for all meeting the early deadline. Details: — 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.

50th anniversary tragedy marked in film

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.

3-on-3 hoops returns to Burton

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.

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