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Jordy Makrani (#13) was named Honorable mention All-Big Nine.

Jordy Makrani (#13) was named Honorable mention All-Big Nine.

Olympian Jeff Galloway to host events

GENESEE COUNTY — Olympic runner Jeff Galloway will be hosting a series of events and meet-and-greets for friends of the Crim Festival of Races. Today, March 24, from 7-8 p.m., Galloway will speak about how anyone can incorporate walking and running into their lifestyle. Learn about the Crim Adult Training Program from Crim participants. The event takes place at the Great Lakes Technology Complex, Institute of Neuroscience Building, 800 S. Saginaw Street (corner of Hemphill & Saginaw Streets). Use the Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience entrance to the building.

On Friday, March 25, Galloway visits several elementary schools in Genesee County to talk about the importance of an active lifestyle, and also share his Olympics experience. That is followed on Saturday with the Jeff Galloway Running Clinics called Motivation – Breaking Through Barriers” at the Crim office, 452 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 1, Flint. Session one runs 10 a.m.–noon, and session two runs 1-3 p.m. Cost is $19 per person for friends of the Crim. Galloway will explain some powerful new material uncovered during the research on his new book on “Mental Training”.

To register visit and click on running schools, then Flint and select session. Use Crim discount code of runwalk. Galloway will sell his books on March 24 and 26 at those events. — L.P.

Local skaters put their best foot forward

LANSING — On March 12, the Ice Mountain Figure Skating Club in Burton swept the State of Michigan Basic Skill Competition in Lansing, Michigan. Top placements were as follows: Adriana Callahan, 6, of Flint, Basic 6 program first place, Basic 6 elements first place; Miranda Gipson, 9, of Fowlerville, limited beginner compulsory first place, limited beginner free skate second place; Emily Graves, 12, of Burton, beginner compulsor y first place, beginner free skate second place, Vaness Kish, 12, of Lapeer, beginner interpretative first place, beginner compulsory second place, beginner free skate second place; Emma Lavelle, 8, of Burton, Basic 8 elements first place, Basic 8 program third place,Renae Padgett, 13, of Flint, no test well balanced, first place; Natalie Polehna, Davison, Basic 2 elements second place, Basic 2 program fourth place; Sarah Simpson, 7, of Otisville, Basic 3 program second place, Basic 3 elements thirrd place; Paige Virden, 9, of Grand Blanc, Basic 2 elements third place, Basic 2 program fifth place and Cameron Whalen, 11, of Davison, first in Basic 2 program and first in Basic 2 elements.

Skating Director, Jackie Brayan stated, “The girls per formances were outstanding!” Coaches Donna Piscitelli of Lapeer, Erica Miller of Lapeer, and Sue Miller of Lapeer help lead the girls to victor y. — L.P.

Long and Ingram candidates for Madden cover

ONLINE — Lapeer native and Miami Dolphin Jake Long is one of 32 NFL candidates who could make the cover of the Madden 2012 NFL football video game. Grand Blanc native and Alabama running back Mark Ingram is one of four collegiate candidates for the NCAA football version. Voting first round continues through March 27 with following rounds taking place through mid-April. To vote, log on to www. ea. com. — L.P.

Learn to Skate opportunities

BURTON — Local Parks and Recreation Centers in Genesee County and Ice Mountain Arena have teamed up to implement two Learn-to-Skate

Programs. Beginning April 12 – May 17 with the first session, Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation and

Davison Community Enrichment and Recreation will be offering students the exposure to a new sport while providing a safe introduction for those who might not have participated in ice skating.

The six-week “After School” program is for students ages 5 and up. Membership includes a 50 minute LTS focusing on developing a strong ice skating foundation while preparing skaters for advancement in Ice Mountain’s figure skating or hockey programs. Classes consist of 25 minute group instruction and 25 minute practice time. The 6-week Mom & Tot Skate is open to children ages 3-5. Membership includes a 50 minute skating party consisting of “on-ice” activities to help preschoolers not only become comfortable on the ice, but also provide a lot of fun and enjoyment.

“Grand Blanc Parks & Recreation is excited to be partnering with Ice Mountain for the new Learn-to-Skate Programs,” stated Jamie Weasel, Assistant Director. “We feel this type of program will be a real success and encourage participants to register promptly.” To register for classes through Grand Blanc Parks & Recreation, please contact 810-694-0101. For Davison community school children, contact the DCER directly at 810-591-0177. — L.P.

Burton 5k race returns to city

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.

All Big Nine
Spencer Spurlin, Flint Powers
Jaycob McCombs, Flint Powers
Colton Korhonen, Flint Powers
Alex Dunckel, Davison
Brandon Pirtle, Davison
Nick Goettel, Davison

Niles Owen, Flint Powers
Ryan Morey, Davison
Jordi Van Gaal, Flint Powers


John Tallieu, Bobby Crawford, Davison; Aaron Hanchett, Flint Powers; Josh Williams, Kevin Wilson, Matt Leland, Jordy Makrani, Flushing — L.P.

All Big Nine
Girls Basketball
Emily Wendling, Flushing
Kolbie Brown, Davison
Jasmine Boyd, Carman-Ainsworth
Simone Gillum, Flushing
Kristina McCoy, Flint Powers
Kim Berry, Flint Powers
Emily Lindsay, Davison

Ashley Hall, Jasmine Jones, Carman- Ainsworth; Mariah Ferris, Lauren Leach, Davison;

Kacey Davidson, Morgan Fly, Kelsey Gerhardt, Flushing; Ally Haran, Kate Peabody, Flint Powers.

Larry Ford, Flushing

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