Sports Shorts

Carman-Ainsworth girls’ hoops skill training

FLINT TWP. — The Carman-Ainsworth girls’ basketball program has kicked off its training workouts for kids in grades six-12. Training takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday an Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the high school. The program is designed to hlep all girls in the district learn the game of basketball and provides detailed training for those needing to brush up on their skills. — L.P.

Lacrosse camp on the slate

SWARTZ CREEK. — The Girls Lacrosse Association of Michigan will host a lacrosse camp June 27-30. The camp will have two sessions open to various age levels. The morning session is for youth level players and the afternoon session is for high school players. Camp will take place at Elms Road Park in Swartz Creek. Hosts of the camp are Mackenzie Lawler of Okemos, a player at Div. 1 Robert Morris University, and Andi Raymond a grad of Rockford who plays for Div. 1 Towson University. — L.P.

Macker tournament getting closer

BURTON — The annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament takes place June 25- 26 at the Courtland Center Mall parking lot area. The tournament is designed for male and female players of all ages, sizes and abilities. Teams are computer-matched into competitive divisions according to the age, height and playing experience of all four players on the team roster. Mail-in registration has expired, but online registration ends today, June 9.

This is the fifth year for the Macker in Burton that has chosen the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan as its charity.

Michigan State basketball alum and Flintstone Mateen Cleaves is scheduled to be a celebrity Slam Dunk judge this year, which includes cash prizes for the winner and runner up. The Boys and Girls Club of Flint will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning for a nominal cost. Details: tournaments/ burtonmi/ 9- burton- mi. htm — L.P.

Hipple to headline Detroit Lions’ youth football camp

GRAND BLANC — The Detroit Lions annual four-day youth football camp is slated to take place at Grand Blanc High School June 20-23. Former Detroit Lion Eric Hipple will headline the camp that is open to boys and girls and runs 8:30 a.m.-noon. Participants will spend two days learning offensive fundamentals and two days learning defensive fundamentals along with special teams’ basics. Hipple will be on site to interact with the kids and sign autographs for registered players. Detroit Lions Youth Football Camps partner with the NFL’s “Fuel Up To Play 60” program to offer non-contact, fundamental football instruction, a Lions Camp T-shirt, Chalk Talk and Video Sessions, skills contests and scrimmages, and the opportunity to earn Detroit Lions Camp awards. Space is limited to the first 70 registered participants. Register at 313-262- 2248 or e-mailing: Online registration is available through Ticketmaster. — L.P.

Annual fishing derby casts off

GENESEE COUNTY — On June 11, the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission will host its seventh annual kids fishing derby at Bluegill Boat Launch. The derby runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. “To fish or not to fish…NOT TO FISH?? Yeah…like that’s even an option!” said organizers. Interested kids need only bring their fishing gear, the Parks Commission will supply the bait, the boats, the experts, and lunch. The fishing, open to kids of all ages, is co-sponsored by the Flint River Valley Steelheaders and Fishing Tackle Grab Bag. The derby is free, although, everyone must purchase an annual or daily pass required for entrance into the facility. Details: — L.P.

The Mounds celebrates 40 years

MT. MORRIS — The Mounds ORV Park invites the public for a cake celebration on June 15 from 7-8 p.m. marking its 40th year.

While the cake and socializing is free, entry to the park requires the purchase of a daily or annual pass. The Mounds touts itself as one of the premier off-road vehicle parks in the Great Lakes region with a “diverse, uncompromising terrain that challenges even the most experienced ORVer”. ATVs, motorcycles, dune buggies, Jeeps, pickups or whatever participants want to ride is offered. The Mounds is located at 6145 E. Mt. Morris Rd., 1.5 miles east of Genesee Road in Mt. Morris. The park is open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-sunset and Sundays noon to sunset. — L.P.

Disc golf offers a recreational choice

RICHFIELD TWP. — Looking for a different kind of recreational outlet? Goldenrod Disc Golf Course has a full-size, 18-basket course at 6405 Irish Road in Davison’s Richfield Township. The facility is open year around, 8 a.m.-sunset and the disc golf is free. Players must bring their own discs. A printable scorecard and course map is available at Details: 810.736.7100. — L.P.

Pickle ball back on court

SWARTZ CREEK — Anyone interested in playing pickle ball is invited to attend sessions at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Elms Road Park. The growing sport mixes elements of tennis, badminton, volleyball and table tennis in a fun, low-keyed game for all ages. For more information, call 810-655-4968. — D.N.

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