Sports Shorts

Grand Blanc graduate Geena Gall ran in preparation for the Olympic trials.

Grand Blanc graduate Geena Gall ran in preparation for the Olympic trials.

Crim’s 35th race breaks record

FLINT — The Crim Festival of Races broke its attendance record set last year with 10,371 entrants last Saturday. Julius Kogo repeated as the male 10K champ and Evelyn Lagat edged out last year’s champ, Catherine Ndereba in the women’s race. Locally across our coverage areas, many recognizable names ran in the various races, including Lapeer’s Shirley Carlson, a member of the 30-time runners at the Crim and employee of Lapeer Community Schools. With 10,000 plus running, we’ll highlight our local high school runners and recent grads. Complete race results can be found at Grand Blanc grad Geena Gall, set to embark on the 2010 Olympic trials as a record holding half miler at the U-M, came back home to run her first Crim, finishing in 1:04.52, in 26th place among women. Mayville’s Debbie Topham won the women’s 10-mile walk, Goodrich’s Fidor Kessler was fourth in the Male 16-19 age group in 58:37, Davison’s Patrick Rooker was 10th in 1:01.54 and Lapeer’s A. Mazur-Batistoni was 22nd in the Female 16-19 in 1:27.17. Grand Blanc grad Curtis Vollmar was fifth in the Male 20-24 finishing in 53:38 and Grand Blanc’s Megan Flewelling was 13th in the Female 20-24 in 1:10.17, followed by Sarah Drevon of Swartz Creek in 14th in 1:10.26. Goodrich’s Kristen Bentley was 19th in 1:12.18. — L.P.

Genesee Grizzlies to host tryouts

GRAND BLANC — Tryouts for the Genesee Grizzlies Falcons 2011/2012 competitive basketball program will take place September 20-22. All players are encouraged to attend both tryout sessions for their grade group. Cost is $15 fee for tryouts and includes a T-shirt. Fifth-seventh grade boys can tryout Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m. at Hill Road Hoops. Check-in is 15 minutes prior to each session. No basketballs allowed, all equipment will be provided, but attendees should bring plenty of their own water. Teams will be formed for age groups that have a committed minimum number of players. Multiple teams may also be formed in age groups if there is sufficient interest and provided the Grizzlies can secure the needed gym time and coach/trainer availability. We ask that you make these tryouts a priority over other activities. If you absolutely can’t attend the scheduled sessions or have other questions contact Ray Barber, Grizzlies coach, and put Basketball “Tryouts” in the Subject line. — L.P.

Junior league soccer on the slate

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Junior Kritters Soccer is offering on-field opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-10 in Genesee County at no cost for the fall and spring seasons. The schedule consists of six training days on Tuesdays or Thursdays evenings, six games that are played on Saturday mornings and format is either 3-on- 3 or 4-on-4 to allow quicker development, more touches and improved fitness. By league rule everyone participates, all practices take place at the Genesee Fieldhouse at US 23 and Grand Blanc Rd. and all players get an official JK Tshirt and soccer ball at no cost. Registration is first-come, first serve, programs begin on Sept. 13. and sponsors include Applebees, B98 FM and Financial Plus Federal Credit Union. Details:, or 810-714-5575. — M.S.

Plenty of time left to enjoy the ride

FLINT — The Friends of the Flint River Trail announce that the regular Sunday rides continue every Sunday through October. The group ride starts at 2 p.m. sharp from the Flint Farmers’ Market. Rides are typically about 13-15 miles in length, leisurely in pace, and travel to Blue Bell Beach or Stepping Stone Falls and back. Also on tap are the mid-Michigan Trail rides on the second Saturday of each month. Details: L.P.

A different kind of hole-in-one

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.

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