Sports Shorts

Kamrin Gold makes the set for the Carman-Ainsworth varsity volleyball team during a recent contest.

Kamrin Gold makes the set for the Carman-Ainsworth varsity volleyball team during a recent contest.

High school open house offered to Carman- Ainsworth community

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth High School will host an open house today, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. — L.P.

New foot bridge coming to For-Mar

BURTON — An $83,000 grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation will allow the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission to replace For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum’s telephone pole bridge, which was removed three years ago, with a new steel-frame footbridge.

The new footbridge will restore access to the northwest portion of the Preserve’s trail system. For-Mar Naturalist, Katie McGlashen stated, “Without the bridge, some portions of our trail system were isolated and not being used to their potential. The bridge will allow more immediate access to trails on the north side of the Preserve. Those with limited mobility won’t feel cut off from parts of For-Mar anymore.”

The new 70-foot long steel-framed footbridge with its timber boardwalk and approaches will sit on concrete abutments. Heystek Contracting, Inc. is the contractor for the project that is slated to begin Sept. 20 and should be completed in about 12 weeks. Details: Ron Walker at 810.249.3810 or — 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.

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, barber. raymond. and put Basketball “Tryouts” in the Subject line. — L.P.

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