Sports Shorts

Carman-Ainsworth Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

FLINT — Mark the date for Saturday, October 29 to honor the inductees for the newest class of the Carman-Ainsworth Athletic Hall of Fame. Social hour runs 5:30-6:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place at Holy Redeemer Family Life Center, 1227 E. Bristol Rd, (Bristol and Grand Traverse). This year’s inductees are Lloyd McClelland — Ainsworth football, baseball; Larry Hulbert — wrestler and Carman-Ainsworth wrestling coach; Chuck Thrash — Carman-Ainsworth track, basketball; Brooke Fischer — Carman-Ainsworth tennis, volleyball; 1977 Ainsworth Hockey Team- -Semifinalist; 1957-58 Utley boys’ basketball team; Ronda Miller Special Service Award. Cost $40, call Diana Balbaugh at 1-989-737-8851 for tickets.— L.P.

Beyond Bow: Waterfowl workshop for women

BRIGHTON — Women are encouraged to take part in the third annual waterfowl workshop put on by the Dept. of Natural Resouces Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and hosted by the Michigan Duck Hunters Association Grand River Chapter on Saturday, Sept. 24. The workshop runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Island Lake Recreation Area and offers a full day of instructor, lunch and camaraderie. Registration begins at 9 a.m at Kent Lake-Island Lake Recreation Area followed by the first classroom setting, Duck Hunting 101, that runs 9-10:30 a.m. Session two, Calling All Ducks! takes place outside and runs 10:13-11:30, followed by a third outdoor setting, Dogs and Duck Hunting, that runs 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A sack lunch break and short five-minute drive to the shooting range runs 12:30-1:30 p.m At 1:30, a range safety orientation session takes place and from 2-4 p.m., shooting skills sessions offer trap or skeet shooting. Sessions take place rain or shine and everyone is encouraged to bring their own shotgun, although ammunition will be provided. National Sporting Clays Association certified instructors will be on hand to help beginners through intermediate shooters. Eye and ear protection also provided. — L.P.

First 2011 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Case in Michigan

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Thursday, Sept. 15 the first fatality associated with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Midland County horse. Lab tests conducted by the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health confirmed the EEE diagnosis. EEE is spread by mosquitoes and causes inflammation of the horses’ brains and leads to death in up to 90 percent of the cases. “There are vaccines available to aid in the prevention of the disease in horses. These products are safe, effective, and can be administered by the owner. Because of the risks associated with our plentiful mosquito populations, and known wild bird reservoirs of the EEE virus, all Michigan horses should be vaccinated. Unfortunately, that was not the case for this

horse,” said Dr. Steve Halstead, state veterinarian. “Horses are sentinels for EEE. Reports of illness in horses usually precede illness in people by days or weeks, so the reports serve as early warning that the human population needs to take precautions against mosquitoes.” Clinical signs in horses include: depression, fever, muzzle weakness, the horse is often down and unable to get up, sweating, dehydration, seizing, grimacing, not feeding, holding the head down, stumbling, blindness, circling, and death. The Midland County horse suffered acute neurologic disease with muscle twitching, a wobbly walk, high temperature, and a dropped head and jaw. “Last year, 56 horses were confirmed through laboratory testing to have been infected with EEE, although there may have been more since we are aware of 133 horses that died with clinical signs of the disease; however the owners did not seek lab testing,” said Halstead. “The majority of the 2010 affected Michigan horses were not vaccinated against EEE. As was the case in 2010, I encourage reporting of any signs, symptoms or deaths that appear to be related to this illness, even if the owner does not choose confirmatory testing.” EEE is a reportable disease which also affects poultry such as chickens and emus. Veterinarians are required by law to report cases of EEE. Livestock owners are also encouraged to report cases. “We encourage diagnostic testing because EEE can look like rabies and while rabies is not common in horses, rabies is contagious from horses to people, and has very serious consequences if not recognized in time” Halstead said. MDARD encourages horse owners to report suspect cases to the department at 517-373- 1077 or, after hours, at 1-800-292-3939. — L.P.

Registration open for 33rd Annual Championships

KENOSHA, WISC. — Top high school cross country runners from more than 13 states will compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional in hopes of becoming a National Finalist. The Championship, that takes place at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday, Nov. 26, is the longest running cross country race in the nation, comprised of four regional 5K races across the country. The Northeast (Kings Park, N.Y.) and South (Charlotte, N.C.) regional races will also be held on Nov. 26. The West Regional (Walnut, Calif.) race will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3. More than 10,000 of the nation’s leading high school runners are expected to compete in the regional meets. The top ten finishers from each seeded regional race qualify for the Foot Locker Cross Country National Finals on December 10 in San Diego, Calif. and will join the likes of Olympian Ryan Hall and American record-holder, Alan Webb. Details: Kenny Fried at 703-534-4600 x 212; L.P.

Derby Girls set to rumble

MT. MORRIS — The Mid Michigan Derby Girls are starting their 2011-12 season at Skateland Arena on Sept. 24 for $6 in advance or $8 at the event. Doors open at 6 p.m, show starts at 7 p.m. and kids 12 and under are free. Details: 810-938- 3894 or — M.S.

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