Sports Shorts

Mark the date for selection Sunday Show

FLINT TWP. — High school football fans will want to circle Sunday, Oct. 23 on the calendar when FOX Sports Detroit hosts its annual Selection Sunday show to reveal the postseason playoff teams. The show airs at 7 p.m. with district play beginning either Oct. 28 or 29, or Nov. 4 or 5. Regional play follows on Nov. 11 or 12 with semifinals on Nov. 19 and the finals at Ford Field Nov. 25-26. Details:, football link. — L.P.

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.

UM-Flint hits skid after opener

ADRIAN— Ever since their season opening win over Xavier, Carman-Ainsworth graduate Dwan Simmons and his University of Michigan-Flint Kodiaks club football team have hit a bit of a losing skid. The opening game, a 35-3 win, seemed quite dominant, however, the same results were not obtained on the road. The following week, the Kodiaks traveled to Wright State, falling, 12-7, in their first road game of the year. The losing continued into their next game, with a 42-6 loss at Seina Heights last Saturday. Michigan-Flint

now sits at 1-2 on the season, and faces a tough test for the rest of the year. The Kodiaks return to the field on October 22 in a matchup with the club football team from Ohio State University at Atwood Stadium. October 30 will be the final home game of the year for the Kodiaks, agaisnt Miami of Ohio. Michigan-Flint will wrap up the season on the road against Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.— B.P.

Delta Dental partners with pro sports teams

AREAWIDE —To provide children with the protection they need during games and practice, Delta Dental of Michigan is partnering with the Detroit Lions Youth Football Camp, Think Detroit Police Athletic League and Detroit Pistons Youth Training Camp to provide mouth guards for more than 8,100 children across Michigan. “Mouth guards are a mandatory piece of equipment for all levels of the game of football from youth flag football to college football,” said Chris Fritzsching, director of youth football for the Detroit Lions. “Even in our non-contact Detroit Lions Youth Football Camps, we stress the importance of molding the mouth guard properly and then ultimately emphasizing the wearing of the mouth guard to become a habit. The mouth guard is a vital piece of equipment, no matter what sport is being played.” The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard. Prior to mouth guard use being mandated by the state, the National Federation of State High Schools reported that 50 percent of injuries during high school football were oral-facial. Today, they represent less than one percent of injuries. However, according to a study conducted on behalf of Delta Dental, even in football, only 70 percent of parents report that their child wears a mouth guard at both practice and games, and, only about 44 percent say that their child wears a mouth guard for hockey practice and games, where it is also mandatory. Details:— L.P.

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