Sports Shorts

Carr, Chiefs struggle for consistency

KANSAS CITY, MO— Carman-Ainsworth graduate Brandon Carr and his Kansas City Chiefs are currently 4-5 overall, which has them sitting in last place in the four-team American Football Conference-West, behind the 5-4 Oakland Raiders, 4-5 San Diego Chargers, and the 4-5 Denver Broncos. The past couple of weeks have been hard on the Chiefs, as two consecutive losses have sent them from first to worst in the division. Kansas City was most recently defeated by the Denver Broncos last Sunday, a 17-10 loss to one of the league’s lesser teams. The week prior was a much worse scenario for the Chiefs, as they were blown away by the previously winless Miami Dolphins, 31-3. Through nine games played, Carr has started all nine games, amassing 25 solo tackles, with three assisted tackles. He also has six pass deflections, and two interceptions, which he returned for a combined 16 yards. The Chiefs played at Gillette Stadium in a prime time match up with the New England Patriots on ESPN’s Monday Night Football after our deadline. — B.P.

Wild game dinner

DAVISON — The Davison Knights of Columbus 4090 will hold a wild game charity dinner on Feb. 4. The dinner will be catered by “Dixie” Dave Minar to benefit the American Wheelchair Mission and Camp Quality of Michigan. The KOC is seeking sponsors and donations of products and services for auction and raffle to raise funds for these causes. For more about the American Wheelchair Mission go to and Quality Camp, a local summer camp held at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, is at Tickets are $50 and a table of eight is $300. There are two sponsor levels – silver and gold. Silver sponsorships cost $750 and includes a table of eight, $200 in raffle tickets, a half-page ad in the program book, recognition at the event, free beverages and will be called to go to the buffet first. Vendor slots are available for a minimum donation of $250 of merchandise for the auction/ raffle. Details: Call 810-614-9421 or 989-295-1017. — G.G.

Foot Locker’s 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 this 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. The Midwest consists of runners from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and U.S. citizens in Overseas Military Installations. Details: Kenny Fried at 703-534-4600 x 212; E.H.

Lady Skippers opening their ranks

PORT HURON — Tryouts for the 2012 St. Clair County Community College volleyball team will take place in the school’s gymnasium on Jan. 7 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. That same day, SC4 will host a volleyball clinic for 6th-8th graders from 10 a.m.-noon and high school athletes from 12:15-2:25 p.m. for $75. The school will then hold similar sessions on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25. Details: 810-989-5670, 810-824-7820 or — M.S

Snowmobile trail permit fee increases for 2011

STATEWIDE — Beginning with the 2011 snowmobile season, the permit fee will be $45 compared to last year’s price of $35. The fee will remain $45 through the 2015 snowmobile season because the state signed a law in 2008 that provided for the incremental increase in snowmobile trail fees, which support maintenance and grooming of the state’s snowmobile trail network. Michigan’s snowmobile trail network is successful because of the unique relationship that exists between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners. The DNR provides grants to local snowmobile trail partners who are responsible for the grooming and maintenance of the trails. The fee increase is necessary to offset the increasing snowmobile grant sponsor costs — such as fuel, engineering services and insurance — to maintain the designated and groomed trail network, and to fund long-term trail infrastructure needs, such as bridges and culverts. “When it comes to keeping Michigan’s trails safe and groomed, a little goes a long way,” added Lynne Boyd, chief of the Forest Management Division at the DNR. “This fee increase is a way for every snowmobiler to do his or her part toward providing season-long access to miles and miles of magical Michigan trails.” Details: www.michigan. gov/ dnr. — E.H.

Live racing returns to Sports Creek

SWARTZ CREEK — Harness racing fans will want to mark the calendar for Nov. 25, as live racing returns to Sports Creek Raceway at 7 p.m. November 25 and every Friday after than until Dec. 31. The track offers simulcasting seven days a week from noon-midnight. — L.P.

Scores deadlines

FLINT TOWNSHIP — Varsity coaches are reminded that all scores must reach us by 10 a.m. on Wednesday to make the current week’s edition. Scores ultimately should be reported as soon after each game as possible to your beat reporter, FAX to 810-667-6309 or e-mailed to L.P.

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