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Carr, Chiefs end sour season on good note

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Carman-Ainsworth graduate Brandon Carr and his Kansas City Chiefs’ season came to an end on Sunday, as they finished with a 7-9 overall record, which leaves them sitting in last place in the four-team American Football Conference-West. The 8-8 Denver Broncos clinched the division championship, followed by the 8-8 Oakland Raiders, and the 8-8 San Diego Chargers.

The Chiefs looked as if they might keep themselves in the divisional race after knocking off the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers in Week 15.

The Chiefs would not be as fortunate in Week 16 hosting the division rival Oakland Raiders. Although it pushed the game to overtime, Kansas City could not hold on, falling to the Raiders, 16- 13. The Chiefs put a cap on the 2011 season this past Sunday, knocking off the eventual divisionwinning Denver Broncos, 7-3.

Throughout the 2011 season, Carr has started every game, amassing 39 solo tackles, with six assisted tackles. He also has 15 pass deflections and four interceptions, which he returned for a combined 17 yards. Carr has completed his fourth season in the National Football League playing all four years with the Chiefs, and has played in every game. — B.P. New director named for Crim Festival of Races

FLINT — The Crim Fitness Foundation announced Dec. 21 that Patricia Ball has been named the new race director for the Crim Festival of Races. Ball succeeds Deb Kiertzner, who served as race director since 2005.

“We could not be more pleased with our selection of Patricia Ball as Crim Race Director,” said Gerry Myers, CEO for the foundation. “We spoke with candidates from across the country interested in coming to Flint and helping us with our mission, and Pat was clearly the best choice to continue our 35-year heritage as the premier 10-mile race in Michigan and to lead our new expansion efforts in race management statewide.”

Most recently, Ball served as the race director for the Detroit Free Press Marathon. During her tenure that race grew from 3,000 to 19,000 participants.

“I am honored to accept this position, realizing the history of the organization and its unique ability to serve the Flint community as a source of pride, inspiration and community wellness,” said Ball.

Foundation Chair Mark Yonan said, “We feel we have made the right choice in Patricia and are confident that she will help us to continue the Crim’s strong tradition of Changing Health, Changing Lives and Changing Communities.”

Former Speaker of the House Bobby Crim created The Crim Road Race in 1977. Today the Crim Festival of Races is ranked as one of the top world-class races in the country and serves as a community catalyst promoting healthy, active living.

“I am proud to welcome Patricia to the Crim Race family and am confident her leadership abilities will help us grow even beyond what we have accomplished in the past 35 years,” said Crim. “Our commitment to this city, county and state are stronger than ever and Patricia will help lead us into creating a healthier tomorrow for all of our citizens.”

The 2012 Crim Festival of Races, presented by Health Plus of Michigan, will be held in downtown Flint on Aug. 25. The Crim’s new Qualifier Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by DOW, will be held in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Midland) on May 20. — D.N. Old Newsboys Night at Perani

FLINT — The Michigan Warriors will be taking on the Traverse City North Stars at 7 p.m. on January 7 and the Old Newsboys will be there to cheer them on. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Old Newsboys 2012 Christmas Box Program. A $2.00 off admission coupon is available at the Old Newsboys office and on their Facebook page.

The Old Newsboys’ Christmas Box Program provides warm clothing, two pairs of socks and underwear, gloves and a stocking cap, dental hygiene products, and a toy to needy children. The program is funded entirely through the annual paper sale, donations, and fundraisers. In its 87-year history the Old Newsboys organization has put presents under the tree for more than 770,000 children across Genesee County. Last year, more than 5,600 children received gifts from the Old Newsboys.— L.P. Historical designation campaign underway for Atwood

FLINT — Atwood Stadium may soon get a historical designation if Sen. John Gleason (DFlushing) is successful with his initiative. Gleason is in the midst of an effort to get the stadium designated as an historical site by the State of Michigan.

Atwood, the 11,000 seat stadium, is the largest in Genesee County and has been used as a venue for sporting and entertainment events. Political events have also been on the slate and then-Senator John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop in 1960.

“Atwood Stadium is full of history. This place has created a lot of memories since it was first opened more than 80 years ago,” said Gleason in a press release. “It has a fond place my heart from my days playing high school football there. It means a lot to my family and to so many others in Flint. Atwood deserves to be recognized for historical significance.”

The stadium opened its doors in June 1929 and underwent renovations in 2007. The stadium hosted the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Flint Central and Flint Northern from 1930-1976. It’s also been home to minor league baseball and a Heisman Trophy ceremony for hometown native Mark Ingram Jr., a Flint Southwestern grad. Currently, the stadium is home field for the Flint Fury football team. — L.P. Unpaid internships available for budding journalists

LAPEER — The VIEW Newspapers now have opportunities available for unpaid internships in the sports department for the fall and winter semesters. Applicants should be at least 18-years old and attached to a college internship program, length of commitment negotiable based on credit requirements and those interested must be available during standard business hours. Details: Lisa Paine at 810-452-2626 or lpaine@mihomepaper.com. — M.S.


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