Sports Shorts



The mountain beckons those with need for speed

BRIGHTON — Mt. Brighton’s guys and gals seven-week racing season begins Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with opening night on January 4. The team racing is for seven-member teams, but people can enter individually or as a team. Open to all levels, the format is a dual course format with runs taking place between 7 and 9 .m. each Wednesday. Participants receive a reduced lift ticket rate when presenting their racing bib at the ticket window. Weekly parties and drawings are all part of the fun. Details: Mt. Brighton ski school at 810-229-9581 ext. 220.— L.P.

Grave Digger marks 30th anniversary at Ford Field

DETROIT — Feld Motor Sports® is honoring the 30th anniversary of Grave Digger® in 2012 with a year-long celebration that roars into the Motor City to appear at Ford Field on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam is the world’s premier monster truck series.

Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family and tickets are on sale with seats starting at $10 for kids and $20 for adults if purchased in advance. All ticket prices increase $2 on the day of the show. Advance Auto Parts is offering $5 adult ticket discount coupons available now through January 13 at all participating Advance Auto Parts locations while supplies last. Event tickets are available at the Ford Field Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

In addition to a 30th anniversary celebration performance by Grave Digger driven by Chad Tingler, the event will feature numerous other United States Hot Rod Association® (USHRA) Monster Trucks including Advance Auto Parts Grinder® driven by John Seasock; Spider-Man driven by Bari Musawwir; Mutt Rottweiler driven by Charles Bens; Maximum Destruction® driven by Tom Meents; Bounty Hunter driven by Jim Creten; Scarlet Bandit driven by Dawn Creten; Backdraft driven by Jeremy Slifko; Eradicator driven by Andy Slifko; Raminator driven by Mark Hall; Rammunition driven by Mat Dishman; Crushstation driven by Greg Winchenbach; War Wizard driven by Randy Moore; Mechanical Mischief driven by Jim Burns, Equalizer driven by Mike Hawkins; and, Hot Tamale! Line-up is subject to change without notice.

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet—a distance greater than 14 cars side by side—and up to 35 feet in the air.

The entire Grave Digger race team, including creator Dennis Anderson, will be commemorating the iconic monster truck’s 30-year history as the most celebrated Monster Jam monster truck of all time. Grave Digger has entertained millions of fans worldwide and has hundreds of racing and freestyle wins – including four Monster Jam World Finals championships. Tingler will take on the competition, but before he does, fans can get up close and personal as part of the all access Monster Jam pre-show Party in the Pits that runs 2- 5 p.m. prior to the show. Pit Party passes are $10. Those who have already purchased show tickets and want to attend the Pit Party must bring show tickets to the box office at Ford Field the day of the event or in advance.

Details: Monster Jam, log on to www.MonsterJam. com. — L.P.

Historical designation campaign underway for Atwood

FLINT — Atwood Stadium may soon get a historical designation if Sen. John Gleason (D-Flushing) 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 in 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, which drew a record crowd of 20,600 for the 1950 contest. 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.

Monday night Coors Light race league begins

HOLLY — The seven-week race program began Monday, Jan. 3, 2012. This is team head-to-head racing with each team consists of 3-6 racers. Those who don’t have a team can be placed on one. No race experience is necessary. The league includes two divisions, handicap and straight time; racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each Monday night; Apres’ Ski Race party takes place each race night; Trophies are awarded to the top teams with giveaways each week. Discounted lift tickets are available, cost is $55.00 for seven weeks of racing (plus lift ticket).

Details: Mt. Holly Ski School at 248- 634-3249. — 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.

Winter softball clinics

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University is hosting several softball clinics this winter in the school’s indoor turf bubble. This includes an Elite Players Camp and a Hitting Camp on Jan. 21 and on Jan. 28 there is an indoor tournament. Details: myoung32@emich.edu. — M.S.


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