Sports Shorts

Youth leagues getting ready to take the diamond

BURTON — Starting on March 12 the Burton Department of Parks and Recreation will open registration for its Youth League summer baseball, softball and T-ball, which will hold games at the Atherton Community Schools baseball diamonds. Cost is $55 for baseball and softball for the first child and $40 for each additional participant, T-ball players pay $38 and forms should be returned to Burton City Hall no later than April 21.

Any parents interested in coaching should call Bette at city hall and need to bring proper identification to one of the coaches meetings, which will take place at Atherton High School on April 7 at 1 p.m. and B’s Bowling on Center Road on April 22 at 2 p.m. Details: 810-743-1500, ext. 204. — M.S.

Warriors win two in a row

JAMESTOWN, NY — The Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League earned a pair of 3-2 victories over the Jamestown Ironmen last Friday and Saturday, the second of which came in overtime.

On Saturday, James Kline scored at 9:06 of the first for Michigan before Brad Pizzey connected at 9:38 of the second on the Joesph Ferriss pass to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead, only to see the Ironmen even things out with a pair of third-period scores at 8:01 and 11:43. What that set in motion was Chris Eckler’s game-winning goal for Michigan at 4:34 of overtime with help from Martin Gruse. In net for the Warriors, Brach Tiller earned the win by swatting aside 33 of the 35 shots he faced.

It was a back-and-forth affair when these two teams met last Friday, allowing Jamestown to take an early lead at 4:11 of the first period before James Kline was able to knot things back up for the Warriors shorthanded and unassisted over 12 minutes later. What that led to was a scoreless second period that was followed by Davison’s Travis Hill blasting one home for Michigan at 6:59 of the third with help from Chris Murray and James Kline that made it a 2-1 game, only to see the Ironmen lock things up once more at 2-2 just over four minutes later. Robert Mantha then connected on the game-winner for Michigan at 19:59 on the Bobby Bodette assist.

Tomorrow the Warriors are at Port Huron and on Saturday the Fighting Falcons are in town for the rematch. — M.S.

Junior Generals lose a pair

FLINT — With only four games left in the 2011-12 NA3HL regular season, the Flint Junior Generals lost games to the Toledo Cherokee last Saturday and Sunday by a score of 4-2. On Sunday for Flint it was Joshua Kestner and Swartz Creek’s Andrew Lay who scored on assists from Edward Osowski, Timothy Conser, Kenneth Milosner and Richard Jansson, respectively, and in goal Dominic Orlando made 17 saves on 20 attempts to get pinned with the decision.

As for last Saturday, while Derek Compeau did give the Junior Generals a 1-0 lead just 12 seconds into the first period with help from Jacob Bearss and Anthony Terzo, Toledo then scored three straight goals before Jansson could put Flint back on the board on passes from Grand Blanc’s Cody Damon and Lay at 15:09 of the third. Defensively for the Junior Generals, Benjamin Myers took the loss after making 22 saves on 26 attempts.

Flint wraps up the year at Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7:20 p.m. and Sunday at noon. — M.S.

MHSAA finals tickets on sale now

ONLINE — Tickets for the Michigan High School Athletic Association girls’ basketball finals are on sale now from the Breslin Center Box Office, with boys’ basketball finals tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. March 5. Also, competitive cheer and hockey finals tickets are available for purchase online through online ticketing partner TicketLeap.

Girls basketball finals tickets are on sale either online or via phone. Tickets can be ordered online by clicking the Breslin Center Box Office link on the “Girls Basketball” page at They also can be ordered over the phone at 1-800-968- 2737. Tickets cost $8, with a $3 service charge applied to each order. All girls’ basketball seats are general admission. The girls’ basketball semifinals are March 15-16, with all four finals on March 17.

Boys’ basketball finals tickets go on sale via the Breslin Center Box Office on March 5. Those tickets also can be ordered online by clicking the Breslin Center Box Office link on the “Boys Basketball” page at, or over the phone at 1-800-968- 2737. As with girls basketball, tickets cost $8, with a $3 service charge applied to each order. However, boys’ basketball semifinals and finals seats are reserved in Breslin’s lower bowl, with general admission for the upper deck. The boys’ basketball semifinals are March 22-23, with all four finals on March 24.

Tickets for the ice hockey finals are available via online vendor TicketLeap. To order for either event, go to that sport’s page at and click the yellow ticket icon on the right side of the page.

Hockey tickets cost $6 per semifinal session and $7 per final session, plus the 97-cent processing fee per ticket. Each division’s semifinals and each of the three finals count as separate sessions. The Div. 2 semifinals begin at 5 p.m. March 8 at Plymouth’s Compuware Arena, with the Div. 3 semifinals at noon March 9 and Div. 1 at 6 p.m. that day. The Div. 2 final is at 10 a.m. March 10, followed by Div. 3 at 2 p.m. and Div. 1 at 6 p.m. The paper E-ticket must be presented at the gate. Hockey online ticket sales end two hours before each session. — L.P.

Unpaid internships available for budding journalists

DAVISON — The VIEW Newspapers now have opportunities available for unpaid internships in the sports department for the spring semester. 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 — M.S.

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