Sports Shorts

Players needed for Tri-City Federation Baseball

AREAWIDE — The Tri-City Sabercats Federation Baseball League is looking for a few quality players to fill out its teams. One player is needed for each of the U11, U12 and U13 divisions, while two players are needed for U16. Details: Heidi VanKersen at 586-709-1844 or — D.N.

Bringing soccer under one umbrella

FENTON — Midwest Soccer Academy and AYSO Area 8-G are bridging the gap between communities with a new association that will create a one-stop shop for more than 7,000 youth soccer players in greater Genesee County and beyond.

Midwest Soccer Academy will become the training company for all AYSO Area 8-G, including its travel programs. AYSO 8-G includes 10 regions that include from Grand Blanc, Fenton, Linden, Carman- Ainsworth, Swartz Creek, Durand, Byron, Flushing, Holly, Davisburg, Birch Run, Montrose and New Lothrop. The regions offer soccer for ages four through adult.

In 2011, Fenton was awarded the best of over 900 AYSO locations in the nation. The overall goal this year is to create a four-tier program where every child regardless of age or ability has a place to play. Details: MSA at 810-714-5575 or e-mail L.P.

Christian Football League opens registration

FLINT — The Christian Football League has opened registration for the upcoming season and has added a middle school program this year. The league is open to anyone who may not otherwise have an opportunity to play on a high school team. Varsity players ages 14-18 and middle school players ages 11-13 can sign up until Aug. 1 at or by calling Mark Brimmer at 810-730-4641. A varsity spring session runs April 23-May 24 and will practice at Flint First Wesleyan Church at Center and Davison Rds. — L.P.

Hockey tournaments nearing face-off

FLINT — Several high school and alumni hockey tournaments will take place over the coming weeks, starting with the March 23-25 High School Alumni Hockey Tournament at Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Rd. The tournament is for those 18-30 and 30 and over. Cost is $650 per team and there will also be T-shirts issued to the winning team. Because of USA Hockey rules, $100 of entry fee will go back to each school’s athletic department. Details: On April 20 at Ice Mountain in Burton, the second annual Mid-Michigan High School Alumni Tournament benefits the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and MI Youth Hockey Scholarship Fund. This tournament had 12 teams last year and brought in upwards of 14,000 spectators. Details or to sign up for this tournament, Eric Lemieux at 810-223- 2964 or Bryan Hall at 810-691-5686. — M.S./L.P.

Warriors split with Port Huron

FLINT — The Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League lost to Port Huron last Saturday, 4-1, after beating these same Fighting Falcons, 5-4, last Friday.

After Port Huron opened the game last Friday by taking a 2-0 lead, it was James Kline who finally got Michigan on the board at 11:26 of the first period with help from Michael Economos. In the second, Kline scored again at 2:36 on the Bobby Bodette pass to tie things up for the Warriors at 2- 2. That allowed Joseph Ferriss to deadlock things once again at 3-3 on the powerplay at 15:36 for Michigan on passes from Martin Gruse and Shedlon Taylor after the Fighting Falcons lit the lamp at 12:50.

Port Huron even went so far as to take a 4-3 lead at 3:28 of the third, but Matus Matis and Chris Eckler proved to be the difference makers for the Warriors by scoring at 12:50 and 15:36 with help from Tyler Perpich and Robert Mantha, respectively. In goal for Michigan Brach Tiller got the win by stopping 43-of-47 shots he faced on the night.

The Warriors take the ice tomorrow at McMorran Arena against Port Huron and on Saturday MIchigan is at West-Borgess Arena to take on Kalamazoo. — M.S.

Jr. Generals wrap up regular season

PITTSBURGH — The Flint Junior Generals of the NA3HL ended the 2011-12 regular season on Sunday with a 6-2 win at Pittsburgh.

Drawing the game’s first blood for Flint at 4:20 of the opening period was Edward Osowski on the Warren Carter assist, which Jacob Bearss followed at 16:03 with help from Derek Compeau to give the Junior Generals a 2-0 lead. Grand Blanc’s Cody Damon then put Flint ahead even further at 18:42 on passes from Richard Jansson and Swartz Creek’s Andrew Lay, before Joshua Kestner made it a 4-0 game for the Junior Generals at 1:08 of the second period on the assists by Osowski and Carter.

What came next was a pair of power-play goals by PIttsburgh at 3:26 and 12:30 that Davison’s Nicholas Goettell was able to answer with a man advantage at 17:20 with help from Damon and Compeau to put Flint up 5-2. From there both teams played it tight and spent most of the third period battling back and forth before Kestner was able to clock an insurance goal for the Junior Generals with 25 seconds left in regulation on the pass from Kenneth Milosner.

Flint will start the playoffs tomorrow and Saturday at 7:20 p.m. against these same Junior Penguins at Iceland Arena. — M.S.

Unpaid internships available now

DAVISON — The VIEW Newspapers now has 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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