All-Star Football game moved
ALMA — On March 7, the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association announced that the 32nd Annual MHSFCA East-West All Star Game will now be played at Bahlke Field on the campus of Alma College. Originally held at Central Michigan after years in East Lansing, the MHSFCA noted that based on the recent NCAA by-law 18.104.22.168 that prohibits “non-scholastic football practice or competition” at an FBS or FCS school, the Association learned just recently that the 2012 All-Star game cannot be held at Central Michigan University as previously scheduled. CMU and the MHSFCA were denied a request for waiver of the new rule on February 26.
Local talent selected to the rosters includes North Branch wide receiver Trevor Marceau on the East and Carman-Ainsworth’s Shane Barron on the West.
“The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association believes that Bahlke Field at Alma College will be an excellent venue for the 32nd Annual MHSFCA East-West All Star Game on June 30,” said Gus Kapolka, 2012 All-Star Game chairman. “We plan to make the event a great experience for the coaches, players and fans to include expanding the existing seating by adding portable bleachers with tremendous sight lines. Alma College has pledged its full support to the MHSFCA to ensure a first-class event to include the on-campus game-week of full practice sessions and team building and community activities that past All Star game players have said is a highlight of their athletic careers.”
The MHSFCA noted that is also plans to partner with local FBS and FCS universities to request the NCAA to change the rule to allow the All-Star Game to be played at other venues in the future.
Game time will be announced by MHSFCA at a later date, usually mid-day on a Saturday. Tickets will be available beginning May 15 at www.mhsfca.com. — L.P.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. — D.N.
Brandon Carr inks deal with Dallas Cowboys
DALLAS, TX.— Former Carman-Ainsworth standout Brandon Carr, who also went on to find success at Grand Valley State and later with the Kansas City Chiefs, will have a new home when the 2012 National Football League season kicks off in September. The brand new contract will make Carr a very wealthy man, as he inked a five-year deal with the Cowboys, worth $50.1 million.
Of that, $26.5 million is guaranteed money, including a $10 million signing bonus. On top of that, $1.2 million is expected to be made by Carr for the upcoming season, with large increases in the coming years. Carr is projected to make $14.3 million in 2013, $7.5 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015, and $9.1 million in 2016. Carr will replace recently released cornerback Terrance Newman on the Dallas Cowboys’ depth chart. — B.P.
The training can begin
FLINT — The Crim Fitness Foundation announced recently that registration for the 2012 CrimFit Adult Training Program is now open until April 16. The program lasts 15 weeks and prepares runners for 5k, 8k and 10k events at the Crim Festival of Races on Aug. 25. All participants will be entered into a Crim Festival of Races Event plus two other local races and will receive a t-shirt for $140. This year the Crim will also offer 20 need based scholarships for its adult training program. Details: www.crim.org. — M.S.
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 www.cfl-mi.com 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: www.flinticeland.com. 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.
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 ttached 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 email@example.com. — M.S.