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2012 Crim Training registration now open

FLINT — Registration is now open for the 2012 CrimFit Adult Training Program. Program runs for 15 weeks and is geared to get runners ready to participate in a 5k, 8k, or 10 mile Crim Festival of Races Event presented by Health Plus, on Saturday August 25. Program is set up for runners and walkers of all fitness and experience levels.

All participants will receive an entry to a Crim Festival of Races Event, a choice of two additional area races, a 2012 Crim Training technical shirt and more.

For the first-time ever, the Crim will be offering 20 need-based scholarships for participation in its adult training program. Applications and criteria is available at or on Facebook.

Training sessions take place every Tuesday beginning on May 15. Cost is $140. Deadline for registration is April 16, and space is limited. Online registration available at L.P.

Christian Football League grows, changes name

GENESEE COUNTY — The former Christian Football League that is open to players in Lapeer and Genesee County has grown to the point of broadening its offerings that the League has renamed itself.

The newly-named Christian Athletic League has opened an office in Lansing and has a new skipper at the helm in VP of Operations, Lou Monticello.

“Our league is in a growth mode,” said Lapeer/Genesee Warriors coach Mark Brimmer. “We have opened a new league office in Lansing under a new VP of Operations and with plans to start other sports in the near future. We have also expanded football in to other states, so the league has changed its name from the Christian Football League of Michigan, to the Christian Athletic League.”

Brimmer added that the league will be expanding to at least 14 teams next fall, including teams from Indiana, and Ohio, and possibly will expand up to 16 teams by fall. He noted that the Genesee/Lapeer Warriors will be adding a middle school program for next fall and the league looks to expand in middle school programs as well (Currently 6 MS programs in the league).

“Another exciting event our league is working on (I am the chairperson for this) is a partnership with the Little Ceasers Bowl at Ford Field. We would like to make it a league wide family event for the day, with some of our teams getting the opportunity to play at Ford Field the same day as the bowl game, and then attend the bowl game after. Hopefully we can get that worked out for the benefits of the players.”

The Warriors are excepting registrations now for the fall.They have a spring practice session starting April 23 that will run through May 24. Regular season practice will start August 6. Details: 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.

Second annual high school alumni skate

BURTON — 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. — L.P.

Warriors split first two playoff games

PORT HURON — The Michigan Warriors opened the North American Hockey League postseason last Friday with a dominant win over their arch rival Port Huron Fighting Falcons, 5-2.

Kody Polin scored first, giving the Falcons an early 1-0 edge, with one of the assists credited to Lapeer native and current Port Huron goaltender Max Milosek. The Warriors then sparked an offensive explosion, beginning with AJ White’s goal just 56 seconds into the second frame. Michael Economos then took the lead for the Warriors, followed by a Daniel Sakalian goal to extend the advantage, 3-1.

Logan Lemirande tallied for the Fighting Falcons to cut the lead to one by the end of the second period. The third stanza would belong to the Warriors, as Joseph Ferriss lit the lamp on the power play to regain Michigan’s two-goal edge. Bobby Bodette put the puck into the empty net with three seconds remaining to put the final nail in Port Huron’s coffin, and take a 1-0 series lead.

Game two would become a polar opposite of it’s predecessor, as Port Huron routed the Warriors, 5-1. The Fighting Falcons dominated early on, scoring the only first period goal when Maxwell Reavis found the twine. Port Huron also picked up the only tally of the second stanza thanks to Easton Powers. Just 22 seconds into the final frame, Jake Goldberg’s goal put the Warriors in a sizable hole, 3-0. White finally scored to end the Warriors drought, but it would be too little, too late, as the Fighting Falcons poured on two more goals by the end of the game from Mike Moroso and Nick Horne to seal the win, 5-1.

Now tied at a game apiece in the best threeout of-five first round playoff series, the scenery will shift to Flint for Friday’s game three at Perani Arena for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff. The puck will also drop at 7:00 p.m. for Saturday’s game four. If necessary, the series will return to McMorran Arena in Port Huron for a fifth and decisive game five on Sunday at 6 p.m. — B.P.

Second Annual BBQ and BUNCO

DAVISON — Area women are invited to join Camo and Lace for a free night of fun at Barbeque and BUNCO on Friday, April 13.

Camo and Lace, a woman’s group that encourages females to get involved in outdoor sports, including hunting and fishing, is putting the camouflage away for an evening and getting out the lace for this upcoming event. Participants do not need to have experience playing BUNCO. Menu includes pulled pork, dessert and other picnic fare. Event runs 7-10 p.m. at Williams Gun Sight and Outfitters, 7389 Lapeer Rd., Davison, just west of Irish Rd. near I-69, and is free.

Prizes will be part of the fun, but please bring $5 to enter to win cash prizes. RSVP required by April 6, at or if questions, call P.J. after 7 p.m. at 810-223-1540. — L.P.

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