Sports Shorts

Registrations still being accepted

FLINT — The Michigan Warriors of the Christian Football League of Michigan are still accepting registrations for its varsity team for the 2012 season. Practices take place at First Flint Wesleyan Church, 3825 Davison Rd. and athletes are expected to exhibit a Christian attitude both on and off the field, as well as high academic standards. Details:, or e-mail — M.S.

Cirterium for Le Champion Pavé

FLINT — The Crim Fitness Foundation will host the 3rd annual Le Champion Pavé criterium, a one-day bicycle race, on the historic bricks of downtown Flint. Le Champion Pavé will take place 8AM to 5PM on Sunday, July 22 at the 400 Block of S. Saginaw St.

“Bricks prove to be more challenging for cyclists, and therefore more exciting in the racing world,” said Events Coordinator Ali Harris. “This will be a great opportunity for the community to get a front row seat to the world of competitive bicycle racing. Flint always has great events going on and watching racers whizzing by can only add to the excitement.”

The race will consist of a one-mile loop in the center of downtown where professional cyclists and hand cyclists are welcome to compete for cash prizes in various Men’s and Women’s categories.

This family-friendly event will include a children’s race, community ride, and opportunities to learn about active living and local bicycle organizations. YouthQuest, an afterschool program managed by the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Bicycle Rodeo, giving children the opportunity to learn about bicycle safety. The public is welcome to view the event and take part in the community ride for free.

For further information on the event, breakdown of levels, and race schedule, please go to,, or contact Events Coordinator Ali Harris of the Crim Fitness Foundation at (810) 600-5788 or email — L.P.

Wolverines get new skipper

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan announced on June 27 that it had tabbed Erik Bakich to become the 19th head baseball coach in the programs history.

“Coach Bakich is regarded as one of the top recruiters and developers of talent in collegiate baseball,” said Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon. “His leadership and enthusiasm will be critical in restoring our baseball program to a championship level. We are excited about Erik and his family joining Michigan Athletics.”

Bakich comes to the Wolverines after spending the past three season at the University of Maryland, where he improved the Terrapins by 15 wins from his first year to his third.

“My wife, son, and I could not be more excited to join the Michigan Athletics family and the Ann Arbor community,” said Bakich. “The University of Michigan represents a standard of academic and athletic excellence which will be upheld by our coaches and players every day. Michigan Baseball has a storied tradition and I am honored to lead this program back to winning championships. We are eager to attack the recruiting trail and will finalize our coaching staff as quickly as possible. Go Blue!”. — M.S.

Event coming to Genesee County

GRAND BLANC — On Aug. 4 Michigan Roundball 2012, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, will take place off Grand Boulevard between Grand Blanc and Reid roads for the first 125 teams that register by July 30. Cost for participation is $100 for teams that sign up before July 25 or $112 after, all ages and genders are welcome to play and the event will begin around 9 a.m. based on number of teams entered.

“We are excited to bring a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to the downtown Grand Blanc area. We look forward to a great day of basketball and entertainment for the whole family,” said event organizer Ryan Spalding.

Details: or e-mail — M.S.

New location for Pretty Girl

BAD AXE — The state’s lone last living wolverine known as Pretty Girl that returned to Michigan after the animal had been extinct in the state for more than a century is now on display at the Huron County Courthouse, 250 E. Huron Ave., and will be at the Capitol building at the end of the year or early 2013. The wolverine died of natural causes at the age of seven and was found partially submerged near a beaver dam. She’s now on public display mounted in a natural pose. Deckerville teacher Jeff Ford took years of field cam and video of the wolverine and has a book published by himself and outdoor writer Elizabeth Shaw in print. — M.S.

Derby Girls hit the road

BARRY COUNTY, MI. — The Grand Funk Hellcats, the sister squad of the Flint City Derby Girls rollerderby team, took a 63-20 victory over the Black Heart Maidens on June 16 before winning 211-49 at the Escanaba Rollin Hellcats on June 23. As for the FCDG, they’ll host the Ann Arbor Brawl Stars on Aug. 18 after the Hellcats open the night at 6 p.m. against A2D2 and on Sept. 22 the Lansing Derby Vixens will be at Perani Arena to take on the FCDG once the Hellcats face LDV Capitol Corruption earlier that same night. — M.S.

Parade of Champions

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association recently released a list of every state champion from the 2011-12 season. Standing out from this group included Upper Penninsula 1 powerhouse Marquette, which has amassed 27 girls cross country titles, 21 in girls swimming, including 11 in-arow, 10 for boys track and 18 for girls track. Locally, Goodrich claimed the girls class B basketball crown, Davison won the Div. 1 girls bowling tourney and Flint Beecher was the top boys basketball team for class C. Flint Kearsley also grabbed the Div. 2 girls bowling championship. — M.S.

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