Sports Shorts

U17 MESA Panthers undefeated in two tournaments

KALAMAZOO — The MESA Panthers girls’ soccer team traveled to Kalamazoo and participated in the KISS Soccer Showcase, winning the title. The Panthers had wins against the Michigan Alliance Elite, 3-1, Midwest United (IL), 3-0, KM United (WI), 4-0, and beat the Cary Defenders (IL), 2-0, in the finals.

The Panthers also participated in the MFC Summer Showcase and dispatched of three opponents including Premier 1 and Midwest Regional League teams. MESA blanked MRL MIchigan Jags, 5-0, shut out the Premier 1 Michigan Red Hawks, 7-0, and an older U18 Cadillac Frenzy team, 5-0. Between the two tournaments MESA outscored its opponents 29-1. — L.P.

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.

Seventh year for Kayla Run

GOODRICH — The Kayla O’Mara Memorial Road Race is nearly upon us with an August 4 date this year. The 5k Run/Walk and 10k Run are loop courses on paved and gravel roads with moderate hills. They feature a fast finish on the track, great for spectators! The USATF Certified courses tour the town of Goodrich covering the streets that Kayla trained on. Custom finisher medal in 5k race only while supplies last. 10k starts at 7:30 a.m., 5k starts at 9 a.m. The 1 Mile Fun Fun/Walk starts on the bike path along Hegel Road and follows the last mile of the 5k course to finish with a lap around the track. Participants in this event must walk to the start from the high school parking lot, about 1/2 mile.

Finishers medals will be awarded. 1 MI is not timed and participants do not use a chip. Race starts at 9:45 a.m. For those who can’t make it to the race but still want a T-shirt, register online at and choose “shirt only” as category. Shirts can be picked up during any of the packet pick up options for $8 or can be shipped within the continental U.S. for $13. Shirts will be shipped the week after the race. — L.P.

Drivers urged to watch out for runners

DAVISON — With August comes the start of fall training for many area junior and senior high school cross country programs. Drivers are reminded to keep a lookout for Genesee County runners whose practices will call on them to hit the roads many mid-afternoons. Special attention should be made when entering or exiting large parking areas and local businesses as the kids make their daily practice runs. — L.P.

36th Crim Festival of Races approaches

FLINT — The international Crim Festival of Races hits the bricks in downtown Flint on Aug. 25 with a cap of 17,000 runners. As of last week’s press conference, nearly 6,000 had signed up. The race is the fourth largest in the country and this year, the Crim welcomes Deena Kastor, one of the best U.S. women’s racers. Runners this year will receive a New Balance Technical T-shirt and Genesee County residents will receive a $5 discount off their entry fee if registering on line.

The Shelter of Flint returns with The Crim Pasta Party on Friday, Aug. 24. The party provides a carb-packed pasta dinner for racers, family members and the general public, the night before the races. Funds raised support Shelter of Flint. The party takes place at Kearsley and Saginaw and runs 4-8 p.m. Cost is $10 adults, $5 kids, under six eats for free.

Special guest Willie Horton, a member of the Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series Championship team will be on hand along with Kastor. Details: — L.P.

40th annual golf tourney on tap

JACKSON — The 40th Michigan State Junior Boys’ Golf Championship will take place on Aug. 23 at Forest Akers East and West courses. The 36-hole championship is open to any Michigan junior boy who has a USGA Handicap Index of 6 or less and is between the ages of 13 and 17. Eighteen year olds can participate if they graduated from high school this past year. The entry deadline is Aug. 17 and defending champion, Zack Bialik of Manistee, returns to defend his title. Details: E.H.

CMU plays host to roundball clinic

MT. PLEASANT — Central Michigan University is hosting a College Exposure boys’ basketball camp for kids in grades 6-12 from Aug. 1-3 for $249 for an overnight camper or $199 if they commute. Athletes will be run through a daily schedule that includes games, video analysis, workout stations, competitions, as well as a focus on individual skills and overall knowledge. Details: camps or 989-774-1838. — M.S.

Christian Athletic League offers football for everyone

GENESEE COUNTY — The Christian Athletic League of America offers the opportunity for anyone to play high school football who may not have the chance otherwise. CALA. (formerly the CFL of Michigan) is entering its fifth year. The league provides an opportunity for highschool-aged students 14-18 who may be home schooled, attend private schools, charter schools, or just do not have the chance to play at the school they attend. The league includes teams from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Mark Brimmer coaches the Genesee-Lapeer Warriors which are also offering middle school football for students ages 11-13. Practice starts August 2. Details or to register, 810-730-4641. — L.P.

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