Sports Shorts



Area school competes at national competition

GREENSBORO, S.C. — Double Dragon Tang Soo Do, located at 1235 S. Center Rd., competed at the 14th bi-annual World Championships on July 20-21, earning 34 medals and two of the 10 World Cups after the Little Dragons (ages 4-7) were one of two schools in the country asked to perform a choreographed routine during the event’s opening ceremonies. Winners included Quiara Wheeler with two gold medals and a silver in the 16 and under female black belt division and Alex Hooker brought home a trio of gold medals in the 16 and under belt division. Details: www.ddtsda.com or 810-744-0111. — M.S.

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: www.crim.org.— 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: skillplay@aol.com E.H.

Whaley Park hosts Flint Olympian softball finals

FLINT — On Aug. 1 the Mayhem Black, which features players from all across Genesee County, claimed the 18U middle/lower league Flint Olympian softball title by beating Rowe PSC in the semifinals before edging out the Avalanche, 6-5. In the other semifinals matchup Rowe PSC defeteated Fellowship Lodge #490, 3-1.

In the 18U Flint Olympian softball upper league championship game on Aug. 1 it was Creek Auto that got the better of Mayhem Red 3-0, giving Swartz Creek its third straight championship. The Firestix then beat Linden 14-3 to finish third for the year.

As for the 15U Flint Olympian softball title contests that took place on July 31, after competing in a head-to-head format during the regular season, the six teams that qualified for the postseason were then divided into an upper and lower division. In turn, Linden beat American Associates (Swartz Creek) to earn a spot in the upper league championship game last Thursday against the Mayhem. In the 15U lower division play it was Phillips RV that got the better of the Clio Mustangs in the semifinals after losing to them twice during the regular season to claim their place in last week’s title contest against the Bendle Tigers. — M.S.

Tryouts for Youth baseball

LAPEER — The Lapeer Outlaws 13U baseball club is holding an open tryout on Aug. 21 at Rowden Park from 6-8 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Players should come prepared in baseball attire. Details: Don Roehl at 810-358-8445 or donroehl@yahoo.com, Dan Rowley at 810-614- 2837 or danny. jack11@yahoo.com, Bill Taylor at bltaylor5@hotmail.com or www.lapeeroutlaws.com E.H.

Some injuries can be prevented

EAST LANSING — Because prep programs across the state were allowed to begin practicing yesterday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association annually provides information to schools about safely practicing and playing games during the extreme heat that tends to rear its ugly head this time of year.

“Heat stroke is almost always preventable. We know now more than we ever have about when the risk is high and who is most at risk, and we’re fortunate to be able to communicate that information better than ever before to administrators, coaches, athletes and parents. We encourage everyone to avail themselves of the information on our website and through other sources, and to take the online course through the National Federation,” said MHSAA executive director John Roberts. “Then, schools need to be vigilant about providing water during practices, making sure that youngsters are partaking of water and educating their teams about the need for good hydration practices away from the practice and competition fields.”

Details: www.mhsaa.com. — M.S.

Baseball tryouts on the slate

DAVISON — The Davison 2013 15U baseball program will host tryouts on Aug. 18-19 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the JV baseball fields, north of the varsity football football stadium at Davison. Details: Mike Fleming at 810-618-2974. — L.P.

Players, coaches sought by Mid-Michigan Eagles

LAPEER — The-Mid Michigan Eagles travel football program is seeking players ages seven-nine and coaches. If interested, call Rick H. at 614-3844. — L.P.


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