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EAST LANSING — According to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, because of the impending holiday, 239 varsity football games will be played statewide today, 67 on Friday and five on Saturday. With this comes the debut of season two of FOX Sports Detroit’s MHSAA Football Friday Overtime, which is hosted by Mickey York and former Lion and current Lapeer West physical education teacher Rob Rubick. The show is 30 minutes long, airs at midnight on Friday’s during prep football season and this hopes to have cameras at games including Bay City John Glenn at Cadillac, Vassar at Bad Axe, Sandusky at Harbor Beach, Lansing Catholic at Saginaw Nouvel, Unionville-Sebewaing at Montrose, Manistee at McBain, Farmington at Southfield, Lansing Sexton at Monroe and Allen Park at Brownstown Woodhaven.

Now that 10 schools from the northern lower peninsula have joined the MHSAA’s school broadcast program, more games will be posted to www.mhsaa.tv and this week include Thursday matchups like Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett at Hillman, Onaway at Rogers City, Lincoln Alcona at AuGres-Sims and Negaunee at Calumet. Details: www.mhsaa.tv or www.mhsaa.com. — M.S.

Fastpitch teams seek players

GENESEE COUNTY — The 18U Michigan Diamonds fastpitch softball team is looking for players for its 2013 roster. The team is in need of an outfielder and a utility player who can possibly do some catching. It will play in 5-6 tournaments next summer. For more information, contact Jeff at jtcombs@netscape.comor call (810) 417- 1192. — L.P.

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Sparks 14U fastpitch softball team is looking for a pitcher and a third base/shortstop/utility player to add to its 2013 roster. The team will play in the SMAFF fall ball and six 2013 tournaments. For details or a private tryout, call, text or email Lee at 810-338-4900 or lee. vanderploeg@yahoo.com. — D.N.

Local club takes several teams to tournament

MIDLAND – The Grand Blanc Soccer Club entered five separate teams at the Ninth Annual Fusion Invitational Tournament last weekend, where the U9 girls White Division squad claimed the title in its first-ever tournament appearance. For the event, the team went 4-0 and outscored the opposition 22-4. — M.S.

UM-Flint football readies for upcoming season

FLINT— The University of Michigan-Flint’s club football squad is currently going through the roster trimming process as the Kodiaks prepare for their third season on the turf at Atwood Stadium.

The Kodiaks struggled down the stretch last year after dominating Xavier in their opener, 35-3. This year, however, the roster seems to be much deeper, and with Dan Pilgrim making the move from offensive coordinator to head coach, this could be a banner year for Michigan-Flint.

The Kodiaks begin with a maize and blue scrimmage on Sept. 1, and see their first game action on Sept. 9 at Denison University, before facing Ohio State’s club team on the road on Sept. 16. UM-Flint will then make it’s home debut on Sept. 22 against Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, with homecoming occurring the following week when the Kodiaks host Loyola University of Chicago on Sept. 29.

In their final home game of the year, the Kodiaks will take on Wright State on Oct. 6, who was victorious over Michigan-Flint a year ago. UM-Flint then hits the road for the final four games, including at Loyola-Chicago on Oct. 13, at Xavier on Oct. 20, at Miami of Ohio on Oct. 27, and at Adrian on November 4.

The Kodiaks roster has yet to be finalized, but is sure to feature several former prep stars from high schools all across the area. If you are interested in ticket information or want to see if there are any locals from your area who are currently vying for a spot on the team visit, www.umflintfootball.com. — B.P.

Pro-Am scramble on the slate

LAPEER — Michigan Adaptive Golf will host an 18-hole scramble at Rolling Hills Golf Club, 3274 Davison Rd. on Friday, Sept. 21. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. and pre-registration required at 810-342-4345. Golfers can sign up in two-, three- or four-person teams. Cost is $40 per person and includes 18 holes with cart, hot dogs at the turn and lunch and prizes following. Each four-person team will include at least one golfer with a disability. Details: Monica Haubenstricker at 810-342- 4345. — L.P.

Upcoming gridiron offering

GRAND BLANC — The department of Parks and Recreation is offering a 7-on-7 Flag Football program for kids in grades 2-3. Games will be played at Creasey Bicentenial Park in the outfield of field number one over the course of seven weeks on Saturdays from Sept. 8-Oct. 20, parctices will occur once a week for 90 minutes and while flags, jerseys and mouthpeices are provided, athletes must bring their own pants/shorts and cleats.

Also being offered by the department is a 1st Step Football program for kids in first grade designed to introduce kids to the game using tools such as a mini football, cones and a drill/skill manual. Sessions will take place on Saturdays from 1130 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:35-1 p.m. at Creasey on field number five for six weeks from Sept. 8- Oct. 6. Details: www.gbparks.com. — M.S.

Deadline reminder for varsity coaches

FLINT TWP. — Now that the 2012 varsity sports season is in full swing, coaches are reminded that all scores must be reported by Wednesday at 9 am. to the Flint Twp. VIEW Newspaper in order to make that week’s edition. Results can be called in 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to a specific writer or faxed to 810-667-6309. — M.S.


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