2010-04-08 / Sports

Sports Shorts

Martians get academic recognition

GOODRICH — The High School Academic All State varsity hockey team was recently announced, and on it were Goodrich athletes Jeremy O’Neill, Brittany Card and Conner Geml. — M.S.

Soccer tournament on horizon

GRAND BLANC — The 16th annual Ryan Schlee 3-on-3 soccer tournament returns to the Rick Hartker Soccer Complex on Maple Road in Grand Blanc. The tournament draws teams from across Michigan and out-of-state. Sponsored by the Grand Blanc Community Schools Soccer Parents, the tournament will run Saturday, July 24.

The event was created in memory of Ryan Schlee, a Grand Blanc grad and varsity soccer player, who was killed shortly after graduation in a car accident. The tournament awards two $500 scholarships to one boy and one girl player at Grand Blanc, and also helps support the purchase of equipment, field rentals and more. Cost is $100, includes a minimum of three games and T-shirt. Details: www.grandblancsoccer.net. — L.P.

Annual dinner coming up

ATLAS— The UM Club of Greater Flint has set June 21 as the date for the organization’s Annual Golf Outing and Dinner at the Atlas Valley Country Club. In related news, on March 18 University of Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon announced the school would host its first-ever night football game Sept. 10, 2011 against Notre Dame. Currently the Wolverines lead the 37 game series 21-15-1 and are 11-7 at home. — M.S.

Local course hires new golf pro

BURTON — The IMA Brookwood Golf Course, 6045 Davison Rd., is now offering group and private lessons from Professional Golf Association member Joe Simpson, who will also head up the venue’s Junior Golf Academy and the Ladies Wine and Nine tournament.

With a registration deadline of April 19, the IMA is also offering its 39th Annual Two Person Best Ball Tournament April 24-25 at a cost of $60 for non-members, while season passholders pay $40. Only the first 72 teams to register are eligible, field will be flighted after first day, and entry fee includes gift certificates, door prizes trophies and two days of greens fees. Details: 810-742-4930 or

imarecreation.org. — M.S.

Area loses a legend

HOLLY — The coach of the Bronchos’ 1971 state championship boys track team, Duane Raffin, recently passed away from cancer after a storied career of more than 40 years. Having first stepped onto the coaching carousel at Holly in 1961, later becoming the school’s head coach for track in 1965 and cross country in 1966, Raffin also led the Bronchos’ cross country teams to several state titles, including the boys in 1977 and 1978 and the girls in 1990. — M.S.

Increase your skating skills

BURTON — Ice Mountain, 5371 Avalanche Dr., has an ongoing Learn to Skate Program that runs through mid-May. Classes take place on Saturdays from 11-11:50 a.m., a $15 wrist band must be purchased with each session, and students should be at arena 15 minutes prior to lesson. Another option is Ice Mountain’s Skills Development Program for those with a helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads or full hockey equipment. Time and details are same for both classes.

With a season that runs from April 6-May 27, the GLJHL 2009-10 champion junior Mountain Cats will have a Team Draft Skate April 6 for junior hockey athletes with birth dates between 1990-95. Cost is $250 per player for 10 games plus playoffs, jerseys, referees and scorekeepers are provided and squad will be considered a showcase/ prospect team. Details: 810- 744-0800 or

aol.com. — M.S.

Elementary basketball skills improvement

DAVISON — This six-week instructional session provides a fun way for kids to learn fundamentals of basketball. Kids will learn how to pass, dribble and shoot the ball. Best suited for kids in grades 1-5. Cost: $45. Sessions take place at Hahn gymnasium, Saturdays April 24-May 29, 10-11 a.m. — L.P.

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