Vasa names Dowdy as director
TRAVERSE CITY — Doug Dowdy has been named race director for the 38th annual North American Vasa ski races.
Dowdy succeeds Lisa Taylor, who recently stepped down.
The Vasa races are Feb. 8-9.
Dowdy has 26 years of experience in college athletics. He's also been involved with the M-22 Challenge.
The Vasa will feature 6K, 12K, 27K and 50K loops for freestyle, and 12K and 27K for classic styles on Feb. 8. There will be 6K and 16K traditional-style races, known as the Gran Travers Classic, on Feb. 9.
Organizers added a fat bike race for February's event.
Nordic ski team fundraiser set
TRAVERSE CITY — A fundraiser for the Traverse City Central and West Nordic ski team is scheduled Tuesday at Culver's on Munson Avenue.
Culver’s will donate 10 percent of the sales between 5-8 p.m. to the ski team. Ski team members will be lending a hand at the restaurant. The event will help offset participation fees. The co-ed teams from the two high schools are coached by longtime Nordic enthusiasts John Kostrzewa and Eric Okerstrom.
Traverse City will host the state high school championships this season on Feb. 14-15.
Tennis association announces awards
PETOSKEY — The Northern Michigan Tennis Association capped a successful year by handing out several awards at its recent annual meeting and banquet.
The Phyllis Laurila Award was presented to Wendy Reeve of Harbor Springs. The award goes to a member who has willingly given his or her time to support and promote the development of tennis programs from the grassroots level for five years or more.
The Family of the Year Award went to the Hackmans. This award is presented to a family that has at least one junior and one adult actively involved in playing and promoting tennis in the district.
Paige Cooley of Traverse City and Sam Dart of Harbor Springs received the Junior Female and Male Sportsmanship Award, given to a player 16-18 years of age who demonstrates the highest standard of tennis accomplishments, character, conduct, sportsmanship, appearance and amateurism.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to the Alpine Regional Tennis Association.