Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 26, 2013

Sports in Brief: 11/26/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Schuss Mountain to open Friday

BELLAIRE — Shanty Creek Resorts will open Schuss Mountain on Friday.

“We’re very excited, to say the least,” says Chris Hale, vice president of Shanty Creek. “With snow still falling and snowmaking temps expected to remain throughout the week, it’s too early to say how many runs we’ll open with but one thing is for sure: this is the earliest opening we’ve had in many years.”

To commemorate the early opening and the holiday weekend, Shanty Creek will be offering kids 8 and under free lift tickets and free rentals. There will also be instructors available to teach kids to ski or ride.

Schuss Mountain will be open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each daily, and will re-open the following weekend, but details have yet to be announced.

Stanford’s VanDerveer nears another milestone

STANFORD, Calif. — Tara VanDerveer has never coached for the milestones or anything else that brings attention to her rather than the players she loves to coach.

That’s why the Hall of Fame Stanford coach is thrilled her latest memorable moment will probably happen in Mexico this week with little fanfare, away from the Bay Area and Maples Pavilion.

VanDerveer can become the fifth women’s basketball coach to reach 900 victories as soon as Wednesday against Florida Gulf Coast in Puerto Vallarta. She stands at 898 wins as the sixth-ranked Cardinal prepare to face Purdue in Mexico on Tuesday.

VanDerveer is set to join the exclusive company of Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell with 900 wins. Many figure she will coach long enough to reach 1,000.

Lidstrom, Hanson set for Mich. Sports Hall of Fame

DETROIT — Nicklas Lidstrom and Jason Hanson have earned a place among the state’s greats in sports.

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday that Lidstrom and Hanson were among the eight people selected for induction in February.

Lidstrom retired in 2012 after a 20-season career with the Detroit Red Wings. Hanson retired earlier this year after becoming the first to play for same NFL team for 21 seasons, all with the Detroit Lions.

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame’s 58th class also includes: John Smoltz, Alexi Lalas, Percy Snow, Dorne Dibble, Tom Mach and Jim Brandstatter. Chairman Scott Lesher says the class is a diverse group from a variety of sports and eras, adding the individuals have achieved excellence and represented the state at the highest levels.

Online auction offers a day with Derek Jeter

NEW YORK — An online-only auction is offering a lucky bidder a chance to spend a day with Yankees great Derek Jeter.

All proceeds, minus Christie’s out-of-pocket sale expenses, will benefit Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

The charity supports programs that promote leadership and healthy lifestyles for youth. Besides New York, it benefits kids in his native Michigan and in his current hometown, Tampa, Fla.

The sale runs through Dec. 17.

Since 1996, the foundation has awarded over $18 million in grants.

The opening bid is $90,000. It includes lunch for four with Jeter. The winner also gets four seats in Jeter’s luxury suite during a Yankee game; and an autographed, game-used glove.

Jeter says the auction will help expand the foundation’s outreach and help young people “reach their full potential.”