Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 19, 2013

Sports in Brief: 03/19/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Bellaire hosting alumni hoop game

BELLAIRE — Bellaire High School will host an alumni basketball game and fundraiser on April 27.

The event will feature a women’s game at 6 p.m. and men’s game at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a fundraiser dinner from 4-6 p.m.

For more information, call Paul Koepke at 533-8221.

Crystal Mountain has new lift, terrain

THOMPSONVILLE — The 2013-14 ski season will offer skiers and riders a new chairlift and new terrain at Crystal Mountain.

The existing Buck Chairlift, installed in 1978, will be replaced with a new Skytrac Quad Lift, similar to the Loki Quad Lift installed in 2011, but without a loading conveyor. In addition to the new lift, subtle contour modifications to the Buck slope and expansion of the skiable terrain on the south side are planned.

Crystal is also improving its snowmaking and grooming systems with at least six new snow guns and will begin to automate its snowmaking to enable faster start-ups early in the ski season. Existing snow guns will be relocated to other parts of the ski area. Crystal also recently added a new Piston Bully 400 winch-groomer, allowing crews to move large amounts of snow uphill, enabling the resort to open more terrain faster and keep the slopes open later in the season.

Beach Bums seek host families

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Beach Bums are seeking host families for the 2013 baseball season.

Players will arrive on May 1 for the team’s 14-day spring training camp. Players who make the team will be staying in Traverse City for the season, unless the are traded or released. The Frontier League season, including playoffs, will conclude by the middle of September. Keep in mind the players will spend almost half the season playing on the road playing against other Frontier League teams.

Those interested who live within eight miles of Wuerfel Park can call 943-0100 and ask for Tonya or John for full details and perks of hosting a professional baseball player.

Sail course offered in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron will offer a sail course starting April 1.

The course begins with basic boat designs, rigging and sail processes for the non-sailor and proceeds into the physical aspects of sailing, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsman ship, and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules and an introduction to heavy weather sailing. The course instructor is past squadron commander David Terrell.

Cost for Power Squadron members is $50 and $75 for non-members. The class meets from 7-9 p.m. on Monday evenings for 11 weeks at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club at 13653 S. West Bay Shore Dr.

For more information or to pre-register, visit

ISEA to hold training sessions

SUTTONS BAY — The Inland Seas Education Association will hold two one-day training sessions for people interested in becoming a schoolship instructor.

Session options are April 3 or April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. Schoolship instructors work to educate students from fourth grade and older about how to become stewards of the Great Lakes.

No prior experience is necessary; ISEA will provide materials and information needed to be a schoolship instructor. Contact Emily Shaw at 271-3077 or for more information or to register for the training.

Boys AAU basketball tryouts

BOYNE CITY — Tryouts for Parallel 45’s 16-under (current sophomores) and 17-under (juniors) boys’ AAU basketball teams will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Boyne City High School.

The teams will play a Midwest tournament schedule in April and May. There is a $10 registration fee. For more information, contact Steve Bell at 633-7313 or