Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 4, 2014

Sports in Brief: 01/04/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Hounds’ Krejcik and Luca collect awards

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Hounds player David Krejcik won the Midwest Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Month award for the third straight month.

In December, the 19-year-old Czech Republic native went 5-0-1 and stopped 196 of the 210 shots he faced for a .924 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average.

On the season, Krejcik is 15-3-1-2 with a .940 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.

Hounds blueliner Scott Luca won the Defenseman of the Month honor.

Luca has registered four goals in five games last month while regularly logging 25-plus minutes a game.

A second-year defenseman and Kalkaska native, Luca is averaging nearly a point per game in Traverse City with nine goals and 20 points in 21 games.

Beckett elected to MASA Hall of Fame

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City resident Barb Beckett has been elected to the Michigan Amateur Softball Association’s Hall of Fame in the category of meritorious service.

For more than 30 years, Barb Beckett has promoted softball in the Grand Traverse area, while employed at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA. Beckett began umpiring in 1986 and continued to umpire until 2008. During this time, she umpired in nine MASA State Championships in men’s slow pitch, women’s slow pitch, and coed divisions.

Beckett took over as District 19 MASA Commissioner in 1992, and still serves in that capacity. She has been the host and tournament director for five MASA State Tournaments in Traverse City.

She has served as the tournament director for the Trout Festival Men’s Slow Pitch Tournament for 18 years, at its peak, drawing 30-plus teams. Barb has also been the host and tournament director for the Cherry Festival Tournament for 20-plus years with over 30 teams during its peak.

The MASA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at The H Hotel in Midland on January 18 at 7:00 p.m.

YMCA ‘Blizzard’ hoops tourney slated

TRAVERSE CITY — The YMCA 2014 “Blizzard” boy’s 7th and 8th grade basketball tournament will be held on Jan. 25.

The round-robin tourney starts at 9 a.m. and costs $200 per team.

All games are officiated for three guaranteed games and awards are given to the top team in each division. Seventh and eighth grades are separate divisions.

Call the YMCA at 933-9622 with questions or to register.

YMCA boys middle school league starting

TRAVERSE CITY — YMCA basketball leagues for boys in grades 7 and 8 start up Jan. 18.

The registration deadline is Jan. 10 for the season, which plays on Saturday through March 1. The cost is $250 per team.

Call the YMCA at 933-9622 or for inquiries.

Girls elementary hoops league forming

TRAVERSE CITY — YMCA basketball leagues for girls in grades 2-5 have a deadline of Jan. 8 to register.

The league starts up Jan. 18 and plays Saturdays through March 1.

Games are officiated, and all players get a jersey.

Call the YMCA at 933-9622 with questions or to register.