Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 15, 2012

Sports in Brief: 11/15/2012


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SF wrestler Martin signs with Jamestown College

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Trica Martin, a four-year starter on the St. Francis boys' wrestling team, signed a letter of intent to enroll at Jamestown College and participate in women's wrestling beginning in 2013.

Head women's wrestling coach Tony DeAnda announced the signing.

Martin is a Body Bar champion, three-time state champion, and four-time All-American in both Freestyle and Folkstyle Nationals. She has more than 100 career wins on the St. Francis boys' team.

"I have known Trica Martin for about four years now and am very excited to have her commit to Jamestown College as our first recruit for 2013-14 school year," DeAnda says. "Trica is the type of student-athlete who we are trying to build our wrestling program around."

Martin is also active in cross country, dance team, volleyball, softball and National Honor Society. She plans to major in biology/pre-veterinary.

Petoskey's Tompkins joins MSU volleyball class

EAST LANSING — Petoskey's Megan Tompkins was one of five volleyball players to sign a letter of intent with Michigan State on Wednesday.

Four of the five are 6-4 or taller, with the fifth checking in at 6-2.

Tompkins is a 6-foot-4 middle blocker.

"Megan Tompkins is a player that we found at our camp and she turned our heads right away as a sophomore," Spartan coach Cathy George said. "She has the potential to contribute so much over the years and we are excited about her growth and development. She's 6-4, touches 10-4, and has a heavy arm; a very nice combination. She played all the way around for her team as a middle this year and really impacted the game from both the front and back row. We'll look to her primarily in the middle but we feel like her knowledge of the game has grown immensely over the course of the past year."

Michigan State's Merchant returns to EMU tonight

YPSILANTI — Suzy Merchant returns to Eastern Michigan for the first time since leaving to become Michigan State's head coach in 2007 as the Spartans take on the Eagles in a non-league women's basketball game tonight.

Merchant, a Traverse City Central grad, is the Eagles' all-time winningest coach, compiling a 147-91 record in nine years. She guided them to three 20-win seasons, three postseason berths and two MAC West Division championships.

Both teams are 1-0. Michigan State opened Sunday with an 83-39 win over Texas-Arlington. Central Lake's Jasmine Hines scored 11 points and grabbed a career high seven rebounds in 19 minutes.

Farmland 5K race offers family pricing options

TRAVERSE CITY — The Excel Physical Therapy Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge will extend its price break and offer a family pricing option through online registration.

Family pricing applies to immediate family members and includes reduced rates from the $30 individual pre-registered rate. All entries include a post race party with food and music. Family rates are: $57 for two; $81 for three; $102 for four; $120 for five; and $135 for six. Prices will increase on Nov. 18 by $5, however online registration is open through Nov. 29.

The Farmland 5K was created to introduce runners of all ages to the venue of a cross country style race, which has its origins in Europe, where "hares and hounds" foot races were held from farm to farm. The December date was chosen to offer a "naturally tough, true northern Michigan" event.

The off-road 3.1 mile footrace race will begin at noon on gentle, mowed grass pathways surrounding the 150 acres of centennial farm property of local farmer Lewie Rasho.

The registration fee is $30 until Nov. 29, (at noon). There will be no day of registration. Those wishing to register in person may do so on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4—8 p.m. at Running Fit.