Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 8, 2013

Local sports in brief: 02/08/2013


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TC West hosting powerlifting meet

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City West will host the Northern Michigan Regional powerlifting meet Saturday.

Lifting begins at 9 a.m. Over 130 lifters from more than 10 area schools are expected to lift.

TC West will also host the state finals on March 9, the first time the state finals have been hosted by a school north of Grand Rapids.

O'Brien hired as LochenHeath GM

WILLIAMSBURG — LochenHeath Golf Club has named former True North Golf Club General Manager and COO Kevin O'Brien as its new General Manager and Director of Golf.

O'Brien joins LochenHeath Golf Club to lead its transition to a top-tier private club.

Under O'Brien's guidance, True North was successfully converted to a private club in 2012 after being named to the Golf Digest list of "America's 100 Greatest Public and Resort Courses" as well as named a "Top 75 Golf Destination."

Owners plan to convert LochenHeath from its current status as a semi-private to a fully-private club over the next 3-5 years.

Sleeping Bear trail being groomed

GLEN ARBOR — The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is grooming the existing four miles of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb for classic and skate-skiing this winter. This volunteer effort hopes to allow the trail to be used for year-round recreation.

A crew of 10 volunteers typically grooms on Thursday afternoons, weather permitting, in preparation for the weekend visitors. The trail is groomed 10-feet wide with a skate skiing lane down the middle and one set of classic cross-country ski tracks on the side. The recent cooler weather and fresh snow have allowed for wonderful ski conditions.

The group's plan is to groom additional segments of the trail as they are completed. For updates on SBHT grooming visit the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes facebook page. Fundraising for the SBHT continues for the connection from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida. Donations may be made online at or by contacting Pam Darling at 941-4300.

Frozen Shootout set for Saturday

BEULAH — The Frozen Shootout ice fishing derby will be held on Crystal Lake as part of the Buelah Winterfest.

Participants can fish from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the tournament, which features a top prize of $500. There will be prizes for the largest lake trout and perch for the tourney, which costs $40 for each two-angler team or $10 for youth.

Registration starts at 5:30 a.m. at 5 Corners Bait & Tackle in downtown Buelah.

For more information, visit, email or call Steve Joslin at 342-8442.