Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 12, 2012

Sports in Brief: 12/12/2012


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K-Town Striders net two All-Americans

ALBURQUERQUE, N.M. — The members of the K-Town Striders running club earned All-American status at the National Junior Olympics.

In the Bantam division (ages 9-10) Annie Hunt placed fourth out of 203 runners. In the Midget division (ages 11-12), Sielle Kearney placed sixth out of 263 to earn All-American honors.

The midget team consisting of Sielle Kearney, Aubrie Deal, Bethany McNair, Remmi King, Katelyn Duffing, Marie Pierson, Jacie King and Payton Johns placed fifth overall.

The Bantam team finished 11th overall.

The entire team's average and overall time placed third.

Roller derby elects new board members

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Roller Derby has announced new leadership for 2013.

The newly-elected executive board members include Brandy Gallagher, president; Liz Mac Intyre, vice president; Nicole Farkas, secretary; Laura Riess, human resources; and Andrea Curtis, treasurer.

Board of directors elected members include Scott Mac Intyre, coaching; Jenna Doornbos, events; Kathleen Christopher, facilities; Angela Stricker, fundraising; Liz Mac Intyre, graphics; Tony Pernicano, IT; David Curtis, legal; Joyce Koehler, medical; Brandy Gallagher, merchandise; Ericca Hovie, public relations; Dave Weaver, officials; and Lisa Kelly, sponsorship.

Coldwater receives $11M for aquatics

COLDWATER — A southern Michigan community is getting an $11 million gift to build an aquatic center and expand an area recreation facility.

WWMT-TV and WTVB-AM report Coldwater city leaders on Monday announced that Dr. Robert W. Browne, and his wife Lynn, are donating the money.

The aquatic center is planned for the grounds of Legg Middle School. The Heritage Independence Recreation Gym is to be expanded.

Alvarez gets $118K to coach Rose Bowl

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will earn $118,500 for returning to the sidelines to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl and a win against Stanford will mean a $50,000 bonus.

The executive committee of the university Board of Regents on Tuesday agreed to the terms following the surprise departure last week of head coach Bret Bielema to take the same job at Arkansas.

Alvarez was Wisconsin's coach from 1990 through 2005, a time when he won three Rose Bowl titles. The money for the coaching job will come out of Bielema's $1 million buyout to be paid by Arkansas.

Alvarez will receive $195,000 in December, which is 90 percent of Bielema's monthly coaching salary. He will also get $8,500, which is 10 percent of his athletic director salary. The total pay of $203,500 is a one-time $118,500 increase in his monthly salary.

Ex-Piston Johnson booted for ref run-in

PORTLAND, Ore. — Former Detroit Piston Amir Johnson threw his mouthpiece at an official and had to be restrained by teammates after he was ejected from the Toronto Raptors' 92-74 loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Johnson and referee David Jones both tugged at the ball following a Portland free throw with 5:05 left in the third quarter. After Jones ejected him and started to walk away, Johnson threw his mouthpiece in Jones' direction

Johnson said he has a habit of rubbing the ball before handing it to the ref during free throws. While it appeared that the two had words, Johnson claimed nothing much was said.