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January 24, 2014

Sports in Brief: Area athletes among award finalists

EAST LANSING — Ten local athletes were among the 120 finalists announced for the 2013-14 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Thirty-two individuals who participate in at least one sport will be honored with the award, which is in its 25th year. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Twelve scholarships will be awarded to Class A student-athletes — six boys and six girls — eight in Class B, six in Class C and four in Class D.

Finalists from area schools include: Petoskey’s Trevor Denoyer, Traverse City Central’s Kyle Dotterrer and Molly Peregrine, Mancelona’s Luke Smigelski, Traverse City St. Francis’s Erin McDonnell, Bear Lake’s Tyler Johnson, Jeremy Bigalke and Ben Feliczak of Manistee Catholic Central, Bellaire’s MacKenzie Ciganick and Gaylord St. Mary’s Kari Borowiak.

OUTDOORS

HUNTING: A Cadillac man is one of three winners in the latest Pure Michigan Hunt contest.

Bill Kring joins Osseo’s Bruce Shaneour and Algonac’s Frank Zrepskey as winners of hunting licenses and over $4,000 worth of hunting gear.

Kring, the general manager at 9&10 News in Cadillac, and the others receive 2014 elk, bear, spring and fall turkey, and antlerless deer licenses. In addition, each winner recevies a lifetime subscription to Michigan Outdoor News, a camouflage pop-up blind, 12-gauge camouflage shotgun, Predator crossbow package, 30.06 rifle, Go Pro outdoor camera, turkey hunting gear, $100 Cabelas gift card, Carhartt Realtree Xtra jackets and bib overalls, guided spring turkey hunt, memberships to the National and Mid-Michigan Chapter of Safari Club International and a custom waterfowl mount.

The winners will be awarded their prizes at the next Natural Resources Commission meeting Feb. 13 in East Lansing.

NFL

LIONS: According to Sports Business Journal, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has decided to leave Relativity Sports to seek new representation amid contract extension talks with the Lions.

According to multiple reports, the Lions have hired Alan Williams to coach the defensive secondary. Williams served as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator the last two seasons and was the secondary coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-11, where he worked on the same staff as new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.

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