Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 24, 2014

Sports in Brief: Area athletes among award finalists


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 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.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Dolphins told Lions personnel man Brian Xanders he was not a finalist for their General Manager job.

VIKINGS: Running back Adrian Peterson had groin surgery Thursday and is expected to spend the next six weeks recovering.

The Vikings said the operation went as planned, in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers.

Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards in 14 games, missing two in December due to a sprained right foot. The groin muscle had been bothering him for much of the season.

This was Peterson’s third, though least invasive, surgery in the last 25 months. He had anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament reconstruction in his left knee in December 2011. Then, after rushing for 2,097 yards and winning the NFL MVP award, Peterson had a procedure done in February 2013 to repair a sports hernia in his abdomen. Meyers performed that surgery, too.

BROWNS: The Browns have hired Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their coach, ending a twisting, nearly four-week search.

Pettine finalized a contract Thursday with the Browns, who fired Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29 following one season. The 47-year-old Pettine, the son of a legendary Pennsylvania high school coach, spent one year with the Bills after four as Rex Ryan’s defensive coordinator with the New York Jets.

With his clean-shaven head and no-nonsense approach, Pettine is popular with players. He’ll inherit a Cleveland team that went 4-12 this season after losing its last seven games.

Pettine emerged as the favorite to become Cleveland’s seventh full-time coach since 1999 — and fourth in six years — as the Browns eliminated candidates and Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, considered the front-runner when the search started, told the team to move on without him.

GOLF

CINK LEADS: The best score belonged to Stewart Cink. The best round belonged to Pat Perez. Tiger Woods didn’t come close to claiming either Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Cink ran off three straight birdies late in his round on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines for an 8-under 64. That gave him a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland. Perez had a 67 on the South Course, which is by far the tougher track. The South Course, which hosted a U.S. Open, played nearly four shots harder.

In his 2014 debut, Woods opened with a 72 on the South. He failed to birdie any of the par 5s. It was the first time in his career he failed to break par in the first round of this tournament.