Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 15, 2013

Sports in Brief: 08/15/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Salmon Spectacular runs Aug 24-Sept. 2

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Salmon Spectacular is being held from Aug. 24 through Sept. 2. It includes eight ports/port groups from New Buffalo/St. Joseph north to Traverse City.

Total prizes will be over $33,000 with the only restriction being that the fish must be caught from the Michigan waters of Lake Michigan and that the angler must be registered for the derby. The basic Derby Ticket fees are $30 for an adult, $15 for kids age 12-17, $15 for a daily ticket and $150 for an unlimited boat ticket.

TC’s local weigh station is at MC Sports.

Charity golf event set for Aug. 23

BEULAH — The 14th annual Northern Michigan Association of Health Underwriters charity golf outing is being held Aug. 23 at Crystal Lake Golf Club.

The event, which starts at 10 a.m., benefits the Goodwill Inn. Cost to enter is $75 per individual or $300 per team. For more information contact Jennifer at 346-7122 or visit

Mudder participant source of sickness

JACKSON — State health officials say a virus that sickened people who participated in a long-distance race through mud and other obstacles in southern Michigan likely originated from a participant on the course.

The state Department of Community Health says there were more than 200 reports of gastrointestinal problems from spectators and runners at the June 29-30 Tough Mudder event in Jackson County.

The department says it’s a norovirus, which is common and produces flu-like symptoms for a few days. The Department of Community Health said that most illnesses were reported from people who had mud or muddy water in the mouth.

Junior hockey player charged in stabbing

MARYSVILLE — Authorities say a junior hockey player accused of assaulting his girlfriend now faces additional charges for stabbing her 48-year-old father.

Twenty-year-old defenseman Dalton Young has played three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit. Young was arrested Thursday after his 20-year-old girlfriend was assaulted. He was arraigned in that case and released Saturday.

That night, police say Young stabbed the woman’s father in the back at the family’s home in Marysville, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.

Veteran selected as NASCAR race’s honorary starter

BROOKLYN — A U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Ohio has been selected as the honorary starter for the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR race after his hope of honoring his 6-year-old son on race day resonated with voters in an online contest, organizers said Wednesday.

David Balestrino Jr., of Youngstown, won the contest on the Pure Michigan Facebook page, getting hundreds of votes for his entry on why he wanted to honor Brady by waving the green flag Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Balestrino served as a combat engineer from 2003-2009 and received a Purple Heart during service in Iraq.

Altidore’s hat trick leads US to 4-3 win vs Bosnia

SARAJEVO — Jozy Altidore had a hat trick to lead an impressive comeback Wednesday, with the U.S. scoring all of its goals in the second half to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 and extend its record winning streak to 12 games.

The 13th-ranked Dragons lost for the first time in nine games.

The U.S. winning streak, the longest currently in the world, appeared to be jeopardy after the Americans fell behind 2-0 before halftime. But Altidore set up Eddie Johnson’s goal in the 55th minute, controlling a long chip shot from Michael Bradley with a slight touch of his left foot. The ball fell right at Johnson’s feet and, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic out of the net to block Altidore, Johnson neatly tapped the ball into the empty net to cut Bosnia’s lead to 2-1. Four minutes later, Altidore evened things up.