Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 25, 2013

Sports in Brief: 06/25/2013

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Gillis returns, will play for Hounds

TRAVERSE CITY — Jacob Gillis is returning to play hockey at home.

The 19-year-old Traverse City native signed to play in the Midwest Junior Hockey League next season for the Traverse City Hounds after playing the last three years at the Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass.

Hounds owner-coach Scott Gardiner expects Gillis to be a “high end player and leader.”

Gillis, who wants to begin work on an aviation degree, skated for Traverse City West his freshman season before venturing east.

Gillis said his goal is to play college hockey and he hopes playing for the Hounds will be a stepping stone in that direction.

Blue Stars win Flint tournament

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Blue Stars 13-under travel baseball team won the Cavalier Diamond Classic tournament in Flint over the weekend, beating WF Clubhouse 13-2 in the final.

Pitchers Casey Peterson, Ryan Hayes, and Carson Rosa led the Blue Stars on the mound. Offensively, Joe Muzljakovich went 11-for-16 with 11 RBIs, Rosa 10-for-16 with seven RBIs, and Martin Foley 8-for-12 with six RBIs. Rosa hit two home runs. The Blue Stars are now 22-1.

YMCA offers two lacrosse events

TRAVERSE CITY — The YMCA is offering two lacrosse events at its main campus this summer.

Girls in grades 2-12 can participate in the second annual YMCA girl’s LAX camp. The camp focuses on basic stick skills, passing drills, and scrimmages. It will be held from 5:30-7:30 on July 22-25. The cost is $35 for YMCA members, $70 for non-members. All experience levels are welcome.

The YMCA and TC West Bayhawks are partnering to put on a boys camp for all players in grades 4-9 the week of July 29. The camp will run from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $50 per player. The camp will focus on basic skills.

For more information call the YMCA at 933-9622.

Harnack takes bronze in watercross

SOAP LAKE, Wash. — A Suttons Bay Elementary School student earned her first watercross racing medal after a two-year hiatus.

Olivia “Livy” Harnack, 11, raced a 701cc Yamaha SuperJet to a third-place finish in the second annual Lava Lamp Regatta watercross race Saturday and Sunday. Watercross is similar to motocross with a buoyed course.

Harnack had to switch watercraft in the two-day competition from her Kawasaki 300sx Jet Ski to her father’s SuperJet due to prop damage in the rocky, alkaline lake.

Harnack expects to compete in the annual Apple Pie Jamboree July 20-21 on the Columbia River at Pateros. She will be a sixth-grade student at Suttons Bay Elementary School in the fall.

 

Many bear licenses still up for grabs

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said thousands of people have won the right to go bear hunting this year, and several hundred licenses still remain available.

The DNR announced results Monday for its drawing for 7,906 bear hunting licenses. People were able to enter the lottery from May 1 through June 1.

The DNR says it has posted results of the drawing and says 267 leftover licenses remain available for hunting in the Bergland Management Unit from Sept. 25 through Oct. 26.