Sue Teggart

Published August 2, 2011

C&G Newspapers

Even the most seasoned sailor was tested during the 87th Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race July 23-26.

Light air or no wind at all delayed the start of the race out of Port Huron July 23, and unpredictable winds kept crews busy throughout.

“At the beginning of the race with the postponements in between starts, it was slow,” said Charlie Elmer, 2011 Mackinac Race Chairman. “Shortly after, the boats were headed north, and (the wind) got even lighter. The Windquest sat for five hours with 0.0 knots.

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Published August 2, 2011

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Over 200 boats from across the world converged on Lake Huron for the 87th sailing of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac race July 23-26.

And when the boats crossed the finish line, several sailors from across metro Detroit had earned championship flags.

Here’s a look at the local winners, beginning with the class each raced in, the name of the boat, the owner and the hometown.

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Published July 27, 2011

ROYAL OAK — As the thermometer topped 90 degrees July 19, eight people were already gathered on the stairs of the Royal Oak Public Library, stretching.

Today, the heat wasn’t enough to stop members of Royal Oak Area Runners (ROAR), who assemble every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. — though it tends to be a smaller crowd — for a five-mile run. On Thursdays, the group meets at 7 p.m. at Westborn Market in Berkley for a six-mile jaunt. For the beginner, all the loops ROAR goes on have options for shorter distance turnoffs.

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Published July 26, 2011

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Bike wheels will whiz around the Waterford Oaks BMX track July 29-31, as racers from around the country will compete in the Great Lakes Nationals, a National Bicycle League race.

Great Lakes Nationals has been coming to Waterford every year since 1980, according to Waterford Oaks BMX track director Jennifer West.

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Published July 20, 2011

There are “old goats” who participate in the Port Huron to Mackinac Island race and then there are “old salts,” like Gary Gonzalez.

When the 87th running of the Bayview Mackinac race gets under way July 23, Gonzalez, a Madison Heights resident, will be competing in his ninth event.

His boat is a J/42 cruiser called Dos Mas, meaning “two more” in Spanish, which Gonzalez said got its name for three different reasons.

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Published July 20, 2011

For Paul Lee, 44, of Farmington Hills, sailing is a family affair.

When Lee embarks on the 87th running of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac race July 23, his three children and brother will be racing alongside him.

“It’s definitely a bonding experience for the kids,” Lee said. “My brother, Thom, is going to come in from New Jersey to help crew, and my very good friend, Ben, who my kids know as uncle Ben. So it’s a family thing.

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Published July 20, 2011

Bonded by the love of the sea, Ray and Winnie Adams of West Bloomfield began sailing 35 years ago.

The veteran sailors have earned the prestigious title of “old goat,” given to sailors who have raced in more than 25 Bayview Mackinac races apiece. At the 50-race mark, “old goats” make the glorious transition to “grand rams.”

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Published July 20, 2011

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This isn’t your grandfather’s sailboat race.

When the 87th running of the Bayview Mackinac race gets under way the morning of July 23 in Port Huron, the historic event will embrace some modern features, including a new sponsor, a reduced number of starts, live streaming for each class start and more entries.

This year, the Bayview Yacht Club welcomed Bell’s Brewery, a major beer producer and the largest based in Michigan, as the title sponsor.

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Published July 12, 2011

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MADISON HEIGHTS — In the Women’s “Just for Fun” No Score Golf League, normal golf rules don’t apply.

Want a mulligan?

No problem.

Move the ball to a better lie?

That’s fine.

Players can even sit out holes if they choose.

This recreational league, sponsored by Oakland County Parks and Recreation and held and Red Oaks Golf Course in Madison Heights, emphasizes fitness and the social aspects of golf. In short, there are no winners or losers.

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Published July 12, 2011

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Listed below are the Catholic High School League varsity softball players from our coverage area who earned All-League, All-Catholic and All-Academic honors this past season. For more honor teams, visit the CHSL’s website at www.aodonline.org/CHSL.

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Published July 8, 2011

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Following another stellar season of girls soccer in the Oakland Activities Association, one that was filled with battles and a postseason marked with memorable runs, it’s time to honor the conference’s most prolific players.

Highlighting the season was Troy High’s appearance in the all-Oakland County state final; the Colts advanced to the Division 1 state final against Novi High.

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Published June 28, 2011

WILLIAMSTON — Madison Heights Bishop Foley had been there before.

The June 18 Division 4 state final marked the Ventures’ 17th state finals appearance and third in the past four years.

Unlike Lansing Christian (20-1), which was making its first state championship appearance, Foley was hoping to reverse the outcome of its previous three final-four showings. The Ventures were the state runner-up in 2008 and in 2009, and lost in the semifinals last year.

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Published June 22, 2011

EAST LANSING — With the top two teams facing off for a state championship, plenty was on the line.

Troy High was making its first appearance in the state finals since 2003, when it won its second state title in program history. Novi High entered as the defending state champion and No. 1-ranked team in the state.

In the June 18 Division 1 state championship at Michigan State University’s DeMartin Stadium, Novi won its second straight state title and fifth in seven seasons by topping Troy 1-0 to finish the year unbeaten at 22-0-2.

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Published June 22, 2011

TROY — Olivia Brannon is the first to admit she’s not comfortable being the center of attention.

“I’m a shy person; it’s really overwhelming doing things like this,” Brannon said at ceremony to honor her for becoming Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year 2011.

But Brannon needs to get used to being in the spotlight. The Gatorade award is one of many she’s likely to acquire — she’s already a Parade All-American, and she recently garnered the Michigan Miss Soccer Award.

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Published June 22, 2011

Bob Bukari knew Flint Powers Catholic was a force to be reckoned with.

Earlier in the season, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day narrowly beat the Chargers 1-0 in a tournament at Williamston High.

In their second meeting, Flint Powers stepped up to get the best of Country Day, scoring with under three minutes to play in the June 15 Division 3 state semifinal at Williamston to lift the fourth-ranked Chargers to a 2-1 victory over third-ranked Country Day.

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