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GRAYLING — Blarney Stone Broadcasting will air Traverse City West football, men’s basketball and select women’s basketball games in partnership with the station’s affiliates, Q100 on FM-106.3 WWMN.

The Grayling-based station has been broadcasting Grayling Viking High School sports for many years. The games will also be podcasted and published on

Tom Devitt will handle play-by-play duties with Rich Caulkins as color analyst.

The Titans’ football season begins August 26 with Midland at 3:30 p.m. at Michigan Stadium as part of the “Battle in the Big House.”

Testing TCSF Hosts

LANSING — Traverse City St. Francis High School will host a tryout for the Lansing Pharaohs of the Basketball League (TBL) on Saturday, August 21 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in its gymnasium at 123 E. Eleventh St.

Registration is $100 in advance and $125 at the door. Places are limited to the first 30 registrations. Fees can be sent via CashApp to $Lansingp or via PayPal to [email protected]

The season of the saints is over

MANISTEE — The Manistee Saints’ season ended with an 8-1 loss to the Lombard, Illinois Orioles late Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Battle Creek.

Manistee ends his season at 25-8, setting a franchise record with his winning percentage of .758.

The Saints picked up pool wins over the North Jersey (NY) Sox and Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Buckeyes while losing an extra game to the Addison (Illinois) Braves. Kyle Gorski picked up the win on the mound against the Sox and Roddy MacNeil picked up the win against the Buckeyes. Alex Schmitt suffered the loss against the Braves.

In the playoff game against the Orioles, Sam Schmitt pitched well despite the loss. The Saints were down 3-1 in the ninth inning before the Orioles scored five runs against the Saints bullpen.

Frankfurt native Brett Zimmerman and Traverse City Central graduate Sam Schmitt were named Saints Co-Players of the Year. MacNeil repeated as Saints pitcher of the year.

Allen joins the Hall of Fame

MIDLAND — Honor native Stephen Allen will be inducted into the USA Softball of Michigan Hall of Fame in the meritorious service category. Allen has been a longtime umpire in the Traverse City area, working games since 1989. He entered his first state tournament in his seventh year and has umpired 20 since then. Allen has umpired in six United States National Softball Championships.

The ceremony for the class of 2021 will take place at the H Hotel in Midland on October 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available August 23 through September 10, unless sold out earlier.

Wolves host a playoff game

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Wolves (10-0) semi-pro football team hosts Albion Saturday at 5 p.m. at East Middle School, 1776 3 Mile Road N., for a playoff game.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. All ticket sales go to East Middle School’s eighth grade football program. Wolves merchandise will be available for sale.

Cory Gunther Memorial

KALEVA — Northern Michigan Dragway had 206 race entries at Saturday’s Cory Gunther Memorial event. $1,600 was raised for the Benzie County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit.

Winners — Street Trophy: Breah Kidder (Benzonia); Junior Class, Advanced Junior: Hunter Sanford (Ludington); Junior class, mini juniors: Knox Schmidt-Stoykovich (Kaleva); Pro Trophy: Parker Cesaro (East Jordan), Chevy S-10; Group II: David Evans (Benzonia), Chevy Monte Carlo; Group I: Scott Eriksen (East Jordan), Chevy Camaro.

Racing continues with Thirlby Street Nights at 5 p.m. Friday and a TNT Specialized Transport Season Championship event (13 of 18) Saturday at 1 p.m.

NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. For more information visit or call 231-218-2657

Derby hat contest

WILLIAMSBURG – The Go Blue/Go Green Arena Polo Match & Barrel Racing charity event has added a Kentucky Derby-style hat contest.

Competitors are invited to decorate a hat representing the colors of their favorite school to judge in front of the VIP tent between the 1st and 2nd polo chuckers (approximately between 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.) on August 21, at Flintfields Horse Park. Prizes will be awarded to the winner or runner-up.

The event opens at 11 a.m. and includes a polo match between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, as well as the Rebellion Series barrel racing finals.

The event raises scholarship funds for students at UM, MSU, and Northwestern Michigan College in the Grand Traverse area.

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