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Posted on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 5:45 a.m.

Detroit Red Wings visit Saline elementary school; more community sports briefs

By Pete Cunningham


Retired Detroit Red Wings players Kirk Maltby, far left, and Kris Draper, far right, pose for a picture with Saline Heritage Elementary student Lance Blaszak and teacher Gerry Harrison.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Blaszak

Fourth and fifth grade students at Saline's Heritage Elementary were happy to see the end of NHL lockout this week. The end of the labor stoppage meant the beginning of team sponsored events, which on Thursday, Jan. 10 meant a visit from retired Red Wings players Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper as well as other members of the Red Wings staff.

The visit was part of The Red Wings School Assembly Program which began in 2010 with the goal of getting students active and encourage the growth of street and floor hockey.

After lesson on exercise and healthy eating tips with help from Red Wings trainers Jim Bieuer, John Guerreno and Zack Konnie, Draper and Maltby answered questions from the assembly and participated in a shootout competition between teachers and students.

As part of the program, the school received two sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and goalie nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.

Michigan women's athletics ranked No. 7 in Capital One Cup Standings

The Capital One Cup recently released its first standings of the 2012-13 college sports season and the University of Michigan is No. 7 in the women's standings.

The Capital One Cup awards points to men's and women's athletics programs if they finish in the top 10 of 20 sports. More points are awarded for soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, softball and outdoor track and field. The winner of the Capital One Cup is awarded $200,000 in scholarship funds.

The Michigan women finished No. 5 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings, No. 5 in the NCAA cross country championships and No. 9 in the NCAA field hockey rankings giving it 26 total points in the Capital One Cup standing so far. North Carolina and Penn State are currently tied for the top spot with 72 points.

Michigan's King crowned

The Big Ten announced its first men's tennis athlete of the week for the 2013 season on Wednesday and Michigan senior Evan King was crowned. King was individual champion at the Key Biscayne Individuals after going 3-0 in singles action on the weekend and teamed with Alex Buzzi to defeat No. 13 Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas and No. 33 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski of LSU in doubles play. It is the seventh such award in King's career.

It was also a big week for the Wolverines in the pool with the women's and men's swimming teams sweeping the swimming Big Ten swimming awards. The men's team also won the diver of the week award.


Deirdre Jones

Photo courtesy of Michigan athletics

Michigan senior Deirdre Jones won conference swimmer of the week after finishing first in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.5 seconds, 100-meter freestyle (57.64) and 200-meter freestyle relay (1:46.59) and second in the 200-meter medley relay (1:56.84) as Michigan won the Orange Bowl Classic. Marni Oldershaw won freshman of the week after finishing first in the 50-meter breaststroke (32.79) and 200-meter individual medley (2:16.73) and second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:56.84).

On the men's side, Sean Fletcher won conference swimmer of the week after placing first in the 50-meter butterfly (24.10), 50-meter backstroke (25.78) and 200-meter medley relay (1:37.85) as Michigan won the Orange Bowl Classic. Dylan Bosch won freshman of the week after he ook second in the 100-meter butterfly (55.15), third in the 200-meter individual medley (2:06.75) and fourth in the 50-meter butterfly (25.36) and James Ross won diver of the week for winning the 1-meter diving event with a score of 32.65.

Big Ten springboard

All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams are ranked in the national top 10 entering the season, including No. 1 Illinois and No. 2 Michigan. The Wolverines begin their season next weekend that the Windy City Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Chicago (7 p.m. CT). No. 10 Iowa, No. 7 Minnesota and No. 8 Ohio State will be at the event.

Also ranked in the top 10 are No. 4 Penn State and No. 9 Nebraska.

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music to my ear

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 3:27 p.m.

awesome, had I known they were that close to me I would have stalked the school to get a peek and a autograph. bummer I missed my chance.