In Brief: Michigan lacrosse debuts Sunday, EMU hall of famers to be honored Saturday and more local sports notes
Stealing an idea from football coach Brady Hoke, who referred to this year's Wolverines as Team 132, the Michigan lacrosse program is also numbering its teams.
Team One plays its first official varsity game on Sunday.
Although it lacks the football team's 132-year history, Michigan announced the elevation of its lacrosse program to varsity status in May 2011.
After going 1-3 in exhibition games last October and winning a tuneup against Division III Denison College on Saturday, the Wolverines open the 2012 season at 1 p.m. Sunday against the University of Detroit-Mercy at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac.
A Detroit spokesperson said the school has already sold more than 1,500 tickets for the game. The Titans, in their fourth year of varsity lacrosse, were picked to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference but have started the season 0-2, including a 10-7 loss to Denison.
Fifth-year senior attackman Trevor Yealy, who scored five goals in the 12-8 exhibition win against Denison, leads the Wolverines into their first varsity season. He led the U-M club team with 63 goals in 19 games in 2011.
"It's nice to get off to that kind of start, but I was really happy more so with how the freshmen played," Yearly said of his five-goal performance. "We had two freshmen on attack (David McCormack and Will Meter), and I think it's more important for them to get good starts, which they did, and a lot of younger guys in different positions, guys playing defense that they've never played before, so I think that was more important in terms of leading us."
The Wolverines play their first six games on the road. They'll play their first home game against Loyola (Md.) at 7 p.m. March 7 at Oosterbaan Field House.
EMU Hall of Famers to be honored
Seven former Eastern Michigan athletes who were recently inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame will be honored at a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday in the EUM Student Center.
The Class of 2011, announced in December, includes: Howard Booth (men's gymnastics), Ingrid Boyce (women's track), Traci (Parsons) McMullen (women's basketball, women's track), Linda Milholland (softball), Jamie Nieto (men's track), Norm Parker (football) and John Schmidt (football).
Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony and luncheon, which also includes tickets for the men's and women's basketball doubleheaders at the Convocation Center that same day, are $45 each and can be purchased by calling Amanda Decker at the EMU Foundation at 734-481-2335.
Michigan soccer hires assistant
New Michigan men's soccer coach Chaka Daley has hired former Columbia assistant coach Tommy McMenemy to join his staff and announced the retention of Craig Waibel as assistant coach and Tim Weaver as program assistant.
McMenemy spent the last six years at Columbia and was elevated to the program's top assistant position in 2008.
Huron girls basketball fundraiser
The Huron girls basketball team is hosting a 'Bowl and Buy' fundraiser from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Lanes in Ann Arbor.
Tickets are $20 and include two hours of bowling, shoes, pizza, beverages, auction entry and lots of fun. Tickets can be purchased from players and coaches prior to the event and will be available at the door.
Auction items will include Pistons tickets, driver's training lessons, sports memorabilia, automotive care, Fatheads, gift cards and baskets and more.
Ypsilanti National Little League registration
Children ages 4 to 18 can register for the Ypsilanti National Little League's 2012 season from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ypsilanti Township Community Center located at 2025 E. Clark Road.
Boundaries for the Little League chapter have expanded this year to include Superior Township and the Dixboro area. Call 734-218-1007 for more information.
Miracle League seeking volunteers
The Miracle League of Plymouth is seeking volunteers to coach, umpire or be a "buddy" to a player during its second season of baseball at Bilkie Family Field.
The organization is registering volunteers online at volunteerspot.com through the beginning of April. If you are interested in coaching a team, contact Shari Bilkie at firstname.lastname@example.org. To have your community sports news or announcement included on AnnArbor.com, email email@example.com.