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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Wolverines vs. Cornhuskers Photo Album

Assistant coach Matt Husted talks strategy with Coley Crank!

3B Josh Scheffert prepares to hit with the Cornhuskers ahead in the seventh!

Ryan Gallagher congratulates his teammate!

The Cornhuskers look on!

Nebraska adds to their lead in the fourth!

Pitcher Kevin Vangheluwe delivers the pitch!

Freshman Will Drake takes time to sign some autograghs!

Wow, Mitten State Sports Report's here tonight!

Some players are more camera shy!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

1st Annual Home Run Derby!

Manning Park in Redford will host the festivities!

     The Mitten State Sports Report will be hosting its first ever event in just over three weeks in beautiful Redford, Michigan.  On Saturday June 8th, the Mitten State Sports Report's 1st Annual Home Derby, will take place at Manning Park, and the event is scheduled for prime time (6:30 pm).  Manning Park is located on Glendale, just 3 blocks east of Beach Daly (On the corner of Glendale, and Marion). Glendale runs east and west, and is located between I96, and Plymouth Road.  Gates open at 6:00 pm, and the action starts at 6:30 pm.  Enjoy refreshments, meet celebrities, participate in the derby, shag fly balls, or view all the action from your favorite spot at Manning Park.  Several will compete, but only one will win.  Pre-register at, or register between 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm the night of the derby.  Competitors that register first will hit last, while competitors that register last will hit first.  Each competitor is guaranteed at least 10 swings of the stick.  There will be no cash prize for the winner, only the satisfaction of knowing that you may be the best home run hitter in the Mitten State, and possibly the world.  You will also be featured on Mitten State Sports Report!    Here are the rules:

Manning Park, home of the Mitten State Sports Report Home Run Derby

                                           Mitten State Sports Report Home Run Derby Rules!

-  Derby begins at 6:30 pm on Saturday, June 8th.  Gates open at 6:00, pre-register online at or at Manning Park between 6:00 - 6:15 the night of the event.

-  Must be 18 or over to compete. (youngsters can shag fly balls)

-  wood, or wooden bats must be used by all competitors.  If you do not have a wooden bat, one will be provided for you.  If it is ruled that a competitor's bat has been corked, that competitor, and his bat will be disqualified.

-  Each round consists of 10 outs.  An out is any swing that does not result in a home run.  The number of rounds will be determined by the number of competitors that participate.  The maximum number of rounds played will be three.  Home run totals will not carry over from round to round.

-  Both competitors, and fans will be aloud the oppurtunity to shag fly balls, and possibly rob batters of potential home runs.  Please be courteous, and respectful to everyone else who may be chasing down fly balls.

-  Competitors must stand at home plate, in the batters box, facing centerfield.

-  Have fun!  Have a good attitude!

     So come out Saturday, June 8th and enjoy all the festivities!  It's the Mitten State Sports Report's 1st Annual Home Run Derby!  Be a part of it!

Take a look at historic Manning Park located in Redford.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flat Rock Speedway Photo Album

ARCA racing takes place on Saturday nights at Flat Rock Speedway!

It's great to be in the winners circle!

A perfect night for racing!

The figure 8's are a big attraction at the race track!

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Wolverines vs. Chanticleers Photo Album

Ray Fisher Stadium is home to the University of Michigan baseball team!

The band showed up for baseball!

The Mitten State Sports Report gets exclusive coverage! 

Coastal Carolina split their two game series against Michigan!

The Wolverines lost to Coastal Carolina 6-1 on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Michigan won 5-2.   

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekend In A Nutshell IV

No way! Im not standing in the batters box!

                                                           MMA and Pro Wrestling News

-  MMA returns to Taylor this Saturday,(May 19th) when Genesis FC presents 'Redemption' at the Gibraltar Trade Center.  The action starts at 7:00, general admission is $20, while cageside seating is $40.  The Gibraltar Trade Center is located at 15525 Racho Blvd. in Taylor.  For tickets click on

-  MMA returns to Detroit this Saturday (May 19th) when 'Grappling Wars 2' comes to the Don Bosco Resource Community Center for an open traditional martial arts tournament.  The action starts early at 8:00 in the morning and runs till 5:00 pm.  The Don Bosco Resource Community Center is located at 19238 West Chicago St. in Detroit.

-  Clash Wrestling returns to Taylor this Saturday (May 19th) for an outdoor event at Heritage Park with  bell-time starting at 10:30 pm.  Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Rd. in Taylor.

-  PWAS returns to Club Polo in Allen Park this Sunday (May 20th) for 'Showtime Memorial'  Revolution For Ron.  Ron Stewart was a ring announcer that passed away recently at the age of 33 due to complications of the liver. (RIP Ron)  Proceeds from the event will help Ron Stewart's family with funeral expenses.  Doors open at 3:30 and the action starts at 4:00.  Tickets are $10 and $5 for kids under 12.  Club Polo is located at 6530 Allen Rd. in Allen Park.

What about my Tigers?

                                                                     Baseball News

-  The Tigers are 17-17 after splitting a four game series against Oakland.  The Tigers remain 1 game behind the Cleveland Indians, who are in first place in the Central Division.

-  Minor League - The Lansing Lugnuts (25-11) remain in first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.  The Great Lakes Loons (20-17) are 5.5 games back, while the West Michigan Whitecaps (18-19) are 7.5 games out of first place.

-  College - The Rochester Warriors (26-24) finished in 3rd place in the 2012 Small College World Series.

-  Central Michigan will play Michigan State tomorrow night at Comerica Park in Detroit.

-  Oakland University closes out their season at home this weekend against Southern Utah.  This season will be the final season for baseball at the University of Southern Utah.  Games are at Oakland University on Thursday, (3:00) Friday, (double- header 12:00, and 3:00) and Saturday.(1:00)

-  The University of Michigan closes out their season at home this weekend when they host Nebraska.  Games are at Ray Fisher Stadium on Thursday, (6:05) Friday, (6:05) and Saturday.(1:05)

-  Michigan State closes out their regular season at home this weekend against Penn St.  Games are on Thursday, (3:05) Friday, (3:05) and Saturday. (12:00)

-  Central Michigan closes out their regular season at home against rival Western Michigan.  Games are scheduled for Thursday, (3:00) Friday, (1:00) and Saturday. (1:00)

                                                                    Other News

-  The Detroit Mechanix of the American Ultimate Disc League, earned a victory at home last Saturday to improve their record to 2-4.  The Mechanix defeated the Bluegrass Revolution by a score of 21-19.  The Mechanix are currently in third place in the AUDL Western Division.  They play their home games at the Pontiac Silverdome.  For more info click on or

                                             This Week on Mitten State Sports Report

More racing!


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1,000 Views and Counting!

The Mitten State Sports Report has received 1,000 views!

      It was a slow start for the Mitten State Sports Report!  The Mitten State Sports Report only received 100 views during its first week of operation.  In the second week we doubled our views per week (200), and the goal was to keep growing from there.  Exclusive photos, and engaging articles will be the recipe for success.  ARCA racing at Flat Rock Speedway, College Baseball, Plymouth Whalers hockey, and local Pro Wrestling will be featured often on the Mitten State Sports Report.  Be on the lookout for more great additions, and thank you for checking out the Mitten State Sports Report.


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Friday, May 11, 2012

Uof M Splits Series With Coastal Carolina

There was a good crowd for Tuesday night baseball at Ray Fisher Stadium!



     The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina, (33-15) visited Ray Fisher Stadium this week for a two game series against the Michigan Wolverines.  It was the first time that the two teams have ever met in Ann Arbor, and each team claimed a victory in the process.  The Wolverines (20-29) have stumbled a bit this season, and are currently in second to last place in the The Big Ten'with a 6-12 record against the rest of the conference.  The Wolverines roster is littered with youth, including thirteen freshman along with eight Sophomores.  As their experience level increases, their leadership should help the Wolverines achieve several victories over the coarse of the next few seasons.
     Coastal Carolina lead all of Division 1 in ERA (2.44) coming into the series against the Wolverines, and their pitching was on display as soon as they got off the bus.  Ryan Connolly's relief pitching performance was the story of Tuesday nights game.  He entered the game in the bottom of the third inning, and never looked back as he often appeared to pull the string on confused Wolverine hitters, who were unable to make good contact against Connolly's stuff.  Upon Connolly's arrival the score was 2-1 in favor of the Chanticleers and the Wolverines had the bases loaded.  The Wolverines were unable to add anything to the scoreboard and fell 6-1 under the lights in the series opener.
     A good combination of offense, and pitching fueled the Wolverines to a 5-2 victory over the Chanticleers on Wednesday night.  As the light rain fell upon Ray Fisher Stadium, the Wolverines allowed just 5 hits, while scoring two runs in the first inning, and adding two more runs in the second.  Wolverine Senior Bobby Brosnahan lasted three innings allowing just one hit.  Wolverine Freshman Matt Ogden pitched five innings in relief and only allowed one hit while earning the win.  The game got interesting in the ninth inning, when the Wolverines left the door open for the Chanticleers who scored two quick runs to cut the deficit to 5-2.  Sophmore pitcher Alex Lakatos struck out the final two batters to secure the victory for the Wolverines.
     The Wolverines must now go on the road for a three game series starting tonight against the #15 nationally ranked Purdue Boilermakers who are currently 37-9 overall and are 14-4 against the rest of 'The Big Ten'.  Michigan returns next Thursday to close out the 2012 home schedule with a three game series against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Nebraska is currently in seventh place in 'The Big Ten' with a 9-9 record against the conference, while posting a 29-19 overall record.
     Give both Coastal Carolina, and Michigan lots of credit for scheduling this weeks series in Ann Arbor.  The Chanticleers have a well respected program which has reached the NCAA Tournament each of the last five seasons.  Successful programs from the South rarely come to the Midwest to play non-conference games.  Normally teams from the Midwest travel down south early in the season to play away games, or games held at neutral sites.  The Chanticleers had already defeated the Wolverines twice in March at Watson Stadium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The scores of those games were 7-3, and 6-2.


Action in the bullpen!

Sophmore Michael O'Neill entered the series with a 336 batting average. 

The Wolverines earned the win Wednesday night 5-2.  Click on the link below.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Eagles vs. Falcons Photo Album

EMU went to the bullpen early!

EMU closed the gap with two runs in the bottom of the first inning!

The Falcons talk it over as the umpire looks on!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Senior Day At Oestrike Stadium

EMU drops their final home game 9-3

     Eastern Michigan wrapped up their home slate this past weekend when Bowling Green visited Oestrike Stadium for a three game series in which the Eagles took two out of three games.  Senior night was Sunday afternoon, and the Falcons spoiled the party with a 9-3 win over Eastern Michigan.  The Eagles gave up four runs in the first inning, and starter Ryan Lavoie (3-3) was replaced by Jordan Glover who lasted 5.2 innings and surrendered no earned runs.  The Eagles commited 6 errors, (season high) but were in striking distance going into the ninth inning trailing 6-3.  The Falcons added three more runs in the ninth to secure the victory over the Eagles.
     The Mid-American Conference West Division is a tight race as we approach the end of the regular season.  The Eagles are now 22-24 on the season and 12-9 in the MAC trailing Toledo by one game for the top overall spot in the division.  The Mid-American Conference Tournament begins on May 23rd, and will be played in Avon Ohio. (home of Kent State)
     The Eagles played a tough, and respectable non-conference schedule this season including two wins over the University of Michigan.  The Eagles out scored the Wolverines by a combined total of 19-4 in the home and away meeting.  The Eagles were also 3-0 against in state rival Western Michigan, and 2-1 against their other rival Central Michigan.  The Eagles currently rank in the top 50 in the nation in several offensive categories, and pitcher Steve Weber (6-3) has been a bright spot this season winning the 'MAC West Pitcher Of The Week Award' twice.
     Throughout the years, EMU's baseball program has earned respect on a national level for running a solid, competitive program while producing fifteen former MLB stars.  In 1976, Eastern Michigan made it all the way to the championship game of the 'College World Series' before eventually losing to Arizona.  The Eagles are the last team from Michigan, the midwest, or anywhere in the north to play for the championship.

The Eagles stayed within striking distance until the ninth!

The dugout watches with Eagle eyes!

The Eagles could not overcome the early deficit!

Good game, good game!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Opening Night At Flat Rock Speedway


ARCA racing is back at Flat Rock Speedway!


     Last Saturday was opening night for racing at Flat Rock Speedway, and Mitten State Sports Report was there to take in all the action.  The weather was cooperative, and the intensity of the event was on display from the moment I passed through the gates.  When I sat down in the grandstands, I looked up and witnessed an accident take place on the far side of the track.  Throughout the night there were several crashes including a small engine fire under the hood of one of the race cars.  As for the actual racing, it was a phenominal event that only got better as the night went on.  The family friendly environment, along with the great food, made coming to the track a memorable experience and is a trip worth repeating.  The staff at Flat Rock Speedway was also very friendly, and helpful in assisting fans with questions and concerns.

There's a seat waiting for you in the grandstands!

     Flat Rock Speedway offers fans the oppurtunity to connect with their favorite drivers in several unique ways.  Autograph alley is a new addition to the track this year, and gives fans a chance to meet the drivers that end up in victory lane.  Announcers constantly provide fans with information, along with historical facts about the race track, and drivers.  When wrecks cause the action to be put on hold, interviewed race car drivers keep the fans entertained, and informed of even the most minor details.  Next Saturday night, (May 12th) Flat Rock Speedway celebrates 50 years of figure 8 racing with a 'Racers Reunion' night.  Fans will get a chance to walk on the track, and meet current drivers along with heroes from the past. 

A view from the grandstands!


     Whether you like the 'Late Models', 'Street Stock', or the intensity of the figure 8's, Flat Rock Speedway has something for everyone.  Gates open hours before the actual races begin, which gives fans the oppurtunity to make a day out of it, and really get value for their hard earned dollar.  The grandstands include an alcohol free section for families, and hills that landscape one side of the track to assist fans who seek a view in the comfort of their favorite lawn chair.  Some of the highlights this season include monster trucks, fireworks, and open practices during the week.  For more info on Flat Rock Speedway check out

Not everyone makes it to the finish line!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Weekend In A Nutshell III


Don't bother me while I'm watching Animal Planet!

                                                                          MMA News

-  MMA returns to Taylor this Saturday (May 12th) at the Taylor Sportsplex when Triple X Cagefighting presents Taylor Invasion.  Doors open at 6:00, fights start at 7:00.  15 fights are scheduled and general admission is $25.  The Taylor Sportsplex is located at 13333 Telegraph in Taylor.  For ticket info check out

-  MMA returns to Jackson this Saturday (May12th) when Ground and Pound Promotions along with Rock Boss Entertainment presents The Mile To Death Row.  Doors open at 6:00, and fights start at 7:00 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds which is located at 200 West Ganson Street in Jackson.

-  MMA returns to Iron Mountain this Saturday (May 12th) for Lights Out Fights 1.  16 fights are scheduled, general admission is $30, and fights start at 6:00. (doors open at 5:00)  Catch all the action at the former Goodwill Building located at 8159 US-2 in Iron Mountain.

Race tracks are open!

                                                                    Racing News

-  This Saturday (May 12th) Flat Rock Speedway celebrates 50 years of Figure 8's with a 'Racers Reunion' which includes an autograph night, a chance to walk on the track, and an oppurtunity to meet the drivers.  The autogragh session begins at 6:15 and racing begins at 7:00.  For more info check out  or call (734) 782-2480

-  It's that time of year and the race tracks are open and ready for business.  In Michigan we have 21 asphalt oval tracks, 16 dirt oval tracks, 9 drag strips, and 3 road coarses so find a track near you!

What about baseball news?

                                                                    Baseball News

-  The Tigers are 14-13 after winning two out of three games at home this weekend against the Chicago WhiteSox.  The Tigers are currently in second place in the American League Central Division trailing the Cleveland Indians by a game and a half.

-  Doug Fister is scheduled to return tonight for the Tigers to pitch against his former club.(Seatle Mariners)

-  Minor League Baseball - The Lansing Lugnuts (21-8) still lead the Midwest League East Division, while the Great Lakes Loons (16-13) are in fourth place, followed by the West Michigan Whitecaps (14-16) in fifth place.

-  There is an independent pro baseball team in Michigan that is not affiliated with MLB.  The Traverse City Beach Bums play in the 14 team Frontier League and play their home games at Wuerfel Park. (since 2006)

                                                                Other News

-  The Detroit Mechanix are an American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) team whichs plays their home games at the Pontiac Silverdome.  Their next home game is this Saturday (May12th) at 7:00 against the Bluegrass Revolution.  There are ten teams in the AUDL and the Mechanix are currently 1-4 and in 4th place in the West Division.  For more info check out or

                                                       My Weekend In A Nutshell

     This weekend was a buisy time for sports and entertainment in Michigan.  Here is a sample of what I was up to this past weekend, along with a glimpse of what to expect this week at Mitten State Sports Report.

ARCA racing at Flat Rock Speedway!


The Mitten State Sports Report gets close to the action!

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