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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Opening Night At Flat Rock Speedway 2013

Jeremy Vanderhoof and the #6 car won the 20 lap Figure-8 race! 

     Flat Rock Speedway kicked off another season last Saturday, and the Mitten State Sports Report was there for all the action.  Mother nature was cooperative, providing a pleasant evening for late April racing.  The action began with a 50 lap Late Model race won by Dakota Carlson and the #8 car.  Carlson lead the entire way in a race that was ran clean and accident free.  Officials did have to stop the race during the Figure-8 heaps, and during the Street Stock 25 lap race to fix problems with the asphalt.  The Late Model 50 lap race did not experience any of these delays.

Dakota Carlson and the #8 car won the Late Model 50 Lap race on opening night at Flat Rock Speedway.

     The Street Stock drivers took the stage next for a 25 lap race that started in broad day light, and ended under the lights of Flat Rock Speedway.  Rob Moore and the # 82 car lead the entire race, and eventually took home the checkered flag.  Asphalt repairs, crashes, and spin outs, occurred during the street stock race, and one driver experienced a smoke filled car that followed a loud pop.  The delays did not take away from the excitement however, as fans used the opportunity to walk around, and utilize the refreshment stands.

Rob Moore and the #82 won the Street Stock 25 lap race on opening night at Flat Rock Speedway!

     The "Motor City Mad Men, and One Crazy Lady" came out to a loud cheer from the crowd, as the Figure-8 races are a staple main event at Flat Rock Speedway.  The 20 lap race capped off the night with several close calls, and plenty of heart pounding moments.  Jeremy Vanderhoof and the #6 car took home the checkered flag in a race that he controlled from the get go.  Vanderhoof won his eleventh (all time) Figure-8 Race at Flat Rock Speedway currently placing him seventeenth all time in Figure-8 race wins at Flat Rock Speedway.  Bill Early and the #9 car finished in third place on Saturday night, and is currently in fifteenth place (all time) with eleven Figure-8 Race victories at Flat Rock Speedway.  Bob Studt holds the record at Flat Rock Speedway for most all time Figure-8 Race victories.  Studt accumulated a total of 115 victories.

Jeremy Vanderhoof and the #6 car along side Greg Studt and the #33 car.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

UofM at EMU Photo Album

     Last Tuesday, Eastern Michigan University defeated the University of Michigan 15-10 at a rain soaked Oestrike Stadium.  Here are some exclusive photos from the game.  Feel free to leave a comment or email the Mitten State Sports Report directly at

The ground crew battled the rain to keep the field playable!

The Eagles dugout watches on!

UofM's Michael O'Neill is the nephew of former Big League slugger Paul O'Neill!

The Wolverines have lost five straight times to the Eagles!

Several pitching changes occurred during Tuesdays contest!

EMU defeated UofM 15-10!  Both teams will meet again May 7th in Ann Arbor!


EMU Outlasts UofM 15-10

Eastern Michigan outlasted the University of Michigan 15-10 on a rainy evening in Ypsilanti!

     Last Tuesday, Eastern Michigan University hosted the University of Michigan for a date on the diamond at Oestrike Stadium, in Ypsilanti.  The rain poured down heavily throughout the contest, and both offenses came out swinging the sticks.  Each team scored four runs in the first inning, and the scoring continued in the second.  The Wolverines plated one run in the top of the second inning, while the Eagles answered with five runs in the bottom half, taking a 9-5 lead into the third.  The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the third, and the Wolverines responded with two runs in the fourth.  The Wolverines were very aggressive with runners on base lead by senior leadoff hitter Patrick Biondi, who swiped six bases.  The score remained 11-7 until Eastern Michigan broke the game open in the sixth inning adding four more runs.  Michigan added two runs in the seventh inning, and one in the ninth, to give them ten runs on the evening.  Ten runs would be enough on most nights, but the Wolverines fell to Eastern Michigan for a fifth straight time with a final score of 15-10.  The two teams will meet again for a make up game on May 7th, in Ann Arbor.  Eastern Michigan has a current record of 20-20, with a MAC Conference record of 9-9.  Michigan has an overall record of 22-20, with a Big 10 Conference record of 8-7. 

UofM's #26 Patrick Biondi (at the plate) had six stolen bases on the night!  #9 Travis Maezes waits on deck! 

EMU's #4 John Rubino earned the MAC West Player of the Week!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Whalers Playoffs 2nd Round Game 5

     On Friday April 12th, the Plymouth Whalers played the Owen Sound Attack in a pivotal fifth game of a series that was tied at two.  Alex Nedeljkovic earned a shutout and lead the way for the Whalers in a 5-0 victory.  The Whalers traveled to Owen Sound for game six, and wrapped up the series with 3-1 victory!  As a result, the Plymouth Whalers advanced to the OHL Western Conference Finals where they would meet the London Knights.  Here are some exclusive photos from the game 5 victory at Compuware Arena!

Alex Nedeljkovic dealt with pucks and players during the 5-0 shutout victory!

Whalers #7 Austin Levi locks up with Owen Sounds #25 Daniel Zweep

The intensity is increased during the playoffs!

The players leave it all on the ice!

By the fifth game of the series, these teams have developed a disliking for one another! 

The checks are a little bit harder come playoff time!

Nedeljkovicv stayed poised and focused!

The Whalers earned the 5-0 game 5 victory!

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Whalers Playoffs 2nd Round Game 2

     On Sunday April 7th, the Plymouth Whalers met the Owen Sound Attack for an afternoon affair in game two of their second round playoff series.  Penalties were the story of the game, as the Whalers could not stay out of the box, and Owen Sound capitalized leaving Compuware Arena with a 3-1 victory.  Here are some exclusive photos from the game.

Owen Sound's Kurtis Gabriel slips the puck past Whalers goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic!

Whalers #15 Mitchell Heard drops the gloves!

The fight continues as Heard's jersey is pulled over his head!

Heard lands on top, and is pulled off by the officials!

Alex Nedeljkovic sprawls on his belly to cover the loose puck!

Whalers #11 Stefan Noesen slides around the boards behind the net!

Plymouth's #25 Vincent Trocheck faces off against Owen Sound's Cameron Brace!

Owen Sound celebrated the 3-1 victory to even the series!

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Whalers Playoffs 2nd Round Game 1

     On Friday April 5th, the Plymouth Whalers faced off against the Owen Sound Attack in the first game of the second round of the OHL Playoffs.  Compuware Arena was loud and nearly 3,000 strong as the Whalers took game one of the series by a score of 4-1.  Here are some exclusive photos from the game. 

Whalers #11 Stefan Noesen tries to stuff the puck past Attack goaltender Jordan Binnington!

Whalers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic lies on his back and covers the puck! 

Owen Sound's Cameron Brace is restrained by officials!

Whalers # 32 Gianluca Curcuruto fights for the puck with Owen Sound's #27 Zach Nastasiuk!

Plymouth goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made several huge saves for the Whalers! 

The Whalers celebrated the 4-1 victory over Owen Sound!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Whalers Playoffs 1st Round, Game 1

     On March 22nd, the Plymouth Whalers opened up the 2013 playoffs with a first round match up against their divisional rival, the Sarnia Sting.  The Whalers won the game 11-2, and swept the Sarnia Sting in four straight games.  Here are some exclusive photos from the blowout victory at Compuware Arena.

#22 Matt Mistele continues to play a huge roll in the Whalers success this season!

Rookie Alex Nedeljkovic has assumed the starting roll at goaltender for the Whalers!

#4 Nick Malysa receives the pass and fires the shot!

#52 Alex Basso and the Sting celebrate a rare highlight!

Whalers #8 Cody Payne takes the faceoff against Sarnia's #88 Jordan Addesi!

The Whalers were victorious 11-2!  Plymouth went on to sweep the Sarnia Sting in four straight games!

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EMU vs WMU Photo Album

     Last weekend the Eastern Michigan Eagles swept the Western Michigan Broncos in a three game series at Oestrike Stadium.  Here are some exclusive photos from Saturday afternoons game which the Eagles won 9-5.  Saturdays game was the second game of the three game set.

The Eagles offense was rolling on a chilly afternoon for baseball!

The Eagles were aggressive with runners on base!

The Broncos and Eagles were tied at 5 until the bottom of the seventh!

The EMU Eagles scored 4 runs in the bottom of the seventh!

Both dugouts were dialed in for every pitch!

Eastern Michigan would celebrate the 9-5 victory!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

EMU Sweeps WMU At Oestrike

Eastern Michigan earned three wins at home against the Broncos of Western Michigan!

     Over the weekend the Western Michigan Broncos were swept in a three game set by the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Oestrike Stadium.  On Friday night, Eagles pitcher Brian Hill carried a no hitter into the ninth inning before allowing two hits and one unearned run in the 7-1 complete game victory over the Broncos.  On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning which aided them in the 9-5 victory.  On Sunday afternoon, the Eagles and Broncos were tied at four in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Eagles scored three runs to capture the 7-4 win to secure the sweep over Western Michigan.  EMU sophomore John Rubino had a huge series for the Eagles and was named MAC West Player of the Week.  Rubino delivered game winning RBI's against WMU on both Saturday, and Sunday.  The Eagles are currently 8-7 in the MAC West Division with an overall record of 19-18.  The Broncos of Western Michigan are currently 5-10 in the MAC West Division with an overall record of 12-26.

The Broncos of Western Michigan have lost 11 straight to the Eagles of Eastern Michigan!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Whalers vs Spirit Photo Album

     On Sunday, March 10th 2013, the Saginaw Spirit visited Compuware Arena for an afternoon game against the Plymouth Whalers.  The Whalers defeated the Spirit 7-5 in a game that lived up to expectations between two organizations that have become fierce rivals on the ice.  Here are some exclusive photos from the game!

The Whalers and Spirit combined to score 12 goals!

Back up goalie Nikita Serebryakov got the start for Saginaw!

The Spirit celebrate an early goal!

Vincent Trocheck was the Spirit's captain before being traded to Plymouth earlier this season!

Both teams qualified for the OHL playoffs this year!

In the end the Whalers celebrated the 7-5 victory!

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