Sports Roundup: Tigers Clinch Playoff Spot
The Tigers are in the playoffs. The Blue Jays beat Seattle 1-0 last night giving the Tigers at least a Wild Card spot. The A’s and the Royals lost too and the Tigers beat the White Sox 6-1 Wednesday afternoon. That gives the Tigers a two game lead in the Central Division, and a magic number of 3. The Tigers battled the Sox starter Chris Sale for 6 innings, and managed to scratch out a run…but only after Sale drilled DH Victor Martinez with a pitch. Both benches cleared as Sale was claiming that the Tigers had someone in centerfield with binoculars stealing signs. The incident seemed to wake up the Tiger bats. Then they broke it open with two in the 7th and 3 more in the 8th. Ian Kinsler went two-for-three at the plate with two RBI and Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos, Andrew Romine and Rajai Davis each knocked in a run. Justin Verlander went 8 strong innings for his 15th win. He gave up just one run, struck out 6 and didn’t walk a batter. Joakim Soria pitched the 9th. The Twins are in town for the final series of the regular season. Max Scherzer goes for his 18th win. Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK.
Dodgers Clinch NL West
The L-Dodgers clinched the National League West by beating the Giants 9-1. Clayton Kershaw earned his Major League-leading 21st win, allowing one run with 11 strikeouts over eight innings. Kershaw also had an RBI triple to tie the game in the fifth.
Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is out for 4 to 5 weeks with a separated shoulder and could miss the first eight games of the regular season. It happened in Pittsburgh Monday night in the pre-season opener when he was driven into the boards. Center Darren Helm, with a broken nose, and defenseman Ryan Sproul, with soreness, are listed as day-to-day and are not expected to play in tonight's exhibition home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.
New Hockey Stadium Groundbreaking Today
Today’s the day they’ll break ground on a new 18,000-seat hockey arena and 45-block entertainment complex in Detroit. Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan will attend the ceremony this afternoon, just north of Downtown Detroit. Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings also will host a block party beginning at 6 p.m.
The Detroit Lions continue to prepare for Sunday's game against the Jets in New York. Receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Don Carey both sat out yesterday's practice with injuries. Johnson turned his ankle in Detroit's win over Green Bay last week and Carey re-injured his hamstring.
Thursday Night Football
NFC East rivals looking to get back to .500 meet up Thursday night as the New York Giants face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Both are 1-and-2. Former MSU Quarterback Kirk Cousins starts again in place of the injured Robert Griffin the Third.
Harper Creek beat Charlotte in 3. Olivia Leson had nine kills and nine digs, Charley Andrews had 14 kills.
Lakeview 3, B.C. Central 0. Reagan Smith had 17 kills and two blocks, Mei Kimoto had 13 kills and nine digs, Julia Miller had four aces and 35 assists.
Marshall 3, Pennfield 1. Logan Kiessling had 15 kills and 11 digs, Audrey Myers had 14 kills.
Bronson 3, Mendon 0.
Athens 3, Colon 0. Teasha Swank with nine kills, four aces, three digs and three blocks; Allison Fuller had six kills and seven digs.
Gull Lake placed first at the SMAC East Jamboree at Mattawan and captured the regular-season title. Lakeview was second. Gull Lake’s Taylor Ramage was individual medalist with a 44.
Jackson Northwest hosted and won an Interstate 8 match. Marshall was second and Harper Creek 6th.
Loy Norrix 8, Battle Creek Central 0.
Lakeview 6, Gull Lake 2.
Harper Creek 2, Parma Western 0. Noah Eckert and Mitchell Coon scored goals for the Beavers.
Athlete of the Week
Congratulations Noah Eckert, our WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week! The senior plays on the Harper Creek Soccer and Football teams. He led the Beavers to recent soccer wins over Eaton Rapids and Charlotte. Last Friday, Noah hit a 24-yard field goal and got 7 extra points in the 52-45 triple overtime win for the Beavers against Charlotte. Noah Eckert gets a trophy from Recognition Ink and you can read more about Noah on Richard’s Blog at wbckfm dot com.
Go on line today to nominate our WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week! We want to salute local kids who are working hard both on and off the field, and it’s easy to nominate someone you think is deserving of an award. The winner will get mentioned on WBCK and at wbckfm.com and also get a trophy from Recognition Inc. in Battle Creek. We’ll announce a new WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week each Wednesday.
The #9 Michigan State Spartans host Wyoming this Saturday.
U-of-M hosts Minnesota this Saturday.
MSU Ticket Winner
MSU hosts Wyoming this Saturday at Spartan Stadium and Don Bolthouse is our online winner of two tickets to Saturday’s game. Ken went on line at wbckfm dot com and registered.
Stewart Cleared in Ward Death
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will not face charges after his car struck and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race last month in New York. In making the announcement Wednesday, the D.A. of Ontario County also revealed that Ward was racing under the influence of marijuana. The 20-year-old Ward had climbed out of his car after being spun out and went onto the track to seemingly confront Stewart when he was hit by Stewart's car.
Join us at Knotkes next Tuesday at 6 for a free game of bowling and hang out with our crew. Then come out every Tuesday for our 11-week bowling league!
Win Tickets to WMU/Toledo
WMU hosts Toledo on Saturday October 4th at Waldo Stadium and you can win tickets ON LINE at wbckfm.com. Just go there now and click to register and you could win! But you’ve got to do it soon, because we’ll announce the winners starting next Wednesday October 1st.
Jeter’s Final Home Game Tonight
It's an end of an era tonight as retiring New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter plays his final home game before what is expected to be a full house at an emotional Yankee Stadium.
Win a $100 Finley’s Grill & Smokehouse BBQ Tailgate Party!
Next Friday 9/27 is the Big Game between Harper Creek and Pennfield and Brian Snyder is our winner of a $100 Finley’s Grill & Smokehouse BBQ Tailgate Party!
You can still register for our next tailgate party from Finley’s for the Marshall-Harper Creek Game on October 17th, and we’ll have one for the MSU/Michigan game too!