2017-07-06 / Sports

Extra Points: Glen Lake scraps golf, offers new sport

Three-time state champion Nichole Cox left some big shoes to fill at Glen Lake last fall — and it appears no one is willing to try them on.

Glen Lake will not offer girls golf as a varsity sport this fall due to lack of interest. The district will, however, offer a new program in the fall and winter athletic seasons now that the Glen Lake Board of Education has approved the addition of a non-competitive dance and cheer team.

“Ever since I arrived at Glen Lake, girls have inquired about it,” said Glen Lake AD Jen Johnston, who recently completed a survey of the student body. “We’ve worked really hard on a school spirit initiative and this will support it.”

Johnston said the team will likely lead cheers and perform at halftime of football and basketball games.

Details beyond that, she said, will largely depend on the desire of team members and the new coach.

Interviews for the new coach will more than likely take place on July 18. Those interested are encouraged to email her at johnstonj@mylakers.org.

Tryouts will be held Aug. 9.

Walter Watch: No action yet

Fifteen different players had pitched at least one inning for the GCL Braves this season entering their mid-Monday matchup with the GCL Phillies.

Walter Borkovich, who grew up in Leelanau County, wasn’t one of them.

Borkovich was yet to appear in Gulf Coast League action as of Monday morning — but that’s not necessarily a surprise. The undrafted Michigan State standout was a late addition to the Braves organization, signing his minor-league contract in Orlando just hours before the GCL Braves (2-4) began summer ball with a 2-0 loss to a New York Yankees affiliate on June 26.

Results of GCL Braves games are available at the official site of Minor League Baseball, milb.com.

Brace yourselves for bike traffic

County motorists can expect to see an influx of bike traffic between July 15 and 22 as cyclists take part in the 26th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour.

A big group is expected for the event, which is split into three courses: a two-day tour, a six-day tour and a combination of both, an eight-day tour.

Nearly 1,000 cyclists had registered for the event as of Saturday, according to a story posted on the Detroit Free Press website late Saturday night. The registration deadline was Tuesday.

Leland Public School will serve as one of three “base camps” for visiting cyclists on July 18 and 19.

Cox 64th at Women’s Open

The pride of Empire, Nichole Cox, finished in a tie for 64th place last Wednesday in the Michigan Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Cox carded an 8-over 80 on day three to finish with a 17-over 233, placing 13th among 15 amateur qualifiers.

The Bowling Green commit finished 18th among 38 golfers from Michigan.

Lindsey McPherson of downstate Flushing fired an 8-under 208 to win the tournament by one stroke.

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