Fort Mill tennis defeats
The Fort Mill High boys tennis team improved to 4-2 on the season with a 5-1 win over South Pointe.
The Jackets were led by No. 1 singles player Jay Karwatsky, who won 6-2, 6-4. Tyler Haley won 6-1, 6-0 at No 2 singles and Luke Powell won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. No. 5 singles Sam Cauthen won 6-0, 6-0 and in doubles action Chandler Paff and Jack Cauthen won 6-0, 6-1.
The Fort Mill Middle School Jacket offense was shutout for the first time this year and limited to five hits on the night by the Gold Hill Middles School Bulldogs in a 9-0 loss.
Gold Hill led 5-0 after two innings and never looked back. The Bulldogs collected 12 hits on the night.
Nick Hoffman was the leading hitter for the Jackets, going one for three with a double. Jackson Clark held the Bulldog bats in check, tossing two scoreless innings while surrendering one hit to close out the game.
Earlier in the week, Banks Trail Middle defeated Fort Mill Middle 5-4. Relief pitcher Noah Griffin picked up the win for the Timberwolves while Reed Lilly took the tough luck loss.
The Jackets led 2-1 after three then scored two more in the fifth to regain the lead 4-3. The Timberwolves would not go away fighting back to tie the score at four in the home half of the fifth. The Jackets’ bats went silent after the fifth as Banks Trail pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth after loading the bases with no outs.
Nick Hoffman went 2-4 with two runs scored, two stolen bases, and a walk. The Jackets (2-3) go back to work Wednesday night at 5 p.m. in a rematch against Gold Hill then travel to York for another 5 p.m. game Thursday.
Fans invited to Knights Fest Saturday
Knights Stadium, home of the Charlotte Knights since 1990, will officially open its doors for the first time in 2013 on Saturday for the team’s annual Knights Fest. Saturday’s festivities, which include National Anthem auditions, fan batting practice in the team’s batting cages, guided tours of the stadium, and a Media Softball game, will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.
During Knights Fest, fans will have exclusive access to Knights Stadium and will be able to get an up-close look at the 24-year-old historic ballpark. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., fans will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouses, Budweiser Brewhouse, Skybox suites, press box, and more.
At noon local media members from TV, print, and radio will take part in a celebrity “Rock N Jock” style softball game on the field at Knights Stadium. Fans are welcome to sit in the seating bowl and watch as the local media members play a three-inning game. Seats are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
During the game, the Knights Stadium entertainment department will give fans a taste of some of the new on-field contests they can expect throughout the final season at Knights Stadium. Kids will also be able to enjoy inflatable games and the Knights Carousel. Homer the Dragon will be on-hand to meet and greet.
The Knights Stadium Box Office will be open for fans interested in picking up tickets to any game during the upcoming season. Tickets for all 72 home games, as well as season tickets and mini-plans, are currently on-sale.
The Charlotte Knights kick-off their 24th and final season at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill on Thursday, April 11 at 7:15 p.m. against the Gwinnett Braves. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on Opening Day and the game features Thirsty Thursday ™ presented by Hickory Tavern with $2 beers and $1 sodas.
Opening Day is Thursday, April 11 at 7:15 p.m. against the Gwinnett Braves at Knights Stadium.
For ticket information, call 704-357-8071 ext. 2106 or go to charlotteknights.com.
Golfers wanted for charity event
Golfers will tee it up at the second annual Swing Fore A Child’s Place golf tournament May 13, helping make it possible for area homeless children to attend summer camp. The event, held at River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C., includes a buffet lunch, prizes, raffles and dinner, with all funds raised going directly to A Child’s Place for its camp, My Place.
Tee-off is 1 p.m. A buffet lunch opens at noon. Registration is $250 per player, or $800 per foursome, at swingfore2013.eventbrite.com. Players will have the chance to vie for raffle prizes, such as tickets to a Duke basketball game with a behind-the-scenes tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lacrosse club open to local kids
The Fort Mill Lacrosse Club offers teams for boys ages 15 and under and girls in grades two to eight. Registration and additional information is available at fmlacrosse.com.
Knights offer deal on tickets
The Charlotte Knights are ready to give fans an early jump on purchasing single-game tickets to a select number of 2013 games. Fans can purchase tickets online only to the following games:
• Opening Day, Thursday, April 11 – final home opener in Fort Mill’s Knights Stadium before the team moves to Charlotte in 2014.
• WBT Skyshow – Wednesday, July 3.
• Final Regular Season Game at Knights Stadium – Monday, Sept. 2.
• All 10 Flashback Friday Games – Knights will commemorate 24 seasons at Knights Stadium with a series of promotions and giveaways.
In order to purchase tickets to these select games, fans will need to sign-up for the Knights e-newsletter. A special pre-sale code will be emailed to all subscribers prior to Presidents Day.
Single-game ticket prices are $15 for field box seats, $13 for lower level reserved and $9 for general admission. By purchasing tickets in advance, fans will save $1 on all of the single-game ticket pricing. Full season and partial season ticket packages are on-sale now and can be purchased by calling 704-357-8071 ext. 2106 or online at charlotteknights.com.
Tega Cay Vets planning charity 5K
The Tega Cay Veterans Association is planning the 2013 Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk for Monday, May 27.
All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Tega Cay Veterans Association. Volunteers are needed to help run the event. For more information, call 396-8550.
Players wanted for alumni games
Gridiron Alumni plans several full-contact alumni football games. Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Players need to sign up, and the first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home-field advantage.
Teams from Fort Mill, Indian Land and Nation Ford high schools – as well as other area teams – are forming now. The games are set for early spring.
If you or someone you know is interested, register at gridironalumni.com. For details, call Chris at 530-410-6396 or go to the website.
Gridiron Alumni was founded in 2010 and has raised more than $150,000 for schools and charities using alumni football games.
Tennis lessons at the complex
Absolute Tennis is partnering up with Complex on the Greenway for a summer full of tennis. This tennis camp is designed for players ranging in skills from beginner to advanced. This camp will work on form and conditioning with hours of instruction, match play and tennis-related games. For more information, call Billy McKinney at 287-5263.
Indian Land boosters seek help
The Indian Land High School Athletic Booster Club is selling program ads, corporate signs, memberships and season passes. All forms can be downloaded from the ILHS website at ilhs.lancasterscschools.org.
For more information, contact Coach Mayer at 548-9452 or email@example.com.
Train at the Y with Fitness 101
Fitness 101 at the Fort Mill YMCA is a course designed for anyone serious about getting leaner, stronger and in shape once and for all.
Get the information you need to meet your fitness goals by addressing such issues as proper breathing, range of motion and exercise selection.
The course meets at 9 a.m. the third Saturday of each month and the cost is $5.
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