Middle school Jackets make it to county title game

April 22, 2013 

  • More information Simons leads Clemson rugby Former Fort Mill High wrestler and all-time wrestling wins leader Max Simons was named the Atlantic Coast Rugby League Player of the Week last week. Simons scored one try and had a number of punishing runs to lead Clemson to a win over North Carolina. Clemson will be going to the playoffs next week in Knoxville where they will be matched up against the University of South Carolina as part of the national quarterfinals of the DI-AA playoffs. Clemson is ranked 25th in the country. Jackets, Falcons make All-Star lax team Several Fort Mill and Nation Ford High lacrosse players made the All-Star team recently. From Fort Mill, Mitch Russell, Tyler Namowicz and Wyatt Phillips. And from Nation Ford, Alex Skidmore, Cameron Gibson, Nate Whyte and Matt Quill. Falcons tennis perfect in the Region The Nation Ford Falcons boys’ tennis team stayed perfect in Region III-AAAA by beating Northwestern and York last week both by scores of 6-0. Winning for the Falcons against Northwestern was Madison Ott 6-0, 6-0; Banks Reigel 6-0 6-3; Jonathan Habbick 6-0, 6-0; Raj Dwivedi 6-0, 6-0; Davis Plasko 6-1, 6-0 and in doubles Alex Jacob and Alex Smith 6-1, 6-0. Against York, wins came from Ott 6-0, 6-0; Stephen Zoeller 6-0, 6-1; Ben Herman 6-2, 6-2; David Habbick 6-1, 6-2 and Chris Tapp and Jonathan Habbick in doubles 6-1, 6-0.
  • More information Team golf format debuts Tega Cay Golf Club is offering young players a team-sport approach to golf through the PGA Junior League Golf. Teams consist of youngster’s ages 8 to 13, with no previous playing experience required. PGA Junior League Golf participants receive team uniforms with jersey numbers. Rosters are co-ed with competitions being two-person scrambles, which reinforces the team concept and limits the pressure on any one player. Coaches can substitute players every three holes so all of the 10 to 12 golfers on each team can participate. Teams play regular season matches throughout the first part of the season, which runs May through July, before convening for city, sectional and regional championships. Each regional champion, along with the host region team, advances to a national championship held in the fall. For more information, contact Cami Berher by calling 704-277- 5741, or going to www.pgajrleaguegolf.com.
  • More information Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, email jennifersidden@gmail.com. Lacrosse club open to local kids The Fort Mill Lacrosse Club offers teams for boys ages 15 and younger and girls in second to eighth grades. Registration and additional information is available at fmlacrosse.com. Knights offer special deal on tickets The Charlotte Knights are ready to give fans a 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. To purchase tickets to these select games, fans need to sign-up for the Knights e-newsletter. A special pre-sale code was emailed to 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 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. 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 803-287-5263. 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 call 803-548-9452 or email mmayer@lcsd.k12.sc.us. 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. 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.
  • More information Golfers wanted for charity event Golfers will tee it up at the second annual Swing Fore A Child’s Place golf tournament May 13, help area homeless children 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 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.
  • More information PrimeTime plays in Fort Mill The PrimeTime Players, a minor league basketball team, plays its home games at Banks Street Gym, 490 Academy St., Fort Mill. For more on the team. go to primetimeplayers.trblproball.com or call Chris Thomas at 803-554-9286. Time to sign up for sports camps Registration for Fort Mill Parks & Recreation Summer Camps is being held at the Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. For details, call 803-547-2273 or email Jason Ratterree at jratterree@fortmillsc.gov. Summer camp programs for 2013: • Soccer camp: The town and Discoveries Soccer will offer soccer camps for ages 6 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 to 13 and again July 29 to Aug. 1. Cost is $280 with a sibling discount of $15, with a T-shirt. Directed by Discoveries Soccer at the field at the Recreation Complex. • Softball camp: The town and Fort Mill High School varsity softball will offer a softball camp for girls ages 7 to 14 from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to 27. Cost is $70 which includes a T-shirt. Directed by coach Chuck Stegall and staff at Fort Mill High softball field. • Basketball camp: The town will offer a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 10 to 13. Cost is $70 with a $5 discount per sibling and a T-shirt. Directed by Coach Dwayne Hartsoe and staff at Banks Street Gym. • Lacrosse camp: The town and Nation Ford High School lacrosse team will offer a lacrosse camp for rising fourth- to eighth-grade boys and girls from 9 a.m. to noon July 15 to 18. Cost is $125 with a camp T-shirt and starter lacrosse stick. Run by former collegiate lacrosse players and high school players at Nation Ford High School. • Football camp: The town and Nation Ford High School Football will offer a football camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 17 to 19, for ages 6 to 11, and June 18 to 21, for rising sixth to eighth grades. Cost is $90. Camps will be at Nation Ford High School and directed by Coach Michael Allen and his staff. • Tennis camps and lessons: The town is partnering with Absolute Tennis and the Surma Sports Group for a tennis program geared for ages 3 to 18. Instruction for adults is also available. Lessons are monthly; camps are weekly. Contact the Recreation Complex. Instructor and pro is Billy McKinney.

FMMS loses in semifinals

The Fort Mill Middle School Yellow Jackets 2013 baseball season came to a disappointing end in the semifinal game of the York County Tournament with a tough 10-4 loss to the eventual champion York Cougars.

The young Jackets took a two-run lead in the second inning when leadoff man Nick Hoffman reached base on an error by the Cougar left fielder. Hoffman advanced to second on a wild pitch and Reed Lilly moved him over to third with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Hoffman scored when No. 3 hitter and team leading RBI man Alex Stennett drove him home with his third double of the year. Stennett scored later on an error by the Cougar third baseman.

Fort Mill could only push two more runs across the plate ending their season.

The Jackets started the season off with a promising two-game win streak. They then lost four of the next five games to drop one game under five hundred to 3-4.

They refused to get discouraged, came together as a team, and went on a six-game winning streak, including snapping Gold Hill’s 11-game win streak and ruining the Bulldogs’ hopes of a perfect 12-0 regular season.

Each game, a different player stepped up and made key contributions to each of the victories in Fort Mill Middle’s own streak. The team ended the 2013 season with a 9-5 record and earned the No. 2 seed at the York County Tournament.

5 to compete at Cheerleading Worlds

Fort Mill High School has several athletes competing at the Cheerleading Worlds the weekend of April 27-30 in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

FMHS Athletes competing are Bailey Blanchard, Maria Matthews, Andrew Mize, Cory Montgomery and Megan Yelton. They will be representing the Charlotte Allstars based in Matthews, N.C.

Hole-in-one for Hoover

Brent Hoover aced the 150-yard fourth hole on April 14 at Carolina Lakes GC from the white tees using a 9 iron.

This was Hoover’s first hole-in-one.

Warriors beat South Pointe

The Indian Land High School girls’ soccer team defeated South Pointe 7-3 last week.

The fourth-ranked Warriors raced to a 5-2 halftime lead and topped South Pointe in nonregion action.

Katherine Kilroy led the way with three goals and one assist for Indian Land. Shalyn Dougherty added two goals, while Babs Marshall and Kristin Carpenter had one each

Kate Komorous and Marshall each had one assist for the Warriors, who improved to 8-3 overall with the win.

The Warriors outshot South Pointe 15-10. Isabella Mann recorded 11 saves for Indian Land.

Jackets get win over York

The Fort Mill boys’ tennis team beat York last week and now are 6-4 on the season. Winning for Fort Mill included No. 1 Jay Karwatsky 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 Tyler Haley 6-0, 6-1; No 3. Luke Powell 6-3, 6-2 and No. 5 Sam Cauthen 6-1, 6-4 in singles action. In doubles, Chandler Paff and Jack Cauthen won 6-1, 6-4.

Nation Ford tennis wins two of three matches

Nation Ford boys tennis squad won two of three matches last week. The Falcons beat South Pointe and Rock Hill 6-0, but fell to Audrey Kell 5-2. They are now 9-0 in Region III play this season.

In the Region III match against South Pointe, leading Nation Ford was No. 1 singles player Madison Ott 6-0, 6-1 and No. 2 singles player Stephen Zoeller 6-1, 6-1. Also getting wins for the Falcons were No.3 Chase Mahrlig 6-4, 6-1; No. 4 Ben Herman 6-1, 6-1 and No. 5 David Habbick 6-0, 6-1. In doubles, Chris Tapp and Jonathan Habbick won 6-2, 6-1.

Against Rock Hill, all five of the same singles players won as did Tapp and Jonathan Habbick in doubles. Ott won 6-0, 6-1; while Zoeller won 7-5, 7-5. Mahrlig won 6-3, 6-2 and Herman won 6-1, 6-2. David Habbick won 6-0, 6-0.

In the lost to Audrey Kell, on the doubles teams of David Habbick and Herman and Tapp and Jonathan Habbick won with identical scores of 8-4.

Fort Mill track runs past Clover

The Fort Mill girls and boys track team won last week against Clover as the girls took the victory in dominate fashion 129-12 and the boys won 98.5 to 38.5.

Winners for Fort Mill included Ryan Tankersley, discus and shot put; Diana Burden, discus; Alisha Jackson, shot put; Lucas Stalnaker, 1600; Emily Lyons, 800 and 1600; Josh Lafoe, 100 and 200; Lisa Ellis, 100 and 200; Chandler Kryst, 110 hurdles and triple jump; Justin McCants, 400 hurdles; Monique Page, 100 and 400 hurdles; Christian Ruppe, 3200; Myra Tall, triple jump; Amanda Grant, high jump; Jalei Gaskin, 400; Ashley Tall, pole vault; Deaton Grant, pole vault; Vilma Ostrud, long jump.

Lady Falcons softball beats Northwestern

Nation Ford Falcons softball beat Northwestern 6-2 behind Lauren Kidd, who had two extra base hits. Kidd doubled in the first inning, homered in the third inning, and singled in the fifth inning. Brooke McCurry baffled Northwestern, striking out seven batters. McCurry allowed no earned runs, five hits and four walks over seven innings. Kidd, Mandy Mitchell, Chanel Turner and Darby Trull helped lead Nation Ford combining for eight hits and five RBIs.

Fort Middle Middle defeats Clover

In a back and forth battle last night at Doby’s Bridge Park the Fort Mill Middle School Yellow Jackets scored three runs in their last at bat to pull out a hard fought 12-9 victory and a sweep of the season two-game series over the Blue Eagles of Clover.

The Jackets handed the Blue Eagles their first loss since embarking on a five game winning streak. The Jackets’ record improved to 5-4.

5K benefits Safe Passage

Girl Scout Troop 849 is hosting a 5K run/walk at the Reserve at Gold Hill at 8 a.m. on April 27.

Proceeds will benefit Safe Passage.

For more information, go to elle13.wix.com/5krun2013 or call 803-627-6552.

Free clinic for amputee soccer players

In conjunction with the U.S. Amputee Soccer Association and the Carolinas Amputee Soccer Association, amputee players are invited to a First Kick clinic April 27 in Charlotte. Members and coaches of the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team will lead participants through skills, drills and a small sided scrimmage at the end of the clinic.

There will be prizes and refreshments for all. For more information, email Robin@opafonline.org.

Rotary golf tourney benefits IL schools

The annual Indian Land Rotary Club golf tournament will be held on Thursday, May 16, at Carolina Lakes Golf Club at Sun City.

The event will be a Captain’s Choice format with prizes awarded for first through third place. The $90 per golfer ($360 per team) includes lunch and dinner, beverages on the course, goodie bag, range balls, plus a round of golf at Carolina Lakes Golf Club to be used at a later date. Proceeds have in the past helped support events such as Indian Land High School scholarships, Bookworm project, smart boards, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Hwy. 521 cleanup, youth sports teams and more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $100. Contact Tracy Little at 803-548-7141 for sponsorships. To participate, please call Kevin Lanier at 803-289-8449 or email coffeenews@comporium.net.

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