Billingslea signs with Seattle

April 29, 2013 

  • 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 Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, email 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 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: •  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 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 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 For more information, contact call 803-548-9452 or email 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.

Billingslea signs with Seattle

Former Fort Mill High and Citadel football player Chris Billingslea has signed a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks, according The Citadel’s website and several other websites following the NFL.

Billingslea went undrafted in the recent 2013 NFL draft, but signed with the Seahawks just hours after the draft ended Saturday. The six-foot, five-inch, 265-pound defensive end had 51 tackles and 6.5 sacks last year for The Citadel. He was also named to the All-Southern Conference second team.

A 2008 Fort Mill High graduate, Billingslea was a member of the 2007 state championship basketball team. He lettered in football all four years at Fort Mill and lettered in basketball one year.

Falcons beat Fort Mill in tennis

The Nation Ford High Falcons finished off a perfect Region III season last week by beating Fort Mill 7-0. Leading the way for Nation Ford was No. 1 singles player Madison Ott, who won 6-0, 6-3 over Jay Karwatsky. No. 2 singles Stephen Zoeller beat Tyler Haley 6-0, 7-6. No. 3 singles Chase Mahrlig beat Luke Powell 6-2, 6-1. No. 4 singles Ben Herman beat Billy Taylor 6-1, 6-0. No. 5 singles David Habbick beat Sam Cauthen 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles action, No. 2 doubles Chris Tapp and Jonathan Habbick beat Chandler Paff and Jack Cauthen 6-3, 6-4. The No. 1 doubles of Herman and David Habbick beat Karwatsky and Haley 8-4.

Both Fort Mill and Nation Ford will open the 4A playoffs this week. Nation Ford will host Rock Hill, while Fort Mill travels to Spring Valley.

Eberhardt gets Big South honor

Nick Eberhardt, a 2012 Fort Mill High School graduate attending Winthrop University, was named to the Big South Four-Man All-Freshman Golf Team.

The Winthrop men’s golf team finished third in the 2013 Big South Conference Championship at the Patriot at Grand Harbour in Ninety-six April 21-23rd. He finished tied for 15th as an individual. His coach, Kevin Pendley, was voted Big South Coach of the Year.

PrimeTime now 4-0

The PrimeTime Players continued their winning ways Saturday night, defeating HoopForLyfe 140-128 at the Banks Street Gym in Fort Mill.

PrimeTime shook off a sluggish start to take a 12-point lead into the first quarter break, and were able to extend it to 18 at halftime.

HoopForLyfe came out determined in the third quarter, and trimmed the lead back to 12 for a while, only to see it extended back to 16 heading into the fourth quarter. The final period was more of the same, as HoopForLyfe continued to make runs, closing the gap to as little as 10 points before running out of time in their comeback attempt.

PrimeTime spread the scoring around with seven players tallying double-digits. Chris Moore led the way with 26 points and finished one rebound and one assist away from a triple-double with nine of each. Brian Mobley and Antonio Houston had 23-apiece. Houston, making his season debut after returning from playing in Germany, also added seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals.

James Dillard posted the team’s only double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Terell Smith had 19 points, seven assists and six steals for the Players.

HoopForLyfe had three players notch double-doubles, led by Josh Gross with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Mark Carson had 22 points and 12 rebounds while Jonathan Hart added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The PrimeTime Players travels to Wilmington this weekend. For schedule information, go to

Fort Mill High hosting football camp

Fort Mill High will host a non-contact football camp for all rising first through eighth graders from 9 a.m. to noon June 17-20 at Fort Mill High practice field.

Campers will be grouped by age and skill level. Campers should wear cleats, shorts and T-shirts and bring tennis shoes in case practice is held inside. The camp will focus on the basis of football like receiving, tackling, throwing, kicking, running and punting. All activities will be directed by head coach Ed Susi and the Fort Mill assistant coaches and players.

The total cost of the camp is $110 and parents can register online by going to or visiting the high school in person. For more information on the camp, call Susi at 704-819-6755.

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 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.

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

• 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.

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

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