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 primetimeplayers.trblproball.com.
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 fortmillathletics.com 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 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.
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 email@example.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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