Banks Trail makes school track history

May 6, 2013 

Banks Trail track makes history

The Banks Trail Middle school track team recently made history by winning the first district championship in school history. Girls winning district titles included Kiley Aymar in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter, A’maiya Welch in the 100-meter and 200-meter, and Anna Brewer in the 400-meter.

The Timberwolves had two title-winning relay teams in the girls 4x100 squad made up of Welch, Alayna Martin, Anna Brewer and Jessica Brewer, and the girls 4x400 made up of Aymar, Martin, Anna Brewer and Jessica Brewer.

The boys’ teams also won titles, including Sam Schmidt in the high jump, Jamal Watts in the 100-meters, Sebastian Bliss in the 200-meters, Traivion Morris in the 400-meters and Luke Carmeci in the 1,600-meters. The boys’ 4x100 winning team consisted of Sal Hunter, Morris, Bliss, and Watts. The sprint medley team is Jeremiah Bostic, Nigel Davis, P.J. Williams and Bliss.

At the conference meet, competing against teams from schools three times the size of Banks Trail, the girls placed second overall. Welch placed first in the conference in the 200-meters, Anna Brewer placed first in the conference in the 400-meters, and Aymar placed first in the conference in both the 800-meters and 1,600-meters.

Kenny Chapman of the boys’ team placed second in the conference in discus.

Post 43 Legion ball tryouts this week

The Fort Mill American Legion Post 43 baseball team will be holding tryouts for any high-school player Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8 at the Fort Mill High School baseball field.

Tryouts will begin at 5 p.m. and those trying out should bring bats, gloves and shorts.

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.

Dragons still undefeated

The Carolina Dragons rugby team won their final game 36-0 against Charleston and are S.C. State Champions with a record of 14-0.

The team, which includes several leading players from Fort Mill, scored 491 points and conceded just 15. The Dragons were scheduled to play the north Florida All Stars and Florida State All Stars this past weekend. Some team members plan to try out for the upcoming All Star program at Life University in Atlanta.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Youth, teen rugby players wanted

The Fort Mill Dragons Rugby Club is looking for players from beginner up to experienced to play on middle school (ages 10-14) and high school (19 and under) teams. Anyone interested in playing, supporting or coming out to watch a home game can find the team on Facebook by searching for The Fort Mill Dragons Rugby Club or emailing sending an email to

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

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 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

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.

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