Sports Shorts for January 20

Middle-school athletes play in All-American game

Weddington Middle School’s John Williamson III (left) was joined by Cuthbertson Middle School’s Tucker Tierney (middle) and Savante Drakeford at the 2012 Eastbay Youth All-American game, Jan. 8 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo courtesy of John Tierney)

Three Union County middle school football players had a chance to put their abilities on a national stage when they took part in the 2012 Eastbay Youth All-American game on Jan. 8 in San Antonio, Tex.

Cuthbertson Middle School quarterback Tucker Tierney was joined by teammate Savante Drakeford, a linebacker, at the game. Weddington Middle School linebacker John Williamson III also participated.

The trio suited up for the East team in the seventh-grade game, which featured the nation’s top 40 seventh-graders weighing 175 pounds or fewer.

Marvin Ridge volleyball players help club team

Four teams from the Carolina Juniors club volleyball program traveled to Richmond, Va., last weekend to compete in the Monument City Classic tournament, and Union County players were among the competitors.

The event featured more than 500 teams from along the East Coast, and CJV teams turned in stellar performances.

The CJV 17 Blaze squad, coached by Charlotte Ardrey Kell’s Zoe Bell, won its age division. Meanwhile, the CJV 15 Infinity team, led by Charlotte Country Day coach Brian Rosen, took second place.

Bell’s CJV 17 Blaze team features Marvin Ridge standout Elisabeth Stedman, while Rosen’s CJV 15 Infinity team included Marvin Ridge’s Makenzie Kuchmaner and Katrina Hartley.

Charlotte Eagles hold open tryout

The Charlotte Eagles professional soccer club, which competes in the USL PRO League, will be hosting open tryouts for the 2012 season March 2-3. The tryouts are an opportunity for any free agents, college seniors and other amateurs hoping to make the jump to the professional level.

The players attending tryouts will be assessed by the Charlotte Eagles coaching staff led by longtime coach Mark Steffens who, according to an Eagles press release said, “We are very excited to hold open tryouts this year. I expect there will be quite a few strong players that we don’t know about. It would be great to find a few impact players that could immediately help the Eagles in 2012.”

The tryout will consist mainly of 11-on-11 matches. On the first day of tryouts players will be competing for an opportunity to come back on the second day to be evaluated by the coaching staff.

There will be a $100 non-refundable registration fee, which will change to $125 after February 15. The walk-up registration fee will be $150. If a player should make the team, the registration fee will be reimbursed.

For more information, visit www.charlotteeagles.com.

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