Sports Shorts for May 25

by Aaron Garia and Andrew Stark

Marvin Ridge relay teams win state titles

Thanks largely to a pair of gold medal-winning relay squads, the Marvin Ridge High School girls track and field team tied for third place at the Class 3A state championship meet on May 18 in Greensboro.

The Mavs’ 29 points tied Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons and Wilson Fike, just short of winner North Buncombe’s 34 points.

The Mavs took gold in the 4×400-meter relay after Kacie Hicks, Kathleen Maher, Delaney Dunkley and Taylor Berry finished in 4 minutes, 1.96 seconds. Marvin Ridge’s 4×800 relay team of Rachel Dudley, Alden Kessenich, Nicole Pappalardo and Ailish Dwyer also won gold after posting a time of 9:36.59.

Weddington also received some strong efforts from its athletes, as Mallory Price took bronze in the 3,200 meters (11:28.01). On the boys side, fellow Warrior Jonathan Bivens clocked a runner-up finish in the 3,200 (9:39.38).

In the 4A meet, held the following day, a pair of Union County athletes recorded third-place individual finishes. Parkwood’s Matthew Brantley put the shot 51 feet, 0.5 inches, and Sun Valley high jumper Derrick Streater cleared 6-4.

Cuthbertson softball camp

The Cuthbertson softball program will hold a fast-pitch softball camp June 25-28. The camp, headed by Cavs coach Jessica Marchand and staffed by Cuthbertson players, will focus on the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, base running and individual position play.

The camp is for players ages 6 to rising ninth-graders and will run daily from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $95 for the first camper and $75 for the second camper. A non-refundable deposit is due on June 8, with the remaining balance due at the start of the camp.

For more information, visit http://chs.ucps.k12.nc.us/links/SummerCamps.php.

Giving coaches a ‘timeout’

The annual Coaches Time Out conference will be held June 14-16 at the Marriott Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel.

Coaches Time Out is intended to give coaches and their spouses a “timeout” from the everyday challenges they face. During the conference, coaches and spouses are joined by others who go through similar experiences, all the while having the opportunity to hear guest speakers who cover topics such as enriching relationships, improving communication, managing finances, maximizing the coaching platform and developing personal faith.

This year’s CTO conference will be hosted by former Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay, now a member of the New Orleans Saints. Charlotte Christian football coach Jason Estep and his wife, Leslie, are regional directors for the conference-based coaches ministry.

Guest speakers this year include former Panthers quarterback Frank Reich, ex-NFL tight end Ben Watson, comedic couple Jay and Laura Laffoon, and musician Zachary Kale, among others.

To learn more about this year’s conference and register, visit www.coachestimeout.org/conferences/carolinas/index.html.

Charlotte Latin awarded Nike softball camp site

The Nike softball camp, a tour for players ages 6-18, recently chose Charlotte Latin School as a site on its nationwide schedule. Charlotte Latin will host the Nike camp July 9-13.

Hawks coach Eric Smith, who is in his fifth season, will be the camp’s director. Under Smith, Latin has won the last four Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association championships and finished among the top three in the state tournament each of the past three years. Under Smith, the Hawks have produced 17 all-conference players and six all-state selections.

At the Nike camp, players are broken into groups of similar ages, skill and goals. According to the Nike camp website, the sessions are designed for “intensive training that is essential to improvement for all skill levels. Every facet of the game is covered with an emphasis on fundamentals to help players become valuable team members.”

For more information, visit www.­ussportscamps.com/softball or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP.

Calvary Church hosts sports camp

South Charlotte’s Calvary Church will be the site of the CHAMP All-Sports Camp June 11-15.

Youths ages 6 to 12 may participate in the camp, choosing to play either soccer, baseball or flag football. The camp includes sports instruction, team huddle time, field games, T-shirts, popsicles, prizes and a Friday lunch celebration for families.

The cost is $140.

With 18 playing fields at Calvary Church, located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, CHAMP Sports Outreach offers kids a top-notch experience with an emphasis on fun, sportsmanship, Christian character development and athletic skills.

To register, visit www.champsportsinfo.com. For more information, call 704-887-3689.

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