Sports Shorts for July 20

by C. Jemal Horton and Andrew Stark

The Myers Park Trinity Little League all-star baseball players include (from left) Ben Heaton, Alexander Donald, Raul Beltran, Pres Cavenaugh, Patrick Alvarez, McRae Gage, Drew Robelen, Khristian Ellington, Thomas Fetter, Henry Merchant and Hayden Malchesky. The coaching staff includes (from left) Josh Thomas, Jason Wishnefsky (manager) and Nick Londy. Photo courtesy of Brandon Merchant

District 3 baseball championship goes to Myers Park 11-year-olds

Before a home crowd on July 12, the Myers Park Trinity Little League 10-and-11-year-old all-star baseball team defeated Weddington National, 10-0, in four innings to win the North Carolina District 3 Championship.

Myers Park tore through district play in four games, outscoring its opponents 51-2, as the pitching staff didn’t allow a single earned run. The championship game was highlighted by a two-hit shutout by Henry Merchant on the mound and eye-catching defensive plays by Patrick Alvarez and Khristian Ellington.

Hammering a multitude of home runs during the tournament, Myers Park received strong plate performances from Raul Beltran, Pres Cavenaugh, Ben Heaton, Hayden Malchesky, Alvarez and Ellington.

Cater named Providence Day’s interim AD

This week, Providence Day named C.D. Cater interim athletics director.

Cater, who had been the school’s assistant athletics director, steps in for David Ahern, who resigned after one year to take a job outside the education and athletics fields.

Cater said Ed Prisco will take over the role of assistant athletics director and sports information director.

Sean May to conduct annual hoops camp

Providence Day School will host the sixth annual Sean May Basketball Camp July 23-27.

The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will teach boys ages 7 to 15 offensive and defensive techniques, strength and conditioning, and a variety of drills. There will be playoff and championship games throughout the week, and campers will be taught how to read game film.

In addition, May, a former University of North Carolina and Charlotte Bobcats player, will stress the importance of life skills, including good sportsmanship, discipline, dedication and citizenship.

Guest speakers will include former Tar Heels and current NBA players Marvin Williams and Brendan Haywood in addition to local athletes and coaches.

Campers will receive lunch, drinks and snacks each day and will be given T-shirts, wristbands, backpacks, pictures and other basketball giveaways. The cost per camper is $310.

Grand Slam USA baseball camps under way

Grand Slam USA, an indoor baseball and softball teaching facility, is hosting a series of summer baseball camps at the Matthews Athletic Recreation Association fields.

The camps are open to boys of any skill level ages 5-12, and there are two remaining sessions: July 30-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10. Each session runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The camp is designed to be an instructional day camp in which players are grouped based on skill and age levels. Every aspect of the game will be covered. During morning sessions, individual instruction will be the focus, while afternoon sessions will feature instructional scrimmages to develop team-oriented skills.

The coaching staff features former Major League Baseball players as well as collegiate and high school players and coaches.

The cost per camper is $190, which includes a camp T-shirt and a camper evaluation.

For more information, visit or call 704-847-5333.

Grand Slam USA will host fast-pitch softball camps 

Grand Slam USA, an indoor baseball and softball teaching facility, is offering two fast-pitch softball camps for girls ages 8 to 14. The sessions are designed to be fun and informative and will be held July 23-25 and Aug. 6-8.

Each session takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Slam USA facility in Matthews and features half-hour softball skill mini camps that will focus on slap-hitting, pitching, fielding and throwing.

Other areas covered include power hitting, short-game hitting, making solid contact and slap, drag and suicide bunt work. Fielding instruction will focus on attacking the ball, squaring up and throwing balance and groundball work. Pitching instruction will concentrate on grip, balance, drive, velocity, power line and finish.

High school and college coaches and area college players run the camp, and each session costs $125. To register, visit
camps.html or call 704-847-5333.

Covenant Day offers cheerleading camp

Covenant Day School will host a cheerleading camp July 23-26 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The camp is open to TK through eighth-graders and will be held at the Covenant Day lower school gym. The Lions’ varsity cheerleaders and coaches will lead the exercises, and campers will practice cheers, jumps, tumbling, dance and skill-level-appropriate stunts. Each day will feature a spirited theme, and every camper will receive a T-shirt and participate in the end-of-the-week pep rally.

Golden Ticket offers rare sports opportunity

For the second consecutive year, area residents will have a chance to win “a sports enthusiast’s dream” as the Charlotte Sports Commission has opened the public Golden Ticket raffle.

Tickets cost $50 each.

The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle will receive tickets to every major sports event in the Charlotte area over the next year, including:

• Two Clubhouse and Hospitality tickets to the 2012 Chiquita Classic Nationwide Tour golf tournament at The Club at Longview in Weddington

• Two Premium tickets to a 2012 Carolina Panthers game

• Two 2012-13 Charlotte Bobcats season tickets

• Two 2012-13 Charlotte Checkers hockey season tickets

• Four 2013 Charlotte Hounds lacrosse season tickets

• Two 2013 Charlotte Knights baseball season tickets

• Two Lawn and Clubhouse tickets to the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament

• Two Charlotte Eagles soccer season tickets

• Two 2013 Charlotte Motor Speedway season tickets

• Two zMAX Dragway season tickets

• Two 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship tickets

• Two Belk Bowl tickets

• Two CIAA basketball tournament ticket books

• Two 2013 ACC men’s basketball tournament tickets (Greensboro)

• Two 2013 Charlotte 49ers football season tickets

Proceeds from the Golden Ticket raffle will benefit the Charlotte Sports Commission.

Tickets are on sale now until Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m. The drawing will be held on Aug. 24. To purchase tickets, visit

For more information, contact Chris Raynor of the Charlotte Sports Commission at 704-688-8167 or

Links for Lupus golf tournament returns

The 12th annual Links for Lupus charity golf tournament will take place on Aug. 27 at Cedarwood Country Club.

Individuals can register for a fee of $200 per person, and the cost for foursomes is $700. The shotgun-style start is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and there will be an awards banquet and reception following the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Each participant will receive lunch and dinner, beverages during play and a team picture. Prizes will be awarded to the top three scorers.

In its 12 years, the tournament has raised more than $341,000 for LFA Piedmont Chapter, an organization that provides local education and support services to 15,000 people in the Charlotte area who are living with lupus.

For more information, call 704-716-5640 or send an e-mail to

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