Sports Shorts for July 13

by C. Jemal Horton and Andrew Stark

Area baseball players named to N.C. Coaches All-State team

The N.C. Coaches Association recently voted on its all-state baseball team, and several players from area schools made the squad.

Class 4A representatives included Providence’s Ty Buttrey, Mike Herbert and Jackson Campana, and Ardrey Kell’s Trent Thornton and Brad Stone.

Thornton and Herbert were Southwestern 4A conference Co-Players of the Year, and Buttrey was a fourth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox last month.

Charlotte Catholic’s Eddie Hull, the ME-GA 7 3A/4A Player of the Year, was honored on the coaches’ Class 3A squad.

Other area 3A team members included Weddington High School’s Alex Bostic and Jeremy Schellhorn, and Waxhaw Marvin Ridge’s Tyler Chadwick. Waxhaw Cuthbertson’s Cameron Tekker and John Mangum were named to the Class 2A team.

Bobcats summer league team set

The Charlotte Bobcats will play in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, and some familiar names will grace the roster.

Current Bobcats Bismack Biyombo, Cory Higgins, Byron Mullens and Kemba Walker will be joined on the squad by 2012 first-round draft pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and second-round draft pick Jeffery Taylor. The roster also includes four players who played overseas in 2011-12 and three undrafted rookies.

Following a three-day minicamp, the Bobcats will begin summer league play on Friday, July 13, when they face the Sacramento Kings at 10 p.m. Each of the Bobcats’ games is scheduled to air live on NBA TV. In addition, bobcats.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the team, including game recaps and interviews.

Providence Day hosts Sean May 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 www.grandslamusa.org 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.

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 will run the camp, and each session costs $125. To register, visit www.grandslamusa.org/FPsummer
camps.html or call 704-847-5333.

Meck Special Olympics hosts golf tournament

Special Olympics Mecklenburg County will host its inaugural golf tournament on Aug. 27 at The Golf Club at Ballantyne.

The tournament will feature two flights: one beginning at 7:30 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, depending on each player’s selected tee time. Auction prizes and giveaways will be provided throughout the tournament, and each player will receive a goodie bag and an event T-shirt.

The tournament will have a Captain’s Choice format, and players will pick their balls up after reaching bogey on any hole. The cost to enter is $150 per person or $600 per foursome, and the event is open to golfers of all ages.

For more information, call Susan Doggett at 704-358-1935.

Annual Links for Lupus golf tournament returns for 12th year

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 info@-lupuslinks.org.

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