by Cliff Mehrtens

Post 321 bounced from American Legion playoffs

Huntersville American Legion Post 321 was swept out of the N.C. Area IV baseball playoffs by Hickory Post 48. Post 321 lost three consecutie games in the second round, best-of-five series, all by 10 or more runs.

Game 3 was a slugfest, which Hickory won 25-11 on July 6 at North Mecklenburg High. Post 321 had cut the lead to 14-11, but Hickory scored 11 runs in the top of the ninth inning to end Post 321’s season.

Post 321 was 19-1 in the regular season, won all three games in the first round of the playoffs, and finished 22-4.

Copperheads well-represented in all-star game

The Lake Norman Copperheads are the hottest team in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, and have the most all-stars.

Ten Copperheads were picked to play in the SCBL All-Star Game July 13 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. The Copperheads (18-11) are on a five-game winning streak, and have a four-game lead in the Eastern Division.

Lake Norman’s all-star contingent included outfielders Nolan Gaige, Austin Blake and David Lee, first baseman Jerry Skeens, catcher Brett Armour, infielder Mark Rhine, and pitchers Kasceim Graham, Aaron Spano, Liam O’Sullivan and Ryan Mas.

Gaige leads the SCBL in batting average (.432), runs (27) and RBIs (23). Armour, hitting .324, is second in the league with 20 RBIs. Lee (.338) is third with 19 RBIs, and has three home runs and nine steals.

Mas has a 0.64 ERA and three saves, with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings. O’Sullivan is 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA, and Spano is 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA.

Two Davidson College pitchers drafted

Davidson pitchers Chris Lamb and Andy Bass were picked in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft last month.

Lamb, a native of Berkeley, Calif, was picked in the 11th round (346th overall) by the Oakland A’s, the team he grew up cheering for. He is a left-handed junior. Lamb hasn’t signed yet, and has the option of returning to Davidson for his senior season.

Bass, a right-handed senior, was picked in the 18th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. He signed on June 10, and was assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Rays’ Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League. Bass is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in six appearances, all in relief.

Patriots seeks JV hoops coach

Davidson Day School has an opening for a junior varsity boys basketball coach. Applicants should contact Ron Johnson at rjohnson@davidsonday.org or 704-886-7340.

Free youth football clinic

Charlotte 49ers football coach Brad Lambert, partnering with the Belk Bowl and the NCAA football youth initiative, will host a free football clinic on July 23 for players ages 5-14. The camp will be at the UNCC Northeast Recreational Fields Complex, 1001 John Kirk Dr. Registration will open at 8 a.m. and is open to the first 150 participants. Camp begins at 9:15 a.m. Online registration is available at ncaafootballclinics.com

Shape up with Cornelius six-week boot camp

The Cornelius PARC Department is offering a six-week fitness boot camp on Saturdays from July 30 to Sept. 3 at Bailey Middle School, 1190 Bailey Road. Sessions will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and directed by Jeff Heal, owner of Fitness Together in Cornelius and Davidson.

Registration is $40 for Cornelius residents, and $48 for non-residents.

Participants may register at Cornelius Town Hall or online through www.corneliuspr.org. For information call 704-896-2460, ext. 188.
Monroe leads two hoops camps

SouthLake Christian Academy boys basketball coach Rodney Monroe will direct two area youth basketball camps this month.

A camp in Mooresville for players ages 7 to 15 will be July 18-22 and run from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, call Mooresville Parks and Recreation at 704-663-7026.

A camp at SouthLake Christian Academy for players ages 10 to 15 will be July 25-29. The camp will be from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. The cost is $125. To register, visit www.rodneymonroebasketball.com or denverbasketballleague.com.

North Mecklenburg sets tryout dates

North Mecklenburg High’s tryout dates for fall sports are set, and each student must have a current physical to participate.

On Aug. 14, there will be a required athlete/parent meeting at 5 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Cheerleading tryouts will begin at 7:30 a.m. on July 30, followed by football (8 a.m. on July 30), girls tennis (7:30 a.m. on Aug. 1), volleyball  (8 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 1), cross country (7 to 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 2-3 at North Mecklenburg High and Aug. 4-5 at Latta Plantation),  boys soccer (7 a.m. on Aug. 15), and girls golf  (8 a.m. on Aug. 16-17 at The Tradition).

Public has chance to win Golden Ticket

Area residents will have a chance to win “a sports enthusiasts dream” in the coming months, now that the Charlotte Sports Commission, in collaboration with presenting sponsor Piedmont Natural Gas, has opened the first public Golden Ticket raffle.

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 tickets to all 2011 Carolina Panthers home games
• Two tickets to the first home game between the Charlotte Bobcats and Miami Heat
• Two weekly lawn/clubhouse passes to the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship
• Two 2011-12 season tickets to the Charlotte Checkers
• Two 2012 season tickets to the Charlotte Knights
• Two 2012 tickets to Charlotte’s Major League Lacrosse Team’s inaugural season
• Two 2012 season tickets to Charlotte Eagles’ soccer
• Two tickets to the 2012 Bank of America 500 NASCAR race
• Two tickets to the 2012 Sprint All-Star Race
• Two tickets to the 2012 Coca-Cola 600
• Two tickets to the 2012 Pit-Crew Challenge
• Two tickets to the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship
• Two tickets to the 2011 Belk Bowl
• Two tickets to 2012 CIAA basketball tournament
• Two tickets to the 2012 ACC Basketball Championship in Atlanta

Tickets can be purchased for $50 each by visiting the Charlotte Sports Commission’s website, www.charlottesports.org/goldenticket

The raffle will close on Aug. 25 at midnight, and the winner will be selected and notified on Aug. 26. Once selected, the winner will be asked to attend an Aug. 31 ceremony at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

The Golden Ticket raffle is only open to legal North Carolina residents 18 years of age and older. Purchase is not tax deductible. A portion of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

“This is a sports enthusiast’s dream – tickets to experience each major sport that Charlotte has to offer all year long, while supporting a deserving local children’s charity,” said Jeff Beaver, executive director of the Charlotte Sports Commission.