by C . Jemal Horton and Cliff Mehrtens

Lacrosse coaching
legend Mills passes away

Randy Mills, a veteran lacrosse coach and advisor for Lake Norman Charter’s lacrosse program the past two years, died June 24. He was 83.

Mills coached more than 40 years at high schools and colleges, and founded programs at UCLA, Pfeiffer, Limestone, Gardner-Webb among others.

“He was fantastic, the kids loved him,” said Lake Norman Charter lacrosse coach Terry Gobble. “His lacrosse knowledge was deep. He left us with one word – pride. He believed in those boys and wanted to be here every day. He was in the twilight of his career but wanted to go out as a coach. I’m glad we were able to accommodate him on that.”

Mills, a Long Island, N.Y., native, was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marylyn Spader Mills; sons Randy, Steve, Pete and Tom; and 15 grandchildren. Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, 140 North Main St., Mount Holly, NC, 28120, or the American Cancer Society.

Reeves is new Knights hoops coach

Lake Norman Charter athletics director Matt Schlegel has promoted Aaron Reeves to the position of head varsity boys basketball coach.

Reeves was the assistant varsity coach and head JV coach last year under Troy Simko. Reeves has been with the Lake Norman Charter program since it started four years ago.

Mooney named to All-American team

North Mecklenburg High softball player Sarah Mooney was named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American first team.

Mooney, who set a state record with a .779 batting average and tied a record with 19 home runs last season, was one of two catchers named to the 16-player squad. She has signed with James Madison University.

Thirteen area players named All-State

The  N.C. Softball Coaches Association’s Class 4A All-State team included Lake Norman’s Dominique Wilson (sophomore), Kayla McGuffy (sophomore), Kayla Pine (junior) and Stacey Houser (junior), Hough’s Jasmyn Lindsay (junior), Mooresville’s Hope Smith (senior) and Kelsey Clark (sophomore), and North Mecklenburg’s Morgan Lashley and Sarah Mooney (both seniors).

Mooney was named the 4A West Player of the Year.

In Class 3A, all-state picks included East Lincoln’s Brittany Miller (junior) and Haley Meza (sophomore), and North Lincoln’s Lauren Averitt and Megan Mundy (both seniors).

Diving team wins regional title

The Carolina Diving Academy at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics won the championship at the USA Diving Region 3 Championship June 19 at the University of South Carolina.

The region event included divers from both Carolinas and Virginia.

CDA divers who qualified for the USA Diving Zone B championships July 7-10 in Ypsilanti, Mich., included Samantha Nickerson (Huntersville), second in the 11-and-under girls 1-meter and 3-meter springboard; Jocelyn Porter (Cornelius), first in the girls 12-13 1-meter and 3-meter springboard; Jill Mulveney (Huntersville), sixth in the 14-15 girls in 1-meter and 3-meter; Adyson Lowe (Huntersville), seventh in 1-meter springboard and eighth in 3-meter in the 14-15 girls; Erin Lee (Huntersville), eighth in 1-meter springboard and seventh on 3-meter in 14-15 girls; Morgan Donnelly (Huntersville), 11th on 1-meter springboard and 10th on 3-meter in 14-15 girls; Karly Adams (Huntersville), 13th in the 14-15 girls 1-meter springboard; and Harrison Mitchell (Davidson), second in 1-meter springboard and third in 3-meter in the boys 14-15.

Davidson Day hosting soccer camps

Davidson Day is offering several summer soccer camps for boys and girls, including a 3-on-3 tournament. For more information or to register, visit or call 704-968-0170.

Comets Teal rolls to ASA championship

The Carolina Comets Teal softball team won the N.C. ASA 16-and-under Class A tournament June 25 in Mebane. The state title qualified the team – comprised of players from Mooresville, Cornelius, Statesville, Charlotte and Waxhaw – for the USA/ASA Nationals in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 31-Aug. 7. The Teal, coached by Roger McGuffey, outscored opponents, 67-11.

Free football clinic for mothers

The Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletics department and OrthoCarolina will combine to host “Football Mom 101,” a free clinic designed to increase the football IQ of mothers of youth, middle school and high school players.

The workshop will be from 9 to 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 in the Red Zone of Bank of America Stadium. The program will feature instruction from a local high school coach and game officials and will cover topics such as rules, equipment, safety, nutrition and injury care.

Applicants must register, and forms may be obtained by visiting

The registration deadline is Aug. 8, and participation is limited to the first 200 moms to register. All schools or athletic associations with moms in attendance will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 donation to the school’s athletic department or youth football program from Carolina Panthers Charities.

“Football Mom 101 is a fun, engaging and informative program that teaches moms football basics,” said Riley Fields, the Panthers’ director of community relations. “In addition to the learning experience, the most important aspect of the program is that it helps moms share in the joy and excitement that football gives to their children.”

For information, contact the Carolina Panthers Community Relations Department at 704-358-7000 or

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).

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 or

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,

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.