by Aaron Garcia
Local soccer players named all-state
Given the fact that two of the four public-school girls soccer state championships came from Union County this spring, it’s hardly surprising that several area players were named to the 2011 N.C. Soccer Coaches Association All-State team.
At the 1A level, Union Academy had a pair of honorees in senior midfielder Breanna Cripe and freshman forward Kiersten Peck. Central Academy, which won this year’s Class 1A title, also had a pair of players named to the list in senior midfielder Hannah Hill and junior defender Katie Kurtz.
Class 2A champ Cuthbertson was represented by seniors Leah Drawdy, an attacker, and defender Ashlee Hall. Weddington had two forwards named to the Class 3A team in sophomore Auburn Mercer and senior Taylor Arrowood. Marvin Ridge’s Kailey Filter, a senior defender, also was honored on the 3A team.
Gunter wins Carolinas Amateur title
Porter Ridge alumni and Matthews resident Courtney Gunter took top honors at the 85th Women’s Carolinas Amateur Championship on May 26 at Cornelius’ Peninsula Club golf course.
Gunter fired rounds of 67, 71 and 73 to card a three-round total of 211 to finish five shots under par, edging runner-up Caroline Ellington of New Bern, who finished with a 213.
“I’m very honored to have my name attached with this championship,” said Gunter in a press release. “This is the most fun I’ve had at a tournament in a long time.”
Gunter, now a standout on the University of North Carolina’s womens’ golf team, captured four conference championships while at Porter Ridge and won the Class 1A/2A/3A individual title in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008, she was named the 2008-09 Girls Senior Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association. As a freshman for the Tar Heels in 2010, Gunter was named a National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar after recording three top-20 finishes.
24/7 lacrosse camp registration
From Monday, June 6 to Thursday, June 9, Team 24/7 Lacrosse, Inc. will hold two instructional camps at south Charlotte’s Davie Park.
The first camp, for boys in second through eighth grades, will be held from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second camp, for high school-aged boys, will be held the same days from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Both camps will be directed by Ryan Flanagan, a former standout at the University of North Carolina and the seventh overall pick in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Draft.
Registration for the morning session is $325, while the afternoon session is $175. Players are encouraged to bring full pads and a stick, water and food.
A portion of the camp’s proceeds will benefit Fields of Growth International, an organization that provides education and healthcare to the less fortunate.
The camp also will feature a coaches academy, which will allow local lacrosse coaches to interact with those from Team 24/7 Lacrosse. The coaches academy will be held Sunday, June 5 through Friday, June 10. There also will be a two-hour classroom session on June 5. The cost is $75.
To resiter, visit www.team247lax.com.
Firethorne hosts tennis tourney
Registration is open for the third-annual Firethorne Junior Championships, slated for Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12, at Waxhaw’s Firethorne Country Club. The level-4 junior tennis tournament is sanctioned by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Fore more information, call 704-843-5344. To register, visit www.tennislink.usta.com/tournaments and enter 703934111 in the Tournament ID field. The cost is $43.50 per player. The deadline to enter is June 5.
A new high school football team
There will be a new football team in the area when the 2011 high school football season kicks off.
The St. Jude Fighting Christians will begin play this fall as an independent varsity team. The team was formed primarily for home-schooled and private-school students in Mecklenburg and Union counties, although the organization also welcomes public-school athletes who don’t have a chance to play for their school teams for various reasons. The cost for athletes will be $299.
For more information, contact head coach Jim Mallos at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stjudefootball.com.