Sports Shorts for February 3

National Signing Day hits Union County

Feb. 1 was National Signing Day, and several Union County high school athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers in college. Here’s a breakdown of the signees:

Marvin Ridge led the county with eight signees, including soccer player Marissa Hartert, who signed with Mercer; girls basketball player Jordan Henry, who signed with Iona; baseball player Tyler Chadwick, who signed with Coastal Carolina; soccer player Kyle Parker, who signed with the Charlotte 49ers; girls lacrosse player Mikayla Sweeney, who signed with Virginia Tech; runner Caitlyn Colo, who signed with Appalachian State; football player Luke Stennett, who signed with Johnson C. Smith; and lacrosse player Walker Bettison, who signed with Berry.

Porter Ridge had a pair of football players sign in lineman Thomas La Bianca and quarterback Lee McNeill. The pair inked with the Charlotte 49ers, as did linemen Mason Sledge (Monroe) and Jarred Barr (Sun Valley). Barr’s teammate, receiver Jody Fuller, signed with the University of South Carolina. Forest Hills lineman Matt Privette signed with Appalachian State while Piedmont’s Alex Griffin signed with Catawba. Griffin will compete on both the cross country and swim teams.

Union Academy football players Tyree Drakeford and Devin Chambers signed with Elizabeth City State University and Louisburg Junior College, respectively. Fellow Cardinal Kyle Lohn, a soccer player, signed with UNC Asheville.

Charlotte Christian baseball camp

Sports That Serve will host its third annual baseball camp on Feb. 11 at Charlotte Christian School.

The one-day camp, for kids ages 6 to 14, includes hands-on instruction from Charlotte Christian baseball coach Greg Simmons and former University of North Carolina star Reid Fronk, among others. Former major-leaguer Dave Lemonds will be the featured speaker.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The cost is $75, which includes a camp shirt and lunch.

Proceeds from the camp will benefit Sports That Serve, a nonprofit that seeks to use athletics to develop the character of America’s youth while raising funds for people living in poverty around the world.

For more information or to sign up for the camp, visit

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