Sports Shorts: April 27

by Andrew Stark

Butler athlete Chad Garrett receives national scholarship

Butler football player Chad Garrett recently was awarded the National Leadership Grant sponsored by the National Collegiate Scouting Association and the NFL Players Association.

The grant is presented to select high school athletes from around the country. Garrett, a junior linebacker, qualified for the award based on his leadership in the community, academic and athletic achievement, and an essay.

“Chad is an extremely hard worker,” said Butler football coach Brian Hales. “He does everything that is asked of him and is going to maximize his ability, no matter what. He is very much a leader, whether it be on the field, in the weight room or on the practice field.”

The NCSA, which lists itself as the nation’s premier “athletic recruiting network,” said it now will work with Garrett and his family throughout his high school career and assist him in finding a college that best matches his academic and athletic achievements.

Covenant Day’s Warner Park ribbon cutting

On April 20, Covenant Day celebrated the official grand opening of its Warner Park athletic fields, located on Pineville-Matthews Road across the street from the school’s Fullwood Road campus.

Warner Park is a sprawling, 27-acre athletic complex featuring revamped baseball, softball, soccer and multi-­purpose fields.

Last week’s festivities featured a ­ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the softball, baseball and girls soccer teams all had home games.

Lions golf successful even in rebuilding year

The Covenant Day boys golf team has won the Metrolina Athletic Conference in each of the previous two seasons, but this year has been a rebuilding effort. Still, even in a down year, the Lions have a 5-5-1 record and recently posted their lowest team score – a 160 against Charlotte Christian on April 17.

“The one thing we’re doing well is improving week to week,” said coach Marty Hawks. “Our team scoring average started in the 180s and has been declining each week.”

The Lions have two golfers, junior Luke Cooper and freshman Josh Wall, who had experience entering the year. Both Cooper and Wall have nine-hole scoring averages below 38 and were state qualifiers last season. Both also finished the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament among the top 20 individuals.

Juniors Ethan VanDeVelde and John Crouch are new to competitive golf but have made huge strides, according to Hawks. The coach is eying 2013 as the Lions’ bounce-back year to compete for another conference crown, something Covenant Day has done six of the past eight seasons. But he knows there’s still plenty of golf left this year.

“For us, to compete in the postseason, our third fourth and fifth scorers need to continue to improve,” Hawks said. “We need to continue to work on the short game and learn to make intelligent decisions to facilitate scoring by eliminating bad holes.”

Sports card and collectible show

The Charlotte Metrolina Expo Center, 7100 Statesville Rd., will host a sports card and collectible show on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The show will feature 180 dealer tables that will be buying, selling and trading sports cards from all of the major sports, as well as other sports memorabilia and collecting supplies.

Admission is $5 per day, and two-day passes are available for $8. For more information, contact Wes Starkey at 540-593-3736 or

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