Mint Hill’s Plyler to play in Junior College World Series
Former Independence baseball star Carson Plyler will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series, which begins on Saturday, May 26 in Enid, Okla.
Plyler is a reserve infielder on the Catawba Valley Community College team, which won the Southeast regional division. This year, Plyer is 10-for-37 at the plate in 19 games, batting .270 with a double, two RBIs and 13 runs scored for CVCC, which is located in Hickory.
“(The statistics) do not tell the true story of what Carson has meant to us as a team,” Catawba Valley coach Frank Pait said. “He is our best defensive player and has come up with a lot of big hits. (He) can play multiple positions and has been a great team player and teammate. (Plyler) was a surprise early in the year, but nothing he does now surprises me. He is very steady and consistent with his play.”
Last season with the Patriots, Plyler was 5-1 on the mound and hit .458 with seven doubles and 19 RBIs. He was voted to the Southwestern 4A all-conference team and was named the 2011 Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Player of the Year.
Two other Charlotte-area players – Zeck Wiggs (Lake Norman Charter) and Blaine Lewis (Mallard Creek) – join Plyler on the Buccaneers’ roster.
Ex-Providence players Lawson, McClintock help Catawba reach Division II College World Series
A pair of former Providence High baseball players will be on the field when the NCAA Division II College World Series begins this weekend in Cary.
Former Panthers Greg Lawson and Ryan McClintock currently play for Catawba College, which recently won the Southeast Regional to earn a trip to the national finals.
Lawson is a senior catcher, while McClintock is a Matthews resident who pitches. Lawson, who recently graduated from Catawba with honors, went 6-for-12 from the plate during the regional tournament in Mount Olive.
Queen’s Grant’s Staton signs with St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Queen’s Grant girls basketball player Federica Staton has signed to continue her career at Laurinburg’s St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
Staton, a 5-foot-9 power forward, averaged five points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and nearly one block per game for the Stallions this past season.
“Federica is one of the toughest players I’ve seen,” said Stallions coach Dan Kerr. “Her hard work and will to win is unmatched by anyone I’ve coached over the past three years.
“She knows the game and will definitely be looked to as a leader as she matures at St. Andrews. They’re getting a good athlete and basketball player, and an even better person. She will most certainly make an impact in the years to come.”
Optimist Club to host golf tournament
The Matthews-Mint Hill Optimist Club will host its third annual junior golf tournament at The Divide Golf Club in Matthews on Sunday, June 3.
The field will be limited to 64 golfers, and tee times will be from noon to 2 p.m. The tournament entry fee is $75, and registration ends May 25.
To register, visit www.safecollegfunding.org, call Dan Brantmeyer at 704-904-1440 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen’s Grant middle school softball team goes undefeated in conference play
The Queen’s Grant Middle School softball team capped a perfect season in the Piedmont Charter Athletic Conference with a 12-0 mark while compiling a 17-2 overall record.
The Stallions defeated Lincoln Charter for the first time in school history, as they won both regular-season games and beat LCS again in the conference championship game, 9-0. It was the first softball title for Queen’s Grant Middle.
The Stallions defeated Sugar Creek in the semifinals and allowed just one hit in each conference game.
The pitching staff, behind seventh-graders Gracyn Polk and Leah Renn, was the strong point of the team. Coach Phil Renn said the team is looking to add more games to the schedule next season and is excited to defend its conference title.
The rest of the 2012 Stallions roster included Marisa Anderson, Savannah Hinson, Mikaela Smith, Sarah Smith, Tiffany Hinson, Melanie Page, Allison Presley, Zoe King, Tyra Brunt, Kayla Burkhalter and Grace Borders.
Giving coaches a ‘timeout’
The annual Coaches Time Out conference will be held June 14-16 at the Marriott Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel.
Coaches Time Out is intended to give coaches and their spouses a “timeout” from the everyday challenges they face. During the conference, coaches and spouses are joined by others who go through similar experiences, all the while having the opportunity to hear guest speakers who cover topics such as enriching relationships, improving communication, managing finances, maximizing the coaching platform and developing personal faith.
This year’s CTO conference will be hosted by former Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay, now a member of the New Orleans Saints. Charlotte Christian football coach Jason Estep and his wife, Leslie, are regional directors for the conference-based coaches ministry.
Guest speakers this year include former Panthers quarterback Frank Reich, ex-NFL tight end Ben Watson, comedic couple Jay and Laura Laffoon, and musician Zachary Kale, among others.
To learn more about this year’s conference and register, visit www.coachestimeout.org/conferences/carolinas/index.html.
Charlotte Latin awarded Nike softball camp site
The Nike softball camp, a tour for players ages 6-18, recently chose Charlotte Latin School as a site on its nationwide schedule. Charlotte Latin will host the Nike camp July 9-13.
Hawks coach Eric Smith, who is in his fifth season, will be the camp’s director. Under Smith, Latin has won the last four Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association championships and finished among the top three in the state tournament each of the past three years. Under Smith, the Hawks have produced 17 all-conference players and six all-state selections.
At the Nike camp, players are broken into groups of similar ages, skill and goals. According to the Nike camp website, the sessions are designed for “intensive training that is essential to improvement for all skill levels. Every facet of the game is covered with an emphasis on fundamentals to help players become valuable team members.”
For more information, visit www.ussportscamps.com/softball or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP.
Calvary Church hosts sports camp
South Charlotte’s Calvary Church will be the site of the CHAMP All-Sports Camp June 11-15.
Youths ages 6 to 12 may participate in the camp, choosing to play either soccer, baseball or flag football. The camp includes sports instruction, team huddle time, field games, T-shirts, popsicles, prizes and a Friday lunch celebration for families.
The cost is $140.
With 18 playing fields at Calvary Church, located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, CHAMP Sports Outreach offers kids a top-notch experience with an emphasis on fun, sportsmanship, Christian character development and athletic skills.
To register, visit www.champsportsinfo.com. For more information, call 704-887-3689.
Cuthbertson to hold softball camp
Union County’s Cuthbertson High School softball program will hold a fast-pitch softball camp June 25-28.
The camp, headed by Cavs coach Jessica Marchand and staffed by members of the team, will focus on the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, base running and individual position play.
The camp is for players ages 6 to rising ninth-graders and will run daily from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $95 for the first camper and $75 for the second camper. A non-refundable deposit is due on June 8, with the remaining balance due at the start of the camp.
For more information, visit http://chs.ucps.k12.nc.us/links/summerCamps.php.