by Andrew Stark
Mint Hill golfer records second career hole-in-one
Bethany Galloway, a 17-year-old junior at Grace Academy and Mint Hill resident, recently recorded her second career hole-in-one.
Galloway scored the ace on a 155-yard par-3 hole at Sapona Country Club in Lexington, N.C., on April 28.
Galloway was competing in an event on the Peggy Bell Golf Tour, the nation’s largest all-girls tour which is based out of Greensboro. Galloway’s hole-in-one was only the third ace recorded on that tour.
Galloway finished eighth overall at the Lexington event among 65 participants.
During the school year, Galloway plays on the Grace Academy boys team and is ranked 52nd amongst North Carolina amateur girls players and 16th in her class, according to North Carolina Junior Girls Rankings.
Covenant Day golf tournament tees off
The annual Covenant Day Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 7, and will be held at Pine Lake County Club in Mint Hill.
All proceeds will be used to assist the school’s booster club in meeting its goal of $200,000 toward Covenant Day’s Warner Park athletic fields expansion project.
Foursomes can register for $700, and individuals can sign up for $175. All active Covenant Day booster club members are eligible for a discounted rate of $600 per foursome and $150 for singles.
Entry fees include greens fees, lunch and dinner. There will also be a hole-in-one new car giveaway, longest-drive and closest-to-the-pin competitions, and the best team score will be recognized.
The tournament will feature a lunch from McAlister’s Deli, and the shotgun start gets under way at 12:30 p.m. There is a putting contest at 5:30 p.m., and dinner and awards are set to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Lonnie Coggins at email@example.com or Linda Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, visit www.golfinvite.com/cdsboosterclubgolfclassic.
Rocky River baseball hopeful for next year
The Rocky River baseball team has a 5-18 record with one regular-season game left against nationally ranked Providence. In the first round of the Southwestern 4A tournament, the Ravens will have to play the top seed: either Providence again or Ardrey Kell.
Last year, the Ravens won their first game and dropped the next 22 consecutive games. This season, Rocky River began 5-9 but has lost nine consecutive games and succumbed to the 10-run “mercy” rule in five of those contests.
“This season has definitely been a tale of two halves,” said Ravens coach Shawn Schmitt. “The first half of the season, we played great and kept in most of our games. We finished the first half well by winning the first game of the Wheel’s Tournament in Rock Hill. We seemed to be running forward, but then came Providence. They seemed to take the life from us, and the boys have just not recovered.”
The Ravens have yet to win a conference game but came close against East Mecklenburg (2-0 loss) and Butler (5-2 loss).
Schmitt said as the losses have piled up, the team’s confidence has fizzled, resulting in the players being less patient at the plate. In the field, the number of errors has doubled, causing long innings for the pitching staff.
The Ravens’ corps of talented sophomores – including Devryn Galloway, Danny Dunning and Matt Ritch – has been affected by the way the season has unfolded, but those players are expected to be leaders next year and in 2014, when they’ll be the Ravens’ first senior class that started with the program as freshmen.
Galloway has been sensational all season. He leads the Ravens with 12 runs scored, a .351 batting average, nine RBIs, 26 hits and 15 stolen bases while striking out just nine times in 74 at-bats.
Dunning has hit .298 with a home run and, on the mound, has recorded 23 strikeouts in 17 innings. Ritch has a .275 average and is second on the team with 10 runs scored.
“All three have been a focal point for the team,” Schmitt said. “They are the leaders that this team will need to drive the younger players to improve. I have seen great strides in all three and great leadership qualities.”
Schmitt said as the Ravens’ bats have cooled off as a team, junior third baseman Jalen Best has played his best ball of the season and has greatly improved on defense as well.
Schmitt is optimistic that this year, in addition to a number of strong players who will move up from the JV team, will make the Ravens more competitive in 2013.
“Most of our starting positions will be covered, and it should be a smooth transition (next year),” Schmitt said. “This season will be used as (an) illustration of how a lack of focus and declining in confidence can take a competitive team and make it mediocre.”
Rocky River boys golf making strides in second season
The Rocky River boys golf team didn’t win a match last year. This season, however, the Ravens recorded the first victory in school history, against East Mecklenburg, and later also nearly knocked off South Mecklenburg.
“I thought as a whole our team worked hard and worked to get better in every match this year,” said Ravens coach Justin Leggett. “I’m proud (that) our kids never quit this year.”
Junior Aaron Dalton, who sported a nine-hole scoring average of 42, was the Ravens’ top individual performer. Leggett said that seniors Nick Book and Alex Davis were playing competitive golf for the first time this year, and each made huge improvements throughout the season.
As a team, the Ravens shaved nearly 50 strokes off their scoring average from the beginning of the year. Leggett said he was most proud of how his team competed in every match and did not get frustrated by who they were playing against but tried to improve each time they took the course.
Three Grace Academy athletes ink with colleges
Grace Academy girls basketball standouts Greta Tamasuaskaite and Monika Tamuleviciute, and boys star Linas Janenas recently signed National Letters of Intent to play in college.
Tamasuaskaite, who signed with Catawba College in Salisbury, set what is believed to be the Mecklenburg County single-game scoring record when she netted 57 points against Kennedy Charter on Jan. 22. She averaged 29 points per game, which, according to MaxPreps.com, ranked her 22nd in the nation. She was named team most valuable player and was a National Association of Christian Athletes all-American.
Tamuleviciute signed with Pensacola (Fla.) Christian College. She was the Lions’ second-leading scorer, averaging nearly 10 points per game, and she led the team in rebounds and assists. She recorded a career-high 15 assists in a win over Lincoln Charter. Last season in 2010-11, Tamuleviciute was the team MVP and averaged a double-double – 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Janenas, who was also named a NACA All-American, has signed to play at Virginia University of Lynchburg.
Janenas averaged 15.7 points this past season and also led the Lions in assists. A two-year starter, Janenas was named team MVP and scored a career-high 38 points against Fayetteville’s Village Christian Academy last December.